I spent much of this weekend (and this morning) listening to Phosphorescent's excellent new album Pride - out now on Dead Oceans. If I had to describe it, I'd say it fits in nicely with its label-mate Dirty Projectors, but is more like (a lot like) Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy) with a bit of Neil Young and Sufjan Stevens thrown into the mix. (read Pitchfork's review for a more thorough analysis).
Then I got excited today when I remembered that Phosphorescent has two NYC shows scheduled for this week - Silent Barn on Friday (November 9th) & Cake Shop on Saturday (the old dates had that order reversed in case you're confused like I just was). Bodies of Water also play both shows.
Bodies of Water
Bodies of Water are a quartet from LA creating 60's Pop-folk numbers, complete with four-part harmonies and buckets of choral chanting. Their new album Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink was self-released through the band's own Thousand Tongues label, and has been getting good reviews all over the place. [Covert Curiosity]Then coincidentally Dead Oceans asked me if I'd like to do a giveaway for these shows today, and I said "yes, that's perfect thanks". Contest details, and updated tour dates, below....
I've got a pair of tickets to Cake Shop, a pair to Silent Barn, and two copies of "Pride" on vinyl. To win, e-mail: BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (put the prize name you want in the subject). Also include your first and last name. I'll email back four winners picked at random - one winner for each prize. Your email will not be sold to anyone or anything like that.
Phosphorescent - 2007 Tour Dates
Nov 4 - Black Congo House Charlotte, North Carolina
Nov 5 - The Black Cat ,, Washington DC
Nov 6 - Current Gallery Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 7 - First Unitarian Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 8 - Great Scott Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 9 - Silent Barn Brooklyn, New York
Nov 10 - Cake Shop New York, New York
Nov 22 - Crossing Border Festival Den Haag
Nov 23 - AB Club Brussels
Nov 24 - The Pressure Point Brighton
Nov 25 - The Croft Bristol
Nov 27 - The Lemon Tree Aberdeen
Nov 28 - The Beat Club Glasgow
Nov 29 - The Other Rooms Newcastle
Nov 30 - Phoenix Manchester
Dec 1 - The Faversham Leeds
Dec 2 - Cargo London
Dec 4 - The Social Nottingham
Dec 5 - Taylor John’s Coventry