Korda’s own Brian Tighe (The Hang Ups / The Starfolk) sat listening to the new John Lennon song released by The Beatles just today and marveled at how modern it sounded. “It sounds like modern Stephen Ittner,” he observed. Knowing Brian’s adulation for both songwriters, I’m not sure who’s getting complimented by the comparison. The Go-Karts is lead by Stephen Ittner, who has also performed and recorded with Korda Artists The Hang Ups, The Starfolk and The Owls. Ittner wrote the chorus for this song 20 years ago, and finally tied it up just recently. Kinda like The Beatles. Hope you enjoy The Go-Karts new offering as much as we do!
The Ocean Blue’s first independent release— Davy Jones’ Locker —has been beautifully remastered and will be released on vinyl for the first time ever (Korda 024). Pre-Order clear blue and vintage black vinyl in the band’s shop. Out everywhere August 25. Preorder clear blue & vintage black LPs & CDs at link in bio. See The Ocean Blue on tour this fall, starting Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis with label mates The Hang Ups. For full listing and ticket links visit shows page or the band’s site.
The Ocean Blue and The Hang Ups will be playing at least 3 shows together this September: Milwaukee, Chicago, and Minneapolis. We can only hope this means new releases from each beloved band! Ticket links and more details below.
“There Is This Mystery” is a song about lovers and memory, time lost and reconciled, and vast distance animated by hearts that never let the warmth grow deathly cold.
This song and video are a sonic and visual re-imagining of the Ice Palace song “Mystery” which appeared on their third record How I Came To Win The War. The new atmospheric orchestration and evocative music video were created by Ice Palace collaborator Jason Knox and are just beautiful.
“There Is This Mystery” is available on all platforms 10.14.22
chickfactor, the indiepop zine founded by Gail O’Hara and Pam Berry in 1992, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with special shows in NYC and London.
Korda’s Jim Ruiz Set is playing one of the NYC shows (at the pier aboard the boat Frying Pan!) on October 6 with The Aluminum Group, Beatrix Madell, DJs Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) and Gaylord Fields. Rare and amazing live music plus “vegan options in the restaurant, nautical photo ops and portraits and other fun stuff!” (tickets TBA). Head to chickfactor’s website for more information on the events and bands.
The Ocean Blue’s fourth major label release— SEE THE OCEAN BLUE —is being reissued for the first time on vintage black and stunning orange vinyl LPs, CD, and cassette this September (Korda 023). You can get yours early via the pre-order link in the band’s shop, or pick them up at a show this Fall. The band is playing shows Philadelphia (9/3), Boston (9/4), Dallas (9/8), Austin (9/9), Austin (9/10), Minneapolis (9/18), VA Beach (10/1), Seattle (10/20), Salt Lake City (10/21), Los Angeles (10/22), and Orlando (11/5). Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest info.
So excited for the world premiere of “Still Learning” today! The video is co-directed by Cody Brown and Reba Fritz, and symbolizes both a creative journey and a return home to the collaborators, friends, and city that built singer Reba Fritz as an artist. The song is available now on all platforms. Please share, follow, and add to playlists to help spread this great music…and join us in person for the album release party on November 19!
Tickets are now on sale for an extraordinary release show celebrating In a Mess, In a State, and a Second Too Late (Korda 022) the dazzling debut LP by Muskellunge.
The ticket price includes a download of the entire album In a Mess, In a State, and a Second Too Late (Muskellunge) plus Fields, an exclusive EP of rarities from The Hang Ups! Get tickets here, pronto.
“Still Learning,” the first single + music video from In a Mess, In a State, and a Second Too Late is coming September 17! Read on for the Muskellunge backstory by Simon Peter Groebner.
Minneapolis, 1992. An underage fan sneaking into the dingy Uptown Bar — through the back door, next to the bathroom — pretty much knew what to expect. The dominant sound from smoke-clogged stages was loud, distorted and dangerous, with industry people big and small scouring local micro-scenes for the next angry thing. (Muskellunge cont’d)
“A co-bill made in heaven, one that Brian and I have been trying to make happen for years. We met each other as very young lads, in a music scene absolutely bursting. And the excitement continues as The Hang Ups (8:30p set) and yours truly (9:30p set) rock The Turf Club on a hot August night.” –Wilie Wisely
Surf’s up in the heavy with a dashing debut single by Dany & The Dragyns: “Bde Maka Ska Surf” b/w “White Volvo Wagon.” A collaboration from the Skagen, Denmark shelf of the treasure-lined vaults of John Crozier, catch this timeless wave!