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January 2nd, 2009

Akron/Family on Possibly 4th Street and new record!

Over at the Village Voice, Rob Trucks has been running a great series called “Possibly 4th Street,” in which he invites musicians to perform live and impromptu somewhere in New York City. He recently sat down with Akron/Family (who, I must say, delivered my favorite performance of 2008) to play a couple acoustic tracks, including the unreleased “Woody Guthrie’s America.”

Ak Ak is also releasing its fourth album in April through Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian. According to Miles,

“It started out being really inspired by American soul and West African music. We’re all still in love with American classic rock music, but the new record is inspired by many different directions. I’m really excited about the shifting voice of the narrative on this record. The lyrics, thematically, are shaped in this really organic and natural way around what is happening — something that is very real and true to us. It’s not too heavy and not too clever. I wouldn’t say out of the box we sound like a whole new band, but there’s a couple of extreme elements on this record. There’s one track that emphasizes our fondness for extreme noise and painful, almost guttural sounds — raw, primal noise. We’ve alluded to those things, but I think there are a few moments that are mashing all those sounds together, into hopefully, one seven-minute prog masterpiece.”

[Click Here for the Interview and Videos]



  1. So new Animal Collective, new Antony and the Johnsons, new Vetiver, new Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and now new Akron/Family.

    I guess I’ll be calling the guy with the mushrooms a few more times this year.

    Comment by Brett — January 3, 2009 @ 9:05 pm
  2. ahhhh yes! can’t wait to see more!

    Comment by dusterdb88 — January 7, 2009 @ 2:36 am

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