Dean Wareham – Tickets – Cat’s Cradle – Back Room – Carrboro, NC – April 3rd, 2014

Dean Wareham

Dean Wareham

Boogarins, Fan Modine

Thu, April 3, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cat's Cradle - Back Room

Carrboro, NC


Dean Wareham
Dean Wareham
Dean Wareham is on tour with a 4-piece band (including Britta Phillips) playing songs from his new album and others from the Galaxie 500 and Luna catalog.

On March 11 Dean Wareham releases his first ever solo album via Double Feature (in the USA) and Sonic Cathedral (in Europe). Titled Dean Wareham, it features 9 songs produced by Jim James (My Morning Jacket), recorded at James' house in Louisville, Kentucky. James also contributes keyboards, electric guitars and backing vocals.

Wareham is counted as one of the original voices of American indie rock, his band Galaxie 500 emerging from Boston in 1988 and making three celebrated albums for Rough Trade (recently reissued on Domino Records). "Galaxie 500 were the ultimate cult group," wrote Bookforum, "a band who set the stage for the indie scene of the 21st Century." His next band Luna recorded seven albums for Elektra and Beggar's Banquet (including Penthouse, on Rolling Stone's list of best albums of the 90s), followed by three albums as Dean & Britta (with Britta Phillips). In 2013 he released a 6-song EP, Emancipated Hearts. His songs have been covered by Beck, Ryan Adams, and Joanna Gruesome.

Wareham is also a writer, he contributes to Salon and the Talkhouse, and his memoir Black Postcards is now a Penguin paperback. He recently appeared acting in the Noah Baumbach film Frances Ha. Born in New Zealand, and having spent most of his life in New York City, he currently lives in Los Angeles.

Praise for Wareham's 2013 EP, Emancipated Hearts:

Rolling Stone: 3.5 stars, "one of the great New York guitar sophisticates"

Pitchfork: it's stunning how much life (and death) Wareham spreads over these tracks, and makes these tiny whispers of songs feel like the biggest secret anyone's ever told you.

NME: 8 out of 10, "just six tracks, yet more complete than most full albums we've heard this year."
Fernando Almeida and Benke Ferraz met in high school in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia, far from the thriving cultural metropolises of São Paulo and Rio, yet nevertheless in the shadow of the icons of their homeland's great musical heritage -- not bossa nova and samba, however, but psychedelic pop. Still in their late teens, the music they make together, recorded on borrowed gear and with self-taught technology in their parents' basements, shares the spirit and soul of Tropicalismo, but it has also blossomed in the light of the current international DIY underground. Almeida is the poet and singer, Ferraz is the multi-instrumentalist and gear-head, and together, as Boogarins, they write songs that reach beyond their years and any restrictions of geography or genre: timeless pop untethered from categorizations.

The songs that are collected on As Plantas Que Curam (translated: Plants That Heal) were recorded mostly as a duo, before they ever considered playing live, before they found a rhythm section or even a name -- the Bogarim the band was named for is a jasmine flower the ancients say "smells like pure love" -- and the album speaks with an intimacy and off-kilter fragility that reflects those humble origins. Yet from the exotic psychedelia of "Erre," in which Ferraz's fuzz guitar spirals around Almeida's yearning melodies, to the jangling melancholy of "Doce," there is a sophistication and depth in the songwriting and playing here that shows a rare talent, each track filled with beauty and freewheeling emotion. A snapshot of Boogarins' youthful ambition and dreams, As Plantas Que Curam is a love letter from the green fields of Goiânia to all of us.

As Plantas Que Curam will be released Oct. 1, 2013 on on vinyl, CD, and mp3 by Other Music Recording Co. and on cassette through Burger Records.
Fan Modine
Fan Modine
When Magnet hails your first release as the work of “an elliptical and underrated genius,” the bar is set high. However, with each release following Slow Road To Tiny Empire (Rykodisc), Gordon Zacharias, along with an ever-changing cast of East Coast heavyweights he refers to as “Fan Modine,” has delivered on that initial promise.

2004’s Homeland melds classic pop with an outsider artist’s sensibility. Following the bursting of the dot-com bubble, Homeland was written while Zacharias was living in a record store in Downtown Manhattan on a cot above the vinyl aisle and working as a professional dog walker for a host of Page 6 notables. The album went on to score high marks in the press, including an 8.0 in Pitchfork. After relocating to Carrboro, NC, Zacharias formed a solid lineup to promote the album’s release with Ash Bowie of Polvo, Jeremy Chatelain of Jets to Brazil, Lee Waters from Dean & Britta, and Chuck Johnson from Shark Quest.

This same lineup laid the groundwork for 2011’s Gratitude For The Shipper; an ambitious collection that retains the magic of the previous releases, with its lush orchestration and rich production courtesy of years of sporadic basement overdubs. Zacharias completed the record with help from indie pioneers Chris Stamey and Mitch Easter. The extravagance all nods to chamber pop heroes Procol Harum, The Left Banke and XTC, yet breaks new ground. Gratitude feels like a song cycle, but without pretension; a concept record that allows you to choose your own adventure. The album was toured heavily with featured slots at NYC Popfest and the Chickfactor festival.

Considering previous Fan Modine releases have come along once every six years, the fact that a new album will be hitting the streets in under three implies that Zacharias may be in the midst of his most fertile creative period to date. With a new band consisting of Alex Maiolo (libraness), Tony Stiglitz (lakes&woods), and James DeDakis (Wages), the record was recorded with Mitch Easter at Fidelitorium, and mixed by celebrated Boston recordist and Tape-Op contributor Pete Weiss at his Verdant studio in Vermont. Featuring vocal and guitar contributions by Joah Tunnel (Lost in the Trees) and Stevie Jackson (Belle and Sebastian), Cause Célèbre crashes down the gate of social divides and existential yearning -- with a nod to glam and psychedelia.

Due in March 2014 on Lost Colony Music, Cause Célèbre sets a new standard for Fan Modine, both thematically and in its concise execution.
Venue Information:
Cat's Cradle - Back Room
300 East Main St.
Carrboro, NC, 27510