Rock for Love 4, designed by Sasha Barr. Available in small, medium, and large. $10, part of the proceeds benefit the Church Health Center.
Rock for Love posters designed by Sasha Barr
Posters from Rock for Love 2, 3, and 4. 18"x24", designed by Sasha Barr. $10, part of the proceeds benefit the Church Health Center.
Rock for Love concert film
Buy Me! DVD $10.00
All proceeds go towards the Church Health Center. Get your copy now and help support the CHC's wonderful mission to provide care for the working uninsured.
The film features performances from Rock for Love 2 and 3 from artists such as Lord T and Eloise, the Magic Kids, Al Kapone, River City Tanlines, John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives.
Since its founding in 2007, Rock for Love has been produced in partnership with Makeshift Music as a way to raise money for the Center and celebrate the diversity of Memphis music with performances by some of the city’s best bands and artists.
Makeshift regulars Snowglobe, the Glass, Blair Combest, Holly Cole, and Two Way Radio all pitch in strong new never-before-heard tracks. They are joined by a number of veteran artists including powerhouse vocalist Susan Marshall punk bands Pezz, and The Subteens. Togethere they round out another great Memphis music compilation!"
Holly and the Heathens - self titled Buy Me! CD $10.00
Holly Cole has been known as a solo artist with full throated, country-tinged vocals and dynamic songwriting. Now she is exploring being part of a group, with a new album and standout tracks like "Come Back To Me" and "Make Up Your Mind."
The Perfect Vessels - Name Our Own Stars Buy Me! CD $10.00
"A little guitar pyrotechnics is often the saving grace that I need to get into a band or album, and The Perfect Vessels’ new release is a great example of some really great guitar playing and intricate power-pop song-smithery. Aside from being anchored by nice vocal harmonies and even nicer guitar work, the gold is in the details of these songs. The pre-verse set-ups, Farfisa organs, acoustic guitars, and random atmospherics offer a depth of field that really brings the underlying songcraft into focus." – LIVE FROM MEMPHIS
Snowglobe - Little More Lived In Buy Me! CD $10.00
"It's an interesting exercise to go through their five albums in order, ending with this one, and consider where the indie rock mainstream was in relation to this band for each of them. When they were first starting out, they were on the fringe, but their style of emotionally straightforward, heavily arranged music has become one of the defining sounds of indie rock." – PITCHFORK
"With a rich and full music resume already to his credit, Paul 'Snowflake' Taylor presents a solo disc that displays a wide variety of influences and appreciations as well as showing off flashes of keen pop sensibility..." - www.jasonblogs.com
Andy Grooms Living Room - Greatful to Burn Buy Me! CD $10.00
Former Pawtucket, Andy Grooms has been a staple performer at such Memphis hang-outs as the P&H cafe and Hi-Tone, and now you have the chance to bring his Living Room home to yours. With a little help from a few Makeshift label-mates, Grooms has crafted a great blend of psych-folk that is sure to please the discerning ears of our customers.
Debut solo record from Memphis-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist.
"The Repechage crackles with ideas and ambience." - Blurt Magazine
Augustine - Broadcast Buy Me! CD $10.00
Augustine is a live band without peer. Their music combines a disaffected love-affair with minimalist art rock with infectious hooks and smart lyrics aimed at destroying the behemoth of popular music's singular focuses.
Long-awaited debut release from the Memphis punk/garage/weird rock band.
"It's as if Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett, post crack-up, had been hired to write music for an Eastern European circus." - the Commercial Appeal
Blair Combest - Blair Combest Buy Me! CD $10.00
Singer-songwriter comes through the (studio) fire with a fine sophomore album. Another casualty of the fire at Easley-McCain Recording Studios, it took singer-songwriter Blair Combest two years to finish his second album, this eponymous follow-up to his fine debut, Prettier Than Ugly. Recorded at Easley with Kevin Cubbins and Makeshift founder Brad Postlethwaite producing, Blair Combest is more of a group affair than the title might indicate, with Combest getting a hand from a host of local musicians, including members of Snowglobe and the Tennessee Boltsmokers and a group of friends on background vocals that Combest dubs the "Easley Tabernacle Choir." This lends the record a musicality that broadens the palette of your standard rootsy singer-songwriter record, with Boltsmoker Andy Ratliff adding bluegrass accents to "Turn to Rain," Snowglobe's Nahshon Benford punctuating "Disarray" with trumpet, and the Phil Spector-esque finale of sleighbells and vocals on "Silly Girl." Which isn't to say Combest himself isn't the main show here. Combest's slightly nasal ache and scratchy, older-than-his-years delivery can't help but evoke Bob Dylan, but it isn't just the voice: In its lyrical bent and musical lilt, Combest's music sounds quite like a very precise moment in Dylan's folkie period, post-protest songs, pre-electric. Think Another Side of Bob Dylan. At his best, Combest evokes a more modest, more consistently earnest version of that tone and sound, although there is also a spare, dusty undercurrent to this record (see, especially, "Wait for You") that's reminiscent of Texas alt-country pioneer Townes Van Zandt.
Blair Combest - Prettier Than Ugly Buy Me! CD $10.00
Allow me to quickly make note of the fact that Blair Combest's Prettier than Ugly is, essentially, a country album. I'll clarify the fact that Combest himself is actually more of a singer/songwriter type of guy, and that amongst this near-country record floats the most obvious influence of Bob Dylan as well as echoes of The Flying Burrito Brothers and folk singers from days gone past. The most interesting part about this car wreck of musical sensibilities is that on this release, Combest's backing band is none other than Snowglobe ... Yeah, so how exactly does a singer/songwriter team up with a retro-indie-pop backing band to make a rootsy country album? One word: Talent.
Coach And Four - The Great Escape Buy Me! CD $9.00
Like their contemporaries and the burgeoning Makeshift scene/label that put this release in your mitts, The Coach and Four are a refreshing jolt of blues/garage-free Memphis rock. If you like rockist Jim O’Rourke, early Sea and Cake, poppier Sonic Youth, and I guess whatever has made great indie rock great, then listen up.
The Coach And Four - Unlimited Symmetry Buy Me! CD $12.00
If the Sea and Cake hadn’t of dabbled in the dual nether regions of drum ‘n’ bass and airport jazz, they still would lack the impact of Unlimited Symmetry, but you Sea and Cake fans out there should try it out to experience what you’ve been missing.
Emotional but low-key folk/Alternative with heart-breaking accents of cello and electric guitar. Holly, aka Holly Cole, is a songstress with a sound that isnt from around these author: Shangri-La Record Store, Memphis Holly, aka Holly Cole, is a songstress with a sound that isnt from around these parts. An epic flowing sound that may remind you of the expansive West Texas soundscapes of say, Jimmie Dale Gilmore. Lovely acoustic strumming, songs and singing with an undercurrent of atmospheric twangs and echos of saws and other almost undecipherable sounds. Easily one of the most mature and accomplished outings for the local Makeshift label.
Aching Big Star-informed Memphis pop from wunderkid Paul Taylor on Makeshift label! Taylor played with the Dickinson brothers in DDT before they went onto North Mississippi All-Stars jam band fame, and was perennially the best bass player in Memphis since he was 13 or so. So he took up drums. He's all over Shelby Bryant's great Cloud Wow Music, and this has some of the same feelings of loneliness and ache... mixed with Beatlesy/Chiltony touches. Pop pleasers!
Snowglobe - Oxytocin Buy Me! CD $12.00
Having played together since high school, the members of snowglobe have a unique ability create complex songs with a rich pallet of sounds in a seemingly nonchalant way. The Memphis based band continues the long lasting tradition of playing honest music for the “right reasons”. “The sheer wealth of instruments the band uses creates moments as jam packed as rush hour. Principal songwriters Regan and Postlethwaite manage to keep the music unpretentious with a homey, lived-in quality and a gentle, unassuming lilt. “ Infectious songs like “regime”, “changes”, “ms. June”, “Rock song” , set the pace for an eclectic but cohesive mixture of pop gems. Memphis's Snowglobe plays an entrancing blend of cosmic American music that owes as much to pioneering psychedelic country/pop legends like the Byrds and Gram Parsons as it does to modern-day fellow travelers like the Flaming Lips.
If there's a difference between being musically obtuse and being psychedelic, it's to be found in bands like Snowglobe. Rather than being quirky and experimental for the sake of sounding druggy and far-out, bands like Snowglobe produce sonic landscapes that defy convention for the sake of pure creativity. For many bands, this isn't always successful, but thankfully Snowglobe scores more hits than misses. Falling somewhere along the lines of the Flaming Lips and Elephant 6 bands like Neutral Milk Hotel, with traces of They Might Be Giants and a whole host of bands past present, Snowglobe's music defies the simplicity of pop, the seriousness of rock, and the whimsy of novelty acts, and it does so by combining all three. Heavy on instrumentation, the songs on Our Land Brains are a heady swirl of guitar rock supplemented with horns and organs, pianos and strings, and applied in a mish-mash technique that would make many a jam-band jealous. But somehow Snowglobe manages to break out of the psychedelic folk mode, even while the sunshine lyrics of these tracks might suggest such a tendency. This music is seriously goofy, and goofily serious, and always a bit surreal. And fairly hard to categorize..."
Our Land Brains is a warm and inviting record filled with comfortable sounds and friendly melodies. Though the Beatles and Beach Boys influences aren't quite as obvious, Snowglobe shares many psychedelic affinities with the Elephant 6 bands, such as the Apples in Stereo and especially Neutral Milk Hotel. The result is a charming and affable listen with swelling thrift-store organs, horns, acoustic guitars, chimes, and even some strings all blending into a pleasing whole. The band's vocals are occasionally a little bit too restrained for their own good, limiting themselves within a specific vocal range. The songs are catchy enough, though, such as Tim Regan's "Dream Works" and Brad Postlethwaite's "Smiles and Frowns." Our Land Brains doesn't aggressively push in any progressive direction, but that's not really the point. Highly enjoyable.
A must-have document of Memphis' punk rock scene, including the legendary Pezz, and the up-and-coming While I Breathe I Hope. Tuneful, melodic punk rock.
Teflon Don - God, the Government, the Game
Buy Me! CD $10.00
Makeshift's first foray into hip-hop!
"Teflon Don has delivered a diverse record that will make you think and make you dance. His straightforward delivery ensures that the message will not get overtaken by the catchy music. The lyrics and beat complement each other, and Don’s efforts clearly outshine many of his contemporaries in the 'Memphis rap' genre." - Live From Memphis