The announcement today of the summer Downtown Sound series at Millenium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion brings great news for Carrot Top Records! Speck Mountain kicks off the summer with Sharon Van Etten on June 3rd, and The Handsome Family will be celebrating their new release Wilderness by playing a free show with Azita on July 22nd.
Full Downtown Sound Schedule
Mondays, 6:30pm (headliners first)
May 27: Lee Ranaldo Band, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog
June 3: Sharon Van Etten, Speck Mountain
June 10: An evening with Glen Hansard featuring Lisa Hannigan and members of the Frames
June 17: Daniel Lanois, Brokeback
June 24: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Angela James
July 1: Lee Fields & the Expressions, Theo Huff & the Platinum Band
July 8: Dawes, the Cairo Gang
July 15: Fatoumata Diawara, Alasdair Roberts and friends
July 22: The Handsome Family, Azita
July 29: Dessa, Psalm One
“Brett and Rennie Sparks release a new album and suddenly the world is a better place”
No Depression reviews The Handsome Family “Wilderness”
Katie Kapuza used appx. 1100 watercolor still images to make the video for Megan Reilly & John Wesley Harding‘s track “Old Man & the Bird.” The Chicago International Movie & Music Festival (CIMMFest) has announced that it will be presenting the video as part of its program April 18-21, 2013. Congrats Katie!
Megan Reilly – Old Man and the Bird from katie kapuza on Vimeo.
New Speck Mountain dates added!
11. March 2013 :: The Empty Bottle :: Chicago, IL w/ Psychic Ills and Follakzoid
27. April 2013 :: Cameo Gallery :: Brooklyn, NY w/ Lazy Eyes and Modern Rivals
15. May 2013 :: Sunset Tavern :: Seattle, WA
22. May 2013 :: Hemlock Tavern :: San Francisco, CA
23. May 2013 :: Bootleg Bar :: Los Angeles, CA
25. May 2013 :: Permanent Records In-Store :: Los Angeles, CA
KEXP has been digging Speck Mountain’s most recent album Badwater a bunch recently. They’ve been spinning 5 or 6 tracks from the album rather consistently and we love their support!! Today Badwater is their song of the day! They call the title track “a soulful slow burn…a gorgeous tune that unfolds deeper and deeper without wearing out its welcome.”
Check out the full writeup here. Thanks KEXP! xxoo
In addition to their May UK dates, The Handsome Family have announced a few more to tide you over until their full US tour is announced.
March 9 | Old Town Americana Fest | Old Town Gazebo | Albuquerque, NM | FREE 2-5pm
May 4 | RECORD RELEASE SHOW | Low Spirits | Albuquerque, NM | This show will sell out. Buy tickets ahead of time.
June & July 2013 | MORE USA DATES TO COME | East coast and midwest
July 22 | Pritzker Pavillion, Millenium Park | Chicago, IL | FREE SHOW
The Handsome Family’s Wilderness out May 14th on Carrot Top Records!
Enter the dark forest of The Handsome Family and let the beautiful branches surround you.
Wild animals, tall tales, and dark stories from American history populate the lyrics of Wilderness. Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, tin pan alley, and medieval music continue to inform The Handsome Family’s unique brand of Americana, while their affinity for old-tyme ballads and clawhammer banjo has never sounded so seamlessly connected to their use of samples, loops, and sonic effects.
A companion book of original artwork and essays by Rennie Sparks, also titled Wilderness, will expand on the meticulously researched and little-known enigmas of the natural world explored on the album: immortal jellyfish, woodpecker tongues, dancing octopi, fly royalty, the secret language of crows, and mysterious ant spirals.
The album will be released on LP, CD, and a deluxe LP box set on May 14th. More details on the deluxe LP release and the pre-order to come!
Tomorrow we will be announcing details on The Handsome Family’s next record on Carrot Top! Eyes peeled, friends. We’ve got their back catalogue up for sale here. CDs, LPs, 7″s.
Spinner posts Slow So Long as their mp3 of the day! Karl gives some history of the track:
“‘Slow So Long’ was written in the midst of a 7-year relationship ending. About trying everything and everything to save things even though you know in your deepest parts that it will end and that it should have ended long ago. In a twisted way it is a love letter, trying to let them know that you want to let them be free, because they may have a chance at happiness without you. Death, renewal and all that lives in between.” — Guitarist Karl Briedrick
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