New Anna St. Louis track premiere on NPR.

Listen to a new track off Anna’s upcoming debut release via NPR’s All Songs Considered. First Songs is out November 3rd on Woodsist/Mare.

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Woods announce 2017 European Tour

20.03.2017 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam (nl)
21.03.2017 Doornroosje – Nijmegen (nl)
22.03.2017 Reflektor – Liège (be)
23.03.2017 La Lune des Pirates – Amiens (fr)
24.03.2017 Rock School Barbey – Bordeaux (fr)
25.03.2017 La Sirene – La Rochelle (fr)
27.03.2017 La Maroquinerie – Paris (fr)
28.03.2017 L’Epicerie Moderne – Lyon (fr)
29.03.2017 La Graviere – Geneva (ch)
30.03.2017 Bad Bonn – Düdingen (ch)
31.03.2017 Spazio 211 – Torino (it)
01.04.2017 Monk – Rome (it)
02.04.2017 Bronson – Ravenna (it)
04.04.2017 Serraglio – Milan (it)
05.04.2017 Victoire 2 – Montpellier (fr)
06.04.2017 Apolo – Barcelona (es)
07.04.2017 Barcelo – Madrid (es)
08.04.2017 Musicbox – Lisbon (pt)

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John Andrews & The Yawns announce upcoming album, share first track and video


Throughout his years of traveling, John Andrews has documented his life with his home recordings. His first record, Bit By The Fang, found him living in the amish country of Lancaster, PA. His latest record, Bad Posture finds him waving farewell to Pennsylvania & greeting the wooded hills of Barrington, NH. Sitting on top of one of these hills, coined Mt. Misery, is the colonial era farmhouse John now calls his home. This is where Bad Posture was born.

Today on Stereogum, John Andrews & The Yawns share the first track and video for “Drivers“. Bad Posture is due March 10, on Woodsist Records. Click here to pre-order the vinyl and here to pre-order the digital album.

The songs were written slowly & quietly throughout the winter, usually late at night next to the wood stove for warmth. It was recorded in his barn with the doors ajar, welcoming the springtime. The humble recording gear invites the outside noises in. You can hear the crickets chirping with the occasional truck driving by. The songs themselves lend their hand like slow backwoods Beatles demos covered in a thin blanket of tape hiss. John’s voice lulls us in an earthy calmness as he sits hunched like a scarecrow over the piano.

Andrews’ band, The Yawns, has been crystallized with staples from the New England freak scene; Rachel Neveu & Lukas Goudreault (MMOSS/Soft Eyes) & Joey Schneider. All of who have been playing up in the free country for many years themselves and all of who call the same farmhouse home.

Over the past few years John has played as a session player on records by Woods, Widowspeak, EZTV & Kevin Morby as well as composing & recording with his band Quilt. Yet, the piano compositions on Bad Posture place him as a stand-out voice with this instrument. There are guitar-bands working in a similar territory as Andrews’, yet the focus on keys in many of the songs give the album a different temperament and a unique place amidst his peers. Windmill, Homesick In Heaven & Old News are three of the album cuts that boast this specific sense of multi-instrumentality. They wink at you with a Workingman’s Dead smile. The opener and lead-single, Drivers, showcases an older & wiser Andrews’ coming to terms with a new-found independence, the overdriven guitar echoing his home-state’s slogan, live free or die. “I don’t owe you no more.” Andrews hums.

Bad Posture was mixed with headphones at the foot of Emma Critchett’s grave, who lived in the Yawns’ house during the 1800’s. The record is an ode to her & all who have lived in this house. It also paints a picture of what it feels like to live in the “free-country” on the precipice of a rapidly changing political climate. Some folks go back to the woods to escape the harsh-realities of contemporary society, for Andrews it seems like he is diving head first into nature’s unknown, searching for love in the tundras of seclusion. When the cities become boring, we hop in our vehicles and drive to those places that are always beaming with newness. Bad Posture contains the anthems that will hold us over til’ we arrive.” – Shane Butler

TOUR DATES

02/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
02/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Storefront*
02/12 – Cambridge, MA @ Lily Pad*
02/13 – Portland, ME @ Apohadian Theater*
02/14 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey Theater*
02/15 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola*
02/16 – Albany, NY @ House Show*
02/18 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd DC*
02/19 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
02/20 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
02/21 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s*
02/22 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café*
* with Hand Habits

Hand Habits shares new track and interview with Noisey. LP out Febuary 10th!

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Hand Habits
Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)
Street Date: Feb. 10, 2017
Pre-order: CD / LP / Digital

“Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is. Tracked in an Upstate New York living room, then finished in her current home in Los Angeles – it is appropriate that this album was recorded by Meg herself – for Meg, who has an acute ear for detail, has touched every corner, has seen every vision ’til its end. Because of this, Wildly Idle feels incredibly intimate, like a secret between her and the listener. It hits soft, like warm water, and before you know it it is all around you – a bath, and Meg’s whisper has made its way inside you. Like many bedroom-debuts before it (The Microphones, Jessica Pratt, Little Wings, Grouper) let this be the first of many to come, for Meg has music in her touch – and this is only the beginning. But let us not look to the future now, but instead stand alongside her, our trust in her will, both humble before the void, with her first chorus as the mission statement; ‘hold you like a flower, hold you like an hour glass’.”- Kevin Morby

LIVE DATES:

01/18 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
02/10 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right #
02/11 Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits #
02/12 Cambridge, MA – Lily Pad #
02/13 Portland, ME – Apohadian Theatre #
02/14 Winooski, VT – The Monkey House #
02/15 Montreal, QC – La Vitrola #
02/16 Albany, NY – House Show #
02/18 Washington DC – Songbyrd DC #
02/19 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
02/20 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar #
02/21 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s #
02/22 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe #
03/14 – 03/18 Austin, TX – SXSW

* = ACLU / PP Benefit show w/ Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut, Daniel Rossen
# = w/ John Andrews & The Yawns