Friday, October 18, 2019

ALBUM STREAM: Jeff Glatz -- Disappear

Jeff Glatz's debut solo LP, Disappear, has a little something for everyone. If, like me, you yearn for a '90s jangle-rock college radio filter over your Americana music, then Disappear was tailor-made for you. Glatz's road-worn voice roots these atmospheric songs down into the blue highways of an old interstate map. His sincerity calls to mind Bill Mallonee and the Vigilantes of Love. Of course, when you look at his collaborators, that roots rock-meets-Replacements vibe makes a whole lot of sense.

"I really got to take my time on this album, to let the songs evolve into what I wanted," Glatz told Adobe & Teardrops. "I know it’s technically a solo project, but it was such a collaborative effort. I had the help of some really strong musicians and artists, and ended up with something that makes me pretty proud." 


Glatz gained national recognition with his brother Don in the Pittsburgh-based, indie rock band Peacefield. They scored regional success with two LPs and a full schedule of live shows, which led to tours with The Goo-Goo Dolls and 10,000 Maniacs, as well as song placement in film and TV. In 2006, the brothers moved to the Texas Hill Country, and gained a loyal following playing venues in San Antonio, Austin and surrounding towns.

In 2009, Glatz took a break from touring and hosted living room concerts for the likes of Will Johnson (Centromatic, Monsters of Folk), Sarah Jaffe, David Bazan and Tommy Stinson (The Replacements). This inspired him to turn to solo efforts, culminating in 2016's four-song EP Multiverse. This year, Glatz again teamed up with Duane Lundy to give Disappear the same dream atmosphere.

Disappear includes six original tracks by Glatz and a joy-filled cover of Mason Jennings' "Between the Lines." At heart, Disappear is an album of love songs. "Singing these songs feels like I’m telling truth without a filter, even when it’s not necessarily my truth," Glatz muses. "Either way, it was very therapeutic to make, and I'm excited for people to hear it." 



Disappear Musician Credits (Tracks 1-7):

Jeff Glatz — Vocals (1-7); Guitar (1, 2 & 3)
J. Tom Hnatow — Electric Guitar (1, 2, 5 & 6); Pedal Steel (2)
Robert Frahm — Electric Guitar (3, 4 & 7)
Duane Lundy — Guitar (5 & 7); microKORG (3 & 6)
Justin Craig — Guitar (3); Bass (3)
Blake Cox — Bass (1-7)
Robby Cosenza — Drums/Percussion (1, 2, 5 & 6)
Tripp Bratton — Drums/Percussion (3, 4 & 7)
Lee Carol — Keyboard (1, 2, 3, 4 & 7)
Maggie Lander — Vocals (2-7)

Recorded, Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Duane Lundy at Shangri-La Productions (www.shangrilaproductions.net), in Lexington, Kentucky.

Cover Art by Fizzy Mango (www.fizzymango.com).

Jeff Glatz -- Official, Facebook

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 84

Urban decay, rural revival, Yom Kippur contemplations, and all the best alt-country that’s fit to share!
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  1. Kelly Hoppenjans -- “If I Had You (Love Letter From a Padded Cell)” (OK, I Feel Better Now)
  2. Sammy Kay -- “Try to Find” (Civil/War)
  3. William Lawrence -- “Slow Dancing On a High Wire” (Slow Dancing on a High Wire)
  4. Karen and the Sorrows -- “When People Show You Who They Are” (Guaranteed Broken Heart)
  5. Sarah Lee Langford -- “Two Hearted Rounder” (Two Hearted Rounder)
  6. Driftwood Soldier -- “John Henry” (Stay Ahead of the Wolf)
  7. Zachary Lucky -- “Didn’t Know That You’d Come Along” (Midwestern)
  8. Andrew VanNorstrand -- “The Deep Blue Green” (That We Could Find a Way to Be)
  9. Erin Viancourt -- “Playin’ Old Records” (Single)!
  10. Harvey Russell -- “Please Don’t Pretend” (Liquid Damage) 
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

VIDEO: Bobtown -- "In My Bones"

I guess it shouldn't surprise me that Death is a Mets fan. In Bobtown's new video, not only will you get to see the epic levels of "not giving a shit" that all New Yorkers share, you'll also get to tap your foot along to Bobtown's spooky single. (Notably, the only crowd reactions come from the crowds surrounding Carnegie Hall.)



While the video does have more than its share of quirky humor, it's also a Halloween video in a very true sense. The video portrays our fear of death, even though it's a natural part of life. The video humanizes the Grim Reaper, reminding us to welcome all aspects of life -- even the ones that present "sticky situations."

If you like Bobtown's whimsical gothic folk, there's more where that came from. Their album, Chasing the Sun, is out now.

Bobtown -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

Friday, October 11, 2019

Adobe and Teardrops: Episode 83

Queer rights, grunge-inspired country, and comic books. Your usual Adobe & Teardrops episode!
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  1. EG Vines -- “Feel Again” (Family Business)
  2. Bradford Loomis -- “Chasing Stable” (Where the Light Ends)
  3. Caleb Young Band -- “Long Road Home” (Single)
  4. Michaela Anne -- “I’m Not the Fire” (Desert Dove)
  5. King of the Tramps -- “Wildwater” (Wild Water)
  6. Max Feinstein -- “Spratz” (Betamax)
  7. The Good Graces -- “Story to Tell” (Prose and Consciousness)
  8. Mary Gauthier -- “The War After the War” (Rifles and Rosary Beads)
  9. Jon Martin and Lovers -- “Young Hearts” (Single)
  10. Cherokee Death Cats -- “Do to Me” (Single) 
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

HEY! LISTEN: Kimmi Bitter -- "Country Ain't Country No More"

San Diego native Kimmi Bitter describes herself as "the sweet rebellion against a country industry whose chart-topping artists fit a predictable top 40 mold." She brings a sense of fun, witty wordplay, and high-octane energy to this honky-tonk jam. Sure, there are plenty of people out there railing against Top 40 country, but Bitter reminds us just how fun the music is supposed to be.


 Bitter writes, “Music is a tool for making human connection and people are hungry for it. A connection that thrives through empathy, vulnerability, authenticity, truth, flaws — and my songwriting is a vision directed towards that.”



Kimmi Bitter -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

PREMIERE: Caitlin Anne Webster -- "Powhatan River Blues"

If we have to do a reprise of the late 60s and early 70s -- complete with presidential impeachments, we might as well get the soundtrack, too. Caitlin Anne Webster's got the kind of rich, clear singing voice that would have made every beatnik drop their espresso and every hippie drop their doobie -- and make you drop your vape pen. "Powhatan River Blues" luxuriates in time, space, and musicality. It's a simple finger-picking pattern that showcases Webster's poise and insightful lyrics. Clocking in at five minutes, it's a reminder that we deserve to spread out and take things slow as much as possible.

Caitlin Anne Webster. Photo by Emily Quirk

Webster's been releasing music under her own name -- such as her solo EP Black Moon in 2015 -- and with her band Nightingale Rodeo. She cites Blaze Foley, The Deslondes, Nancy Sinatra, and Karen Dalton as influences. You'll hear all of that that on "Powhatan River Blues": wry humor, sincerity, and incredible singing.
 On “Powhatan River Blues,” Caitlin’s soulful vocals and compelling acoustic guitar take center stage. Inspired by a carefree day spent on the water with her sister, Webster brings a sense of nostalgia and longing for a simpler time.

Transplanted from LA and now rooted in Tennessee, Webster has both a full-length solo project and a new record from Nightingale Rodeo coming down the pipes.



Caitlin Anne Webster -- Facebook, Bandcamp

Monday, October 7, 2019

HEY! LISTEN: Goldschatz -- "Darkest Times"

It's no secret that romantic chemistry makes for some intense music.  Whether it's the "blood harmony" of a couple deeply in love, or the joyous give-and-take of an inflamed passion, couples duets often make for dynamic listening. Goldschatz is no different -- comprised of Timothy Jaromir ("son of a bluesman") and Christina Rieder (who represented Switzerland in Eurovision as Rykka), the pair have turned their whirlwind romance into a passion project.


Or, as their bio puts it: "last year, these two, young and in love, ran off to the Canadian wilderness to tie the knot. Through their songwriting and live shows, you'll take a glimpse into what it's like to be bad-ass rebels in love in a world that is falling apart."

"Darkest Times," their new song, "touches on the ebb and flow of emotions sailing between love and agony." The song has a number of tempo shifts that take you places you won't expect, and Jaromir and Rieder's duet shows the pair's individual strengths -- and the heights their union takes them.



Goldschatz -- Facebook, Instagram