Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Upcoming releases updates: Augustana, Wye Oak, Tres Mts.
Wye Oak, pictured on left, is set to release its third album Civilian.
AUGUSTANA GEAR UP TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED NEW ALBUM ON APRIL 26, 2011
FIRST SINGLE, “STEAL YOUR HEART,” GOES TO RADIO FEBRUARY 14
February 1, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA — Augustana will release their eagerly awaited self-titled third album for Epic Records on April 26, 2011. The first single from the album, “Steal Your Heart,” will go to radio on February 14. The band, which is fronted by vocalist/lyricist Daniel Layus, recorded the album in Los Angeles with Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Jacquire King, who is known for his work with Kings of Leon and Norah Jones, among others.
“The creative and musical progression of this record feels like the most true expression of who this band is in its most basic form,” said Layus. “We worked really hard to bring the sound to a new frontier, but not so far that it lost that sense of organic sensibility.”
The album delivers on the emotionally resonant, rootsy pop/rock that Augustana have become known for since launching themselves onto the scene with their major-label debut, 2005’s All The Stars and Boulevards. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. It also spawned two Top 40 hits, “Stars and Boulevards” and “Boston,” which was certified digital platinum. The band’s follow-up, 2008’s Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt spawned the singles “Sweet and Low,” and “I Still Ain’t Over You.”
Augustana is vocalist Dan Layus, guitarist Chris Sachtleben, bassist Jared Palomar, and drummer Justin South.
The track-listing for Augustana is as follows:
1. Steal Your Heart
2. Wrong Side Of Love
3. On The Other Side
4. Counting Stars
5. Borrowed Time
6. Shot In The Dark
7. Someone’s Baby Now
9. Just Stay Here Tonight
10. It Only Means I Love You (You Were Made For Me)
Wye Oak are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated third album Civilian with tour dates both here and abroad. Jenn & Andy are finishing up a run of dates opening for The Decemberists; a pairing that had Time Out NY wondering if "'King' Meloy was ceding ground to a queen of sorts, Jenn Wasner."
Without leaning on conventional structure, the songs on Civilian beguile with fascinating chords and melodies, Jenn’s voice and riveting lyrics, mesmerizing rhythms, and an intoxicating aural landscape. Just as good writing has meaning between the lines, Civilian has meaning between the sounds: the combinations of harmonies, timbres, and words summon vivid and ineffable associations just beyond reach.
While their debut album If Children was about the bonds of family, and its follow-up, The Knot, was about bonds with everyone else, Civilian is about bonds breaking and powerful energies being released. "This is the most emotionally direct set of songs that I’ve heard Jenn write,” Andy says. “I think she’s a little uncomfortable with that, but it sure is nice for anyone who listens to them.” Although the lyrics are unflinchingly personal, they’re shrouded in double-tracking and harmonies, submerged in the mix, and sometimes oddly phrased—almost smudging over their meanings. “These songs contain fragile information,” Jenn explains. “It’s a tightrope for me. It’s the only way to make songs that are so intensely personal.”
Civilian has made the "most-anticipated" lists from NPR who called it "blustery and mysterious" and The AV Club who wrote that the title-track made a "whole album's worth seem very enticing indeed."
See live video from Wye Oak's "secret" show during the blizzard in NYC last week, and don't miss them on tour! Photos & an MP3 to share can be found at their press page.
Wye Oak on tour:
* = The Decemberists
# = Lower Dens
% = Callers
Feb 02 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre *
Feb 04 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre *
Mar 11 Washington, DC Black Cat #
Mar 12 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 #
Mar 13 Atlanta, GA The Earl #
Mar 15 Norman, OK The Opolis #
Mar 21 Tucson, AZ Solar Culture %
Mar 22 San Diego, CA Casbah %
Mar 24 Los Angeles, CA The Echo %
Mar 25 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill %
Mar 27 Vancouver, BC Media Club %
Mar 29 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios %
Mar 31 Nampa, ID Flying M Coffee %
Apr 01 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court %
Apr 02 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge %
Apr 03 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr %
Apr 04 Iowa City, IA The Mill %
Apr 05 St. Paul, MN Turf Club %
Apr 06 Appleton, WI Lawrence University %
Apr 15 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
TRES MTS. TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, THREE MOUNTAINS, ON MARCH 8TH
MARCH TOUR STOPS IN SEATTLE, D.C., PHILADELPHIA, NEW YORK AND BOSTON INCLUDING MARCH 24TH APPEARANCE ON NBC's LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON
TRES MTS. FEATURES JEFF AMENT OF PEARL JAM, dUg PINNICK OF KING'S X AND RICHARD STUVERUD OF THE FASTBACKS
SEATTLE - Tres Mts., a musical project comprised of bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam, vocalist and guitarist dUg Pinnick of King's X and drummer Richard Stuverud of The Fastbacks, will release their debut album, Three Mountains, through Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. An album pre-sale begins today, February 1st, at www.pearljam.com.
In support of Three Mountains, Tres Mts. will hit the road on a 5-city tour starting March 16 in Seattle. The tour stops in D.C., Philadelphia, New York and wraps in Boston on March 27 (full dates below). While on the road, Tres Mts. are also scheduled to perform as the musical guest on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, March 24.
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, who plays guitar on Three Mountains, will join Ament, Pinnick and Stuverud on tour.
Ticket sales for the Tres Mts. tour dates begin Friday, February 4 at 10 a.m. local time. A pre-sale for the New York City date takes place Thursday, February 3 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Eastern at www.livenation.com. A pre-sale for the Seattle date takes from 10am Pacific on Thursday, February 3 through the public on sale time at www.ticketmaster.com.
More on Tres Mts.:
On January 24, the world was introduced to Tres Mts. via a news post on Pearl Jam's website and social networks. In that posting, Jeff Ament shared the following history of the band:
I first saw dUg Pinnick sing and play in 1989 with his band Kings X at the Central Tavern. Three years later, I asked them to open some shows for Pearl Jam and we quickly became friends. I always joked, "when are we gonna make that heavy R & B record, you and me?"
In 2001, dUg joined Richard Stuverud and me in one of our yearly writing sessions in Montana and again in 2004 with McCready. After a few years of crossed up schedules, in 2010, we finally mixed the baker's dozen songs that make up Tres Mts..These guys are all monsters and this batch of tunes is gonna be fun to play live.
The same day the project was unveiled, Tres Mts. released "My Baby," the first track from their forthcoming album, free for download on the band's website. To date, over 10,000 copies of the track have been downloaded. To download the Tres Mts.' track, "My Baby," and join the band's mailing list, visit: http://www.tresmts.com/unlock.
Tres Mts. Tour Dates:
Date City Venue Ticket Price/Outlets
March 16 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market $18 / www.ticketmaster.com
March 21 Washington, D.C. Black Cat $20 / www.ticketalternative.com
March 23 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts $20 / www.livenation.com
March 26 New York, NY Gramercy Theater $20 / www.livenation.com
March 27 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club $20 / www.ticketmaster.com
Three Mountains Track Listing:
1. My Baby
2. Oh, Lord
3. God Told Me
4. Makes Me Feel
5. Holes in the Road
6. In the Middle
9. She's My New Song
13. She's My New Reprise
For more information on Tres Mts., visit www.tresmts.com