American Songwriter Magazine Names Hurray for the Riff Raff's "The Body Electric" #1 Song of 2014
Posted on December 03, 2014
American Songwriter magazine has named Alynda Lee Segarra's powerful, haunting response to the murder ballad the #1 song of the year! Check out the entire list here.
1. Hurray for the Riff Raff: “The Body Electric” Alynda Lee Segarra takes more than 100 years of murder ballads to task on this standout from Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Small Town Heroes, calling out anyone who has sung along with “Delia’s Gone” or “Banks of the Ohio” or “Knoxville Girl.” “The Body Electric” is a bold reminder of the misogyny latent in those songs, which typically get a pass because they represent the prejudices of an earlier time. Her subject, however, isn’t merely violence against women. Instead, she questions the use of any kind of violence: “Tell me what’s a man with a rifle in his hand gonna do for a world that’s just dying slow.” Her voice sounds slow and burdened, as though the song’s topicality in 2014 is a sad reminder of the state of the union.
NPR Music Debuts New Single From Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, "Same Road"
Posted on November 20, 2014
NPR Music sits down with Nora Jane Struthers to talk about her new album, Wake, due out February 24, and to premeire the first single off the record, "Same Road."
"On her new album, which is called Wake and will be release on Feb. 24, Struthers also reveals herself as a rocker. The sound of the Party Line has progressed to include propulsive electric guitar and drums, and Struthers' sweet voice is showing an edge, the better to meet the challenge. Hear her new direction on "The Same Road," a track from the new album that should make anyone excited to hear the whole thing.”
Read the whole interview and listen to "Same Road" here!
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis Release First Single, "Baby Bye Bye" Off New Record Titled Kitty Daisy & Lewis The Third
Posted on October 29, 2014
Stream "Baby Bye Bye" here or preorder the album here and receive get "Baby Bye Bye' instantly!
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis return with their new album, three years on since their hugely acclaimed ‘Smoking In Heaven’.
Described as “a gift to those of us who still believe in magic” (The Observer), they have used those three years wisely, building a new 16 track analogue studio in a derelict Indian restaurant in Camden Town, resulting in an album and a sound all of their own making.
With new space and equipment, the band knew they could take their third album to another level, with the songwriting, instrumentation, styles, production and sound.
An early fan, Mick Jones of The Clash, was keen to get involved as producer. He spent four months rehearsing in their home and is moved to describe the album in cinematic terms:
“When Graeme Durham (A Passage To India - David Lean 1984) steps off the S.S. Orion in the mid 60's he has no idea that he along with Ingrid Weiss (The Sound Of Music - Robert Wise 1965) would spawn such ingénue. Kitty (Darling - John Schlesinger 1965), Daisy (The Outlaw - Howard Hughes 1943) & Lewis (King Creole - Michael Curtiz 1958) embark upon a remarkable journey engendering the transportation of an opera house over a mountain (Fitzcarraldo - Werner Herzhog 1982) culminating in the making of their third album Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third.
Utilizing many forgotten recording techniques this magical, heart-warming record really does produce a “feeling of wonder” (Zabriski Point - Michelangelo Antonioni 1970).” Mick Jones.
"With Mick on board, it was the first time we have worked with a producer," says Lewis, "Just having someone else in the room meant we could start bouncing ideas off other people and that was great."
"Our song writing has definitely changed over the three years," adds sister Kitty, "Through life experience and expanding our musical influences, we have now incorporated more of our musical loves into our music.
"And we had more gear to play with," says Daisy, "16 tracks, rather than 8, gave us the chance to use different production techniques and expand on our ideas in the studio".
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third was recorded and finished in the summer of 2014 and sets them apart, embracing a spread of influences from blues to disco, but always sounding unmistakably Kitty Daisy & Lewis. The stories in this album resonate with moods and melodies that touch you in ways that are both uplifting and unnerving. With three different writers and multi-instrumentalists in the band, each track is a sparkling gem that reflects a different facet of experience
Budos Band On NPR Music's World Cafe
Posted on October 20, 2014
"Brooklyn's nine-member Budos Band has a horn-driven sound, dubbed "Afro soul," which draws influence from funk and Afrobeat. As such, the group's new Burnt Offering fits perfectly on the Daptone Records roster, known for its deep understanding of soul, funk, gospel and Afrobeat music.
On this episode of World Cafe, The Budos Band performs some of its new songs and explains how beer fits into its tight touring schedule."
Listen to the full show here.