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What’s New Norfolk?

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photo: Chad Crouch

Norfolk and Western have been stirring. They revealed a cavalcade of new songs at their recent sold out show at The Doug Fir which have been recently committed to tape at The Type Foundry Studio, and a session in Spain. Willamette Week leaked the descriptively named (take a breath) track “Sue and The Short Order Cook From Chesterfield” about a month back. I think the band would like you to bear in mind that this is an unfinished, unmastered version.

“Sue and The Short Order Cook From Chesterfield”

smalllfleetwoodshacks.JPGWe’d also like to draw attention to a gem of wax which was released just last summer. Norfolk & Western and Graves interpret the classic NW doo-wop of The Fleetwoods in the six song Fleetwoods Hack. Go buy one now (only 9 bux! with a hand-letterpressed cover!). Issued by the Olympia upstart PIAPTK, this 10″ vinyl release (or CDr for $6 if you, gasp, don’t spin wax) is a satisfying and sweet tribute. Fleetwoods who? Trust me you know. Their hits “Come Softly To Me” and “Mr. Blue” were #1 hits in 1959: indeed, they hold the distinction of being the first band ever to top the Billboard Charts twice in a single year. (Factoids!) And, The Fleetwoods were just high school kids from Olympia, Wa. that composed their songs as A Capellas. They didn’t play instruments!

The following track was available at the fine blog Cable and Tweed (so we’re presuming it to be free’n’legal): Norfolk & Western with The Graves -“Mr. Blue”

While we’re shining spotlights on things past, why not post that Hinah Gift Session from way, way, way back in 2002 with Peace Harbor. It’s a sweet one:

1 – Norfolk & Western “No Else Where He Can Go”
2 – Adam Selzer “Far From My Lair”
3 – Norfolk & Western “A Marriage Proposal”
4 – Norfolk & Western “Final Gratitude”
5 – Norfolk & Western “Of Divided Night”
6 – Peace Harbor “Torch Song”
7 – Peace Harbor “In My Room”

 

Word on the street is Norfolk & Western are taking the pick of the litter from recent and future sessions for the next album release. The name, track list, and release date are all TBD.

Thankfully they will be sharing some of these tasty morsels with us in April on tour in the West with the engaging and amiable Weinland

New Tour-Only EP from Laura Gibson!

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fresh photo: Melanie Brown

Tour-Only Cover EPs are the de rigueur of today’s working musician. Colin Meloy announced his ode to Sam Cooke a few weeks back, and we are pleased to confirm the details of Laura Gibson’s (to open all tour dates for Meloy) cover EP counterpoint: Six White Horses: Blues & Traditionals Vol I Presented by Laura Gibson and Friends.

Recorded over a weekend, in the kitchen, front porch and basement of an old Victorian House in Sellwood, Oregon, Six White Horses finds Laura Gibson reinterpreting six old blues and traditional songs that have greatly influenced her music and guitar-work. The sparse and somewhat improvisational arrangements came as a collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Jason Leonard, seasoned in radio sound-effects and found-sound compositions.

While Gibson’s guitarwork mostly adheres to the original blues composition, her voice, nylon strings, and reliance on non-traditional instrumentation bring the songs into a unique time and space. Gibson’s voice and classical guitar were projected and recorded through the speaker of an old-record player. Leonard contributes non-traditional instruments (washbucket, newpaper drums, porch stomping, bells, whistling, vibraphone and glockenspiels). A neighborhood saw player, known only as Mr. Fantastic, exchanged a few haunting melody lines for a bottle of whiskey. All songs were recorded by Sean Ogilvie who engineered the project, and contributed piano to “All the Pretty Horses”. The CD will be available exclusively on the tour, and as a digital release when the tour concludes.

Tracklist

All The Pretty Horses (traditional)

One Dime Blues (Blind Lemon Jefferson)

Freight Train (Elizabeth Cotton)

One Thin Dime (Mance Lipscomb)

Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair (traditional)

Dryland Blues (Furry Lewis)

Loch Lomond Dishes.

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photo: Alicia Rose (If it’s not square, it’s not a Rose.)

Loch Lomond’s Ritchie Young has been speaking out recently. The always tasteful and popular Muzzle of Bees blog fired off some (five to be precise) questions and Young dished.

“I’m actually not very fond of Led Zeppelin.”

Ooh zinger! Intrigued? This controversial interview can be read in full at by clicking this magic asterisk: *We all know that being in Portland’s best orchestral folk ensemble is glamorous affair, but at the hard-working and not-actually-very-mainstream Mainsteam Isn’t So Bad, Is It? blog (sheesh, is this long title thing a modern life trend?) Ritche reveals what it’s like behind the scenes:

“When it is all over we open six bottles of wine and talk everything out and usually end up dancing to Stevie Wonder and dork out.”

All the juicy details are here behind this trademark sign which really stands for “transport me”: ß

Pod This.

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Despite us all knowing what that “clunky” white thing over there is, many folks have not really ever understood what a podcast is. Raise your hand if you can explain “podcast”.

Friends, it doesn’t matter what it is. All you need to know is that it’s FREE (no, not file-sharing FREE, the other, older kind.) And because we are very modern and crafty here at HUSH we’ve taken all the guesswork out. Just click this mysterious symbol for the ride of your life: §

On the other side of the veil you will find a world of free album sampler mixes via our HUSHcast. These borrow the very primitive concept of “abridged and condensed” made famous by Readers Digest a long time ago before you were born, probably. Well we’re bringing it back!It’s nifty. These mixes sew together long song samples of many of our releases to aid you in discovering what nice music we’ve helped bring into the world. And they all have photos and links that come up while you’re listening in iTunes that can take you deeper: Total immersion therapy. Even if you never joined the pod-age you can still listen with the same device you’re reading this on. That’s right, podcasts don’t require iPods. In hsh075.jpgfact ours work better when played via iTunes on your mac or PC. (Just turn on the album art in the corner for more fun.)

Right now we’re pleased to bring you the HUSHcast of Nick Jaina’s Wool, which is a must-experience, even if you must first do so in abridged form. While you’re there, consider picking up the digital release in the iTunes store as well, if you shun gorgeous packaging, that is. (;

ps. For a few hours on Tuesday there were some mis-linked links on our podcast. All is set right presently. If you downloaded Nick Jaina only to find you were listening to Tooththfairy’s twee-lectric beats, just give it another go. And, yikes, sorry!