Welp, it's on the way, kids — today your favorite local sloppy-tonkers Shovels & Rope announced that their new album Little Seeds will be comin' for your ears Fri. Oct. 7.
The Johns Island couple also went ahead and dropped the LP's lead single "I Know" via The Wall Street Journal, and it's a damn fine rock 'n' roll zinger.
The band's Facebook page this morning noted that "a lot of life has happened in our little Shoro family in the past few years since we put out new music," referring partly to the addition of their daughter Louisiana last year. The social media post added that Little Seeds is "easily the most personal record that Shovels & Rope has ever made. It's very, very real."
The record will be released on New West Records and a fall tour will accompany, with stops that include a two-night stand at both NYC's Bowery Ballroom and the storied Fillmore in San Francisco. But the duo also warns, "If you don’t see your city listed, don’t get your bowels in an uproar, we are just getting started with spreading the gospel of this record. Rest assured that we are coming for you with a vengeance, near and far."
To get tickets, pre-order Little Seeds, or listen to "I Know," head on over to shovelsandrope.com.
Local singer-songwriter Regina Ferguson has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her first full-band record, Movin’ On.
Featuring an eight-piece band, Movin’ On is a blend of roots rock, soul, and pop.
“Tracking at a boutique, one-room cottage recording studio in Charleston (Fairweather Studios) has given my songs a very homegrown vibe and allowed me to support my local music community,” Ferguson says on her campaign page.
Pledge awards include a sticker, digital download, CD copy, signed vinyl, admission to the release show, a copy of a handwritten lyric book, a signed ukulele, and a private acoustic concert.
The Kickstarter deadline is Thurs. July 7, and regardless of how it pans out, Ferguson’s album-release show is set for Thurs. July 21at the Pour House with legendary bass player for New Orleans’ funk outfit the Meters George Porter Junior and Maryland-based rockers, Little Bird.
The singer will also drop a new video next month filmed by Alex Veazey.
Local rock band El Camino has been together for five years but dropped their debut record only last month.
“Somehow we still managed to sit on it for about six months after the final recording before releasing it,” says guitarist/vocalist Taylor Jenkins. “I guess procrastination is in our blood. I’d rather say we wanted to make sure it was perfect before putting it out.”
In the works since November 2013, How to Change the Weather was recorded, mixed, and mastered at the Jam Room in Columbia with Jay Matheson.
“He was invaluable to the recording process of How to Change the Weather,” says Jenkins. “He kept us on track and always offered good advice if we were struggling with the little details of a song.”
Vocalist/guitarist Chandler Roy wrote the lyrics for the 12-track collection. “He’s one of the finest songwriters I’ve ever played with,” Jenkins says. “Like any other great songwriter or storyteller, the lyrics come straight from his own life and are very personal to him.”
Local hip-hop trio Savage Souls recently wrapped up work on their latest video, “Beyond Average,” off last year’s EP, Sword Gang.
Created as an extension of their “Mad Men” video, which was filmed as a narrative inside an insane asylum, “Beyond Average” brings comic book illustrations — featuring members Kae G the Original Seed, Fortune the Iron Mic Mangler, and DJ Icirus — to life.
“At the end of “Mad Men,” we ‘escape’ the asylum, and this video’s ‘comic book’ begins with that escape and goes on to half-heartily tell the story of our evasion of law enforcement, all the while performing the song,” says Kae G.
“Beyond Average” was filmed by Alex Veazey, a.k.a. Damn Skippy, and you can check out the video for yourself below or on facebook.com/savageXsouls.
Oh, and that’s not all — the guys have also debuted Savage Souls: The Podcast, where Kae G and Fortune discuss and sometimes judge (“That wasn’t good, yet not bad enough to be entertaining”) music, crack jokes, and more. Kae G says at the beginning of Episode 1, “We talk about all kinds of dumb shit.”
Art Mag writer Matt Dobie and artist/educator Chambers Austelle have teamed up with Redux Contemporary Art Center to present a jazz residency called Charleston Trading Eights.
Artists-in-residence — which include Ron Wiltrout, Gerald Gregory, Jeremy Wolf, Dan Voss, and Tyler Ross — will direct each open session, where jazz musicians from the community will be welcomed on stage.