Live in the Living Room

Loose Hinges, Live in the Living Room, album cover

Live in the Living Room was originally conceived as a video shoot of maybe two or three songs to take place in a barn on Kris McCarthy and Eliot Houser’s property, but it was very cold in Nashville the day of the shoot; so we set up in the living room, and the Loose Hinges just started to play. This video EP includes two acoustic sets. The first four songs were recorded in the afternoon with Ron Gomez, Kris, and Eliot; and the last three songs were recorded later that night with Kris and Eliot.

And we’re still thinking about doing something in the barn sometime soon.

Go to video EP

Two songs from "Flight Risk"

Fugitive Poets, CD cover
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The Fugitive Poets are a band of singer/songwriters from the Baton Rouge area whose music is strongly rooted in bluegrass and moves into folk, blues, and rock. I got a chance to see them at Birdman Coffee and Books in St. Francisville, Louisiana. They played for hours. The musicians would take breaks individually or in small groups, but the band kept playing. They maintained the warmth and intimacy of a jam session and moved through a large repertoire of songs—originals and covers—and the audience was musically sophisticated and part of the experience, able to add a complicated percussive beat in unison that became part of one song and musicians among them would occasionally sit in with the band. To get a little sense of who they are, click on the link below, where they talk about the two songs featured here. -rk

To find out who the Poets are and read the comments they make about these songs, click here. (Navigating from this page will interrupt the music if it's playing, but there's a player on the next page as well.)

Two songs from "Volume 1"

Bisco Mondal, cover
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Bisco Mondal is a singer/songwriter and co-founder of the Mondal Family (a.k.a. Big On Sleep) and Spartan Loins. His work has been featured in film, television and radio. He currently resides in Honolulu with his wife and daughter. He appreciates the tenacity of the tiny ants living in his apartment and is willing to coexist. He is a good friend of mine.   -jg

To read Julian's interview with Bisco Mondal, click here. (Navigating from this page will interrupt the music if it's playing, but there's a player on the interview page as well.)

Two songs from "Black & White"

Megan Light, Black and White cover
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Interview with Megan

Eliot: What is your favorite color?

Megan: Turquoise.

What is your favorite season?

Fall.

What is your favorite natural sound?

The sound of waves crashing.

What is your favorite man-made sound?

Laughter.

To read the full interview, click here. (Navigating from this page will interrupt the music if it's playing, but there's a player on the interview page as well.)

Julian Goldberger

Two songs from "Variety Rule"

HeavyWood Brand, CD cover
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Eliot Houser, writer, singer, and instrumentalist of HeavyWood Brand, is the editor of Labletter's Jukebox. Currently playing lead guitar for Ned Van Go, he also produces music in his studio outside of Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife and two children. Eliot is a bear.

Interviewed by Susan Dupré in September 2009

Portrait of Matthew Sharpe

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Matthew Sharpe is the author of Jamestown, The Sleeping Father, Nothing is Terrible, as well as the short-story collection Stories from the Tube. He has taught at Wesleyan, Columbia, and Bard. His stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, Zoetrope, BOMB, McSweeney's, Southwest Review, and others. His next novel will be published in the fall of 2010. He lives in New York City.

Approximate running time: 30 minutes. Audio will be interrupted if you navigate away from this page.

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