After a three month furlough hiking the mountains of New England, living by fire, removed from the electronic blips and bleeps of the outside world, Chris Bathgate returned to the road with a three week tour sharing the bill with Hezekiah Jones (Yer Bird). Along their pilgrimage up and down the east coast, the long time friends shared plenty of stories, music and perhaps more than the occasional drink. The Asheville Squints presents an auditory account of these days, experiences and stories.
The two offerings on The Asheville Squints will cement your often challenged belief that original folk music is indeed live and well.
Hezekiah Jones' Come To Our Pool Party EP (and I hesitate to call it such as it's almost as long as their last full length) is several firsts for Yer Bird: our first EP release and our first second release by an artist - it feels like the best kind of growth, the kind that takes stock of what's come before it and pushes it forward.
In many ways, this album shows that same kind of growth for Hezekiah Jones. Raph Cutrufello, the band's primary singer, lyricist and all around handyman, has drawn on a wide palette of experiences, people and recordings from the past several years to put this all together.
Hezekiah Says You're A-Ok, the debut album from Philadelphia songwriter vehicle Hezekiah Jones, is a record both nuanced and swayingly graceful. Falling somewhere in the realm between early Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham's Bonnie 'Prince' Billy recordings, Hezekiah Jones has crafted an album of tightly coiled harmonies, memorable lyrical melodies, and nimble, literate songwriting.
If You Harden on the Inside
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Ah, Bread of Teeth, the infamous stop-gap EP - you know the one to bridge the distance until the anticipated sophomore release? - it's always a tricky balance between the work the audience already knows and hints as to what the future record will hold. Bread of Teeth, the new EP from Philadelphia's Hezekiah Jones, serves this normally utilitarian function with all the sublime gracefulness we've all come to expect from him. Here, Hezekiah Jones deftly bridges the distance from his early work with the long-defunct Stillwillis (in the form of Iowa Alligator and Sorry Waltz, penned by former band-mate Matt Helm) and the fragile swing of his years-in-the-making full-length sophomore record.
"Have You Seen Our New Fort?" is a collection of new and re-worked songs from the last few years of Hezekiah Jones. On this new album, listeners will find out why the Philadelphia folk scene can't get enough of Hezekiah Jones' depth of instrumentation and contagious beat with songs like Mind Malaise, Drawing Pictures and Airplane Window. You can then follow that up with Raphael Cutrufello's signature ballads like the haunting Lift the Shadow From This Heart and two new takes on 2009 "Bread of Teeth" EP's laments; Traffic to the Sea and I Love my Family.
"New Fort" also sees the resurfacing of Cannonball (I've Got a Little Room) that was originally released on a split 7" with Chris Bathgate and released by our friends at Quite Scientific Records. The Fort version brings the addition of contemporary and producer Andrew Lipke's horn arrangements - the song sings anew. We also see another appearance from Chris Bathgate in the form of the Hezekiah Jones' cover of The Last Parade on Ann St. from Bathgate's 2007 album A Cork Tale Wake. With the production and ear of previously mentioned Philly artist Andrew Lipke at the helm, the songs of this album become the "new fort" and home of where leader Raphael Cutrufello and the rest of the Jones' currently find themselves. With peaks and valley's of true song-crafting, a complete album is felt through both sides of this vinyl release.
A multi-media adventure about a princess who must team up with her unfaithful lover in order to stop the Queen from destroying the earth's life force.Told by a troupe of digital artists, it uses prose, pictures, poetry, illustration, audio scenes, music, and sound effects to provide an immersive reading experience.
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While your first thought might be ‘who is oosi Lockjaw?,’ perhaps the matter at hand is, rather, ‘What does Hezekiah Jones know about oosi Lockjaw?’ It is, admittedly, a subtle distinction, but is it vital to the game that is, as per Henry V (via Sherlock Holmes), afoot; the who, what, and why of that particular line of questioning is the present mystery that both the band and the listener are - fates now entwined - engaged in. Raphael Cutrufello, principal writer and vocalist, shall serve in the Holmes capacity if you - and you know who I’m talking about - will take on the role of the collective Watson in this journey into inquiry entitled: ‘In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw.’ (READ MORE)
...and apple-wood; though we have only fir-wood and dried cones,
altar incense-and the hiss of resin
recalls a whisper or the echo of a whisper
in a temple-corridor-we are not alone.
Helen was lost, she sought reality,
let go the dream; Achilles sought the Sea,
and Paris found his earlier love, Oenone;
true, true life returns, we have not far to go,
When Love kindles the flame;
why fear the dark without,
when light returns within?
excerpt from "Winter Love". Hermetic Definition. by H.D. 1959
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