90.3 THE ROCK PRESENTS Rasputina


Medford's Black Record Collection

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Ciderhouse

Tickets: $15 / $3 surcharge if under 21


18 and UP

About Rasputina:

Seminal cello-driven trio Rasputina will release their seventh album, 'Sister Kinderhook' on June 15, 2010. Rasputina directress, Melora Creager recorded it whilst pregnant in the Hudson Valley just last summer. She and Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook, Fiona Apple, Air) mixed it in Los Angeles with a newborn in the studio.

This album finds Melora expressing a thematic fantasy of Colonial Federalism. Subject-wise, she also touches on  feral children (Snow-Hen of Austerlitz), the Anti-rent Wars of 1844 (Calico Indians), and Early American portraiture (The 2 Miss Leavens), not to mention the theory that giants were indeed real, but killed each other off in a self-genocidal holocaust (A Holocaust of Giants). Sister Kinderhook is a return to Rasputina's early, more organic sound. Melora produced and engineered the thing at her homestead in the country. Hudson, NY is home to many fabulous female artists that gained notoriety in the 1990's, including Melora, Melissa Auf Der Maur and M'Shell N'Degeocello.

Melora has maintained the Rasputina group for almost 20 years. Genres come and go and Rasputina often gets mistakenly lumped into passing fancies, but Rasputina manages to survive and defy categorization by maintaining a child-like delight in music-making alongside a clear & true integrity.

Medford's Black Record Collection:

“The band’s sound contains all the dank, shadowy Appalachian humidity a goth-folk historian could want for, but it’s modernized enough to where it feels more accessible than archaic.”- Leslie Wylie, MetroPulse, Knoxville, TN

“Four out of five stars…I’ve not seen an album of this type that does so well at telling a story…‘The Flattville Murder Album’ is storytelling at its best combined with fantastically put together and played music.”- Indie Matters, Charlotte, NC

"...refreshingly country with a capital 'C', with no 'alt', 'electro', 'new', and definitely no 'nu' infiltrating its undiluted backwoods sound."
"The kind of muffled, painful moans you'd expect to overhear while hiking the Appalachian Trail...the unpolished heartfelt moans that were so good that they've resisted change for over a hundred years...they keep the mountain traditions alive and keep it local, reminding us of our roots."
-Molly Kincaid, Metropulse (Knoxville, TN)

"...baroque Southern Gothic originals, performed with a deadpan, winking solemnity."
-Matthew Everett, Knoxville Voice (Knoxville, TN)

"...Exquisite mournful vocals...they're making quite a name for themselves in the local scene."
-Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times (Maryville, TN)

"...Making music that is a part of the fabric of life in this area...they truly are beginning to stand out among the others. Their approach is honest, their music is good, and their future is bright. We are proud to play their tunes."
-Benny Smith, 90.3 "The Rock" WUTK-FM General Manager (Knoxville, TN)

"'The Flattville Murder Album', a triumphant first effort from Medford's Black Record Collection, is re-defining the standards of Americana, Bluegrass, and Country music with a concept album chocked full of post-bellum tragedy."
- Roman Reese, singer/songwriter, journalist

"Medford's Black Record Collection is the collaboration of Michael Davis and Matt Foster, who are storytellers in the same tradition as Nick Drake and Louis L'Amour (if he were a musician. Their folk sounds are breathing new life into traditional music with harmonies of Blue Highway and the raw dirty edge of Johnny Cash."- Helen Yonts