Bowery Electric Holiday Party!

Don Dilego & the Touristas

Magnificent Ram A, the latest album from Don DiLego, saw it’s roots form in Portland, OR with producer/engineer Gregg Williams (Blitzen Trapper, Dandy Warhols, The Decemberists), and wind it’s way back East to the wooded Pennsylvania retreat that is Velvet Elk Studios. Many of those original sessions found their way onto his last album, 2012’s Western & Atlantic, which won an Independent Music Award for “Best Roots/Alt Country Album.” The remnants of those original sessions form the foundation of a project he’s long thought about…a collection of click-track free analog recordings that embrace their imperfections and happy accidents. On the heels of producing the recent releases from Jesse Malin (New York Before the War, Outsiders) and Hollis Brown (Loaded, 3 Shots), Don set aim at finishing the album that’s never been far from his mind. An album that would be, perhaps, less meticulous in process than his critically acclaimed Photographs of 1971. From the thunderous drone of the opening track “Karma King,” to the more intimate and personal one-take vision of “Idiot Heart,” it’s his most ambitious set of recordings to date.

"The east village of New York is home to The Heavy Howl. The band was formed by vocalist/guitarist Steven Williams in 2015 after joining forces with bassist Amanda Chessa, an old high school friend, and drummer Joel Frost through the all-too-rare Craigslist success story. Their self-released EP New Mistake, a selection of songs that showcased the groups penchant for catchy ""low rock"", led to the band teaming up with Velvet Elk Records for their follow up single. Recorded at Rivington 66 by Nico Chiotellis (David Waxman, Le Rev), ""Ponderosa"" was released in October 2017.
""Everything we track is live in the studio in two or three takes with as little overdubs as possible"", Williams says, ""we really push for the recordings to be an accurate representation of the energy of our live performances."""

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