Happy 2021 Everyone! This year is Nine Mile Records' 15th Anniversary! We've got a lot in store, including a couple new releases from Tex-Mex supergroup Nuevo and Austin rockers Go Fever, Star Parks plus some cool (long overdue) deluxe vinyl reissues from Patrick Sweany and Luminescent Orchestrii.
All year we'll be offering 15% off anything and everything in our Bandcamp store if you use the checkout code 'NMR15" so shop away!
Thanks for keeping us alive for this long - here's to another 15!
Star Parks is hard to pin down. Since the release of their 2016 debut Don’t Dwell the band has grown into a 7 piece mini-orchestra, a far throw from its beginnings as a solo act of the group’s principal songwriter, Andy Bianculli. Touring France and Ireland as a solo artist in early 2016, Bianculli caught the attention of Dublin based label, Paper Trail Records when a mutual friend heard the then unreleased album and passed it along to Jack Rainey and Dan Finnegan at Paper Trail. In April of 2016, the band released their first single Theoretical Girls. A somber ballad of unrequited love and disrupted fates. It was featured prominently on playlists as one of the best indie and undiscovered singles of the year.
In May, the LP Don’t Dwell was released. Bandcamp described the album as “erudite chamber pop that hearkens back to the elegant and experimental production of the 1960s, swinging from melancholia to playfulness”. Star Parks, now a four piece with Keith Lough on drums, Ben Burdick on bass and Nathaniel Klugman on keyboards, embarked on a tour of France, Ireland and the United Kingdom in support. The group would later add trumpet player, Derek Phelps and trombonist Wayne Myers later that year. In July 2017 the group released a new song, this time with producer and engineer Danny Reisch (Shearwater, Other Lives). They released The Past is Like a Foreign Country and started work on what would become their follow up LP.
Their sophomore album The New Sounds of Late Capitalism was completed in June of 2019. Recorded again with Reisch, now located in Lockhart, Texas, it is a record about alienation, dissatisfaction and postmodernism. “I found an old Concord reel to reel in my parent’s attic in New York and when I played the tape it was my father as a 12 year old boy recording the The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show off the television” explains Bianculli. “There are so many layers to that discovery that affected me and made me contemplate my place in time, my family, America, culture and music.” “To me it was like discovering the spark that gave man fire, in that it is a first hand account of a moment that propelled me and the whole world in a different direction.” “I knew I wanted to write about moments like that, that had promise but inevitably lead to disappointment.”
Reisch played a pivotal role in helping the band shape the sound of the new album, which at its heart was an attempt to reproduce a time where studios could employ dozens of musicians and keep orchestras on hand. Without such resources, the band developed what they called “Burt Bacharach on a budget”. The band cites exotica legends Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman as major influences as well as Ethiopian organist Hailu Mergia, Van Dyke Parks, Kevin Ayers and Alice Coltrane. The New Sounds Of Late Capitalism came out in the USA February 14th, 2020 on Modern Outsider Records.
It will be released May 7th, 2021 for the rest of the world on Nine Mile Records.
Dante Schwebel has always been prolific. First gaining national attention with the San Antonio band Hacienda, and later Spanish Gold, Schwebel moved to Nashville from Texas in the 2000’s to play guitar for Dan Auerbach, and City & Colour, all the while continuing to write and record his own songs.
In the past couple years those songs have incorporated more and more of the sounds of Schwebel’s youth in Laredo, TX: Conjunto, Norteño, and Romantica Music blended with grooves that come from R&B, Soul and Rock and Roll.
When Dante began kicking around the idea of bringing those sounds into a new project with longtime friend Andrew Trube from the Austin band Greyhounds, he suggested finding another artist who understood the sound. They’d been seeing and hearing a player named David Jimenez around town. Jimenez, like Schwebel, grew up in the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen, TX. He was known around Austin for his deft Blues guitar playing and soulful voice.
The minute Jimenez heard what Schwebel was doing, he was hooked. “I’d been on a similar journey,” he says. “I’d begun playing with Carrie Rodriguez in her Laboritorio project (which explores Latinx music influences in American music), and been collaborating with some of the guys in (GRAMMY-winning ensemble) Grupo Fantasma.”
The two began rehearsing together and immediately had a bond. “We had this shared vocabulary,” says Schwebel. “We’d both been playing Rock n Roll in clubs, but underneath our background was rooted in the sounds of the border. " Growing up on the border it was common for your CD collection to have Guns N Roses and Mana. You could listen to artists like Intocable, Luis Miguel and Los Bukis all in the same mixtape with Michael Jackson and Madonna.” The new project was dubbed NUEVO.
That chemistry extended into their music. “From the top, it sounded like we’d been singing together for 10 years,” says Schwebel.
The two began arranging the songs to incorporate this new idea: updated Border Music, or as they like to call it: ‘Tejano Soul.’
Nuevo's debut self-titled record comes out March 19
Snowglobe's debut album 'Our Land Brains' originally came out to critical acclaim on Bardot Records in 2002.
Pitchfork called it "near perfect pop" and gave it an 8.0; All Music called 'Our Land Brains' a "warm and inviting record filled with comfortable sounds and friendly melodies", and Pop Matters said "Snowglobe produces sonic landscapes that defy convention for the sake of pure creativity".
Now 18 years later, Nine Mile Records is releasing a Re-Mastered Limited Edition Double Vinyl with new artwork by Andrew Kosten on Nov 6th.
This is how the album was always meant to be heard. Available at the NMR Bandcamp.
Wild Child and Glorietta singer Kelsey Wilson strikes out on her own as Sir Woman on her debut EP Bitch (Oct 16). The 5 song EP features Wilson's love of R&B, Pop, Soul and Gospel on a collection Hype Magazine calls "Spellbinding."
Bitch is available on all digital platforms, and on 180g Gold Vinyl direct from Nine Mile. You can also order limited edition "Bitch" chains to help benefit the Marsha P. Johnson Institute supporting Black Trans people.
WILLIAM LUKE WHITE
Memphis music stalwart William Luke White’s 20 year career has taken him from Memphis to Nashville, from Boston to New York, crisscrossing the United States and Europe in support of countless albums and in the company of countless revered musicians.
The proud alum of dozens of bands (Spiral Stairs, Colour Revolt, Snowglobe, The Coach And Four, James and the Ultrasounds, Clay Otis, Sons of Mudboy), White offers his latest album in response to a personal tragedy that has left him unable to tour.
While spending a summer home in Memphis after an exhausting Spiral Stairs tour, White endured a massive seizure, the result of an astrocytoma brain tumor. Following surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, White continues his musical journey with this eponymous solo debut EP in the face of recovery, loss, and a global pandemic.
William Luke White's debut solo EP is out NOW!
Listen and Follow on Spotify HERE
Here is the first video from this release:
Austin duo Greyhounds release Primates, their 5th full-length record (and first for Nine Mile Records), on July 10. American Songwriter is streaming the record IN FULL this week before the release, and asked singer/keyboardist Anthony Farrell about the duo's 20th anniversary, each track on the album, and how it was working with producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos).
Check it out here.
Local Austin printshop Fine Southern Gentlemen has rolled out a new program to help keep their doors open while also supporting Austin businesses. They are printing on demand custom shirts!
The shirts are available for purchase for a couple weeks for $24/ea. They are all on soft Unisex cotton Bella Union t-shirts in the colors above.
CLICK HERE TO SHOP AND ORDER
Music for the socially isolated:
Both of our Spring releases have been pushed back due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But we've decided to keep releasing singles through the Spring to wet everyone's appetites for their Summer drop dates.
Night Glitter's self-titled debut will be out in June. Check out the lead single "Higher" which matches LouLou Ghelichkani's honey vocals on top of a slinky tropicalia beat:
STREAM NOW: Spotify / Apple / Bandcamp
Austin Soul outfit Greyhounds return with their 5th full-length album and first for Nine Mile with July's Primates. On the lead single "Tune In," the guys bring the dark funky groove.
STREAM NOW: Spotify / Apple / Bandcamp
Everyone here in the music community in Austin is reeling from the cancellation of SXSW.
The performers, production crews, service industry workers, and clubs who depend on this event to see them through the year financially have been devastated.
Nine Mile is joining many local businesses in turning our showcases into fundraisers for the musicians affected. If you can, please consider joining us on March 17 and March 21 at these events:
The first is on St. Patrick's Day, Tuesday, March 17 at Cheer Up Charlie's featuring: Caitlin Sherman (Seattle), Elijah Ford, Reb Fountain (New Zealand), Night Glitter, HIKES, Patrick Sweany (Nashville), David Wax Museum (Charlottesville), and The Dirty Streets (Memphis). Suggested donations will be collected at the doors. More info and RSVP here.
Our second showcase will be at the end of the week on Saturday, March 21 across the street from Cheer Up Charlie's at the newly revamped Beerland. Local Austin artists A. Sinclair, Sydney Wright, Löwin, and The Deer will be joined by Canadian Sarah Burton. Like the other showcase, this one is open to the general public for a cover charge, but SXSW badges and wristbands will get priority entry. All the details and RSVP are here.
You can also check out a Spotify Playlist of all of the performers by clicking here.
If you are unable to attend, but still want to help, please consider a donation to our GoFundMe campaign to help support these intrepid musicians. 100% of money collected here will go to offset their losses in this time. THANK YOU!
DAVID WAX MUSEUM
Nine Mile Records is thrilled to announce the release of David Wax Museum's new full-length record Line of Light on August 23.
Line of Light was produced by Carl Broemel of My Morning jacket, and marks the band's return for their first full-length album in four years. It finds the duo tackling subjects both political and personal in a way they haven't explored in the studio before. With Broemel taking the band's folk-pop underpinnings and outfitting them with serious sonic force, the songs push deeper into themes of interconnectedness, spiritual longing, and deep personal reflection.
Being artists from Charlottesville, VA, where they raise their two children, they found themselves responding to the political milieu we all find ourselves in at this moment. While not necessarily sunny, the collection shares a firm optimism in the human condition: there's light beyond the darkness. Line of Light shows David, Suz, and their collected accompanists on a sonic evolution - making music that rewards repeated listens.
You can preview and order Line of Light here.
Glorietta is the brainchild of Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit. He wrangled several songwriter friends (Noah Gundersen, David Ramirez, Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child, Jason Robert Blum, Nathaniel Rateliff, and Adrian Quesada) to a remote location in New Mexico for nine days of recording. Everyone brought songs. Everyone drank tequila. Everyone soaked in the hot tub. Songs + Tequila + Hot Tub = their debut record out now!
You can find it in your favorite record store, you can stream or purchase it online everywhere, or you can catch one of their (limited) tour dates and pick up a copy from the band themselves.