Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What's New(s)?

Conor Oberst announces new album
Conor Oberst's latest solo album Upside Down Mountain was recorded in Nashville and hearing first cut "Hundreds of Ways", the locale is palpable. Pedal-steel wriggles into the scene, acoustic guitars come chugging through, and rustic harmonizing. "I used to think time was of the essence" Oberst declares in his now iconic warble, but hearing the lazy pace of "Hundreds of Ways" we all know better.

Upside Down Mountain, produced by Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty/First Aid Kit), is out May 20 via Nonesuch Records. The aforementioned "Hundreds of Ways" will be appearing on a limited-release 7'' out on Record Store Day (April 19) with backing by outtake "Fast Friends". In addition, Oberst will be embarking on a U.S. tour in support of the record starting in early-May.

Tour Dates:
5/8 Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom
5/9 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
5/10 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
5/11 Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
5/13 Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
5/14 Orlando, FL - The Beacham
5/16 Gulf Shores, AL - The Hangout Festival
5/17 Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
5/22 Westbury, NY - The Space at Westbury
5/23-24 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
5/25 Munhall, PA - Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead
5/27 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
5/29-30 Chicago, IL - Metro
5/31 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
6/1 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
6/2 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
6/4 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
6/5 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
6/6 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
6/7 Lexington, KY - Buster's
7/29 New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage at Rumsey Playfield

Animal Collective share Spotify live session

Anyone waiting for Bonnaroo to announce their lineups next week now have something to pass the time with. Animal Collective have released a new live EP recorded at 2013's incarnation of the festival. Appropriately entitled Spotify Sessions, the record collects five cuts from their performance including the infectious Merriweather Post Pavilion cut "Brother Sport" and Feels' explosive "The Purple Bottle"

Also included on the release, which Spotify users can hear below are Strawberry Jam take "Peacebone" and the assaultive "Moonjock". Sadly Michael Winslow's performance during their set wasn't 't included as a separate track.

Bonnaroo's official lineup announcement comes February 19th and will be broadcast on the XBox network and the official Bonnaroo site. To ring in the announcement, a "Superjam" featuring the Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and more will be performing.

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