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Friday, July 27, 2007

DEVENDRA BANHART - "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon"

DEVENDRA BANHART, the man who was responsible for the brilliant "Cripple Crow" LP, my favorite album of 2005, is set to release the follow-up, "Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon" on September 25th. Pitchfork just announced the tracklist, which leads one to believe we have another so-called "freak-folk" classic on our hands. As of 9PM Eastern today, you can stream two exclusive tracks from the new record on Devendra's Myspace page.

As well, Devendra is about to take the U.S. by storm, when he kicks off a North American tour in Vancouver on September 1, with dates in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, NYC, and Austin (just to name a select few. Full tour dates here. When I caught Devendra's live show at Coachella last year it was fantastic - a shirtless hippie sing-a-long that made me forget, just for a little while, how irritating dirty modern hippies are. No offense, but it is 2007 (San Francisco, you know what I mean) and being (or acting) poor and lazy for the sake of being cool is, uh...not cool. But Devendra is!

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