Courtesy of Thrill Jockey, you can download the great track Harps from The Sea and Cake off their new album Runner due out September 18!
The Sea and Cake Fall Tour Dates Thu Oct 18 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace - link Fri Oct 19 Montreal, QC - Il Motore - link Sat Oct 20 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall - link Sun Oct 21 Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield - link Mon Oct 22 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge - link Tue Oct 23 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer - link Wed Oct 24 Washington, DC - Black Cat - link Thu Oct 25 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle - link Fri Oct 26 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge - link Sat Oct 27 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre Ballroom - link Sun Oct 28 St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center - link Mon Oct 29 Chicago, IL - City Winery - link Thu Nov 1 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre - link Sat Nov 3 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile - link Sun Nov 4 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge - link Mon Nov 5 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall - link Tue Nov 6 Arcata, CA - Jambalaya - link Wed Nov 7 Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre - link Thu Nov 8 San Francisco, CA - Slims - link Fri Nov 9 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door - link Sat Nov 10 Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Bar - link Sun Nov 11 San Diego, CA - Casbah- link Mon Nov 12 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress - link Tue Nov 13 Marfa, TX - Padre's - link Wed Nov 14 Austin, TX - Mohawk - ink Thu Nov 15 Dallas, TX - Trees - link
"Dreams" is the first single off of Taken By Trees' forthcoming album, Other Worlds. The piece was shot & directed by Amanda Marsalis, who worked closely with Trees' mastermind Victoria Bergsman while Bergsman recorded in Hawaii.
Great week for new music!! Check out the complete track list below! Try to catch a live broadcast sometime! Thursdays, 9pm EST on Plaza Midwood Community Radio. You can catch the stream on UStream or go direct to the station site: www.pmcradio.org
1) Dirty Projectors White Label Tour 7" Buckle Up
2) Moon King Obsession I Only Child
3) Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams Time to Run
4) Eternal Summers Correct Behavior I Love You
5) Fergus and Geronimo Funky Was the State of AffairsNo Parties
6) Young Moon Navigated Like the Swan Summit and Blue Air
7) School of Seven Bells How To LoveHow To Love
8) Crystal Castles Plague
9) Dots Will Echo Drunk Is the New SoberI'm A Monkey
10) The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth Cry For Judas
11) Lawrence Arabia The Sparrow The Bisexual
12) Chelsea Light Moving Frank O'Hara Hit
13) Ned Collette and Wirewalker 2Long You Lie
The Mountain Goats'Transcendental Youth will be available in stores on CD, LP and digital on October 2nd. Starting today, the first 1,000 pre-orders from the Merge store will receive a limited edition 7-inch single with two exclusive songs: "Steal Smoked Fish" b/w "In the Shadow of the Western Hills." Performed solo by Darnielle, the songs were recorded by Brandon Eggleston at Cloud City in Portland and were tracked directly to 1/2-inch tape without overdubs. Darnielle describes the 7-inch as “the end-point of a truly live all-analog chain that was never converted at any point to ones and zeroes.” Digital versions of these tracks with ones and zeros added will be available in the future. But for now, feel free to download "Cry For Judas" off Transcendental Youth courtesy of Merge!
Click through to the Sounndcloud page for free download.
July 28 St. Petersburg, FL Antiwarpt Festival
Sept 6-8 – Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Festival
Oct 6 Durham, NC Reynolds Industries Theatre w/ Anonymous 4
LA-based band Lord Huron will release their highly anticipated full-length album Lonesome Dreams on October 9 (IAMSOUND Records)! Check out the fantastic preview track Time To Run! See below for tour dates.
August 24 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
September 21 /// Columbia, MO /// Mojo’s
September 25 /// Detroit, MI /// Magic Stick Lounge
September 27 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Midpoint Music Festival
September 28 /// Champaign, IL /// Pygmalion Music Festival
September 29 /// Nashville, TN /// The High Watt
September 30 /// Birmingham, AL /// The Bottletree
October 2 /// Denton, TX /// Dan’s Silverleaf
October 3 /// Austin, TX /// Stubb’s BBQ
October 5 /// Atlanta, GA /// Drunken Unicorn
October 6 /// Chapel Hill, NC /// Local 506
October 7 /// Washington, DC /// Black Cat Backstage
October 8 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Kungfu Necktie
October 9 /// New York, NY /// Mercury Lounge
October 11 /// Allston, MA /// Great Scott
October 12 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Glasslands Gallery
October 13 /// Buffalo, NY /// Mohawk Place
October 15 /// Chicago, IL /// Schubas
October 16 /// Minneapolis, MN /// 7th Street Entry
October 18 /// Denver, CO /// Larimer Lounge
October 19 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Kilby Court
October 20 /// Boise, ID /// Neurolux
October 21 /// Seattle, WA /// Barboza
October 22 /// Portland, OR /// Doug Fir Lounge
October 24 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Independent
November 1 /// San Diego, CA /// Casbah
Chester is a musician and producer based in Baltimore. He produced
Dan Deacon's "Bromst" (2009) and "America" (2012), as well as albums by
Future Islands, Cloud Nothings, and Ecstatic Sunshine. He plays in the
Dan Deacon Ensemble, Nuclear Power Pants, and The Buttmops. Shroud is
his first solo album.
The Babies shares a new song, "Moonlight Mile," from an upcoming 7" that will be released by Woodsist on August 14. This is also the first single from their upcoming album, Our House On The Hill, that will be released by Woodsist this upcoming Fall. The 7" features an exclusive B-side and is limited to 1,000 copies.
7/25 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly (back room) $
7/28 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool #
7/31 - Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot +
8/15 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park / Summerscreen (Early) *
Stars released another preview track from The North this week! Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It is pretty great. Take a listen! Also see below for their tour dates this Fall!
9/20 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall ^
9/21 - Boston, MA - Paradise ^
9/22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
9/23 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
9/25 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater ^
9/26 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle ^
9/27 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre ^
9/28 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse ^
9/29 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
10/2 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall ^
10/3 - Cincinnati, OH - 20th Century Theatre ^
10/4 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe @ Old National Centre ^
10/5 - St. Louis, MO - Plush ^
10/6 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note ^
10/9 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck ^
10/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom ^
10/11 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room ^
10/12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's Upstairs ^
10/13 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre ^
10/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits *
10/17 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues ^
10/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater ^
10/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre ^
10/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^
11/7 - Portland, OR - The Aladdin Theatre
11/8 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/9 - Victoria, BC - Save on Centre # *
11/10 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena # *
11/12 - Kelowna, BC - Prospera Place # *
11/14 - Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral # *
11/15 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place # *
11/17 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre # *
11/19 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre # *
11/23 - Kingston, ON - K-Rock Centre # *
11/24 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre # *
* - ticket does not include album download
^ - Diamond Rings and California Wives opening
# - with Metric
Spinto Band frontman Nick Krill joins Buffetlibre on The Sun in the Shade EP, just released July 15 on Subterfuge Records. It's really a pretty great song. Check it out! Also, be on the lookout for a full length from Buffetlibre this October!
Arts and Crafts announced today that recent signee Snowblink will release its much-anticipated sophomore album, Inner Classics, on September 11, 2012.
The Toronto-based duo's latest effort was recorded in Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles and produced by Dan Goldman and vocalist Daniela Gesundheit with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou) and mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre). Guest players on the record include friends and past collaborators of the band Barbara Gruska (Jenny Lewis Band, The Belle Brigade), Ryan Driver (Sandro Perri), Thom Gill (Owen Pallett), Misha Bower (Bruce Peninsula), and Caley Monahon-Ward (Extra Life).
Check out lead track "Black & White Mountains."
Snowblink On Tour 07/22 Brooklyn, NY | Ribbons Festival, Prospect Park 08/07 Montreal, QC | Le Divan Orange ^ 08/08 Toronto, ON | The Great Hall ^ 08/20 Los Angeles, CA | Bardot 08/22 Los Angeles, CA | The Bootleg 09/14 Victoria, BC | Rifflandia Fest (Alix Gooldin Hall) 09/15 Toronto, ON | Trinity-Bellwoods Park (Bicycle Music Fest)
Podcast #26 is available for streaming online or downloading and listening at your leisure! Live broadcast radio shows are 9pm Thursdays (EST) on PMCRadio.org.
1) New God MotorcarDrag the Lake
2) Minttu and Olli World's Biggest CampfireCourdoroy Boy
3) Niki and the Dover InstinctDJ Ease My Mind
4) Cate Le Bon CYRK IIWhat is Worse
5) Opossom Electric HawaiiGirl
6) Supercluster Things We Used to Drink 7"Memory of the Future
7) Cuushe You Know That I'm Here I Dreamt About Silence
8) Earth Control Ik Tolereer Je Zoals Je BentMijn Nieuwe Steekkar
9) Fire Through The Window Hey! Hey!
10) Holy Esque Holy Esque EP Rose
11) Kura Anchor
12) The Raveonettes ObservatorShe Owns the Streets
13) Family of the Year Loma VistaIn the End
14) Digits Where Do You Belong? Where Do You Belong?
video co-directed by Ben O'Brien and Dan Deacon (making his directorial
debut) is based on a drawing game popular in the Baltimore art
collective Wham City, which is in turn based on the game "telephone."
concept for the video is loosely related to the lyrics, and mirrors his
use of asymmetrical repetition and evolving patterns. For the video,
Dan and Ben filmed a simple 13-second scene. That scene was then shown
to the next team. After seeing the video that team had 1 hour to
recreate it -- characters, props, set, costumes, and actions -- as close
to exactly as possible from only their memory.
With each new
team the scene evolves. The energy begins to amplify and the chaos
increases due to the distorting tendency of memory. The beauty of the
video is in the completed arc, an arc that only exists because each team
was blind to it. More details on the video are listed below.
has also announced additional shows as part of the America tour in
Baltimore, New York City, Athens, and Florida. See full list below.
cast is made up of members of Wham City, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Ed
Schrader's Music Beat, Future Islands, Red Room Collective, Copycat
Theater, Effervescent Dance Collective, Showbeast, Annex Theater,
Nuclear Power Pants, FlucT, BXDC, Bloody Panda, Foot Talk, Important
Comics, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and various icons of the legendary
Baltimore Arts Community.
TEAM 1: Dan Deacon and Ben O'Brien TEAM 2: Mason Ross and Emma Alves TEAM 3: Stefani Levin and Rachel London TEAM 4: Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice TEAM 5: Doreen Bolger and Gary Kachadourian TEAM 6: Jimmy Joe Roche and Robby Rackleff TEAM 7: Jordan Kasey and Martin Kasey TEAM 8: Greg St. Pierre and Lily Susskind TEAM 9: Sam Herring and Kim Tabara TEAM 10:Stew Mostofsky and Seth Mostofksy TEAM 11: R.M. O'Brien and Chester Gwazda TEAM 12: Pilar Diaz and Hosey Corona TEAM 13: Evan Moritz and Kaitlin Murphy TEAM 14: William Cashion and Elena Johnston TEAM 15: Person Ablach and Sam Shea TEAM 16: Katie Truhn and Jesse Unterhalter TEAM 17: Gerry Mak and Sophia Mak TEAM 18: Monica Mirabile and Sigrid Lauren TEAM 19: Dina Kelberman and Keith Lea
Cate Le Bon's latest effort CYRK II is due out August 21st! Today she kindly released a preview track for your downloading pleasure! If What is Worse is any indication, Cate Le Bon is growing as an artist and CYRK II will be a real treat.
Take a listen to Gallop from the forthcoming debut Tall Ships album, 'Everything Touching', due out 8th October via Big Scary Monsters / Blood And Biscuits. I think we are going to hear a lot about this come Fall.
Mary’s Voice, The Music Tapes’ third full-length album, is the warmest and most accessible invitation yet into Julian Koster’s world—the culmination of a vision he has been realizing for over a decade.
Also, the Mary’s Voice vinyl features a return to pop-up art for both Merge and The Music Tapes since 1999′s First Imaginary Symphony for Nomad. Pre-order Mary’s Voice now on CD and LP now in the Merge store. Take a listen to The Dark is Singing Songs (Sleepy Time Down South)."
Director Tyler Kalberg's "Museum of Flight" was filmed during Damien Jurado's recent five-week tour of Europe. Tyler served as the driver, documentarian and de facto tour manager while traveling over 7,000 miles through 10 countries, 28 concerts in 30 days, and countless baguettes and jamón. The scenery is as beautiful as the song.The album Maraqopa is out now on Secretly Canadian.
07/20/12 Portland, OR - Oregon Zoo w/ The Head & The Heart
08/03/12 Ravenna, IT - Hana-Bi w/ Megafaun
08/05/12 Arco di Trento, IT - Arco Summer Festival
08/06/12 Munich, DE - Muffatwerk w/ Megafaun
08/07/12 Dresden, DE - Beatpol w/ Megafaun
08/08/12 Berlin, DE - HBC
08/10/12 Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel
08/11/12 Haldern , DE - Haldern Pop Festival w/ Megafaun
08/12/12 Utrecht, NL - Tivoli w/ Bowerbirds
08/14/12 Brighton, UK - The Blind Tiger w/ Megafaun
08/15/12 Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club w/ Megafaun
08/16/12 Glasgow, UK - The Arches w/ Megafaun
08/17/12 Glanusk Park, Wales, UK - Green Man Festival (AUG 17th-19th)
08/17/12 Newcastle, UK - The Cluny w/ Megafaun
08/18/12 Liverpool, UK - The Leaf w/ Megafun
08/19/12 Powys, Wales, UK - Green Man Festival
08/20/12 London, UK - Dingwalls w/ Megafaun
09/01/12 Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09/07/12 Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
10/25/12 Washington, DC: The 930 Club w/Sharon Van Etten
10/27/12 Atlanta, GA: Terminal West w/Sharon Van Etten
10/28/12 Orlando, FL: The Social w/Sharon Van Etten
10/30/12 Tallahassee, FL: Club Downunder w/Sharon Van Etten
11/01/12 Houston, TX: Fitzgerald's w/Sharon Van Etten
11/02/12 Austin, TX: Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/03/12 Dallas, TX: Trees w/Sharon Van Etten
11/05/12 St. Louis, MO: Firebird w/Sharon Van Etten
11/07/12 Chicago, IL: Metro w/Sharon Van Etten
11/10/12 Burlington, VT: Higher Ground w/Sharon Van Etten
Podcast #25 is available for streaming online or downloading and listening at your leisure! Live broadcast radio shows are 9pm Thursdays (EST) on PMCRadio.org.
1) The Helio Sequence Negotiations October
2) Chelsea Light Moving Groovy and Linda
3) Future Islands FAMOUS CLASS RECORDS / LAMC 7" SERIES LAMC # 2Cotton Flower
4) Eternal Summers Correct Behavior You Kill
5) MNDR Feed Me DiamondsFaster Horses
6) Fawn CoastlinesAll The Lights
7) Gold Motel Gold Motel Musicians
8) Fulhäst Down The DeuceRobot Blood (instrumental)
9) Echo Lake Wild Peace In Dreams
10) Family Of The Year Loma VistaLiving On Love
11) Mission Of Burma Unsound 7's
12) METZ METZ Headache
13) Taken By Trees Dreams
14) Echo Lake Wild PeaceEven the Blind
Plaza Midwood Community Radio, the wonderfully eclectic Charlotte, NC station founded by and completely staffed by musicians, DJs, artists, and political radicals, announced an adjustment in their format today. PMCR will still have all the specialty shows, but rather than exclusively playing local music when those shows aren't airing, they are moving to a more college radio format featuring the latest in indie rock, americana, indie hip hop, experimental, and anything else that is new and exciting. This format change fills a huge void in the Charlotte market. Of course, there will still be a healthy sampling of local fare, too. You can stream Plaza Midwood Community Radio 24/7 at:
True Thrush is the second track to be made available from Dan Deacon's forthcoming album America out August 28th (North America) / August 27th (Rest of the world) on Domino. Take a listen! It's fantastic!
Unsound, the new record from post-punk legends Mission of Burma is due out tomorrow on Fire Records! Preview two tracks from the record below and look for them on tour this Fall! It's inspiring to see that a band started in 1979 is still making great records.
08.03 Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY) w/ Wild Flag
09.07 Union Transfer (Philadelphia, PA
09.08 Black Cat (Washington, DC)
09.13 Fitzgerald's (Houston, TX)
09.14 Dan's Silverleaf (Denton, TX)
09.15 Antone's (Austin, TX)
09.27 400 Bar (Minneapolis, MN)
09.28 High Noon Saloon (Madison, WI)
09.29 Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL)
Podcast #24 is available for streaming online or downloading and listening at your leisure! Live broadcast radio shows are 9pm Thursdays (EST) on PMCRadio.org.
1) Love Riot Tilly and the Wall 2012 LP
2) Diversity Family Of The Year Loma Vista
3) Never Have To Fall In Love Again Eleni Mandell w/ Benji Hughes I Can See The Future
4) Rice and Beans (But No Beans) The Welcome Wagon Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices
5) Like a Fire Erika Spring Erika Spring
6) Young Silence Echo Lake Wild Peace
7) Waitin' 4 U Foxygen Take the Kids Off Broadway
8) Violence Now Milk Music
9) One-Sided Arc in Round Arc in Round
10) Beaches A Lull Meat Mountain - EP
11) Trouble Iron and Wine 7"
12) OwlShark Doseone G is for Deep
13) Pixels Fawn Coastlines
14) Midnight Men CAN The Lost Tapes Sampler
15) Close To None Future Islands On The Water
Full disclosure: I have been having a love affair with The Smittens for many, many years. The fact that they don't know it or actively participate is besides the point. Their brand of indie pop/twee is so much fun that it should be illegal. Don't beleive me? Listen for yourself!
With the upcoming release of their album Believe Me this July on Fika Recordings, a 3 track digital single, a European tour, playing the Indietracks Festival, and having songs on two compilations, it is a shock that The Smittens had time to participate in an interview. Thankfully, I had trained kittens sneak into their homes and steal their passports. I refused to give them back in time for their tour unless they thoroughly answered my ridiculous questions.
What's the most embarrassing band you loved as a kid?
David: When I was in high school I really liked this Boston based funk band called Chucklehead. In retrospect they were pretty awful.
Max: I don't know if i have one. I wasn't really into pop music at all until freshman year of high school and I entered on the top floor with REM. I refuse to be embarrassed by liking 10,000 Maniacs and Indigo Girls. Stay tuned for more on the latter...
Dana: Does Biz Markie count as a band? I definitely knew all the words to 'Just a Friend.' My cool factor drops when people learn that I was a Phish-head in high school. I followed them around for a while - saw 36 shows in total.
Holly: I guess I would have to say Tiffany. I also had a brief Bangles period too.
Colin: I don't know if this counts, but I did go to see Twisted Sister and Great White (and maybe) Y and T when I was in high school and I bought a Twisted Sister t-shirt that said "Love is for Suckers." My mom wouldn't let me wear it to school, so it became a sleep shirt. I don't think I am embarrassed by any bands I ever loved, tho. I remember loving the song "Cool it Now" by New Edition. Most songs I loved I still love, tho, including that one.
What is the first record you bought?
David: Michael Jackson - Thriller
Max: Do you count the Vogue maxi single or my beloved cassette of the Brandenburgs? If not, REM -- Out of Time
Dana: Do you mean legit LP? I remember playing the shit out of Squeeze, Singles 45's and under. I definitely grew up listening to a lot of Peter, Paul and Mary and Simon and Garfunkel. I thank my dad for that!
Holly: Probably Madonna's Like a Virgin
Colin: I don't think I remember. I used to listen to my mom's albums all the time. When I finally got to getting an album of my own, I probably picked Men at Work Business as Usual and I also had The Steve Miller Band Album that had Abracadabra on it. I remember buying the singles of Cat's in the Cradle and Heart of Gold. Meanwhile my younger brother was buying Van Halen's Jump and Jukebox Hero by Foreigner and Since You're Gone by the Cars. I was lucky he had good taste, too!
Unicorns vs. Narwhals? Who would win in a fight?
David - This is a trick question. The answer is whichever one was out of its element. The fight is going to have to take place on either dry land or in the water. Which would have to be settled by a coin toss. So really, the winner of the coin toss.
Max: Narwhals are real, so I'd go with them.
Dana: What's a narwhal?
Holly: Unicorns! They have feet! Run away!
Colin: I have to go with unicorns on this one. Because I love them and what if it's the only one? Are you saying there are a bunch of unicorns and narwhals? I bet unicorns don't feel the cold, so maybe they could work together and the unicorns could break the ice for the narwhals to swim through! They would be an awesome team.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on the road?
David: This one one time we put "Putgarten" rather than "Puttgarden" into Mrs G (Mrs G is the name of our GPS) and ended up on an island in the middle of the Baltic sea at the most eastern point of Germany. Seven hours later we finally got to the correct ferry. Birds started pooping on us.
Max: David's answer didn't really feel funny at the time, until stress-induced giddiness set in. That day continued and included an in-van dance party whilst stuck in traffic somewhere in Germany. After 18 hours on the road, arriving at the Copenhagen club we were supposed to be at many hours before, literally running in and onto stage for the briefest of line checks. We didn't play for long, but it was probably the best-earned show we ever played. A few other memories: playing a green, carbon-neutral prom in a barn in Vermont, where the kids had to wear recycled clothing and get there on foot, bikes, or horses. Because someone was filming it we had to play the same song over and over and over. The kids, jacked up on organic fair trade coffee, just got more and more into it. And also the time we played in Birmingham, England during an invasion of flying ants, or "flants," as people were calling them.
Holly: What the gang said. I may or may not have taken some free candy like pills in Germany courtesy of our host there that are totally legal there and been really hyper when we finally made it to Copenhagen for our 20 minute set after 18 hours on the road. What a crazy adventure.
Dana: And during said trip we definitely wrote a song about our misadventures - to the tune of Jonathan Richmans "New England." Let's just say I'm glad we didn't record that one, though we did choose to play it when we got to the venue. My favorite van games are "name that Facebook status update" and "cutest person at the show that night" - we've had some good laughs during those. And there's a running joke about stashing a box of Depends in the car so that those with small bladders don't hold up our arrival times places... I suppose if we ever actually put that system in effect it would be hilarious for a minute, and then just stinky.
Colin: There is always some amusement wherever we go. I don't know if the funniest things translate well to seem funny to other people. I do remember running through the streets of Hamburg with Allo Darlin' trying to ring the bells on all the parked bicycles. In my mind it's pretty epic, but I have a good imagination, Maybe it was just a couple blocks. I probably wasn't running. Maybe I was just bearing witness and trying to get the the bar. I laugh a lot on tour whenever I am not reading or rocking or complaining.
Who has the worst van etiquette?
David: Define "Van Etiquette?" There is one of us that is a very loud eater. We have to say "Can you be mindful of your chewing." But I am not naming names.
Max: Part of van etiquette is the infamous "No Mountain Goats" rule. Again, not naming names on who'd be most likely to violate this one.
Dana: Hmm... no comment? ...We definitely each have our special needs and areas of high maintenance when it comes to van travel. Max and I are high maintenance in the nausea department, so we tend to require seats up front or by windows that open. Colin has a pillow-dependence. Holly has a smaller bladder. And David likes to be our DJ.
Holly: Hey, I'm little! But it's true. I usually am asleep though so I don't notice much around me.
Colin: I don't think this is a fair question - and it depends on East coast or West coast. On the East coast, we used to take my old van, so I probably got a little testy about things, like when the heat didn't work, I would get bummed when folks said they were cold! Or when the A/C would leak. Worst etiquette, tho? Not Me! I have good manners when I'm not the driver. I try not to step on peoples stuff when getting in and out of the van and I try to remember to take out my trash. I hate the middle seat - I like to be either way back or up front.
Who is in heavy rotation on your iPod?
David: Architecture in Helsinki, The Just Joans, Jens Lekman, the Labrador 100 comp and Donovan.
Max: Right now, The European, the new Cats on Fire record, Burning Hearts, Elli and Jacno, Hidrogenesse, Cris Williamson's "The Changer and The Changed" and the best of Richard and Mimi Farina.
Dana: My i-Pod is an i-Phone. Currently listening to a lot of the new Allo Darlin and Burning Hearts albums, the Motifs, Elton John, and Joan Armatrading. I was DJ'ing at our local college radio station this past year, so that required making lots of playlists that I've gone back to with some frequency. It's like a new mix tape every week.
Holly: Darren Hanlon, Architecture in Helsinki, The School and Allo Darlin'
Colin: Well, I generally listen to whatever is the newest recordings we've made, and otherwise use shuffle play a lot for variety. In the kitchen we listen to a lot of Standard Fare, Allo Darlin' The Just Joans, and Withered Hand. Those ones, our house has common ground love of. I've also been trying to develop a deeper appreciation of Trout Mask Replica, so I make myself listen to that about weekly. Otherwise, it's been the Indietracks Comp and another secret comp that is coming out soon that we participated in. Just got the new Middle Ones album in the mail and am looking forward to getting loads of new records on tour, too. Oh yeah, that album by The Beets is awesome.
What is the worst fight over nothing that you got into with each other after being road weary and exhausted?
David: What happens on tour stays on tour.
Max: Yeah, not worth getting into. Anything like that really would have been about nothing. Leaving gear at venues and realizing it when you're hundreds of miles away is always fun, though.
Dana: What's a fight? We don't have those. I mean, we are merely a consensus-based band of dear friends that have been doing this for ten years..... no fights allowed!
Holly: I think we have our little bickers and snaps and we let those happen so it allows us to not have any big blow outs. We're family!
Colin: I feel like each person takes a turn having a rough day - I feel like I have one per tour. We are so like family that when we get on each other's nerves, it can get rough. But we also do try to take care of each other and bring each other up. I am pretty non-confrontational, so I tend to avoid fights, but we still kinda grate on each in little ways - it's kinda like being in a couple with 5 people. I sat on a curb for a while outside a club in Goteborg because I got worn out, then got cranky, then we had some mixed signals and I was actually mad. I got over it the next day and it was fine. Sometimes a lack of alone time can make anyone crazy. By far the pros outweigh the cons of doing this - but it also takes some work from each of us, like any good relationship.