Album Review: Javelin – ‘Canyon Candy’

While Canyon Candy is a far cry from the hip-hop electro Javelin has bestowed upon us previously, it’s not something to miss. Inspired by the rolling tumble weeds and red clay encrusted jeans of the Wild West this brief album brings back snippets of that the Frontier used to be.  Word is that this is the future soundtrack of an upcoming epic of the same name, directed by Mike Anderson.  Previous fans of Javelin may be turned off by this album, it’s not electronically inclined and if anything, sounds vintage.  However, Javelin’s master-sampling and melody-making skills were not missed.  The album maintained a melodic sway the whole time, with twangy steel guitars and wavering vocals in replacement of synthesizers and funk samples.  With most of the songs finishing between one and a half to two and a half minutes, one of this album’s qualities is certainly brevity.  As soon as one song begins it suddenly seems to end, sometimes a bit too quickly.  The use of samples in tracks such as “Strawberry Roan” and “Trembler” creates an authentic western sound, and adds to the overall reminiscent feel of the album.  At the same time, tracks like “Colorado Trail,” and even “Strawberry Roan,” incorporate a little more of the beat that Javelin is known for.  Javelin incorporated some western instruments too, I’m pretty sure I detected a steel guitar, and did I hear a jaw harp in “Love Gulch?”  Standouts on this short album are “Estavez,” “Colorado Trail,” and “Streets of Laredo.”  If you’re a Javelin fan who is open to an album unlike any of its predecessors, pick this album up.  You’ll be amazed by their versatility and willingness to experiment. Available April 16th, 2011.


More Details on Javelin’s Canyon Candy

About two weeks ago, we gave you guys the scoop on Javelin’s new record, Canyon Candy. Set for release on April 16th, the album marks a distinct stylistic change for the band. This week, shortly after our friends at Stereogum unveiled the album’s first single, band member Thomas Van Buskirk revealed the album’s origins.

Said Van Buskirk “We recorded some on the road, some at home when on break from tour. George and I spent a fair amount of time driving through the South and Western landscape between Feb-June ’09 … in the course of touring with Yeasayer, playing SXSW, and before that playing with our good friend Lucky Dragons in California. Somewhere along the drives we started noticing amazing National Park signs : “Crater of Diamonds” for instance.  They sounded like song names.

The musician also teased us with this tidbit ” [Our] engineer said one song sounded like The Band mixed with Lil Jon.” Intriguing…

Javelin Create Some Canyon Candy

Cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk have been recording together under the name Javelin since 2004. But, it wasn’t until 2010, when they toured extensively with Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, that things really started to take off for Javelin.

And now, 2011 looks to be an exciting year for the duo, due in large part to the release of their country western songbook Canyon Candy. The album will see release in two unique formats, 10’’ and PlayButton. The former of will see the light of day as a handmade collectors piece on Record Store Day (April 16), with the former following close behind.

Then, in late May, Javelin will launch a headlining tour that will take them across the continental U.S. Peep those dates down below.


Tour Dates

TUE 5/24 WASHINGTON, DC DC 9 w/ Big Freedia
WED 5/25 BALTIMORE, MD  Sonar  w/ Big Freedia
THU 5/26 NEW YORK, NY  Mercury Lounge w/ Big Freedia
MON 5/30 BOSTON, MA  Brighton Music Hall w/ Big Freedia
TUE 5/31 MONTREAL, QC Belmont w/ Big Freedia
WED 6/1 TORONTO, ON  TBC  w/ Big Freedia
THU 6/2 PITTSBURGH, PA Shadow Lounge w/ Big Freedia
FRI 6/3 CINCINNATI, OH  Midpoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square
w/ You You’re Awesome
SUN 6/5 CHICAGO, IL  Empty Bottle w/ Big Freedia

Darwin Deez Premieres Single and Remixes

Indie-pop singer Darwin Deez has announced his new single titled “Bad Day” will be released on January 18, 2011.  The album will subsequently be released on February 28, 2011.  “Bad Day” will be packaged with remixes – Javelin remix is below!

Darwin Deez – Bad Day (Javelin Remix) by Hypetrak

Darwin Deez also has a large number of tour dates in the US:

1/13 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
1/14 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
1/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
1/16 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (w/ S. Carey, Sea of Bees)
1/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry (w/ Fol Chen)
1/19 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/22 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/24 – Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/25 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/26 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern (w/ Fol Chen, Friends)
1/29 – Los Angeles, CA – Venue TBA
1/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Loft (UCSD) (w/ Friends)
2/1 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture (w/ Friends)
2/3 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s Alternative Lounge (w/ Friends)
2/4 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs (w/ Friends)
2/5 – Denton, TX @ Hailey (w/ Friends)
2/7 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe (w/ Friends)
2/8 – Nashville, TN – Venue TBA
2/9 – Birmingham, AL – Venue TBA
2/10 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder (w/ Friends)
2/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn (w/ Friends)
2/12 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (w/ Friends)
2/14 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Friends)
2/15 – Charlottesville, VA – Venue TBA
2/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage (w/ Friends)
2/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Friends)
2/19 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (w/ Friends)