Coming from a musical family, based out of Peekskill, NY, Alana Amram has been in music in some fashion for most of her life. As a child, she would take naps around the guitar cases at the foot of the stage, while the rest of the family performed. By the time Amram was a teenager, she was already a part of NYC’s underground scene — pasting flyers, writing for several zines, and spending quite a bit of time in this town’s now vanishing D.I.Y. venues.
Amram attended SUNY Purchase with the intention of studying film, but left to pursue a life and career in music. She’s done studio work for several bands at a bassist and has hit the road with a number of bands. Known for having a wide array of employment — she’s been a bartender, has run diamonds and has been a guitar teacher, among others — her songs as a solo artist come from hard-fought experience. In fact, Amram had started penning song lyrics during slow nights bartending and figuring out what she was going to do with her life.
Her solo career began in earnest when she started playing shows in the East Village and in Brooklyn back in 2006, and since then she’s been getting quite a bit of critical praise for her work. Now based in Los Angeles, CA, Alana Amram and her backing band, the Rough Gems will be releasing their sophomore effort. Spring River on March 4th, and the first single, “Should I Go Now” is elegantly simple, mournful song, full of the sort of heartache that sounds perfect for a lonely honky tonk around closing time, when you’re likely stuck with your own regrets and thoughts.
Fthia – Emporiatrics v. 1-4 (2014):
- marriage/mirage (10:48)
- oh, debt… you will be my undoing seg. 1 (03:23)
- oh, debt… you will be my undoing seg. 2 (03:13)
- heaven in my ear (02:55)
- i’m still bothered by what you said last night (11:27)
Released: 14 May 2014
Origin: Phoenix, USA
Genres: Instrumental, Ambient, Post-Rock
- Jared Nicodemus.
Available Worldwide on All Platforms : 13.07.2014
Charlie Rauh & Noël Akchoté – Frets-Ola – FOA-3
(Noël Akchoté Downloads, EP, MP3, Distributed by Believe Digital, 2014)
Charlie Rauh: Electric Guitar.
Noël Akchoté : Electric Guitar.
03 – Spare Necks (Rauh/Akchoté) Extract
Recorded in NYC & Paris (France), 18-25 June. 2014. Layout by Noël Akchoté. All Composition by Charlie Rauh & Noël Akchoté (Copyright Controlled), Produced by Noël Akchoté, FOA-3 - © Noël Akchoté Downloads 2014 (All Rights Reserved).
BIG TOUR THANK YOU
I’m finally home from two weeks of touring across the country with Sondra Sun-Odeon and I think I just slept for three days straight. Sondra and I shared music and time and space with so many wonderful people, I gotta say thanks from Los Angeles all the way back to the east coast, to: Alana Amram, Featherbeard, Charon Nogues, Alex Thompson and everyone at HM157, Namaste Highland Park, fthia, Andrew Is Tired, Justin Moody, AJ Woods, Ben Tempchin, Aaron Jenks, Pax and Jill at Tortuga, Frontier Restaurant, Roland Ostheim, Dezbah Stumpff, Grove of Baal, We Drew Lightning, Dave Lerner, Anne Cunningham, Trummors, Rosie and everyone at 1441 Santa Cruz, Earthships, Bailey Sun Riah, Sarah Reid, Allie Naifeh, Mark Elliott, Evan Dunn and everyone at Nice Tuesdays, Amy Heath and The Lucky Tiger, Sam Stephan, Lacey Hopkins and Dreamgirl, Kevin Drew, Patrick Holbrook, Deadbeat, Natalie Chami of TAL Sounds, Sarah and everyone at Space Oddities Chicago, actually, extra thanks to Sarah for the gift of the Nina Hagen as THE EMPRESS prayer candle, and for giving Sondra the Siouxsie Sioux as THE HIGH PRIESTESS prayer candle, they will be lit, and to Arief and Irma, Yalan Papillons and Matt Horseshit and Myra Power and everyone at Double Happiness, John Panza, the Panza family, Lauren Voss, Arms & Armor, Ra Washington and Guide To Kulchur, Matt Hickey, Brent Colflesh and everyone at Little Amps, and everyone who came out to the shows and who showed us some real good dirt.
1993: <500k vinyl records sold
Jan-June 2014: 4M
From a good Pitchfork piece on the state of the vinyl industry.
Interesting how “15% of those who buy physical music formats such as CDs, vinyl records and cassettes never listen to them – they buy them purely to own” (ICM Research)
Truth, these are very small numbers compared to the digital sales, but still… it bares repeating, vinyl continues to grow and grow, and while I doubt it will ever become the largest part of the music economy, it still makes a lot of people happy, and many folks making money.
Several people ‘in the business’ have reminded me that vinyl will never be the gold standard for revenue in a music company, but perhaps it’s value comes in its longevity and coolness simply as a product worth having.
Sondra Sun-Odeon and Jasmine Dreame Wagner USA tour this August. Shows confirmed at hm157, Space Oddities Chicago, and more. There are still a few dates open - message if you can help!
8/10 Los Angeles CA - hm157
8/14 Phoenix AZ - Terra Java Coffee House & Bake Shop
8/15 Albuquerque NM - Tortuga Gallery
8/16 Santa Fe NM - 1441 Santa Cruz Drive
8/18 Amarillo TX - need a show - help?**
8/19 Norman OK - Nice Tuesdays
8/20 St. Joseph MO - First Ward House
8/21 Des Moines IA - Vaudeville Mews
8/23 Chicago IL - Space Oddities Chicago
8/24 Columbus OH - Double Happiness
8/25 Cleveland OH - Guide To Kulchur
8/26 Harrisburg PA - Little Amps
9/4 NYC - Muchmore’s
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Playing this show with a dear friend from a past life on Wednesday in Brooklyn. Haven’t written about it clearly yet, or properly digested it, comprehended it, meditated on it, but suffice to say that the first time I ever heard my voice in a microphone I was making music happen with one of the beautiful folks in SEEMING. We were kids (literally.) (We were maybe 10?) I hope someday he passes on a copy of that sound. Until then, Wednesday:
++ Jasmine Dreame Wagner
+++ Julian Tulip’s Licorice
@ The Rock Shop
@@ 249 4th Avenue
@@@ Brooklyn, NY 11215
@@@@ 8 PM | $8 | 18+ (I think)
SEEMING: EXTINCTION EVENT TOUR 2014
July 8 — NYC (Manhattan)
Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 E. 14th St.)
July 9 — NYC (Brooklyn)
The Rock Shop (249 4th Ave.)
w/ Jasmine Dreame Wagner and Julian Tulip’s Licorice
Doors at 7:30; Seeming on at 9:30
July 12 — Pittsburgh
Garfield Artworks (4931 Penn Ave.)
July 16 — Cincinnati
The Drinkery (1150 Main St.)
w/ Dark Colour
July 17 — Detroit
Small’s (10339 Conant St.)
w/ [Rein]Forced, boxed warning, and Standard Issue Citizen
Doors at 8; Seeming on at 9
July 18 — Chicago
LiveWire Lounge (3394 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
w/ Ivardensphere, [Rein]Forced, Dead on TV, Cryogen Second, boxed warning, Servitor Drum, and Standard Issue Citizen
Doors at 5; Seeming on at 10:30