Friday, June 24, 2011

Today's Short Bursts :: Big Star + Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences

For their last performance as Big Star, Jody Stephens, Ken Stringfellow, and Jon Auer were joined by fans and friends that included founding Big Star member, the late Andy Hummel, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Sondre Lerche, and Superdrag fronter John Davis, to pay tribute to the life and music of Alex Chilton. Earlier this week Ardent Records issued the first recording from that evenings tribute, via a 7" featuring John Davis' handling vocals on 3 classics from #1 Record.

“The performances really tell the story of what happened and how we all felt about that evening at Memphis' Levitt Shell. The idea of trying to release the show in its entirety was overwhelming in the sense of time and effort needed for all performance clearances. So I thought, first artist first: John Davis was the first of many wonderful guest artists to join us on stage. He wailed on three songs: "In The Street," "Don't Lie To Me" and "When My Baby's Beside Me." These were just the right amount songs (and time) for an EP release. So with mastering engineer Larry Nix and Big Star's engineer, John Fry, and our Neumann cutting lathe all residing in the Ardent Studios building how could we not cut vinyl?
“We hope to release more of the show down the road. Thank you.

-Jody Stephens

All 3 tracks are currently streaming at the Big Star Muxtape Page

Order the John Davis with Big Star 7" at Ardent Music.

We're going to stop asking how they do it and just be glad that London based Audio Antihero continues to release consistently arresting records one after the other. On July 31st the U.K. taste makers will continue that tradition when they deliver the fourth installment of The Career Suicide Series with The Wrong Life, an EP from the newest addition to their formidable roster, Paul Hawkins & The Awkward Silences. Check the two tracks embeded below. Johnny is a bit unsettling with dead pan vocals and guitar squalls used with great effect. Unmistakably British and as awkward as it is brilliant.

Pre-order The Wrong Life EP at Audio Antihero

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