Posted in music | tour dates on February 17, 2009

Good Night Oslo

"On February 17th Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 - comprised of R.E.M's Peter Buck on guitar, Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M.) on bass and drummer Bill Rieflin (Ministry, R.E.M.) - will storm back onto the pop music landscape with Goodnight Oslo, the follow-up to their critically lauded 2006 album Olé Tarantula.

Olé Tarantula marked the beginning of a stark renaissance in the career of one of Britain's most enduring songwriters and performers, reinvigorating his unique artistic voice and illuminating his influence on another generation of psychedelic folk disciples. Continuing Olé's trend, Goodnight Oslo explodes the Hitchcock myth with an album of pure pop mastery complete with horns, jangling guitar hooks and signature Hitchcock-ian word paintings that prove the Englishman's creative engine is more fiery than ever. Goodnight Oslo harkens back to Hitchcock masterpieces Underwater Moonlight and Globe of Frogs, with early opinions calling it one the best albums of his already storied career.

The album features guest vocals from Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Sean Nelson (The Long Winters, Harvey Danger). One man horn section Terry Edwards contributes signature stabs and sweeps, adding color what Robyn refers to as, "The best record of my adult life," and his unique vision of pop music in a perfect world.

Much about finding a return route out of the rabbit hole, Goodnight Oslo is bright and shining, further delineating this era from the frequently dark nature of his earlier work. Says Robyn, "These songs are largely about breaking out of a negative cycle, and believing that change can happen. It's not a recovery album or a therapy album per se; it's just a sign to the exit."

Oslo comes on the heels of 2 meticulously curated retrospective boxed sets. I Wanna Go Backwards and Luminous Groove combine to reissue six albums (plus 4 discs of rarities) worth of Hitchcock's 1980's Egyptians and solo output." [PR]

Colin Meloy appears on Robyn's new album, and Robyn does the same for Colin's.

Robyn's last NYC show was at Symphony Space. His next one is at Irving Plaza on April 11th. Tickets are on sale. While in town, there's a good chance Robyn will also visit The Red Flame Coffee Shop (W 44th St.), Cafe Figaro (Bleecker & MacDougal), The Campbell Apartments (15 Vanderbilt Ave between E. 42nd & 43rd), Nat Sherman's (5th Ave & 42nd St), Fred's at Barney's (Madison & 61st), and Nikko's (on Broadway & 76th).

All tour dates below...

Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 - 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 17 The Junction Cambridge
Feb 18 The Fleece Bristol
Feb 19 The Globe Cardiff
March 21 The Triple Door Seattle
March 25 The Annandale Hotel - Sydney NSW Sydney
March 27 The Corner Hotel Richmond, Melbourne
March 28 The Apollo Bay Music Festival Apollo Bay, VIC
April 3 Antone's Austin, TX
April 4 The Grenada Theatre Dallas, TX
April 6 Exit / In Nashville, TN
April 7 The Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
April 8 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC
April 9 The Black Cat Washington, DC
April 10 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA
April 11 Irving Plaza New York City, NY
April 13 The Paradise Boston, MA
April 14 The Higher Ground Showcase Burlington, VT
April 16 The Mod Club Toronto, ON
April 17 The Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
April 18 Epiphany Chicago, IL
April 19 The Varsity Theatre Minneapolis, MN
June 13 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Manchester, TN

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Comments (14)

totally underrated. the symphony space show was sublime.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:27 PM

He is great. Anyone know if Peter Buck is in the band for this show?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 1:37 PM

yeah are scott mccaughey and peter buck going on tour with him. If so i'm there!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:00 PM

and bill on drums was in ministry...

i love robyn...though after seeing him in many small spots the last few years, i may skip the irving show unless i can find some cheap tix.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:06 PM

years ago saw him on that co-tour he did with grant-lee phillips, that was an amazing show. there's a dvd out of it too.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:08 PM

Yes. Buck is on the tour.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:36 PM

^^^McCaughey and Rieflin are playing as well. Should be a great show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 2:39 PM

Isn’t the Figaro gone?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2009 4:05 PM

anybody missing this show who thinks themselves a pop music afficianado is not, posers notwithstanding. g'night oslo is a r.h. / v3 milestone. yessiree it's true. best $20 you ain't got to spend you ever spent. world-class band you old trout. go fordham.

Posted by drunkenstepdad | April 2, 2009 10:37 PM

I'm totally seeing them at the Bell House!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2009 10:53 PM

Robyn Hitchcock tonight at Irving Plaza was amazing! The band was super tight, his banter between songs was extensive and exceptionally witty (and, in a weird way, insightful), and they rocked. I won't try to do a complete set list - hopefully someone can - but among the songs they did (probably not in quite the right order) were . . .

I've Got the Hots
Vibrating
Brenda's Iron Sledge
Out of the Picture
Saturday Groovers
Creeped Out
Heaven
The Lizard
What You Is
Pulse of My Heart (?)
Heaven
Madonna of the Wasps
[I think he may have done City of Shame but not sure)

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Queen Elvis
Up to Our Necks(?)
Kingdom of Love (awesome!)
Goodnight Oslo

If you get a chance to see them on this tour, do it! Also, Goodnight Oslo is a terrific album!!

Posted by JasonNYC | April 12, 2009 12:33 AM

saw show from balcony at johnny brendas in phila., pa. the guitar gods smiled on us that evening friends. r.h's obviously been practicing (for like five decades). electric blue gibson spawning notes making me wonder how those tarantula-like fingers were keeping up. saw buck marveling at robyn's fretwork - blazing. mcCaughey was in very good humor and form. reiflin was on too - magically so. hot sticks all them boys. 'twixt banter poignant and funny. they started out a bit put off, sorta startled - the club's stage is tiny. robyn - bless him - at his glad to be alive and performing best - pulled them out and along for a heckuva ride. by the fifth number it was all rocks off. sublime time. no better band touring. so rad.

Posted by drunkenstepdad | April 12, 2009 3:48 PM

He is incredible--so gifted--incredibly sorry i have to miss the brooklyn shows. Robyn come back soon, NYC loves you!

Posted by shannaNYC | April 18, 2009 1:31 AM

"is rufus actually performing? I can't find his name on the rock-it science website, or on his website."

Posted by Lingerie | September 20, 2009 2:18 PM

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