Folk-pop trio The Happy Fits lands Pianos residency in December

Charming NYC trio The Happy Fits plays an intriguing blend of folk, vintage pop and funk/soul. Their sound is sparse but - as you can hear in single "While You Fade Away" (streaming below) - it can be pretty punchy. If the bass in that track sounds a little bright to you, it's because it's not actually a bass, but a plucked cello, which impersonates the other four string instruments in all their songs. The young group has a fun live show and simple but sophisticated melodies everybody can relate to, and these are certainly two of the reasons why Pianos decided to give them a residency during the month of December. The next live performance will be on December 12, if you dig it, do not miss it!


Mt. Joy announce self-titled debut, take their amiable folk rock to The Lodge Room on 12/8

Folk rock band Mt. Joy's early singles had an amiable folk sound with a bedroom recording aesthetic. But even if they sounded brittle, they were really bursting with life, just begging for a warmer and more expansive treatment. New single "Silver Lining" fulfills that purpose - the lush and homey harmony, which packs a familiar folk-meets-roots combo, has a big-hearted, anthemic quality that, even if a tad too slick for its own good, does harbor an inviting air..

"Silver Lining" can be found on Mt. Joy's self-titled debut, which is out on March 2nd through reputable folk/Americana label Dualtone Records. You can catch them perform a hometown town - before they head out on tour with Neko Case next year - at the Lodge Room in Highland Park on December 8. Juan Rodríguez



From OhMyRockness: New Jersey's Fire is Motion

Our friends at OhMyRockness introduced us to the lovely music of New Jersey's Fire is Motion, the brainchild of Adrian Amedor - we'll let them do the intros:

"I have not researched this (because I'm a music blobber) but Fire is Motion has to be named after that Cap'n Jazz song that goes like this.

Fire is motion! Work is repetition! This is my document. We are all, all we've done. We are all, all we've done. We are all, all defenses. Fire is motion is motion growth?

God, I love that song.

Anyway, Fire is Motion doesn't sound like Cap'n Jazz at all (except for a few nice math rock noodles here and there). Sorry for the red herring there. My bad. My blob.

So what does this New Jersey band (the work of one man, Adrian Amador, and his pals) sound like then?

That's a great question! Blast this lovely EP below and find out!

Please note: there will be glockenspiels / horns / harmonies / builds / plenty of pretty parts"


Q&A with Nashville's Molly Parden

Nashville's Molly Parden has been rising as a solo artist over the last year after years of providing backing vocals for the likes of Matthew Perryman Jones, Marc Scibilia, and Ron Pope. Currently on tour with David Ramirez, Parden will be stopping in town at the Mercy Lounge this Friday night, December 8 (Doors 8PM, Show 9PM). We caught up with Parden in prep for the show to get to know her a little bit better!

So how’s the tour going so far with David Ramirez?

Well, what do you want to know about it?

Just how it’s going, maybe funniest moment that you’ve had.

The funniest moment? David’s guitar player Simon is really funny. And Matt, his keys player, has been just writing down on his Notes app on his phone a lot of funny quotes that Simon says. And a lot of them involve some heavy curse words. But funniest moment? Well, let’s see. What city were we in? Oh, Cleveland. I think we were in Cleveland, and we had like a night off. We just hung out in David’s hotel room and played dice and watched baseball, I think. And maybe it wasn’t the funniest moment, but it was one of the funnest nights. I can’t really think of the funniest.

That’s OK. So you’re coming in town this Friday, correct? At the Mercy Lounge?


Is it more stressful or relaxing, do you think, to play at home?

I will probably be pretty nervous. But I’m definitely excited.

Cool. Do you have any friends or family coming to the show?

(Laughs) I hope so. I mean, you just never know until you get there and you see people. So people could say, “Yeah, I’m coming” or “Yeah, I’d love to come.” But truth is, half of those people probably won’t show up. So I’ve just conditioned myself to believe it when I see it.

Well, I’m sure there will be plenty of people who are excited.

Hope so. Hope so. We’ll see.

So your single “Sail on the Water”, which sounds awesome by the way—

Thanks, man.

It came out just about a month ago?

It premiered on American Songwriter November 1st and then came to Spotify and iTunes on the 17th.

Is there more in the works for 2018?

Yeah, absolutely. As soon as I hop off of this tour with David (our last show is the 16th in Birmingham), I will go straight to Madison, TN. I mean, like the next day. So like the 17th through 22nd will be spent recording eight more songs. I’ve already got three. I did three before I left. And I’ll do eight more with Juan Solorzano and Zach Dyke and a couple of choice musicians. And yeah, I’ll work on releasing a full-length next year.

Awesome. That sounds great. So I know you’ve expressed just having writer’s block and stuff over the last couple years after having taken that backing vocalist role for a couple years. But when you do write, and I guess what you’re planning on releasing next year, what types of themes and emotions are you most comfortable and passionate writing about?

Sadness is pretty easy for me to write about. Well, “easy” is probably not the right word to say. But when I feel it, and how even most people feel it, it’s just very present and seems like it will never end. It’s like a harsh emotion. And so I’ve found that it’s easy for me to put adjectives and easy for me to remember where I was and exactly what I was looking at, what I was doing when I feel sadness. You know, like heartbreak and loss of companionship, I’m comfortable writing those.

I just wrote a song, or finished it. I mean, I started it like two years ago, and I finished it this year. That’s, I think, on the more positive side of missing someone. It’s called “Who Are We Kiddin’?” But yeah, I’m more of a melancholic writer. It’s easy, and it’s kind of fun to write sad songs.

Yeah, it seems like people just gravitate towards that, and people connect the most with music when they are sad. So that makes sense. Alright, well, I’m gonna switch gears and hit you with a couple just “My Favorite Things” questions with Christmas coming up.


So what is your favorite Nashville show memory?

Thad Cockrell played his entire record To Be Loved at Mercy Lounge. And that’s probably my favorite show memory.

What’s your favorite Nashville eatery or favorite dish in Nashville?

Favorite eatery? That would be probably Burger Up.

Excellent choice. What’s your favorite music to come out this year?

2017? I can’t remember if the War on Drugs put out that record.

Yeah, that was this year.

That was this year? You know what? Actually maybe my favorite has been The Japanese House. I just discovered them this year. But she has several EPs. Yeah, Saw You In A Dream is a 2017 EP. Really good.

Awesome. War on Drugs and Japanese House, very dreamy and spacey.


Alright, and last one, what’s your favorite Christmas present that you’ve gotten or Christmas memory?

Geez, that’s a hard one. Christmases all kind of run together. I have a huge family. And we do Secret Santa where we just pick one name out of all the siblings. I have eight siblings. But hmm, I’m sure I’ve gotten a good Christmas present. I mean, I got a drill once. That was pretty cool. So I’ll say a drill.

That sounds great. Awesome. Well, thank you for your time. And good luck on the record and the show on Friday at the Mercy Lounge.

Thanks, Chris.

Make sure to make it out to the Mercy Lounge this Friday (December 8) at 8:00 PM! And check out her single "Sail on the Water" below! - Chris Thiessen

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Stream Marmoset's 'Transference' compilation LP, out today

 Local record label and boutique music agency Marmoset specializes in seeking out some of the most talented acts and songs ranging from the timeless and rare to the emerging and engaging. Their latest endeavor, the Transference compilation LP, focuses particularly on songs lesser unknown and possibly forgotten.

In making Transference, Marmoset's producers combined through the public domain for songs 100 years old and up. As they developed their extensive collection, they invited a series of artists join in on reimagining and rerecording some of these tracks. Marmoset's team worked closely with the participating artists in evolving each track from its original beauty to a newly fashioned merit.

Some of the artists featured on Transference include Ural Thomas and the Pain doing a soulfully rhythmic rendition of "Hot Time in the Old Town," originally recorded in 1896, The Helio Sequence's vision of the Bing Crosby-recorded standard "Down Among the Sheltering Palms" as "Out Among the Sheltering Pines," and an electronic interpretation of Eugene Lockhart and Ernest Seitz 1919 classic "The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" done by Distance and Frankie Simone.

What Marmoset has managed to create is an anthology of imaginative appreciation, showcasing a history of imaginative talent and musicianship. Dive into the 10 tracks on Transference below.