Introducing Mare, our new imprint with Kevin Morby and its first release, Shannon Lay’s Living Water

Today Kevin Morby is officially launching his new label imprint, Mare Records with the signing of Shannon Lay & announcement of her new LP, Living Water. Mare will operate as an imprint of the Woodsist label, which also released Morby’s first two solo albums. Listen to the first single from Shannon’s new record, “The Moons Detriment.” Shannon Lay will also open up for Morby on his Fall North American tour (see full dates below).


“The first time I saw Shannon my heart was broken into a million pieces. I had known her from her wonderful punk band Feels as the lead guitarist who shouted back up, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from her performing solo. But there she was – at a small bar in Los Angeles to maybe 15 people watching while she sat in a chair with an electric guitar on her knee, orange hair covering her face and a picture of Bart Simpson projected behind her. She began her set and my heart stopped the moment her voice leaped into the air – and I did what I do in those rare situations – I recorded it. I pulled out my phone, opened up the voice memos and recorded her whole set (the last time I had done this was three years earlier while watching Kris Kristofferson and Harry Dean Stanton do duets set at Cinefamily). After her performance I was in complete awe and wasn’t sure how to approach her to convey how much I loved it. Suddenly Shannon, an acquaintance from around town, had exposed her super power and I felt instantly star struck in her presence. “I recorded your set so I could listen to it again” I told her, and then to my surprise I found myself saying “let me put out your record” and after convincing Jeremy at Woodsist to do a collaborative release with me, here it is.

Living water is an instant classic. Recorded by Emmet Kelly (Cairo Gang, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ty Segall) in his Los Angeles home studio, this is an album where you can hear the room reacting to the music taking shape around it. Shannon has a voice that transcends time and space. You can’t tell if she’s old or new, if she’s sitting next to you, on a mountain top, or down in some canyon. Already her second LP to be released in 2017, Shannon is a prolific songwriter, one who lives and breaths melody and with guitar skills to boot. Despite it’s 14 tracks, Living Water comes in well under 40 minutes, but like Pink Moon or Just Another Diamond Day before it, this is music so potent it exists outside the realms of time – but in a world specific only to itself and the new feelings it creates.

Shannon has been dominating the local scene in Los Angeles over the past two years, leaving everyone who witnesses completely breathless. Having just finished a tour with Ty Segall, Shannon is set to support Kevin Morby on a national tour this fall.” – Kevin Morby, Birmingham, Alabama, June 8th 2017

Shannon Lay
Living Water
woodsist091 / mare001
LP/ Digital
Release date: September 22, 2017

Listen to the first single below.


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08-14 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Theatre ^
08-21 Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern *
08-22 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater *
08-24 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *
08-25 Fort Collins, CO – Downtown Artey *
08-26 Denver, CO – Globe Hall *
08-28 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *
08-29 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club *
08-31 Spring Green, WI – Shitty Barn *
09-01 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
09-02 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme *
09-03 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern *
09-04 Montreal, Quebec – Bar Le Ritz PBD *
09-08 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry *
09-06 Boston, MA – The Sinclair *
09-07 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg *
09-13 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway *
09-15 Dallas, TX – Sundown at Granada *
09-16 Austin, TX – The Mohawk *
09-18 Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf *
09-19 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar *
09-21 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *
09-22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium *
09-23 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *

^ = w/ Brian Hill
* = w/ Kevin Morby

Woods announce Love Is Love North American tour & share “Bleeding Blue” via NPR

Thu-May-18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
Fri-May-19 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Sat-May-20 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
Sun-May-21 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Wed-May-24 Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
Thu-May-25 Victoria, BC @ Copper Owl
Fri-May-26 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Sat-May-27 Portland, OR @ Portland Rose Festival
Fri-Jun-30 Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
Sun-Jul-02 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Tue-Jul-04 Barrington, NH @ Boogle in the Barn
Wed-Jul-05 Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
Thu-Jul-06 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Fri-Jul-07 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Mon-Jul-10 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Tue-Jul-11 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Wed-Jul-12 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Thu-Jul-13 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri-Jul-14 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Sat-Jul-15 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

more info/ tickets

Listen to “Bleeding Blue” via NPR

Woods new album LOVE IS LOVE, due in April, listen to the title track

Recorded November – January 2017. Six new songs in 32 minutes.


Jeremy Earl – vocals, guitars, percussion
Jarvis Taveniere – bass, guitar
Aaron Neveu – drums, percussion
John Andrews – piano, organs, wurlitzer
Alec Spiegelman – sax, flute
Cole Kamen-Green – trumpet


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“Wisdom comes with age, so it’s no surprise that Woods have grown more sage in the twelve years since they formed, expanding from sylvan drum circles into increasingly elaborate, transcendent psychedelia.”- Pitchfork

“We walked down streets and crammed onto trains, our faces masks of fear. Unsure how to react, we, collectively, did not react. We grieved for a country and an ideal we never thought would die. We grieved for a loss of certainty.

We argued about what we thought would happen. We preached understanding. We advocated for anger. Some people said that we’d at least get some incredible art, other people said that was a small view of a world we were quickly realizing we’d misunderstood. Everyone was right. Everyone was wrong. Art made in precarious times matters as much as we let it matter.

But what are we looking for from the art we enjoy? Escapism? A reckoning with harsh reality? A temporary shared hallucination? Music can heal because it presents the pain of being human as universal.

Love is Love was written and recorded in the two months immediately following the election, but it’s not a record borne entirely of angry, knee-jerk reaction to what America is becoming. Instead, it’s a meditation on love, and on what life means now. Taking cues from last year’s City Sun Eater in the River of Light, it feels very much like a record made from living, shoulder to shoulder, in a major city: weaving psychedelic swirls of guitar between languid horns reminiscent of the best Ethiopian jazz—Love is Love is a distinctly New York record. It is a document of protest in uncertain times and an open-hearted rejection of cynicism in favor of emotional honesty. It is bright, and then, unexpectedly, a little dark sometimes too.

There will be parts of life where we will watch as events unfold and we will feel helpless. We will not be sure of the future. On good days, we’ll have each other. On the bad ones, we’ll turn to the art that helps us feel something. Love is Love is a document of the new world we live in, proof that light can come from despair and hope is still possible. We just need a little help remembering it exists.” – Sam Hockley-Smith


Mar 20 Amsterdam, NL – Bitterzoet
Mar 21 Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje
Mar 22 Liege, BE – Reflektor
Mar 23 Amiens, FR – La Lune des Pirates
Mar 24 Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey
Mar 25 La Rochelle, FR – La Sirene
Mar 27 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie
Mar 28 Lyon, FR – L’Epicerie Moderne
Mar 29 Geneva, CH – La Graviere
Mar 30 Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
Mar 31 Torino, IT – Spazio 211
April 1 Rome, IT – Monk
April 2 Ravenna, IT – Bronson
April 4 Milan, IT – Serraglio
April 5 Montpellier, FR – Victoire 2
April 6 Barcelona, ES – Apolo
April 7 Madrid, ES – Barcelo
April 8 Lisbon, PT – Musicbox


Woods announce 2017 European Tour

20.03.2017 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam (nl)
21.03.2017 Doornroosje – Nijmegen (nl)
22.03.2017 Reflektor – Liège (be)
23.03.2017 La Lune des Pirates – Amiens (fr)
24.03.2017 Rock School Barbey – Bordeaux (fr)
25.03.2017 La Sirene – La Rochelle (fr)
27.03.2017 La Maroquinerie – Paris (fr)
28.03.2017 L’Epicerie Moderne – Lyon (fr)
29.03.2017 La Graviere – Geneva (ch)
30.03.2017 Bad Bonn – Düdingen (ch)
31.03.2017 Spazio 211 – Torino (it)
01.04.2017 Monk – Rome (it)
02.04.2017 Bronson – Ravenna (it)
04.04.2017 Serraglio – Milan (it)
05.04.2017 Victoire 2 – Montpellier (fr)
06.04.2017 Apolo – Barcelona (es)
07.04.2017 Barcelo – Madrid (es)
08.04.2017 Musicbox – Lisbon (pt)

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John Andrews & The Yawns announce upcoming album, share first track and video

Throughout his years of traveling, John Andrews has documented his life with his home recordings. His first record, Bit By The Fang, found him living in the amish country of Lancaster, PA. His latest record, Bad Posture finds him waving farewell to Pennsylvania & greeting the wooded hills of Barrington, NH. Sitting on top of one of these hills, coined Mt. Misery, is the colonial era farmhouse John now calls his home. This is where Bad Posture was born.

Today on Stereogum, John Andrews & The Yawns share the first track and video for “Drivers“. Bad Posture is due March 10, on Woodsist Records. Click here to pre-order the vinyl and here to pre-order the digital album.

The songs were written slowly & quietly throughout the winter, usually late at night next to the wood stove for warmth. It was recorded in his barn with the doors ajar, welcoming the springtime. The humble recording gear invites the outside noises in. You can hear the crickets chirping with the occasional truck driving by. The songs themselves lend their hand like slow backwoods Beatles demos covered in a thin blanket of tape hiss. John’s voice lulls us in an earthy calmness as he sits hunched like a scarecrow over the piano.

Andrews’ band, The Yawns, has been crystallized with staples from the New England freak scene; Rachel Neveu & Lukas Goudreault (MMOSS/Soft Eyes) & Joey Schneider. All of who have been playing up in the free country for many years themselves and all of who call the same farmhouse home.

Over the past few years John has played as a session player on records by Woods, Widowspeak, EZTV & Kevin Morby as well as composing & recording with his band Quilt. Yet, the piano compositions on Bad Posture place him as a stand-out voice with this instrument. There are guitar-bands working in a similar territory as Andrews’, yet the focus on keys in many of the songs give the album a different temperament and a unique place amidst his peers. Windmill, Homesick In Heaven & Old News are three of the album cuts that boast this specific sense of multi-instrumentality. They wink at you with a Workingman’s Dead smile. The opener and lead-single, Drivers, showcases an older & wiser Andrews’ coming to terms with a new-found independence, the overdriven guitar echoing his home-state’s slogan, live free or die. “I don’t owe you no more.” Andrews hums.

Bad Posture was mixed with headphones at the foot of Emma Critchett’s grave, who lived in the Yawns’ house during the 1800’s. The record is an ode to her & all who have lived in this house. It also paints a picture of what it feels like to live in the “free-country” on the precipice of a rapidly changing political climate. Some folks go back to the woods to escape the harsh-realities of contemporary society, for Andrews it seems like he is diving head first into nature’s unknown, searching for love in the tundras of seclusion. When the cities become boring, we hop in our vehicles and drive to those places that are always beaming with newness. Bad Posture contains the anthems that will hold us over til’ we arrive.” – Shane Butler


02/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
02/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Storefront*
02/12 – Cambridge, MA @ Lily Pad*
02/13 – Portland, ME @ Apohadian Theater*
02/14 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey Theater*
02/15 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola*
02/16 – Albany, NY @ House Show*
02/18 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd DC*
02/19 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
02/20 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar*
02/21 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s*
02/22 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café*
* with Hand Habits

Hand Habits shares new track and interview with Noisey. LP out Febuary 10th!

Read Meg’s interview with Noisey

Hand Habits
Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)
Street Date: Feb. 10, 2017
Pre-order: CD / LP / Digital

“Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is. Tracked in an Upstate New York living room, then finished in her current home in Los Angeles – it is appropriate that this album was recorded by Meg herself – for Meg, who has an acute ear for detail, has touched every corner, has seen every vision ’til its end. Because of this, Wildly Idle feels incredibly intimate, like a secret between her and the listener. It hits soft, like warm water, and before you know it it is all around you – a bath, and Meg’s whisper has made its way inside you. Like many bedroom-debuts before it (The Microphones, Jessica Pratt, Little Wings, Grouper) let this be the first of many to come, for Meg has music in her touch – and this is only the beginning. But let us not look to the future now, but instead stand alongside her, our trust in her will, both humble before the void, with her first chorus as the mission statement; ‘hold you like a flower, hold you like an hour glass’.”- Kevin Morby


01/18 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg *
02/10 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right #
02/11 Philadelphia, PA – Everybody Hits #
02/12 Cambridge, MA – Lily Pad #
02/13 Portland, ME – Apohadian Theatre #
02/14 Winooski, VT – The Monkey House #
02/15 Montreal, QC – La Vitrola #
02/16 Albany, NY – House Show #
02/18 Washington DC – Songbyrd DC #
02/19 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
02/20 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar #
02/21 Chicago, IL – Schuba’s #
02/22 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe #
03/14 – 03/18 Austin, TX – SXSW

* = ACLU / PP Benefit show w/ Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Beirut, Daniel Rossen
# = w/ John Andrews & The Yawns