Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Dead Weather "Will There Be Enough Water"

This is a video of The Dead Weather pressing the new music. They've done a bit of a Wonka on us all and included 5 photostrips in cds. (Why not vinyl)? The recipients of each photostrip will receive a guided tour of Third Man Records. No other information has been provided. Watch the video below:

Dappled Cities Release Zounds

“It’s as daggy and classy, cunning and futuristic, as us!” - Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities sophomore record, Zounds, will be available via Dangerbird Records, September 15th. The first single, "The Price" is described as "political disco." And the bands longest track to date, "THe Night Is Young At Heart" clocks in at six minutes. What gives with the prog rock length? Band member Dave Rennick explains, “Big, long, aggressive, weird: an in-ya-face sound people are either going to love or hate – and that’s the mark of a great song, isn’t it?”


Hold Your Back
Answer Is Zero
The Price
Wooden Ships
Slow For Me, My Island
The Night Is Young At Heart
Miniature Alas
Don't Stop There
Middle People


Trivia: A $40.00 "build-it-yourself" cardboard synthesiser from Japan was used on all 12 songs.

The band, originally called Periwinkle, formed in 1997 when 15 year-olds David Rennick and Hugh Boyce were joined by Alex Moore and English born Tim Derricourt. Their first album, A Smile (released in 2004 under the new moniker - Dappled Cities Fly), was a home-recorded, independent hit in Australia, and its tracks were later remixed as A Crooked Smile EP by the likes of an emerging Wolfmother and Spod.

The band’s sophomore effort Granddance was a grandiose record full of oldeworld ideas and cutting-edge sonics (& their first platter on the Dangerbird label), which was uncoiled to mass acclaim in 2006. The following two years were spent touring the US with the likes of The Fratellis and Tokyo Police Club, with fiery forays home riding shotgun to silverchair, Modest Mouse and LCD Soundsystem.

"As stripped-down Dappled Cities instrumentation can get, Granddance swells with a full-bodied atmosphere that envelops every chord". - Spin

Peter Murphy Covers John Lennon and David Bowie

Peter Murphy has recorded a cover version of John Lennon's classic tune "Instant Karma." The song is available for sale on itunes and was produced by David Baron & PM in Woodstock.

The next Peter Murphy "secret cover" version to be released will be David Bowie's "Space Oddity," which will also be available via itunes.

Wavves "No Hope Kids"

Wavves "No Hope Kids" from Pete Ohs on Vimeo.

The Dead Weather On T.V.

The Dead Weather will be performing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 17th. If you're in the area - visit the NBC website to win seats.

Yourself And The Air Add US Summer Tour Dates

Daytrotter Session / Friend Of All Breeds EP OUT NOW

US Summer Tour Dates

7.16 - The Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS
7.17 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO
7.18 - Bash's - Lubbock, TX
7.20 - Notsuoh - Houston, TX
7.21 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
7.22 - Rubbergloves Rehearsal - Denton, TX
7.23 - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack - Little Rock, AR
7.24 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
7.25 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
7.26 - The End - Nashville TN
7.27 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
7.28 - Southgate House Parlor - Newport, KY
7.29 - Circus - Columbus, OH
7.30 - Vollrath Tavern - Indianapolis, IN
7.31 - Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
8.1 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL




Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot Discovery To Benefit Oxfam America

Below is the unedited press release regarding the new Discovery album (blogged previously here) offered one week early to benefit Oxfam America.

New York, NY (June 30, 2009) – Discovery, the band comprised of Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot) have just released their highly anticipated debut as part of Amie Street’s Download To Make A Difference campaign.

LP is now available one week early exclusively on AmieStreet.com at the sale price of $8 in an effort by the group to raise money for Oxfam America.

“I am thrilled to have Oxfam be a part of this release,” said Miles. “Oxfam's focus on broad advocacy and local relief for the impoverished is inspiring and I hope our support brings more awareness about their projects and goals.”

For each album sold, AmieStreet.com and XL Recordings are donating $2 to Oxfam America (www.oxfamamerica.org), an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice.

Discovery is the recording project of Batmanglij and Miles, friends who began recording together in the summer of 2005. One year later they had committed themselves to their respective bands, Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, but nonetheless continued to record together when they both found themselves in the same city. The project is many things: it’s partly an attempt to realize Wes’s concept of a band where everyone plays synthesizers, and of Rostam’s concept for an album where handclaps keep the backbeat instead of snare drums.

It’s an embrace and also a commentary on the pop music of the past decade, of booming 808 bass and jittery sixteenth note high-hats. If soul music is secularized, sexualized gospel, Discovery is an attempt to see if soul music can survive being plasticized, roboticized, quantized, chopped, and finally, screwed. The album features Rostam and Wes each singing half the songs and guest vocals from Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) and Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors).

The exclusive release marks the seventh major release for AmieStreet.com's Download To Make A Difference campaign, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for organizations like the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Food Bank For New York City, and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation since its launch ten months ago.

LP is released by XL Recordings (Sigur Rós, Adele, Vampire Weekend). To download the fantastic new album and support Oxfam America go to: http://amiestreet.com/music/discovery/lp

The Horse’s Ha To Offer Free MP3 and Mix It Up W/ Chicago Bands

The Horse's Ha will play live to support their newly released album, Of The Cathmawr Yards. The album, available on Hidden Agenda, offers contributions from Chicago’s underground rock and jazz scene, such as Freakwater and Eleventh Dream Day's Janet Beveridge Bean (vocals, melodica and mandola), The Zincs' James Elkington (vocals and acoustic guitar) and jazz rhythm section Nick Macri (double bass) and Charles Rumback (drums).

The Horse's Ha covered Slapp Happy's "Slow Moon's Rose" while in the studio for this album, but it was not released until now:

Fri. July 3 -- Chicago, IL @ Schuba's w/ Castanets - Record Release Show
Mon. July 27 -- Pittsburgh, PA @ Thunderbird Cafe
Tue. July 28 -- Arlington, VA @ IOTA
Wed. July 29 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Illinois, The Builder and The Butcher
Thu. July 30 -- Brooklyn, NY @ Bruar Falls w/ Hospitality
Fri. July 31 -- Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House w/ The Mekons
Sat. Aug. 1 -- New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ The Mekons
Sun. Aug. 2 -- Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Sat. Sep. 19 -- Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival

Ancestors To Release Sophomore Effort

The Ancestors will follow up their critically acclaimed debut, Neptune With Fire, on October 6, with Of Sound Mind on Tee Pee Records. The albm was recorded, mixed and mastered at Infra Sonic Sound by Pete Lyman (Mars Volta, Qui and No Age). Album contributors include, David Scott Stone (Melvins, Unwound, Slug), Sera Timms (Black Math Horsemen) and cellist Ramiro Zapata.

Of Sound Mind Tracks:
1. From Nothing
2. Mother Animal
3. Not The Last Return
4. Bounty Of Age
5. Friend
6. The Trial
7. Challenging
8. The Ambrose Law

"LA Quintet Ancestors are suitably lysergic, their debut consisting of two conceptual, organ-striated heavy rock odysseys" - MOJO

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead Headline North American Tour

The shows announced so far..

July Dates
July 26th McCarren Pool Party Brooklyn, NY
27th Daniel Street Milford, CT
29th Ottobar Baltimore, MD
30th Chameleon Lancaster, PA
31st Jerky’s Live Music Hall Providence, RI
August Dates
Aug 1st All Points West New York City, NY
Oct 3rd Austin City Limits Austin, TX

Future dates are expected, so for future information, check at http://www.myspace.com/trailofdead or www.trailofdead.org

Blue Roses (A.K.A. Laura Groves)

The new, self titled release by Blue Roses (Laura Groves), will be available
July 21st on XL Recordings. Here is an advance MP3 of her song “Doubtful Comforts.” http://www.beggarsgroupusa.com/mp3/BlueRoses_DoubtfulComforts.mp3


PLAYING FOR CHANGE: Peace Through Music To Air On PBS

Playing For Change features Collaborations with Musicians Around the World, Including Keb' Mo', Bono and Bob Marley. The special will be airing throughout August on PBS - check your local listings.

Select moments of the special include:
- Ireland's Omagh Community Youth Choir, comprised of Catholic and Protestant teens, singing "Love Rescue Me," written by U2 and Bob Dylan
- American street musicians Roger Ridley and Grandpa Elliott harmonizing with Clarence Bekker from the Netherlands amid an assembly of artists from Russia, Spain, Venezuela, France and Brazil.
- "War/No More Trouble" (penned by Bob Marley) performed by musicians from The Congo, Israel, India, Ireland, South Africa, the U.S., Zimbabwe and Ghana.

About Playing for Change

Playing for Change began a decade ago, the brainchild of Grammy-winning music producer and engineer Mark Johnson. In 1998 Mark teamed with producer Whitney Kronke Burditt to create the award-winning Playing for Change: A Cinematic Discovery of Street Music (2004). The relationship between Playing for Change and Hear Music (the joint venture between Concord and Starbucks) was facilitated by legendary television producer Norman Lear, owner of Concord Music Group.

Seeing great need in many of the locations where the crew filmed and recorded inspired PFC to establish the Playing for Change Foundation, a distinct non-profit entity which provides resources - including facilities, technology, musical instruments and education - to musicians and their communities. The Foundation's first project, the Ntonga Music School in South Africa, was completed in January 2009. Its second, the Mehlo Arts Center in Johannesburg, will open later in 2009.

Playing for Change is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit the website: www.PlayingForChange.com.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gang Gang Dance Live

Gang Gang Dance's God's Money is being reissued on LP and will be available on tour.

August 2nd at Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton, MA
August 3rd at Bug Jar in Rochester, NY (with Hex Message)
August 4th at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA (with Hex Message)
August 5th at Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
August 6th at Circus in Columbus, OH (with Hex Message)
August 7th at Magic Stick in Detroit, MI (with Hex Message)
August 9th at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL
August 28th at Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA
August 30th at Rickshaw Shop in San Francisco, CA
September 2nd at Depot in Arcata, CA (with Extra Golden)
September 3rd at The Works at Washington High School in Portland, OR
September 4th at Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, BC
September 5th at Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, WA

Colorado's Mile High Music Festival

Saturday, July 18
Widespread Panic
Ben Harper & Relentless7
G. Love and Special Sauce
Big Head Todd & The Monsters
The Black Keys
Ani DiFranco
Matt Nathanson
Paolo Nutini
The Greyboy Allstars
Railroad Earth
Lyrics Born
Rocco DeLuca and The Burden
The Duke Spirit
The Band of Heathens
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
The Northern Way (formerly Set Forth)
Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real
Rob Drabkin
Early Pearl

Sunday, July 19
Widespread Panic
The Fray
Thievery Corporation
Gov't Mule
Gogol Bordello
John Butler
Buddy Guy
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
The Wailers
Jack's Mannequin
Mat Kearney
Dead Confederate
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons
Erin McCarley
Paper Bird
Joe Pug
Strange Condition
Electric Touch

Colorado's Mile High Music Festival, July 18th and 19th
On The Fields At Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Criss Angel Then And Now

Bringing together cheesy hair metal and cheesy magic - pretty much what I expected. And pretty much like now. Except without the moonwalk.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Rhino Strikes Gold Again With Another Nuggets Collection

Well folks, Rhino has done it again! The reissue gurus are releasing another box set in their cream of the crop "Nuggets" series. Where the Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968, will be released September 22. I can't tell you the hours of enjoyment I've received from listening to this series, and can't wait to get my greedy hands on some more golden nuggets.

Disc 1: On The Strip
1. "Riot On Sunset Strip" -- The Standells
2. "You Movin'" -- The Byrds
3. "You I'll Be Following" -- Love
4. "Dr. Stone" -- The Leaves
5. "Go And Say Goodbye" -- Buffalo Springfield
6. "Zig Zag Wanderer" -- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
7. "Gentle As It May Seem" -- Iron Butterfly
8. "Candy Cane Madness" -- Lowell George & The Factory
9. "If You Want This Love" -- The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
10. "Baby My Heart" -- The Bobby Fuller Four
11. "All Night Long" -- The Palace Guard
12. "It's Gonna Rain" -- Sonny & Cher
13. "For My Own" -- The Guilloteens
14. "Take A Giant Step" -- The Rising Sons
15. "One Too Many Mornings" -- The Association
16. "Time Waits For No One" -- The Knack
17. "Take It As It Comes" -- The Doors
18. "Pulsating Dream" -- Kaleidoscope
19. "Tripmaker" -- The Seeds
20. "The People In Me" -- The Music Machine
21. "Saturday's Son" -- The Sons Of Adam
22. "Eventually" -- The Peanut Butter Conspiracy
23. "Swim" -- Penny Arkade
24. "The Third Eye" -- The Joint Effort
25. "Girl In Your Eye" -- Spirit

Disc 2: Beyond The City
1. "Jump, Jive & Harmonize" -- Thee Midniters
2. "Back Up" -- The Light
3. "To Die Alone" -- The Bush
4. "Get On This Plane" -- The Premiers
5. "Little Girl, Little Boy" -- The Odyssey
6. "Hideaway" -- The Electric Prunes
7. "Listen, Listen!" -- The Merry-Go-Round
8. "She Done Moved" -- The Spats
9. "Grim Reaper Of Love" -- The Turtles
10. "See If I Care" -- Ken & The Fourth Dimension
11. "He's Not There Anymore" -- The Chymes
12. "Back Seat '38 Dodge" -- Opus 1
13. "Eternal Prison" -- The Humane Society
14. "Revenge" -- The Others
15. "Come Alive" -- Things To Come
16. "Acid Head" -- The Velvet Illusions
17. "Guaranteed Love" -- Limey & The Yanks
18. "Love's The Thing" -- The Romancers (aka The Smoke Rings)
19. "Underground Lady" -- Kim Fowley
20. "Pretty Little Thing" -- The Deepest Blue
21. "You're Wishin' I Was Someone Else" -- The Whatt Four
22. "Hippy Elevator Operator" -- The W.C. Fields Memorial Electric String Band
23. "That's For Sure" -- The Mustangs
24. "Tomorrow's Girl" -- Fapardokly (Merrell & The Exiles)
25. "Everything's There" -- The Hysterics
26. "Our Time Is Running Out" -- The Yellow Payges

Disc 3: The Studio Scene
1. "Action, Action, Action" -- Keith Allison
2. "The Rebel Kind" -- Dino, Desi & Billy
3. "High On Love" -- The Knickerbockers
4. "Fan Tan" -- Jan & Dean
5. "Halloween Mary" -- P.F. Sloan
6. "Somebody Groovy" -- The Mamas & The Papas
7. "Daydreaming" -- Thorinshield
8. "Just Can't Wait" -- The Full Treatment
9. "Yellow Balloon" -- The Yellow Balloon
10. "The Times To Come" -- London Phogg
11. "No More Running Around" -- The Lamp Of Childhood
12. "Little Girl Lost-And-Found" -- The Garden Club
13. "Mothers And Fathers" -- The Moon
14. "My Girlfriend Is A Witch" -- October Country
15. "Montage Mirror" -- Roger Nichols Trio
16. "Flower Eyes" -- Pasternak Progress
17. "Come Down" -- The Common Cold
18. "Jill" -- Gary Lewis & The Playboys
19. "Daily Nightly" -- The Monkees
20. "Night Time Girl" -- Modern Folk Quintet
21. "Don't Say No" -- The Oracle
22. "Tin Angel (Will You Ever Come Down)" -- Hearts And Flowers
23. "Rainbow Woman" -- Lee Hazlewood
24. "Poor Old Organ Grinder" -- Pleasure featuring Billy Elder
25. "Baby, Please Don't Go" -- The Ballroom

Disc 4: New Directions
1. "Sit Down I Think I Love You" -- Stephen Stills & Richie Furay*
2. "Splendor In The Grass" -- Jackie DeShannon with The Byrds
3. "November Night" -- Peter Fonda
4. "Roses And Rainbows" -- Danny Hutton
5. "Lemon Chimes" -- The Dillards
6. "Here's Today" -- The Rose Garden
7. "I Love How You Love Me" -- Nino Tempo & April Stevens
8. "Words" (Demo) -- Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart*
9. "(You Used To) Ride So High" -- The Motorcycle Abeline (Warren Zevon & Bones Howe)
10. "Los Angeles" -- Gene Clark
11. "Once Upon A Time" -- Tim Buckley*
12. "Darlin' You Can Count On Me" -- The Everpresent Fullness
13. "I'll Search The Sky" -- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
14. "Come To The Sunshine" -- Van Dyke Parks
15. "Heroes And Villains" (Alternate Take) -- The Beach Boys
16. "She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune" -- Jesse Lee Kincaid
17. "Sister Marie" -- Nilsson
18. "Last Night I Had A Dream" (Single Version) -- Randy Newman
19. "Life Is A Dream" -- Noel Harrison
20. "Marshmallow Skies" -- Rick Nelson
21. "I Think I Love You" -- Del Shannon
22. "Change Is Now" -- The Byrds
23. "The Truth Is Not Real" (Single Version) -- Sagittarius
24. "You Set The Scene" -- Love
25. "Inner-Manipulations" -- Barry McGuire

*Previously unreleased

Peter Murphy Tours America In Support Of New Release

Peter Murphy currently has a cover of John Lennon's classic song "Instant Karma" available on iTunes. This is the first of four covers soon to be released, and Murphy is currently touring in support of these singles, and his upcoming - as yet untitled release.

Remaining Secret Cover Tour:

6.22.09 New Orleans, LA - Howlin Wolf
6.23.09 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
6.24.09 W. Palm, FL - Respectable
6.25.09 St.Petersburg, FL - Jannus Landing
6.26.09 Orlando, FL - House of Blues
6.27.09 Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
6.30.09 Greensboro, NC - Carolina Theatre
7.01.09 Greenville, SC - Handlebars
7.03.09 Falls Church, VA - State Theatre
7.06.09 New York, New York – Highline Ballroom
7.07.09 New York, New York - Highline Ballroom
7.08.09 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
7.09.09 Foxboro, MA - Showcase Live
7.10.09 Ottawa, CAN - Bluesfest
7.11.09 Toronto, CAN - Opera House
7.14.09 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
7.16.09 Grand Rapids, MI - Orbit Room
7.17.09 Pontiac, MI - Clutch Cargos
7.19.09 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

For more information:

Fools Gold

Los Angeles music collective Fools Gold are set to release their eponymous debut via IAMSOUND on September 29.

“…who else is weaving cantorial yearning through the tuneful electricity of Afro-Islamic jangle and the tribal antics of Adam & the Ants?” -- L.A. Weekly
(Personally, I don't think they sound a whit like Adam, but I do hear a tiny Bow Wow Wow similarity). The music is more world beat, and less new wave pirate/highwayman/dandy with a bump n' grind.

Fool's Gold Tracklisting:

1. Surprise Hotel
2. Nadine
3. Ha Dvash
4. The World Is All There Is
5. Poseidon
6. Yam Lo Moshech
7. Night Dancing
8. Momentary Shelter

Listen to/download Fool's Gold's "Surprise Hotel" here: [a href="http://www.iamsoundrecords.com/original/music/foolsgold-surprisehotel.mp3[/a]

R.E.M. Release Digi-EP

R.E.M. will release a four song live digi-EP, Reckoning Songs From The Olympia July 7. The tracks were recorded during rehearsals at Dublin's Olympia Theatre, and include "Harborcoat,"
"Letter Never Sent," "Second Guessing," and "Pretty Persuasion," This EP precedes the upcoming full length album, R.E.M. Live at the Olympia, slated for release this fall.

Unedited press release info for R.E.M. Live at the Olympia:
n October, Warner Bros. will release R.E.M. Live From the Olympia, a special 2-CD set featuring songs from R.E.M.'s storied five-night stint at the Olympia in Dublin in the summer of 2007. The live sessions, produced by the acclaimed Jacknife Lee, capture the energy and excitement surrounding R.E.M.'s so-called "experiment in terror," an unprecedented move in the band's career, in which they debuted and simultaneously ironed out several new tracks each night before sold-out audiences. Eleven of the tracks would come to form the basis of ACCELERATE, R.E.M.'S 14th studio record which later shot straight to number one in 7 countries; the live sessions, carefully referred to by the band throughout as "working rehearsals" rather than shows in the conventional sense, also included an amazing array of songs from the band's impressive back catalog--"olive branches" in Michael's parlance--from some of the band's earliest albums: Murmur, Reckoning, Fables of the Reconstruction, Lifes Rich Pageant, and Document.

Please stay tuned to remhq.com for more on this highly-anticipated release.

Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) Releases New Album

Hugh Cornwell, the original frontman for The Stranglers will release a new album, Hooverdam, September 8. If you visit www.hughcornwell.com, you may download the music free of charge.

Taken directly from the press release:
“Everything that’s ever been recorded or filmed is now online and free – whether the copyright owners like it or not, and any work of artists that is honest – either from decades ago or right now – has intellectual value that will always translate into monetary value,” explains Charles Kennedy, head of Invisible Hands Music. This is a great record, made without ProTools, AutoTune, or any other piece of performance-enhancing stuff. It comes from the heart of a great thinker, writer and musician, and will be shared and listened to for decades to come. Physical copies will be available on vinyl and as a triple-sleeved digi-pak CD/DVD, which will contain Hugh’s film “Blueprint,” featuring live studio performance inter-spliced with an interview with Hugh at the Tate Gallery in London. Both Hooverdam and “Blueprint” were recorded in Toerag Studios with producer Liam Watson (best known for producing the White Stripes’ Elephant).

09/08: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
09/09: Long Branch, NJ @ Brighton Bar
09/10: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
09/11: Bordentown, NJ @ The Record Collector
09/12: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
09/13: Boston, MA @ TT The Bear's Place
09/15: Montreal, PQ @ TBA
09/16: Hamilton, ON @ This Ain't Hollywood
09/17: Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
09/18: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
09/19: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
09/20: Chicago, IL @ The Abbey

The Walkmen Announce Summer Tour

7/16 - Benicassim Festival - Barcelona, Spain
7/18 - Super Bock Super Rock - Lisbon, Portugal
7/19 - Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, IL
7/21 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI *
7/22 - Mad Hatter - Cincinnati, OH *
7/23 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH *
7/24 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON *
7/25 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA *
8/14 - Guggenheim 'It Came From Brooklyn' - New York, NY
8/16 - Central Park SummerStage - New York, NY
* with Cass McCombs


Austin Texas Band The Octopus Project Leave Their Garden For a Tour

The Octopus Project will release Golden Beds Enhanced EP July 14 via Peek-A-Boo Records.

Golden Beds Enhanced EP track listing:
1. Wet Gold
2. Moon Boil
3. Rorol
4. Wood Trumpet
5. Half a Nice Day

Golden Beds Enhanced EP Videos:
1. Wet Gold (dir. by Zellner Bros.)
2. I Saw the Bright Shinies (dir. by Divya Srinivasan)
3. An Evening with Rthrtha (dir. by Double Triple & Ryan Junell)
4. Truck (dir. by Zellner Bros.)
5. Music is Happiness (dir. by Nick Smith)
6. Exit Counselor (dir. by Toto Miranda)
7. Truck (live at the Austin City Limits Festival 2008)

The Octopus Project On Tour:
06/25 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
06/26 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
06/27 - Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
06/28 - Louisville, KY -- film show
06/29 - Memphis, TN @ Hi tone
06/30 - Norman, OK @ Opolis
07/04 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's w/ Explosions in the Sky, The Wooden Birds


Melbourne Australia's Luluc Come To North America

Luluc (pronounced Lou-Luke), whose members Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett are famous for breaking music down to it's bare bones, hit North America to support the release of Dear Hamlyn. Past tours have been in support of Lucinda Williams, José González, Charlie Parr, Joan As Policewoman, Eric Bibb and Fleet Foxes.

US Tour dates:
14 July - Los Angeles - Hotel Cafe' w/ Laura Veirs
15 July - Los Angeles - Bootleg Theatre w/ Rachael Cantu
23-26 July - Calgary - Calgary Folk Festival
28 July - Montreal - La Divan Orange
11 August - New York - Pete's Candy Store

More info:

What the press are saying:
“Cut from the same indie folk/alt country cloth that has spawned recent records from acts like Bon Iver, Radical Face and Fleet Foxes, Dear Hamlyn is a rich and mellow acoustic outing. It is fireside warm and cosy, yet wistful and broken. Its simplicity is, at times, quite breathtaking.”
Paul Ransom, Inpress

Canada's Melissa McClelland w/ Ron Sexsmith

Melissa McClelland is set to release her third album, Victoria Day, June 30 on Sixshooter Records. The album features a duet with Ron Sexsmith, titled "Seasoned Lovers."

Here is an older track titled "Skyway Bridge"

“A throwback to 1950s jazz, big-band and swing—but with a contemporary twist—Melissa McClelland’s voice warms your soul like a cloudless spring day.” -Performing Songwriter

For more info:

The Clientele

The Clientele, kids who were into Galaxie 500, and the psyche rock of Love and The Zonbie, formed and played together while they were in school. According to singer, Alasdair MacLean, they decided collectively that it was "OK to be influenced by Surrealist poetry but not OK to have any shouting or blues guitar solos."

The band released some 7" singles at the end of the ninetees, and their debut Suburban Light, was released in time for the millenium. THe bands next album, The Violet Hour, was released in '03. Strange Geometry followed in '05, and the Mark Never and Brian O'Shaughnessy (My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream), produced God Save the Clientele came two years after that.

The Clientele's new album, Bonfires On The Heath, to be released October 6, is described as a return to their roots mixed with English folk, and Bossa Nova elements. (How that is a return to their roots - I'm not sure).

The band will be performing July 19 @ Brooklyn's Music Hall Of Williamsburg and later this summer in Chapel Hill @ Merge XX. For more information visit:http://www.myspace.com/theclienteleofficial

Bonfires On The Heath Track List
1. I Wonder Who We Are
2. Bonfires On The Heath
3. Harvest Time
4. Never Anyone But You
5. Jennifer & Julia
6. Sketch
7. Tonight
8. Share The Night
9. I Know I'll See Your Face
10. Never Saw Them Before
11. Graven Wood
12. Walking In The Park

"It's the Sunday marked by nightingales
singing in the tender green woods
the boredom of little girls staring at a cage
a canary flutters around in
while in the empty street
the sun slowly moves its thin line
along the hot sidewalk
We'll cross other lines
Never never anyone but you
And I alone alone alone
like withered ivy in suburban gardens
alone like glass
And you, never anyone but you."

— Robert Desnos, “Never Anyone But You”

Cale Parks Touring In Support Of New Release

Cale Parks tour with Passion Pit ends tonight. Parks then embarks on a tour with Lemonade, in support of his new EP To Swift Mars (August 4th on Polyvinyl Records).

Tour Dates
6/20 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballrom
8/18 New York, NY @ Santos House Party *
8/19 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head *
8/21 Columbus, OH @ The Summit *
8/23 Cleveland, OH @ B-Side Liquor Lounge *
8/24 Toronto, Canada @ El Mocambo Club *
8/25 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar *
8/26 Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
8/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

* w/ Lemonade

"The central question in the melancholy dab of bedsit electronica is "Where did we go wrong?" Parks' beautifully resigned melody and restless synthscape suggest no easy answers." -SPIN

Diamanda Galas Announces Summer Dates

June 28:
Metarock - Quality Popular Festival
Pisa, Italy
Diamanda Galás in Concert

July 1:
Ravenna Festival
Rocca Brancaleone, Italy
Prayers for the Infidel

July 20:
Trieste, Italy
Go and see her - she is intense.

Prayers for the Infidel

July 23:
Ostia Antica Festival at Teatro Romano di Ostia Antica
Roma, Italy
Prayers for the Infidel

October 1:
Pop Montreal Music Festival
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Talk as part of HIV/AIDS Lecture Series

October 3:
Pop Montreal Music Festival
St Jean Baptiste Church, Montreal, Canada
Diamanda Galás in Concert: Voice and Piano

October 6:
New Hazlett Theatre, Pittsburgh

Bat For Lashes Release Single

"Pearl’s Dream" will be the next single released by Bat For Lashes, from their album Two Suns. It is available as a 7" and digital download in the U.K. The 7" includes a "Sleep Alone" remix done by David Sitek (TV on the Radio & Telepathe). The digital version includes same remix as well as "Good Love" and "Siren Song" - live from Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

You can order the ‘Pearl’s Dream EP’ from iTunes
Order the 7” of ‘Pearl’s Dream’ at the recordstore.co.uk

June 28 - Glastonbury Festival

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Never Mind The Buzzcocks

I'd watch t.v. more if our American shows were more like this. And if they had people as funny as Noel Fielding. Brilliant.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Roger Joseph Manning Jr To Perform Jellyfish Songs Live

Bleu with special guest Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
members of Rooney (I loved their album), and a special set by Mike Viola - expect some Jellyfish tunes
Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Music/Arts - Concert
Start Time:
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 7:00pm
End Time:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 12:00am
Hotel Cafe
1623 N Cahuenga Blvd
Hollywood, CA

Friday, June 19, 2009

Rooftops Film Festival

Rooftop Films, Arthouse Films & BAMcinemaFEST present
The late civil rights attorney William Kunstler was one of the most famous and controversial lawyers of the 20th century. He represented civil rights and anti-war activists, as well as accused terrorists and murders. In the 1960s and 70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr., and represented activists protesting the Vietnam war. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or Native Americans stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer. To his daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most unpopular members of society: people accused of rape, terrorism, organized crime and cop killing.

Venue: BAM GGMC Parking Lot (Outdoors across from BAM)
Address: Parking lot across from BAM @ Lafayette and Ashland (Ft. Greene, Brooklyn)
Directions: 2/3/4/5/B/Q to Atlantic Ave or D/M/N/R to Pacific St.
Rain: In the event of rain the show will be held Tuesday, June 30. Check www.rooftopfilms.com or call 718-417-7362 on the day of the event if the weather seems questionable.
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music by The Albertans
9:00PM: Film
11:00PM–12:30AM: After-party: Open Bar on-site, courtesy of Radeberger Pilsner
Tickets: $11 at the door or online: http://newyork.going.com/event-609974;Rooftop_Films_BAMcinemaFEST_Kunstler#
Presented in partnership with: BAMcinemaFEST. Cinereach, New York magazine, IndiePix, Shooting People, Council Member David Yassky & Automotive High School

On Friday, June 26, The Antlers will perform before the sneak preview of the film, Humpday, on the roof of New Design High School in the Lower East Side.
FRIDAY, June 26
Rooftop Films and Magnolia Pictures Present
When Andrew unexpectedly shows up on Ben's doorstep late one night, the two old college friends immediately fall into their old dynamic of heterosexual one-upmanship. To save Ben from domestication, Andrew invites Ben to a party at a sex-positive commune. Everyone there plans on making erotic art films for the local amateur porn festival and Andrew wants in. They run out of booze and ideas, save for one: Andrew should have sex with Ben, on camera.
Venue: on the roof of the Open Road Rooftop
Address: 350 Grand Street @ Essex (Lower East Side, Manhattan)
8:00PM: Doors open
8:30PM: Sound Fix presents live music The Antlers
9:00PM: Films
11:30PM - 1:00AM: Open Bar at Fontana’s (105 Eldridge St), courtesy of Radeberger beer
Tickets: $9-$25: http://newyork.going.com/event-602767;Rooftop_Films_Humpday#
No refunds. In the event of rain, the show will be indoors at the same locations. Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED.

Flaming Lips Announce New Album And Tour

The Flaming Lips will release a new double album titled Embryonic later this year. The band is also offering new merchandising strategies ("bundles"), which benefit the fans. According to their website, "the bundle will come with a ticket to see the band live along with an exclusive online digital EP that will contain 3 songs from the upcoming record - "Convinced of The Hex," "The Impulse," and "Silver Trembling Hands" plus three additional rare b-side tracks that we've selected. In addition to the ep, the bundle includes a digital download bootleg of the same show that you attend, which will be available after the show." The tour confirmed tour dates thusfar are:

Sat Aug 15 Del Mar Race Track Infield Del Mar, CA (non-bundle date)
Mon Aug 17 Greek Theater Los Angeles, CA
Tue Aug 18 Fox Theater Pomona, CA
Thur Aug 20 Edgefield Amphitheater Portland, OR
Fri Aug 21 Marymoor Amphitheater Seattle, WA (On-sale June 20)
Sun Aug 23 Red Rocks Amphitheater Denver, CO (On-sale June 20)
Wed Aug 26 Chastain Park Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
Fri Aug 28 Merriweather Post Pavilion Washington, DC
Sat Aug 29 Festival Pier Philadelphia, PA
Sun Aug 30 Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA

Pitchfork Times Announced

And Sunday is sold out folks...

Pitchfork Music Festival 2009 Schedule

8:40 (A) Built to Spill
7:20 (C) The Jesus Lizard
6:10 (A) Yo La Tengo
5:00 (C) Tortoise

8:40 (A) The National
8:30 (B) The Black Lips
7:30 (B) Matt and Kim
7:25 (C) Beirut
6:30 (B) Lindstrøm
6:15 (A) Doom
5:30 (B) Wavves
5:15 (C) Yeasayer
4:30 (B) Ponytail
4:15 (A) Final Fantasy
3:35 (B) Bowerbirds
3:20 (C) The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
2:40 (B) The Antlers
2:30 (A) Fucked Up
1:45 (C) Plants and Animals
1:45 (B) The Dutchess & The Duke
1:00 (A) Cymbals Eat Guitars
1:00 (B) Disappears

8:40 (A) The Flaming Lips
8:30 (B) The Very Best
7:30 (B) Mew
7:25 (C) Grizzly Bear
6:30 (B) Vivian Girls
6:15 (A) M83
5:30 (B) Japandroids
5:15 (C) The Walkmen
4:30 (B) DJ/Rupture
4:15 (A) The Thermals
3:35 (B) Women
3:20 (C) Pharoahe Monch
2:40 (B) The Killer Whales
2:30 (A) Blitzen Trapper
1:45 (C) Frightened Rabbit
1:45 (B) Dianogah
1:00 (A) The Mae Shi
1:00 (B) Michael Columbia

A=Aluminum Stage, B=Balance Stage, C=Connector Stage

Wild Light Announce Tour And Dates With The Wallflowers

July 8th Community Theater Morristown, NJ^

9th Neptune’s Park at 31st Street Virginia Beach, VA^

10th Atlanta Botanical Gardens Atlanta, GA^

11th House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC^

15th Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA

16th Highline Ballroom New York City, NY

17th Rock N Roll Hotel Washington, DC

18th Ottobar Baltimore, MD

20th 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, OH

21st The Basement Columbus, OH

23rd Double Door Chicago, IL

27th The Parish Austin, TX

30th The Casbah San Diego, CA

31st Troubadour Los Angeles, CA

Aug 1st Slim’s San Francisco, CA

3rd Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR

4th Chop Suey Seattle, WA

14th Lowell Summer Music Series Lowell, MA^

15th Discovery Park Freeport, ME^

16th The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT^

^ supporting The Wallflowers

July 15th -August 4th with stellastarr*

Indigo Girls New Album And Tour Dates

The Indigo Girls most recent release, ( which you read about here first, becasue I scooped everyone), Poseidon & the Bitter Bug, on their imprint label ,IG Recordings. There is a two-disc version which features stripped down versions, and full arrangements with producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos).

Check out new songs now at www.myspace.com/indigogirlsmusic.

The Indigo Girls will be performing live, and the tour supports Rock for a Remedy, a group that works with touring artists and local food relief organizations and food banks. RFAR will be collecting non perishable food on-site for people and their pets at each show.

Sat June 20 - Louisville, KY @ Kentuckiana Pride Festival
Sun June 21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
Tue June 23 - Interlochen, MI @ Interlochen Arts Festival/Kresge Auditorium
Wed June 24 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens
Fri June 26 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
Sun June 28 – Bayfield, WI @ Lake Superior Big Top x
Sun July 5 – Bellvue, CO @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Mon July 6- Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua Auditorium
Tue July 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
Thu July 9 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
Sat July 11 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Central Coast Pride Week
Sun July 12 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Tue July 14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Granada Theater
Wed July 16 – Fresno, CA @ Tower Theater
Fri July 17 - Grass Valley, CA @ California World Fest
Sat July 18 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
Thu July 23 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Festival
Fri July 24-Portland OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre

Thursday, June 18, 2009

One eskimO Tour With Tori Amos

London band One eskimO will release their eponymous debut, produced by Rollo Armstrong (Faithless, Dido), September 22.

All Dates w/ Tori Amos

10 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
11 Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
13 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater
16 San Diego, CA Humphrey's
17 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater
18 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater
20 Salt Lake City, UT Abravenal Hall
21 Denver, CO Paramount Theater
23 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater
24 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theater
25 Austin, TX The Long Center For The Performing Arts
27 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
28 Orlando, FL Bob Carr PAC
29 Miami, FL The Fillmore @ Jackie Gleason Theater
31 Durham, NC Durham PAC

1 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
3 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
4 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
5 Minneapolis, MN State Theater
7 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theater
8 Detroit, MI Detroit Opera House
10 Toronto, ONT Massey Hall
11 Montreal, QUE St. Denis Theater
13 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
15 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
17 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion

"Givin Up" has already been featured on Los Angeles' KCRW and was a "Song of the Day" pick - http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/tu/tu090512one_eskimo_given_up.

As Tall As Lions Tour

“dreamy, ambient indie rock built upon layers of subtle grooves and unique instrumentation.” - Alternative Press

“All swirling guitars and dreamy harmonies, they have a serious Brit-rock/shoegaze sensibility reminiscent of Doves. We expect big things” - Stereogum

As Tall As Lions will tour this summer in support of their album, You Can't Take It With You, August 18.

Original art painted by LA artist Ken Garduno

1. Circles
2. Sixes & Sevens
3. You Can't Take It With You
4. Go Easy
5. Duermete
6. In Case of Rapture
7. We's Been Waitin'
8. Is This Tomorrow?
9. Sleepyhead
10. The Narrows
11. Lost My Mind

Summer Tour Dates

June 30 - New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom (HEADLINING SHOW)
August 1 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Club *
August 2 - Montreal, Quebec @ Les Foufounes Electriques *
August 4 - Toronto, Ontario @ Opera House Concert Venue *
August 5 - Detroit, MI @ St Andrew's Hall *
August 6 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge *
August 7 - Sauget, IL @ Pops *
August 8 - Des Moines, IA @ Peoples Court *
August 9 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
August 11 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
August 12 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theatre *
August 14 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
August 15 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
August 17 - Sacramento, CA @ Empire Events Centre *
August 26 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *
August 29 - Santa Barbara @ Velvet Jones *
August 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
August 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre *
* with Dredg & RX Bandits

New Deastro EP / Baeble Music

Detroit musician Deastro (a.k.a. Randolph Chabot), has been making music for roughly ten years. His record label has announced the next single, "Vermillion Plaza" from his upcoming full length debut album, Moondagger, due June 23.

Long time collaborator, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morse, documented a day with his friend, culminating in a project titled, Ghostly Presents: Deastro.

US June Tour Dates

06.18 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
06.21 Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
06.22 Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
06.23 Portland, OR @ Holocene
06.24 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
06.25 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
06.28 - Indianapolis IN @ The Vollrath (MOKB)
06.30 - Detroit MI W/ Black Moth Super Rainbow @ The Magic Stick

Grower EP Tracklisting

1. Friends
2. Rouge River
3. Cass Corrider
3. Grower
4. Forest Arms
5. Guardian




Live At Lime EP : http://www.store.limewire.com/store/app/pages/album/Album/productId/208929/

Baeble Music Interview: http://www.baeblemusic.com/artistinterviews/Deastro/Deastro.html

Baeble Music Performance: http://www.baeblemusic.com/concertvideo/BaeblesGuestApartment/Deastro.html

New Asobi Seksu 10" and Tour Dates

So you've probably heard me rave about this band. Or at least you've read posts her about them. Fans of bands such as Ride, My Bloody Valentine, and The Jesus and Mary Chain - take note and buy all of Asobi Seksu's albums. Now. I'll wait. In the meantime, here are their tour dates:

Sep 16 - Joe’s Pub (special acoustic performance) - New York, NY
Sep 23 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
Sep 24 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
Sep 26 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
Sep 27 - Hailey’s - Denton, TX
Sep 29 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
Sep 30 - Casbah - San Diego, CA*
Oct 1 - Troubador - Los Angeles, CA*
Oct 2 - Slims - San Francisco, CA*
Oct 3 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR*
Oct 4 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA*
Oct 6 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver BC*
Oct 9 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN*
Oct 10 - Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL*
Oct 11 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH*
Oct 12 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto ON*
Oct 13 - Il Motore - Montreal QC*
Oct 14 - Great Scott - Boston, MA*
Oct 15 - Maxwells - Hoboken, NJ*
Oct 16 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY*
Oct 17 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA*

*w/Loney Dear

The band also has a new release pressed and ready to go. It's called Transparence , and it will be available August 25th on Polyvinyl.



Drug Rug Tour Dates, New Release, and Me Being Overtired

Drug Rug may have been called critic's darlings. They may be boyfriend and girlfriend. They might have been song of the day on NPR, but how would I know. Why ask me? Mind your own business!

So, you may be asking yourself, "What's new with Drug Rug?" Well, luckily I can tell you. Keith Morris of GTFU Radio has called the "The Psychedelic Jonas Brothers," but I have no idea what that means. So let me break it down for us simple folk. Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin met in 2006, they drank some whiskey, and crooned together with an old guitar. (It all sounds pretty romantic, huh). Their songs are of the homespun tale telling type. (How's that for alliteration)? You know, the type of duo you want around for your next weenie roast.

The band's self titled debut garnered them raves with the types of people whom we should listen to about these things. The sort of people who get paid to know more than we do. Paint the Fence Invisible
, recorded in the Catskills, is soon to be released.

Tour dates:
US Tour Dates
8/7 - Beachcomber - Wellfleet, MA
8/8 - Middle East Downstairs - Boston, MA
8/13 - Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
8/14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
8/15 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
8/17 - Sound Lab - Buffalo, NY
8/18 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ONT
8/20 - The Hideout - Chicago, IL
8/21 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
8/22 - BrilloBox - Pittsburgh, PA


Drug Rug have released their single "Never Tell" here:“Never Tell” : http://www.thetripwire.com/category/listen/

Vote Here for Drug Rug http://thephoenix.com/BMP/

“Drug Rug is the boyfriend/girlfriend duo of Sarah Cronin and Thomas Allen. They obviously haven't been together that long because the songs are still so happy and shiny.” Like a lot of bands, it's The Byrds and Beach Boys meet the indie stylings of today.” - My Old Kentucky Blog

Ólöf Arnalds Opening For Blonde Redhead

Ólöf Arnalds has just finished recording her second album, produced by Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós). She will be the support act for Blonde Redhead at Celebrate Brooklyn (Prospect Park Bandshell), June 26th.

For more information visit:

Brooklyn Vegan:
“....crowd who did not want to let her leave the stage, especially after the amazing Nina Simone cover she closed her set with. Earlier she covered Springsteen.”

“....mesmerizing performance by Ólöf Arnalds...alternated between acoustic guitar, a smaller toy acoustic guitar, and an even smaller 8-string ukulele. On stage, she was witty and full of banter as she gave background tidbits on songs she sang in her native Icelandic, with an emotive, swooping voice that rang clear on the high notes. The apex of the night was the Hank Williams cover that elicited a rousing approval from the enraptured crowd.

Download "Klara" at RCRD Label
Brooklyn Vegan Exclusive Mp3:

The Builders and the Butchers Tour

Summer 2009 US Tour
* Illinois Supporting
Thursday 06/18 Portland Wonder Ballroom
Friday 06/19 Seattle Neumos
Wednesday 07/15 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
Thursday 07/16 Visalia Cellar Door
Friday 07/17 Los Angeles Spaceland
Saturday 07/18 San Diego Casbah
Monday 07/20 Salt Lake Urban Lounge
Tuesday 07/21 Denver Larimer Lounge
Wednesday 07/22 Wichita Fischhaus
Thursday 07/23 Lawrence Replay Outside
Friday 07/24 St Louis Off Broadway with those darlins
Saturday 07/25 Cincinnati Mad Hatter
Monday 07/27 Cleveland Beachland
Tuesday 07/28 DC DC 9
Wednesday 07/29 Philadelphia Johnny Brendas
Thursday 07/30 Brooklyn Bell House
Friday 07/31 New York Pianos
Saturday 08/01 Boston TT the Bears
Monday 08/03 Detroit Pike Room
Tuesday 08/04 Pittsburgh Brillobox
Wednesday 08/05 Columbus Skully's
Thursday 08/06 Indianapolis Vollrath
Friday 08/07 Chicago Lollapalooza
Sunday 08/09 Madison High Noon TBA
Monday 08/10 Minneapolis 400 Bar
Wednesday 08/12 Missoula Palace


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Favorite Highway / Hello Goodbye On Tour


with Ace Enders:
Jun 19 - Hanger 84 - Vineland, NJ
Jun 20 - Mr Small's Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 21 - Grog Shop - Cleveland Heights, OH
Jun 23 - Pike Room @ the Crofoot - Pontiac, M*
Jun 24 - The Mixtape - Grand Rapids, MI
Jun 26 - The Loft - Madison, WI
Jun 27 - Beat Kitchen - Chicago, IL
Jun 28 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN

with The Cab:
Jul 5 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
Jul 11 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
Jul 12 - Valentine's - Albany, NY
Jul 14 - School Of Rock - S Hackensack, NJ
Jul 15 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
Jul 16 - Showcase Live - Foxboro, MA
Jul 17 - Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
Jul 18 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, PA
Jul 19 - Harpers Ferry - Allston, MA
Jul 21 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Jul 22 - Chameleon - Lancaster, PA
Jul 23 - Rhinos - Bloomington, IN
Jul 25 - 20th Century Theatre - Cincinnati, OH
Jul 26 - Headliners Music Hall - Louisville, KY
Jul 28 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
Jul 29 - The Brewery - Raleigh, NC
Jul 30 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Jul 31 - The Social - Orlando, FL
Aug 1 - Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Aug 2 - The Orpheum - Tampa, FL
Aug 4 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Aug 5 - Emo's Alternative Lounge - Austin, TX
Aug 6 - The Pontiac Garage @ HOB - Dallas, TX
Aug 7 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
Aug 8 - Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
Aug 9 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV

with Hellogoodbye:
Aug 14 - Chic’s - El Paso, TX
Aug 18 - Club Karma - Victorville, CA
Aug 19 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Aug 20 - Downtown Brew - San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug 21 - Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA
Aug 23 - Stockton Empire Theatre - Stockton, CA
Aug 25 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA
Aug 26 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
Aug 27 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA

Bikini Kill Reissue / Joan Jett

Hm, maybe a reunion is on the horizon> KRS is reissuing the first Bikini Kill 7" "New Radio." It has "Rebel Girl," "New Radio" and "Demirep." All songs feature Joan Jett on guitar and backing vocals. The 7" will be available July 21st, and through KRS mail order beginning July 7th. The label will toss you a free Bikini Kill button if you order from them: http://www.buyolympia.com/killrockstars/item=krs212

Speaking of Joan Jett, she recently filmed an ad for PETA:

Order a FREE 'Vegetarian Starter Kit' at GoVeg.com.

"Sex Over the Phone"

Village People reign suprem, but this is pretty good too - in a different way. I mean, I'm all about subtlety.

This Week's Daytrotter Sessions

Anya Marina at Daytrotter, 6/17/2009
Little Joy at Daytrotter, 6/16/2009
Peter Bjorn and John (SXSW Session) at Daytrotter, 6/15/2009
Chase Pagan at Daytrotter, 6/14/2009
Thunder Power at Daytrotter, 6/13/2009
Other Lives at Daytrotter, 6/12/2009
Black Lips (SXSW Session) at Daytrotter, 6/11/2009
Corto Maltese (SXSW Session) at Daytrotter, 6/10/2009
Dinosaur Jr. at Daytrotter, 6/9/2009

The Dodos To Release Time To Die

The Dodos will release their third album, Time To Die on Sept 15th via Frenchkiss Records. The album was produced by Phil EK (Built To Spill, Fleet Foxes, The Shins)

“I’m glad that we were able to keep things simple on this record,” says Long, “Because when your band gets a little popular, there’s this tendency to say things like, ‘Let’s add an orchestra on this one!” That works for some people, but it would detract from this band.”

“The vibraphone is pretty crazy and loud,” says Long, “and if you put it through some effects, you can make it sound like a guitar or synthesizer. It still has that element of something you’re hitting, though, which is central to how Logan and I play our instruments.”

“After Visiter, we had a lot of options for which direction to go,” says Long, “But I knew we wanted to make a rock record. Being an acoustic band—primarily, at least—sort of works against this idea, but Phil’s production showcased that side of our band.”

Time To Die:
1. Small Deaths
2. Longform
3. Fables
4. The Strums
5. This Is A Business
6. Two Medicines
7. Troll Nacht
8. Acorn Factory
9. Time To Die

More Riot Fest Information and Naked Raygun At MEtro (Is it 1984}?

Please do search for prior posts. It's the right thing to do and a tasty way to do it.

Riot Fest Chicago OCT. 7-12
Los Angeles NOV. 12-14

Individual Tickets On Sale as well as Metro Passes - More 5 Day Passes Released
Screeching Weasel, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Murder City Devils,The Dead Milkmen & Cock Sparrer Previously Confirmed for Chicago, Los Angeles Line-up Coming Soon

Schedued to play: Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, 88 Fingers Louie, Riverboat Gamblers, Pegboy, No Empathy, New Bomb Turks, Youth Brigade, Teenage Bottlerocket, Lower Class Brats, Teen Idols, Off With Their Heads, The Arrivals, Shot Baker, Flatfoot 56, Fear City, The Frankl Project and Anxiety High.

Previously announced bands included Screeching Weasel, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Murder City Devils, Cocck Sparrer and the Dead Milkmen.


Wednesday, October 7 (Riot Fest 2009 Kick-off)

B**thole Surfers

The House That Gloria Vanderbilt

Friday, October 8
Naked Raygun
No Empathy

Saturday, October 10
Dead Milkmen
Teenage Bottlerocket
Teen Idols
Anxiety High

Sunday, October 11
C**k Sparrer
Lower Class Brats
Flatfoot 56
Fear City


Friday, October 9
Murder City Devils
Dead Milkmen
Riverboat Gamblers
New Bomb Turks
The Frankl Project

Saturday, October 10th
Cock Sparrer
88 Fingers Louie
Youth Brigade
Shot Baker
Off With Their Heads

Sunday, October 11th
Screeching Weasel
Alkaline Trio
The Arrivals

Pete Sweet Short Film

An early collaboration of The Mighty Boosh (Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Antony and the Johnstons Cover "Crazy In Love"

Antony and the Johnsons will release the “Aeon”/”Crazy in Love” (Beyonce)double A-side cd single and the 7” via Secretly Canadian on August 4 in the US, and on August 3rd in Europe and UK on 7” through Rough Trade.

Sunday June 21st, 2009
Amsterdam, NL - Holland Festival @ Royal Carré Theatre with The Metropole Orchestra
Monday June 22nd, 2009
Amsterdam, NL - Holland Festival @ Royal Carré Theatre with The Metropole Orchestra
Monday June 29th, 2009
Athens, GR @ The Badminton Theatre with The Orchestra of Contemporary Music of the Hellenic Broadcasting Company
Friday & Saturday July 3rd & 4th, 2009
Manchester, UK - Manchester International Festival @ Manchester Opera House with The Manchester Camerata
Tuesday July 7th, 2009
Madrid, ES - Teatro Circo Price
Thursday July 9th, 2009
Paris, FR - Cite' de la Music @ Salle Pleyel
Wednesday July 15th, 2009
Montreux, CH - Montreux Jazz Festival @ Miles Davis Hall with The Montreux Orchestra
Friday July 17th, 2009
Luzern, CH - Blue Balls Festival @ KKL Concert Hall with The Montreux Orchestra
Tuesday July 21st, 2009
Lyon, France - Les Nuits De Fourviere @ Grand Theatre Romain with Opera de Lyon Orchestra
Tuesday July 28th, 2009
Rome, IT @ Cavea at Il Parco della Musica with Roma Sinfonietta
Saturday August 1st, 2009
Turin, IT @ Reggia Venaria Reale with Filarmonica '900 of the Royal Theatre in Turin
Wednesday August 5th, 2009
Copenhagen, DK @ DR Concerthouse with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Sunday August 9th, 2009
Oslo, NO - Oslo Jazz Festival @ The Oslo Opera House with The Oslo Opera House Orchestra
Friday August 14th, 2009
Gothenburg, SE - Way Out West Festival @ The Flamingo Stage with The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

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Carebears On Fire Tell Fans To Get Over It!

"key players in the burgeoning New York kid-core scene..." -Spin Magazine

“You’ll dig the beat, lead singer Sophie’s adorably badass Joan Jett vibe, and the defiant-but-age-appropriate lyrics.” –Entertainment Weekly PopWatch

The new album, Get Over It!, by punk rock kids Care Bears On Fire will be released on S Curve Records July 14. In their earnest delivery, the band wants kids to "get over" top 40, paint by numbers pop.

See the band in action:

June 23: Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House, 8 pm - with The Legend, The Drums and Soft City
August 8: Chicago, IL @ Kidzapalooza, 3-3:30 pm
August 9: Chicago, IL @ Kidzapalooza, 11:30-12 PM

Tortoise Tour Their Beacons of Ancestorship Album

Just a reminder, though I've already giggled with glee like a little girl in past posts - Tortoise have a new album, Beacons of Ancestorship, out June 23rd on Thrill Jockey.

"Tortoise, an instrumental five-piece band from Chicago, makes music of elaborate detail, rarely settling for a broad stroke when a sharp inflection might suffice." -- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Tortoise Tour Dates:
Sat. July 11 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
Mon. July 13 -- San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Wed. July 15 -- Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Fri. July 17 -- Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun. July 19 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Mon. July 20 -- Philadelphia, PA @ Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church
Tue. July 21 -- New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
Fri. July 24 -- Tokyo, Japan @ Fuji Rock Festival
Fri. Aug. 14 -- St. Malo, France @ La Route Du Rock
Sat. Aug. 22 -- Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Tue. Sep. 29 -- St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Wed. Sep. 30 -- Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
Thu. Oct. 1 -- Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Fri. Oct. 2 -- Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sat. Oct. 3 -- Dubuque, IA @ Voices Warehouse Gallery

The Prids Tribute Album

“The Prids are not only a really good band but they are also very nice people. They are all lucky to be alive after their van took a turn for the worse last year. They are what is good about independent music. They are getting out there and bringing a unique and worthwhile thing to their audience. This is what it's all about.” – Henry Rollins

“The best thing in the musician world is loving a band's music and meeting them and finding out they are not only beautiful and wonderful people but forming a long lasting friendship with them. The Prids' music is as beautiful and wonderful as they are. It shows on Dots To Connect. All the bands that contributed played the songs as fans and friends wanting to help, not just as musicians. Beautiful people making beautiful music isn't as common as you might think. It's a rarity and I am glad The Prids will still fill the world with theirs.” – Brett Nelson, Built to Spill / Suffocation Keep

Dots To Connect, a tribute album for The Prids, is now available on on five03 Records.


1. A Place To Bury Strangers - “The Problem”
2. Green Circles - “Lienzencages”
3. Entertainment - “Shadow and Shadow”
4. Hearts Fail - “The Glow”
5. Charmparticles - “All That You Want”
6. The Wendys - “Like Hearts”
7. Bell Hollow - “Contact”
8. Veil Veil Vanish - “Forever Again”
9. Me You Us Them - “Back Up Slow”
10. Autodrone - “Let It Go”
11. We Float – “Persona Solara”
12. Soft Tags – “Infection”
13. Roman Numerals – “One Thousand Five”
14. The Upsidedown – “Glide, Screamer”
15. Helvetia – “Something Difficult”
16. Swann Danger – “Artificial Heart Designer”
17. Sleepmask – “Before We Are”
18. The Suffocation Keep – “Love Zero”

Upcoming Shows

6/16 - Portland, OR @ Someday Lounge (w/Martin Bisi)
6/19 - Portland, OR @ East End (w/Catholic Comb)
6/21 – Seattle @ High Dive (w/Catholic Comb)
6/25 - Portland, OR @ The Know (A Last Thursday Event w/ Soft Tags!)
7/3 - Portland, OR @ Dante's (w/Berlin)
7/25 - Portland, OR @ East End (w/Mint Chicks and Lookbook – Benefit for film Widow’s Walk Lake)
8/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Silver Factory Studios
8/25 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Portland's own Quasi will release a new album via Kill Rock Stars on October 27th. The as yet untitled album, their first since the '06 When the Going Gets Dark, was recorded at Jackpot Studios by Kendra Lynn and will be mixed by Steve Fisk (Unwound, Sleater-Kinney, Shoplifting).

June 2009
18 - Portland, OR @ Disjecta
25 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
July 2009
09 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creel Amphitheatre w/ Spoon

More info as it becomes available. IE: When Maggie Vail decides to spill the beans.

MCA Chicago Performance Season

Nora Chipaumire with Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited:
lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi
October 1, 3-4, 2009

As exiles from Zimbabwe, dancer/choreographer Nora Chipaumire and master musician and poet Thomas Mapfumo challenge the accepted African branding - war-torn, tribal, and exotic. Known as the "Lion of Zimbabwe," Mapfumo created and made popular the Chimurenga style of Shona music from Zimbabwe that mixes African rhythms and instruments with politically charged lyrics, which landed him in a Zimbabwean prison camp in 1979. Chipaumire, a contemporary dancer rooted in African traditions, fuses her powerful and raw movement with Mapfumo's music and incendiary writing to examine the migrant experience of Africa and the art of Zimbabwe over the course of that country's downward economic and political spiral.

Lucinda Childs: DANCE
October 15-17, 2009

Known for her minimal elegance, Lucinda Childs is a pioneer of the postmodern dance movement and a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater. Her landmark work DANCE, for which Childs was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, is a collaboration with visionary contemporaries, composer Philip Glass and artist Sol LeWitt. Being reprised on its 30th anniversary, this production integrates Childs' polished choreography with LeWitt's black-and-white film, which is projected in front of the stage in perfect synchronization with the live dancers.

Philip Glass: An Evening of Solo Piano
October 16, 2009

One of the most influential composers of the 20th century, Philip Glass is an extraordinarily prolific figure known for his meditative and hypnotic musical scores. He has collaborated with Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Yo-Yo Ma, Twyla Tharp, Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen, David Bowie, and Chuck Close, among many others. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than 20 operas; eight symphonies; two piano concertos; string quartets; and soundtracks to films, including the Academy Award-winning motion picture The Hours, Martin Scorsese's Kundun, and Koyaanisqatsi. This program features an intimate evening of Glass performing from his growing body of work for solo piano.

The Hypocrites: Frankenstein
October 21 - November 1, 2009

In an adventurous retelling of Mary Shelley's classic novel, acclaimed director and The Hypocrites founder and artistic director Sean Graney combines live performance with the classic 1931 film with Boris Karloff. Graney's four-actor, multimedia, promenade production is timed well for Halloween and places the audience onstage amidst the actors and the film. This inventive play combines several historical versions of the gothic tale to craft a contemporary literary monster that captures the pure horror and chilling philosophy of the creation myth, wherein the creation ultimately destroys its creator.

Anna Halprin / Anne Collod & Guests:
parades & changes, replays
November 5, 7-8, 2009

French choreographer Anne Collod boldly re-creates Parades and Changes, the most famous production of American postmodern dance legend Anna Halprin. Utilizing a unique approach, Halprin writes dance scores, or instructions for the dancers on what to do, which allow the dancers to decide how they do it. In Parades and Changes, dancers perform several parades and rituals, including the ritual of dressing and undressing. When it premiered in New York City in 1965, the work was banned for its nudity. Collod's re-creation, parades & changes, replays, pays tribute to the original's enduringly modern motifs and features a cast of performers who are established choreographers and dancers in their own right.
Presented in tandem with the MCA exhibition of Daria Martin's film Minotaur.

Don Byron: The Music of Mickey Katz
November 14, 2009

For this concert, Don Byron gathers his original nine-member all-star band, including trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, for a revival of his groundbreaking 1993 recording, Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz. The performance is a faithful tribute to the campy wit and musical innovation of klezmer-style music by Mickey Katz, a touring and recording star of the 1950s, who entertained audiences with his virtuoso clarinet and wild pastiche of ethnic Jewish comedy. This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival as part of this year's theme "Laughter."

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE): Kaija Saariaho
November 19, 2009

Kaija Saariaho, a composer of immense imagination and one of the best-known female composers in the world, joins the intrepid International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for a concert dedicated to her chamber music. Known for the lyrical, spiritual, and timeless qualities of her music, Saariaho spent years living like a musical hermit at the electronic music think tank IRCAM in Paris, an institute for scientific study about music and sound, and for the development of avant-garde electro-acoustical art music. Always adventurous in their collaborations, ICE is known for their exceptional talent, fearless choices, and for conquering the New York music scene while maintaining their base in Chicago.

Akram Khan Company & National Ballet of China: bahok
February 26-28, 2010

Acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan's newest work, bahok, named for a Bengali word meaning "carrier," explores the ways in which the body carries national identity and a sense of belonging. Culled from disparate cultures, traditions, and dance backgrounds - Chinese, Korean, Indian, South African, and Spanish - Khan's eight dancers play passengers stranded in the limbo of an airport or train station. As they try to communicate to share "the things they carry with them" - their experiences, their memories of home, and the dreams and aspirations that made them move - the rich mix of backgrounds push the boundaries of spoken and dance vocabularies. Award-winning composer and long-time collaborator Nitin Sawhney creates an original score for bahok.

The Seldoms with Fraser Taylor: Marchland
March 12-14, 2010

For Marchland, Chicago-based choreographer Carrie Hanson collaborates with visual and textile artist Fraser Taylor to create a new ensemble work about mark-making, endurance, traction, and borders. Hanson was inspired by Taylor's video, CREVICE, a frenetic animation and sound piece that he created by making minute drawings directly onto the surface of clear 16mm film, later capturing the projected film with digital video. Marchland combines video, sculpture, and costume design by Chicago fashion designer Lara Miller with idiosyncratic movement, mimicking the same flickering, erratic, and charged qualities of Taylor's video.

Young Jean Lee: The Shipment
March 26-28, 2010

One of the boldest voices in contemporary theater, playwright and director Young Jean Lee tackles the Black experience and African-American identity politics in her new play, The Shipment. For this work, Lee, a Korean American, challenged herself to create a "Black identity-politics show," addressing social norms that she herself finds uncomfortable. The result is a provocative and eclectic work, which includes song, dance, stand-up comedy, sketches, and a short drama, performed by five talented actors who show off Lee's acid wit and subversive style.

John Jasperse Company: Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat Out Lies
April 9-11, 2010

Influential and innovative, American choreographer John Jasperse's newest work addresses belief systems, the relative nature of truth, and how we construct meaning in our lives. With a musical score by accomplished musician and electronica artist Hahn Rowe, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Jasperse develops the visual design for this production. Known for rich content and a wry approach, Jasperse's choreography explores heresy, radical ideas, delusional thoughts, and just plain nonsense.

Nicole Mitchell: Intergalactic Beings
Early May 2010

Inspired by the seminal Afrofuturist, science-fiction writer Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis Trilogy, virtuosic flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell evokes a journey into the horrific unknown in the newest chapter of her Xenogenesis Project, Intergalactic Beings. Butler's alien abduction tale incorporates rape, racism, and slavery into a disturbing tale of survival. Mitchell's musical interpretation was written for her Black Earth Ensemble, an improvising chamber orchestra, and taps the emotional and surreal qualities of Butler's prose.

Yo! Majesty Kollaborations and Silly Quotations

According to Shunda K, Domino Records just didn't move fast enough for her liking. So, she and the label have parted ways. However, she has chosen to mark the occasion not by crying in bed with Ben and Jerry's, but by releasing 42 new tracks for free. The songs are streaming at SHUNDAK.BANDCAMP.COM

The official details are:
The first collection, The Best Eva Written… Outkast, is the beginning of the thematic “Best Eva Written” series which appropriates existing work (in this case, Outkast instrumentals) to illustrate a new overarching album concept (in this case, being a societal outkast.) 20 new tracks… hosted by France’s DJ Keshkoon.

Kollaborations includes Peaches, WeHaveLove, Caspa Codina, Tha Pumpsta, Raspberry Cocaine, Rosetta Stoned, Blaque Pop, DJ Orion, DJ Deekline, Cindy Wonderful & Scream Club, Killola, A1 Baseline, and more.

This woman has some quotes that I just can't get myself to report with a, erm, what's the computer version of straight face? Anyway, I'll just post them:

“I know who I am and know dat God loves me, man, straight up. Stress free, y’all...” – Shunda K

“I’ve been da outcast all my damn life. Being gay & being raised in a religious household is not a great match. It’s God HISSELF dats blessing me with everything I have from da knowledge to da wisdom, to da woman in my life & my career. Da devil is a liar!!!”

Here is The Best Eva Written: http://www.tinyurl.com/SHUNDAK-BESTEVAWRITTEN
Shunda K: Kollaborations:http://www.tinyurl.com/SHUNDAK-KOLLABORATIONS

See Shunda K w/ Peaches in DC on June 17th and Brooklyn on June 19th
Jun 20 Baltimore BOLT @ The Hexagon
Jun 21 Philadelphia M ROOM

Hercules & Love Affair Get Sidetracked

Hercules & Love Affair will release a 2-disc compilation. The songs include a special re-mastered unmixed format. The album, titled Sidetracked, will be released July 21st (and in the rest of the rocknroll world, 7/13).


*Updated Friday June 19

July 3 - NYC, Hammerstein Ballroom
July 4 - Playa del Carmen, Santanera Club
July 8 - Vegas, Body English
July 31 - Atlanta, The Mark
Aug 1 - Tijuana, MX, Lobby
Aug 8 - Chicago, Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
Sept 6 - NYC, Electric Zoo Festival


11 Funky People @ Estacao da Luz Aveiro, Portugal
Sun 12 SPACE Ibiza
Mon 13 HMD @ Social Paris

15 Villa Mercedes Athens, Greece

17 Warm @ Plastic People London
Sat 18 Lovebox weekender London
Fri 24 Lolita Room Barcelona
Sat 25 Low Club Madrid

August Show/Venue Location
Sat 8 Lollapolooza Chicago
Sun 9
Thu 20
Fri 21 The Pod Dublin
Sat 22 Gravity Vilnius
Thu 27 Pag @ Barzilay Tel Aviv, Israel
Fri 28 Matter London
Sat 29 Pratersauna Vienna, Austria
Sun 30 El Diablo's Social Club Manchester

And now some words from Andy..

The tracks on my new Sidtracked comp’ encapsulate special moments for me; it’s one of those albums, which as a DJ, is rooted in fun memories, each song having its own special significance attached to it. So, one moment you might imagine me sitting on top of a speaker at a 90’s warehouse party with legs dangling and fist in the air, or another in a various state of undress dancing in my living room (daydream at your own risk...).

Before I go on to discuss the album as a whole, I want to let you know this blog links to a 20 minute clip of the album (above), which is both a snapshot to give you a little musical taste and something to listen you as you read on below…

I didn't want to do something that demonstrated my love of either house or disco, I really wanted to feature both. Over the past year I have been spinning a lot of early 90’s stuff that playfully reworks disco songs; not so much re-edits, but rather original songs using samples. For example, I might be playing techno but you could hear Rockers Revenge in the mix, or Jimmy Bo Horne, or First Choice. This technique was the primary influence on how I approached the compilation.

I also wanted to include some music that I truly enjoy listening to outside of the dance floor. Records that have directly influenced my own song-writing process, such as Dr. Buzzard'’s and Ray Martinez, which made it onto the tracklist, as did the easy listening disco of Gino Soccio and the Rainbow Team who provide a wonderfully soulful finale.

Infact, music from across the western hemisphere is represented throughout the mix. A lot is culled from a time when Detroit and Chicago's influences resonated around the world, from the ‘EuroJack’ of WestBam and Fax Yourself to the ‘SanTranceDisco’ of Dubwise and Studio X. These are all songs that have contributed to my own musical story.

I also included a couple of songs from artists and friends I am inspired by today. In Flagranti are dancefloor visionaries who I have long been a fan of, so I snagged one of my favourites from their new album. Daniel Wang is another artist that I have been keenly aware of since my younger years. I appealed to him to provide something special for this record, and he kindly obliged, which I am most thankful for! Both of these artists are rooted in the consciousness of dance music's past, yet to my mind they seem armed and ready to forge ahead in ways that are still light-years beyond their present peers – I can never wait to hear new material from them!

And then, of course, there is New York. The new Hercules track counts as an NY bit I guess, plus Todd Terry shows up twice, both as himself and Sax, one of his many pseudonyms. His rough style of pop house remains one of my favourite to dance to.

Lastly I wanted to include my friends, who always ‘bring the party’. We get a bit of banter from each of them woven into the mix, which includes current singers, Aerea Negrot, Shawn and Kim Ann; Shayne Oliver, my aesthetic right hand man and dancer extraordinaire, plus there is even a word from legend Bobby Viteritti who has become an ally and huge inspiration over the past year (during his vox pop I had him comment directly on some of his own work).

So, enjoy, pre-order the album and feel free to go create your own memories…

Keep an eye on the following sites for more
Hercules & Love Affair Sidetracked news:

The White Stripes To Release DVD

"Film everything, see what happens." - Jack White

The White Stripes made sure to document their 2007 Canadian tour, during which they performed on a Winnipeg transit bus, a Prince Edward Island fishing boat, and in a classroom. Remarking upon the smaller towns the band traversed, White told the CBC “As we went around and played a show in every province or territory, we realized that not even a Canadian band had ever done that. Which is wild, I can’t even believe that. How did we become the first, you know? It’s already the 21st century!”

The slice of life doc which includes about 40 songs, will show the inspirations for certian gigs, and the bands subsequent follow through to completion. But, fear not candy cane children, this ain't no Rock of Love Bus. White remarked, “I don’t think we would wanna film ourselves like this. I’m pretty anti-reality television and all that ridiculous peeking behind the curtain sort of aspect of entertainment these days, but in this case, I don’t think it really has that ridiculousness to it. It does have an insight into some of the things that got created and how we went about making a tour like that happen.”

What? A New Os Mutantes?

Os Mutantes have signed with Anti who will release their new album, Haih on September 8. This marks the bands first new album in 35 years.

Bob Mould's Life and Times

Bob Mould schedules tour in support of Life and Times
10/05/09 - Toronto, ONT @ Mod Club
10/07/09 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Club
10/08/09 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
10/10/09 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/12/09 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/13/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/15/09 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
10/16/09 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/19/09 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/20/09 - San Diego, CA @ Belly Up

Other news:
Q&A With Bob Mould, MAGNET Guest Editor
DVD Circle of Friends

Modest Mouse To Tour

Mon, 08/17/2009 Halifax, NS, Canada Forum Multipurpose Room
Wed, 08/19/2009 Montreal, QC, Canada Metropolis
Thu, 08/20/2009 Kingston, ON, Canada Ale House
Fri, 08/21/2009 Toronto, ON, Canada Sound Academy
Mon, 08/24/2009 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Pavilion
Tue, 08/25/2009 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
Fri, 08/28/2009 San Diego, CA Street Scene
Sun, 08/30/2009 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands
Tue, 09/01/2009 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Wed, 09/02/2009 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium

White Noise by John Cage, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono and More

Direct from the press release (no editing)

No matter what you do, you’re always hearing something. –George Brecht

James Cohan Gallery is pleased to announce White Noise, a group exhibition featuring works that exist at the intersection of visual art, music and sound by artists of different generations. In the exhibition, there will be sounds to be looked at and objects to be heard. It will explore how sound can obliterate as well as elevate; how silence can involve both absence and presence.

Music and sound have been important influences on the visual arts since the cultural and social upheavals of the early 1960s. With the advent of performance art by Fluxus artists such as John Cage and Nam June Paik (who were both trained composers), expanded notions of music brought new elements to the creation of visual art. Additional influences such as rock and roll and the counterculture movement combined to create a revolutionary moment in which the boundaries of artistic disciplines were broken down.

Anchoring the exhibition are two iconic works from the 1960’s: Robert Morris’ Box with the Sound of Its Own Making (1961), a seminal piece from early process-based art and Joseph Beuys’ multiple Ja ja ja ja ja nee nee nee nee nee (1969), a stack of felt with an audio tape in its center that plays Beuys chanting the German words for “yes and no,” thereby muffling the potential for discourse.

Themes represented in White Noise are as diverse as the group of artists; Christian Marclay’s silkscreen painting, Brown Silence (The Electric Chair), 2006, takes off from Warhol’s electric chair paintings by drawing a parallel between the “silence” sign over the doorway of an execution room and the “applause” sign in television studios; Louise Lawler’s audio piece, Birdcalls (1972), employs the artist’s voice to express conceptual musings on gender; Lucas Ajemian’s and Jason Ajemian’s Untitled (2006), is a video piece that rearranges the Black Sabbath’s song, “Into the Void” in a musical experiment that references spirituality and the occult; and Laurie Anderson’s In the House. In the Fire (2009) is a sculptural work that presents a meditation on sounds in the world around us.

The wide-range of works in the exhibition are represented by a variety of media including sculpture, film, recordings, installations, photographs, paintings and works on paper by artists Lucas Ajemian and Jason Ajemian, Laurie Anderson, Ronnie Bass, Joseph Beuys, Nick Cave, Martha Colburn, Anne Collier, Moyra Davey, Tacita Dean, Simon Evans, Brendan Fowler, Rodney Graham, Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg, Jay King and Mario Diaz de León, Jacob Kirkegaard, Jutta Koether, Jim Lambie, Louise Lawler, Christian Marclay, David Moreno, Robert Morris, Yoko Ono, Raymond Pettibone, Jack Pierson, Robin Rhode, Jamie Shovlin, Robert Smithson, Meredyth Sparks, Reena Spaulings, Emily Sundblad, and Fred Tomaselli. As part of an outdoor audio program, we will feature sound works from a 2004 group exhibition at Art in General, Rock’s Role (After Ryoanji), and music by 1980s post-punk band Bush Tetras.

The exhibition will feature four newly commissioned works by Nick Cave, Simon Evans, Brendan Fowler, and Fred Tomaselli.

This exhibition was curated by Elyse Goldberg and co-curated by Jessica Lin Cox.
June 18 - August 12, 2009

533 West 26th Street New York NY 10001

Let's Peek Into the Scientists Lab ( Tim Burton 9 )

9 to be released 9/9/09

I've been given an access code to peer into the scientist's lab to find out just what's happening in this brave new world. "Explore and discover the Scientist's inner most thoughts, ideas and inventions. Actively participate in the development of the story leading up to the opening scene of the movie." Take a gander: http://www.9experiment.com/

New KMFDM Records Release

KMFDM Records will release Legion Within's new album, Mouth of Madness, on June 16th. One can expect the music to be dark and industrial, perhaps even dark industrial. For more information visit:

Michael Moore Makes A Funny

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dave Stewart and First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Celebrate Mandela's Birthday

Dave Stewart and France's First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy are confirmed to perform as a duo at Madison Square Garden in New York on July 18 in celebration of Nelson Mandela's 91st birthday. The concert will mark the first annual global "Mandela Day." Aretha Franklin (in her big hat}?, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Jesse McCartney, Josh Groban and Wyclef Jean, and others will also perform.

In other Dave Stewart news, not only does he write music, perform, and sell sex toys, but he has a new photography book available,The Dave Stewart Songbook Vol. 1. ( Talk about jack of all trades)! The book features portrait photographs by Stewart either with or inspired by the works of artists like Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Bono, and others.

Did you know:
Dave Stewart was originally approached by Nelson Mandela to help fight the AIDS epidemic. Stewart envisioned a global campaign using Mr. Mandela's prison number "46664" for telephone donations. Stewart wrote songs with a number of artists, including Bono, Paul McCartney, and the rock band Queen, which would only be heard after dialing a prefix on a cell phone or a landline. As donators listened, they were charged a fee, with donations going straight to the 46664 fund.

Dave Stewart, along with Queen, went on to co-create the first 46664 concert in South Africa. Stewart enlisted friends including Bono and The Edge, Beyoncé, Bob Geldof, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Gabriel, Anastacia, and long-time partner Annie Lennox, along with many of Africa's legendary artists for the event. The four-and-a-half hour concert was broadcast live in South Africa on SABC and worldwide on MTV on World AIDS Day to over 2 billion people.

Capitol Hill Block Party Adds Built To Spill

Direct and unedited from the press release:

The Capitol Hill Block Party happens July 24-25 in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Presented by The Stranger in association with KEXP 90.3 FM and www.kexp.org, Caffe Vita, Miller Highlife, 107.7 The End, Urban Outfitters, Jones Soda, Jack Daniel's, EAW, Mackie, Ampeg, SEIU, The Washington Bus, and curated by Sealed with a Kiss.

Advance tickets available now. Just $23 for single day tickets or $42 for a 2 day pass, at the Neumo's box office and at Seattle Urban Outfitters or at Ticketswest.com. Get your tickets now to avoid the lines!

Graveyard Announce Summer Tour Dates Supporting CKY

"If Graveyard had made an early-Seventies private pressing LP that didn't sell squat, they would be record collector legends." - David Fricke, Rolling Stone

Tour Dates:
7/15 - The East End - Portland, OR w/ Danava
7/16 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA w/ Lumerians
7/17 - Historic Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, CA
7/18 - Bootleg Theater - Los Angeles, CA w/ Night Horse
7/19 - Bar Pink - Los Angeles, CA w/ Night Horse
7/21 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ w/ CKY
7/22 - Gators Bar and Grill - Farmington, NM w/ CKY
7/24 - Granada Theater - Dallas, TX w/ CKY
7/25 - White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX w/ CKY
7/26 - The Meridian - Houston, TX w/ CKY
7/28 - The Culture Room - Fort Lauderdale, FL w/ CKY
7/29 - The Social - Orlando, FL w/ CKY
7/31 - The Loft At Centerstage - Atlanta, GA w/ CKY
8/01 - Pop's - Sauget, IL w/ CKY
8/02 - The Rave - Milwaukee, WI w/ CKY
8/03 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN w/ CKY
8/05 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL w/ CKY
8/06 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH w/ CKY
8/07 - St. Andrew's Hall - Detroit, MI w/ CKY
8/08 - Mr. Small's Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA w/ CKY
8/09 - Xtreme Wheels - Buffalo, NY w/ CKY
8/10 - Recher Theatre - Towson, MD w/ CKY
8/11 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA w/ CKY
8/13 - Blender Theatre At The Gramercy - New York, NY w/CKY
8/14 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA w/ CKY
8/15 - Theatre Of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA w/ CKY

Castanets Announce Tour And New Album

"The more you listen, the more 'In the Vines' coils around you with its melancholic honesty amid slinking acoustic guitars and embellished, digitally amplified effects. Castanets frontman Raymond Raposa is said to have spent years traveling through Greyhound stations, and it's that lonesome, wandering spirit that finds him zigzagging through traditional country, the bluesy folk of Bob Dylan, and the lo-fi fuzz of Neutral Milk Hotel. Raposa's dark earnestness speaks dust-covered volumes on searching for a place in the sun." -- Michael Williams, Boston Globe

The "beer-soaked country rock gone contrarian noise" music of The Castanets makes a return with a new album, Texas Rose, The Thaw, And The Beasts, September 22 on Astmatic Kitty. Additionally, some tour dates have been scheduled:

Tue. June 30 New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage w/ Explosions in the Sky, Constantines
Fri. July 3 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's w/ The Horse's Ha
Sat. July 4 Detroit, MI @ Garden Bowl
Sun. July 5 Bloomington, IN @ Russian Recording
Mon.July 6 Cleveland, OH @ Skylab/The Shelf
Tue. July 7 Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
Wed.July 8 Boston, MA @ Middle East
Fri. July 10 New York, NY @ Cake Shop
Sat. July 11 New York, NY @ Silent Barn
Mon.July 13 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head
Tue. July 14 Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
Wed. July 15 Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight
Thu. July 16 Charlotte, NC @ Mileston
Fri. July 17 Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
Sun. July 19 Nashville, TN @ The Basement
Mon. July 20 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
Thu. July 23 Houston, TX @ Rudyards
Fri. July 24 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Sat. July 25 Lubbock, TX @ Bash Riprock
Mon. July 27 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
Wed. July 29 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Thu. July 30 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
Fri. July 31 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
Sat. Aug. 1 Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
Mon. Aug. 3 Portland, OR @ Worksound

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