Eric Bachmann (also of Archers of Loaf) writes, records, and performs songs under the name Crooked Fingers. Though he resides in Los Angeles, he spends much of his time in Athens, GA, where he recorded last year’s brilliant Breaks in the Armor at The Bakery with Matt Yelton (live sound engineer for the Pixies) throughout the winter of 2010/2011, enlisting the help of Liz Durrett on backing vocals. It’s a cohesive and diverse set of songs with less adorned and more direct and affecting arrangements. Beautifully understated, artfully phrased, and ultimately a paean to perseverance, the album seems to suggest that the breaks in the armor are more important than the armor itself.
Crooked Fingers joins our lineup, which includes Bear In Heaven, The Olivia Tremor Control, Astronautalis, Yacht Rock Revue, and more as we celebrate our 15 year anniversary here in Athens, GA!
Tickets and three-day wristbands are available now from TicketBiscuit!
Full details for our event, including Prom details and the K’s vs. W’s Kickball Showdown can be viewed here:
The Music Tapes‘ Julian Koster is embarking on yet another holiday caroling adventure, and you, too, can be a part of the fun! Merge has just announced the carolers’ confirmed path, and invitations are still being accepted for Nashville, Louisville, Indianapolis, Champaign, Cleveland, Providence, Baltimore, D.C., Chapel Hill, and Durham.
If you’d like to invite the carolers to your home, or if you’d just like to know who’s already hosting them in your area, send an email to [email protected] – but make haste!
Check out the itinerary below, as well as Thrifty Saw’s rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”
12.05 • Atlanta / Rome, GA
12.06 • Nashville, TN (early) / Louisville, KY
12.07 • Indianapolis, IN (early) / Campaign, IL
12.08 • Chicago, IL
12.09 • Kalamazoo, MI (early) / Detroit, MI (and area)
12.10 • Toledo, OH (early) / Cleveland, OH
12.11 • Buffalo, NY (early) / Geneseo, NY
12.12 • Ithaca, NY (early) / Monterrey, MA / Easthampton & Northampton, MA (late-night)
12.13 • Boston, MA (and area)
12.14 • Providence, RI (and area)
12.15 • Riverside, CT / Purchase, NY / Marlboro, NY
12.16 • New York City, NY
12.17 • New York City, NY (and area)
12.18 • Manalapan, NJ (early) / Philadelphia, PA
12.19 • Baltimore, MD (early) / Washington, DC
12.20 • Eagle Rock, VA (early) / Lynchburg, VA
12.21 • Chapel Hill, NC / Raleigh, NC
12.22 • Athens, GA
NPR recently featured one of our favorite new bands this year, Telekinesis performing a Tiny Desk Concert. The four song performance features a stripped down version of the Telekinesis experience, and it features the previously unreleased song “Plankton”!
“It’s a little late in the year to be chasing down a perfect summer soundtrack, but Telekinesis’ recent self-titled debut — okay, technically, it’s called Telekinesis! — fits the bill. The disc finds the band concocting a perfect mix of guitar-driven crunch and good-natured fizziness, with hooky effervescence that makes it almost ridiculously easy to like.”