photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Andrew Frisicano
I was running late to the Merge showcase Saturday night (10/25), but luckily caught The Music Tapes in the middle the fantastic rendition of "An Orchistration's Overture," a duet between frontman Julian Koster and a TV-headed robot (who appeared on stage across from a 7-foot wooden metronome). The Music Tapes songs sounded great live, with support from a 3-piece horn section, accordian, banjo and, of course, singing saw (featured exclusively on The Singing Saw at Christmastime). On "Song for the Death of Parents," Julian played a bouncing ball as percussion; other late-set tunes included "Aliens," "Songs for Oceans Falling," and, as the closer, a solo performance of "Manifest Destiny."
Julian mentioned afterward that the band might return to NYC in February. As of now, the Music Tapes are tentatively scheduled for a local December 12 stop on their Christmas caroling tour. The NYC date is listed as "game only," which may indicate some kind of secret show, like the one held in Central Park last year (as discussed on the Elephant 6 Message Board). See below for full info on how to get your carol on, or look for updates at Orbiting Human Circus.
The Music Tapes' last NYC show (before this CMJ one) was part of the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise tour at Knitting Factory. More CMJ pictures (and those caroling dates) below...
Julian Koster and his friends in the Singing Saw Symphony are heading out to spread some holiday cheer in November. Julian and the saws are planning a tour to several cities, and are offering to come caroling at your house. All you have to do is invite them!
The Music Tapes website will carry a complete explanation of the workings of the tour as well as a list of cities as the routing is confirmed. Julian will play songs of The Music Tapes and the Saws will play their holiday favorites for hosts and their assembled guests.
Households who would like to invite Julian and his friends to come carol may do so by sending an invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing a written invitation to:
MUSIC TAPES CAROLING
175 Talmadge St
Athens, GA 30605
Written invitations will be given priority, as well as invitations where the invitees indicate that they would be willing to entertain outside guests on caroling night. Once the limit on houses on a given night has been reached, the addresses of each of the houses that will welcome guests will be distributed via email to all others who wish to attend. The addresses of the houses will not be posted online.
Check orbitinghumancircus.com for updates and further details.
Tentative list of cities*:
November 14th Atlanta, GA
November 15th Savannah, GA
November 16th Northern Florida
November 18th Baton Rouge / New Orleans, LA
November 19th Houston, TX
November 20th Austin, TX
November 21st Denton, TX
November 22nd Oklahoma City, OK
November 24th Lawrence / Kansas City, KS
November 25th Ames, IA / Iowa City, IA
November 26th Minneapolis, MN
November 28th Madison, WI
November 30th Ann Arbor, MI
December 1st Toronto, ON
December 4th Montreal, QC
December 6th Bennington, VT
December 7th Providence, RI
December 8th Tivoli, NY
December 10th Northhampton, MA
December 12th New York City, NY
December 14th Philadelphia, PA
*List of cities subject to change, so send your invitations even if your city is not mentioned above!