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Good news: This week, Good Records made a formal announcement that surprised no one: They love Pilotdrift. Before, that fondness was hardly unofficial, as the local indie record store pimped the hell out of the Texarkana synth-rock band's self-released debut, Iter Facere, and hooked the group up with a sweet gig opening for The Polyphonic Spree on a West Coast tour earlier this year. But the folks at Good are taking that love a giant step further by releasing the band's sophomore LP, Water Sphere, on their label, Good Records Recordings. The album, which sees official release September 20, is the label's first release from a band outside Spree leader Tim DeLaughter's circle, and according to GRR manager Chris Penn, it's a sign of more to come.
"We're turning into a bona fide independent label," Penn says. "We've always been looking for something to be the catalyst. Pilotdrift seems to be the band to really start it."
Future releases are already in the works, including Flute Rock, a DVD starring Polyphonic flutist Audrey Easley tentatively slated for February 2006, and Tripping Daisy re-releases. Oh, and did we mention a freaking Tripping Daisy box set full of rarities? Penn isn't sure when that will be released, but as he puts it, "All that stuff is done, so once the project gets a head of steam, it'll happen pretty quick." Suh-weet.
The folks at Good say they're keeping their eyes open for the best local acts to sign, so who knows who might soon join GRR's roster? Could be Belefonte, the Plano lo-fi quartet who play their first-ever live show at Good Records on Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they open for Philadelphia's Pattern is Movement. The group, made up of 16- and 17-year-olds from Plano Senior High School, sound like they have much better taste in music than the rest of their class combined, and their four-track demos recall the best of early Flaming Lips and Beck. They're already beloved by the Good clerks, and this debut show should be interesting, at the very least.
"He threw all his paintings away and sold his drum kits," says Huffman, who also played in Sivad with Poetschke and Ghostcar bassist Chris Perdue. Though Ghostcar concerts from early 2005 might turn out to be their last, the group is still alive in the form of unreleased studio sessions. Huffman is waiting for the right opportunity to cull more albums from his hours of tapes, like the fabulous The Flames of Satisfaction vs. the Flames of Despair Vol.1 CD-R from last year. The recording archive is a veritable gold mine of material waiting for an underground label. "There were some sonically difficult moments," Huffman says, "but there were some magical ones, too. That's just the nature of improvised music." --Michael Chamy