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Harlem River out Nov. 26 on Woodsist Records


ALBUM STREAM: Kevin Morby – Harlem River


Kevin Morby’s debut album, Harlem River, is now streaming one week early over at Pitchfork.

Kevin Morby will also be playing a free, all ages album release show this Saturday in LA at Permanent Records. The show is at 6pm PST and Wet Illustrated will also be playing (flyer below).   

Harlem River marks the solo debut of songwriter Kevin Morby. Known for  his work as the singer/guitarist for the Brooklyn band The Babies and  bassist for Woods, the Kansas City native and new Los Angeles resident,  calls the record “an homage to New York City,” his adopted home for the  past five years.

Harlem River features eight  interweaving tales of tragedy and misfortune; a series of desperate  characters playing out their dramas with the city as backdrop. A  departure from some of the signature sounds of his better known  projects, Morby’s songs glisten with a haunting intimacy and while he  maintains that the songs are stories about other people, it’s hard not  to feel a piece of him in each one; a half-imagined, half-painfully  personal world of lost love, addiction, violence and prayers for the  departed.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles  in February and March of ’13 with producer Rob Barbato who recorded The  Babies’ second album, Our House On The Hill, and whose guitar and bass  work figure prominently on Harlem River. The album also features drummer  Justin Sullivan (The Babies) as well as contributions from Will  Canzoneri, Tim Presley (White Fence), Dan Lead, and Cate Le Bon.

Harlem River is currently available for pre-order through Woodsist.


Tour Dates:

12/03 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *
12/05 Portland, OR – Doug Fir *
12/06 Seattle, WA – Barboza *
12/07 Boise, ID – Neurolux *
12/09 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
12/11 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
12/13 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live *
12/14 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg *
01/07 Dallas, TX – Three Links *
01/08 Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds *
01/09 New Orleans, LA – The Mint *
01/10 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree *
01/11 Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic *
01/12 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room *
01/14 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern *
01/15 Washington, DC – DC9 *
01/16 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge *
01/17 Philadelphia, PA – The Boot and Saddle *
01/18 Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs *
01/20 Montreal, QC – Il Motore *
01/21 Toronto, ON – The Drake *
01/22 Pontiac, MI – Pike Room at Crofoot *
01/23 Chicago, IL – Schubas *
01/24 Madison, WI – The Frequency *
01/25 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry *
01/27 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
01/28 Norman, OK – Opolis *
01/29 Austin, TX – Mohawk Inside *
01/31 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
02/01 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
* = w/ Cate Le Bon

Kevin Morby
Harlem River
(Woodsist Records)
Street Date: November 26, 2013
Formats: CD / LP / Digital

1. Miles, Miles, Miles
2. Wild Side (Oh The Places You’ll Go)
3. Harlem River
4. If You Leave and If You Marry
5. Slow Train
6. Reign
7. Sucker in the Void (The Lone Mile)
8. The Dead They Don’t Come Back