Friday, July 31, 2020

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 130

Are you ready to hear about small adventures, small pups prepping for adventures, country, blues, folk, and jazz fusion? Buckle up!

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Album of the Week -- Roadside Graves (That’s Why We’re Running Away)

Roadside Graves is a formerly Brooklyn-based band that’s now in New Jersey, this album is about learning how to walk away from situations. I had a really hard time picking two songs to feature: Roadside Graves are that rare combination of sonically experimental with the lyrics to back up their chops. I love the forlorn melange of punk, roots, and indie rock.

  1. Margo Price  -- “Twinkle Twinkle” (That’s How Rumors Get Started)
  2. Courtney Marie Andrews -- “If I Told” (Old Flowers)
  3. Kristian Veech -- “Running” (Single)
  4. The Replacements -- “Androgynous” (Let It Be) AND “Nobody” (All Shook Down)
  5. Roadside Graves -- “Dead Kids” That’s Why We’re Running Away)
  6. Doc Fell -- “Gotta Be” (Single)
  7. fIREHOSE -- “Chemical Wire” (Ragin’, Full On)
  8. The Lounge Lizards -- “Voice of Chunk” (Voice of Chunk) 
  9. Merry Christmas -- “Meredith Bites the Earth” (The Night The Night Fell) 
  10. Dennis Ellsworth -- “Made For You” (Common Senselessness)
  11. Molly Maher -- “Bird Song (I’ll Follow You)” (Follow)
  12. Samantha Crain -- “Certain Expectations” (A Small Death) 

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 129

Rachel had a beach day! And watched baseball! It’s *almost* like it’s summer.
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Album of the Week: Stephie James -- These Days

I forgot to talk about this in the podcast itself but These Days is my favorite album this week. I enjoy the way James builds an entire alternate universe out of these five songs. It’s like traveling down a road you know by heart -- except it turns out that’s not actually true. It’s comforting and adventurous all at the same time.
  1. Cinder Well -- “No Summer” (No Summer)
  2. Hit Like a Girl -- “No More Dysphoria” (Single)
  3. Michaela Anne -- “Good Times” (Single)
  4. Stephie James -- “Where the Sage Grows” (These Days)
  5. Bad Flamingo -- “Dandy Little Day” (Single)
  6. Drama Dolls -- “Favorite Girl” (Single)
  7. Dirty Streets -- “Think Twice” (Rough & Tumble)
  8. Rev. J. Mikhael Smith and the Brimstone Miracle -- “Certain Expectations” (Dogwood Winter)
  9. SG Goodman -- “The Way I Talk” (Old Time Feeling)
  10. Chantel Van T -- “Rumble and Crawl” (Single)
  11. Songhoy Blues -- “Worry” (Single)
  12. Secret American -- “Here Comes a Man” (Warmth & Shelter)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

TOUR STOP: Siren Songs -- "Edelweiss"

At the end of the day, we're all going to need a lot of ingenuity to make it through what is already the worst global economic crisis since the Depression.

To zoom in on the micro, artists will need a lot of creativity to work around the restrictions we now have on live music. Siren Songs, a collaboration between Meredith Kaye Clarke and Jenn Grinels, are now on tour. But not on the road -- just the information superhighway.

Adobe & Teardrops is proud to host the second stop of the duet's physical tour with their cover of Roger and Hammerstein's "Edelweiss."

Their cover of “Edelweiss” (the Rodgers and Hammerstein song from “The Sound of Music”) earned praise from an actual member of the family depicted in the movie when Sofia von Trapp (great-granddaughter of Maria and Georg von Trapp) called it “beautiful,” and declared, “I love how peaceful it is.”

There's a reason Siren Songs build such wonderful connections with their audience: a commitment to craft and a sense of fun. Read below about the duo's touring adventures -- and listen to their moving cover of "Edelweiss."

Photo Credit: Chelsea Donoho

Thank you for stopping by Adobe & Teardrops on your digital tour! Tell us a bit about this song and why you chose to perform it for us.

JENN - Our arrangement of “Edelweiss” was inspired by a gentleman named Song Pak. His daughters support me through, and when he passed they requested I do an arrangement as a tribute to him - because it was his favorite song. So that's what inspired our rendition. It's really a tribute to him, to honor his memory, as well as his beautiful wife Mary, whom they lost a short time later. I changed the chord progression and the time signature, to make the song a bit more emotional.

MERIDETH - The song is from the musical “The Sound of Music.” Did you know? Jenn and I both made our stage debuts when we were little kids as Gretl, the youngest von Trapp! We both love musical theatre and find a ton of inspiration in music for the stage.

JENN - We've really enjoyed taking musical theatre songs and reimagining them. Especially songs like this one that are beloved by so many.

Where did you film this clip?

MERIDETH - We filmed the clip at Jenn's place.

JENN - On my balcony! Overlooking the Willamette River. We took advantage of the gorgeous view.

Any stories to share about the shoot?

MERIDETH - It's kind of a fun and worthy mention that in the video we have a spotlight a few feet from our faces! One of things we have to do when DIYing and filming our own videos is come up with all of the necessary lighting! We were really lucky because Jenn has her own spotlight that she owns and travels with when she's performing; we had to put it up since we were so backlit by the sunset. And it even makes an appearance in the video!

JENN - Not like a ring light, but a big industrial spotlight. I think lighting is so important!

MERIDETH - Overall, we are all in a steep learning curve with regard to making our own videos given the current climate. We can't exactly just call up our favorite videographers and have a crew stop over to make a legit video. This, on top of all of our shows being cancelled, propelled the need for us to keep doing what we can to create our own shows and keep the creativity flowing.

Any great stories to share from your experiences on tour in the past?

MERIDETH - We were doing a show up in Washington years ago and we brought our boyfriends along (who are now our husbands!), and afterwards the four of us went white water rafting.

JENN - We got the best rafting photo ever! They did the classic, professional photo of all of us at one point during the experience, like at a theme park, and we knew it was coming and we ALL did the Blue Steel face from “Zoolander.” The company actually used it in ads for a while. It was fantastic.

MERIDETH - It was one of those moments where we would have never otherwise been in that part of Washington. Music brought us there, to the Wenatchee River! It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 128

Sometimes you just need to take a mental health break! It’s all good...we have a refrigerator on the way. Also, I’m starting a new thing! I’m going to feature an album each episode!

Album of the Week: Samantha Crain -- A Small Death


Americana is becoming more expansive as the people who started the millennium off playing punk with a twang move on to more challenging terrain. Crain’s A Small Death is a wide-ranging album that dabbles in jazz and electronic music. Fellow Tulsa singer-songwriter John Calvin Abney is along for the ride and adds some more cosmic layering to Crain’s gorgeous songwriting. It’s an astonishing synthesis of Crain’s explorations into pop and her folk roots and easily one of my favorite album this year.
  1. Homeless Gospel Choir -- “Don’t Compare” (This Land is Your Landfill)
  2. Angelica Garcia -- “Guadalupe (Cha Cha Palace)
  3. Sargeant X Comrade -- “Take Me Higher (Who Let the Devil In)” (Single)
  4. Samantha Crain -- “An Echo” (A Small Death)
  5. SG Goodman -- “The Way I Talk” (Old Time Feeling)
  6. Karima Walker and Katy Kirby -- “Idaho - Dakota” (Single)
  7. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band -- “Tender Years” (Eddie and the Cruisers Soundtrack)
  8. The Savants of Soul -- “More Than One to Choose From” (Single)
  9. Paul Sanchez -- “A Thousand Songs” (I’m a Song, I’m a Story, I’m a Ghost)
  10. Emily Winter -- “Dear Emily” (Single)
  11. Cold Chocolate -- “Follow Far Behind” (Down the Line)
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Friday, July 10, 2020

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 127

Rachel has some mysterious bug bites (uh-oh) and some thoughts on Lady Antebellum.

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  1. Paul Sanchez -- “A Thousand Songs” (I’m A Song, I’m a Story, I’m a Ghost)
  2. Zoe Boekbinder -- “Mirror” (Shadow)
  3. Nickel and Rose -- “Another Man” (Single)
  4. Joshua Ray Walker -- “Voices” (Glad You Made It)
  5. Nocona -- “Too Much to Lose” (Los Dos)
  6. Folks Like Them -- “Folks Like Them” (Single)
  7. Libby Rodenbough -- “Country Jam” (Spectacle of Love)
  8. The Weakerthans -- “Sun in an Empty Room” (Reunion Tour)
  9. The Greyhound Factory -- “Someday” (Single)
  10. Ozymandias Carter -- “Rise Again” (The Vanishing Crowd)
  11. Ameena Sharif Ali -- “Farewell to My Man” (Single)
  12. Mashmallow -- “Heaven Is You” (Single)
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

PREMIERE: Golden Shoals -- "New Friend"

Lots of touring musicians call themselves troubadours, but how many of them can say they've traveled to gigs by RV, van, bus, and foot (with hiking gear and instrument cases)? Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski, now touring as Golden Shoals, have shared seven years four hometowns together: Asheville, Boston, and environs in California and New Jersey.

The duo's new self-titled album, out August 7th on Free Dirt Records, incorporates all those experiences. The album veers from the comic to the tragic, but "New Friend," premiering exclusively on Adobe & Teardrops, falls into the tragicomic.

"'New Friend' came from being the victim of 'friendcest' (finding out your ex is dating a close friend) a few too many times," the band told us. "Most of us at some point have been on the short end of that stick, and all would agree it’s an emotionally tough spot to be in. There’s a subtle, almost careful approach to the arrangement, much like navigating between taking the high road, and feeling so hurt that you want to let everyone know of their betrayal. It isn’t until the bridge that the specific nature of the heartbreak is revealed. Mark’s sparkling guitar fills and solo were largely inspired by a Cuban guitar trio named Carlos Puebla, Santiago Martinez, and Pedro Sosa."

Golden Shoals will be out on Free Dirt Records on August 7th, 2020.