Posts Tagged ‘Animal-esque Artists’

Animal-esque Artist “The Black Crowes” Gear Up for a New Kind of Revolution

March 20, 2008

After two decades, 10 albums, more than a dozen members and a much-needed hiatus, The Black Crowes are on the cusp of releasing their first new record in seven years. Warpaint is a rallying cry—the sound of a band that has rediscovered its musical vitality and continues to forge its own unapologetic path…

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Animal-esque Beatles may go Guitar Hero as well

March 20, 2008

Prepare yourselves. Guitar Hero may be getting even more, well, heroic.

To which particular heroes do we refer? The Beatles, of course. They’re heroic in the world of music if anyone ever was. To that end, rumors have been circulating that a Beatles-themed version of Guitar Hero may be in the works. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which has the rights to a good chunk of the Beatles’ musical output, seems to be interested in striking up a deal with Activision, GH‘s creator, DigitalMusicNews.com reports. This comes in the wake of last month’s announcement that an Aerosmith-branded version of the game would soon hit stores.

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White Rabbits join Radiohead’s label, schedule many dates

March 16, 2008

Things seem to be going pretty well for White Rabbits these days. Tonight, they play a benefit for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (tickets are still available here), the theme of which is “Enchanted Forest” (awesome!). They then hit the road, starting with a few SXSW dates, followed by a U.S. stint with Spoon and The Walkmen, followed by some headlining European gigs (see below).

Oh yeah, and they signed to TBD Records, which means they’re labelmates with Radiohead and Underworld. That’s none too shabby company for the still-young band. According to a recent statement, White Rabbits hope to have a new album out in early 2009.

In the meantime, there are plenty of live dates…

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Animal-esque artist “AIDS Wolf” breaks “Glass”

March 13, 2008

 

Montreal noisemakers AIDS Wolf, the four-piece whose motto is “We are a f****** cult and will cause you harm and ill will,” have announced a quick round of North American shows before a whole bevy of European ones leading up to the release of their second full-length, Cities Of Glass, this summer on Skin Graft. But if you don’t live in one of the eight seemingly random cities they’ve chosen, don’t sweat it: You can check out footage of past live AIDS Wolf performances in Fingered Dvdzine, a documentar-style collection of the current music and art scenes in international cities, which is out now.Tour Dates For AIDS Wolf:
03/26 – Buffalo, NY – Soundlab
03/27 – Columbus, OH – Bourbon St
03/28 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
03/29 – Detroit, MI – Scrummage University
04/10 – Montreal, QB – Sala Rossa
04/11 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
04/12 – Providence, RI – As220
04/13 – Jamaica Plains, MA – The Milky Way

www.myspace.com/aidswolf

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Animal-esque artist “Tigercity” announces two-month tour

March 12, 2008

Tigercity has announced plans for a two-month tour, kicking off at SXSW this week. The Brooklyn-based band self-released its debut EP, Pretend Not To Love, in 2007, and followed up with heavy touring, supporting the likes of M.I.A. and the Rosebuds, among others. The four-piece’s disco-infused indie-pop earned them recognition as the iTunes “indie spotlight” and nabbed attention all over the blogosphere. This past January Shout It Out Loud Music included the track “Red Lips” on its first volume of the Shout It Out Loud Music compilation. While not touring, the band has been laying low in New York, recording new music and, apparently, feasting on homemade guacamole.

Tour Dates For Tigercity:
03/19 – Kansas City, KS – The Brick
03/21 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
04/01 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Blind Pig*
04/02 – Hamilton, ON – Casbah*
04/03 – Toronto, ON – El Mocambo*
04/04 – Montreal, QB – La Sala*
04/05 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
04/06 – Albany, NY – Jack Rabbit Slims*
04/07 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs*
04/08 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom*
04/09 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s*
04/10 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
04/11 – Washington, DC – RNR Hotel*
04/12 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club*
04/14 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
04/15 – Jacksonville, FL – TSI*
04/16 – Orlando, FL – The Social*
04/17 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar*
04/18 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room*
04/19 – Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar*
04/21 – San Antonio, TX – Rock Bottom*
04/22 – Austin, TX – Parish*
04/23 – El Paso, TX – Club Blu*
04/24 – Tucson, AZ – Hotel Congress*
04/28 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar*
04/29 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine*
04/30 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s*
05/02 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
05/03 – Vancouver, BC – Plaza Club*
05/04 – Seattle, WA – Nectar*
05/06 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge*
05/07 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre*
05/08 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room*
05/09 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry*
05/10 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*
*with VHS or Beta

www.myspace.com/tigercity

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Asthmatic Kitty Newsletter 03/10/08

March 10, 2008

ASTHMATIC KITTY RECORDS MAIL LIST MARCH EDITION
1. Cryptacize Album and Tour
2. DVD (and don’t forget the Independent Exposure competition)
3. Music for Videogames
4. Happy Ending
5. Unusual Animals Mutates into Louisville
6. SXSW 2008 (Listen!)
7. Tour Dates
-0——-INTRODUCTION——————————————————————————-
We’re about to head off to SXSW 2008, so if you’re going to be in Austin as well, catch us at one of our day parties and say hello. But just because we’re jetting doesn’t mean there’s not much going on. Cryptacize’s album is finally out and it’s a doozey. Between our last communique and this, we’ve let loose our Encyclopedia Asthmatica DVD into the world of video. We also have a very special Unusual Animals event in Louisville that anyone can contribute to, even if you’re not in the area.
Thanks again for reading!

-1——-CRYPTACIZE ALBUM AND TOUR————————————————————-
Cryptacize’s first album is now available, either here on the website or at your favorite independent record store. We’ve had the pleasure of listening to it for some time, and we think you’ll enjoy it’s swirling delicate orchestration.
In case you need something to listen to until your album arrives via mail, or the bus arrives to take you to the record store, Michael, Chris, and Nedelle of Cryptacize have carefully created a playlist of some of their friends’ music. Go to asthmatickitty.com, then click on AKradio at the top, then “change playlist” to select the Cryptacize playlist.
Click here to order the album for $10+SH:
http://asthmatickitty.com/music.php?releaseID=86
“Cosmic Sing-a-long,” video by Cryptacize:
www.vimeo.com/709460

-2———ENCYCLOPEDIA ASTHMATICA DVD CHECKED IN————————————–
Dear Library Patron,
This is a friendly reminder that the Encyclopedia Asthmatica “Digital Versatile Disc” is now available for checkout.
From,
Your neighborhood imaginary library.
(pssss: our DVD is out! It has videos from almost everyone on our label!)
Encyclopedia Asthmatica Info ($14+SH):
http://asthmatickitty.com/music.php?releaseID=91
“Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake,” by Sufjan Stevens, as interpreted by visual artist Deborah Johnson:
www.vimeo.com/665276
Trailer for the DVD (designed by the packaging and DVD menus’ creators: Zack and Gala Bent):
www.vimeo.com/665307

-3——–MUSIC FOR VIDEOGAMES——————————————————————-
As some of us here at the label are avid video gamers but with little time to spare, we keep a close eye on the independent video game scene as it often yields a higher creativity-to-time ratio than most other videogames. It was with piqued interest that we watched a game called AudioSurf move from almost-finished to the rare “completed” status just a month or two ago. The game takes an MP3 or CD and turns it into a playable video game level, with colored blocks appropriately tied to the tempo of the song. Its integration of pure color on visual dimension with the experience of sound into one unified, synesthesia game space seemed quite fascinating. And plus, it was really fun.
We decided to round-up a few friends of the label and put together a compilation designed especially for play in AudioSurf. The call was quickly answered by signed and unsigned alike, including folks from Anticon Records, Sounds Are Active, and Imputor. The end result is a driving, definitive, compilation comprised of previously released and some unreleased material that is cohesive if only because our criteria was playability in addition to quality. Apparently, there is a mathematical and musical beauty in that.
Download the album here:
http://asthmatickitty.com/music.php?releaseID=95
Download a free AudioSurf demo here:
www.audiosurf.com

-4———–THE HAPPY ENDING MUSIC AND READING SERIES————————————–
We are happy to announce that we have partnered with writer/culture-provocateur Amanda Stern and her Happy Ending Music and Reading Series to present a night of…well, what else…music and reading. On April 2nd at 9:30PM Asthmatic Kitty’s Michael Kaufmann and Amanda Stern will be hosting this event at Joe’s Pub in New York City. The music will be presented by our lovely My Brightest Diamond accompanied by strings. Also presenting will be three very fine writers: Alec Bemis, Daphne Carr and Rob Sheffield.
Sponsored by BOMB Magazine:
www.bombsite.com/
Happy Ending website:
www.amandastern.com/happyending.html
Joe’s Pub:
www.joespub.com/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,3798

-5————-UNUSUAL ANIMALS MUTATES INTO LOUISVILLE—————————————-
The Unusual Animals series of events has spawned many mutations from its now year-old Austin ancestor, including species in Indianapolis, Houston, and Portland. Now a particularly strange variant will emerge from the warm cocoon of Louisville, Kentucky on April 5, at the 930 Gallery, 6:30pm. One attribute that makes this particular Animal so abnormal is that it will incorporate an active pollination from the public at large. Along with the 930, we are requesting art from you or someone you know. You can read the call for entries below, but you only have until the 15th of March.
Attendance to this particular evolution will merit observations of music explorator Shedding, old-timey modern rockers The Town Criers, the non-android sound making of Squeeze-bot, and hip-kraut Ultra Pulverize. Cost to this phenomenon is free, save perhaps what it wears away from your scientific assumptions.
Go here for link-o-rama, including bands and call for entry:
http://asthmatickitty.com/news.php?newsID=266

-6————–SXSW—————————————————————————————–
For those of you who will not be in the Austin, Texas area this week for SXSW, fret not! Find a nearby warm, dry climate, take your laptop into the backyard, and turn on our AKradio SXSW 2008 playlist. It’s almost like being there!
For those that will be there this week, see below for times and dates. Stop by and say hello!
Asthmatic Kitty (and friends) Label Showcase:
Friday, March 14 @ Central Presbyterian Church (200 E. 8th St)
8:00pm – Tristan Perich
9:00pm – Doveman
10:00pm – Clare & The Reasons
11:00pm – Cryptacize (Asthmatic Kitty)
12:00am – My Brightest Diamond (Asthmatic Kitty)
1:00am – Castanets (Asthmatic Kitty)

Okay Mountain Presents Asthmatic Kitty and Friends:
Friday, March 14 @ at the Okay Mountain Gallery (1312 East Cesar Chavez Ste B)
2:00pm – Marla Hansen (Standard Recording)
2:45pm – Hi Red Center
3:15pm – Gary Higgins (Drag City)
4:00pm – The Weird Weeds (Autobus Records )
4:45pm – KIT (Upset the Rhythm)
Saturday, March 15 @ at the Okay Mountain Gallery (1312 East Cesar Chavez Ste B)
2:00pm – Grampall Jookabox (Joyful Noise Recordings)
2:45pm – Smoke Detector
3:15pm – Son Lux (Anticon Records)
4:00pm – Cryptacize (Asthmatic Kitty)
4:45pm – {{{Sunset}}}
DJ Stephen R between sets
Day Party Sponsors:
KTRU: http://bang.rice.edu/
Microcinema: www.microcinemadvd.com/
XLR8R Magazine: www.xlr8r.com/
Function Drinks: www.functiondrinks.com/
Miles of Chocolate: www.milesofchocolate.com/
St. Arnold’s Brewing Company: www.saintarnold.com/
Real Ale Brewing Company: www.realalebrewing.com/
Other Appearances by AK Artists:
My Brightest Diamond (solo):
– Thursday, March 13, 12:00pm – Paste-Stereogum Lounge @ Volume (612 6th St)
Castanets:
– Thursday, March 13, 1:00pm – Todd P’s free all-ages patio BBQ party @ Ms Bea’s (1104 E. 6th St)
SC Distribution Day Party:
Friday, March 14 @ End of an Ear (2209 S. 1st)
1:00pm – Cryptacize (Asthmatic Kitty)
1:50pm – No Kids (Tomlab)
2:40pm – Jeremy Jay (K Records)
3:30pm – White Hinterland (Dead Oceans)
4:20pm – Sian Alice Group (The Social Registry)
CSTNTS (featuring members of Castanets):
– Friday, March 14, 2:00pm – Impose/KVRX house party @ RanchO RelaxO (3402 Merrie Lynn)

-7——TOUR DATES——————————————————————————-
Castanets
2008-03-13 Thursday: Austin, TX – Ms Beas (for the free agency / todd p nyc BBQ)
2008-03-14 Friday: Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church (at Asthmatic Kitty & Friends Showcase)
2008-03-15 Saturday: Austin, TX – RanchO RelaxO
Cryptacize
2008-03-11 Tuesday: Denton, TX – Rubber Gloves (w/ why?, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and WeMadeOutOnce DJs)
2008-03-11 Tuesday: Dallas, TX – Good Records (afternoon instore)
2008-03-14 Friday: Austin, TN – End of an Ear
2008-03-16 Sunday: Houston, TX – Rudyard’s Pub (w/why? and Samara Lubelski)
2008-03-17 Monday: Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon (w/why? and Panther)
2008-03-18 Tuesday: Atlanta, GA – The Drunken Unicorn (w/why? and Panther)
2008-03-19 Wednesday: Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle (w/why?)
2008-03-20 Thursday: Charlottesville, VA – Outback Lodge (w/why? and Doofgoblin)
2008-03-21 Friday: Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church (w/why? and Br. Danielson)
2008-03-22 Saturday: New York, NY – The Knitting Factory (w/why?, Panther, and Son Lux)
2008-03-23 Sunday: New Haven, CT – Sundazed at BAR (w/why?)
2008-03-24 Monday: Northampton, MA – The Iron Horse (w/why?)
2008-03-25 Tuesday: Cambridge, MA – The Middle East (w/why?)
2008-03-26 Wednesday: Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa (w/why?)
2008-03-27 Thursday: Toronto, OH – Silver Dollar (w/why?)
2008-03-28 Friday: Ann Arbor, MI – Pierpoint at University Of Michigan (w/why? and Hopalong)
2008-03-29 Saturday: Chicago, IL – The Hideout (w/ Rock Falls and Citay)
2008-03-30 Sunday: St. Louis, MO – Lemp Arts Center (w/ Thankful Tree, Citay, and Jumbling Towers)
2008-03-31 Monday: Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
2008-04-01 Tuesday: Denver, CO – Hi-Dive (w/ Littles Paia, hunter dragon, and Milton Melvin Croissant III)
2008-04-03 Thursday: Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court (w/ Kid Madusa (from The Tremula) and touch the awesome)
Half-handed Cloud
2008-04-16 Wednesday: San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop (w/ Lake)
2008-04-17 Thursday: Oakland, CA – Mama Buzz Cafe (EARLY) (w/ Lake)
2008-04-20 Sunday: Denver, CO – Rhinoceropolis (w/ Lake)
2008-04-21 Monday: Omaha, NE – Slowdown (w/ Lake)
2008-04-22 Tuesday: Ames, IA – The Practice Space (w/ Lake)
2008-04-24 Thursday: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Square Theatre (w/ Think/Dance Collective, Lake)
2008-04-25 Friday: Grand Rapids, MI – Calvin College@Fish House (w/ Lake)
2008-04-26 Saturday: Bloomington, IN – Art Hospital (w/ Vollmar, Lake)
2008-04-27 Sunday: Nashville, TN – Portland Brew (South) (w/ Lake, Aaron Roche)
2008-04-28 Monday: Chattanooga, TN – Barking Legs Theater (w/ Charles Allison, Lake)
2008-04-29 Tuesday: Maryville, TN – Tomato Head (w/ Lake)
2008-04-30 Wednesday: Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn (w/ Lake)
2008-05-01 Thursday: Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge (w/ Casper & the Cookies, Lake)
2008-05-05 Monday: Purchase, NY – Purchae College@Co-op (w/ Lake)
2008-05-06 Tuesday: New York City, NY – Cake-shop (w/ R. Stevie Moore, Lake)
My Brightest Diamond
2008-03-12 Wednesday: Dallas, TX – Granada Theater ((solo) w/ Kid Dakota and Cloud Cult)
2008-03-13 Thursday: Austin, TX – Paste-Stereogum Lounge at Volume
2008-03-14 Friday: Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church (at Asthmatic Kitty & Friends Showcase)
Rafter
2008-04-19 Saturday: Claremont, CA – Pitzer College (@ Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival)
Be seeing you!

For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Paste Magazine’s Band of the Week is animal-esque artist “Ladyhawk”

March 7, 2008

When childhood friends Duffy Driediger, Darcy Hancock, Sean Hawryluk and Ryan Peters were ready to self-record their first album back in 2005, they had a very specific sound in mind for Ladyhawk’s debut. “We wanted to have a real live-sounding record,” Hancock explains. “We did it all live in the same room because we refused to wear headphones.”

The finished product, however, was not what the band members had imagined. “It came off sounding really thin and all the same,” Hancock says. The band tried to re-master the album twice, but saw little improvement. When Ladyhawk signed with Jagjaguwar Records later that year, the band accepted the label’s offer to re-record its debut.

After almost two years of constant touring and the release of the 2007 EP Fight For Anarchy, the band was ready to start recording another album. Eschewing the traditional studio setting, Ladyhawk settled on an abandoned farmhouse behind a strip mall in the guys’ hometown of Kelowna, British Columbia. It lacked certain creature comforts (most notably modern plumbing), but it was cheap, and the band could play there 24 hours a day.

Hancock said he and his bandmates had hoped the house’s relative isolation would help distance them from the distractions of everyday life. But the decision to let a former record exec film their recording sessions came back to haunt them. “It was actually really annoying,” Hancock recalls. “It’s just hard to be yourself because you know that people are going to watch it later.”

Despite the presence of the elephantine camera in the room, Ladyhawk emerged from the drafty farmhouse 10 days later with Shots, an album Hancock says finally captured the raw energy of the band’s music that had been lacking on its debut. “We didn’t use any other effects on the album, just the sound of the room,” he says. “It sounds like the place we recorded it in, and I don’t think we could repeat that.”

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Animal-esque artist The Dodos “deftly dilute the freak in their freak-folk”

March 5, 2008

This Bay Area outfit cross-references bluegrass guitar, mandolin, vast percussion, and orchestral arrangements into a mildly freaky yet no less tangy folk salad. The exciting twist: All this sound comes from just two people. On their sophomore album, Visiter, it all comes together with cunning cohesion, their studio tinkering giving birth to tracks like “Winter,” where the duo reels in strumming mandolin, sustained rim-and-tom clatter, and discordant horns with a simple, swaying vocal harmony. Throughout the record, familiar indie melodies ultimately seal together abstract approaches that might otherwise sound like traveled upon l’freak pour l’freak efforts.

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

New album from animal-esque artist “Fleet Foxes”

March 4, 2008


The opening track on Fleet Foxes’ debut EP is the perfect introduction to this Seattle band, whose carefully fashioned songs reward more active listening than your typical indie-roots outfit. “Sun Giant” begins with their soft harmonies reverberating in what sounds like a cathedral space. With no accompaniment, their sustained a cappella notes fade slowly, adding gravity to this hymn of contentment: “What a life I lead in the summer/ What a life I lead in the spring.” The only other instrument is Skyler Skjelset’s mandolin, which enters late in the song playing a delicate theme as singer Robin Pecknold hums quietly.

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Review of latest album from Animal-esque artist “Food for Animals”

March 4, 2008

Food for Animals come at hip-hop from an oblique angle. Or, to put it less gently, they do it ass-backwards, inverting the traditional roles of beats and rhymes. MCs Vulture Voltaire (aka Andrew Field-Pickering) and Hy (aka Sterling Warren) hold down the rhythmic pulse with their flows, while the beats– well, the beats just fly all over the fucking place. Producer Ricky Rabbit’s loops sound like a Stan Brakhage Nintendo game– P.A.-pulverizing fits of chopped and screwed digital squalor that mash up lo-bit Pita-style electronics with breakcore, Baltimore club, dubstep, and techno. But the topsy-turvy ethos and gurgling electronics hardly make Belly– the group’s first full-length– a headache-inducing mess. Rather, Belly is a giant step forward for the trio in just about every regard. The hooks are stronger, the verses are tighter, the noise is, well, better.

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Animal-esque artist Counting Crows gives power to the people

March 2, 2008

The Counting Crows are enabling their fans to participate in some artistic experimentation of their own. Inspired by the creative chaos of YouTube, the band has decided to make live footage available for download, so that fans can create their own music videos. In preparation of the upcoming release of Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings, due out March 25 on Geffen, the YouTube video channel will feature the fan-made videos, as well as new recordings and studio sessions from the band

Tracklist For Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings:
01. 1492
02. Hanging Tree
03. Los Angeles
04. Sundays
05. Insignificant
06. Cowboys
07. Washington Square
08. On Almost Any Sunday Morning
09. When I Dream Of Michelangelo
10. Anyone But You
11. You Can’t Count On Me
12. Le Ballet D’or
13. On A Tuesday In Amsterdam Long Ago
14. Come Around

www.countingcrows.com

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For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Animal-esque artist Animal Collective bewail ‘Water Curses’

March 2, 2008

The NYC-by-way-of-Maryland Animal Collective has unearthed a succinct trove of leftovers from the band’s Strawberry Jam (Domino) sessions. The Water Curses EP, which boasts three tracks from the aforementioned January 2007 recordings, is due out May 6 via Domino. In addition to these songs, however, the foreboding and rather ominously titled EP finds the exploratory indie rockers digging deep into their pockets for the newfangled gem “Seal Eyeing”—recorded at Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn under production mastermind Nicolas Vernhes.

Tracklist For Water Curses:
01. Water Curses
02. Street Flash
03. Cobwebs
04. Seal Eyeing

Click here for article source.

www.paw-tracks.com

For more animal-esque music, news, and issues, tune in to Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo online at www.thecapstone.ua.edu, Sunday nights 8-10 central.

Animal-esque artist “Wolfkin” is SpinMagazine.com’s Artist of the Day

February 29, 2008

Wolfkin play music that is as much informed by Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound as it is the Beatles, Kraftwerk, and breezy indie-pop melodies. The PB&J-esque single “Use Your Illusion” oscillates between lush harmonies, dancey beats, ’60s pop guitar solos, and quiet harp and string parts, while “San Pedro” is nearly jazzy in its approach. Wolfkin isn’t afraid to let it out though, as both singers wail and yelp in the provocative title cut.

Click here to read the full article.

Wolfkin at MySpace

Animal-esque artist Cat Power joins Amie Street

February 28, 2008

Amie Street, an online music store that features both user-generated content and the content of record labels, has signed a deal with Beggars Group (Rough Trade, XL, 4AD), Matador and Polyvinyl, adding artists like Cat Power, the National and Of Montreal to their website today.

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Birdmonster Signs To FADER

February 22, 2008

San Francisco’s Birdmonster has signed to New York’s FADER label, with the follow-up to the self-released and critically acclaimed No Midnight to be released this summer. After spending the last month cooped up in a recording studio with producer Tom Schick (Ryan Adams, M Ward), the rowdy foursome is ready to showcase their new tunes. The band, who chronicled the recording process on their blog, will hit the road next week, starting off with an opening slot at this year’s Noisepop with Stellastarr*.

Tour Dates For Birdmonster:
02/28 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
03/01 – Walnut Creek, CA – Betty’s Rock Bar
03/06 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
03/07 – Los Angeles, CA – Pehrspace
03/08 – Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room
03/11 – San Antonio, TX – Rockbottom
03/14 – Dallas, TX – Double Wide
03/17 – Clovis, NM – Lyceum Theatre
03/18 – Tuscon, AZ – Plush
03/19 – San Diego, CA – U31
03/20 – Costa Mesca, CA – Detroit Bar
03/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Bordello
03/27 – Portland, OR – Towne Lounge
03/28 – Seattle, WA – High Dive
03/29 – Spokane, WA – The Blvd

Click here for the original article.

www.birdmonster.com

Andrew Bird newsletter – London show announcement and more!

February 20, 2008

Hello ya’ll.   On the newsletter menu today –

Let’s start with an appetizer:  You may all know this already, Andrew is starting his new album and will be spending much of 2008 in the recording studio.  This will mean that this will be a much quieter year in the live shows department, but we will make it up to you with some live films and recordings and unexpected things throughout the year.   

For example:  A MUSICAL EVENT – so super secret, so small, and so special that even we can’t tell you about it –  is happening in Chicago VERY soon, next week no less – so click here or here for more details – and hopefully see a few of you politically minded folks there next week!!!!

Just a few miniscule breaks in the recording plan for live solo shows: 

April 5             Cincinnati, OH                     Music Now Festival – with Grizzly Bear

April 26          London, England**              Indig02 / Eat Your Own Ears Festival

**This is Andrew’s only London show this year, so don’t put off buying tickets: you can get them here:

 

Assorted snacks:

** Check out 3 live tracks from Austin City Limits Music Festival here. (you can now download the whole show for sale @ itunes)

** Andrew sitting in with Wilco this last weekend, last night, and tomorrow too!
http://slyoyster.com/music/2008/wilco-and-andrew-bird-at-chicagos-riviera-theater-21508/

** Last autumn’s tour only Soldier ON EP is almost available for sale every place – it will be on itunes and other fine digital places on March 11.  You can also mail order a good old fashioned CD from Fargo Records, and they will ship it to any corner of the planet for you.  

** WHOA!  Awesome mashup of the song “The Trees Were Mistaken” with a Youngbloodz song:

You can find so many things on the internet!

 

Your pal, Andrea 

www.andrewbird.net

Animal-esque artist “Mastodon” to exude energy, mayhem all over U.S., Canada

February 20, 2008

…we’d like to point your attention toward Mastodon. The band is still working its deservedly workable 2006 tour-de-rock, Blood Mountain, with the distinct possibility of a new record this year. So, even if you can’t handle all the other, erm, mayhem, at the shows below, it might be worth your time to catch Mastodon…

July
9 – Seattle, Wash. @ White River Amphitheatre
11 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
12 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
13 – Irvine, Calif. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
15 – Fresno, Calif. @ Selland Arena
16 – San Diego, Calif. @ Coors Amphitheatre
18 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
19 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Journal Pavilion
20 – Denver, Colo. @ Coors Amphitheatre
22 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
23 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
25 – Dallas, Texas @ Smirnoff Music Centre
26 – San Antonio, Texas @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
27 – Houston, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
29 – Tampa, Fla. @ Ford Amphitheatre
30 – Miami, Fla. @ Sound Advice Amphitheater

August
1 – Atlanta, Ga. @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
2 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
3 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
4 – TBA
6 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8 – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Amphitheatre
9 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
10 – Chicago, Ill. @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
12 – TBA
13 – Boston, Mass. @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
15 – Camden, N.J. @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
16 – Washington, D.C. @ Nissan Pavilion
17 – Hartford, Conn. @ New England Dodge Music Center
20 – Saratoga, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Art Center
21 – Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center

Related links:
Paste review: Mastodon – Blood Mountain
Paste: Riffs Under Radar
MayhemFest.com

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Cat Power extends Jukebox tour into summer

February 20, 2008

After a brief tour hiatus, Cat Power will return to North America in promotion of this year’s covers album Jukebox, toting her blend of Memphis soul from 2006’s The Greatest along for the ride. Pitchfork reports the singer-songwriter will paint the west cost with her multifarious discography from Vancouver down to Mexico City. The tour’s schedule so far will go as follows:

February
29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern

March
4 – Auckland, New Zealand @ The Powerstation
7 – Cairns, Australia @ Tanks Arts Centre
8 – Brisbane, Australia @ The Tivoli
9 – Sydney, Australia @ Enmore Theatre
10 – Adelaide, Australia @ The Gov
12 – Castlemaine, Australia @ Theatre Royal
13 – Melbourne, Australia @ The Forum

April
10 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
11 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
12 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
13 – Portland, OR @ Roseland
15 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
16 – San Diego, CA @ 4th & B
17 – Tempe, TX @ Marquee Theatre
19 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
20 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
22 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse
23 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Lunario

June
8 – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo

Related links:
Cat Power on MySpace
YouTube: Cat Power – “Lost Someone” (live)
YouTube: NYT interview with Cat Power

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Animal-esque artist “Plants and Animals” is thriving in niche

February 17, 2008

 

…Such chores are new to Plants and Animals, who’ve only graduated from localized hometown acclaim to a burgeoning indie-rock breakout since a fortuitous signing to Montreal label Secret City – home to Polaris Music Prize winner Patrick Watson – last year. Promotion chores are becoming more commonplace as momentum from the band’s recent, well-regarded EP, with/avec, mounts upon approach to the Feb. 26 release of its official debut album, Parc Avenue.

The band has been at this for a while, mind you. Plants and Animals has existed since 2000, growing out of the friendship and formidable instrumental chemistry Spicer and drummer Matthew Woodley – chums since they first met in Halifax at 12 years old – forged with bassist/guitarist Nicolas Basque while studying music at Concordia University.

A lot of Parc Avenue itself actually predates the band’s current flirtation with trendiness. The three laboured over the album for two years, chasing perfection when they “caught a glimpse, off in the distance, of that vague, elusive entity that we were almost in sight of” but didn’t quite know how to reach yet.

“It’s like an aged whisky or something,” laughs Spicer. “It’s been percolating and developing for a long time to get to the point where now it’s just simple and delicious.”

Parc Avenue isn’t simple at all, of course. Deliciously overwrought and glazed with towering hippies-gone-prog-rock ambition, it’s a dense and frequently wondrous display of the players’ talents for arrangement, production and performance. Spicer admits it took them years to shake off their worst indulgences and find a way to confine its gifts in songs that had “a beginning, a middle and an end.”

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Animal-esque Artist “Cat Empire” Kneads Velvety ‘Nights’

February 15, 2008

Multi-platinum Aussies the Cat Empire have announced that they will release So Many Nights stateside on April 22 via Velour Music Group. With a bevy of feats including sold-out tours, appearances on national, late-night television shows, innumerable ARIA nominations and securing the Best World Album ARIA award in 2006, the band has successfully harnessed their worldly experiences into their latest endeavor under the supervision of legendary producer John Porter (Roxy Music, the Smiths, B.B. King, Ryan Adams). The US release of their new genre-defying disc boasts 15 tracks, which includes an exclusive bonus track titled “Wanted To Write A Long Song.”

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