Speaking of artists we love, Trampled By Turtles has a cool new video for the first track off HearYa’s #1 album of 2012 – Satellites and Stars. This moving multimedia video was conceived and created by students at the Bethany Lutheran College Media Arts department in Mankato, MN.
It goes without saying that HearYa are big fans of Joe Pug. We’ve had him pay us a visit two times – here and here. Not to mention that Shirk produced his first album. He’s about as genuine guy as you’ll meet in the business, always ready with a smile. Here’s the story about the video and some tour dates.
When Joe Pug relocated from Chicago to Austin, TX in 2010 he certainly knew he was heading to a part of the country that had musical history without peer. What he didn’t know is that he’d quickly strike up a friendship with a local legend that he hadn’t even heard of at that point, Harvey “Tex” Thomas Young. Taken with the simplicity and subtlety of his work, Pug made Young’s haunting tale of redemption and perserverance “Deep Dark Wells” a staple of his live show.
It was clear pretty quickly that the audience was connecting to it on the same level as I was, and I’m qutie proud that we decided to make it the first cover song we’ve included on the album,” says Pug. “Harvey’s music may not be well known outside of Texas just yet, but hopefully whatever small exposure this version gets will bring it one step closer to its rightful inclusion in the American songbook.”
The video is as sparse and simple as the song, primarily featuring video short by Pug himself throughout his fall 2012 tour.
JOE PUG SUMMER 2013 TOUR DATES
May 23 Boulder, CO — E-Town Hall
May 24 Denver, CO — L2 Arts and Culture Center
May 26 Black Forest, CO — Meadowgrass Festival
May 31 Iowa City, IA — Englert Theatre
June 1 Nelsonville, OH — Nelsonville Music Festival
June 2 Chicago, IL — City Winery
June 3 Chicago, IL — City Winery
June 4 Detroit, MI — The Magic Stick
June 6 St. Louis, MO — Twangfest
June 22 Chicago, IL — Beat Kitchen (SOLD OUT)
June 23 Chicago, IL — Green Music Festival
July 15 Helena, MT — Myrna Loy Center
July 18 Rapid City, SD — Main Street Square
Aug 3 Elkin, NC — Reevestock Music Festival
Aug 22-23 Fayetteville, AR — Fayatteville Roots Festi
Normally when some bros get together and knock out some barroom blues, it doesn’t register on the musical landscape. But when those bros are Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Phil Cook (Megafaun) and Brian Moen (Peter Wolf Crier); it at least makes some ripples over in HearYa World HQ. This isn’t about them pushing the limits or trying to recreate the wheel. It is three talented musicians knocking out some great tunes to kick back and drink some cool ones to.
And although this album came together on the spur of the moment, there are some gems in here. Gallup, NM has a great closing jam that sounds like something off of Sky Blue Sky. Heaven Knows is an incendiary blues number that packs a wallop. Vernon doesn’t so much as sing as he is growls through the number. New Theme sounds like something out of a quality R&B revue.
So while Grownass Man is unlikely to be bestowed in a place in the indie history pantheon like For Emma, Grownass Man is a quality listen made my three insanely talented musicians. My real pleasure would be seeing them in a live setting. For a taste of that, check the video below.
Good God, Merge is a great label. I knew nothing of Mikal Cronin prior to reading this review at The AV Club. Based on that and the fact that he’s on Merge, I just went online and bought it. And damn, I’m glad I did. I would review the album, but frankly speaking – I’m not doing a better job than Austin L. Ray did. So check out the video and read the review.
Watching that video made me want to be young again. Sadly, I am not. Here’s another cool video of Mikal tooling around San Francisco talking about his new album MCII.
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HearYa has been waiting on this day for quite some time – new music from The Love Language. Shirk has become good friends with Stu McLamb over the years. They’ve been trading texts regarding the status of their 3rd LP. With every update Shirk gave me, I became more and more anxious to hear it. [...]