Friday, April 11, 2008

Pitchfork Also Murders Cloud Cult (Plus Tour Kicks Off Tonight)

Download: Cloud Cult - "When Water Comes to Life"
Download: Cloud Cult - "The Tornado Lessons"

I think I've figured it out. Somehow, Minnesotan-based bands must have conspired to murder Ryan Schrieber's family in its entirety, and now he's seeking revenge through his website, the indie institution Pitchfork Media. After Minnesotans Tapes N Tapes got a 5.9 for their sophomore effort. But it would seem that the true carnage was being saved for fellow Minnesotans, the environmental collective Cloud Cult, who today received a 4.2 for their eight album, Feel Good Ghosts, released earlier this week.

Reviewer Ian Cohen says that "good intentions can only go so far and Feel Good Ghosts repeatedly fails to meet the listener halfway; Minowa hasn't run out of things to say, but he's having trouble coming up with new ways to say them, and Feel Good Ghosts unfortunately feels like another byproduct of Cloud Cult's recycling process."

Zing! Also, Ouch! For those of you who want to make up your own minds, head on over to Twin Cities where you can stream snippets of the entire record here.

In other Cloud Cult news, the band kicks off its tour behind its eighth release tonight in Madison, Wisconsin. Here are the dates (including two in Chicago!):

Apr 11 2008
High Noon Saloon
Madison, Wisconsin

Apr 12 2008
Radio Radio - w/ The Forms
Indianapolis, Indiana

Apr 13 2008
Blind Pig w/ The Forms and Mason Proper
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Apr 14 2008
El Mocambo
Toronto, Ontario

Apr 16 2008
Middle East - Downstairs
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Apr 17 2008
Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, New York

Apr 18 2008
The Bowery Ballroom
New York, New York

Apr 19 2008
Rock and Roll Hotel
Washington DC

Apr 21 2008
Local 506
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Apr 22 2008
Smith’s Olde Bar w/ The Forms
Atlanta, Georgia

Apr 24 2008
The Basement
Columbus, Ohio

Apr 25 2008
Schuba’s Tavern
Chicago, Illinois

Apr 25 2008
Schuba’s Tavern
Chicago, Illinois

Apr 26 2008
First Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 6 2008
The Elks Theater
Rapid City, South Dakota

May 7 2008
Filling Station - w/ Kid Dakota
Bozeman, Montana

May 8 2008
The Loft - w/ Kid Dakota
Missoula, Montana

May 9 2008
Seattle, Washington

May 10 2008
Doug Fir Lounge
Portland, Oregon

May 13 2008
Bottom of the Hill
San Francisco, California

May 14 2008
Knitting Factory
Hollywood, California

May 16 2008
Belly Up, Aspen - w/ Kid Dakota
Aspen, Colorado

May 17 2008
Larimer Lounge
Denver, Colorado

May 18 2008
Larimer Lounge
Denver, Colorado

May 19 2008
Slowdown w/ Kid Dakota
Omaha, Nebraska

Feel Good Ghosts is out now and can be ordered through the band's website.

Cloud Cult MySpace Page

(Jonathan Graef)

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Blogger JOSH said...

Fuck Pitchfork...If they aren't the ones to "discover" a band, they feel the need to rip them. I would bet if this was Cloud Cult's
1st CD and it was recorded in a shit hole apartment in Brooklyn, it would not be a 4.2.
I am not saying this is a magical album or that Cloud Cult are Minnesota version of the Arcade Fire, but c'mon, 4.2? That is an F-.
Same thing with CYHSY and TNT, did they really become medicore bands or are P-Fork rating on buzz and their own abilty to create disccusion (look, we make bands huge!) instead of the actual merits of the albums?
Jerks. Someone needs to knock them off of their high horse.

1:28 PM  
Blogger haasertime said...

or maybe (maybe?) they just didn't like the album?

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nope... they hold gripes like a 3 year old kid, it's sad

6:14 PM  
Blogger April said...

I dunno. As the hard ass on this blog, I'm often given the business for being too hard. Logically, on the PFork scale, a 5 is about average, so CC was less than average. The more I reflect on the TnT grade, the more I think it fairly reasonable, since the album was quite underwhelming to me, as well. There are some valid points in the CC review, and some points that I think were belabored too much.

Because of PF's stature, it's really tempting to take what they say as gospel. I hope that's something that gets moved past as blogs gain more ground (that being said, we shouldn't post about them so much...).

11:39 PM  
Blogger Hot Sauce said...

I was at Cloud Cult's show in Madison. They were fantastic! Really outstanding! I was blown away (and I'm not impressed easily).

I don't read Pitchfork. Never have, never will. I prefer independent publications, like MFR.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Yancy said...

Fine if Pitchfork did not like the music-
The music comes from the heart, words are understandable and have meaning.
I have heard them at SXSW, Monolith, the Varsity, and will hear them in Omaha.
A class act and people with heart!

3:09 PM  

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