Neutral Uke Hotel, Golden Bloom And Michael J Epstein Launch West Coast Tour February 17, 2012
A lot has happened since Neutral Uke Hotel first took up their ukes to pay tribute to the beloved In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. The ukulele is back in the limelight, with Eddie Vedder's Ukulele Songs up for a Grammy. Jeff Mangum is out and about, playing shows, and coordinating the release of an epic Neutral Milk Hotel box set. It's the perfect time for Neutral Uke Hotel, Golden Bloom and Michael J Epstein to hit the road again. The three bands will travel their way up the west coast beginning on Feb. 17 at The Echo in Los Angeles, bringing power pop, great melodies and sing-along fun to NMH fans.
Neutral Uke Hotel's mission statement is simple: to unite obsessed fans of Neutral Milk Hotel for a live performance of their critically acclaimed album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, played in its entirety on ukulele by Shawn Fogel, with accompaniment from members of Golden Bloom and The Motion Sick.
Shawn Fogel also fronts Golden Bloom, a project that has attracted a lot of attention. In various configurations, the band has performed at CMJ and SXSW, and shared the stage with Guster, David Bazan, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Telekinesis, Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide), Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Rocky Votolato. Fogel has worked with producers Peter Katis (The National, Mates of State), Roger Greenwalt (Ben Kweller), Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek) and Ryan Ball on his LP, Fan the Flames and EP March to the Drums. His cover of The Philistines Jr's "Working Title: The Mob Song" appears on the indie-star studded If A Lot of Bands Play in The Woods...
Michael J Epstein can't stop. A musical dynamo, his myriad projects are distinctive yet always have a component of his personality at the center. With his band The Motion Sick on hiatus, Epstein has branched out more than ever; forming The Michael J Epstein Memorial Library, a baroque indie pop group made up of Epstein and a group of women -- all dressed as librarians; continuing work onDo Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, a minimalist rock duo Epstein and his wife Sophia Cacciola put together to play music inspired by cult-classic show The Prisoner; creating funny children's music as Space Balloons, and releasing tunes inspired by bizarre mail order products as Darling Pet Munkee.
Neutral Uke Hotel, Golden Bloom, and Michael J. Epstein Tour Dates
2/17/12 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA*
2/18/12 - Hotel Utah - San Francisco, CA
2/20/12 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR
2/21/12 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, WA
2/22/12 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
*w/ Miracle Parade