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Thursday in Columbus: Wooden Shjips, Times New Viking

MP3: Wooden Shjips – Shrinking Moon for You (edit)

CDR plans on doing a live, in-studio recording of both bands. BYOB, music starts ~9. DIY done right.

This weekend in Columbus: CDR VII

It’s that time of year again, when grilling meat, arm wrestling, and indie rock somehow end up together in awkward sentences (like this one). This weekend is the seventh annual Columbus Discount Records BBQ, where the local label shares the wealth and gives you a wealth of local/international talent to gaze upon for as free as possible. This year’s version of the tradition entails two star-studded rock shows (Friday night at The Summit and Saturday night at Carabar) as well as a multi-faceted get-together Saturday afternoon at CDR HQ (corner of Oak and Parsons, just up the street from Carabar). Highlights:

Friday night at Summit: Sets from local Uggs-rock veterans the Guinea Worms and the most-successful, longest-lasting Rock Potluck band ever, Sandwitch (featuring Ron House), are those most likely to slay. Omaha’s Yuppies will play the part of the noisy visitors from out of town, and the night will be rounded out by intergalactic party Mormons Outer Spacist and the sheer spectacle of the Unholy Two. You will probably leave this show wearing beer.

Saturday afternoon BBQ: Obviously, free PBR and grilled eats would be a highlight of any day. However, this party also includes your chance for eternal glory with an arm-wrestling tournament! The male and female brackets are both sure to be tough, but you still have a couple days to train. If all of this is not enough, local legends the Cheater Slicks will play a set in the CDR studio around 5:30.

Saturday night at Carabar: This is where the big guns come out, so hopefully you are not drunk enough or drunk enough to enjoy it. Local wonders (and musical inspirations to Beck) Times New Viking will headline and close the festivities. I am excited for another visit from the prolific globetrotter Dan Melchior, who will surely entertain with whoever might be backing him up, and a set from Harrisburg, Ohio’s favorite sons, Mike Rep and Tommy Jay, will lend some tuneful and grizzled character to the proceedings.

More information, conspiracy theories, and conjecture here.

Guided By Voices classic lineup goes on tour, including Columbus stop; Times New Viking open 1st leg

The classic GBV lineup that is reuniting for Matador’s anniversary is heading on tour.

Cringe reports that Guided by Voices are coming to Outland in Columbus on October 16. Tickets on sale tomorrow. The band is also playing Southgate House on October 15.

More dates may be addedconfirmed… UPDATE: Full tour dates below, with presale info; Times New Viking as support on the first leg, TBD in the middle, and Blitzen Trapper toward the end. More details here. Continue reading

Times New Viking Recording New LP, Maybe Not for Matador

World of Wumme posted some photos (such as the one above) and video of Times New Viking recording their new album at Musicol. It should be noted that this is the first time the band has recorded in a proper studio.

Also of note:

What I heard, and now have been hearing all day, sounds like their masterpiece — the one where everything falls into place. This should hit your ears sometime in 2011 — from whom and by whom is still up in the air. (full story)

It should be noted that Kevin Elliott of World of Wumme is brother of Adam Elliott of TNV. Let the speculation begin.

Psychedelic Horseshit + Times New Viking = shitgaze voltron

So TNV‘s Adam Elliot and Beth Murphy sat in with Matt Whitehurst for a Psychedelic Horseshit show(s?) a couple weeks ago. I didn’t see it, but I figured it was just a temp thing. They’re all buds. Not really too shocking for them to collaborate once in a while.

But there’s a Times New Viking show at Carabar on Monday with Psychedelic Horseshit (and Drag City’s Cave), and Elliot confirmed Horseshit’s lineup for the show: himself, Matt & Beth (and possibly an appearance by Ryan Jewell). So it seems Adam and Beth are in, and Rich Horseshit has gone the way of Laura B, Jason Roxas, Pink Reason Kevin and other Horseshit alums. The always-official Myspace tells the same tale.

TNV blogs

Who knew?

Favorite Albums of 2009 by Joel Oliphint

(Separate Columbus list further down. Though, if the lists were combined, some of the local releases would unseat a few here…)

1. Larry Jon WilsonLarry Jon Wilson
I won’t lie. Talking to Larry Jon and producer Jerry DeCicca (Black Swans) about this album, learning about its origins, and visiting Wilson’s back catalog gave me a heightened appreciation for this masterpiece. So context helps, but even if you know nothing about the back story, this is a stark, beautiful album from start to finish from one of the forgotten country outlaws. Wilson’s Georgia baritone is the sweetest thing I heard this year. For Townes Van Zandt fans, this is required listening.

MP3: Feel Alright Again

2. The Love LanguageThe Love Language
It’s a rock n’ roll cliché and a PR flack’s dream: Guy breaks up with girl, drinks heavily, pisses off all his friends, eventually sobers up and retreats to his parents’ house to record an album on a four-track. But man does this cliché jangle with some of the best in-the-red pop songs I’ve heard in a while. Stuart McLamb’s Chapel Hill band signed to Merge in October and is slated to have a new release in August, and after seeing the full band (now a 7-piece) put on a terrific show at the Wexner Center in the fall, McLamb’s next outing could be even better with a little help from his friends.

MP3: Manteo I MP3: Lalita

3. Andrew BirdNoble Beast
Every aspect of Andrew Bird just keeps getting better—his voice; his gorgeous, multi-layered violin arrangements; his whistling. It makes for a backdrop so compelling that he can sing about proto-Sanskrit Minoans, porto-centric Lisboans, Greek Cypriots and Hobis-hots and have you nodding your head in agreement instead of scratching it in confusion.

MP3: Oh No

4. Kurt VileConstant Hitmaker; God is Saying This to You…; Childish Prodigy
kurtI’m grouping these together so I can squeeze more in, but all three LPs probably deserve a separate spot for different reasons. God finds Vile filtering his psychedelia through John Fahey and Neil Young; Childish kicks the volume up a notch and tones the lo-fi down; and Hitmaker, the best of the three, plays both sides with casual brilliance. “Freeway” is one of my favorite songs of 2009.

MP3: Freeway

5. The AntlersHospice
Hospice is one of only a few albums this year that completely transports me whenever I give it my full attention. (Brian Harnetty’s Silent City is another.) A concept album about a hospice worker and a young patient, the songs swell like Sigur Ros then retreat into gingerly tapped piano, lightly strummed guitar or shimmery synth. It’s in those quiet portions that Silberman employs his alabaster falsetto — more hushed than Jeff Buckley but less wispy than Antony Hegarty. Back in March, the Antlers played a show at Cafe Bourbon St. in front of me and maybe three other people. I’m thinking there’ll be a few more in attendance next time.

MP3: Bear

#6 onward + Columbus list after the jump. Continue reading

Times New Viking to tour with Yo La Tengo in January

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Fri, Jan 22 / Pontiac, MI / Crofoot Ballroom
Sat, Jan 23 / Madison, WI / Barrymore Theatre
Sun, Jan 24 / St. Louis, MO / The Pageant
Tue, Jan 26 / Lawrence, KS / Granada Theatre
Wed, Jan 27 / Tulsa, OK / Cain’s Ballroom
Thu, Jan 28 / Houston, TX / Warehouse Live
Fri, Jan 29 / Austin, TX / Antone’s
Sat, Jan 30 / Dallas, TX / Granada Theatre

Ticket info here.

Video: Times New Viking, “Born Again Revisited”

Times New Viking: Do Not Do It Yourself

This mini-documentary about Times New Viking features footage of their Wexner Center Valentine’s Day Velvet Underground performance, and tons and tons of Clintonville.