Jenny and Johnny to Tour with Band of Horses, Release New Songs

Face it. Anything that has the good Jenny Lewis name on it is pretty much a given that it is going to be awesome. Her newest project with musical collaborator and boyfriend, Johnathan Rice, is no different. The duo has just announced that they will be headed on the tour with indie sensations Band of Horses on select dates. They’ll also be playing with the likes of Pavement, Belle and Sebastian and more on their extensive stint.

Gaining attention from every music publication out there, the two seem to be an unstoppable force when they are together blending vocals and incredible soundtrack to go along with it.

Take a peek below at the tour dates and the tracklisting for their yet to be released record We’re Having Fun Now (Warner) due out August 31st.

Jenny and Johnny – “Big-Wave” by ModernMysteryBlog

Jenny and Johnny Tour Dates:
09-01 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater $
09-02-03 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall $
09-05 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge !
09-06 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
09-08 Salt Lake City, NV – State Room !
09-09 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
09-11 Omaha, NE – Waiting Room !
09-12 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center !
09-13 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall !
09-14 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom !
09-16 Washington, DC – Black Cat !
09-17 Pawtucket, RI – Met Cafe !
09-18 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena *
09-19 Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Waterfront *
09-21 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s !
09-22 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero ^
09-23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
09-24 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
09-25 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
09-28 Dallas, TX – Granada
09-29 Austin, TX – Emo’s
10-03 Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium #
10-21 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus **$
10-22 Detroit, MI – Fillmore **$
10-28 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium **
10-29 North Charleston, SC – Performing Arts Center **
10-30 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater **
12-12 Minehead, England – ATP Bowlie 2 Festival #

$ with Ganglians
! with Love as Laughter
* with Pavement
^ with Superchunk
# with Belle and Sebastian
** with Band of Horses
$ with Besnard Lakes

01 Scissor Runner
02 My Pet Snakes
03 Switchblade
04 Big Wave
05 While Men Are Dreaming
06 Animal
07 Just Like Zeus
08 New York Cartoon
09 Straight Edge of the Blade
10 Slavedriver
11 Committed


Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Let It Sway”

Where should I begin with this record? The third release by indie darlings, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin titled Let it Sway (Polyvinyl), is more than an album. It’s a piece of art.

For years the band has been known for their sugary pop tunes and songs that you “just can’t get out of your head,” but this time they have taken it to a whole new level. Working with Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, and Sparklehorse’s Beau Sorenson, this is the first release that they did not record and produce themselves.

Notably a big step for the band, some wondered what if Walla changed too many qualities that we love about SSLYBY? Luckily, it worked in everyone’s favor as their music was enhanced not changed which is something very important when you have a formula that already works.

The opener “Back in the Saddle,” already proves the new found maturity of the band in the record. Starting off with a soft piano accompanied by Phil Dickey’s voice, the song starts to switch it up around the 2:40 mark with a pouncing beat, John Robert Cardwell’s vocals, and perfect, and I mean perfect harmonies. From the second the album starts there is not a dull moment which is very important. “Sink/Let it Sway,” the first single, draws you in even more with it’s pop hooks. A fun song that will have you up and dancing around the room in no time. “Banned (By the Man),” is where even more vocal magic comes in. The harmonies throughout every song is outstanding. The songs are well crafted from start to finish with no details being left out. Every instrument shines for itself, being emphasized at every point possible creating an epic barrier of sound.

“In Pairs,” makes me want to dance. There is something about it. The Dickey/Cardwell penned tune was also written by Grace Bentley, Phil’s wife (Congrats Newlyweds!). Though the vocal lines in the song are short, it works and it works well. “My Terrible Personality,” is another track that will have your ass out of the seat dancing. I can’t even properly review it because it just makes me want to have fun. This is something the Yeltsins are good at, very, very good at.

One of my personal favorite tracks from the record, “Everlyn,” sounds a bit heartbreaking, and oozes pure beauty. Clearly a song about lost love, it seems like it comes from a personal place that Cardwell knows all too well. I cannot get enough of this song and with first listen you will know exactly why. It’s beautiful in every way. “Oh Everyln, won’t you let me in?” croons Cardwell, invoking a great deal of emotion. Kudos to Will Knauer and Jonathan James for always being spot on with their playing.

“Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro,” is the only song on the album that takes the band back in time a bit, proving they are still the Yeltsins that we fell in love with at the beginning. “All Hail Dracula!” which has been a fan favorite since the boys started playing it live at their shows in 2009, brings the record back up with a burst of energy once again. A witty song about vampires, this one will have you putting it on repeat.

Cardwell takes over the mic again after two Dickey songs for “Critical Drain,” and the harmonies are back in full force that will stop you in your tracks. The album gets a little darker with “Animalkind,” and borders on making you want to shake your ass and just sit and take it all in. It’s your choice. Make it a good one.

“Phantomwise,” is the epitome of how SSLYBY has grown on this record. It’s where everything fully pulls together. All of the elements of the album brought into one song. You can tell that the band has consciously made a decision to grow, but it doesn’t seem forced at all. It is the most natural progression you could ever expect. Closing for good with “Made to Last,” Let It Sway goes out with a BANG. A little on the haunting side, it makes for the perfect ending song, and if I had it my way, the album would just go on forever. It makes me hungry for more SSLYBY.

If you order the record from the band’s label, Polyvinyl Records, you get three bonus songs, “Bended,” “Cardinal Rules,” (The song about their hometown minor league baseball team), and “Tanks Jam.” Well worth ordering the disc or vinyl online.

Congratulations Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. You’ve made your best record yet. And we love it to pieces.

The band heads out on an extensive tour that starts this Thursday in Columbia, MO. Take a look at where they’ll be below.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Everlyn” by ModernMysteryBlog

SSLYBY Tour Dates

08/26/10 – Thu
Columbia, MO
Forrest Rose Park

08/28/10 – Sat
Springfield, MO
The Outland Ballroom

08/31/10 – Tue
St. Louis, MO
The Firebird

09/01/10 – Wed
Urbana, IL
Canopy Club

09/02/10 – Thu
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall

09/03/10 – Fri
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick

09/04/10 – Sat
Toronto, Canada
El Mocambo Club

09/06/10 – Mon
Montreal, QC, Canada
Casa del Popolo

09/07/10 – Tue
Cambridge, MA
TT the Bear’s Place

09/08/10 – Wed
New York, NY
Bowery Ballroom

09/10/10 – Fri
Washington, DC
Black Cat

09/11/10 – Sat
Philadelphia, PA
The Barbary

9/12/10 – Sun
Cleveland, OH
Grog Shop

09/13/10 – Mon
Columbus, OH
The Basement

09/30/10 – Thu
Graz, Austria

10/01/10 – Fri
Zagreb, Croatia
SC Teatar & TD

10/02/10 – Sat
Aflenz, Austria

10/03/10 – Sun
Vienna, Austria

10/04/10 – Mon
Munich, Germany

10/05/10 – Tue
Milano, Italy

10/06/10 – Wed
Lausanne , Switzerland
Bleu Lezard

10/07/10 – Thu
Basel, Switzerland

10/10/10 – Sun
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
The Forum

10/11/10 – Mon
London, United Kingdom
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

10/12/10 – Tue
Ghent, Belgium
Democrazy @ Charlatan

10/13/10 – Wed
Düsseldorf, Germany
Pretty Vacant

10/14/10 – Thu
Leuven, Belgium

10/16/10 – Sat
Amsterdam, Netherlands

10/17/10 – Sun
Hamburg, Germany

10/18/10 – Mon
Aarhus, Denmark

10/20/10 – Wed
Stockholm, Sweden

10/21/10 – Thu
Copenhagen, Denmark

10/22/10 – Fri
Berlin, Germany
Bang Bang Club

10/23/10 – Sat
Offenbach, Germany
Hafen 2

10/28/10 – Thu
Suttgart, Denmark
Jugendhaus West

11/01/10 – Mon
Omaha, NE
Slowdown Jr.

11/03/10 – Wed
Minneapolis, MN
7th Street Entry

11/04/10 – Thu
Ames, IA
Maintenance Shop

11/05/10 – Fri
Lawrence, KS
Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall

11/06/10 – Sat
Denver, CO

11/07/10 – Sun
Salt Lake City, UT
Kilby Court

11/10/10 – Wed
Nampa, ID
Flying M Coffee

11/11/10 – Thu
Seattle, WA

11/12/10 – Fri
Vancouver, Canada
Biltmore Cabaret

11/13/10 – Sat
Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge

11/15/10 – Mon
San Francisco, CA
Bottom of the Hill

11/16/10 – Tue
Los Angeles, CA

11/18/10 – Thu
Santa Barbara, CA

11/19/10 – Fri
La Jolla, CA
The Loft (UC San Diego)

11/20/10 – Sat
Phoenix, AZ
Trunk Space

11/22/10 – Mon
Austin, TX
The Mohawk

11/23/10 – Tue
Dallas, TX
House of Blues – Pontiac Garage

11/24/10 – Wed
Norman, OK
The Opolis

Sufjan Stevens Releases New EP

Out of left field, Sufjan Stevens has just released a new 8 song-60 minute EP titled All Delighted People (Asthmatic Kitty) via Bandcamp. For only a sweet $5 you can download the whole thing for free, which includes two 11 minute songs. Good God Sufjan!!!

The album shows a little maturity in Stevens, as the beauty in his songs are brought out even more into the spotlight. Especially his voice. Asthamtic Kitty says they plan to release it as a physical CD and double vinyl sometime in December. Just in time for the holidays.

If you don’t want to shell out the 5 bucks, you can stream it for free on Bandcamp. Our suggestion to you though is to find 5 bucks, because you will want to own this piece of amazing work.

01 All Delighted People (Original Version)
02 Enchanting Ghost
03 Heirloom
04 From the Mouth of Gabriel
05 The Owl and the Tanager
06 All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)
07 Arnika
08 Djohariah

Sufjan Stevens – “From The Mouth Of Gabriel” by ModernMysteryBlog

The Cat’s Pajamas: We Are Trees

We’re starting a new segment here on Modern Mystery called “The Cat’s Pajamas.” Let’s give you a little overview of what that entails:

The Cat’s Pajamas

Urban Dictionary states it means “Super hip. Amazingly sweet. Fantastically cool.”

We also know it means….well it’s also the name of a Spinto Band song off Moonwink and that’s how the name really came about. It fits!

Anyway, every Sunday we are bringing are introducing to you our new favorite band of the week. It’s a good way to discover the little groups out there that you may overlook at first glance but in a few months from now when they get huge, you’ll wonder where they have been all of your life.

Let’s meet our first set of The Cat’s Pajamas; We Are Trees.
To be quite honest with you, we know NOTHING about this guy/band, though we discovered a haunting song by them yesterday morning called “Dear Chan Marshall.” Hailing from Virginia Beach, singer/songwriter James Nee really has a knack for songwriting. Just releasing their first EP titled Boyfriend, which you can download for free at their Bandcamp. We suggest that you do because it is SUPER awesome. The band is still unsigned but we have a feeling that is all about to change. They fit in nicely with the new wave of bands coming in. Dreamy and brilliant, this is a must listen.

We Are Trees – Dear Chan Marshall by rocksteddie2

The Spinto Band with The Miniature Tigers @ Mercury Lounge, NYC -8/13/2010

A little late, I know, but one hell of a show. Spintos + Mini T’s + One Show = AMAZING!

Of Montreal Releases New Video for “Coquet Coquette”

Only a few weeks remain until the release date of Of Montreal’s newest adventure, False Priest (Polyvinyl). That’s September 14th for those of you who live in a cave. Today the band premiered the newest video for the album and first single, “Coquet Coquette.” Things get a little bloody, well A LOT bloody for the band who are fighting with others on the beach. Ah, but who is the last one standing after all of the fighting and death takes place? Well we’ll let you watch to figure that one out. This is the first time we have seen the band in their own video in quite some time. It’s always good to see. Watch the band in action below!