Xtra Mile Recordings will release Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 5: Smokin’ (Signed vs Unsigned) - the fifth installment of the critically acclaimed label compilation series - on 11 August 2014. 

Split into two halves, this digital only compilation features almost every act on Xtra Mile Recordings’ roster on ‘Side A’ and an unsigned act of their choosing on ‘Side B’.

Showcasing the diversity of Xtra Mile’s musical leanings, Side A features the caustic title track from Transgender Dysphoria Blues by Against Me!; the cannonball barrage of Möngöl Hörde’s ‘Blistering Blue Barnacles’; the unmistakable roots groove of Sonic Boom Six’s ‘A Little Bit of Reggae’, and the unplugged wordplay of Ben Marwood’s ‘They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea’. You’ll get pop highs off of Rob Lynch, gruff bluntness from Beans On Toast, and synth-laden pop from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You’ll hear from our newer signees like Billy the Kid and one of our oldest friends, Jamie Lenman. The whole spectrum.

Our acts are always discovering new music and ‘Side B’ - in keeping with Xtra Mile’s constant search and support for new and unsigned acts - comprises their recommendations of emerging artists. Included are the sublime Spring Offensive, The Lion & the Wolf, The Karma Party, Toucans, Grace Petrie & the Benefits Culture, Little Rob and The Mob and many, many more.

Joining the unsigned half of the compilation are International Departures who won the final spot with their track ‘Give Me Something’, voted for by our dedicated Xtra Mile Street Team from hundreds of entries sent to us last month. Like bumping into a dear friend unexpectedly, it turns out Henry Carden – formerly of Dartz! alongside William Anderson of current XMR band, Algiers – is the man behind International Departures.

The artwork is a snapshot taken of an active volcano and is in keeping with all previous plane/sky/space themed XMHC volume front covers. This naturally gave rise to the so-obvious-it’s-not-even-funny compilation title: Smokin’.

Look out for an XMR Hub feature which will include our bands’ reasons for choosing their unsigned counterparts and other fun Smokin’ related things.

The Xtra Mile High Club series, proudly shows off the breadth of talent on its eclectic roster. Welcome to the club… 

Full tracklisting is below:

Side A – Xtra Mile                                             

1. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
2. Cheap Girls - Man In Question
3. Northcote - Counting Down The Days
4. Ben Marwood - They Will Float Your Body Out To Sea (Alternate Version)
5. Rob Lynch - My Friends and I
6. Billy the Kid - Yet
7. To Kill A King - Cold Skin
8. Algiers - Little Friction
9. Retrospective Soundtrack Players - Smart Girls For Talking, Morons For Dancing (Live) 
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - As Always
11. Mull Historical Society - Why Do They Go So Soon (Home Demo)
12. Beans On Toast - Sold Out Shows
13. Crazy Arm - Black Canyon
14. Jon Snodgrass - "Song For The Groom's Friend, the friend who is the actual guy conducting the ceremony” (Exclusive Version)
15. Chris T-T & The Hoodrats - A Beaten Drum (piano version, live at St Paul's Lifestyle)
16. Franz Nicolay & The Cut Ups - To Us, The Beautiful
17. Drag The River - Marooned
18. Sonic Boom Six - A Little Bit Of Reggae
19. Jamie Lenman - Shower of Scorn
20. Oxygen Thief - con.script.shun
21. Möngöl Hörde - Blistering Blue Barnacles

Side B - Unsigned

1. The Frankl Project - A Day At The Races
2. Failures’ Union - Hard To Sea
3. Kayleigh Goldsworthy - Tennessee
4. Quiet Quiet Band - Hunter's Moon
5. The Lion & the Wolf - Ghosts On Trinity
6. PJ Bond - I'm In A Bad Way
7. Spring Offensive - Speak 
8. Toucans – Welcome To Lovers House
9. CG Whitear - Tokyo Drizzle
10. International Departures - Give Me Something (XMR competition winners)
11. Sorren Maclean - Either Way (feat. Roddy Woomble)
12. Little Rob and The Mob - Oaths
13. Brunel - Score Sheet
14. Gasoline Heart - Love Let Her Go
15. Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture - The Redundancy Hymn
16. Emilyn Brodsky - Someone Belongs Here
17. Jonathan Coody - I Just Gotta Know
18. The Karma Party - World War
19. CeCe - These Four Walls
20. Strange Planes - Sharpen Your Teeth
21. Samoans - The Moth


Drag the River are set to play a handful of dates in Canada, plus a stop in Buffalo, NY, before hitting several spots in Ontario and a gig in Montreal. The glorious tour poster below reveals all.

For those who aren't familiar with Jon Snodgrass and Chad Price's efforts, listen and buy here.

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Drag The River - live in 2014!

The world’s favourite country and mid-western rock band, Drag The River will be on the road again February and March 2014 promoting their latest self-titled album Drag The River out now on as download, CD and 12” vinyl on Xtra Mile Recordings.

 Drag The River will be playing full band home town shows:

January 17: Denver, Larimer Lounge
January 18: Fort Collins, Aggie Theater

Jon and Chad will be live on the east coast of America with friends Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves
20 Feb: The Earl, Atlanta, Georgia
22 Feb: Tin Roof, Charleston, South Carolina
23 Feb: Rain Dogs, Jacksonville, Florida
27 Feb: Loosey's, Gainsville, Florida
28 Feb: New World Brewery, Tampa, Florida
1 March: Will's Pub, Orlando, Florida

Jon and Chad will also be crossing the continent on the Ataris "So Long, Astoria" Reunion w/ Authority Zero
Tour including Versus The World and Gasoline Heart.
March 5 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
March 6 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
March 7 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
March 8 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
March 9 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
March 12 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market
March 13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
March 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue (Club Sound)
March 15 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
March 16 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
March 18 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
March 20 - Minneapolis, MN - Mill City Nights
March 21 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
March 22 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
March 23 - Detroit, MI - The Shelter
March 24 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
March 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
March 27 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
March 28 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
March 29 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
March 30 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre

You can stream the lead track ’Witchita Skyline’ from their self titled ‘Drag The
River’ here:

For the uninitiated, Drag the River are self described as a "Country & Midwestern"
band. Transplanted from Missouri, the band resides in Colorado comprising of the talents of Chad Price (of ALL), Jon Snodgrass (of Armchair Martian, Scorpios), JJ Nobody (of NOBODYS) & Dave Barker (of Pinhead Circus). Drag The River began in 1996, when Chad was playing in ALL and Jon was rocking in Armchair Martian. The two wanted an outlet for the more laid-back, country-influenced songs they were both writing. They are one of those bands that manage to transcend the confines and boundaries of the musical world and become more like a legend. There’s something about their haunting croon and fuzzed-out Telecasters that make everything fit together so perfectly, hitting that same elusive mix of rock n’ roll and alt-country that The Replacements defined and so many others have tried to cop.

They have shared the stage with:
Frank Turner, Jim Ward, Murder By Death, Cheap Girls, Nothington, Drive By
Truckers, Austin Lucas, Larry & His Flask, Chuck Ragan and are alumni of the Revival
Tour. The Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Throwrag, The Groovie Ghoulies, The Ergs!, Tim Barry, Ninja Gun, Son Volt, Two Cow Garage, Limbeck, Dwight Yoakam, Spoon, Rocky Votolato, Owen, The Reverend Horton Heat, Deer Tick, and Joey Cape. They’ve been pretty busy over the last decade.