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Friday, August 31, 2007

PunkCast posts footage of Peel performing in NYC

Peel on PunkCast

The NYC-based video blog PunkCast recently posted footage from one of Peel's two shows in NYC earlier this summer. Blog currator, amateur punk archivist and NYC indie scene fixture Joly MacFie captured footage of the band performing album track "Bells," new song "Oskaloosa" and 13th Floor Elevators cover "You're Gonna Miss Me" at Piano's in June, and posted them to the taste-making website he's been operating obsessively since 1997.

» Watch Peel on PunkCast

Thursday, August 16, 2007

SPIN posts footage of The Octopus Project performing in Brooklyn

The Octopus Project interviewed by SPIN posted a video feature yesterday covering The Octopus Project's performance at one of the McCarren Park Pool Parties in Brooklyn, NY, last month. The free outdoor concert series has become an annual event at the large, emptied Greenpoint pool, which was closed in 1986 and has recently been reopened for use as a venue to host public events.

The 2007 line-up included such bands as Superchunk, Blonde Redhead, Man Man, Band of Horses and TV on the Radio. The Octopus Project headlined the July 8th event with support from Dan Deacon and Erase Errata. SPIN's feature includes an interview and four live songs. New York Magazine also posted a video feature with a brief interview and clips from the performance.

» The Octopus Project live video in SPIN
» The Octopus Project live video in New York Magazine

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Octopus Project announces album details, massive tour

The Octopus Project - portrait embroidered by Jenny Hart

As reported last month on Pitchfork, Peek-A-Boo Records is proud to release The Octopus Project's third proper full-length, Hello, Avalanche, on October 9th, 2007. Partially tracked to tape, partially to Pro Tools and with some parts taken from home demos, the band has achieved the perfect blend between high-end studio trickery and lo-fi home experimentation on its best outing yet.

With ragged, furious distorted guitars at one end of the spectrum and the pure, luminescent tones of the Theremin at the other, the members of The Octopus Project mine a staggering variety of sounds in between (via synthesizers, drums, violins, glockenspiel, trombones, etc...) to fill these new songs with brilliant contrasting colors and cascading waves of sonic bliss. And as Yvonne Lambert has continued to gain notoriety for her expert Theremin-playing skills, the band has developed its multi-tracked-Theremins concept to its fullest extent, as evidenced on the track "I Saw The Bright Shinies."

The Octopus Project kicks off a massive tour spanning four months this week, on which the band will support Cinemechanica, Stereo Total and Aesop Rock before breaking away for its own headlining tour. If you'd like a preview, New York Magazine has posted video footage of the band performing material from the new record at a special performance in Brooklyn last month, headlining one of the now-annual McCarren Park Pool Parties with support from Dan Deacon and Erase Errata.

Hello, Avalanche track listing:

01. Snow Tip Cap Mountain
02. Truck
03. Bees Bein' Strugglin'
04. An Evening With Rthrtha
05. Black Blizzard/Red Umbrella
06. Upmann
07. Mmaj
08. I Saw The Bright Shinies (MP3)
09. Ghost Moves
10. Vanishing Lessons
11. Exploding Snowhorse
12. Loud Murmuring
13. Queen

» The Octopus Project Tour Dates
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