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Dan Deacon’s new record dropped on Tuesday

Electronic musician Dan Deacon will be touring in support of his new record, Bromst, and on this magical mystery tour he'll be appearing at The Canopy on May 6. Unlike his show at The Canopy last year in which he twiddled knobs by his sweaty lonesome self, this time around he'll be backed by a 14-piece band. No kidding. Expect lots of mallets and keys and percussion. Hopefully he and the sound guy will be able to get on the same page this time around.

Here's a cut titled "Get Older" from Bromst, which is in line with his last record, Spiderman of the Rings.


Cameron McGill plays the Monkey

Thursday night, Chicago songwriter and Parasol recording artist Cameron McGill plays the Cowboy Monkey with his backing band, And What Army. McGill's new album, Warm Songs for Cold Shoulders, drops on April 28. Here are a couple songs from it, starting with "Low Ways" followed by "Lose Americans."


Ryan Groff opens at 9:30 p.m., followed by Eric Wilson and the Empty Hearts (from Nashville). The show is $7 and should wrap up around 12:30 a.m. (that's early for you working folks).


It would be awesome if ...

It would be awesome if WPGU would replace the version of Elvis Costello's "(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace Love and Understanding" that's on its computer with one that didn't skip. I've been listening to WPGU's version that skips (one time) for the past three or so years, and I've heard it a lot over that time frame because for whatever reason it's the one song from Costello's back catalog that gets sprinkled into their regular rotation with frequency. It ticks me off, in part because it's too good of a song to allow for a skip, and in part because they should probably have five or six other Costello songs sprinkled into their rotation, too. (In case you're wondering, I'd go with "Watching the Detectives," "Less Than Zero," "This Year's Girl," "Lip Service," "Oliver's Army," and "The Imposter.")

Or, better yet, they could add a Nick Lowe rendition of the song instead. (Listen, below.) He wrote it, after all.


Catching up with Headlights

Tristan Wraight took time out from his busy schedule to share some news on Headlights. The group is busy finishing up its new album (to be released on Polyvinyl) and preparing to go on a mini-tour prior to a full national tour in April. They'll be joined by The Love Language for the big tour.

Headlights bassist/guitarist John Owen, who got married just after Christmas and has been living in San Francisco for a few months, recently left the band. On John's departure, Tristan says: "It just didn't work out — no hard feelings at all. It's tricky to be in a touring band and live in California when the band lives in Illinois. I hope he and Seth Hubbard from Polyvinyl, who also lives in San Fran, will start a band. We don't really need a fifth person. It was just fun to have another body up there, more energy. So we don't have any plans to replace him right now. Romantically, I suppose that we would all like someone to go between keys, guitar, and percussion on tours. A girl would be best for vocal stuff. But we're pretty busy and there isn't a lot of time to search out a new member."

Headlights recently released a cover of XTC's "Making Plans for Nigel," from the group's 1979 album Drums and Wires, which Headlights recorded for the site Buffet Libre DJs. Here's the original back with their cover. Tour dates follow.


Mar 11 2009 8:00P
Stonefly Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 12 2009 8:00P
Empty Bottle w/Maserati, Oceans, Pomegranates Chicago, Illinois
Mar 13 2009 8:00P
Southgate House w/ pomegranates Cincinnatti, Ohio
Mar 14 2009 8:00P
Canopy Club w/ pomegranates, worlds first flying machine Urbana, Illinois
Mar 15 2009 8:00P
Bluebird w/ pomegranates, gentleman auction house St. Louis, Missouri
Mar 16 2009 8:00P
Mojo’s w/pomegranates, gentleman auction house Columbia, Missouri
Mar 17 2009 8:00P
Lola’s w/ cotton jones, telekinesis, cut off your hands Ft. Worth, Texas
Mar 18 2009 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2009 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 8:00P
SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
Valley of the Vapors w/ kaisercartel, pomegranates, foundry filed recordings Hot Springs, Arkansas

Ohtis shares a song

Here's a song from our album If This Country Had a Heart, That's Where I Was Born, which was reviewed on Smile Politely. We'll be playing on WEFT 90.1 FM on Monday, March 9, and then at the Canopy Club on March 12. Thanks to Mike Ingram, Seth Fein, the guys in Yoss Arian, and Brian McGovern for helping us break into the Champaign-Urbana scene. We hope to start playing more shows in C-U, so if you're reading this and you happen to set up shows, get in touch if you're interested!

Ohtis, "Downtown Your Heart"