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A whole bunch of '80s new wave acts (or members of them) will be puttin' on the hits this summer via the Retro Futura Tour. Thompson Twins singer Tom Bailey and Howard Jones headline this package tour that also includes Ultravox's Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves. The tour is set to kick off in NYC on August 21 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale today (4/18) at noon.

The tour's Facebook says more dates will be added but all current dates are listed, along with a video from each participant on the tour, below...

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Katrina and the Waves

Back in 2010 we asked tUnE-YarDs, Fucked Up, Sam Amidon, Doveman, and Deer Tick to cover songs by Katrina & the Waves for a tribute CD in celebration of their hit song "Walking on Sunshine" (which Sam and FU both covered). We released those five tracks online, but the EP never got an official digital release until now! Find all five songs, along with a bonus one recorded by Dawn Landes, at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify AND RDIO.

Meanwhile, Sam Amidon just released an album on Nonesuch and is touring. Fucked Up play Governors Ball this weekend and House of Vans this summer. Doveman aka Thomas Bartlett just played with the National at Barclays Center and is producing a new record for Dawn Landes who is currently touring Europe but will be back to play Rockwood Music Hall on July 9. Tune-Yards recently played the Tibet House Benefit and played with Roomful of Teeth at Lincoln Center where Thomas Bartlett (Dovemen)'s band (one of the many) The Gloaming is playing outside in July. Deer Tick recently played two nights in Chicago and is on the lineup of a new Boston fest happening this fall.

Continue reading "Our Katrina and the Waves tribute EP is now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify & RDIO"

DOWNLOAD: Doveman - Love Shines a Light (Katrina & the Waves cover) (MP3)

Doveman @ the Kitchen's Spring Gala Benefit (more by Tim Griffin)


1. Sam Amidon - Walking on Sunshine
2. Deer Tick - Sun Street
3. Fucked Up - Walking on Sunshine
4. tUnE-YarDs - I Really Taught Me To Watusi
5. Doveman - Love Shines a Light

Happy start of summer! Download Doveman's pretty take on "Love Shines a Light" above. Click the above links for more info, and to download the other four tracks on the Katrina & the Waves cover EP.

Catch Sam Amidon at Mercury Lounge in NYC TONIGHT (6/23). Doveman probably won't be there because he's currently on tour in Canada with Martha Wainwright.

Catch Fucked Up in Brooklyn this Saturday!

Catch tUnE-YarDs this summer at Summerstage.

Catch Deer Tick on tour this summer, at Maxwell's and Webster Hall.

Check out the original version of "Love Shines a Light", as performed by Katrina & the Waves, below...

Continue reading "Doveman completes the BV KATW EP - download all 5 tracks"

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Fucked Up - Walking on Sunshine (Crooked Sunshine version) (MP3)

Fucked Up @ SXSW (more by Ryan Barkan)
Fucked Up
Katrina and the Waves

Walking on Sunshine contains such absolutely brilliant songs as "Going Down to Liverpool" (cleverly covered by the Bangles, who could spot a tune worth singing) and the infectious title track. Guarantee: hear this record once and you'll find yourself humming at least one track from it a week later. It flows magnificently from start to end, and subsumes individual accomplishments into a true group effort. A greatest hits album the first time out. [The Trouser Press Record Guide]
The first track we released from our EP of Katrina and the Waves covers was Sam Amdion's spare take on their megahit "Walking on Sunshine" -- which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last week and is the reason we teamed with Primary Wave Music for this whole project. Now on the other end of the spectrum we give you Fucked Up's slightly less gentle (but no less awesome) take on the same song. It's alternatively called "Crooked Sunshine" due to their mixing parts of their own song "Crooked Head" into the mix. You can download it at the top of this post and here's the tracklisting for Sun Salute so far:
1. Sam Amidon - Walking on Sunshine
2. Deer Tick - Sun Street
3. Fucked Up - Walking on Sunshine
4. tUnE-YarDs - I Really Taught Me To Watusi
5. ???
Track #5 is coming soon.

If you'd like to hear the originals, you can stream them all at the bottom of this post, along with some select other tracks. I hope this EP, where you get to hear "Walking on Sunshine" in other forms, as well as lesser known KATW songs, shows off the songwriting talents of Kimberly Rew (who was in the Soft Boys with Robyn Hitchcock before forming The Waves). I think he's one of the '80s great, unheralded pop songwriters. Sure, "Walking on Sunshine" was a huge joyous smash,  but the album it's from has nine more songs just as good, some, like the aforementioned "Going Down to Liverpool", maybe even better. Like the Trouser Press said, it's all hits.

Maybe Fucked Up will play "Walking on Sunshine" when they play the MetroPCS Stage at Greenpoint's Newtown Barge Park on June 26 as part of the Northside Festival.  It's an outdoor show - what better place for a song like that? Also playing that show are Liars and High Places -- tickets are still on sale (and you can use a Northside Badge to get in).

Fucked Up, who just played in a Toronto library, also play a few other festivals this summer and those dates are at the bottom of this post with the "Crooked Head" video...

Continue reading "Fucked Up covered "Walking on Sunshine" too - it's track #3 on our EP (get it free right now)"

DOWNLOAD: tUnE-YarDs - I Really Taught Me To Watusi (KATW cover) (MP3)

tUnE-YarDs @ Bowery Ballroom (more)
Tune Yards
Katrina and the Waves

"Every spring, as the sun starts to shine, DJs reach for the song "Walking on Sunshine." And since its release 25 years ago this week, just about everyone associated with the song has lived quite well off its success. It was recorded by Katrina Leskanich, and when people used to ask her what she did for a living, she'd say, "I'm a singer in Katrina and the Waves. Oh, never heard of it? You know, 'Walking on Sunshine'?"" [NPR]
When I first heard "I Really Taught Me To Watusi" by Katrina & the Waves....

I Really Taught Me To Watusi by Katrina & the Waves (the original)

... while picking songs for this BrooklynVegan Katrina & the Waves covers EP project, I immediately thought of tUnE-YarDs, and when tUnE-YarDs heard the song she immediately said yes to participating. Check out her somewhat lo-fi take on the track for free above. It's track #4 on the above-pictured, currently-5-song EP.

This means so far we have:

1. Sam Amidon - Walking on Sunshine
2. Deer Tick - Sun Street
3. ????
4. tUnE-YarDs - I Really Taught Me To Watusi
5. ????
Stay tuned for the rest soon! tUnE-YarDs dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - Sun Street (Katrina & the Waves cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Deer Tick - 20 Miles (MP3)

Deer Tick @ Terminal 5 earlier this month (more by Tracy Allison)
Deer Tick
Katrina and the Waves

"When the Soft Boys split up, Kimberley Rew was bursting with new songs, and ready to get into the studio. It was amazing how many great pop tracks he had written while being in the Soft Boys. We went into The Church studios in London with the band and laid down and mixed about 10 tracks in 2 days. All of them were great. Brown Eyed Son, came out as a single, but much as the Soft Boys were "a band out of time", in that Underwater Moonlight came out in the heat of the London punk scene, radio and press were focused on other things, and the single went largely un-noticed. Kimberley was undeterred, and with endless energy from Alex, Katrina, and Vince [aka Katrina and the Waves] behind him, the band powered on, continued writing, gigging, and refining their art, and finally broke through with the massive worldwide hit "Walking On Sunshine". - Richard Bishop
As announced on Friday, BrooklynVegan put together a Katrina and the Waves tribute EP on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of "Walking on Sunshine", part of a larger celebration orchestrated by the band and Primary Wave Music.

I chose the Katrina and the Waves songs and asked artists I like to cover them. You hopefully already heard/downloaded Sam Amidon's rendition of "Walking on Sunshine" (track #1 on the EP). Now check out Deer Tick's "Sun Street" (track #2), for free, above!

Stay tuned for more this week, and listen to NPR's All Things Considered today, 5/24, at 4:00pm EST to hear a feature the public radio station is doing on "Walking on Sunshine". UPDATE: HERE IT IS ONLINE (and to go to NPR's website now to stream the new Ratatat album).

Deer Tick's new album, The Black Dirt Sessions, will be released on June 8th by Partisan Records (the song "20 Miles" from that album is the other free download above). To support that new album, the band will head out on a summer tour that kicks off (not counting a June 18th show in Richmond) on July 17th in Providence, stops at Maxwell's in Hoboken on July 19th (tickets on sale), and ends at Webster Hall in NYC on Friday, August 13th. Tickets to the NYC show go on AmEx presale Wednesday at noon, and then general sale starts Friday at the same time.

If you catch Deer Tick this tour, request "Sun Street". A stream of the original "Sun Street" (as recorded by KATW), all Deer Tick dates, and some videos from the recent Terminal 5 show they played with Dr Dog, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Sam Amidon - Walking on Sunshine (MP3)

Katrina and the Waves

Monday, May 24th, 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Katrina and the Waves' classic song "Walking On Sunshine". To celebrate, the band has various things planned, one of which is a remastered version of the original song entitled "Walking On Sunshine 25". The song will be released this coming Tuesday on iTunes (and other fine download establishments). You can also listen to it right now in the new (but looks old) video below.

More importantly, I've teamed up with the band, and Primary Wave Music, to make a little EP featuring some of my favorite artists covering Katrina and the Waves songs. That's the cover of the EP with the big picture of the sun up there. It was designed by Nathan J Crow. Right above that is track number one. Download Sam Amidon's "Walking on Sunshine" now, for free, and stay tuned for more details coming Monday!

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