Lace Curtains: ‘A Signed Piece Of Paper’

November 18, 2014 0 comments


We are still bummed about the current hiatus (or possible end) of the Austin, Texas trio Harlem, but from that departing has birthed some great tunes from others bands coming from all 3 members – From Curtis O’Mara’s Grape St. to Jose Boyer’s Las Rosas – And not to mention Michael Coomers’ Lace Curtains, who’s 2012 release ‘The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness’ still graces our turntable monthly.

So with that said, not only were were pretty pumped to hear that Lace Curtains has returned with a sophomore LP, ‘A Signed Piece Of Paper,’ but glad we waited a couple of weeks to pick up the new record that came out last month via Female Fantasy Records… Why you ask? Well, thought Burger Records’ eBay account (Nopickles), Lace Curtains is releasing a Burger-exclusive bundle version of the LP that come with a limited edition screen-printed/hand-painted posters by Michael Coomers!

ACT FAST, because there are only 100 and those suckers won’t last long! Pick up your limited bundle of HERE… Or if you’re too late there are still copies at via Lace Curtains’ tumblr page HERE

Check out a couple key tracks from the ‘A Signed Piece Of Paper’ LP below including the official video for ‘The Fly.’



Could This Be the End of Harlem? (Part 2)

December 28, 2011 0 comments

In July we wrote a about the possible break-up or hiatus of the Austin trio HarlemRead the full article HERE — speculations based on rumors and the band being dropped from Matador Records‘ active roster this summer… Now to add to these unverified facts and tweets are 2 new side-projects/bands from some of Harlem’s members:

Curtis O’Mara is still in Austin and is now fronting Grape St., a band who now have a few videos floating around the internet of live shows from this fall. Check’em out below… Not too far off from Harlem at all:

Jose Boyer is now living in Brooklyn, NY and is playing bass for Daytona, who already released an EP last month. Check out the ‘Storm So Long’ EP below and if you’ll be in the NYC area next month, catch them at Glasslands Gallery Thursday January 12th:

At the time of this article, we could not find material on any projects from Michael Coomers… We’ll keep you posted.


Could this be the end of Harlem? We hope not

July 4, 2011 1 Comment

A couple months ago, we were catching a show at our favorite Chattanooga venue, JJ’s Bohemia. A good friend of ours came up to us and said “Did you hear about Harlem? They broke-up today.” We didn’t want to believe it. And ever since, have heard nothing else about it. So we just disregarded it as just a bad rumor.

This weekend, while doing a little on-line vinyl shopping, we cruised on over to Matador Records and were shocked to see Harlem was removed from their Active Roster and were now considered Matador Alumni.

This instantly recalled that rumor we previously heard, so we decided to to ask the band & label directly via twitter. We posted the question below and Harlem posted the following just moments later:

Could this twitter post be directed to ours? Could this be the end of Harlem? We truly hope not! As we said, Hippies is a classic. Free Drugs killed it. It would be disappointing to know this is the end to one of our favorite bands.


South Rail Presents: Top 15 Albums of 2010

January 23, 2011 7 Comments

We put a lot of time into this year’s top albums of 2010 list… so much that we’re already a few weeks into 2011! Last year, there were some albums that became so near and dear after posting, that it breaks our hearts we didn’t list then on our top 10 of 2009 (Including Bear In Heaven’s ‘Beast Rest Forth Mouth’ and Devendra Banhart’s ‘What Will We Be’)… Sooo, without further adieu, here is The South Rail Music Blog’s Top 15 Albums of 2010…

Please note: If you’re interested in purchasing any of these albums, feel free to use the links we have provided for purchase. Click any ‘Buy from the band’ link & it will take you  directly to each artist’s (or record label’s) personal webstore, insuring your paying who counts!!!

01. Harlem ‘Hippies’Buy from the band

02. Secret Cities ‘Pink Graffiti’Buy from the band

03. Justin Townes Earle ‘Harlem River Blues’Buy from the band

04. Wavves ‘King of the Beach’Buy from the band

05. The Strange Boys ‘Be Brave’Buy from the band

06. Deerhunter ‘Halcyon Digest’Buy from the band

07. Girl Talk ‘All Day’ — This album is FREE! Download it here

08. Ariel Pink’s Hunted Graffiti ‘Before Today’Buy from the band

09. Sleigh Bells ‘Treats’Buy from the band

10. The Dead Weather ‘Sea of Cowards’Buy from the band

11. The Walkmen ‘Lisbon’Buy from the band

12. Ty Seagul ‘Melted’Buy from the band

13. Nobunny ‘First Blood’ Buy from the band

14. The Black Keys ‘Brothers’ Buy from the band

15. Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine Buy from the band


Harlem! LIVE! Tonight in Chattanooga!

September 7, 2010 0 comments

Just recently coming off their tour opening for The Dead Weather in early August, Austin TX’s Harlem will be in town tonight (9/7) here in Chattanooga at JJ’s Bohemia… If you haven’t seen them here before, BRING IT TONIGHT, cause this might be your last time to see this trio in such a small venue!

Their most recent release, Hippies,’ is out now via Matador records and is a definite contender for The South Rail’s top 10 albums in 2010… Check out the tracks below and see you tonight…

Download: Harlem ‘Friendly Ghost’

Download: Harlem ‘Gay Human Bones’

Harlem: ‘Tila and I’ + Dead Weather Tour

June 22, 2010 0 comments

While Harlem was on the Europe leg of their tour, the Austin boys stopped by Amsterdam Acoustics to shoot a great acoustic set of ‘Tila and I.’ They’re back in the states currently touring the west coast, but get ready to catch them later this summer opening up for The Dead Weather in the following cities below… Congrats guys!

Jun 25: Plush, Tuscon, AZ
Jun 26: The Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa, CA
Jun 29: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Jul 2: Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
Jul 3: 917 Main, Vancouver, BC
Jul 4 : East End, Portland, Oregon
Jul 9 2: Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Jul 10: Bar Pink, San Diego, CA
#Jul 13: 9:30 Club, Washington DC
#Jul 14: House of Blues, Boston, MA
Jul 17: Village Voice Siren Music Festival
#Jul 19: House of Blues, San Diego, CA
#Jul 21: Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
#Jul 22: Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
#Jul 24: Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
#Jul 26: Babcock Theatre, Billings, MT
#Jul 28: First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
#Jul 29 2010 8:00P The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
#Jul 30: The Congress Theatre, Chicago, IL
#Jul 31: The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI
# Aug 2 : Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
#Aug 3: Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
Aug 7: Lollapallooza
Sep 9: Hopscotch Festival

# = Opening for The Dead Weather

Video: Harlem ‘Gay Human Bones’

April 1, 2010 0 comments

The video for Harlem‘s second single ‘Gay Human Bones’ was released today which is off their upcoming sophomore release ‘Hippies’ (out 4/6)… Pre-order the album here and if you dig what you see, download the track below, compliments of Harlem & Matador Records:

Download: Harlem ‘Gay Human Bones’

Also, catch Harlem on tour the next couple of months, who will be touring heavily in support of ‘Hippies.’ See full listing here.