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The Habit -
The Town We Live In

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With the release of their second full-length LP, The Town We Live In, The Habit leaps through American musical idioms with a dramatically expanded sound. Produced by punk-rock legend Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & the Voidoids), The Town We Live In traverses a disparate but singularly American musical road, from the rock-twang of opener “E-V-O-L,” to the Spector-dosed howl of “Break Down the Walls,” to the 70s AOR nod of song-suite “Boat on a River,” to the singer-songwriter styling of “Speckled Brown”.

The Town We Live In was written by guitarists/songwriters Will Croxton and Brian Mendes, each with their own distinct style and coming from a unique musical lineage. Croxton has led New York–based indie-rock bands Idle and The Royal Wylds, and in his early days was the lead singer in punk band DT & the Shakes. Mendes came to The Habit along a different path, spending years on the road as a country troubadour and studying the work of the Carter Family, Roy Acuff, and other forgotten storytellers who have long passed.

Binding these two seemingly incongruous paths is the unadorned, effortless, and passionate voice of The Habit: Siobhan Glennon. Tyler Holzer adds mandolin and keys, along with veteran Mike Ratti (The Nails, Rex) on drums, and Eli Thomas on bass. The Town We Live In was recorded in Manhattan’s Lower East Side at N.Y. Hed Studios. Outfitted with a range of vintage instruments and an analog mixing board, the songs were recorded to two-inch tape, giving the album its rich, classic sound.

The McKeesport Daily News opined, “Keep your eye on this bunch.” 2013 promises to be the year The Habit makes its leap.

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The Habit -
Lincoln Has Won

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On "Lincoln Has Won", indie rock/cowpunk quintet The Habit, take you on a tour of a scarred country, an America still at war with its changing self. Songwriters and guitarists Will Croxton and Brian Mendes patch tales of life, death, redemption and failure amidst dueling structures, ideals and returns— aided by one of the great breakthrough vocalists of 2011, Siobhan Glennon.

The wail of opener “War is Done” echoes The Pogues finest anthems, while “Blood on the Saddle” draws from the same well as vintage Crazy Horse, but that’s only part of the plan. “Lincoln Has Won” finds the band incorporating gospel, garage, southern rock, four-part harmonies, & folk into a tight ship helmed by the crack rhythm section of drummer James Pelletier and bassist Eli Thomas. The band is noisily delivered once again by engineer and legendary guitarist Ivan Julian (Richard Hell and the Voidoids). They’re equally as comfortable with the quiet as proven by Glennon’s contemplative voice/piano take on “Wild Wild West”. “Pennies for Eyes” adds Croxton’s street corner bard, and Mendes “Shout Together” closes the album with a crackling devolution of the dawn spiritual.

The Habit’s heroes range from the Carter Family and Willie & Waylon to The Sonics and Strummer & Langford. All great storytellers. No coincidence.

The album is available in CD or digital format (iTunes, CDBaby and most major download sites).

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DT & the Shakes - Smooth Studio Crafted Teen Fodder


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We're proud to announce the rerelease for the first time in 25 years of DT & the Shakes "Smooth Studio Crafted Teen Fodder". The debut 7" EP of this quintet features six cuts of prime grade amerindie post-punk, with shades of the New York Dolls, The Stooges, The Ramones and the Sonics. The original 500 copies they pressed in 1985 garnered them great national press. None other than current Matador Records honcho Gerard Cosloy (the man who signed Liz Phair, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr.) declared them at the time "on the verge of nationwide bigness". We once saw this on the wall at the late great record store Pier Platters for $30 a copy! "Around & Down" indeed! Buy this!

The EP is available in digital format (iTunes, CDBaby and most major download sites).

The Undecided - Dressed To Watch Television

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The Undecided blasted pop hooks laced with punk, funk, and harDCore sensibilities from a small but fertile mid-80's scene in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Their earnestly tight album "Dressed to Watch Television" was recorded at DC Hardcore mainstay Inner Ear studios, featuring singer/songwriter Michael Stennick (Space Machine, vocals, guitar), bassist Dave Park (Unrest, Eggs, Flowers of Discipline), guitarist Mike Cluff (Flowers of Discipline), and drummer Cheek Marshall. "Box it Up" and "Painting Pictures" highlight their funkier side, while "No Ammo" and "Television Screen" blister with hardcore energy. "Broken Pieces" and "Sometimes" are guitar-driven pop culminating in the Buzzcockian teen angst of "Static Cling."

The EP is available in digital format (iTunes, CDBaby and most major download sites).

The Habit -EP

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American folk songs (that rock!). Written and rewritten, sung and spoke, played, improved or ruined by every artist or group of artists known and unknown since the birth of recorded music. This is The Habit template. The Habit EP continues the lineage, whether it's borrowing and adding to the lyrics of anonymous cowboy songs from over a century ago (“The Habit”, “The Killer”, & “Hellbound Train”), or nicking the title of a late 1700's song and setting in it present day Iraq (“Son of the Desert Am I”). They've also thrown in Woody Guthrie, Lucinda Williams & Washington Phillips' songs they loved. To them, it's acknowledging the forefathers & keeping the spirit vital and relevant. Make no mistake, The Habit are not purists, they revel in adding different musical styles to traditional forms like many before & have added a growing stable of originals (“Wrong” on the EP) to boot. Recorded at N.Y. Hed studios, home of many a dirt slingin bands (Jon Spencer, Heavy Trash, The Fleshtones, Speedball Baby among em), the mix of analog tape, a vintage board and the talents of engineer/overseer/punk legend Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & the Voidoids) adds the final touch to a mix that makes the introduction.

Meet The Habit. The seeds are well entrenched.

The EP is available in CD or digital format (iTunes, CDBaby and most major download sites).

Hayday - So Far, So Good, So What

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While there has been a revolving cast of characters throughout the last half-decade, the one constant of Hayday has been Greg Wilson's unerring vision of no-nonsense isolated Americana rock and roll; his Southern sense of storytelling matched with his Midwestern pop sensibilities meet perfectly in a hot kitchen on the East River in Brooklyn where So Far, So Good, So What was recorded. Not as drunk as The Replacements and more sentimental than the Ramones, Hayday goes for broke every time they plug in-- the result is songs of loneliness and desperation played in a garage with the motor running. Throw in the production wits of Will Croxton (DT & the Shakes, Idle, The Royal Wylds) and you know at the very least you won't be bored. Teaming up with Wilson are Marah regulars David & Serge Bielanko and Kirk Henderson along with the indefatigable Brian Patterson on drums and guitar impresario Stephen Lewis. This is the group's first (but hopefully not last) LP.

It's available in digital format only now on iTunes, CDBaby and most major download sites.

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The Royal Wylds - Babylon EP

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'Babylon' is the first in a series of EPs New York City's Royal Wylds will release in 2007/2008. Babylon features six tunes of The Wylds' amazing garage/blues. Highlights include Bush admin inspired surreal raves of paranoia; a lamentation of the man in black's final days after his wife's death; a saloon torch w/ a baaaaaadass solo from band DH/guitar legend Ivan Julian; and a funk crunch tribute to the king of the bare knuckle fights and youtube celeb Kimbo featuring vocals by girl group upstarts The Shalitas. You gotta get this! The EP is available now on iTunes and most major download sites.

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Laneview - Oklahoma USA

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Laneview sadly broke up after 6 years, 77 shows and the worst van ever purchased. The final song in the “Believe in Stereo” song cycle is a cover of Ray Davies/Kinks classic “Oklahoma USA”. A mainstay of their live set, the song gives the band a chance to visit one of their faves and put their inimitable stamp on it.

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{cq} - The 1%

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“The 1%”- is about carving out a way of life separate from
the larger, quite bizarre world in which we spend most of our time. It does not attempt to provide an alternative to Western-style democratic capitalism, but merely a simple reminder that life is fundamentally played out within the more intimate communities that we ourselves create. It is a Signal of Unending Joy: please drop out, tune in and join the 1% yourself.

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Christopher Sullivan - Housesitter (live acoustic)

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An acoustic version of "Housesitter", recorded live in Chicago last January. This song originally appeared on the record "Let's Hear It For Headphones", Reel To Reels second full length release. This track was recorded during a show w/ Christopher opening for Pat Dinizio from the Smithereens ....

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