Man, April gets a bad rap. Most often, the month is remembered as a rainmaker or tagged for it’s tax day by our Estadounidense peeps or as Terribly Sexy Eliot says, “April is the cruellest month” (sic). Even Samuel Clemens couldn’t resist a dig when he said, “The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” We couldn’t disagree any more. That’s why we’re going to throw down the gauntlet for a very special April’s Fools day show next year. Mark your calendars!
In the meantime, we’ve had a great April. Circuit Breaker Records has held not one but two California summits (sort of). The last of which surrounds our great friend Denton’s (Fast Friends/Gifthorse) nuptials to Leigh Ann, the best thing that ever happened to him. Salud!
And after all this time in California, it only feels right to feature two songs from Infinite Transmissions Project Deflate the Stars. Recorded simultaneously with Second Hand Rubbish, this album explores the cult of celebrity. The album takes aim at teenage millionaires, and Songs About California. Musically, the additions of Frank Dubec (Vevlo Eel), Greg Landry (Train in Vain) and Kimberly Hellweg find the collective exploring an increased use of live drums and increased layering of instrumentation. You can still find searing guitar leads (see Automatic Freedom Fighter), trumpet (see Not About You) and cleverly delivered lyrics (see all). From the opening crash of a wave on Don’t Count Me Out (that is a wave crashing, right?) to the final jet wash on “Drive Away“, you will find an album chock full of sonic subtlety. Easter egg hunters saddle up, this album rewards the close listener. We hope you hold on!
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Spring is here again, and we’ve all got an acute case of March Madness here at CBR. If you’re in Vegas this weekend, look for several Circuit Breaker Records associates over by the sportsbook, secretly wishing they could be betting on UVA. (Congrats to our buddy and soon-to-not-be-a-bachelor Denton, aka Fast Friends!)
Maybe you also fancy a wager from time to time, but mister let me tell you’ve found a sure thing when you sign up for the Circuit Breaker Record Club. This month we’re releasing to our loyal members the towering 2003 classic debut album from Charlottesville’s Vevlo Eel, entitled The Sound of a Thousand Chryslers Rusting. Featuring hits like “Soy Bomb” and “Home by Ten,” this record nicely captures the raw energy of a super tight power trio at its peak, and it’s yours with just one measly click (well, maybe a couple clicks to finish the whole subscription process).
For a preview, why not give “Best We Got” a spin (above)? We’ve paired this month’s A-side with another tune from the record, “Payday.” Ok, maybe we are a little desperate for you to subscribe to our Record Club. Did I mention the Record Club?
Thanks for listening!
Gifthorse live shot at the legendary Tokyo Rose, circa 2000
It may be the year of the Goat/Sheep now that the Chinese New Year has passed but it’s always the year of the Horse here at Circuit Breaker Records. The year of Gifthorse, that is.
This month we’ve got not one but two timeless Gifthorse singles. The first, National Treasure originally appeared on the first ever Gifthorse (and Circuit Breaker Records) release, “&“. The song begins delicately with a salute to change and continues with meterological references of dropping mercury, local radar and fairer weather. A contrast to some of the other more straightforward and raucous Gifthorse material from this era, this love song is harbinger of some of the more developed music to come in later days.
Our B-Side this weeks comes is a good example of the latter era of the Horse. “Reach Through”, the venerable third track from the final Gifthorse record, “Rest on Your Laurels” was recorded at David Lowery’s Sound of Music. Here we find the horse playing with song structure and growing lyrically. For example, as a nod to what is to come, “crystal ball sees, forsee walking away form projects, decrees”. It sounds like the Horse knew the end was nigh, or was it neigh.
We have some good news for Gifthorse fans however. Rumors are swirling about a second 3/4 Horse reunion recently in Los Angeles. All signs are pointing to a new release in 2015. Stay tuned, Beezlebub, our witness!
Dearest listeners: I’ll be brief. Thanks as always for listening. We couldn’t do any of this without you.
Manitowoc rounds out 2014 with a brand new single today, a rousing anthem called “One by One.” Apologies to Nabakov- not sure if they’re talking about your titular character or not. (Maybe the name just fit really well phonetically!)
We’ve been putting our heads together and making lists of potential CBR releases for 2015, and let me tell you that we’ve got big plans in store for you! Look for a reboot of our popular Song Club plus new releases from Witchcatcher, Hallelujah Boy, Manitowoc and The Royal Me. A reunited Gifthorse has also been recording new material, which is particularly exciting for everyone at both CBR HQs. Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list (over there on the right) to keep up with the latest news and releases next year!
Speaking of signing up, make sure you subscribe to our Circuit Breaker Record Club, which has made a new exclusive release available today, a reissue of one of the finest unreleased Hallelujah Boy records, The Fountain of Youth. Showcasing a mostly acoustic sounds throughout, this record fits right along thoughts that come up this time of year, pondering another year ending and our inevitable march towards uncertain futures. We’ve got one of the record’s strongest tunes, “In the Sea,” here as our B-Side for the month.
Happy New Year!
For most of us, this time of year is about giving thanks, celebrating holidays with loved ones, and appreciating all that makes our lives worthwhile. At Circuit Breaker Records, we plan to do all of this and more, plus we also have our own special something to celebrate: the nuptials of our co-founder, Witchcatcher aka Spider E. Graveyard aka Ford Englander.
We raise a glass (ok, many many glasses) to you and your lovely bride, and, to keep the good times rolling, we also proudly revisit one of our favorite Witchcatcher jams from his debut record, Bewitchcatchered. For us it truly does all comes down to “Beaumont.”
For our B-side, we’ve got the leadoff track from our latest release to the Circuit Breaker Record Club, Hallelujah Boy’s Singles 2013. Featured last year as part of our Song Club, “Because I Said So” is one of 11 newly remastered singles that can be yours when you subscribe to our Record Club.
Thank you for listening!