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Greg Graffin

Millport

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Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has done it all.  From penning academic works exploring the interaction between evolution and religion, delivering lectures at the University of Cornell and University of California, to fronting one of the most celebrated punk rock bands of the past thirty years, little has remained beyond Graffin’s scope of engagement.  

For a man with so much on the go, Graffin has always budgeted a little time for himself.  This typically takes the form of a solo album about every ten or so years.  Each contribution has defined itself uniquely.  1997’s piano driven American Lesion was inspired by the breakup of his marriage, and 2008’s Cold As The Clay paid respects to the Americana that continues to influence Graffin’s songwriting.

His third outing, Millport, serves as a pure passion piece, of which Graffin has likened the organic nature of the songwriting process to that which led to the iconic Bad Religion classic, Suffer.  Performed in a straight up country-rock format, produced and co-written by Bad Religion songwriter Brett Gurewitz, the album features backing instrumentation courtesy members of Social Distortion.  In many ways, Millport is to Graffin what Nick 13’s solo work is to Tiger Army – a significant and passionately executed detour.

Millport is an album defining itself through a healthy dose of country-driven twang, with Graffin’s vocals following suit.  “Backroads of My Mind” sets the tone by kicking up a little dust and drawing gearing up the honky tonk.  It’s far from anything remotely resembling punk-rock, and once you get over the initial shock and embrace the underlying authenticity, thrives because of it.  That being said, Graffin continues to draw upon stylistic staples like sweeping vocal harmonies and steady melodies in songs like “Too Many Virtues,” alongside traditional elements ranging from shifting pedal steel to string plucking banjos.  The title track feels particularly powerful, serving as a significant album standout that weaves in each instrument and influence.  Like a classic Bad Religion song, Graffin latches onto a melody and squeezes every ounce of momentum from chorus straight through to the late song bridge.  Other highlights like “Making Time,” “Echo On The Hill,” and “Sawmill” capture a distinctly rural spirit, filled with subtle “woah ohs” and tuneful backing fiddle and mandolin.  “Time of Need” is a particularly noteworthy aside due largely to the infusion of gospel elements reflecting Graffin’s belief that at the very least, religion has afforded the world with a fine soundtrack.

Overall, Millport shouldn’t be shocking to those of us that have grown up alongside Bad Religion, but it’s understandable for those less versed to find the country-rock content surprising to say the least.  Greg Graffin has had a remarkable career, and Millport affords yet another notable point of reference.  While country rock may not be for everyone, Millport stands to impress those willing to take Graffin’s latest solo for a spin.

Greg Graffin – Backroads Of My Mind

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album.  The album will be titled Millport, features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Listen to the song “Backroads Of My Mind” here.

Tour dates are below.  The album is expected to drop via ANTI- on March 10, 2017.

Tours: Greg Graffin

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin will be heading on tour in support of his upcoming solo album.  The album will be titled Millport, which features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Tour dates are below.  The album is expected to drop via ANTI- on March 10, 2017.

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Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) Details New Solo Album; Streams First Track

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album.  The track in question is “Making Time,” from the album Millport, which features instrumental accompaniment by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Listen to the song below.  The album is expected to drop via ANTI- on March 10, 2017.

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Video: Greg Graffin – Lincoln’s Funeral Train (Norman Blake)

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a music video for his recent cover of folk artist Norman Blake.  The track in question is “Lincoln’s Funeral Train,” for which the instrumental accompaniment was provided by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  

Watch the video below.

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Greg Graffin – Lincoln’s Funeral Train (Norman Blake)

ANTI-Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has premiered a cover of folk artist Norman Blake.  The track in question is “Lincoln’s Funeral Train,” about which he comments:

“This song is such a sorrowful piece of Americana and is deeply significant today. The vision of that black funeral train heading west forever into the sunset is symbolic of today’s flickering Republican torch. The Great Emancipator’s passing is once again relevant: Lincoln was the founding President of the Republican Party, a blip so distant on the horizon that it is hardly recognizable anymore.”

Instrumental accompaniment was provided by Social Distortion members Jonny ‘Two Bags’ Wickersham, Brent Harding and David Hidalgo, and was produced by Brett Gurewitz.  Listen to the track below.

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Dr. Dog Announces New LP; Premieres Song

Dr. DogPsychadelic folk outfit Dr. Dog has announced details for their next full length.  The disc will be titled The Psychedelic Swamp and is due out February 5, 2016 via ANTI-.  Coinciding with the announcement the band has premiered the new song “Bring My Baby Back” which can be heard here courtesy Vulture.

Upcoming tour dates can be found below.

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William Elliott Whitmore – Radium Death

ANTI-Singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Radium Death” and comes from the album of the same name which arrives in stores March 31, 2015 via Anti-

Listen to the song here courtesy Noisey.

Title Fight Streams ANTI- Debut

Title FightTitle Fight is streaming their ANTI- debut, Hyperview, in full which is due out February 3, 2015.  The album was recorded with producer Will Yip.

Listen to the full disc here courtesy NPR.

 

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Title Fight – Your Pain Is Mine Now

Title FightTitle Fight is streaming a new song.  The track is titled “Your Pain Is Mine Now” and is set to appear on their ANTI- debut, Hyperview, which is due out February 3, 2015.  The album was recorded with producer Will Yip.

Listen to the song here courtesy Pitchfork.

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Dr Dog

Dr. Dog

Live At The Flamingo Hotel

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Seven studio albums into their career and Dr. Dog has finally released their first live album. The generously packed nineteen-song set, Live At The Flamingo Hotel, brings the band’s rich back catalogue to life on stage in indiscriminate order. It’s a celebration of the psychedelic indie troupe’s various milestones and even an acknowledgement of some less referenced gems. As with all live offerings, success comes down to a combination of song selection and performance quality.  Dr. Dog does an admirable job of both.

Opting to wait sixteen years to release their first live album means that the band knows most of these songs inside and out. Fan favourites like “That Old Black Hole” capture the lively indie-pop deliverance that the sextet has become known for in recent years, thriving off the expansive, oh-so-cool percussive quavering of various shakers and hand claps. You can practically feel the rhythm that must have lit up the Flamingo Hotel stage as the band methodically rocks out in the iconic guitar closer of “Heart It Races.” Meanwhile, the lead in to the smoky lounger “The Beach” fits so tightly that listeners will be hard pressed to compartmentalize Live At The Flamingo Hotel into albums and eras. In this regard, the band’s career continuity pays off. Even the jazzy, mostly instrumental jam piece “Say Ahhh,” originally from their first full length, fits like a glove alongside the more contemporary, hook heavy “Jackie Wants A Black Eye,” from their ANTI- debut.

As with all Dr. Dog albums, Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken share vocal duties, both translating well from the studio to the stage, adding a little more edge in the process. Opening on the shared note of “These Days,” the two come across refreshingly looser outside of the studio. The occasional raspy pop or crackle finds its way to the surface, meshing well with the more hectic tone of songs like “Worst Trip” in a live setting.

Long time Dr. Dog listeners will appreciate the effortless flow running through Live At The Flamingo Hotel. The band amalgamates just the right combination of songs from various vectors of their career, highlighting the strengths that have made for a prolific existence. At one hour and thirty minutes the performance is a long one. But whether you sit through the set in a single sitting or pause for an intermission, Dr. Dog absolutely entertains from start to finish – exactly what you’d want in a live offering.

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Title Fight – Rose Of Sharon

Title FightTitle Fight is streaming a new song.  The track is titled “Rose Of Sharon” and is set to appear on their ANTI- debut, Hyperview, which is due out February 3, 2015.  The album was recorded with producer Will Yip.

Listen to the song here courtesy Pitchfork.

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Dr. Dog Full Album Stream

ANTI-Indie-rock outfit Dr. Dog has premiered a full album stream of the band’s upcoming album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, due out January 13, 2015 via ANTI-.  The live disc follows 2013’s B-Room.

Listen to all of the tracks here.

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Video: Man Man – Loot My Body

ANTI-Experimental indie group Man Man has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Loot My Body” which is taken from their latest release, On Oni Pond, available nowon ANTI-.

Watch the video below courtesy SPIN. 

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Video: Lost In The Trees – Past Life

Indie folk act Lost In The Trees has debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Past Life” from their upcoming full length, Past Life, due out February 18, 2014 via ANTI-.

View the video here courtesy SPIN.  Upcoming tour dates are below.

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THENEWRECORD.COM: Launches First-Ever Free Music Discovery Platform Created By Independent Record Labels

Anti-, Kill Rock Stars, Sub Pop, Century Media, Daptone, and Side One Dummy and 30+ labels have announced that they will be releasing songs on TheNewRecord.com with more added daily.

Rabid music fans often look at what their favorite record labels are releasing to discover new music. TheNewRecord has announced a partnership with over 30 independent labels to create a digital newsstand where every week the site will offer users a free filtered environment to play and download new songs weeks in advance of release. This is the first-ever music social network created by independent labels.

With a free one-time sign-up, a user can play and download unlimited free MP3s, use a built-in widget to embed songs or playlists, create and swap customizable playlists with other users, and share new finds over Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and 340 other social networks. Using the “Follow” feature, users will have new music delivered to them directly from the record label or artist before the release date. Users can also follow each other, filtering new music through their friend’s tastes.

TheNewRecord was founded by Bill Armstrong (co-founder of SideOneDummy Records) as a place to discover great new music and to solve some of the problems he faced as a label owner trying to get his artists noticed and above the static. “As a fan, I felt that new music wasn’t being organized in a way that made it easy to find.” From a label’s perspective, Armstrong’s solution was to create a music discovery community with other independent labels. “I wanted a filtered environment with what I consider other high quality artists whom we might share similar or even some of the same fans.” The New Record is a result of those two concepts and a lot of shop talk with other labels to try and define an idea that could be approached as community.

Cathy Bauer of Daptone Records explains, “TheNewRecord approaches the digital promotions arena with a focus on selling records, tapping into the familiarity of the social environment, and ultimately driving people to our store. Which is why we are into it!” Jim Mahoney, VP of industry group The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), adds, “Every A2IM’er I know who has seen how TheNewRecord works has been blown away.”

TheNewRecord’s launch will be limited to North America. Stay tuned for more announcements of exclusive new releases and new label partners.

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