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...

Wye Oak @ Galaxy Room (BV/M For Montreal SXSW 2010 day party)

Wye Oak

"Collaborating with outside producers for the first time, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack's four new songs feel loose and direct, from the tumbling opener "My Neighbor" to the propulsive "Emmylou." "My Creator" and "I Hope You Die" begin like ballads but soon reveal unexpected layers of saxophone and percussion over Wasner's cascading vocals. Chris and Mickey Freeland, brothers with ties to everything from Oxes' math-rock explorations to Baltimore's indie hip-hop scene, helmed the new EP's recordings in their own Beat Babies studio, and they bring new textures to Wye Oak's ever-expanding sound. There's a heavier reliance on keyboards, culminating in Mickey's own stunning remix of The Knot's "That I Do" which must be heard to be believed." - Merge Records

EP Track Listing:
1. My Neighbor
2. Emmylou
3. My Creator
4. I Hope You Die
5. That I Do (Mickey Free Remix)


Wye Oak @ Pianos - BV Day party (CMJ 2008)

Wye Oak - 2010 Tour Dates
March 27 New York NY Bowery Ballroom w/ Shearwater
March 28 Philadelphia PA Johnny Brenda's w/ Shearwater
March 30 Cambridge MA TT The Bear's w/ Shearwater
March 31 Montreal QC Canada La Sala Rossa w/ Shearwater
April 1 Toronto ON Canada Lee's Palace w/ Shearwater
April 2 Ithaca NY Castaways w/ Shearwater
April 3 Cleveland OH Beachland Tavern w/ Shearwater
April 4 Chicago IL Lincoln Hall w/ Shearwater
April 5 Milwaukee WI Mad Planet w/ Shearwater
April 6 Minneapolis MN 400 Bar w/ Shearwater
April 7 Grinnell IA Gardner Lounge - Grinnell College w/ Shearwater
April 8 Lawrence KS Bottleneck
April 9 Norman OK The Opolis w/ Shearwater
April 10 Dallas TX The Loft w/ Shearwater
April 22 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room w/ Shearwater
April 23 Tucson AZ Club Congress
April 24 Los Angeles CA Spaceland
April 25 San Francisco CA Bottom of the Hill
April 27 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
April 28 Vancouver BC The Biltmore Cabaret
April 29 Seattle WA Triple Door
April 30 Pullman WA The Bell Tower
May 1 Boise ID Neurolux
May 2 Salt Lake City UT the State Room
May 4 Denver CO Walnut Room
May 5 Albuquerque NM Launchpad
May 7 Austin TX The Parish


TO WIN A PAIR OF SHEARWATER/WYE OAK BOWERY BALLROOM TICKETS: email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Shearwater) with your first and last name. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted back.