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Giveaway: Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Show at the Loft

23 Feb

Regular readers are aware of our love for Elephant 6. So you can imagine how our fan-boy/fan-girl excitement has been building in anticipation for the return of their Holiday Surprise Tour (which Elf Power’s Andrew Reiger told us about last October, when it was in the planning stages).

The first Holiday Surprise Tour was in 2008. Elated fans gathered to see members of Olivia Tremor Control, The Gerbils, Elf Power, OTC, The Music Tapes, Circulatory System, The 63 Crayons and Neutral Milk Hotel (including Jeff Mangum himself) play songs from a variety of E6 bands.

This year the tour includes Will Cullen Hart , Bill Doss, Peter Erchick , John Fernandes , Julian Koster , Scott Spillane , Andrew Rieger, Laura Carter, Derek Almstead, Heather McIntosh , Bryan Poole , Theo Hilton, Robbie Cucchiaro and others playing the music of The Olivia Tremor Control, Elf Power, Circulatory System, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Gerbils, Nana Grizol, Major Organ and Adding Machine, Pipes You See, Pipes You Don’t. There will also be “games, films & other surprises”. Rumor has it that Jeff Mangum will be one of those surprises.

We are thrilled to be going to the Holiday Surprise Show on Tuesday and we are also thrilled to be giving two readers a chance to bring a guest along. If you want a pair of tickets, send an email with “Elephant 6” as the subject and your name in the body to giveaways@daybowbow.net by 11:59 p.m. We’ll notify winners tomorrow.

The Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Show is at The Loft on Tuesday, March 1. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 on the day of the show and doors are at 7:30 p.m.

A Dream in Sound: Andrew Rieger discusses Elf Power’s new album, current tour and big plans with Elephant 6

4 Oct

By Jesseca Bagherpour

Andrew Rieger grew up in Greenwood, SC, just a two-hour drive from the music town of Athens, GA. He admired R.E.M. as a teenager and credits them with his discovery of other great music. Now both Andrew and his solo-project-turned-band Elf Power, are fixtures in the Athens music scene as second-wave members of the Elephant 6 Collective. They’ve been together for 16 years, have released 10 albums and have consistently gone on extensive tours in support of each.

I spoke with Rieger over the phone on Sunday, and I have a feeling his affability and sense of humor help keep Elf Power together (well, that and his vast musical talent …).

When I asked him how he accounts for the band’s longevity, Rieger’s answer was pretty simple: “We just still enjoy doing it and it’s fun to make music and record music and travel and play for people all over the world. It’s a nice way to live your life, so it’s become a natural thing that we do.”

Elf Power’s tenth album is eponymous and the band released it on their label, Orange Twin Records. Rieger explained that the main difference between Elf Power and their past albums is the method they used to record it.

“We recorded the basic tracks at Chase Park studios here in Athens, then we took the tracks that we recorded there back to the home studio and recorded vocals and did a bunch of experimentation and we took it back to Chase to mix it there,” Reiger said. “It was kind of like the best of both worlds of a professional studio and home recording.”

It’s fun to record music and travel and play for people all over the world. It’s a nice way to live your life, so it’s become a natural thing that we do.

The record is also a special tribute to Athens musician Vic Chesnutt, with whom the band had become close after making an album, Dark Elements, and touring with him, including a tour just months before his death on December 25, 2009. Continue reading