The lovely San Francisco trio better known as Tartufi are about to embark on a series of US tour dates as of this Saturday to bring their unique blend of blissful loops and pop-rock tendencies to the west coast.
Fresh out of the studio where they have just laid down the material for their next album, (due out early next year folks- mark it well in your 2013 diaries), what better way is there to celebrate than to come and share the joy and potentially some great new tracks with you?
For those of you lucky enough to be around the west coast, be sure to catch them on one of the following dates:
Our old compadre William Whitmore is on the road again. A new batch of tour dates just added to Mister Whitmore’s site seem to suggest some form of musical pilgrimage is afoot. With just shy of 30 dates between now and November he’ll be roaming from the East to the West coast as well as a fair few places in between. The latter half of the tour will see support coming from the Oklahoma songstress, Samantha Crain, rounding up with an appearance at the Harvest Music Festival in November.
For those of you lamenting this huge US tour and lack of European dates, William will be coming over to the UK to play at the End of the Road festival at the end of August – so we suggest you get yourselves along to that!
Our dear, dear, dear, wonderful, slightly crazy, crazily talented duo, otherwise known as Tartufi, have rolled their sleeves up and are putting America over their knees and giving it a spanking. But you know, it hurts them as much as it’s gonna hurt America, and they are only doing it out of love.
Lynne-n-Brian have booked themselves one massive tour of the US of A and they are saddling up their van and waving goodbye to San Francisco and hello to the open road tomorrow. And as if that’s not enough, they also have a new video for the song “Church Of Hanging Leaders”, off their stupendous album Nests Of Wave And Wire, to boot!
Wow! That was nuts, huh? I definitely want some of the drugs coffee that the director of that video was consuming! (Who btw is Emile Rosewater who is lovely.)
But THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS!!! Oh no! Not only do you get a tour and a new video, but you get a set of steak knives as well! Okay, that’s a lie, but you do get a BRAND spankin’ NEW record from Tartufi, yes you do. Entitled The Goodwill Of The Scar, this record is super special. Available on a limited pressing of 500 copies on vinyl or by download only – it’s a 30 minute journey of wonderment courtesy of Tartufi. Recorded once again with everyone’s favourite studio guy, Sir Tim Green (of The Fucking Champs, and back in the day Nation Of Ulysses), this record will only be available direct from the band on tour. Oh, and from our web shop for those of you unlucky enough to not be able to make it to show. Which surely must mean you’re dead and don’t need a record anyway. If you’re not into vinyl (please stop reading our blog now and go away quietly) then you can buy The Goodwill Of The Scar on download, also from our web shop.
Okay so that’s tour, video, steak knives, and new record. Tick, tick, tick those boxes. NO WAIT! There’s more. Yes there is also a brand new web site. It’s a true thing of beauty, it is. It’s enough to bring a proud record label to tears. My favourite bit is the lyrics. You know, I always thought Lynne was just making up a bunch of nonsense – in a kind of that-mad-bird-from-Cocteau-Twins kinda way. But no! It turns out there are actually WORDS and she’s got some poetry going on there. Check out this passage from the new record:
Those who flee from the fire
The birds in the trees will go hungry they’ll freeze by this pyre
The churches are closed from steeple to spire
So much to be gathered from this west facing wire
I’m sending a signal that we all have expired
Have been beaten by wasps and we’re hungry we’re wounded we’re tired
I will follow you through this ocean of blue
That explains a lot, doesn’t it?
Okay enough rambling, the drugs coffee is starting to wear off now. It’s obvious to me that Tartufi have not been getting any sleep, busy that they have been with all this activity. Going on tour will be like a holiday for them!
Tartufi Spring 2010 USA Tour in full:
Mar 24 – UCSD Che Cafe –w/ Writer and Swim Party La Jolla, CA
Mar 25 – Conspire Phoenix, Arizona
Mar 26 – High Mayhem Sante Fe, New Mexico
Mar 27 – Bash Riprock’s In the Depot w One Wolf / Seryn Lubbock, Texas
Mar 28 – KESSLER THEATER — Raided X+ Festival w/ Darktown Strutters / Telethon / The Great Tyrant Dallas, Texas
Mar 29 – Alabama Music Box Mobile, Alabama
Apr 1 – Static Age Records w/ The Judas Horse & Pilgrim Asheville, North Carolina
Apr 2 – The Milestone — DUO-FEST!!!! Charlotte, North Carolina
Apr 3 – Broad St Cafe — w/ Bronzed Chorus & Maple Stave Durham, North Carolina
Apr 4 – Studio B w/ The Bronzed Chorus Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 5 -The Golden West Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 6 – 119 Gallery Lowell, Massachusetts
Apr 7 – Armadillos w/ Giraffes? Giraffes! and Christopher Barry Keene, New Hampshire
Apr 8 – University of Rhode Island w/ 14 Foot 1 Kingston, Rhode Island
Apr 9 – PAs w/ Soccer Mom & Varsity Drag Somerville, Massachusetts
Apr 10 – Death By Audio w/ Starring & Thunderhole Brooklyn, New York
Apr 12 – TBA Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 13 – McCormick’s w/ The Splanchic Ganglion South Bend, Indiana
Apr 14 – Ronny’s — w/ Jared Grabb (from Scout’s Honor) Chicago, Illinois
Apr 15 – St Olaf College w/ Dewi Sant Northfield, Minnesota
Apr 16 – UMINN –The Whole w/ Dewi Sant Minneapolis, Minnesota
Apr 17 – Northland Studios Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 18 – HI-DIVE Denver, Colorado
Apr 19 – Astroland Boulder, California
Apr 20 – Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado
Apr 21 – College of Eastern Utah Price, Utah
Apr 22 – Tonic Lounge w/ Clint Sleeper & Touques Reno, Nevada