Hellfire, Transient the band, and whatever else
Has it been another six months since updating? Well you know it's tough
in the music biz right now but Indian Casino is still pulling that one armed
bandit hoping to hit the jackpot. We definitely hit paydirt with the first
release from Transient Songs' bassist/multi instrumentalist Andy Gassaway (aka
Jimmy Andrews). His album Hellfire kicks ass and you owe it to yerself to
pick it up or get on over to the homepage and check
out a couple tunes.
In other news we have been busy as hell (well for us) pushing the new
Transient Songs LP Cave Syndrome. No longer a recording project,
Transient Songs is morphing into a fully formed band complete with five members.
Reviews of the album have been extremely positive and we hope the momentum keeps
up. More on that later.
The prolonged/much anticipated Return of HellDamnCrap compilation is
in the works. This is Indian Casinos' first compilation so keeping track
of all the songs on disc, tape, MP3 and whatever other kind of formats we have
been collecting has been a challenge. The upside is all tunes are in Pro
Tools and ready to head to Mr. Hanzsek for mastering.
New Transient Songs Full Length Release. All Eyes,
Wings Albums Available
I don't get around to updating this blog much but lots
going on in the Indian Casino world. A lot of
effort is currently being put into the first LP by
Transient Songs. Publicity will be handled by
Kaytea McIntosh at XO again. All Eyes, Wings And
Many Other Things releases are also available in
different incarnations on their site and available for
sale on iTunes and Rhapsody and the physical copy of
their first LP is available in physical form on our
site. So lots going on. Please support your
local scrappy label and check out some of our releases
even if you just use your ears and not your wallets (or
Return of HellDamnCrap Compilation
A long time ago our friend in The Me-Thinks and
Barrel Deluxe Mike Bandy used to create small hand
burned compilations of all our friends bands in and
around the Ft. Worth area on his micro HellDamnCrap
label. It's been a few years since this has been
done and in honor of the original HellDamnCrap
compilations we have decided to put out a compilation of
a bunch of friends and Indian Casino roster mates on a
CD to celebrate the original DIY ethos of Bandy and
HellDamnCrap. Look for more info about this around
Eyes, Wings CD has Arrived
Well boys and girls the physical digi pak for the Eyes, Wings And Many Other Things CD has arrived. Unfortunately the manufacturer fucked up and did not set up the split shipment like I asked for and all the discs arrived in Seattle. Half were supposed to arrive in Dallas a week in advance of the CD release but of course in true Indian Casino style, everything is fucking seat of the pants. I guess the Me-Thinks Double EP set the tone when we had the CD release with no CD so we gave away Bensonhurst Buck vouchers. Anyhow, I'm headed down to get this shipped right out. I would bring them with me to the release but I'll be flying stand by from Seattle and there is a remote chance I won't make it. Ah the good times. Anyhow, the discs look fantastic. If you aren't familiar with digi paks, they are the cardboard open up type and not the shitty plastic jewel case things. I'm proud to say not 1 Indian Casino release has contained a standard jewel case.
The album should be available on all the digital outlets in the next few weeks and the CD release should be a great show. Cheerio!
The Pungent Sound EP
Well as I write this Ray Mignon is upstairs packing to go back to Tejas. It seems only yesterday he showed up to visit and finish recording the Pungent Sound EP. I hate it when he leaves but I know my body says thanks. Always a blast. Anyhow, I'm happy to say despite the fact that we acted as complete degenerates this week, we have four brand new tunes ready to be mixed. Think Aleister Crowley meets your creepy Fraternal Uncle with plenty of 60's British nautical soundscapes thrown in. It's swampy, it's psychedelic, it's heavy, it's spacey, it's fraternal, it's campy, it's evil, it's odd, and it's fucking great. They sit next to the first two Pungent Sound ditties rather well but being new songs I like them much better. Ray just fed Jimmy Andrews, my wife, Scoop Jackson, and I one of the best Italian meals I've ever had and we wrapped up the final vocal tracks today. Jimmy Andrews contributed a whole song for the EP as well. The songs flowed easily and the tunes are sure to please. We spent the entire week in a cacoon in the Snakepit tracking. I have an ass load of mixing to do on these songs and sort out tracks, etc but look for the first Pungent Sound EP (tentatively titled "November of the Beast") to be out Early to late December. Rock n Roll....
So much has
been going on the past year I haven't even had time to post much about it but
here goes! Ok, we celebrated one year in the red. In other words, we
are releasing discs (both physically and digital) and still not making any money
but are putting out some great releases. We kicked off the year with the
first release by Transient Songs. The EP is called "Plantation to Your
Youth" and was recorded late 2007 and early 2008. That EP is finally in
its initial promotional stage being sent regionally by XO Publicity in Portland.
Early in 2008 I broke my arm so everything music related (including much work on
the label) was on hold. In Early 2008 we also put out the first EP by my
old mates in Ft. Worth, Barrel Delux. This was a six song EP and is a
great EP. Finally we are just now putting the finishing touches on the
Eyes, Wings And Many Other Things first full length release titled "Tonsils,
Toes And Everyone Knows". We have high expectations for this release and
are excited to see this one get released. Look for the actual release mid
It's not easy
making a buck putting out music these days as the compact disc is going the way
of the eight track and people simply are not into paying for music much anymore.
We encourage you to consume our bands music anyway you can but if you have
Rhapsody or iTunes, a play or a purchase sure would be appreciated. We are
not in this to make money but having enough to sustain and put out the next
release sure is nice. Anyhow, I'll try to keep things updated more.
We have been busy getting The Me-Thinks release on the major music sites
(CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes, Rhapsody). That and sending out copies to some rags
has been eating up what little spare time we have. Look for a financial bust
or a good year from us hear at Indian Casino Records. Cheers,
Me-Thinks album is Out! Sort of. I just got back from Texas and is the
case with many things in the record industry and Haltom City in general, things
don't always go as planned. The show was great. The band played well,
the people came out. The Wreck felt like home, etc,etc. But we had a
CD release with no CD's. We did our best to get everything lined up in time
but they will not be in until Wednesday. We did however give out some Bensonhurst
Bucks as vouchers and those who bought early got a killer t shirt. 8 bucks
for a t and a record (a double ep that is) is a hell of deal. So the album
is on it's way and it should be available on Rhapsody and iTunes in a few weeks.
I came home with a wad of cash, half of which was blown at the airport bar and the
other half that I'm still carrying around. Thank god for tax write offs.
And thanks to Linda for manning the merch booth while I was being a typical Jack
and not minding my business like I should. Oh yeah, buy a CD! Cheers,
well well. The time is upon us. Saturday
night is The official release of The Me-Thinks make
mine a double ep. This bitch has been years in
the making and you won't be let down. I'm
taking time away from my busy schedule to fly down
to the Lone Star State to party with the boys.
If you are in town, Ft.Worth town that is or Texas
for that matter and you aren't at the show on the
11th at the Wreck room you're missin out (on
something at least). I'll be the one with the
suit on at the cd sales table if anyone cares to
stop by and say hi. Oh yeah, if you
think your band is great (don't we all have bands we
think are great?) then feel free to drop off a copy
at the table. I'm looking for some good talent
and can't afford the bands in Seattle anymore....
See you in Texas