The Line of Best Fit have premiered a stream of Poor Moon‘s ‘Illusion’ EP. Head over to hear it and read their write up. The stream will be limited for a couple of days only, so listen while you can! You snooze, you lose!
Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls), Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). The band, named for frontman and primary songwriter Christian Wargo’s favorite Canned Heat song, began four years ago as a long-distance project with demos being created and sent back and forth while Wargo and Wescott were touring in support of the Fleet Foxes 2008 self-titled debut and Ian and Peter were living in the Bay area. Their first shows were at intimate Seattle house parties where they used playful throwaway monikers like Rabbit Kingdom and Cookie Mask. It wasn’t until the band opened up for Daekon at Seattle’s Neumos that things began to really take form. Recording began and the four longtime friends became a band and Bella Union (and Sub Pop in the US) didn’t hesitate to pursue them with unabashed enthusiasm. And it worked!
Illusion was recorded in a variety of bedrooms, practice spaces, the Murray residence, as well as AVAST! and Fastback studios in Seattle, Washington with the help of engineer Jared Hankins with guest performances by many a musician friend.
Lanterns on the Lake will be supporting Low on two dates this April.
2nd Apr @ Glee Club, BIRMINGHAM
3rd Apr @ Royal Festival Hall, LONDON
Good news for any Daniel Johnston/Cashier No.9 fans: the two artists will play Empire Music Hall, Belfast on Wednesday 4th April. Tickets are available here. The wonderful Cashier boys will also perform with Daniel as his backing band.
Michael Cragg has premiered Active Child‘s remix of Hannah Cohen’s ‘The Crying Game‘ over on The Guardian New Music Blog. Head over to read his writeup and have a listen, or check out the track below:
Hannah’s debut album will be released next month on Bella Union, and will play London’s Vortex Club on May 9th.
Bella Union at SXSW
SXSW is upon us again. Bella Union has a few wonderful artists flying the flag for us at the festival, namely: Cashier No.9, Father John Misty, Jonathan Wilson, Poor Moon and M Ward. Be sure to check them out at their various day party and official festival showcases – giglist is below.
MARCH 14TH : Stubbs BBQ / SXSW NPR Showcase @ Stubbs, 801 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701
MARCH 12th : British Embassy Show – 10pm @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jancinto Blvd, Austin 7870)
MARCH 14th : Official SXSW evening (British Embassy) – 10pm @ The Tap Room @ Six (311 Colorado Street)
March 15th : ANTI POP showcase – 2:30pm (front patio stage) @ The Brew Exchange (formally Annie West) (706 west 6th street)
IATP showcase – 6pm @ Vortex (2307 Manor Road Austin 78722)
MARCH 16th : Irish Breakfast – 3:50pm @ BD Rileys 6th street
MARCH 17th : Music from Ireland showcase SXSW gig – 11pm @ Friends (208 east 6th Street)
FATHER JOHN MISTY
MARCH 14TH: French Legation Museum (802 San Marcos St) 8pm
MARCH 15TH: SXSW Day Party @ Beauty Bar (617 East 7th St.) 2.25pm
Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch (1100 Bee Creek Rd.)
WXPN Showcase @ The Convention Center 5pm
Aquarium Drunkard @ Trinity – Pure Volume House @ 504 Trinity Street 7.30pm
MARCH 16TH: Peckerheads (402 E. 6th St) 3pm
Waterloo Records (600 N. Lamar Blvd) 4.30pm
Sub Pop Showcase: Outside Stage @ Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) 12am [liank]
MARCH 15th : At Continental Club 1am-1.50am
Relix/Creative Allies Party at Maggie Mae’s (323 E. 6th Street) [link] 4.45-5.30pm
MARCH 17th : 5-5:50pm at Hotel San Jose
MARCH 12TH: 3 song acoustic set @ 1pm, Spotify House/1010 E Cesar Chavez St/Austin 78702
MARCH 13TH : SXSWi Show at Stubbs @ 10.15pm
MARCH 14TH : Solo performance at The Presbyterian Church @ 11pm
MARCH 15TH: Auditorium Shores opening for The Shins @ 6.45pm
+ guest song at Big Star Third SXSW Show Paramount Theatre @ 713 Congress Avenue/Austin 78701/btw E 7th and E 8th St, 9pm
MARCH 16TH: Merge Showcase at Frank – Hot Dogs and Cold Beer @ 7.30pm
MARCH 14TH: Gram Parsons Foundation Launch Event @ Hotel San Jose (1316 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704)
MARCH 16TH: Sub Pop Showcase: Outside Stage @ Red 7 (611 E. 7th St) 9pm [link]
Andrew’s new album ‘Break It Yourself’ is released into the world today.
If you are lucky enough to have a ticket to his show at Barbican later today you will be able to hear the new songs live for yourself (!). If you can’t make the show, stream the record over on The Quietus and keep your ear to the ground for more Bird dates later this year…