So, it goes like this: We get word at SXSW that FADER would like very much to film David Vandervelde playing his excellent new single “Learn How To Hang” while at an interesting Austin spot. So, we offer up the rooftop of our hotel and suggest happy hour as an appropriate time for such a meeting. Vandervelde brings along his bandmates and a bunch of homies (including the mysterious, lively Mr. Jimmy) for the acoustic performance, but before we’re even two drinks deep into happy hour, the jams have begun — “Dust in the Wind” and faux-contempo Christian crossover hits of tomorrow — all to the confusion (and burried delight) of hotel staff and other happy hour patrons. Meanwhile, hotel security is right on top of FADER video guru Hanly Banks. So we ditch the rooftop idea and head to the church courtyard across the street for this earnest and lovely version of “Learn How To Hang.” Read about the day from Hanly’s POV HERE.
Now, the flip side to the Learn How To Hang digital single, “Wave Country,” is available on the Web for your listening pleasure. RCRD LBL, which recently premiered the jam, said the sunburst metal found on “Wave Country” is “giddily splashing around somewhere between Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac and T. Rex if Marc Bolan had lived to see the nineties. Summer is ON ITS WAY, y’all.” Go snatch up both “Learn How to Hang” and “Wave Country” at your digital music retailer now.
David Vandervelde’s very clothes were ablaze that day in his Nashville basement. And the only thing that was ever going to put the flames out was laying “Learn How To Hang” to tape. How else does a song so immediate come to be? The repeated mantra of its title, set to an exhilarating, tightly-wound Buckingham lick, is just as much Far East philosophy as it is the most serious of stoner advice. It’s a self-effacing moment of clarity under the heat of a blowtorch. Same goes for its brother jam, “Wave Country,” with its galloping, sunburst metal and inner-bitch-slap hook, “You ain’t any cooler in the shade.” And how could we, in good conscience, ever sit on songs so immediate for any longer than one red-hot heartbeat? Some jams can’t simply be placed on a release schedule months in advance. Songs like these must be loaded in our bow and shot out into the world.
The wonderful people of FADER are on board as well. Today, FADER’s Sam Hockley-Smith said of “Learn How To Hang”: “It’s not that it’s too different from his previous material—it sometimes gets kinda glammy and sounds a lot like Fleetwood Mac on speed—but it’s that this time around it’s so fully realized. ‘Learn How to Hang’ is the kind of song that can transform one of those shitty nights when you’re staring into the bottom of the same beer for what seems like hours into a full on party where you stare into the bottom of a whole bunch of beers for what seems like minutes before you get another one. In other words: learn how to hang!”
This sounds like a four-way match made in heaven. On August 11, Secretly Canadian’s DAVID VANDERVELDE and songwriter Bobby Bare Jr. will release American Bread, a seven-song EP of covers from 70s soft rock pioneers America and Bread. The EP will be brought to you via Junket Boy.
During the harsh Chicago winter of 2006, DAVID VANDERVELDE teamed with band Where The Moon Came From for an afternoon of spirit walks and heavy psych jams. Lucky for us they caught this magic on tape and music site Rock Proper has it our downloading pleasure.
From the rock proper site: “Winter in Chicago is humbling. Subzero winds and impossible snowfalls lead even the best of us to booze, fish fries, and B movies on VHS. And when Dave started crashing on the couch at the Moon Tower there was plenty of all that. But there was also this: an epic Saturday jam, mics hot in the frigid garage, Dave joining up with the Moon boys for hours of meandering, experimenting, and mind-expanding. A year, 300 overdubs, and hours of editing later, that psychedelic Saturday was chiseled, bent and fired into this Psychedelic Saturday.”
Download “Psychedelic Saturday” in its glorious entirety HERE.
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