Friday, January 14th, 2011

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Little Scream breaks silence in big way

Photo By Simoneau GuillaumeSimoneau GuillaumeI first made the acquaintance of Iowa native and Montreal resident Laurel Sprengelmeyer’s stage persona Little Scream almost exactly two years ago, when she opened up for Land Of Talk at The Horseshoe. At the time, she had no web presence whatsoever – not a website, not a Myspace, nothing – but her solo electrified acoustic performance made enough of an impression to stick with me.

Enough so that I made sure to see her again a couple months later during Canadian Musicfest and while she still hadn’t discovered the internet – my previous review seemed to be the authoritative statement about her online – was able to see that while her sound had gotten more electrified thanks to picking up a solidbody guitar, her distinctive approach to folk and rock – but not folk-rock – was still inscrutable and compelling. And I figured that her being relatively local and obviously up for gigging, I’d be getting plenty of opportunity to figure out what she was about.

Or not so much. Though I’m sure she showed up on more Toronto stages over the last couple years, she basically fell off my radar until just recently when she began showing up in concert announcements – a lot of concert announcements. Over the next few months, she’s touring Ontario with Julie Doiron including February 3 at the Horseshoe, returning for Canadian Musicfest at the Opera House on March 11 with Land Of Talk and then traversing the United States with Sharon Van Etten, including her April 12 date at the Drake Underground. Which is to say she’s no longer going to be out of sight, out of mind but rather constantly underfoot.

And the reason is the impending elease of her debut album The Golden Record on Secretly Canadian in the US and Outside Music in Canada, which features production from Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Perry and guitar contributions from The National’s Aaron Dessner, amongst other high-profile contributors. Which is to say Little Scream has made some impressive friends. The record is out on April 12, which makes that Drake show a record release party, and while the first MP3 is a good deal gentler than I’d have expected from those early live shows, the additional samples on her Facebook (she’s certainly got an online presence now) point at a lot more range being captured on the record, to say nothing of the intensity I saw back in 2009. In other words, this is a record that will be worth hearing, start to finish, because if you don’t you’ll likely have missed something crucial.

MP3: Little Scream – “The Heron & The Fox”

Those Who Dig has an interview with Sharon Van Etten who, as mentioned above, will be at The Drake Underground on April 12.

Nicole Atkins discusses her new record Mondo Amore with Knox Road. The album is out February 8 and she plays The Horseshoe on February 26.

Spinner and The Montreal Mirror talk to Lisa Milberg of The Concretes; they’re at The Horseshoe on Monday night, January 17.

Pitchfork and Clash talk to PJ Harvey about her new record Let England Shake, due out February 15.

The Ottawa Citizen profiles Two Door Cinema Club, in town at the Kool Haus tomorrow night, while The State is streaming a documentary feature on the band. And the band’s new video ably demonstrates the perks of being a young man in a rock band… which is to say dancing girls.

Video: Two Door Cinema Club – “What You Know”

It would have been nice if British Sea Power could have announced their North American tour in support of Valhalla Dancehall a couple days earlier so I could have included it with my review of said record, but that’s not so important – what is is that the British are coming and they’ll be at Lee’s Palace on March 24. Incendiary has an interview with Martin Noble while The Guardian has a live session video of the band performing “Who’s In Control?”.

MP3: British Sea Power – “Who’s In Control?”

Patrick Wolf talks to NME about the cleanliness of his in-progress new record, which despite what they say is unlikely to be called The Conqueror but will likely to be out in May.

The Fly checks in with Glasvegas and Elbow amongst others about their 2011 album plans. The former’s build a rocket boys! will be out March 8 while NME reports the latter’s Euphoric Heartbreak will be out April 4.

Condolences to the friends, fans and family of Broadcast’s Trish Keenan, who has passed away from pneumonia. The statement from Warp Records.

By : Frank Yang at 8:33 am
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  2. Greg says:

    RIP Trish – You will be missed dearly. Broadcast are one of the greats!!

  3. Steve says:

    Hey Frank,

    Do you know what day The National at Austin City Limits is airing?

  4. Frank Yang says:

    it should be on tomorrow – Jan 15 – but once upon a time, at least, local PBS stations could run it anytime during the week… if you know your station’s call letters (Buffalo is WNED) then check their specific listings.

  5. Steve says:

    I just checked my guide (I’m in Toronto) and it says Monsters of Folk tomorrow night. Strange indeed. says the same thing for WNED.

  6. Frank Yang says:

    I’m thinking back to the last time I tried to catch ACL off WNED and it was a week later than the schedule implied. like they run at the tail end of a broadcast week instead of the start. I dunno… PVR both of em