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Getting emails from Matt at Funny/ Not Funny Records always brightens my day. The label puts out the best of the halfway-Southern indie genre, and today they posted a free Fall Mix for stream/download on their site. “13 new tracks from the F/NF past, present, and future family!”
Cedermark happens to be playing the Rose Quartz x Microphone Memory Emotion Showcase a week from today, that’s next Friday, Oct. 22 at Shea Stadium. It’s going to be a righteous jam of a night, get pumped with this gorgeously aching track, “Why We Exist.” Reason: To listen to music…
Andrew Cedermark: Why We Exist
Here’s another straight-up rock jam from Funny/Not Funny Records, that little analog label with a lot of Southern charm. Ben Schlabach‘s music has the same earthy feel as label header Matt Leech‘s does… it’s a refreshing sound to my Northern ears. The picture for Schlabach‘s 7″ pretty much epitomizes what life may feel like down there… You dress up because you’re respectful, it’s hot but you’re ok because there are plenty of shade trees, you keep a beard because that’s just what you do.
“Comes In Nines” is a rollicking church stomper. Schlabach’s begging, “We’re ready to listen this time!”, is not for repentance. He’s asking his Grandpa how to party like it was 1929… Drink a whiskey and stamp your foot?
Ben Schlabach: Comes In Nines
Matt Leech hails from Harrisonburg, Virginia. His music is shimmering and full of echoes. You can feel yourself floating while listening. What does one do in Harrisonburg, Virginia? Besides try and stay cool, probably make hazy music and drink beers with friends while pondering what the hell is going on outside the bubble. This is not to put anyone down, but we all know that music that comes from a place without much, for lack of a better word, “culture,” is earthy, textured and made with survival in mind.
Harrisonburg is right by the Shenandoah National Forest, however. And that must be pretty fucking nice. I’m a country mouse at heart.
Leech has a 7″ out on Funny/Not Funny and here’s a track off of it, “Empty House.”
Following in the vein of other reverb-heavy artists, Leech distinguishes himself. The melody is particularly catchy here, and many of his songs are just as enchanting. Easy listening, folks.
Matt Leech: Empty House