Sam Prekop - Old Punch Card

Sam Prekop’s most distinctive attribute is his voice — that voice you’ve grown used to via longtime work with Shrimp Boat and the Sea And Cake (and via Broken Social Scene’s Forgiveness Rock Record). On “The Silhouettes,” the lead track from his forthcoming modular synthesized solo album Old Punch Card, he doesn’t open his mouth. As Prekop notes, ” “I’d have to say this record is pretty much unlike anything else I’ve done.” True. We’re told he was inspired by “early” musique concrète, electronic music and free improv as well as “cartoon” music maker Raymond Scott (who had that unexpected revival in the early ’90s, when I was discovering Shrimp Boat), Portuguese composer Nuno Canavarro, and David Behrman. Across its nine tracks you’ll find zero vocals, no beats, and only one instance of guitar. Put on your headphones, though, and you’ll find plenty to like.

Old Punch Card is out 9/7 via Thrill Jockey. All the covers (for the CD and LP versions) are hand-painted/unique. This fall the Sea And Cake are on tour with Broken Social Scene. Maybe Prekop will whip out some solo material (probably not).

09/13 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre #
09/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts #
09/17 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues #
09/18 – New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield #
09/20 – New Haven, CT @ Toads Place #
09/21 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre #
09/22 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground #
09/24 – Ithaca, NY @ Historic Ithaca State Theatre #
09/25 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom #
10/02 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre #
10/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre #
10/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue #
10/06 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre #
10/07 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Odeon Events Centre #
10/08 – Calgary, AB @ Macewan Hall #
10/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Winspear Centre #
10/10 – Kelowna, BC @ Kelowna Community Theatre #
10/12 – Victoria, BC @ Element Nightclub #
10/13 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom #
10/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom #
10/15 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Ballroom #
10/16 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom #
10/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Treasure Islands Music Festival
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre #

# w/ Broken Social Scene

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