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July 8, 2007

Love Is Simple…

Filed under: Akron!,News — ihggy @ 5:18 pm

… is the title of the forthcoming Akron/Family album, their first full-length since their 2005 self-titled debut. The album was recorded late last year and early this year, produced by Andrew Weiss (who worked on a lot of Ween records), and features the Lexie Mountain Boys on a few cuts. It will be out September 11th, 2007 on Young God Records.

UPDATE: We now have a tracklist for Love Is Simple

1. Love Love Love (1:46)
2. Ed Is A Portal (7:31)
3. Love Is Simple (4:35)
4. I’ve Got Some Friends (3:09)
5. Lake Song (7:24)
6. There’s So Many Colors (8:11)
7. Crickets (3:59)
8. Phenomena (3:46)
9. Pony’s O.G. (5:19)
10. Of All The Things (7:41)
11. Love Love Love (Part II) (3:07)

Also of note is that the album will come with a free DVD entitled The Great American Mess, directed by Ryer Banta, that features tons of live footage of the band playing during a short tour in December of 2005. Here is a preview (Update #2: Only the first 10,000 copies of the record pressed will come with the DVD).

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July 7, 2007

Akron/Family S/T Released on Vinyl!

Filed under: Akron!,News — ihggy @ 1:51 pm

Here’s a link to the Young God press release:
http://www.younggodrecords.com/product.asp?P_ID=50

And here’s what Akakakak’s own Oliverpatterson has to say about it:
“A: Before and Again/ Suchness/ Part of Corey/ Dylan Pt. 1 (aka the “untitled” final track on the CD version)

B: Italy/ I’ll Be on the Water/ Running, Returning

C: Afford/ Interlude/ Sorrow Boy/ Shoes

D: Positive Vibration Force (different cut from “Franny and the Portal” release, at least I think so)/ How Do I Know/ Franny/You’re Human

So, no “Lumen,” but it does have “Positive Vibration Force” which is arguably an even better track. And it sounds lovely. Crisp gatefold packaging with lots of shells and trees and snakes, with full lyrics printed.”

I’m going to order mine now!

June 27, 2007

Akron/Family Tour Fall 2007!

Filed under: Akron! — ihggy @ 3:14 pm

Presumably in support of their new album, on which we should have information very soon!

Copied from myspace:

Jul 7 2007 8:00P
Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats Festival evreuex
Jul 9 2007 8:00P
Roskilde festival roskilde
Sep 6 2007 8:00P
magic stick detroit
Sep 7 2007 8:00P
Logan square auditorium chicago, Illinois
Sep 8 2007 8:00P
creepy crawl st. louis, Missouri
Sep 10 2007 8:00P
new college of florida sarasota, Florida
Sep 11 2007 8:00P
back booth orlando, Florida
Sep 12 2007 8:00P
downunder club @ fsu tallahassee, Florida
Sep 13 2007 8:00P
Bottle Tree birmingham, Alabama
Sep 14 2007 8:00P
bijou theatre knoxville, Tennessee
Sep 15 2007 8:00P
40 watt club athens, Georgia
Sep 17 2007 8:00P
pour haus raleigh, North Carolina
Sep 18 2007 8:00P
rock n roll hotel washington DC, Virginia
Sep 19 2007 8:00P
first unitarian church philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 21 2007 8:00P
wexner center for the performing arts @ osu columbus, Ohio
Sep 22 2007 8:00P
LOLA festival london, Ontario
Sep 23 2007 8:00P
Lee’s palace toronto, Ontario
Sep 25 2007 8:00P
vinyl guelph, Ontario
Sep 26 2007 8:00P
barrymore’s music hall ottawa, Ontario
Sep 27 2007 8:00P
club metronome burlington, Vermont
Sep 28 2007 8:00P
harper’s ferry boston, Massachusetts
Sep 30 2007 8:00P
bowery ballroom new york, New York
Oct 10 2007 8:00P
stanford university palo alto, California
Oct 11 2007 8:00P
independent san francisco, California
Oct 12 2007 8:00P
the troubador Los angeles, California
Oct 13 2007 8:00P
fernwood resort big sur, California
Oct 18 2007 8:00P
richards on richards vacouver, British Columbia
Oct 19 2007 8:00P
crocodile cafe seattle, Washington
Oct 20 2007 8:00P
doug fir lounge potland, Oregon

February 4, 2007

Akron/Family Live Review: December 10th, 2006

Filed under: Akron!,Music — mooks @ 3:52 am

I saw Akron/Family almost two months ago. I saw them perform and met them in person before the show. I’d like to communicate this experience by focusing on the really important stuff – the stuff that had a serious impact – which will be pretty easy since, after two months, it’s all I can remember.

I saw them on December 10th, 2006. They played at a bar, the 12 Galaxies, in San Francisco. I am only twenty years old, so I had emailed Miles (the band’s bass player) before the show to ask if there was anyway I would get a chance to see them. Miles was quick to reply, saying he and the band would do what they could. I arrived at the bar on the 10th a good two hours before the set. The band arrived shortly after I did, in a big white van. I approached who turned out to be Seth and introduced myself. I met the rest of the guys shortly after. I cannot emphasize enough how natural this was. This was my first time meeting someone I really admire, let alone a band of them. They were ordinary, exuberant, easy going guys. In other words, they were exactly the kind of guys their music would suggest. It was very easy to converse with them.

Under the pretense that I was carrying equipment (and I actually was – I got to carry the ‘Running, Returning’ banjo!), I entered the venue and waited by the stage for the next four hours for them to start. I watched them sound check a few new songs (as well as Neil Young’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’). I got a chance to see them interact as a group and it was clear to see Akron/Family is going to be around for a while. If not for the stage, there would be no way to tell this was even a band. It was like the four music dorks at a party who sit in the corner after picking up the host’s instruments, jamming along whether or not anyone is listening. But holy shit did these music dorks ever seem focused. I could tell, when they took up their instruments and played, that they had a perfect mutual vision and that each one was equally determined to follow that vision.

When they finally got on stage for their set (after tuning up to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’), there was quite a lot of expectation. And right from the opening noise of ‘Moment’ all of those expectations were utterly destroyed. Amiable and relaxed as they seemed before, these guys are a presence on stage. A huge one. The cacophony of ‘Moment’ was like a full frontal assault on all the senses. The whole bar vibrated, destruction filled your ears, and the band leaped about the stage, smashing their instruments, refusing to let the audience breathe. The songs burst forth in a constant torrent. They were barely songs anymore. It’s impossible to describe what they become live. They constantly evolve, from peaceful ambient interludes (with all four members on a different woodwind) to the floor-stomping hum of ‘Running, Returning’. I remember specifically the moment i realized the fifteen minute jam I just heard was a variation on ‘Blessing Force’.

The best moment of the night was the performance of ‘Suchness’. I was always fond of the end of that song, but I didn’t think it would ever been replicated live. Boy, was I wrong! I remember the moment I realized they were going for it. The song was already respectably rockin’, with the whole band chugging away, before Seth bent down for a brief moment and fiddled with the equipment. When he came back up I realized what he had done and what he was about to do and I almost choked on my stomach. His guitar was bigger than anything I’ve ever heard. The bar couldn’t contain the sound. It loomed over all of us, ominous and terrifying, crushing us beneath it’s weight. And immediately after this exhausting ordeal, Dana’s snare announced the approach of a fan favorite, and the whole crowd threw up their hands and joined in ‘Raising the Sparks’. It’s a wonderful song to hear on record – to hear the four members to carry the song with their voices, alternating the title between them – but when you have those same four members along with eighty or so people, all of them screaming those words at different times, it’s something quite different. This kind of interaction was not uncommon. The whole audience seemed to get on stage during the closer, ‘The Rider’, and each took up a different instrument – from recorders to wooden boxes – to create this teeming mass of energy that vaguely resembled a song. As the audience got to the closing chant, it seemed clear what the lyrics meant. The band, the audience, even the drunks in the back, were all on that spaceship. I know it sounds corny as hell but damn it if it isn’t true.

Akron/Family must be seen live. To see how they play these songs will give you comprehensive insight into what they mean and why they exist in the first place.

November 28, 2006

Akron/Family Tours!

Filed under: Akron!,News — ihggy @ 12:10 am

hey guys, this is some real news!

you’re all gonna see them play right?

copied/pasted directly from their myspace page:

Dec 7 2006 8:00P
casbah
Dec 8 2006 8:00P
the Echo
Dec 9 2006 8:00P
Howie and Sons
Dec 10 2006 8:00P
12 galaxies
Dec 13 2006 8:00P
Lucky Bar
Dec 14 2006 8:00P
Richards on Richards
Dec 15 2006 8:00P
Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room
Dec 16 2006 8:00P
Holocene
Feb 8 2007 8:00P
cornell university
   
Feb 10 2007 8:00P
wesleyan college
Feb 11 2007 8:00P
hampshire college red barn
Feb 13 2007 8:00P
middle east up stairs
Feb 14 2007 8:00P
europa club
Feb 15 2007 8:00P
johnny brendas
Feb 16 2007 8:00P
university of richmond commons
Feb 17 2007 8:00P
duke university coffee house
Feb 18 2007 8:00P
grey eagle music hall
Feb 20 2007 8:00P
e.a.r.l.
Feb 21 2007 8:00P
edgar’s underground at clemson university
Feb 22 2007 8:00P
satellite ballroom
Feb 23 2007 8:00P
rock & roll hotel
   
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