A few weeks after Counting Crows' Adam Duritz was singing praises of Milwaukee's Field Report (formerly Conrad Plymouth) all over Twitter, the Milwaukee group is hitting the road for a West Coast and down South tour with Megafaun, and takes a couple tracks national via Spin Magazine.
Releasing an EP on Ryan Mattison's Ten Atoms label in 2010 as Conrad Plymouth, the band finished its full-length in December at Justin Vernon's studio and it's due out in July.
Some more big news is that no less than Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Warren Zevon, The Pixies, Uncle Tupelo) has also become smitten by Field Report and offered to mix the record, which he did last month.
A slew of SXSW lovin' followed earlier this month.
While you await the record, you can hear two tracks – "Fergus Falls" and "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" – on Spin.com.
In case you find yourself out and about in the next couple weeks, here are the band's upcoming dates – with Megafaun:
03/30/12 - Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
03/31/12 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
04/03/12 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
04/04/12 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
04/05/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
04/06/12 - Tempe, AZ @ The Sail Inn
04/08/12 - Santa Fe, NM @ Sol Santa Fe
04/10/12 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/12/12 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
04/14/12 - Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.