A Hawk and a Hacksaw @ Mercury Lounge 1/10 (more by Natasha Ryan)
The bond between Jeremy, Heather and their Hungarian associates finds glorious voice on Délivrance. "The songs were all written and inspired by our time there. It felt like we were trying to document what we had learned and played in Eastern Europe. So we tried to get everyone we had played with on the album, plus a few people whom we love and admire," Heather explains.That record comes out August 25th (in North America, it's already out overseas) on Leaf Label.
Recorded in Budapest during mid-2008 around the core of the Hun Hangár group, with a variety of specialists (Jeremy would often take the train to different places around the city and record musicians like Kálmán Balogh, one of the world's foremost gypsy cimbalom players), it is wholly evident that months of being submerged in the local culture and making music the focus of daily life has seeped right through Barnes and Trost's songwriting and playing. This is by far their most vivid, intense and confident work to date. [neufutur]
Damon & Naomi are releasing a comp of their four Sub Pop albums (put out between 1995-2002) on an appropriately titled collection The Sub Pop Years, which comes out September 8th on 20/20/20. They also have a DVD, "1001 Nights," due September 29th on Factory 25. That disc is touted as "a comprehensive anthology of the ethereal Damon and Naomi with videos and live performances by the duo from 2001 through 2009."
Before their duo days, Damon & Naomi used to be in Galaxie 500 (a trio with Dean Wareham of Dean & Britta who are playing Prospect Park on Saturday). All three of Galaxie 500's studio albums were recently remastered and re-released as vinyl and mp3s available through the band's own online store.
All tour dates and videos from AHAAH's Délivrance are below...
A Hawk and a Hacksaw - 2009 Tour Dates
Sep 12 Adventures in Modern Music, Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois !
Sep 14 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, Ohio
Sep 15 Your Inner Vagabond Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sep 16 The Drake Hotel Toronto, Ontario
Sep 17 Il Motore Montreal, Quebec #
Sep 18 YMCA Theatre Cambridge, Massachusetts #
Sep 19 Le Poisson Rouge New York, New York #
Sep 20 Rock N' Roll Hotel Washington, Washington DC #
Sep 23 Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall Asheville, North Carolina #
Sep 24 Melting Point Athens, Georgia #
Sep 25 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia #
Sep 26 The Pilot Light Knoxville, Tennessee #
Oct 6 Solar Culture Tucson, Arizona
Oct 7 The Casbah San Diego, California
Oct 8 Spaceland Los Angeles, California #
Oct 9 The Independent San Francisco, California #
Oct 10 Nocturnum Eureka, California #
Oct 12 Doug Fir Portland, Oregon #
Oct 13 The Tractor Tavern Seattle, Washington #
Oct 15 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, Utah #
Oct 16 Hi-Dive Denver, Colorado #
! w/ Mountains, Ty Segall & OVO
# w/ Damon & Naomi