Our office in New York doesn't have good temperature regulation and the weather has been really weird lately. Today, though, the two bad things are lining up perfectly: old radiator pipes are blasting out heat counterbalanced by cool air coming through open windows. It actually feels like spring. Time for Izaak Opatz.
Izaak is from Montana and his day job is with the National Parks; he met the weird, great Jonny Fritz by chance and linked up with Mama Bird Recording Co., an ideal destination for his genial and well-worn rock/country. They'll re-release his Mariachi Static album on vinyl this July 20.
"Got to Me Since" is a lovely and frustrated song for the post-breakup canon. It was the first track Izaak recorded with drummer and producer Malachi DeLorenzo in L.A.: "From presenting the tune to him to finishing it, including coming up with the lead line on the Wurlitzer, the whole thing took about eight hours," he says. "The process was so enjoyable and came out so well it encouraged us to keep going."
This weekend it's actually gonna be nicer here. Might pump up my tires and take out the bike too.
Pre-order Mariachi Static now and catch Izaak with and without Fritz's band this spring.
04/19 - San Francisco, CA @ Hotel Utah
04/20 - Medford, OR @ Johnny B's
0421 - Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
04/22 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
5/5 - Newark, OH @ The Ballroom at 31 West*
5/7 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott*
5/8 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool*
5/9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool*
5/10 - Bristol, VA @ Radio Bristol*
5/11 - Waverly, AL @ Standard Deluxe*
5/12 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement East*
5/13 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi*
5/14 - Evanston, IL @ Space*
5/16 - Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barnstormers*
06/5 – Asheville, NC – tbd**
06/7 – Charleston, SC – Royal American
06/8 – Conway, SC – Shine**
06/9 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506**
06/12 – New Hope, PA – John and Peter’s**
06/13 – New York City, NY – Rockwood**
06/14 – Ithaca, NY – house show w/Sam Schmitt**
06/15 – Saranac Lake, NY – Lake Flower Landing**
06/16 – Burlington, VT – Light Club Lamp Shop**
06/18 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars**
06/19 – Portland, ME – Empire**
06/20 – Farmington, ME – Emory Arts**
06/21 – Camden, ME – solstice farm par-tay**
06/22 – Bar Harbor, ME – Lompoc**
** w/ DYADO
* - w/ Traveller (Jonny Fritz, Robert Ellis, Cory Chisel)