The Cave Singers have announced a new summer tour! They’ll spend this June playing shows across the Northwest and into Canada, with the routing taking them as far south as Indiana and back home again. Dates kick off with a performance at Spokane’s Elk Fest . It’s the second round of touring the band is setting out on this year in support of their new album Naomi. You’ll find the full list of dates and ticket links below!
06/07/13 Spokane, WA- Elk Fest
06/08/13 Nelson, BC- Spiritbar at the Hume Hotel
06/09/13 Calgary, AB- Republik
06/10/13 Edmonton, AB- Starlite Room
06/12/13 Winnipeg, MB- Pyramid Cabaret
06/13/13 Minneapolis, MN- 7th St. Entry
06/14/13 Madison, WI- High Noon Saloon
06/15/13 Milwaukee, WI- Cactus Club
06/17/13 Toronto, ON- Horseshoe Tavern
06/18/13 Detroit, MI- The Loving Touch
06/19/13 Bloomington, IN- The Bishop
06/20/13 Des Moines, IA- Vaudeville Mews
06/21/13 Omaha, NE- The Waiting Room w/ Jesse Sykes, Mount Moriah
06/23/13 Bozeman, MT- The Filling Station
06/24/13 Missoula, MT- The Badlander
06/25/13 Moscow, ID- Mikey’s Gyros
06/26/13 Boise, ID- Neurolux
06/27/13 Yakima, WA- The Cave at Hackett Ranch
06/28/13 Wenatchee, WA- Caffe Mela
Emusic.com has launched a free, 11-song SPOKANE retrospective, “A Small Commotion.” The tracks selected represent Spokane’s 9 year, unwavering dedication to a music that explores that fragile, emotional stillness so often marginalized by an American cultural addiction to the overt and ostentatious. These songs present a cohesive sampling of the band’s 5 records to date released by the seminal, anarchic Indiana label Jagjaguwar.
You can grab this free download here
Since the release of SPOKANE’s ‘Little Hours’ in August of 2007, Rick Alverson has kept pretty busy. He’s toured, built a house, and, for a very short time, worked as an extra on HBO’s upcoming “epic 7-part mini-series event”, “John Adams.” The latter inspired Alverson to write “A Half Dozen Dead Horses And I: Two Days As An Extra.” Stripping away any notions of Hollywood glamor, the essay presents the experience with the same blunt humanity that is the trademark of Alverson’s lyrics. Read the essay, and watch for his small-screen debut when the mini-series begins on March 16th.
Read “A Half Dozen Dead Horses And I” here
With “Little Hours” now available in stores and online, Spokane is set to hit the road. The band will be traveling from East to Midwest starting August 30th in support of the new record which was released August 7th on Jagjaguwar.
SPOKANE TOUR DATES:
08.30.07 – Richmond, VA – The Camel w/ Liza Kate, Tulsa Drone
09.01.07 – New York, NY – Piano’s w/ Liza Kate
09.02.07 – Portland, ME – Strange Maine w/ Liza Kate, South China
09.03.07 – Providence, RI – as220 w/ Jennifer Gentle
09.04.07 – Boston, MA – PA’s Lounge w/ Liza Kate, Brownbird
09.07.07 – Chicago, IL – South Union Arts w/ Liza Kate, Astronomer
09.09.07 – Bloomington, IN – Cinemat w/ Liza Kate, Tamar
In addition, SPOKANE have put the finishing touches on the video for ‘Minor Careers,’ available here
The MP3 and Video for ‘Thankless Marriage’, also from ‘Little Hours,’ are available for download here:
After four years, Spokane return with their fifth full-length LP, Little Hours, out August 7th on Jagjaguwar.
“Little Hours” is the patient sheen of stillness after a short, violent burst of intention. It is the lingering, resonant decay of a nail being hammered into wood, a piano laden marriage of small hopes and quiet violence. In Church Hill, a borough of Richmond, Virginia, there is a small yellow cottage. Next to the cottage is an austere replica of a mid-nineteenth century, white Federal period house. The principal members of Spokane, Rick Alverson and Courtney Bowles, hand built the structure over the course of 2006 while recording and revising their first new album in four years, “Little Hours.” The record is both a document of and an aural parallel to that difficult, meticulous process. In the emotional vein of folk singer Jackson C. Frank, with the textural emaciation of composers Zbigniew Preisner and Morton Feldman, the songs themselves are hinged on concepts of failure and stillborn ideas, on the conflicted process of building or birthing a cerebral image into the world. There are the echoes of insistent cats running through the skeletal frame of the house, pillaged, infant birds in their mouths, left half-dead at the foot of the hole where the stair would be. “Little Hours” features the core ensemble of 2003’s “Measurement”, which MOJO magazine called “a uniquely enthralling treasure”, along with contributions from members of Brooklyn’s orchestral, minimalist band Gregor Samsa.
Alverson directed a video for the song “Thankless Marriage” which is now available online at:
A “Thankless Marriage” MP3 is also available for free download here:
The LP packaging also includes a CD copy of “Little Hours,” and will also be available for digital download through the traditional venues. In addition, 50 copies of “Little Hours” will feature LP sleeves specially hand-made by the band.
Track-listing for “Little Hours” LP+CD
2. Minor Careers
3. If There Is Hope, It Lies In The Proles
4. Thankless Marriage
6. Middle School
8. These Things
9. Leases & Promises
10. Tell Me