Drag City Announces the biggest little Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang release to date!


Yesterday, Drag City sent out their January Newsletter. That newsletter contained the following exciting announcement:

“Don’t walk away thinking February’s just about Six Organs of Admittance! Because that’s not the whole truth — it is, but it isn’t. Because there’s also the biggest little Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy single to date! What makes this so big? The songs are about the same length, and there’s only two, so…well, one thing to consider is that this single is a big 10″ record! And that those two 10” sides are wrapped in big full-color photosleeve. And that inside that sleeve is a full color insert with another amazing photograph. But what really makes this record a big one is that “Island Brothers” b/w “New Wonder” is a charity record, with the money that is made from the record earmarked for donation to the EDGE Outreach organization who are striving at present to bring water purification education to Haiti. They need it down there, where a year after the earthquake, they’re suffering from an outbreak of cholera for the first time in a century. The people of Haiti need a lot of aid, and they need a lot of clean water as well, as do we all. These two songs by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang are powerful musical testaments that will fit well on the turntables of fans, collectors and everyone else as well. And they’re for a good cause too. So get ready to help.”

These Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang releases are amazing. Written, recorded and released in the spirit of true collaboration and do-gooding, they are as much a Cairo Gang release as they are a Bonnie “Prince” Billy release. Pick up a copy of their debut LP, The Wonder Show of The World to see how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.



Help Save KUSF!

Last week, USF pulled the rug out from under KUSF (San Francisco’s decades old, community oriented, award winning, volunteer operated radio station) without notice. They sold the station’s FM broadcasting license in a closed-door deal and ejected the radio station’s staff, changed the locks, took down the website, and refused to give any face time to the anyone in the KUSF community.

Now a slew of supporters including the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, KQED, The SF Chronicle, The Guardian, and many local radio stations, venues, artists and labels are rallying to get the university to reconsider. If enough noise is made, then there is a slim chance that the FCC will not approve the sale. Please visit the Save KUSF News Blog to learn more about what you can do to help, and sign the Save KUSF Petition.

Why do we care? Our community has been directly impacted. KUSF has always supported local artists and was quick to devote radio time to artists in the Endless Nest community. KUSF even hosted guest DJ hours by Empty Cellar & Secret Seven and The Sandwitches. Really though, this radio station did a lot for a lot of people in every corner of San Francisco; por ejemplo, airing the first Chinese language radio show in the Bay Area. So, whether or not the radio station ever goes live on the FM band again, you should take the time to learn more about why so many people are upset right now, and how KUSF provides a stand-up model for how all great community radio stations should operate.



The Sandwitches – Live tonight in San Francisco

Tonight, The Sandwitches will close out the third and final night of (((folkYEAH!)))’s January residency at Slim’s in San Francisco. Here are the deets:

(((folkYEAH!))) presents 4 Bands for 5 Dollars

8 PM, Tuesday Jan 25th
The Sandwitches
Art Museums
The Soft Bombs
Rachel Fannan (of Sleepy Sun)

Slim’s
333 11th St
San Francisco, CA



Now available at the Endless Nest Store



Usually, we add less than one item a month to our store… but last week we went a little overboard, so we figured it deserved a post. You can click on the covers above or links below to learn more about these solid vinyl releases by Empty Cellar related artists.

Sonny Smith100 Records Volume Two: I Miss The Jams, 5 x 7″ Box (Turn Up! 005)
Tim CohenLaugh Tracks, LP (Captured Tracks 62)
The SandwitchesMakes Me Sick, 7″ (Southpaw 12)
Fresh & OnlysAugust In My Mind, 12″ e.p. (Captured Tracks 46)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo GangWonder Show Of The World, LP (Drag City 2012)
Pillars & TonguesProtection, CD (Contraphonic 074)



Turn Up! Records Releases Sonny Smith’s 100 Records Vol. 2

San Francisco record label Turn Up! has taken Sonny Smith’s most ambitious project of all time to a whole new level of ambition. This winter, they are releasing the second recorded volume of Sonny Smith’s 100 Records Project (the first being a very limited edition portfolio of Prints and tunes). The thing – titled I Miss the Jams – is beautiful! It is a fully decorated box (designed by Sonny) carrying five 7″ singles (45rpm), each encased in a stunning full color glue-pocket sleeve featuring artwork contributed by a slew of amazing artists that participated in the 100 Records Project. Each box comes with a download code too, so you can listen to Sonny’s jams anywhere you go with a mobile listening device.

Best of all, the music is ballin’ and features an all-star cast of San Francisco musicians including: Ty Segall, Heidi Alexander (The Sandwitches), Tim Cohen (The Fresh & Onlys), Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards), Kelley Stoltz, and members of Citay. HAWT DAWG!

Listen to “I Wanna Do It!” from I Miss The Jams by Earth Girl Helen Brown (Heidi Alexander of The Sandwitches) below:

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The 7″ Box is extremely limited (only 300 in existence), so get one quick from Turn Up! or the Endless Nest Store. Don’t worry if you miss out on the box, because the CD version will be made available starting this tuesday.

Tune in to 100 Records Updates at the Turn Up! 100 Records blog.


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