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ANGELS OF LIGHT AND AKRON/FAMILY

pitchfork media | Matt Amis

Akron/Family, Angels of Light to Release Split LP, Tour

Matt Amis reports: For the past year or so, Michael Gira has been the Mr. Miyagi to Akron/Family's Daniel-san. Or Charlie Moore to their Dennis Blunden (remember, "Head of the Class" LOL?!). Under the Great Swan's tutelage, the young New York psych-folkies have grown from just another bunch of weirdo beardos to an acclaimed band in their own right. Akron/Family acted as both the openers on Gira's most recent tour and his backing back on his most recent album, Angels of Light's Sing "Other People". Earlier this year, the group released their self-titled debut LP, which was greeted with much critical huzzah-ing (8.0, bay-bee). But the student hasn't overthrown the teacher just yet. On October 31, Gira's Young God record label will release Akron/Family & Angels of Light, a split LP containing seven new Akron/Family songs and five new songs from Gira with the Fam on backup. Recorded live, mixed and finished in a lickety-split nine days, the album was assembled just one week after Gira and Akron/Family's last U.S. tour. Tracklist: Akron/Family: 01 Awake 02 Moment 03 We All Will 04 Future Myth 05 Dylan Part II 06 Oceanside 07 Raising The Sparks Angels of Light: 08 I Pity The Poor Immigrant 09 The Provider 10 One for Hope 11 Mother/Father 12 Come For My Woman And guess what! Those crazy kids are doing it again. Touring, that is, not recording another split LP. Although that might happen too, who knows. In late August and September, Akron/Family, sans Gira, will haul ass across the Northeast and South with Canadian sadcore enthusiasts Great Lake Swimmers. Then, in October, the protégés will join their guru for a whirlwind tour through Eastern Europe, before Gira drops them off in France, where they will have to fend for themselves against the French version of Johnny Lawrence and his deadly "sweep the leg" move. You're the best, Akron/Family: 08-20 New York, NY - East River Park* 08-24 Montreal, Quebec - Casa Del Popolo # 08-25 Kingston, Ontario - Elixir Nightclub # 08-26 Toronto, Ontario - Horseshoe Tavern #% 08-27 London, Ontario - Call the Office # 08-28 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place # 08-30 Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar # 08-31 Albany, NY - Valentine's # 09-01 New Haven, CT - Rudy's # 09-03 Brooklyn, NY - Northsix #$ 09-04 Baltimore, MD - Talking Head # 09-05 Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks # 09-06 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern # 09-07 Charlottesville, VA - Gravity Lounge # 09-08 Chapel Hill, OH - Local 506 09-09 Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern 09-10 Winston Salem, NC - The Werehouse 09-11 Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light 09-13 Atlanta, GA - The Earl 09-14 Birmingham, AL - The Nick # 09-15 Jackson, MS - WC Don's # 09-16 Houston, TX - Walter's On Washington # 09-17 Austin, TX - Emo's # 09-18 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory # 09-19 Lawrence, KS - Jack Pot Saloon # 09-20 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews # 09-21 Iowa City, IA - Hall Mall # 09-22 Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (The Wire's Adventures in Modern Music fest) 09-23 Madison, WI - Cafe Montmartre # 09-24 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry # 09-25 Milwaukee, WI - Points East # 09-27 Grand Rapids, MI - Division Avenue Arts Co-Op # 09-28 Detroit, MI - Lager House # 10-06 Moscow, Russia - Caviar Lounge & 10-07 Warsaw, Poland - No Mercy & 10-08 Wroclaw, Poland - Firlej & 10-09 Ljubljan, Slovenia - Cankarjev Dom Cultural Centre & 10-10 Budapest, Hungary - Fono & 10-12 Zagreb, Croatia - Mochvara Club & 10-13 Prague, Czech Republic - Akropolis & 10-14 Zurich, Switzerland - Route Fabrik & 10-15 Geneva, Switzerland - L'Usine & 10-16 Turin, Italy - Café Procope & 10-19 Lyon, France - TBA 10-19 Dijon, France - Novosonic Festival 10-21 Brugge, Belgium - Cactus Club 10-22 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotown 10-23 Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko 10-24 Paris, France - TBA 10-26 Dresdan, Germany - Sceune 10-27 Hamburg, Germany - Astrastube 10-29 Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers 10-30 Oslo, Norway - TBA 10-19 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser * with Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice, David Grubbs * with Great Lake Swimmers * with Lullaby Arkestra, Jon-Rae Fletcher * with Castanets * with Acid Mothers Temple, Eats Tapes, Harris Eisenstadt's The Soul Is Gone & with Angels of Light * Pitchfork Review: Akron/Family: Akron/Family * Pitchfork Review: Angels of Light: Sing ‘Other People’ * Akron/Family: http://www.akronfamily.com * Young God Records: http://www.younggodrecords.com
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