Entries tagged with: Cloud Cult
by Bill Pearis
Minnesota's Cloud Cult released Love last year which was their ninth album, and another good example of their brand of heartfelt, orchestrated pop. The band, whose shows often incorporate visual art into their performances, have a few dates lined up for 2014, including a NYC show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 17. It's billed as "An evening with Cloud Cult" with two sets -- one acoustic and one electric. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, January 17 at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (1/5) at noon. All tour dates are below.
If you're unfamiliar with the band, you can catch up with their music -- and the band's sometimes tragic, often ispiring history -- via the full-length documentary, No One Said it Would Be Easy, which was recently made available on Hulu for free streaming.
Cloud Cult are not to be confused (but maybe are) with Australia's Cloud Control who play NYC this weekend.
Trailer for the Cloud Cult documentary and tour schedule are below...
The MN "champer-pop outfit" we know as Cloud Cult recently released a video for "You're The Only Thing in Your Way" from their new and NINTH album "Love" which is out now via the band's website and elsewhere (I'm streaming it on RDIO as I write this post). The video, shot in an antique shop, can be watched below.,
Cloud Cult at Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Minneapolis art pop collective Cloud Cult (led by Craig Minowa) are set to release their ninth album, Love, on March 5 via Craig Minowa's own Earthology Records. The album's trailer video, which you can watch below, includes the lushly layered, slow-building single, "All The Things We Couldn't See," and you can also stream the harder-edged album cut, "1x1x1." Also below is the album's cover art and tracklist.
Cloud Cult have also recently made their previously released studio albums (except their out-of-print debut, The Shade Project) available to stream at their website. You can also download individual songs for 5 cents less than iTunes or Amazon stores. If you have any catching up to do on Cloud Cult's catalog before the new album drops, here's your chance.
Video, song stream, cover art, tracklist, and a list of all dates are below...
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah/Feist
Before the release of their 2011 album, "Hysterical," Clap Your Hands Say Yeah had been inactive for three years, but they were as lively as ever on Monday afternoon. Blowing through tracks from all three of their albums, Alec Ounsworth and company charged through a set full of guitar-based indie rock that catered heavily towards their fans. But judging by the crowd's response, even those who were unfamiliar with the band were enticed. After playing Sasquatch! 2006 on a much smaller stage, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's triumphant set had the crowd, well, clapping their hands and saying "yeah!"Gorge, WA festival Sasquatch wrapped up on May 27 with sets from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Feist, Beck, Spiritualized, SBTRKT, Shabazz Palaces, Ted Leo, Cass McCombs, Damien Jurado, Cloud Cult and more.
Mogwai (who have upcoming shows with Balam Acab) were supposed to play that day but they cancelled last minute and were replaced by Deer Tick who came on to play a set of covers.
"Following last year's 10th anniversary, which crushed previous attendance records and set a new mark for the speed with which tickets sold out, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2012 lineup which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 25-28 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA."The Sasquatch! Music Festival takes place, as usual, at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28). And this year's lineup is:
DOWNLOAD: The Wilderness of Manitoba - "Orono Park" (MP3)
Cloud Cult at Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Cloud Cult are currently on tour and play Maxwell's tonight (5/24) with The Wilderness of Manitoba. Tickets are still available for the NJ show. The tour also stops by Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday (5/27). Tickets are still available to that too. Cloud Cult recently released a video for "The Exploding People." Watch it, with all dates, below.
The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Merc in May (more by Courtney Dudley)
The Wilderness of Manitoba, who also have a tour coming up with Rasputina (they play Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ on July 17), recently shot a video for the song "Orono Park" (MP3 above) with director David Altobell (School of Seven Bells, Sia, M83, Pepper Rabbit). That video can also be watched, with all tour dates, below...
photos by Courtney Dudley
Lord Huron @ Mercury Lounge
The Wilderness of Manitoba @ Mercury Lounge
"When i arrived at the mercury lounge a little after 8 char was already in the mostly empty performance area in the back enjoying the pop stylings of an impossibly young-looking (and quite decent) pop band called spanish prisoners. they were followed by the extremely affable (and lumberjackily-attractive) canadian folky pop group wilderness of manitoba, who created their hauntingly pretty sound by weaving their combined vocal harmonies over mountainesk sounds of banjo, cello, mandolin and guitar, and striking a perfect balance between mellow and intense..." [musikati]One night after opening for Femi Kuti, Lord Huron headlined his own show at Mercury Lounge with a lineup consisting of North Highlands, The Wilderness of Manitoba & Spanish Prisoners. Pictures from that Thursday night gig are in this post.
For Toronto folk band The Wilderness of Manitoba, whose album When You Left The Fire is out May 10th on tinyOGRE, it was the first of a few trips to the NYC-area in coming months. Later this month they hit the road with Cloud Cult for a tour that hits both Maxwell's and Music Hall of Williamsburg. Then in July they hop on the road with Rasputina starting at Mexicali Blues in Teaneck, NJ. All tour dates, more pictures and a video, below...
Cloud Cult at Bowery, 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Hi Cloud Cult Friends!Though I just saw them live at the end of October, I didn't even realize Craig was sick until I went to Clould Cult's site to see what they were up to in relation to the just-announced tour dates. Glad Craig is doing great after after cancelling dates in January to undergo noninvasive heart surgery.
A big thanks to everyone for the support through Craig Minowa's (Cloud Cult's singer/songwriter) recent health issues. The loving emails and positive energy were incredibly appreciated and powerful during the darkest parts of the experience. The heart surgery was a big success, and Craig now has more energy than ever!
The healing has gone so well, in fact, that we're ready to take the stage this week (Mankato, MN) for the first time since December of last year... We also have a new cellist, Daniel Zamzow, who has learned a massive amount of material in a very short period of time. As a band, we're excited to bring some new songs (from past albums) to the stage...
We look forward to seeing your shining faces again soon...
With new cellist in tow, Cloud Cult will hit the road in April and May to play some more U.S. dates, including a pair of NYC-area shows at Maxwell's on 5/24 (on sale now) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 5/27 (AmEx presale begins at noon). Welcome back Craig. All tour dates listed below...
Cloud Cult @ Bowery Ballroom in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Recently back home from a 2+ week tour that they documented on Spinner, Cloud Cult are about to kick off another tour in support of their new album 'Light Chasers'. That's the same tour that will bring the Minneapolis band back to NYC for shows at The Bell House and Le Poisson Rouge, all before Halloween even gets here.
To celebrate, BrooklynVegan is proud to premiere the video for new song "You'll Be Bright", which much like the paintings they literally create on stage during shows, is an illustration in progress. Check out the animated video, with all dates, below...
"Cloud Cult are excited to announce their fall headlining tour in support of their new full-length album - Light Chasers - due out September 14th on Earthology Records. The record is the band's first new studio release in more than two years and critics are already weighing in favorably with Pitchfork [who gave the album a 5.4] calling the album "...epic, millennial indie rock..." and John Richards from KEXP saying that Light Chasers is "the best thing Cloud Cult has ever done, which is saying a lot as everything they've done so far is near perfection." [PR]Cloud Cult kick off the first leg of their tour September 9th in Northfield, MN. They then take almost a month off before heading out east for shows in Boston, Philly, The Bell House in Brooklyn (October 29th) (
by Andrew Frisicano
Cloud Cult @ Bowery Ballroom in November (more by Chris La Putt)
Cloud Cult is set to release a full-length documentary, titled No One Said It Would Be Easy, on April 21st, with a supporting US tour.
Offering an annotated history behind each of Cloud Cult's seven official full-length releases, the film deconstructs the back story, including the recruitment and inclusion of band members, as well as the tragic loss of singer/songwriter Craig Minowa and wife and visual artist Connie Minowa's son, Kaidin....Echoing the emotional catharsis required of a Cloud Cult performance, the film ebbs and flows, is filled with soaring highs and crushing lows, and is about what happens when a group of people commits to something much larger than themselves.The band's website reports that "members of our email list [which you can sign up for here] will receive a special pre-release offer on limited edition collectors DVDs in March."
The DVD-supporting tour stretches across the US, hitting the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn with Margot and the Nuclear So and So's on Thursday, April 9th (tickets still on sale) and this year's Coachella Festival in Indie, CA on April 18th.
The band last played a NYC show in November at Bowery Ballroom. Since then we took a look at their "Lucky Today" Esurance ad in an edition of This Week In Music Licensing. All tour dates, the doc trailer, and a Margot & NSS Take-Away show video, below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
by Ryan Barkan
10. CLOUD CULT: "LUCKY TODAY" - ESURANCE.COMThis commercial came out late in 2008...though I think I only saw it one or two times. But thanks to an increase in rotation (January is the busiest month for car insurance!) partially influenced by the above placement in Ad Age, Esurance's Cloud Cult cartoon commercial has been on TV heavily over the past few weeks. The band shows up as animated characters in what comes off more as a music video for their 2005 song "Lucky Today", than as a sales pitch for insurance. A quick jump to Esurance's website and you can find a special Cloud Cult microsite where you can watch the commercial, stream/download a few songs, read why the band finds similarities in their and Esurance's love for being green, and learn how to be more eco-friendly.
It's a music video! It's an ad! It's a music videad! It's the band Cloud Cult, fully animated in a TV spot for Esurance, but there isn't a sales pitch to be found. The Minneapolis psychedelic-pop band had traditionally shunned marketers, but the DTC insurance company won them over with some hard-fought green credentials. The result is a charming spot that not only fits in with the visual style of the band, but also features one of Cloud Cult's best songs.
[Ad Age Ad Songs of the Year]
According to SoundScan, the band sold more individual digital downloads of "Lucky Today" (1,400) in the last week than they usually sell in a month from all albums...combined.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Radiohead gave gratis (aka free) permission to the National Coalition For The Homeless to use the song "MK1" in a spot that attempts to show homelessness can happen to anyone. (via Songs For Soap). This was their first commercial license ever. Watch the spot below.
Michael Stipe was cool with giving a gratis license for Amnesty International to use REM's "Until the Day Is Done" in a powerful new spot. Watch that below as well.
"In fact, it seems like the one thriving corner of the music business is ad placement. The only people making any money are the artists landing their songs in TV commercials and the royalties that come along with that, so the most successful bands this year will be the ones whose songs are most conducive to selling shit. Which means that Santogold is your Artist of the Year for 2009. Once the shampoo companies find out about 'I'm a Lady', forget about it. It's a wrap." [Tom Breihan in the new L Magazine]
Santogold says 'aha' a lot in the new commercial for the Samsung Pixon phone with her song, "Say Aha". Watch it here.
Audi goes old school in the new spot for the Q5, breaking out Woodie Guthrie's fun "Car Song."
Another car manufacturer went NOT-old school - Volkswagen stayed local (German) with the Berlin electro-group Team on their new (clearly inspired by the movie The Matrix) spot for the Golf. Watch below.
Vancouver band, Readymade, has a song used by Unilever in their new Sun spot, highlighting "Human Potential."
I'm addicted to Diet Pepsi. It's my friend-mesis. Pepsi has rebranded my favorite drink and its overall image with a new "smile" logo. The brand launched its commercial campaign with a spot featuring the music of The Apples In Stereo (Via YANPicasso).
Papa John's sponsored an NCAA football bowl game last month. During said bowl game, the pizza maker debuted a commercial celebrating their 25th anniversary featuring Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".
John Lennon may not be alive, but that didn't stop Yoko Ono from lending his voice to a good cause. Watch the OLPC PSA below.
Walmart promotes the football season with a commercial using Queen's anthem "We Will Rock You".
Fashionista Kanye West is teaming up with one of his favorite designers, Luis Vuitton, to create six shoes for the brand. You may have also noticed Kanye's song "Flashing Lights" in the Season 6 promo to the F/X channel's show "Nip/Tuck". Commercial below.
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photos by Chris La Putt
Cloud Cult played a headlining show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Tuesday night (11/11). More pictures and the setlist below...
photos by Chona Kasinger
"The Minnesota band which usually performs as 7-piece, was paired down to just Singer/guitarist Craig Minowa and cellist Sarah Young, along with Connie Minowa (who painted from behind them). Having never been all that impressed by their records, I was caught a bit off guard at just how good the band was live. Cloud Cult would fit very well with the Montreal music scene, which has always seemed to incorporate the ore experimental musical and performance ideas that Cloud Cult presented during their performance. Thoughout their set, Connie Minowa painted, what would slowly reveal itself as a hummingbird. As always, the band took bids for the painting, which one lucky fan took home for over $200." [NY Press]That review is referring to Cloud Cult's show at Knitting Factory on the first night of CMJ (10/21). Their next NYC show will be with a full band (I think) and takes place at Bowery Ballroom on November 11th. Exit Clov and Mason Proper are opening. Tickets are still on sale.
They also have a show coming up in Bethlehem, PA - the same (hip?) town that David Byrne kicked off his current tour in. You can drive from NYC to Bethlehem in less than 2 hours. A few more KF pictures and all tour dates below...
Cloud Cult sort of acoustic @ Pianos in 2006 (more)
Who would've thought? Cloud Cult's song "Please Remain Calm" (video below) was played on the TV show Gossip Girl on September 22nd. They also have three songs in MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Island this week and were featured on the Weather Channel. On October 21st they return to NYC, sort of... Craig, Connie and Sarah (three members of the band) will be playing a Cloud Cult show acoustic at Knitting Factory in Tribeca as part of the Homespun CMJ showcase. Paramount Styles (stripped down set featuring Scott McCloud from Girls Against Boys with special guests Paul Cantelon and Angela McCluskey), Sister Suvi (featuring Patrick Gregoire of Islands) and The King Left (also playing acoustic) are also on the bill. Tickets are on sale. All CC dates below...
Cloud Cult (whose actual website is down right now due to "bandwidth limit exceeded") said they wouldn't be touring that much in the future, but they did promise they would always come back to NYC. So far they're keeping that promise. Tickets are on sale for November shows at Bowery Ballroom and the Middle East in Cambridge. They also have a PA show that same week and some other tour dates below that. All of them below...
Speaking of needing ways to fund the ever-increasing cost of touring, Cloud Cult has an ingenious method (though not necessarily an original one) for making extra cash at shows. A painter (usually Craig's wife) paints a painting on stage while the band is playing. Then they silent-auction the painting off to the crowd. Not only does the winner get a unique piece of merch to remember the show by, Cloud Cult makes decent money - probably more than they make from ticket sales at some shows. Someone told me they've sold them for as high as $2000, and they always seem to sell for at least a few hundred dollars at the shows I'm at.
A picture of the one they painted at their last Brooklyn show at Union Hall is below...
Whoever thought there would be a reason to put Cloud Cult in the same sentence as Carson Daly...
THEN (3 of them, tonight @ Irving Plaza)
NOW (tonight @ Bowery Ballroom)
Tapes n Tapes replaced their bassist (Shawn Neary) with a new bassist (Erik Appelwick) back in April of 2006.
Shawn (who also plays trombone) went on to join Cloud Cult in 2007. Cloud Cult is constantly changing their lineup, but Sean still plays with them to this day. I guess my point is just that I hope Tapes n Tapes don't accidentally stumble across a drunk and ready-to-rumble Cloud Cult (known in Minneapolis for giving severe beatdowns) tonight on the Lower East Side.
Cloud Cult's new drummer playing 'After the Jump' @ SXSW 2008 (Speakerheart)
Although Ticketweb is listing the band playing with The Forms on April 17th as "special guest", Union Hall's website reveals the mystery to be none other than Cloud Cult who are also playing Bowery Ballroom the next day. The latest tour dates below...
DOWNLOAD: Cloud Cult - Take Your Medicine (MP3)
Cloud Cult @ Monolith, Sept 2007 (CRED)
It's been too long since the last time I saw Cloud Cult, and they recently had me worried because of a bunch of show cancellations, so I'm getting excited just typing that everything must be okay, and I'll have a chance to see them at SXSW in March and then again at Bowery Ballroom on April 18th.....10 days after a NEW ALBUM comes out! Bowery tickets are on sale. All tour dates below....
Cloud Cult @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC - SEpt 8, 2007 (CRED)
* Bear Hands kick off their residency at Pianos
* Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are playing Gramercy Theatre
* Mia Doi Todd is at Glasslands Gallery
* The Gray Kid, Oliver Future, The Trews & Paulson @ Mercury Lounge
How were CYHSY last night at MHOW? What else?