Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Night Videos Redux:: Autumn Defense


image:: Pat Sansone and  John Stirratt, fundamentaldigital

Earlier today, I posted a Friday Night Videos on Julie Peel, who will be playing with Autumn Defense on Saturday night [Autumn Defense Nov./Dec. tour dates]. I stumbled on Autumn Defense when I bought their split EP with Hem, 'Birds, Beasts, and Flowers' and got to see them live with Toronto's LinnyQat at the Swedish American Hall in SF. The 'Birds, Beasts, and Flowers' tracks are on this player::



Autumn Defense is Wilco multi instrumentalists John Stirratt and Pat Sansones’ side project, lush with a wide array of instruments and a mellow 70s vibe. I’m most familiar with their 'Birds, Beasts, and Flowers', where they trade-off tracks with Hem, creating an interesting pop aural experience with Hem’s urban folk and Autumn Defense’s brand of rock pop. At their SF show way back when, they did a great cover of Bob Welch’s “Sentimental Lady”::



I read Chart Attack’s review of just released ‘Once Around’ {$9.99 download, $15.99 CD, $19.99 vinyl} that gives the band props for having better lyrics than anything Wilco has released since Yankee Foxtrot Hotel and having the ability to craft a unclichéd love song. A track from the new album, “Back of My Mind” is available on ReverbNation {requires e-mail list signup to go beyond the preview & also allows downloading}::




which sounds pretty good.

Here are three live performances of the band, starting with "Bluebirds Fall" from the 'Birds, Beasts, and Flowers' EP::



"The World {Will Soon Turn Our Way}" and "The Answer" from the 2003 'Circles' album::





"City Bells" from their 2007 eponymous album has jazzy overtones interspersed with their folksy guitarwork::


Finally, here's an excerpt of the band doing Alex Chilton's "You Can't Have Me" from earlier in the year in Chicago::



Twitterversion:: [videos + streamed audio] #FridayNightVideos featuring Autumn Defense. @Prof_K

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