Monday, April 27, 2009

1959 A Year Of Great Jazz: Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus

1959 Jazz Reissues




All three are available digitally and at retail May 26.

TIME OUT by the Dave Brubeck Quartet: Exotic non-traditional rhythm signatures became one of the trademarks of the quartet, with Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto saxophone, bassist Eugene Wright, and drummer Joe Morello. A 5/4 vamp turned “Take Five” into an instrumental jazz staple and jukebox hit single b/w “Blue Rondo à La Turk.” The LP hit #2, stayed on the chart for more than three years, and became the first jazz album to sell a million copies. Liner notes for the 2009 edition of TIME OUT (which will contain a DVD documentary) are written by Ted Gioia, whose book West Coast Jazz (1998) contains two chapters devoted to Brubeck.

SKETCHES OF SPAIN by Miles Davis: Each of Miles’ four orchestral album collabo¬ra¬tions with arranger-composer Gil Evans – Miles Ahead (1957), Porgy And Bess (1958), Sketches Of Spain (1959), and Quiet Nights (1962) – was a masterwork in its own right. Sketches was Miles’ first post-Kind Of Blue project, and retains that LP’s modal feel on the 16-minute version of Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez,’ the inspira¬tion for Davis and Evans. Liner notes for the 2009 edition of SKETCHES are written by composer academician Gunther Schuller, whose hundreds of accomplishments in jazz include playing french horn for Miles on the 1949-50 Birth Of The Cool sessions. SKETCHES was recorded in 1959 and released in 1960.

MINGUS AH UM by Charles Mingus: 2009 also marks the 30th anniversary of the death of the mercurial bandleader-composer, who had the budget at Columbia to double his two-horn front-line for the big sound of “Better Git It In Your Soul” and “Fables Of Faubus”, and homages to jazz greats Ellington (“Open Letter To Duke”), Morton (“Jelly Roll”), recently deceased Lester Young (“Good¬¬bye Pork Pie Hat”), and Mingus himself (“Self-Portrait in Three Colors”). The film noir quality of this album – considered to be one of the five truly essential Mingus LPs – predates a certain vein of film music later popularized by Henry Mancini. Liner notes for the 2009 edition of MINGUS AH UM are written by three-time Grammy Award-winning producer-annotator Michael Cuscuna.

Jay Reatard Tour(ettes) Dates

Jay' has re-launched Shattered Records and digital releases are available on his site.

Alive and Kicking:
Thu June 11 - San Diego @ Casbah with The Oh Sees + Earthmen and Strangers
Fri June 12 - Los Angeles @ The Echo with Thee Oh Sees + Earthmen and Strangers
Sat June 13 - San Francisco @ The Independent with Thee Oh Sees + Earthmen and Stangers
Mon June 15 - Seattle @ Crocodile Cafe with Thee Oh Sees
Tue June 16 - Vancouver @ Biltmore
Wed June 17 - Portland @ Dante's with The Oh Sees + NIce Boys
Fri June 26 - Chicago @ Bottom Lounge with TV Smith of the Adverts
Sat June 27 - Detroit @ Magic Stick with TV Smith of the Adverts
Sun June 28 - Cleveland @ Grog Shop with TV Smith of the Adverts
Mon June 29 - Toronto @ Mod Club with TV Smith of the Adverts
Tue June 30 - Montreal @ La Sala Rossa with TV Smith of the Adverts
Wed July 1 - New York City @ Stuyvesant Oval, FREE
Thu July 2 - Brooklyn @ Music Hall of Williamsburg with TV Smith of the Adverts
Fri July 3 - Allston, MA @ Harper's Ferry with TV Smith of the Adverts
Sun July 5 - Washington DC @ Black Cat with TV Smith of the Adverts
Tue July 7 - Asheville @ Orange Peel with TV Smith of the Adverts
Wed July 8 - Knoxville @ Pilot Light with TV Smith of the Adverts
Thu July 9 - Nashville @ The End with TV Smith of the Adverts
Fri July 10 - Memphis @ Hi-Tone Café with TV Smith of the Adverts
Sat July 11 - Oxford MS @ Proud Larry's with TV Smith of the Adverts

Ólöf Arnalds Joins Bjork And the Dirty Projectors

“Arnalds is a fan of the musically esoteric (she plays a mean wine glass)” Flavorpill NYC

Bjork and and the Dirty Projectors have invited Icelandic chanteuse Ólöf Arnalds for a one-time benefit show at the Housing Works as part of their "Live From Home" series on May 8th.

Have a gander down yonder at Brooklyn Vegan for an Exclusive Mp3 of Við og Við

Arnalds has just finished recording her second solo album, produced by
Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur rós) along with Skuli Sverrisson (Laurie Anderson), Shahzad Ismaily (Tom Waits, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy), and Davíð Þór Jónsson (Mugison).

Performing Live (as opposed to dead):
May 5th- Union Hall- Brooklyn
May 6th- Sycamore- Brooklyn
May 7th- Scandinavia House (Volvo Hall), NYC
May 8th- Housing Works Bookstore Cafe w/Björk and The Dirty Projectors- NYC

Bio -
Icelandic folk chanteuse Ólöf Arnalds has been a prominent figure in her native music scene for several years playing with Múm, Mugison, and Skúli Sverrisson. Ólöf has also been active in mixing aural and visual arts, taking a solo turn in and providing hypnotic vocals for Steingrímur Eyfjörð's video contribution to the 2007 Venice Biennial. The piece also won the 2008 Icelandic Visual Arts Award. Her University graduating musical video piece Eins og sagt er ( or "As they say” in English) has also been exhibited widely.

However, it is Ólöf's solo debut Við og Við that continues to garner widespread acclaim. Produced by Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur rós, it won Best Alternative Album at the Iceland Music Awards as well as Record of the Year at Iceland's largest daily newspaper, Morgunblaðið.

2008 saw Ólöf play festivals throughout Europe. Highlights include sharing a three-way bill with Björk and Sigur Rós at Iceland's Náttúra concert, and opening for Björk in Athens, Greece. In September, Ólöf performed a sold out showcase at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge that was featured as the music pick for the day in the New York Times UrbanEye, Time Out New York, The Onion, and Flavorpill. The show in which Ólöf debuted Við og Við in full was the subject of a Dig For Fire TV documentary. In October, Ólöf became the first Icelandic musician to play a prestigious showcase slot at WOMEX, the world music expo.

Ólöf has just finished recording her second album which was once again produced by Kjartan Sveinsson from Sigur Rós. On May 8 she will join Björk and The Dirty Projectors for a one-time benefit show at the Housing Works Bookstore & Café as part of their "Live From Home" series.

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The Amazing Carina Round

I love Carina Round. She has a new Ep completed titledThings You Should Know, which will be released digitally May 12. SHe has four dates scheduled in L.A. which are at the bottom of this post. The following is a message from Carina Round:

By signing up to pre-order 'Things You Should Know' now for ONLY $5 US (plus a small Paypal charge), you'll receive an exclusive free bonus track, plus the chance to win a spot on my VIP guest list with a meet & greet at one of my upcoming shows in 2009 ( I am currently booking summer shows on the East Coast, Canada and in the UK ). On May 12th, you will receive an email with a one-time-only downloadable link for the five new tracks, plus artwork, and your special exclusive gift!

In addition to pre-ordering my digital EP, there is also now an option to donate funds towards the completion of my fourth full length album and become a part of the process. Below is the list of items you will receive in exchange for being involved from such an early stage.

As you all know, releasing directly to you gives me more creative freedom and more control over my own music. I'm very excited by the prospect of connecting directly with you and I look forward to seeing you all at one of my upcoming shows!

Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered (for the early bird gift of 2 acoustic tracks) and thank you all for your amazing emails and much appreciated, long-standing support!

May 13 2009 8:00 PM Los Angeles, CA The Hotel Cafe
May 20 2009 8:00 PM Los Angeles, CA The Hotel Cafe
May 27 2009 8:00 PM Los Angeles, CA The Hotel Cafe
Jun 3 2009 8:00 PM Los Angeles, CA The Hotel Cafe

Carina also has this to say "people of Florida... not a single one of you can write your email address legibly."

Trashed On Fiction

Trashed On Fiction have been compared to Pavement, The Replacements, The Band, The Zombies, Patsy Cline, Built To Spill, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and The Hold Steady -- you decide...

Words Trails Maps
(ESCHE Records)

05/28 Washington, DC @ The Red and Black
05/29 Fayetteville, AR @ The Rock Shop
05/31 Akron, OH @ The Matinee
06/02 Danbury, CT @ Cousin Larrys Sub Rosa Party
06/05 Cambridge, MA @ All Asia Bar CNC Music Productions
06/06 Danbury, CT @ Billy Baloneys
06/07 Trenton, NJ @ Mill Hill Saloon

"Passing Perfect"

Tortured Soul MP3 And Tour Dates

“We can safely say that, in a live setting, Tortured Soul is the world's most compelling soulful-house combo… when the drums-bass-keys trio pounds out its joyously floor-filling tunes, it's a hell of a party.”
– Time Out NY, April 2009

Tortured Soul have been pounding the pavement promoting their new album Did You Miss Me. Here is a download link for the "Home To You" single :

Tortured Soul US Tour Dates
05/15 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/19 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
05/21 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
05/22 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
05/23 Detroit, MI @ Cliff Bells
05/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Shadow Lounge
05/28 Allston, MA @ Harper’s Ferry
05/29 Providence, RI @ Black Rep Theater
05/30 Baltimore, MD @ The 8 x 10
05/31 Philadelphia, PA @ OCTO
06/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Electric Daisy Carnival)

Miss Kittin & The Hacker Release New Single "Electronic City"

Miss Kittin (Caroline Hervé) & The Hacker (Michel Amato) are back together and have a new track called "Electronic City." The song is available for downoad on Popmatters. Their full length Two
will street May 19.

Electro-Pop One Man Band Owl City

Announces a Series of Monthly Single Releases Starting with “Hot Air Balloon” on May 5th and Leading up to the Release of his new Full-Length Ocean Eyes September 1st.

Tour Dates:

May 3rd Meadowlands Sports Complex/Bamboozle East Rutherford, NJ

5th Café 939 Boston, MA

6th North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA

7th Bowery Ballroom New York, NY

9th Jammin’ Java Vienna, VA

11th Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH

12th The Pike Room @ Crofoot Pontiac, MI

14th Subterranean Chicago, IL

15th Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN

23rd Gorge Amphitheatre/Sasquatch Festival George, WA

26th Glass House Pomona, CA*

27th The Dome Bakersfield, CA*

28th The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA*

29th Indigo District Eugene, OR*

30th Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR*

31st Neumo’s Seattle, WA*

June 2nd Knitting Factory Spokane, WA*

3rd Knitting Factory Boise, ID*

4th Murray Theatre Salt Lake City, UT*

19th Rocketown Nashville, TN

20th Vinyl Atlanta, GA

22nd The Orange Peel Asheville, NC

23rd Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC

25th Sonar Baltimore, MD

26th Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY

27th The Basement Columbus, OH

29th Riverside Ballroom Green Bay, WI

30th Grandma’s Sports Garden Bar & Grill Duluth, MN

July 1st Cornerstone Farm Marietta, IL

2nd Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS

3rd Slowdown Omaha, NE

5th Summerfest Milwaukee, WI

*- with Relient K

Redd Kross "Downtown" / Got Live If You Must Dvd

I still can't get my hands on the dvd and it is really bugging me. Both a friend and I have tried to order it to no avail for months -- well before Christmas.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Girl In A Coma - Surprisingly Productive

Girl In A Coma celebrates the summer with the release of their album Trio B.C. on June 2. The album features tracks produced by Joan Jett & Kenny Laguna as well as Grammy-Award winning producer Gabe Collins (Gwen Stefani, U2) and Gabriel Gonzalez (Girl In A Coma's Blackheart Records debut). A three song E.P. Hiding My Trail is now available in both a vinyl and digital format.

Here is an older track "Clumsy Sky"

Here We Go Magic Add More Tour Dates With Grizzly Bear

US Tour Dates With Grizzly Bear

Here We Go Magic Announce More Dates W/ Grizzly Bear
My Old Kentucky Blog Live Session
Self-Titled Debut Out Now On Western Vinyl

Thu - 05.28 - New York, NY Town Hall
Fri - 05.29 - New York, NY Town Hall
Sun - 05.31 - New York, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Mon - 06.01 - Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Tue - 06.02 - Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
Wed - 06.03 - Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
Thu - 06.04 - Montréal, QC Le National
Fri - 06.05 - Toronto, ON Phoenix
Sat - 06.6 - Chicago IL Empty Bottle
Sun - 06.07 - Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Mon - 06.08 - Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre
Tue - 06.09 - Bloomington, IN Buskirk - Chumley Theater
Thu - 06.11 - Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
Fri - 06.12 - Atlanta GA The Earl
Mon - 06.15 - Dallas, TX Granada Theater
Tue - 06.16 - Austin, TX The Parish
Fri - 06.19 - Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Sun - 06.21 - San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Fri - 07.03 - New York NY South Street Seaport

More On Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

Stephen Fry has been cast as the cheshire catin Tim Burton's version of Alice In Wonderland - which is in post production stages and has been given a 2010 release date even though some roles have yet to be completed.

Stephen Fry announced his role via Twitter, and according to Digital Spy has this to say "I have to say I didn't know the project was happening," he said. "My agent rang up and said, 'Can you see Tim Burton and lay down some Cheshire Cat action.' I said I'd be honoured to do so." He firther elaborated upon voice work stating, "You're alone in a little glass booth with Tim on the other side making suggestions as to how he wants the voice to be, you're not all gathered together as a cast," and "My friend Michael Sheen is playing the White Rabbit, I know him jolly well. We don't have a 'scene' together. We do have dialogue together but he'll probably do his in America, in London or wherever he is, and they'll get mixed together in the end."


Johnny Depp ... The Mad Hatter

Michael Sheen ... The White Rabbit

Anne Hathaway ... The White Queen

Helena Bonham Carter ... The Red Queen

Alan Rickman ... The Caterpillar

Mia Wasikowska ... Alice

Stephen Fry ... The Cheshire Cat

Crispin Glover ... The Knave of Hearts

Christopher Lee ... The Jabberwock

Timothy Spall ... The Bloodhound
Matt Lucas ... Tweedledee / Tweedledum

Noah Taylor ... The March Hare

Eleanor Tomlinson ... Fiona Chataway
Lindsay Duncan ... Helen Kingsley

Annalise Basso ... The May Pole Dancer

Frances de la Tour ... Aunt Imogene
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Lord Ascot

John Hopkins ... Lowell Manchester

Jemma Powell ... Margaret Manchester
Geraldine James ... Lady Ascot

Eleanor Gecks ... Faith Chataway
Leo Bill ... Hamish Ascot
Lucy Davenport No Information Given

Parker Contreras ... May Pole Dancer (uncredited)

Xavier Declie ... Red Queen Courtier (uncredited)

Larry Eudene ... Red Queen's Court (uncredited)

Eric Feliciano ... Courtier (uncredited)

Brighid Fleming ... The Maypole Dancer (uncredited)

Chris Grabher ... High Top Hat Juggler (uncredited)
Daniel Hepner ... Servant to Red Queen (uncredited)
Vladimir Kubr ... Hightopper Boy #1 (uncredited)

Matisse Mazur ... Red Queen Henchman (uncredited)

Keith Roenke ... Red Queen Courtier (uncredited)

I Was King Tour U.S. Dates

"I Was a King's self-titled album confidently weaves together shoe gaze, indie rock, and pop to create a product that can appeal to both the cynical and the cheerful." - NPR

Norwegian band I Was King tour in support of their self titled sophomore effort, which features Sufjan Stevens, Danielson, Ladybug Transistor and Serena Maneesh. See them live:

May 26: Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
May 27: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
May 28: Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
May 29: Boston (Allston), MA @ Harper's Ferry
May 30: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
May 31: Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
June 1: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstag
June 3: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
June 5: Denton, TX @ Hailey's
June 8: Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room (w/ Constantines & Crystal Antlers)
June 9: San Diego, CA @ Casbah (w/ Constantines & Crystal Antlers)
June 10: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (w/ Constantines & Crystal Antlers)
June 11: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop (w/ Constantines & Crystal Antlers)
June 13: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge (w/ Constantines & Crystal Antlers)
June 14: Seattle, WA @ Neumo's (w/ Constantines & Crystal Antlers)

"Weighing Anchor"

Electronic Collaborative Group Moderat Finally Release An Album

Moderat, the long dormant collaboration between electronic bands Modeselektor and Apparat, will release an eponymous album, April 21 on Bpitch Control. You may recall that Apparat collaborated with Ellen Allien on Orchestra Of Bubbles. And Modeselektor had their album Happy Birthday remixed by Thom Yorke (Radiohead).

This release was recorded at Berlin Hansa Studios where David Bowie recorded Heroes.
The band had an EMT Model 140 Plate Reverb console restored specifically for this album.

The Specials 30th Anniversary Tour

Two Tone / Second Wave ska legends The specials have sold out shows for every date on their 30th anniversary U.K. tour. Tickets have just gone on sale for Leeds. The band reportedly has planned "special things" for every show, including "From The Riser" where band members will "be getting some well known fans to try and play the start of our songs and also be asking them about their take on our music and allowing fans to do the same."

In addition to the tour, they have a line of Fred Perry two tone shirts available.

Here's one of my favorites by them called "Rat Race"

Spiral Beach Launches Album And Limited Tour Dates

Spiral Beach tours to support the release of their debut full length album Ball, May 5.

Tour Dates:
05/13: Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
05/14: Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
05/15: New York, NY @ Fontana’s
05/16: Philadelphia, PA @ 5507 Locust St (all ages House Party)
05/17: Providence, RI @ AS220 (all ages)

Here's an older track "Made of Stone"

Nite Club Releases My Tronic

Nite Club releases My Tronic on Tape Theory.

"No Matter Which Way"

Spitzer collaborates with members of j-hip-hop group SBK and Japanese "minimal techno" band, The Samos. When performing live, Nite Club becomes a collaboration with Osbourne (Ghostly International) drummer Steve Bryant.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The State On DVD ... Finally

July 14

I hope this is Billy Corgan's Version Of Kitsch

Nice hoodie...

Insound Reissues Ramones and The Replacements

In Sound reissues The Ramones and The Replacement in limited 1000 edition vinyl pressings. The Ramones California Sun EP which features the title track as well as "I Don't Want To Walk Around with You" and "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend will be issued as a limited 7"along with The Replacements "I'll Be You" and"Date to Church."

It looks like vinyl collecting is back in vogue.

Rivers Cuomo Alone In A corwd?

Rivers Cuomo hosted an experiment of sorts last fall at an in-store appearance with approximately 150 fans as band members. Weezer songs and solo tunes were played, and a good time was had by all. An EP and DVD, Not Alone: Rivers Cuomo & Friends Live will be released documenting this session April 28. DVD Bonus features include a video and interview with actor/Coconut Records musician Jason Schwartzman.

The Neverending Saga of Nirvana Live At Reading

Following the announcement of a bootleg version of Nirvana's 1992 Reading gig titled Life Takes No Prisoners(May 4 release), an official version will be released in the U.K. and tentatively the U.S. via Universal. The official version had been remastered in 5:1 surround sound with bonus features and will be issued at a date to be determined. This is the show famous for Kert's hospital gown attire.

The Builders And The Butchers Know That Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well

The Builders And The Butchers release Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well on Gigantic Music Gigantic Music June 30th. A summer tour will follow. Want a track by track break down? Ask and you shall receive:

Track By Track by Ryan Sollee

Golden and Green
I wrote this song after watching “In the Realms of the Unreal” about Henry Darger who was a reclusive artist from Chicago, who worked his entire life as a janitor and wrote a 15,000 page fully illustrated novel. His life story and the plot of his life’s work I found so captivating that I wanted to write a song about it. The story of the song intertwines his life with the plot of the story, the “Vivian Girls” are the main hero’s and a General named Manley is the villan. This was the most fun song to record on the record and definitely one of the strangest Builders songs so we decided to make it the first track.

Devil Town
A song I brought to the rest of the Builders thinking it was mediocre at best, the song was transformed when Ray and Paul added the drums and suddenly I realized it’s potential. The interplay of the clicks on the bass drum rim, and the mandolin give the song a cool off kilter momentum. It’s probably one of the hardest hitting Builders songs and a common first track of a set list.

Short Way Home
The only song on the record where melodica is featured, Paul is playing it like a harmonica through a lot of the song, which really works with the banjo. The stompy tempo and call and response vocals are more similar to the early builders work. This is one of two songs that we used the 15 person Flash Choir on, when the song breaks down they sing a harmonic, “Ahhhhhhhhhh”.

This is one of several songs I’ve written about the Spanish Civil War, recently I spent some time in Europe and visited Barcelona and attempted capturing the feeling of being there in this song. Harvey and Sebastian (who played a lot of the trumpet that’s on the record) came up with the mandonlin/trumpet flourish on the chorus and Paul along with our friend Victor mimicked the line.

Hands Like Roots
This song was written and recorded for the first record, but never sounded like it fit. For “Salvation” we added pump organ and violin which fills the song out. It’s a tough song to pull of live since to play all the parts we’d need a sixth person.

Down in This Hole
This song is about being locked up in a small town that feels like a prison. I wrote it after a heavy doses of Tom Wait’s, wanted to write a song where the last line of the first half of the verse was the first line in the last half. The piano driving the song is played by Paul, who originally wrote this on melodica, in the studio started working out the part on piano, we all looked at each other and said, “no do that, that is amazing.”

Raise Up
This is the other song on “Salvation” that’s about the Spanish Civil War, this song also blends some apocalyptic imagery. The rim shots on the bass drum and Alex’s bass line drive the song forward with a swing that’s unique to any other Builders song. The mariachi section near the end was pulled off by countering the mandolin melody with a counter melody of 3 trumpets and violin.

Vampire Lake
This is one of the oldest Builders songs, it was recorded 3 years ago, but didn’t go on the first record, “Salvation” needed another simple straight fast rocking song so we included it here. There is a slight lyrical change that probably only the original Builders fans will catch, the original version of the song is on the split LP we did with Loch Lomond.

The Wind Has Come
The Builders only real ballad, when Chris Funk approached me originally to produce the record, he inquired if we had ever written a ballad, at the time I had just written this song and I emailed him a demo of it. At home he scored out a violin, viola, and cello string arrangement and our friends Analisa and Emily Tornfelt, and Amanda Lawrence laid down the parts. Ray has a cool meandering clarinet part and Harvey is strumming Baritone Uke through the whole thing. The booming bass sound was attained by putting one bass drum in front of another and putting a mic behind the second one. There is also French horn, Organ, Bass and Bass Clarinet on this song, definitely the most involved composition on the record.

In the Branches
Chris had the idea to blend “The Wind has Come” and this song using several violin tracks creating an eerie chord. This song is set in the same time and storyline as “The Coal Mine Fall” and “Bringin’ Home the Rain” from the record before. This is the other song on the record where the Flash Choir sings, they start with a prolonged “Ahhhhh” coming after the break near the end, and then echo the “my branches are waiting for you“ chorus at the end.

The World is a Top
In the tradition of the first record, and most likely the next, of ending a record with a gospel song. This was fully recorded in the Masonic Temple in north Portland, which has a pretty incredible natural reverb in the room. For this one Chris Funk called upon his friend Marlon Irving from Lifesavas to gather friends and family who sing in a church in north Portland to sing on this track. Originally Ryan sang the entire song, but for this version Kaysandra Irving sang the middle verse and drove the feeling and spirit of the song home.


"Magazine" from ILAD's Here//There

Richmond Va's ILAD released their debut The Spoon in 2005. The follow up release National Flags, was recorded at Chicago’s SOMA studios with John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Stereolab, etc.). Here//There is due out July 2009, with a follow up EP called We Still Gawn Move recorded during the same sessions.

ILAD has shared the stage with The Sea and Cake, Thao Nguygen and the Get Down Stay Down, Death Vessel, among many others. ILAD will be touring in support of its upcoming release Here//There, set for release on SYJIP Records on July 28th, 2009.

01. TV Sutra
02. Conservation
03. Magazine
04. Mexico
05. Black Gold
06. I Just Stopped By
07. Wish For A Flood
08. Lou Dobbs
09. I'm Not Mean
10. Everyone Hurts (Everyone)
11. Extraordinary Machine
12. Everybody
13. December
14. Tiny Dream
15. Church

White Rabbits Kick Off US Tour With Spoon

White Rabbits signed to TBD Records (US home to Radiohead) and will release their sophomore LP It's Frightening in May. About the record:

"White Rabbits recorded It’s Frightening over the course of four weeks, only taking a break to play the Transmusicales Festival in Rennes, France. The sessions were recorded by visionary engineer Nicholas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) at Rare Book Room in Brooklyn, NY. Taking special care to recreate the unhinged nature of the original demos, the band utilized the wide range of tools in the analog-friendly studio to shape the personal spirit infused in the new tracks. Upon the completion of tracking, White Rabbits traveled to Austin, TX to mix the record with studio wizard Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Trail Of Dead) using his exceptional ears to transform It’s Frightening into a uniquely rewarding headphone experience."

US Tour Dates:
4/25 – George Washington University – Washington DC (with Spoon)
4/26 – Chameleon Club – Lancaster Pennsylvania (with Spoon)
5/21 - Bowery Ballroom - New York NY
5/30 - Grog Shop - Cleveland OH
5/31 - Do Division Fest - Chicago IL
6/01 - Summit - Columbus OH
6/02 - Rock N Roll Hotel - Washington DC
6/04 - Middle East - Boston MA
6/05 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia PA
6/06 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh PA
6/09 - Mojos - Columbia SC
6/10 - Firebird - St Louis MO
6/11 - Bonnaroo - Manchester TN
6/14 - Emo's - Austin TX
6/16 - Club Congress - Tuscon AZ
6/17 - Casbah - San Diego CA
6/18 - Troubadour - Los Angeles CA
6/20 - Independent - San Francisco CA
6/22 - Crocodile Cafe - Seattle WA
6/23 - Doug Fir - Portland OR
6/24 - Neurolux - Boise ID
6/25 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake UT
6/26 - Bluebird - Denver CO
6/27 - Slowdown JR - Omaha NE
6/29 - 400 Bar - Minneapolis MN
6/30 - High Noon - Madison WI
7/1 - Empty Bottle Chicago IL
7/02 - Pike Room - Pontiac WI
8/1 - All Points West Festival - Liberty State Park NJ

More Info On the Who Killed Amanda Palmer Book and DVD News

Amanda Palmer (leading lady/corpse) says:

This book developed much like the album did: accidentally…a bizarre creative snowball gathering speed down a dark, lost highway. My label had given me a teeny packaging budget for Who Killed Amanda Palmer, released in September 2008, and I had too large a concept for the artwork than would fit on four panels. So I decided to cut the label out altogether and make a little companion book of photos to accompany the album. I had been hoarding these dead photographs of myself since I was about eighteen and I'd wanted to thread them together into some sort of themed collection. The dead photos of yore spanned from random self-portraits in light studios to political street theater to college performance art projects (I famously showed up bloody, naked and dead in several spots on the Wesleyan University Campus in 1997 for my senior performance art project - I got an A!). I started expanding my dead photo collection as I was traveling around the world over the past eight years with The Dresden Dolls, and it was often a sort of therapy for me to wake early in the morning and head off to a secluded spot and set the auto-timer. Once the actual book was in motion, I found myself coercing photographers from all over Europe and Australia to snap dead shots during official press shoots. Dead with kangaroos. Dead in front of the Moulin Rouge. Dead in The Hague. Dead in a Chinatown noodle warehouse in Boston. My touring crew and my assistant Beth aided in my obsession, snapping shots from weird vantage points. Dead in a river, being poked by a stick by the opening band Smoosh who happened to be twelve, fourteen and sixteen years of age. Dead on the set of a video shoot in London. Dead backstage on a pile of beer kegs. At a concert in New York, I ran into my friend Regina Spektor and asked her to slump over a table so we could get a nice dead two-shot. I ran into Tegan and Sara and Edward Albee at an Out Magazine photo shoot we were in and Tegan snapped my corpse in front of Albee as he sat and read a newspaper from 1946. He agreed to be included in the book so long as he wasn't "accused of the killing." Being dead so frequently kept life interesting.

I decided to ring the writer Neil Gaiman, who I'd recently been introduced to--and who I knew was a fan of the Who Killed Amanda Palmer album--to throw some text in, and he was so fancy I never expected him to say yes but, surprisingly, he did. Very soon, the book crashed, much like the album, into a giant project that ended up involving Neil flying to Boston for an entire week and writing odd Amanda-slaying stories while tucked into the corner of my bedroom while I practiced piano for an upcoming tour. We would undertake bizarre outings to old Victorian houses, to Walden Pond, to highway bridges, to the ghetto alleys behind my house with Kyle Cassidy, a photographer with whom I had a long-standing relationship, and my photographer/assistant Beth Hommel and we would shoot dead photos galore. Dead at my parents’ house. Dead stuffed with clarinet. Dead with feral cats. Dead with funny-haired British author. Dead with vibrator. Dead in the bathtub. Neil's stories sometimes inspired the shots, but mostly the shots inspired Neil's stories. His stories manage to capture something beyond the absurdity of my corpse project though they often play along guiltily with the sarcastic mortal tongue stuck in my cheek. They capture something about the girls behind the corpses, the hearts and brains of those girls still beating under the layers of fake blood, broken tree branches and digital celluloid.

Neil Gaiman (author and perpetrator) says:

What I responded to, apart from the music, was that Amanda had been taking photos of herself dead for fourteen years, and so many of those photos were small frozen stories, and, especially with Kyle Cassidy's glorious photographs, I loved trying to turn them into stories. Some big stories, some very small stories, each story odd, each story fun to write, and each story, invariably, fatal.

Kyle Cassidy (photographer and blogger) says:

My photography has, for a very long time, been about the intersection of the normal and the absurd and this was really a perfect venue for exploring that. I tried to give each image an element of both and with a dead body in each shot, some large part of that equation is already there for you. It then becomes a question of balancing that with a scene of the mundane and then storytelling accessories to give the trip from point A to point B a lot of possibilities in between. A body at the bottom of the stairs tells an obvious story. Add a dozen roses and the legs of someone walking away and it's a mystery.

Beth Hommel (photographer, designer and assistant to leading lady/corpse) says:

I think this book appeals to the part of all of us that slows down while passing highway crashes. We find death fascinating--tragic or horrific death moreseo--and murder is the most intriguing thing of all. For this project we made art showing the many shades of murder, equal parts horror and humor. As I worked on this book for the better part of a year, I was continually amused at the reactions to the content. Some people were offended, some were intrigued but they all LOOKED. I want people to see this book and be appalled or amused or unnerved or even turned on. The particulars of the reaction aren't important. The important thing is that they slow down and stare.

In addition, Amanda has tirelessly shot videos for every song on Who Killed Amanda Palmer and will release them on DVD June 16th. The DVD release, like the book, will also don the name Who Killed Amanda Palmer.

Third Man Records Likes You and You, But Possibly Not You

A message from Third man Records and info regarding a second pressing of "Hang You From the Heavens" by The Dead Weather.

"A mighty thanks to all of the smiley-faced vinyl pilgrims who spent the first four hours of Third Man Records’ retail existence pushing legitimate, tangible paper US currency into our hands…and even the one fella who rounded off his purchase with some quarters and dimes. The vinyl was un-literally flying off the shelves. The fact you all were calm, patient and formed a single-file line without us even having to ask just reminds us that we’ve got the best friends in the world.

We here at Third Man have our chests pumping from the adrenaline of selling out of 2000 copies of our first release (the Dead Weather’s “Hang You From the Heavens”) in a mere matter of days. We’re so electrified that the second pressing, complete with Poe-worthy, bird-talon back cover artwork is already at the factory."

And a word on the future:
"7” singles from reclusive milquetoast goth Mildred (White's wife?) and the fanciful vaudevillian Rachelle Garniez will no doubt turn your frontal lobe into a veritable steaming pile of gleeful goo. Yes, they’re that amazing. These should be available so soon that we think we can smell them. Then again, it might just be the fumes."

Foreign Born Releases "Vacationing People" 7" on Black Iris Records

Foreign Born's upcoming Person to Person will be released June 23 on Secretly Canadian.

Black Iris Records 7" Series
A side "Vacationing People"
B side "Things We'll Never Be"

What is the deal with Black Iris?
With studios in New York, Los Angeles and Richmond, Virginia, Black Iris is a talented collective of musicians rooted in the independent music scene, providing original compositions and scores for entertainment, advertising and media. Because of their deep attachment and connection with the musical underground, the Black Iris label continues to offer fresh and unique sounds that stay ahead of current musical trends. Stemming from the music stages of Virginia and Los Angeles, the group's talent now has national reach, working across genres and actively touring the globe. Their composers include members of the Walkmen, Phantom Planet, Earlimart, Denali, Foreign Born and others.

The Black Iris label exists as a mechanism to broaden the musical experience of creative professionals in the advertising industry while allowing bands to record new music and produce exciting limited edition vinyl for their fans. Releases on the Black Iris label are produced in limited runs of 500 pieces, with half going to ad creatives and half being sold at the bands’ shows. This gives Black Iris an opportunity to foster the development of bands connected with the collective and potentially generate significant synch income for the artists. This is in line with Black Iris’ overarching mission; to create an environment in which musicians can support themselves making music.

Past Black Iris 7” artists include Bad Veins, whose forthcoming Dangerbird Records release was produced by Black Iris composer Justin Bailey and Foreign Born, whose guitarist Lewis Pesacov composes for Black Iris.

Foreign Born at this year's SXSW 3/19/09

New Daytrotter Sessions

Wild Light at Daytrotter, 4/22/2009
The Everyday Visuals at Daytrotter, 4/21/2009
Parenthetical Girls at Daytrotter, 4/20/2009
Paul Maziar at Daytrotter, 4/19/2009
The Shys at Daytrotter, 4/18/2009
Miniature Tigers at Daytrotter, 4/17/2009
Jessica Lea Mayfield at Daytrotter, 4/16/2009
Dan Zimmerman at Daytrotter, 4/15/2009


Remastered Beatles With Non Album Tracks 9/9/09

Buy Your Beatles

Store Your Beatles

Um, pretend to be them with Rock band

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Paul Weller Cancels NYC Show

Paul Weller, who rarely cancels live shows, has cancelled his Nokia Theatre NYC show. His message to fans via the web (which Weller hates and reportedly does not use) is as follows "Hey, You may have heard that the Nokia Theatre date in New York this Friday (24th) has had to be cancelled for which many apologies. Unfortunately, due to a personal family matter this has been unavoidable."

I hope his Dad is okay. I know he (John Weller) suffered ill health several years ago and quit his long time gig as Paul's manager. My thoughts are with Paul and his family.

Pixies To Release Minotaur

The Pixies will release the long anticipated box set,Minotaur, which will be available for pre-order June 15 from The no doubt pricey collectors set will include a live dvd, all Pixies videos, a 54 page book,Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe Le Monde on 24K layered cd (really, is that necessary,) and Blu-ray. Vaughan Oliver who created much of the Pixies artwork in the past, has resumed his duties for the book. A limited version of Minotaur will also include 180-gram vinyl editions, a Giclee print of Oliver's artwork and a 72-page hardcover book.

Golden Bear Release Everest and Their Bio

“Completely original and instantly memorable.” “Band to watch in 2007” – The Onion

Dear Listener,

This is Chris from Golden Bear and I’m writing this letter to tell you about our new EP, Everest. In 2006 and 2007, Golden Bear released two albums (Golden Bear and To The Farthest Star). Both were well-received and I was feeling good about that. We played SXSW and went on a tour of the East Coast to promote To The Farthest Star. The tour was a great and electrifying experience which I will not forget. In every city we played, we met many friendly folks who had warm and positive things to say about the shows. However, people often told me that they wished that our records felt more like our live shows-spontaneous, unhinged, and raucous. This bugged me. It bugged me because they were right. Making an album more consistent with who Golden Bear really were on-stage became #1 on my list of things to do.

I have heard people say that making an album is a bit like an exercise in one thing or another, be it songcraft, production, or any number of ideas. I agree with this. Golden Bear #1 was an experiment in even making an album, which I had no experience doing. It was learn-as-you go. Listening back, I take the good with the bad. Golden Bear #2 was about trying out a new style of songwriting (written on piano, rather than electric guitar) and a different method of recording (in my house on equipment we scraped together, rather than in a real studio). I would say Everest is our effort to catch the sound of Golden Bear circled-up, playing together like we would at a rehearsal or a show.

I was a little anxious about being able to approximate the sound of our live show in the first place, but I figured to hell with it-let’s give it a shot. And I’m glad we did. There were no endless nights of playing the same song 150 times, no overscrutinaztion, and in all honesty, no hitches in the plan whatsoever. It was loose, rowdy, and rewarding-just like our shows. After finishing our parts, we brought in a couple of pals to add some sugar (Kullen Fuchs [Ian Moore, Future Clouds & Radar] and Sara Beck [aka Pink Nasty]), got our friend Erik Wofford (who produced our first album, as well as albums by Voxtrot, Explosions In The Sky, and The Black Angels) to mix the songs, and Everest was done and ready to go.

So here we are. I am proud of these songs and how they sound. Like always, Golden Bear gave it our all, and we’ll keep on doing that. Hope you enjoy.

Best, Chris Gregory

(C-Side Records)

In lieu of a video - here is a child trapped in a claw machine. No particular reason...

Deleted Scenes Sing One Long Country Song

The album track “Ithaca” has been remixed, and the group shot a video for “One Long Country Song” in the same Metro station in which it was written. The Washington DC band commented on the experience, “It’s illegal to shoot on the DC Metro for homeland security reasons. Luckily nobody arrested us. The setting is perfect for its continual interplay with the lyrics. The song begins ‘It’s one long country song to the Metro / which is five blocks by anyone else’s count,’ and proceeds to process the previous evening’s romantic disaster through the bleary brain-chemistry of an awkward all-nighter.”

04/26 College Park, MD @ WMUC In-Studio Performance

05/05 Baltimore, MD @ The Talking Head

05/18 New York, NY @ Piano’s

05/21 Washington, DC @ Black Cat

05/29 Baltimore, MD @ Hexagon

06/02 Nashville, TN @ The End

06/04 Atlanta, GA @ Star Bar

06/06 Jacksonville, FL @ Eclipse

06/11 Dallas, TX @ The Lounge

06/12 Houston, TX @ Notsuoh

06/13 Austin, TX @ Club de Ville

06/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Trunk Space

06/17 Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake/Fold

07/04 Montreal, PQ @ Divan Orange

Wavves and Windsurf LImited Release

Free download of the collectors edition 7" from The FADER and Southern Comfort. The 10th edition in the series is available today for free download on and features exclusive unreleased tracks by Wavves and Windsurf.

New York, NY: The FADER, the definitive voice of emerging music, and Southern Comfort announce the tenth installment in their series of limited-edition 7-inch vinyl releases curated by the editors of The FADER. This rare pressing of only five hundred copies will also be accessible to readers of The FADER, who will have the chance to win the record online at In addition to the limited pressing, the tracks will also be available for free download at

To kick off the a-side, Southern Comfort and The FADER enlisted San Diego's Wavves to cut "Friends Were Gone," a beach fuzz anthem of lo-fi loneliness. Flip the wax to Windsurf's instrumental track "Vapour Trails," a breezy jam that mixes their San Francisco-based haze with Scandinavian disco. On the cover, New York-based artist Mario Hugo crafted a psychedelic and surreal collage of eyeballs and guitars in a summer ready deep purple.

Previous releases in the series have matched up the likes of indie groups M Ward and Ladyhawk, dancehall vocalists Busy Signal and Mavado as well as boundary destroying rockers Black Lips and YACHT. The final 7-inch of the 2007 series featured Ed Banger DJ Busy P, as well as fellow Baltimore citizen DJ Blaqstarr. Continuing their tradition of showcasing emerging artists, The FADER and Southern Comfort kicked off the 2008 series with White Williams and Dirty Projectors and followed up with Africa issue cover stars BLK JKS, of South Africa, and Esau Mwamwaya, of London, paired up with the production duo Radioclit. This newest release comes off the heels of a union between Alabama's Hood Headlinaz and Baltimore rappers Get 'Em Mamis and another pairing Brooklyn's Telepathe and 77Klash. The previous edition featured FADER cover star Little Boots and Wild Yaks.

About The FADER
Founded by Rob Stone and Jon Cohen, The FADER is the definitive voice of emerging music and the lifestyle that surrounds it. Through in-depth reporting and a distinct street sensibility, The FADER aggressively covers the most dynamic breadth of music and style emanating from the fringes of the mainstream to the heart of the underground. The FADER was the first publication in history to be released on iTunes, in 2008 received a Folio award for the best full issue of a consumer entertainment magazine and in 2007 was named one of iTunes' best classic audio podcasts of the year. The FADER is the authority on what's next.

Passion Pit "Little Secrets" Remix Contest / Summer US Tour

Passion Pit has debuted the first video, "The Reeling" and their first album Manners will be released May 18th On Frenchkiss Records. The band has asked fans to download remix clips of secret tracks, trade with other participating musicians and remixers, and build their own songs around the pieces. Fans will vote for their ten favorites until May 15th. After voting closes, Passion Pit will pick five remixes to be released along with a special vinyl version of “Little Secrets” while the five runners up will receive a copy of the vinyl and a signed CD of Manners.


Michael Angelakos (Vocals/Keyboard)
Ian Hultquist (Guitar)
Ayad Al Adhamy (Keyboard)
Jeff Apruzzese (Bass)
Nate Donmoyer (Drums)

US Summer Tour Dates

5/23 - George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
5/24 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s
5/28 - West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
5/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
5/30 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
6/2 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
6/3 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
6/4 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6/5 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
6/6 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
6/8 - Richmond, VA @ The National
6/9 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
6/11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
6/13 - Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
6/14 - Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
6/17 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
6/18 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
6/19 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/20 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

"Super group" Gramercy Arms "Looking at the Sun" w/ Sarah Silverman

“Oh, Gramercy - we’re in love!”
The Guardian (UK)

This supergroup has been described as the Byrds paying tribute to the Velvet Underground. Well that sounds promising!

The band features current and former members of Guided By Voices, Luna, Joan Wasser of Joan as Police Woman, Dead Air and The Dambuilders' Dave Darby. In yet more music marketing (not involving the radio_, NYC's Gramercy Arms song "Looking at the Sun" will debut on NBC's Chuck and then on a Lenscrafters commercial. The album has guest spots by Sarah Silverman, Lloyd Cole, Chris Brokaw and Joan Wasser as well as present and former members of Nada Surf, The Pernice Brothers, Dead Air, Shudder To Think, and more.

Trivia: The band is named after an imposing Art Deco apartment block at East 22nd Street.

New Plastiscines - About Love Due In June

This all female band from Paris has received accolades from the likes of Pete Doherty and the French Minister of Culture. NYLON Records launches with Plastiscines’ About Love
this June. The album is produced by Butch Walker (Katy Perry, Pink, Avril Lavigne) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Foo Fighters, Franz Ferdinand, Muse). They wrote their first hit, “Loser” in high school and wowed crowds at last year's Coachella. You may view a clip of the making of the album and other wacky antics at

For more info:

Brooklyn Synth-Pop Trio Chairlift On Tour

Mon 5.4 St Louis, MO - Fox Theatre w/ The Killers
Tues 5.5 Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion w/ The Killers
Wed 5.6 Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Cable w/ The Killers
Fri 5.8 Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center w/ The Killers
Sat 5.9 Wallingford, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena w/ The Killers
Sun 5.10 Brooklyn , NY - The Bell House
Sat 6.6 Baltimore, MD - Rufustival w/ Dirty Projectors
Tue 6.9 Little Rock, AK - The Village w/ MGMT
Thurs 6.11 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
Thurs 6.18 Los Angeles, CA - Echo w/ Sleepy Sun & The Big Pink
Sat 6.20 Los Angeles, CA - Getty Center/ Getty Museum
Sun 6.21 Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
Mon 6.22 San Diego, CA - Casbah
Sat 8.1 Jersey City, NJ - All Points West Festival
Sat 8.8 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

Marié Digby and Recycled Pee All In One Post

"I pushed myself to grow," said Digby. "The acoustic thing is very comfortable to me, but I don't want to be just that. I never want to feel that I'm supposed to be that girl with the guitar and nothing else. This album gave me an opportunity to break through."

Marié Digby's sophomore release Breathing Underwater will be released via Hollywood records this summer. For some reason the press release includes no date. That's almost as cool as debuting the album's single "Avalanche" on the cultural wasteland that is The Hills. In a world with little water, I'd rather drink Kevin Kostner's recycled pee than watch an entire episode of The Hills.

1. Daybreak
2. Avalanche
3. Breathing Underwater
4. Shoulda Been Simple
5. Know You By Heart
6. Feel
7. Come Find Me
8. Symphony
9. Machine
10. Overboard (featuring Livvi Franc)
11. Love with a Stranger
12. Come to Life
13. Crazier Things


Lollapalooza 2009 Line Up

* Depeche Mode
* Tool
* The Killers
* Jane's Addiction
* Beastie Boys
* Kings of Leon

* Lou Reed
* Ben Harper and Relentless7
* Thievery Corporation
* Snoop Dogg
* Rise Against
* Andrew Bird
* TV on the Radio

* Vampire Weekend
* The Decemberists
* Neko Case
* STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
* Animal Collective
* Band of Horses
* Of Montreal

* Arctic Monkeys
* Coheed and Cambria
* Ben Folds
* Fleet Foxes
* Silversun Pickups
* Kaiser Chiefs
* Crystal Castles
* Bon Iver
* Santigold
* Atmosphere
* Dan Auerbach
* Cold War Kids
* Deerhunter
* Lykke Li
* Robert Earl Keen
* Peter Bjorn and John
* Heartless Bastards
* Gomez
* Glasvegas
* Federico Aubele
* Dan Deacon
* Passion Pit
* Zap Mama
* The Raveonettes
* The Gaslight Anthem

* The Airborne Toxic Event
* White Lies
* Ra Ra Riot
* No Age
* Asher Roth
* Los Campesinos!
* Bat For Lashes
* Chairlift
* Gang Gang Dance
* The Virgins
* Amazing Baby
* Portugal. The Man
* The Knux
* Ida Maria
* Delta Spirit
* Friendly Fires
* Manchester Orchestra
* Constantines
* Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
* Hockey
* Miike Snow
* Alberta Cross
* Hey Champ
* Sam Roberts Band
* The Henry Clay People
* Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
* Cage the Elephant
* Living Things
* The Low Anthem
* Blind Pilot
* Langhorne Slim
* Other Lives
* The Builders and The Butchers
* Eric Church
* Joe Pug
* Kevin Devine
* The Greencards
* Carney
* Thenewno2

And spinning at PERRY'S

* Bassnectar
* Simian Mobile Disco
* Deadmau5
* Boys Noize
* KiD CuDi
* Crookers
* A-Trak
* Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)
* The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set)
* LA Riots
* Kaskade
* The Glitch Mob
* Hollywood Holt
* Rye Rye
* He Say, She Say
* Car Stereo (Wars)
* Dark Wave Disco
* Moneypenny
* Yello Fever
* Animal Collective (DJ Set)

Kidzapalooza Artists TBA

Monday, April 20, 2009

Green Day Announces Tour Dates

It's all very new and not totally ironed out, but here is what the band has planned for their summer vacation:

Date City, State Venue
07-03 Seattle, WA TBA
07-04 Vancouver, BC TBA
07-06 Edmonton, AB TBA
07-07 Saskatoon, SAS TBA
07-09 Winnipeg, MAN TBA
07-10 Fargo, ND TBA
07-11 Minneapolis, MN TBA
07-13 Chicago, IL TBA
07-14 Detroit, MI TBA
07-16 Hamilton, ONT TBA
07-17 Ottawa, ONT TBA
07-18 Montreal, QUE TBA
07-20 Boston, MA TBA
07-21 Philadelphia, PA TBA
07-22 Pittsburgh, PA TBA
07-24 Hartford, CT TBA
07-25 Albany, NY TBA
07-27 New York, NY TBA
07-29 Washington, DC TBA
07-31 Nashville, TN TBA
08-01 Atlanta, GA TBA
08-03 Tampa, FL TBA
08-04 Miami, FL TBA
08-05 Orlando, FL TBA
08-07 New Orleans, LA TBA
08-08 Houston, TX TBA
08-09 San Antonio, TX TBA
08-11 St. Louis, MO TBA
08-12 Kansas City, MO TBA
08-13 Omaha, NE TBA
08-15 Denver, CO TBA
08-16 Salt Lake City, UT TBA
08-18 San Jose, CA TBA
08-20 San Diego, CA TBA
08-21 Las Vegas, NV TBA
08-22 Phoenix, AZ TBA
08-24 Sacramento, CA TBA
08-25 Los Angeles, CA TBA

And The Moneynotes Records Daytrotter Session and Prepares For Tour and New Album

“Appalachian-roots-inspired country-punk.” – Popmatters

And The Moneynotes visited the Daytrotter studios in Rock Island, Illinois last month. The sessions may now be found on the Daytrotteer website. The bands new 7" vinyl release,On The Town, On The Vine EP will be available May 5 via Prairie Queen Records. It will feature four songs with lead vocals being split evenly between Mitch Williams (acoustic guitar) and Mike Quinn (electric guitar). The band is spending their last days in Scranton, before hitting the road:

04/23 Washington, DC @ Velvet Lounge
04/25 Philadelphia, PA @ The M Room
05/06 State College, PA @ Bar Bleu
05/07 Pittsburg, PA @ 31st Street Pub
05/08 Youngstown, OH @ Cedar’s Lounge
05/09 Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail w/ The Orange Opera
05/11 Indianapolis, IN @ Local’s Only w/ The Orange Opera
05/12 Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern
05/13 Murfreesboro, TN @ Boro Bar & Grill
05/14 Chattanoga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
05/15 Charlotte, NC @ Sung Harbor

Reigns AMAZING video for “Everything Beyond These Walls Has Been Razed.”

Reigns album The House On The Causeway is now available via Monotreme Records.

“Everything Beyond These Walls Has Been Razed”

The Breeders New E.P.

Fate To Fatal is still slated for an April release. So... must be tomorrow? We know it's been printed:

Kevin Shields

I sampled two tracks and found them unlistenable.

3" dvd-r split with Cristopher Cichocki & Rale. Music video of "Motor Hands" (from the Thrash Sabbatical split 7" w/ Thurston Moore) on Deathbomb Arc.

self-released eu tour cdr (available at shows only)
c20 cassette on Deathbomb Arc
c36 cassette on Blackest Rainbow
c30 on 905 Tapes

Upcoming Releases:
cdr on SRA
c20 cassette on Accidie - mp3 sample
appearance on Tanzprocesz compilation tape

PJ Harvey / John Parish Tour Dates

Confirmed U.S. Dates Thusfar...
June 2nd, Centre Stage, Atlanta GA
June 3rd, Madison Theatre, Covington KY
June 5th, Warner Theatre, Washington,
June 6th, House of Blues, Boston, MA
June 7th, Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
June 9th, The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
June 12th, The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
June 13th, Weesner Amphitheatre, Apple Valley, MN
June 19th, The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
June 20th The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

All Tour Dates Released:
04-20 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire
04-21 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire
04-22 Birmingham, England - Town Hall
04-24 Manchester, England - Ritz
04-26 Edinburgh, Scotland - Queens Hall
05-01 Murcia, Spain - Festival Estrella Levante SOS
05-02 Porto, Portugal - Casa Da Musica
05-04 Milan, Italy - Auditorium
05-06 Stuttgart, Germany - Theaterhaus
05-07 Berlin, Germany - Passionskirche
05-09 Stockholm, Sweden - Nalen
05-10 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
05-11 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
05-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05-14 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05-17 Paris, France - Bataclan
05-18 Paris, France - Bataclan
06-02 Atlanta, GA - Centre Stage
06-03 Covington, KY - Madison Theatre
06-05 Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
06-06 Boston, MA - House of Blues
06-07 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
06-09 New York, NY - The Beacon Theatre
06-12 Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
06-13 Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Amphitheatre
06-19 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre
06-20 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
07-25 Dorset, England - Camp Bestival (PJ Harvey solo)

Fun - A New Project For Anathallo and Steel Train Members

Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format, ex-Anathallo multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost and Steel Train's Jack Antonoff, will embark on a 34-date tour with Manchester Orchestra beginning April 21st in Nashville, TN.

"At Least I'm Not As Sad (As I Used To Be)" is available for free download by joining the band's mailing list at - and will be for sale digitally May 5.

Exit/In Nashville, TN
April 22nd 40 Watt Athens, GA
April 23rd Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC
April 24th The National Richmond, VA
April 25th Ottobar Baltimore, MD
April 26th The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
April 29th Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
April 30th Middle East Boston, MA
May 1st Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
May 2nd Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburg, PA
May 3rd Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
May 5th Eagle Theatre Pontiac, MI
May 6th Skully's Columbus, OH
May 7th Mad Hatter Club Covington, KY
May 8th Subterranean Chicago, IL
May 9th Station 4 St. Paul, MN
May 11th The Record Bar Kansas City, MO
May 12th Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
May 13th Avalon Theater Salt Lake City, UT
May 15th El Corazon Seattle, WA
May 16th The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
May 17th Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
May 19th Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
May 21st Troubadour West Hollywood, CA
May 22nd Voodoo Stage @ HOB San Diego, CA
May 23rd Club Congress Tucson, AZ
May 24th Clubhouse Tempe, AZ
May 26th Emo's Austin, TX
May 27th The Loft Dallas, TX
May 28th Walter's on Washington Houston, TX
May 29th Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA
May 30th Proud Larry's Oxford, MS
May 31st The Bottletree Birmingham, AL
June 2nd State Theatre St. Petersburg, FL
June 3rd The Social Orland, FL
June 4th The Social Orland, FL

I Still Hate Jam Bands, But Love A Good Cause

The new Mimi Fishman Foundation charity auction is up and running. For the 6th time in as many years the Foundation's auction includes a section that directly benefits Rock the Earth. Rock the Earth - the winner of the Jammy's 2008 Mimi Fishman Memorial Award for Community Service - is an organization that is dedicated to bringing about positive and beneficial environmental consequences on behalf of members of the music industry through the means of active litigation and negotiation. The Foundation also continues its support of the Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments.

The auction, which concludes April 27, features rare Phish memorabilia and tickets as well as many incredible summer festival VIP packages.

* Phish Summer (2nd leg) 2009 Ticket/DVD Packages
* Phish Signed Pollock Hampton Posters
* Jon Fishman Signed drumsticks (used during 3/8/09 Hampton Phish show)
* Phish Fox Theater Ticket package (in honor of a late Phish fan)
* Dave Matthews Band Ticket/Pass Package
* Rothbury Festival Package
* Camp Bisco VIP Package
* 10,000 Lakes Festival Package
* Wakarusa Ultimate Festival Package
* Gathering of the Vibes Festival Package
* Mountain Jam Festival Package
* Summer Camp Festival Package

Scott Hardkiss Releases His Label's Debut Album Technicolor Dreamer

Electronica artist Scott Hardkiss releases his label's debut album Technicolor Dreamer, July 28th (God Within Recordings). Hardkiss sings, raps, plays synths, drums, bass and guitar on almost every song on the record. Additionally he wrote, produced, arranged, engineered and self-recorded the music in his home-studio, Room Zero. The album is described as a "technicolor Dreamer is a bubbly, groovy retro-futuristic funk ride."

Helping Hardkiss on the record are: Britta Phillips (Dean & Britta/Luna), Lisa Shaw (Naked Music/Salted), Stevvi Alexander (Nelly Furtado/Justin Timberlake), Steven Bernstein (David Bowie), Bobby Harden (Blues Brothers), Tabitha Fair (Sting), J Bowman (George Clinton), Tabitha Fair (Sting), Ernest Carter (Bruce Springsteen) and more. The record was mixed by Jason Marcucci (Gnarls Barkley/Beck) and Scott and mastered by Brian Gardner (Outkast/Prince/Timbaland).

Scott Hardkiss has been opening heads & hearts and making booties shake since his early days organizing and DJing some of the first raves and electronic multi-media dance events across the country in the early 90’s. He was at the forefront of kick-starting the San Francisco/West Coast sound and American electronic dance-music scene of the ‘90’s, as well as establishing the seminal record label Hardkiss Music, releasing albums that are now underground classics and amongst the most highly-collectable today. Hardkiss has also crafted a diverse array of remixes for a wide variety of artists across the musical spectrum including Elton John’s “Believe,” and the Flaming Lips “Do you Realize?” (which was included on the Lips’ Grammy-nominated Fight Test EP). In addition, his musical creativity found an outlet in contributing to scores for film, TV, and ads by directors including Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, & Richard Linklater.

New Jarvis Cocker - A Note From Jarvis and the single "Angelina"

The new Jarvis Cocker album Further Complications will be released May 19 on Rough Trade.

Free download of "Angelina"

By Jarvis Cocker

Please allow me to anticipate some of the questions you might have:

Last year we were invited to play at the Pitchfork festival in Chicago during July. Steve Mackey (he
plays the bass, you know) suggested that we try recording some songs with Steve Albini whilst we
were in town. This made sense on many levels - to go all that way just to play one show seemed a
bit wasteful (eco-awareness) Plus, I had already decided that I wanted this record to be more of a
group effort than the last one. So we had worked songs out in rehearsal rather than me delivering
them fully-written & now I wanted to record them in an environment where we could all play at the
same time & hopefully capture something of the spirit of a band all working together, all aiming in
the same direction ( though at what I really couldn't say). Electrical Audio (Albini's studio) is
specifically designed to record bands in that way.

Plus, it was very cheap.

(The two songs we tried out in July worked out , so we booked time in January to finish the album.
The pound collapsed against the dollar in the interim).

The core band is:
Jarvis sings & plays various bits & pieces.
Steve Mackey plays the bass
Ross Orton plays the drums
Simon Stafford plays keyboards & sings backing vocals
Tim McCall plays the guitar in the right-hand speaker
Martin Craft plays the guitar in the left-hand speaker + occasional keyboards & backing vocals

No - but during the course of touring his last record he discovered that , with this band, he COULD
rock & so he'd be a fool not to. (When the situation demanded it).

I'll tell you a bit about some of the other songs we recorded. SLUSH is a song I wrote whilst
aboard a ship that was sailing up the west coast of Greenland last year. I guess that slush will be
the ultimate outcome of global warming. CAUCASIAN BLUES is an attempt to understand the
pain of a man whose Honda Goldwing has run out of petrol. I NEVER SAID I WAS DEEP is the
phrase that I would like carved on my tombstone & HOMEWRECKER! is an absolute racket
featuring saxophone from Steve Mackay (he played on The Stooges' "Funhouse", you know).

I grew it to keep my face warm in the Arctic & then I kind of got attached to it. (The amount of grey
in it horrified me at first but now I think it acts as a handy reminder of my own mortality.)

Thank you for taking the time to read these notes.

Further complications await.

-Jarvis Cocker

Sunday, April 19, 2009

N.I.N. Phone Application

According to Trent Reznor "The NIN iPhone app is live!"

Deer Tick MP3 "Easy"

Download the new Deer Tick MP3 "Easy" here for free:

Deer Tick
Born on Flag Day
Street date: June 23, 2009

1. Easy
2. Little White Lies
3. Smith Hill
4. Song About A Man
5. Houston, TX
6. Straight Into A Storm
7. Friday XIII
8. The Ghost
9. Hell On Earth
10. Stung

Thu-Apr-23 Boston, MA Harpers Ferry
Fri-Apr-24 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel #
Mon-Jun-08 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero %
Tue-Jun-09 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %
Wed-Jun-10 Boston, MA House of Blues %
Thu-Jun-11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club %
Fri-Jun-12 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle %
Sun-Jun-14 St. Louis, MO The Pageant %
Mon-Jun-15 Lawrence, KS Granada %
Wed-Jun-17 Omaha, NE Slowdown %

# = w/ Elvis Perkins in Dearland
% = w/ Jenny Lewis

The Low Anthem Release New Album

The Low Anthem will release Oh My God, Charlie Darwin via Nonesuch Records on JUne 9.

Fri Apr 24 Providence, RI - Lupos w/Elvis Perkins in Dearland & Deer Tick
Sat Apr 25 Burlingston, VT - Higher Ground w/Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Mon Apr 27 Montreal, QC - II Motore w/Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Wed Apr 29 Toronto, ONT - Horseshoe Tavern w/Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Thurs Jun 11 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
Mon Jun 15 New York, NYC - Bowery Ballroom

Deastro Release "Spritle" 7" Single On Five Three Dial Tone Records

Side A – “Spritle” / Side B - “Tree Frog” (Available On CD Version Of Moondagger)
Randolph Chalbot Crafts 25 Handmade Covers To Accompany This Release
Moondagger Out June 23rd On Ghostly Intl. and

The Gary Show Off Their Chub

Chub EP
(Cedar Fever)

Direct from the press release:
The Gary’s origins are on the Comal River, July 2008. Paul Warner paddled over to Dave Norwood and suggested they start a band called The Gary.

Dave saw no reason why they shouldn’t play in a band called The Gary, and so it began. It should be noted that both were several beers into their river journey, and it seemed like a good idea at the time. The beer-goggle phenomenon applies to band names, as well.

A week or two later, Trey Pool suggested he come and play some guitar. The band was complete. Songs were written and the band checked into East Austin’s infamous Hot Tracks recording studio in November to record the seven-song Chub EP. They began playing shows with bands such as DD/MM/YYYY, Medications, Maserati, and Grant Hart of Husker Du. The band began exchanging prose and verse about a fictive stoner ne’er-do-well named Gary, which will soon be made available in chapbook format. Suddenly, being called The Gary didn’t seem like such a bad thing, after all.

The Gary’s sound is as rooted in a sense of place as it is in their influences (Silkworm, Guided By Voices, Chicago post-rock, New Zealand noise-rock, etc.) Lyrics and song delivery convey the sense of defeat accompanied by “getting by” in their Austin/Central Texas surroundings...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Juan MacLean and The Field

The Juan MacLean will soon have their very own Nooka Nooka Toy designed by Mike Vadino, who also designed the album cover for The Future Will Come.

The Juan Maclean and The Field US Tour Dates:

05/21: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
05/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Pure
05/23: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/25: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/27: Miami, FL @ Liv @ Fountainbleu
05/29: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
05/30: Houston, TX @ Numbers
05/31: Lobbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard
06/03: San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06/04: Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
06/05: Los Angeles, CA @ Avalon Hollywood
06/06: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
06/07: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
06/08: Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
06/09: Vancouver, BC @ Richards on Richards
06/11: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
06/12: Denver, CO @ Beta
06/13: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
06/16: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
06/17: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
06/18: Toronto, ON @ Tattoo
06/19: Montreal, QC @ Les Saints

Queer As Folk: Gretchen Phillips (W/Shearwater, Team Dresch, The Butchies)

Gretchen Philips releases a new album, I Was Just Comforting Her, with help from Shearwater, Team Dresch, The Butchies.

“Lyrically, I Was Just Comforting Her retains themes and emotions that distinguish this Texas Music Hall Of Fame inductee, such as a desire for empathy and human connection in a world plagued by alienation. Sonically, the album is rich and diverse, an indication that Phillips will continue to inspire fans for another 20 years at least.” -- Exclaim!

"Red State / Blue State"

Gretchen Phillips Live:

05/10 Austin, TX @ Momo's

05/21 Atlanta, GA @ TBD Mondo Homo Fest

06/20 Chicago, IL @ Women and Children First Books

07/19 Guerneville, CA @ Fabulosa Fest

Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal - BonTaj Roulet Tour

"This tour is just what the doctor ordered," says Bonnie. "Taj and I have so much in common, but there's so much unexplored territory between us. It's been a long time coming, and now is the right time."

"We've been like ships passing in the night," adds Taj. "Some of my musicians used to play with Bonnie, we have so many of the same friends-this is really an opportunity to combine some forces and play some great music."

BonTaj Roulet Tour Dates
Thu, Aug 6, 2009 Williamsport, PA Community Arts Center
Sat, Aug 8, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center
Sun, Aug 9, 2009 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
Tue, Aug 11, 2009 Newark, NJ NJPAC
Wed, Aug 12, 2009 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park Bandshell
Wed, Aug 14, 2009 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent
Sat, Aug 15, 2009 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Sun, Aug 16, 2009 Vienna, VA Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Tue, Aug 18, 2009 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace
Fri, Aug 21, 2009 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
Sat, Aug 22, 2009 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival
Sun, Aug 23, 2009 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn at White River State Park
Thu, Aug 27, 2009 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
Fri, Aug 28, 2009 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino
Sun, Aug 30, 2009 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tue, Sept 1, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Amphitheatre
Wed, Sept 2, 2009 Boise, ID Boise Botanical Gardens
Thu, Sept 3, 2009 Portland, OR Edgefield Winery
Sat, Sept 5, 2009 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheatre
Sun, Sept 6, 2009 Seattle, WA Chateau Ste Michelle
Mon, Sept 7, 2009 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheatre
Wed, Sept 9, 2009 Friant, CA Table Mountain Casino
Fri, Sept 11, 2009 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Sat, Sept 12, 2009 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
Sun, Sept 13, 2009 Saratoga, CA The Mountain WInery
Wed, Sept 16, 2009 Oakland, CA TBD
Thu, Sept 17, 2009 San Diego, CA Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
Fri, Sept 18, 2009 House of Blues, Las Vegas
Sun, Sept 20, 2009 TBA
Wed, Sept 23, 2009 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
Thu, Sept 24, 2009 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Fri, Sept, 25, 2009 Rancho MIrage, CA Agua Caliente Casino

Official site and ticket info:

New Pitchfork Festival Line-Up Announcements

So far...

Friday - "Write the Night: Set Lists by Request"
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo

The National
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Fucked Up
Plants and Animals*
Matt and Kim
Charles Hamilton
The Duchess and The Duke

The Flaming Lips
Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
Pharoahe Monch
Blitzen Trapper*
Black Lips
The Very Best
Vivian Girls

* Just added

Neil Gaiman/Amanda Palmer Book News

The Gaiman/Palmer book, Who Killed Amanda Palmer is currently being printed, is available for pre-order noon est 4/20, and will ship July 15. The cloth covered hard bound book will have a first edition of only 10,000. The website from which you may order, JSR's webstore states that the release date is July 7. (Notice that is different than the shipping date for the pre-sales). A website glitch allowed a number of people to order the book early - so if you want a first edition - you best be quick with your trigger finger. 800-863-0028

Palmer's play based upon the Neutral Milk Hotel album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea will be performed at her high school alma mater in Lexington, Massachusetts May 7-9.

Henry Rollins & Amanda Palmer, Hammer Conversations

<a href="">The Point of it All by Amanda Palmer</a>

More Amanda Palmer info:

THAO Cover The Lovin’ Spoonful / Tour Dates

THAO covering "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind," directed by Clyde Petersen and Forrest Baum. Sock puppets!

20 - Atlanta, GA @ EARL
21 - Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder - Florida State
23 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
24 - Ft Worth, TX @ Lola's
25 - Lubbock, TX @ Bash Rip Rock's 2
26 - Santa Fe, NM @ The Sub - College of Santa Fe
28 - San Diego, CA @ The Loft - UCSD
29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Cafe
30 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent
May 1 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
2 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
4 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
6 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
7 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
8 - St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway Nightclub
9 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
10 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
12 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
13 - Cambridge, MA @ TT the Bears
14 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
15 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
16 - Norfolk, VA @ The Boot

Alligators Vs. Crocodiles - You Decide

"Where Does It Hide" by The Alligators from their new album Piggy & Cups

Crocodiles Summer Of Hate streets 4/28 on Fat Possum.

Last summer's "Neon Jesus"

I like Crocodiles....

Thursday, April 16, 2009

John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band On DVD

Shout! Factory to release John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live In Toronto 1969 on DVD June 23.

Bonus Feature
Interview with Yoko Ono (1988)


Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
Hound Dog – Jerry Lee Lewis
Lucille – Little Richard
Blue Suede Shoes – John Lennon
Money – John Lennon
Dizzy Miss Lizzy – John Lennon
Yer Blues – John Lennon
Cold Turkey – John Lennon
Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon
Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow) – Yoko Ono
John, John (Let’s Hope For Peace) – Yoko Ono

Rhino Issues 7" By The Smiths And New Order For Record Store Day

BURBANK, CA- To celebrate Record Store Day this April 18, Rhino offers
exclusive 7-inch vinyl releases by The Smiths and New Order. The Smiths
vinyl single features "The Headmaster Ritual" on Side A and "Oscillate
Wildly" on Side B. This is the rarest commercially issued single ever
released by the band. It was originally released on Megadisc in Holland but
never available in the U.S. It features the original Dutch package with
black & white "cowboy" sleeve. In addition, it's been mastered from the
original tapes.

The 7-inch New Order single features "Temptation" on Side A and "Hurt" on
Side B, and has never before been available in the U.S. as well. This
7-inch version uses separate recordings and features different mixes from
the original 12" single. "Temptation" is the song New Order has played live
more than any other. Both The Smiths and New Order vinyl singles will be
available April 18 from Rhino Records at all independent retail outlets for
a suggested list price of $5.98.

(Rumors) White Stripes News

According to Ross Riley at Strangeglue, in addition to The Dead Weather album, which you've read about here, Jack White is working on a White Stripes movie. Riley writes that in addition to Horehound there is an upcoming White Stripes Film, "which he is busy mixing now. There's no further details but Jack did let slip that he is mixing more than 40 tracks for the film." also reports the same information as well as a 2009 release date for the film, a rehash that White is producing "four or five records right now," including artists Rachelle Garniez and someone or some band known only as Mildred.

They also mention a June to August summer tour for Dead Weather as well as a June release date, and a project about which they quote White as stating "We've got this whole series coming out where people are just taking a photo at the Third Man building with a blue background, and you just hear the music and look at their photographs. I've been producing and playing drums on all these records as well." Not quite sure exactly what that means, but it sounds vaguely interesting non-the-less.

In addition to the reported Record Store Day release of the 7" for Dead Weather's "Hang You From The Heavens", repors Jack White lent support to the festivites by stating "“I think it’s high time the mentors, big brothers, big sisters, parents, Guardians, and neighborhood ne’er do wells, start taking younger people that look up to them to a real record store and show them what an important part of life music really is. I trust no one who hasn’t time for music. What a shame to leave a child, or worse, a generation orphaned from one of life’s great beauties. And to the record stores, artists, labels, DJs, and journalists; we’re all in this together. Show respect for the tangible music that you’ve dedicated your careers and lives to, and help It from becoming nothing more than disposable digital data.”

Stay tuned...