New friend of the blog Robert Johnson, (ScenicNYC and Scenic Presents.) is bringing Kurt Wagner of “Nashville’s most fucked-up country band” Lambchop to Warsaw in Brooklyn 261 Driggs Ave on Sunday June 16th as part of the 2013 Northside Festival. Get Tickets Here
The band’s eleventh studio album Mr. M released early in 2012 is dedicated to late friend and musical collaborator Vic Chestnutt, who passed away on Christmas Day 2009. Wagner explained of Mr. M’s genesis…
“As I worked, I was approached by Mark Nevers [former full time band member & producer for the likes of Andrew Bird and Will Oldham] with the idea of making another Lambchop record. He had a concept of a sound and a method that worked with the tone of my writing. His idea was a kind of ‘psycha-Sinatra’ sound, one that involved the arranging of strings and other sounds in a more open and yet complex way.
“It was a studio creation, not a type of recording based on band performance, and this was a radical approach for us. I felt Lambchop had one more good record in us, and this time I was going to do things as directly and true to my desires as possible.”
It’s been nearly two decades since Lambchop released its first album, at the time pronouncing itself “Nashville’s most fucked-up country band.” Provocative it may have been, but the description made sense: at the heart of all that ruckus was a band at once defying and embracing the musical legacy of its hometown. Since then, Lambchop has evolved into an accomplished ensemble, adding palpable depth and substance to singer-songwriter-guitarist Kurt Wagner’s songs—and the band sounds as commanding as ever on its 11th album, Mr. M, a collection of meditations on love and loss and the detritus of everyday existence.
As on past Lambchop records, many of the songs on Mr. M are framed with lush strings, and there’s a restrained undercurrent of distortion and discord. The core of the music remains the cyclical picking of Wagner’s guitar and the soft, warm croaking of his voice. The songs are spacious, even dreamy, as on the Countrypolitan instrumental “Gar,” while the lyrics and titles are rich with allusions, some of them obvious, others seemingly unknowable.
For the fifth year in a row, Northside Music (June 13-16) is bringing 350 bands in a span of four dizzying days to nearly every music venue across Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Click here for the first look at our 2013 bands including Ava Luna, Black Flag (feat. Greg Ginn and Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes), Iceage, Kylesa, Lambchop, Mac DeMarco, Merchandise, The Men, Milk Music, Nü Sensae, Sonny & the Sunsets, Swans, The Toasters, Twin Sister, White Fence and another 300 are on the way.
The Northside Festival Needs Volunteers!
You can score a Northside Music badge (valued at a cool $80) for literally no money at all. All that we ask is that you join the Northside Fest team as a volunteer. To sign up to be a Northside volunteer, click here.