When Brendan Benson released his sophomore album, Lapalco, in 2002, the album was met with a flood of critical praise. NPR called it “terrific,” Rolling Stone proclaimed it “as universal as the late night, semi-drunken answering machine message or the love note you never quite had the guts to send,” and The Onion said it was an “almost overwhelmingly assured sophomore effort.”
Now, nearly a decade later, Benson has decided to re-release the record via his website. Digital and Limited Edition Vinyl versions of the remastered Lapalco paired with bonus tracks are available at brendanbenson.com
In addition to overseeing the re-release of Lapalco, Benson is recording and self-producing his fifth full-length album at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 studios. More on that as it comes.
Filled with “warm harmonies and lush melodies,” (Filter Magazine) Ivan & Alyosha have released a brand new EP titled Fathers Be Kind out now on Missing Piece Records. The Seattle quartet will saddle up for an appearance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert Series” February 7th. From their, they will take their talents on the road featuring stops at SXSW, Mountain Stage, and The Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN. Take a peak at “Living for Someone.”
15 – Boise, ID – The Reef
16 – Denver, CO – Rock ‘n’ Soul Café
17 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
18 – Iowa City, IA – Java House
19 – Memphis, TN – The Folk Alliance Festival
20 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
21 – Franklin, TN – Kimbro’s
22 – Knoxville, TN – Longbranch Saloon
24 – Asheville, NC – Lexington Avenue Brewery
25 – Durham, NC – Broad Street Café
26 – Carrboro, NC – Jessee’s Coffee and Bar
27 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center (Mountain Stage w/ Lucinda Williams)
28 – Richmond, VA – The Triple
01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fire
02 – Newark, DE – Mojo Main
04 – New York, NY – The Living Room
06 – Cleveland, OH – Wilbert’s Food and Music
08 – Bloomington, IN – Bear’s Place
11 – Denton, TX – 35 Conferette Festival
12 – Fayetteville, AR – Smoke & Barrel
13 – St. Louis, MO – Lemmon’s
14 – Tulsa, OK – Soundpony
22 – Scottsdale, AZ – Rogue Bar
24 – San Diego, CA – Tin Can Ale House
25 – Los Angeles, CA – Origami Vinyl
26 – Ventura, CA – Zoey’s
Ontario quartet, Tokyo Police Club, have good news for us Yanks, more dates. In support of their sophomore album Champ, the foursome will hit the road with and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Two Door Cinema Club through most of January before going it alone. The album, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith), has garnered serious critical acclaim for the boys’ brand of high octane, gritty pop. Everyone from NPR, The New York Times, Alternative Press, Pitchfork and Paste have given high marks to Champ.
Be sure to catch them in your town.
1/17/11 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met ^ *
1/19/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise ^ *
1/20/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^ *
1/21/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 ^ *
1/22/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero ^ *
1/23/11 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall ^ *
1/25/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade ^ *
1/26/11 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar ^ *
1/27/11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social ^ *
1/28/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
1/29/11 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s *
1/31/11 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
2/1/11 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
2/2/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
2/3/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *
2/5/11 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
2/7/11 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *
2/8/11 – Columbia, MO @ Firebird *
2/10/11 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter *
* w/ Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
^ w/ Two Door Cinema Club
Christopher Paul Stelling is an amazing up and comer who is currently living in Brooklyn. We caught up with the man himself one afternoon during CMJ in his apartment where he performed for us “The Lives of Saints.” With a haunting voice and music that touches your soul, let us introduce to you your new favorite artist.
Christopher Paul Stelling “The Lives of Saints”
It’s been almost five years since Sufjan Stevens released his state-themed album Illinois.
Fortunately (or not) Stevens has abandoned his effort to release an album featuring all fifty states (I’m sorry, but a North Dakota album?) and has instead decided that he really likes playing with electric effects. Of all kinds.
On display in Age of Adz are everything from drum machines to electro-funk samples, and Stevens seems to master them all. You can hear it right now on NPR’s First Listen (link at the end of this post).
Despite all the technical aspects of the album, Stevens has decided to deliver it in a low-tech way, but yes he will be offering it on Amazon.
Stevens’ label, Asthmatic Kitty, said in a statement that while they appreciate getting good music into people’s hands “we also feel like the work that our artists produce is worth more than a cost of a latte.”
They do make a good point, lattes really should be cheaper than $5.00 anyway.