Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown turns his pens on himself in his new autobiographical comic book Funny Misshapen Body out this week on Touchstone. Chronically his development as an artist, the book is compelling enough that Pop Candy is offering excerpts today.
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band returns May 5th with their sophomore album The Outer South and Merge has just released a free MP3 “Nikorette” from the record. The group also has a bunch of upcoming concerts, including appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Summerfest in Milwaukee. Plus, they are offering up a documentary on April 15th called One of My Kind and we’ve got the trailer here for you. It’s big month for indie rock docs with Arcade Fire and the Hold Steady releasing theirs this week.
Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band
April 9: Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
April 10: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
April 11: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
April 12: El Paso, TX @ Barnett Harley Davidson
April 13: Albuquerque, NM @ The Sunshine Theater
April 14: Tempe. AZ @ The Marquee
April 15: Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
April 17: Indio, CA @ Coachella
June 17: Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
June 18: Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19: Moab, Utah Star Hall
June 20: Salt Lake City, UT Library Square (Utah Arts Festival Kickoff)
June 21: Boise, ID Knitting Factory
June 22: Missoula, MT Wilma Theater
June 24: Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
June 25: Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
June 26: Omaha, NE Anchor Inn
June 28: Kansas City, MO Beaumont
June 29: Columbia, MO Blue Note
June 30: Louisville, KY Headliners Music Hall
July 01: Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
July 02: Bearsville, NY Bearsville Theatre
July 03: New Haven, CT Toads Place
July 22-26: Carrboro, NC XX Merge
Daedelus recently released a new project with Jogger called Friends of Friends Vol. 1. Our review appears in Short Takes tomorrow. “L.A. Nocturn” is a trippy, psychedelic, and yes, rather hynotic video directed by Eli Stonberg that appears on the record.
The Dukes of Stratosphear was a side-project of XTC in the mid-‘80s meant to pay tribute to the ‘60s psych pop of their youth. Andy Partridge’s Ape House label is re-releasing the two Dukes albums 25 O’Clock (1985) and Psonic Psunspot (1987) on April 21st and they’ll come with copious liner notes and a host of musical extras. Sample a few songs and videos until then.
XTC as the Dukes of Stratosphear
“My Love Explodes” [MP3]
French band Phoenix releases their latest album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix on May 26th. That’s still a good way off, yet they are already hitting the U.S. promotional rounds, stopping by Saturday Night Live this weekend to play “Lisztomania”, the lead-off song from the upcoming record. You can also download track two, “1901”.