New Single – “Codine”
“When we were teenagers Greg and I were on a road trip in the Great Basin with my older brother and some of his friends. They had this cassette tape with a lot of weird music on it and one night at the campfire this song came on and freaked us out. He wouldn’t tell us who it was but it stuck with us. We later discovered that it was the Charlatans covering a Buffy St Marie song. It seemed like it would fit nicely with the songs we were recording in Santa Fe.” —Tim Bluhm
New Record ‘When We Disappear’ Out January 27, 2023 | Listen to Title Track
The Mother Hips have released the title track from their upcoming album When We Disappear, their compelling new studio album set for release January 27, 2023 on Blue Rose. Based in Northern California, the Hips headed to New Mexico, spending time at Ghost Ranch before settling in at Jono Manson’s Kitchen Sink studio in Sante Fe for the sessions in late 2021. Self-produced, When We Disappear features nine new tracks co-written by co-founders Tim Bluhm and Greg Loiacono — collection of lit-psych rock songs inspired by psychology and literature — as well as a raw, garagey cover of Buffy St. Marie’s 1964 addiction song “Codine.”
“Greg sent me a rough demo of this song and I thought it was promising,” says Tim of “When We Disappear.” “What he was singing was place-holder gibberish, or sounds mixed with some actual lyrics, including what would become the title. I went through it and matched words to his sounds and then tweaked the words to tell a kind of impressionistic history of our adventures together. In this way I believe both Greg’s and my own subconscious worlds revealed themselves. The music is simple and loose, helping with the devil-may-care attitude of the singing.”
New Greg Loiacono Album ‘Giving It All Away’
Greg Loiacono has released his 3rd full-length album ‘Giving It All Away’. Paying tribute to 60’s r & b music, we find Greg reaching deep into his soulful side. The record features a stellar group of musicians that includes Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools on bass, drummer Michael Urbano (Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt) and organ player Danny Eisenberg (Counting Crows, Jonathan Richman). The sessions were recorded at Dave Schools’ Northern California studio, Spacecamp, and produced by Scott Hirsch (Hiss Golden Messenger, William Tyler).
The Alternate Root: ‘Glowing Lantern’ Review
NYE Shows Canceled
With the recent spike in new cases as a result of the Omicron variant, we have made the decision to cancel our New Years celebration shows that were to take place on 12/30 and 12/31 at Harlow’s in Sacramento, CA.
We feel that this is the only safe way forward for our fans, crew, families and ourselves. The health and safety of our musical community is always our top priority.
It is a hard and unfortunate call to make but we feel it is the right one. Happy New Year to all of you and we look forward to seeing you down the road.
*Refunds will be issued by Harlow’s within the week
‘Glowing Lantern’ Out Now!
AT LONG LAST AND JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS… A NEW MOTHER HIPS RECORD!!
“The glowing lantern is a universal symbol for sanctuary. That’s what we wanted this album to be: a safe harbor in the storm.” – Tim Bluhm
“In some ways, making this record brought us right back to the early days when Tim and I used to live together. It brought us back to the roots of what this band was all about.” – Greg Loiacono
Read what the press has been saying:
Glowing Lantern doesn’t simply get back to the roots of what gave The Mother Hips a platform to launch a successful 30+ years run, it, arguably, more importantly gets back to the simplicity that makes us love music. Bringing warmth and comfort when we need it most, 2021 is going out with a high that will leave many who have already made their “Best Of 2021” kicking themselves for jumping the gun and not including this record. – Nanobot Rock
The band wrote and recorded the album last year during the pandemic with Bluhm and Loiacono serving as producers. The results reflect the many conflicting emotions that the world experienced during that moment in time.- Relix
Musically, the Hips are doing what they do best: there’s plenty of straight up rock ‘n’ roll, tinged with a dreamy California haze, and accentuated by judicious use of instrumentation like pedal steel. They wear their influences and rock traditions on their sleeves, playing it loose and limber, with a warm, live sound that often feels like a group of friends jamming out together. Glowing Lantern is a record that will hold up after the current crisis has passed, every bit as much as any of the other highlights of the band’s catalog. – Lyric Magazine
HIPNIC XIII May 20-22, 2022 | Tickets On Sale Monday, 12/9
The 13th Annual Family Hipnic is scheduled for March 20-22, 2022 At Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, CA.
Tickets go on sale at folkYeah.com on Monday, December 6th at noon PST.
Artist lineup will be announced in January.
Please call Fernwood for lodging packages.
Please visit folkYeah.com for camping passes.
Nanobot Rock: ‘Glowing Lantern’ Review
Glowing Lantern doesn’t simply get back to the roots of what gave The Mother Hips a platform to launch a successful 30+ years run, it, arguably, more importantly gets back to the simplicity that makes us love music. It is comprised of singable lyrics, relatable presence, rolling licks, and the ever-distant-as-of-late guitar solos. Bringing warmth and comfort when we need it most, 2021 is going out with a high that will leave many who have already made their “Best Of 2021” kicking themselves for jumping the gun and not including this record.
Highway 81: The Mother Hips Rekindle Collaborative Spirit with ‘Glowing Lantern’
While the new normal for bands is to collaborate remotely, the upcoming Mother Hips album, “Glowing Lantern,” was built on old-fashioned, in-person hangs between primary songwriters Greg Loiacono and Tim Bluhm.
Loiacono explains that because “there was nothing else to do” during the height of the pandemic, he and Bluhm would meet for long walks, and they’d discuss new songs.
“It just came to be a good way to look at the material we had both been messing with,” says Loiacono, who like Bluhm plays guitar and sings in the band. “It ended up being more of a collaboration. There’s always a desire to do that. But having the time during everything slowing down, it really helped.”