Tuesday, February 19, 2013
-valis Pick of the Week
Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week has been burning up my Sennheisers of late, in repeated assaults on my cranial spaces: from Montreal, Elephant Stone! Having just released their sophmore self-titled album, out now, via Hidden Pony & The Reverb Appreciation Society, the band have certainly created a serious contender -even at this early stage, for a Top Ten album of 2013. It's seared my brain with unforgettable musicianship and indelible songs I'm rather sure will hold their own for quite an age. From the opener, "Setting Sun", through "Heavy Moon", and "Masters Of War", Rishi & Co. deliver quite a one-two-three punch with a flurry. The album really catches fire, (for me,) by track seven's instrumental "Sally Go Round The Sun" to the sheer swirling maelstrom that is "The Sea of Your Mind." "Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin" gives me pause to reconsider Rishi's songwriting contributions to his former band, The High Dials. Witness: Elephant Stone are touring now! March 02 – Hamilton, ON @ Studio at Hamilton Place # March 04 – Belleville, ON @ Empire Theatre # March 13 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theatre # March 14 – Austin, TX @ Cheers Shot Bar (free daytime showcase @ 2:45pm) March 15 – Austin TX @ Swan Dive for Planet Quebec SXSW showcase (1:30pm settime) March 16 – Austin, TX @ Brazos with # SXSW Austin Psych Fest Showcase March 17 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s # March 20 – Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah March 21 – Toronto, ON @ The El Mocambo (upstairs) CMW Showcase April 02 – New York, NY @ Piano’s April 04 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre* April 05 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel* April 06 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat * April 07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer * April 08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall * April 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House * April 11 – Boston, MA @ Royale Boston * April 12 – Montreal, QC @ Le National* April 13 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall* April 15 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick * April 16 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom * April 17 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall* April 19 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre* April 20 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café* April 21 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room* April 22 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada* April 23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory % April 24 – Dallas, TX @ Dada’s % April 25 – Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves w/ Woodsman April 26th to 28th – Austin, TX for Austin Psych Fest* # w/ The Zombies * w/ The Black Angels % w/ Allah Las Get out and say "Hey!" to Rishi Dhir, Gabriel Lambert, Stephen "The Venk" Venkatarangam & Miles Dupire. And thank 'em for an amazing gift this album is..! ********************** You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every Monday from 1 to 3 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.