Akron/Family

It was a century ago when I first saw Akron/Family perform, in the tiny back room of a bar in Brooklyn that held perhaps 20 people. Akron sat in chairs on a small stage festooned with red velvet and small theater light bulbs, their plentiful gadgets and musical toys littering more than a few tables – always seemingly on the verge of collapse. The young men awkwardly held their guitars in their laps or gently played drums/percussion, apparently trying not to knock anything over (to disastrous results) mid set. Cables and extension cords laced through their legs, they proffered a sort of delicate, improvisational experimentalism, laced with occasional rock grooves, but most extraordinarily, often punctuated with beautiful 4 part harmonies...

Akron/Family’s Seth Olinsky Has a New Side Project –> CY DUNE

Akron/Family’s Seth Olinsky has been out in Tucson, AZ over the last year, “reading all the Dune books and a bunch of Cormac McCarthy while exploring American primitivist musics through the lens of Dylan, extreme tube saturation, and wild West African guitar musics.” His adventure has morphed into a new project he’s calling Cy Dune and a record is very much in the works; in fact, Seth is mixing it now. Recording the music in both Tucson and Brooklyn, Seth invited musicians Shahzad Ismaily, Andrew Barker, William Parker, Dave Hartley and Chris Powell to join in on the making. Watch the video for “Just Kids” above.

Family Tree Records is putting out a SUPER SUPER limited, hand-etched 7″ of new CY Dune songs, “No Recognize” amd “Yellin’.” Only 20 copies will be created on square, clear vinyl. Purchase HERE.

The Asian University for Women Choir Sings Akron/Family’s “Another Sky”

We have something incredibly special to share today. The Society of International Musicians have taken on Akron/Family’s “Another Sky” and done so beautifully. Led by Director Illya Riske and based in Bangladesh, the group is the Asian University for Women’s choir and is comprised of students from Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, China, Palestine and Myanmar. The song is just one of many the choir has chosen to perform. You can stream “Another Sky” below. The song and the rest of the choir’s album is available for purchase via Bandcamp. All proceeds go to fund the growing music program, more specifically to provide guitar lessons and instruments to the young women. Learn more about the school and choir HERE.

Gauntlet Hair Announce North American Tour! Watch New Video from Into The Woods.tv

Gauntlet Hair are set to tour North America starting April 22nd in New York and eventually ending in San Diego. A rotating cast of Pictureplane, IG88 and Dana Buoy – the new solo project of Akron/Family’s Dana Janssen, will join GH in their shows. Check out the full list of dates below!

Portland’s Into the Woods.tv caught up with Gauntlet Hair for their “Far From Home” series. After a good ole run-in with the police, the band and crew are forced to cut their work a bit short, but as always, the end product is stellar (and it all happened under a bridge). Watch GH perform “Lights Out” live above.

 
 

04/22/12 New York, NY- Santos Party House
04/23/12 Boston, MA- Great Scott
04/24/12 Brooklyn, NY- Glasslands w/ Tezeo
04/26/12 Cleveland, OH- Grog Shop
04/27/12 Detroit, MI- Magic Stick Jr.
04/28/12 Bloomington, IN- Russian Recording w/ Pictureplane
04/29/12 Chicago, IL- Schubas
04/30/12 Madison, WI- High Noon Saloon
05/03/12 Portland, OR- Rotture w/ Yukon Blonde, Dana Buoy
05/04/12 Bellingham, WA- Shakedown w/ IG88, Dana Buoy
05/05/12 Vancouver, BC- Waldorf w/ Dana Buoy
05/06/12 Seattle, WA- Barboza (Neumos Jr.) w/ IG88, Dana Buoy
05/08/12 Sacramento, CA- Blue Lamp w/ Dana Buoy
05/09/12 San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill w/ Dana Buoy
05/11/12 Los Angeles, CA- Satellite w/ Dana Buoy
05/13/12 San Diego, CA- Soda Bar w/ Dana Buoy

Akron/Family Films Session for American Songwriter

American Songwriter shares a new Akron/Family session with us today! While on tour in January, A/F stopped by AS offices in Nashville to perform stripped down versions of “River,” “Love and Space,” “Gravelly Mountains of the Moon,” and “Canopy.” As always, the boys deliver. Watch all four videos HERE.

Musoscribe talked with bassist Miles Seaton during their tour too. Bill Kopp gets the lowdown from Seaton on tour, musical influences and recording. “You do create a relationship with people through your songs; its almost an act of generosity,” comments Seaton. Read the full interview.

Booking Agent Contact

NORTH AMERICA:
The Billions Corporation
Ali Hedrick
ali@billions.com
Steven Himmelfarb
himmelfarb@billions.com

BENELUX & UK:
Bas Flesseman & Bob Van Heur, Belmont Bookings
bas@belmontbookings.nl
bob@belmontbookings.nl
http://www.belmontbookings.nl

EUROPE:
Andreas Oberschelp, Puschen
a@puschen.net
http://www.puschen.net/

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Until the Morning
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