New Digital Leather (sort of); Oberst helps celebrate Jenny Lewis’ Rabbit Fur Coat…

Category: Blog — @ 1:00 pm September 7, 2016

by Tim McMahan,

A couple quick hits on a rainy Wednesday…

Digital Leather’s 2006 release, Monologue, originally released by Empty Records, just became available on Bandcamp. Included are four unreleased songs recorded around the same time as the Monologue sessions. With no new Digital Leather releases on the horizon (as far as I know, Shawn Foree has a way of dropping records that surprises everyone, including his band members), this will have to get us through…

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It was just like old times in Minneapolis last night as Conor Oberst showed up as the surprise opening act at a Jenny Lewis concert that celebrated the 10-year anniversary of her debut solo album, Rabbit Fur Coat. Coverage is here at the City Pages site. Oberst’s surprise set was appropriate considering RFC was released on Conor’s own Team Love label. Lewis and the Watson Twins will be touring the record through Sept. 17. Will Oberst make any more guest appearances? Maybe. His next tour doesn’t launch until Sept. 28, presumably to support his new album, Ruminations, (Nonesuch Records), which doesn’t drop until Oct. 14.

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Currently listening to: The Album Leaf, Between Waves (Relapse Records) — The album came out Aug. 26 and is very much a throwback to a time when instrumental bands like Album Leaf and Tristeza were a dominant force in indie. Jimmy LaValle was always smart enough to know that he didn’t need to force a vocal on a song that could stand by itself without a human voice. And when he does decide to add vocals, it’s only because it makes sense in the bigger picture…

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