The title of Yellow Ostrich’s just-released album is pretty apt. Alex Schaaf knows a thing or two about trekking through unfamiliar terrain, as a Midwest transplant in New York City and, more importantly .....
Yellow Ostrich just premiered their video for "Ghost" on Stereogum. You can also download the free MP3 of "Ghost" at yellowostrich.com.
"Ghost" is the title track from the band's recent 6-track EP. The video directed by the band and Frank Larson, premiered via Stereogum, who described it as "focus[ing] tight on bandleader Alex Schaaf, alternating between the singer delivering his lament in present-day and fuzzy old VHS footage capturing happier bygone times."
Trivia: The cover artwork of Ghost is an original painting by New York-based artist Graham Parks over 100 blank record sleeves. You can own a piece of the original artwork by purchasing the 100 one-of-a-kind limited edition. That sounds really cool, but I could not find any details about pricing or if it's even available for purchase. It just sounds really expensive, but incredibly awesome to own.
We've written about Matt Pond before, I suppose he's dropped the "PA" part of his name for some reason?
His press release explained the reasoning behind the removal of the "PA" section: With the new album, The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand (out February 5th via BMG), to be Matt Pond's first official "solo" release. I'm glad, I honestly hated that PA part.
Update: I have the cover artwork now. February is a way off... In the meantime, you can listen to the lead single, "Love To Get Used" on Soundcloud:
Matt Pond just announced his massive winter tour dates with Jukebox the Ghost. Full details below.
02.06 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
02.07 - Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Tavern
02.08 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
02.09 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
02.10 - Charlottesville, VA @ Southern Cafe
02.12 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft Theatre
02.13 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's
02.14 - Columbus, OH@ Wexner Center*
02.15 - St Louis, MO @ Firebird
02.17 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
02.18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade*
02.19 - Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar
02.20 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
02.22 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
02.23 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Jr.
02.24 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
02.26 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
02.28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
03.03 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03.04 - Eugene, OR @ Cozmic
03.05 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03.08 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
03.09 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
03.10 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
03.11 - Toronto, ONT @ Horseshoe Tavern
03.13 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
03.14 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03.15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
03.16 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club #
All dates with Jukebox the Ghost
CAUGHT A GHOST
Caught a Ghost is basically L.A.-based songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan. When Nolan takes his project live, they become an eight-piece band (including a three-piece horn section).
Jesse explained his band's name, "It's an old expression, musicians used to say you caught a ghost if you gave a good performance. Like you were possessed."
Look for his debut EP, Nightworks, on February 12, 2013, via +1 Records.
We've already covered many of Ghostly International's bands (mostly because we like the label), including recently seeing Beacon randomly. Ghost International's latest release is Loyal by Polish-born, Brooklyn-based Heathered Pearls (the moniker of Jakub Alexander.)
Pitchfork seems to love him, having calling his track, "Beach Shelter," as "an intuitive knack for burrowing deep into feelings of caution and anxiety then gets out before outstaying its welcome."
We've written about randomly seeing Vacationer on tour before. The latest item I have from them is that their song, "Good As New" got a Ghost Beach remix.
You can grab the remix for free at Soundcloud:
Look for the Good As New Remixes Collection coming soon on Downtown Records.
Gross Ghost is going on tour with their labelmate, Spider Bags.
1.15 Durham, NC - The Pinhook *
1.16 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
1.17 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie*
1.18 Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery *
1.19 Baltimore, MD - Golden West
1.30 Raleigh, Nc - King's (without Spider Bags)
Never heard of Team Ghost? Well, you might have heard of M83, which Nicolas Fromageau was part of, before leaving in 2004 to work on his own project.
Team Ghost's album, Rituals will be out March 19th, 2013, in North America. You can check out "Dead Film Star" via Soundcloud.
Lone Wolf's "Ghosts of Holloway" video recently premiered on Consequence of Sound, describing it as "Leeds artist Lone Wolf is cast as both a disembodied personification of his own conscious and a version of himself up to no good."
Lone Wolf (otherwise known as Paul Marshall) just released his album, The Lovers, earlier this November 27th, via It Never Rains.