Posted in music | tour dates on December 8, 2010

DOWNLOAD: Akron/Family new album snippets (MP3)

Seth of Akron/Family does his best Ron Burgundy (more by Leia Jospe)
Akron/Family

Akron/Family will hit the road in the tail-end of February for the first of a two-legged tour with Delicate Steve. The first leg kicks off on 2/17 at Knitting Factory (tickets on sale 12/10 at 10AM) and conclude at Bowery Ballroom on 3/5 (tickets on sale 12/10 at noon). Full tour dates are below.

Meanwhile, you can catch Delicate Steve at Glasslands on December 9th with Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic (solo), Emil & Friends, Bear In Heaven (DJs), but not Liturgy.

The A/F dates coincide with the release of S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, the band's new LP on Dead Oceans due 2/8. Get ready America, Akron/Family intend to "transcend the internet":

"Finally, after over a month of unanswered emails and text messages, blown deadlines, and pleas to finish and turn in their new album, last week, a large brown cardboard box showed up at the Dead Oceans doorstep.... Opening it revealed a sincere but poorly made diorama of futurist swirling spaces filled with toy astronauts and dinosaurs, four blown out song fragments on a TDK CDR in a ziplock bag, three pictures, a track list written in crayon, and a typewritten note from Akron/Family. A post-it on the bag declared the band refused to send the full album to anyone but the vinyl pressing plant, for fear of leaking and possible lost revenues.

From the note and a short video that arrived days later, we've pieced together that the album was written in a cabin built into the side of Mount Meakan, an active volcano in Akan National Park, on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with the blackest white dude we all know, Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: "this album will transcend the internet." [Dead Oceans]

While you try and figure that out, dig on snippets "retrieved from the TDK CDR" from the forthcoming LP, in Internet MP3 format, above.

In related new, guitarist Seth Olinsky has developed an iPhone/iPad app for his company, New Signal Process, that integrates the Apple device with professional recording equipment. The Breakout is on sale now for all you gear hounds.

New album art, tracklisting, a video teaser and all dates are below.

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Akron/Family S/T II Teaser

Akron/Family

Akron/Family - S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT Tracklisting:
01. Silly Bears
02. Island
03. A AAA O A WAY
04. So It Goes
05. Another Sky
06. Light Emerges
07. Cast a Net
08. Tatsuya Neon Purple Walkby
09. Fuji I (Global Dub)
10. Say What You Want To
11. Fuji II (Single Pane)
12. Canopy
13. Creator

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AKRON/FAMILY & Delicate Steve- 2011 TOUR DATES
02/17/11 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02/18/11 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
02/19/11 Montreal, QC - Il Motore
02/20/11 Toronto, ON - Horeshoe Tavern
02/22/11 Detroit, MI - Lager House
02/23/11 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
02/24/11 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02/25/11 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
02/26/11 Iowa City, IA - The Mill
02/28/11 St Louis, MO - The Billiken Club @ St. Louis University
03/01/11 Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
03/02/11 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for Arts at OSU
03/03/11 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03/04/11 Philadelpia, PA - The Blockery Pourhouse
03/05/11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
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03/24/11 Seattle, WA - Neumo's Crystal Ball Reading Room
03/25/11 Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
03/26/11 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
03/28/11 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Loung
03/29/11 Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
03/31/11 Dallas, TX - The Loft
04/01/11 Austin, TX - The Parish
04/03/11 Santa Fe, NM - Corazon
04/04/11 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04/06/11 Los Angeles, CA - Echo
04/07/11 Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
04/08/11 San Francisco, CA - Independent
04/09/11 Oakland, CA - The New Parish

Other Delicate Steve tour dates
Thu 12/09/10 Glasslands, Brooklyn, NY
Wed 02/09/11 BAR Nightclub New Haven CT

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Comments (15)

YESSSS!!! Such an AWESOME band...GREAT live show! Show some love, A/F Rules!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 4:31 PM

Hopefully we'll get a warmup "secret" show like that excellent one at Monster Island last summer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 4:56 PM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 5:04 PM

ow ow ow ow ow yesssssssss, double NYC action.

surefire "gonna rule" ak/fam blowouts. best heads-up of the day, BV.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 5:50 PM

might have to go to both shows. they're just that good.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 7:43 PM

a reason to live

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 8:17 PM

Love Love Love

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2010 8:29 PM

Surely you know that wherever there is dancing, laughing and honey, I'll be there.

Posted by Silly Bear | December 8, 2010 8:36 PM

I appreciate their wanting to keep it from internet down loads where people dont realize the whole package, but that description is really over the top and Ive liked them live.

AS in...

It was recorded in an abandoned train station in Detroit with the blackest white dude we all know, Chris Koltay (Liars, Women, Deerhunter, Holy Fuck, No Age). Chris, on tour after finishing the record, commented: "this album will transcend the internet."

Is this serious or tongue and cheek.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 1:17 AM

Delicate Steve is a godsend to this earth. trust me. you'll be seeing plenty of steve marions projects explode in the next couple years to come. hes a gifted cat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 1:36 AM

hippies? discuss?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 9:41 AM

good to see the street team is back

"is this serious or tongue in cheek?"

they are serious. this band has no sense of humor. when will people realize they are nothing like animal collective, with whom they're frequently compared? their world music is distilled from bargain-bin comps, their folk has no credibility, and their lyrics range from the idiotic (ed is a portal) or sentimental:

Thinking of you
There's lightning bolts in my chest
I know you know
I think our love is the best

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 10:35 AM

these dudes rock infinitely harder than AC

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2010 11:21 AM

whoa now Anonymous 10:35 AM :

one of these guys steal your girl(boy?)friend or something? jesus. why so much hate?


dudes in this band are goofballs, i've hung around them here and there, and they definitely have a sense of humor (ed is a portal) and pretty big ears. is to say, you are most certainly wrong about their influences. anyone who saw them playing with william parker and flip barnes, or with the parker/drake duo at tonic back in the day can attest to them being pretty legit on a musical level.

whether this stuff is true or not, props to them for telling a story and having an imagination in the face of widespread cynicism and witch hunting in the flaccid "indie" world.

they are going to melt faces at these NYC shows.

Posted by ryan | December 9, 2010 1:09 PM

hey akron, phish called, they want their incense back

Posted by gimme | February 19, 2011 2:18 PM

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