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Monday, March 4, 2013

Music Monday! Wampire, the Lower 48, Alameda & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

It's Monday, so it's time to embed some Soundclouds into the blog!

Wampire have another preview track to listen to from their upcoming full-length, Curiosity, which comes out on Polyvinyl on May 14. "Spirit Forest" is driven by warbling analog synth sounds, slapback bass, and a skating but slightly funky drumbeat. They've been accompanying Unknown Mortal Orchestra on their very successful US tour, and after they play SXSW, they'll open for UMO on April 5 at the Aladdin.

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The Lower 48 have a new song as well; the fantastic "Setting Sun" demonstrates the sheer tunefulness of this Portland trio, a sloping, shuffling, almost Beatlesque track (with brass!) that demands repeat listens. The band has an album planned for later this year, and are about to embark on a short Midwestern tour. They've got two Portland shows planned for April: Friday, April 12 at the Doug Fir and Sunday, April 28 at Mississippi Studios.

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Alameda sent us their new song, and have generously offered it as a download to readers. "A Violence" will appear in early May on a 7-inch that the Portland band is preparing for their three-week tour of Alaska. The band's Stirling Myles tells us: "'A Violence' is the first song we've written with our drummer Barra Brown, already in the band. We recorded it at my house (Christmas Horse Studios) and it was produced by Dan Pisarcik. We'll be recording the other song on March 30 at Wavelength Studios in Salem." Alameda plays Mississippi Studios on Thursday, March 14, opening for Harlowe and the Great North Woods.

LISTEN: Alameda - "A Violence" [DOWNLOAD MP3]
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Over the weekend Glass Candy dropped a teaser track from the long-awaited After Dark 2 compilation. "The Possessed" is a slow-burning disco number with a glossy, midnight-black sheen but a burning heart underneath. The appearance of this track (still no firm release date for After Dark 2 just yet) comes on the heels of mastermind Johnny Jewel making the 2008-vintage Glass Candy B-side "Geto Boys" available as a free download.

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Adventure Galley have a new one that premiered on Nylon last week. "Seminatics"—actually, Brock from the band tells me the track is called "Semantics"—is a nostalgia-tinged pop number with cavernous echo and a head-reeling, romantic sensibility. I'm not sure what's up with the song's abrupt ending, although I'm guessing it segues into another (unheard) track, perhaps? Adventure Galley open for Citizens at the Doug Fir on March 24.

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We'll close with a cover song performed by Al James of Dolorean. James takes on a J. Tillman tune from Tillman's 2006 album Long May You Run, J. Tillman (recorded years before Tillman adapted his current Father John Misty persona). That album is being given the complete cover treatment over at the Slowcoustic blog, and there, James tells a story of meeting Tillman on a tour with Damien Jurado and Richard Buckner in 2004. It's worth a quick read.

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