Track of the Day: Sharon Van Etten - "Serpents"

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I received notice of a death today. All told it was a day of jubilation where toil ended in mourning. And in sadness and the slow grind toward that eventual end that you feel, because you feel that every death is a reminder of your own, that everyone's connection is in a morbid shared fate we are reminded time after time of fighting against it all, against the serpents, of the hatred that we share of our small time and the hatred when its taken from us.

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Sharon Van Etten’s new album (Tramp, out Feb. 7, 2012 on Jagjaguwar) showcases an artist in full control of her powers, and “Serpents” blares Tramp’s articulated vision. With venomous strength, Sharon’s singing and lyrics attack self-doubt and insecurity, when one feels the initial pangs of a relationship turning away from beauty towards rot. She’s backed by a supporting cast of The National’s Aaron Dessner (slide guitar, bass) and Bryce Dessner (ebo guitar), The Walkmen’s Matt Barrick (drums), Doveman’s Thomas Bartlett (keys), and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner (vocals). “Serpents” offers only an inkling of the glorious Tramp, an album nuanced in a language of powerful rock, minimal beauty, and pious strength.

Tue. Dec. 13 -- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre w/ The National
Fri. Feb. 10 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Shearwater
Sat. Feb. 11 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Shearwater
Sun. Feb. 12 -- Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle w/ Shearwater
Tue. Feb. 14 -- Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center w/ Shearwater
Thu. Feb. 16 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Shearwater
Fri. Feb. 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Shearwater
Sat. Feb. 18 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center w/ Shearwater
Tue. Feb. 21 -- Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace w/ Shearwater
Wed. Feb. 22 -- Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Shearwater
Thu. Feb. 23 -- Boston, MA @ Paradise w/ Shearwater
Fri. Feb. 24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Shearwater
Sat. Feb. 25 -- New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Shearwater
Thu. March 1 – London, UK @ Cargo
Fri. March 2 – Paris, France @ Point FMR
Sat. March 3 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique – Rotonde
Sun. March 4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Tue. March 6 – Berlin, Germany @ Gruener Salon
Tue. March 20 -- Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon w/ The War On Drugs
Wed. March 21 -- San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ The War On Drugs
Fri. March 23 -- Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater w/ The War On Drugs
Sat. March 24 -- Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ The War On Drugs
Sun. March 25 -- Seattle, WA @ The Neptune 
Tue. March 27 -- Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room w/ The War On Drugs
Mon. March 28 -- Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater w/ The War On Drugs
Sat, March 31 -- St. Louis, MO @ Luminary Center for the Arts w/ The War On Drugs
Sun. April 1 -- Bloomington, IN @ Rhino's w/ The War On Drugs

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