So Far, So Long
I’m putting the finishing touches on the NEW ALBUM, which I’m manic about, and then heading to Europe with The War on Drugs. When I get back, I’ll be doing a show on March 6th at Webster Hall opening for good friends Fanfarlo. Excited!
Love and kisses,
I’ve been pretty busy the last few months touring with The War on Drugs, but finally have some time off to finish my new album. It’s getting there! In the meantime I’m playing a set with Dustin Wong and Norwegian Arms at the Mausoleum November 26th. Here are some postcards that I scribbled on with whiteout and a marker while in the van on the Sondre Lerche/Nightlands tour in June. I meant to send them all to Under the Radar magazine but kind of got sidetracked. Maybe they’ll post them now, who knows. Great to be home in the Philthadelph…. xo
And so now..
I’ll be taking the next few months to tour with The War on Drugs; the new Nightlands record is about half done and I hope to have it out by early next year with some shows to follow. xo
Shows on the way home
First of all this tour has been life-affirming for me . . . I never dreamed these songs would be performed live, let alone interpreted so beautifully by Eliza, Severin, Chris and Beaver. It’s evolving nightly and we get the pleasure of exploring this process in front of Sondre’s diverse fan base. The last show w/ Sondre and Kishi Bashi is in San Diego, we’ll make our way home from there, hitting Phoenix (Sail Inn – 7/3), Kansas City (Riot Room 7/6) and Bloomington on the way (TBD). It will be great to stretch out and play longer and more expansive sets.. come say hello. The amazing Buried Beds will open.
Here are some covers I recorded recently between all this traveling.. Two songs that I really connect with for very different reasons. Scott Walker’s Big Louise for its haunting poetry and Lindsey Buckingham’s Trouble for its sad simplicity. I have been quite enamored with the variable-speed settings on my tape machine, as you’ll hear.
See you on the road, carbon-based bipeds! New shirts in tow..
I’ve gotten several emails recently asking for lyrics to some of the tracks on Forget the Mantra, so here they are. I contemplated transcribing the samples, but decided against it. Some things are best left shrouded in mystery. And reverb.
You can check out photos of my recent (and future!) tours here. Stellar sounds and connections were made on this exploration . . . I am so lucky to be plugged in with this web of brilliant musicians. Can’t wait to hit the road w/ Sondre in June!!!!
Shows, more Shows
On 3/12 The War on Drugs will be kicking off a long tour with Destroyer.. AG has been putting the finishing touches on his epic masterpiece. I can’t wait for that sucker to be done and released into the wild.. get ready. Tour dates here. Also, you should pull down this amazing live recording of us opening for Sharon Van Etten at the Bowery Ballroom recently.. it showcases some gnarly new songs, a renewed sense of dynamics and one of the sickest bass tones I’ve ever gotten (Gemini-V in effect). Grab it.
IN JUNE Nightlands will be venturing out in full big-sounding-show vibe in support of SONDRE LERCHE. I’m really excited about this! I’ll also be backing him up on bass, which will be a fun challenge b/c his songs are so skillfully composed and orchestrated (dude knows his way around a fretboard). Can’t wait to stock my band up with a collection of my amazingly talented friends and explore the warming continent. Will of course be peddling vinyl and some new t-shirts.
05/31/11 Toronto, ON – The Mod Club w/ Sondre Lerche
06/01/11 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa w/ Sondre Lerche
06/02/11 Boston, MA – Paradise w/ Sondre Lerche
06/03/11 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live w/ Sondre Lerche
06/04/11 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom w/ Sondre Lerche
06/07/11 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/ Sondre Lerche
06/09/11 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle w/ Sondre Lerche
06/10/11 Nashville, TN – 12th & Porter w/ Sondre Lerche
06/11/11 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse w/ Sondre Lerche
06/12/11 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre w/ Sondre Lerche
06/14/11 Newport, KY – Southgate House w/ Sondre Lerche
06/15/11 St. Louis, MO – The Old Rock House w/ Sondre Lerche
06/17/11 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe w/ Sondre Lerche
06/18/11 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern w/ Sondre Lerche
06/19/11 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall w/ Sondre Lerche
06/21/11 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge w/ Sondre Lerche
06/22/11 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge w/ Sondre Lerche
06/24/11 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret w/ Sondre Lerche
06/25/11 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Cafe w/ Sondre Lerche
06/26/11 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge w/ Sondre Lerche
06/28/11 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall w/ Sondre Lerche
06/29/11 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre w/ Sondre Lerche
06/30/11 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern w/ Sondre Lerche
Will probably add a few more shows.. I’ll update as they’re confirmed.
After this tour, I’ll finish the new Nightlands LP (already well underway… a bit different, it seems… in exciting ways) and plan on collaborating with a bunch of friends/colleagues like Buried Beds, Severin Tucker and a bunch of others. Busy, glorious times.
HERE YOU GO
Sweet deal on the LP and the new 7″ (heretofore only available at the few shows I’ve played) here. Also includes instant download of everything. Yep.