pass it on {04.10.08}

indefinite hiatus, thank you to all that have been reading the blog, please stay safe & sound.

Love, team cameracrowd

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Anticipate: Peter and the Wolf is back with a new album and a tour!

Red Hunter of Peter and the Wolf is back spreading aw-oooohings starting at the CD release party tonight in Austin at Mohawk! So if you're in Austin, go for the love of owls, ghosts, spirits, folky melodies that make your head clear as day! It was a quiet release for the new album, The Ivori Palms and unless you checked his MySpace, you might have believed him when he played his "last" show in Austin a couple months back. Maybe too quiet of a release, because the album is as fantastic as Lightness and his other self-released albums. Hopefully we'll see a studio release for it soon, so I won't have to deal with the puzzled looks and arching eyebrows when I gush about The Ivori Palms.

There are 13 or 14 tracks on the album to listen to again and again, depending on when you pre-ordered the CD, the tracklist may differ from the one tacked on his MySpace. "Where The Summer Goes", "Check Out The River" and "Waiting For A Train" are songs that would've fit perfectly on his self-titled album or the special tour CD, Fireflies. Lovely mellow songs to clear your head to and perhaps slip into a pleasant daydream. So pleasant a dream that when you hear "The Bike of Jonas", you're a little shocked, but oh it's a trippy song. I don't understand how he made or what instruments are used, but whatever it is, it's fantastic! There are also finger-snapping, knee-slapping, ooooh-ing choir songs like "Southern Moon", "Scarlet And Grey" and "Ghost Sandals". If you've heard his work from Experiments In Junk, you'll find some of it lingering in the instrumentation and noise used, but there's an easiness and he makes story-telling and warm melody-making seem easy as pie.

I'm sure there will be a lot of fuss in the days ahead and there is already a lot of it for Iron and Wine and Jose Gonzalez's new releases that I'm rather excited about too, but it's strange to listen to The Ivori Palms, which is technically Peter and the Wolf's fourth release and wonder if anyone else is falling in love with it too. Course Chris from Gorilla vs. Bear is always on top of all Texas artists, you may argue with me as you please, but I still consider Peter and the Wolf an Austin/LA local, you may walk around the earth a hundred times, faraway from familiar faces and that place called home, but home never leaves you! (College is going alright by the way and my heart leaps every time when I see a UT shirt, two times so far.)

To purchase the album, go to their MySpace and click on the image under About Peter and the Wolf or the Buy Now button under the image.

The handmade album came with a piece of paper that explained how the album came to be, that I'll type up a paragraph or two of, oh hell I'll type of the whole thing, I couldn't stand shortening something like this, just pretend you're reading the lovely Blogs Are For Dogs!

Introduction to the album by Redding Hunter

This summer (June through August '07) low on cash and having lost my faithful car of ten years to the trials of touring on American highways, I spent the last of what I had on a plane ticket to a little town in Canada called Peterborough. I'd heard there was no shortage of abandoned 3rd-story warehouses downtown that'd be perfect for hiding out and writing, so I left the country looking for trouble and fun.

I'd been homeless in LA a few years back and missed the days of squatting, busking, and constantly finding adventure. I chose Peterborough because during our previous tour we'd met a very rad dude named Jonas who sold me on the idea of returning. Jonas is a tall, thin, bearded charmer who could easily get by on his jokes alone if he didn't run such a cool studio. He calls it Shuffling Feet, and records/releases his own music as well as the off-radar tunesmiths of his and neighboring cities. Jonas had access to the condemned warehouse above a music store downtown and promised me a key if I ever came back, so I did.

When my plane landed in Toronto, Jonas picked me up and armed me for the summer with an electric lantern, a therma-rest for sleeping on concrete floors, and an old typewriter. more importantly, he loaned me his bike, a cruiser that was so fun to ride I can only describe it the way he did when entrusting it to me: "When you ride this bike you are the mayor of Peterborough."

The room where I would keep to myself all summer was in a barely-standing 100 year old building. My first day there I broke the window trying to swat a wasp; the glass crumbled like it was creme brulee. The power outlets didn't work so I had to discretely run an extension cord downstairs to the music store when using my only piece of equipment: a borrowed 8-track recorder. And I wasn't supposed to be there, of course, which meant working all night by light of the latern and going out to sleep in the park during the day under mostly clear summer skies.

It was heaven. I was and remain cash-low but I strutted around town like I owned the place; I felt like the richest dude in the world.

Once in awhile I'd get lonely at night or not feel like working, so I would ride Joner's bike around town, talk to bums, drink scotch, and find ways to kill time til the sun rose and I could sleep in the park without hassle. During one such morning nap I dreamt I met Dan Eldon, who has been my hero ever since I learned of his expeditions across Africa and his great humanitarianism. In the dream I told him of doubts I didn't even realize I'd been having: how I was squatting in a shithole far away from my family and friends, unsure if I would finish my project and return with a new record to share, feeling stranded and blah blah. I led him to my dirty room with the broken window and the typewriter, which he calmly surveyed and said, "You're not living in a condemned building. This is The Ivori Palms." A neon sign blinked outside my window with tacky Florida resort-style pink palm trees and cursive lettering complete with misspelling. I woke up in the park, had my album title, and got back to work.

if you pre-ordered early on you might've gotten this order...
  1. Where Summer Goes
  2. Scarlet And Grey
  3. The Bike Of Jonas
  4. Check Out The River
  5. Ghost Sandals (Live)
  6. The Ivori Palms
  7. Southern Moon
  8. Waiting For A Train
  9. A Hundred Days
  10. Sparks (Live)
  11. The Traveler And The County Boys
  12. Better Days
  13. The Lighthouse
final tracklisting
  1. Where Summer Goes
  2. Scarlet And Grey
  3. Check Out The River
  4. Ghost Sandals (Live)
  5. Waiting For A Train
  6. Southern Moon
  7. The Bike Of Jonas
  8. The Ivori Palms
  9. A Hundred Days
  10. The Lighthouse
  11. Better Days
  12. The Beggar's Waltz
  13. The Traveler And The County Boys
  14. Sparks (Live)
Tour Dates:
09-23 Austin, TX - Mohawk (CD Release Party!)
09-27 Dallas, TX - The Cavern
09-28 Springdale, AK - Pontiac
09-29 Columbia, MI - it's a backyard party!
09-30 Rock Island, IL - Huckleberry's Pizza Parlour
10-01 St. Louis, MS - Billiken Club
10-03 Riverview, MI - Cloak and Dagger House
10-05 Lancaster, Michigan - The Sugar Tank
10-06 Annapolis, ML - Wiley's
10-07 New York, NY - TBA
10-10 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar*
10-11 Scranton, PA - Test Pattern*
10-12 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*
10-13 Grand Rapids, MI - The DAAC*
10-14 Chicago, IL - AV-aeire*
10-19 Fort Worth, TX - The Modern
10-26 Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace^
11-01 Santa Cruz, CA - The Bike Church^
11-03 Oakland CA - Mama Buzz^
11-04 San Francisco, A - Hemlock^
^Foot Foot

Stream + Download + Purchase:

Where Summer Goes | Peter and The Wolf

Traveler And The County Boys | Peter and The Wolf

The Bike Of Jonas | Peter and The Wolf


» Peter and the Wolf's Official MySpace
» Purchase The Ivori Palms
» Purchase other Peter and the Wolf CDs
» Details on the tour
» Liner Notes of The Ivori Palms


Friday, September 14, 2007

Basia Bulat, Oh, My Darling

Hey there everyone! It's Charlie here! I apologize for not writing anything since the beginning of August. Summer just really took its toll on us and we couldn't find the time to sit infront of the computer and write. I myself was piled with an overwhelming amount of foreign movies from friends that I had to watch. And also spent the majority of summer taking medium format fotos. But we have a new season ahead of us, one of my favourites actually, so Anne and I are going to try and build up on this and post more and more.

I'll be introducing you guys to some artists I've been listening to for awhile now that I think will fit perfectly into this coming autumn season. Although her album hasn't released yet here in the U.S, I've been enjoying some of Basia Bulat's released singles since last spring. I knew I found something good the moment I heard her voice. Basia Bulat, who's based in London, Ontario (yes another good act from our neighbours up north) will be worth your time. You can easily compare it to the big names out there, such as Chan's voice, Feist, and Regina Spektor. But like the artists I just mentioned, Basia can stand her ground and easily set herself apart from the crowd. She has a voice that will stick around in your head for awhile, and is a nice companion for this coming autumn season. That's a good thing!

So what else is there to do after aquiring a good voice, well take a good band with you to back you up. A support band with violins, guitars, ukelele to back that magnificent voice of hers does the job. Who knows when we'll see her and her band here in the States. She's been touring all of Canada and Europe lately and will be touring Canada again this autumn, but we have two lucky cities in the east, Chicago and Minneapolis who'll get the chance to see her. As for her debut album, Oh, My Darling well it's out in the UK already and it comes out in Canada on the 18th. But if you don't wanna wait and don't mind paying a little bit more, you can go to Rough Trade's site.

Stream + Download + Purchase

Before I Knew | Basia Bulat

I Was a Daughter | Basia Bulat


» Basia Bulat's Official Site
» Basia Bulat's Myspace
» Live Performance courtesy of B(oot)log
» Purchase the CD from Rough Trade


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Greetings from New York...

For those who don't know yet, a little over a week ago, I left the grassy green lawn suburban town of Spring, Texas for another type of greenery, the Village aka Greenwich Village aka New York aka the city of the world and I'm sure there are other names it falls under.

I came here with two suitcases full of clothes, extra long twin sheets, and a carry on that held all the CDs that I couldn't part with, I also brought a natural curiosity for what New York's music community would offer me. Of course, the main reason I am here is to attend college, Parsons the New School for Design, one of the eight divisions of The New School and I'm majoring in direct entry photography. Four hours of sleep is considered lucky or so the upperclassmen say, lucky me.

I haven't been to any shows yet, but I've already bought tickets for Rilo Kiley at Webster Hall on the 23rd and Beirut at the Wordless Music Series on the 24th. Hopefully soon though, I'll unearth some New York bands that are worth digging for.

So right now I'll have to work with the ones I do know that reside in my new home, they're all in Brooklyn really, and I guess we'll see if I find any or not in these next oh...four years.
(hint: this is the time + place to namedrop any bands, venues, restaurants, record stores, upcoming shows, anyplace, event you love that reside, take place in New York/Brooklyn.)

Download + More:

See Her, Seer
| Inlets

Eastbound | Ola Podrida

The Way To Here | Au Revoir Simone

Easier | Grizzly Bear


Saturday, September 01, 2007

Singled Out: A Sunday Smile by Beirut

There is no mistaking that familiar voice sailing along the swells of brassy, golden horns. The mouth it originates from moves swiftly, dragging out the last syllables of select words, or are those really words? They're more like sounds, cries of emotion that can't be tied down by wholly confining pre-established vocabulary, but freely delivers its message through its sheer volume and it lifts even the heaviest of hearts. We hear it fed through a megaphone, an audio trick that we've heard before, making his voice sound even more foreign and faraway than it already is.

The lone voice belongs to of course, Zach Condon, the one who brought us last year, The Gulag Orkestra, an album that for most of us ventured into unfamiliar territory that was filled with the hearty sounds of Balkan brass orchestras and made trumpets more than just mere solo decorations within songs, but centered the particular brass instrument in the spotlight and most likely inspired a mousy haired youngster out there to leave the finger-blistering guitar in the closet for a shiny, promising trumpet along with a much needed spit cup.

And yes this is one of the new songs off of the October 9th-slated album, The Flying Club Cup and it's called "A Sunday Smile". You may have heard it already from watching the Take Away Show presented by La Blogothèque, which Zach Condon preformed with one of his musical influences, The Kocani Orkestra. Without them, The Gulag Orkestra would probably never have existed, seeding its gypsy sounds within Condon, but this time for the new album, the seed was planted by the late musician and lyricist Jacques Brel.

From start to finish the song plays out like a circus affair, a towering Jack in the Box with the handle winding round and round, accordions squeezing the summer air and stretching to reveal a painted design like a flag unfurled caught in a breeze. The album is said to be the result of French influences both culturally and musically and the visual inspiration for Condon this time around was the photograph that is now gracing the cover of the album.

Beirut right now is somewhere in Brooklyn rehearsing for their upcoming tour that will hit off at Brooklyn's Masonic Temple on Sept. 20th, following two more New York dates and making their way to the somewhat major American cities before leaving on a jet plane to spend November in Europe.

I confess, I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am about The Flying Club Cup. The only thing that could possibly be better than the new album releasing, would be seeing Beirut themselves on Sept. 24th at the Wordless Music Series in New York at the Society for Ethical Culture venue.

If you're even doubting if it's worth to see them live, oh which is surely a crime, you had better watch the Take Away Show that features Condon with The Kocani Orkestra playing the reprise of "Siki Siki Baba" (scroll to the last video) and then you'll wish you were there just like I do every time I watch it and that whatever you did on July 30th, 2007 would never have topped standing in the Parisian venue, La Flèche d'Or and being part of the audience that happily sang and swayed as one. And if you are already convinced, you had better watch it anyways. It's the best live show footage I've seen in years, Vincent Moon is a mad hand-holding cameraman genuis!

Stream + Download + Purchase:

A Sunday Smile | Beirut


» Beirut's Official Site
» Pre-Order The Flying Club Cup
» Beirut's Official MySpace
» Beirut's Tour Dates
» La Blogothèque presents: #60.9-60.10 Beirut + The Koncani Orkestra playing "A Sunday Smile" (video)
» La Blogothèque presents: #60.1 Beirut + The Kocani Orkestra playing "Siki Siki Baba" reprise (video)
» YouTube: Zach Condon singing "Knife" by Grizzly Bear (video)
» The Kocani Orkestra's Official Site
» Wikipedia: Jacques Brel