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Listen: Operators (On Tour with Future Islands)

EP 1

“Discovery is the supposed raison d’etre of these fests and CMW 2014 delivered with the best buzz band in recent memory, Operators, an electronic rock group so good that first night I went and saw them again the next two nights, too.” – Huffington Post

 “The trio’s first, utterly blazing midnight set at the Dollar on Thursday left a representative sample of Toronto’s music-industry intelligentsia – label reps, promoters, festival programmers, publicists, bloggers, critics and jaded scenesters in general – tizzying about in a froth of unanimous excitement this writer has rarely witnessed in his two decades on the job.” – Toronto Star

 “Featuring gurgling electronics occasionally reminiscent of early Unicorns, blasts of synths and steady drums, the new material brought Boeckner’s pop tendencies into full view” – Exclaim

 “even in the keyboard-driven Handsome Furs, we’ve never heard Boeckner’s howling growl set against such a sleek digital background.” – Stereogum

 “Boeckner emphatically swoons about “one true love” over an ’80s-indebted backdrop of shimmering synths and booming bass. Infectious and danceable, “True” is New Wave for 2014.” – Consequence of Sound

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Operators is Dan Boeckner’s (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) brand new analog/electronic/dance project, and we are excited to announce the release of their debut offering, EP1: an upbeat, aggressively melodic collection of synth driven pop songs. The EP will be out this Tuesday, August 5th, and they have released the first track from the EP “True”.

 Listen: Operators – “True”

Dan Boeckner has shown his diverse musical taste over the years; consequently, his decision to focus his attention on a new, electronic dance project shouldn’t be surprising as it feels like nothing more than a natural progression from the first synth he bought for the debut Wolf Parade EP, to the primarily stark, digital sounds of Handsome Furs, and now the organic, melted, deeply dance driven Operators.  Recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango, the five track EP1 features “True” and four other new tracks, functioning as the band’s defacto mission statement.

Even before releasing any music, Operators played a handful of shows showcasing all previously unheard songs. This included Toronto Music Week in June, where the band (who had released no music and posted no information about themselves online) sold out a three night residency at the Silver Dollar Room.  Huffington Post remarked the band was “an electronic rock group so good that first night I went and saw them again the next two nights, too.” Noisey was there too, saying “The performance wasn’t just energetic, it was frenetic…Operators’ music is all hooks-it’s dance pop. It’s direct, it’s immediately accessible…”

The band’s proper North American live debuts will happen courtesy of a largely sold out tour starting August 7 supporting Baltimore’s Future Islands, followed by headline performances of their own. On Monday, tune in to KEXP.org to watch Operators’ live in studio session at 1pm PST, before their headline set at Barboza that night.

 Operators on tour:

  • 8/2 — Happy Valley, OR — Pickathon
  • 8/3 — Happy Valley, OR — Pickathon
  • 8/4 — Seattle, WA — Barboza
  • 8/7 — Brooklyn, NY — House of Vans*
  • 8/8 — Milvale, PA — Mr. Small’s Theatre*
  • 8/9 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue*
  • 8/10 — Milwaukee, WI — Turner Hall*
  • 8/11 — Sioux Falls, SD — Icon Lounge*
  • 8/12 — Fort Collins, CO — Aggie Theater*
  • 8/13 — Salt Lake City, UT — Kilby Court
  • 8/15 — Boise, ID — Egyptian Theatre*
  • 8/16 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge*
  • 8/18 — Sacramento, CA — Harlow’s*
  • 8/19 — Fresno, CA — Star Palace at Warnors Theatre*
  • 8/20 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda Theatre*
  • 8/21 — Los Angeles, CA — The Fonda Theatre*
  • 8/22 — San Diego, CA — Irenic*
  • 8/24 — Phoenix, AZ — The Crescent ballroom
  • 8/25 — Tucson, AZ — 191 Toole*
  • 8/27 — Denver, CO — Gothic Theatre*
  • 8/28 — Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room*
  • 8/29 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s*
  • 8/30 — Chicago, IL — Schuba’s^
  • 8/31 — Columbus, OH — The Big Bang*
  • 9/2 — Montreal, QC — La Tulipe*
  • 9/3 — South Burlington, VT — Higher Ground Ballroom*
  • 9/4 — Portland, ME — Port City Music Hall*
  • 9/7 — Toronto, ON — Horseshoe Tavern
  • 9/13 — Hamilton, ON — James Street North Supercrawl
  • 10/23 — Halifix, NS — The Marquee Club

* with Future Islands

^ with Tweens

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New track: Plants and Animals – “Lightshow”

“Proggy without being self-indulgent…folky without being boring. They’ve got enough pop chops to keep even the most casual music fan’s ears glued to the stereo.” – KUT Austin

“Punching into the Canadian band’s strolling folk rock are these warm, tall sips of guitar solos. They sound as if they’re conjured from the shag-carpet of an old 70′s studio — it’s palpable as shit.” – Consequence of Sound

“Clocking in at a lean three and a half minutes, ‘Lightshow’ is neither stripped-down or overblown — instead, it’s a perfect example of rock ‘n’ roll precision…that sort of big-time, anthemic rock song that says what it has to say in a half-dozen ways, and as hard as it may try, never goes out of style.” – MTV Hive

Plants and Animals are pleased to announce a North American tour this March and April in support of their new album, The End of That, out February 28 on Secret City. This is the band’s first tour as a four piece, having added a bassist to their live show.

The band will also release a 7” for ‘Lightshow’, the first single off of The End of That, which will be available in stores on the same day as the CD/LP. The 7” features a live cover of Wolf Parade’s “I’ll Believe in Anything” on the B-side. A digital version of the 7” is available now via iTunes and other online retailers.

The live cover comes from the band’s “Live at Breakglass” performance during the Pop Montreal Festival in September of last year. The renowned Montreal studio hosted a combined live recording / intimate concert event as part of the tenth anniversary of the festival. Plants and Animals celebrated the milestone by covering local Montreal acts in addition to performing their own material.

Listen/download: Plants and Animals – “Lightshow”

Tour Dates:

  • Thu. Mar. 8 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
  • Fri. Mar. 9 – Quebec, QC @ Le Cercle
  • Sat. Mar. 10 – Montreal, QC @ Le Cabaret du Mile End
  • Mar. 13-18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
  • Tue. Mar. 20 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
  • Wed. Mar. 21 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
  • Thu. Mar. 22 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
  • Sat. Mar. 24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
  • Tue. Mar. 27 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
  • Wed. Mar. 28 – Calgary, AB @ Republik
  • Thu. Mar. 29 – Saskatoon, SK @ Amigo’s
  • Fri. Mar. 30 – Winnipeg, AB @ West End Cultural Centre
  • Sat. Mar. 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
  • Wed. Apr. 4 – Boston, MA @ TT The Bear’s
  • Thu. Apr. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
  • Fri. Apr. 6 – Washington, DC @ The Red Palace
  • Sat. Apr. 7 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
  • Sun. Apr. 8 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
  • Wed. Apr. 11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
  • Fri. Apr. 13 – Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
  • Sat. Apr. 14 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe
  • Wed. Apr. 18 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
  • Thu. Apr. 19 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
  • Sat. Apr. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace

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Musically Amusing’s Top 10 Albums of ’10

Generally I have a hard time coming up with a list of top albums from the year. Probably because there are few albums where I genuinely like over half of the songs. Entire albums tend to disappoint me, especially when you check out a band because of one particular song only to find out the rest of them suck. With that said, this list is serious. The following albums from this year demand your attention if you haven’t given it up already. Oh, and I tried to put them in order of relevancy, but I can’t. Some are easily in the top half, some are easily in the bottom half; but I just can’t differentiate and after 3 tries and the third not being a charm, I quit. (Hahaaaa!)

 10. MenomenaMines

Favorite song: “Oh Pretty Boy, You’re Such a Big Boy”

9. The LimousinesGet Sharp

Favorite song: “Internet Killed the Video Star

8. School of Seven BellsDisconnect from Desire

Favorite song: (It’s a tie!) “Windstorm” and “Heart Is Strange”

7. Two Door Cinema ClubTourist History

Favorite song: “I Can Talk”

6. Broken BellsBroken Bells

Favorite song: (another tie!) “October” and “Trap Doors”

5. JavelinNo Mas

Favorite Song: “The Merkin Jerk”

4. SuckersWild Smile

Favorite Song: “Roman Candles”

3. Wolf ParadeExpo 86

Favorite song: “What Did My Lover Say?”

2. Matt & KimSidewalks

Favorite song: “Block After Block”

1. Girl TalkAll Day

Favorite song: “That’s Right”

 (The back cover is even cooler!)

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Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer is Sunset Rubdown’s (technically) fourth album, but I’d consider it their third because their first LP was more of a solo project by lead singer Spencer Krug released in 2005. Their second album is when the project became more of an actual band, with their album Shut Up I Am Dreaming. Despite their status as comparatively venerable on tributes to the indie scene, Sunset Rubdown doesn’t get very much attention.

I wasn’t sure what I thought about the album when I first listened to it. Actually, I’m still not sure. I enjoy it, and there’s no doubt that it’s good, but it isn’t likely to fall into my music rotation this summer.

The first song, “Silver Moons”, features a piano and is a good starting point. “Idiot Heart” is quickly becoming one of the most listened to tracks on Dragonslayer. It’s one of the better songs on the album, and some parts even remind me of The Cars. Tracks three and four both sound the same to me and I can skip over them without hesitation. “

“You Go on Ahead (Trumpet Trumpet II)” is another very likeable song that’s worth mentioning, but my favorite is “Nightingale/December Song.” It begins with drums and sounds just like Mahjongg.

Then, we get a few electro-pop sounds before Krug’s voice bursts onto the scene. You’d never expected this sound to emerge when the song began. At the end of the second verse, Krug croons, “You need the one who slowly burns/and burns to stay alive/In this way you will come find me in December.” Then, we have an instrumental intermission before the third verse that is so riveting you’ll want to play it over and over.

Another point to mention that may (or may not) draw you to have a listen, is that Spencer Krug is also the lead singer in the more widely-known band, Wolf Parade. If you’re a fan of Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, you especially should give Sunset Rubdown a chance.

 

 

*This article is also found at Pop Damage

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