It's time for the First Friday Art Walk here in Portland, and Eternal Otter Records will be celebrating with a free concert from The Milkman's Union in Congress Square. The event is sponsored by the Portland Music Foundation and goes from 5 to 6 pm. Stop by to listen to the music, pick up free download cards and records, and find out more about events coming up from The Milkman's Union, Eternal Otter Records, and The Portland Music Foundation. Here is the advanced word on those events:
Thursday, Oct 13th: The Milkman's Union celebrates the release of their new vinyl single "Texas Hold Me" from Eternal Otter Records with a show at Mayo Street Arts. The Milkman's Union will be joined onstage by a host of friends, including opener South China. Advanced tickets are available now. Show begins at 8 pm. You can also pre-order the single right now through Eternal Otter Records' new bandcamp page.
Thursday, Oct 14th: The Portland Music Foundation is throwing a CMJ kick off party at the EMPIRE Dine & Dance, featuring vinyl to get you dancing all night long, alongside songs from all seven bands participating in the Portland CMJ Showcase in New York City.
Thursday, Oct 20th: The CMJ Music Marathon is one of the largest music industry events in the world, and the Portland Music Foundation will be showcasing Maine's talents at NYC's Sullivan Hall on the 20th. The Milkman's Union will be in attendance, alongside Spose, Billy Libby, Kurt Baker, Sunset Hearts, The Mallett Brothers, and the Toughcats.
Eternal Otter Records is happy to announce that The Milkman's Union new 7" vinyl single, "Texas Hold Me b/w Little Bird" is now available for PRE-ORDER!
The album will ship on October 12th, but you can stream it now on our NEW bandcamp site. I have been following The Milkman's Union since first catching them at the Apohadion playing "Little Bird". Lead singer/guitarist Henry Jamison is one of Portland's finest lyricist, and I am in awe of drummer Peter McLaughlin every time I see him play. And now they have just added pop-mastermind Jeff Beam on bass. As if the line-up wasn't already stacked enough, Aly Spaltro of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper lends her vocals on "Texas Hold Me".
The first 6 people to place a Pre-Order will also receive a bonus 7" single randomly selected from our back catalog - so order now!
The official release show for The Milkman's Union single will take place on Thursday, October 13th at Mayo Street Arts, with Jacob Augustine opening the night.
Aly Spaltro of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper returned home once again for a far more intimate show than her celebratory opening slot at the sold out State Theatre, where she opened for Beirut last month. Check out the Portland Daily Sun for the review I wrote of that show.
This time she took the stage at the charming and warm (very warm) Biddeford venue The Oak + The Ax. The last few times I have seen Lady Lamb play she has stuck pretty closely to a "hit" packed setlist, best showcased on the excellent "Live at Brighton Hall" download available from her website. But for this show - "among friends" - she broke out the deep cuts (including personal favorites "Solar, Solar System" and "Sunday Shoes") and debuted a number of new songs. She was also joined by the Milkman's Union's Henry Jamison (who opened the show) for one of the new "ditties", and Henry and his bandmate Peter McLaughlin joined on bass and drums for her final song.
It was a great time, and it was particularly wonderful to hear "Sunday Shoes" played - one of my favorite songs of all time and one of the first vinyl releases from Eternal Otter Records. One audience member even drove 2 hours to see the show in hopes of hearing the song - Aly dedicated the performance to him.
You can order a copy of "Sunday Shoes" (b/w "Metal Mouth" by TJ Metcalfe) here. We'll also send you an mp3 of a great live version of the song recorded for the vinyl release show.
We are also only 6 "Likes" away from 100 fans on Facebook. Become our 100th fan and you will receive a free copy of the single. You can checkout our facebook page here.
There is a lot in store for Eternal Otter Records this fall (including a new release from the Milkman's Union featuring Aly), and becoming a fan is a great way to stay up to date.
I also encourage you to head over to the Oak + The Ax tomorrow (Friday) at 8 pm for an excellent FREE show featuring NYC's Hungry March Band and Portland's The Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue. Check out the faux newspaper I designed for the event:
Well, we've been silent for too long at Eternal Otter Records, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Far from it!
First off, we are wicked excited to see Lady Lamb the Beekeeper open for Beirut at the State Theatre! The sold out show starts at 8 pm. Check out the awesome poster designed by Kris Johnsen (there will be a few available for sale at the show).
Second, we are proud to announce that Eternal Otter Records will be releasing a new vinyl singles from The Milkman's Union this autumn. The A-side "Texas Hold Me" features guest vocals from Lady Lamb's Aly Spaltro, and the B-side contains the excellent "Little Bird". The Milkman's Union will be playing a set with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper on August 17th at one of our favorite venues, Biddeford's The Oak & the Ax.
Finally, I [WTE] am continuing to write a monthly music column, "Sounds of the City", for the Portland Daily Sun. A new article should be appearing sometime next week. Check out my last column here. Starting in November, I'll also be taking over from the incomparable Bryan Bruchman of Hillytown as the "Listen" column writer for Maine Magazine.
A new music column, Sounds of the City, debuted this past weekend in the Portland Daily Sun. Written by me (Will Ethridge, founder of Eternal Otter Records), it will run bi-monthly with Portland music news, show reviews, and song recommendations. Enjoy reading and send feedback!
Eternal Otter Records is getting ready to release its first full-length vinyl - Treble Treble Vol 3 - a compilation featuring Big Blood, Samuel James, Wesley Hartley & the Traveling Trees, and other diverse, strange, psychedelic, and atmospheric artists.
Find out more here, and receive gifts from Eternal Otter for supporting the project:
Welcome to Eternal Otter Records. We are an independent record label based in Portland, Maine, specializing in limited-edition vinyl releases from the New England underground. We have released records by Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Cerberus Shoal, Anna's Ghost, and more.
The label was founded by Will Ethridge, who also co-created the Tower of Song live music project with Johnny Fountain. Will also co-hosts The Red Telephone, a radio show on WSCA 106.1 fm in Portsmouth, with Alicia Sampson.
You can read about all these projects right here - enjoy! www.eternalotterrecords.com