Handsome Furs “Legal Tender”

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One half of the Two-Headed Genius known in most societies as WOLF PARADE, here is Dan Boeckner’s other rock outfit (threaded in) Handsome Furs with “Legal Tender”, a bit of a departure (though equally awesome in a parallel universe sorta way, like if homosapien and cromagnon co-existed, and with equal voting rights) from when I last heard them with “The Radio’s Hot Sun”.

I have yet to see Handsome Furs perform a rock show. The first I heard the songs from Wolf Parade’s At Mount Zoomer performed live (summer ’07) I thought for sure it would be my favorite record of the year it was released (’08) – it wasn’t – but the genius of those songs performed live just didn’t translate, for me anyway, in terms of the studio creation. Still loved the record (8 out of 10 songs), but hearing Face Control makes me think a reversal of fortune is going on, would I have dug on the same jams if hearing them the first time without headphones on and with a drummer rather than a mister perfecto drum machine? Who cares… give Handsome Furs’ Face Control listen and see for yourself.

Other standout tracks include:

Full Face Control tracklisting

  1. Legal Tender
  2. Evangeline
  3. Talking Hotel Arbat Blues
  4. (Passport Kontrol)
  5. All We Want, Baby, Is Everything
  6. I’m Confused
  7. (White City)
  8. Nyet Spasiba
  9. Officer of Hearts
  10. Thy Will Be Done
  11. Radio Kaliningrad

Handsome Furs will be embarking on a nice tour of Europe in the States in mid-February:

  • Jan 18 2009 Sundance Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Feb 9 2009 Bang Bang Club Berlin
  • Feb 11 2009 Super Festival @ Point Ephemere Paris
  • Feb 12 2009 La Vapeur @ Generiq Festival Dijon
  • Feb 13 2009 Le Cylindre @ Generiq Festival Besançon
  • Feb 14 2009 La Poudrière @ Generiq Festival Belfort
  • Feb 15 2009 Abart Zurich
  • Feb 17 2009 Lio Bar Brescia
  • Feb 18 2009 Casa Milano
  • Feb 19 2009 Locomotiv Bologna
  • Feb 20 2009 Traffic Roma
  • Feb 21 2009 Route du Rock Winter Edition St Malo
  • Mar 12 2009 Mavericks Ottawa
  • Mar 13 2009 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto
  • Mar 14 2009 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mar 15 2009 Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 16 2009 Off Broadway St. Louis, Missouri
  • Mar 17 2009 Mojo’s Columbia, Missouri
  • Mar 19 2009 SXSW Austin, Texas
  • Mar 20 2009 SXSW Insound Party Austin, Texas
  • Mar 21 2009 The Loft Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 23 2009 Jackpot Lawrence, Kansas
  • Mar 25 2009 The Aquarium Fargo, North Dakota
  • Mar 26 2009 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Mar 27 2009 The Maintenance Shop Ames, Iowa
  • Mar 28 2009 The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
  • Mar 30 2009 Southgate House New Port, Kentucky
  • Mar 31 2009 Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apr 1 2009 Bug Jar Rochester, New York
  • Apr 2 2009 Spark Art Space Syracuse, New York

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  1. Pingback: Album review: Handsome Furs - Face Control « MW Music review

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