429 Records released indie rock pioneers Camper Van Beethoven's new album 'La Costa Perdida' this week, which has earned raves from press and bloggers. In addition, the band is taping NPR's World Café today and NPR's Mountain Stage on Sunday and has added new tour dates (at bottom). Here's what we're reading:
"Delightful… It does illustrate how unique this band still is, 30 years after it formed. And it truly is a kick to hear CVB ply its craft with road-tested assurance and subtly virtuosic musicianship."
– Steve Hyden, Pitchfork Media, January 17, 2013
"For 30 years and counting, Camper Van Beethoven have existed in a parallel-universe borderland, coming across like a punk band perpetually on a Balkan bluegrass bender. But they finally bring it all back home to their native California on 10th album, La Costa Perdida, recalling '60s-vintage West Coast pop filtered through their timeless, idiosyncratic prism."
– David Menconi, SPIN, January 14, 2013
"I'm so happy the band is back."
– Whitney Matheson, USA Today.com, January 18, 2013
"The new album’s lead single, 'Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out' [is] a swirling, Eastern-flavored psychedelic jam."
– Michael Nelson, Stereogum, January 10, 2013
"A uniquely skewed, bong-tastic surrealism… There's Americana, Mexican music, ska, fiddles both mournful and manic."
– Thomas Connor, Chicago Sun-Times, January 19, 2013
"Camper Van Beethoven still remain [sic] easy to love."
– Matt Melis, Consequence of Sound, January 21, 2013
"If the frigid air of winter is getting to you, rather than crank up the heat, throw on La Costa Perdida. It will wipe away all your seasonal depression."
– Steve Bonanno, Boston's Weekly Dig, January 7, 2013
– Chuck Campbell, Scripps Howard Newswire/Knoxville News-Sentinel, January 15, 2013
"[The] writing glimmers in thick San Francisco Bay fog… Enter these redwoods at your own risk, and prepare to be bewitched."
– Tris McCall, Newark Star-Ledger, January 4, 2013
"Sure to satisfy… It’s an album unmoored in quiet, often fascinating ways."
– Matthew Fiander, PopMatters, January 21, 2013
"Northern California Girls" (radio edit) lyric video.
Postable, embeddable "Someday Our Love Will Sell Us Out" mp3.
CVB Tour dates:
Wed Jan 23 - Sky City – Augusta, GA
Thu Jan 24 - 40-Watt Club - Athens GA
Fri Jan 25 - The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
Sat Jan 26 - The Earl – Atlanta, GA
Sun Jan 27 - Mountain Stage - Charleston WV
Thu Feb 14 - Burnsville PAC - Minneapolis MN (w/ Cracker)
Sat Feb 16 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco CA
Sun Feb 17 - Hopmonk - Novato, Novato, CA
Mon Feb 18 - Odd Fellows Hall - Davis CA
Thurs Feb 21 – Hollywood, CA – House of Blues (w/ Leftover Salmon)
Fri Feb 22 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle WA
Sat Feb 23 - Mississippi Studios - Portland OR