Akron/Family's World Domination

Akron/Family and Dead Oceans Plot World Domination for 2009

Dead Oceans will be teaming up with Akron/Family in 2009 for their first release since their epic 2007 album Love is Simple. Following two albums, a collaborative work with jazz masters Hamid Drake and William Parker (Meek Warrior) and a split EP on the venerable Young God label, Akron/Family will be joining the Dead Oceans roster.

Akron/Family is Seth Olinsky, Dana Janssen and Miles Seaton and is currently in the midst of editing and mixing a new LP for release in spring 2009.

The band is also planning a short run of late-December tour dates, culminating in a very special performance at the Knitting Factory in New York City on New Year's Eve. This is the last show ever at the legendary venue's Manhattan location, and the club has chosen the perfect band to close them out with a bang.

Read on to see what others have said about Akron/Family:

"They really PLAY together, truly messing with sound... Deep musical connection and skill... ild, instinctual experimentalism (Zep style wig-outs and shamanic incantations)... Heady, bodily, beautiful stuff." –MOJO

"...now roaming all over a wide, open space where antique folk balladry, primal drone and explosive improvisation meet and melt in a woodland psychedelia that answers an age-old musical question: What if Pink Floyd gave birth to Ummagumma in The Band's basement at Big Pink?" –Rolling Stone

"Akron/Family is writing a 21st century non-denominational hymnal, free of any New Age stink or hippie laziness... Their constant desire to obliterate the line between audience/consumer and performer/musician shares something with the Dead, Phish and others who've introduced participatory elements into the mix. However, those bands rarely gave so freely or vigorously to those who stood before them. Akron/Family are a very special band and you cheat yourself with every minute you wait to wade into their waters." – JamBase (Read our full feature here.)

Tour Dates:
12.28 Boston, MA – TT the Bears
12.29 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
12.31 New York, NY – The Knitting Factory


[Published on: 12/10/08]

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thewormisgod starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 11:12AM
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I cannot wait for these guys to come back West... One of the best shows i saw in '08.

Cola21 Wed 12/10/2008 12:13PM
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A few uninteresting, insignificant but honest remarks: I have a positive bias toward bands with beards. Recently though I have not been let down with Fleet Foxes, Vetiver, Darker My Love. So I'll be checking these guys out with my fingers crossed. Next, I absolutely hate that MOJO used decided to use the word "heady" in the midst of a handful of other great adjectives. I hate the word "heady."

Conjugal Burning Wed 12/10/2008 12:19PM
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Conjugal Burning

damn cola, that is one headie tyedye you're wearing in that pic bro. i do want to check out these cats live

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 01:00PM
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Ive been waiting with great suspense for them to get back to the west as well.

thier shows and workshops at high sierra were the best things i'd seen in a long time.

stinkd starstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 01:12PM
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iwantstogetfunkedup Wed 12/10/2008 01:28PM
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A 3-date tour is an auspicious start to dominating the world.

funkybch starstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 01:38PM
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I love this band and Love Is Simple is a great album. But be careful with the Phish comparisons because I read an interview where some people in the band said they did not like the music of Phish AT ALL. They made it clear to me they weren't interested in that comparison. They did willingly admit to liking the Grateful Dead. from my perspective, it seems the newer indie groups that tap into that "jam" element, are avoiding the word "jam" like the plague. They are embracing the Dead, but run far from Phish when they come up. Whatever.

jerryil star Wed 12/10/2008 03:47PM
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stinkd, where can I find that movie. I'd love to see it. I gather that you remember when jambase used to be about MUSIC too?

stinkd starstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 05:38PM
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Jerryil, The video is pretty funny. honestly, I only saw/heard about 3 Akron songs at High Sierra, anyway, I am retracting my post about Akron, and yes, Jambase is about music. not opinions about music, and not about music video either.. (or, maybe, it is a music site about Elvis eating banana/peanut butter sandwiches, or, maybe it's about Dave Matthew Band peeing out of their tour bus all over hikers, or, maybe it's about Johnny Dangerously the classic comedic gangster movie, or, maybe it's about hmmmmm...... :)

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/10/2008 10:37PM
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"super go america guys"! you are awesome

welting Thu 12/11/2008 06:01AM
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This band is the tits. Just got my tix for new year's. Let's get rowdy.

groovatronics starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 04:27PM
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seriously one of my very favorite bands. a great way to describe their shit is, like it said up there, primal. truly primal, soulful music. i don't think these guys are trying to prove anything to anyone.

iAMuANDwhatIseeISme starstarstar Thu 12/11/2008 05:57PM
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i haven't heard enough of this band, but what i have i really like....but i think the "those bands rarely gave so freely or vigorously to those who stood before them" statement about the dead and phish is baseless. i know it's an excerpt from a previous article, but that is just absurd. the dead wrote the book on forging an original sound through absolute homage to influence. phish was the evolution of that. half of each band's repetoire was music that sent them in their direction. i would even go so far as to say phish is the epitome of an homage band. as eclectic as they come. and i dont want to sound like one of those "phish is the end all, be all" kind-of-people, i just wholly disagree with that assessment. peace!

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/12/2008 09:10AM
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hey, have you noticed everybodys crazy?

RainbowSerpent starstarstar Fri 12/12/2008 10:33AM
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While I can appreciate what these guys are doing, it bothers me that they are too elite in their minds to be compared to The Grateful Dead and Phish. Apparently the jamming they do is "art", while what the Grateful Dead and Phish did is "mindless noodling". There was an article in Relix that explored this wave of Indie bands that are tapping into the Jam element and embracing The Grateful Dead. The difference between true Jam fans/Deadheads and these Indie bands is that they are only picking out pieces of the music and The Dead that they like, where most of us embrace the whole experience.

jerryil star Sat 12/13/2008 12:40PM
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No, really stinkd....I wasn't busting your balls. I meant that. I was really stoked for Akron Family going into HSMF. I had heard a few of their songs, and was telling all of my friends that we needed to check them out. I got a big crew together, and we went to their Grandstand Stage set and after three songs, when we realized that they were serious and not just completely joking, we left in utter disappointment. I really would like to see that video.

stinkd starstar Mon 12/15/2008 12:57PM
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cool. send me a message to my jambase account, or whatever you'd call it, and I will need your email address or your mailing address, soon I am sending out a 8 movie DVD to many people, and High Sierra and Langerado 2008 are two movies on that DVD. I am a documentary movie maker, and yes, Akron was not wut I expected either.