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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Hiss Golden Messenger

Posted by Amoebite, January 18, 2018 03:49pm | Post a Comment

Hiss Golden Messenger What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Want some excellent gospel music recommendations? Look no further than our latest What's In My Bag? episode featuring North Carolina indie folk band Hiss Golden Messenger. Lead singer/songwriter MC Taylor and touring collaborator Phil Cook raided Amoeba San Francisco's gospel section, finding some truly magnificent records, including a collection by Alex Bradford, who Cook described as "a precursor to Little Richard." Along with bandmate Scott Hirsch, the band found some killer records and shared their passion and enthusiasm with us.

Hiss Golden Messenger was founded in 2007 by MC Taylor and Scott Hirsch. The pair had relocated to Durham, NC after growing up in California and playing in hardcore band Ex-Ignota and indie rock group The Court & Spark. After the dissolution of the latter band, Taylor and Hirsch began releasing Hiss Golden Messenger Hallelujah Anyhowwork on Taylor's label Heaven & Earth Magic Recording Company. In 2009, Hiss Golden Messenger's debut LP Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited run of 500. A selection of songs from this first album was rechristened From Country Hai East Cotton and released on the Black Maps label in 2011, following the success of their first international release, 2010's Bad Debt.

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MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger Chats

Posted by Miss Ess, June 12, 2009 05:40pm | Post a Comment
MC Taylor is a certified California boy, born and bred. After growing up in Southern California, he rocked the San Francisco scene for many years with his popular band The Court & Spark, and was long a seminal part of our fine city's musical fabric. Then, one day about two years ago, he packed it up and moved to North Carolina to study folklore at a local university. Taylor has since emerged with a new project, Hiss Golden Messenger, and a new album, Country Hai East Cotton, which has very recently been released. Here, Taylor chats about his new life in the South, where, aside from creating music, his time is taken up by barn stompers, tending to his garden, and, oh yes...obsessing about and being inspired by an ever-changing musical array.

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Miss Ess: What is Hiss Golden Messenger?

MC Taylor: Hiss Golden Mcountry hai east cottonessenger is the name under which I make music, usually in collaboration with Scott Hirsch and many of our friends in California, Texas, North Carolina, and New York. HGM is not so much a band as a musical approach.

I think of golden messages—like sky songs—as tunes that appear out of the blue and hang around your head, waiting to be sung. Some singers of gospel music I have talked to refer to these as “gift songs” that come from above, but I believe the more skeptically inclined can receive and sing these songs too. For example, I get a lot of golden messages while I am singing my son to sleep; they’re usually silly and I forget most of them. But some I remember and I record them later.

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