Gentle Shotgun is the first single by dual-city rockers Kitty Rhombus released in anticipation of the band’s upcoming full-length album, Spectre at the Feast. Recorded over the course of a year driving back and forth between Madison and Minneapolis, Spectre at the Feast hits hard and builds on the insanity of Kitty Rhombus’ previous album, 2010’s Lips & Arms.
Spectre at the Feast expands on the band’s character, and their unwillingness to stick with a single idea longer than necessary allows Kitty Rhombus to fill the album with surprises from start to finish. It’s a fun and engaging album to say the least, and Gentle Shotgun is just a taste of what to expect when Kitty Rhombus drops the full album with shows in the band’s two home cities. Spectre at the Feast is being released on CD, tape and in digital formats.
Madison Album Release (15 Feb. 2014)
The Frequency: $5, 9:30 PM
Kitty Rhombus w/ Czarbles, William Z. Villain, TBA
Nude Human is the collaborative ambient duo of Madison resident John Praw (of Pushmi-Pullyu, Dressed Up, etc) and Milwaukee dweller Pat Reinholz (of Weather Duo, Lovely Socialite, Lady Cannon, etc). Founded in mid-2012, Nude Human is an equal partnership that sees Praw and Reinholz bringing together ideas and techniques from vastly differing backgrounds to create lush, shifting compositions.
Is Is Is Not Is Not is the duo’s third major composition, and the second to be released in live session format (following the release of 2012’s live Lost City Music Festival set earlier this year). Alternately titled Zanarkand, Is Is Is Not Is Not was recorded live at the Frequency (121 W. Main Street, Madison, WI) on November 17th, 2013. It is now released for free download on John Praw’s birthday.
Gobi Bear is the alter ego of Guimarães, Portugal resident Diogo Pinto. Previously only available in physical formats, Mais Grande is Gobi Bear’s first release on Mine All Mine. While Diogo finalizes his first full-length – to be released next month – we’re happy he’s decided to visit us with this excellent free EP.
From the cheerful bells of “Summertime,” to the loneliness of “3 Feet,” to the darkness in “Lisbon,” Mais Grande is a good taste of Gobi Bear’s range as a solo artist. Grab the EP for free today, and when Diogo announces his plans for his upcoming full-length, we’ll be sure let you know where to find it!
All songs written by Diogo Pinto. Artwork by Anoik. Recorded, produced and mastered by Henrique Toscano.
To help get you excited about the the second annual Lost City Music Festival, Mine All Mine presents this collection of songs highlighting 20 of the excellent and diverse acts performing this year. This free compilation ventures from slow-core to heavy hitting rock tunes; from ambient to folk; and beyond. The Lost City Music Festival 2013 will be held from August 8th to 11th at several Madison venues, including the High Noon Saloon, Bright Red Studios and the Dragonfly Lounge. Get your full pass festival wrist band here.
As you may know, Pushmi-Pullyu has been working on new album – for a very long time. Word is, that album is nearing completion. (FINALLY!)
In related news, the Mixtapes|Heartbreaks blog recently featured Pushmi-Pullyu’s “In the Bleak Midwinter” in their March MP3 Roundup. “In the Bleak Midwinter” was originally arranged for a performance a few years back on WYOU’s Just Say Ho! Telethon, which required local bands to play at least one holiday tune. Pushmi-Pullyu chose an old Christmastime hymn, turning it into a sort-of love song. (We then released it as mam233.)
Check out “In the Bleak Midwinter,” as well as Mixtapes|Heartbreaks’s other March picks here. For updates on the album, follow the band on Facebook and/or Twitter.