By: Christy Mannering
Don’t ask about what bands are part of the Elephant 6 Collective. You know them, you do! Elf Power, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes; need I go on? It will be must easier and more efficient to ask what bands are NOT part of the collective.
And a bunch of people are getting together for a “Holiday Surprise Tour.” The tour will kick off around the time The Music Tapes’ latest work, The Singing Saw at Christmastime, which hits shelves on October 7, 2008. Frontman, Julian Koster, of The Music Tapes, will be leading the way in organizing what will surely be a tour to remember, especially for those of you who reminisce over 90s rock music. The veterans of Elephant 6 will be there, with their music: Julian Koster, William Cullen Hart, Scott Spillane, Laura Carter, Eric Harris, Nesey Gallons along with The Singing Saw, the 7 Foot Tall Metronome, Static the Television and many others. They'll play the music of Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Elf Power, The Gerbils, Scott Spillane, and more!
The tour is going to include 13 cities on 13 different dates. Of course, rumors are floating around about what the surprise might be. Just to put a little bug in people’s shorts -- let’s be hopeful and ponder a Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) appearance. All I can say are the reports of such an appearance have neither been confirmed NOR denied.
As Julian Koster says of this surprise tour it will be “a big orchestra, variety show, silly happy thing.”
10/09 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
10/11 NYC @ Knitting Factory
10/12 Boston, MA @ The Church
10/14 Portland, ME @ Space Gallery
10/15 Hamden, CT @ The Space
10/16 Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase
10/17 Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
10/18 Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
10/19 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center
10/20 Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room - Crofoot
10/21 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
10/22 Bloomington, IN @ Cinemat
10/23 Lexington, KY @ University of Kentucky