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XPN Fest Recap: The Record Company shreds and then shreds some more

The Record Company | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

In a weekend full of bands so big they were tough to stuff onto one stage, The Record Company broke the trend. The Los Angeles trio spaced out across the River stage Sunday evening with plenty of room. They needed every inch.

Unless he was forced to stay seated because of a lap steel guitar, Lead man Chris Vos was all over the place. He was like an animal out there, thrashing around with his guitar in a solo-flooded set, starting with the band’s latest single “Baby I’m Broken.” After that, the band’s only released LP Give It Back To You filled up the setlist. The vibe floated between rock in its truest and most mind-blowing form, with occasional drops of a country flavor seeping through the cracks. It was simple but in a good way. Between songs, Vos had plenty of positive messages — thanks to WXPN’s very own Bruce Warren for spinning a demo of theirs in 2012, news that they’re working on a new album we can expect next year, and notice that bassist Alex Stiff is a local boy who loves playing shows near home. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Courtney Marie Andrews at Boot & Saddle, The Record Company at Chameleon Club

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Courtney Marie Andrews | photo by Susy Sundborg | via artist’s Facebook

Courtney Marie Andrews brings her latest (and breakout) album Honest Life to Boot & Saddle tonight, a record whose first songs were written while the Seattle country musician was experiencing heartbreak and homesickness in Belgium. A collaborator of many and a longtime session player, Andrews recently teamed up with Bonnie “Prince” Billy for a duet of the classic gospel tune “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” – a track featured in this month’s Now Hear This installment. Watch “Put the Fire Out” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with The Dove & The Wolf here.

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XPN Fest Recap: The Record Company remind us what rock is all about

The Record Company | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
The Record Company | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

With an outage at the River Stage resulting in no internet or broadcasting, XPoNential Festival was lucky enough to have The Record Company push onward at the Jerseyarts.com Marina Stage, where the band played with enough power and blues rock energy to amplify the audience. The band played to an absolutely monstrous crowd, which encircled them entirely around the stage. At one point, when frontman Chris Vos turned his back on the audience in front of him, he had a quick moment of surprise to see flocks of fans equally as eager watching the band from behind. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: The Record Company get people “Off The Ground” with blues and soul

The Record Company | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The Record Company | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Los Angeles blues rock trio The Record Company were next up on the PRX Stage. Their set kicked off from the start with “Off The Ground” from their debut album Give It Back To You, and immediately the entire crowd was dancing to the band’s brand of soulful blues and pedal steel guitar.

For the next song, vocalist Chris Vos got up from his pedal steel to play a killer harmonica solo while bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla held down a tight groove. They followed up with the marching “On The Move” and the tense “Rita Mae Young.” Continue reading →

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Listen to an exclusive new song, “Four Days Three Nights” by blues-roots-rockers The Record Company

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Feels So Good is the recent (and second) EP from the Los Angeles blues-rock-roots trio, The Record Company. It’s their first release for Kill/Hurt records and is being treated to a very cool limited edition release on vinyl including the original 5 song EP and 3 extra tracks. The Record Company are Chris Vos (Vocals/Guitar), Alex Stiff (Bass/Vocals) and Marc Cazorla (Drums/Vocals). Stiff is formerly from the Philadelphia area, and grew up in Wayne. Since debuting, the band’s been ripping it up on the local music scene in LA; they’re a little bit Wood Brothers, a little bit Canned Heat, a little bit Morphine, and a lot of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Below, listen to “Four Days Three Nights”

Feels So Good EP Track List
Side A:
01. Feels So Good (3:56)
02. Roll Bones (3:18)
03. Hard Day Coming Down (3:51)
04. Baby I’m Broken (3:37)
05. Darlin’ Jane (4:05)

Side B (previously unreleased):
01. Never Gonna Cry For Me (9:01)
02. Four Days Three Nights (3:27)
03. Superdead Sessions #4 (8:10)

Pre-order the Feels So Good EP here.

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My Morning Download: “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely” by The Record Company

The Record Company are a blues based trio from Los Angeles. The band includes vocalist Chris Vos who plays guitars, lap steel, pedal steel, harmonica; Marc Cazorla on drums, piano and vocals and Alex Wood on bass, guitars, piano and vocals. Wood has connections to the area, as he grew up in Wayne before heading West for the rock and roll life. The band’s debut album, Super Dead, is a collection of subtle, funky and well played blues music that hearkens the musical spirits of Morphine and John Lee Hooker. The charm of the band’s songs come from their raw and live in the studio recordings. Below, check out the video and download the song “Don’t Let Me Get Lonely.” To hear more songs from the band’s debut album go here.

Don’t Let Me Get Lonely by therecordcompany

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-LiyG-IjHs&fb_source=message

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Evolution, Not Throwback: Mace Canister Recordings’ Chuck Meehan is a punk scene vet living in the now

Chuck Meehan | photo by Karen Kirchhoff
Chuck Meehan | photo by Karen Kirchhoff for Loud! Fast! Philly! | loudfastphilly.com

Kevin Seconds of the band 7 Seconds might still sing about how he’s “going to stay young until I die,” but he’s in his late 50s at this point, and not getting any younger. That same attitude, this idea of youth as an ideal, has always been one of the pillars of punk. But what if you don’t live fast and die young? You can be like Seconds and still sing those same songs to the same group of nostalgia-seekers looking to regain their past glory or at the very least try and plug in to something that existed well before they were born. Or you can be like Philadelphia’s own Chuck Meehan – same age as Seconds, give or take a few months – and spend your time trying to make the current punk scene better than anything that has ever existed before.

Meehan played bass in hardcore legends YDi in the early 80s, but if you ask anyone who knows him now, that will be way down at the bottom of the list of things they bring up. “Chuck just gets it,” according to Amy Opsasnick, who plays guitar in Ramones-core band Dark Thoughts. “He doesn’t have to rely on living in the past because he is in the present, but can use his past in a positive way — in sharing wild ass stories, pointing out cycles, parallels, and tired trends. He’s more excited about what’s up now.”

When he’s not at his job as a coordinator at an international shipping company, Meehan’s free time is almost completely engulfed by music. He’s a fixture at punk shows across the city. While he sometimes ends up at a more established – read: legal – venue, his heart and soul firmly reside in the chaotic basements and warehouses of DIY punk, spots he jokingly refers to as geographically NOYFB (None of Your Freakin’ Business, in more polite conversation). Continue reading →

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Cold Fronts, Dreamswell and more to appear at Good Behavior Records’ Hurricane Relief series of shows at Underground Arts

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Cold Fronts | photo courtesy of the artist

There’s nothing better than heading out for a gig and knowing that it’s all for a good cause. Local non-profit label Good Behavior Records understand this well — they’ve just announced two upcoming shows at Underground Arts, both to support hurricane relief efforts in the US Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. As part of another hurricane fundraiser, Good Behavior also recently released a Hurricane Relief Compilation to support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Continue reading →