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Heligoats Makes NPR's Stephen Thompson's Top 10 Records of 2010!

The voices of NPR have started posting their Top Ten Records of 2010 and we are happy to announce that our very own Heligoats made Stephen Thompson’s Top Ten at #10!

Stephen Thompson is an editor and reviewer for NPR Music. He also curates Song of the Day and appears as a frequent panelist on the podcasts All Songs Considered. Of the Heligoats wonderful Goodness Gracious, he says “The Heligoats’ Chris Otepka doesn’t write songs so much as he stuffs them with ideas until they brim over with imagination.”

Check out the rest of this piece and other NPR notables lists here.

For those of you clamoring for more from The Heligoats, you’re in luck. They have a split 10” coming out in January with their pal, Sam Humans called Live Free/Let Loose. Check out the first single below!

Lonnie Walker Daytrotter Session Goes Live Today!

Raleigh, NC band Lonnie Walker have a Daytrotter session live today !
The recording features “Compass Comforts” and “Grape Juice” from These Times Old Times , the record that will see national release one week from today (12/14/10), “Love Turn” from their split 7” with old friends Future Islands, and a brand new one, “Teenage Poem”.

Team Clermont Christmas Party 2010!

The end of the year is approaching, and we are gearing up for our annual Christmas party alongside the Go Bar here in Athens! Our party is Saturday December 11, starting at 9:30pm!

Performing at this years party will be The Gold Party (playing 80’s covers) and Spring Tigers! There will also be DJ sets from Twin Powers and uRbN tRbN (our very own Shil K. Patel)!

The party will be held at Go Bar – 195 Prince Ave. The evening is free for all to come and join us!

Sufjan video form!

The reception for Sufjan Stevens latest full length release The Age Of Adz has been pretty amazing! In addition, we’ve seen the album top the CMJ Top 200 charts three weeks in a row!

This morning we have a double dose of Sufjan for you! First, Sufjan Stevens has released a video for his new album’s lead track “Too Much”!

We also have Sufjan’s performance from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday!

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Endings, Beginnings and Eternal Return: Quantum Mechanics and Free Will

The wonderful New York City outfit, The Flying Change, have put together what looks to be a fantastic show for you lucky New Yorkers.

Wednesday night, December 1st, the band will be playing the Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2). But this not your typical show. With The Flying Change, it never is. The title of the evening is “Endings, Beginnings and Eternal Return: Quantum Mechanics and Free Will.”

They’re giving away free posters (seen here) and Hanukkah gelt! Plus, there will be free course readers on the topic of the show. And that won’t be all. But you’ll probably have to go to find out more. The festivities begin at 9:30 pm.

Go to the show for us and tell us how it was! We’ll be sitting here in Athens, patiently waiting for Flying Change frontman, Sam Jacobs, to finish their new record… Living At The Movies.

New Geronimo! video for "Design Yourself A Heart"

Geronimo! – “Design Yourself a Heart” from Northern Outpost on Vimeo.

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The Mommyheads release "Finest Specimens": celebrate with release show at CMJ!

On October 19, Dromedary Records released a career retrospective from New York’s The Mommyheads. Finest Specimens contains 21 of the best Mommyheads songs, including previously unreleased live recordings, recently remastered tracks from the Flying Suit and Bingham’s Hole CDs, a stunning live version of the classic “Needmore, PA” from their 2010 Swedish tour, and the hauntingly beautiful “When The Sun Breaks” – the band’s first new recording in two years.

To celebrate the release, the boys are playing a special show Friday night, October 22nd, at Maxwell’s; part of Dromedary Records CMJ Showcase with labelmates Stuyvesant, Shirk Circus and Jenifer Convertible! Check out an interview keyboardist/vocalist Michael Holt did with Jim Testa in The Jersey Journal

And speaking of Mr. Holt, here’s the new single from Finest Specimens, “Work”, sung by Michael himself.

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Team Clermont Awards & Showcases - CMJ - New York

It’s that wonderful time of year when college radio descends upon New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon! Bill, Nelson, Steve, Shil and Team Clermont crew will be representing again for the 13th year and this time we’re closing down the week with a cocktail party and lots of old school video games! Join us at Barcade (388 Union Ave) from 2PM-6PM on Saturday, October 23rd for free drinks and goodies, and bring plenty of quarters for their awesome video game selection!

If you have a CMJ badge, please stop by the voting booth and cast your ballot for Team Clermont! Last year’s Promoter of the Year, Shil Patel, is defending that title, and is also nominated for the awards Best Mentor and Probably Not Lying To You!
Team Clermont also has a title to uphold. Last year in New York, Athens own Team Clermont won the award Promotion Company Of The Year. Come see if Bill, Nelson & team will attain top honors again.

Finally, Team Clermont artists will be in New York this year, and we’ve made a handy little schedule of their official showcases for your convenience:

Tuesday October 19
7:45P – Kaiser Cartel – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
8:00P – Eprhyme – Coco 66 (66 Greenport Ave)

Wednesday October 20
6:00P – Smile Smile – Bowery Electric (327 Bowery)
7:00P – Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) – Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey)
8:00P – Western Civ – Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleeker St)
11:00P – Hooray For Earth – Spike Hill (184 Bedford Ave)
11:00P – Yukon Blonde – Arlene’s Grocery (95 Stanton St)
11:30P – Reptar – Canal Room (265 W. Broadway)
12:15A – Candy Claws – The Delancey (168 Delancey)

Thursday October 21
8:00P – John Vanderslice – Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St)
9:00P – Kinch – Ace Of Clubs (9 Great Jones St)
9:45P – Gringo Star – Fontanta’s (105 Eldridge St)
10:30P – The Blow – Music Hall Of Williamsburg (66 N. 6th St)

Friday October 22
7:00P – Sarah Jaffe – Fat Baby (112 Rivington St)
7:00P – Smile Smile – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
8:30P – The Phantom Band – Knitting Factory (74 Leonard St)
8:30P – Elk City – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
9:30P – Gringo Star – Cameo Gallery (93 N. 6th St)
10:00P – Reptar – Mercury Lounge (217 E. Houston St)
11:00P – The Streets On Fire – Kenny’s Castaways (157 Bleeker St)
11:30P – The Mommyheads – Maxwell’s (1039 Washington St, Hoboken)
12:10A – +/- (Plus/Minus) – Rock Shop (249 4th Ave)

Saturday October 23
8:00P – Gringo Star – Ace Of Clubs (9 Great Jones St)
10:45P – Sarah Jaffe – Living Room (154 Ludlow St)
1:00A – Reptar – Ace Of Clubs (9 Great Jones St)

See you in New York!
- Nelson Wells, Bill Benson
Team Clermont

One Hundred Flowers CD Release Show In Austin This Friday!

Austin’s One Hundred Flowers are having their CD release party for Mechanical Bride on Friday, October 22nd at Emo’s, sponsored by KVRX 91.7. The first 50 attendees will recieve a copy of Mechanical Bride and Lone Star will be giving out 100 free beers during the bands performance. Other bands playing the party are Follow That Bird!, Pink Nasty, Simple Circuit. Doors are at 8PM and tickets are $6 advance ($8 day of show.)

One Hundred Flower’s Mechanical Bride releases November 2, 2010 via Stem & Leaf Records.

MP3 “Rat Trap” (cleared to post)

“With an into similar to DeVotchka’s famous “How It Ends,” the song can only be indie-pop gold. Continuing with a quick drum beat, icy bass chords and a trilling electric guitar, “Rat Trap” sets the mood for an urban evening doused in red wine and 100 of your closest friends.”Magnet Magazine

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Fire Records to release Giant Sand's new album "Blurry Blue Mountain"

2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain – the debut album by Giant Sand, the ever-shifting alternative rock band overseen by “the Godfather of Alt Country” Howe Gelb. With that in mind, the band are celebrating in the only way they know how: with a flurry of great music. Fire Records is proud to announce November 23 as the US release date for Giant Sand’s newest release, Blurry Blue Mountain.

Inaccurately yet affectionately dubbed the “Godfather of Alt Country” by the British press, Tucson, Arizona-based musician Howe Gelb has remained the sole epicenter and creative force behind the ever-fluid configurations of Giant Sand for over a quarter century. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the bands 1985 debut long player Valley Of Rain – the point in which Howes music visions began – and will see the release of the complete works of Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp and The Bands Of Blacky Ranchette a collection of works that maintains its own genre-defying singularity drawing on the not-so disparate threads of his south western roots, lo-fi, country, jazz, and punk … “Giant Sand is a mood,” explained Howe, as if to simplify the dizzying breadth of his prolific output as an artist.

2010 will also welcome the release of the new Giant Sand record, Blurry Blue Mountain, the follow up to the bands critically acclaimed 2008 album proVISIONS.

“These recordings were done in the space between the waking world and the sleeping one. There exists a point there with a broad landscape that has seldom been loitered in. As with every previous album, none of this was planned. Every record has its own atmosphere. For me they are always a new place to live in and spend some time before moving on. On this album, it happened that every session we were able to record came between work loads that rendered us at that point of sleeping and waking. Like the poppy fields in ‘Wizard Of Oz’, we went in and out of consciousness at various times during recording. This is not a bad thing; nor does it make the record sound like we’re asleep. It has the momentum of that place between sleep and being awake. And in that narrow slip of existence lies a landscape of reason that most of us hurry past in daily lives. This record is planted firmly there.”

“Between the crystal clear focus of your day to day and the luxury of sweet fuzzy sleep, we welcome you to the Blurry Blue Mountain.”

- Howe Gelb

Giant Sand Fall 2010 Tour Dates:

04 Nov – QEH, Southbank, London
06 Nov – Cafe Oto, London*
14 Nov – Teatro Lara, Spain
15 Nov – Gleis 22, Munster
16 Nov – Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg
17 Nov – VOORUIT, Ghent
18 Nov – Das Bett, Frankfurt
19 Nov – Beatpol, Dresden
20 Nov – Manufaktur, Schorndorf
21 Nov – Feierwerk, Muenchen
22 Nov – Kuenstlerhaus K4, Nuernberg
23 Nov – Moritzbastei, Leipzig
24 Nov – Lido, Berlin

*Howe Gelb solo

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