Anna Mayberry put out one of our favorite releases of 2013 with a self-titled EP under her solo moniker Anamai. Ahead of her short run of tour dates kicking off tomorrow night in Ottawa, Anna has shared with us the wintery video for our favourite track on the EP, “Altar Coals.” Be sure to catch Anamai if she’s playing in your locale, and if you haven’t already, pick up the EP from Buzz Records.[youtube http://youtu.be/v70wsU-zAYc]
As fall looms just around the corner, we’re graced with a new offering from guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn that serves as a most fitting soundtrack for the change in season. After stepping out into the open with last year’s Time Off, Gunn took little time establishing himself as the premiere artist in the John Fahey inspired, post-Jack Rose realm of fingerpicked, raga-meets-American folk (something many of us already knew). With Way Out Weather, he takes an even grander step forward both in terms of arrangement and improvisation, as well as the roster of musicians he has aboard. The result is a more expansive, lush, full-band sound that, quite often, resembles the noodley ambling of the Grateful Dead as guitar lines and various stringed instruments weave through one another in an intertwining web of cosmic folk. Check out the video for the title track below.
Way Out Weather comes out October 7th on Paradise of Bachelors.
Also, for those who missed it, be sure to check out Steve Gunn’s collaborative album with British folk artist Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa.[youtube http://youtu.be/ckSY12Dmw8Q]
Calgary psych-rock voyagers Devonian Gardens have released unto the world a new video set to the title track to their debut album, Solar Shifting. Recorded in the secluded forests of Nova Scotia with analog wizard Jay Crocker, the album first came out in digital form last year on Beyond Beyond is Beyond and is now available on compact disc. Watch the cosmically animated video below.
After playing a series of killer shows in The Great North, Devonian Gardens are now embarking on their first tour of the US (dates). This Sunday, they’ll be playing the Beyond Beyond is Beyond Showcase at Mercury Lounge in NYC featuring Steve Gunn, Prince Rupert’s Drops and Worthless with liquid light projections by Drippy Eye. RSVP for that event here.
Purchase Solar Shifting via BBIB.[youtube http://youtu.be/2s3fh5hdfQk]
On Sunday night, Wooden Shjips made their way through Toronto and proved once again how they’re one of the best live psych acts on the scene today. Running through material off their excellent new album, Back To Land, the group kicked into their dark-shrouded fuzz onslaught from the outset. Perhaps inspired by their frontman’s recent move to Colorado, the Shjips new material is brighter and more organic even allowing Ripley’s vocals to poke out from the haze for a few revealing moments. With video-feedback projections offered by Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada, the venue achieved near liftoff—the crowd seemed to almost lose their sense of gravity—as the Shjips blasted through well over an hour of palpitating, bone-rattling psych.
Check our the full list of tour dates along with the video for their new album’s title track below.[vimeo http://vimeo.com/78359380]
Nov 13 – NYC, Mercury Lounge (w/ Cave)
Nov 14 – Brooklyn, Knitting Factory (w/ Cave)
Nov 15 – Philadelphia, Underground Arts (w/ Bardo Pond, Creepoid)
Nov 16 – Baltimore, Ottobar (w/ Purling Hiss, Arbouretum)
Blues Control have released the video for “Walking Robin,” taken from their latest LP Valley Tangents, out now on Drag City. As birds soar through the sky and effiges burn, a beat from what sounds like an 80s Casio keyboard coasts below the sun soaked guitar lines in the synthy, lo-fi murk. At times, it almost recalls Sensations Fix with a dose of Rangers. The video was directed by French filmmaker/artist Clémence Hébert and filmed on Tunø, a small Danish island in the Kattegat Sea, during Midsummer day.
The good folks over at Out of Town Films have just released this stunning video of Quilt performing the song “Gome Home” off their 2011 self-titled debut for Mexican Summer. Filmed in the backyard of Philadelphia musician Daniel Bachman’s Fishtown home, the group recorded the session with Bachman joining in on a reverb-drenched electric guitar.
Quilt are currently on the road, so be sure to check them out at one of their upcoming shows (dates below).[youtube http://youtu.be/3KgVsTltWyI]
07/12 Seattle, WA Barboza
07/13 Vancouver, BC Waldorf Cabaret
07/14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
07/17 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop
07/19 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
07/20 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
07/21 Tempe, AZ Sail Inn
07/23 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
07/25 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
07/26 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
07/27 Cincinnati, OH MOTR Pub
07/28 Pittsburgh, PA The Brillobox
07/29 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Check out the new Jeffertitti’s Nile video for “Midnight Siren.” The band is also currently preparing to embark on a West Coast tour, the dates of which can be seen below. Don’t miss their live show!
Jeffertitti’s Nile West Coast Tour Dates:
02/17 – The Troubadour , Hollywood CA
02/18 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz CA
02/19 – Thee Parkside, San Francisco CA
02/20 – The Void, Portland OR
02/21 – The Comet Tavern, Seattle WA
02/22 – Valentines, Portland OR
02/23 – The Knockout, San Francisco CA
02/24 – Casa Zimbabwe, Berkeley CA
02/25 – Zoeys Cafe, Ventura CA
Also check out this live footage from a recent Moon Block Party.
For our first post of 2012, we’re happy to share this new video from one of our favorite Brooklyn psych rock outfits, Woodsman. The song featured is the lead track off the group’s Mystic Places EP, which made our top albums of 2011. Check out the video below and if you haven’t already, pick up the EP via the group’s own Fire Talk Records.