Spencer just posted on his Moonface Facebook page that he’ll be performing a benefit show in Vancouver on Friday July 17th along with Frog Eyes. All profits will be going to a friend who is in need.
The lineup: THE ANNUNAKI (improv noise) MOONFACE (me solo on keyboards, some brand new songs, some old stubborn songs) and FROG EYES (rock ‘n’ roll?) Acts will play in that order, if all goes to plan.
The venue: The China Cloud, Vancouver
The time: Friday July 17, doors at 8pm, music to start around 9pm
Frog Eyes just shared the video for ‘Joe with the Jam’, the lead track off their new record Pickpocket’s Locket out August 28th on Paper Bag Records. Get it on limited edition blue & white vinyl (w/ bonus demo cassette!) or CD!
Just found this amazing cover that Dan Mangan did with Astral Swans of ‘You Are A Runner And I am My Father’s Son’.
The track is courtesy of Yellow Bird Project‘s (YBP) first full length release, Good People Rock. The album is “a celebration of collaboration and creativity, with friends covering friends and strangers covering strangers,” according to Madic Record’s website, who released the compilation on April 14.
Yellow Bird Project initially started out by having indie rock artists and bands design t-shirts (including Wolf Parade) to be sold online, with the proceeds going to the charity of the band’s choice.T-shirts turned to sweaters, books, other accessories, and now its first official musical release with Good People Rock, available on vinyl and digital download here. You can purchase the Wolf Parade t-shirt here.
1. Andrew Bird – Fake Headlines (New Pornographers)
2. Hayden – Family Tree (TV on the Radio)
3. Elvis Perkins ft. Alec Ounsworth – Mexican Ritual (Alec Ounsworth)
4. Whispertown – Give A Little Love (Rilo Kiley)
5. Micah P. Hinson – Not One Bit Ashamed (King Creosote)
6. King Creosote – Take It In (Hot Chip)
7. Alec Ounsworth – How’s Forever Been Baby (Elvis Perkins)
8. Keaton Henson – Take Care (Beach House)
9. Dry the River – Satellite Mind (Metric)
10. T E Morris – Much More Then That (Sharon Van Etten)
11. Astral Swans feat. Dan Mangan – You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son (Wolf Parade)
Bonus track: The Tallest Man On Earth – A Field of Birds (YBP Theme Song)
Looks like Spencer will be doing a few additional shows this summer! He posted to his facebook page yesterday the additional dates as well as this short poem (that he says is unrelated and was written in 2009):
Standing on a pile of diamonds you’re finally able to see over that totem pole blocking your view of the woods. You see then that all the trees have decided totem pole is the new look and are busy peeling off bark to carve crude face shapes into each others’ sweet green flesh. You make out the bad faces: Face of T-Rex, Face of Racehorse, Face of the A&W Bear, and realize these trees don’t know the right animals. Even the old thick redwoods are gouging wide-eyed into their brothers with long awkward branches; knot-knuckled pine-arms and fur-fingers working Face of Chewbacca into the grain.
Each tree has a true face – just below the lowest bough – which is like a cat face, only less alert. Less aware. You want to shout: No! You look fantastic au naturel! But your mouth is full of the diamonds you’ve been scooping in there while you watch.
It’s been some time since Spencer Krug has let his fans know what he’s up to. After starting a Tumblr and Facebook page last year, things went quiet in the Moonface world. Now many months later Spencer has finally posted again giving his dedicated fans so much news. As I posted yesterday, Spencer will be playing some one off shows and festivals this summer. What he reveals in his recent Facebook post is that these shows will also be testing ground for his brand new material which he hasn’t recorded yet!
And that is just one bit of exciting news, the rest of the post is full of information on what Spencer has been up to musically including:
– He’s has been arranging violin parts for the upcoming Frog Eyes record (due out later this year!)
– Siinai and Moonface will probably have a new release out at some point as Spencer has recorded vocals on tracks he had previously recorded with them before he left Helsinki
– This may lead to Siinai/Moonface going back out on tour together
– Spencer has posted a song from the ‘Julia..’ sessions that was never mastered for us to hear
You can read the entire posting on the Moonface Facebook page. Here’s the unreleased track ‘Still a Criminal':
Looks like this summer is going to be pretty great if you’re a eastern Canadian fan of Operators or Moonface. Both have added a few festivals and one off shows in the area.
It was announced last week that both Operators and Moonface would be performing at this years Wolfe Island Music Festival. The festival, which takes place on Wolfe Island (near Kingston, Ontario), has also been host to both Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs. This will be the first time that Dan and Spencer’s bands will be performing at the same festival. Could an amazing duet be possible? Doubtful, but it’s fun to dream!
Although things are kinda quiet in the world of Operators, it seems Dan is as busy as usual. Dan is currently a judge for the annual CBC Searchlight contest along with Jenn Grant and Saukrates. This week the 3 judges were on CBC Radio Q discussing the final 4 picks for the 2015 contest:
So it’s been awhile since we’ve posted an update. Here’s some news:
Operators have been nominated for the 2015 Canadian SirusXM Indie Awards for Electronic Artist or Group of the Year. The awards are handed out on May 9th in Toronto during Canadian Music Week. Congrats to Operators on their nomination!
A little late to mention but the Operators song “True” was featured in the season finale of the HBO series “Girls” that aired on March 22nd. Congrats!!
Dan Boeckner is set to be a 2015 CBC Music Searchlight judge. Searchlight is “the hunt for Canada’s best new artist”. Searchlight judges will be responsible for selecting five of the 10 national finalists, as well as announcing the final four acts live on Q on CBC Radio ?on May 12. Finally, they’ll crown a winner on Friday, May 15. If you’re Canadian you can check out the 3,000+ entries and vote on them: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/cbcsearchlight/
As most of you are already aware, Operators had to cut their tour with The New Pornographers short due to visa issues. Hoping to hear new music from them soon. Follow them on twitter ( @operators_band) in the meantime.
Speaking of social media…I’ve decided to start an instagram account for this fan site. Just a place to share photos of Wolf Parade, Operators, Moonface and all the bands that we love! Follow along! Also feel free to DM us photos you’ve taken of these bands and we’ll post them!