Friday, January 29, 2010

Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Party Tonight!

Tonight is the night! SPACE Gallery will be hosting the Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Party. We will be celebrating the release of the "Death, Rebirth & Transformation" vinyl single series, featuring unreleased recordings by Cerberus Shoal, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Blaque Boose. There will be performances by Aly Spaltro and TJ Metcalfe (past and present members of Lady Lamb), Blaque Boose, D. Gross, Over A Cardboard Sea, and Jesse Pilgrim & the Bonfire. Your $10 ticket will also get you a free copy of one of the vinyls. The Lady Lamb 7" will not be released until march, but you can pick up a free download code & album voucher in the meantime.

I feel really honored to have had the opportunity to release the music I love onto vinyl. I also have a lot of people to thank for making this series possible. First and foremost, the bands and musicians who agreed to entrust their music to this project. I'd also like to thank Matt Lajoe of the l'animaux tryst label for teaching me everything I needed to know about vinyl production. Kris Johnsen also deserves praise for all the assistance he has given me with various art and design needs (he is also the artist behind the Lady Lamb 7" cover). SPACE Gallery, particularly Ian Paige, has been wonderfully supportive in making this event happen. Dale Rand Printing and the Fun Box Monster Emporium are just some of the great local businesses I worked with to help realize this project. I'd also like to thank Bryan Bruchman, Matt Dodge, Chris Gray, Johnny Fountain, Roy Ghim, David Cimato, Robin Ivy, Dead Man's Clothes, Patrick + Lori Dennis, my friends, my parents, Arcadia Designworks, and many more. And, of course, my one true love- Alicia.

I look forward to seeing many of these wonderful people at tonight's show. Also, check out this article about Eternal Otter Records in today's edition of the Portland Daily Sun.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Live on WCYY this morning

Tune into WCYY this morning at 8 am to catch Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (Ms. Aly Spaltro) performing live on "Alternative Mornings". I'll also be there to talk about the Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release show this Friday at SPACE Gallery.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tune Into Liberation By Sound Today! (WMPG)

Will Ethridge (that's me) will be appearing on WMPG's Liberation by Sound today from 3:15 to 5 pm today to talk about the upcoming Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Party. He'll play songs by the featured performers (Panda Bandits, Jesse Pilgrim & the Bonfire, Over A Cardboard Sea, D. Gross, Blaque Boose, and Aly Spaltro/TJ Metcalfe), and spin records from the new "Death, Rebirth, and Transformation" series.

You can listen online here.

Here's a promo video for the Release show, featuring the Panda Bandits:

Monday, January 25, 2010

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - one of the Top 10 Bands in New England!

The Deli Magazine's writers and readers recently voted Lady Lamb the Beekeeper as one of the Top 10 bands in New England!

Check out the full list here.

Aly Spaltro (Lady Lamb the Beekeeper) will be performing at the Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Show this Friday, January 29th at SPACE Gallery. She'll also be playing live on WCYY 94.3 at 8 am to promote the show. Tune in!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Introducing.... Blaque Boose

As you all should know by now the Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Party is going down Friday, January 29th, at SPACE Gallery. I'm excited about this event for all sorts of reasons, but I'm particularly thrilled to introduce Portland to the strange world of Blaque Boose. The band will be performing live at the show and their vinyl single (Winter/Past Lives Owen) will also be available (and you can take it home for FREE with your $10 ticket).

Blauq Boose hails from thee bogs of thee North Country. They stand for freedom in thee raw edges of society.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Eternal Otter Records Article in the Phoenix

Check out this great write-up about Eternal Otter Records in the new issue of the Phoenix.

Don't forget- next Friday, January 29th sees the release of the "Death, Rebirth, and Transformation" vinyl series at SPACE Gallery. Cerberus Shoal, Aly/Spaltro, and Blaque Boose will all be revealing unreleased and unheard tracks.

Come by to pick up your free vinyl and to hear performances by Aly Spaltro (Lady Lamb the Beekeeper), TJ Metcalfe (her former bandmate), Blaque Boose, Panda Bandits, Dana Gross, Over A Cardboard Sea, and Jesse Pilgrim. Details here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper @ Hogfarm Studio Annex Tonight!

The incomparable Lady Lamb the Beekeeper will be performing tonight in Biddeford at the Hogfarm Studio Annex. She will be joined by Emily Hope Price, celloist for Pearl and the Beard, who released one of my favorite albums of 2009- "God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson". You definitely want to be at this show.

And don't forget- Friday, January 29th marks the Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Party at SPACE Gallery. We'll be unveiling our "Death, Rebirth, and Transformation" singles series featuring Cerberus Shoal, Aly Spaltro/TJ Metcalfe, and Blaque Boose. There will also be performances by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Blaque Boose, Panda Bandits, Jesse Pilgrim, Over A Cardboard Sea, and D. Gross. $10 gets you into the show and a free vinyl!!! Be there!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Party

Check out the new poster for the Eternal Otter Records Vinyl Release Party at SPACE Gallery, Friday, January 29th:

How great is this show going to be?

There will be new vinyl singles featuring unreleased recordings by Cerberus Shoal, Aly Spaltro & TJ Metcalfe (former bandmates in Lady Lamb the Beekeeper), and Blaque Boose. You also get a free copy of one of these singles with your $10 ticket- available now at Bullmoose or online here.

You can also preview these records starting Wednesday, January 27th at SPACE Gallery by visiting the listening stations curated by each of the artists and bands.

The show on the 29th will feature performances by Aly Spaltro, TJ Metcalfe, Blaque Boose, and Panda Bandits. They will also be joined by Dana Gross, Jesse Pilgrim, and Over A Cardboard Sea, who will all be part of a 2nd vinyl series coming out later in the year.

Confirm yourself as a guest of the event on FACEBOOK now and you will automatically enter a raffle to win a free Eternal Otter Records T-Shirt. The winner will be announced 24 hours before the show. Attendance is required to claim the prize.

Yes, there will be surprises. Be there!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Best Photos of 2009

The incomparable Portland photographer, Samuel Cousins, has posted his favorite photos of 2009- Eternal Otter Records' Johnny Fountain, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, and Panda Bandits are all represented. Check it out!

You'll have a chance to see Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Panda Bandits (and many more incredible bands- including Over A Cardboard Sea, Jesse Pilgrim, and Dana Gross, all featured in the photo gallery) at the Eternal Otter Records' Vinyl Release Party taking place at SPACE Gallery on Friday, January 29th. More details forthcoming...

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Best Songs of the Decade

In case you missed it last week, The Phoenix ran an article on the best songs of the Decade as picked by "local luminaries". I had the opportunity to weigh in with my own two cents- nominating Big Blood's 'A Friendly Noose' (a.k.a. Hangmen, when performed by Fire on Fire). Listen to the song here.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's 'Mary Jude' was also nominated by SPACE Gallery's Ian Paige. Listen here.

Also, check out this great recent interview with Lady Lamb in the Portland Press Herald.

Finally, a few quick additions to my best of 2009 list that I published a few months ago (before these albums were released or I had a chance to hear them):

Sometime I Wish We Were An Eagle by Bill Callahan
What Will We Be by Devendra Banhart
Embryonic by the Flaming Lips
God Bless Your Weary Soul, Amanda Richardson by Pearl and the Beard
Easy Come Easy Go by Marianne Faithfull

and from Portland...

The Devil Dancing by Brown Bird

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Building of Song- First Performance of 2010

Building of Song returned last night for what was likely the very first musical event of 2010. Hangovers and snow kept the streets mostly empty, creating a rather intimate and truly lovely experience. The few people who happened to catch Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's soaring songs and Dominic Lavoie's haunting melodies, seemed to take their words as both reflections on the past year and prophecies for the future. One man climbed to the top of the 5th floor of performance space to tell Dominic that he was, "Singing my soul."

And now, a little treat for these first days of a new decade: