The Acorn Hits Road w/Calexico

Also doing dates with
Shaky Hands and Ohbijou.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Ottawa five-piece, The Acorn
is preparing to make its way across the US
for a tour with Calexico, kicking things off with long-time friends and
collaborators, Toronto’s Ohbijou, and Portland, Oregon’s
The Shaky Hands. The band has come off a successful summer festival season and
fall UK
tour with Akron/Family.

The Acorn were nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize this year, the
Canadian equivalent of the Mercury Prize. Now, after the recent release of the Tin
Fist EP
in the US, The Acorn also have a brand new video in the works for
their song “Crooked Legs,” off their critically-acclaimed album Glory
Hope Mountain
, available now on Paper Bag Records. The “Crooked
Legs” video will once again be envisioned by Christopher Mills (Interpol,
Modest Mouse, BSS). Mills is the same director who brought their beautiful
lo-fi animation video for single “The Flood Pt.1” to life, which
premiered on Pitchfork TV and aired on MTV2 Subterranean. The Acorn also plan
to release Heron Act, a collection of hard-to-find live recordings,
blog/radio session recordings and demos, in the US in the new year.

 

 

Here’s what your friendly neighborhood BLURT had to say about the album:

 

 

In Ottawa, Rolf Klausener’s achieved mythic
status for merging tender merciful folkie prose with alterna-rocking anthems
that usually find themselves tinged with ragga-Brazi rhythm. Think Arcade Vampire Furnace only chillier. For this rousing
record, Klausener’s forged a way to wrangle more indie-points than if Santi
White slept with SpankRock: he wrote a record pretty much about his mom without
sounding too sappy. From the second he sets foot on the “the sanctity of soil”
his trembling tenor voice embraces you, and during the incrementally theatrical
“Hold Your Breath” you sense his import. But as each progressive step follows
mom’s life-journey literally, figuratively, firmly and fascinatingly with
Honduran music and percussion as its root, he finds a playfulness that a dozen
sad cellos and lapsteels can’t hinder. Though “Flood Pt.1” is too melodramatic
for my taste, the supple subtle “Crooked Legs” has just the perfect mix of
mirth and mom-ness. I’m calling home now. – A.D. Amorosi

 


The Acorn Tour Dates:

 

Thu. Oct 16 2008 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
Lounge++
Fri. Oct 17 2008 – Seattle, WA
– Tractor Tavern++
Sat. Oct 18 2008 – Portland, OR
– Rock Creek Tavern++
Sun. Oct 19 2008 – Bend, OR – Old Saint Francis++
Tue. Oct 21 2008 – San Francisco, CA – Hemlock++
Wed. Oct 22 2008 – Santa Cruz, CA
– Crepe Place++
Fri. Oct 24 2008 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland++
Sat. Oct 25 2008 – Phoenix,
AZ – Modified++
Tue. Oct 28 2008 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive++
Wed. Oct 29 2008 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown++
Thu. Oct 30 2008 – Minneapolis, MN – The 7th Street Entry++
Fri. Oct 31 2008 – Madison, WI – Cafe Montmartre++
Sat. Nov 1 2008 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s++
Fri. Nov 7 2008 – Austin, TX – Antone’s*
Sat. Nov 8 2008 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre*
Sun. Nov 9 2008 – St. Louis, MO – Duck Room*
Mon. Nov 10 2008 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge*
Wed. Nov 12 2008 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle*
Thu. Nov 13 2008 – Washington DC
– 9:30 Club*
Fri. Nov 14 2008 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts*
Sat. Nov 15 2008 – Tarrytown, NY
– Tarrytown Theatre*
Sun. Nov 16 2008 – Somerville,
MA – Somerville Theatre*
Thu. Nov 20 2008 – Pontiac, MI
– Crofoot Ballroom*
Sun. Nov 23 2008 – Omaha, NE
– Slowdown*
Mon. Nov 24 2008 – Denver,
CO – Gothic Theatre*
Tue. Nov 25 2008 – Albuquerque,
NM – Sunshine Theater*
Thu. Nov 27 2008 – Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace#
Fri .Nov 28 2008 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rosa#
Sat. Nov 29 2008 – Ottawa, ONT – Barrymore’s Music Hall#

# w/Ohbijou
++ w/Ohbijou, Shaky Hands
* w/Calexico

 

 

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