Sam Means (the instrumental half of long-time favorite The Format) is set to release his new 7″ entitled Nona on Record Store Day (check the link for more RSD releases and events–this year is looking better than ever!) I received my copy of Nona in the mail today, and I’m happy to highly encourage you to pick it up on Saturday. To get an idea of what to expect from Means’ post-Format work, imagine that band’s mellow, upbeat pop tunes with the soft/lo-fi vocal style of M. Ward. It makes for some fun, subtle pop music that I really look forward to hearing on a full length album at some point.
For now, you can watch the newly released video for “Something in the Air.” Also worthy of note is that this EP features contributions by musicians from Dog Problems and The Format touring band (Mark Buzard, Don Raymond, Mike Schey). A good cure if you’re still reeling from the band’s breakup in 2008.
Meanwhile, in Athens news, Reptar is poised to release their debut LP Body Faucet on May 1st. The record will be out on Vagrant and is produced by Atlanta’s Ben H. Allen, also known for his work with Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, and more recently, Fanfarlo. This is a release I’ve personally anticipated for years, and is the culmination of three years of potential energy buildup unlike anything I’ve seen since I’ve lived in Athens. It’s definitely an exciting time to be an Athenian. For those outside of Athens, by the end of the year, you will be very familiar with these guys if you aren’t already. With a sound that brings together the gritty vocals and percussion of WU LYF with the catchy melodies of MGMT, they’re more than ready for mainstream and critical attention.
However, Reptar is not yet forsaking our small town for the big time, playing Ciné on Record Store Day (4/21), the 40 Watt for the Body Faucet release weekend (5/4), and they will also be headlining a night of AthFest along with Atlas Sound (6/22). Also, in what will go down as probably the coolest thing to happen in Athens this year, Reptar played an impromptu show at the Georgia Theatre back in February. The story is that the house show they were playing got shut down, so they just trekked over to the Georgia Theatre to finish up after Tom Green’s set that night. I wasn’t there (I caught them on New Year’s Eve), but judging by thevideos, it was definitely ridiculous–any band with the ability to conjure such a crowd in a town where musical acts are a dime-a-dozen is one worth watching by the world. Look out for Reptar in 2012, for sure.
I’ve neglected this space yet again. No updates in almost two months. Well, here’s one I’ve been sitting on for a while. Bon Iver, though still evidently outside of mainstream consciousness, is a band that has recently blown up thanks to awards, TV appearances, Kanye, etc. I was lucky enough to see them last summer at what I consider to be a large venue, and this was before the Grammy win. On this summer’s tour, expect even larger arenas and amphitheaters to accommodate those fans who don’t listen to music that doesn’t win Grammy Awards. At any rate, one thing that’s especially evident to me in their live performances is that this is not one man–this is a band. Bon Iver may have been Justin on For Emma, but the project has gone far beyond that at this point.
In saying farewell to the club circuit for Bon Iver, enjoy this recording from their second night at DC’s 9:30 Club last summer. It was broadcasted by NPR, but here, it’s been split up, tagged, ribbed and lubricated for your iTunes importing pleasure.
2. Minnesota, WI
5. Creature Fear
7. Hinnom, TX
9. Brackett, WI
10. Blood Bank
11. Who Is It? (Björk Cover) 12. Re: Stacks
14. Wolves (Acts I and II)
15. Skinny Love
16. Beth / Rest
17. For Emma