Just started a tour with The Antlers! Red Hunting Jacket video premieres today! Montreal album launch show May 25th!
Yesterday in D.C., I got a fortune cookie that asked “What is the speed of darkness?”. What is the speed of darkness indeed, fortune cookie?
On Tuesday night, after our first show opening for The Antlers, we got a flat tire in the rain at around 1 a.m. You know you are with a good group of people when you can turn a situation like that into an impromptu street party. Marcus Paquin and Kaveh Nabatian went and bought chili dogs for us all while Jamie Thompson did a fine job of dj’ing. We finished up the YuengLing and the root beer left from our green room stash and fixed the flat. Way to go, us! We’ll be on tour in the US with The Antlers on and off for the next month (with Adam Luksetisch and Jess Robertson also joining us on stage), check out the dates on the tour page.
This morning a little old blog named PitchforkTV premiered the video for my song Red Hunting Jacket (CBC Radio 2 and 3 premiered the video in Canada). This video was created by Rachel Granofsky using a very labor intensive process of stop motion animation. Rachel and I spent hours last summer taking photos of me jumping in the air to create the illusion that I was flying. A typical conversation we’d have during that time would go something like this:
Me: ‘Wow, I’m totally out of breath! I’ve been jumping for 2 hours straight. We must have gotten a lot done, right?’
Rachel: ‘Yeah, we got a lot done. At least 10 seconds of footage or so.’
I believe I can fly.
I’ve been traveling for more than 2 months straight, but will be returning ‘home’ to Montreal next week for my record launch at Il Motore on May 25th. A few of the people who collaborated on the album will open the night (and join the full band after) including Jess Robertson (aka November May), Becky Foon, and Marcus Paquin. I’m really looking forward to this big old Montreal reunion party!!!
There are lots of thank you’s I’ll be writing up soon, but in the meantime, I want to thank Bryce Dessner and everyone who participated in MusicNOW festival last weekend for making it the most magical musical experience I’ve had in a long time; And I want to thank Timber Timbre, Jose Gonzales + Goteborg String Theory, and the real little miss sunshine Sharon Van Etten and crew for taking me on tour with them over the last weeks and months. I’ve had such an incredible time.
Oh, and here is a photograph of a giant baby costume sitting in the back of our van as we stopped to change our flat. ‘Why would you travel with a giant baby costume?’ you might ask. ‘What is the speed of darkness?’ I might reply.
Giant baby bisous,