NEW ALBUM – BROUGHT LOW

In May of 2012, we took the long drive to Marfa, Texas to start working on a new album. When searching for the right recording studio, we had three requirements:

  • It needed to be away from Austin. Away from the distractions that can come with working on an album in the place that you live.
  • It needed to have good analog gear. We wanted to record straight to tape.
  • It needed to not be outrageously expensive.

We looked at a few studios in Chicago, Boulder, and a few other places, but finally ended up choosing Marfa. Gory at Marfa Recording Company seemed to fit the project well and had lodging for us, so that was a huge plus. Gory’s studio is housed in a former cavalry base near the Chinati Foundation in Marfa.

About a week before we left, Lindsey’s dog, T.J. had to have surgery to have one of his legs removed because of bone cancer. T.J. came with us, so we could take care of him.

The studio was a quick bike ride from where we were staying.

We were to be there for a week. Five solid days of recording. Although the actual recording process went really smoothly and we were really happy with everything we were getting done, we had a few setbacks. One evening, we all piled into a car and drove to the McDonald Observatory to go to one of their Star Parties (highly recommended if you’re in the area). On the way back to our lodging, the car caught on fire.

Full disclosure, this is not a picture of that car. We only have this way more boring post-fire picture in which you can pretty much just see all the cop cars.

Our friend Ross Cashiola drove out in the middle of the night to pick us up.

There were a few other setbacks as well. Another car hit a javelina and seemed to be having alignment issues. There was also a bike wreck and several bike flats, but every time something went wrong, we’d look at T.J. and feel like babies. T.J. had just lost a leg, what did we have to complain about? He was being strong.

No matter what went wrong outside the studio, everything was going right inside the studio.

By the time we left, we had all the basic tracking done for the record. Our friends The Lonesome Heroes played in Marfa our last night in town, so we were able to send some gear back to Austin with them since the burned car wasn’t salvageable.

We sat on the recordings for a while because we were all in and out of town so much and had so many other things happening in our lives. After a while, we started mixing and dubbing in a few things here and there. Once we got mixes that we were happy with, we went back out to Marfa so that we could do a final mix down to tape.

Finally, we have it all done and are releasing it into the world.

The cover of the album is a photo taken by Dana Verrill, who is the father of Lindsey, our bass player.

Dana took this photo in the early 70s from the deck of the USS JFK while he was in the Navy.

You can see the edge of a wing on the right side, as well as the wake from the carrier on the bottom. We thought it was such a beautiful and mysterious looking photo. It seemed to fit the music on the album pretty well.

The title of the album is “Brought Low”, which is an old idiom that means to lose one’s position in society, or to be humbled by something beyond one’s control. There were lots of things in the process of making this album that were beyond our control, but we knew we were creating something that we could be proud of.

Now we’re done with it and extremely happy with the results. And T.J. is doing great.

 

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West Coast Tour/Jason Molina Tribute

We’re excited to be heading back to the west and everywhere in between in late June.  We’re still finalizing the details at this point, but will start posting dates soon.

In other news, we recently recorded two Jason Molina songs for a tribute album called Lone Star Horizons: A Texas Tribute to Jason Molina.  We’re big fans of Molina and were sad to hear about his recent death.  Our friend Randy Reynolds (Leatherbag, No Future, Hardly Sound) asked us to be a part of this Tribute album he was putting together, with all proceeds going to the Jason Molina Medical Fund.  We are very honored to be involved.  It will be released digitally on May 16th and will also feature tracks from some of our local favorites, including Randy Reynolds, Linen Closet, and James Petralli of White Denim, among others.

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hibernation

We’ve been extremely busy working on our new album and we’re very excited about the progress.  It’s almost done.  We can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it.  We’re just making the last finishing touches on it now.

Since we’ve been working on the album so much, we haven’t played any shows in about 3 months.  It’s time for us to get back out there and we’re excited to be sharing the stage with two great bands, Linen Closet and Fellows.  The show is this Saturday, January 19th at Central Presbyterian Church.  Doors open at 7:30, Fellows is first at 8, then we play at 9, then Linen Closet at 10.

You may remember Linen Closet from the last secret show in the storm drains under the city of Austin.  They filled the catacombs with the sounds of guitars, bass, drums, cello, trumpet, and vocals all arranged to perfection and circling and swirling in those tunnels like a cauldron of magic potion.

Also playing is Fellows, an occasionally rambunctious folk outfit full of jangley guitars and mandolins, lush strings, and uniquely wonderful singing.

All of this is going down at Central Presbyterian Church, which may the be most beautiful and best sounding venue in town.  There’s an immediate sense of respect for the music there.  The shows are intimate, yet the space is cavernous and the sound washes all around you.  Don’t miss it.

Photo by Jana Birchum
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loving on Linen Closet…

We have a hard crush on Linen Closet, an Austin band led by Adam Hilton. There are very few singers in Austin that have the range, intensity and emotional sincerity as Adam, and the musical arrangements are superb…

We are excited to say that some say Leland will be playing a show with Linen Closet this Thursday, October 11th along with Fellows and Diana Burgess at The Parish Underground. The show begins at 8pm.

You can near Linen Closet’s EP Bright Wing HERE!


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July 28

One of our favorite new venues to arise in Austin in the last few years is a place called Skinny’s Ballroom. The owners of Skinny’s Ballroom truly love great music and care about the local scene. They hired a courteous bar staff and really great sound engineers who actually care about how everything sounds. They started an online radio station that aired music related to whatever show was happening that night, and also aired the shows themselves. They took risks with booking bands that they loved, but that might not have a large draw.

It is extremely unfortunate that caring about the music scene and putting love into what you’re doing apparently isn’t enough to keep a new music venue afloat in this town. Skinny’s is having to officially close its doors at the end of the month. They are not ones to sit around and fade out quietly, however. They are going out with a bang. Skinny’s is having a massive party, a “wake” if you will, and have invited us to play at it. There are lots of great bands on the bill and we are so happy to be a part of it.

Also, July 28th is my (Dan’s) 30th Birthday. So come out and help us mourn the loss of Skinny’s and mourn the loss of the my 20s. I have a good feeling about my 30s, and I also know that the fine folks at Skinny’s Ballroom will be supporting the local scene in other ways. That kind of love doesn’t just die out. Anyway, it’ll be a good time. You should come.

In other news, we’re working on the mixes to our new album and are very excited and happy to report that everything is sounding really great. We can’t wait to release it. Here’s a picture I took of an awesome lightning storm in Marfa from the back porch of the greyfeather (our lodging while we were working on the new album).

Dan Grissom

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RECORDING IN MARFA…

We’re headed out to Marfa next month to record a new album and to celebrate/prepare for that, we are playing a bunch of shows with some awesome people that we love.

April 13th 8:00pm thrice with Fellows
April 20th 10:00pm at the Mohawk with Franz Nicolay and My Jerusalem
May 2nd 10:00pm Skinny’s Ballroom
May 23rd 10:00pm Skinny’s Ballroom
May 30th 7:00pm Marfa Book Store with Ross Cashiola
June 3rd 8:00pm Church of the Friendly Ghost with Pillars and Tongues

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SXSW 2012 SHOWS!


Lineup for Wed Mar 14 @ Carousel Lounge:
9:00 – 9:25 | Orion Walsh
9:30 – 10:00 | Runonsentence
10:10 – 10:40 | decker.
10:50 – 11:20 | Dry River Yacht Club
11:30 – Midnight | some say Leland

Lineup for Wed Mar 15 @ Annie Street Arts Collective:
4:00 – 5:00 | Eye and the Arrow/Fellows
5:00 – 5:30 | Rose, DaCosta, Elliott, and Pressman
5:45 – 6:15 | Run on Sentence
6:30 – 7:00 | Ralph White
7:15 – 7:45 | Dust Congress
8:00 – 8:30 | Amy Annelle
8:45 – 9:15 | Dry River Yacht Club
9:30 – 9:45 | some say Leland
10:00 – 10:30 | Dana Falconberry
10:45 – 11:15 | Nick Jaina
11:30 – Midnight | Spirits of the Red City

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The Weird Weeds, some say Leland and Amy Annelle & the True Vine

Friday, January 20th at Skinny’s Ballroom
Music starts at 10pm, $6 cover.

Come one, come all for an evening of music from some of Austin’s finest purveyors of tunes and songs. Amy’s got her new band The True Vine, we have a new split 7″ and lots of new material, and the Weird Weeds will play old “favorites” along with selections from their not yet off the presses new album. All of this taking place at one of our most favorite spots in Austin, Skinny’s Ballroom! www.skinnysballroom.com

 

The Weird Weeds – www.weirdweeds.com
Amy Annelle – www.highplainssigh.com

 

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LIMBS SPLIT 7″ RELEASE

Tuesday, November 1st, 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Central Presbyterian Church

W/ dana falconberry

So the art work is done, the records are here and now is finally your chance to get the latest Annie Street release into your hot little hands. ‘Limbs’ is a split 7″ project between some say Leland and our spirit brothers and sisters, Spirits of the Red City. It was a combined effort, two songs arranged and recorded together under the perigee moon.

To celebrate we are performing a special show in one of our favorite Austin venues: Central Presbyterian Church. If you have not yet been, it is totally gorgeous, the sound is amazing, and afterward you can tell your mother you went to church. We will also be featuring a set by our dear friend Dana Falconberry, with her full band. Cover is $10, please come early.

 

 

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