November 19, 2013
Today marks a special day for Maximum Ames Records. Today is the official release date of Mumford’s Immediate Family. This band was the very first band in our stable, and we’re very proud of the work they’ve done. This new album signifies a big step forward for the group. But enough talk. Watch the video above (made by Greg of the Wheelers) to hear a mix of tracks taken from the record. Then buy it right here. And be sure to stay tuned to mumfordsmusic.com for news on the band’s upcoming release shows. The video below is of the band performing the opening track of Immediate Family last weekend at Little Big Fest in Des Moines.
More to come very soon, but here are some notes from our other artists:
- You can still pre-order Gloom Balloon‘s debut LP right here.
- Listen to Gloom Balloon’s Daytrotter session.
- Read this In Your Speakers review of Gloom Balloon’s debut 7″. (hint: they like it! 79/100)
- Christopher the Conquered is hosting A Conquered Family Thanksgiving next Tuesday, November 26th at Mars Cafe in Des Moines. Lots of Max Ames and Iowa music will be repped. Details here.
- Christopher the Conquered has released two more covers videos featuring appearances by Patrick Tape Fleming and Joe Terry of The Poison Control Center. Check them out here.
- Trouble Lights is playing in New York City on December 12th. Details here.
We’ll leave you with this exclusive Hasty Revelations session featuring Gloom Balloon, performing live in Handwritten Recording Studio in Chicago.
October 22, 2013
Yes. It is finally here. After over two years, Mumford’s is making a valiant return with their most beautiful effort to date. Before you read any further, be sure to go pre-order the 2xLP now and get a free copy of the band’s new live album, Songs for the Dead and Dying, on CD.
Mumford’s is set to release its third studio album, Immediate Family, on November 19th. Since forming in 2008, this critically acclaimed and emotionally charged band has been on five national tours, performed in 36 states, and played more than 500 shows.
This new album represents an evolution of the Mumford’s sound and recording process. Immediate Family is a compilation of story-driven, thematic ballads. Each song revolves around various fictional characters and their interactions within their families. Some of the characters are recurring and have the opportunity to respond to one another across multiple tracks.The lyrics and instruments work in tandem to drive the narrative of intertwining relationships, families, and societal misconceptions forward.
In the studio, the band chose to step out of its comfort zone by electing to record the bulk of the album live together. On previous albums the band recorded individual instruments and later pieced them together. Most of the album was recorded at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames during one long marathon session.
The record’s first single, “Caster”, is a rocking, upbeat, sing-along song that tackles the concept of gender and turns it on its head. The lyrics challenge society to look at gender and sex through a different lens. Listen to the single now:
Immediate Family concludes by turning the concept of family back on the band with the track “Don”. This song is named after Don Mumford, the man who inspired the creation of Mumford’s and its name. This album is meant to carry on the heritage that he left for the world and ensure that his legendary name is never forgotten.
Next up: Gloom Balloon! We just dropped the debut 7″ today, and the LP is available for preorder with some rad bonus tracks if ya dare sling the coin. Take a look at the video above to see Gloom live on Tube Balloon. Our good friends over at Spin Magazine just debuted the single “She Was the One That Got Away” from the Gloom Balloon 7″. Listen to that here and find out why Spin says “Gloom Balloon are full of surprises, but the subject matter of “She Was the One That Got Away” is not one of them”.
Ok, next up: The dudes of Daytrotter just released a brand new session from the Wheelers! Yes, check it out here, then watch this ultra-cool live video of the band on Vicarious Sessions:
Also, if you haven’t ordered the band’s Maximum Ames debut yet, you should. It comes on brilliantly clear vinyl. Check out how rad this package is:
So good. Get it now.
Last thing: Christopher the Conquered has released a bunch more covers videos since we last talked. A few special ones above featuring Annalibera and Max Jury. Catch up the series here and buy Christopher’s album here.
October 1, 2013
Gloom Balloon is the debut solo project by Patrick Tape Fleming, the founder of the indie rock band The Poison Control Center. That band has played over 1,000 shows, released 3 critically acclaimed records, opened for Jeff Mangum, Pavement, and Of Montreal, toured with Apples In Stereo, and was named 2011 Live Act of the Year by Steven Hyden at the AV Club.
After a 13 month tour the band decided to go into hibernation. This left Tape Fleming alone in a deep depression with no artistic outlet, so he began painting. He called his first piece Gloom Balloon. This 6-foot tall painting is indicative of his emotional and mental state at the time. It was on the cusp of committing suicide that Gloom Balloon learned of the death of his musical hero, Bill Doss of The Olivia Tremor Control. In that moment, Gloom Balloon decided to live.
Translating abstract explorations on canvas into music, Gloom Balloon has created a harrowing set of unflinchingly personal songs. Enlisting co-producer Christopher Ford (Christopher the Conquered) and string arranger H.D. Harmsen, the music mixes classical instruments with modern electronics.
Gloom Balloon’s debut release, She Was the One That Got Away (7″/DL), sounds like a modern day take on Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, with saxes, flutes, and horns floating around a classic hip-hop beat. The single’s b-side features Bob Nastanovich of Pavement and the Silver Jews screaming imaginary horse names. It’s with that free-form style of collaboration and freedom that these home recordings are assembled.
Side A of Gloom Balloon’s debut LP, You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Disaster/Fix The Sunshine Pts. 1-7 (An Ode To Bill Doss) (LP/CD/DL), features songs written on the verge of suicide, elliptically examining emotions in a wonderfully melancholy song cycle. Featuring the Finezza Quartetto, each song shifts through familiar and forgotten sounds into colorful and unpredictable combinations. Side B (Fix The Sunshine) is dedicated entirely to Bill Doss, whose voice you hear on track one. The side is a sonic kaleidoscope of styles exploring experimental soundscapes, electronic beats, and straight up psych-pop. Gloom Balloon is talking directly to Will Cullen Hart and Bill Doss of The Olivia Tremor Control when he sings: “All the children in the world are one day going to die, so Will, You, and I.”
Preorder the vinyl now only as a bundle with the debut Gloom Balloon 7″ and receive:
- Advance shipping of the 7″ and album together
- Advance streaming of the album and 7″ tracks
- Collectible “gloom” balloons
- Exclusive digital download of a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “One of Us Cannot Be Wrong”
- Exclusive digital download of the acoustic demos of Side A of You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Disaster/Fix The Sunshine Pts. 1-7 (An Ode to Bill Doss)
- An autographed copy of a page of the string arrangements for the song “Gloom Balloon”, signed by Patrick Tape Fleming (Gloom Balloon), composer/conductor H.D. Harmsen, and co-producer/musician Christopher Ford (Christopher the Conquered).
- Personalized Gloom Balloon painting by Patrick Tape Fleming
- A chance to win a big Gloom Balloon painting and a test pressing of the LP + 7″
Gloom Balloon + Christopher the Conquered Tour Dates:
- 10/24 – Northfield, MN – The Chapel
- 10/25 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club (w/ Jacuzzi Boys)
- 10/26 – Beloit, WI – Coughy Haus
- 10/27 – Madison, WI – Dragonfly Lounge
- 10/28 – Chicago, IL – TBA
- 10/29 – Galesburg, IL – TBA
- 10/30 – St. Louis, MO – Livery Company
- 10/31 – Nashville, TN – TBA
- 11/01 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
- 11/02 – Athens, GA – Flicker Theater
- 11/03 – Asheville, NC – Emerald Lounge
- 11/04 – Knoxville, TN – TBA
- 11/05 – Memphis, TN – CourtHouse Co-op
- 11/06 – Lafayette. LA – Artmosphere
- 11/07 – Houston, TX – TBA
- 11/08 – Austin, TX – Hole in the Wall
- 11/09 – Denton, TX – JJ’s Pizza
- 11/10 – Fayetteville, AR – Nightbird Books
- 11/11 – Colombia, MO – TBA
- 11/12 – Kirksville, MO – The Aquadome