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94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS MIKE DOUGHTY LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE SEPT. 9 (HIS ONLY SHOW IN TOWN); GET HIS NEW ALBUM A WEEK BEFORE THE OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE!

MikeDoughty_by_DeborahLopez_0128-large94.9 FM The River presents Mike Doughty live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9. This is Doughty’s only show in town, and fans will have the opportunity to purchase his new album “Stellar Motel” (CD or LP) a week before its official Sept. 16 release date! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

ABOUT MIKE DOUGHTY

Mike Doughty has built a successful solo career in the 14 years since his departure from Soul Coughing. In the fall of 2013, after famously eschewing his former band’s repertoire for most of his career, Doughty released an album of re-imagined Soul Coughing songs titled Circles Super Bon Bon… (the full title is 41 words long — a list of every song on the album) and toured the U.S. in support of it with Catherine Popper on upright bass, Pete Wilhoit on drums, and Doughty himself on guitar, turntables, and sampler. Now, Doughty returns with Live At Ken’s House, a recording of the live show, featuring many Soul Coughing songs that were arranged for the tour, but weren’t on the album. Live at Ken’s House was banged out in a single day, four days after the tour’s end.

“The band was pretty spectacular,” Doughty says, “and the shows were intense. Obviously, we were at maximum tightness after 32 shows, and I wanted to take immediate advantage of that.” Doughty, who has a tendency to be almost psychotically busy, will follow this live release with his next studio album, titled “Stellar Motel,” in September, and will tour the country extensively in the fall in support of both releases.

SLEEPY SEEDS ALBUM RELEASE PARTY PREVIEW IN-STORE THURSDAY, JUNE 26

sleepy seeds publicity photoSleepy Seeds will perform a special album release party preview in-store at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise). The band is holding a release party on Saturday, June 28, at the Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages!

Sleepy Seeds’ debut self-titled album will be released on Tuesday, June 24, and The Record Exchange will have it for sale on that date!

ABOUT SLEEPY SEEDS (THE BAND AND THE ALBUM)

W139Really, the best way to describe ‘Different’ isn’t in English at all. The term I would use is saudade. It’s a Portuguese word that essentially describes the feeling when you know something beautiful, something you love, has passed, and you’ll never get to feel it again, but its absence stirs great memories and strong feelings. And while that may not be the most apt description, we don’t actually have a single word for it in English, so we have to do some linguistic gymnastics in order to translate it. Regardless, it’s a potent word, infused with feeling, and it just so happens to be the perfect word for ‘Different’ – saudade. Gelatinous Blog

STREAM “DIFFERENT” VIDEO HERE

Boise, Idaho, indie rock quartet Sleepy Seeds will release their self-titled debut album on Tuesday, June 24. The album will be available at The Record Exchange. An album release party will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City. A Seasonal Disguise and Braided Waves will open. $5 at the door; 21 and older. A free, all-ages preview in-store performance at The Record Exchange will precede the release party at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

Sleepy Seeds (Joey Corsentino, vocals/guitar; Marty Chase Martin, vocals/guitar; Brett Nelson, vocals/bass; Chad Keever, drums) recorded the album in February 2014 with Z.V. House at Ze Cat Shack in Boise, Idaho. Corsentino, Martin and Nelson – the former Built to Spill bassist who joined Sleepy Seeds in early 2013 – each contributed three songs to the album, which also features an Electronic Anthology Project version of “Anxious” as an unlisted bonus track.

For a band with multiple singer/songwriters and only 18 months together as a quartet, Sleepy Seeds deliver a remarkably cohesive debut. Unlike most albums from bands with similar collaborative constructs, questions of who-wrote-what never arise. Sonically and thematically, there’s a fluid continuity to “Sleepy Seeds” due in part to a shared songwriting sensibility, Corsentino’s and Martin’s melodic guitar interplay and the band’s intuitive relationship on and off the stage.

Fittingly, each songwriter had his own distinct-yet-similar take on the band’s creative synchronicity.

Corsentino: “No matter who comes up with the initial idea for the song, the rest of the band knows where to go with it.”

Martin: “We all try to contribute the best of our unique styles, which by chance happen to mesh very well. We don’t consciously set out to write songs in the same style, we just play what feels right.”

Nelson: “Musically, we have a lot of the same influences, and as for me writing bass parts to Joey’s or Marty’s music, it seems second nature and easy — like somehow they wrote the perfect song for my bass playing, even the songs that were written before I joined the band. Thematically, I think we lean toward self-doubt, betrayal and shit in general not going the way you think it should or wish it would.”

The video for the album’s first single “Different,” directed by Jason Sievers (The Posies, Polvo, The Wrens, Boy Eats Drum Machine), is streaming now on Gelatinous Blog and Vimeo. Gelatinous Blog, which praised the album’s “warm, piercing, meandering guitar lines,” debuted the video and featured the song on its “May 2014 Mixtape” compilation.

The video “so perfectly matches the tone of the song,” says Gelatinous Blog, describing “Different” and its accompanying video as “languid and ambling — hazy, saturated and reminiscent of times passed. The memories evoked are bittersweet, doused with heavy helpings of melancholy and nostalgia.”

“SLEEPY SEEDS” TRACKLIST:

1. “Open Up” (Martin)
2. “Anxious” (Corsentino)
3. “1,000,001” (Nelson)
4. “Small Disaster” (Corsentino)
5. “Herman” (Martin)
6. “Outside In” (Nelson)
7. “Different” (Martin)
8. “Seldom” (Corsentino)
9. “Standstill” (Nelson)
10. “Anxious” (Electronic Anthology Project version) [unlisted bonus track]

Sleepy Seeds is a collaborative Boise rock band featuring the songwriting talents of Brett Nelson, Marty Chase Martin and Joey Corsentino. Their songs are built upon layers of melodic bass lines and warm guitar wizardry, producing a haunting yet comforting sound that is both steady and dynamic. Each singer contributes a different color and perspective, giving the band versatility within its own cohesive musical atmosphere.

Martin and Corsentino grew up in Colorado and have been creating and playing music together since their teenage years. They were inspired and influenced by numerous ‘90s indie rock bands, including Sebadoh and Built to Spill. Having listened to and befriended several musicians from Idaho (including Nelson), in 2009 they moved to Boise to start a new band in the city’s burgeoning scene. Sleepy Seeds received a warm welcome and has been a part of the Boise music community ever since. Drummer Chad Keever (Vonny Cal, Ugly Tree) joined in 2010, and in 2012, legendary Boise bassist Brett Nelson (Built to Spill, Butterfly Train) came on board.

Sleepy Seeds’ self-titled debut album was recorded by Z.V. House in early 2014 and will be released nationally on June 24. There is a grasshopper on the cover. Nelson, Martin and Corsentino each wrote three songs independently that were fully realized by the band in the studio. The result is an album that reflects the unique individuality of each songwriter while achieving a natural continuity that speaks to the band’s musical alchemy, born through extensive hours of practice and beer drinking mixed in with discussions of “The Karate Kid” trilogy and John Lithgow movies.

Sleepy Seeds perform regularly throughout Idaho and the Northwest and have shared the stage with, among others, Youth Lagoon, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, Maria Taylor, Chuck Prophet, Scout Niblett, Boy Eats Drum Machine and Clem Snide. Sleepy Seeds were a featured artist at Treefort Music Fest in 2013 and 2014.

PAYETTE BREWING CO. PRESENTS LEE BAINS III AND THE GLORY FIRES IN-STORE FRIDAY, JUNE 13; FREE PBC BEER! (21+)

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires Band PhotoPayette Brewing Co. presents Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. Friday, June 13. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are performing at Neurolux later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store!

ABOUT LEE BAINS III AND THE GLORY FIRES

leebains-dereconstructed-1425pxWhat awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the new album by Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that’s what.

Consider the record’s opener, “The Company Man.” It revs up with a riff sleazy enough to clog Rod Stewart’s stomach pump as an incantation that only a Yellowhammer can truly understand is bellowed and then screamed. Before you know it, the joint is hotter than a Birmingham soaking pit while you, the listener, are reminded, lest you forget, don’t ever trust the company man.

No shit.

Dereconstructed is a careening, road raging, all night party of a record. Informed by a distinctly southern hoodoo, it is a master class in authentic Gulf Coast choogle. Having cut his teeth in the Dexateens, Lee Bains III has been properly schooled in how to throw down, so much so that even his hyper literate musings are no match for the blown out distortion that gives this record its blistering urgency.

Songs like “The Kudzu and the Concrete,” “Dirt Track” and the roaring, blissfully shambolic title track could be anthems looking for a stadium, but they’re also reminders as to why Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires are such a formidable party machine. If your hometown is graced with a scuzzy dive and a few warm bodies to populate it, you’d best believe that the Glory Fires have been there, or are on their way back.

Dereconstructed is Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires’ debut for Sub Pop Records. It is preceded by the band’s actual debut, There Is a Bomb in Gilead, on Alive Natural-Sound Records (2012).

Dereconstructed was produced by Tim Kerr, and engineered by Jeremy Ferguson at Battle Tapes, Nashville, TN.

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires are:

Lee Bains III: Guitar and Vox
Eric Wallace: Guitar
Adam Williamson: Bass
Blake Williamson: Drums

The band resides in Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL.

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS OLD 97′S ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE WEDNESDAY, MAY 14; FREE PAYETTE BREWING CO. BEER!

old 97s94.9 FM The River presents a special Old 97′s acoustic performance live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise) at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 14. We’ll be serving free beer (21 and older with I.D.) courtesy of our friends at Payette Brewing Co.! The band is performing at Knitting Factory later that evening and we have tickets for sale at the store! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages.

The first 25 people to purchase Old 97′s new album Most Messed Up (available on CD and vinyl) will receive a free ticket to the Knitting Factory show!

ABOUT OLD 97′S

_images_uploads_album_Album_art“Rock and roll’s been very very good to me,” Rhett Miller sings on “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” an epic six-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation on his life in music. It’s a rare moment of pulling back the curtain, on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician, and it’s the perfect way to open the Old 97′s new album, ‘Most Messed Up.’

“I wrote that song very quickly and didn’t rewrite one word of it,” Miller explains.  “It’s sort of a thesis statement not just for this record, but for my life’s work.”

To say that rock and roll has been good to the Old 97′s (guitarist/vocalist Miller, bassist/vocalist Murry Hammond, guitarist Ken Bethea, and drummer Philip Peeples) would be an understatement. The band emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy and delivery. The New York Times has described their major label debut, ‘Too Far To Care,’ as “a cornerstone of the ‘alternative country’ movement…[that] leaned more toward the Clash than the Carter Family.” They’ve released a slew of records since then, garnering praise from NPR and Billboard to SPIN and Rolling Stone, who hailed the band as “four Texans raised on the Beatles and Johnny Cash in equal measures, whose shiny melodies, and fatalistic character studies, do their forefathers proud.” The band performed on television from Letterman to Austin City Limits and had their music appear in countless film and TV soundtracks (they appeared as themselves in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston movie ‘The Break Up’). Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he put the band on a continuous loop on his iPod while writing the show’s final scene.

‘Most Messed Up’ finds the Old 97′s at their raucous, boozy best, all swagger and heart. Titles like “Wasted,” “Intervention,” “Wheels Off,” “Let’s Get Drunk And Get It On,” and “Most Messed Up” hint at the kind of narrators Miller likes to inhabit, men who possess an appetite for indulgence and won’t let a few bad decisions get in the way of a good story.

“A few people in my life said, ‘You can’t sing ‘Let’s get drunk and get it on,’” Miller remembers. “I said, ‘What do you mean? I’ve been singing that sentiment for 20 years! I was just never so straightforward about it.’”

It was a trip to Music City that inspired Miller to throw away his inhibitions as songwriter and cut right to the heart of things.

“For me, this record really started in Nashville on a co-write session with John McElroy,” he says. “I really admired his wheels off approach to songwriting, And I liked the idea he had for how he thought I should interact with my audience. He said, ‘I think your fans want you to walk up to the mic and say fuck.’ It was liberating.” It reminded me that I don’t have to be too serious or too sincere or heartfelt. I just have to have fun and be honest. I felt like I kind of had free reign to go ahead and write these songs that were bawdier and more adult-themed.”

The magic in Miller’s songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a band-aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars.

“There’s a lot of darkness hidden in this record,” he explains. “One of the big Old 97′s tricks is when we write about something kind of dark and depressing, it works best when it’s a fun sounding song. So it’s not until the third or fourth listen that you realize the narrator of this song is a complete disaster.”

If that description calls to mind The Replacements, it’s no coincidence. Miller is a fan of the Minneapolis cult heroes, and now counts Tommy Stinson among his own friends and fans. Best known as bassist for the Mats and more recently Guns ‘n’ Roses, Stinson joined the Old 97′s in the studio in Austin, Texas, to lay down electric guitar, elevating the sense of reckless musical abandon to new heights and lending the album an air of the Rolling Stones’ double-guitar attack. It’s a collaboration Miller never would have even imagined in 1994 when the band released their debut.

“We didn’t think we’d last until the year 1997,” Miller laughs. “We thought the name would get a little weird when it became 1997, but we decided none of our bands had ever lasted that long, so let’s not even worry about it. But as it all started to unfold, we realized we could maybe make a living doing this, and we were all really conscious of wanting to be a career band. It was way more important to us to maintain a really high level of quality, at the expense, perhaps, of having hit singles or fitting in with the trends of the time, and I’m glad we did that.”

Twenty years on, it’s safe to say rock and roll has indeed been very, very good to the Old 97′s.

94.9 FM THE RIVER PRESENTS NEEDTOBREATHE LIVE AT THE RECORD EXCHANGE MAY 12; ONLY BOISE SHOW!

needtobreathe94.9 FM The River presents NEEDTOBREATHE live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St., Boise) at 6 p.m. Monday, May 12. This is the band’s only show in town! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is all ages.

Purchase NEEDTOBREATHE’s new album Rivers in the Wasteland on CD or vinyl at The Record Exchange and we’ll give you a wristband guaranteeing your admission — we anticipate a big crowd for this one!

ABOUT NEEDTOBREATHE

Needtobreathe_AlbumCover_RiversInTheWastelandHiResRivers In The Wasteland, NEEDTOBREATHE’s latest album, opens a new chapter in the South Carolina-based rock band’s story. But the band, comprised of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt, couldn’t have arrived here without the tumultuous narrative that came before, each aspect of their career building up to this point. After the band’s previous album, The Reckoning, was released in 2011, the group spent over two years on the road, where the musicians began grappling with both significant inner turmoil and the external pressure created by notoriety. With the Rinehart brothers, sons of a pastor who hail from the rural town of Possum Kingdom, as the songwriting core of the band, NEEDTOBREATHE has built a successful career, earning a sizeable fanbase with their extensive touring. But tension between Bear and Bo was so high by the end of the touring cycle there was discussion of ending the band. The brothers kept to separate dressing rooms, uncertain that this was the sort of band they’d wanted to become, the possibility of quitting lingering in their minds.

“We were asking ourselves ‘Are you willing to change yourself in order to succeed?’” Bear says. “I think, in some ways, we tried that for a while. It was so tough on our souls and our stomachs and I think all of us knew that we couldn’t do that any longer. There was a moment where I thought the band was over. We had to take a break and meditate on what we each wanted NEEDTOBREATHE to be.”

For all three musicians, the answer was to return to the band’s roots and find the anchor of musical simplicity. They agreed that the most important moments of touring came at the end of each show, when they cut off the sound system in each venue and played directly to the fans. It’s a moment of realness NEEDTOBREATHE wanted to capture on their new album, a means of letting go of everything that isn’t truly essential to the song. Bear and Bo began writing a year ago, while still intermittently touring on The Reckoning, doing most of the initial work at their own Plantation Studios in Charleston. The band then spent time at Fairfax Recordings (formally Sound City Studios) in Los Angeles and at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, to co-produce the album with the help of various producers, including Joe Chiccarelli, Kevin Augunas, Jerrod Bettis and Ed Cash. It was a long, sometimes tumultuous process, that ultimately yielded a collection of songs the band feels reflect who they want to be as musicians now.

“We had a few goals as a band for the album,” Bear says. “I had them written in my notebook while I was writing songs. They were really basic: Keep it simple, not too many instruments, and have fun with it. And the last one was: be ourselves.”

“There was so much over-the-top production on the last album and on our tour,” Bo says. “We wanted to blow it all up and start over. The idea for the record was to get as much of the production elements out of the way and then force ourselves to not rely on extra stuff and studio tricks and technology. We wanted to force limitations and see how far we could take the songs with just us. Probably 90 percent of the record is all live takes. It’s very much an honest record.”

The album reflects these sentiments, each song lending itself to the idea of honest expression and genuine identity. “More Heart, Less Attack” is the heart of Rivers In The Wasteland, written in the studio as a response to the pressure of doing something for the wrong reasons. “Rise Again,” a twanging acoustic ballad, is about the necessity of adversity in order to move forward and the pensively soulful “Difference Maker” contemplates the qualities the musicians hope to embody in their lives, embracing a sparse instrumentation that lends to the emotional tone of the song. “The Heart,” the disc’s lead single, is a stomping number imbued with an infectious sense of hopeful anticipation. In the end, after the album was complete, the band saw the connectivity of the songs, each songwriter’s contributions threaded together in a surprising way.

“On the other side of it, it’s crazy how these songs really show a clarity that I don’t think we had while writing them,” Bear says. “These songs feel very timely for us. They feel like they were written for this time that we’re in now, not when we actually wrote them.”

“Being in the band for years now, there’s only a handful of moments where everybody in the band is on the same page,” Bo adds. “Going into this record, there’s no doubt that we were all of one mind and being inspired by the same things. We wanted to say the same things. I think this record is mostly about the journey of the heart. Ours were in much different places when we started this record but now, like the first day we started the band, are of the same heart.”

The past few years have seen NEEDTOBREATHE touring relentlessly, crisscrossing the country on multiple headlining tours, playing standout sets at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, and performing throughout Europe (which included a personal highlight of opening for Sting in France). They’ve experienced the departure of their longtime drummer and a harrowing band scuffle that landed one member in the emergency room, but have also seen the birth of Bo’s first child and found a sincere reconciliation between brothers. Rivers In The Wasteland balances a palpable tension between two very different songwriters with a sense of brotherhood and shared voices. The album reveals that truly honest and authentic music can only come when everyone in the band believes in the same thing. For the musicians, the hope is that the songs inspire their fans and emphasize how committed NEEDTOBREATHE is to doing what they love in a way that doesn’t compromise anything.

 “We’ve come through some rough moments and some amazing moments,” Bo says. “We’re the most energized we’ve ever been. The band is young again. We’ve got a new sense of purpose and we believe in what we’re doing and are completely honored and humbled that there are fans out there who appreciate that and love the music along with us. We just fell back in love with the idea of what we get to do.”