Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tonight At Casbah: Don't miss Noah & The Whale

Noah & The Whale was one of my favorite surprises at Coachella this year, and they're playing a very limited U.S. tour. They played L.A. last night and will be at Casbah tonight. Their new record, The First Days of Spring, dropped on October 6th, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites of the year.

The First Days Of Spring - Noah And The Whale

Here's their press:

Noah and the Whale’s new album The First Days of Spring (Cherrytree/Interscope) is a staggering multi-media experience that has earned the band gushing reviews and sold out shows in Europe. The Guardian (U.K.) raved about the album’s vivid imagery, saying, "It is also a masterpiece. That, at least, is crystal clear." NME called it a work of "Spiritualized-tinged grandiose beauty." The Observer (U.K.) warned, "Sufjan Stevens had better watch his back… Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch has been served notice… this is a beautiful album."

There's an accompanying feature length film, and unfortunately there is no planned San Diego screening, but you can see the trailer here.

The First Days of Spring Official Trailer from charlie fink on Vimeo.

Tickets for tonight's show are $10 adv/$12 at the door. For more info on the band, click 'keep on reading'.

And in the unlikely event that the songs' lyrical tales aren't vivid enough, Fink has directed a feature-length film on a shoestring budget as a companion piece and is hosting intimate screenings as part of the band's U.S. tour, including a newly announced date at Piano's in New York on Nov. 1, the night before the band plays three consecutive evenings; residency at Mercury Lounge.

The First Days of Spring is the fruit of a labor Fink began in 2008, an album that was also a film, and as he sees it, vice versa. The album was recorded in London and New York with producer Emery Dobyns (Patti Smith, Antony & The Johnsons). The film was shot on location in London and Surrey with an ensemble cast including model Daisy Lowe.

Oct. 20 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
Oct. 21 San Diego, CA Casbah
Oct. 22 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall
Oct. 24 Seattle, WA Crocodile Café
Oct. 25 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge (early show and BBQ)
Oct. 28 Madison, WI Majestic Live
Oct. 29 Chicago, IL Lake Shore Theatre
Oct. 30 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room
Oct. 31 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Nov. 2 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Nov. 3 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Nov. 4 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

Oct. 6 Los Angeles, CA Cinespace
Oct. 6 Dallas, TX Good Records
Oct. 8 Minneapolis, MN Bryant Lake Bow
Oct. 8 San Francisco, CA Popscene
Oct. 9 Seattle, WA Comet Tavern
Oct. 19 Los Angeles, CA Space 15 Twenty (Q&A with Charlie)
Oct. 20 New York, NY Angels & Kings
Nov. 1 New York, NY Pianos (Q&A with Charlie)


Unknown said...

Hey nice to meet you tonight at the Noah and the Whale show. If you ever need a +1 to a show let me know! I need a partner and crime to go see shows.

NATW's set was AMAZING. Very impressed.

- Tom

Rosemary Bystrak said...

It was nice meeting you, too. Sorry I had to cut out...time flew by talking to you and then N&TW was on. I hope to see you again. Shoot me an e-mail. ALWAYS looking for a +1.