Friday, February 15, 2008

Vetiver's "Covers Album" Gets The Pitchfork Press Note.

Hey, remember that "all-covers LP" Andy Cabic and his Vetiver gang were cooking up way back when? Seems it's well on its way to a listening device of your choosing, complete with title, tracklist, release month, and all those other vital stats your analytical mind craves.

A Thing of the Past is the rather appropriate title Vetiver have given to their tribute to assorted songs of yesteryear. In addition to previously mentioned covers of jams by Hawkwind, Townes Van Zandt, Elyse Weinberg, Biff Rose, and "Spirit in the Sky" guy Norman Greenbaum, the set also includes takes on tunes by Michael Hurley, Ian/Iain Matthews, and Bobby Charles, among others.

Look for this Thing in shops come May (exact date TBA) bearing the Gnomonsong stamp, and listen closely for guest appearances from Vashti Bunyan, members of the Chapin Sisters, and Hurley himself (who sings on Vetiver's "cover" of his own "Blue Driver" and contributes mock trumpet elsewhere).

That Vetiver remix 12" on Gnomonsong is out now, while Cabic continues writing new material for the next, non-cover-centric Vetiver album.

Perhaps you'll hear some of the new stuff as the band hits the road this March and April, where they'll be pulling double duty on founding Jayhawks member Gary Louris' tour. Vetiver will both open and act as the backing band for Mr. Louris, so go easy on 'em, eh?

A Thing of the Past (songwriters in brackets):

01 Houses [Elyse Weinberg]
02 Roll on Babe [Derroll Adams]
03 Sleep a Million Years [Dia Joyce]
04 Hook & Ladder [Norman Greenbaum]
05 To Baby [Biff Rose]
06 Road to Ronderlin [Ian Matthews]
07 Lon Chaney [Garland Jeffreys]
08 Hurry on Sundown [Dave Brock, Hawkwind]
09 Swimming Song [Loudon Wainwright III]
10 Blue Driver [Michael Hurley]
11 Standing [Towns Van Zandt]
12 I Must Be in a Good Place Now [Bobby Charles]

Vetiver, opening for and backing Gary Louris:

03-16 Seattle, WA - Showbox
03-17 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
03-18 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
03-20 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
03-21 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
03-23 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
03-25 Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
03-27 Madison, WI - Barrymore Theater (no Vetiver opening set)
03-28 Chicago, IL - The Vic
03-29 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Small's Theater
03-30 Toronto, Ontario - Mod Club Theatre
04-01 Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater
04-02 New York, NY - Town Hall
04-04 Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle
04-05 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

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