Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour, Music Tapes + Major Organ and the Adding Machine – film, Merge, 2008 Tour Dates
by Andrew Frisicano
Julian Koster (NMH), William Cullen Hart (Olivia Tremor Control), Scott Spillane (NMH), Laura Carter (Elf Power), Eric Harris (Elf Power), Nesey Gallons and many more [along with The Singing Saw, the 7 Foot Tall Metronome, Static the Television and many others] will join together as a traveling variety show this October. Julian describes the evenings as "a big orchestra, variety show, silly happy thing." The large gathering of Elephant 6 members will be playing the music of The Music Tapes, Circulatory System, Scott Spillane, Gerbils, Elf Power, Olivia Tremor Control, Nana Grizol, Nesey Gallons and more...
The 13-date "holiday surprise tour" will swing by the Knitting Factory in Manhattan (before it moves to Brooklyn in January) on October 11th. Tickets are on sale.
The tour also marks the debut of the "Major Organ and the Adding Machine" short film, directed by Joey Foreman and Eric Harris. The film will screen at the beginning of each show on the Holiday tour.
The film is currently being submitted to film festivals and will be coming out as a CD/DVD set in the Fall of 2009. Accompanying the Orange Twin DVD Edition will be the expanded version of the film's soundtrack, originally released in early 2000, that includes several unreleased bonus tracks and illuminating new liner notes by co-director Harris. The film and album stand as the consummate collaboration of the Elephant 6 collective, and feature musical and theatrical contributions from Jeff Mangum, Kevin Barnes, William Cullen Hart, Julian Koster, Andrew Reiger, Dixie Blood Moustache and all and sundry who participated in the hypercreative halcyon days of late-90's Athens, Georgia
Mangum-spotters can take note that past sightings have occured at various Elephant 6 NYC shows: Mangum sang briefly withOlivia Tremor Control at the Bowery in August 2005, with Elf Power in November of the same year at the Knitting Factory, and then with the Instruments at the Cake Shop in 2006.
Also, generally mysterious leader of Neutral Milk Hotel Jeff Mangum is said to be in the movie as well; although he is dressed in a lobster suit so it could possibly be anybody. [Wikipedia]
Post-tour, Julian Koster (of NMH, Major Organ, Oliva Tremor Control) and others is scheduled to return to NYC with The Music Tapes on October 25th to play the Merge CMJ Showcase at Mercury Lounge (the rest of that lineup TBA). The band just released Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, and Koster is set to release The Singing Saw at Christmastime (currently streaming at Merge) on October 6th.
Elephant 6-ers Of Montreal will also visit NYC at the Roseland Ballroom October 10th as part of their tour supporting the forthcoming LP, Skeletal Lamping. (There's a listening party tonight - Sept 8 for the album in Portland, OR). Kevin Barnes also appears in the movie.
All tour dates and the "Major Organ" trailer (and cast listing), below....
Major Organ Trailer
Major Organ and the Adding Machine Credits:
Directed by: Eric Harris and Joey Foreman
Written By: Major Organ
Produced by: Laura Carter
Cinematography and Visual Effects By: Joey Foreman
KIRIN FERNANDES as The Boy
SOPHIE FERNANDES as The Girl
GWYN KENNEDY as Madam Truffle
JACOB MORRIS as The Bearded One
ANDREW RIEGER as Francisco
With (in order of appearance):
ANGIE GRASS, ROBBIE CUCHIARO, MICHAEL WHEELER, JENNY, KATHLEEN, DAVE, JIM WILLINGHAM, PETER ERCHICK, DEREK ALMSTEAD, DAVE BARNES as The Other Bearded Ones
HEATHER McINTOSH as The Game Show Host
JEFF MANGUM as The Lobster
KEVIN BARNES as The Constable
THE 8-TRACK GORILLA as Himself
B.P. HELIUM, LAURA CARTER, ANDY GONZALES, THEO HILTON as The Other
JULIAN KOSTER as Himself
PETE McBRAYER as The Slob
Elephant 6 - 2008 Holiday Surprise Tour
Thu 10.09 - Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Sat 10.11 - New York, NY The Knitting Factory
Sun 10.12 - Boston, MA The Church
Tue 10.14 - Portland, ME Space
Wed 10.15 - Hamden, CT The Space
Thu 10.16 - Purchase, NY The Student Center at SUNY Purchase
Fri 10.17 - Rochester, NY Bug Jar
Sat 10.18 - Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox
Sun 10.19 - Columbus, OH Wexner Center for the Arts
Mon 10.20 - Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at The Crofoot
Tue 10.21 - Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Wed 10.22 - Bloomington, IN The Cinemat
Thu 10.23 - Lexington, KY University of Kentucky
The Music Tapes - 2008 Tour Dates
Sat 10.25 - New York, NY Mercury Lounge (Merge CMJ showcase)
Elf Power - 2008 Tour Dates
9/12 - Zaragozo Expo Zaragozo, Spain
9/13 - Apolo Barcelona, Spain
9/14 - Wah Wah Valencia Spain
9/15 - Casino Antiguo Castellon, Spain
9/16 - Neu Club Madrid, Spain
9/17 - Aulario La Bomba Cadiz, Spain
9/18 - Auditorio Municipal Augusto Cabrito Barreiro, Portugal
9/19 - Auditorio Caixa Nova Vigo, Spain
9/20 - Sala Acapulco Gijon, Spain