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GravelRoad releases their sixth album Capitol Hill Country Blues

GravelRoad releases their sixth album Capitol Hill Country Blues

Capitol Hill Country Blues is the sixth studio album from GravelRoad. The album was recorded and mixed by legendary engineer Jack Endino in late 2015 & early 2016.


GravelRoad’s mix of driving rhythms and heavy guitar sounds range from minute-long fits of angst to slow and methodical psychedelic tracks. “Rabbit Run” and “Rather Be Lonely” give followers a sense of the familiar from the veteran band. Conversely the band pushes boundaries on Capitol Hill Country Blues songs such as the Krautrock-inspired instrumental “Green Lungs” and the album’s finale “I Feel High”, a stunningly beautiful solo acoustic track.

 

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Free Music - Knick Knack Records Fall 2016 Digital Sampler

Free Music - Knick Knack Records Fall 2016 Digital Sampler

 

We've got some great new music from our recent releases that we would like to share with you in our free digital music sampler.  You can download or stream it but we hope you'll go to the artist pages and buy the albums once you discover how good this is.

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Sindri Eldon "I Am A Landslide" (from the album The Damage Is Already Done, Anthology '04 - '08)

Crazy Eyes "Close To Death" (from the album Ring Ring Jingalong and Dark Heart Singalong)

GravelRoad "Rabbit Run" (from the album Capitol Hill Country Blues)

Ray Cashman "Where The Blues Was Born" (from the album Slow Drag)

Teleferik "Bombs and Rockets" (from the album Lune Electric)

Aaron Semer "End of The World Dance" (from the album Love Amidst Collapse)

Sweet Jesus "Aftermath" (from the album Shortwave Oracle)

The Foghorns "Sons and Daughters of The Molly Maguires" (from the album The Sun's Gotta Shine...)

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Introducing Knick Knack Records Gift Cards

Introducing Knick Knack Records Gift Cards

Shopping for someone else but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Knick Knack Records Gift Card.

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees.

 

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Full Moon Magazine (Czech Republic) reviews Capitol Hill Country Blues

Full Moon Magazine (Czech Republic) reviews Capitol Hill Country Blues
Here is the translation from writer Jiří Vladimír Matýsek:
"Reviewer Patrick Wells once said, that Gravelroad sounds like John Lee Hooker if he was a member of Black Sabbath. At that time, he didn't know that the record which fits this statement that is yet to come. The album is entitled Capitol Hill Country Blues and Gravelroad continues to sharpen their specific psychedelic-hard-blues music with both main genres melting in a very organic way. The four-piece band harvests the products of their previous records, sharpens and deepens the concepts they started earlier and brings with it the sound of high originality.

The sound is dark, hypnotic in its repetitiveness (in doom-blues piece Song To Darkness gets well known Mississippi mud an adequate musical form). In equal shares they take from both musicians mentioned before, which are easily connected in one single expression. This expression is - sometimes less, sometimes more - spiced with slight psychedelic odor, which takes listener to the long trips through space and time.

The key elements are two guitars, sometimes interweaving, sometimes fighting. More, the guitar figures are quite simple, based on the traditional blues, even that there is no classical 12-bar on the record. Gravelroad doesn't need that. The apex stone is the rhythm section, bass and hard-hitting drums.

You can feel quite a lot of devotion to the blues from the record. It is not taken in the narrow-minded way, it is taken as a base, as river, which flows under the surface and only sometimes it bursts over the surface. Capitol Hill Country Blues is a record for the new millennium. It is modern, with interesting sound, amusing. The Record of the year? Unlikely, this title will go to some well known name. But for me, it is."
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Full Moon Magazine (Czech Republic) reviews Bitter & Resentful

Full Moon Magazine (Czech Republic) reviews Bitter & Resentful

translation from writer Jiří Vladimír Matýsek:

"Even the well-known proverb tells it differently; sometimes apples fall quite far away from the tree. A great example would be Sindri Eldon, son of Iceland most important exported music commodity. Recent Eldon's record, Bitter & Resentful in no way reminds his mum's avant-garde experiments. On the contrary, he goes to the bone of straightforward American alternative rock music from the latter half of the nineties, remember Lemmonheads for example. Eldon's record is positive collection of songs, which are based on simple instrumentation and an arcade of melodies (e.g. opening of the first song "a capella").
Even though the record has a sunny atmosphere, there is no fear of punching into the actual problems. An opening song America, An Ode is in no way an ode - same as old Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. The record connects the view of a person from outside (Sindri Eldon was born on Iceland), a foreigner, which comes with a critical blade and goes into funny contrast with the sunny Californian atmosphere. This singer-songwriting layer moves the record from tentative mood to criticism, from sun to the darker tones.
The record doesn't stop (with the exception of an ambient piano part in the song Doer and sad Things Coming to a Head) and has a punk energy that is dragged forward by hard-hitting drums and a dirty guitar sound and is highlighted by crystal clean production. It’s not boring and is variable to keep listeners concentration. But, a little shortening would be quite OK (e.g. song 18 or too-much-pop Irma (The Game), one hour of playing time is a little bit over the line. Despite those little things there is one thing – the straightforward rock'n'roll with a critical blade. This is the most suitable description of Bitter & Resentful from Sindri Eldon."

 

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http://www.fullmoonzine.cz/clanky/eldon-syn-bjork

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Knick Knack Records Pop-Up Store Open For Business!

Knick Knack Records Pop-Up Store Open For Business!

It's happening!

Knick Knack Records landed a sweet spot in Axis Pioneer Square's new space on 1st and Main, a cavernous and venerable location formerly occupied by Seattle's beloved Elliott Bay Book Store. We'll be here slinging vinyl until October 31, every day from 11 to 6, sporting the latest in wearable Knick Knack merch and blasting some choice cuts for those fortunate and/or intelligent enough to drop by. There might also be exclusive discount codes lying around for our physical visitors, codes that will net them free shipping on our fabulous online store.

But don't just come for opportunistic mercenary reasons. Come for the vibe and feel of a homegrown and carefully curated record store in a wonderful new space that hasn't been open for years. Come to hang out and look at the art we share the location with, and come to dirty up your fingers flipping through our very extensive library. And most of all, come because we want to see some friendly faces.

See you there!

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Vote for Knick Knack Records as Most Promising Label at CHANNEL Fest

Vote for Knick Knack Records as Most Promising Label at CHANNEL Fest
Help Knick Knack Records to release more music.
The winning label with the most votes gets:
Two days' studio time at Electrokitty Studios Seattle (recording and/or mixing) with head engineer GG Reynolds for any artist on the label's roster.
Notable clients of Electrokitty include: Sleater Kinney, Mudhoney, Minus the Bear, Mastodon, Zedd, Echosmith, Carrie Underwood, and Kendrick Lamar + many more artists and producers.

How to play:

1. Pick one label
2. Vote
3. Tell your friends
 
 
See you at Channel Fest!
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