Washing the sand with my ghostly tears
Searching the shores for my Jackie-oh
Below are some bands that's come across my email about the sea.
LED TO SEA
Seattle-based violist, Alex Guy, goes by the stage name Led to Sea. The exciting news is that she's touring with Thao & Mirah (and you know we love Thao here).
I've dug around to find out more about Led to Sea and I think she has two albums now, the most recent is called Into The Darkening Sky. From the reviews I've read, everyone seems to agree on one thing: she's amazing live... which incidentally brings us to her live dates - starting today, April 22nd at the Northwest Folklife Festival. I'll probably pick up her album at the Cedar show, she's coming here to Minneapolis on June 2nd.
04.22.11 - Seattle, WA @ Columbia City
04.24.11 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
05.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour*
05.02.11 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho*
05.03.11 - Oakland, CA @ the New Parish*
05.05.11 - Vancouver, BC @ the Biltmore*
05.06.11 - Bellingham, WA @ WWU*
05.07.11 - Seattle, WA @ the Crocodile*
05.08.11 - Portland, OR @ the Wonder Ballroom*
05.09.11 - Olympia, WA @ the Northern*
05.27.11 - Seattle, WA @ the Northwest Folklife Festival
06.02.11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center*
06.03.11 - Chicago, IL @ the Empty Bottle*
06.05.11 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace*
06.07.11 - Boston, MA @ T.T. the Bear's*
06.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
06.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church*
06.10.11 - Washington, DC @ the Black Cat*
06.11.11 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506*
06.12.11 - Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle*
06.13.11 - Atlanta, GA @ the Earl*
06.15.11 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway*
06.18.11 - Denver, CO @ High Dive*
06.19.11 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad*
06.20.11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room*
06.21.11 - San Diego, CA @ the Casbah*
06.23.11 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American*
All tour dates * with Thao & Mirah
I don't know much about Seapony, other than that I will probably like them since they are on Hardly Art records (the last two albums I reviewed from them are amazing).
Anyroad, it looks like Seapony is a trio: songwriter Danny Rowland, singer Jen Weidl, and bassist Ian Brewer (note: no human drummer).
Their music is described as "fuzz-drenched guitar playing simple chord progressions, topped with concise melodic hooks and breathy vocals." Sounds excellent.
Their album, Go With Me will be released May 31st on Hardly Art. Tour information below:
05.06.11 - Portland, OR - Renn Fayre (Reed College)
05.07.11 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
05.28.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - 418 Project
05.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
05.31.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
06.02.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
06.15.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
Julie Baenziger is better known as Sea of Bees. I've previously reviewed her cutely named EP, Bee Eee Pee, and I thought her vocals sounded like "small cute child".
NPR seems to agree, naming her top 100 acts at SXSW 2011 with a mention about her voice:
Well, it looks like she's going on tour with Stornoway, a band that will likely bring a dolly on stage.
Her new album is called Songs for the Ravens and since it doesn't look like she'll be come through Minneapolis, I might look into trying to get her album for review (when I have more time).
Below are the tour dates:
04.21.11 - Manhattan, NY @ The Living Room
04.22.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Spike Hill
04.23.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Sycamore
04.25.11 - Manhattan, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
04.26.11 - Manhattan, NY @ Joe's Pub
04.27.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
04.28.11 - Manhattan, NY @ Piano's
04.29.11 - Manhattan, NY @ Cake Shop
04.30.11 - Manhattan, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05.01.11 - Manhattan, NY @ The Living Room
05.24.11 - Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo*
05.26.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
05.28.11 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*
05.31.11 - Seattle, WA @ Triple Door*
06.01.11 - Vancouver, BC @ Media Club*
06.02.11 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir*
06.04.11 - San Francisco, CA @ the Independent*
06.05.11 - Los Angeles, CA @ the Troubadour*
* with Stornaway
Barefoot Dance of the Sea seems to be an all-girls band (a trio of Rebecca Wood, Beth Gibson & Sophie Cochrane). Apparently two of them are from the Hot Puppies (which I'll admit, I've never heard of either).
Their upcoming release is called 'Til Voices Wake Us, a six-track limited edition EP (only 150 copies of the CD will be released), coming out May 16th. The details I have is that it will come with a silver and translucent foiled packaging. Sounds delightful.
Described as "two-and three-part harmonies and enchanting minimalist instrumentation", I would imagine it to be a lot of folk-harmonizing-action. I do like that melody-thing, so I might check them out later down the road when I have more time.
Another folky/harmonizing band (although interestingly enough, "medieval pop" was used to describe the band). Below is a proper description of the band:
The Sea Kings is from England, but the email I got also mentioned that they are specifically not from Scotland. Perhaps there's another band called Sea Kings ? This one consists of James Wills (Guitar), Joe Holtaway (Mandolin) and Jake Alexander (Percussion/Cello), all singers apparently.
I was also given a Spotify link, which is like a Unicorn in the States: it doesn't exist here. I know Ryan and I talked about it for hours two years ago, but Spotify still can't sort it out here.
Their EP is called An Introduction To The Sea Kings and available on most digital retailers.
The information I have is actually for The Naked and The Famous, but I'm tossing them here because they are really excited about their new song, "Young Blood" getting a remixed treatment by White Sea (aka Morgan Kibby of M83). You can listen to the song on soundcloud.com
Details of their continuing tour dates are listed below.
SAT 4/23 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird
TUE 4/26 CHICAGO, IL Metro
WED 4/27 COLUMBUS, OH Outland
FRI 4/29 CLEVELAND, OH Beachland
SAT 4/30 TORONTO, ON Phoenix
SUN 5/1 MONTREAL, PQ National
MON 5/2 BOSTON, MA Paradise
WED 5/4 NEW YORK, NY Webster Hall
THU 5/5 PHILADELPHIA, PA Theatre of Living Arts
FRI 5/6 WASHINGTON, DC 930 Club
SAT 5/7 BALTIMORE, MD Ottobar
SUN 5/8P PROVIDENCE, RI The Met