Earlier this year, we released the first edition of a local, independent compilation CD entitled, Creative Loafing Presents Jeff Hahne's Homebrew: Winter Harvest 2008. The reaction was overwhelming. As soon as we put some copies of the free CD in Lunchbox Records or Manifest Discs, they were gone.
We passed out more than 100 at the CD release party held at The Evening Muse, where some of the bands on the CD performed -- Erika Blatnik, Junque Gallery, The New Familiars and Nelace among them.
Just because we put a CD out, doesn't mean the music stopped being created. So, we're releasing the next edition of the CD -- Creative Loafing Presents Jeff Hahne's Homebrew: Summer Stash 2008 -- this month.
Once again I received roughly 40 submissions for the disc and went through them using the same process -- quality of recording, release date, genre, etc. I looked for the best of the batch and tried to find a diverse range of music that's been released in the first half of this year.
Now that it's completed, I can happily say, "Mission accomplished." And even better news is that we have a sponsor for the CD this time around -- Double Door at Lake Norman -- ensuring that we'll have even more copies hitting the streets.
Those chosen for the CD are:
• Contagious Blues Band has developed a solid following around the area with their catchy brand of blues. The band's track "Hard To Make" is a great way to kick off the CD.
• Lindy Dobbins has constantly been showing up on my radar ever since I started this job last year. She plays a pop-rock style and "Change Your Mind" showcases her stunning vocals.
• Nicolette Emanuelle takes a different approach as her work on piano and keyboards provides a melodic and sometimes haunting backdrop to her voice. Her song "Constellations" reminded me a lot of Tori Amos.
• Hip-hop is being created all around the city and Eyes of the Elders have drawn in a big following thanks to their use of a live band. "Classified Commotions" features Josh Panda, who we all hope returns to the Q.C. soon.
• The Lights, Fluorescent have their own style of indie rock that blends well with the male/female vocal duo -- including Blatnik. The song "Blue Jay," written about the passing of a band member's father, stirred incredible emotion the first time I saw it live.
• The Orsons disc landed on my desk and I was immediately drawn in to their Americana/bluegrass style. The song "Appalachia" is upbeat and brings a good amount of energy to the 'Brew.
• Paleface recently announced that his next album will be released on Ramseur Records, so we're happy to include him on this disc. He performs with Monica Samalot (Just About to Burn) and "Kick This Jam" was just one track off of his amazing last album, A Different Story.
• Simplified packs the house whenever they play and the band is one name that's constantly being mentioned around the office. The band's style infuses reggae and rock and "Low" will give you an idea of why they're so popular.
• The Stellas have been steadily increasing its fanbase around the city and rocked the recent Crowntown Showdown, performing the track included on the CD, "In Stereo." Definitely keep your eyes on these guys.
• Sugar Glyder's brand of indie rock fits in a category of it's own. "Grace the Fulcrum" shows that while there are plenty of bands that can fit into the "indie rock" genre, there's plenty of room for a new and original sound.
• Tropic Culture got the whole place dancing at their CD release party held at the Visulite Theatre recently. The band's name describes the music perfectly and "It's Called Love" should easily get your feet moving.
• The collective known as Yardwork is getting attention for its live show, but the recorded stuff is just as good. "Cyndi" is a great way to close out the disc.
Now, you're probably wondering, "Sounds great -- how do I get one?!?" The answer is simple, just send $19.95 to ...
Actually, it's even easier -- head out to Double Door at Lake Norman on Sept. 4 and you can get one for free (with the $3 cover charge.)
Why take the risk of hoping to find one around town later on -- they fly off the shelves quickly! And the best part about it is that you'll get to see a bunch of the bands from the CD perform live.
Details are still being worked out, but those confirmed are Contagious Blues Band, Nicolette Emanuelle, Lindy Dobbins, Tropic Culture, Eyes of the Elders and The Lights, Fluorescent.
The doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 p.m. See you there!