Premiere: Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars – “Guitar Man”

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It’s been a long time coming, but Vancouver-based everyman, Dada Plan rebel, and touring associate of the likes of Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, and Destroyer, the incomparable Colin Cowan has finally completed his solo-ish album seasonal tetralogy. Over the past few years, Cowan voyaged down Fall Paths to find the Eye of Winter before dispelling Spring Myths, ultimately pulling his chutes on Cosmos In Summer, out now on Kingfisher Bluez.

Cosmos In Summer is the most out-there record yet in his supremely way-out catalogue. Case in point, “Guitar Man” is a sizzling blast of lo-fi rock, a full-on acid trip condensed to a minute and a half. The video by Lee Hutzulak (Leisure Thief) hammers home the temporary insanity with Cowan superimposed on the cosmos. Take the trip for yourself below. It won’t take long, but it might feel that way, in a good way.

Dan Bejar (Destroyer) announces solo dates, cautions/excites us to “expect new songs”

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Hard to believe it’s already been a year since Detroyer’s Dan Bejar released his latest album, Poison Season, on Merge , isn’t it? I mean, where the heck has the time gone, readers??? OH WAIT, never mind; now I remember: our time was spent listening to f-ing Detroyer.

Still though, after a year lost in the time-warped haze of Bejar’s weirdo pseudo-smooth-jazz, I’m maybe kinda… ready to put something else in my ears. Luckily, so is Bejar; seems he’s just announced a new solo tour of the United States this fall! But because that dude is such a sexy-chameleon-of-musical-unsexieness (my term), the press release for the tour dates does us the nice little favor of giving us a heads up as to what we can expect when it’s just Bejar alone on stage with his killer hair: “think fewer jazz sax-soaked orchestral ballads and more troubadourial fare with guitar and vintage Japanese pedals.”

But if, unlike me, you’re still REALLY into the sax, I wouldn’t worry too much about that, either. I mean, “fewer” jazz-soaked orchestral ballads =/= “no” jazz-soaked orchestral ballads. (Also, what the hell — here’s one more for ya down below. Pour some Burgundy and enjoy!)

Dan Bejar solo dates:

09.21.16 – Spokane, WA – The Bartlett
09.22.16 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat
09.24.16 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
09.25.16 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
09.26.16 – Columbia, MO – Café Berlin
09.27.16 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
09.30.16 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
10.01.16 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay
10.02.16 – Orlando, FL – The Social
10.04.16 – Athens, GQ – Caledonia Lounge
10.05.16 – Lexington, KY – The Burl
10.06.16 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
10.07.16 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
10.08.16 – Columbus, OH – Basement
10.09.16 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar