December 23rd, 2013 , by John Beeler
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, from our family to you and yours! Whatever you might celebrating this season, and however you might be celebrating it, we hope you’ll enjoy some seasonal tunes our friends have put together for you.
Half-handed Cloud, Liz Janes, Danielson, and a heavenly host of other terrific artists have covered movements from the first part of Handel’s Messiah—that’s the Christmas part—to Familyre’s Messiah – Part 1, a charity compilation on Sounds Familyre Records. It only costs $4 to download the whole album here or send it as an instant gift, and all proceeds go to the Red Cross to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Another project featuring Half-handed Cloud’s John Ringhofer, The Season’s Glreekins, is also offering their very rare, self-titled 1998 tape as a present to you. Only 150 copies of the original issue were ever dubbed by the Glreekins, a seasonal band from Cattanooga, but the Glreekins are giving it away again here on bandcamp to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
My Brightest Diamond just released a cover of Bob Dylan and Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love,” which you can hear here.
So get someplace warm, and treat your ears to a little Christmas cheer. Here’s wishing you peace, joy and beautiful music this holiday season.
September 16th, 2011 , by John Beeler
Record label Burnt Toast Vinyl has just released DOVE, a brand new EP from Half-handed Cloud. John Ringhofer of HHC has been working on the EP for several years now, and it’s as much a story as it is a record. He recorded the demos for DOVE in early 2008 and then played six of the songs during a live vinyl pressing with the Henningham Family Press in London (see video above). In between recording for Stowaways, John finally finished the record in the church where he used to live.
Songs are on one side of the limited edition EP, and op-art is etched on the other side. You can buy it from Burnt Toast Vinyl here, and we are carrying the commemorative poster of the event right here on AK.