The Portland weekly Willamette Week did their annual Best New Band cover story and we’re happy to see the efforts of two HUSH roster bands honored by their peers in their top 10 poll. Congratulations goes to Loch Lomond and Nick Jaina who have worked hard to get where they are. Loch Lomond was invited to play the top 3 billing showcase and represented themselves (and HUSH) well to say the least. In solidarity with the Builders and Butchers, who topped the list, the bands traded cameos on each other’s closing songs. It’s worth noting that the two also shared sides on a slab of wax recently, a spilit EP vinyl-only release on Bladen County Records.Highly recommended.
Nick Jaina photo: Melanie Brown
It’s a big year for Nick Jaina indeed, who has already traversed the country and is set to potentially release 3 records. Okay, The 7 Stationsout this Tuesday May 13 is a reissue, but it’s aged like wine, we think. Many of the songs from this CD are live set favorites, and it’s rather refreshing to note their malleable melodies in the hands of the present stage troupe.
Tu Fawning photo: Alicia Rose
Special mention goes out to Tu Fawning, the inimitable musical convergence of minimal folk heroine Corrina Repp (HUSH solo performer and HUSHshop mistress extraordinaire!) and partner Joe Haege (31 Knots). They recently doubled in size with the addition of Liza Rietz and Toussaint Perrault and will celebrate the release of their gorgeous debut, the “Secession EP” May 17th at Rotture, Portland, OR. Visit their Myspace to hear a couple songs.
We’re very pleased to announce that if you buy any CD from the HUSHshop, you now receive a FREE album download as well, on the spot. No waiting for Mr. Postman to listen to the music, while at the same time retaining the joy of the parcel, the artifact, the liner notes, the art, and the superior sound quality. Here’s the kicker: we do it for less than iTunes! CD in the mail and instant download: $9.97. Hot dog!
Or if you like, just choose the Download only, on any title, and we’ll knock a couple bucks off.
The new shop is pretty spiffy, and scheduled to get spiffier. (Look for easy to audition song samples rolling out soon.) But, again, if you haven’t familiarized yourself with our podcast, it’s a great way to test drive our albums out in the field, away from the computer, where music often sounds a bit better. We just put up an enhanced sampler mix (just click subscribe in iTunes) of exquisite new Laura Gibson EP, Six White Horses which is now available in the HUSHshop. This release is limited to a few hundred leftovers from her recent tour. A collector’s piece to be sure.
We’re so hyped about this we’re pulling another first: use the coupon codehushluvsu for 15% off your entire order in the month of May. Use it wisely: limit 1 per customer.
Velella Velella have been promising some reports from the frontlines of their tour but it’s too AWESOME to be bothered too much about that. Lucky for us the fine folks at WOXY have left a bread crumb on the internet. Lay back and relax, because Velella Velella are playing now in your living room. But before you get too comfy, pay heed to their recommendation if you can:
“After you listen to this session, you should make it your mission to see this band live at any cost.”