Brooklyn-based party-starters Javelin have generated a lot of buzz for themselves. In addition to selling out a limited pressing of Thrill Jockey 12-inch vinyls (Javelin, Number Two), the two cousins, Tom van Buskirk and George Langford, somehow snagged a prime opening slot by dragging their 20-boom-box-strong soundsystem on the road with Mos Def. The real twist? They haven’t even released their debut yet! Now, if that’s not a great lead in, then we’re all ears.
Set for release on April 20th (via David Byrne’s Luaka Bop Records), Javelin’s first LP, No Mas, encompasses 45 minutes of floor-thumping beats, illustrating the duo’s ability to successfully transmit every genre known to man, “bouncing between samplers and strings, drum machines and drum sets, and a growing collection of guitars, horns and homemade thumb pianos.” However, don’t confuse the band’s beat-matching with the likes of Girl Talk; these cousins have painstakingly created the vast majority of the sounds through their own multi-instrumental skills.
To help promote its release, and following its UK tour with Yeasayer, Javelin will be making tour stops across North America from February through April. The tour will conclude with several stops in the US and Canada, including Lincoln, Iowa City, Detroit, Bloomington, and Montreal.
Below you’ll find the complete track listing and the awesomely fitting album art.
No Mas Tracklist:
02. Mossy Woodland
03. Oh! Centra
04. On It On It
05. Intervales Theme
06. We Ah Wi
07. Tell Me, What Will it Be?
08. Moscow 1980
09. The Merkin Jerk
10. C Town
11. Off My Mind
12. Susie Cues
13. Shadow Heart
Javelin 2010 Tour Dates:
02/16 – Birmingham, UK @ Academy 2 #
02/17 – Glasgow, UK @ Oran Mor #
02/19 – Dublin, IE @ Academy #
02/20 – Belfast, IE @ The Speakeasy #
02/21 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3 #
02/22 – Leeds, UK @ The Faversham #
02/23 – London, UK @ Heaven (NME show) #
02/25 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla #
02/26 – Brighton, England @ Digital #
03/04 – New York, NY @ New York University
03/23 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon &
03/24 – Lincoln, NB @ Bourbon Theater &
03/25 – Iowa City, IA @ Public Space One &
03/26 – Bloomington, IN @ Dope Couture &
03/27 – Knoxville, TN @ Big Ears Festival
03/28 – Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon St.
03/29 – Detroit, MI @ The Cafe &
03/30 – Toronto, ON @ The Deleon White Gallery &
03/31 – Montreal, QC @ The Friendship Cove &
04/16 – Madrid, ES @ La Casa Encendida !
# = w/Yeasayer
& = w/ These Are Powers
! = w/High Places, Sunburned Hand of the Man