We first met (and interviewed) North Carolina guitarist Shane Parish at last year’s Hopscotch Festival where he performed both solo and with his band Ahleuchatistas. In addition to his solo/band work, Shane recorded collaborations with the likes of Tashi Dorji and Jacob Wick with his releases appearing on labels such as Tzadik and Cabin Floor Esoterica.
Now we’re proud to present a mix that Shane created for IHN – a journey through his vinyl collection that resulted in what he describes as closest that he made to the real mixtape in last 15 years!
Few words on artists appearing throughout the mix
Lina Tullgren writes dark, poetic songs with expansive, billowing structures. She relies on sparse instrumentation to flesh out her rousing lyrical wisdom; crafting open-minded songs that push the conventional boundaries of a singer-songwriter.
Label(s): Captured Tracks
Born in Massachusetts, Jaye Bartell moved to Asheville, NC, in the early 2000s where he began playing music among friends as a parallel activity to his work with poetry and other writing. Writing was his main focus for most of a decade; a time that involved constant traveling and moving around the U.S., mostly between North Carolina and the Pacific NW, where he lived on a small island in northern Washington. He released his first album, Feeling Better, Pilgrim, in 2008, after musician/writer Damian Weber taught him how to record. The album incorporated live incidental sounds (wind, chimes, traffic, birds), some of which were manipulated and processed as loops, but emphasized vocal melody and lyrics above all.
Anna & Elizabeth
This duo, by way of Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, supplements their glorious harmonies and picking with visual art, puppets, and moving scrolls that completely rejiggers the way people experience mountain music. They’ll also lead a square dance during the day on Thursday as well as late-night jam session at the Jig and Reel, Knoxville’s home for Irish folk music.
Garden & Gun
Jacobs is known in the DIY scene for his group Wei Zhongle, a shifting ensemble that has been making records and touring for several years. Wei Zhongle focuses on psychedelic arrangements and maintains a reverence for ancient music of many kinds.
Label(s): International Anthem Recording Company
Further Reading: Words on Sounds
DIVINE CIRCLES is USX violinist, Meghan Mulhearn’s eclectic solo endeavor. Notorious for pushing the limits of orthodox string-playing in an effort to explore the violin’s potential as an instrument far beyond traditional composition, Mulhearn often employs effects and electronics, novel plucking and strumming techniques and uses the violin as an actual vocal resonator.