Mike Gangloff gathers up a round of fiddle scrape and banjo plunk, seasons with a few dashes of shruti box and stirs with a couple vocal workouts for "Poplar Hollow," his first solo collection since the occasional home recording batches of a decade ago. It's a droning, sometimes lilting, sometimes careening late-night walk down a bumpy mountainside path, and a report from the ongoing blurring of old-time into the eternal now. Jake Blanchard steps in with masterful cover art, and ace recordist Joe Dejarnette captures each burr and knell.
Black Twig Pickers' newest and best (in our humble opinion, anyhow) album yet, "Rough Carpenters," is at last officially available here on LP (with download coupon) and CD. (And over here as an official stand-alone download.) Big thanks to everyone who's picked up early copies at shows or pre-ordered from us or over at Thrill Jockey, where they're running a bunch of Black Twig bundle special offers that you may want to examine.
Charging from wiry fiddle dirge to full-on dance-floor ruckus, with nods to the many shadings between, "Rough Carpenters" was recorded at Joe Dejarnette's in Floyd County, Va., and features cover art by our own Sally Anne Morgan. Proudly homemade, hand-drawn and heartfelt, and we're sure not complaining about how the BBC described it: "An infectious blend of exuberance and joy ... unquestionably the group's smoothest ride yet."
Thanks much for all the orders! We're still sorting out the U.S. Postal Service's recent increase in overseas rates and likely will bump our international shipping charges upward somewhat. Everything already paid for has gone out, however. Also.........as periodically noted, many of our titles are of very limited quantities, and some of them are rapidly nearing out-of-stockdom. Act soon if you want them. And as various items disappear in coming months, look for a slew of new and recordings to appear. And one final note: Black Twig Pickers "Rough Carpenters" pre-order special will continue just a bit longer --
Merry Christmas! Klang got Scrooged by an outage at Amazon Web Services on Christmas Eve, knocking us offline for a while. However, we were able to regroup on a new server, and if you're reading this story, we're back online. Everything should be caught up in a few hours.
Thanks for your support! Klang couldn't have made it 18 years (and counting) without our friends, families, and fans. Enjoy the holidays and we'll see you again in 2013.