Monday, April 6, 2009

Lewis & Clarke


Honestly, aside from them contributing to our best of list last year, we had sort of forgotten about Lou Rogal & Co... Lewis & Clarke. Yes, the puns and funny jokes can easily be made about oh, well, everything having to do with traversing prairies. BUT, their great 2006 record Bare Bones and Branches featured a shambling Americana filled with nostalgic melodies and soft folk-tinged vocals, and should not have been forgotten about. For their upcoming tour with Bat for Lashes, Lewis & Clarke are releasing a new limited edition vinyl EP entitled Light Time, which includes a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel #2", one of (my) all-time favorite songs. The mp3 above is quite fitting for what seems to be a gray day across the East Coast, but no matter your mood, there is no denying its pervasive loveliness. It reminds us a bit of those excellent Yo La Tengo tracks culled from the Old Joy soundtrack: delicate and melodic, yet undeniably melancholy. See their tour dates and EP cover art, where? After the jump - of course.


4-18 09 - Stroudsburg, PA - Main Street Juke Box w/ Strand of Oaks
4-25-09 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club w/ Bat For Lashes
4-27-09 - Boston, MA - Paradise w/ Bat For Lashes
4-28-09 - Kittery ME - BUOY
4-30-09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom w/ Bat For Lashes
5-01-09 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church w/ Bat For Lashes
5-02-09 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Music Hall w/ Bat For Lashes

Lewis & Clarke
Light Time 12" EP
pressing of 500 on colored vinyl
(La Société Expéditionnaire)
Street date: May 12, 2009

1. Petrified Forest
2. Light Time
3. Dead and Gone
4. Chelsea Hotel # 2 (Leonard Cohen)

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