New Akron/Family Video “Cast a Net”

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Were you one of the lucky ones who caught Akron/Family on their recent Australian tour. What did you think? Pretty amazing eh? Well if you were left pining for more never fear, Akron/Family have just released their brand new video for the track “Cast a Net”. Directed by Brian Ziffer the video has a wonderful dreamlike quality to it. Check it out below:

Akron/Family Announce Australian Tour

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Electro-folk favourites Akron/Family have announced that they will be returning to Australia this October and September to tour their latest album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. The Cosmic Birth tour will take in only a handful of shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle and is guaranteed to jam packed full of folky-electronic weirdness.

Tickets for Akron/Family go on sale on the 18th July with the full list of dates below:

Friday 30th September – Surrealism Up Late, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, OLD
Saturday 1st October – The Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 2nd October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 4th October – Mojos Bar, Fremantle, WA

New Akron/Family Video “Light Emerges”


We’re really loving the new track from electro-folk misfits Akron/Family, entitled “Light Emerges”. It’s probably because out of all the songs on Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT “Light Emerges” seems the most un-electronic (although that is of course relative). The accompanying video was directed by Kelsey Harris and J Logan Corcoran and can be watched in all its Vimeo glory below:

Record Store Day Folk Releases

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Record Store Day is one of those annual events we just love here at Timber and Steel. Originally started in the US as a way of getting consumers off the internet and back into independent record stores, Record Store Day entices music lovers with limited edition releases from some of the world’s best bands along with in-store appearances, signings and free gigs.

This year Record Store Day is getting bigger and better with a huge amount of artists signed on. The event will be held on the 16th April around the world (including in Australia) and we’ve sifted through the limited edition releases that have just been announced to give you our top folk recommendations.

If any of these limited edition Record Store Day releases take your fancy it might be worth heading down to your local independent record store before the 16th April to see what they’ll be getting in. You can find a full list of participating Australian record stores here.

And now for our pick of the releases:

Released Exclusively for Record Store Day

For local releases check with you local independent record store. The full list of Record Store Day day exclusives are here. Go out and support music on the 16th April!

New Akron/Family Video for “Island”


Our favourite experimental-psychedelic-folk group Akron/Family have just dropped their brand new video for the track “Island” off their latest album (deep breath) Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. The video was directed by Daniel M. Gahr and features beautifully shot scenes of landscapes and peaceful environments which perfectly matches the ambient nature of the song.

Watch the video for Akron/Family’s “Island” below:

Stream Akron/Family’s S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT

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Akron/Family are the latest in a long line of bands previewing their upcoming album online. Set to be released on the 8th February, Akron/Family’s new album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT can be listened to in its entirety via 3VOOR12. Click here to launch the player and let us know what you think.

Video for Akron/Family’s “So It Goes”


If you were a fan of the Akron/Family track we posted yesterday, “So It Goes”, then we recommend you check out its official video featuring a two minute intro not found on the MP3. In usual Akron/Family style the video for “So It Goes” is decidedly trippy and was directed by artist Tommy Yasuhara. Let us know what you think.

New Akron/Family Song “So It Goes”


The new Akron/Family album S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT is due out mid-March (or February in the US) and the band have been kind enough to share the forth track “So It Goes” as a free download via Pitchfork. “So It Goes” is not exactly folk with a very Grizzly-Bear-meets-the-The-White-Stripes sound, but then this is the band we’ve described as “psychadelic-folk” so anything was possible. Have a listen and (if you like) download below:

“So It Goes”

Akron/Family New Album Details

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In June we brought you news that psychadelic-folksters Akron/Family were recording a new album and we finally have details. The strangely titled S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT will be released on the 8th February in the US and the 14th March in the UK (no Australian release date as yet) and has the above cover art.

The Akron/Family album announcement also comes with the following, decidely trippy, promo video. Enjoy!

Akron/Family Recording New Album

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US psychadelic-folksters Akron/Family are currently locked down in a studio recording the follow up album to Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free. But rather than shroud the recording process in mystery the band have decided to throw open the virtual doors and let their fans see exactly what they’re up to.

Akron/Family have started posting a bunch of demos online for fans to listen to as they record the album. These demos may or may not make it onto the final record, and even if they do it will most probably be in a completely different form from what they’ve posted. However the band points out that the demos are songs that “begin here and then go from there….”. Whatever that means.

And if you’re even more of an Akron/Family stalker fan you can check out the band’s flickr for photos of their Detroit recording sessions.

No word on a possible release date or name for this album as yet. But hopefully these behind-the-curtain-peaks keep the fans satisfied for now.

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