Archive for the ‘Upcoming’ Category

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Upcoming: Okkervil River and Sea Wolf

September 14, 2008

There’s a lit-inspired-band-name double bill this week – Okkervil River (from a short story by Tatyana Tolstaya) and Sea Wolf (which I presume has some relation to the Jack London novel by the same name). They’re playing together at the Showbox, here in Seattle, this Wednesday, September 17th. Okkervil River are supporting their new album The Stand Ins, and I imagine that Sea Wolf will show off some new music since their last tour, which followed the release of 2007’s Leaves in the River.

Coincidentally, even as I write this, Okkervil River’s brilliant new track, “Lost Coastlines,” just came on over the speakers at my beloved local coffee shop, Fuel. I predict some serious audience participation at the concert when it comes to the ‘la la la’s towards the end of the song.

MP3 link: Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines (at RCRD LBL)

MP3: Sea Wolf – You’re a Wolf

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Upcoming: Documentary, It Might Get Loud

September 11, 2008

Davis Guggenheim, the director and one of the producers of The Inconvenient Truth, just screened his new documentary, It Might Get Loud, at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Rather than focusing on an artist, this is a music documentary that focuses on an instrument, the electric guitar. A trio of musicians tell their stories: guitar legends Jimmy Page and The Edge get to step out of the shadow of their larger-than-life frontmen and take centre stage, together with Jack White (who is also the larger-than-life frontman, of course, and he’s still a legend-in-progress at this point). All three talk about coming to the instrument, as well as about the art and craft of songwriting and playing. I imagine that this film was, or soon will be, picked up for distribution – I certainly plan on keeping an eye out for it to make it to a theatre (or at least a Netflix queue) near me.

More info: website TIFF ’08 listing Twitch review

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Upcoming: Mountain Goats + Kaki King EP

September 8, 2008

The Mountain Goats and guitarist-singer-songwriter Kaki King recorded a six-song EP, Black Pear Tree, and they just released the first single from it. Titled “Thank You Mario But Our Princess is in Another Castle,” John Darnielle describes it as being from the point of view of Toad (shown above being used as a human – er. Toad – shield by the Peach Princess). King and Darnielle are planning on having the EP available as a download and as vinyl in time for their joint tour, which kicks off on October 13 in Chicago.

MP3: The Mountain Goats and Kaki King – Thank You Mario But Our Princess is in Another Castle

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Upcoming no more: Dominik Eulberg

September 4, 2008

German DJ and producer (and part-time park ranger) Dominik Eulberg was scheduled to play a Kontrol SF night this weekend, and I’ve been looking forward to it for ages. A quick check of Eulberg’s Myspace page, however, suggested that it fell through – he’s scheduled to be in Mainz. I suppose I could turn down the lights in my apartment, turn my stereo on really loud, and listen to the song below, but somehow I suspect it wouldn’t be the same.

MP3: Hot Chip – One Pure Thought (Dominik Eulberg remix)

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Upcoming: The Hold Steady, Stay Positive

June 19, 2008

The Hold Steady - Stay Positive

The Hold Steady’s new album, Stay Positive, is set to hit the stores (that phrase is becoming increasingly metaphorical) on July 15th. I’ve heard a bunch of tracks from it – the album was leaked – and I have to say that it sounds more like critical darling Boys and Girls in America than my personal fave, Separation Sunday. I have a soft spot for the specificity of Craig Finn’s lyrics, telling the stories of particular characters, and both his music and the libretti seem to be moving from being narrowly- to broadly-focused, and -appealing.

In accordance with the highly civilized takedown notice that they’ve been sending out to blogs that post tracks from the leaked album (more on that to come), I’m going to post the approved link to the approved song on their approved server. Enjoy.

MP3: The Hold Steady – Sequestered in Memphis

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[via Keith at Under the Rotunda]