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The new video for The Fiery Furnaces song “Charmaine Champagne”, from the new album I’m Going Away.
“A welcome comeback on this, their most accessible record in years… The pleasures are immediate and unforced… They definitely know their way around a good tune. Have a drink and sing along.” – Pitchfork, 7.8/10
“In a career full of stylistic zigzags and more music than most bands produce in two decades, The Fiery Furnaces are at it again… this is bound to be considered one of their peak moments.” – Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune, 4 stars
The video for “Charmaine Champagne” is a stop-motion animation of drawings by Mike Reddy (graphic designer for the band’s album covers), photographs of the band and animated color backgrounds: silkscreened color fields and cubes and action painting by Hannah Cole. The video was directed by Phillip Niemeyer of Double Triple.
The video and the drawings in it are inspired by New York in the summertime. Charmaine is in there, too, Where’s Waldo style – she hides for a frame or two dining alone outside or posed in a doorway. Also notice an Albers “Homage to a Square” hanging in Eleanor’s room.
You can see lots of stills, production shots and more about the making of this video here.
Grammy-winners The Mars Volta return to the Santa Barbara Bowl for the first time since their spectacular, sold-out 2005 performance on Wednesday, September 2nd. Tickets go on sale, Saturday, August 1st, and not only did we want to tip you off, but we also have a pair of tickets to give away. The group is touring in support of their fifth studio album, Octahedron. Hailed by The New Yorker as perhaps the most musically adventurous act currently signed to a major label, here’s a chance to see their impressive sound in a glorious outdoor setting. We’ll pick a winner in a few weeks. Best of luck!
Picking up the pieces from At the Drive-In, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez formed the Mars Volta and wasted little time branching out into elements of hardcore, psychedelic rock, and free jazz that expanded on the boundaries of their previous work. Although their previous band’s demise ultimately arrived before they were able to truly capitalize on their mounting commercial triumphs, the Mars Volta immediately impressed with their willingness to eschew conventional logic and push themselves into new artistic directions instead of opting for the more marketable sounds. The Mars Volta’s current line-up is Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Thomas Pridgen, John Frusciante, Isaiah Ikey Owens, Juan Alderete de la Pena, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez.
Tickets On Sale Saturday, August 1 @ Noon. Tickets available at all TicketMaster outlets including: F.Y.E, select Macyís, Ritmo Latino, the Arlington Theatre and the Santa Barbara Bowl Box Office. To charge by phone please call, 800-745-3000. Order online at www.ticketmaster.com.
The Monsters of Folk –comprised of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and singer/songwriter M.Ward– bring their Fall tour to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday, October 22nd and will be releasing their first collaborative album on September 22nd. Tickets go on sale, Saturday, August 1st @ 11am, and we’re giving one lucky person a pair of tickets to see these modern day troubadours. Enter below and we’ll pick a winner by the middle of the month. Best of luck.
Monsters of Folk: An Evening With Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Yim Yames.
Monsters of Folk began as folklore of sorts, when James, Oberst, Ward and Mogis did their first run of shows together in 2004. Like the musical revue shows that went town to town when rock ‘n’ roll was newly born, the tour was called An Evening With: Bright Eyes, Jim James and M. Ward, although amongst friends and crew, it became affectionately known as the Monsters of Folk Tour. While entertaining audiences coast to coast with gorgeous acoustic melodies and world-weary tales, the foursome vowed to make their way to a studio at some point after the tour’s completion. Instead, the songsmiths went on to individually release some of rock music’s most exciting and essential albums of the last five years: Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning & Cassadaga; My Morning Jacket’s Z & Evil Urges; M. Ward’s Post War and Hold Time.
Never ones to forget their promise, when downtime presented itself, they convened in the studio multiple times over two years, with Mogis at the helm of their first recorded effort. The result is as stunning and storied as you would expect it to be. In a recent interview it emerged that the group had not found recording to be plain sailing. The studio they chose was allegedly an abandoned bordello in the middle of the desert, and had some stories to tell. My Morning Jacket star Jim James saw a ghost at one point, sending shivers down the vocalist’s spine. However the group prevailed, with each member taking it in turns to try a different instrument. Fans eager to hear material from the album can download the song “Say Please” from the official Monsters Of Folk website.
Don’t miss your chance to see Monsters of Folk at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday, October 22, 2009. Tickets On Sale Saturday, August 1 @ 11am. Tickets available at all TicketMaster outlets including: F.Y.E, select Macy’s, Ritmo Latino,the Arlington Theatre and the Santa Barbara Bowl Box Office. To charge by phone please call, 800-745-3000. Order online at www.ticketmaster.com.
The (((Folk Yeah))) collective have been curating amazing shows all summer. So good, they even nabbed “Hottest Promoter” in the Rolling Stones recent Hot List 2009 issue. Now, they are bringing one of California’s indie-rock legends to the Central Coast. Stephen Malkmus will be performing this Friday, July 24th at 7pm at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. Opening will be the heavy blues-punk of Entrance.
A solid line-up from start to finish, and a perfect chance to escape North for a pleasurable weekend starter. We’d also like to give two lucky people a chance to win a pair of tickets. Enter in and we’ll be picking a winner on Thursday afternoon.
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Stephen Malkmus’ solo career (formerly of Pavement) seems to be settling into a pattern of alternating between skewed, spiky pop albums bearing his lone credit and long, languid collections of jams with the Jicks — as 2005’s Face the Truth belonged to the former category and its 2008 follow-up, Real Emotional Trash, fits neatly into the latter. That’s not to say that this is a retread of the lazily intriguing, formless Pig Lib. Where Pig Lib wandered aimlessly, adrift on its insular guitars, Real Emotional Trash is focused and propulsive, even if the band invariably circles around a point instead of tackling it directly.
Perhaps some of this precision is due to the presence of former Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss as the Jicks’ new anchor — she grounds them and pushes them harder, giving Malkmus a solid foundation he’s never quite had either in Pavement or on his own — but Malkmus also sounds clear-headed here, as any new father of two should be. He’s shed the haziness that plagued Pig Lib, yet he’s still intoxicated by the sounds he can make, usually with his guitar but also with his mouth, as his words have never sounded so much like a fanciful collection of sounds, each syllable bouncing off the next in the melody.
Guy Blakeslee is the brainchild behind the kitschy rock sound of Entrance. Blending threads of glam like T. Rex with Big Star/Cheap Trick-styled pop hooks, Entrance offers something more tangible compared to Blakeslee’s days spent working with the Convocation Of… in Baltimore. As a resident of Chicago, Entrance became a regular performer at the Hideout, a local bar that hosted a Monday night cabaret with Zwan’s Matt Sweeney. For 18 months, Entrance honed his soulful indie rock.
On his recent album, Prayer Of Death, although there are acoustic moments the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist (he plays everything except drums and violin) creates a heavily reverbed, ominous and very spooky sound to convey his bleak, blues-noir vision. Credit conspirator Paz Lenchantin who co-produces and adds eerie violin, vocals, and bass to the already skin-crawling proceedings. Those familiar with Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s work with and without the Gun Club will immediately recognize the similarity in Blakeslee’s wailing vocals. Add a touch of Jack White and the overall effect is chilling.
The album’s title sets the mood as does the opening track “Grim Reaper Blues.” Nearly every tune is flooded with lyrics of death, dying and existential loneliness, or at least music that conjures up that feeling, set against a swirling, psychedelic whirlpool of sound. Think Phil Spector meets the Cramps and you’re approaching the nearly overwhelming onslaught of haunting despair and gloom. Blakeslee has created a hypnotic if relentlessly depressing concept album that gets under your skin and stays there. Hearing it alone with the lights out is sure to be a mesmerizing experience.