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WFR084: Gracious Calamity: Live in America (Tape / CD-R / Digital)

Gracious Calamity tape compiled / chopped / screwed from live recordings from 2009-2012. Assembled for Summer 2012 tour w/ Murderboats. All The Hits!!! Maybe you were there too? The Pearl in Pittsburg? Handsome John’s Roadside Saloon in Nevada City? The Whitehaus in JP? All across this great land we <3 <3 <3

Released as a tape (edition of 60) and CD-R (edition of 100) with artwork designed and printed by Gracious Calamity.

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Blastfest Five Schedule Announced

COME TO BLASTFEST FIVE!COME TO BLASTFEST FIVE!COME TO BLASTFEST FIVE!COME TO BLASTFEST FIVE!COME TO BLASTFEST FIVE!

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5:00 The Jesus Way Up Doors Sleep Band (instrumental)
5:30 The Needy Visions
5:40 One Armed Mist
5:50 Erich Haygun (via Skype)
6:00 fey rey & freedom sound
6:10 Streight Angular
6:20 Pancho The Kid
6:30 Gracious Calamity
6:40 Illlich/Foom
6:50 Emily Shisko / Shane Myrbeck Duo (via Skype)
7:00 B Law
7:10 Guerilla Toss
7:20 Hunnie Bunnies
7:30 Reddie Veddar Said Carpet Rock Stars (Up And Coming Band)
7:40 Contex
7:50 Thunderheart
8:00 Ximena Alejandra Izquierdo Ugaz
8:10 Anna Fox
8:20 Matt Samolis
8:30 Dinners
8:40 King Harvest
8:50 Nickel and Dime Band
9:00 Manners
9:10 Michael Collins (via Skype ?? Or in person!?)
9:20 Casey Rocheteau
9:30 Shira E
9:40 Brian S. Ellis
9:50 Peace, Loving
10:00 Many Mansions

WFR077: WFRFRvol2 : Are You In Paradise? (LP)

I can no longer prolong the greatest moment of my life. I cannot afford to be afraid of the long silence. Of the after after. The people that populate my bedroom have become too real. My option is every door, every sun and mountain of night. Our options are in people. Honest voices are doors. I have stopped trying to control the narrative. To prescribe the reality of self. Not sleep until ending. Not sleep until climax. I am awake now. I am awake now. I will stop trying to wake up and I will walk out the door and I will see in a way that listens. This moment will be a kingdom of yes simply in the naming. It was always a choice. It was always a way of seeing. I am in Paradise.

Released on 12″ Vinyl LP with artwork by Lenora Symczak (front cover) and Morgan Shaker (back cover). 500 copies were pressed.

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WFR065: Gracious Calamity: Carefree Since ’83 (CD-R / digital)

Carefree Since ’83 is primarily about weather: an almanac of the human body as it absorbs, withstands, and opens to sea breezes, thunderstorms, heat, water, spring. Recorded to 2-inch tape in the coastal town of Weymouth, Massachusetts, the album crackles with glass, mosquitoes, voices of birds, voices of friends, wind-chimes, an old ship-to-shore radio microphone.

Released on CD-R in sewn fabric sleeves printed with artwork by Emilie Selden. Inside the fabric sleeve are chipboard sleeves designed and screenprinted by Gracious Calamity. In early pressings the CDs were printed with a boat image and the name of the band, later pressings were stamped with the name of the band.

Stream / Download the album at Bandcamp.com

WFR054/WFRV 001: Whitehaus Family Record Family Record (2XLP)

A double vinyl LP compilation of tracks from 26 artists associated with the Whitehaus in Jamaica Plain.

that summer you moved quickly. there was no time after work to go home before the show so you pack those boots in your bag in the morning when you left the new apartment, made a call during a cigarette break and scribbled an address, a part of town you don’t know but go alone anyway, all the streets look the same but you find it, from the outside it looks like no one’s home and at the bottom of the dark stairs you panic. you almost turn and run but you don’t and the door opens for your knock and there’s a smiling face on the other side…

seasons become other seasons and yet again and again, when you go shopping at the local grocer you know the cashier and tell the sweet boy how well he sang last night, you are location now, faces have become friends, friends become roommates, and front doors become memories. And there’s the stoop where you broke up with that guy from Brattleboro, there’s the porch where Austin taught you to juggle, there’s the parking lot where everybody plays communist soccer in the spring…

now under your skin a record is written of the electric stutterspit heartbeat of a place, made of movement and songs, made of history and fiction, and yes, it was written by everyone. Yes, the people all of them that live inside and outside and outside, you look like a giant. Better than Mount Rushmore. More like the river, standing to its feet, Yes, you can hear it. Can’t you hear it? The Sun is applauding… (Brian Stephen Ellis)

Stream / Download the album at Bandcamp.Com

WFR031: Gracious Calamity: Rabbit Rabbit EP (CD-R)

Rabbit Rabbit is a homemade confection blooming with giddiness. This five song EP is composed of various recordings from bedrooms in the Whitehaus and one track live from the Advent Church Library in Beacon Hill. Kate Lee and Kit Wallach’s complementary vocals reverberate with strength and dignity, joining a chorus of benevolent guitar, bobbling ukulele and ringing xylophone. These simple euphonies give one a fuzzy feeling that matches the fuzz of the homespun lo-fi recordings.

Released on CD-R in chipboard sleeve with bunny artwork designed by Kate Lee.

Stream / Download the album for free on archive.org

TONIGHT AT THE WHITEHAUS!!!

the heat’s on, it’s cozy…
it’s the first night of chanukah…
come enjoy some homemade potato lakes with all the trimmings
no seriously, we’ll be serving them.
PLUS, music and poetry!!

gracious calamity – the whitehaus’ own crystalline chandelier that your too tall uncle hits his head on every holiday season and it’s a running joke how it’s come so close every year but never actually shattered…

simone beaubien – words cannot describe her, yet she describes her with words, she’s the smartest poet around, she’s an ambulance driver, we’ve been trying to book her at the whitehaus for years now and we finally succeeded…..

old hannah – they are the founders and spirit of the allston hoots and they come with all the warmth you would imagine packed up in

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that achievement, packed up in that attic, they brought the joy to allston and now with jp they will share it….

bell & the bees – whitehaus faves return with the classic hits, the sweet country songs of sue bell in beautiful orchestration, lovely harmonies, sometimes you hear the fragile ghosts of the grateful dead tiptoeing around in there…

DON’T MISS IT! did I mention latkes…