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THE EFFORT AWARD – RELAXTRONAUT is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I’ve gotta tell you about the loveable goofballs in THE EFFORT AWARD! These guys blew up the charts early on in this campaign, at the very end of 2015 and the very beginning of 2016 – people caught on quick how fun and easy this is to love! I’ve got just a little bit of time left on this one, but the push is definitely still on. It’s MUCH less of a Serious Music Album than just a goofy fun time for cold chillin’. I mean the album title is RELAXTRONAUT. The hit single is SHARKANO (which by the way also has an incredible video). So you get it. They’re from Charlottesville Virginia, which is a nice place I have visited one time. I think you should listen to this record and enjoy its heavy Beck vibes and get it/keep it spinning!!




The Effort Award is the beat-laboratory project of Charlottesville, VA’s total unknown rocker John and sometimes his pal (and much more talented rocker) Dustin. Legend (that’s Dustin, the legend) says John was born after a bald eagle face-slapped a dragon and wooed that dragon’s woman dragon. Fact says he can stop a speeding bullet with his hand. He lost that hand in a shoot-out from a bullet wound. He then replaced the hand with an electric guitar. Thus was born Effort Award. Word to the wise: get louder speakers.

John has been rocking a guitar and a tiny keyboard since middle school. Three guitar lessons and a handful of piano lessons that John detested later, he finally learned the secret when Josh Lambert of The Octopus Project taught him the power chords to “My Michelle” by Guns N’ Roses. That whole album still crushes it. Thanks Josh.

Described as “Beck-like” in its approach, the unmistakably 90s-influenced album Relaxtronaut is all new. Called a “monster of melody” by producer Danny Kalb (Beck, Ben Harper), it’s clear this weirdo was sitting on heap of riffs and catchy hooks until just now. The Effort Award is just only now starting to try hard. You’ll see.

RIYL: Beck, Supergrass, Cornershop, Blur

Start With: 2, 6, 3                       FCC CLEAN



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I’m pretty excited to share that I’ve been working since the end of 2015 with this burly Swede, JONAS CARPING! He’s great—on the rock end of Americana, singing about the rough-and-tumble life in rough-and-tumble Sweden. He used to have a band called The Glade; now he’s doing close to the same kinda stuff but just under his own name. Did I mention he’s Swedish? I’m really excited about working with a Swede. And he’s a really cool one!! Push this guy for yr charts right MEOW!!




Jonas Carping is an independent artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Cocktails & Gasoline is Jonas’ second studio album, following previous releases by his band, The Glade.

Carping began his career as a professional poker player. He also has a college degree in engineering and another one in business law. He started playing the drums at the tender age of 14, then later on started to focus on playing the guitar instead and fell deeply in love with that instrument and songwriting.

Cocktails & Gasoline was recorded mostly in a cabin in the outback of Sweden, in an effort to capture the spirit of the Swedish wastelands. Out in the wastelands there is both time and space to really be captured by the essence in making music. The songs carry that vast feeling and thus have no trouble capturing the attention of the listener. They’re songs full of heart, effort, and soul, and that shows. That’s all that really matters.

“When I listen to it, I feel like an apocalypse horserider.” – Absolut Noise (FR/UK)

“The atmospheric, tense verses exploded into cathartic choruses, accented by a mournful slide guitar. Jonas might be Swedish, but he is schooled in the dramatic, hard-driving Americana of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.” – Modern Folk

RIYL: The Glade, Strand of Oaks, Shout Out Louds, Madrugada, Neil Young

Start With: 1, 2, 5 FCC: 3 says “damn”, otherwise CLEAN

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MATT BAUER – DREAM’S END is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I’ve considered this fantastic artist a good friend for years, and—though his music has always been GORGEOUS, and he’s even featured another Band Mom Artist, Melaena Cadiz, on not one but two of his previous album covers (she’s a good friend of his and a beautiful lady!), and I once put on a show he played in Brooklyn in 2013 and also featured him on my CMJ showcase this year—this is the first time I’ve gotten to officially work with a record of his. FINALLY!! And this record sure is something special. It’s gorgeous and lush; it makes use of Matt’s primary instruments—banjo and guitar—but also really fills things out with string arrangements, layered vocals, lots of really beautiful stuff. AND, I didn’t even realize this till a whole bunch of spins through (so it’s not essential to appreciating how beautiful it is, but certainly adds to this album’s allure), this record is also a concept album: about a person who discovers and slowly comes to terms with the fact that they’re actually an android. Whoa. Whhoooa!! Dude already got an awesome CMJ premiere plus was also featured on a monthly CMJ mixtape, so I think it’s safe to say CMJ is ready for Matt Bauer – time for you to get on board!!



Crossbill Records

Dream’s End begins as the protagonist discovers he is something other than human. He breaks himself apart to find wires and circuits and a body made of glass and gold.

Set in a landscape of barrier islands, mangroves, and southern maritime forests populated by fantastical creatures and sentient, shapeshifting pillars of smoke, Matt Bauer has imagined a fantasy world that allows him to give voice to his most raw and personal songs to date.

More melodic, electric, and rhythmic than previous records, Dream’s End builds on Bauer’s previous orchestral folk arrangements of string quartets and banjos. It expands his range of sounds into near subsonic pedal bass, electric guitars strung as banjos, treated and amplified bells and Wurlitzer, and drums by turns layered and at other times stark and driving (he cites Fugazi’s Brendan Canty and the layered drums on Cat Power’s You Are Free as inspiration).

And with the wider palette of sounds comes a wider range of imagery and emotion. Thieves steal keepsakes from the dead and dying on a shipwreck as waves lap the decks. Orchids bow and whisper as a tiger struggles in a net. A plea for a loved one to be spared turns to black gems floating into the night. Over the course of the album, the speaker moves through wrenching loss, shifting identity, regret, jealousy, and ultimately wonder and hope.

As he says in “It Knows Not What It Is,” Calling all the ghosts I’ve been / Where have I gone wrong? / How can I want to live so bad / And want to die all at once?”

The album asks: What do we do when our dream is lost? When we come to see we might not be who we hoped we were? We despair. We fight. We find our way again, and hope to shine brighter for making it through the darkness.

Dream’s End was recorded in Texas, Kentucky, California, Arkansas, and New York.  Bauer has toured extensively in the US, Europe, and the UK and, after a few years without a permanent home, now lives in Brooklyn.

RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Chris Bathgate, Brown Bird, Horse Feathers, Jolie Holland, Damien Jurado, Melaena Cadiz

Start With: 3, 2, 1, 10              FCC CLEAN



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Man, this Lonesome Leash record is something special. It’s essentially a one-man-band, with Walt McClements (who you may know from being a band member of Hooray for the Riff Raff and Dark Dark Dark) pulling everything-duty, especially on both drums and accordion (both simultaneously, even live! It’s amazing). But he’s no sideshow act/street busker: this guy makes gorgeous, dynamic music full of depth, passion, big thoughts and big feelings. Best way I can situate it musically is right in the middle of Beirut and Future Islands. It’s really beautiful and you need to hear it ASAP!!



Mind Rider Records

Lonesome Leash is the solo project of Walt McClements, an accordionist and multi-instrumentalist known for his previous work in Dark Dark Dark and Hurray for the Riff Raff. Using a sparse palette of accordion, drums and voice, McClements crafts stark yet complex songs, nervous and triumphant hymns to the restless. Despite being anchored by the often anachronistic accordion, the music ends up having less to do with contemporary purveyors of old world idioms, and more to do with an alternate history—one where angular accordion lines take prominence over the guitar in a nervy and strangely cinematic post-punk tradition.

Precious Futures is the follow up to 2013’s debut I am no captain, and is Lonesome Leash’s first release on fellow Dark Dark Dark member Nona Marie Invie’s Mind Rider Records. Where previous Lonesome Leash recordings explored layers of lush feedback and textural accordion tones, Precious Futures strips the songs to their sinew, offering an approximation of the project’s “one-man-band” live approach: terse drums syncopated with accordion and distinctive, roiling vocals. This is McClements at his most exposed, and what these songs lack in embellishment, they gain in impact.

“Sometimes bridges burn themselves/no flint, no fuel, no careless match/you just feel the flames and you don’t turn back” is the album’s opening line, and it’s a fitting introduction to a song cycle that primarily deals with motion. Most of the album was written in a two-year period of nearly continuous tour, a time of travel which served as the transition between McClements leaving his longtime home New Orleans and settling in Los Angeles. Precious Futures is comprised of fragmented stories, but they are fragments of one narrative, where momentum, love, and lust serve as stand-ins for the feeling of home. It is a record that chronicles movement and the thrill of the affair, but also explores the drives beneath those things, all with a wry wit that is so characteristic of McClements’ storytelling. The end result is at once romantic, neurotic, and ultimately gratifying.

RIYL: Beirut, Dark Dark Dark, Future Islands, Neutral Milk Hotel, Jason Webley, Jherek Bischoff

Start With: 4, 1, 2              FCC CLEAN



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My dear friend Eliza Rickman is basically a Disney Princess with a dark side. I’m not kidding, listen to this record and tell me otherwise. Comparisons to Kate Bush or Amanda Palmer would also not be out of line. Besides just being her wonderful self, putting out several fantastic records (the last of which I also got to send to you radio pals), and touring the US and Europe regularly, you may also have heard of Eliza if you’re a podcast fan—she’s a regular musical guest on WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE; in fact, she’s just finished up a tour with them (and is now blazing a trail through Europe on her own)! PRETTY COOL RIGHT! It’s hard to describe what exactly is special about this record without just playing it for you, so DEFINITELY make sure to give it a listen right away if you haven’t yet (trust me). Now it’s time to finish up with review and get this thing spinning and out to the masses, and start pushing it up your Top 30s pronto!!




There is always a hint of menace and reservoirs of force haunting the corners of Eliza Rickman’s voice, whatever register it occupies. Her presence on stage – whether she wears flowers in her hair, or stuffed birds; whether she plays a toy piano or a grand piano – is an enveloping, soft darkness, impossible to ignore. It has been three years between Rickman’s first album, O, You Sinners, and her newest effort, Footnotes for the Spring. In those intervening three years, Rickman added the autoharp to her repertoire, fought illness and heartbreak (and won), and turned 30. But mostly, she toured. She is a frequent featured musical act for the live rendition of the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale“, she joined the band Rasputina for a handful of dates, and she organized her own successful solo European tour.

During those three years, Rickman’s vocal delivery has also developed a new breathlessness. She wrote all the string arrangements on her debut, but friend Jason Webley produced and orchestrated Footnotes. Here, Rickman’s voice casts its shadow against Webley’s shimmering strings and a Phil Spector style wall of sound, flecked with melancholy and nostalgia. This clutch of songs comprises, among others, “Lark of my Heart”, written to commemorate the wedding day of Margaret Rucker, an unknown poet whose scrapbook was found in a dumpster many years after her death;  “Now and Then”, whose opening lines encapsulate the juxtaposition at the heart of the album – Oh, to be young again/blood is on my hands – and “Wax Nostalgic”, whose title speaks for itself. But this is nostalgia without sentimentality.  Rickman’s voice has the power to hold the smallest grain of sadness, an intimation that the longed-for innocence depicted in her lyrics has slipped just below the glow of the orchestra and out of sight.

RIYL: Amanda Palmer, Kate Bush, Disney Princesses,  “Welcome to Night Vale”,

Jason Webley, Rufus Wainwright, Rasputina, Jherek Bischoff, Andrew Bird

Start With: 2, 8, 3, 7          FCC CLEAN



Jan 14 – Temecula, CA – Dig Collective House Concert

Jan 16 – San Francisco, CA – Fortress Callosum

Jan 21 – Seattle, WA – Palmer House Concert

Jan 22 – Seattle WA – Beery House Concert w/ Tomo Nakayama

Jan 23 – Orcas Island, WA – House Concert


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Guess what! All my artists are on tour this fall!! Plus I’m having an AMAZING CMJ SHOWCASE. Something awesome is happening this fall wherever you are. If you’re a station rep and near any of these shows, drop me a line for the hookup (tix giveaways? interviews? instudio performances? I can help)!!

Let’s start with the showcase!

The Band Mom official CMJ showcase! (fb RSVP link!) (doNYC RSVP link!)


Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Doors at 7:30, Music from 8pm-2am

Passenger Bar

229 Roebling St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(direct walk in between Knitting Factory and Baby’s All Right; also super close to Union Pool & other Bedford/N6th-area venues!)

$5 suggested donation (free to CMJ badge holders)

21+ (sorry kids)


7:30 doors

8:00-8:25 Anna Gordon (Olympia WA, also the MD of KAOS!)

8:35-9:05 Anthonie Tonnon (Misra Records, New Zealand)

9:20-9:50 Prairie Empire (Brooklyn NY)

10:05-10:35 Courtesy Tier (Brooklyn NY)

10:50-11:20 Fred Thomas (Polyvinyl, Saturday Looks Good to Me)

11:35-12:15 Sara Curtin (Washington DC)

12:30-1:00 Matt Bauer (Brooklyn NY)

1:15-1:45 MULTIMAGIC (Cincinnati OH)





Anna Gordon writes ghostly stories and fingerpicks an acoustic guitar, speaking intimate truths through a soft, soulful, and lilting voice. Her home of Olympia, WA has called her “the overlord of creepy songs” and describes her folk tunes as “a less than lethal dose of nightshade.”



Anthonie Tonnon’s reputation as a lyricist and performer has seen him invited to open for Paul Kelly, Okkervil River and Yumi Zouma. His show is part folk, part Krautrock and part performance art, and developed over hundreds of performances in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.



More sad hits.



Courtesy Tier is a three piece rock group from brooklyn, ny channeling the heavy blues of the past and melding together an edgy sound of the future.



Strange, poetic, lyric-centric songs from former member of Saturday Looks Good To Me, Chain & The Gang. New album “All Are Saved” ranked 8.0 on Pitchfork, among other high praise from international press.



D.C. musician / ex-Brooklyn fishmonger / PopMatters and premiered artist (romantic groove, gossamer melody). Curtin began in the folk scene, but NPRs WAMU Bandwidth compares her solo project more with Sade or Sharon Van Etten than D.C.s long folk tradition. American Songwriter recently featured her as a Daily Discovery.



“Matt Bauer conjures a warm yet slightly eerie mood with his banjo driven alt folk. The Greenpoint-via-Kentucky folkster has a gorgeous whispery way with a song.” – Time Out New York

“Moody folk that’s as much Appalachian as it is apparition. .” – IFC



MULTIMAGIC is an indie pop band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Formed in 2014 by singer/guitarist, Coran Stetter and keyboardist, Brian Davis. The pair was joined in November by guitarist/singer Benjamin Hines, singer/bassist Mia Carruthers and drummer Sebastien Schultz. The band is currently in the studio working on their debut record.


Poster artwork by Natalia Zúńiga

The Band Mom is your favorite boutique college radio promotion company. Based in Seattle since 2014 (Brooklyn 2009-2013), The Band Mom works with a very selective roster to ensure maximum attention to and success with each artist. Although Jenn Misko (as The Band Mom Presents) has put on a number of successful events in NYC and Austin, this is The Band Mom’s first official CMJ showcase! Pop by for a few minutes since it’s an easy walk from all the other Williamsburg venues you know (or end your night here since the show goes late), or make a night of it, because this entire lineup is TOTALLY AMAZING.




And now for the rest of the country!!



10/1 Thurs: Tucson, AZ @ La Cocina

10/2 Fri: Las Cruces, NM @ El Patio with Decade of the Dead Arcade

10/4 Sun: Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall

10/8 Thurs: Atlanta GA, Private show – message for details.

10/12 Mon: NYC, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall, Stage One 6pm

CMJ shows in New York City:

10/13 Tues: NZ at CMJ, Baby’s All Right, 7.20-7.50pm

10/15 Thurs: The Band Mom Showcase, Passenger Bar, 8.35-9.10pm

10/16 Fri: Atypical Beasts Day Party, The Delancey, Acoustic Rooftop stage, 2.30pm

10/17 Sat: Youngstown, OH @ Little Youngstown Cinema

10/18 Sun: Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox with André Costello and the Cool Minors and City Steps

10/21 Wed: Chicago, IL @ Whistler with Richard Album and KO

10/24 Sat: Denver, CO @The Ubisubisu Room w/Eye and The Arrow, presented by Mountain to Sound

10/29 Thurs: Seattle, WA @Columbia City Theatre with Jeff Grant and Friends



October 14, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN @ Joyful Noise =
October 15, 2015 – Columbus, OH @ Tree Bar

October 16, 2015 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project *
October 17, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA @ Sound Hole *
October 18, 2015 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House *
October 19, 2015 – Manhattan, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
October 20, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn #
October 21, 2015 – Nanuet, NY @ Nanuet Arcade *<
October 22, 2015 – Albany, NY @ Low Beat *
October 23, 2015 – Northampton, MA @ 13th Floor Lounge *^
October 24, 2015 – Bar Harbor, ME @ Lompoc *&
October 25, 2015 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater *&
October 26, 2015 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House

October 27, 2015 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar

October 28, 2015 – Toronto, ON @ Dundas Video

October 29, 2015 – Detroit, MI @ PJs Lager House

November 2, 2015 – DeKalb, IL @ House Cafe +
November 4, 2015 – Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse %
November 6, 2015 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn %
November 7, 2015 – Greenville, NC @ Art Avenue %
November 8, 2015 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %
November 9, 2015 – Raleigh, NC @ Neptune’s %
December 10, 2015 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout $

= with SM Wolf

* with Amy Bezunartea

# with Julie Byrne

< with Adult Mom

^ with Beach Honey

& with Lisa/Liza

+ with Elvis Depressedly

% with Nathan K

$ with Mike Adams at His Honest Weight



October 10 – Berkeley, CA – Girls in Trouble release show @ Urban Adamah  

October 21 – Centralia, WA – Q&A/Girls in Trouble show/poetry reading @ Centralia College

October 25 – Portland, OR – Portland book launch reading! @ Powell’s on Hawthorne

November 9 – Salem, OR – Book launch reading @ Willamette University 

November 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Girls in Trouble release show @ The Living Room 

November 16 – Cambridge, MA – Book launch reading + songs @ Harvard University  

November 22 – Baltimore, MD – Book launch reading @ The Ivy Bookshop

February 11 – Miami, FL – Book launch reading @ Books & Books 


ELIZA RICKMAN WINTER 2015 TOUR DATES (Album on the way for 10/27 adds!):

Oct 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Cafe

Oct 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Lost Church

Oct 25 – Montreal, QC – Theatre St Denis w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 26 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 27 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 29 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 30 – Edmonton, AB – Horowitz Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Oct 31 – Vancouver, BC – Chan Centre for the Performing Arts w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 2 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 3 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 5 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 6 – Midwest City, OK – Rose State College w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Nov 7 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre w/ Welcome to Night Vale

Jan 14 – Temecula, CA – Dig Collective House Concert

Jan 16 – San Francisco, CA – Fortress Callosum

Jan 21 – Seattle, WA – Palmer House Concert

Jan 22 – Seattle WA – Beery House Concert w/ Tomo Nakayama

Jan 23 – Orcas Island, WA – House Concert


LONESOME LEASH FALL 2015 TOUR DATES (Album on the way for 11/3 adds!):

10/11 : Los Angeles, CA – LAST Projects

10/14 : Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space

10/26 : Asheville, NC – Crow and Quill

10/27 : Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic w/ Lonnie Holley

10/29 : New Orleans, LA – Tigermen Den

10/30 : New Orleans, LA – Tigermen Den

11/3 : Athens, GA – GO Bar

11/4 : Durham, NC – Pinhook

12/5 : Geneva, CH – Festival Face K




Girls in Trouble – Open the Ground is at Top 200 Radio now!!!

My most recent record is a band that’s truly near and dear to my heart; they’re some of the tightest members of my Band Mom family and one of my all-time favorite bands. I’ve been working closely with Girls in Trouble since they released their first album in 2009, and they’ve been really important people/musicians to me ever since. The music of this Portland (previously Brooklyn) band is amazing: hold-your-breath-gorgeous violin-based indie-folk/indie-pop arrangements with a remarkable lady singer (/songwriter/violinist/professional poet). And there’s more to it if you pay any amount of attention to lyrics, as well: each song is a story, and each story is told from the perspective of a different woman from Jewish mythology (mostly from the Old Testament of the Bible). But don’t take that to mean this is some niche religious band: I mean, think about it, even just telling these stories from the perspective of the lady is a pretty intensely feminist, progressive move. Y’know? Their lyrics AND their music are an amazing meeting of ancient and modern, traditional and subversive. Now’s the time time to make sure Girls in Trouble is through your review processes, on yr shelves, spinning in yr rotations, and starting to make its way onto yr charts!!




Ancient stories of love, sex, betrayal and inheritance come to life in surprisingly intimate songs ranging from old-timey ballads to indie-pop. This is Open the Ground: Girls in Trouble’s third release of beautiful orchestral indie-folk about the complicated lives of Biblical women.

This is music for people who like stories. It is also for music for people who like beauty, and mystery, and contradiction. Its intersection of faith with feminism, of chamber music with rock, is both traditional and subversive, both ancient and contemporary. It’s an exquisite, transcendent portrait of the fullness of what it means to be a woman, Biblical or otherwise.

Bandleader Alicia Jo Rabins combines her background in poetry, music and Jewish studies to create this episode of the band’s original song cycle. Inspired by bold, honest storyteller-songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Nina Nastasia, Rabins investigates the hidden places where these women’s complicated lives overlap with hers. She has been known to perform her uniquely moving orchestral art-pop outfitted with a full band, or solo in more intimate settings with nothing but a loop pedal, a style which has drawn comparisons to Owen Pallett and Andrew Bird.

Rabins creates the lyrics, music, and performances of violin, viola and voice for the project, in partnership with her husband, bassist Aaron Hartman of Old Time Relijun (K Records). Open the Ground was recorded in Portland, OR, at Type Foundry Studios, co-produced and mixed by Karl Blau. A cast of Portland’s most notable musicians played supporting roles, including Sara Lund (Unwound) on drums, Mike Clark (Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks) on keys, and Colette Alexander (Angelique Kidjo) on cello. The artwork arrives via Portland artist/drummer Julianna Bright, cementing this project as the band’s first distinctly Portland and DIY entry into their saga after two prior albums (2009’s self-titled and 2011’s Half You Half Me) recorded in Brooklyn and released on NYC’s JDub Records.

Rabins’ writing has always been intimately concerned with the oft-ignored dramas of the women of her faith’s lore. Recording this album, seven months pregnant with her second child, tales of Biblical mothers began to resonate more deeply than ever. Consider “River So Wide”, where Abraham’s wife Sarah reflects on his sacrifice of their son, Isaac, not knowing that he’d actually been rescued; or title track “Open the Ground”, where Eve contemplates her culpability in her son Cain’s murder of his brother Abel; or “Arrow and Bow”, about Hagar, Abraham’s concubine and mother of Ishmael.

This album is just one of Rabins’ many outlets for expression of those themes and subjects closest to her heart. She is also known to many as a mother, a Torah scholar, a rock-opera showrunner (2012-14’s “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff”) and a prize-winning poet: her first full-length book of poetry, Divinity School, was recently awarded the prestigious American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and will be published in September 2015: a near-simultaneous release with this album.

“Her plucked violin and gorgeous voice could be a Jewish ‘Silent Night.'”—New York Times Magazine

RIYL: Mirah, Owen Pallett, Andrew Bird, Regina Spektor, Karl Blau, Led to Sea,

Laura Veirs, The Mountain Goats, Joanna Newsom

Start With: 4, 1, 6, 7          FCC CLEAN



September 29 – Seattle, WA – Book launch reading @ Hugo House 

October 10 – Berkeley, CA – Girls in Trouble release show @ Urban Adamah  

October 21 – Centralia, WA – Q&A/Girls in Trouble show/poetry reading @ Centralia College

October 25 – Portland, OR – Portland book launch reading! @ Powell’s on Hawthorne

November 9 – Salem, OR – Book launch reading @ Willamette University 

November 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Girls in Trouble release show @ The Living Room 

November 16 – Cambridge, MA – Book launch reading + songs @ Harvard University  

November 22 – Baltimore, MD – Book launch reading @ The Ivy Bookshop

February 11 – Miami, FL – Book launch reading @ Books & Books 

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ADVANCE BASE – NEPHEW IN THE WILD is at Top 200 Radio Now!!!

I need to tell you about my totally amazing add from Sept 1: it’s ADVANCE BASE!! That’s Owen Ashworth, formerly known as CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE—one of my all-time favorite bands, for real, this is super special to me, like check out this review I wrote of one of his albums back in 2009, long before I knew the guy!!! Since then I’ve gotten to work with him a couple times, including working his first Advance Base record in 2012, and putting on a show he played in Brooklyn later that year. If this is your first time hearing of this guy (it shouldn’t be if you’ve been around for a bit, but I know it’s fall at college so a lot of you are brand-newbies, so some of you get a pass), you’ve got a lot to catch up on. There’s a whole constellation of stuff to get into here if you end up liking this guy even a little bit. His brother’s an electronic/found sounds musician named Gordon Ashworth (who used to go by Concern). He produced beats for the excellent rapper Serengeti. He frequently collaborates with Nicholas Krgovich, known under his own name as well as his projects P:Ano and No Kids. He co-wrote and contributed electric piano to some songs on Sun Kil Moon‘s latest album Benji; also Mark Kozelek of SKM released Advance Base’s first full-length album through his label, Caldo Verde. Owen also runs his own label, Orindal Records, which put out this current album as well as records by many of those aforementioned artists. You may have noticed Advance Base’s NPR First Listen a little while ago, or BrooklynVegan‘s nice recent tour post (which also includes a full album stream), or Rick Moody’s thoughtful interview with Owen in The Rumpus, or Consequence of Sound‘s nice feature on the single “Pamela”, or Impose‘s feature on that same track, or PopMatters‘ feature on the single “My Love For You is Like a Puppy Underfoot” (which features female vocalist Jody Weinmann), or the Spin review that calls him an “auteur”. Basically what I’m getting at is: this one is a BIG DEAL!! I’m sorry to report that this record went out almost 100% as a download, so please don’t be offended if you didn’t get a hard copy, it wasn’t personal (THIS TIME!), but please DO check your email (it’s there, assuming you work at a radio station and we know each other even a little bit) and download it, even if you hardly ever download, because THIS RECORD IS WORTH IT!!! And then get to spinning this record ASAP, it’s IMPORTANT!!



Orindal Records

It’s been three years since Advance Base’s debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, made #19 on MOJO Magazine’s “Best Albums of 2012” list. Since then, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Owen Ashworth (who formerly used the moniker Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) has published a book of drawings, made beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recorded the debut single by psych-folk troubadour Julie Byrne, paid tribute to gospel & outsider music legend Washington Phillips (see 2013’s The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP), contributed electric piano & co-writing credits to Sun Kil Moon‘s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Benji, & produced more than a dozen other releases for his own label, Orindal Records. Ashworth has finally turned his focus back on his own music & given us Nephew in the Wild, the second official album by Advance Base.

Nephew in the Wild is a nostalgic, melancholic & occasionally harrowing collection of lo-fi indie rock & electronic pop. Electric pianos, drum kits, drum machines, autoharps, Omnichords, Optigans, Mellotrons & the occasional guitar lay the foundation for sweetly sad stories about lonely Midwesterners trying to make sense of their troubled pasts. In the world of Nephew in the Wild, the internet hasn’t been invented yet, & a change of address is the only thing a person needs to exit their old life completely. Disappearance, displacement, hell-raising, child-raising, Christmas, Michigan, arson, aging & animals are recurring themes throughout the album.

Nephew in the Wild was recorded by Ashworth in his basement in Oak Park, Illinois, with additional instrumentation by Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids, P:ano, Gigi), Mike Adams (Mike Adams at His Honest Weight, husband&wife), Howard Draper (Tre Orsi, Okkervil River, Shearwater) & Mat Sweet (Boduf Songs), among others. Ashworth’s baritone vocals & frank, conversational lyrics sit at the front of the mix throughout nine of Nephew in the Wild’s ten songs, while guest vocalist Jody Weinmann takes the lead on the album’s only co-write, “My Love for You is Like a Puppy Underfoot.”

RIYL: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Magnetic Fields, David Bazan, Sun Kil Moon, Smog, Daniel Johnston, Nicholas Krgovich, Mount Eerie

Start With: 1, 7, 5, 6          FCC: 1 says “ass”, otherwise CLEAN



September 25 – Chicago, IL @ Pinky Swear !
October 15 – Columbus, OH @ Tree Bar
October 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Roboto Project *
October 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Sound Hole *
October 19 – Manhattan, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
October 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn #
October 22 – Albany, NY @ Low Beat *
October 23 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad *
October 24 – Bar Harbor, ME @ Lompoc *&
October 25 – Portland, ME @ Apohadion Theater *&
October 26 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
October 27 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
October 29 – Detroit, MI @ Lager House
November 2 – DeKalb, IL @ House Cafe +
November 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse %
November 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn %
November 7 – Greenville, NC @ Art Avenue %
November 8 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 %

! with More Ease, Fast Femme & Fastness
* with Amy Bezunartea
# with Julie Byrne
& with Lisa/Liza
+ with Elvis Depressedly
% with Nathan K

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My newest artist came to me through one of my favorite dudes/Band Mom family members out of DC: SARA CURTIN is a super-interesting DC songwriter. Her short (8-track) album moves through a pretty wild variety of genre shades with ease: from R&B-inflected sultry jams, to Americana singer-songwriter-y, to indie pop and more. That’s why my start-with track list is so long, there are best songs in each style but there are so many styles! Yet they somehow still cohere together through the strength of Curtin’s voice and personality. I realize the RIYL list of artists below reads like an idiot wrote it who really just means “recommended if you like ladies singing”, but that is not what I mean! This is a varied record with a huge diversity of sounds, and different tracks remind me more of each of those different artists (some of whom also share her sonic diversity). You’ve gotta hear it!!




Sara Curtin is a Washington D.C. musician and former Brooklyn fishmonger, noted by CMJ for her “romantic groove, gossamer weight of the melody, and libidinous lyrical invitations”. Sara made a name for herself in the folk scene with her duo The Sweater Set, but NPR’s WAMU Bandwidth describes her solo project as having more in common “with Sade or Sharon Van Etten than D.C.’s long folk tradition.”

Her first full-length solo album Fly Her And Keep Her came out in 2010, but Curtin has been singing since before she can remember. A family of professional musicians and rock & roll blasters, the Curtin house was always the loud one on the block, the one you could hear from down the street. Her brother Jeff Curtin is now an accomplished sound engineer (Pitchfork) and drummer (Small Black).

Raised on The Beatles, D.C.’s Go-Go music, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell, the influences present in Curtin’s songwriting are eclectic. Classical training in voice and years of choral singing add a refined and complex sense of arrangement. Curtin recorded the majority of Michigan Lilium in her home studio in Washington, D.C. including all vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, percussion and synthesizers. Bass (Spencer Zahn of Twin Shadow and Empress Of) and drums (Ian Chang of Son Lux and Body Language) were recorded at GaluminumFoil Productions in Brooklyn, NY with Jeff Berner, who also mixed the album.

RIYL: St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Neko Case, Sarah Jaffe, Natalie Prass, the bird and the bee

Start With: 8, 7, 2, 6, 4          FCC CLEAN

CHECK OUT all these premieres and features already!:

“V D A Y” premiere on CMJ

“Careless” premiere on AudioFemme

“Sweet Dreams” music video premiere on PopMatters

“Garden of Ghosts” premiere on Track Work with WAMU’s Bandwidth

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GUESS WHAT!! My next add is by a wonderful dude from New Zealand who I’ve been describing in rough shorthand as David Bowie meets Jens Lekman. His record is being put out as a co-release between Wild Kindness (who put out my Melaena Cadiz record from last year) and Misra (you know, the label who put out early Phosophorescent and Destroyer albums). If you’ve been following Band Mom bands closely over the last few years, you’ll remember his work from when I promoted his solo US tour in 2013, and also from his record I promoted in late 2012 back when he used the band name Tono and the Finance Company. But he’s since dropped the pseudonym and is going by his given name, ANTHONIE (spelled a little funny, but pronounced like every Anthony you know) TONNON (pronounced TAWN-uhn). OMG!!!

He’ll be touring the US for his third time this fall, so stay tuned for updates on that front. Til then, ADD AND SPIN THIS RECORD!



Misra/Wild Kindness Records

Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer originally from Dunedin, New Zealand, and currently based in his nation’s largest city, Auckland. He first came to attention in his home country with his band Tono and the Finance Company, which released two EPs—Love and Economics and Fragile Thing—and the fulllength Up Here For Dancing. With dry wit and observational lyrics that recalled Morrissey or Jarvis Cocker, Tonnon alluded to urban life in New Zealand’s cities. Antigentrification anthem “Marion Bates Realty” caught the attention of Beirut, who chose the band to support them on their 2012 New Zealand shows.

In 2013, Anthonie Tonnon began touring the USA and Australia under his own name, influenced by stage techniques from the comedy and theatre worlds as much as formative influences like Jonathan Richman and Jens Lekman. Working with coproducer and band member Jonathan Peace, Tonnon’s new recordings paid increasing focus to sonics, taking influence from David Bowie’s Berlin period, Kraftwerk, and Lou Reed’s early solo career.

In 2015, US labels Misra (Phosphorescent, Destroyer) and Wild Kindness (Melaena Cadiz, Holopaw) announced they would work together to release Tonnon’s first album under his own name, Successor, on June 30. The album would also come out through Flippin Yeah in Australia on the same date, following up a March release through Tonnon’s own Canapé King Records in New Zealand.

Successor is a collection of secondperson narratives around unnamed characters in cities—from the businessman who deals cocaine as a sideline in “A Friend From Argentina”, to the government minister engaged in a battle over irrigation rights in “Water Underground”. These are the kinds of flawed characters Randy Newman might have written about in first-person in the 1970s. Tonnon found unusual inspiration in the album from longform journalism, local politics, and Roman Polanski’s Chinatown.

Tonnon has brought his narrative lyrics and arresting live show recently to performances with Okkervil River, Paul Kelly and Yumi Zouma in New Zealand, and in the US with Sean Nelson, Shenandoah Davis and Nicholas Krgovich. He has performed on Daytrotter Sessions, and placed an album in the CMJ Top 200 Albums Chart as well as the Top 10 NZ Albums Chart. He was also recently named in Billboard‘s list of “New Zealand acts you need to know about”.

RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Jens Lekman, David Bowie, Okkervil River, Jonathan Richman, The Brunettes, Lou Reed, Laura Veirs

Start With: 5, 1, 4         FCC 7



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Also here’s a FULL ALBUM STREAM!! You’re welcome: