Trials + Tribulations

Rakes Split
October 22, 2009, 2:00 pm
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rakesI’m really sad to announce that the Rakes have decided to call it a day and cancelled their upcoming UK and US tours. Here’s what they had to say about the break-up:

The Rakes have always been very adamant and proud of the fact that we give 100% to every gig we’ve ever played. If we can’t give it everything then we won’t do it. That was the rule we set ourselves from day one.

After much deliberation we have come to the shared conclusion that we can’t give it 100% anymore and regret to announce that The Rakes are calling it a day. We are sorry to let down all the people who were coming to see us on the UK & US tours.  Writing your own obituary is a surreal thing to do but we want to give particular thanks to our much-loved fans, all the great people we’ve worked with over the years, our management and loyal record label. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write music together and perform around the world. Genuinely, thanks for the good times…. That was one hell of a party! But now, we really must get some sleep.

The Rakes were one of my favorite bands, after only seeing them play twice at SXSW. You can read my reviews from that here and here. They will be missed! If you wish to send the band a message you can here.

Free Rakes
September 23, 2009, 10:19 am
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Just when I thought I couldn’t be more excited about The Rakes’ upcoming US tour in support of Klang! the other day it was announced that DFA upstarts Free Energy will be coming along for the ride.

Free Energy just released their debut EP on iTunes yesterday, so go and grab that!

Expect lots of dancing going on at these dates:

09/25: Philadelphia, PA @ Phi Lam
10/02: Haverford, PA @ Lunt Basement
10/07: Beijing, China @ Modern Sky Festival (w/The Futureheads & British Seapower)
10/21: New York, NY @ Santos Partyhouse – CMJ Oh My Rockness Showcase
10/22: New York, NY @ Pianos – CMJ Windish Agency Showcase
10/24: London, UK @ Cargo (DFA Night)
10/26: London, UK @ Barfly
10/27: London, UK @ Rough Trade Records (Hoxton) In-Store (Early Show)/Waterats (Late Show)
10/28: London, UK @ Windmill
10/31: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy*
11/01: San Francisco, CA @ Slims*
11/03: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Urban Lounge*
11/04: Denver, CO @ The Bluebird*
11/06: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock*
11/07: Chicago, IL @ Double Door*
11/09: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club*
11/10: Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus*
11/11: Boston, MA @ Great Scott*
11/12: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom*
11/19: Dallas, TX @ The Cavern
11/20: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
11/21: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
11/22: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/23: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/24: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
11/25: Washington, DC @ DC9, set TBA
11/27: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

* w/ the Rakes

March 25, 2009, 7:34 am
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We Danced Together (SebastiAn Remix)

The Rakes are returning with their new album Klang! which was released this week in the UK and later in the spring here in the US. They are, however, heading out on some tour dates here in the US in select cities. If you have the chance I highly recommend seeing them. They are very very fun to see live!  And hearing their new stuff like the first single “1989” leads me to believe these dates will be even more fun, with catchy, tight rhythms and hyperactive dancing by lead singer Alan Donohoe. Here’s the video for “1989.”

4/01/2009 – Troubadour – Los Angeles
4/02/2009 – Popscene – San Francisco
4/062009 – Bowery Ballroom – New York
4/07/2009 – Bell House – Brooklyn, New York

De fem benspænd
January 31, 2009, 8:21 am
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So I just watched the movie The Five Obstructions. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. Director Lars von Trier makes director Jørgen Leth remake his own film Det perfekte menneske (The Perfect Human) with several different challenges (as a cartoon, in a dangerous place, etc)

Here’s the cartoon version of the film:

Daft Punk-Human After All (The Juan Maclean Remix)
The Rakes-All Too Human

December 18, 2008, 5:03 pm
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‘Round here we really love the Rakes. And we are overjoyed that they have announced a new album titled KLANG on March 23rd in the UK (probably in the US the 24th, the same day as the Decemberists’ Hazards of Love!! Too much excitement for one day!). The album will be preceded by the first single “1989,” which you can get a sneak peek at above in the unofficial video filmed during the recording of the album. And here’s the tracklist:

You’re In It
That’s the Reason
The Loneliness of the Outdoor Smoker
Bitchin’ in the Kitchen
The Woes of the Working Woman
The Light From Your Mac
Muller’s Ratchet
The Final Hill
Never Get Married

The Rakes-The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect
(From their previous album Ten New Messages)