Cloud Cult: Weathering Life’s Storms Through Song

Cloud Cult

The French word for bread is le pain. I’m no linguist, but I imagine the etymology has nothing to do with the English word for pain. Still, it’s interesting to think of pain as something to be taken in, swallowed and digested, that it might even have salutary effects, like eating bread.

I’m hesitant about posing this query. I’m no masochist, and have long believed that pain is a warning sign of death, its evolutionary role to sound a clarion against ongoing harm. On the other hand, it’s obvious that many of the world’s religions teach us to accept, if not embrace, pain and suffering as a necessary and unavoidable part of life; that doing so puts us on the path towards wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. Seeking out pain is obviously not the answer, but neither is avoidance. Accepting, swallowing, chewing and digesting those morsels of le pain is apparently good for the soul.

Which brings me to Cloud Cult. This is a band principally known for its profound environmental ethics. Early in their career they refused a label deal because the band insisted that the packaging of their CDs be as benign as possible. Organic farming, solar energy, biodiesel-fueled touring — these are the hallmarks of Cloud Cult.

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Times New Viking “Move To California” 7″ Giveaway + Free MP3 Download

Move To California

We’re completely geeking out over this Saturday’s Yo La Tengo show at The Barrymore (tickets here), but not just because of the legendary headliner.  Lo-fi rockers Times New Viking will open, and their cathartic live show is definitely a spectacle worth working yourself into a frenzy over!

For a sneak peek of what’s in store this weekend, read on to check out this killer new free download from the band:

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Rain Machine’s Kyp Malone Muses On New Album Art

Kyp Malone

You may have heard that TV On The Radio‘s Kyp Malone is currently touring and performing under the name Rain Machine.  We’re majorly excited to hear his solo work live when he rolls into Madison on Thursday.  (Get tickets here.)  While you eagerly anticipate the swiftly approaching gig, we recommend you check out Pitchfork’s recent interview with Malone where he discusses the self-produced psychedelic cover art for his new album.