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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Drops In The River


Photo by Sean Pecknold

The AV Club has declared this week “Spring Music Week” and as such, are running features about newish artists releasing records worth hearing this Spring. Leading things off is a piece on Seattle’s Fleet Foxes who have already released their Sun Giant EP and will be following that up with their self-titled debut full-length on June 3.

And if you missed their rather stunning performance at the El Mocambo last month, it looks like you’ll have another chance to see them before too long. It’s not official, but is you consider this tour routing for A Hawk & A Hacksaw, which stops in at the El Mocambo on July 16 and this announcement at Muzzle Of Bees that has both A Hawk & A Hacksaw and Fleet Foxes in Madison just two days later on July 18, it’s a reasonable leap to assume that the two bands are touring together and that Fleet Foxes will be in town that day as well. That and I was told they were coming back around then.

Obviously I will confirm/disavow this information when actual facts become available, but for now if you’re the sort to plan your Wednesday nights three months in advance… pencil this in.

MP3: Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”
MP3: A Hawk & A Hacksaw – “Portlandtown”

The AV Club also delves into the iPod of DeVotchKa leader Nick Urata.

The Rosebuds are giving away a remix album of their last release, Night Of The Furies, in honour of… well, just because. It’s called Sweet Beats, Troubled Sleep and you can grab it at the Merge Records store. The Rosebuds are in town May 16 opening up for British Sea Power at Lee’s Palace.

The Daily Collegian talks to John Vanderslice while The Riverfront Times gets him to assemble a Springtime mix for them, which they’ve put into Muxtape form.

If you were shut out of Adele’s show at the Rivoli last month, and certainly many were, take heart – she returns on June 6 for a show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, which is apparently at the CNE grounds somewhere. Full dates at Music Snobbery and there’s a new video from 19, which will be available domestically on June 10. ICWales offers an interview.

Video: Adele – “Cold Shoulder”

Last week I was only able to offer up some new audio from the El Perro Del Mar and Anna Ternheim portions of the bill that hits the Mod Club on May 11. Well make that complete set now that there’s a new MP3 from Lykke Li’s Little Bit EP, out May 6. Update: New video, too.

MP3: Lykke Li – “Dance Dance Dance”
Video: Lykke Li – “I’m Good, I’m Gone”

Richard Thompson, hopefully fully recovered with his tussle with a scorpion, will play a solo show at the Danforth Music Hall on July 6.

Pitchfork interviews Spoon.

The Blakes, in town at the Horseshoe next week for a show at the Horseshoe on April 25, answer 20 questions from PopMatters.

The tour dates on MGMT’s MySpace reveal that they’re going to be playing Toronto’s V Fest on the Saturday, September 6. BlogTO talked to them in advance of their show at the Mod Club last night.

The Daily Swarm sleuthes out news of a Japan-only My Bloody Valentine box set comprised of new editions of Loveless and Isn’t Anything, both remastered by Kevin Shields, a disc collecting the band’s EPs of the era, a disc of unreleased tracks (!) and a DVD of video clips. SURELY this material will be made available in other markets in some form? I mean, come on?

By : Frank Yang at 8:34 am
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  1. Derek says:

    Frank – are you going back to ACL this year? The lineup was released yesterday – the headliners aren’t so great but the mid-tier acts are pretty solid.

    http://www.aclfest.com/defa

  2. Scott says:

    Though I’m sure the MBV box will get released elsewhere, I’m tempted to not take the chance and just take the plunge on the Japanese version.

    Hmmm…

  3. Frank says:

    nope, no ACL for me. Have some other potential plans for September but they don’t involve cooking in Zilker Park again.

  4. nik says:

    Regarding Lykke Li, she’s fantastic. Her debut album, Youth Novels, is scheduled for release in June over here in the UK. So hopefully for you guys it won’t be too long before that gets released your side of the Atlantic. It’s my tip to be debut album of the year. If you want to check out some more tracks, you can visit my blog and listen to the mp3s…

    http://cassettesandcassette

  5. douglas martin says:

    i don’t think i can ever say enough good things about fleet foxes. the end.

  6. ReturnTicketMusic says:

    Am I the only one who isn’t totally in love with Lykke Li? There’s just something missing from her music that I can’t quite put my finger on.
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    New York music blog: http://www.returnticketmusi

  7. Frank says:

    I’d need to hear more before I have a final opinion on Lykke Li. Live she was interesting if a bit too understated to make a strong impression. What I hear is alright and could possibly grow. dunno. jury is out.