Saturday, September 15, 2012

Raymond Raposa of Castanets / Alameda / The Mountain Movers @ Cafe 9 on 9/20

Raymond Raposa of Castanets is coming to Cafe 9 on 9/20. Also playing are Alameda and The Mountain Movers.

Details below:

Raymond Raposa (Castanets, Raymond Byron and the White Freighter) w/ Alameda and The Mountain Movers
Thursday, September 20th
@ Cafe Nine
$6 / 9PM / 21+
**Tickets On Sale NOW:
Raymond Raposa (Castanets, Raymond Byron and the White Freighter)
Castanets is the musical project of Raymond Raposa, a San Diego native currently residing in New York City. While Raposa is the only constant member of the band, his records and live performances often feature a seemingly never ending rotating cast of musicians, the line-up often changing from night to night in a single tour. First touted by Pitchfork Media, Castanets was one of the more prominent proponents of the so-called freak folk movement (aka psychedelic folk, New Weird America, etc.) that took place in the U.S. music scene in 2003-2004.
In addition to his regular touring, in 2006 Raposa toured the East Coast's Intracoastal Waterway in a sailboat. "I love the ocean, and I love the water," he says. Raposa, who surfed competitively as a teen, hooked up with fellow "freak folk" artists Red Hunter (aka Peter and the Wolf) and Jana Hunter (of Lower Dens) for a two-week float on a 28-foot sailboat.
The notion for a tour by sailboat arose while Hunter and Peter and the Wolf principal Red Hunter (no relation to Jana) were shooting pool.
"Red's into unconventional touring," says Hunter, "and we were discussing alternatives to being in a car all the time. He wanted to tour by train; I wanted to tour by bicycle. Then we both got excited about the sailing idea -- and then a friend of mine who was buying a boat...offered to be the skipper."
What ensued was a minor media feeding frenzy when the story was spun as a fuel-saving approach to touring. The story was written up in Newsweek (and other publications) and broadcast on MTV, VH1, CNN, and ABC, including segments on Good Morning America and World News Tonight.
"I thought it was funny," muses Raposa. "ABC talked to Red for a goddamned hour, and the quote they pulled from him was something like, 'Chicks dig boats' -- and he's a profound dude, he can say a lot of things!"

ALAMEDA is the new Portland-based three piece outfit founded by singer/guitarist Stirling Myles and cellist Jessie Dettwiler, joined by orchestra Clarinetist, Jennifer Woodall. Compared to the baroque pop of Nick Drake and the slow-core dream pop of early Low, ALAMEDA blends orchestral arrangements with modern instrumentation, thus blurring the lines of genres and moods and offering a lush backdrop for Myles' folk-inspired songs. ALAMEDA contains members of AgesandAges, Autopilot is for Lovers, and The Portland Symphony and collaborative members of Horse Feathers and Builders & The Butchers" 
The Mountain Movers were started by Daniel Greene and Rick Omonte to keep up with Dan's prolific songwriting. The band is based out of New Haven, Connecticut where they have a wealth of talented friends to help them perform and record their songs. Their sound can best be described as dreamy rock. Always heartfelt, Greene's ability to paint a picture with words is uncanny. Sonically, the band has a love for warm old tones, echoes, and tape hiss. This is apparent in their discography as most of their output was made on 2 inch reel to reel machines or 8 track cassette recorders. The Mountain Movers are also known for their distinct visual style and their various releases feature Dan's unique artwork (pencil/pen drawings, pastels, and watercolor paintings). Recently the decision was made to create the band's own record label, Car Crash Avoiders, further cementing the reputation they hold for a very hands-on ethos. They have played shows with Dinosaur Jr., MV and EE, Josephine Foster, Akron Family, Wolf Parade, and Cherry Blossoms. They have had banner reviews from Shindig, OMG Vinyl, Terrascope UK, and many other fine spots. New recordings are always in the works. Current Movers: Daniel Greene (founder of The Butterflies Of Love), Rick Omonte (founder of Shaki Presents), Kryssi Battalene (also of Colorguard), Ross Menze (also of Estrogen Highs). 

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