Entries tagged with: Shearwater
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Okkervil River are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their best album Black Sheep Boy with a reissue (due 12/4 via Jagjaguwar) and a tour that has them playing the album in full. They're currently in the midst of a three-night run at NYC's Bowery Ballroom that wraps up tonight (11/23). We caught last night's show.
Will Sheff opened with a few solo acoustic versions of songs that came out before Black Sheep Boy and talked a bit about their early days, and then the rest of the band came out to perform the album front to back. These shows were already going to be special, but it got even more special when Black Sheep Boy era member (and Shearwater frontman) Jonathan Meiburg joined them on "Black" and stayed for the rest of the set. Plus for the next song ("Get Big"), Will's girlfriend and frequent collaborator Beth Wawerna of Bird of Youth joined them on harmonies and stayed for several others too. They played the album exactly the way you'd want to hear it, with all the beauty and raggedy edges it has on record. Nostalgia for this type of thing has been hitting pretty hard lately (or hitting me, at least). Enough time has passed and "indie" has gone through enough changes that I kinda miss the era when that genre was often associated music that's a little folky but rooted in punk's energy, and fleshed out by unconventional (for rock) instrumentation. Black Sheep Boy is certainly a classic of that era, and last night's show had all those elements coming together: pounding drums, Will rambunctiously bringing his sing to a shout, trumpets, violins, mandolins, organs, slide guitar, the works. You could tell the band (and the packed crowd) was having a great time playing these songs, and they sounded as fresh last night as they did ten years ago.
Will & Jonathan
They left the stage after Black Sheep Boy closer "A Glow" and returned for an encore that had them playing the entire Black Sheep Boy Appendix EP, which came out a few months after the album and included material from its sessions. The whole show (which had no opener) lasted just about two hours.
More pictures from Okkervil River at Bowery night 2, below...
Shearwater are back with a new album, Jet Plane and Oxbow, which will be out via Sub Pop on January 22. Frontman Jonathan Meiburg and producer/engineer Reisch (the team behind 2012's Animal Joy and 2014's loose covers/collaborations LP, Fellow Travelers) spent two years working on the record which features contributions from film composer Brian Reitzell (Hannibal), Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, drummer Cully Symington, Howard Draper, Lucas Oswald, Jesca Hoop, and Abram Shook. You can check out the anthemic, Bowie-esque first single "Quiet Americans" -- and check out the album's tracklist -- below.
Preorders are available now and come with an early access to a stream of the album (released about a month prior to the LP), as well as a podcast featuring demos and a conversation between Meiburg and WNYC's John Schaefer (host of "New Sounds").
The band will be playing a few North American shows right after the album's release, including one in NYC at Mercury Lounge on February 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/23) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (10/21) at noon. All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Death Vessel at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
Joel Thibodeau's indie folk project Death Vessel hasn't released an album since 2008's Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, but that will finally change with the release of Island Intervals on February 25 via Sub Pop. He's released two singles from the album thus far, one of which features Sigur Ros singer Jonsi (who Death Vessel toured with in 2010) called "Ilsa Drown." You can stream that one, plus the just-released "Mercury Dime," both of which have the kind of beautiful atmospheres you'd expect from someone who collaborates with Jonsi, below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.
Since we last spoke, Death Vessel has been added to his Sub Pop labelmates Shearwater's upcoming tour which hits NYC on March 22 at The Bell House. Jesca Hoop was added to a number of the dates, including the NYC show, as well. Tickets for that one are still available.
All dates are listed, along with with the streams, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
Xiu Xiu @ Bowery Ballroom in 2012 (more by Joe McCabe)
Xiu Xiu just released today NINA, an album of Nina Simone covers, via Graveface Records. You can stream the whole thing below. Jamie Stewart has a more proper Xiu Xiu album coming out in February on Polyvinyl, titled Angel Guts: Red Classroom, and you can stream the first single, "Stupid In The Dark," below.
Shortly thereafter, Xiu Xiu will be heading on a tour that includes an NYC on March 13 at Knitting Factory. Tickets to that show go on sale Friday (12/6) at 10 AM.
Speaking of Xiu Xiu and cover songs, Shearwater recently released a cover of Xiu Xiu's, "I Luv The Valley Oh!" which if you haven't heard yet, you can stream below. Their tour hits NYC at The Bell House on March 22. Tickets to that show are still available.
All Xiu Xiu tour dates are listed, along with song/album streams and music videos, below...
Shearwater at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
As discussed, Austin folk rock collective Shearwater are releasing Fellow Travelers, an album of covers/collaborations with bands they've shared the stage with, later this month (11/26) via Sub Pop. They've since announced that they'll support the record with an international tour in 2014 that comes to NYC on March 22 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/15) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.
The band also just put out their video for "I Luv The Valley OH!" from the new album, which is a Xiu Xiu cover. Check that out, along with the list of dates, below...
Fellow Travelers wasn't supposed to be a full-length record, so I'm a little surprised to admit that it's my favorite Shearwater album so far. Somehow it slipped under the door.The new Shearwater album, Fellow Travelers, is out November 26 on Sub Pop. It's an album of covers by bands Shearwater have shared the stage with, such as Wye Oak, Folk Implosion, Sharon Van Etten (a song they wrote together for Record Store Day), Coldplay, St. Vincent, Clinic and more. Additionally, many of those artists collaborated on these recordings, though not on their own songs. You can stream Shearwater's take on Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley Oh!" below.
It was meant to be a small thing, maybe a home-recorded EP, to release between Animal Joy and the next full-length (for which we're in the studio right now). But it took on a life of its own. Re-imagining and renovating songs by the bands we've toured with was like leafing through a scrapbook, and brought back the highs and lows of a decade of touring, from dives in Oklahoma and squats in Slovenia to the Fillmore West, the Bataclan, and the MGM Grand (ask me about that one sometime).
No word on any tour dates yet. But for more on the album, you can read the rest of frontman Jonathan Meiburg's notes on the album -- and check out the tracklist -- below.
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
Ex Cops DJing at Other Music, RSD 2012 (more)
We're about a week out from Record Store Day 2013. When it began in 2008, RSD was a celebration of brick-and-mortar stores in the face of digital downloads, offering up exclusive releases to get people out to stores. It's blown up considerably since then, with hundreds of RSD-only releases. (Many of which fall into the hands of folks who turn it around on Ebay that same day, but what can you do?) While it is a mob scene these days, there is no doubt it helps what record stores there are left -- though not enough, as Record Store Day will be the last day for Williamsburg's Sound Fix. Participating stores around the country are listed here.
There are always some pretty cool exclusives too, items that may have never seen the light of day without RSD. With that in mind we've gone through the list of North American RSD exclusives to highlight a few things to keep an eye out. This isn't comprehensive, just stuff we wanna get. What records are you trying to get this year?
Best Coast at Orion Fest, June 2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
today in NYC
* Nas @ Rucker Park
* Tori Scott @ Joe's Pub
* Nate Radley @ Barbes
* Spyro Gyra @ Blue Note
* Meat Loaf @ Welmont Theatre
* Seal, Macy Gray @ Beacon Theatre
* Sam Moore and Deva Mahal @ City Winery
* Geri Allen, Laurie Anderson @ The Stone
* Thomas Mapfumo @ World Financial Center
* Black Wing Halo, We Run @ Mercury Lounge
* Jeff LeBlanc, Rhinna LaRocque @ Joe's Pub
* Best Coast, Those Darlins, DIIV @ Terminal 5
* Katie Dill, Selva Oscura, Yung Life @ Cameo Gallery
* Allison Weiss, Mitten, Jack Dolgen @ Mercury Lounge
* Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher @ Le Poisson Rouge
* New York Philharmonic @ Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx
* Gym, Deer, Andy Elwell, Pony of Good Tidings @ Cake Shop
* Spirit Animal, The Ludlow Thieves, The Sanctuaries @ Glasslands
* Chi-Lites, Felix Hernandez @ Queensbridge Park Summerstage
* Eye Ra Haze, Gunfire-N-Sodomy, Heroes and Underdogs @ Saint Vitus
* Delta Rae, Aunt Martha, Andy Suzuki & the Method @ Bowery Ballroom
* Upright Citizen's Brigade presents All Stars of Improv @ Central Park Summerstage
* The Moon w/ Gabrielle Bell, Dave Hill, Sean Donnelly, Corn Mo @ Union Pool
* Adrian Belew Power Trio, Stickmen, Consider The Source @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, Kasey Anderson @ Williamsburg Park
* Murder By Death, Corey Chisel and His Wandering Sons, Ha Ha Tonka @ Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier, Patrick Higgins, Sleng Teng, Tetryl Red, DJ Dutch E Germ @ Zebulon
* Onra, Dam-Funk (DJ set), Taylor McFerrin, The Doppelgangaz, DJ Sean Rowlands @ Santos Party House
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Nardwuar recently interviewed Trash Talk and you can watch the obscure factoids and gifts fly below.
Deer Tick were on AV Club video series 'Undercover' to perform Harvey Danger's '90s hit "Flagpole Sitta" which you can watch below.
No Doubt are back with "Settle Down," their first new single in 11 years. Watch the video below.
Check out new videos from Shearwater and Hot Chip below too.
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.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Opening on keys, Meiburg's choice to begin with "Snow Leopard" about brought me out of my seat. As a guy who regularly pontificates, "Shearwater's Rook is in my Top 5 albums of all-time," it was a welcome initiation to a band I was long overdue to see live. Ten of the 18-song set was off Animal Joy. The highlight, for me, was the solo rendition of "Hail, Mary" which I previously thought of as a relatively easy going number, again, much to my dismay, and jubilation, featured a soul thrashing big-rock-finish that left nothing but the dissonant feedback of squawking hens and fluttering feathers. -[Ryan C Zerfas]In between dates of their tour with St. Vincent, Shearwater fit in an NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6th with Dawn Landes. Shearwater's trek with St. Vincent soldiers on, with the bands taking a night off from tour today. If you missed them, check out pictures from recent Chicago show at The Vic.
In other Dawn Landes news, she plays "Spring Forward!" at The Green Building in Brooklyn on June 6 with The Jack Grace Band and Diamond Doves. Tickets for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy benefit are on sale. Diamond Doves (aka Elvis Perkins' band minus Elvis) also open for Man Man at Brooklyn Bowl one day earlier, and play (and helped organize) the Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl one day before that.
In other Shearwater news, the band have added some European dates, as well as a leg of shows with Husky on the West Coast. A listing of all tour dates and the rest of our LPR pictures and the setlist are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Shearwater @ Bowery Ballroom
Shearwater completed a tour with Sharon Van Etten over the course of two nights in NYC over the weekend. Pictures from their opening set at Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 are in this post (pictures of Sharon are HERE).
Shearwater is currently on the road for a string of US and European dates, including SXSW (where they'll play a Stereogum party), and a stint with St. Vincent. None of the shows with St. Vincent hit NYC but Shearwater will make a stop here for their own show during the tour at Le Poisson Rouge on May 6. Tickets for that Manhattan show are on sale now.
Pics, dates and stream, below...
Sharon Van Etten & alien balloon @ Bowery Ballroom
Sharon Van Etten's recent round of East Coast dates came to a close over the weekend with a trio of homecoming shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg and Bowery Ballroom. The first and second shows featured support from Shearwater and went down on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery; pictures of Sharon from both adorn this post. Sharon's next date was at Bowery Ballroom on the following evening (2/26) with Carter Tanton and Glass Ghost (no pics).
The Saturday show was especially joyous, being that she was back home, it was at her favorite venue Bowery Ballroom (where it once seemed like a big deal that she sold out for just one night), her family was in the house, she was celebrating a birthday, there was a huge balloon alien on stage that was a gift from the Antlers (who were all in the audience), and it was her last date with Shearwater who came out for the encore to play as one big happy band with Sharon and crew. (like they have on other dates of the tour). "Sharon Van Etten melting hearts and faces" I tweeted from the show.
Sharon Van Etten boards a plane later this week for a short string of dates in Europe, but will be back on US soil in time to play two shows at SXSW: the big NPR show at Stubb's with the just-added Fiona Apple and the Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans showcase at Mohawk Patio on 3/15 with Brazos, Gardens & Villa, Bear in Heaven, and The War On Drugs. SVE will also play ATP I'll Be Your Mirror in NJ, Newport Folk Fest, and the Dessner-curated fest at BAM in Brooklyn this year View all of her current tour dates below.
Shearwater pictures and dates HERE. All Sharon tour dates and pictures, below...
Frankie Rose releases Interstellar this month (2/21) and as Bill points out, she's left the garage pop of her debut behind in favor of synthy, jangly pop. It's a huge step up from her last album and you can stream the entire thing at SPIN. She plays a record release show for the album at Knitting Factory on February 21 with Dive and Night Manager.
The new album from Dr. Dog, Be The Void, is out this week (2/7) and streaming at Conan O'Brien's website Team Coco. Watch the video of their performance on the show last night (2/8) below. Also, don't forget to grab your tickets for their Terminal 5 show on 3/23 while they're still available. More tour dates HERE.
Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are touring together in support of their upcoming albums which are both currently streaming on NPR. Listen to Sharon's HERE and Shearwater's HERE. Their tour hits NYC on 2/24 at MHOW and 2/25 at Bowery Ballroom. Both shows are sold out but Sharon plays Bowery again the next night (2/26) and tickets are still available.
Islands' new album, A Sleep & A Forgetting, is due out February 14 via ANTI- and you can stream the entire thing below. Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 2/25 at LPR. Tickets are still available.
Instrumental hip hop producer Mux Mool released his new album, Planet High School, digitally this week and that can be streamed in full below (via FADER).
Field Music will release their new album, Plumb, on February 14 via Memphis Industries. You can stream the whole thing at NPR.
Tennis's new album, Young and Old, is due out February 14 via Fat Possum and you can stream it in full below (via P4K). Their tour in support of it hits NYC on 3/3 at Bowery Ballroom and 3/5 at MHOW. The Bowery show is sold out but tickets for MHOW are still on sale.
It's not exactly an album, but Fucked Up's 15+ minute "Year of the Tiger" single which features Jim Jarmusch, Austra, and Annie-Claude Deschênes of Duchess Says, can be streamed below.
"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 Antlers - "VCR" (The xx cover) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Korallreven - "Sa Sa Samoa" (ft. Julianna Barwick) (MP3)
The Antlers at Moogfest (more by Diana Wong)
We recently mentioned that Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater are planning a tour together that hits NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 24 and Bowery Ballroom on February 25. Tickets for both NYC shows are available for AmEx presale now, and general sale starts Friday (11/11) at noon. All dates have also since been announced and are listed below.
After the tour, Sharon will go on a string of dates with The War on Drugs, who open for The National at Beacon Theatre the night before Sharon does. Sharon's new album, Tramp, comes out February 7 via Jagjaguwar.
Sharon's friends and fellow Brooklynites The Antlers are following their release of Burst Apart, which came out earlier this year, with the (together) EP, which features material from the Burst Apart sessions. It includes collaborations with Neon Indian, Bear In Heaven, Nicole Atkins, and a cover of The xx's "VCR," which you can download above. The EP's tracklist is below. The Antlers are currently on a European tour and will return to NYC for a Webster Hall show on December 10 with Suuns. Tickets for that show are still available.
We have started recording our second album! We have also started this blog where we will post our inspirations + pictures + favourite songs. We hope you enjoy it! Lots of Love, The xx---
Julianna Barwick, who is also a guest on Sharon's album, recently released the Matrimony Remixes EP, which features remixes of two of the tracks off of her most recent LP, The Magic Place, which came out earlier this year. The entire EP is available to stream and download for $5 on bandcamp and features remixes by Diplo & Lunice, Helado Negro, Alias Pail, and Prince Rama. Julianna also provided guest vocals to Korallreven's debut LP, which comes out November 15 via Acephale. Her vocals appear on the song "Sa Sa Samoa," which you can download above.
All dates and (together) tracklist below...
Sharon at LPR in October (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
As mentioned, Sharon Van Etten signed to Jagaguwar and will release her next album with them in early 2012, which Aaron Dessner (of The National) is producing. A release date still hasn't been set for the album, but we now know that it's called Tramp and will feature contributions from Matt Barrick (of The Walkmen), Doveman, Zach Condon, Jenn Wasner (of Wye Oak), and Julianna Barwick.
After Sharon opens for The National at Beacon Theatre (12/13) (tickets), she'll go on a tour in support of her new album with one of her favorite bands Shearwater. That tour hasn't been announced in full yet (update: now it has), but it hits NYC on February 24 at Music Hall of Williamsburg and February 25 at Bowery Ballroom, and also includes two Chicago shows. Tickets for the MHOW show, and the Bowery Show, go on sale Friday (11/11) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (11/9) at noon.
Shearwater also have a new home (Sub Pop), and they'll be releasing their next album on the label in early 2012. They released some live recordings and experimental pieces on their bandcamp back in April in honor of the signing.
All dates below...
Shearwater (more by Chris Graham)
Shearwater are multitaskin'. The band is currently on tour with Damien Jurado (hopefully following Thor's guidelines) but managed to squeeze out a new album of quirky instrumentals entitled Shearwater is Enron via their Bandcamp over the weekend. The record, which was written/performed after The Golden Archipelago, is also available in physical form at ther merch table or on their website, and is one of two releases in the past two weeks for Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg:
Two years before Shearwater's Palo Santo, JM made this off-the-cuff solo record in two days at the home of producer and fellow Austinite Brian Beattie. Recorded live to 2-track tape, and never issued in print except for a handful of burned copies, this haunting, subdued mini-album features Beattie's whimsical bass playing and a young-sounding Meiburg playing guitar and singing.Check out Buteo Buteo available at their band camp too. And of course don't forget the Xiu Xiu collaboration that came out in October.
photos by Tim Griffin
"An estimated 200,000 people journeyed the grounds of Zilker Park this weekend for the Austin City Limits Music Festival.Friday pictures HERE. Lucero HERE. The xx HERE. Mayer Hawthorne HERE, the rest of the Saturday HERE, Flaming Lips HERE, and the rest of the pictures from Sunday (and the conclusion of our 2010 Austin City Limits coverage), below...
The descent of the iconic guitar sign Monday signified the end of an incredibly successful ACL Music Festival, and with eight stages and 130 bands, clean up is expected to take the rest of the week.
"This year's ACL was one of the best. The weather was incredible," City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Victor Ovalle said.
The show's producer, C3 Presents, takes care of cleaning up Zilker Park, and the city sends crews into the surrounding neighborhoods to remove any trace of music fans who know how to have a good time.
After C3 Presents leaves the park later this week, fertilizing and watering the grass will city's number one priority." [News 8 Austin]
Thor of Shearwater/Swans (more by Chris Graham)
Behind those long golden tresses and rugged good looks, Thor is a warrior. Before, in-between and following appearances at 'Matador at 21' and Austin City Limits, the Shearwater percussionist will play dates with the reactivated Swans (tickets are still available to their show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple on 10/8).
After the North American Swans dates, that last through the end of October, Thor will go BACK on the road with Shearwater for a string of November dates with Damien Jurado. That hits Music Hall of Williamsburg on November 12th (tickets are on sale). After that, Thor heads to Europe with Swans.
All Swans and Shearwater dates are below...
Jamie Stewart @ Williamsburg Waterfront on July 11th (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart seems to be in an collaborative mood of late. Recently, Stewart and Xiu Xiu member Angela Seo joined Deerhoof for a live tribute to Joy Division, which headlined the year's first Pool Party.
Next, Jamie teams up with Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg (someone who's been venturing out as well, like at a gig with Wye Oak's Andy Stack at the Whitney in June) to form Blue Water White Death, a name drawn from "a 1971 documentary that follows a team of increasingly reckless explorers on a shark-finding quest to Australia's aptly-named Dangerous Reef." The collab's self-titled debut comes out October 12th on Graveface Records. The pair wrote and recorded the eight-song album in a one-week session produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, The Roots, Black Mountain).
On the Xiu Xiu front, who, don't forget, released their a record of their own, Dear God, I Hate Myself, earlier this year, the band plays a show at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, September 26th with Japanese noise musician Merzbow. Ecstatic Sunshine and Gentle open the show Tickets are on sale.
Xiu Xiu plays in Baltimore this weekend for Whartscape, an annual fest in its fifth and, according to co-organizer Dan Deacon, final year. When asked by Baltimore Sun about his favorite act on the Whartscape lineup, Jamie Stewart mentioned Brooklyn's Talk Normal, saying "Talk Normal berates all that is dull by ignoring it and being thrilling, intense and open. When you see them, you want to be creative and you want to see the rest of the world. They remind you that art does matter and that you need it to live." Talk Normal opens for Sonic Youth (along with Grass Window) at Prospect Park on July 31st.
More Blue Water White Death info (art & tracklist) below...
Matador's 21st birthday fest will be happening in Las Vegas October 1st-3rd. For it, they've pulled the cream of the indie-rock crop. Previously speculated headliners Belle & Sebastian and Pavement will be there - on top of that, Guided By Voices will be reuniting to play, "in the band's "classic '93-'96 lineup!" The most recent show for GBV was New Year's Eve 2004/05.
In addition to those three, the lineup includes Sonic Youth, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, New Pornographers, Superchunk, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Guitar Wolf (who also play NY), Chavez, Girls, Fucked Up, Harlem, Cold Cave, Shearwater, Kurt Vile and Jeffrey Joe Jenson. More will be annonuced July 5th.
A flyer is below...
DOWNLOAD: Shearwater - Castaways (MP3)
Jonathan Meiburg @ All Points West 2009 (more by Chris La Putt)
Wye Oak's Andy Stack @ Pianos - BV CMJ 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
"...Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater joined Jenn and Andy [of Wye Oak] on stage for their final song, a cover song, and then he came back about 20 minutes later with his own band. Jordan Geiger from Hospital Ships was on the stage for the set, and Andy Stack joined them for a couple songs, so there were upwards of 6 performers on stage, bringing Shearwater's beautifully dramatic songs to life. They played a long set, probably 70 to 80 minutes I'd guess, and played almost every song I'd ever heard of in their catalog... [Vague Space]The tour was one of a few examples of recent collaborations between Shearwater and Wye Oak. Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg recently joined Wye Oak to cover the Kinks' song "Strangers" at as part of A.V. Club's Undercover series (25 bands covering 25 different songs). Video of the performance is posted below.
Next up, Wye Oak's Andy Stack will join Meiburg for a performance at the Whitney Museum on Friday, June 25th at 7pm...
Charles Burchfield reveled in the sounds, sights, and sensations of nature. He often wrote about his experiences in his journals, and his close study of nature is apparent in his paintings. Join us for a reading of excerpts from Burchfield's journals by Jonathan Rosen, author of The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature, paired with a performance of songs by Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater who will be joined by Andy Stack of Wye Oak. Rosen and Meiburg both share Burchfield's enthusiasm for nature, particularly birds. Tonight discover the wonders in paying attention to the backyard bird.Speaking of the Whitney, the museum is currently open 24 hours a day as part of its Biennial exhibit. The open-24-hours-ness stops May 28th at midnight. The Biennial runs through May 30th. When that closes, the hazy, somewhat-psychedelic-tinged watercolors of Charles Burchfield will run at the museum from June 24-October 17 (as noted above, the concert is June 25th).
This event is free with Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6-9 pm; no special tickets or reservations are required.
Shearwater don't have any other dates coming up. Wye Oak, who are releasing an EP, My Neighbor/My Creator, June 8th on Merge, do have some. You may have noticed them (Philly and DC) in Deer Tick's tour dates. No NYC date announced for Wye Oak, but when we contacted Andy with some questions about the Whitney show, he hinted that there was "one really fun" show coming in July (Siren?) (answer = yes). Those questions and answers, with a bunch of videos and other stuff below...
DOWNLOAD: Wye Oak - I Hope You Die (MP3)
Wye Oak @ Galaxy Room (BV/M For Montreal SXSW 2010 day party)
"If Wye Oak performed in D.C. once a week for a year, I'd go at least 20 times. So why go see the band at SXSW, when dozens of bands I don't already love are playing? What if one of them is amazing? Because that would mean missing Wye Oak, that's why." [NPR]Wye Oak have a new EP entitled My Neighbor / My Creator - it's out digitally, or you can wait until June 5th when Merge Records releases the CD. Now on tour with Shearwater, you can catch both bands at Bowery Ballroom in NYC tonight (3/27). Tickets are still available, and I have a pair to giveaway. Details at the end of the post (under all the tour dates).
Last Saturday, 3/20, they were the first band of the day to play our party at Galaxy Room, outdoors and in the uncharacteristic-of-Austin freezing cold. To quote myself, their noon set "was a great way to wake up". Their short set (which was just a couple of hours before they played Stereogum's shindig) consisted of at least two songs off their five-song EP. "I Hope You Die" elicited a chuckle from the crowd when they introduced it. Grab a free MP3 of that song above. The other new one I know they played was "My Neighbor". Proof is in the video below which you can watch along with a video from their set at the official Merge showcase. The full EP tracklist & cover art, another picture and other stuff is down there too...
DOWNLOAD: Shearwater - Castaways (MP3)
Shearwater @ All Points West '09 (more by Chris La Putt)
Matador will be releasing the new album by Shearwater, The Golden Archipelago, on February 23rd. You can preorder that in a variety of packages, including The Golden Dossier version which comes as a loose file of ephemera and goodies. More info on both the album and its special edition are below. A song off the record, "Castaways," is posted above.
They'll be in Europe this February and early March before touring North America in March and April with Wye Oak and Hospital Ships (openers vary by date). One of those dates is a Bowery Ballroom show on Saturday, March 27th (with both of those openers). Tickets are now on AmEx presale. General sale starts Friday at noon.
As NPR pointed out, Hospital Ships "founder and sole member Jordan Geiger has a long, varied indie-rock resume, with stints as the trumpeter in Shearwater and the chief songwriter of Minus Story."
Shearwater drummer Thor Harris will also be keeping busy this year as a member of Swans.
More Shearwater album info and all tour dates are below...
Little Dragon is playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 25th. Tickets are on sale (@ noon).
The Morning Benders are playing Mercury Lounge on April 22nd. Tickets are on sale.
Shearwater are playing Bowery Ballroom on March 27th. Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon)
Tickets are on AmEx presale (@ noon) for the Kaki King shows at Bowery Ballroom & Music Hall of Williamsburg.
The Hot Rats play Bowery Ballroom on Thursday