Friday, May 13, 2011
[Saddle Creek newsletter] Departing, The Rural Alberta Advantage's follow-up to Hometowns, is out now. Pick up a copy in the online store, where you can also check out two free tracks. The record is available alone or in a package including a shirt, poster, buttons, and stickers. A great set of limited edition screen-printed posters is also available.
The band has been releasing several videos of stripped down performances beautifully shot by the folks at Southern Souls. Check out "North Star" at Crawdaddy, "Barnes' Yard" at Now Toronto, "Under The Knife" at Paste Magazine,
and "Tornado 87" at Spinner.
There's still one more Southern Souls video to go, so keep your eyes peeled. You can also see part of the band's SXSW performance at the Baeble Music showcase HERE, a VBS.tv episode of Practice Space featuring the RAA HERE, and a video interview with Rainn Wilson's website where they answer some pretty huge questions HERE.
Touring for Departing continues next week in London. Check out the remaining dates below and hit up a show near you!
What people are saying about Departing:
"The Rural Alberta Advantage nails it... the lyrics are at once clever, original, gorgeous and sweet." – CMJ
"Glorious... What sophomore slump?" – Under The Radar
"If the members of early Wilco and the Arcade Fire got married, Departing would be the natural by-product… An album that remarkably stuns, even though its world view is largely seen from a car stuck in the middle of snow bank on the side of the road." – Pop Matters
"Start mentally preparing yourself for the inevitable full-venue singalong." - Pitchfork
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Spring 2011:
Tue-May-17, London, UK, Bush Hall
Wed-May-18, Bristol, UK, Cooler
Thu-May-19, Oxford, UK, Jericho
Fri-May-20, Liverpool, UK, Sound City Festival
Sat-May-21, Glasgow, UK, Stag & Dagger Festival
Mon-May-23, Manchester, UK, Deaf Institute
Tue-May-24, Nottingham, UK, Bodega
Thu-May-26, Amsterdam, NL, Paradiso
Fri-May-27, Diksmuide, BE, 4AD
Sat-May-28, Munster, DE, Gleiss 22
Sun-May-29, Berlin, DE, Privat Club
Mon-May-30, Hamburg, DE, Molotow
Tue-May-31, Cologne, DE, Blue Shell
Wed-Jun-01, Paris, FR, La Fleche d'Or
Posted by Dan Goldin at 5:05 PM