The Reds Pinks and Purples Announce The Town That Cursed Your Name

It wouldn’t be a year in music without at least one release by Glenn Donaldson, so it’s good news that there’s already a new Reds, Pinks and Purples LP on the books for Slumberland Records. Honestly, I can’t imagine a better song to live through the shit-show that is Austin right now; there’s this comforting feel in Glenn’s voice, sort of what I imagine some celestial being encompassing, wherever I end up. According to Donaldson, the entirety of the new LP is based around “living while also feeling called to make music.” I’m definitely glad he’s had that calling, as my record collection wouldn’t sound nearly as moving if Glenn’s work wasn’t catalogued accordingly. The Town That Cursed Your Name is out in March via Slumberland Records.

Friday Album Streams: Adults, Chorusgirl, RPPs + More

There have been some really great tracks that have all led us to the release this week, and we’ve spent some time hopefully supporting the stuff that hits the hardest, in our books anyways. Most of these, other than one, probably haven’t gotten as much hype as they deserve, thus, here I am to be that voice. So, I’ve collected those album streams and encourage you to go grab copies for your collection, as all of these releases are worth spending your time with today.

ChorusgirlColapso Calypso (Reckless Yes)

The Reds, Pinks and PurplesThey Only Wanted Your Soul (Slumberland/Tough Love)

Cozy SlippersCozy Slippers (Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten/Subjangle)

AdultsFor Everything, Always (Fika Recordings)

WinterWhat Kind of Blue Are You (Bar None Records)

Last Week’s Jams, Today (9.26 – 9.30)

Hitting our stride last week, or so it seemed. We wrapped up the week streaming tons of records we’d been jamming, plus new stuff out on Friday from Gold Star, Midwestern Medicine, Matching Outfits and more. Personally, I got stuck on that Melby tune, wondering what it would take to make them huge in the US. And, since we got to spin some records, we’ve also got some upbeat numbers sent our way by Fujiya & Miyagi, Certain Times and No Zu. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone, so like us, its all over the place. Happy Monday.

The Reds Pinks and Purples Share Is Your Mind That Free

For some reason, every time I listen to Glenn Donaldson and the Reds Pinks and Purples, I can’t help but thinking of a father singing to their child, myself singing to my own kids in fact. There’s something in Glenn’s voice that always feels paternal, like he’s built this magical world to help us all make sure that everything on the other side is going to be alright. And in that, there’s also something sleepy that comes across, something that allows you to rest your weary eyes (or mind) for a period of time; I find that piling the whole family up on the floor of our record room at home is the best way to spend that time with Donaldson’s records. You yourself can grab ahold of They Only Wanted Your Soul when it drops on October 14th via Slumberland Records.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (8.15 – 8.19)

Is it just me, or does it seem like there’s an overabundance of great music coming out as of late? I mean, I fell in love with at least a half dozen new tracks last week, and that’s just the one’s I was able to get up on the site. At the end of the day, I’m still blown away by that Mo Troper tune; I was a fan before but these last two tracks are out of this world good. Ribbon Stage dropped another hit we couldn’t escape running, plus there’s some old ATH standbys like Michael Beach, the Beths and Free Time (all Oceanic acts no less!). Press play, and sink into that Monday vibe.

Glenn Donaldson Is Making Me Broke

Okay, so maybe that’s a wee bit of hyperbole. But it seems like the last few years while many artists have struggled in the pandemic, Glenn Donaldson and his work seems to have only grown more prolific. Today, a mere weeks after the arrival of his last LP hit my doorstep (and after dropping a digital EP), the Reds Pinks and Purples announce a new mini LP of sorts. Actually, the mini LP takes a rare 7″, tosses in 6 more tracks from the band’s early days, and offers them anew. Old tunes or not, I can’t let this pass me by, can you!? They Only Wanted Your Soul is out in October via Slumberland Records.

 

The Reds Pinks and Purples Prep Still Clouds at Noon

Glenn Donaldson continues his remarkable songwriting prowess with yet another album for The Reds Pinks and Purples, before many of us have even gotten our hands on his last LP! Personally, the opening track on the forthcoming Still Clouds at Noon might be one of my favorite Glenn performances; the musical element is striking, setting this sort of somber tone that feels like a slow-paced time lapse video. Donaldson’s voice, always familiar, feels like its one of those timeless voices that makes you nostalgic for friends and memories, drawing you deep inside his songwriting. Still Clouds at Noon will be out digitally on Friday, but no physical version is planned at this point (unless, Glenn reads this and wants me to put it out!).

Last Week’s Jams, Today (1.10 – 1.14)

Well, I will admit, there were so many songs last week that I loved that I may have gotten a touch carried away. I mean that new Methyl Ethyl with Stella Donnelly is a banger, plus new stuff from our friends in Blushing and the Reds Pinks and Purples! We even got to premiere some sweet tunes that only exist in special places, like our site, namely the latest from Yea-Ming and the Rumors and Good Grief. So, browse through this hour of tunes, and I beg you to find a bad one in there. You can’t! I’ll try to keep up the momentum this week!

 

The Reds, Pinks and Purples Share New Single

Well, I’m just patiently waiting for Glenn Donaldson to give me a call and invite ATH Records to be part of the Reds, Pinks and Purples story. Sadly, my phone’s been silent, but Glenn hasn’t, releasing a brand new pair of songs the other day, even though he’s already scheduled to drop Summer at Land’s End this February. “I Still Owe You Everything” is this brilliant piece of fuzzy pop, bouncing on the backbeat as Donaldson weaves his poetry on the fogs of San Francisco. The flip side of that single is something a little different, build as a ballad atop a forlorn piano, emotively matching every vocal note, pulling on the heartstrings of every RPP fan out there. Stream it below. And Glenn, I’m here for you.

Top Albums of 2021

Honestly, I’m pretty over lists at this point. They’re arbitrary and don’t really reflect anything but someone’s tastes, except here where they reflect the tastes of three individuals…because that’s how we roll. So, take this list with a grain of salt. These are the records we thought were the best, which mostly just means these are the ones we listened to on repeat throughout the year! Feel free to leave a comment on what you think we missed, or why we’re dumb; we love good comment trolls.

Also, because this list is really about crediting the art that made us happy, we wanted it to make you happy too, so we included purchasing links where we could. Read more

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