Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ticket Giveaway - Dirty Projectors - 7.11.12 - Mr Smalls - Show Preview - Concert Preview

The Dirty Projectors will be making a stop at Mr Smalls next Wednesday, 7.11. They are touring behind their sixth album entitled Swing Lo Magellan. The first LP in three years will be released the day before the show on Tuesday, 7.10. Lead man David Longstreth is the primary songwriter. He takes a bit of a departure from Bitte Orca featuring a collection of songs, distinctive in their own way. The album contains more polished choruses that explode from songs such as 'Offspring Are Blank' and 'Unto Caesar'.  We are happy to be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. As usual, just email us your name at pghmusicreport@gmail.com. Special thanks goes out to the fine people at Opus One Productions.

From their press:

The songs of Swing Lo Magellan are culled from a sprawling twelve months of constant writing and recording in a weird house in Delaware County, New York (four hours northwest of the city). Longstreth, who produced and mixed, wrote seventy new songs and beats. The band—Amber Coffman (vocals & guitar), Nat Baldwin (bass), Brian McOmber (drums) & Haley Dekle (vocals) – often joined him, rehearsing the new music more or less constantly in the house’s A-frame attic. (Vocalist Angel Deradoorian is on hiatus). The twelve songs of Swing Lo Magellan were winnowed down from about forty finished demos. The finished recordings bear the impress of this informal working style: the album is a collection of moments: accidental, fortuitous, spontaneous. The performances feel warm and imperfect. Unguarded intimacy is somewhat of a new look for this band, and it turns out it’s a very good look.

The sound of this album is totally unique—with an aesthetic that explodes in two directions at once. The grain of the voices and live-in-the-room quality of the amps contrast the rich orchestral layering of Longstreth’s arrangements for contemporary ensemble yMusic, the warmth of the bass and the sheen and blast of the beat programming. Swing Lo Magellan is an album that comes from the hearts of one of the most fearlessly cerebral bands of the last ten years. The album has both the handmade intimacy of a love letter and the widescreen grandeur of a blockbuster, and if that sounds like a paradox—it’s because it was until now.

Show begins at 8p with doors at 7p. Tickets are $20 and can be found here

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