Blind Pilot at the Triple Door ::: Photo by Josh
Blind Pilot is already having a banner 2009 and things are just getting started. Last week while they were in SXSW they had a set broadcast on NPR. A few months ago they were asked to play Carson Daly. Now as just as they roll into east coast, they’ve got the wind at their backs on news that they’ll be supporting the Decemberists for the first leg of the The Hazards of Love tour (including an already announced date at Sasquatch). We put their album from last year 3 Rounds and A Sound at #11 on our top Northwest Albums of 2008, so you can probably guess that we thought this course of events was destiny being fulfilled.
Youtube: “Go On, Say It” by Blind Pilot from 3 Rounds, And A Sound
All the new tour dates with the Decemberists are listed below the fold. For their currently in progress tour, they are playing the Mercury Lounge in New York, Tuesday March 31, before heading back to the west coast for a few dates in April.
Did you miss the live broadcast of the Decemberists performing The Hazards of Love last night on KEXP? Whether you did or you just want to listen to it again, you can stream it at NPR.org and I highly suggest you do. It’s clearly a hot stream today considering I wasn’t even able to pull up NPR’s page earlier today. Featuring the full cast of characters in Lavender Diamond’ Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, I think it manages to be as epic as the band had hoped. Also take a moment to swoon over the openers Avett Brothers set.
The Hazards of Love will be released in stores, next Tuesday March 24, but you can find it on the iTunes Store as I write.
Fleet Foxes at Sasquatch ::: Photo by Josh
Even NPR is getting in on the Sub Pop 20th Anniversary festivities. Yes, you read that right. Everyone’s favorite local label is getting some love from the usually socially reserved public radio outfit.
Label founder Jonathan Ponemon stopped by the other day to recount his five favorite tracks of the entire label’s history. And wouldn’t you know it, the Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal” is on that list, among songs from the likes of the Vaselines and Iron and Wine.
Speaking of the Fleet Foxes (and NPR), they will be streaming a live performance today, Monday July 7, from the Black Cat in Washington DC, starting at 7pm PDT. If you haven’t yet had a chance to catch a live set by these gentlemen, this is your (virtual) chance. 7-7 at 7pm. You got it?
Other Sub Pop bands who’ve had live sets featured on NPR in the last few years include Iron and Wine, Low and Lonely, Dear and probably most notably Sleater-Kinney, who recorded a set just weeks before their previously announced indefinite hiatus in August of 2006.
I think this is HUGE for my favorite female rock’n'rollers – The Trucks. Their debut cd, aptly titled The Trucks was reviewed today on NPR’s long running show, “Fresh Air.” The teaser/angle is: “The Trucks Debut with Abundant Attitude.”
The exposure alone would be big, but they gals even got a great review! There were stellar references to other solid bands like: The Slips, The Gos-Gos, The B52′s, and Bikini Kill. Sure, dj Milo Miles rants about their “potty mouths,” but such language and topics wouldn’t be sneezed at if the songs were written by men. And he labels their style, “Nursery Punk,” which I am less than fond of. But still… The Trucks on NPR! Nice job ladies!
Listen Here or you can search old school at www.npr.org