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The Album Leaf interviews 2010

17th Feb 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Here is a new video interview with The Album Leaf frontman Jimmy Lavalle:

(click for 6-part interview)

Click through for my coverage of the Portland (2/5) and Eugene (2/9) shows.

~Dan – np: George HrabInterrobang?!

REVIEW: The Album Leaf @ WOW Hall (Eugene, OR – 2/9/10)

10th Feb 10 (Wed) 2 comments

 FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

So, I just saw The Album Leaf & Sea Wolf show up in Portland on Friday.  Last night’s show wasn’t much different… which means… highly enjoyable.  Since I’m in the midst of “work a ton because I chose the path of becoming a CPA and now is the rough work schedule” month, I’ll keep my comments brief – but include setlists and photos, of course.

The main difference for the Eugene show was the lack of string quartet – but where I was in the crowd for the Portland show, I didn’t get much of the string quartet in my ears anyway.  It was about a half-packed WOW Hall, which was good for a Tuesday.  Sea Wolf was great.  I was more familiar with their songs, and I really started digging them.  Same 45 minute set as Portland.

Sea Wolf’s Setlist:

  • White Water
  • Winter Windows
  • Dew in the Grass
  • Black Leaf Falls
  • Middle Distance Runner
  • The Traitor
  • O’ Maria
  • Turn the Dirt Over
  • Wicked Blood
  • You’re a Wolf

The Album Leaf came on around 10pm. I could definitely hear more strings this time around, even though there was only the primary violinist and not a whole quartet.  Again, that was more due to my location at Portland’s show.  They played the same setlist as Portland.  I was digging the new songs, as I had gotten a few days now to let the album sink in.  I could tell Jimmy was having some problems with his in-ear monitor during a few songs.  Overall, the sound quality wasn’t as good in Eugene as in Portland.  I moved around the venue and it seemed way more bass heavy than is normal for TAL.  All in all, though, a great set…


The Album Leaf’s Setlist:

  • Perro
  • Blank Pages
  • There is a Wind
  • Within Dreams
  • Falling from the Sun
  • Stand Still
  • 2214
  • Outer Banks
  • Shine
  • Until the Last
  • We Are
  • Almost There
  • Wherever I Go
  • Encore: Always For You
  • Red Eye
  • Tied Knots

many more photos below

Definitely check out The Album Leaf’s new album, A Chorus of Storytellers

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Sachi HayasakaMinga

THE ALBUM LEAF and SEA WOLF PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

The Album Leaf Spring 2010 World Tour Dates

  • Feb 3: Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
  • Feb 5: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 6: Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 7: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater(w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 8: Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight Lounge
  • Feb 9: Eugene , OR @ WOW Hall
  • Feb 11: Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place
  • Feb 12: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)
  • Feb 13: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)
  • Feb 25: Lisbon, Portugal @ Lisbon Santiago Alquimista
  • Feb 26: Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick
  • Feb 27: Bilboa, Spain @ 12 & Medio
  • Feb 28: Barcelona, Spain @ Apollo 2
  • Mar 2: Toulouse, France @ Le Phare
  • Mar 3: Milan, Italy @ Circolo Milano
  • Mar 4: Lucerne, Switzerland @ Sudpol Club
  • Mar 5: Dunidgen (Bern), Switzerland @ @ Bad Bonn
  • Mar 6: Sankt Gallen, Switzerland @ Theater Palace
  • Mar 7: Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
  • Mar 9: Vienna, Austria @ Szene
  • Mar 10: Dresden, Germany @ BeatPol
  • Mar 11: Berlin, Germany @ Lido
  • Mar 12: Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
  • Mar 13: Rotterdam, Holland @ Rotown
  • Mar 14: Koln, Germany @ Gebauude 9
  • Mar 16: Antwerp, Belgium @ Club Trix
  • Mar 17: Colmar, France @ Kraken
  • Mar 18: Heidelberg, Germany @ Karlstorbahnhof
  • Mar 19: Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
  • Mar 20: Lille, France @ L’ Aeronef
  • Mar 21: Bristol, UK @ The Thekla
  • Mar 22 Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
  • Mar 23: London, UK @ Bush Hall
  • Apr 2: Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Ax
  • Apr 3: Nagoya, Japan @ Club Quatrro
  • Apr 4: Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro
  • Apr 7: Hong Kong @ Grappa’s Cellar
  • Apr 9: Taipei, Taiwan @ The Wall Live House

And just announced on Feb 3rd (and from Pollstar; so a different format)…

  • Tue 04/20/10 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
  • Wed 04/21/10 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
  • Thu 04/22/10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
  • Fri 04/23/10 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
  • Sat 04/24/10 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center For The Arts
  • Sun 04/25/10 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
  • Tue 04/27/10 – Grand Rapids, MI – Ladies Literary Club
  • Wed 04/28/10 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
  • Thu 04/29/10 – Montreal, QC – Music Hall
  • Fri 04/30/10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
  • Sat 05/01/10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
  • Sun 05/02/10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
  • Tue 05/04/10 – Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
  • Wed 05/05/10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
  • Thu 05/06/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft At Center Stage
  • Fri 05/07/10 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
  • Sat 05/08/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social
  • Mon 05/10/10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
  • Tue 05/11/10 – Austin, TX – The Parish Room
  • Fri 05/14/10 – San Diego, CA – Birch North Park Theatre

 

REVIEW: The Album Leaf @ Doug Fir Lounge (Portland, OR – 2/5/10)

6th Feb 10 (Sat) 7 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

I got into The Album Leaf back in 2004 with In a Safe Place after hearing about the Sigur Rós collaborative songs (and Icelandic former-swimming pool studio).  I’ve been a fan of frontman Jimmy LaValle ever since In a Safe Place, which also spanned into a love of his prior band, Tristeza.  His mold of organically-infused electronic post-rock fits me well.  I missed him on his last time through (Jan 2009); so I vowed not to let it happen again… so this time, I’m hitting both Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

We got to the venue, got our tickets and ran off to grab some unfortunately salty grub (East End Bar must own stock in Morton’s).  After a speedy walk back, we arrived back at the Doug Fir shortly after Sea Wolf started .  They are an indie rock band from Los Angeles, and played a solid 45 minute set…

Sea Wolf’s Setlist:
(as per stage copy)

  • White Water
  • Winter Windows
  • Dew in the Grass
  • Black Leaf Falls
  • Middle Distance Runner
  • The Traitor
  • O’ Maria
  • Turn the Dirt Over
  • Wicked Blood
  • You’re a Wolf

Sea Wolf reminded me a lot of Wilco… maybe it was singer/guitarist Alex Church’s vocals.  They have a roots rock meets singer-songwriter vibe that hearkened to Wilco in my mind.  They busted out a harder rock tune (in comparison to The Album Leaf), but also had nice cello throughout their set.  Great opener… I’m looking forward to Eugene’s show to hear more.

After a short break (and a move to the front), The Album Leaf (aka TAL) came on.  The Portland show featured the Anomie Belle String Quartet (shown at the left), which presumably added nice textures to the already large, six piece band.  Where we were lopcated, we could barely hear them.

With this new album (see below), Jimmy opened up the recording to more than just himself as well.  Previous records were more in the “one man band” realm, with a band assembled for tours.  It was nice to the see the band that hit the studio with him on A Chorus of Storytellers play those same songs live.  The band was Jimmy LaValle, Matt Resovich, Drew Andrews, Gram LeBron, Tim Reece, and Andrew Pates – all on various instruments.

Being the first time seeing TAL, I honestly had no idea what to expect.  We lucked out in the placement department… as Jimmy’s gear was right in front of us.

I was skeptical if the studio lushness would translate to the stage.  Quite frankly, I think the electronic post-rock goodness, complete with drum machine and a regular drummer, worked out fantastically.  They played a lot of material from the new record, which fit in well with earlier songs…

The Album Leaf’s Setlist: about stellar 80 minutes

  • Perro
  • Blank Pages
  • There is a Wind
  • Within Dreams * fave of the night *
  • Falling from the Sun
  • Stand Still * fave of the night *
  • 2214 * fave of the night *
  • Outer Banks * fave of the night *
  • Shine
  • Until the Last
  • We Are
  • Almost There
  • Wherever I Go
  • Encore: Always For You
  • Red Eye * fave of the night *
  • Tied Knots

The band members switched around on instruments.  Jimmy played several different keyboards, including a Moog and a modulator of some sort.  Other members pitched in on keyboards when a violin, trumpet, small vibraphone, bass, or guitar weren’t in their hands.  While I still associate TAL as a primarily instrumental band in my mind, their last few albums have had increasingly more vocals.  I’d estimate a 1/3 to a 1/2 of the songs had vocals last night – covered by Jimmy, but with frequent backing vocals from various band members.  My friend who went along with me commented that the songs seemed fairly similar throughout the show.  Alas, I suppose that’s the rub with TAL, but I dug it fairly well.

many more live photos below

I’ll also be at the Eugene show on Tuesday; so check back for that review next week.  Oh, and definitely check out The Album Leaf’s new album, A Chorus of Storytellers.  I got it at the show, and it is fantastic!

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: The Album LeafA Chorus of Storytellers

THE ALBUM LEAF and SEA WOLF PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

The Album Leaf Spring 2010 World Tour Dates

  • Feb 3: Sacramento, CA @ Harlows
  • Feb 5: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 6: Seattle, WA @ Neumos (w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 7: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater(w/Anomie Belle String Quartet)
  • Feb 8: Bellingham, WA @ Nightlight Lounge
  • Feb 9: Eugene , OR @ WOW Hall
  • Feb 11: Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place
  • Feb 12: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)
  • Feb 13: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater (w/Magik*Magik String Quartet)
  • Feb 25: Lisbon, Portugal @ Lisbon Santiago Alquimista
  • Feb 26: Madrid, Spain @ Moby Dick
  • Feb 27: Bilboa, Spain @ 12 & Medio
  • Feb 28: Barcelona, Spain @ Apollo 2
  • Mar 2: Toulouse, France @ Le Phare
  • Mar 3: Milan, Italy @ Circolo Milano
  • Mar 4: Lucerne, Switzerland @ Sudpol Club
  • Mar 5: Dunidgen (Bern), Switzerland @ @ Bad Bonn
  • Mar 6: Sankt Gallen, Switzerland @ Theater Palace
  • Mar 7: Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
  • Mar 9: Vienna, Austria @ Szene
  • Mar 10: Dresden, Germany @ BeatPol
  • Mar 11: Berlin, Germany @ Lido
  • Mar 12: Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
  • Mar 13: Rotterdam, Holland @ Rotown
  • Mar 14: Koln, Germany @ Gebauude 9
  • Mar 16: Antwerp, Belgium @ Club Trix
  • Mar 17: Colmar, France @ Kraken
  • Mar 18: Heidelberg, Germany @ Karlstorbahnhof
  • Mar 19: Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
  • Mar 20: Lille, France @ L’ Aeronef
  • Mar 21: Bristol, UK @ The Thekla
  • Mar 22 Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
  • Mar 23: London, UK @ Bush Hall
  • Apr 2: Tokyo, Japan @ Shibuya Ax
  • Apr 3: Nagoya, Japan @ Club Quatrro
  • Apr 4: Osaka, Japan @ Club Quattro
  • Apr 7: Hong Kong @ Grappa’s Cellar
  • Apr 9: Taipei, Taiwan @ The Wall Live House

And just announced on Feb 3rd (and from Pollstar; so a different format)…

  • Tue 04/20/10 – Tucson, AZ – Plush
  • Wed 04/21/10 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
  • Thu 04/22/10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
  • Fri 04/23/10 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
  • Sat 04/24/10 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center For The Arts
  • Sun 04/25/10 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
  • Tue 04/27/10 – Grand Rapids, MI – Ladies Literary Club
  • Wed 04/28/10 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
  • Thu 04/29/10 – Montreal, QC – Music Hall
  • Fri 04/30/10 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
  • Sat 05/01/10 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
  • Sun 05/02/10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
  • Tue 05/04/10 – Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel
  • Wed 05/05/10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
  • Thu 05/06/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft At Center Stage
  • Fri 05/07/10 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
  • Sat 05/08/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social
  • Mon 05/10/10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
  • Tue 05/11/10 – Austin, TX – The Parish Room
  • Fri 05/14/10 – San Diego, CA – Birch North Park Theatre

The Album Leaf’s new album…

12th Nov 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

The Album Leaf is done recording and mixing their record in Iceland.  Now back in San Diego, they are getting ready for a winter tour in support of the album, A Chorus of Storytellers, that comes out on February 2nd (2010) on Sub Pop.

They’ll be at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on Feb 5th (per the club’s mailer)!!  I missed their show this past winter (Jan ’09) due to busy season at work.  Same situation this year, but I’m planning on going regardless of it. :) More tour dates will follow when they’re announced…

~Dan – np: Galactic CowboysAt the End of the Day

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