Bedouine – “The Hum”

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When Margo Guryan wrote “The Hum” about President Nixon’s tape machine during the Watergate scandal, she may not have realized it would be just as pertinent in 2020 as it was in 1972. “It’s poignant how much of it feels topical,” Bedouine’s Azniv Korkejian says, “like it could have been written today.” Bedouine’s new version of the song honors the original while placing it squarely in today’s zeitgeist, featuring an incompetent administration, a crumbling economy, and an environmental crisis.

“I’ve been a fan of Margo Guryan for a while, but it was only recently that I truly absorbed the lyrics to ‘The Hum,’” says Korkejian. “Margo’s nonchalant cutting wit is something to admire.” Case in point, the too-true gem that is verse four: “The rich save money and the poor save gas / Vote for an elephant and get an ass / He hires and he fires, he appoints and sacks / But he can’t figure out his income tax.”

Guryan, a jazz-trained pianist from Queens, released her only album Take a Picture in 1968 after a friend played her The Beach Boys’ seminal “God Only Knows,” which redirected her musical course from jazz to writing pop songs. It wasn’t until 2001 with Oglio Records’ release of 25 Demos that “The Hum” was heard by the public, and even then, it hasn’t gotten the attention that others in her repertoire have.

Produced by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Michael Kiwanuka, Dr. Dog), “The Hum” follows Bedouine’s “utterly lovely” (MOJO) second album Bird Songs of a Killjoy from last year. It’s not her first cover of a lesser-known songwriter who received due attention later in life, either. In 2018, her cover of Laurel Canyon psych-folk singer Linda Perhacs’ “Hey, Who Really Cares?” was the b-side to the slightly-more-famous Elton John’s “Come Down In Time” and was lauded as “both stunning and understated” by Rolling Stone.

Bedouine – “The Hum” (SB036)
DIG | 04.16.2020

April 16, 2020

Spacebomb House Band – “30 Century Man (feat. Andy Jenkins)”

Within the cryptic verses of Scott Walker‘s “30 Century Man,” Spacebomb producer Cameron Ralston surmised a certain irreverence from their messaging. “I’ve always heard it as a rock and roll song at its core,” he says, despite the stark minimalist approach of the original: strummed acoustic guitar in one stereo channel, Walker’s lonely, crooned reverberant voice in the other. “It’s one of the more iconic recorded pieces of the 20th century,” Ralston adds, “and it would be a thankless, if not completely futile endeavor to try to do a true copy of it. Let’s go for something less restrained and more rambunctious.”

So he brought in the Spacebomb House Band, the outfit of instrumental pros and studio wizards, to transform it into what could be a garage rock Jimi Hendrix Experience cover band version of the song. Matthew E. White, Trey Pollard, Pinson Chanselle, Cameron Ralston. The full band, live in the room, minimal mics, one take style, and recorded to 1” tape. To play Walker’s role, Ralston enlisted Spacebomb recording artist Andy Jenkins. “His voice reminds me of Scott Walker’s somewhat in its baritone quality,” Ralston says. “I thought he’d be the perfect fit to connect the dots to the original version.”

Jenkins says about his performance, “The music Cameron produced was such a wild departure from the original that I tried to stick closer to Walker’s delivery rather than try to riff, keep everything centered.” Walker’s surly tone, undercut by perfect lyrics, attracted him to the project. “There’s such a surrealist, deliberately wrongheaded message on one level: If you can’t get it together, freeze until the world is better. Terrible advice. The song covers a great deal of ground in a very short time. A lesson for us all.”

Upon his death in 2019, the BBC called Walker “one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history,” and “30 Century Man” is one of his gems of a song that reflect that, a seed that will continue to sprout for hundreds of years to come.

Spacebomb House Band – “30 Century Man (feat. Andy Jenkins)” (SB042)
DIG | 04.10.2020

Angelica Garcia & Sinego – “Agua De Rosa – Rooftop Mix”

Angelica Garcia today released a new mix of “Agua de Rosa” featuring Sinego, a bilingual track showcasing the storytelling and charisma of her acclaimed new album, Cha Cha Palace, out now. Sinego—a rising Colombian/Mexican producer who has remixed tracks for Sofi Tukker & many others—re-imagines the original’s Latin rhythms and influences through genres like low-tempo and Future Bass. “‘Agua de Rosa’ is a song that addresses cross-cultural misunderstanding from the perspective of an ancestral voice in the spirit world,” says Garcia. “Several first and second generation people struggle with the clash of the cultures that raised them. It meant a lot to me that Sinego collaborated on this song with me. I appreciate looking at the song through his lens. He gave it a new atmosphere and put it in a world that encompasses both of our backgrounds.”

Sinego says about the collaboration:

Latin America was built on the “tropicalization” of foreign cultures like catholicism and afro -american religions, for example in Colombia we have one of the few representations of the virgin as a black person (the Black Virgin of Monserrate). For me Agua de Rosa is the perfect extrapolation of this painful and diverse process in our region; it´s a re-imagination of foreign cultures with genres like low-tempo and Future Bass through the look of latin rhythms and experiences from a younger generation (Angelica and me).


March 27, 2020

Spacebomb House Band – VIII: Large Bills Makin’ Change

Spacebomb House Band – VIII: Large Bills Makin’ Change (SB041)
DIG | 03.13.2020

Nadia Reid’s new album ‘Out of My Province,’ out now

Nadia Reid has released her third album and her Spacebomb debut, Out of My Province. Out of My Province, produced by Trey Pollard and Matthew E. White, unquestionably exemplifies Nadia’s impeccable songwriting abilities as she examines the unique challenges of globetrotting existence: the many difficulties of maintaining relationships, the strain of being on the road, and the melancholic beauty of travel.

Out of My Province is available everywhere now on limited edition gold vinyl, black vinyl, and CD. Dinked stores in the UK are also offering an exclusive pink with white edge splatter vinyl, limited to 400 copies. More info on the Dinked edition.

Watch the new video for “Oh Canada”:

★★★★ – The Guardian
★★★★ Album of the Month – MOJO
8/10 – Uncut
8/10 – The Line of Best Fit
★★★★ Moving, in every way – Q
★★★★ – Record Collector
★★★★★ – The Skinny
90/100 – Secret Meeting
enchanting – Les Inrocks
★★★★★ – Scottish Daily Express
★★★★ – The Times

Nadia Reid on tour

Mar 6 – Christchurch NZ – Blue Smoke
Mar 7 – Auckland NZ – Pah Homestead
Mar 8 – Auckland NZ – Pah Homestead
Mar 12 – Wellington NZ – Shed 6
Mar 17-21 – Austin TX – SXSW
Mar 28 – Brooklyn NY – Rough Trade NYC
Apr 10 – Brighton UK – The Hope & Ruin
Apr 11 – Bristol UK – The Louisiana
Apr 13 – Glasgow UK – The Old Hairdressers
Apr 14 – Manchester UK – Band on The Wall
Apr 15 – Leeds UK – Brudenell Social Club
Apr 16 – London UK – Oslo
Apr 17 – Brussels BE – PILAR
Apr 18 – Rotterdam NL – Motel Mozaïque Festival
Apr 20 – Hamburg DE – Aalhaus
Apr 21 – Berlin DE – Roter Salon
Apr 22 – Jena DE – Trafo
Apr 24 – Vienna AT – Haus der Musik
Apr 26 – Munich DE – Glockenbachwerkstatt
Apr 27 – Zürich CH – El Lokal
Apr 28 – Bern CH – ISC Club
Apr 30 – Paris FR – Le Pop-Up du Label
Jun 5 – Melbourne AU – Howler
Jun 6 – Sydney AU – The Vanguard
Jun 7 – Brisbane AU – Black Bear Lodge
Sep 3-6 – Dorset UK – End of The Road Festival

Nadia Reid – Out of My Province (SB038)
LP/CD/DIG | 03.06.2020

March 6, 2020

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