Eric Hester has new video for the first single “Daylight” from his 5 Dollar Cover release. It’s a little sad but seems to be doing VERY well on youtube with over 15000 hits over the weekend.
Archive for the ‘Releases’ Category
Wanted to let you know about a couple of new releases we have available. First up the debut single on Slothtrop Records from Chicago based Paper Arrows, “Love Goes On” a brilliant piece of songwriting which we hope you’ll be hearing in lots of your favorite TV shows soon! (the other two songs on the single aren’t too shabby either).
Next we’ve got the first in a new series of CD’s from Slothtrop Records entitled “5 Dollar Cover” which appropriately enough features songwriters doing 5 songs that inspired them in their formative years. First up is Eric Hester with his first release of new material (even if they are covers) in over 10 years.
Finally the blog section of this website was initially convinced as a way to inform you about all the goings on at Slothtrop Music, not just the releases on Slothtrop Records (we’ve got a management, publishing, and consulting department too!). To get back to our original vision, we will begin posting a series of essays regarding music business topics, things we find helpful, or annoying. We imagine they are going to be pretty unpopular with a lot of folks, as they are designed to help the artist and provide realistic views and expectations about the music industry in general. So be warned………
Slothtrop Music is pleased to announce the April 20th full length release of “Paper Boats,” by Anna Vogelzang. Produced by herself “Paper Boats,” is filled with boisterous group vocals, interesting instrumentation (there’s plenty of banjo!) and lyrics handmade from the heart. Her songs mix acoustic pop and indie rock for a sound that resembles a hands-on gift that still gets prominent placement in a special place in your house.
Sothtrop Music is proud to present the April 13th release of “Above the Heavens and Moonlight,” by Clay Bell. Clay is a songwriter and guitarist of remarkable skill from Northern California who has enjoyed a wide variety of success in his career.
This release is a stripped down affair mostly featuring Clay’s beautiful voice and his stellar guitar playing. Produced by Clay and Shea Scott and recorded in gorgeous analog at Scott’s Klickitat Band Camp in Portland, Oregon this CD is an intimate look into the heart of songwriting and a strong example of how effective and affecting great songs can be.
Madison, WI July 28, 2009- Slothtrop Music is proud to announce the July 28 national release of “Pop Chanteuse,” the first single off the upcoming “Sweet Surrealistic Queen” release from Utah based alternative jam band The Gorgeous Hussies. Produced and Engineered by the band, “Pop Chanteuse” showcases the sublime songwriting and exquisite musicianship of this exciting trio and gives a few hints about the quality of the upcoming full release.
Featuring 4 songs “Pop Chanteuse” gets off to a raging start with the nineties alt-rock influenced title track co-written by veteran songwriter Sam Potter. “Pop Chanteuse” leaves no doubt that Britney, Lindsay, X-Tina, and Miley are all Gorgeous Hussies indeed. Continuing to push the musical envelope they then give a funked up, striped down treatment to everybody’s favorite hussies the Spice Girls by performing an awesome version of “Wannabe”. Next they mix a little Phish with Pavement to create an original recipe for their final two songs “Sunrise Summertime” and “Jamheim Steamroller”.
Engineered by Hussies drummer Ryan Smith and mixed by indie rock veteran Matt Winegar these four tracks feature Jordan Olsen on guitar and vocals with John Chatelain handling the bottom end and additional vocals.
Already receiving radio airplay and media support “Pop Chanteuse” should introduce The Gorgeous Hussies to a national stage. For more information on, or to hear samples from “Pop Chanteuse,” visit www.myspace.com/thegorgeoushussies or www.thegorgeoushussies.com.
To receive a promotional copy of “Pop Chanteuse” for airplay or review, please contact Slothtrop Music at email@example.com.
Madison, WI November 13, 2007- Three years in the making, Slothtrop Music is proud to announce the Nov. 13 national release of “More Barn: A Tribute to Neil Young.” This benefit release for the Bridge School of San Francisco, which was founded by Neil Young, is sure to bring attention not only to the cause of the school, but to the diverse artists interpreting Young’s work.
Blasting off with a twang-and-rock version of Young’s notorious “Revolution Blues” by Chicago legends The Waco Brothers, “More Barn” features a list of indie-rock luminaries clearly influenced by Young’s distinctive style: The Silos, Steve Wynn, Howe Gelb, Rick Rizzo, Eric Ambel and Jay Bennett & Edward Burch. There are also tracks by a variety of up-and-coming groups from across the U.S.
All of the artists cover many points in Young’s career, from the Carolinas’ guitar-heavy stomp through Young’s first solo hit, “The Loner,” through Mister Vague’s atmospheric take on Young’s “Bandit” from his concept album “Greendale.” All of the artists on “More Barn” – which also include melaniejane, Mike Fredrickson, Phil Lee, Aimless Blades, Mark Croft, Junipar Tar, Susan Howe, West of Rome and Albert – choose songs both well-known and obscure.
Showing the full range of Young’s career was a must when Eric Hester, President of Slothtrop Music, was approached with the idea of doing a record for a good cause. “We’ve had a successful run and wanted to do something to celebrate that, but we also wanted to give to the broader community in some way,” Hester said. “I’m a huge fan of Neil Young’s work – all of it, from the noise rock to the acoustic/solo side of his music. And, I’m quite familiar with the Bridge School and their amazing work.”
The Bridge School, based in Hillsborough, Calif., is an educational program for children with severe speech and physical impairments. As part of the school, children learn augmented and alternative communication techniques with a goal of full participation in their communities.
With the task at hand, Hester, with the help of Music Supervisor team Chris DeMay, Blaine Schultz, and Jason Mohr, started calling some of their indie-rock favorites to participate and were cheered by the willingness of others to help out and provide their own tracks. They also called on several popular Midwestern bands, including those on Slothtrop, to help bring “More Barn” to life.
The album was named for a classic Young moment that will make fans chuckle. Graham Nash has told the story in interviews where Neil rowed him out on the lake at his ranch to hear some new music. As it happens, Neil had his house wired as the left speaker, and his barn wired as the right speaker. When his longtime engineer yelled, “How is it?,” Neil shouted back. “More barn!”
With recording, sequencing, licensing and distribution plans taking the better part of three years – but with a great deal of help from Young’s management — “More Barn” is now ready to both raise funds for the school and entertain fans of Neil Young, especially the ones ready for adventure.
“There were no rules we gave the artists when they signed up for the record, which fits well with Neil’s aesthetic,” Hester said. “Some of the songs are close to the originals, while others are radically reworked. It’s quite a ride, but one we hope fans of Neil’s music will enjoy.”
Some of the artists on “More Barn” plan to perform at release shows throughout November in cities around the US including Madison on Nov. 17, Milwaukee on Nov. 16, Reno on Jan. 5, Chicago and New York.
For more information about “More Barn”, please contact Slothtrop Music or visit myspace.com/morebarncd.
Slothtrop Music is proud to announce the national release of “Allergic to Everything,” the third CD from Reno, Nevada, rock band Mister Vague. Produced and recorded by Alan Sparhawk of the indie-rock band Low and his trusty engineering sidekick Eric Swanson, “Allergic To Everything” amps up the high voltage rock factor while still retaining the moodier, melodic-but-dark side of the band’s music. Already named “One of the Best Finds of the Year” by Local Vertical!
Amy Curl and Dan Kennedy create music that ranges from folky acoustic to quirky indie. Although the lyrics sometimes stray into the humorous, sarcastic, and, indeed, often the ridiculous, they do try to maintain an irony-free approach. Slothtrop is pleased to announce the national release of their first recording, “In An Orderly Fashion“. It’s a spare and subtle blend of voice, piano, and acoustic guitar. Their spacious approach to arranging comes through in the studio or on the stage, because doing justice to the song is the top priority for this twosome.