Category Archives: The Granite Countertops

The First Reviews Are in for A Priori/A Posteriori!

The first reviews of the new Granite Countertops album are here. Take a look!

“This afternoon I did what – unfortunately –  not many are ever gonna do: I listened, uninterrupted, Grado headphones, all the way through, concentrating. I didn’t follow the lyrics, I used the entire-album-uninterrupted option.

You two are onto something great and stylish here. The fun is apparent, the wordplay sophisticated and of a high standard, the soundscape rich and varied – a wide variety of well-crafted accompaniments. Of course, philosophically I’m on the same page, and can delight in the outré aspects of your presentation, lyrically and otherwise. A particularly engaging and accessible opening number I think. Really good flow down the tracks, with the interchanging vocalist thing, and some lush, cool ensemble vox stuff that is quite enjoyable.

Lots of moments titillated me. Had heard at least 3 tracks before on your threads, so all of it wasn’t completely new. Several songs with chewy riffs I thought particularly strong, like Aftermath Limerick. I imagine I will gravitate to 5-6 favorite tracks emerging over time, but all-in-all very impressive across the board.

Considering all your groups down the years, you have a large body of work, and I don’t pretend to know it all well, but A Priori/A Posteriori certainly impresses as perhaps up there in the oeuvre as a consistent collection of songs, promulgating your social conscience nicely, humorously but with teeth, which is certainly one of your main calling cards.

Very enjoyable…and you guys have earned full rights to be proud of yourselves! Well done!”

-Leslie Medford, The Ophelias

“In A Priori/A Posteriori, the Granite Countertops summarize 2021 for us, now that it’s nearing its end. As suggested by the album’s title, philosophy was used in an attempt to comprehend and adjust to the ongoing instability, or downright lunacy, of society’s shifting structure. 

As demonstrated by the frantically busy title songs, Latin phrases a priori and a posteriori are used to distinguish knowledge based on either evidence or experience. Skeptical Catch-22 examines the paradoxes of daily life, while Transition Fluid uses a rollicking beat to dance through changes and make them happen.

Sweet pop rocker One Day is So Much Like Another opens up the beautifully produced  album, revealing daily life under the all too familiar routine threat of covid. Talking Notes makes me think of a Cannanes song, it’s so light and shimmery.

The organ and drums in My Own Blood make me think of the blood racing through my circulatory system. Father’s Day is an angry jam against authority. In Children of Technology, the line ‘You can’t fly into the future till you buy new wings’ sums up the sheep mentality fueling the industry.

I love the gentle bossa nova ofTime/Life.  It’s absolutely lovely with the melodica jam hopping around in it.

Confusion of an Expressed Mind is twisted and haunting. I especially like the flutey hoots floating through the lyrics while the sitar twang and menacing beat make them pretty fierce!

Morbid waltz Lizard Brain, punky Pissy  Ants, and the gentle acoustic Harbin Undaunted bring sounds of nature into your realm. The dirge-like, comical Aftermath Limerick and Year of the Mask II’s bitter rock statement are two more covid reviews.”

-Patty Stirling, co-founder, Puncture Magazine

Thank you, and keep ’em coming!

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THE RETURN OF THE GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: A PRIORI/A POSTERIORI

The new Granite Countertops album, now available on Bandcamp.

A PRIORI/A POSTERIORI is a moveable feast of sounds and ideas for the new roaring 20s. The Granite Countertops emerge from 18 months of sheltering in place with their sixth album of 16 all-new original songs about survival, knowledge, experience, time, life, sickness, health, and annoying insects.

J Neo Marvin and Davis Jones file status reports on remote life, feel the blood run through their own bodies, marvel in horror at the continuing madness around them, and serenade a hideaway with a dynamic range of surprising musical styles.

Former Puncture writers Patty Stirling (co-writer of several Catheads and Cannanes classics) and Peter Jones contributed to both the writing of the lyrics and the song performance for Aftermath Limerick.

FILMMAKERS: Key, Time, Tempo, Description added to each song for audiophiles, movie directors or whoever wants to use the music for an original film. We can remove vocals from soundtracks per deposits made on instrumental use per individual contract agreements.

(Special thanks to Love Haight Computers in San Francisco, without whom many parts of this album might have been lost forever.)

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New Standards

On their fifth album, the Granite Countertops perform a collection of cover songs by various artists from the 20th century we deem essential for the times, to create a new standard for 21st-Century alternative music.

Starting with a thrashy blast through an all-too-timely Woody Guthrie song and ending with a Velvetesque take on the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band’s most mystical moment of Zen, J Neo Marvin and Davis Jones find profound new corners in some of their all time favorite songs. In New Standards, the duo take on raw material from David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Kevin Ayers, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Lydon, and more, weaving their words and music into a fresh new sonic experience. Join the Granite Countertops as they build a vision for the future out of 15 precious pieces of their past.

Credits

released March 25, 2019

J Neo Marvin and Davis Jones: All vocals and instruments
Michael Lyons: Special guest support vocal on Song From The Bottom Of A Well.

@2019 Ear Candle Productions

all rights reserved

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Girls Can’t Wait: The latest Granite Countertops album out now!

Ear Candle productions has just released the fourth album by the Granite Countertops, GIRLS CAN’T WAIT. 12 original songs performed entirely by Davis Jones and J Neo Marvin.

On their fourth album, the Granite Countertops return with a set of all-new original songs, two of which adapt the words of 14th century Persian Sufi poet Hafiz to address the world of 2018. An album of catchy post-punk, intense drones, lush vocal harmonies, gnarly guitars, quirky electronics, and hip-shaking beats. Girls Can’t Wait offers 12 songs about DIY art spaces, debased propaganda, dark nights of the soul, the healing power of love, and, especially, girls who can no longer wait.

“The Difference Between,” and “The Angels Know You Well,” from The Gift by Daniel Ladinsky, copyright 1999, and used by permission of the author.

Við krefjumst framtíðar. (Icelandic for “We demand a future”.)

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Audio Training: Learn how to apply for a FCC RadioTelephone License

Audio Training: Learn about the profession of FCC RadioTelephone Operators.

The Granite Countertops have released a new musical fast paced single that is also an educational audio training. Take the training, and suggest this to your friends! This profession requires no education, just study and pass the FCC test uses resources embedded in this announcement. Click the link below to purchase this audio release.

Test Answers for FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License -Warren Weagant Revised 18th Edition
Test Answers for FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License -Warren Weagant Revised 18th Edition

This audio training informs interested parties on feature and benefits of becoming an  independent FCC RadioTelephone Operator and how to apply for the FCC license.

The audio embeds data that leads the learner to locate resources to train, test, and operate as a Radio Telephone operator. This does not provide jobs, but in the training learner is readied to join job networks, prepared to perform the duties upon successful completion of tests to gain the license.

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I Love How You Love Me

New from The Granite Countertops: our heartbeat-driven cover of the Paris Sisters classic, “I Love How You Love Me”.

You can get a hold of this, plus nine more new songs, on the newest Granite Countertops album, The Full Disclosure Principle Revisited, at Bandcamp!

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Ear Candle Productions on Bandcamp

Ear Candle Productions now has a Bandcamp presence! We love Bandcamp and support and patronize our friends there, so it makes sense to bring our three active artists into the fold. Bandcamp has, over a scant few years, grown into a vast and intricate community of independent artists as well as a gorgeous platform where curious listeners can sample an artist’s wares and buy individual tunes or whole albums on the spot.

You can find our Bandcamp pages on the menu to the right, or go here for The Granite Countertops:

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