Not a day goes by during my travels around these great United States that someone fails to accost me and say, “hey
mr. record company asshole, what the fuck happened with those las vegas tickets what’s going on with those amazing Austin/Denton bands featured on ‘Casual Victim Pile’?” Since I’m far too busy and successful to actually hang around and converse with these persons in public, I thought I’d write a lengthy blog post on the matter.
The Young – after a pair of singles and one song on CVP, The Young have finally released a debut album on Mexican Summer, Voyagers Of Legend. The entire thing is pretty sick, but “Bird In The Bush” is what us folks in the record business like to call “an undeniable hit”. At least until it turns out not to be a hit, in which case we start looking for someone else to blame. If you’re in Austin this Friday and looking FOR ACTION after The New Pornographers show, The Young’s rec release party is happening at 2906 Cole St., with additional sets from Dikes Of Holland (two 2010 7″‘s thus far that you oughta track down), Oakland’s Genesis Climber and the amazing trio Cruddy.
Harlem – By now, hopefully you’ve fallen in love, or at least very intense like with the songs and performances of Coomers, Curtis and Jose, currently making their way across the country in support of The Dead Weather and flogging their 2nd album, ‘Hippies’ with considerable style and poise.. Potentially Matador’s first candidates to be awarded a Grammy and a Pulitzer For Tweeting in the same calendar year, Harlem will follow last weekend’s appearance at Coney Island’s Siren Fest with an even larger challenge, playing Lollapalooza in Chicago August 7. Rumors they’re supposed to play at 7am and/or are prevented from playing anywhere in the Midwest for the next 3 years are mostly exaggerated.
Wild America – on the heels of a terrific 7″ released by Brooklyn’s Freedom School, Wild America are currently in the midst of a U.S tour. I’m not gonna say “grueling” because for all we know, they’re having a great time.
7/22 – Bassettt St. House, Madison, WI
7/23 – Lucky Gator Loft, Chicago, IL
7/24 – Loco Lemonade, Bloomington, IN
7/25 – Carabar, Columbus, OH
7/27 – Anarctica, Chattanooga, TN
7/28 – The Hanger, Athens, GA
7/29 – Couch Couch, Atlanta, GA
7/30 – Saturn Bar, New Orleans, LA
8/1 – Superhappyfunland, Houston, TX
8/6 – US Art Authority, Austin, TX (with Happy Birthday, Woven Bones)
There’s obviously more to talk about ; The Golden Boys are featured participants at this September’s Goner Fest 7, while the band’s John Wesley Coleman is in the middle of a week long residency at Beerland and recently returned from recording his upcoming Goner album w/ assistance from Orville Neely (Bad Sports), Jeremy Steen (The Flesh Lights, Gospel Truth) and longtime associate Greg Ashley. Bad Sports have hit both coasts this summer and recently completed recording of their second album with knobby help from Mark Ryan of The Marked Men. Woven Bones are drowning amidst a pile of accolades for their ‘In Out & Back Again’ HoZac LP, recently inked their lives away (JOKE) to Hardly Art and will be supporting Pavement at the oh-so-big-timey Stubbs on September 28. The Distant Seconds are prepping their 2nd album with engineering supplied by Tre Orsi‘s Matthew Barnhart, while Tre Orsi’s recent LP, ‘Devices & Emblems‘ has been reissued by Jon Solomon’s fantastic Comedy Minus One label, the same imprint that brings Bottomless Pit’s excellent recordings into your homes. Follow That Bird! completed their first trip to the East Coast recently, and The Stuffies are hitting the road this weekend for shows in Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN (Hi Tone, Sunday, 7/25). Elvis are taking part in a bodywashing event (hey, I just report this stuff) at the US Art Authority on July 24 Finally, The Flesh Lights, fast becoming one of the planet’s best live bands, have a new 7″ coming soon from Twistworthy Records (helmed by Mark Twistworthy of CVP alumni The No No No Hopes), and they’ll be at Beerland on Thursday, July 29 with the OBN III’s and Dikes Of Holland. There’s more CVP related stuff to hassle you about, but trust me, I’m saving it for another post.