In the latest installment of Pitchfork.com’s “5-10-15-20” Neko Case gives a shout out to The Handsome Family, and their role in her move to Chicago at the age of 30.
“I moved to Chicago when I was 30, and I was listening to the Handsome Family a lot. I wasn’t finding an embracing music scene in Seattle, and Chicago had a community feeling that reminded me of Canada. I had a job animating shadows for animated commercials—like the Trix Rabbit—which was awesome. I colored things in on a computer and did pencil tests. I was doing the manual labor of the animation. I’m proud to have done it. That’s the last day job I ever had.
I didn’t think I was a musician until I was about 32, probably—it’s such a sacred thing to me that I didn’t feel worthy of calling myself that. But then I realized I didn’t have any day jobs because I had to quit them all because I was on tour all the time. When tax time came, I thought, “I’m paying taxes as a musician, so I think I can call myself one.”
Read the rest of the article here
The Handsome Family play Station to Station tomorrow at the Lamy Depot in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Cat Power, Nite Jewel, THEESatisfaction, and others! The event is sold out, but keep up with the live blog stream here!
It’s official! The Handsome Family are playing this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival which takes place in San Francisco, Oct 4th-6th! Get your tickets and schedule updates here!
10/10 @ Moonshine Bar | Manly, NSW
10/12 @ The Hi -Fi | Melbourne, VIC
10/13 @ The Basement | Sydney, QLD
10/14 @ Blackbear Lodge | Brisbane , QLD
10/16 @ The Grace Emily | Adelaide, SA
Rennie Sparks of The Handsome Family has another great essay featured on The New York Times Opinionator blog, Measure for Measure. Read her essay, “Stephen Foster, the Wildebeest and Me”, here!
In case you missed your local broadcast, here is the link to today’s episode of NPR World Cafe with David Dye!
Check out the new video for “Octopus” that premiered on Paste!
This trippy video was created by Katie Kapuza
The Handsome Family interview and “Wilderness” review in the Chicago Tribune by Greg Kot!
Don’t miss their FREE at Millenium Park show Monday, July 22nd @ 6:30pm!
NPR’s World Cafe with host David Dye can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide. Fans can find your local station and broadcast time HERE
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