Friday, July 30, 2010

U.S. Screenings For Journey of the Childmen

U.S. Screenings For The Mighty Boosh documentary film Journey of the Childmen:

Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago
14 August 6.45pm
18 August 8.15 pm
Chicago | IL | USA

Cinefest Film Theatre, Atlanta
3 September 2010
66 Courtland Street SE | Suite 240 | Atlanta | GA 30303 | USA

Northwest Film Forum, Seattle
22-23 September
Seattle | WA 98122 | USA

The Alamo Drafthouse, Austin
26 September 10pm
27 September 7pm
Austin | TX | USA

Monday, July 26, 2010

Free Album By Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Cheyenne Marie Mize

To download the new album Among the Gold by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Cheyenne Marie Mize SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS TOUR DATES
Jul 30 – Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes
Aug 01 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
Aug 05 – Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series
Aug 06 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Ampitheatre
Aug 07 – Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park
Aug 13 – Cleveland, OH – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Sep 04 – Snowmass Village, CO – Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival
Sep 14 – Puyallup, WA – Puallup Fair
Sep 17 – Lexington, KY – Busters
Sep 18 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Sep 19 – St Louis, MO – The Pageant
Sep 20 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
Sep 21 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
Sep 23 – Dallas, TX – The Showroom at Palladium
Sep 24 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
Sep 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Orpheum Theatre
Sep 27 – Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Sep 28 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

Wavves New Album, Fall Tour, Video and MP3

Wavves Live at Sirius / XMU "Super Soaker"

To download the song "Post Acid" click here.

Wavves are touring to support their new album King of the Beach available August 3.
On Tour:
Mon-Aug-02 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom *
Fri-Aug-06 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza
Sat-Aug-07 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle / Lollapalooza afterparty #
Thu-Aug-12 San Diego, CA Museum of Contemporary Art / San Diego
Fri-Aug-13 Pomona, CA The Glass House %
Sat-Aug-14 Portland, OR Berbati's Pan +
Mon-Aug-16 Santa Barbara, CA Soho
Tue-Aug-17 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
Wed-Aug-18 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop
Wed-Aug-25 Seattle, WA Neumos
Thu-Aug-26 Vancouver, BC Biltmore
Fri-Aug-27 Victoria, BC Sugar
Mon-Aug-30 Davis, CA Sol Collective
Tue-Aug-31 Visalia, CA Howie and Sons Pizza Parlor
Sat-Sep-04 Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
Fri-Sep-10 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
Sat-Sep-11 St. Louis, MO Billiken Club
Tue-Sep-14 Bloomington, IN Rhinos
Wed-Sep-15 Columbus, OH Skully's
Thu-Sep-16 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Fri-Sep-17 Northampton, MA Pearl Street Nightclub
Sat-Sep-18 Waltham, MA Brandeis University
Mon-Sep-20 Providence, RI Met Café
Fri-Sep-24 Kingston, NY 323 Wall Street
Sat-Sep-25 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
Mon-Sep-27 Washington, DC Rock and Roll Hotel
Tue-Sep-28 Greensboro, NC Guilford College
Wed-Sep-29 Charlotte, NC Milestone
Thu-Sep-30 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
Fri-Oct-01 Nashville, TN Exit/In - Next Big Nashville
Sat-Oct-02 Oxford, MS Proud Larry's
Wed-Oct-20 New York, NY Madison Square Garden $

* = w/ Smith Westerns, Total Slacker
# = w/ Harlem, Fergus and Geronimo
% = w/ Abe Vigoda, The Growlers, Crystal Antlers
+ = w/ The Cool Kids
$ = w/ Phoenix, Dirty Projectors

The Drums/Surfer Blood 2010 North American Tour Dates

9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time
9/11 Providence, RI @ Jerky’s Live Music Hall
9/12: Washington, DC @ The 9:30 Club
9/13 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
9/15: Atlanta, GA @ Loft
9/17: Orlando, FL @ Social
9/18: Miami, FL @ Grand Central
9/19: Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
9/20 Gainesville, FL @ Common Ground Coffeehouse
9/21: Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
9/23: Houston, TX @ Walter’s (The Drums ONLY)
9/24: Dallas, TX @ Loft (The Drums ONLY)
9/25: Austin, TX @ ND (The Drums ONLY)
9/27: Phoenix, AZ @ Clubhouse
9/28 Pomona, CA @ Glass House
9/29: Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
10/01: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/03: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
10/04: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
10/05: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
10/07: Boise, ID @ Neurlox
10/08: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/10: Denver, CO @ Bluebird
10/13: Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater
10/14: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/16: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club (The Drums ONLY)
10/17: Montreal, QB @ La Sala/Petit Campus/Motore (The Drums ONLY)
10/18: Boston, MA @ Paradise (The Drums ONLY)
10/22: New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Magic Kids Tour Dates and MP3

Magic Kids are on tour with Ariel Pin's Haunted Graffiti promoting their upcoming debut album Memphis, out August 24th on True Panther Sounds.
Click here to download "Summer."

07-27 Philadelphia, PA – JB’s #
07-28 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel #
07-29 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
07-30 Atlanta, GA – Earl #
07-31 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree #
08-02 Denton, TX – Hailey’s #
08-03 Austin, TX – Mohawk #
09-01 Lubbock, TX – The Foundation *
09-03 Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space *
09-04 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
09-05 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
09-08 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club*
09-09 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project *
09-10 Portland, OR – Backspace- Music Fest NW *
09-11 Garden City, ID – Visual Arts Collective *
09-13 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
09-14 Denver, CO – Hi Dive *
09-16 Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge *
09-17 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe *

# with Ariel Pink and Puro Instinct
* with Candy Claws

Rufus Wainwright North American Tour

Rufus Wainwright is touring to support his new album All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu .

August 1
Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, NJ
August 3
Opera House - Boston, MA
August 4
Mann Center for the Performing Arts - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
August 6
The Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT
August 7
The Music Center at Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
August 8
Carnegie Music Hall - Pittsburgh, PA
August 10
Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI
August 11
Orchestra Hall - Minneapolis, MN
August 13
Bank of America Theatre - Chicago, IL
August 15
The Midland by AMC - Kansas City, MO
August 17
Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
August 20
The Greek Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
August 21
Fox Theater - Oakland, CA
August 22
Uptown Theatre - Napa, CA
August 23
The Mountain Winery - Saratoga, California
August 25
Paramount Theater - Seattle, WA

"Zebulon" video

Friday, July 23, 2010

Admiral Radley Fall Tour With Band of Horses

Admiral Radley Summer Tour Dates with Hooray for Earth
Aug 12 - Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
Aug 13 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
Aug 14 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
Aug 15 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
Aug 16 - Le Belmont - Montreal, QC
Aug 17 - TT the Bears - Boston, MA
Aug 20 - Bowery Ballroom - NY, NY
Aug 21 - DC9 - Washington, DC
Aug 23 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA

Admiral Radley Tour Dates with Band of Horses
Sept 24 - Greek Theater - Berkely, CA
Sept 25 - Greek Theater - LA, CA
Sept 27 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
Sept 28 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 29 - Fillmore - Denver, CO

Jason Lytle and Aaron Burtch of GRANDADDY +
Aaron Espinoza and Ariana Murray of EARLIMART

New Karen Elson European Tour Dates

Third Man Records artist Karen Elson (wife of Jack White) announces more tour dates in support of her debut album:
Karen Elson Tour Dates:

20th September – Bush Hall, London, UK
23rd September – Heimathafen Neukoln, Berlin, GERMANY
24th September – Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, GERMANY
25th September – Gebaude 9, Cologne, GERMANY
26th September – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, BELGIUM
27th September – Melkweg, Amssterdam, HOLLAND
29th September – Mascotte, Zurich, SWITZERLAND
30th September – Teatro Dal Verme, Milan, ITALY
2nd October – Les Docks, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
3rd October – La Boule Noire, Paris, FRANCE

MP3 Elk City

Elk City "Nine O'Clock in France" (Pocket vs. Ray Ketchem Remix)
Click here.

Record Release Party at Joe's Pub in New York, NY on August 3rd! Also check out Elk City

A 2007 performance of "Totally Free - You Got Me"

MP3 El Remolon feat. Lido Pimienta and ZZK Records Tour Dates

El Remolon feat. Lido Pimienta - "Basta Ya (Todos Somos Inmigrantes)"
Click here to download.


July 23 – Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, MA – Dive Bar
July 24 – Montreal, PQ – Divan Orange
July 25 – Toronto, ON – Wrongbar
July 26 – Detroit, MI – The Lager House
July 27 – Chicago, IL – Beauty Bar
July 28 – St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
July 31 – Denver, CO – Biennial of the Americas
August 1 – Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
August 3 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
August 4 – Portland, OR – Rotture
August 5 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
August 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
August 15 – Austin, TX – Beauty Bar

Apache Beat, Deluka MP3s

Apache Beat "Another Day" MP3 click here.

Deluka "Nevada" MP3 click here.

Free MP3palooza Mahjongg, Oberhofer, Twin Shadow, Women

Women "Eyesore" download: click here.

Oberhofer "I Could Go" download: click here.

Mahjongg "Whoop" download: click here.

Twin Shadow "Slow" Video: click here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

L.A. Punk Historian Terry Graham To Raise Funds On Kickstarter

Terry Graham, punk drummer for The Bags and Gun Club, has started a Kickstarter drive to finance the completion of his book Punk Like Me!

Among the offered goodies in exchange for donations are a personal tour of LA rock n roll haunts and exclusive entry joints,insight to his knowledge of the L.A. Rock history, and lunch at Fatburger!

Click here for more details on the project.

Jack White Covers The Beatles

Watch Jack White perform "Mother Nature's Son" at The White House in front of Paul McCartney. That's a ballsy move Jacky.

In other news Twilight fever garners more potential converts with an exclusive Dead Weather track on its soundtrack titled "Rolling In On A Burning Tire."

Chocolate Genius Inc.'s Swansongs

Chocolate Genius Inc.'s Swansongs Will Now Be Released September 14th.

Chocolate Genius Inc. ((A.K.A. Marc Anthony Thompson) describes the lyrical content of his music as "Gracefully embracing decay is the constant theme. Letting go. The curse of religion. The passion is the poison. That old dilemma—worship and penance; sparkle and fade; bass and trouble."

The theme definitely flows through his latest album Swansongs, the third and final chapter in a trilogy. (The trilogy consists of 1998's Black Music, 2001's Godmusic and Black Yankee Rock released in 2004).

There are common threads throughout the trilogy creating a cosmic tapestry, and Thompson expands, ""I'm sitting on the bed that my mother would die in right before we released the second offering, Godmusic," explains Thompson. "She sings vocals on the first song of that record ("Perfidia"). They were caught randomly when I was a kid, as she walked into my bedroom while I was learning how to record. Decades later, I am in Los Angeles trying to find her missing widower. On a piano that hasn't been tuned since the Watts Riots, I record 'Like a Nurse' and write four songs in that very same bedroom. A few days later, I find my father crashed into a pole on La Brea and Venice. It is the same intersection that I sang about in one of the first songs I’d ever written, 'Pinks & Greens'."

Thompson completed the Swan Songs track "Sit & Spin" the day his father died. He uses phone recordings of his father as well as the voice of his mother on the record. He explains, "I used the recordings of my parents on both releases because they are priceless artifacts to me," explains Thompson, "and I wanted to lock them in the time capsule that each of these documents are. My children's children will be able to download a little piece of their history. An indulgent, guilty conceit and perhaps nothing more - but I love the recording of my mom singing and the humor and spirit of my folks shines on both offerings."

Thompson expresses reluctance about the finality of declaring this the last recording of the cycle, "Reluctantly, the book of songs is done. I say reluctantly because I’ll soon have to stare at a blank page again, and greet whatever is next. That’s always the tricky part—by the time music is released, the process usually inspires an entirely new workflow, or has you headed to the road, sofa, beach, airport or bar. At least that’s been my syndrome. Though I write constantly, I release things sporadically at best, and sometimes as quietly as a cough. As Richard Ford says, 'When a tree falls in the forest, who cares but the monkeys?'"

Swansongs tracklisting:

1. She Smiles
2. Enough For You
3. Like A Nurse
4. Kiss Me
5. Lump
6. Polanski
7. How I Write My Songs
8. Mr. Wonderful
9. Sit and Spin
10. When I Lay You Down
11. Ready Now

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Exene Cervenka Free Film Download

Download the movie here.

Direct from the press release:

(LOS ANGELES, CA – July 20, 2010) – Early Punk goes Cowboy! Almost 25 years after it was filmed, the Queen of L.A. Punk, X singer Exene Cervenka, and music video director Modi Frank, known for her groundbreaking music videos such as “Mountain Song” by Jane’s Addiction, present their previously unreleased cowboy satire “Bad Day” featuring legendary X front man John Doe, Grammy Award winner Dave Alvin, Oscar-winning writer Michael Blake, and with a comedic performance by Academy Award winner, Kevin Costner.

“Bad Day” boasts an inspired cast of legendary Los Angeles musicians, writers and actors at a “secret” shooting location in Chatsworth, California. This short silent film, photographed and co-written by X’s Exene and directed by award-winning filmmaker Modi Frank, is a 20-minute tribute to the early days of the one-reel Westerns. The film blends Exene’s love for black & white films, with old fashioned title cards, western sets, and Modi's vision of capturing local talent having a very unusal day in a small pioneer town, with an elegant, poignant soundtrack by Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Dave Alvin along with X and Knitters drummer D. J. Bonebrake. Some might ask, why film a black & white, silent western? “For fun,” exclaims the punk queen, “It was a blast to write, envision and then film. We have talented friends, all up for a project, and we froze a moment in history. It was one of the best times Modi and I have ever had.”

Now available for the first time as a digital download, at, viewers will be able to “pay” whatever they choose for the download in order to view “Bad Day”. A portion of the proceeds from “Bad Day” are going to Gulf Coast aid organizations that help both the environment and the people affected. In regards to their co-star Kevin Costner, who spent millions of dollars over the last decade to develop centrifuge clean-up machinery for just these types of oil spills, both women say, “We are both so proud of Kevin and grateful for all he’s doing to help in the Gulf.”

Although filmed back in 1986, Exene and Modi have both kept this work in their hearts and minds for over two decades, “We've talked about releasing “Bad Day” over the years, but now with the internet we have control over distribution with digital downloads. We want the world to see it and enjoy.” Modi’s award-winning comedy short films have been seen at film festivals around the world and her music videos, documentaries and various digital projects have garnered many awards, but she is best known for her directing music videos for Henry Rollins, Jane’s Addiction, L7 and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Also appearing in “Bad Day” are artist-photographer Peter Haskell, Los Angeles poet Doug Knott, and Chris (Chris D) Desjardins, lead singer and founder of the seminal Los Angeles punk/ band The Flesh Eaters. The role of “Little Mae” is played by Jenny Aust, daughter of rock critic Chris Morris. Chanteuse Julie Christensen from the band Stone Cupid, known for her collaborations with Leonard Cohen, Together, Exene and Modi’s friendship changed their lives forever. Modi recalls that, “in a weird way, that’s what the core of film is about, how one moment in time can change someone life’s forever.”

New Gogol Bordello Video Pala Tute and Tour Dates

TUE 20 Freiburg, GER ZMF
THU 22 Moscow, RU Grand Theater
FRI 23 St. Petersburg, RU Stadion Telebashnya
THU 29 Burlington, VT Midway Lawn Primus
FRI 30 Williamsburg, NY Williamsburg Waterfront w/Primus
SAT 31 Sayersville, NJ Starland GB Only

SUN 1 Charlottesville, VA Pavillion w. Primus
TUE 3 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Amphitheater w. Primus
THU 5 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion w. Primus
FRI 6 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
SAT 7 Chicago, IL Lollapolooza
MON 9 Council Bluff, IA Stir Cove at Harrah's w. Primus
TUE 10 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater w. Primus
THU 12 Denver, CO Red Rocks w. Primus
FRI 13 Salt Lake City, UT The Rail w. Primus
SAT 14 San Francisco, CA Outside Lands
THU 19 St. Polten, AT Frequency
FRI 20 Leipzig, GER Highfield
SAT 21 Hasselt, BEL Pukkelpop
SUN 22 Ludinghausen, GER Area 4
TUE 24 Orvieto, IT Umbria Folk Festival
WED 25 Sarroch, IT Summer Groove
FRI 27 Reading, UK Festival
SUN 29 Leeds, UK Festival

SAT 9 Austin, TX ACL Fest

SUN 21 Belfast, IRE Mandela Hall
MON 22 Dublin, IRE Olympia
WED 24 Lisboa, PT Bullring
FRI 26 Liverpool, UK Academy
SAT 27 Leeds, UK University Refectory
SUN 28 Brighton, UK Dome
TUE 30 Munchen, GER Tonhalle

THU 2 Copenhagen, DK Vega
FRI 3 Oslo, NO Sentrum Scene
SAT 4 Stockholm, SWE Berns
MON 6 Helsinki, SF Tavastia
WED 8 Goteborg, SWE Tragarn
THU 9 Berlin, GER Columbia Halle
FRI 10 Stuttgart, GER Longhorn
SUN 12 Tilburg, NL 013
TUE 14 Paris, FR Le Cigalle
WED 15 London, ENG The Forum
THU 16 London, ENG The Forum

One Kinks Fan's Quest - Do It Again

Geoff Edgers in "Do it Again." The film, which is in progress, will document Geoff's attempt to reunite the Kinks, who haven't played a live show since 1996. The film features Sting, REM’s Peter Buck, Paul Weller, Zooey Deschanel and Robyn Hitchcock.

You Loved Heavy Metal Parking Lot....

Well here's Heavy Metal Picnic

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Julian Barratt and Kristen Schaal in Penelope Pricess of Pets

I posted a clip from the comedy web series Penelope Princess of Pets a while ago, but if you happen to live in the U.K. hop over to Channel 4's website, you can watch the official series pilot. Julian Barratt has been cast as the sinister Senator Stone.

Or here's a short clip from youtube:

Kristen Schaal from Flight of the Conchordes (and her own hilarious stand-up act).
Stand-up comedian Kurt Braunohler
Peep Show's Isy Suttie
and Julian Barratt from The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley)

If you watched episode 1 here, I'll show you #2:

And 3

If you want to watch on Funny or Die click here.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Dead Weather - You Just Can't Win Live

Check out this beautifully shot scorching performance of The Dead Weather covering the Van Morrison song "You Just Can't Win."

Thanks to youtube user s1ygirl

Pegi Young "Starting Over" MP3 and Video

This is a video of Pegi Young performing "Starting Over" direceted by Jonathan Demme. It's a clip from the DVD Love Like Water which comes as a bonus with her new album Foul Deeds.

Download the song "Starting Over" here.

Jam With Carol Channing, But Not Today

The Infectious Pop of Cut Copy

Fans of bands like Jellyfish should check out this free mp3 of Cut Copy's song "Where I'm Going." Almost any song with "Yeah, Whoo," and a bit of '60s tinged hand claps is good with me. Clickenzy here.

A totally different sound on this one "Lights and Music"

Cut Copy On Tour:
Jul 16 2010 8:00P
Super Bock Super Rock Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Jul 17 2010 8:00P
Benicassium Festival Valencia, Valencia, SPAIN
Jul 18 2010 8:00P
Lovebox festival London, London and, UNITED KINGDOM
Jul 20 2010 7:30P
Tripod Dublin, IRELAND Find Tickets
Jul 22 2010 11:00P
Paradiso w/ French Horn Rebellion Amsterdam, Netherland, NETHERLANDS Find Tickets
Jul 24 2010 8:00P
ORANGE PrePay Party @ H20 Beach Mamaia, m, ROMANIA
Jul 25 2010 8:00P
Palladium w/ French Horn Rebellion Warsaw, Poland, POLAND
Jul 27 2010 8:00P
SOLD OUT / Tavastia w/ French Horn Rebellion Helsinki, FI, FINLAND
Jul 29 2010 10:00A
Emmabodafestivalen Emmaboda, SWEDEN
Jul 30 2010 7:00P
Train Arrhus, DENMARK
Jul 31 2010 7:00P
Rockafeller Oslo, NORWAY Find Tickets
Aug 6 2010 10:00P
SOLD OUT / Official Lollapalooza Aftershow w/ Dragonette chicago, il
Aug 7 2010 7:00P
Lollapalooza 2010 @ Playstation Stage Chicago, Illinois
Aug 8 2010 2:00P
Jelly NYC Pool Pary w/ Memory Tapes, Glasser, and Restless People Brooklyn, NY
Sep 25 2010 12:00P
Parklife @ Gold Coast Parklands Gold Coast, QLD, AUSTRALIA
Sep 26 2010 12:00P
Parklife @ Wellington Square Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA
Oct 2 2010 12:00P
Parklife @ The Sidney Myer Music Bowl & Surrounds Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA
Oct 3 2010 12:00P
Parklife @ Kippax Lake/Moore Park Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Oct 4 2010 12:00P
Parklife @ Botanic Park Adelaide, SA, AUSTRALIA
Cut Copy on myspace

Grandchildren Debut LP

Grandchildren are set to unleash their debut album Everlasting upon the world September 28 on Green Owl.

Band founder Aleks Martray explains the origins of the bands sound, “I was restless from a really young age. Growing up in flux between different places I gravitated towards more intangible things like stories, melodies, movies, and dreams, and so early on music became a way of making a home for myself.”

Martray further explains the specifics of the debut album, “The songs evolved through the recording process,” explains Martray, “they were so layered that when I went to play them live, so much had to be sampled. That’s when I realized this wasn’t a solo project. It’s music for a small orchestra.”

Guitarist Adam Kat says the band has worked the 10 songs from the debut into a well oiled live set, he says, “It looks spontaneous to people, but everything’s carefully choreographed on our end.” Martray continues, “And now that everything’s down to a science, it becomes a form of art in and of itself. As full and layered as the album is, it rests on the backbone of those early bedroom recordings. Kind of like with a car, where you keep replacing parts until the whole thing is new. By the end you can’t even remember what came from where. The process hides within the sound. We want people to feel the music first, and ask questions later.”

Tracklisting :

1 - Cold Warrior
2 - Winterlude
3 - Heartbreaker
4 - Saturn Returns
5 - Toss & Turn
6 - Everlasting
7 - OK I'm Waiting
8 - Little Big Ones
9 - Anthill
10 - When You're Not Lookin

Thanks to youtube user IvyMike777

Band member press release rollcall:
Drummer Roman Salcic, a Croatian transplant reared on American rock music; jack of all trades Tristan Palazollo; math-thrash guitarist Adam Katz; bassist/percussionist Russell Brodie; and classical-pianist-turned-synth-slinger John Vogel.

Visit the band's myspace here.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

R. Stevie Moore Tribute Compilation Free Download

Volume one of the Robert Stevie Moore conpilations is ready to download and you can submit your cover for a future compilation here.

VOLUME ONE - “Copy Me, Treat Me” (78:56)

1. I Like To Stay Home – Skitanja (4:01)
2. Answers – Rebecca and Lane Steinberg (3:29)
3. Copy Me - Künstler Treu’s Sleazy Disco Treatment (3:17)
4. Ryman Auditorium – Billy Ray Anderson (3:18)
5. I Go Into Your Mind - Talric G. Martin (3:24)
6. Dance Man – Preston Spurlock (2:57)
7. Don’t Let Me Go To The Dogs – Looo (1:25)
8. The Garbage State – The Mucus Mules (4:02)
9. It’s What You Do (It’s Not What You Are) – Dave Gregory (3:26)
10. Hobbies Galore – Dino Felipe (3:03)
11. Manufacturers – Mimi et les Pop People (3:57)
12. I Wish I Could Sing – Telethon Veginald Cheesburger (3:50)
13. Californian Rhythm – Gilbert Fawn (3:03)
14. Me Not Right - Purple Burt (1:14)
15. Records – Dominique Leone (1:43)
16. Oh Pat – b. janoff (4:04)
17. She Don’t Know What To Do With Herself – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti (2:52)
18. Part Of The Problem - Ergo Phizmiz (4:20)
19. Treat Me - pHoaming edison (2:49)
20. U R True – SPURM (2:48)
21. Debbie – Hard Sharks (2:04)
22. You Love Me, Do Something – Jes Maybe (5:49)
23. Combination Plate – Mitchell Friedman (4:27)
24. Dates – Jeff Eliassen (3:13)

Click here to download.

A message from R. Stevie Moore and
"R. Stevie Moore and WWW.SICKOFTHERADIO.COM are proud to finally present volume #1 to the on-going project. We want to thank each and every over 100+ bands who have submitted R. Stevie Moore cover songs. Please stay posted, we intend to release several more volumes."

Read more from Sick Of the Radio: here.

Highlife To Release Their Debut / MP3

Highlife will release their debut EP Best Bless September 28. To listen to the track F Kenya Rip click here.

1. WAR FAIR (0.46)
2. F KENYA RIP (5.38)
5. WET PALM TREES (2.23)

Les Savy Fav To Release New Album

The new album by Les Savy Fav, Root For Ruin, will be released by Frenchkiss Records on September 14.

Tracklisting :

01 “Appetites”
02 “Dirty Knails”
03 “Sleepless in Silverlake”
04 “Let”s Get Out of Here”
05 “Lips n” Stuff”
06 “Poltergeist”
07 “High and Unhinged”
08 “Excess Engergies”
09 “Dear Crutches”
10 “Calm Down”
11 “Clear Spirits”

Jeremy Messersmith Releases a Fantastic Video and MP3 For Organ Donor

Jeremy Messersmith has a new video for "Organ Donor" from the recently released album The Reluctant Graveyard. The creative and charming video was animated and directed by Eric Power. Download the MP3 here.

My new favorite video!

And another gorgeous track (performed live here), "A Girl, A Boy and a Graveyard" from the same album.

Jeremy Messersmith Tour Dates:
Thu 7/15 - Sophia's - Davis, CA
Sat 7/17 - Mint - Los Angeles, CA
Sun 7/18 - LeStats - San Diego, CA
Mon 7/19 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
7/20 - The Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
Wed 7/21 - Shuggas - Colorado Springs, CO
Thu 7/22 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO
Sat 7/24 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
Tue 8/10 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
Wed 8/11 - Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
Thu 8/12 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
Fri 8/13 - White Rabbit Cabaret - Indianapolis, IN
Sat 8/14 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Sun 8/15 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
Mon 8/16 - The Rock Shop - Brooklyn, NY
Tue 8/17 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
Fri 8/20 - Lizard Lounge - Cambridge, MA

Slow Animal Tour Dates and Free EP

Slow Animal are touring in support of their new 7" "theFUNsun" available from JAXART. You can download a free EP at their bandcamp site.

Slow Animal On Tour:
7/15 - Maman Cave, Chicago, IL
7/17 - Astroland, Boulder, CO
7/20 - Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
7/21 - Frank’s Place, Fresno, CA (w/ Avi Buffalo)
7/22 - The Whistle Stop, San Diego, CA
7/23 - Echo Curio, Los Angeles, CA (w Weed Diamond)
7/24 - Open Books, Long Beach, CA (w Moses Cambell)
7/25 - Origami Vinyl, Los Angeles, CA (FREE SHOW)
7/29 - Dans Silverleaf, Denton, TX (w Stunts)
7/30 - Beerland, Austin, TX (w Stunts)
8/04 - The Strutt, Kalamazoo, MI
8/05 - Believeland, Cleveland, OH
8/08 - TBA, Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Screaming Females Fall Tour Dates and MP3

Screaming Females have announced tour dates in support of their upcoming album Castle Talk, due September 14.

To download the MP3 "I Don't Mind It"
click here.

Commenting on the bands past and present sound, drummer Jarrett Dougherty says "Power Move was the first record that a lot of people had heard by us, and after that came out a lot of
people had the same reaction, that Marissa is a woman who can play guitar solos, But we are more than just that simplistic observation and I think this record shows that."

Castle Talk tracks:
Laura + Marty
I Don't Mind It
Boss, Normal
A New Kid
Fall Asleep
Nothing at All
Ghost Solo

Screaming Females Complete Tour Dates:
7/17 - Siren Fest - Brooklyn, NY
8/13 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
8/15 - Golden West Cafe - Baltimore, MD
8/16 - Gallery Five - Richmond, VA
8/17 - JJ's Bohemia - Chattanooga, TN
8/18 - Exit/ In - Nashville, TN
8/19 - The Bishop - Bloomington, IN
8/20 - Fucking Awesome Fest (Magic Stick) - Detroit, MI
8/29 - Red Room - Boise, ID
9/2 - Rainshadow Space - Reno, NV
9/3 - Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
9/4 - FYF Fest - Los Angeles, CA
9/5 - Awesome Fest 4 - San Diego, CA
9/6 - Trunk Space - Phoenix, AZ
9/8 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
9/9 - Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Theater - New Orleans, LA
9/10 - The Farside - Tallahassee, FL
9/12 - Secret Squirrel - Athens, GA
9/13 - Static Age Records - Asheville, NC
9/14 - Black Cat - Washington, DC
9/16 - The Ox - Philadelphia, PA
9/19 - Brew Not Bombs (Portage Theater) - Chicago, IL
10/27 - The Luminaire - London (United Kingdom)
10/28 - Captain's Rest - Glasgow (United Kingdom)
10/29 - Stereo - York (United Kingdom)
10/30 - Islington Mill - Manchester (United Kingdom)
10/31 - Freebutt - Brighton (United Kingdom)
11/4 - Le Sonic - Lyon (France)
11/5 - GRIM - Marseille (France)
11/7 - Channel Zero - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
11/9 - Rhiz - Vienna (Austria)
11/10 - PMK - Innsbruck (Austria)
11/11 - Bad Bonn - Duedingen (Switzerland)
11/12 - Hirscheneck - Basel (Switzerland)
11/13 - The Great Räng Teng Teng - Freiburg (Germany)
11/15 - Final Club - Prague (Czech Republic)
11/16 - Kafe Kult - Muenchen (Germany)
11/17 - Sonic Ballroom - Koeln (Germany)
11/18 - Astrastube - Hamburg (Germany)
11/20 - Fritz's Corner @ Debaser - Stockholm (Sweden)
11/22 - Charlies - Kristiansand (Norway)
11/23 - Landmark - Bergen (Norway)
11/24 - Revolver - Oslo (Norway)

An older track "Buried in the Nude"

Joan Of Ark Digital Sampler Download

Chicago's Joan Of Arc have announced the release of a limited edition cassette box set via Joyful Noise Recordings. Start scouring those thrift stores for a Walkman now. The set comes in a screen printed wooden box and is limited to 100. It may be pre-ordered here for just $49.00.

Included in the box:
Portable Model Of (1997, Jade Tree)
How Memory Works (1998, Jade Tree)
Live in Chicago, 1999 (1999, Jade Tree)
The Gap (2000, Jade Tree)
So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness (2003, Jade Tree)
In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust (2003, Perishable Records)
Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain (2004, Polyvinyl)
Eventually, All at Once (2006, Record Label)
Boo! Human (2008, Polyvinyl)
Flowers (2009, Polyvinyl)

Click here to download a Joan Of Ark digital sampler to taste her wares (so to speak).

Track List
01. Questioning Benjamin Franklin's Ghost (from Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain)
02. The Hands (from A Portable Model Of)
03. A Tell-Tale Penis (from Boo! Human)
04. The Infinite Blessed Yes (from So Much Staying Alive And Lovelessness)
05. Me And America (or) The United Colors Of The Gap (from The Gap)
06. Explain Yourselves #2 (from Flowers)
07. Eventually, All At Once (from uh, Eventually, All At Once)
08. White Out (from How Memory Works)
09. (I'm 5 Senses) None of Them Common (from Live In Chicago, 1999)
10. Happy 1984 and 2001 (from In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust)

Neon Indian MP3 and Tour Dates

Click here to download "Psychic Chasms" (Apache Beat Remix).

On Tour:
07/13 Mexico City, MX Covadonga
07/15 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge (Official Pitchfork Fest Kick Off Party) #
07/17 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
07/18 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
07/25 San Francisco, CA All Shook Down Festival
07/30 Boston, MA House of Blues !
07/31 Montreal, QC Metropolis !
08/14 New York, NY The Beach @ Governor's Island
09/19 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl *
09/21 San Diego, CA SDSU Open Air Theatre *
09/22 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater *
09/23 Salt Lake City, UT The Rail Event Center *
09/26 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum *
09/27 Seattle, WA Showbox
09/28 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
09/29 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
10/01 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda
10/02 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
10/05 Dallas, TX Granada Theater
10/09 Athens, GA 40 Watt
10/11 Chicago, IL Metro
10/12 Toronto, ONT Lee's Palace
10/14 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues !

* = w/ Phoenix
! = w/ Chromeo
# = w/ Dam Funk

Flying Lotus Video Weirdness

"MmmHmm" from the new Flying Lotus album Cosmogramma (featuring Thundercat).

Shampoo - Bouffant Headbutt

The Vaselines Announce North American Tour

The Vaselines don't rush the creative process. The legendary band plan to release their sophomore album Sex With an X , their first in over twenty years, on September 14. In celebration, the band have announced tour dates.

The Vaselines Fall Tour Dates:
Wed 15 Sep 2010 Edinburgh Bongo Room
Thu 16 Sep 2010 Newcastle Other Room
Fri 17 Sep 2010 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Sat 18 Sep 2010 Liverpool Static Gallery
Sun 19 Sep 2010 Cardiff Millenium Music Hall
Mon 20 Sep 2010 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Tue 21 Sep 2010 Bristol Thekla
Wed 22 Sep 2010 London The Scala
Thu 23 Sep 2010 Manchester Deaf Institute
Fri 24 Sep 2010 UK Glasgow Oran Mor

North American Shows:
Sat Oct 02, Washington, DC 9:30 Club w/ Teenage Fanclub
Sun Oct 03, Philadelphia, PA, First Unitarian Church Basement
Tue Oct 05, Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
Wed Oct 06, New York, NY, Webster Hall
Fri Oct 08, Mexico City, MX Vive Cuervo Salón w/ Belle and Sebastian
Sat Oct 09, Guadalajara, MX, Teatro Estudio Cavaret
Mon Oct 11, Carrboro, NC, Cat’s Cradle
Tue Oct 12, Atlanta, GA, The Earl
Wed Oct 13, New Orleans, LA, One-Eyed Jacks
Thu Oct 14, Houston, TX, Warehouse Live Studio
Fri Oct 15, Dallas, TX, The LOFT at the Palladium
Sat Oct 16, Austin, TX, Emo’s Outside
Tue Oct 19, Los Angeles, CA, The Music Box at Fonda w/ Superchunk and Telekinesis
Wed Oct 20, San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall w/ Dum Dum Girls
Sat Oct 23, Vancouver, BC, Biltmore Cabaret w/ Dum Dum Girls
Sun Oct 24, Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom w/ Dum Dum Girls
Wed Oct 27, Minneapolis, MN, Varsity Theater w/ Dum Dum Girls
Thu Oct 28, Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
Fri Oct 29, Detroit, MI, Magic Stick w/ Dum Dum Girls
Sat Oct 30, Toronto, ON, Horseshoe Tavern
Sun Oct 31, Montréal, QC, La Sala Rossa

A brief history:
About The Vaselines:
Formed in Glasgow in 1987, The Vaselines released two singles and one album, Dum Dum, on the 53rd & 3rd label. Splitting up in 1989 (in the same week their album was released), they might have faded into obscurity but for the intervention of a certain band from Seattle. Nirvana covered three Vaselines songs, helping to fuel a growing after-the-fact appreciation of their seedy, two-and-a-half chord, garage pop manifesto.

Founding members Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee remained musically active throughout the intervening years: the former with Captain America aka Eugenius and finally as a solo artist; McKee with Painkillers and Suckle.

Eugene and Frances collaborated intermittently in the intervening years. They toured jointly and played a few of the old songs together in the wake of their respective solo project releases in 2006. But an acclaimed, unannounced appearance at a fundraiser in Glasgow's Mono for Malawi Orphan Support in 2008 was the real catalyst for their latest, exciting bout of creativity.

Ensuing tours of America (including a stand-out appearance at Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary festival, SP20), Brazil, Japan and some UK festival dates saw The Vaselines “re-connect” with wildly appreciative audiences who had blinked and missed them the first time round. Buoyed by the success of their live return, the two punk rock chums decided to go back into the studio.

Double Rainbow Madness

I wish I could get this excited about anything. Crying and simultaneously cumming?

And the inevitable remix:

Wintersleep Tours With The Hold Steady

Wintersleep Tour Dates:

* With The Hold Steady

September 20 Richmond, VA The National
September 21 Nashville, TN Exit/In
September 22 Oxford, MS The Lyric Oxford
September 23 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
September 24 New Orleans, LA Republic
September 25 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
September 27 Charleston, SC Music Farm
September 28 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
September 29 Lexington, KY Busters and Billiards
September 30 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
October 1 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
October 2 Newport, KY Southgate House
October 4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 5 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
October 6 Boston, MA Royale Boston
October 7 New York, NY Beacon Theatre

Oval Offers Free EP

As you probably know, the new Oval double-album O will be released September 7. But as a summertime treat Markus Popp has recorded eight bonus tracks, collectively known as the Ringtone EP.

And guess what? You can download them for free right here.

Ringtone EP tracks
1 Legendary
2 Nicosia
3 Riffifi
4 Tapasbar
5 Alpaca
6 Candyplex
7 Salajingle
8 Karo Phy

If you haven't picked up the Oval OH Ep, do try and find it, because it's really very good. The vinyl is no longer available, but you may purchase the digital format via Thrill Jockey. Here's the "Kastell" video from that EP.

Oval - Kastell from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Corin Tucker Band

The Corin Tucker Band, aka Corin Tucker (Sleater Kinney) Sara Lund (Unwound) and Seth Lorinczi (Golden Bears), will release their debut album 1,000 Years on October 5 via Kill Rock Stars.

Track Listing:
1. 1,000 Years
2. Half A World Away
3. It's Aways Summer
4. Handed Love
5. Doubt
6. Dragon
7. Riley
8. Pulling Pieces
9. Thrift Store Coats
10. Big Goodbye
11. Miles Away

Press release Bio:
Bio: The new record began with the same surprise turn that started Corin Tucker's career back in 1991, ended Sleater-Kinney's 11-year year run in 2006 and inspired the punk-feminist rocker to redefine herself as a stay-at-home mom.

It was early 2009, and Tucker was performing at a benefit show in her hometown of Portland, Ore., airing out a couple of new songs. Another benefit -- and another pair of unheard tunes -- followed a few weeks later. The reaction from friends, fans and perfect strangers was unanimous.

"Everyone was saying, 'Oh, it'd be cool if you made a record'," Tucker recalls. "So I thought, Yeah! I should!"

A year and change later "1,000 Years" reveals the one-time Riot Grrrl as she is nearly 20 years after she began her career: as a full-grown Riot Woman. Old enough to trace the complexities of adult life, love and family, but still young enough to know better.

Cue the wrenching rhythms and hard-angle melodies, the slashing guitars and wildly passionate vocals. Only now the hard edges come nestled in lush weaves of acoustic guitars, keyboards, interlocking percussion, even cellos and violins.

Which places "1,000 Years" deep into Tucker's creative headwaters -- another addition to her 20-year catalogue of restless songs for restless spirits.

"That's the artistic, itchy personality," Tucker says. "You're constantly trying to do something different."

Tucker's own restless existence came into focus in idyllic Eugene, Ore., an emerald-hued college town whose population trends toward students, academics, hippies and loggers. Raised by a well-known research psychologist and his medical technician wife, young Corin grew up harmonizing along to her dad’s folk guitar stylings. Dad's music always came laced with politics -- the elder Tucker found his greatest inspiration in the Pete Seeger songbook, and followed the modern folk tradition through Dylan and up to R.E.M. "They were like total children of the '60s," Corin says of her parents.

And their ideals found a new home in Corin, at least when it came to her sense of the connection between music, protest and the pursuit of social justice. So while she didn’t quite take the time to learn guitar in her father’s house, Corin's departure for Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash. kick-started her musical ambitions. Something was going on, and she knew exactly what it was.

"There was a music scene up there, this whole riot grrrl revolution, and I wanted to be a part of it."

Every town in the Pacific Northwest had its own punk bands, clubs and scenes. But in the Olympia of the early '90s the most exciting bands were by, for and about women. Bikini Kill, Team Dresch, dozens of others. Some were gay, some were straight, some were in college and some were working class. Some could really play and some really couldn’t (yet), but nothing could overwhelm what they had in common: the burden of being a woman in a male-dominated society. The music that emerged – fast, jagged, full of fire – gave full voice to a community of women whose feminist theory was loud enough to rattle the windows and shake the ceilling.

Riveted by the sound, Tucker became a regular at riot grrrl shows. She met and hung out with the women and knew that in their ass-kicking communitarianism she’d found precisely what she’d been looking for. "We were like, I can do it! Watch me!," Tucker says. "We were all these big talkers who were full of bravado." By the end of the spring Tucker told her friends that she was in the process of forming her own all-woman band, Heavens to Betsy. "I came up with the name and stickers and the whole thing," she says. The only thing Tucker had put off doing was writing any songs and inviting someone else to join the group. Nevertheless, when a college friend, Michelle Noel, called to invite Heavens to Betsy to zip back to Olympia to play the womens' night of the International Pop underground festival being held there, she didn’t blink. "I said okay, and started writing songs."

Tucker recruited Tracy Sawyer to play the drums and bass, while she projected her own powerful vocals and rudimentary-but-growing guitar chops into songs that took on the world with a slashing intensity. "You tell me to calm down," Tucker snarled in the anguished love song, "Me and Her." What's your fucking problem?"

Heavens To Betsy had no problems whatsoever. Accepted immediately in the top rank of Olympia's riot grrrl bands, Tucker and Sawyer rode their distinctively raw songs (and Tucker's rocket-powered vocals) into, and then beyond, a litany of new musical horizons. A 7-inch single came first, then a full-length album. Critics swooned, fans flocked to shows in far-flung cities. Barriers trembled, then collapsed. Still, no band lasts forever, and by 1994 – also the year Tucker graduated from Evergreen – Heavens to Betsy had run its course.

But Tucker’s music career was just getting started. She had already started jamming with another Olympia singer/guitarist, just for fun. And once Tucker and Carrie Brownstein played a few experimental shows they both knew they had found a uniquely powerful partnership. "We could just tell," she recalls. "It just blossomed into a whole new band."

Named for a nondescript road near Olympia, the duo at the core of Sleater-Kinney picked up a drummer, Lora McFarlane, in Australia (where they’d gone to hang out with some far-flung friends), came home and hit the punk club circuit in the Pacific Northwest. A self-titled album came in 1995, followed a year later by "Call the Doctor." The band was neck deep in the young band trenches now, fighting the usual battles for airtime, stage time, an audience, a decent soundcheck. McFarlane left the band, replaced by a chain of drummers who led eventually to S-K's permanent stick-woman, Janet Weiss.

A third release, "Dig Me Out," came in 1997, making waves big enough to project Sleater-Kinney onto a national stage. Sales got bigger, tours went farther. "The Hot Rock" hit the Billboard charts in 1999, and 2000's "All Hands on the Bad One" charted even higher. The band played to riotous crowds in Europe and the United Kingdom, and the United States' most influential critics (Greil Marcus, Robert Christgau) took notice. In 2001 Marcus capped a Time magazine feature by declaring Sleater-Kinney the best rock band in America.

"We went through a lot of crappy situations and stereotypes, and knocked them down together," Tucker says. "We became a force to be reckoned with."

More tours, more fans, more songs, more albums and an ever-expanding collection of fans. Sleater-Kinney made videos for MTV, then popped up on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and CBS's "Late Show with David Letterman." Was this really the right place for a punk-feminist outfit from the mossy basements of Olympia, Wash.? Tucker was never quite sure.

"We all had a moment of pause when we started appearing on TV shows, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all that. Making music that is really truthful is what’s really important to me. I do my thing and if people are into it, great. But I’m not going to conform to anyone else’s idea as to who I should be."

Meanwhile, real life continued, everyone grew up. Tucker settled down with filmmaker Lance Bangs, and in 2000 the couple traveled to Iceland to be married. Their son, Marshall, was born in 2001, and became a fixture on Sleater-Kinney tours. The personal bonds between Tucker, Brownstein and Weiss –- all of whom had relocated to Portland, Ore. – remained strong, but the musical relationships began to feel more strained. Sessions for 2005's "The Woods" stretched for months, and as the band prepared for another season of touring in 2006 they agreed to give each other a rest for a little while. A summer-long swing across the country concluded with a pair of final hometown shows at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom.

"I had some other things I wanted to do, Janet and Carrie had things they wanted to do. We all wanted to take some time away from the band. But we always called it a hiatus, even when everyone else called it a break-up." It’s talk like this that makes the Sleater-Kinney world’s ears prick up and take notice. Does this mean the once-and-future best band in America (pace Marcus) is going to reunite? Tucker: "I don't know. But I feel like – we’re getting there!"

Maybe because these last few years have been so rewarding. She and Lance produced a daughter, Glory!, in 2008. She spent a little time designing and running a website for a business her dad had started, but mostly cared for her young family. She hung out in the playground, got to know her neighbors, pushed people on swings, caught them at the bottom of the slide. She saw Lance take off for weeks-long shoots, and remained happy that she wasn’t the one heading off for another months-long tour.

And yet the music in her life, and between her ears, remained.

Experiences became feelings, which worked their way into Tucker’s imagination. Melodies emerged. Chords, words, ideas. A few new songs, which she couldn’t resist airing out at those benefits in early 2009. And we now know where that led: To an explosion of even more new songs -- acid-etched portraits of the grown-up world, with all of its hopes, fears and frustrations intact.

Not every song is entirely autobiographical – just try to guess which of the songs were written as potential contributions to the "Twilight: New Moon" film. "They didn't work for the movie, but I kept them anyway." No need to change the lyrics, either: "The themes work exactly. The monsters, beasts and demons, all those things working on you. I think there’s a lot of personal angst in that story."

The feelings reverberate from song to song. In the emotional chill that hangs over "1,000 Years," in the tense long-distance love letters at the heart of "Half A World Away" and "It's Always Summer." Yes, Lance travels a lot for his work. But, Tucker hastens to add, "I just want to say how much I love my husband. . . there are moments when I’m raising two kids when he’s gone and I’m just trying cope. But like in "It's Always Summer," the real message is, I’m waiting for you and it's going to be okay in the end." The happy ending is more difficult to imagine for the unemployed parents at the heart of "Thrift Store Coats," inspired by the real agonistes of some recession-rocked neighbors. “ So many dads in our community were losing their jobs, suddenly there was this terrible sinking feeling. It's been brutal in Oregon.”

So the musician picks up her guitar and lets her fingers search for a glimmer of light. This time it didn’t have to come with so many hard edges. Sadness, frustration, even outrage could come in a variety of sounds and textures. "I wanted to be completely open in terms of instrumentation. I thought it’d be cool to do some acoustic songs, to create something quiet that could be powerful at the same time."

Fortunately, her central partners in the project – producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lorinczi, percussionist Sara Lund and vocalist Julianna Bright – were perfectly equipped for this challenge. Lorinczi was especially instrumental in helping Tucker develop a quieter kind of emotional intensity, projecting her songs into elegant arrangements that added keyboards, acoustic guitars and some elegantly-arranged strings to the musical vocabulary. "I'm fortunate to work with him," she says. "He brought so many amazing ideas to the songs, it was an entirely new foray."

Still, some things remain the same. Consider the piercing clarity of Tucker's voice, the sudden eruption of a snarly guitar, the perpetual struggle for spiritual balance, even in the midst of economic catastrophe and the life-shaking travails of domestic bliss.

"It's a challenge to have a musical career and to be a mom, but it’s awkward for every working mom, so the story continues," Tucker says. "I can’t do a crazy 3-month tour now. We’re definitely playing shows, but it’s more like a week here, a week there. I don’t have the mentality that I’m going to change the world. I’ve enjoyed the movements I’ve been a part of – I think I did something for them, too. But now I’m more moderate in my career goals. I want to enjoy my life. I don’t have to turn it over to the machine."

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Announces Fall Tour /MP3

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti is touring in support of the 4AD release Before Today.

Click here to download "Round and Round"

"Bright Lit Blue Skies"

The new lineup consists of reclusive pop surrealist Ariel Pink (vocals) alongside Tim Koh (bass/vocals), Kenny Gilmore (guitar/vocals) and Aaron Sperske (drums/vocals).

13-Jul Seattle, WA Neumo's #
14-Jul Vancouver, BC Biltmore #
16-Jul Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge #
17-Jul Denver, CO Bluebird #
19-Jul Minneapolis, MN Entry #
20-Jul Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall #
21-Jul Detroit, MI Pike Room #
22-Jul Toronto, ONT Mod Club #
23-Jul Montreal, PQ La Sala Rosa #
24-Jul New York, NY The Fillmore / Irving Plaza #
25-Jul Boston, MA Middle East #
27-Jul Philadelphia, PA JB's #
28-Jul Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel #
29-Jul Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 #
30-Jul Atlanta, GA Earl #
31-Jul Birmingham, AL Bottle Tree #
02-Aug Denton, TX Hailey's #
03-Aug Austin, TX Mohawk #
05-Aug Tucson, AZ Plush #
06-Aug San Diego, CA Casbah #
07-Aug Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar #
04-Sept Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
11-Sept Pomona, CA Glasshouse
12-Sept Tucson, AZ Club Congress
14-Sept Lubbock, TX Foundation Room
15-Sept Norman, OK Opolis
16-Sept Lawrence, KS Jackpot
17-Sept St. Louis, MO Pageant *
18-Sept Columbia, MO Blue Note *
19-Sept St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium *
20-Sept Fargo, ND Aquarium
21-Sept Winnipeg, MAN Burton Coummings *
23-Sept Calgary, ALB University of Calgary *
24-Sept Edmonton, ALB Events Center *
25-Sept Victoria, BC Rifflandia Festival
26-Sept Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl *
27-Sept Seattle, WA Paramount Theater *
29-Sept Eugene, OR McDonald Theater *
01-Oct Oakland, CA Fox Theater *

# = w/ Puro Instinct & Magic Kids
* = w/ The Flaming Lips

Stornoway To Releasse Debut/MP3

Oxford's Stornoway will release their debut album Beachcomber's Windowsill August 10 via 4AD. You may stream the album if you enter your email on the 4AD site here.

Download the mp3 "Zorbing" here.

"Zorbing," is named after the outdoor pursuit of rolling down hills in giant perspex hamster balls, and is in keeping with Stornoway’s passion for the great outdoors, nature and oiled seabirds.

Pomegranates Upcoming Tour Dates

The Pomegranates will release One Of Us on October 14 via Afternoon Records. They are launching a tour this month and will perform at CMJ on October 21 and 22.

One Of Us tracklisting:

1. One of Us
2. 50's
3. White Fawn
4. Prouncer
5. Perception
6. Create Your Own Reality
7. Anywhere You Go
8. Between Two Dreams
9. The Positive Light
10. Demond
11. Venus
12. Skull Cakin'
13. Into the Water, Into the Air

Pomegranates - Upcoming Tour Dates

7/22 Madison, WI Memorial Union Terrace
7/23 Chicago, IL Schubas
7/24 Minneapolis, MN Ballentine Hall w/One For The Team &
We All Have Hooks for Hands
7/26 Ft. Wayne, IN The Dash-In
7/27 Interlochen, MI Interlochen Center for the Arts w/Cloud Cult
7/28 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
7/29 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom w/Blitzen Trapper
7/30 Kent, OH A.R.M. Fest

With Colour Revolt:

9/15 Cleveland, OH Case Western Reserve University
9/16 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College
9/17 Chicago, IL Schubas
9/18 Madison, WI University of Wisconsin
9/21 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
9/22 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Lodge
9/23 St. Louis, MO Firebird


10/21 New York, NY Venue TBD
10/22 New York, NY The Rock Shop

Bryan Ferry To Release New Album

Bryan Ferry will release a new album Olympia via Astralwerks on October 26. The first single "You Can Dance" will be available August 10.

There are several special appearances on the record including Nile Rodgers, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Marcus Miller, Flea, ex Stone Roses Mani (Primal Scream) and Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead). And in exciting news the record sees Ferry reuniting with former Roxy Music Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay.

was co-produced by Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies. It features eight new songs as well as Tim Buckley’s haunting ballad “Song To the Siren” and a cover of the Traffic song “No Face, No Name, No Number.”

New Panda Bear 7" and Tour Dates

Paw Tracks has revealed the first release in a series of limited edition seven inch singles by Animal Collective's Panda Bear. All singles will be on various labels leading to the release of the full length album Tomboy.

The first 7" "Tomboy" will be available July 13and will include "Tomboy" and "Slow Motion."

The project details:
· Limited edition one time vinyl only pressing
· First new Panda Bear music since 2007's wildly popular Person Pitch album
· Multiple singles will come out on labels such as Fat Cat, Domino, and Kompakt
· Panda Bear plays the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago on July 17th
· Recorded and produced by Panda Bear at his studio in Lisbon, Portugal

The tour dates:
07/17 Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
09/06 San Francisco, CA Fox
09/08 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
09/10 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Fest
09/11 New York, NY Governor's Island

Hamacide /MP3s

Hamacide is the solo project of Brooklyn-based producer Yusuke Hama. Mighty Little Machine is Hamacide's debut release as a solo artist.

Download Hamacide "Broadway Dancers" (w/ Sasha y Malia) here
and "Carnies" (feat. Fielded) here.

Here We Go Magic Announce US Tour With Dr Dog

Here We Go Magic have announced tour dates in support of their newly available album Pigeons which was produced by bassist Jen Turner.


7/13-Bristol, Thekla
7/15 -Leeds, Brudenell
7/16 - Southwold, Henham Estate - Latitude - MAIN STAGE


7/24 - Sydney, Enmore (sup. Grizzly Bear)
7/25 - Sydney, Enmore (sup. Grizzly Bear)
7/27 - Melbourne, Palais (sup. Grizzly Bear)


7/17 - Schuba's - Chicago
7/18 - Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, IL
7/29 - Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA *
8/01 - The Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ *
8/03 - The LOFT at the Palladium - Dallas, TX *
8/04 - Emo's Outside - Austin, TX *
8/06 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA *
8/07 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC *
8/08 - The Black Cat - Washington, DC *
8/09 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
8/11 – CoCo 66 - 826NYC Benefit – Brooklyn, NY

10/16 - Phoenix - Toronto, ON #
10/18 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY #
10/19 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH #
10/20 - The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI #
10/21 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL #
10/23 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN #
10/25 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE #
10/27 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT #
10/30 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC #
10/31 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
11/02 - Crystal Bay Crown Club Room - Crystal Bay, NV #
11/03 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA #
11/06 - Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA #
11/08 - Orpheum Theatre - Flagstaff, AZ #
11/09 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM #
11/10 - Academy of Contemporary Music - Oklahoma City, OK #
11/11 - Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX #
11/13 - Warehouse Live Ballroom - Houston, TX #

* w/ Beach Fossils
# w/ Dr Dog

More dates will be announced.

To Download "Casual" On Stereogum click here.
To Download "Collector" On Pitchfork click here.

Legendary Boredoms Release Exciting DVD

A documentary of the legendary Japanese band Boredoms' unique 77 drummer performance will be released on DVD via Thrill Jockey. 77 BOA DRUM which was directed by Jun Kawaguchi will be available September 7.

Trailer for 77 BOA DRUM which was performed July 7th, 2007 at 7:07PM

77 BOA DRUM trailer from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Dee Plume from Robots in Disguise Goes Mental

Okay, not reallly. Dee Plume (Robots in Disguise) has a new solo project called Psycho-Delia vs The Ward. She has described the project as “Two inmates of Dedford Lodge Psychiatric Hospital, N6 who make institutionalised rock n roll music." Very interesting indeed!

Those of you across the pond are lucky to have a chance to witness the apectacle live August 7 at he Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park, London. For more on the event on facebook click here.

Sarah Jaffe Announces New US Tour Dates

In support of her debut album Suburban Nature, which is currently avalable, Sarah Jaffe has announced U.S. tour dates:
Aug. 5th Oklahoma Vintage Guitar El Reno, OK

9th The Living Room New York, NY

19th Trunkspace Gallery Phoenix, AZ

21st Hotel Café Los Angeles, CA

22nd Hemlock Tavern San Francisco, CA

24th Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR

25th High Dive Seattle, WA

27th Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT

28th Hi Dive Denver, CO

30th Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, IA

31st Schubas Chicago, IL

Sept. 1st The Mill Iowa City, IA

2nd Billiken Club St. Louis, MO

11th Granada Theater Dallas, TX

Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal Confirm Benefit Appearance

Directly from the press release:

Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal have confirmed a benefit appearance at Los Angeles’s Club Nokia for Thursday, August 12th . The show, to be held at Club Nokia, is being held to raise funds for Eagles of Death Metal bassist Brian O’Connor who was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment in Los Angeles. Net proceeds from the show will be contributed to a fund which has been established in conjunction with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, to assist with Brian’s medical aid and vital living expenses.

Tickets on Sale to the Public Friday, July 16th @ 10am PST HERE

The Los Angeles gig will be the second Josh Homme-organized benefits for O’Connor, the first being a show by Them Crooked Vultures which was held Monday, July 5th @ London’s O2 Academy.

To make a donation to the Brian O’Connor fund, please visit here

For More information on Sweet Relief Musicians fund, please visit Sweet Relief.

New Collisions to Release Debut / MP3

Boston's New collision are offering a free MP3 of "Dying Young" over at Popmatters blog here. Their debut album The Optimist will be available October 5.

The Optimist
Track Lisiting
1. Dying Alone
2. Swift Destruction
3. Over
4. Seven Generations
5. Ne'er-Do-Well
6. Coattail Rider
7. In a Shadow
8. Give Me Back My Man
9. Lazy

Dead Confederate Extend Tour

Dead Confederate are extending their North American tour in support of their second album Sugar recorded by John Agnello (The Hold Steady, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.). Visit to download the track "Giving It All Away" (featuring J. Mascis, of Dinosaur Jr.).

Dead Confederate Tour Dates:

7.23.10 - Sky City - Augusta, GA
7.24.10 - The Jinx - Savannah, GA
7.25.10 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
7.27.10 - The Social - Orlando, FL %

7.28.10 - Respectable Street - West Palm Beach, FL
7.29.10 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL %
7.30.10 - Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL %
7.31.10 - Buckhead Theater - Atlanta, GA %
8.01.10 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN %
8.03.10 - Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS %
8.04.10 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN %
8.05.10 - Off Broadway - St. Louis, MO %
08.28.10 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
08.29.10 - The Loft - Dallas, TX
09.01.10 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
09.02.10 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
09.03.10 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
09.05.10 - Official Bumbershoot After Party @ Hard Rock Café @
09.06.10 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR #
09.08.10 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA #
09.09.10 - SoHo - Santa Barbara, CA #
09.11.10 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA #
09.12.10 - Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA #
09.14.10 - Plush - Tucson, AZ #
09.15.10 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ #
09.17.10 - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride, CO #
09.18.10 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO #
09.19.10 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO #
09.21.10 - The Firebird - St. Louis, MO #
09.22.10 - Double Door - Chicago, IL #
09.25.10 - The Note - West Chester, PA #
09.26.10 - The Middle East - Boston, MA #
09.28.10 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

% w/ Deer Tick
@ w/ Surfer Blood
# Dead Confederate / Alberta Cross co-headline date

Mile High Music Fest Complete Lineup

Saturday, August 14
Jack Johnson
Steve Miller Band
Slightly Stoopid
Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Cypress Hill
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Samples (all original members)
Keller Williams
Rusted Root
Donavon Frankenreiter
Amos Lee
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
One eskimO
The Constellations
The Motet
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
Bobby Long
The Chain Gang of 1974

Sunday, August 15
Dave Matthews Band
My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Cliff
Drive-By Truckers
Railroad Earth
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Trevor Hall
Matt Morris
Oh My Stars
Joe Purdy
The Knew
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
The Epilogues

Visit here for V.I.P. packages and full details.

MP3/ Henry Clay People Tour With Silversun Pickups

"If brains were noise, they'd be the Henry Clay People." - LA Times

“While we don’t quite fit in with L.A.’s noise scene or the singer-songwriter crew that hangs out at the Hotel Cafe, we've found a nice little niche for bands like us in L.A—just a bunch of friendly peoStar records on a Saturday night.” - Joey Siara Henry Clay People vocalist/guitarist

The Henry Clay People - Your Famous Friends from tbdrecords on Vimeo.

Download "Slowburn."

Henry Clay People have a new album available called Somewhere on the Golden Coast. They're about to embark on a tour with Silversun Pickups and Against Me!:

July 16 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
July 17th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
July 19th - Austin, TX - Stubb's
July 20th - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
July 21st - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
July 23rd - Columbia, MO - Mojo's
July 24th - St Louis, MO - Live on the Fair St Louis
July 26th - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium
July 27th - Salt Lake City, UT - The Rail
July 29th - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
July 30th - Spokane WA - Knitting Factory
July 31 -Seattle, WA - The Paramount Theatre
Aug 2-Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Resort & Casino
Aug 3 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
Aug 6th - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
Aug 7th - San Diego, CA - Soma
Oct 9th - Austin City Limits

Monday, July 12, 2010

Best Coast Are Fab and They're On Tour

I've just been listening to the new Best Coast Black Iris 7" and totally digging it. Their new full length release Crazy For You will be available July 27.

This is the best single I've heard in a long time. It grabs you, no?

Upcoming Shows
Jul 18 2010 12:00P
Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park Chicago, IL
Jul 23 2010 7:00P
South Street Seaport - Pier 17 New York, NY
Jul 27 2010 12:00P
Circolo degli Artisti Rome, ITALY
Jul 28 2010 12:00P
Estragon presents Bonatique Bologna, ITALY
Jul 29 2010 12:00P
Parades Du Coures Festival Porto, PORTUGAL
Jul 31 2010 12:00P
Emmaboda Festival Emmaboda, SWEDEN
Aug 2 2010 8:00P
Aug 3 2010 8:00P
Sep 7 2010 8:00P
First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA
Sep 8 2010 5:00P
Rock and Roll Hotel Washington, DC
Sep 9 2010 6:00P
Tir Na nOg Raleigh, NC
Sep 10 2010 6:00P
Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, Georgia
Sep 11 2010 5:00P
Pilot light Knoxville, Tennessee
Sep 12 2010 5:00P
Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Sep 16 2010 5:00P
Triple Rock Social Club w/ Male Bonding Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 17 2010 1:30P
Grinnell College Gardner Lounge w/ Male Bonding Grinnell, IA
Sep 21 2010 5:00P
Grog Shop w/ Male Bonding Cleveland, OH
Sep 22 2010 6:00P
The Summit w/ Male Bonding Columbus, OH
Sep 23 2010 1:30P
MidPoint Music Festival Cincinnati, OH
Sep 24 2010 8:00P
Magic Stick w/ Male Bonding DETROIT, Michigan
Sep 25 2010 8:00A
Lees Palace w/ Male Bonding Toronto, Ontario
Sep 27 2010 8:00P
La Sala Rossa w/ Male Bonding Montreal, QC, CANADA
Sep 28 2010 8:00P
Middle East Downstairs w/ Male Bonding Cambridge, MA
Sep 29 2010 8:00P
Bowery Ballroom w/ Male Bonding New York, NY
Sep 30 2010 5:00P
Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Male Bonding Brooklyn, NY
To visit their myspace: Click here.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

School of Seven Bells Announce Tour Dates

Here's a band I like a lot - School of Seven Bells. Their album Disconnect From Desire will be released July 13. Try to see them if they come to your town.

School of Seven Bells Tour Dates 2010

September 9 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
September 11 - Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
September 12 - Club Metronome - Burlington, VT
September 13 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QB
September 15 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
September 16 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI
September 17 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
September 18 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI
September 19 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
September 20 - Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City, IA
September 21 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
September 23 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
September 24 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
September 25 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
September 27 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
September 28 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
September 29 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
September 30 - Independent - San Francisco, CA
October 1 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
October 2 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
October 3 - The Loft- San Diego, CA
October 5 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
October 6 - Launchpad -- Albuquerque, NM
October 8 - Hailey's -- Denton, TX
October 9 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
October 10 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
October 11 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
October 12 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
October 14 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL
October 15 - The Social - Orlando, FL
October 16 - Grand Central - Miami, FL
October 18 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
October 19 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
October 20 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
October 21 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
October 22 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA