mp3s: ode to the elders
    • MONDAY, JANUARY 04, 2010

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    It's no accident that the music of Woodpigeon encourages the mind to trace its' fondest recollections as it plays through. Leading man Mark Andrew designed it that way. Woodpigeon's upcoming release Die Stadt Muzikanten is itself the product of sentimentality; in this case, the lives of Andrew's grandparents.

    Die Stadt Muzikanten came to be in a tiny apartment in Berlin when Andrews moved from Calgary to the city to work while employed by a stock photography agency. Surrounded by his grandparents' past, he would take in what he could, penning songs at night throughout his stay. "Upon arriving in the city, the sounds and smells triggered automatic recollections of my childhood, of two people who were endlessly fascinating to me, but whom I never really got to know as well as I would have liked to", says Andrews. "I know they always thought of the life they left behind for Canada, and of the importance of leaving a document of not only where you were going, but where you'd been."

    Consider Die Stadt Muzikanten a piece of that document. Due out January 12th on Boompa Records, the record is a grand collection of 16 songs that while ambitious in scope, also manages to convey the kind of intimacy that lets the listener nuzzle up nice and close to the 19+ musicians involved. Think of it has Canada's answer to Sufjan Stevens.

    Woodpigeon will be traveling from sea to shining sea of their native Canada next month as they take to the road in support of the album. We've got all the dates below. - David Pitz

    Woodpigeon on Tour

    Jan 16 2010 - BILTMORE CABARET - Vancouver, British Columbia
    Jan 22 - BROKEN CITY - Calgary, Alberta
    Jan 23 - MAC HALL / CJSW 25th Anniversary Spectacular - Calgary, Alberta
    Feb 10 - UNIVERSITY CENTRE COURTYARD - Guelph, Ontario
    Feb 10 - Evening Show - Guelph, Ontario
    Feb 11 - THE DRAKE - Toronto, Ontario
    Feb 12 - TBA - London, Ontario
    Feb 15 - THE CASBAH - Hamilton, Ontario
    Feb 16 - THE TOWNEHOUSE - Sudbury, Ontario
    Feb 17 - THE MANSION - Kingston, Ontario
    Feb 18 - LA SALA ROSSA - Montreal, Quebec
    Feb 19 - LE CERCLE - Quebec City, Quebec
    Feb 21 - BLACKSHEEP INN - Wakefield, Quebec

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    MP3: Woodpigeon:: "Empty Hall Sing-Along" - Die Stadt Muzikanten
    MP3: Woodpigeon:: "Morningside" - Live on CBC Radio 2
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