Dan Campbell (Aaron West, Wonder Years) tells us what he’s listening to
Dan Campbell is best known as the singer of The Wonder Years, but he also stays busy with his folkier solo/side project Aaron West & the Roaring Twenties, which continues to evolve into an increasingly ambitious project. His new Ace Enders-produced album Routine Maintenance comes out this Friday (5/10) via Hopeless/Loneliest Place On Earth, and it's got a full band, a triumphant horn section, and exactly the kind of passionate, detailed songwriting you'd expect from Dan. Its last pre-release single, "Bury Me Anywhere Else" is out now, and you can stream that one below.
As mentioned, the Aaron West tour begins at the last-ever Bled Fest (which The Wonder Years are also playing), and includes a US run with pronoun and Diva Sweetly that hits NYC's Brooklyn Bazaar on May 31 (tickets). All dates are listed below.
We caught up with Dan ahead of the album release and tour, and asked him what music he's been listening to lately. He picked mostly new stuff, including two recently-released albums and a single off an upcoming album, plus a slightly older song he discovered semi-thanks to Spotify's algorithm. Dan also offered intriguing commentary on each one, which is very worth reading. Read on for his list below...
Laura Stevenson - The Big Freeze
Laura might be the most talented person I know. She's an unbelievable singer, guitarist and songwriter and The Big Freeze is my favorite album she's done. It's haunting and perfect and if you haven't listened, you're missing out. Try to listen to her sing "You're lucky that you died before I could sing" and not get chills. I dare you.
Justin Townes Earle - "Kids in the Street"
Spotify's algorithm brought this to me. Or more specifically, it brought me "Frightened by the Sound" from the upcoming album The Saint of Lost Causes which then brought me to "Kids in the Street" while I wait for the new release later this month. Some days, I desperately miss finding new records because the person next to me at the record store told me it ruled and I trusted them. Other days, I feel lucky that I didn't miss out on something Spotify made sure I heard.
Craig Finn - I Need a New War
At different times in my life I've adorned different songwriters with the title of "my favorite story-teller in music." Sometimes it's John K. Samson or John Darnielle but with I Need a New War, the balance of power has shifted back to Craig Finn. I'm constantly in awe of his ability to build small universes inside the structure of a song. Look no further than "Magic Marker" or "Grant at Galena."
Future Teens - "Emotional Bachelor"
This is the new single from Future Teens. The album hasn't been officially announced yet so I'm left just listing the song but it is a great one. Amy and Daniel trade verses on this super relatable little piece of emo bliss. The line that really sealed it for me is "Like when you did not get an invite to a party you would have skipped," which succinctly sums up most of my weekends these days.
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties -- 2019 Tour Dates
May 25, 2019 – Howell, MI @ Bled Fest
May 29, 2019 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
May 30, 2019 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
May 31, 2019 – New York,NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
June 1, 2019 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
June 2, 2019 – Durham, NC @ Motorco
June 4, 2019 – Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
June 5, 2019 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Hell)
June 6, 2019 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
June 7, 2019 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
June 8, 2019 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
June 9, 2019 – Columbus, OH @ Basement
June 11, 2019 – Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex
June 12, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry
Sep 24, 2019 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
Sep 25, 2019 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Sep 26, 2019 – Leeds, UK @ The Key Club
Sep 27, 2019 – London, UK @ The Garage
Sep 28, 2019 – Southampton, UK @ The Joiners
all US non-festival dates with pronoun and Diva Sweetly
all UK dates with Lizzy Farrall