Friday, October 12, 2007

Sunset Rubdown is back

Spencer Krug first brought the Sunset Rubdown parade through Austin back in April of this year, and while they are on tour to promote their new album, Random Spirit Lover, they'll be making just their second visit to Austin since the band formed a short time ago. In 2006 they provided one of my favorite albums of the year, and just a few days ago they released their newest full length via the indie juggernaut Jagjaguwar. PopMatters liked it so much that they gave it a 9/10, saying:
"In Random Spirit Lover, it appears that he has finally reached a point in his career where full-on experimentation is not as risky in regard to his effecting his reputation. Without a leading, immediately engaging single, Krug’s goal appears to be fixated on crafting an album that is held together strongly by pure innovation, regardless of the epically sprawling nature of the included tracks. Perhaps that’s the reason why the shrewdly crafted Random Spirit Lover is the most satisfying batch of songs Krug has ever released."
"Now enter Sunset Rubdown's third full-length record, "Random Spirit Lover", featuring twelve songs that bleed in and out of each other, mixing portents with theatrics, confusions with conversions. The dark glamour of the music beneath the half-baked revelations in rhyme creates a tone of high drama, blown-out and overt, but the stage is wild and the roles aren't clear, so the sincerity of the work and the spontaneity of the recordings can't help but shine through the formality of structure."
...from Random Spirit Lover: Sunset Rubdown will be at Emo's on Tuesday, October 16th. That's next week. Admission will be $11 at the door, and if you RSVP for the show at you can get in for just $6. Opening up the show will be fellow Canadians Johnny and the Moon and Magic Weapon. Earlier this year Sunset Rubdown performed live at Neumo's in Seattle, and you can listen to an aural reenactment of that performance below.
  • Sunset Rubdown - Live at Neumo's (April 19, 2007)
  1. For the Pier (and Dead Shimmering)
  2. Snake's Got A Leg III
  3. Us Ones In Between
  4. Shut Up I Am Dreaming Of Places Where Lovers Have Wings
  5. Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days
  6. Winged/Wicked Things
  7. Stadiums And Shrines II
  8. Trumpet, Trumpet, Toot! Toot!
  9. The Empty Threats Of Little Lord
Tour dates:
  • 10/13/07 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
  • 10/15/07 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
  • 10/16/07 Austin, TX - Emo's
  • 10/18/07 Tucson, AZ - Plush
  • 10/19/07 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
  • 10/21/07 San Francisco, CA - Independent
  • 10/23/07 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
  • 10/24/07 Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
  • 10/25/07 Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
  • 10/26/07 Victoria, BC - Logans
  • 10/28/07 Calgary, Alberta - Broken City
  • 10/29/07 Edmonton, Alberta - Velvet Underground
  • 10/30/07 Saskatoon, Sask. - Amigos
  • 10/31/07 Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms
  • 11/01/07 Fargo, ND - Aquarium
  • 11/02/07 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
  • 11/03/07 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle