The Acorn

The Acorn – No Ghost [Album Reviews]

by Woody on August 24, 2010

One of my favorite Canadian bands is back with a follow up to one of the most personal albums I’ve ever come across. The Acorn’s last album, Glory Hope Mountain, told the story of lead singer’s Rolf Klausener’s mother’s journey from her native Honduras to Canada. It is a brilliant album that continues to resonate deeper with every listen. Under the assumption that no one else in the band had a life story like that, where do they go next?

On September 7th, The Acorn will deliver an excellent follow-up in No Ghost. As good as its predecessor? Not quite, but that would be no easy feat because of Glory Hope’s personal subject matter. As I listened to No Ghost three times in a row yesterday morning, I could hear Wilco’s influence in the opening track, “Cobbled From Dust,” where squeals of feedback entwine within a lovely folk melody. Wilco fans will also identify with some of the slower tunes such as “Misplaced,” “On The Line,” and “Slippery Wen Wet.”

The Acorn will be down in the States this fall and will be hitting Chicago in particular on 9/30 at Schubas. I have only had the pleasure of seeing The Acorn at our studio in a live session and I remember being floored by the workings of the band. They are a treat to see live and I’ll be standing in the crowd in Chicago.

The Acorn – Restoration

The Acorn Tour Dates:
9/21/10 – T.T. the Bear’s – Cambridge, MA
9/23/10 – The Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
9/25/10 – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
9/26/10 – DC9 – Washington, DC
9/28/10 – The Pike Room at the Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
9/29/10 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
9/30/10 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
10/1/10 – Turf Club – St. Paul, MN
10/2/10 – The Frequency – Madison, WI
10/13/10 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
10/14/10 – Cafe Du Nord – San Francisco, CA
10/16/10 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
10/17/10 – High Dive – Seattle, WA


Top 10 Albums We Missed In 2007

by Woody on December 11, 2008

As Oz and I tirelessly compile our list of 2008’s top 50 albums, we continue to bring up 2007 releases that were inexplicably left off last year’s list. Let’s chalk it up to rookie blogging or heads up asses.

The good news is that most of the acts listed below have releases coming out in ’09. Our best EP’s of ’08 will be out tomorrow and watch out for the top 50 albums of ’08 next week.

1. The Everybodyfields – Nothing Is Okay

I am so pissed that I first found out about them earlier this year. They are amazing musicians with beautiful vocals singing timeless songs.

The Everybodyfields – Aeroplane

The Everybodyfields – Everything Is Okay

The Everybodyfields – Don’t Turn Around

The Everybodyfields – Lonely Anywhere

Here more tracks over at The Everybodyfields Live Session.

2. Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine

Loved the album but seeing them live at SXSW cemented their place as one of my favorites. “People C’mon” is one of the best songs of 2007. Couldn’t find a track – Sorry.

3. The Acorn – Glory Hope Mountain

I was late on the scene with these guys but am absolutely enthralled with them now. The intricacy of their music is amazing to see live.

The Acorn – Crooked Legs

The Acorn – Flood Pt. I (from the HearYa Live Session w/ The Acorn)

4. Ox – American Lo-Fi

Mark Browning was born to sing Alt-Country. At this point, I can’t even stomach Cheap Trick’s original version of “Surrender” but Ox’s version is outstanding.

Ox – Miss Idaho

Ox – Surrender

Ox – Sugar Cane

5. The Bees – Octupus

I liked this last year and have no clue how we left it off the list. Probably for the same reason we just realized that Drive-By Truckers wasn’t on our 2008 list until tonight. Our heads are often up our collective asses over here.

The Bees – This Is For The Better Days

6. Deer Tick – War Elephant

War Elephant was another ’07 album that was just re-released in ’08.

Deer Tick – Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)

7. The Deep Dark Woods – Hang Me Oh Hang Me

In my review of this album, I compared them to myself on acid wearing a Cowboy hat. In spite of my limited literary skills, check ’em out.

The Deep Dark Woods – Hang Me Oh Hang Me

8. AA Bondy – American Hearts

After seeing him perform for our Live Session, it was apparent that Gus (aka Bondy) is the true embodiment of a musician. You feel better for the opportunity to speak with him, not to mention hearing him play.

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – Rapture Sweet Rapture

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – There Is A Reason

Both tracks from our AA Bondy Live Session.

9. Bean Pickers Union – Potlatch

Want something cheery? Listen to Beyonce’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce. Want a slice of dark Americana? Listen to The Bean Picker’s Union.

Bean Pickers Union – Potlatch

10. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Jagjaguwar re-released this in ’08 but Oz is a stickler for the rules, so it’s staying off our ’08 list.‚  To be honest, I am not really into Bon Iver, but Oz threatened to fire me if I didn’t include it.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

Did you discover a great ’07 album in ’08? Let us know.