HORSE FEATHERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'SO IT IS WITH US'
July 28, 2014
Some quick true/false facts about the band Horse Feathers and their new album, So It Is With Us:
1. The record was partially recorded in a barn in a beautiful pastoral setting in rural Oregon
(true, but hasn’t everybody done this now?)
2. The band lives in Portland, OR
(also true, and they are consciously and unconsciously living breathing stereotypes just like the ones portrayed in Portlandia)
3. Horse Feathers last album charted on Billboard by selling fewer records than they had in the past
(true, but maybe more a comment on the music industry as a whole?)
4. For this album, the band was influenced by the following: Pentangle, Talk Talk, Paul Simon, The Band, Van Morrison, John Wesley Harding era Bob Dylan, Desire era Bob Dylan, and Abner Jay (not what you would have guessed, right?)
Justin Ringle, the man behind all ten years of Horse Feathers, has the following to say about the making of this album, and the current state of his band:
“I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – "Cynic's New Year" – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn't touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.
I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don't own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That's the way it was, and so it is with us.”
So It Is With Us will be released on Kill Rock Stars on October 21, 2014.
HORSE FEATHERS TOUR DATES
09/20 Medford, OR @ downtownART+SOUND // Tix: http://goo.gl/17ddYl
10/28 Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo // Tix: http://goo.gl/1FIzW0
10/29 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret // Tix: http://goo.gl/v9VkHW
10/30 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile // Tix: http://goo.gl/ct6I0P
10/31 Spokane, WA @ The Barlett // Tix: http://goo.gl/dGbOIO
11/01 Missoula, MT @ The Top Hat // Tix: http://goo.gl/GCiJwH
11/02Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station // Tix: http://goo.gl/SGtVeB
11/04 Jackson, WY @ Town Square Tavern // Tix: http://goo.gl/qv4uGl
11/08 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0Ql1Bw
11/09 Colorado Springs, CO @ Ivywild School // Tix: http://goo.gl/P570wJ
11/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits // Tix: http://goo.gl/mbefta
11/13 Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain // Tix: http://goo.gl/ugPUVC
11/14 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada // Tix: http://goo.gl/kdJ0dO
11/15 Norman, OK @ Opolis Production LLC // Tix: http://goo.gl/C5fmUa
11/18 St Louis, MO @ The Firebird // Tix: http://goo.gl/rhNefc
11/19 Madison, WI @ Play Circle Theater // Tix: http://goo.gl/0AXXU
11/20 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/oo7Jsk
11/21 La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater & Lounge // Tix: http://goo.gl/ro7CYO
11/22 St Paul, MN @ Turf Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/reqEqL
11/23 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium // Tix: http://goo.gl/qY2gBv
11/29 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/1u7gZ
12/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/R0xAKc
12/04 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Club // Tix: http://goo.gl/OsoX05
12/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
12/06 San Diego, CA @ Casbah San Diego http://goo.gl/L1MBgM
12/07 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
12/12 Boise, ID @ Neurolux // Tix: http://goo.gl/yEfjww
12/13 Eugene, OR @ The WOW Hall // Tix: http://goo.gl/8cq8ww
HARI KONDABOLU TALKS ABOUT COLONIALISM, CHESS, AND HOMOPHOBIA ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O' BRIEN
June 20, 2014
Hari will be appearing Calgary, Alberta this weekend for the Sled Island festival. Click here for more info.
1997's 'SOME SONGS' COMPILATION GETS THE CASSETTE REISSUE TREATMENT!
May 29, 2014
Some Songs from the Kill Rock Stars Singles tracklist:
Side A: Elliott Smith "Some Song" / Frumpies "Be Good" / Starpower "Treefort" / Cupid Car Club "Grape Juice Plus" / Team Dresch "Hand Grenade" / Witchypoo "Bad Circulation" / Mukilteo Fairies "Four Letter Love" / Bikini Kill "New Radio" / godheadSilo "Elephantitus of the Night"
Side B: Blood on the Saddle "Please Quit Calling Me From Jail" / Phranc "Hillary's Eyebrows" / Peechees "Grease" / Thrones "Young Savage" / Heavens to Betsy "Firefly" / Unwound "Hating in 'D'"
Click here to order your copy of Some Songs... on cassette for the low price of $5 (and get an instant MP3 download!) Some Songs... is still available on compact disc and digitally for those of you upset by the cassette revival.
2009's The Thermals/Thao split 7" makes its digital debut!
May 28, 2014
Good news for all you CRAZED MP3 FANS out there, The Thermals / Thao with the Get Down Stay Down split 7" from Record Store Day 2009 is available digitally for the first time ever at our Bandcamp page! The Thermals/Thao with the Get Down Stay Down split includes The Thermals' demos of Now We Can See tracks "When I Died" and "You Dissolve" plus Thao with the Get Down Stay Down doing an early version of Know Better Learn Faster track "Cool Yourself" and a cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Have You Ever Had To Make Up Your Mind?" Click here to buy or stream the single!
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down tour dates
06/12 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival tickets
07/03 Qunicy, CA @ High Sierra Music Festival tickets
07/12 San Francisco, CA @ Phono Del Sol tickets
07/27 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival tickets
07/28 Williamsburg, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg tickets
08/13 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's tickets
08/16 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk tickets
KURT BRAUNOHLER TO JET SKI FOR GOATS!
May 19, 2014
Here's Kurt's jet-ski schedule for those interested...
Schedule (subject to change, obviously, because the River is a cruel mistress): May 29th – Pre-Launch show at Schubas in Chicago featuring myself, Wyatt Cenac, and Candy Lawrence.
May 30th – Launch Party 7am, Chicago’s Navy Pier – come see me off / give me words of advice
May 31st – St Louis – what will happen?
June 1st – Kaskaskia, IL – what again?
June 2nd – TBD – we should have planned this better
June 3rd – TBD – now I’m worried
June 4th – TBD – oh boy
June 5th – Arrive in New Orleans – Celebration show at One Eyed Jack’s with Kristen Schaal and more!
HARI KONDABOLU ON ANDY BECKERMAN'S BEGINNINGS PODCAST
May 15, 2014