Howth are hitting the road to promote their new album Newkirk which came out last May (stream/buy here). The band have just announced a set of tour dates that will take them across the land. The announcement comes with a music video for the lovely “Grand Marais”, a track off of Newkirk that we have the honor of premiering right here.
“Belly Of The Beast” is a new song from Howth written in response to the Occupy Wall Street protests and as a general reflection of the shape the country is in.
Here’s what Carl, who wrote the song, had to say about it:
The song Belly of the Beast was written by Carl after attending the Occupy Wall Street protests at Times Square on 10/15/11 with Blake and Mecca Lecca Recording Company founder Jonny Leather.
After the protests, a General Assembly was held at Washington Square park where Professor Gayatri Spivak of Columbia University gave a speech stressing the importance of political action by Occupy Wall Street demonstrators because they are in “the belly of the beast.”
Some footage of Professor Gayatri’s moving speech can be found here:
Because amplification is not allowed at public protests in New York City, those that attend General Assemblies must utilize a series of echoes to spread the message of speakers to the entire group, an experience that is truly powerful to witness and be a part of.
“Belly Of The Beast” is a solemn mindful affair that speaks of the current situation with poetic ease. It’s not to be missed.
It’s released as a mini EP that comes with two live tracks. You can download it over at bandcamp. The band has two CMJ dates this week. Check those out after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »
I introduced the fantastic Howth to you guys back in February, and they’re re-releasing their album through new label, Mecca Lecca. To celebrate, the band is giving away an incredible reworking of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”, the staple song of all things romantic. I am honored that they decided to let me premiere the track, because it’s exceptionally great.
It’s a touching display of affection that is impossible to ignore. Whitney’s cover is nearly impossible to out-do, but Howth didn’t try to do that. They molded the song into their own shape, and the result is something just as breathtakingly beautiful.
This is a cover that they should truly be proud of.
Howth is the duo of Carl Creighton and Blake Luley. They released their new self titled album via the name your own price method on bandcamp. I took a listen, and it’s a very impressive album. They recorded it in a makeshift basement recording studio. The result is a raw and emotional album that is as real as they come.
Immediately upon hearing the captivating riffs of opener “Cooperstown”, I knew I was in for a treat. At first, I thought it sounded a lot like Fleet Foxes. It’s folky, but not in the traditional sense. It’s a lot darker and moodier. What followed next was “Needles and Pins”, arguably the best song on the album. It’s just good songwriting, plain & simple. Please give it a listen. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
The album dances around murky territories, while somehow sounding uplifting at the same time. “Hecksher Field #3″ sounds very Simon & Garfunkel, it’s almost scary (in a good way).
As a whole, this is an album you shouldn’t sleep on. They’re giving it away for free, but you can also buy it from them for $10. It’s hand made, and limited to 60 copies. Head to their bandcamp page for more info.
Spring has slowly turned into summer. The weather is nice, we have more free time, and yet we find ourselves busier than ever. Here’s a little mix I made of some of the songs that made May quite alright.
Download the whole thing at the end of the post. As always, thanks to the creative mind that is Camilo Bejarano for the beautiful artwork.
Some of you guys enjoyed my January Mix so much that you’ve requested more. I couldn’t let you down. So I made you guys another mix for February.
I know, I know, it’s March 2nd. I’ve been a bit behind on life, and am still playing catch up. I threw together this mix with my favorite stuff from the past 28 days or so. Some of these you should know, and some of them you may not know. That all doesn’t matter. These are 32 songs that kept me very happy through the gray month that we know as February.
I put this songs together in an order that made some sense in my mind. There are all kinds of songs here, and hopefully a few of them do you some good. This is meant to be played for top to bottom. So if you add the entire thing to your iTunes, it should be placed in order. You can stream all tracks individually if a little taste is all you’re after. You can download the whole thing as a ZIP file at the end of the post as well.
I hope you enjoy my February 2011 Mix. Please be sure to leave a comment below, letting me know your thoughts,. Good, or bad. Let me know what songs worked for you, and what didn’t.