Archive for April, 2010
With a title like At Echo Lake, the fifth album from New York’s Woods intimates a modern rock aesthetic fully informed by historical manifestations of teenage along with a concomitant feel for the specifics of time and place. The distance between 2007′s At Rear House and 2010′s At Echo Lake may at first seem only semantic but it more properly represents a move from a kind of informal back porch jam ethos to a fully-committed vision of the infinite possibilities of group playing.
Woods’ secret weapon is the quality of Earl’s voice, osmosing the naive style of Jad Fair, Jonathan Richman and Neil Young while re-thinking it as a discipline and a tradition. Here he is singing at the peak of his powers, in a high soulful style that is bolstered by heavenly arrangements of backing vocals. At Echo Lake feels like the transmission point for teenage garage from the past to the future. Deformed by contemporary experiments, bolstered by magical traditions from the past, it’s the sound of now, right here, At Echo Lake.
-David Keenan/Glasgow/March 2010
Listen to I was gone
05/13 – New York, NY – Abrons Art Center / Joshua Light Festival
06/07 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern #
06/08 – Vancouver, BC – Media Club #
06/09 – Portland, OR – Holocene #
06/10 – Arcata, CA – Jambalaya #
06/11 – San Francisco, CA – Slims #$
06/12 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Library / Woodsist Festival #$%
06/14 – Santa Barbara, CA – Jensen’s $%
06/15 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex / Woodsist Festival #$%
06/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (Northside Fest / Woodsist Showcase) %^
# = w/ Art Museums, The Mantles
$ = w/ Kurt Vile
% = w/ Real Estate
^ = w/ The Fresh and Onlys, Moon Duo and Sic Alps
And we love it!!! Listen to Ruins. We love the sub bass and thumpy kick sound, plus the 80`s feel of the vocal of the original.
Raleigh, NC six-piece Annuals are preparing for a cross-country co-headlining spring tour with Canadian counterparts The Most Serene Republic. The tour will start in the Midwest on May 5 and stretch to both coasts, with Terpikhore collective and NC friends What Laura Says supporting. The band recently released their Sweet Sister EP, available now on Banter Records, and are preparing to bring their new music out on the road.
Annuals’ 2006 indie debut, Be He Me, became an overnight success in the social media world, introducing the band to a multitude of new challenges and experiences, including touring around the world, and eventually seeing their first major-label release Such Fun, on Canvasback Records in 2008. The band has now made the next major move in the career by taking a step back, returning to a more tight-knit DIY collective for this new EP, with band leader Adam Baker back in the producer role.
Annuals On Tour w/The Most Serene Republic, What Laura Says:
Wed May 5 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at the Crofoot
Thu May 6 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
Fri May 7 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
Sat May 8 – Minneapolis, MN – 400 Bar
Tue May 11 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
Wed May 12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Fri May 14 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Sat May 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland
Sun May 16 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rhythm Room
Wed May 19 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Inside
Thu May 20 – Houston, TX – Mango’s Cafe
Fri May 21 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s
Sat May 22 – Little Rock, AR – Sticky Fingerz*
Sun May 23 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
Wed May 26 – Durham, NC – Duke Gardens at Duke University#
Tue June 15 – Washington, DC – DC9
Wed June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
Thu June 17 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Fri June 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
Sat June 19 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
Sun June 20 New York, NY – The Mercury Lounge
* w/The Most Serene Republic only
# Annuals only
It hit the webwaves like a virus, quickly spreading its way to the top of the charts on Hype Machine, making its rounds on blogs and creeping into tweets like an excited facial twitch. “In Ruins” is the dystopian feel-good dance track for spring, and signals good things to come on Fol Chen’s sophomore release, Part II: The New December, out in early July. Kárin Tatoyan takes vocal lead on “In Ruins” – whose playful escapism recalls Fol Chen’s earlier hit, “Cable TV” – as an Eastern melody rings out from a vintage Madonna-ish mélange of cutup funk, fuzz bass and tinkling ivories. The song speaks to a bleak landscape, a post-apocalyptic urban warfare, yet our protagonist finds a hope in the beauty of a lover as their face is illuminated by siren lights.
The virus has now mutated into remixes and alternate versions by drum-n-tape newcomer Baths, the woozy chant-funk of Keepaway, the ghostwhisperings of Kárin Tatoyan and the sunken treasure hunter and Fol Chen member Julian Wass. These new strains have been collected, identified and neatly displayed for further study. This collection proves that In Ruins proves to be sexy, deadly, and contagious as ever.
Starting today, the EP will be released for free through Folchen.com and Asthmatic Kitty’s website as part of the recruitment initiative spearheaded by the Subcommittee for Post-Adolescent Indoctrination.
Woodsist, a record label based on the East Coast, (Warwick, New York, to be exact), has decided to bring some of its good vibes to the West Coast for a pair of miniature festivals this June. The first of the two fests will be held in Big Sur at the Henry Miller Library from 3pm to 11pm – full line-up is below – you can buy tickets here. There are also several camping options in Big Sur for anyone attending from out of town – see details below. The second fest happens in Los Angeles a few days later on June 15 where Woodsist will take over both The Echo and Echoplex stages for a night with a total of ten bands ranging from the universally loved Real Estate, to LA’s own Abe Vigoda, to All Saints Day, the new project from members of Vivian Girls and Cat Power. Buy tickets for the LA fest here.
WOODSIST FEST LA – JUNE 15TH, ECHO & ECHOPLEX
THE ART MUSEUMS
ALL SAINTS DAY
Check out what Tom Waits had written about this guy, Bob Log lll: “And then there’s this guy named Bob Log, you ever heard of him? He’s this little kid — nobody even knows how old he is — wears a motorcycle helmet and he has a microphone inside of it and he puts the glass over the front so you can’t see his face, and plays slide guitar. It’s just the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard. You don’t understand one word he’s saying. I like people who glue macaroni on to a piece of cardboard and paint it gold. That’s what I aspire to basically.” Listen to this funky track, from this guy that remind us of King Kahn.
DeVotchka, Gogol Bordello & Alcoholic Faith Mission Announce Official NYC Afterparty @ Brooklyn Bowl, tonite!!Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
With DeVotchka‘s secret show at Bowery Electric on 4/27 (tonite) in NYC being announced earlier today and selling out within 20 minutes, Paper Garden is excited to bring you the official after-party being held at Brooklyn Bowl!
Joining in on the party will be Gogol Bordello who is currently on tour with DeVotchka (and playing Brooklyn Bowl earlier that night) as well as Copenhagen’s Alcoholic Faith Mission, who releases a new album through Paper Garden tomorrow and has just arrived to NYC for their 10-day tour of the Northeast! Be sure to catch one of their sets in NYC at Southpaw (4/29), The Studio at Webster Hall (5/1), and/or Death By Audio (5/4) in the coming week!
Order Alcoholic Faith Mission’s “Let This Be The Last Night We Care” album here
…and if you are not familiar with the guy listen to Number 41 featuring Andrew Bird.