Drip a Drop

The Flat Five

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The feel-good first single from the upcoming full length from Chicago supergroup The Flat Five is out now!

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I'm So Happy You Called

Jason Batchko

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It was 1996. No one had a mobile phone. You had a phone in your apartment. A land line. And you had an answering machine, your most precious device. There were real live humans doing what they called telemarketing back then. Sometimes you'd get two or three calls in a single day. To an emerging phone pranks artist, this was precious raw material.

Recorded by Chicago drummer and songwriter Jason Batchko, these conversations have been making the rounds among phone prank connoisseurs, bootleg comedy fans, musicians in vans and hard-laughers everywhere for over 20 years. Just a man and his answering machine, trying to amuse, confuse and possess unsuspecting telemarketers, and creating a world of bizarre characters in the process: the kindly old woman who’s "just found out" she’s Jewish, The Shaolin Priest, Ms. Carton Boxx, the excitable weirdo with a poor grasp of the insurance industry, and Jonn ("jay-o-en-en!"). Telemarketers, they and many more were each so happy you called.

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Gospel Morning

The Chamber Strings

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The Chamber Strings was the brainchild of the late Kevin Junior who passed away in 2016 at the age of 46. Junior grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Chicago when he was 16. After stints in the Mystery Girls and the Rosehips, he collaborated with Epic Soundtracks and Nikki Sudden in England. When he returned to Chicago, he started the Chamber Strings. The Chicago-based band would cement his legacy as a striking and luminous talent. Junior was influenced by artists like Marc Bolan, Johnny Thunders, the Faces, and the Flamin' Groovies. Not nearly enough people got the chance to listen to the music Kevin Junior made during his short lifetime. Those that did will never forget what they heard. Considered a pop masterpiece in many circles, Gospel Morning was originally released in 1997. Pravda Records is proud to re-introduce this pop gem to the world on Vinyl, CD, and streaming platforms worldwide. Pre-order the LP or CD now and receive an instant download with three bonus tracks not on the LP or CD. Lp's and Cds will ship out June 29.

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Work and Love

Sunshine Boys

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Sunshine Boys return with Work and Love, the eagerly awaited follow up to Blue Music, their highly acclaimed 2018 debut. The indie rock superstars -- Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Dag Juhlin (Poi dog Pondering, The Slugs), and Jackie Schimmel (Big Hello, Justin Roberts) -- have taken their urgent, soaringly melodic pop to even greater heights. Work and Love holds everything from full-bore rockers and world class power pop to intimate atmospherics and string-dappled modern masterpieces, and the result is nothing short of emotional uplift. Another powerful statement from the band the world needs now more than ever. Produced by Sunshine Boys and Matt Allison.

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When I was a Writer- Matt Wilson & his Orchestra

Matt Wilson & his Orchestra

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Matt Wilson of Minneapolis is best known as a singer and songwriter for Trip Shakespeare, a band that blossomed in the 90s. But his new group which he calls an Orchestra is making waves both because of its appealing sound built around a unique combination of instruments including harp and banjo, and because Matt’s songwriting is as inspiring as ever.

Raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Matt and his high school friends formed a group called The Panic, and spent much of their youth as under-aged performers in Minneapolis nightclubs such as 1st Avenue and 7th Street Entry. In the early 80s, Matt followed his brother Dan to college in Boston where they formed a number of bands including the Love Monsters in which Matt took his first turn as a front man. Returning to Minneapolis, the brothers joined forces with bass player John Munson to form Trip Shakespeare, touring and recording together for a decade.

Matt’s music has been featured on MTV, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Spin, The Toronto Star and many other publications. Trip Shakespeare’s single, “Toolmaster of Brainerd”, was named by City Pages one of Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Hits, and that group was included by nationally-influential radio station The Current in its 2017 list of 893 Most Essential Musical Artists of All Time.

Matt’s new orchestra has a grassy sound that’s easy to fall into. Most striking to both the eye and ear is the harp mastery of Phala Tracy. The band’s sound is underpinned by the propulsive banjo groove of Quillan Roe. The bright sounds of harp and banjo are sent forth on black road of electric bass paved by Minneapolis guitar wizard Jacques Wait. The group sings together in striking close harmony. Their new album, When I was a Writer, represents not only a new and appealing sound but a 10-track songwriting triumph of melody, rhyme and pure emotion.

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Grabbing the Blues By the Horns

Vince Salerno and Gerald McClendon

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For four decades, Vince Salerno has been a double threat on Chicago’s blues scene, blowing up a storm on saxophone as well as harmonica. At long last, he’s made his debut album—and Grabbing the Blues By the Horns was well worth the wait. It’s a veritable soul, blues, and jazz extravaganza that expertly showcases Vince’s talents on both instruments, backed by an all-star Windy City crew that knows how to groove. The set also features the riveting vocals of Gerald McClendon, one of Vince’s longtime musical collaborators. It’s been a long time coming, but Grabbing the Blues By the Horns should finally make Salerno a household name among blues aficionados.

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Endure

The Lilacs

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The Lilacs Endure is the first new release by Chicago PowerPop quartet, The Lilacs, in more than 25 years. Produced by indie rock legend Richard Lloyd (Television, Matthew Sweet), and recorded in Nashville at the legendary Studio 19, The Lilacs Endure features four never-before-recorded Lilacs songs and is being released by Chicago's Pravda label August 16.

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The Lilacs Endure : CD
  • The Lilacs Endure : CD
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The Lilacs Endure is the first new release by Chicago PowerPop quartet, The Lilacs, in more than 25 years. Produced by indie rock legend Richard Lloyd (Television, Matthew Sweet), and recorded in Nashville at the legendary Studio 19, The Lilacs Endure features four never-before-recorded Lilacs songs and is being released by Chicago's Pravda label August 16.

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A Higher Place: CD
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A Higher Place: CD

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Pravda Records proudly presents the sixth full-length by Iowa City Ambassadors of groove The Diplomats Of Solid Sound, entirely mixed and edited at The Magic Barn in Iowa City and inspired by the sounds of the best 60s style soul and funk. Having already cut 5 full-length albums, "Instrumental Action Soul" (Prescription Records - 2001), "Let´s Cool One"(Estrus Records - 2003), "Destination Get Down!" (Estrus Records - 2005), self-titled “Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes” (Pravda Records/Record Kicks 2008), and “What Goes Around, Comes Around”, the band is just getting warmed up. “A Higher Place” is chock full of irresistible funk and soul bombs ready to melt your heart or make you shake it on the dance-floor, strongly confirming their standing in the contemporary funk and neo-soul scene.

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A Higher Place: Vinyl
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A Higher Place: Vinyl

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Pravda Records proudly presents the sixth full-length by Iowa City Ambassadors of groove The Diplomats Of Solid Sound, entirely mixed and edited at The Magic Barn in Iowa City and inspired by the sounds of the best 60s style soul and funk. Having already cut 5 full-length albums, "Instrumental Action Soul" (Prescription Records - 2001), "Let´s Cool One"(Estrus Records - 2003), "Destination Get Down!" (Estrus Records - 2005), self-titled “Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes” (Pravda Records/Record Kicks 2008), and “What Goes Around, Comes Around”, the band is just getting warmed up. “A Higher Place” is chock full of irresistible funk and soul bombs ready to melt your heart or make you shake it on the dance-floor, strongly confirming their standing in the contemporary funk and neo-soul scene. LP includes free download.

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Hunny Bunny: CD
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Hunny Bunny: CD

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To celebrate The New Duncan Imperials 30th anniversary, we have a brand new 5 song EP with 5 blazing new songs you have come to expect from America's premier trash rock band. See them live on tour in 2019!

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The New AM: CD
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The New AM: CD

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At the heart of The New AM, the immensely appealing debut from The Imperial Sound, is the band’s mastery of the classic pop hook. Primary songwriter Rick Mosher references everyone from Todd Rundgren and Carole King to Elvis Costello and The Replacements, and the result is an impressively consistent album of perfect pop moments. Years of shared experience in studios and on stages have sharpened the Imperial Sound’s instincts, and their arrangements have an easy power that is only earned over time. As accomplished as the band is, they are never afraid to let their Midwestern roots show. An Imperial Sound song is like a semi-polished gem – beautiful, but unpretentious and still a bit rough around the edges. The best of them, like “Yesterday,” “Daylight,” and “A Man Like You” are both sophisticated and endearingly straightforward. It’s no surprise that a who’s who of Chicago rock and pop talent lined up to sing on this project: Kathy Ruestow, Dag Juhlin, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Bobby Cornelius, and Peter Himmelman all lend their voices to the album. Listen to the slashing power chords of “Get Along” or the major-league horn hooks of “I Feel Strange,” and you’ll realize that you’re in the company of a band that understands the power and the beauty of a truly great pop song.

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The New AM: Vinyl
  • The New AM: Vinyl

The New AM: Vinyl

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At the heart of The New AM, the immensely appealing debut from The Imperial Sound, is the band’s mastery of the classic pop hook. Primary songwriter Rick Mosher references everyone from Todd Rundgren and Carole King to Elvis Costello and The Replacements, and the result is an impressively consistent album of perfect pop moments. Years of shared experience in studios and on stages have sharpened the Imperial Sound’s instincts, and their arrangements have an easy power that is only earned over time. As accomplished as the band is, they are never afraid to let their Midwestern roots show. An Imperial Sound song is like a semi-polished gem – beautiful, but unpretentious and still a bit rough around the edges. The best of them, like “Yesterday,” “Daylight,” and “A Man Like You” are both sophisticated and endearingly straightforward. It’s no surprise that a who’s who of Chicago rock and pop talent lined up to sing on this project: Kathy Ruestow, Dag Juhlin, Kelly Hogan, Nora O’Connor, Bobby Cornelius, and Peter Himmelman all lend their voices to the album. Listen to the slashing power chords of “Get Along” or the major-league horn hooks of “I Feel Strange,” and you’ll realize that you’re in the company of a band that understands the power and the beauty of a truly great pop song.

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Don't Ever Give Up: CD
  • Don't Ever Give Up: CD

Don't Ever Give Up: CD

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Andre Williams does not need an introduction anymore. At age 80, his career has taken him around the world and back, spanning over 60 years with more ups and downs than most people would not survive. Andre is a true survivor who continues to tour the world, write songs, write books, and generally entertain anyone sitting next to him with his stories and charisma. With this 12 song LP, Andre has teamed up with some of the finest NewOrleans musicians to assemble a collection of songs that reflect his current mind-set and attitude. One part rock, one part R&B, and one part Andre Williams- having fun and doing his thing! This is a soulful record, a serious record and a reflective record of an icon still at work as a world-class entertainer.

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Mean Business

Black Oil Brothers

The Black Oil Brothers draw from the same well our heroes have, but what comes out is invariably our own. Utilizing everything we can beg borrow or steal – acoustic, electric and resonator steel guitars, banjos, harmonicas, mandolins, drums, shakers, 3-part harmonies, we find outlets in music that turn heartbreak into ass shake. Such is the music of The Black Oil Brothers. Get it on iTunes here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mean-business/id1117206396

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