Archive for the 'Trouble Books' Category

Trouble Books – “Dead Bee in a Golden Bowl”

My good friends and personal favorite Trouble Books have recently released their third LP, Concatenating Fields. After their fantastic 2010 second album Gathering Tones, and one of the best records of 2011 in their colab album with Mark McGuire, the husband-wife duo calls their new outing “definitely the best Trouble Books album yet.” The bedroom-pop feel hasn’t changed much, but in “Dead Bee in a Golden Bowl,” they are striving for something that feels more natural than everything else they’ve done. Dulled bass beats, minimal drum machine, pretty synth lines, and of course their almost-signature harmony style, this track finds TB sounding as comfortable as they ever have. One big thing to be stoked about is that they went for high-quality and had Concatenating Fields mastered by James Plotkin and the vinyl cut at Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin. These are the go-to guys in the ambient/drone scene for vinyl, and they’ve done pretty much every Editions Mego release and mostly all of my Emeralds vinyl. Go and order the LP from Bark & Hiss, limited to 300 copies.

Trouble Books and Mark McGuire 2nd Pressing Preorder and “The Golden Waste”

The first pressing of the collaborative album between the Akron husband-and-wife  ambient-pop duo Trouble Books and Cleveland guitar-celeb Mark McGuire of 250 copies went extremely fast. So don’t miss out on the second pressing on transparent orange vinyl, which is up now for preorder at the Bark & Hiss store.  And if you want my opinion, this is one of the best albums of the year, if not the best.  If you haven’t heard it yet, listen to the second track on the album, “”Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx,” below.  And listen to the Altered Zones premiered track “The Golden Waste.”

MP3: || “The Golden Waste” ||

MP3: || “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx” ||

Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx”

Genre: Ambient, Drone, Pop
Year: 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH/ Akron, OH
Label: Bark and Hiss

MP3: || “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx” ||

Akron husband-and-wife duo Trouble Books and Emeralds’ guitarist Mark McGuire have teamed up for a collaborative LP, take a breath and let that one sink in for a minute. They just released the first MP3 from the album, “Song for Reinier Lucassen’s Sphinx,” for your listening and downloading pleasure. It’s filled with the things that made me love both bands in the first place, from Trouble Books’ glittering synth loops and serene vocals, to McGuire’s instantly recognizable guitar lines. Trouble Books & Mark McGuire will be out on Bark and Hiss, and we should see a vinyl release in late May.

2010 Half-Year List!

Man the year’s flying by! Here’s a bunch of my favorite albums, EPs, and 7″s so far this year, in alphabetical order. What’s some of your favs? Comment with them!


Albatross – Bugs, Berfday, Gum
Allo Darlin’ – Allo Darlin’
Beach House – Teen Dream
Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
Caddywhompus – Remainder
Citay – Dream Get Together
Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Fang Island – Fang Island
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Free Energy – Stuck On Nothing
Harlem – Hippies
Light Pollution – Apparitions
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Mount Carmel – Mount Carmel
Surfer Blood – Astrocoast
Suckers – Wild Smile
The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker
Trouble Books – Gathered Tones
Vampire Weekend – Contra
Wild Nothing – Gemini
Young Mammals – Carrots


Former Thieves – The Great and Alleged Great
Ghost Mall – Goons
Glitter Bones – Returning The Magic
Hooray For Earth – Momo
James Blake – CMYK
Keepaway – Baby Style
Megachurch – Megachurch
Tanlines – Settings


A Lull – “Weapons For War” b/w “Spread It All Around”
Cloud Nothings – “Didn’t You” b/w “Even If It Worked Out”
Family Trees – “Dream Talkin”
Gauntlet Hair – “I Was Thinking…” b/w “Our Scenery”
Japandroids – “Younger Us” b/w “Sex and Dying in High Society”
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Say No To Love” b/w “Lost Saint”

INTERVIEW: Trouble Books

Recently I began thinking of new ways to expand The Noise Is as a music blog. You can come here and get some great music, see some nice show recaps, and maybe find out about an event or two. But nothing about these gets you into the head of the artists. Why do they make music? What drives them to make the music they do? Who influences them as an artist? So I proudly present the newest adventure for my blog…interviews! I hope this interview along with future ones will give you a proper insight into the bands and artists that truly make up my blog and keep me going.

My first interview is with Keith Freund of the Akron/Cleveland soft-droners Trouble Books. After two full-lengths, art gallery shows, green vinyl, and a long time in the Akron area, I sat down with Keith for a few words. Hit the jump for the interview.

Read more

Afternoon Naps/Very Truly Yours/Trouble Books (Live @ Cranky’s Manatee Pub, Cleveland OH 5/15/10)

You’d think with this much pop ones head would explode! Cleveland poppers Afternoon Naps, Chicago sweeties Very Truly Yours, and pretty shoegazers Trouble Books packed into the West Side semi-new pub Cranky’s Manatee. The result was my friends and I having a great time seeing some super cool bands! Trouble Books managed to transfer their album tones to the stage, which not only sounded beautiful, but kept everyones eyes glued to the stage. I couldn’t picture a better band to open for Afternoon Naps than Very Truly Yours, playing sugar-coated twee tunes for the entire set. Lastly, Afternoon Naps always put on a good show inducing extreme danciness to the crowd with tracks from both Parade and Sunbeamed. Check out some of the pictures and videos I got, I had just found my camera before the show so I was excited to get some shots. Jump for some photos and videos!

Afternoon Naps MySpace
Trouble Books MySpace
Very Truly Yours MySpace

Read more

Trouble Books – Gathered Tones

Genre: Indie, Ambient
Year: 2010
Location: Akron, OH
Label: Bark & Hiss Records, Own Records

01. Ascending Kidney
02. Past the New Parking Deck
03. From Colfax Place
04. Arms Full of Lemons
05. Abandoned Monorail Station
06. Tropical Islands, Germany
07. Night Indoors
08. Dazzle Ships (Parts IV+V)
09. Sudden Loop
10. Dusk Accelerator
11. Houseplants

Trouble Books are a another reason why Cleveland is a great city and not a miserable one. Since their 2008 debut, The United Colors of Trouble Books, this Akron/Cleveland duo have played show just about everywhere around NE Ohio, including outside Cleveland record store, Music Saves, on Record Store Day. And now their newest album, Gathered Tones, is being released on March 3rd. The most noticeable aspects of their new album compared to their first is how full and mature the tracks sound. Trouble Books lean heavily on the ambient elements, deep within the girl/boy vocals and relaxing guitars. There’s not too much about Gathered Tones that jumps out at you, but it a much bigger record than that. The music envelops your mind in the most graceful way possible, and puts you in this perfectly calm state. Back to Trouble Books making Cleveland great, they got this record pressed at Cleveland record pressing company, Gotta Groove Records, on super sweet GREEN VINYL! They are going to have a record release show on March 6th at Akron record store, Square Records, and then another show at the Low Life Gallery in Cleveland on March 13rd, so go check them out! You can get a copy of the LP from the Bark and Hiss Store!



If anybody wants a link removed, please email me, and it will be removed immediately.
EMAIL: thenoiseis [AT]
If you are in a band or know a band you think I will like, shoot me an email. Just send me a link, artwork, and a short description of the music.




Blog Stats

  • 318,780 visits