Welcome Hurt Valley to the Woodsist Family!

Woodsist is pleased to announce its new signing Hurt Valley, the enigmatic folk-pop project of California songwriter Brian Collins; the label will release Hurt Valley’s debut album Glacial Pace on December 6. Collins’ life has taken him from playing in punk bands as a teenager in the DC area to his current role as the head of the science department at a Hollywood high school. He wrote the sun-drenched songs of Glacial Pace after a trip to Death Valley – coming across a clearing full of burnt out, vandalized vehicle carcasses inspired him to write about desolation and the things we leave behind.

“LA-based musician Brian Collins records music as Hurt Valley. He makes loosely psychedelic, often rollicking songs that feel like they came from a simpler time, before you realize that the simpler time you’re thinking about never really existed in the first place, and you’re just romanticizing a past that was as complicated as the present.

All this is to say that Collins makes songs that sound like they’re ripped from a forgotten private press record from decades gone but imbued with the weight of right now. Glacial Pace opener “Geology Dreamer” is anthemic and sad, an end-of-the-night (or, let’s face it, end of the world) jam that crumbles under lyrics about love and (healthy) obsession and getting through shit with people you love and trust.

The last track on the album, “Immaterial Worlds” acts as a mirror image to the opener. Where “Geology Dreamer” hits hard and woozy, “Immaterial Worlds” is soft and intricate, a nakedly contemplative end to an album that sneaks up on you no matter where you might be when you hear it.

Listening to Glacial Pace will no doubt evoke a number of complicated feelings about how you could be living differently, or more simply. The songs here are something of a roadmap to understanding how we got where we are, and what it all means. It doesn’t so much give answers as it does is point us toward observations that might push us to question who we are and what we do. Is there a better way to explain modern existence than the line “All we ever do is create immaterial worlds no one occupies in real life”?” – Sam Hockley-Smith

 

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Glacial Pace out December 6, 2019.  Pre-order vinyl here

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Listen To Peaking Lights Remix Kevin Morby’s Harlem River

In celebration of Kevin Morby’s Harlem River turning 5 years old this month, we have asked our friends Peaking Lights to remix the title track for a limited edition 12″. Listen to the first taste now on Spotify

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Bonny Doon Announce Summer Tour dates With Band of Horses and Snail Mail

Bonny Doon hit the road this summer with Band of Horses and Snail Mail. More info/ tickets here.

Their debut album for Woodsist is out March 23. Order CD / LP / Digital here.

Thu-Mar-22 Detroit, MI Trumbullplex !
Fri-Apr-06 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool *
Sat-Apr-07 Philadelphia, PA Boot & Saddle &
Sat-Apr-14 Detroit, MI Third Man %
Sat-Apr-21 Lansing, MI Stoopfest
Mon-Jun-11 Akron, OH Hivemind
Tue-Jun-12 Washington, DC The Black Cat +
Wed-Jun-13 Pittsburgh, PA Cattivo +
Thu-Jun-14 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground +
Fri-Jun-15 Detroit, MI Deluxx Fluxx +
Sat-Jun-16 Chicago, IL Subterranean +
Sun-Jun-17 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street +
Mon-Jun-18 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews +
Wed-Jun-20 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge +
Thu-Jun-21 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court
Fri-Jun-22 Boise, ID Funky Taco +
Sat-Jun-23 Seattle, WA Crocodile +
Sun-Jun-24 Vancouver, BC Biltmore +
Mon-Jun-25 Portland, OR Holocene +
Wed-Jun-27 Oakland, CA Starline +
Thu-Jun-28 San Francisco, CA Swedish American +
Fri-Jun-29 Visalia, CA Cellar Door +
Sat-Jun-30 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater +
Tue-Jul-03 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live +
Fri-Jul-06 Dallas, TX Three Links +
Sat-Jul-07 Fayetteville, AR George’s +
Mon-Jul-09 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn +
Tue-Jul-10 Durham, NC Pinhook +
Wed-Jul-11 Richmond, VA Strange Matter +
Thu-Jul-12 Baltimore, MD Parkway Theater +
Sat-Jul-14 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer +
Sun-Jul-15 Boston, MA Sinclair +
Mon-Jul-16 Montreal, QC l’Escogriffe Bar Spectacle +
Tue-Jul-17 Burlington, VT Arts Riot +
Thu-Jul-26 Indianapolis, IN State Street Pub
Fri-Jul-27 St. Louis, MO Foam
Sat-Jul-28 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom $
Sun-Jul-29 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom $
Tue-Jul-31 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theater $
Wed-Aug-01 Kansas City, MO Crossroads KC $
Thu-Aug-02 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
Sat-Aug-04 Peoria, IL Peoria Riverfront CEFCU Stage $
Sun-Aug-05 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater $
Tue-Aug-07 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s $
Wed-Aug-08 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom $
Thu-Aug-09 Kingston, NY BSP Kingston
Fri-Aug-10 Portchester, NY Capitol Theater $
Sat-Aug-11 Portsmouth, NH Prescott Park $
Sun-Aug-12 Providence, RI The Strand Theater $
Tue-Aug-14 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summer Stage $
Wed-Aug-15 Richmond, VA The National $
Fri-Aug-17 Raleigh, NC The Ritz $
Sat-Aug-18 Asheville, NC Highland Brewery $

 

! w/ Fred Thomas and Shells

* w/ B Boys and Patio
& w/ Yowler and Trace Mountains
% w/ Anna Burch and Soft Location
+ w/ Snail Mail
$ w/ Band of Horses

Welcome Bonny Doon to the Woodsist Family

We are very excited to welcome Bonny Doon to the Woodsist family! Their new album, Longwave, will be out March 23rd. Check out the first single via Stereogum.
 

Arriving in the early months of 2017, Bonny Doon’s self-titled debut was a warm introduction to the Detroit quartet for many. Hazy and bright, the album’s woozy melodies and swirling webs of summery guitar textures were easily ingested as low-key slacker pop, blissfully awash in lo-fi sensibilities and dreamy ambiance. But the nonchalant breeziness belied a serious attention to songcraft that beckoned careful listening, and hinted at depths yet unexplored. Lo and behold, before the ink was even dry on the first record, work had already begun on its follow-up Longwave, a conscious about-face from the sonic experimentation of the first album, and a journey inward.

Opting for spontaneity and simplicity over the exploration of layers and textures that defined the first record, the band architected an incredibly intimate sound for these new songs. The album was tracked with minimal overdubs or production flourishes, constructing a frame that is spare and understated. The songs on Longwave amble through moonlit fields of melancholy guitar leads and self-reflection, the collection unfolding almost as one uninterrupted conversation with self. The session aimed to capture the band at their essence. With the superfluous stripped away, a gentle but steadfast spiritual core is revealed as the backbone of Bonny Doon’s cosmic American music.

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Anna St. Louis cassette out this November on Woodsist/Mare. Listen to the first single now.

 

Despite her last name, Anna St. Louis was born and raised in Kansas City. She grew up a painter and singing in punk bands, eventually leaving her hometown to attend art school in Philadelphia. After graduating she made the move to Los Angeles where she began teaching herself guitar, writing songs and recording them on her own in her bedroom. First Songs is the sound of someone discovering their talent in real time – a peak into the collage of a wonderful mind that is absorbing their new surroundings and using new tools to put them into the room. Listening to this collection you can feel the sun coming in through the window – Anna on the foot of the bed with a guitar on her knee, finding her voice. St. Louis wears her influences well – think Patsy Cline singing over John Fahey – but has a style all her own. And while you can take the artist out of the midwest, you can’t take the midwest out of the artist – so let this be known; this is Midwestern music ran through a California filter. I believe Anna will have many more releases in her lifetime, but let it all begin here – First Songs.

“Fire is gorgeous and smoldering”- Pitchfork

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Meet Shannon Lay / I-D interview and track premiere

“My favorite thing people say when they come up to me after a show is, ‘I needed that.’ I think when you cry in those moments, you probably needed to do that. It probably needed to come out,” she says. “I love that I can facilitate that for people.”

Read Shannon Lay’s interview with I-D here

Listen to new single “Recording 15” below.

Living Water is out September 22 on Woodsist/ Mare.

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Shannon Lay shares new track/video, “Coast” & is on tour with Kevin Morby now

Shannon Lay recently announced her new LP, Living Water which will be the inaugural release on Kevin Morby’s new Mare imprint. Mare will operate as an imprint of the Woodsist label, which also released Morby’s first two solo albums. Today Shannon shares “Coast,” the second single / video from the album. Watch it below. ICYMI, listen to the first single, “The Moons Detriment.” Shannon Lay is currently opening up for Morby on his Fall North American tour (see full dates below).

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Bio:
“The first time I saw Shannon my heart was broken into a million pieces. I had known her from her wonderful punk band Feels as the lead guitarist who shouted back up, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her performing solo. But there she was – at a small bar in Los Angeles to maybe 15 people watching while she sat in a chair with an electric guitar on her knee, orange hair covering her face and a picture of Bart Simpson projected behind her. She began her set and my heart stopped the moment her voice leaped into the air – and I did what I do in those rare situations – I recorded it. I pulled out my phone, opened up the voice memos and recorded her whole set (the last time I had done this was three years earlier while watching Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton do duets set at Cinefamily). After her performance I was in complete awe and wasn’t sure how to approach her to convey how much I loved it. Suddenly Shannon, an acquaintance from around town, had exposed her super power and I felt instantly star struck in her presence. “I recorded your set so I could listen to it again” I told her, and then to my surprise I found myself saying “let me put out your record” and after convincing Jeremy at Woodsist to do a collaborative release with me, here it is.
Living Water is an instant classic. Recorded by Emmet Kelly (Cairo Gang, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in his Los Angeles home studio, this is an album where you can hear the room reacting to the music taking shape around it. Shannon has a voice that transcends time and space. You can’t tell if she’s old or new, if she’s sitting next to you, on a mountain top, or down in some canyon. Already her second LP to be released in 2017, Shannon is a prolific songwriter, one who lives and breaths melody and with guitar skills to boot. Despite it’s 14 tracks, Living Water comes in well under 40 minutes, but like Pink Moon or Just Another Diamond Day before it, this is music so potent it exists outside the realms of time – but in a world specific only to itself and the new feelings it creates.
Shannon has been dominating the local scene in Los Angeles over the past two years, leaving everyone who witnesses completely breathless. Having just finished a tour with Ty Segall, Shannon is set to support Kevin Morby on a national tour this fall.” -Kevin Morby, Birmingham, Alabama, June 8th 2017

Press photo by Abby Banks

TOUR DATES:

09-08 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry *
09-06 Boston, MA – The Sinclair *
09-07 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg *
09-13 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway *
09-15 Dallas, TX – Sundown at Granada *
09-16 Austin, TX – The Mohawk *
09-18 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf *
09-19 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
09-21 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *
09-22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium *
09-23 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *

* = w/ Kevin Morby

Introducing Mare, our new imprint with Kevin Morby and its first release, Shannon Lay’s Living Water

Today Kevin Morby is officially launching his new label imprint, Mare Records with the signing of Shannon Lay & announcement of her new LP, Living Water. Mare will operate as an imprint of the Woodsist label, which also released Morby’s first two solo albums. Listen to the first single from Shannon’s new record, “The Moons Detriment.” Shannon Lay will also open up for Morby on his Fall North American tour (see full dates below).

 

“The first time I saw Shannon my heart was broken into a million pieces. I had known her from her wonderful punk band Feels as the lead guitarist who shouted back up, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her performing solo. But there she was – at a small bar in Los Angeles to maybe 15 people watching while she sat in a chair with an electric guitar on her knee, orange hair covering her face and a picture of Bart Simpson projected behind her. She began her set and my heart stopped the moment her voice leaped into the air – and I did what I do in those rare situations – I recorded it. I pulled out my phone, opened up the voice memos and recorded her whole set (the last time I had done this was three years earlier while watching Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton do duets set at Cinefamily). After her performance I was in complete awe and wasn’t sure how to approach her to convey how much I loved it. Suddenly Shannon, an acquaintance from around town, had exposed her super power and I felt instantly star struck in her presence. “I recorded your set so I could listen to it again” I told her, and then to my surprise I found myself saying “let me put out your record” and after convincing Jeremy at Woodsist to do a collaborative release with me, here it is.

Living water is an instant classic. Recorded by Emmet Kelly (Cairo Gang, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in his Los Angeles home studio, this is an album where you can hear the room reacting to the music taking shape around it. Shannon has a voice that transcends time and space. You can’t tell if she’s old or new, if she’s sitting next to you, on a mountain top, or down in some canyon. Already her second LP to be released in 2017, Shannon is a prolific songwriter, one who lives and breaths melody and with guitar skills to boot. Despite it’s 14 tracks, Living Water comes in well under 40 minutes, but like Pink Moon or Just Another Diamond Day before it, this is music so potent it exists outside the realms of time – but in a world specific only to itself and the new feelings it creates.

Shannon has been dominating the local scene in Los Angeles over the past two years, leaving everyone who witnesses completely breathless. Having just finished a tour with Ty Segall, Shannon is set to support Kevin Morby on a national tour this fall.” – Kevin Morby, Birmingham, Alabama, June 8th 2017

Shannon Lay
Living Water
woodsist091 / mare001
LP/ Digital
Release date: September 22, 2017

Listen to the first single below.

 

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SHANNON LAY TOUR DATES:
08-14 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre ^
08-21 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern *
08-22 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater *
08-24 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *
08-25 Fort Collins, CO – Downtown Artey *
08-26 Denver, CO – Globe Hall *
08-28 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *
08-29 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club *
08-31 Spring Green, WI – Shitty Barn *
09-01 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
09-02 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme *
09-03 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern *
09-04 Montreal, Quebec – Bar Le Ritz PBD *
09-08 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry *
09-06 Boston, MA – The Sinclair *
09-07 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg *
09-13 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway *
09-15 Dallas, TX – Sundown at Granada *
09-16 Austin, TX – The Mohawk *
09-18 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf *
09-19 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
09-21 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *
09-22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium *
09-23 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *

^ = w/ Brian Hill
* = w/ Kevin Morby

Woods announce Love Is Love North American tour & share “Bleeding Blue” via NPR

Thu-May-18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
Fri-May-19 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Sat-May-20 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
Sun-May-21 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Wed-May-24 Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
Thu-May-25 Victoria, BC @ Copper Owl
Fri-May-26 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Sat-May-27 Portland, OR @ Portland Rose Festival
Fri-Jun-30 Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
Sun-Jul-02 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Tue-Jul-04 Barrington, NH @ Boogle in the Barn
Wed-Jul-05 Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
Thu-Jul-06 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Fri-Jul-07 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Mon-Jul-10 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Tue-Jul-11 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Wed-Jul-12 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Thu-Jul-13 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri-Jul-14 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Sat-Jul-15 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

more info/ tickets

Listen to “Bleeding Blue” via NPR

Woods new album LOVE IS LOVE, due in April, listen to the title track


Recorded November – January 2017. Six new songs in 32 minutes.

Performers:

Jeremy Earl – vocals, guitars, percussion
Jarvis Taveniere – bass, guitar
Aaron Neveu – drums, percussion
John Andrews – piano, organs, wurlitzer
Alec Spiegelman – sax, flute
Cole Kamen-Green – trumpet

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“Wisdom comes with age, so it’s no surprise that Woods have grown more sage in the twelve years since they formed, expanding from sylvan drum circles into increasingly elaborate, transcendent psychedelia.”- Pitchfork

“We walked down streets and crammed onto trains, our faces masks of fear. Unsure how to react, we, collectively, did not react. We grieved for a country and an ideal we never thought would die. We grieved for a loss of certainty.

We argued about what we thought would happen. We preached understanding. We advocated for anger. Some people said that we’d at least get some incredible art, other people said that was a small view of a world we were quickly realizing we’d misunderstood. Everyone was right. Everyone was wrong. Art made in precarious times matters as much as we let it matter.

But what are we looking for from the art we enjoy? Escapism? A reckoning with harsh reality? A temporary shared hallucination? Music can heal because it presents the pain of being human as universal.

Love is Love was written and recorded in the two months immediately following the election, but it’s not a record borne entirely of angry, knee-jerk reaction to what America is becoming. Instead, it’s a meditation on love, and on what life means now. Taking cues from last year’s City Sun Eater in the River of Light, it feels very much like a record made from living, shoulder to shoulder, in a major city: weaving psychedelic swirls of guitar between languid horns reminiscent of the best Ethiopian jazz—Love is Love is a distinctly New York record. It is a document of protest in uncertain times and an open-hearted rejection of cynicism in favor of emotional honesty. It is bright, and then, unexpectedly, a little dark sometimes too.

There will be parts of life where we will watch as events unfold and we will feel helpless. We will not be sure of the future. On good days, we’ll have each other. On the bad ones, we’ll turn to the art that helps us feel something. Love is Love is a document of the new world we live in, proof that light can come from despair and hope is still possible. We just need a little help remembering it exists.” – Sam Hockley-Smith


EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

Mar 20 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Mar 21 Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
Mar 22 Liege, BE – Reflektor
Mar 23 Amiens, FR – La Lune des Pirates
Mar 24 Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey
Mar 25 La Rochelle, FR – La Sirene
Mar 27 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Mar 28 Lyon, FR – L’Epicerie Moderne
Mar 29 Geneva, CH – La Graviere
Mar 30 Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
Mar 31 Torino, IT – Spazio 211
April 1 Rome, IT – Monk
April 2 Ravenna, IT – Bronson
April 4 Milan, IT – Serraglio
April 5 Montpellier, FR – Victoire 2
April 6 Barcelona, ES – Apolo
April 7 Madrid, ES – Barcelo
April 8 Lisbon, PT – Musicbox

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