Entries tagged with: The Cave Singers
by Andrew Sacher
The Cave Singers at Bonnaroo 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The members of Seattle folk rockers The Cave Singers got their start in harder-edged bands (most notably, bassist Derek Fudesco played in Pretty Girls Make Graves and Murder City Devils), and they've recently added ex-Blood Brothers member Morgan Henderson (who also plays in Fleet Foxes now). This wasn't too apparent on the group's first three albums, but on "Have to Pretend," the first single off of their upcoming fourth album, Naomi (due out March 5 via Jagjaguwar), those roots are starting to peak through.
On the track, singer Peter Quirk snarls over overdriven electric guitar stabs that sound more alt-rock than rustic folk. The record was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of Horses), who Derek previously worked with on Pretty Girls Make Graves' 2002 album, Good Health. A stream of the new single, and the Naomi album art and tracklist are below.
The Cave Singers will be supporting the new record with a tour which hits NYC on April 6 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/1) at noon.
A list of all dates on the tour, that song stream, album art and tracklist, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Kendrick Lamar/Alabama Shakes
[Kendrick] Lamar hails from gangsta rap central: Compton, Calif. But instead of directing his anger at the police, women or outsiders, he criticizes himself and his environment, and he projects far more ambition than victimization. One song, "She Needs Me," praised a career woman-a rare creature in hip-hop. Mr. Lamar uses hip-hop's love of raunch and brand names (especially fashion labels and upscale alcohol) as teaching tools. Both, for him, are incidental to tales of striving, self-improvement and overcoming a rough past, delivered with a cutting rasp and fast, complicated meter shifts.Bonnaroo kicked off yesterday (6/7) with sets from three very different rappers to have recently hit the scene (as noted in the NY Times review above), along with sets from The Cave Singers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., White Denim, Alabama Shakes, Mariachi El Bronx, Phantogram and others. More pictures from Day 1 are in this post.
Yelawolf had a rasp, too, putting an edge on boasts and defensiveness; he's a white rapper, still an uncomfortable position even though he is signed to the label of another white rapper, Eminem. He battles any doubts with self-assertion and defiance, as his raps often toggle into doubletime to insist on his virtuosity. But his set was padded with a D.J. showcase and cover songs, including a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys.
[Danny] Brown has two voices-a stentorian bark and a nasal, cartoonish whine-for raps about sex and death. He switches between them, over sparse, booming tracks, as his rhymes switch between wildly imaginative imagery and boasts about his potency. The raunch has plenty of singalong lines, and the Bonnaroo audience shouted them all with him. [NY Times]
If you aren't in Manchester, TN for the festival, have you been following along online? More Bonnaroo coverage to come. More pics from Day 1 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:
The 10th Anniversary ACL Festival line-up is on the books. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nas & Damian "Jr Gong" Marley and Cee Lo top the bill of the over 130 bands. Bright Eyes, Social Distortion, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Pretty Lights, TV On The Radio, Skrillex, Big Boi and Randy Newman are also on tap to rock September 16-18.3-Day passes are sold out. 1-Day passes go on sale at 10am. Full lineup below...
"An exciting mix of folk music's founding voices and modern favorites highlights the 52nd edition of the Newport Folk Festival® when it returns to Newport's Fort Adams State Park July 30-31, it was announced today by the Newport Festivals Foundation, the recently-formed 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which produces the event.This year's lineup will bring lots of great artists to Rhode Island in July. The Decemberists (who play Brooklyn 1.5 months earlier), Gillian Welch, Tegan & Sara, Delta Spirit, Mavis Staples, Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, M Ward, Elvis Costello, Middle Brother (proof that the supergroup is not done yet) and even the PS22 chorus are on the list which you can see in full below...
Tickets go on sale worldwide on Thursday, March 31, at 10:00 am at www.newportfolkfest.net.
DOWNLOAD: The Cave Singers - Beach House (MP3)
Back in April, we reported on the Cave Singers' new album plans. The August 18th Matador release of that record, called Welcome Joy, is approaching. To go along with that, the Seattle band has announced a month of fall tour dates, which kick off September 5th in Vancouver, where they recorded the record.
Amber Webber (of Black Mountain & Lightning Dust) and Ashley Webber (also of Lightning Dust) played on the album session, and their group, Lightning Dust, will open for the Cave Singers on tour, including at the NYC stop which is at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, September 19th. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 3rd at noon (with probably an AmEx presale starting Wednesday).
"Beach House," the first MP3 from Welcome Joy, is posted above. All tour dates below...
The 39th annual Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, Presented by Samsung Mobile announces a small portion of the 2009 lineup. The 3-day urban event takes place Labor Day Weekend (September 5 - 7). The Festival stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center, located beneath the city's iconic Space Needle, and programs 20 indoor and unique outdoor venues. This progressive Festival features a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, urban crafts, and literary and visual arts.Modest Mouse, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan (who also have a NYC show scheduled), MSTRKRFT (who are also playing All Points West) and No Age (who just played SXSW) are all part of the intitial announcement. $80 three-day passes are on sale now. Full artist list and more info below...
* Dirty Projectors & others play a Showpaper benefit
* Antibalas plays on Governors Island
* Andrew W.K. plays Highline Ballroom
* Kassav' / Bonga @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Spanish Harlem Orchestra @ Summerstage
* The Foundry Field Recordings are @ Pianos
* The Mae Shi visit Union Pool
* Blonde Redhead & I'm From Barcelona visit McCarren Pool
* Brand Nubian, Cham, MIMS, Joell Ortiz, Clipse & Large Professor
* Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance
* Lollapalooza & The Virgin Festival
* The Cave Singers going on tour w/ Black Mountain
* Throw Me The Statue's "Lolita" is a popular song
* Tiny Masters of Today collaborating w/ Yeah Yeah Yeahs
* And yes, that is a new Debbie Harry song up there...
* Right above the picture of Debbie and Karen O