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Album releases: June 4

Several local bands have released albums today. Here's a short preview of each.

The Jinxed – The Loon (Digital 7”)

If you haven’t heard of The Jinxed, you’re probably in good company; but you should recognize most of the names. This local supergroup of sorts has emerged with a digital 7” released by Sharp County Records today. The group—who also plays together in local cover band The Magnetics—includes lead vocalist and guitarist Bobby Topaz (Bad Wheels), and Antennas Up members Jon Ulasien (piano/synth, drums, bass, guitar, backing vocals) and Bo McCall (guitar). Ulasien recorded and produced the record, and Lennon Bone (Ha Ha Tonka) provides trumpet on the title track.
And from this track alone, there’s plenty of reason to give this group some well-deserved buzz. “The Loon” is a driving pop-rock diddy drenched in a feel-good ‘70s glam sensibility. Penned by Ulasien, the track has the infectious pop intensity of an Antennas Up song. McCall’s squealing guitar brings a psych element to the music, and Topaz adds the cherry on top with his charismatic vocals that strut seamlessly across the aural landscape.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for future recordings from these guys.
Hidden Pictures – Sister Wife (EP) 
Hidden Pictures releases Sister Wife, a 3-track EP, today on Golden Sound Records. The songs were recorded with a host of local talent: band regulars Richard Gintowt (lead singer/songwriter), Nate Holt (keys), and vocalist Claire Adams (Claire & The Crowded Stage, Appropriate Grammar, Quirk & Ruckus), guitarist Jeff Freling (Victor & Penny), bassist Kyle Akers (Antennas Up), and drummer Lennon Bone. Though a slight departure from the band’s previous recordings, Gintowt’s songs retain their characteristically clean-cut, bright pop leanings. Sister Wife was mixed by Joel Nanos at Element Recording and mastered by Doug Van Sloun at Focus Mastering in Omaha. Drums and bass were recorded by Paul Malinowski at Massive Sound Studio.
This Friday, June 7, Hidden Pictures will be playing at the Crossroads Summer Block Party on 19th and Wyandotte. This will include eight local bands from Golden Sound Records and The Record Machine, along with food trucks and art/fashion vendors. The free fest goes from 6 to midnight; Hidden Pictures plays at 9:00.
Red Velvet Crush – Smoke & Mirrors (EP)
Smoke & Mirrors is the debut EP from Red Velvet Crush, fronted by young veteran musician Jillian Riscoe. The album was produced by Dave Percefull (Green Day, David Cook) at yellow DOG Studios. These four tracks give us an idea of the dancey but heavy-hitting appeal of a young band that fires from all corners of its material.

The band will have a special release party for Smoke & Mirrors at Czar on Saturday, June 15 at 6:00. The show is all ages and $5 presale or $10 at the door. Facebook event page.

Doby Watson & Margo May – Watson & May
Singer/songwriters Doby Watson and Margo May have teamed up to record Watson & May, a 7-track album that has been released digitally today. Tapes will be available at shows. May’s dreamy vocals coupled with Watson’s heavy-hearted, mature voice add critical textures to the sparse tone of the instrumentation. Watson & May was produced and engineered by Lennon Bone.
Watson and May kick off a week-long Midwestern tour tomorrow in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, June 10 they will perform at The Peppermint Forest in Columbia. Facebook event page for tour.

And here are a few other releases happening this weekend:

Waiting For Signal is releasing Mayday on Friday, June 7. The party will be at The Riot Room with Heroes+Villains, Roman Ships, and Sons of Great Dane. Show starts at 8. Facebook event page.

On Saturday, June 8, David Hasselhoff on Acid releases Eudaimonia at The Riot Room with special guests At The Left Hand of God, Narcotic Self, and Maps for Travelers. Show starts at 8. Facebook event page.

The Latenight Callers will also be releasing an album on Saturday. Their first full-length Songs For Stolen Moments will be released at recordBar; Thick and the Foolish and In Back of A Black Car will also perform. Show starts at 10. Facebook event page.

--Michelle Bacon

Michelle is editor of The Deli Magazine - Kansas City, and also holds down half the rhythm section in Drew Black & Dirty Electric and Dolls on Fire. Her phone just cracked, and apparently that's a hip thing to do. She is too old to think so.

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The Deli KC & Sharp County Records Present: The Fallout Series

(Poster design by Rebecca Armstrong)
The Deli KC is proud to present our second showcase—a partnership with Sharp County Records, called The Fallout Series: A House Show Extravaganza. Though our first showcase was held in one of our favorite Kansas City music venues, this one will take place in a more intimate setting (location disclosed only to ticket holders) to help further build the sense of community in KC music that The Deli and Sharp County hope to promote. We’ll be hosting some of the excellent local performers: Elkheart (featuring members of Sons of Great Dane and Cherokee Rock Rifle), Hidden Pictures, and Betse Ellis.
The showcase will be next Thursday, December 20. Doors open at 8:30 pm and the show kicks off at 9 pm sharp. Tickets cost $10, and also include 2 beers and a digital download of the show. Beer will be available throughout the show, or you can bring your own.
TICKETS ARE PRE-SALE ONLY AND ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE! WE’RE ONLY SELLING 35! Email sharpcountyrecords@gmail.com to purchase your ticket(s) and receive the location address. If your name is not on the list, you WILL NOT be let in the door. Tickets are going fast, so get yours now!
Following the show, we will be heading to the local watering hole for some fine cheap booze/brews and free social interactions.
The location will only be disclosed to those attending. It is in close proximity to the downtown KC area.
Finally, if any artists are interested in showing their art at this event, please email the address above. We hope to see you there!
July 2012
Hidden Pictures
"Rainbow Records

Hidden Pictures is the kind of band you want to take home to your mother. The group's songs conjure up the image of a clean-shaven face with a well-coiffed 'do and a winning smile. It's the guy that holds the door for you, buys you flowers, and will patiently wait for you to put on your makeup. It doesn't even care that you might not wear makeup. It's got the sweet-talking charm of Eddie Haskell and the classic looks of Don Draper all rolled up into one fantastic album, entitled Rainbow Records.

Part of what makes this LP so sweet and accessible is the vocal interplay between Richard Gintowt and Michelle Sanders. The two have collaborated since OK Jones in 2008, and seem to have hit their stride with Hidden Pictures. Gintowt and Sanders display a melodic and harmonic chemistry in their voices -- it's as though we're listening in on a polite, pleasant conversation in each song. Gintowt has one of the most amiable, accessible voices in the KC music scene, and Sanders does nothing but enhance this delightful, adorable quality.

But Rainbow Records would be nothing without Erik Voeks' and Corey Vitt's (who took over for Voeks and plays on two of the album's tracks) bouncing bass lines that mix as well with Cameron Hawk's monstrous drum fills as Gintowt's and Sanders' voices mesh. Nate Holt maintains each song's electronic presence without being too heavy-handed, which seems to be the key to making this group look as good as it does. Each musician knows how to play dynamically and when to back off and give another instrument a turn for the sake of the song.

It's no secret why this 5-piece has been signed to Kansas City's Golden Sound Records -- this sophomore LP dwarfs all of Hidden Pictures' efforts in sound quality, musicianship, and superior lyrical writing, which has matured since its more tongue-in-cheek infancy. It's the perfect roll-the-windows-down, feel-good summer record. Rainbow Records shows us a band that has seem some changes, but has maintained and grown into a stronger sense of self. This is the kind of growth you expect to see from a band you enjoy and want to continue enjoying for many more records to come.

--Michelle Bacon


Hidden Pictures signed to Golden Sound Records

The poppy 5-piece Hidden Pictures has been signed to Kansas City's Golden Sound Records, just announced in anticipation of their upcoming full-length release Rainbow Records. The crisp, melodic, polite vocal combination of Richard Gintowt and Michelle Sanders mixed with bright retro pop sounds is a perfect fit for Golden Sound, whose current artist roster includes the '50s-style rockabilly group The Empty Spaces, folk outfit Oriole Post, and ambient noise rockers Everyday/Everynight.

Rainbow Records will be available on July 17 in print/digital formats. The CD release show will be July 20 at The Brick with labelmates Fullbloods

In addition, Golden Sound Records is hosting the Crossroads Summer Block Party next Friday, July 6. Food, festivities, and music from bands on the label, as well as bands on The Record Machine.


--Michelle Bacon


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