August 10, 2010

Buke & Gass Receive Press, Set Release Date, Tour in September


The latest member of the Brassland family has been out and about, playing shows, conducting interviews, and receiving press. We thought we'd compile some of the media attention for your convenience, starting with this interview at Village Voice, which provided the lowdown on "Medulla Oblongata" (it's about "the trials of miscommunication"), Aron's early instrument designs (thumb pianos, talking drums), and where to find a good lunch in Brooklyn (Calexico in Columbia Heights). TimeOut NY's piece on the band cross-referenced their sound with Dirty Projectors, Deerhoof, and Marnie Stern, which we consider good company. The New York Times also gave B&G a short-but-sweet mention in their review of the Bang on a Can Marathon. Their appraisal of Aron and Arone's contribution to the show? That "Buke and Gass, a quirky indie-rock duo...[merged] homespun tools and technological savvy." Right on.

In addition to the attention from the powers-that-be in the New York press core, the band have received love from our neighbors to the North (and we're not talking about Connecticut). Toronto's NOW Magazine wrote a small piece about the band, who spoke of the economic and musical benefits of being a two-piece. Eye Weekly, also based in Toronto, published an interview with a question about the band's involvement with our flagship group and how B&G arrived at Brassland. If you were ever curious just how incestuous Brooklyn music circles are, this interview provides much needed clues. In addition to talking with reporters, Buke & Gass played the ALL CAPS! Island Festival while up in Canada. Pictures were tweeted, giving you at home a glimpse of how the duo make their noise with instruments that, as we learned from NOW, can be packed in a single sedan. (Special thanks to Dorice Tepley and lifeatblandings for their tweets. For a round-up of the internets latest Twits on B&G, click here.)

All this good chit-chat comes in anticipation of the band's first Brassland release, Riposte, which will arrive in stores on September 14th. (You can view the cover up and to the left.) If interesed - and you should be - you can place your pre-orders at The Brassland Store. Remember, there's free shipping on all US orders, so this time draw water straight from the source and get the CD delivered to your doorstep.

To celebrate the release, Buke & Gass will tour America (and Canada!) with Efterklang throughout September, beginning on the 7th in Montreal. The tour cuts across the central US and along the West Coast before ending up October 2nd at a performance for POP Montreal. O Canada!

On an interesting sidenote, B&G's tourmates Efterklang's most recent record shares a cover designer with Clogs' The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton. (The designer is Danish firm Hvass and Hannibal.) It seems the incestuous circles extend beyond Brooklyn. Anyway, click over to our shows page for dates, venues, and links.

That does it for now.

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