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VIDEO: The Migrant's "Nothing But Clues" + extensive US Tour

Nothing But Clues from The Migrant on Vimeo.

According to The Migrant’s Bjarke Bendtsen: “It was shot near the summerhouse where we recorded the album, by the Danish coast. The pollen count and my hayfever peaked that weekend.”

Hopefully his hayfever will die down now that he’s in the US and currently on the road for a massive fall tour before returning to Europe for some November dates:

09.30 • Circle Bar (New Orleans, LA)
10.01 • Flicker Theater (Athens, GA)
10.02 • Eyedrum (Atlanta, GA)
10.03 • The 5 Spot (Nashville, TN)
10.04 • Bobo Gallery (Asheville, NC)
10.05 • Nightlight (Chapel Hill, NC)
10.06 • Wonderland Ballroom (Washington, D.C.)
10.07 • Cyclops (Baltimore, MD)
10.08 • The Marvelous (Philadelphia, PA)
10.09 • The Living Room (New York, NY)
10.10 • Pete’s Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)
10.12 • The 201 (Providence, RI)
10.13 • PA’s Lounge (Boston, MA)
10.15 • Bela Dubby (Cleveland, OH)
10.16 • Schuba’s Tavern (Chicago, IL)
10.17 • The Frequency (Madison, WI)
10.18 • 400 Bar (Minneapolis, MN)
10.20 • Cervante’s Masterpiece (Denver, CO)
10.21 • Nobrow (Salt Lake City, UT)
10.23 • The High Dive (Seattle, WA)
10.24 • Rontoms (Portland, OR)
10.25 • Mama Buzz (Oakland, CA)
10.27 • The Revolution Café (San Francisco, CA)
10.28 • Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles, CA)
10.29 • The Rogue Bar (Phoenix, AZ)
11.02 • City Tavern (Dallas, TX)
11.05 • The Ghost Room (Austin, TX)
11.11 • Molotow (Hamburg, Germany)
11.14 • Le Motel (Paris, France)
11.15 • Les Disquaires (Paris, France)
11.16 • Dublin Castle (London, UK)
11.18 • d:qliq (Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
11.25 • Gyngen (Aarhus, Denmark)
11.27 • Lades (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Josephine Foster b&w

Fire Records new releases: First up, Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band

UK-based Fire Records is gearing up for an extremely busy fall and winter! The label will be releasing new material by Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, Giant Sand, Surf City, Snowblink, Bardo Pond, Jad Fair & Duke Garwood, and a career retrospective of ESG. We’ll be giving you the run down on each artist and sharing an MP3 from their respective albums. First up this week is Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero band.

Federico Garcia Lorca’s popular folk song collection Las Canciones Populares Espanolas was banned under Franco’s dictatorship and today the music survives but marginally within the Spanish sub-conscious. Taking their cue from Lorca and La Argentinita’s infectious 1931 recording of the songs, Josephine Foster and her partner Spanish musician Victor Herrero have arranged the poetically rich collection for their new acoustic band, formed while living in the Grenadine Sierra. Anda Jaleo is the band’s live recording of Las Canciones; a visceral celebration of the persistence of popular anonymous song.

Josephine Foster is a modern American folk singer-songwriter and musician from Colorado. As an adolescent she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Several years later she abandoned the idea and began to record demos of her songs, resulting in the early recordings There Are Eyes Above (2000), an album of ukulele accompanied songs strongly influenced by Tin Pan Alley, and a short album of children’s songs, Little Life (2001). For several years she worked as a singing teacher in Chicago, recording and performing with a variety of musical acts on the side including Born Heller, a duo with free jazz-bassist Jason Ajemian, and The Childrens Hour a pop band formed with songwriter Andrew Bar.

In 2004 joined by her occasional backing band The Supposed (Brian Goodman on guitar and Rusty Peterson on drums) she released an album of psychedelic rock called All The Leaves Are Gone which has drawn comparison to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane. The songs on her first solo studio album Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You (2005) evoke early American folk and blues forms of the early 20th century. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing released in 2006, features unorthodox interpretations of 19th century German art-songs. Her third solo album This Coming Gladness was released in 2008.

Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band begin their European tour tomorrow; culminating in a solo stop for Josephine at the Godspeed You! Black Emperor curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead on December 3rd.

09.29 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
09.30 – Bracknell, UK – South Hill Park
10.01 – Glasgow, UK – Platform
10.02 – Bristol, UK – Cube Cinema
10.03 – Brighton, UK – The Basement
10.04 – London, UK – Cafe Oto
10.05 – Manchester, UK – Sacred Trinity Church
10.06 – Newcastle, UK – Star & Shadow
10.08 – Paris, FR – Instants Chavires
10.10 – Berlin, DE – HBC
10.12 – Poznan, PL – Dragon
10.13 – Warsaw, PL – Laboratorium CSW
10.17 – Madrid, ES – CA2M
10.21 – Lisbon, PT – ZDB
10.22 – Ilhavo, PT – Centro Cultural
10.23 – Vila do Conde, PT – Teatro Municipal
10.29 – Ribadavia, ES – Igrexa da Madalena
10.30 – Redondela, ES – Illa de San Simon
11.04 – Valencia, ES – Colegio Mayor Luis Vives
11.11 – Cuidad Real, ES – Antiguo Convento de la Merced
12.03 – Minehead, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Josephine solo)

Hear Olivia Tremor Control's new song "North Term Reality" on Pitchfork!

“Athens, Georgia experimental pop heroes the Olivia Tremor Control never exactly broke up, but other than a couple of quasi-reunion tours, they’ve lain dormant since 2000. Last year, co-leader Will Cullen Hart told us that the band was recording again. And now, the band has set a new track, “North Term Reality”, out into the world.” Read more and listen to the new Olivia Tremor Control song “North Term Reality” on Pitchfork.

AUX is an event and publication series devoted to experimental art in all forms. Based in Athens, AUX is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia.

On October 19, 2010, AUX will release the compilation AUX Vol. 2, curated by Heather McIntosh (The Instruments), in a limited-edition of 250 hand-printed packages designed by Joshua Ray Stephens and printed by David Savino. The record was mastered by Derek Almstead (Elf Power) in Athens, Georgia and produced by Mark Callahan (ICE). All rights to the works contained on this CD remain with the individual artists.

Listen to Jay Nackashi “My Earthly Creature” (cleared to post).

For tracklist and additional information, head over to the Aux Vol. 2 roster page!

Breathe Owl Breathe's "Lake Light" video!

Breathe Owl Breathe – Lake Light from Miscellany on Vimeo.

GC poster contest

Gospel Claws want your artistic skills!

Arizona natives, Gospel Claws, have announced a contest for you to make your mark on a poster specially designed for the release of their new album C-L-A-W-S, coming out October 26th, via Common Wall Media

Local artist and friend of the band, Jennifer Campbell, drew this poster for promotional use and now the band wants you to color it in for them, using any medium you like. The winning design will be printed to promote the new record. Click HERE for rules and fine print.

Check out the new song “Avenues” they just made available today!

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