In House #1592: Josh Ritter's The Animal Years; New Neko Case, Howe Gelb
Idaho-born singer-songwriter Josh Ritter returns next week with his fourth full-length, The Animal Years, out on V2 records. Over the course of his brief career, the 29 year-old Ritter has garnered high critical praise, generally involving the obligatory Bob Dylan and John Prine references. The difference may be that the comparisons appear deserved, and Ritter doesn't disappoint on the new album. Enlisting producer Brian Deck, who's in the past worked on the likes of Modest Mouse's The Moon & Antarctica and Iron & Wine's Our Endless Numbered Days, Ritter achieved a sound that is both traditional and envelope-pushing-- one need look no further than the epic "Thin Blue Flame" for evidence. Ritter begins a month-long tour of the eastern U.S. next week, just after the new album's official release date, before returning for some west coast dates beginning in June.
In House #1592.
Focus: New release from Josh Ritter, The Animal Years, plus new music from Neko Case, Howe Gelb and more.
Josh Ritter from The Animal Years:
"Girl In the War" (MP3) and "Thin Blue Flame" (MP3)
...from Hello Starling (2003): "Snow Is Gone (LIVE)" (MP3)
...from Golden Age of Radio (2002): "Me & Jiggs" (MP3)
Howe Gelb from 'Sno Angel Like You: "But I Did Not" (MP3)
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