Fresh off the presses: 2 new Elephant Micah releases and tour dates galore!

On 25 February, 2010 by slowcoustic
Top photo (marquee) by Robert Loerzel (Underground Bee.com)

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So you know I am a fan of Joe O’Connell’s musical prowess that he flexes with his Elephant Micah persona.  It is just so good.  When he slows it down, his vocals simply kiss the landscape of his open prairie folk fusion sound.  He brings some of the most melodic tracks with solid lyrics (he also writes poems and in his “spare” time) and at times a bit of lo-fi fuzz for good measure.

The first release (pictured above) is “Echoer’s Intent” and is described as:

“…minimal, mostly live recordings…fully foreground Elephant Micah as a writing and solo performance project.”

I have ordered this limited CDR already but have only heard the first track called “Loon Call” and it is truly a masterpiece from EM and going into my favourite songs he has recorded.  Completely acoustic, this track has some of the most straight forward singer songwriter guitar work and brings O’Connell to the forefront where he belongs.

“Loon Call” – Elephant Micah (HIGHLY recommended)

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The second release is “Elephant Micah Plays the Songs of Bible Birds” which is apparently been in the works for about 3-4 years now and can be considered the pre-cursor to his “And The Hindu Windmills” album.  It is for country folk and on the lo-fi side by the sounds of the first sample “Loop and Lil”.  If you visit the purchase link below there is a great little story on how this album was supposed to be a faux cover folk album from a non-existent band….a concept that would have been fantastic!  He had some help from Beth Remis (of Pillars and Tongues who I actually saw open for Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and totally were a highlight) to arrange and sing alongside of.  Can’t wait to hear the rest of this…I hope you all are too.

“Loop and Lil” – Elephant Micah

Visit Elephant Micah on his website HERE and order both the above from Time-Lag Records HERE.

TOUR DATES

FEBRUARY

26 Los Angeles, CA at the Music Castle

27 Los Angeles, CA at Echo Curio w/ Powerdove [Early Show]

28 Los Angeles, CA at Pehrspace w/ Ben and Bruno

MARCH

2 Santa Barbara, CA at the Biko Co-op

3 Santa Cruz, CA at Crepe Place

4 San Francisco, CA at TBA

5 Davis, CA at Nadav’s House

7 Chico, CA at Café Flo

8 San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill w/ Delta Spirit

10 Eugene, OR at Sam Bond’s Garage w/ Old Lights

11 Portland, OR at Kristen’s and Adam’s House

12 Olympia, WA at the Cherry Loft w/ Lougow

13 Port Townsend, WA at the Boiler Room w/ Lougow

14 Vancouver, BC at the Shed w/ Lougow

15 Seattle, WA at Bluebird Ice Cream w/ Lougow

16 Bellingham, WA at TBA w/ Lougow

II. ELECTRIC PERSEVERANCE REVIEW

All shows with Time & Temperature

26 Louisville, KY at the Lounge w/ Joe Manning

27 Nashville, TN at Betty’s w/ Kelli Hix

28 Memphis, TN at the Buccaneer w/ the Warble

29 Oxford, MS at TBA

APRIL

1 New Orleans, LA at Sidearm Gallery w/ Hurray for the Riff Raff

3 Athens, GA at TBA

4 Chattanooga, TN at JJ’s

6 Somewhere, TN at Ida

7 Asheville, NC at Harvest Records

8 Knoxville, TN at the Pilot Light

9 Lexington, KY at the Hive

III. ROUGH ROUTING

All shows with Mark Trecka except where noted (*)

13 Grinnell, IA at Grinnell College

15 North Manchester, IN at the Firehouse

16 Buffalo, NY at Sugar City

17 Rochester, NY at Casa Del Awesome

18 Montague, MA at the Book Mill w/ Oweihops

19 Portland, ME at TBA

21 Boston, MA at TBA

22 New Paltz, NY at the Inn

23 Purchase, NY at SUNY Purchase

24 New York, NY at TBA

26 New York, NY at Bruar Falls w/ P.G. Six*

28 Philadelphia, PA at Robin’s w/ Strand of Oaks

29 Baltimore, MD at 2640 Space w/ Small Sur

30 Columbus, OH at TBA w/ Time & Temperature, Deadsea

MAY

1 Chicago, IL at TBA

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~Smansmith

p.s.  Bonus track for reading this far down after the tour dates,  “The Ecstasy (Insomnia Plus One)” – one of my ALL TIME favourite songs – totally lo-fi, a bit fuzzed out and completely stunning.

6 Responses to “Fresh off the presses: 2 new Elephant Micah releases and tour dates galore!”

  • oh thank you for these!!! I can’t wait to find out where the TBA NYC show is! He is one of my favorites.

  • “The Ecstasy (Insomnia Plus One)” really is amazing too… he reminds me a just a lil bit of Molina there.

  • slowcoustic

    @Kristen – I am unfortunately no where near any of the dates listed…

    I think the discs arrive at Time Lapse this week – better get my PayPal account warmed up again!!!

  • RavingLunatic

    How AWESOME is this news?! Definitely my #1 and #2 most anticipated albums of the year. I think I’ll even be able to catch one of his shows in April.

  • williamtii

    loop and lil were parakeets

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