HOLYMAN.

September 21st, 2013


I’m proud to announce the release of a new limited edition of HOLYMAN’s double album opus called Things We Can’t Untie. The record was recorded live in my living room, and has become one of my favorite pieces of music. I like to describe HOLYMAN as John Cage meets Mogwai with a pedal steel soloist.

Pat Foley, the composer behind the project, writes, “Things We Can’t Untie attempts to delve into the depths of self-consciousness and take the listener on a journey of realization. The ominous pedal steel melodies and roving-and-converging drum work drag you along, as if blind folded, toward some unknown destination, causing your mind to wander to the edges of possibility. The swirling banter can absorb you if you let it, and you can easily forget about the ghostly net created by the spare repetition of the guitar and bass, holding you afloat in a sea of thoughts.”

You can download the full album for free(or make a donation) on Pat’s Bandcamp page.

The double album features artwork by my dear friend Jeff Beebe made specially for this record and printed as a giclee on cotton rag paper. Every record comes with a small baggie of record off-cut from the session, 100 percent pure groove.

Currently we have one copy left. So if anyone wants to purchase the last available album email me at neverrecordsnewyork@gmail.com .

HOLYMAN Things We Can’t Untie is an edition of 10 with 2 artists proofs.
Musicians: Patrick Foley-Guitar, Alex Lambert-Drums, Tim Reardon-Bass, Philip Sterk-Pedal Steel

Special thanks to Jason Wyche for the photography.
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SJ Downes Never Records film Tour diary.

July 16th, 2013

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Its been two years now since New York artist Ted Riederers’ NEVER Records came to these shores for the 2nd installment in Derry, Northern Ireland. On this occasion in May 2011, he was joined by friend and photographer Jason Wyche who felt that this project might provide the perfect platform for an exploration into film making and video, and together over the following weeks they set out, Ted recording the community and cutting the sounds and audio to vinyl and Jason documenting the proceedings and performances in visual form. Over the following time till now they have lovingly edited all the footage and created a film documentary, detailing the process, effect and joys that NEVER’s visit to Derry had, entitled ~ NEVER Records “You Are Not Listening”.

After premiering the finished film in April 2013, Stateside at the Victoria Film festival in Texas, winning ‘Best of Fest’ award, the guys deemed it only right to return to the U.K to reconnect with friends and collaborators and show the film at choice venues along the way. With a lack of funding available the guys bravely decided in true DIY spirit, to just come across anyway and what came about in the planning of a few independent screenings, then became whats best described as a mini-tour road trip. With film screenings and live shows planned at Liverpool, Derry and Belfast, we arranged to meet at Manchester airport and make the journey, 5 man strong including girlfriends/wives, in my small trusty motor from town to town via ferry to Ireland.

First up, was Liverpool. This was where NEVER Records first touched ground in September 2010, cutting records after an initial display in New York’s abandoned Tower Records building, and was also where i first met Ted, whilst living there. Andrew Ellis (samizdat) who helped so much in making the original visit a success, arranged for the screening and live sets at the ( in my words ‘epic’) Camp & Furnace bar/project down on Greenland Street and our talented friend Helen Weatherhead who works as assistant producer at Radio 6, and interviewed Ted first time around for a great article, arranged for some great promotion in the form of an interview and radio ad which went out the next day on the airwaves.

Click here for Stu’s full post.


Arturo

June 18th, 2013


We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

T.S. Elliot, from Little Gidding, Four Quartets.

It is impossible to accept that Arturo is gone.

Two weeks after his death, I am stumbling through my memories of him. I catalog them and try to refresh each one in the hopes that by doing so they will last longer, that I can somehow prolong the afterglow of remembrance. I go through a hard drive of photographs searching for his face, and wish that there were more images.

Rose told me not to read his obituaries, but I can’t help myself. I’m searching for the man I knew, and through it all I have this urgent need to testify, even though I’m afraid I won’t get it right, afraid I won’t be able to articulate how special he was.

“Ramones Logo Designer”-The Ramones was only one expression of the man I knew. I have a feeling Arturo gave them the same nurturing love that he gave the dozens of young artists he adopted in the last ten years. We were so lucky to have him believe in us. As we aspired to earn his faith in us we became better artists, and better friends. I would visit the loft, and over the course of an hour, become reacquainted with an old friend, catch up on all of the projects of another, or even meet someone new, another orphan Arturo had adopted.

New York makes orphans of us all. It dazzles us, confuses us, and hammers us, skews our sense of what truly matters, sucks our time and energy away from those who love and need us. Through it all, above the din of this wretched and beautiful city, Arturo was a beacon of love. In spite of the fact that he had loved and lost so many friends and family members, he was adamant that we must love each other more. His mural on the side of Oliver’s shop near the Bowery, declares, “Life Isn’t Tragic. Love is just being ignored.”

It is impossible to accept that Arturo is gone.

He was one of my most vital and vivacious friends. One night in London, when I wanted to sleep, he dragged me to a barge on the Thames at three in the morning where we salsa danced, and sang, and drank tequila. Hours later at sunrise, back at our hotel, he jumped on his bed and exclaimed, “let’s stay up late, I want to enjoy this trip.” ( He was one of my fittest friends, he started mountain climbing when he turned sixty. )

His art career was energized. With shows in England, Europe, Mexico, and New York, in the past few years he was getting the attention he deserved, not just as The Ramone’s designer, but as an important artist who was a contemporary of Hambleton, Haring, and Basquiat, an artist who still had so much to teach us all.

The second to last time I spoke with him he begged me, “Enjoy your life.” It was shocking to hear that from him, I think I was in denial about how sick he had become. In retrospect, I think he was coming to grips with the gravity of his situation, but also trying to teach me one last lesson, because he so passionately wanted us all to love life.

Heartbroken and afraid, I responded, “My life has been so much more enjoyable because you are in it.”


Joe Reyna

April 20th, 2013

Joe playing a lock groove of one of his screams.

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The amazing Joe Reyna, one of Victoria’s greatest treasures. So lucky to have him a part of Never Records.


Never Records Texas, Kevin Gant

April 12th, 2013

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The inimitable Kevin Gant. Check out Kevin’s documentary, it is truly inspiring(available on Netflix).


Never Records Radio, Episode 2, Part 1, Liverpool

March 27th, 2013

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Barry and Alan Live


The Tintypes

February 21st, 2013

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Recorded on a rainy sunday in New Orleans. We put a mic on the mail slot of the front door so we could get the sound of the rain and cars driving by. Check out The Tintypes website.
Photo by Ryan.


Never Records Radio

February 17th, 2013


TRACK LIST – EPISODE ONE
Intro (Contains clips from Conor O’kane, Alex Camero, Anna Paige, SJ Downes, and Whiteman)
And Then – Stef and Sammi Rose https://soundcloud.com/stef-rose
Club Desportivo De Mouraria
Art In General presents Jason Losh’s Chinese Take Out
Lúb na bóithre- Ciarán Mac Giolla
A Letter Home – Mouth 4 Rusty
My End – Gardenia Moon
I Love You


Never Records Radio

February 15th, 2013


Never Recods Radio Episode One


GOLD and the RUSH

February 13th, 2013

Some of the Gold and the Rush boys....


I really like how this session came out, nice and jangley with sweet melodies. Check out their website.

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