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Watch the music video for "It's All Is" from Robert Stillman's forthcoming album, What Does It Mean to be American? Posted 15 Dec 2021

"It's All Is" is the second advance single from What Does It Mean to be American?, the forthcoming album by UK-based, US-born composer & multi-instrumentalist Robert Stillman (out January 21, 2022 on Orindal Records (US) / KIT Records (UK)).

Under the Radar has the exclusive premiere of "It's All Is."

UTR's Caleb Campbell writes:

"Following right after 'Cherry Ocean,' the record’s opener and longest track, 'It’s All Is' is a comparatively scant two and a half minutes, almost all of which revolves around an alluring central saxophone riff. The track’s jazzy riff takes center stage but beneath Stillman crafts an intoxicating mix of clarinet, piano, and more, each played by Stillman himself. Each piece interlocks into place, creating a warm, loose, and casually inviting instrumental piece. Finally, the song descends into an ambient drone for its final moments, with Stillman continuing to prod at genre confines to the very end."

Read the full piece, including Stillman's thoughts on "It's All Is," HERE.

Robert Stillman announces new album What Does It Mean to Be American? & expanded, remastered vinyl reissue of 2017's Portals. Listen to singles from both albums now! Posted 30 Nov 2021

On January 21, 2022, Orindal Records (US) & KIT Records (UK) will co-release two albums by genre-defying, US-born, UK-based composer & multi-instrumentalist Robert Stillman: What Does It Mean to Be American? & Portals (2022 Remaster).

Today, For the Rabbits premiered singles from both albums: "Cherry Ocean" from What Does It Mean to Be American? & "Portals 8 (The Stranger), a bonus track from the newly remastered & expanded vinyl edition of Portals, Stillman's 2017 cassette of electric piano meditations.

For the Rabbits writes of "Cherry Ocean" & What Does It Mean to Be American?:

"An eight-minute opus, Cherry Ocean is the only track on What Does It Mean To Be American? that is not instrumental. Despite the rare foray into lyricism, Cherry Ocean is nonetheless just as boundary-pushing and eclectic as anyone who knows Robert’s music would expect. Prominent sustained piano chords and Robert’s warm vocal reminiscent of Jonathan Wilson bring the song to life, before orchestral flourishes, pitched somewhere between the world’s of chamber-music and Gerswhin-like jazz, take the song spiralling into the experimental mind of this fascinating composer. As well as introducing the genre non-adhering nature of the album, Cherry Ocean also introduces us to the themes that run through What Does It Mean To Be American? This is a record that explores nationality, identity and the American dream, asking constant questions in an attempt to make sense of the complexities that are rolled up in a nationality."

Of Portals (2022 Remaster), For the Rabbits writes:

"Originally released on cassette back in 2017, the remastered and expanded version will get a long-overdue vinyl release. The original release is now adorned with a new composition, the strange and beautiful wonder of Portal 8 (The Stranger)."

Read the full For the Rabbits article, which includes an interview with Stillman, HERE.

"Cherry Ocean" & "Portal 8 (The Stranger)" are also available from streaming services. Click the song titles to find them on your preferred streaming service.

What Does It Mean to Be American? is available on black vinyl, cassette tape & digital formats. Portals (2022 Remaster) is available on orange vinyl (North America-only) & black vinyl (EU/UK-only) & digital formats.

Pre-order both LPs or tapes together at special bundle prices HERE.



Dear Nora cancels tour, Moon Racer & Claire Cronin join select Advance Base east coast dates Posted 26 Nov 2021


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First, the bad news: Dear Nora had to cancel their east coast tour dates with Advance Base due to illness. A speedy recovery is expected, but a sudden case of vertigo due to a sinus infection has made it impossible for Katy to travel for the time being. Get well soon, Katy!

The good news: Moon Racer will now support the Dec 7-9 Advance Base shows (in Portland, Allston & Brattleboro) & Claire Cronin will support the Dec 10 Union Pool show in Brooklyn! You'll find ticket links HERE.

Bloodless by Claire Cronin is out now! Watch Marcos Sánchez​'s spectacular music video for "Feel This." Posted 12 Nov 2021

"Claire’s vocal seems to pool around you like a fog, delicate up close, yet somehow inescapable." - For the Rabbits

When she sings, you believe every word." - Pitchfork

Bloodless, the stunning new album by Claire Cronin, is out now!

Expanding upon the supernatural and metaphysical themes of Cronin's critically acclaimed 2019 album Big Dread Moon and her 2020 “horror memoir” Blue Light of the Screen (published by Repeater Books), Bloodless is a powerful work of haunted Americana by one of contemporary indie music’s finest singer-songwriters.

Like Big Dread Moon, the arrangements on Bloodless’s nine songs are stripped and sparse, Cronin’s steady electric guitar and spectral voice holding center as strings and synthesizers provide wisps of eerie atmosphere. The sound of Bloodless is both more visceral and more subliminal than Big Dread Moon, due in equal part to months of intensive home recording by Cronin and Ezra Buchla (Cronin’s husband and violist) and expert mixing by Deerhoof’s John Dieterich (who previously collaborated with Cronin on her 2016 album Came Down a Storm).

Stream Bloodless here.

Purchase Bloodless vinyl & downloads here. (Vinyl ships November 22.)

To mark the release of Bloodless, Claire Cronin sat down with her Bloodless collaborators Ezra Buchla & John Dieterich for a Talkhouse interview. Read their conversation here.

Read Jon Doyle's review of Bloodless for Various Small Flames.

Read Trev Elkin's review of Bloodless for God Is in the TV.

Read For the Rabbits' "Get to Know" interview feature with Claire Cronin.

Chilean video artist & animator Marcos Sánchez directed this gorgeous, otherworldly music video for Bloodless single "Feel This." The visuals are truly spectacular, & a perfect complement to the mood of Claire Cronin's music.

Wednesday east coast tour & charity auctions & raffle results Posted 11 Nov 2021

Last week's Wednesday vinyl auctions & raffle raised over $700 for Asheville, NC's Afghan refugee community! Congratulations to auction winners Annette Paige & Matt Sandrin & raffle winners Chris O'Connor, Michael Iacavone & Elaina Haas! Your rare red vinyl copies of Twin Plagues are on their way to you. If you missed the auctions & raffle, you can still donate directly to the cause HERE.

Wednesday's east coast tour w/ Horse Jumper of Love & they are gutting a body of water kicks off tonight with a sold out show at Original 13 in Philadelphia, PA! You'll find all of their tour dates & ticket links HERE.

Karima Walker cassette reissue & east coast tour Posted 04 Nov 2021

“With her uncanny Americana, Walker’s experimental inclinations have allowed her to explore some previously un-plumbed liminal space on the horizon, somewhere between sand and sky.” —Pitchfork

Karima Walker's 2016 ambient/folk travelogue, Hands in Our Names, is now available as a limited edition cassette. This edition has been remastered & resequenced since its original cassette release, & it sounds just as beautiful as it looks. Order your copy HERE.

Karima Walker will be touring the east coast with Advance Base in December. You'll find all of their tour dates HERE.

Listen to "Feel This" by Claire Cronin Posted 02 Nov 2021


Photo by Vlada Syrkin Werts

Los Angeles-based writer and musician Claire Cronin has shared the third and final advance single from her upcoming album Bloodless (out November 12 on Orindal Records). Just in time for All Souls Day, “Feel This” moans at an eerie pace and beckons with a longing to escape the physical body. Under The Radar premiered “Feel This,” calling the song “a hypnotic reverie, a dense atmosphere that Cronin winds through as a spectral presence.”

Cronin shares:

This is the most vulnerable song on the record. It’s about longing to transcend myself and get out of my body. I’m reflecting on my intimate relationships in the context of this desire to self-vacate, and acknowledging that I can’t float away and be a spirit. I have to stay here and feel different moods wash through me. "I’m also thinking of myself as one of many people who want to transcend their bodies, numb out, or feel limitless — like when the lyrics mention the “gold, guns, and Vicodin” of America. The repetition of “feel this” in the chorus is an instruction to myself, where each “this” is a different feeling I have to stay with.


"Feel This" is streaming now on all digital service providers. Find it HERE.

Bloodless is available on "smoke" swirl vinyl, classic black vinyl & digital formats. The vinyl editions are delayed by a few weeks but orders are expected to ship before the end of November. Pre-order your copy HERE.

Claire Cronin also designed a special edition "Omens of Bloodless" long-sleeved tee that is available exclusively from Bandcamp. Each shirt purchase comes with a download of Bloodless. Order yours HERE.

Wednesday auction & raffle rare vinyl to benefit Asheville's Afghan refugees Posted 29 Oct 2021

Asheville, NC indie rock band Wednesday & Orindal Records are auctioning & raffling five rare, red vinyl copies of Wednesday’s 2021 album Twin Plagues to raise funds for Asheville’s new community of Afghan refugees.

40+ Afghan refugees will be arriving in Wednesday’s hometown of Asheville, NC over the coming weeks, many of whom were forced to leave their homes in Afghanistan under extreme duress. The money raised by the vinyl auctions & raffle will directly support Mark Capon of Harvest Records’ “Asheville Welcomes Afghans” Gofundme fundraiser. All proceeds will be used in collaboration with Catholic Charities Asheville to cover costs like rent, transportation, food, clothing and supplies, medical care & English education for refugees.

More information on the fundraiser can be found here: gofundme.com/f/b3rv2h-asheville-welcomes-afghans

There are only five red vinyl copies of Twin Plagues in the world! They were the first copies of the album pressed by Smashed Plastic Record Pressing of Chicago, IL as “transitional records” between another album’s red vinyl pressing & the full retail pressing of Twin Plagues.

Wednesday & Orindal Records are offering two of the red vinyl records to collectors via eBay auctions ending on Thursday, November 4. Those auctions can be found here: ebay.com/usr/orindalrecords

The remaining three red vinyl records will be raffled off to donors of the “Asheville Welcomes Afghans” Gofundme who email proof of donation to SendWednesdayStuff@gmail.com. Winners will be selected at random & announced on Thursday, November 4.

Starting November 11, Wednesday is touring the eastern United States in support of Twin Plagues. You’ll find all of their tour dates below.


WEDNESDAY TOUR DATES

November 11, 2021 - Philadelphia, PA @ Original 13 %

November 12, 2021 - New York, NY @ Baby's All Right

November 13, 2021 - New Haven, CT @ State House * %

November 14, 2021 - Portland, ME @ The Apohadion Theater * %

November 15, 2021 - Portsmouth, NH @ Press Room * %

November 16, 2021 - Cambridge, MA @ ONCE Somerville %

November 17, 2021 - Winooski, VT - Monkey House %

November 19, 2021 - Detroit, MI - The Sanctuary

November 20, 2021 - Cleveland, OH - Mahall's Locker Room

November 21, 2021 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Roboto Project

November 23, 2021 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR

* w/ Horse Jumper of Love

% w/ They Are Gutting a Body of Water

Claire Cronin- "Omens of Bloodless" long-sleeve t-shirt Posted 19 Oct 2021

Claire Cronin designed an official "Omens of Bloodless" long-sleeve t-shirt featuring her original illustrations for her forthcoming album, Bloodless. The shirts are printed with white, water-based discharge ink onto black, 100% cotton, long-sleeved American Apparel shirts & are available exclusively from Bandcamp. All purchases include a download of Bloodless & its advance singles.

Bloodless is out November 12 on Orindal. Order shirts, vinyl LPs & downloads HERE.