Last night, Sylvan Esso ushered in their new single “PARAD(w/m)E” with a performance of it on Jimmy Kimmel Live. They brought along some friends and notables to sing backup vocals on the track, Amber Coffman and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and they performed it with sing-a-long captions pinging in the background. Watch below. [videoembed … More »
This September, Wye Oak are going on tour. “AY, BIG DEAL,” you scoff at the computer screen. “Bands go on tours all da time, who cares? You gonna tell me this tour ‘sposeda be somethin’ special?” Well actually, SIR OR MADAM, this run of dates will be a little more “special” than your basic tour. There will be no paying 170 dollars to stand in a cavernous arena, five thousand feet from the stage, stuck behind the tallest guy in the place who also happens to be wearing a bulky backpack here. No, these Wye Oak dates will be a much classier and far more intimate affair.
The Baltimore-based duo will be hitting up small venues up and down the east-ish coast, trying out brand new material, exchanging friendly banter, and apparently drinking lots of wine, because they’re playing no less than four places called City Winery. The intimate nature probably opens up a lot of room to ask the band deep, personal questions too; like what their favorite season of Fargo has been, who would win in a footrace between Gene Hackman and Sean Connery, or what type of Girl Scout Cookie is best. Just make sure you don’t say anything embarrassing to the band, like, “Ay! What’s yer favorite color?” They’re going to be right there, and that would make the rest of the show awkward and uncomfortable for everyone.
Also happening this September — September 22 to be exact — Wye Oak will release “Spiral” b/w “Wave is Not the Water” as a limited-edition 7-inch via Merge. Both of these songs were previously released in partnership with Adult Swim; “Spiral” during the 2012 Singles Program, and “Wave is Not the Water” as part of the dream-pop compilation LUXE from way back in May. Only…NOW, they’ll be together for the first time…on red vinyl!
You can check out all of Wye Oak’s intimate fall tour dates, and listen to both “Spiral” and “Wave is Not the Water” below. If you like what you hear, pre-order the limited edition 7-inch here. (If you don’t, at least try to show a little decorum and keep your opinions to yourself.)
Upcoming Wye Oak wine tastings:
09.28.17 – Charlotte, NC – Side Stage @ The Neighborhood
09.29.17 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
09.30.17 – Pittsboro, NC – Shakori Hills w/ Sylvan Esso
10.02.17 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
10.03.17 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
10.04.17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
10.05.17 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
10.06.17 – New York, NY – City Winery
10.07.17 – Baltimore, MD – The Ottobar
10.08.17 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met Cafe
10.09.17 – Boston, MA – City Winery
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