Simon Joyner is a renowned American singer-songwriter who first came to prominence during the Lo-Fi movement of the early 90’s alongside contemporaries mining similar territory like Will Oldham, Peter Jefferies, the Mountain Goats, and Bill Callahan. Joyner
was championed early by the late British DJ, John Peel, who famously played Joyner’s 1994 LP, “The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll”, start to finish on one of his BBC programs, initially making Joyner more well known overseas than in his own country. He is often referred to as one of the forefathers of the Omaha music scene.
Following the mercurial path of heroes like Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Joyner has been releasing literate and challenging albums
since the release of his first album, Room Temperature, in 1993. His
discography includes twenty-three full-length recordings, as well as numerous singles and guest appearances. A book of his lyrics was released in 2016 under the title “Only Love Can Bring You Peace: Selected Lyrics (1990-2014).” He tours the United States and Europe semi-regularly and is the co-owner of the Grapefruit Records label.
Austin, TX songwriter Adam Ostrar used to live & perform in Chicago, fronting a couple of bands (Sonoi; Manishevitz) on the Jagjaguwar label. He’s currently a member of The Moles (led by Aussie indie legend Richard Davies) and the instrumental group The Boxhead Ensemble. His first solo record with Super Secret, “Brawls in the Briar,” came out in October 2017. His most recent album “The Worried Coat” was released in April and includes members of Califone and Hamilton Leithauser.
Over the years Ostrar’s records have been featured in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Mojo, Magnet, The Bluegrass Situation, and Brooklyn Vegan. He has toured the US and Europe extensively and supported a range of acts such as Wilco, Edith Frost, and The Mountain Goats.
website – http://www.adamostrar.com
Bandcamp – https://adamostrar.bandcamp.com
FB – https://www.facebook.com/adamostrar
Lonna Kelley is undoubtedly the queen of the underground. I am sure anyone that is in-the-know would agree. She has been self-releasing albums since the early 00’s. Quietly developing into a singular voice. These years have been littered with co-fronting the short lived (but celebrated) psych outfit, Cherie Cherie, and being a longtime member of Howe Gelb’s, Giant Sand.
In 2015, Lonna self-released Take Me Home Spiderman. This album was something of an awakening. A fully realized sound. A hot pot boiling over with lush pop melodies of the 60’s/70’s, brutally honest lyricism, minimal instrumentation and harsh noise. This album garnered praise by WFMU’s legendary music director, Brian Turner. This lead to being heavily played on the influential radio station through that year, and in turn the limited pressing of the album was quickly out of print.
For the last few years, there has been rumors of mysterious B sides to Take Me Home Spiderman. Lonna decided to finally dust off the old tape reels and unearth these lost classics, “Will I See You” and “Time Waits For No One”. They carry very similar nuances to Take Me Home Spiderman, however, these songs explore deeper the themes of loss, love and longing. Grappling with the idea of death and how brutal lost time is. Even in the darkness, there still seems to be light at the end. The last line in Will I see You, “I’m never, ever gonna stop believing.” It was sung in a way that she was clearly trying to convince herself to not give up. You can’t help but feel the earnest sincerity. The songs were made out of necessity, not vanity.
Lonna collaborated with John Dieterich (of Deerhoof) to solidify the sonic landscape. Not only did he perform mixing/mastering duties, but also sculpted the incidental noise throughout these tracks. This 45 is meditative and at times transcendent. It is still hard to believe that these songs haven’t always been around.
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