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June 29, 2007

Raccoo-oo-oon – Behold Secret Kingdom

Filed under: Hype,Music — rkodrzy @ 4:28 pm

[Release the Bats; 2007]

Sometimes you’ve just got to ignore a band’s terrible name and plow straight ahead into their music without thinking twice. Raccoo-oo-oon is a surefire example of this. Raccoo-oo-oon. Hahaha…ahem…ok, the music.

We’ve got quite an original concoction of sounds here that these fellows from Iowa have brewed up in their latest effort, Behold Secret Kingdom. Imagine Drum’s Not Dead era Liars with a few extra helpings of energy and passion added to the tribal jam fest. Then turn your thoughts toward the sonic collages and hall-of-mirrors soundscapes found in Animal Collective’s Here Comes the Indian. Got it? Alright. Now combine these two ideas, add some occasional jazzy noodling and some prehistoric Cyclops cave production, and you arrive at our album in question, a muddled and dizzying, yet extremely driven and focused bundle of tracks that sounds like a college graduate caveman with a good sense of humor rampaging through your living quarters.

Track highlights include the jazz inflected romp “Antler Mask”, which twists and turns through a variety of moods and atmospheres, hop scotching from melody to melody, yet still remaining a tightly wound bundle of…umm…antler masks? Another album peak is surely the potently propulsive “Fangs and Arrows”, which lays a countless number of layers overtop of a never ending drumbeat that could punch a hole in a cement wall if given enough time.

Behold Secret Kingdom is highly recommended for listeners who prefer atmosphere over melody in their music, and for people who enjoy diving into new and interesting sounds that bring together a number of past influences to create something truly unique.

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

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