Everything is coming up roses for psych-pop outfit Maybird. Originally formed in Rochester, NY by frontman Josh Netsky and his drumming brother, Adam Netsky, Maybird went through a few different line-ups and a name change before settling down as a four-piece in Brooklyn, NY. Maybird’s debut release under the new name came in 2013; Down & Under showed a move away from Netskey’s indie leanings towards a more expansive psychedelic sound. After its release the group received a cold call from producer-extraordinaire Danger Mouse, who loved the sound and signed them to his new label. Now Maybird have just wrapped production on a single with The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. Their latest release, Unravelling, seamlessly blends psych-pop instrumentals with a roots-rock sensibility. The EP moves from quiet to restless to euphoric and drags you right along with it. We were lucky enough to have Maybird stop past Studio 1A. Check out the full session below!
– Georgina Cook
With their debut LP, Titular, The Ron Titter Band gleefully blends subversiveness, wit, cynicism, and sincerity in the way the Kinks, Elvis Costello, Dr. Hook, Terry Allen and later Ween, They Might Be Giants, Camper Van Beethoven, or Tenacious D have— balancing light-hearted and fun-loving romps with more circumspect examinations of the indignities of the modern American experience. Titular is available Friday, October 13. Catch The Ron Titter Band’s recent Studio 1A session in the player at the bottom of the post!
Nick Hakim’s latest album is a crucible of musical influences that quickly reaches boiling point. Hakim grew up in DC on a steady diet of nueva canción (South American folk music) from his parents, and vibrant punk from his older brother. He moved to Boston for school and then Brooklyn for music, where he released his debut EPs in 2014; the pair of releases were singularly intimate, hushed and still. For his full-length debut, Green Twins, Hakim has kept the intimacy but pumped up the volume. Inspired by soul singers like Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, the album also features drum programming from bands like Outkast, and was made while listening to Wutang Clan and The Clash. This wide spectrum of musical influences is held together by fading synths and Hakim’s impressive falsetto. It is at once raw and refined; a series of fleeting self-portraits captured in bedrooms and on street corners. Hakim dropped past Studio 1A ahead of his performance at Antone’s and ACL Festival, missed the session? Check it out below!
– Georgina Cook
10/13 @ Antone’s
10/14 @ Austin City Limits Festival
Pete Yorn is back in the songwriting saddle after five years of silence, and we couldn’t be happier. Born in New Jersey, Yorn moved to Los Angeles in 2000 where he tried his luck writing music for film and television. His big break came when he was recruited to score Me, Myself, & Irene. The following year saw the release of his debut album, 2001’s Musicforthemorningafter, which showcased the singer-songwriter’s penchant for emotive guitar pop. After sixteen years and six albums, Pete Yorn latest release, ArrangingTime, marks a conscious return to his stripped-back roots. Recorded in garages and bedrooms, the album might have folk-leanings but it still maintains some of that nostalgia-rock sensibility. Yorn knows when to get orchestral and when to pull back; letting his emotive voice do the heavy lifting. It is his most sonically mature, and impressive work to date. We were lucky enough to host Pete Yorn in Studio 1A, missed the session? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered right here. Check it out below!
– Georgina Cook
Matt Pond traces his obsession with beautifully arranged pop songs to a 1998 encounter with ELO on his headphones. Now, nearly twenty years and 12 records later, that discovery remains a guiding principle for Matt Pond PA. On his latest, Still Summer, Matt Pond uses this experience with electronic orchestration to full effect on songs like “Still Summer”, while the years of songwriting help produce beautifully nuanced lyrics and arrangements in tunes like “Canada”. Matt Pond swung through Studio 1A with the full band before playing The Sidewinder. Listen to that session in the player at the bottom of the post!