Tal National Release New Album “Kaani”

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Tal National “Kaani” 9-10-13, Noisey Exclusive Album Stream

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Popmatters Serves Up “Wongharey” From Tal National’s Upcoming FatCat Records Debut Kaani

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Tal National Release New Album “Kaani”




Tal National’s joyously hypnotic and highly unique contribution to West African guitar music involves lightning-fast rhythms and a rotating cast of vocalists. The musicians themselves reflect the ethnic diversity of the former French colony, which include the Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations.


The band’s combination of superb talent and hard work drew acclaim from music fans all over the world, including FatCat Records, which signed the band in spring 2013. Then in September, the label released the band’s latest album, Kaani, Tal National’s first worldwide release.


Tal National was originally set to embark on its first tour outside Niger in September, immediately following its album release. However, travel complications with the U.S. Embassy forced the band to delay the tour and push dates back to October. The band’s first U.S. date is now set for Oct. 6 at The Belmore/New Skyway Lounge in Minneapolis, Minn. Other tour stops include Portland, Los Angeles, the Joshua Tree Music Festival and many others.


With several #1 hits in Niger, Tal National is constantly featured on national TV, accommodating local fans in a region where TVs often serve as boomboxes. Even as a domestic phenomenon Tal National members are diligent in sharing their music by selling discs on the streets, at roundabouts. There’s simply no other effective distribution system. The last cd pressing was initially thought to last weeks (the band normally plays five shows per week, each lasting for five hours, all across the region). Instead, they sold out in a day. Tal National’s concert material combines original songs with new arrangements of West African folk songs carrying themes of love, tolerance, peace, and feminine beauty.


In 2006, Tal National recorded its first album, Apokte, which was well received at home. The band sought a better-quality recording for its next album and recruited a Chicago-based recording engineer, Jamie Carter. The 2008 album, ‘A-Na Waya’, stood out in the domestic market, both for its sound quality (a common issue for musicians in a country where it’s nearly impossible to buy instruments, let alone find viable recording studios), and for the integration of traditional instruments such as the talking drum. Tal National then reached fans beyond Niger after three videos from ‘A-na Waya’ were posted on YouTube, each surpassing 100,000 views.


Tal National brought Carter back to Niamey in January 2011 to record Kaani, produced over two weeks at the run-down facility in Niamey. The dust-covered studio, where mosquitoes buzzed in every corner, turned out to be an acoustically ideal environment. With Carter’s engineering assistance, Tal National’s captured the magic of its live performances.


Stream Kaani by Tal National over at Noisey.

Tal National “Kaani” 9-10-13, Noisey Exclusive Album Stream




Noisey serves up the exclusive full album stream of Tal National’s FatCat Records debut Kaani HERE.


In the September issue of The Wire, Julian Crowley raves, “Tal National has arrived at a supercharged sound that combines the kind of ebullience and sparkle you find in West African highlife with the slinky groove of sinuous desert blues. Kaani is a tireless, surging wave of uplifting music.”


“Tal National are huge stars in their homeland for a reason. They slay.” – Seattle Weekly


“What makes this band special is their full-tilt approach, and a hypnotic intensity that reminded me at times of Kinshasa’s Konono No 1″ – The Guardian


Tal National brings the sound of African nightlife to North America for the first time beginning next week in Hudson, NY – see below for a complete list of dates.


9.12.13 – Hudson, NY – The Half Moon
9.14.13 – Arlington, VA – Artisphere
9.15.13 – Asheville, NC – Double Crown
9.16.13 – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox
9.18.13 – Chicago, IL – World Music Festival – Mayne Stage
9.19.13 – Chicago, IL – World Music Festival – Martyr’s
9.21.13 – Milwaukee, WI – Global Union Festival
9.21.13 – Madison, WI – Madison World Music Festival (5:30 PM set)
9.25.13 – Nelsonville, OH – Stuart’s Opera House
9.26.13 – Toronto, ON – Lula Lounge
9.27.13 – Montreal, QC – Pop Montreal
9.28.13 – Biddeford, ME – The Oak & The Ax
9.29.13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (School Night – FREE)
9.30.13 – New York, NY – TBA
10.1.13 – Baltimore, MD – TBA
10.2.13 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s
10.3.13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Cafe
10.4.13 – Dearborn, MI – Arab American National Museum
10.6.13 – Minneapolis, MN – The Belmore / New Skyway Lounge
10.8.13 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
10.9.13 – Portland, OR – The Goodfoot
10.11.13 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
10.12.13 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
10.13.13 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Music Festival

Popmatters Serves Up “Wongharey” From Tal National’s Upcoming FatCat Records Debut Kaani




“Tal National are massive stars back in their homeland of Niger, where they have repeatedly topped the country’s charts and appear regularly on national television, which is often used as music player by Niger citizens.” Read the whole story HERE and grab a listen below.


Pinback On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Pinback ripped it up on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night! See San Diego’s finest play “Proceed To Memory” and “His Phase” from the band’s latest album Information Retrieved below.





Pinback On Late Night With Jimmy Fallon 3/19/13




Pinback makes a stop at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on March 19th, 2013 to perform “Proceed To Memory”, the latest single from the band’s new album Information Retrieved (Temporary Residence Ltd.). Joining the Pinback trio (Rob Crow, Zach Smith and Chris Prescott) onstage will be Kirk from The Roots, Rick Froberg (Obits, Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu) and Matt Schulz (Holy F***!, Enon). WOAH!

Exclusive Stream Of Mice Parade’s “Candela” on WNYC’s Check Ahead




WNYC is hosting the exclusive stream of Mice Parade’s seventh studio LP Candela on Check Ahead this week. Click over there and experience one of the best albums of the band’s long-running career.


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