Saturday, June 24, 2017

Parsons Rocket Project EP Coming in August


Atlanta's Parsons Rocket Project Announce Debut Album, Unveil First Single, "Exit Launch"

"It’s quite an accomplishment to create something that sounds both fresh and familiar all in one. But that’s what Atlanta-based quintet Parsons Rocket Project have achieved. deftly combines shoegaze, dreampop, space rock, and a touch of the grandeur of post rock just for good measure, washing over the listener creating a sense of solid security."  —Overblown Magazine

"Firmly jumps into the impression of a band whose attitude and sound are as freeranging in one’s own mindspace as they are rooted in the classics of the post-rock, shoegaze, and space rock genres."  —Big Takeover Magazine

"Parsons Rocket Project’s self-titled EP is a symphony of pain and triumph, blending various genres masterfully to evince a sonically evocative tale."
 —Somewherecold

Atlanta-based Parsons Rocket Project has announced the release of their self-titled debut EP via New Texture in August. Comprised of six tracks, this mixed back of dreamgaze, indie rock and space rock will be released on August 11. For now, they reveal their first single, "Exit Launch," occupying a sweet spot between Blonde Redhead, My Bloody Valentine, Bowery Electric, and Slowdive.

Parsons Rocket Project takes its name from American rocket propulsion engineer, chemist, and occultist Jack Parsons. The band formed in 2015 when drummer, lyricist, and titular figurehead Jody Hasty started collaborating with bassist Paul Curry, guitarist Jeff Holt, and multi-instrumentalist producer/engineer Benjamin Price at Studilaroche in Atlanta. K. Michelle Dubois later joined on vocals.

The band laid down the tracks on this album in the very studio where Benjamin Price has also worked on releases by Gang of Four and The Hives, among others. The album was mastered by Joe Lambert (Lou Reed, Animal Collective, The National, Hot Chip, Deerhunter, Panda Bear, Washed Out).



"'Exit Launch' is about the allegorical descent of man through the story of Lucifer's fall. The imperfection of man and darkness in our hearts that still exists through vanity, pride, materialism (mirrors) and false words of encouragement / deceit of the tongue (sound). Lucky lunar girls, Snowblind in the night alludes to the fashion industry and cocaine," explains Jody Hasty. "Maybe it's a longer way for me to describe what Oscar Wilde did in one sentence: We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell."

Parsons Rocket Project’s musical output is a mixture of ambient, dream pop, indie and space rock. They infuse this multi-colored trippery with the shimmering oceanic resonance of shoegaze and neo-psychedelia to round out this first release.

"We embraced the beautiful noise concept, but strayed from the classic shoegaze template that many bands adhere to. so there are some different feels and sounds to it, like this fun disco thump thing with the synth bass on 'Exit Launch.' That really pissed off some people in the studio, but it was the kick the track needed," explains Paul Curry.

Parsons’ members cite a number of artist influences, including Flying Saucer Attack, Tape Cuts Tape, Spacemen 3, Eluvium, Swervedriver, Aix Em Klemm, William Basinski, and Clams Casino. However, their sound is closer to Slowdive, Spiritualized, Trespassers William, Mojave 3, and Mazzy Star.

This debut EP represents a significant moment in time for the band, who were challenged to overcome very real struggles involving drug abuse, a terrible automobile accident, and the low-level daily drama of domesticity. Some of the ambient and psychedelic exploration is rooted in real trauma—both physical and emotional—while some of it is celebratory in nature, rooted in the unique awareness of a temporary conscious being in our universe.

Parsons Rocket Project will be released digitally on August 11, with vinyl to follow. The digital version is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp HERE.

photo by Isadora Pennington

PERSONNEL/CREDITS:
Jody Hasty - Lyrics, Synth, Electric Piano, Drums
Paul Curry - Bass
Benjamin Price - Guitar, Percussion, Midnight Editing
Jeff Holt - Guitar
K. Michelle Dubois - Vocals
Thad Goad - Logo and Sleeve Design
Anne Nicoletti, Jennifer Colson Demer, Michelle Barnette - Backing Vocals (Interlude II)

Produced and Engineered by Benjamin Price at StudilaRoche in Atlanta
Mastered by Joe Lambert, at Joe Lambert Mastering in New Jersey

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I NEED REAL TUXEDO AND A TOP HAT! Out Now


I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, a collection of photos and stories by Wyatt Doyle (Stop Requested), is available now from New Texture.

Click HERE to purchase the 88-page trade softcover edition for $16.95, or the deluxe, 104-page expanded hardcover edition with superior image reproduction and additional content for $29.95.

Preview the book below:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stanley J. Zappa at Casse-Tête 2017


Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, June 15th to 18th, 2017, at Theatre North West in Prince George, BC.

photo: Troglosound

New Texture's Stanley J. Zappa will perform with his Quintet on Friday the 16th, and as part of ManZap on Saturday the 17th. Full schedule below, and more info at http://www.cassetetefestival.com


Sing-Song Songs by Stanley J. Zappa is available now from New Texture. Buy it here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jimmy Angelina & Wyatt Doyle Interviewed


We Are Cult's James Gent interviews The Last Coloring Book's Jimmy Angelina and Wyatt Doyle! Click HERE to read it.

And click HERE to buy the book. Preview what's inside below:


Read Kendra Steiner Editions' Bill Shute's thoughts on The Last Coloring Book HERE.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jooklo Zappa on Tour!



Jooklo Zappa Europe Tour 2017!

MAY 06: TROGLOFESTA, Case del Vento, Chiesuola di Russi (RA), Italy
MAY 12: Het Bos Antwerp, Belgium
MAY 13: In De Ruimte Gent, Belgium
MAY 14: Rumsteek Oui Rumsteek, Bruxelles, Belgium
MAY 17: Nouveau Garage, St Julian, France
MAY 18: Le Périscope, Lyon, France
MAY 19: Circuit centre d'art contemporain - Lausanne, Switzerland
MAY 20: Fri Art - Centre d'art de Fribourg / Kunsthalle Freiburg, Switzerland
MAY 21: La Cave 12, Geneve, Switzerland
MAY 23: KROCH, Stockholm / Sweden / Finland
MAY 24: Mental Alaska at Hard Rock House, Helsinki, Finland
MAY 25: Mayhem Kbh, Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 26: West Germany Venue, Berlin, Germany
MAY 27: Kaiola festibala, Galdakao, Basque Country
MAY 28: Fanfulla, Rome, Italy
MAY 29: Bar Chupito, Perugia, Italy

Follow the Jooklo Zappa tour blog HERE.

Stanley J. Zappa's Sing-Song Songs is available NOW as a CD or download. Get it HERE.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Josh Alan Plays NYC, February 3 @ The Cutting Room


Josh Alan's back in the city, for one night only!

Catch him at The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, NYC on Friday, February 3rd.

Doors at 6:30, the hits start at 7:30.

Get yer tickets while you can from the Cutting Room's website, HERE.



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Josh Alan's "Theme From SHAFT" + December Dates

Music video for "Theme From Shaft," available on Sixty, Goddammit. Shot by New Texture's Andy Biscontini (NY) and Jeff Liles (TX), and cut by nu luna author Biscontini.

Damn right.

 

Catch Josh Alan LIVE in Texas:

Thursday, December 1, / 9:30 pm
McGonigel's Mucky Duck · Houston, TX
CLICK FOR TICKETS

Tuesday, December 6 (w/David Bromberg) / 7:00 pm
The Kessler · Dallas, TX
CLICK FOR TICKETS

Thursday, December 8 / 6:30 pm
Antone’s · Austin, TX
CLICK FOR TICKETS

Josh Alan's new album, Sixty Goddammit, is available here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Preview THE LAST COLORING BOOK

Preview over 40 pages of The Last Coloring Book!


The Last Coloring Book by Jimmy Angelina and Wyatt Doyle is a 130-page oversized, illustrated softcover. Buy it via Amazon here.

The Last Coloring Book is recommended for mature readers.

Booksellers/wholesale inquiries please contact LastColoringBook (at) gmail (dot) com

Friday, October 7, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 8)

"Playing live for Don O's program on KNON 89.3 at 7pm Texas time tonight (Friday). Gearing up for Josh Alan at Sons of Hermann Hall, Sat. Oct. 8th. Broadway star John Kuether will perform two numbers with me at the show on Saturday. Here's Lick of the Day #8."

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 7)

"I was thinking of Strawberry Fields." Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 6)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 5)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Monday, October 3, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 4)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Out Now: THE LAST COLORING BOOK by Jimmy Angelina & Wyatt Doyle


Put the crayons down. The Last Coloring Book by Jimmy Angelina and Wyatt Doyle is available today.

Described as "a coloring book for adults who buy coloring books, and those who don't," the 130-page oversized, illustrated softcover has a retail price of $14.95 USD and is available for preview and purchase via Amazon here.

The Last Coloring Book is recommended for mature readers.

Booksellers/wholesale inquiries please contact LastColoringBook (at) gmail (dot) com

Friday, September 30, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 3)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 2)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 1)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:



Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

SIXTY, GODDAMMIT CD Release Party/Concert, Saturday Oct. 8



KNON-FM 89.3 presents a CD Release party for Josh Alan’s new album, Sixty Goddammit—rated number one on KNON’s Texas Blues Radio Living Blues Report.

"A CD so good, we play it even though we can’t say the name of it on the radio."

Now see Josh Alan perform the new album live. The Sixty, Goddammit CD Release Party will be Saturday, Oct 8th at the Sons of Hermann Hall.

Opening the show will be Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugar Daddys. (Miss Marcy is recognized by the Dallas Observer as a Best of Dallas Blues artist.)

Free dinner while it lasts from Chef Ivan Pugh’s new restaurant, Bucky Moonshine’s.

Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm. 

Tickets available now at KNON.org and this Friday at Bill's Records, Forever Young Records, and Top Ten Records.

This is a KNON benefit event


Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Josh Alan at Poor David's, Saturday Sept. 24



Josh Alan joins Kinky Friedman this Saturday, September 24, at Poor David's in Dallas.

Click HERE for tickets and directions.


Josh Alan's new album is SIXTY, GODDAMMIT.


From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Friday, September 9, 2016

Map of the Moon Debut EP Out Now


We’re pleased and proud to welcome Atlanta-based Map of the Moon to our roster, and to offer their self-titled debut EP on the New Texture label.

Map of the Moon delivers a volatile mix of zero-gravity noise pop and moon rock. Blissed, hazy shoegaze transmissions from space, synth rock and direct hi-energy indie pop, with uptempo rock and roll coming through on re-entry.


The 4-song EP is available as a CD and download here, with a vinyl release to follow. (To pre-order the vinyl edition, click here.)

track list:
1. give/you something 04:38
2. caught in the middle 02:54
3. little mistake 02:35
4. freedom from passion 04:25

Keep up with Map of the Moon:

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Here’s a music video for their first single, give/you something:

Friday, September 2, 2016

BARBARIANS ON BIKES Unleashed in Two Full-Color Editions


"Sex Rampage of the Cycle Savages" ... "Big Mama's Killer Cycle Army" ... "Cross-Country Blast With 'Satan's Riders'" ... "Cycle Queens of Violence" ...

The headlines in classic men's pulp adventure magazines sure could paint a picture ... and so could the masters of pulp art who illustrated them. The latest installment in the Men's Adventure Library shifts gears to focus exclusively on men's adventure magazine artwork in a new, oversized (8.5" x 11") format designed to show off these explosive pulp illustration masterworks to maximum effect.

Barbarians on Bikes rounds up three decades of vintage pulp magazine covers and interiors depicting rowdy motorcycle action and outlaw biker gang attacks, most unseen since their original publication. A unique archive of biker illustration art at its most savage, with history and context by editors Robert Deis (MensPulpMags.com) and Wyatt Doyle (Cryptozoology Anthology), and an afterword/reality check by crime novelist/top cop Paul Bishop. And the deluxe hardcover includes an additional 20 pages of belted and booted biker pulp art. Barbarians on Bikes is big, bad, and untamed. Can you handle the ride?

Barbarians on Bikes is available in two editions. The deluxe hardcover is designed for the collector, boasting superior paper and print quality, an alternate arrangement of images, plus those 20 big bonus pages packed with even more unforgettable artwork. For the merely curious, the trade softcover edition delivers the full-color punch of the hardcover at a lower cover price.

Barbarians on Bikes is a high-octane visual archive, the first of its kind...read it like you stole it!

Preview 35 knuckle-dusting pages of the Barbarians on Bikes softcover via Issuu:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Texture at the Readers and wRiters Fair This Saturday


This weekend marks the first annual Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Festival, to be held this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall. Stop by the New Texture table, where we'll have a bunch of great books for sale, including advance copies of the upcoming release from the Men's Adventure Library, Barbarians on Bikes. We'll also be selling Crypto koozies, featuring Cryptozoology Anthology's Ape-Man Monster of Tennessee!

It's going to be great day for readers in Chattanooga. For more details, visit the event's Facebook page, HERE.

Monday, July 4, 2016

SIXTY, GODDAMMIT: Josh Alan's New Album Out Now!



Josh Alan’s first album in 15 years. Atomic acoustic blues-funk-rock. Can you dig it?

SIXTY, GODDAMMIT? Ya damn right.

Track list:

1. This Radio Don’t Play Nothin’ but the Blues
2. Theme from Shaft
3. What’d I Say
4. I’m Blacker Than You
5. Cat’s Squirrel
6. Born Under a Bad Sign
7. Tush
8. Street Fight
9. Down Home Girl
10. Mystery Train
11. Deep River Blues II

Download it from Amazon

Download it on iTunes

Download it from CD Baby

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 18th: The Untempered Festival of Dissonant Arts!



Musician-composer Stanley J. Zappa, together with pianist and musical theorist Andrew Wedman have created The First Annual Untempered Festival of Dissonant Arts, an event celebrating sonic adventures and musical exploration.

One of the highlights of the festival is an appearance by legendary guitar genius Peter Walker, whose performance will blur the boundaries of raga, flamenco and folk. Walker, who was a fixture of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the '60s and studied under greats including Ravi Shankar, has recently come out of retirement to tour and release new recordings. His music is being discovered by a whole new generation.

The festival will also feature The Jooklo Duo, Virginia Genta and David Vanzan. Cosmic free jazz giants from Italy, they will perform along with Stanley Zappa as Jooklo Zappa. Together, their frenetic approach is propelled by unhinged dual saxophones and primal drumming, creating musical transcendence, chaos and cacophony.

Festival founders Zappa and Wedman will perform improvised sonorities unique to Wedman’s bass piano (a piano de-tuned one octave) in combination with Zappa's clarinet and saxophone. Their work rarely complies with principles of tonality dominant in western music. Their focus on so-called “untempered” and “dissonant” tones was the inspiration for the festival.

Wedman and Zappa hope that the Untempered Festival can be a part of a larger circuit. According to Zappa, “There are a number of BC music series that feature improvised and sonically adventuresome music. Casse-Tête in Prince George along with Skin and Bones in Kelowna get world class musicians to perform. I want them to come here, too, so that we can open up to more experiences of the truly new music these artists are creating.”

The First Annual Untempered Festival of Dissonant Arts will be held at the Shatford Centre on Saturday, June 18th. Performances begin at 7 p.m.


The Shatford Centre
760 Main Street
Penticton, BC (parking entrance on Eckhardt Avenue)

Saturday June 18th, 2016
Doors at 6:00 p.m.
Concert 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
$10

Tickets available at the Shatford Centre office and at the door.

Stanley J. Zappa's new album, Sing-Song Songs, is available from New Texture.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Stanley J. Zappa + Jooklo Duo = Jooklo-Zappa on Tour!



The Jooklo-Zappa West Coast Tour 
The Jooklo Duo (Italy)—Virginia Genta on saxophone and David Vanzan on percussion
+ Stanley J. Zappa (Oliver, BC), saxophone

June 
17 Kelowna BC / Habitat / Skin and Bones Music Series
18 Penticton BC / Shatford Center / First Annual Untempered Festival of Dissonant Arts
22 Calgary AB / Wine Oh’s / Sled Island
23 Edmonton AB / Ortona Armoury / Point of Departure
24 Prince George BC / Exploration Place / Casse-Tête Festival
25 Prince George BC / Exploration Place / Casse-Tête Festival
28 Vancouver BC / Merge
29 Seattle WA / 1214 Gallery / with Greg Kelley
30 Seattle WA / Blue Moon Tavern / with Hound Dog Taylor’s Hand

July
1 Portland OR / Alice Coltrane Memorial Coliseum
3 Portland OR / Turn! Turn! Turn!

Italian giants of Free Jazz Virginia Genta and David Vanzan, together known as the Jooklo Duo, have combined forces with Okanagan single-reed quester Stanley J. Zappa to create Jooklo-Zappa, an arresting trio of like-minded musicians dedicated to dismantling tonality.

Through their mutual friendship with Kevin Reilly, proprietor of Relative Pitch Records and all-around friend of improvised music, the Jooklo Duo and Stanley J. Zappa, along with Steve Leffue and Jim Hobs, met at the JACK performance space in Brooklyn, NY for an initial performance.

Jeremy Stewart, director of Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, (held in Prince George) responded enthusiastically to the performance, and booked the Jooklo Duo and Stanley Zappa as headliners for Casse-Tête. Jooklo-Zappa was born.

 A small tour took shape. Upcoming Jooklo-Zappa performances include radio station CSJW and the Sled Island festival in Calgary, the Point of Departure music series in Edmonton, the Skin and Bones music series in Kelowna, The First Annual Untempered Festival of Dissonant Arts in Penticton, and The Merge Gallery in Vancouver. In the United States, Jooklo-Zappa are performing at the Blue Moon Tavern in Seattle, as well as the Alice Coltrane Memorial Coliseum and Turn! Turn! Turn!, both in Portland.

The music is improvised—no two shows will (or can) be alike. Listeners can expect repeated challenges to their expectations in the form of carefully and not-so -carefully crafted melodies, harmonies and rhythms, designed at that very moment in time.


Stanley J. Zappa's new album, Sing-Song Songs, is available from New Texture.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Stanley J. Zappa's SING-SONG SONGS CD Available Now!



If you enjoy _________

A. loud noises
B. broken machinery
C. free jazz
D. Charles Gayle
E. Albert Ayler
F. Frank Wright

and __________

A. Jimmy Lyons
B. Marco Eneidi
C. Arthur Doyle
D. improvised music
E. the sound of glass shattering
F. ice cubes in a blender

Sing-Song Songs is the new album by Stanley J. Zappa.
Get it on CD and download HERE

Preview the CD's artwork:
artist photo: K. Molloy

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Rainbow Gospel Hour on CD From Kendra Steiner Editions!



THE RAINBOW GOSPEL HOUR ... ON THE AIR! by Reverend Raymond Branch,
from Kendra Steiner Editions. KSE #335 (CD-R album)
$8 US postpaid / $12.00 elsewhere postpaid
Send payment via PayPal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com


“If I can help somebody as I pass along... If I can cheer somebody with a word or song... If I can show somebody he's traveling wrong... Then my living shall not be in vain.”*
—frequent program closing


FOR YEARS, Reverend Raymond Branch of the Heavenly Rainbow Baptist Church in South Los Angeles spent Sundays after services traveling to local rest homes and hospitals. Together with his wife Jean, they’d sing and pray, offering comfort and fellowship as they visited as many forgotten members of the community as the day allowed. Feeling called to do more but unsure how, inspiration struck when Rev. Branch noticed the one thing each of the people they visited kept at their bedside: a radio.

And so, in 1971, he began leasing the 3 a.m. timeslot on Inglewood’s KTYM-AM each Sunday morning (after midnight, the station diminished their signal, and rates were cheaper), and The Rainbow Gospel Hour was born, with most installments opening with the dedication:

“This program is designed for the sick and shut-inin the sanitariums, hospitals, and penal institutions. We want you to know that we love you! And we care for you.”

 At first, the show was recorded live in the KTYM studio, where he was usually accompanied by Jean.

“She would be with me when I’d be (rehearsing) at the house, before we went to the studio. Then, when we were at the studio, she’d be right there singing.” When the late-night schedule began to take a toll, they switched from live to prerecorded programs, with Rev. Branch providing cassette tapes to the station.

A barber by trade—and for decades concurrent with his community service, a barber by profession—Rev. Branch endeavored to keep business separate from his ministry, and today he remains a man of modest needs. A place of refuge, not judgment or dogma, the Heavenly Rainbow has always handed out more than it’s taken in, and Rev. Branch has never sought tax-exempt status for himself or the church. Though the Rainbow Gospel Hour enjoyed occasional sponsorship by local businesses over its four-decade run, most of the show’s broadcasts were financed entirely by Rev. Branch.

He put the shows together working with what he had. Initially a guitarist, he’d plug in and play and sing into a dual cassette boom box’s built-in mic, sometimes joined by Jean (she can be heard accompanying her husband on “It’s No Secret What God Can Do” and “Milky White Way”), sometimes joined by guests and members of his small congregation (“the faithful few”). He’d piece each show together on cassette and submit it for broadcast. Then he’d reuse those cassettes, using the dual deck to cut in and out, sometimes abbreviating and lengthening performances by recording new verses onto the tape, patching in relevant announcements and prayer requests by taping over outdated ones, and dropping in performances from other tapes. No masters were preserved, and tapes might be reused this way again and again over the years, resulting in sonic irregularities, volume jumps, and bleed-through mutations that, over time, became part of the aural texture of the broadcasts. While some adjustments have been made for this release in order to provide a consistent listening experience, this disc provides an otherwise accurate presentation of the broadcast as it aired.

The program saw changes in Rev. Branch’s choice of instruments during its long history.

“I started off in 1971 at the studio with the guitar. Then when I contracted arthritis real bad in my fingers, I couldn’t play the guitar anymore. So I went and got me an Omnichord, and I played that. I was playing the guitar and the Omnichord for a while, but my fingers were going bad. It had to be in the ‘80s—82 or 84—that I started putting the guitar down.”

The Omnichord introduced a traditional church organ sound to his recordings, but around 1997, a neighbor expressed interest in learning to play it. Rev. Branch passed down his Omni, and replaced it with a QChord, a similar instrument that lends an ethereal character to his music. This disc includes music from each of those periods.

***

This broadcast is also notable for the inclusion of a trio of lively duets with Roland Payne. But the energy, spirit, and palpable joy evident in the performances stands in contrast to the two men’s poignant history: Payne was a childhood friend from the rough-and-tumble backwater of Bayou Black, Louisiana, where he and Rev. Branch made up half of a young gospel quartet, calling themselves Branch Brothers. “Roland,” he explains, “was just like my brother.”

“I fought for Roland. A lot of guys tried to fight Roland; he couldn’t fight good, physically. I was a fast fighter. Even when I wasn’t sure I could whip ’em, I’d whip ’em anyway! When somebody messed with him, he came to me. I took care of him. That’s just how close we was.

“Roland always wanted to be a preacher. He was raised by his grandfather; his grandfather was a minister. When he came to California, I had been here two or three years. I left Louisiana and came here in 1949. Roland came here about ’52 or ’53.

“He always went to other churches. I believe that Roland was thinking that I was trying to be a preacher because he was trying to be a preacher.

“He should have been a minister when I became a pastor, but he didn’t come and work with me. He had got to a place where he was doing sinful things. I’d call him out about it, and he’d get shook up. That’s why he and I weren’t as close as we should have been, later.

“After we went down the line,” Rev. Branch says today, “I misplaced Roland.”

“But I remember he came by one Sunday—I think we did that right in the church, those three songs. He was visiting, and I taped three songs and put them on the radio.”

***

The Rainbow Gospel Hour ceased broadcasting in 2014, when KTYM was sold and a format change was announced. Despite the program’s historic four-decade run, the broadcast ended without fanfare. Attendance at the Heavenly Rainbow has fallen off, as former congregants pass on or shift allegiances to bigger, glossier houses of worship that now dominate the landscape. But Rev. Branch’s commitment to his ministry remains undiminished, and he maintains daily hours at the church building while continuing to offer a musical service each Sunday, where all are made welcome.

“I feel like God can do anything. If a guy is rich in money, and you’re rich in believing, you’re just as rich as that guy. There’s richness on the Devil’s side, and there’s richness on God’s side. I prefer being poor and loving God to being rich and loving the Devil.”

Twice a widower at 85, times are tougher than ever for Rev. Branch. But it’s never an easy road for those who choose to sincerely heed the call to service, and Rev. Branch has known tough times since he was a child on Bayou Black.

“When they were fighting and cutting and shooting, I was sitting in the corner, looking in the sky, trying to find out where God was.”


* From the hymn, “If I Can Help Somebody” and quoted by Martin Luther King Jr., in his sermon “The Drum Major Instinct,” delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in February 1968.

liner notes by Wyatt Doyle © 2016 all rights reserved

CD TRACK LISTING

1. Station Introduction

2. It’s No Secret What God Can Do

3. Welcome

4. The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow (w/Brother Roland Payne)

5. Hebrews 11/Psalm 27

6. On the Right Road Now (w/Brother Roland Payne)

7. I Want My Crown

8. Remember Me

9. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

10. Sponsor’s Message

11. Is It Well With Your Soul?

12. I Must Tell Jesus All About My Troubles

13. The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow (solo QChord)

14. The Lord Will Make a Way (Yes He Will) (w/Brother Roland Payne)

15. Step by Step

16. Waiting for Me

17. So Soon

18. I Have a Radio Television in My Heart

19. I Just Can’t Keep It to Myself

20. When the Saints Go Marching In

21. You’ve Got to Take Time Out

22. Sponsor’s Message

23. Dedication

24. I’m Troubled

25. Milky White Way

26. I Want to Be Loved

27. Closing/Ten Commandments of Maturity

Some of these songs were rerecorded for Rev. Branch’s 2015 CD, I’ve Got Heaven on My Mind. For Rev. Branch’s thoughts on those songs, follow this link to read that album’s liner notes: http://bit.ly/RevB_Heaven

Friday, March 11, 2016

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ANTHOLOGY Ebook Available Now!


Our highly acclaimed Men's Adventure Library collection focused on tales of man's encounters in the wild with the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and other weird beasts, is now available as full-color, fully illustrated ebook!



Edited by Robert Deis of MensPulpMags.comDavid Coleman (The Bigfoot Filmography) and Wyatt Doyle (Stop Requested), the book includes contributions from luminaries such as Sir Arthur C. ClarkeJohn Keel, and many others. 

Cryptozoology Anthology is packed with 13 biting tales of creatures notorious and obscure, and the limited hardcover includes bonus material exclusive to that edition, including an additional wild story rescued from obscurity. Don't leave civilization without it!

ORDER THE EBOOK FROM AMAZON HERE!

Cryptozoology Anthology is also available in paperback and limited edition hardcover!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Preview 60+ Pages of A HANDFUL OF HELL!


Preview over sixty action-packed pages from A Handful of Hell! This latest full-color release from the Men's Adventure Library collects the finest stories of conflict and adventure by Robert F. Dorr originally published in men's adventure pulps of the 1960s and '70s.

 From Wyatt Doyle, the book's co-editor (with Robert Deis) and designer:

 “Dorr communicates his characters' fears, their uncertainty, and the terrible losses fighting men suffer in deeply human terms, putting readers not only in the scene, in the moment, but inside these men's thoughts. His accounts of these heroes drive the point home time and time again that these are not warriors, gladiators, or super-humans. These are our brothers, our buddies; they are us. It's a powerful sentiment, and one that can't be expressed enough. Reading these stories today, they have lost none of their potency.”

Read more about author Dorr and his remarkable life in this profile by Kevin Knodell.

 A Handful of Hell is available now as a 304-page trade paperback and as a limited edition hardcover with alternate cover art and 40 additional pages of material. An ebook edition is forthcoming.