My lack of time is your gain. No time for an in-depth post today, so we’re going to share a batch of Infantree mp3s we’ve been sitting on. (You may recall us talking about them before.) Not only are they a sweet bunch, but they are pumping out ever more impressive music. Here’s a handful of songs from their new album Would Work.
Infantree – Slaughter House
Infantree – Speak Up
Infantree – Water
If you’re in the Boston area on October 19, you can check Infantree out live at TT’s.
- Conrad Plymouth’s beautiful EP is available on 10″ clear vinyl. Get it.
- Another gorgeous song from Infantree, “Slaughterhouse”, is available for free download.
- Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull will be joined by guest Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten for a series of shows, taking place September 17-19, that will cover songs from Alan Lomax’s Sounds of the South collection. The shows will be recorded for a future live album release.
- If your life has heretofore been incomplete due to a lack of Johnny Cash singing to you about coffee from your phone, be ready to experience nirvana. Folgers has posted a series of free ringtones of their jingle performed by Cash, Aaron Neville and Michael McDonald, among others. I can’t make it all the way through the Michael McDonald one for fear of suffocating from laughter.
- The Wu-Tang Clan are in the middle of the Rock the Bells tour, during which they are performing 36 Chambers in its entirety. Check out the Clan turning out “M.E.T.H.O.D. Man”.
Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:
The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
- Sat, Aug 21| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
The Modern Electric
Good Touch Bad Touch
Tavern | all ages
- Mon, Aug 23| 9 PM
Bon Tusciani feat. Ilza
- Wed, Aug 25| 8 PM
The Kent Stage
- Fri, Aug 20| 8 PM
- Sat, Aug 21| 8 PM
15-60-75 (The Numbers Band)
Let’s close the week with something pretty from Infantree, shall we? Warning: May induce the urge to run barefoot through open fields.
Euphemism from Infantree on Vimeo.
- If you’ll be in the Los Angeles, California, area on September 14th, get your R.S.V.P. to Infantree and be on the guest list for their album release party.
- Due to the Cleveland connection, I feel compelled to note that Filter’s new album is streaming at AOL Music. (I’ll just say that it’s no Short Bus.)
- But on another Ohio-centric tip, the posthumous solo album from Columbus’ Camu Tao (on fabulous Fat Possum Records) is also streaming at AOL Music. (I’m digging it.)
- Robert Wilson, bassist and one of the three brothers who made up the Gap Band, died this past Sunday at the age of 53.
- Saying Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell are working together again is becoming a bit like saying Robert Pollard is putting out a new album. They’ve got a good thing going, though, so check out their new video for “You Won’t Let Me Down Again”. The album, Hawk, is streaming on Campbell’s Facebook page.
I could make supposedly witty remarks about how Infantree is an appropriate name because these guys are twelve years old if they’re a day, but that would belie the maturity of their sound and the confidence of their fully-realized songs. While they’re only a few years out of high school, three of this four-man band from southern California have been playing and writing together since elementary school, and the experience shows in their music.
Their sound encompasses influences from jazz to folk to Spanish classical to rock to blues to… they’re eclectic, let’s put it that way. And they have the skill to translate these influences into whole music instead of the mish-mash such eclecticism could otherwise engender.
Apparently, they also have the skill to make my write like some pretentious magazine reviewer, so why don’t you just listen to them instead. Here’s “Euphemism” from their EP Food for Thought.
Infantree – Euphemism
Their full-length album, Would Work – produced by Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon) – will be out on September 14.