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February 12th, 2007

Castanets announce new tour/album

Castanets quietly revealed their upcoming tour over the weekend on their website. The last I read about Ray Raposa, the driving forced behind Castanets, he was touring the East coasts intracoastal waterway with Jana Hunter and Red hunter (AKA Peter and the wolf) by way of sailboat. After that he was to leave his new residence in Brooklyn and return to his home town of San Diego to begin recording his new full length album. While putting the finishing touches on his new full length in San Diego he decided to play a one off show to try out some of his new material at the Casbah yesterday. I was able to catch the show and was amazed at his hauntingly engaging stage presence. While playing the superb you are the blood, Ray came out into the audience and knelt down between the audience members, quivering through the chorus he seemed to transcend beyond the audience while still bringing them into his world. It was reminiscent of the experience that I think most have after seeing Akron/Family live. I’m starting to realize that the experience of connectedness in a concert on such a personal level is unique to the Naturalismo movement. Rarely have have I been to a concert where the artist is willing to step off the stage and include the audience. The mutual interaction between artist and audience makes for a much more interesting and lasting experience and I hope it continues.

I had a brief conversation with Ray Raposa after the show and he said to expect a split 10inch record with The Dirty Projectors to be coming out in March. A second split is scheduled for release in April. I pressed for more information about his upcoming full length and he said that it would be coming out in June most likely and that he has a title in mind but isn’t quite ready to anounce anything yet. If you have the chance to catch him on his upcoming tour I HIGHLY recommend it.

The upcoming tour dates are as follows:

March 05, 2007 New York, NY – Europa %
March 06, 2007 Philadelphia, PA – Danger Danger %
March 07, 2007 Baltimore, MD – Wham City %
March 08, 2007 Washington, DC – Warehouse Next Door %
March 09, 2007 Chapel Hill, NC – The Night Light %
March 10, 2007 Athens, GA – Caledonia Lounge %
March 12, 2007 New Orleans, LA – Green Project Space %
March 13, 2007 Houston, TX – The Proletariat
March 14, 2007 Austin, TX – SXSW Convention Center Day Stage
March 15, 2007 Austin, TX – TBA
Asthmatic Kitty Showcase
March 17, 2007 Austin, TX – Okay Mountain Gallery
1312 E Cesar Chavez
Asthmatic Kitty & Friends present Unusual AnimalsPeter & the Wolf
The Weird Weeds
The Shivers
The Theater Fire
W-S Burn
The Field Guides with DJ Future Rapper and video art between sets.
March 19, 2007 Springfield, MO – Randy Bacon Gallery %
March 20, 2007 Kansas City, MO – The Pointless Forest %
March 21, 2007 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway %
March 22, 2007 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle %
March 23, 2007 Ann Arbor, MI – EQ Halfass – U of Michigan %
March 24, 2007 Toronto – Canada – Sneaky Dees %
March 25, 2007 Ottawa – Canada – Zaphod’s %
March 26, 2007 Montreal – Canada – Friendship Cove %
March 27, 2007 Boston, MA – Middle East %
March 28, 2007 Providence, RI – AS220 %
March 29, 2007 New York, NY – TBA %
  % w/ Shapes and Sizes

If you’re unfamiliar with Castanets music I have selected a few tracks of interest:

Castanets – You are the blood

Castanets – Three days, four nights

Castanets – All that I know to have change


  1. very insightful read, thankyou.

    Comment by paul_p — February 22, 2007 @ 11:09 pm
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