Akron/Family

Also known as Akron Family, Akron Family, The
Members of Akron/Family: Dana Janssen, Miles Seaton, Ryan Vanderhoof, Seth Olinsky
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.akronfamily.com, http://www.myspace.com/akak, http://www.younggodrecords.com/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=83, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akron/Family

Discography of Akron/Family:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Akron/Family 14 Audio 2005-06-00 Spunk
2 Akron/Family 17 Audio 2005 Young God Records
3 Meek Warrior 7 Audio 2006 Young God Records
4 London 11.15.05 On Brick Lane 9 Audio 2007 Not On Label
5 Love Is Simple 22 Audio 2007-09-18 Young God Records
6 Akron/Family 16 Audio 2005 Yacca
7 Odyssey Of The Mind 8 Audio 2007 Not On Label
8 Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free 11 Audio 2009-05-11 Crammed Discs
9 Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free 11 Audio 2009-05-11 Crammed Discs
10 Akron/Family 14 Audio 2005 Young God Records
11 Love Is Simple 11 Audio 2007 Spunk
12 Love Is Simple 11 Audio 2007-09-18 Young God Records
13 River 4 Audio 2009-10-20 Dead Oceans
14 Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free 11 Audio 2009 Dead Oceans
15 S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT 13 Audio 2011-02-08 Dead Oceans
16 S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT 13 Audio 2011 Dead Oceans
17 S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT 13 Audio 2011 Joyful Noise Recordings
18 25 Audio 2011-04-16 Dead Oceans
19 Live On Brick Lane 9 Audio 2006 Not On Label
20 Live Sound Fields 5 Audio 2011 Family Tree Records (2)
21 Love Is Simple 11 Audio 2007 Young God Records
22 Sub Verses 10 Audio 2013 Dead Oceans
23 Sub Verses 10 Audio 2013-04-30 Dead Oceans
24 Soul I Know b/w World Is Tired 2 Audio 2013-04-30 Dead Oceans
25 Akron 7 Audio 2006 Not On Label
26 Sub Verses 10 Audio 2013-04-30 Dead Oceans
27 Sub Verses 10 Audio 2013-04-30 Dead Oceans
28 Meek Warrior 7 Audio 2006 Young God Records
29 Until The Morning 3 Audio 2013 Dead Oceans
30 Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free 11 Audio 2009 Dead Oceans


Akron/Family is a folk-influenced experimental rock band that formed in 2002, and is currently based in New York on the Dead Oceans label.

Though each member of the band — Miles Seaton, Seth Olinsky, Dana Janssen and formerly Ryan Vanderhoof can be relegated to loosely defined roles (drummer, guitarist, bassist, vocalist), all of them in fact play several instruments and sing, as evidenced by their shows and recorded material. When playing live, the band makes prominent use of improvisation and vocal harmonies. On their self-titled debut record, field recordings of a creaking chair, thunderclaps and the white noise of a television find their way alongside psychedelic and electronic elements, guitars and a glockenspiel.

In addition to their solo debut in 2005, the band played behind Michael Gira on his Angels of Light project as well as splitting a full length CD with Angels of Light.

In 2006, the band released an EP, “Meek Warrior,” a collaboration with master drummer/hero Hamid Drake which contained both more traditional folk music such as the lovely “Gone Beyond” and a pair of throbbing electric guitar monsters in “The Rider (Dolphin Song)” and the epic “Blessing Force,” which ends with an exploration into free jazz.

Sometime between the completion of [2007 release] Love Is Simple and Akron/Family’s 2007 U.S. tour, Vanderhoof left Akron/Family to live in a Buddhist Dharma center in the Midwest.


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