Sunday, June 18, 2017

New album: The Sky Is a Blank Screen – Live Recordings 2016

The Sky is a Blank Screen, a live album from the tours for last year’s Jet Plane and Oxbow, is now available.

The hour-plus album catches the excellent SW lineup of me, Emily Lee, Lucas Oswald, Sadie Powers, and Josh Halpern smashing our way through extended, sometimes off-the-rails versions of most of Jet Plane, along with a spare, reworked “Radio Silence” for Austin’s KUTX, a demo of “Only Child” from my apartment, a cover of Bauhaus’ “Kick in the Eye” for the Onion’s AV Club, a wiry, reinvented “Rooks”, and “You As You Were” from Animal Joy.

Purchases of the complete album also include a live cover of David Bowie’s “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” โ€” which sounded like a new national anthem for the USA at the end of 2016.

The Sky is a Blank Screen is available for streaming and download in a variety of formats, including MP3 and lossless FLAC; it was mixed by Lucas Oswald and mastered by Max Lorenzen in Austin.

We’ve also put together a limited-time bundle of all the SW-approved live albums, including:

  • the live premiere of Rook,
  • a seaside show in France from the Golden Archipelago tour,
  • excerpts from the 3-hour Island Arc Live extravaganza, and
  • the incandescent rock of the Jet Plane and Oxbow tour

at a discounted price of $45 US.

In keeping with the themes of Jet Plane and Oxbow, a portion of the proceeds from both the record and the bundle will benefit the Equal Justice Initiative and Earthjustice.