The Cedar and Moon Palace Present
CALVIN JOHNSON with Vacation and Sauna Accident (At Moon Palace Books)
Sunday, September 30, 2018 / Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm
$10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
This is a standing show. This show will take place at Moon Palace Books: 3032 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406. Tickets are available online, by phone, nd at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Calvin Johnson established Olympia, Washington-based indie label K Records in 1982 and founded Dub Narcotic Studio in 1993. He has performed with groups such as Beat Happening, The Go Team, Halo Benders, Dub Narcotic Sounds System, and The Hive Dwellers. He tours as a solo artist, and also performs as Selector Dub Narcotic. He's touring behind his new solo album, A Wonderful Beast, which will be released on K Records this fall.
Cincinnati, Ohio’s Vacation formed in 2009 as a trio of drummer/singer Jerri Queen, bassist and visual artist Evan Wolff, and guitarist Peyton Copes; quickly putting out a slew of tapes, singles, and LPs on various DIY labels, while spreading their infectious pop-inspired punk through shows around their native Midwest and tours throughout the rest of the country, including shows with Times New Viking, Japanther, Tenement and P.s. Eliot.
Since then, the group has expanded into a four-piece rock outfit with John Hoffman of Swim Team on guitar and Dylon McCartney of Mardou on drums, with Queen stepping from behind the kit to play guitar. They continued relentless touring, with appearances on bigger stages--opening for The Breeders, Screaming Females, Black Lips, No Age, Ass Ponys etc; while maintaining impressive fecundity at home in their studio.
The band released a two-part record in 2016-- a miscellaneous collection of basement punk ephemera titled Southern Grass: the Continuation of Rock and Roll, Vol. 1 and 2. By the time of it's release on Recess Records in July, the group had already snuck into the studio to produce another piece, the band's 6th LP titled "Mouth Sounds #2669", to be released on Bloomington label Let's Pretend Records.
Engineered by John Curley from The Afghan Whigs at the Ultrasuede Studio in Cincinnati (RIP), the record finds the band at it's most titanic-- with cranked guitars and billowing snare hits as the only constant in an otherwise heterogenous record in terms of songwriting.The band experiments with some territory previously untouched, with tracks like "Action Road" and "Epileptic Soul" displaying the groups rootsy Petty-esque leanings, and the psychedelic and motorik "Born on a Base" showing the band drawing influence from the likes of Neu/La Dusseldorf. It's a record not short of attitude however-- with blazing tracks like "Broken or Breaking", "Salmonella Candles", and "Taking Out the Trash" offering the groups typical tongue-in-chOut the Trash" offering the groups typical tongue-in-cheek lyrics over catchy punk tunes. As a whole, the record sounds like a group ready for the stadium. They show no signs of stopping, striving to join the Ipso-facto Ohio rock hall of fame alongside Guided By Voices, Ego Summit, Electric Eels, and The Breeders.