Mild High Club is the home for the musical output of Alexander Brettin, a jazz-schooled musician transplanted from the Midwest to Los Angeles. The Club is due to release its debut album Timeline on Circle Star Records, the new imprint of Stones Throw Records, September 18th, 2015, and fans can hear new song “Undeniable” now. Premiered originally via Stereogum, they write of the blissed out psych track, “it feels like a lost ’60s tune, each note sustained with a twirl of vibrato creating an elongated nonchalant West Coast vibe . . . it’s sweet, in all senses of the word.”
Recording with a Fostex 4-track cassette recorder, MacBook, 12-string electric guitar, PortaSound keyboard, bass, drum machine, software instruments “and whatever was lying around,” Brettin began recording Timeline in 2012. In addition to the pure pop of singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren, sixties psych wields an obvious influence over Mild High Club’s music. Brettin strips away the opulence and over-the-top arrangements and oddball tomfoolery commonly associated with it in favor of phased melodies and heartfelt lyrics.
For live performances, Brettin draws other members of the loose Mild High Club collective from all over the United States. “The advantages to working alone are being selfish and taking all the time you want,” he explains, while “the disadvantages are being selfish and taking all the time you want. When I wrote and recorded the bulk of Timeline, I just wanted to have a vinyl record. Two and a half years later, we’ve got the band and handfuls of other ‘club members’ around the country who occasionally get together for ‘club meetings’. The Mild High Club is just a vessel for our musical and comical curiosities.”
Mild High Club recently toured with post-punk pioneers Wire and has shared the stage with the likes of Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink and Mikal Cronin. This summer, he’ll embark on a string of North American and European dates with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, so make sure you catch KCRW’s “local artist we love” with the “woozy dream pop” sound that has NME excited.
Mild High Club’s Timeline album arrives September 18th on Circle Star Records, with pre-orders available via iTunes.
Mild High Club Tour Dates
Aug 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo Park Rising
Aug 25 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar #
Aug 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Echo #
Aug 27 – Visalia, CA – Cellar Door #
Aug 28 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop #
Aug 31 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios #
Sep 1 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret #
Sep 2 – Seattle, WA – Highline
Sep 3 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112 #
Sep 5 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry #
Sep 6 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean #
Sep 18 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal
Sep 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Fest
Oct 21 – Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds
Oct 22 – Glasgow, UK – The Hug and Pint
Oct 23 – Manchester, UK – Gullivers
Oct 26 – London, UK – Old Blue Last
Oct 28 – Antwerp, BE – Trix
Oct 29 – Amsterdam, NL – Butcher’s Tears (Subbacultcha Night)
Oct 30 – Berlin, DE – ACUD
# with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
1. Club Intro
3. Note To Self
4. You and Me
7. Rollercoaster Baby
9. Weeping Willow
10. The Chat (feat. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood)
It would appear that politics is not Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s (D-VT) only passion. Apparently, the self-described socialist was also, at one point, an aspiring folk singer.
In fact, he loved folk music so much that, in 1987, he recorded his very own folk album. The six track album entitled “We Shall Overcome” was recorded in-studio with the help of 30 other Vermont folk singers.
Side one includes five traditional folk standards with a “conversation” with Sanders on the second side.
According to to one Vermont political blog, the album was recorded while Sanders was serving as the mayor of Burlington.
Phoenix radio DJ Paul “Neanderpaul” Marshall has taken the time to complete the wholly unnecessary but altogether enlightening task of sequencing “almost every AC/DC song ever recorded” — he omitted the few of their tracks that utilise the classic fadeout — because he “thought it’d be ‘funny’ to see how many times AC/DC ends their songs in a similar fashion”.
The result? Well, let’s just say that you should probably prepare yourself for more power chords than you could shake the horns at over the next two-and-a-half minutes (plus a few hilarious vocal spasms for good measure). And, yes, these are all taken from different songs.
“It took a LONG time to go through,” Marshall wrote. “I promise you, no song was repeated.”
Via The Music
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