You know the deal: we’ll have very special limited releases, special in-store performances from some of our fave acts, and lots of free stuff while it lasts! We open early at 10am and keep on rocking until 10pm.
We’ll have 100s of unique limited edition releases while they last from artists including Cake, Built to Spill, Grateful Dead, Public Enemy,Flaming Lips, David Bowie, LCD Soundsystem, R.E.M., Spoon, The Dresden Dolls, Gram Parsons, fun., Liars, Steve Earle, Velvet Underground, Husker Du, Joy Division, Mastodon, and so many more!
Live music from 2pm to 10pm
Here’s the schedule of performing musicians:
2pm: John Faraone
3pm: The CBYD Trio with Isaac Young & Nick DiMaria
4pm: Daphne Lee Martin
5pm: Sketch tha Cataclysm
5:45: Sam Perduta (of Elison Jackson)
6:15: Pocket Vinyl
7pm: The Hornets
8pm: Horns of Ormus
9pm: Empty Vessels
We encourage you to check out all of the other incredible stores here in Southern New England including but not limited to Redscroll Records, Mystic Disc, What Cheer, and Tumbleweeds. The hunt is on! We hope you have fun, find yr treasure, and experience as much music and explore as many stores as possible!
The Telegraph Recording Company has put together a special compilation of tracks entitled ‘Telegraph: A Spacetime Compilation’ featuring many of the acts playing this Saturday at the shop for Record Store Day as well as others from our roster of bands. Stream it below or by visiting Soundcloud and head to the shop for RSD and a free download code (while supplies last)!
We are proud to occasionally host some of our favorite local, regional, and national acts for special performances in our shop here on Golden Street in New London. We also partner regularly with TheDay.com to present Live Lunch Break on most Thursdays. Mark your calendars now and join us:
Thursday, April 24 at Noon
Live Lunch Break (streaming live at TheDay.com)
Paul Brockett Roadshow
Saturday, April 26 at 8pm
The Telegraph presents…
powerblessings & The Lost Riots
Thursday, May 1 at Noon
pre-recorded, no live show
Live Lunch Break (streaming live at TheDay.com)
Thursday, May 8 at Noon
Live Lunch Break (streaming live at TheDay.com)
Thursday, May 15 at Noon
Live Lunch Break (streaming live at TheDay.com)
Seat of Our Pants
We are so thrilled to be hosting one of the stages for the 7th Annual I AM Festival! This year’s performers include Viking Jesus and Roz Raskin & the Rice Cakes, James Maple and Violent Mae. For more info on the event go to www.iamfest.org
Here’s the schedule for the whole event, be sure to catch all the bands you can! And remember, we carry most of this music in stock at the shop. so you can bring them home with you!
So you know and love the annual I AM Festival in September, but it gets even better!
We are launching a new series this summer to bring you great national indie acts leading up to the big show, starting July 12th with Bearstronaut, The Stepkids, and local favorites Slander, Street People and the Weird Beards at the Hygienic Art Park for the kick-off to SailFest weekend on July 12th. More info at the event page here.
The Stepkids: The Stepkids are spiritual heirs to an era when funk was far-out and soul went psychedelic; a time when afros were longer, heels were higher, flares were wider and lapels were bigger. Oh, and songs got freakier. That era between 1968 and 1974, between the appearance of Norman Whitfield behind the production console of Temptations recordsand the emergence of disco. This is the period that the Stepkids recall, and they do it superbly well, perhaps helped by the fact that they are skilled musicians. Hardly surprising to learn they cut their teeth touring with Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill and 50 Cent, and are sufficiently dexterous that they have in their young lives done everything from perform in punk bands to score movies and commercials. Pardon the vintage vernacular, but these cats can play. They’ve only been together for about a year, but already they’re wowing crowds – including jaded audiences at this year’s South by Southwest – with their live shows, where they dress head-to-toe in white and use kaleidoscopic lights to enhance the psychedelic nature of the music. They’re signed to LA’s Stones Throw label (whose roster includes Madlib, Aloe Blacc, J Dilla and James Pants), and they’ve recorded an eponymous debut album that does for 70s soul and funk – that music’s most expansive, mind-expanding period – what Ariel Pink did for 80s MTV pop.
Bearstonaut: Dance is a loose term, but it’s also an inevitable directive. Whether on stage or on record, Boston electronic-pop quartet, Bearstronaut, has made a name in their hometown for sparking instant dance parties. Despite their rather frigid-weather Northeast origins, Bearstronaut has been dubbed “tank-top pop” due to their warm, tropical synth-pop sound. Their growing reputation has been staked on tw…o distinct entities: their energetic, engaging live performances, and their uber-polished, glossy home recordings. After self releasing an EP in 2009, Bearstronaut inspired the creation of one of Boston’s most in-demand record labels, Vanya Records. Bearstronaut has garnered several nominations from media and other music organizations (“Best Electronic Act,” 2012 Boston Music Awards; “Best Electronic Act” and “Song of the Year,” 2011 Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll; 2011 CMJ “Top Bands To See”; “Best New Act,” 2010 Boston Phoenix BMP).
The next weekend, come see Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside on July 19th at the Oasis Pub, and opening the show is our own Daphne Lee Martin and her award-winning ‘Moxie’. More info at the event page here.
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside’s new record Untamed Beast is a visceral rock and roll romp. Like a cross between “Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Waits” (Mashable) Sallie has established herself as one of the most powerful female voices in indie rock. Ford and her group – Tyler Tornfelt (upright bass), Ford Tennis (drums), and Jeffrey Munger (lead guitar) – recorded the album’s 11 tracks with Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Deer Tick, Middle Brother) at Jackpot! Studios in the band’s hometown of Portland, Oregon. … On the new album the band creates a powerful statement on finding freedom through defying conformity. Through clever (often racy) turns of phrase, Sallie twists traditional notions of gender and genre. She says “it’s time for a girl to infiltrate the boys world of rock n roll and grab it by the balls. To me rock n roll isn’t a genre, it’s an energy.” From the exuberantly sexy “Do Me Right” to the free-spirited cry of “Party Kids,” Untamed Beast has a lust for life. Untamed Beast is the follow up to 2011′s Dirty Radio which Brooklyn Vegan called “phenomenal [and] monumental.” In 2011 Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside made their national television debut on Letterman, were one of the most talked about new performers at Bonnaroo, the Newport Folk Fest and Bumbershoot, and were championed by Jack White and The Avett Brothers. www.sallieford.com
James Maple and Elli Perry will be performing at an intimate in-store session at The Telegraph (19 Golden Street, New London CT) followed by a great show at the Oasis Pub (16 Bank Street New London CT) with the Telegraph Recording Company‘s own Elison Jackson. July 3rd. Telegraph show starts at 6pm and Oasis show is at 9pm.James Maple
“American Dreams,” is a ruggedly broken-in record, warmly twangy guitar and sedate progressions defining a collection of honest, occasionally rollicking songs that welcome the listener to pull up a bar stool and stay awhile.Though most tracks ponder solitude, Maple’s languid rasp dips and emboldens doboro and harmonica-laced melodies, taking listeners along on tours from West Virginia to nameless small towns to snow-capped mountain ridges.
Fusing elements of the country, blues, and bluegrass greats, “American Dreams” is comfortable like an evening on the porch watching the stars come out and the world grow quiet — though the trivialities and troubles of the day will return in the morning, the moment itself is an invaluable escape.
Check out his review on CT.com’s Album of the Day here.
“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” -Flannery O’Connor once wrote those words, and with 50 letters she spelled out one of the greatest truths I know. My name is Elli. I have found my life mostly by stumbling across it in words. Some of those words have belonged to others, some have been my own. I was born and raised in Georgia by two Appalachian wordsmiths. They watched me run barefoot through the red dirt hills and aching trees that surrounded our home. They fed me a steady diet of The Beatles, the blues, ballads of bone and rust, and grits. Lots of grits. They plopped my tiny body into cars and trains and airplanes and showed me the great cities of the world. They taught me that art can transform and save. Their words have been the backbone of my life.www.elliperry.com
And here’s a little something from American Songwriter Magazine on Elli.
“Both dreamy and sometimes (delightfully) creepy in their imagery, there is much to explore on this disc…the sheer swelling of feeling can’t be tempered. It’s so clear that a lot of heart and soul went into crafting this material.” – Melanie Love, the Daily Vault www.elisonjackson.com
Birds of Paradox
Jeff will be performing at The Telegraph this Friday, May 10th at noon. Free. All Ages.
Album features an all-star cast, including members of Wings, The Byrds, The Who, the Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band
“The best Tom Petty album since ”Wildflowers’” – Dennis Mitchell, DJ, Las Vegas, NV February 17, 2012 (New York, NY) – “It began with an act of charity,” Jeff Slate says in the liner notes to his new album “Birds of Paradox”, due this Summer. “I was the musical director for a charity event and Steve Holley, who used to be the drummer in Wings, was one of the guest performers. We hit it off and I asked him to drum on some songs of mine in the studio a few weeks later. When we got in there it was exciting.
The songs sounded better than I could have ever dreamed. After 15 years making
records and playing live with The Badge a new door had opened and I was excited
again about making music.” Those initial sessions led to an album’s worth of songs with an all-star cast of players, including Holley and former Wings bandmate Laurence Juber, Gary Van Scyoc and Adam Ippolito (John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band), Jimmy “Mack” McEggliott (Gene Cornish, Tommy James), Gene Parsons (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Bros.), Simon Townshend (The Who, Roger Daltrey), Josh Phillips (Procol Harum), Susie Collins (ELO, Ace Frehley), Wayne Cobham (Stevie Wonder, The Temptations) and Alex Alexander (Prince, Dido).
In support of the release of “Birds of Paradox” – which derives its name from the fact
that May Pang, whom John Lennon wrote the song “Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of
Paradox)” about, introduced the core band of Slate, McEggliott, Van Scyoc, Ippolito and
Holley – Slate will be playing a release party in New York City in Spring, as well as
dates around the Northeast throughout the Summer and Fall of 2012.
With a setlist of songs from “Birds of Paradox”, crowd favorites from Slate’s tenure with
The Badge, and classics that Van Scyoc, Ippolito and Holley performed live with Lennon
and McCartney, as well as hits by Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison and other giants
of the last 50 years of popular music, upcoming live shows are sure to bring the house
“We’ve been rehearsing at the old Hit Factory, which is now the New York headquarters
of Gibson Guitars,” said Slate. “It sounds fantastic. And it’s such a thrill to play these
songs with these musicians. It’s intimidating to think the last time Gary and Adam
played ‘Come Together’ was with John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, but even
more than that it’s exciting.”
Jeff Slate (vocals, guitar) is a singer/songwriter from New York City. He co-founded the
1980’s mod/punk band the Mindless Thinkers, who were mainstays on the Northeast
college circuit. In the mid-90’s he released “The Townshend Tapes”, on which The
Who’s Pete Townshend acted as Executive Producer, and opened for Sheryl Crow on
her “Tuesday Night Music Club” tour. In 1997 he founded the band The Badge, who
released four albums and countless singles, EPs and live “bootleg” sets and went on to
become darlings of the UK/European “mod” scene in the 2000’s. In 2010 Jeff released
the single “Dreamtime”, which featured Earl Slick (Lennon, Bowie) and Carlos Alomar
(Bowie, Lennon). “Birds of Paradox” is his first solo album of original material. Jeff has
appeared on television and radio numerous times and his songs have appeared in
network television shows and major motion pictures. Jeff proudly endorses
Gibson/Epiphone guitars and Vox amps.
Gary Van Scyoc (bass, vocals) and Adam Ippolito (keyboards, vocals) were key
members of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Elephant’s Memory Band. They appeared on
Lennon’s 1972 album “Sometime In New York City” as well as at his “One to One”
concerts at Madison Square Garden. In 1973 they appeared with Lennon on Yoko
Ono’s “Approximately Infinite Universe” double-album. In 2010 they appeared in the
documentary film “LENNONYC.” Together and apart they have also appeared on recordings by or in concert with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger,
Gene Cornish, Jerry Garcia, Neil Sedaka, Keith Moon, Paul Simon and Kool & the
Steve Holley (drums) was a member of Paul McCartney & Wings from 1978-1981. He
played on the mega-hits “Coming Up” and “Goodnight Tonight” as well as the critically
acclaimed 1979 UK tour and album “Back To The Egg.” Steve had previously worked
with Elton John, and since leaving Wings he has provided some of the most solid and
creative beats for Joe Cocker, Ian Hunter and a who’s who of music, including Julian
Lennon, Dar Williams, Chuck Berry, Jules Shear, Popa Chubby, Denny Laine, Phoebe
Snow, Gary Brooker, G.E. Smith, Warren Haynes, Tommy Shaw, Joe Louis Walker,
Junior Brown and many others. In 2003 he released his first solo album ‘The Reluctant
Dog.’ Steve proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Rhythm Tech
Jimmy “Mack” McEggliott (guitar, vocals) has performed and/or recorded with
countless music legends including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Gene Cornish (Young
Rascals) and Tommy Ramone, Tommy James (Shondells), Denny Laine (Wings,
Moody Blues), Carlos Alomar (Bowie, Lennon), Will Lee (Fab Faux, Letterman), Dennis
Diken (Smithereens), Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Arno Hecht (Rolling Stones), Peppy
Castro (Blues Magoos), Juma Sultan (Hendrix), Ian Lloyd (Stories/Foreigner), John
Ford (The Strawbs), Rob Stoner (Bob Dylan), Marshall Crenshaw and many others.
Jimmy was a member of the 1980’s New York City band The Propellers and appeared
on the television cult classic “Uncle Floyd Show.” His songs have aired on major FM
stations including WLIR & WNEW-FM in NYC.
Here’s the interview/write-up with The Day‘s Rick Koster:
No one has a Rolodex anymore.
Hopefully, though, New London native Jeff Slate didn’t throw his away. As a souvenir, it’s the rock ‘n’ roll equivalent of those sign-in registries at famous old hotels, full of the faded signatures of all the big shots who stayed there.
In Slate’s Rolodex, you’d find plenty of A-list musicians ranging from Pete Townshend to Sheryl Crow – not to mention dozens more who’ve played significant roles in an amazing array of bands across decades of rock royalty.
What this means is that Slate, a singer-songwriter now based in New York City, has for more than two decades – on his own and with the indie band The Badge – impressed not just fans but also plenty of musicians who have become friends and collaborators.
Consider Slate’s latest solo album, “Birds of Paradox,” which came out last fall. Various Slate “Rolodex” associates played on the 12-song record, including former members of Wings, the Plastic Ono Band, Procol Harum, the Byrds, the Who, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and David Bowie band members Earl Slick and Carlos Alomar.
“Birds of Paradox” is a timeless record – a tribute as much to Slate’s innate sense of hooky energy as it is to his own status as a joyous fan of 50 years of rock. From melancholy balladry to mid-tempo/midlife meditations to giddy highway anthems, “Birds of Paradox” reflects the vision of a career musician who will always choose rock ‘n’ roll as the finest medium through which to distill life itself.
Slate and his Birds of Paradox band perform Friday in New London’s The Telegraph and Saturday at the Misquamicut SpringFest on Misquamicut Beach in Westerly.
When Slate was younger, the fascination with rock ‘n’ roll took on a more raw, giddy style of adolescent joy and aggression.
“Starting out in New London, just a kid, I was a devotee of The Clash and The Jam and The Small Faces,” Slate remembers. “My friends and I would just stare at their faces on the album sleeves, mesmerized. They were like cyphers to us. You’d look at Steve Marriott and know you’d never get to see or meet someone like that.”
As it turns out, he met plenty. Slate learned guitar and, with his high school band the Mindless Thinkers, rose through the burgeoning New London club scene and quickly established a reputation throughout the region, opening for bigger Boston bands as well as hometown heroes The Reducers.
They also self-recorded and released an album called “Anyone For Anything.”
“We had a great time. It was a glorious 18-month run,” Slate says. “Then we each had to decide whether to carry on or go to college. I thought, ‘I’ll just go to New York City, find a few more guys, and do it all again’ – not realizing how incredibly hard it is to find that chemistry.”
Slate struggled for five years before abandoning the band concept to work on solo songwriting with an acoustic guitar. Along the way, he met The Who’s Pete Townshend at a party. They hit it off, Slate says, and Townshend ultimately produced a demo for Slate. While it didn’t end up securing a major label deal for Slate, his stock was rising.
“I always remember the excitement of being in a band for the first time,” Slate says. “The idea was you were happy to play anywhere, not just clubs but a tennis court or a wine and cheese shop – anywhere you could play. People always say New York City audiences are tough. You know what? They’re tough everywhere. That’s how you learn and get better.”
It paid off.
In 1995, he landed a solo acoustic slot opening for Sheryl Crow on the national tour for her debut album, “Tuesday Night Music Club.” He also continued to write, perform and expand his network of musical pals. In 1997, along with guitarist Marc Teamaker, drummer Nelson Pla and keyboardist Matt Kalin, he formed The Badge, a Beatles-and-Kinks-happy outfit that toured relentlessly. They also released the “…Digital Retro…” and “Calling Generation Mojo” albums as part of a wave of rock musicians that embraced the new freedoms and possibilities of indie labels and do-it-yourself projects.
“You know, the Mindless Thinkers made our first record in New London in a bedroom with a four-track recorder.” Slate says. “The difference between that sort of project and now? You had to have the money to put the recording out on vinyl and then convince someone to buy it. Not anymore. Kids today seem willing to invest a buck to download a song.”
Though The Badge ultimately went on hiatus, the bandmates remain pals and don’t rule out possibilities for future collaboration.
In the meantime, Slate is excited and delighted over “Birds of Paradox.” From the various stellar players on the album, he’s formed a touring band, Jeff Slate’s Birds of Paradox, which includes guitarist/vocalist Jimmy McElligott (The Propellors), bassist/vocalist Gary Van Scyoc and keyboardist/vocalist Adam Ippolito (both members of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band), and drummer Steve Holley (Wings, Elton John).
“From the outside, people might not think it, but it’s hard work recording and traveling and living in hotels, particularly when you get older and have kids,” Slate says. “But there are no points where I don’t enjoy making music. The songs on the new album just sort of presented themselves. Over time, I’d gotten to know a lot of musicians that I enjoy playing with and that I look up to. I thought, ‘It can’t hurt to ask if they’ll play on this record.’ And no one said no. It’s been such a flattering experience.”
Here’s the write-up on the new album, and don’t forget they’ll be playing at Cafe Nine in New Haven with our own Daphne Lee Martin on March 23rd.
Mount Moriah will release Miracle Temple, their breakthrough second LP and first new album for Merge Records, on February 26, 2013.
Fiercely contemporary yet rich with classic influences, Mount Moriah’s Miracle Temple sports bigger arrangements, louder guitars, bolder vocals, and more soulful rhythms than their acclaimed self-titled debut. Through their artful personal storytelling, the band develops a piercing portrait of a “New South” where progressive traditions are still fitfully breaking free from conservative ones. Mount Moriah’s cathartic vision for their home and themselves is writ large in their lovingly critical negotiation with romantic, political, and gender identities; geographical perspective; confrontation and forgiveness. The drive for change, resolute but tinged with regret, is arrestingly captured in the cover image of a burning barn.
Singer/guitarist Heather McEntire says, “I feel like there’s a lot of confrontation in this record that stems from the confidence we developed doing the first one by ourselves.” That newfound clarity of purpose results in music that balances nervy beauty and resounding force, in beautifully wrought lyrics that compress condemnation and confession into subtle poetry. “Things that were almost questions before are more like answers now,” says guitarist Jenks Miller. “There was a timidity to Heather’s voice on the first record, singing in this naked way without distortion. Now, it’s commanding, which allows the arrangements to do more.”
McEntire and Miller are at the heart of Mount Moriah. Bassist Casey Toll joined the band in 2010, while James Wallace provided drums, organ, and piano on the album. Miracle Temple was recorded over five days at Beech House in Nashville and co-produced by Mark Nevers, Miller, and McEntire; mixed by Nevers; and mastered by Alex McCollough. McEntire, Miller, and Toll wrote the music, with all lyrics by McEntire except for “Union Street Bridge,” co-written with the poet Sarah Messer. Additional tracking was done by Miller, James Wallace, Jeff Crawford, Jaron Pearlman, and Daniel Hart. The expanded arrangements feature an impressive variety of guest stars. Hart provides violin, and Allyn Love plays pedal steel. Indigo Girl Amy Ray sings gospel-tinged backing vocals alongside Bibis Ellison, Ryan Gustafson, and Midtown Dickens’ Will Hackney and Catherine Edgerton.
Recently released on vinyl for the first time, Mount Moriah’s self-titled debut quickly put them on the national radar. They were tapped for a national tour with the Indigo Girls; endorsed by Pitchfork, NPR, The Onion A.V. Club, Stereogum, PopMatters, and others; named the creators of North Carolina’s best 2011 album by Shuffle Magazine; and featured on Bon Iver’s celebrity playlist on iTunes. Much acclaim focused on the riveting stage presence of McEntire, hailed by the Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle as the kind one rarely discovers, a sentiment echoed by Paste Magazine’s Shane Ryan who wrote: “McEntire fits into that rarified subgroup of charismatic performers. … When she sings, the transformation begins. The energy is evident in her eyes […] and in her voice, a powerful instrument capable of finding the perfect emotional tone within the lyrics. … I left the venue knowing Heather McEntire will be huge.”
For my list, I’m going to stick to contemporary artists who play gritty soul & funk. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings have thankfully become a household name these days, but there are many many other artists in the scene whose music should be in the public eye. So here we go …
DeRobert & the Half Truths – Soul in a Digital World (GED Soul Records)
GED Soul Records is a fantastic new Nashville label pushing out some serious raw soul & funk records. DeRobert & the Half Truths are so good that, though DeRobert had to miss the show, the band blew the Oasis away and kept the place moving with ferocious instrumentals for 2 hours earlier this year. With DeRobert in the band, they’re unstoppable. Keep your ear to the ground for their next visit this Spring. (note: this came out on CD in 2010 and the vinyl was released in 2012)
Menahan Street Band – The Crossing (Dunham/Daptone Records)
Made up of musicians who cut their teeth playing with bands such as the Dap Kings, the Menahan Street Band have evolved into masters of mood. Their sophomore effort, The Crossing, while never anything less than funky, is filled with subtle treasures and begs to be listened to again and again and again. The title track will give you the idea …
Lee Fields – Faithful Man (Truth and Soul Records)
Lee Fields’ career dates back to the late 60s (he released his first single, Bewildered, in 1969). A glance at his Discogs page will tell you that he never stopped! And, while I love his early work (She’s a Love Maker is one of my all-time favorite dancers), I feel he’s only gotten better as time has passed. Since linking up with musicians in the Desco/Daptone/Soul Fire/Truth and Soul families (look those labels up), he’s found partners with the same musical goals … to create unforgettable gritty funk and passionate soul! Have a listen:
Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
While Dr. John himself should need no introduction, this album represents an auspicious fusion of Mr. Rebennack’s generation with that of the bands I’ve described above. Produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the band includes drummer Max Weissenfeldt (Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers), keyboardist Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, Lee Fields), and bassist Nick Movshon (Menahan Street Band, Antibalas, Dap-Kings) … three of the most tasteful and talented musicians in the contemporary soul scene. The result is a timeless, psychedelic, funky masterpiece.
The Cactus Channel – Haptics (Hope Street Recordings)
Alright … how about a group of high school students from Melbourne, Australia playing a fierce hybrid of afrobeat and raw, heavy funk? I’ve learned not to be surprised at the places soul and funk music can come out of. Indeed, Mr. James Brown inspired musicians from Ethiopia to Nigeria to Korea to Turkey and so on. So 16 year old Australians? Sure. But when they’re actually good? This one deserves a live clip:
That’ll have to do it for the moment. I’ll probably add a list of some of my favorite 45s of 2012 in a day or two. Happy New Year!