September 20th, 2012 , by John Beeler
Sometimes things don’t work out the way you planned. And if you’re someone like Vito or Monique Auito of The Welcome Wagon, that’s a good thing.Read the Rest...
June 13th, 2012 , by John Beeler
Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, the Welcome Wagon’s second album, is out today! The follow-up full length to their 2008 debut, Presbyterian minister Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique present a brand new collection of folk-infused gospel gems.
Precious Remedies was recorded over the course of a work week in an old Brooklyn rectory. The tracks were produced by Alexander Foote and feature musical contributions from friends, including Foote and Sufjan Stevens. Spanning from sweet to transcendent, the record is the perfect summer soundtrack for lazy afternoons and back porch gatherings.
Above is a fantastically filmed video of a rehearsal of “Remedy,” a David Crowder cover. Friends of the Welcome Wagon Alex and Aaron Craig do the honors.
You can help yourself to some Precious Remedies on CD, LP, or MP3 by clicking here.
June 4th, 2012 , by John Beeler
The Welcome Wagon are holding a release party tomorrow night at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and Andrew Rose Gregory and his Color Red Band will open. You should go! Admission is $15.
May 21st, 2012 , by John Beeler
All those months you’ve been patiently waiting, biding time cleaning out closets, sorting book spines by color, and shining your shoes, are about to come to an end. The Welcome Wagon’s latest full-length, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, will be ready for ears everywhere in a few short weeks.
We officially release the Welcome Wagon’s new album June 12, and we’re taking pre-orders now. To reserve a copy on CD or LP, click here.
To prep for the release, The Welcome Wagon decided to set their last EP, Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing, free on Noisetrade. Get the EP here, or see below.
THIS JUST IN: Record release party in Brooklyn on June 5th at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Brooklyn at 7pm! Beautiful poster design by Brian Jones here.
March 23rd, 2012 , by John Beeler
It is March, in the two-thousand-and-twelfth Year of Our Lord. The economy is still in the tank, our gas tanks are emptier, jobs scarcer still than gas, and don’t even ask about health care. White House hopefuls are bickering and backbiting like there is no year after this.
We are sick and tired of it all. Heck, we’re just sick and tired, period.
We need some good medicine. Something a lot like Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices from The Welcome Wagon.
Not the 17th century Puritan classic by Thomas Brooks that you’re thinking of – though that book’s a fine place to start – but the new album of the same name by The Welcome Wagon, the musical duo of Vito and Monique Aiuto, a Presbyterian pastor and his wife.
The 13 tracks on Precious Remedies, which we’ll have the honor of releasing come June 12th, provide a much-needed healing balm, very much like the one Brooks describes in the preface to his old devotional: “A special salve for every spiritual sore, a special remedy against every spiritual malady…Food to nourish you, a staff to support you, a guide to lead you, a fire to warm you, and springs of life to cheer and refresh you.”
We’ll have a way for you to join The Welcome Wagon in a few weeks. For now you can get a head start by signing up for their mailing list on their website, watching the first single and debut video on Relevant Magazine here, or listening and downloading the song below. More info on the release is here.
August 10th, 2011 , by John Beeler
AK artists have been busy travelers this year, touring hither thither like army ants on a picnic table. And occasionally a show comes along that feels like an all-you-can-eat banquet buffet. Welcome Wagon is playing such a show on Thursday night, at Pete's Candy Store, in a rare performance that looks to be as intimate as it will be generous.
If that weren't enough, we are told by reliable sources in the CIA that Welcome Wagon will be playing new songs from a new, as of-yet-unannounced album.
March 20th, 2011 , by John Beeler
The Welcome Wagon, consisting of Rev. T. Vito and Monique Aiuto, do play shows rather regularly and they are quite good. But, as life often does, the rigors of their chosen professions (Reverend, Stay-At-Home-Parent, respectively) often anchor them to their home camp in Brooklyn.
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April 14th, 2009 , by John Beeler
Welcome Wagon performances are rare things. That’s probably why their next performance at Space 38-39, by the International Arts Movement, is now sold out.
But don’t worry: through the powers of the Internets, you can watch it live, as it happens! Tune in here 7:30PM EST, April 16th, and watch. It will almost be like being there, only in two dimensions (on a small screen).