"In spite of his affinity for oddball pastiche, Baths' (née Will Wiesenfeld, all of 21) aesthetic is decidedly poppy. If you have ever expressed wishes that artists as disparate as Flying Lotus and Boards of Canada were "more hooky," well, bless your heart, you might like Cerulean a lot. Wiesenfeld deftly mixes buoyant beats, ambient tracks, and vocal-heavy pop numbers into an album that flows together seamlessly and makes for quite a few pleasant surprises. The quietly hypnotic "Rafting Starlit Everglades" follows "Aminals," a wide-eyed and bombastic ode to childhood wonder; the Go! Team are somewhere kicking themselves for not getting their hands on these samples first, or just for not writing this song." [Cokemachineglow]Those NYC shows, presented by BrooklynVegan, happen on August 3rd at Mercury Lounge (tickets) and August 4th at Union Pool (tickets). They also have a gig in Philly August 5th.
Before that, Baths, whose excellent debut, Cerulean, just came out on Anticon, have West Coast dates with Memoryhouse (who are touring with Twin Sister this August. one of those dates is with Nite Jewel). They then tour across the continent first with Jogger, then with El Ten Eleven and Dosh.
El Ten Eleven and Dosh's NYC dates are settled - September 16th at Knitting Factory (tickets), September 18th at Mercury Lounge (tickets) - with the obvious absence of Baths on those shows (for now?).
The pictures below are from a July 6th hometown Fol Chen gig at the Echo in Los Angeles.
Non-album Baths track "Stupor" is posted above, along with some remixes including one by Daedelus who by the way is playing Santos Party House on August 15th.
Baths videos, Fol Chen pics and all tour dates, below...
Fol Chen @ the Echo (photos by Graeme Flegenheimer...
Baths - 2010 Tour Dates
Jul 28 Frank's Place Fresno, CA #
Jul 29 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA #
Jul 30 The Mill Gallery Santa Cruz, CA #
Jul 31 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA #
Aug 03 Mercury Lounge New York, NY $
Aug 04 Union Pool Brooklyn, NY $
Aug 05 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, PA $
Aug 21 Soda Bar San Diego, CA ^
Aug 25 Humbrews Arcata, CA ^
Aug 27 Comet Tavern Seattle, WA ^
Aug 28 Holocene Portland, OR ^
Sep 06 The Mohawk Austin, TX *
Sep 07 Mango's Houston, TX *
Sep 09 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA *
Sep 10 The Orpheum Tampa, FL *
Sep 11 Club Downunder Tallahassee, FL *
Sep 12 Casbah at Tremont Music Charlotte, NC *
Sep 13 Black Cat Backstage Washington, DC !
Sep 14 Daniel Street Club Milford, CT !
Sep 15 (d) The Middle East Cambridge, MA !
Sep 19 Bug Jar Rochester, NY !
Sep 20 Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA !
Sep 21 Northside Tavern Cincinnati, OH !
Sep 22 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH !
Sep 23 Founders Brewery, Co. Grand Rapids, MI !
Sep 24 The Terrace Madison, WI !
Sep 25 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL !
Sep 27 Rock Island Brewing Rock Island, IL !
Sep 28 The Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI !
Sep 29 Firebird St. Louis, MO !
Sep 30 Slowdown Omaha, NE !
Oct 01 Jackpot Saloon Lawrence, KS !
Oct 02 Bluebird Theatre Denver, CO !
Oct 04 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT !
Oct 05 Neurolux Boise, ID *
Oct 06 The Top Hat Missoula, MT *
Oct 07 The Seaside Spokane, WA *
# w/ Memoryhouse
$ w/ Fol Chen
^ w/ Jogger El Ten Eleven, Dosh
* w/ El Ten Eleven
! w/ El Ten Eleven, Dosh
Dosh - more 2010 Tour Dates
Jul 24 BACKYARD FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO, IL
Sep 03 Bazaar at Night, Minnesota State Fair St. Paul, MN
Sep 04 Bazaar at Night, Minnesota State Fair St Paul, MN
Sep 16 The Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
Sep 17 Kungfu Necktie Philadelphia, PA
Sep 18 The Mercury Lounge New York, NY
Oct 13 Botanique Brussels, BELGIUM
Oct 14 Hafenklang Hamburg, Hamburg
Oct 15 Oetinger Villa Darmstadt, GERMANY
Oct 16 Nuits Blanches Amiens Amiens, Picardie, FRANCE
Oct 17 Cafe Video Gent, BELGIUM
Oct 18 LA MALTERIE Lille, Fr, FRANCE
Oct 23 Supersonic Festival Birmingham, Midlands, UNITED KINGDOM