Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free is the fourth album by Akron/Family. It was released on May 5, 2009 by Dead Oceans Records (and in Europe by Crammed Discs). On February 15, 2009 Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free leaked on the internet.
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Akron/Family is a folk-influenced experimental rock band that formed in 2002, and its members currently live in Portland, Oregon and New York City, New York.
Music and history
Though each member of the band—Dana Janssen, Seth Olinsky, and Miles Seaton—can be relegated to loosely defined roles (drummer, vocalist/guitarist, and bassist, respectively), all members play several instruments and sing, as evidenced by their shows and recorded material: Live, the band uses improvisation and three-part harmonies in prominence. On their self-titled debut record, field recordings of a creaking chair, thunderclaps and the white noise of a television find their way alongside psychedelic and electronic elements, guitars and a glockenspiel.
Between 2003 and 2007 the band was the hub of a social scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn which revolved around the 'Gimmie Coffee' coffee shop. Many of the events of this period served as material for songs.
In 2003, the band began sending demos to Young God Records label head Michael Gira, who announced the following year their signing to the label. Akron/Family, culled from several albums' worth of material recorded in the band's Brooklyn apartment, was released in March 2005. The Wire said, "Akron/Family's hushed left field pastoralism invite comparison with the loose US scene of folk-derived weirdness ... Immaculately interwoven electronics and the care with which each beautifully recorded track unfolds recall Chicago post-rock ..." (Davies 2005).
Released that same month was Angels of Light's Sing "Other People", on which Akron/Family served as the main backing band. Several extensive tours of the United States and Europe with Gira — playing as Angels of Light — followed immediately afterward, lasting much of the rest of the year. In the stretches supporting Gira, the band played dual roles as both the supporting and headlining act; in the stretches without Gira, their touring mates included Great Lake Swimmers and Sir Richard Bishop of Sun City Girls.
The next Akron/Family material released was Akron/Family & Angels of Light, a split album with Angels of Light in October 2005. Shortly after releasing Meek Warrior in October 2006, the band debuted seven demo songs on WNYC radio, suggesting another album was already in the works. The band has contributed vocals to Canadian post-rock band Do Make Say Think's album, You, You're a History in Rust and the more recent, Other Truths.
In September 2007, it was announced that original member, Ryan Vanderhoof, departed the group "amicably sometime between the completion of (2007 release) Love Is Simple and the start of the band's U.S. tour" according to Akron/Family's publicist. The reasoning behind his departure was that "he went to live in a Buddhist Dharma center (Tsogyelgar/Flaming Jewel) in the Midwest." The Akron/Family tour in September 2007 included supporting acts Megafaun and Greg Davis who joined the Akron/Family onstage to create a seven-piece band. Megafaun and Greg Davis also played in Akron/Family band for their October 2007 west coast tour. The Dodos played the opening sets on this tour. In the spring of 2008 the band toured with Megafaun as their supporting act. In addition to opening, all three members of Megafaun joined Akron/Family onstage to create a six-piece band. Akron/Family are primarily performing as a three-piece band now.
In the summer of 2008 Seth Olinsky Co-Produced an album by Fletcher Kaufman. The album was released in Oct. 2010 and features musical appearances by both Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton of Akron/Family as well as Val LaCerra from Key of V, Alex Callenberger from Clawfoot Slumber, Charles Lloyd from Cash Pony, and Johnny J. Blair. It is available for free at .
On October 5, 2008, the News section of Akron/Family's official website was updated to announce that the band had begun recording a new album.
The album, entitled Set 'Em Wild, Set Em Free was released on May 5, 2009 by Dead Oceans Records. Crammed Discs will be putting it out in Europe on the same date. On February 15th, 2009 Set 'Em Wild, Set Em Free leaked onto the internet. Throughout the late summer and into the fall of 2009, Akron/Family headlined a tour with Slaraffenland as the opening band and Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard serving as lead support. Slaraffenland also contributed in much of Akron/Family's set, playing percussion and horns.
S/T II:The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Akron/Family have recently sent out an email confirming the title of their new album. Here is some of what they wrote:
This album is titled S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT. We have no idea what that means. After the jump you’ll find a photo of the note found in the brown box delivery with the song list, video, and an mp3 of the song fragments retrieved from the TDK CDR, relics of a new tomorrow and a brighter Akron/Family filled future. These are the beginnings, hell or high water you’ll find S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT in stores in the U.S. on February 8, and March 14 in the U.K.
A suspected version of the album was leaked to the internet on December 24th, 2010, though there was a dispute on numerous message boards and filesharing communities whether or not it was the actual album or a remixed "teaser" version leaked by the band due to the radically different nature of the material. A different, second version of the album was leaked on December 28th, 2010, confirming suspicions that the band was leaking alternate mixes of the album as teasers. The actual album leaked on January 13th.
* Akron/Family (March 2005; Young God Records)
* Akron/Family & Angels of Light (October 2005; Young God Records) - split album with Angels of Light.
* Meek Warrior (October 2006; Young God Records) - a collaboration with a longtime hero, percussionist Hamid Drake
* Love Is Simple (September 2007)
* Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free (May 2009; Dead Oceans Records, and Crammed Discs for Europe)
* Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT (February 8, 2011; Dead Oceans Records)
* Eskimo (2003, self-released) CDR, 16 tracks
* Franny & The Portal To The Fractal Universe Of Positive Vibrations (2003; self-released) CDR, 13 tracks.
* Intimate (2003, self-released) CDR, 6 tracks
* Akron (2005, self-released) CD, 7 tracks
* Akron/Family Live Tour CD (2006; self-released) - 24 track collection of live recordings from 2002 to 2005 sold on tour, limited to 1000 copies.
* Best Of Seth: 3 CD Set From Seth Olinsky of Akron/Family (2006; Achord Recordings) - 42 tracks, some new as well as different versions of many songs from all of Akron/Family's other albums sold on tour, limited to 500 copies.
* Akron/Family, Greg Davis, and Megafaun OM EP (2007; self-released) - 8 track collection of live recordings and alternate versions sold on tour, limited to 1000 copies.
* Improv Series 1 (2010; self-released) - 14 track collection of improvisation recordings, distributed for free download at .
* Fletcher Kaufman - House Of Glass Dolls (2010; self-released) - 12 track album co-produced by Seth Olinsky, featuring Seth Olinsky and Miles Seaton. Find it here free -
* Davies, Sam. "." The Wire. April 2005. This text has been derived from Akron/Family on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0