“A Tuba to Cuba” follows Ben Jaffe of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as he seeks to fulfill his late father’s dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. “A Tuba to Cuba” celebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to resolve to build bridges, not walls. Beginning today, the film will also be available through Amazon Video, iTunes, DirecTV, Google Play, YouTube Movies and more. Check your local service provider for additional listings.
The New York Times says of the film, “This joyous, wide-ranging account of a New Orleans jazz band’s 2015 visit to Cuba is crammed with fascinating facts and toe-tickling tunes.” And the LA Times offers this, “Jaunty, at times poetic chats and drop-ins with many Big Easy and Cuban jazz artists, discussion of their music’s African lineage (the Atlantic slave trade factored in), stirring examples of native instrumentation, and pulsating performances combine with colorful, travelogue-type shots (love those old Cuban theaters) and vivid archival footage to create a vibrant and joyous portrait.”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ben Jaffe says of “Kreyol,” “Every evening in Havana people gather along the waterfront to socialize. I’ve always been taken by the tempo at which people stroll, like New Orleans, there’s a very particular rhythm to their walk. That rhythm was the inspiration for “Kreyol”. In fact, “Kreyol” is the Cuban spelling of “Creole”. You can feel that same Creole influence in New Orleans, it’s one of our many shared connections with Cuba.”
Preservation Hall Jazz Band Tour Dates
Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s touring schedule for 2019 currently spans April 12th through September 22nd. Headlining and festival highlights include: Cape May, NJ’s Exit Zero Jazz Festival (April 12th); Charleston, NC’s High Water Festival (April 14th); New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 27th); Happy Valley, OR’s Pickathon (August 3rd- 4th); SFJAZZ in San Francisco (August 8th-12th); Arrington, VA’s Lockn’ Music Festival (August 24th); Louisville, KY’s Bourbon & Beyond (September 20th); and Franklin, TN’s Pilgrimage Music Festival (September 21st-22nd).
Additionally, Preservation Hall Jazz Band will support Foo Fighters at The Fillmore in New Orleans (May 16th) and Dave Matthews Band at Elkhorn, WI’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre (July 5th-6th). Tickets for these shows are on sale now.
Apr. 12 - Cape May, NJ - Exit Zero Jazz Festival Apr. 14 - Charleston, SC - High Water Festival - Riverfront Park Apr. 27 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 16 - New Orleans, LA - The Fillmore ^ Jul. 05 - Elkhorn, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre* Jul. 06 - Elkhorn, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre* Aug. 03- Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Aug. 04 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Aug. 08 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ Aug. 09 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (7:00PM) Aug. 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (9:30PM) Aug. 24 - Arrington, VA - Lockn’ Music Festival Sep. 20 - Louisville, KY - Bourbon & Beyond Festival Sep. 21 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival Sep. 22 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival *with Dave Matthews Band ^with Foo Fighters
Seattle band Tacocat are set to release This Mess Is a Place, their new full-length album on LP/CD/Digital and Cassette on Friday, May 3rd. The sparkly new record is their first for Sub Pop, and heralds a more pop-driven and ebullient direction in their sound. Starting today, you can stream the album in its entirety via NPR Music’s First Listen right over here.
Tacocat will be touring the US this summer. See below for a full list of performances.
May 09 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club May 10 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club May 11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall May 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme May 13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe May 15 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair May 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg May 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle May 19 - Washington, D.C. - U Street Music Hall May 21 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook May 22 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn May 23 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt May 24 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway May 25 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar Jun. 08 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox at the Market Jun. 12 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett Jun. 13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux Jun. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court Jun. 15 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge Jun. 17 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada Jun. 18 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall Jun. 19 - Austin, TX - Barracuda Jun. 21 - Sante Fe, NM - Meow Wolf Jun. 22 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar Jun. 23 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah Jun. 25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg Theater Jun. 26 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel Jun. 28 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Follow sea creatures on a journey through the circle of life in The Homesick’s psychedelic new visual for “Kaïn,” directed by Melissa Tvetan & Carver Maneese of production house CPJMLT LTD. The song is from The Big Exercise, the group’s label debut, available worldwide February 7th, 2020.
The Big Exercise features the singles “I Celebrate My Fantasy,” the aforementioned “Kaïn,” “Male Bonding,” and the title track, and was produced by The Homesick at Schenk Studio in Amsterdam, mixed by Casper van der Lans, and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring).
The Big Exercise is available for preorder on CD/LP/DL from Sub Pop. Preorders of the album through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America will receive the limited Loser edition on bright yellow vinyl (while supplies last). Meanwhile, preorders in the UK and Europe from select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on opaque yellow vinyl (while supplies last).
The Homesick’s current international tour schedule for 2019 continues tonight, December 4th with a show at Villa Wuller in Trier, Germany. The band will resume touring in 2020 with a headlining club trek of the Netherlands which spans February 21st at Groningen at Vera and ends March 7th in Utecht at Ekko.
December 2019 Dec. 04 - Trier, DE - VillaWuller
February-March 2020 Feb. 21 - Groningen, NL - Vera Feb. 28 - Nijmegen, NL - Merleyn Mar. 05 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Mar. 06 - Rotterdam, NL - WORM Mar. 07 - Utrecht, NL - EKKO
[Photo Credit: Sarah Cass]
About The Homesick’s The Big Exercise: If their debut Youth Hunt marked The Homesick’s tryst with faith and pastoral life, the band’s upcoming second album The Big Exercise brings them to more grounded, tangible pastures. With its title ripped from a passage in the Scott Walker-biography Deep Shade Of Blue, the record is a concentrated effort by Jaap van der Velde, Erik Woudwijk and Elias Elgersma to explore the physicality of their music in fresh ways (read more at Sub Pop).
August, the new album from songwriter Shannon Lay, is out now worldwide on LP, CD, digital, and cassette. Recorded with her longtime friend, musician Ty Segall at his home studio lay shared that “I believe whoever you record with tends to affect the mood of music and Ty really brought this jovial sense that I hadn’t really explored yet.” “Once you get rolling with him, he just throws these ideas at the wall. And you’re like, ‘I would never have thought of that!’ I couldn’t have hoped for a better guide and energy to help create this record.”
You can purchase your copy of August today from our Mega Mart.
Shannon will be playing an album release show at Pico Union Project on Aug. 24th before embarking on an 18-date North American tour opening for Mikal Cronin. This run will begin on November 8th in Portland at Mississippi Studios and end on December 1st in San Diego at the Casbah. Shannon will continue as a special guest performing with Cronin in Europe beginning on Feb. 10th - 29th. See below for a full list of shows.
Aug. 24 - Los Angeles, CA - Pico Union Project ***Record Release Show Oct. 21 - London, UK - Set Nov. 6 - San Francisco, CA - Independent * Nov. 08 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios* Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - The Fox Cabaret* Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern* Nov. 11 - Missoula, MT - Badlander * Nov. 14 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club* Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall * Nov. 16 - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx* Nov. 17 - Toronto, Canada - Horseshoe Tavern* Nov. 18 - Montreal, Canada - Bar Le “Ritz” P.D.B.* Nov. 19 - Allston, MA - Great Scott* Nov. 20 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom* Nov. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts* Nov. 23 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall* Nov. 24 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall* Nov. 25 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl* Nov. 26 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks* Nov. 27 - Austin, TX - Barracuda* Nov. 30 - Tucson, AZ - Toole* Dec. 01 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah* Feb. 10 - Munich, DE - Milla * Feb. 11 - Cologne, DE - Bumann & SOHN * Feb. 12 - Berlin, DE - Kantine am Berghain * Feb. 13 - Aarhus, DK - TAPE * Feb. 14 - Copenhagen, DK - Loppen * Feb. 15 - Stockholm, SE - Nalen * Feb. 17 - Oslo, NO - Ingensteds * Feb. 18 - Gothenburg, SE - Oceanen * Feb. 19 - Hamburg, DE - Molotow (SkyBar) * Feb. 20 - Amsterdam, NL - Bitterzoet * Feb. 21 - Brussels, BE - Botanique * Feb. 22 - Paris, FR - Petit Bain * Feb. 24 - Bristol, UK - The Louisiana * Feb. 26 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen * Feb. 27 - Glasgow, UK - The Hug & Pint * Feb. 28 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club * Feb. 29 - Brighton, UK - The Hope & Ruin *
Since releasing Years to Burn, Calexico and Iron & Wine’s first
full–length album together, earlier this year, the band have been bringing
their stunning live show to fans throughout Europe, the UK, and North America.
Today, the power group has announced new tour dates in 2020, kicking off
January 29th with two nights at Chicago’s Thalia Hall, DC’s The Anthem, NY’s
Webster Hall, Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium and more. In addition to
performing songs from the new album including “Father Mountain” and “Midnight Sun”, the group also performs
tracks off the critically acclaimed 2005 In
the Reins EP including “He Lays in the Reins”, as
well as songs from their respective catalogues. Full list of dates below.
The band recently made a stop at NPR where they did a Tiny Desk
performance which you can watch HERE. Of the performance, NPR noted, “This set perfectly captures the easy patience of their
interplay, as Burns, Convertino, Beam and a few of their most trusted
collaborators performed two songs from Years to Burn.” Further adding, ”
It’s (Years to Burn) a beautiful
slow-burn of an album that often feels at ease, and occasionally doesn’t
resemble either of the bands that made it.”
Years to Burn is out now on Sub Pop/City Slang Records.
Praise for the live show:
“Chemistry between Iron & Wine and Calexico was natural
throughout the performance, with nary a pregnant pause or misstep between them.
It was enough to make one believe the two acts could join forces for the
duration of their careers.” - The Big Takeover
“It was here that we were reminded of the chemistry that exists
between Calexico and Iron & Wine… it was impossible to deny that, in the
context of musical collaborations and supergroups, this one feels truly organic
and not at all lacking of substance.” - Glide Magazine
Calexico and Iron & Wine today announce Years to Burn, their first full–length album together, available June 14th via City Slang in the UK/Europe and Sub Pop in the rest of the world. Now hear lead track entitled “Father Mountain” and see that an extensive North American, European, and UK tour has been announced with more dates to be added in the coming weeks. See all dates below.
Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns and John Convertino together. The acclaimed collaboration introduced both acts to wider audiences and broadened Beam’s artistic horizons, but it was the shared experience of touring together in the tradition of Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue” that cemented the bond. Their metaphorical roads diverged in the years that followed, but they kept in touch and cross-pollinated where they could. Although they often talked about rekindling their collaboration in the studio and on stage, it wasn’t until last year that their schedules aligned.
Years to Burn can’t help but be different from In the Reins. Back then, Calexico entered the studio with a long list of previous collaborations (first in Giant Sand, then backing the likes of Victoria Williams and Richard Buckner) and the knowledge that they loved Sam’s voice and his songs, but wondered if his material was so complete and self-contained that it lacked a way in, so hushed and delicate that it might be overwhelmed. For his part, Beam had been intimidated by their virtuosic playing and their deep comfort in an encyclopedic array of styles. “In my mind, I was a guy who knew three chords and recorded in a closet,” Sam says. “They were playing big stages and were superb musicians.”
Those fears were dispelled quickly. Calexico was bowled over by Beam’s many talents: “The arranging, the writing, his sense of rhythm, the quality of his vocals—and then there’s the experimental side of Sam,” Joey says. “They were the perfect band at the perfect time for me,” Sam adds. “I loved all their different sounds. They’re musical anthropologists, not regurgitating but absorbing what they discover.” Nearly 15 years on, “coming back to the project has to do with acknowledging how much impact the first record had for me in my life.”
Years to Burn was recorded in Nashville with noted producer Matt Ross-Spang over the course of five days at Sound Emporium, a fabled studio founded in the sixties by Cowboy Jack Clement and the site of countless landmark sessions in country and rock over the ensuing decades. It features contributions from veteran Calexico trumpet player Jacob Valenzuela and Paul Niehaus on pedal steel, along with frequent Beam cohorts Rob Burger (Tin Hat Trio) on piano and Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple) on bass.
Years to Burn features ten new original compositions. While Beam wrote all the songs for In the Reins, this recording features contributions from both Beam and Burns as well as from Convertino and those featured on the record. While the two may have taken differing approaches to songwriting, the spirit of collaboration was alive and well in the studio; Sam shared demos ahead of time and was ready for the others to contribute with arrangement ideas and instrumental parts, while Joey spontaneous as ever, came in with concepts and an eagerness to improvise.
“Life is hard. Awesome. And scary as shit. But it can lift you up if you let it,” Sam offers. “These are the things Joey and I write about now. And the title can encapsulate a lot of things. ‘Years to Burn’ could mean you’re cocky, you’ve got it made. Or, our life is ours to burn, to be inspired. Or you’re burned by life, brutalized. It’s an ambiguous title, because life is complicated. Let’s not talk like teenagers about love, desire, pain, ‘cause we’re not teenagers. And that’s not a bad thing.”
“This project had to find the right time,” Joey concludes. “We’re all different people than we were in 2004, and music helps to bridge some of the gaps. For all the things going on in our world and in each of our lives, this connection, this friendship, this love that we have—this album is a vehicle for that bond. It’s a chance to see where we’re at, take stock and be there for our friends.”
Years to Burn is now available for pre-order from Sub Pop (and via City Slang in the UK/Europe). LP pre-orders in North America through megamart.subpop.com, and select independent retailers will receive the limited Loser edition on green colored vinyl (while supplies last) PLUS - 225 randomly selected pre-orders will receive a special lithograph signed by the artists. For more information on Years to Burn, the full bio is available here.
Years to Burn - Tracklisting
1. What Heaven’s Left
2. Midnight Sun
3. Father Mountain
4. Outside El Paso
5. Follow The Water
6. The Bitter Suite (Pájaro / Evil Eye / Tennessee Train)
7. Years To Burn
8. In Your Own Time
Calexico and Iron & Wine Tour Dates
Jun. 18 - Saxapahaw, NC - River Ballroom
Jul. 19 - Lisbon, PT - Super Bock Super Rock
Jul. 20 - Sat Arlesheim, CH - Stimmen Festival
Jul. 22 - Milano, IT - La Triennale di Milano
Jul. 23 - Gardone Riviera, IT - Anfiteatro del Vittoriale
Jul. 24 - Rome, IT - Villa Ada
Jul. 25 - Florence, IT - Cavea del Nuovo Teatro dell’opera
Jul. 26 - Monoforte D’ Alba, IT - Auditorium Horszowski
Jul. 28 - Vienna, AT - Konzerthaus
Jul. 29 - Palma, ES - Auditorium de Palma de Mallorca
Jul. 31 - Hamburg, DE - Stadtpark
Aug. 02 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Folk Festival
Aug. 03 - Leuven, BE - M-idzommer Festival
Aug. 04 - Crozon, FR - Festival Du Bout Du Monde
Aug. 06 - Phoenix, AZ - Orpheum Theatre
Aug. 17 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
Aug. 21 - Ogden, UT - Twilight Series at Ogden Amphitheater
Aug. 22 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Aug. 23 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
Aug. 24 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
Sep. 09 - Sun North Adams, MA - FreshGrass Festival