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G'day, readers

I turned 29 yesterday, no small feat but also not particularly exciting. It was a quiet day of walking, gaming, drawing, eating, and drinking. That last part makes this morning's message a bit of a slog. I tried to avoid getting hungover, but a few friends and I had a great time sitting around the fire so here I am. At least I made breakfast tacos this morning. The day is looking up.

Here is what I drew yesterday. First in my birdwatcher's series. 




Gimme a break this week :P

Yours,

Michael 


 
Join me in wishing an extremely warm welcome to the newest member of the label, Josh Halper! 

The Nashville-based session guitarist embarks on his own with a confident debut record that nods to the work of Randy Newman, William Tyler, Jim O'Rourke, and Elliot Smith.

            


'Alrightnik' is bolstered by intelligent compositions paired with a wry and playful approach to lyricism. It's a really special record we are honored to have a hand in releasing. Halper is a shining star in the world of fucked-up country and western music. Watch out, Lambchop. 

New Commute shared a few choice words about the first single, Who Knows, which was also reviewed by Americana UK . Check those out below.

https://www.newcommute.net/feed/2020/11/9/josh-halper-who-knows
https://americana-uk.com/track-premiere-josh-halper-who-knows

And today, as an added bonus, we have made the song 'Prelude in E Major' available on bandcamp. The song was written as an instrumental prelude to Who Knows, so do yourself a favor and start your Sunday with the pair. 

The record is available for pre-order now, on cassette, CD, or digitally. 
Check out a new video for JR Samuels 'A Hand Like God,' made by Jon himself.
Snag a tape if you haven't already!
Listen to a lovely interview with Joan on half-ass prayers and mercy,
conducted by the fabulous writer/musician Ben Seretan


'House of Mercy' is out now however you listen to music. 
Last bit of hype! I forgot last week to share this comp put together by our friends at Oof Records. I have an improvised piano piece included at the end of the collection, so dig in! I think it's pretty good, and hope to release more improvised music next year. 

5:3:2 PICKS has gone fishin' 

I'm zonked, stay tuned for some really good picks next week. 


In the meantime, I bought this super old Robert Stillman CD/DVD combo and it's breathtaking. Included in last week's picks, Robert is one of my biggest inspirations. His music is consistently groundbreaking and alive, and here it is used to soundtrack old footage of workers across different industries in Maine during the early 1900s. Hop on Discogs and see if you can snag one of the 50 copies that were made. 

https://robertstillman.com




 
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