Old Bear Records is as much about community as it is about music. Bear Tone Podcast exists to connect you to this community. Listen as we discuss life, the creative process, and whatever else comes up, with Old Bear Artists. We know you’ve heard their music, now you can hear their voice.
Philadelphia resident and Old Bear Records newcomer Ryan Anderson AKA Opal Hush is punching above his weight class and giving Rocky Balboa a run for his money. Remote Viewer is poetic and cinematic while invoking a sacred imagination that will meet you new each time whether listening on vinyl by the fireplace with a whiskey or in the car making a last minute grocery run with the kids after school. Each listen through confronts you with making decisions as to whether focus on the lyrics which sits seductively almost behind the music or raptured up in to the worlds that Opal Hush is sonically creating. It's safe to say that this album will meet you where you are but it will sound different every time.
James Duke of All The Bright Lights
Old Bear Records reissued the self titled debut album by atmospheric instrumental rock band, All The Bright Lights on vinyl to commemorate the ten year anniversary of its original release. All The Bright Lights was a North Carolina based trio that quickly made a name for themselves with alt rock and indie fans due to their unique brand of melodic swirling guitars, brooding arrangements, sonic patchwork, and a masterful approach to writing and performing instrumental music that cuts right to the heart. Members James Duke, Jon Duke, and Jacob Arnold’s musical chemistry is still ear candy for the music lover and we simply couldn’t be more excited to add this release to our growing instrumental Old Bear catalog. All the Bright Lights’ debut album will be a delight for fans of the Cure, the Smiths, Radiohead, Swervedriver, and Arcade Fire.
Roemer is based in Berlin, Germany and came to Old Bear Studios in 2019 to record a 5 song EP produced by Old Bear producer, Chris Hoisington. The project is unlike any project we’ve recorded or released before as its direction and expression finds its bearings as songs of protest and social commentary ranging in topics from firearms, the dark side of grace, staying hopeful when the chips are down, alcoholism, and more. Roemer’s unique, sobering lyrics, and deep faith roots combined with a folk aesthetic and unique layered sounds which include grenade pins hitting the floor and gunfire make for an equally unnerving and hypnotizing listening experience. We simply can’t categorize this guy.
Be sure to check out his music here...
What happens when you mix the experimental production of Old Bear Records producer, Chris Hoisington with the Old Bear Session Squad and an award winning science fiction author? You get “Welcome Up” by Paul Levinson, that’s what! We can honestly say, we’ve never done a project like this and we are really proud of the results of this artistic collaboration with Paul!
Chris Hoisington knew of Paul from his 1972 album release “Twice upon a rhyme” that has since been reissued four times (once in Japan and once in South Korea!) Chris felt that Old Bear could make a great album with Paul that combined Paul’s penchant for all things science fiction with Paul’s natural musical bents towards sunshine-pop and psychedelic folk-rock. We believe Chris was right!
“Welcome Up” is a collection of eight songs that beam you up into a creative galaxy where you take on the persona of an astronaut exploring sonic spaces that at times are reminiscent of The Beach Boys on tracks like “Welcome Up” and “Tau Ceti;” and at other times can feel like the MC5 being shot out of a ray gun on tracks like “Samantha.“
'Uncle Bobby's Record' is a private press gem from folk artist Bob Gebelein. Put this record on the turntable and you'll be transported to a Greenwich village coffee house in the era of Dave Van Ronk and Bob Dylan. As Bob was working on the album, his neices began referring to it as 'Uncle Bobby's Record' and thus it received its title.
While the sound is endearing in its stripped down approach, deeper listening to his societal commentary on a song like 'Civilized Blues' reveals a surprisingly punk kind of edge. Uncle Bobby is to be taken more seriously than you thought when initially hearing his quaint folky strumming. Uncle Bobby doesn't care what you think, he's just being himself.
Discussions with Colombia Records never panned out for Bob, but listening to this album it isn't difficult to imagine a parallel universe in which he ended up on the 60's folk Mount Rushmore.
In the mid 1990's the Seattle based band Soulfood 76 was one of the most eclectic and forward thinking bands in the alt-christian underground. Their bold experimental guitars, in-your-face rhythm section, and vulnerably idiosyncratic lead vocals garnered them a dedicated indie following.
Modern ears hearing the psychadelic power funk sound of SF76's 1996 release 'Original Soundtrack' for the first time will be pleasantly surprised at how well this album coexists sonically alongside bands like The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, and The Black Keys. It's difficult to pin them down on one particular sound, however. Dial up the racous fuzzed-out bass line on 'Zebra 3' followed by the the falsetto chill track 'Huggy Bear', or the tender faux closing track 'Purple' and you'll see that this band has a lot of influences and the versatility to pull off a lot.
At Old Bear Reissued we are pleased to be releasing 'Original Soundtrack' for the first ever time on vinyl in our gorgeous special edition packaging. Whether you've been a fan since seeing them at a festival 25 years ago or you've just heard of them today, we think this album will blow you away and is a must-have for your vinyl collection!
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Lukas and Anthony do a great job breaking down the musical processes of a variety of interesting and awesome musicians and songwriters. Great Podcast!
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Old Bear Records is doing something special in the world of christian music. Do yourself a favor and pay attention. Bear Tone itself is wonderfully edited, Lucas has a great voice and moves the episodes on at a nice pace for the listener. It's a new cast, but I hope it's here to stay.