Everyone's been too busy up to this point to get these shows posted, but Nathan's out on a cross-the-USA trek with Elisa Ambrogio, playing solo banjo sets and sitting in with Elisa for parts of her set. You'll want to catch the sounds if you can --
We've got a very few LP and CD copies of Nathan Bowles' new "Nansemond" in stock. Named for the swampy Southeast Virginia locale where Nathan grew up, Nansemond is a head-first dive into murky water, followed by a sliding run down muddy trails -- smooth and jaunty clawhammer banjo, subliminal piano, wiry guitar runs from Tom Carter and Joseph Dejarnette, rampaging fiddle from Steve Kruger, a couple vocal exclamations amid shape-shifting instrumentals: This is the sound of kaleidoscoping memory colliding with the exhilaration of now, a messy tangle wrestled down and squeezed into microscopic grooves for your listening transfixiation. (Ed. note, Dec. 22: Well, those certainly disappeared quickly)
The beautiful-looking and -sounding new vinyl edition of Mike & Cara Gangloff's "Black Ribbon of Death, Silver Thread of LIfe" has landed on these shores -- with deep tones, heavy vinyl, and Jake Blanchard's fantastic artwork presented more properly than it could be at CD scale. A 12-inch tour of little-visited -- even in the Klang catalog -- musical corners, brimming with curiosities and pointing to new sonic worlds.