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2009 May News :: Dead Oceans

Archive for May, 2009

NURSES Team Up With Dead Oceans, Announce Album, Offer Free MP3

Welcome to the weird and wonderful universe that NURSES call home. Hailing from Portland OR, Nurses have crafted a fine, fine slice of psychedelic pop on their debut LP Apple’s Acre. Apple’s Acre will be released on August 4 on Dead Oceans (August 24 in the UK) but never fear, we have an MP3 and video to share right now.

To immerse yourself in Nurses’ Apple’s Acre is to delight in a certain mental unraveling. These are songs where the vulnerability of pop with its heart on its sleeve engages in a double-dutch jumprope match with the euphoric surrender-to-the-weird that is essential to psychedelia. And Nurses is a band that scavenges beauty and wonder, uncovering Technicolor where others see somber hues. Their off-kilter psych-pop is driven by ever-swelling vocal harmonies, adventurous electronics, some serious wheelin’ and dealin’ on the Rhodes piano, and the kind of new-primitivist percussion that may or may not involve a standard drum kit.

An encyclopedic list of musical influences and sound-alikes won’t necessarily cozy up your brain to the Nurses experience. Their compositions revel in the unexpected, and it creates music that’s endlessly fascinating. Part of the allure is that the songs of Aaron Chapman and John Bowers—the cosmic troubadours and longtime best friends behind Nurses—are in a constant state of motion, as if they’re evolving while you listen. Perhaps it’s no surprise, since Chapman and Bowers themselves have spent the past five years in a state of transience, as friendly nomads who gave up the comforts of normalcy for the deeper satisfaction of total devotion to making music. If the two aren’t rambling in their own sonic imaginations, they’re not satisfied.

Download “Caterpillar Playground” for a whiff of Apple’s Acre — it is a wonderfully strange taste of pop goodness. Also, be sure to check out the acoustic rendition of “Lita” lovingly rendered in high contrast black and white on YouTube for all to see.

Listen to “Caterpillar Playground” HERE.

Go HERE. to view the video for “Lita.”

And go HERE to see a full listing of Nurses live dates.

BISHOP ALLEN Performs Intimate Ukulele Session

They say you know a song is strong when it can be stripped down to its most simple skeleton and still stand on its own. Recently, BISHOP ALLEN proved the strength of their pop writing chops with only voice, ukulele and melodica in a teeny French bathroom for France’s Ukulele Sessions, for which they performed tunes from past albums Broken String and Charm School. The band upcoming dates at both Sasquatch Music Festival and North Side Fest. Check out all upcoming Bishop Allen dates HERE.

JOHN VANDERSLICE’S Romanian Names Available Today

Today, JOHN VANDERSLICE’S most excellent Romanian Names hits record store shelves and digital distributors of music the worldwide. Go get you some. Order Romanian Names HERE.

In a solid Pitchfork review today, writer Joe Tangari said the following of Romanian Names: “There are plenty more moments to enjoy on Romanian Names, from the bounce of “C&O Canal” to the electro campfire sing-along of “D.I.A.L.O.”, the slow back-to-nature majesty of “Too Much Time” and the lonely cello that closes the album. Vanderslice hasn’t made a bad record, but he’s only made a couple that are this good. If you’ve never dipped an ear into his world before, Romanian Names is a great place to do it.”

On Friday at 2 p.m., John will appear live on Seattle’s KEXP and give a special in-store performance later on Friday at East Street. Listen to the KEXP session on Friday by going HERE. And find out more about the East Street In-Store HERE.

MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND Rips A Live In-Studio Performance For KEXP

The fine young people of MT. ST. HELENS VIETNAM BAND recently stopped by their hometown’s most awesome radio station KEXP for a live-in studio session. The band brought along both their own flavor of Molly Moon’s ice cream and their insanely tight “punchy rhythms, melodic phrasing and sharp guitar shredding.” The KEXP site is offering up a hat-trick of videos from the session, and a fouth video as part of its Video of The Week podcast. Watch the video for “Who’s Asking” below.

This weekend MSHVB will play Sasquatch Festival before heading out for a full-on summer tour that includes a slot at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. See a full list of dates HERE.

BOWERBIRDS Added To Pitchfork Music Festival Line Up

Just as the Internet is abuzz over BOWERBIRD’S mp3 “Northern Lights” from the forthcoming Upper Air, Pitchfork has announced the band’s addition to the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival on July 18. Bowerbirds join the line up on a day that features the likes of The National, Beirut, Ponytail and Yeasayer. The festival runs July 17-19 in Chicago’s Union Park. While the ‘fork has already sold out of three-day passes, one and two-day passes can be purchased by going HERE.

And peep a full listing of Bowerbirds tour dates HERE.

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