Last month I posted news on the first solo album by Josiah Wolf, and mentioned on how he would be doing double duty when he would go on tour to support his solo album and the works of his group, Why?. Wolf has just announced a number of new concert dates, most of them being Wolf on his own with supporting artists, while a block of shows in late May/early June will be a Why?/Josiah Wolf double feature.
02/27 Covington, KY Mad Hatter
03/05 Cincinnati, OH The Monestary ** RECORD RELEASE SHOW**
05/21 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
05/22 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry
05/25 Missoula, MT The Palace
05/26 Seattle, WA The Vera Project %#
05/27 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret *#
05/28 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom *#
05/30 Eugene, OR WOW Hall *#
05/31 Eureka, CA Nocturnum #$
06/01 Reno, NV Biggest Little City Club #
06/02 Oakland, CA New Parish of Oakland *#
06/03 Pomona, CA Glass House *#
06/04 La Jolla, CA Che Cafe
06/05 Tucson, AZ Solar Cultural Gallery
06/08 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
06/09 Denver, CO Hi Dive
06/11 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
06/12 Bloomington, IN The Bishop
* = w/ WHY?
# = w/ The Donkeys
% = w/ AU
$ = w/ Citay
As announced previously, Jet Lag will be released on March 2nd (next week Tuesday).
Anticon artists Why? will be doing a small handful of dates in the West in late May/early June. If you are a fan of their last two albums (Eskimo Snow and Alopecia), you’ll want to see and hear the music translated in a live setting.
As mentioned on this site a few weeks ago, Why? member Josiah Wolf has a solo album coming out in March, and he will be opening up for his own group on this tour. Also joining them on tour are The Donkeys.
May 27… Vancouver, BC (Biltmore Cabaret)
May 28… Portland, OR (Wonder Ballroom)
May 30… Eugene, OR (WOW Hall)
June 2… Oakland, CA (New Parish of Oakland)
June 3… Pomona, CA (Glass House)
WHY? – These Hands / January Twenty Something from anticon. on Vimeo.
Josiah Wolf is one part of the equation that is the group Why?, whose last two albums have been on many best-of lists for the last few years and the decade as a whole. Wolf is taking on a new adventure which coincides with a recent move in his life (he returned to the midwest after years of living in California), and that adventure is a true solo album appropriately titled Jet Lag (Anticon).
I’m not going to copy the bio for the album verbatim, but I will say this. Judging from the description, it is an album that digs deep into Wolf’s life of the last few years, revealing emotions, thoughts, and ideas that music fans enjoy listening to. Ut not only helps open the door slightly towards the artist, but fans are able to say “yes, I can relate to this”. Now when I say “true solo album”, it means that he played every instrument on the album, so perhaps he’s honoring the 40th anniversary of Paul McCartney‘s first “true solo album”, McCartney, or maybe he’s pulling a Todd Rundgren, or maybe he’s just being Josiah Wolf.
Pitchfork states that it’s a chance for Josiah to move away a bit from the shadow of his younger brother Yoni Wolf, who has been known for his work with Reaching Quiet and cLOUDDEAD. No need to make Kinks comparisons, there’s still brotherly love here and as the album hits real and virtual streets on March 2nd, Josiah will perform solo before joining the rest of his Why? bandmates on a spring tour.
You can listen to one of the tracks from the album by clicking here and looking for the link. “The Trailer And The Truck” sounds like one of those songs you don’t want to share with anyone, because you feel a wider audience would only help to water its intensity. Share it anyway, and bring a durable umbrella just in case.