Last year on April 24th, Mountains made their first Iowa appearance at The Picador headlining a lineup of experimental electronic musicians. They performed a piece that would become Etching, which was released by Thrill Jockey on limited edition vinyl only and is currently out-of-print.
Koen told me via e-mail they will be playing a new composition for this tour that they debuted during their recent tour of Europe. This new composition does not include their laptops as they implemented in past shows, which will be interesting. More knob twiddling in their extensive effects pedal arrays, I imagine!
Mountains is returning to the Midwest at the end of January as part of a tour that will kick off in Buffalo, NY and wrap up with a run of East Coast dates ending on February 11th in Boston. They’ll be hitting Chicago at the Empty Bottle on January 28th, Omaha on the 29th at the Bemis Center, Northfield, MN at the Cave which is on the Carleton College Campus on the 30th, The Project Lodge in Madison, WI on the 31st, then Iowa City at the Picador on Monday, February 1st. The Empty Bottle show will have David Daniell and Doug McCombs whose Thrill Jockey release Sycamore (still available on LP!) is one of my favorites from TJ last year! I wish they were continuing on tour with them so I could catch them in Iowa City! (update: David said that they are planning a trip out here in early March! Stay tuned!)
Supporting Mountains on this run is Swedish trio Tape. Tape is an ambient band that features guitars in kind of an Eno-esque fashion. They’ve been producing their music since 2000 and has been steadily growing their fanbase. They have a penchant for vinyl and their last brilliant release Luminarium and their upcoming release with Bill Wells Fugue are both available in limited vinyl pressings on Immune Recordings. I’m hoping they bring some with them on tour! Be sure to check out some of Tape’s music on their MySpace Page. I’ve been listening to their songs for the past couple of days and really like the dreamy atmospherics.
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Tour Dates (from Thrill Jockey)
Wed Jan 27 Buffalo, NY – Soundlab w/ Tape
Thu Jan 28 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle w/ Tape
Fri Jan 29 Omaha, NE – Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts w/ Tape
Sat Jan 30 Northfield, MN – The Cave @ Carleton College w/ Tape
Sun Jan 31 Madison, WI – The Project Lodge w/ Tape
Mon Feb 1 Iowa City, IA – The Picador w/ Tape
Wed Feb 3 Louisville, KY – Skull Alley w/ Tape
Thu Feb 4 Lexington, KY – Al’s Bar w/ Tape
Fri Feb 5 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light w/ Tape
Sat Feb 6 Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight w/ Tape
Mon Feb 8 Washington, DC – Bossa w/ Tape
Tue Feb 9 Philadelphia, PA – The Chapel @ First Unitarian w/ Tape
Wed Feb 10 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge (Unsound Festival) w/ Tape, Radian, Tim Hecker
Thu Feb 11 Boston, MA – TBA