Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
CONTEST – Julie Doiron & Calvin Johnson @ The Music Gallery – June 30, 2007
Those who prefer their singers with perfect pitch – or even pretty good pitch – would be well advised to avoid the Music Gallery this Saturday night. But those who are more interested in songcraft than technical perfection and want to see a couple of performers who are arguably indie rock royalty despite this may want to get in line as Julie Doiron and Calvin Johnson will be holding court there that evening.
Both are currently supporting releases that look back at their pasts while simultaneously looking forwarrd. For Doiron, her new album Woke Myself Up reunites her with her former Eric’s Trip bandmates for one of the best collections of her career. Johnson, on the other hand, has just released Calvin Johnson & The Sons Of The Soil which eschews his usual musical primitivism aesthetic and enlists “a band of real music-making people” (their words) to re-record songs from his Dub Narcotic Sound System and Halo Benders repertoires. The net result is one of the most listenable records he’s ever put out, at least for someone who’s never really been into his work.
But to business – courtesy of Against The Grain, I’ve got two pairs of passes to this show to give away. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with your full name in the body and “I want to see Julie and Calvin” in the subject line. Contest closes at midnight, June 27.
And they’ll be playing songs together as well – head over to Gorilla Vs Bear to check out a Halo Benders song that Johnson and Doiron recorded special for them in Denton, TX a few weeks ago.
MP3: Julie Doiron – “No More”
MP3: Calvin Johnson – “I’m Down”
Video: Julie Doiron – “Me And My Friend” (MOV)
Video: Julie Doiron – “No More” (youTube)
Video: Julie Doiron – “Swan Pond” (MOV)
MySpace: Julie Doiron
MySpace: K Records/Calvin Johnson