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Noah and the Whale - Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down (09/16/08)

NOAH AND THE WHALE
Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down
Release Date: 09/16/08
http://www.cherrytreerecords.com

Track Listing
  1. Atoms in a Molecule   
  2. Jocasta
  3. Shape of my Heart   
  4. Do What You Do       
  5. Give a Little Love   
  6. Second Lover   
  7. 5 Years Time   
  8. Death by Numbers   
  9. Rocks and Daggers   
  10. Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down   
  11. Mary   
  12. Hold My Hand As I'm Lowered   

LINKS
myspace.com/noahandthewhale
noahandthewhale.com


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From weheartmusic.com
 09/30/2008 08:50:16  written by vu ()
Noah and the Whale-5 Years Time
Noah and the Whale
Tour Dates
09/30/08 Doug Fir (FREE SHOW) Portland, OR
10/02/08 Amoeba Music (Instore) San Francisco, California
10/02/08 Pop Scene at 330 Ritch San Francisco, CA
10/04/08 Detour Festival Los Angeles, CA
10/06/08 Spaceland (FREE SHOW) Los Angeles, CA
10/11/08 Barfly - GONZO ON TOUR Birmingham
10/19/08 Students Union Loughborough
10/20/08 Zodiac Oxford
10/21/08 The Duchess York
10/22/08 The Cockpit Leeds
10/24/08 Fat Sams Dundee
10/25/08 The Arches Glasgow
10/26/08 Liquid Rooms Edinburgh
10/27/08 Academy 3 *SOLD OUT* Manchester
10/28/08 Whelans Dublin
10/29/08 The Limelight Belfast
10/31/08 MTV Liverpool Music Week @ Bumper Liverpool
11/01/08 Recue Rooms Nottingham
11/02/08 Phoenix Exeter
11/03/08 Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth
11/04/08 Waterfront Norwich
11/06/08 Koko *SOLD OUT* London
11/07/08 Concorde 2 Brighton
11/08/08 Kasbah Coventry
11/09/08 Thekla *SOLD OUT* Bristol
11/10/08 Junction Cambridge
11/11/08 Glee Club Birmingham
11/12/08 Leadmill Sheffield
11/13/08 The Old Fire Station Bournemouth
Did you catch that Saturn car commercial? That song is by England's Noah and the Whale. They seem to be blowing up with a ton of sold-out pre-ticket sales of their UK shows.... so be sure to get there early for the free shows they're doing here in the states.

A little information about the band, their name was taken from the film The Squid and the Whale and its director, Noah Baumbach, so I think this is a very new band (since I think the film was released only a few years ago).

Their debut album, Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down, was released in the US on September 16th on Cherry Tree Records. UK fans was already enjoying their album last August from major-label Mercury.

Even before the Saturn commercial, I already had "5 Years Time" picked out as the song of choice because it's such a "fun, fun, fun" song. The lyrics seems pretty simple (about love and friendship and being happy), but I reckon it's the happy melodies that you'll like. Also, is that a ukulele or a fiddle that I hear?

Most of their songs seems to be about love (and happiness) and death (and happiness?). The songs about love and happiness sounds upbeat. Songs like "Give a Little Love" sounds almost hippyish, "if you give a little love, you can get a little love of your own."

"Shape of my Heart" is about masking your love: if there's any love in me, Don't let it show/if there's any love in me, don't let it grow. Come on, you know singer Charlie Fink is full of love and warmth.

My second favorite song is the almost-science song, "Atoms in a Molecule". It's a love song, what else?

If love is just a game
How come I've never won?
I guess maybe it's possible I might be playing it wrong

I think perhaps the most unhappiest song here is the closing song, "Hold My Hand As I'm Lowered". It's a "dead" slow song. I might hazard a guess that the title is referencing lowered in a coffin? The song seems to be about growing old and reaching the end.

I love their lyrics and song melodies, but if you're in a depressing mood, then I would suggest listening to any Smiths album.

Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down is available now and you can find the album at most record stores. See them on tour!

Trivia: Interestingly enough, Laura Marling was one time a member of Noah and the Whale, before venturing off as a solo artist.

Links: noahandthewhale.com myspace.com/noahandthewhale


Noah and the Whale in the states!

14 August 2008, 8:39AM CDT by vu (Vu Nguyen)  [updated at 8:47AM CDT]

From Sneak Attack


Noah and the Whale - Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down (09/16/08)
Hey kids it's more good stuff from Noah and the Whale -- the magical band hailing from London who find inspiration in the films of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach and sound a little like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Kinks and Belle and Sebastian. Check out the official tour announcement below and let me know if you'd like to cover any of the dates!

 ** Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down out September 16th **

Check out "5 Years Time (Sun Sun Sun)"

And then check out the video for "5 Years Time (Sun Sun Sun)"

TOUR DATES
All tickets on sale this Friday, August 15th!!

September 16- Union Pool- Brooklyn, NY
September 18-
Sidewalk Cafe- New York, NY     
September 19-
Mercury Lounge- New York, NY     
September 20-
TOAD- Boston, MA**
September 22-
The Saints- Montreal**
September 23-
Horseshoe Tavern- Toronto, ONT**
September 25-
TBA- Chicago, IL            
September 26-
Empty Bottle- Chicago, IL  
September 29-
Chop Suey- Seattle, WA**
September 30-
Doug Fir Lounge- Portland, OR**
October 02-
Pop Scene @ 330 Ritch- San Francisco, CA   
October 04-
Detour Festival- Los Angeles, CA      
October 06-
Spaceland- Los Angeles, CA**

**notes a FREE show!


 Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down

Track List

2 Atoms In A Molecule
Jocasta
Shape of My Heart
Do What You Do
Give a Little Love
Second Lover
5 Years Time
Rocks and Daggers
Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down
Mary
Hold My Hand As I’m Lowered

For more information about Noah and the Whale, please visit:

www.myspace.com/noahandthewhale
www.youtube.com/realnoahandthewhale
www.noahandthewhale.com

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Meet Noah and the Whale
From Sneak Attack

Meet Noah and the Whale -- a magical band hailing from London who find inspiration in the films of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach and sound a little like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Kinks and Belle and Sebastian.

** Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down out September 16th **
Check out 5 Years Time.


Charlie Fink started playing the guitar when he was a young man. He started writing songs when he was a little older. He discovered the concepts of love, death and time shortly after this and soon could think about little else. The remainder of his formative years Charlie spent with his ears inside headphones recording his own songs or listening to musicians with similar preoccupations.

The words and sounds of Dylan, Young and Wilson changed Charlie’s frame of reference. Charlie obsessed about their sense of narrative and their scale, and their ability to combine wit and seriousness. With the proliferation of computer systems, Charlie discovered closer contemporaries. He soon felt empowered by the honesty, immediacy and authenticity of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston and Jeffrey Lewis.

Eventually it occurred to Charlie that his compulsion to expel in song his deep-set morbid anxieties might serve some public purpose. Initially he ventured forth beyond his gravel drive on his own. Soon however, Charlie decided that he better have his brother Doug on board otherwise he might get lonely and people might not listen properly. Doug plays the drums which can be quite loud, so Charlie took away his cymbals and forged them into a triangle and tambourine. The searing strings of classical violin prodigy Tom Fiddle had long impressed Charlie. Tom liked Charlie’s songs and ‘Noah and the Whale’ was conceived. They played their first gig in late 2006 to the sound engineer, Doug’s housemate and Tom Hatred. They all loved it. So began months of gigging in corners, on tables and inside cupboards.

At length it was decided that more instruments would be needed. It just so happened that an age-old child actor friend of theirs, the dapper chameleon and instrumentally dextrous Urby Whale, who had sunned with the Fink family in seaside Wales throughout the early nineties, was available having recently departed other projects. With his patented wardrobe, cultured dance moves and the ability to play bass guitar and glockenspiel simultaneously, Urby Whale represented the realisation of the famed and famous ‘Noah and the Whale’ stage show which continues to tour to this day. Check them out this summer at Lollapalooza!

 

Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down

Track List

2 Atoms In A Molecule
Jocasta
Shape of My Heart
Do What You Do
Give a Little Love
Second Lover
5 Years Time
Rocks and Daggers
Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down
Mary
Hold My Hand As I’m Lowered

 

For more information about Noah and the Whale, please visit:


www.myspace.com/noahandthewhale
www.youtube.com/realnoahandthewhale
www.noahandthewhale.com


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