Here's the session, and an interview to boot:
TL & The Rx (did I get that right?) on the road:
Friday 18 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
Saturday 19 - Portland, OR - Backspace
Sunday 20 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground S.
Monday 21 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
Tuesday 22 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
Thursday 24 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beebleborx
Saturday 26 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
Sunday 27 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
Are you in a band that's not going anywhere? Is there a particular member of your band that you want to be rid of but he's your best friend from grade school and you don't want to hurt his feelings? Did the bassist and your lead singer break up recently and now practice is three hours of awkward? Then I'm your guy.
Here's how it works. You bring me in. I play guitar. Doesn't matter if you need one, just bring me in.
Within 6 weeks, major changes will happen with your band. The drummer will accept a job offer out of state. The keyboardist will announce that he's getting married and the fiancee isn't into the whole band thing. The singer will be offered a better gig. One way or another, the band will fall apart. For my part, I won't say much or talk about anyone or complain. I'll just learn the songs, show up early for practice, and basically do whatever's required of me.
But we will never play out. The band will dissolve before that ever happens.
In some cases, just firing me will be enough to get your band moving in the right direction, but to be honest that doesn't happen very often. Usually it's something innocuous and it causes the band to break up.
Here's the deal, though. Some of the remnants will re-form a new band and they will thrive.
I'm asking for $300 up front. It's up front because, face it, we're not going to make any money gigging.
Order Subiza HERE
Order Delorean Subiza T-shirt (w/instant mp3 album download) HERE
Actually, if you’re one of the lucky winners, you’ll be hearing this Shearwater intimate performance live from The Triple Door in Seattle this afternoon, ahead of their gig at the very same venue this evening (still need tickets? Get ‘em here). Fortunately for the rest of us schlubs, the session will be aired back in its entirety at 5PM PDT (for those of you who have trouble with the mathematics, that's 8PM EDT). KEXP, as you are most likely full aware, airs terrestrially at 90.3 on your FM dial in the greater 206 and online at KEXP.org.
If you haven't heard Delorean's (recently BNM'd) Subiza yet, hear it now in its full glory on HERE
Pre-order from Matador Store and get instant mp3 download HERE
Also, you can buy a crisp new Delorean T-shirt that comes with an instant mp3 download of the album.
Digital music wear? MP3-Tee? Call it what you want. We wish we could just plug headphones into this shirt and go to the beach, but for now this is the best we can do, and frankly it seems pretty good. Order T-shirt (w/album download) HERE
Possibly, the Ultimate Get Together. Special guests joining our #togetherness: The New Pornographers! Presented by: Matador Records, Other Music, & The New Pornographers: GET TOGETHER: NEW YORK TUESDAY MAY 4th @ ARROW BAR (85 Ave A) 8-10pm (arrive early for free drinks!) 21+ DJ Set with members of the band + albums available on site. Giveaways: Tickets to New P's 5/5 Fallon show/performance + autographed TOGETHER vinyl + tickets to 6/19 Terminal 5 + more! ...and of course, arrive early to be one of the first 20 to receive Carl Newman's spring Get Together mix. rsvp: email@example.com - must rsvp, but, still based upon capacity, arrive early!!
Winners drawn so far for TWEETING @ #gettogethers (please
Tomorrow (4/28) at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge, Cold Cave will proffer the cassette 'New Morale Leadership' c24 to those in attendance. This release, with three separate covers (see above) features two sides that range in some of the finest noise experimentation the band has made to date, along with found-sound collage and a re-record of one of their classics. Each different colored cassette is limited to 100 copies and there's good chance that if you blink, they'll be gone, so check it out. (tickets here)
1816 W Sunset Blvd.
First, the official clip, directed by Harlem with videography by Blackmagic Rollercoaster (http://www.blackmagicrollercoaster.blogspot.com/):
And Mr. Szmurlo's version, also made with love:
Harlem is on the road:
Tuesday 27 - Montreal, QC - Green Room
Wednesday 28 - Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Thursday 29 Cleveland, OH Now Thats Class
Friday 30 Detroit, MI Majestic Cafe (with City Center)
Saturday 01 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle (with Jaill)
Monday 03 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet (with Jaill, Worrier)
Tuesday 04 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry (with Teenage Moods)
Wednesday 05 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Thursday 06 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Friday 07 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
Saturday 08 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
Monday 10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
Tuesday 11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House Parlour
Wednesday 12 - Lousville, KY - Zanzabar
Thursday 13 - Nashville, TN - The End
Friday 14 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
Saturday 15 - Dallas, TX - City Tavern
(order 'Hippies' from the Matador Store on LP, CD or digital files)
I don't have much to add except I was at the dentist the other day and she was giving me all sorts of grief about the lack of patriotism on the Matador roster. Satisfied?
(if anyone can recommend a dentist that's not nearly as batshit insane, please reply via e-mail. thanks)
NPR is streaming the new album from The New Pornographers, 'Together,' right now:
The album comes out next Tuesday, May 4.
Preorder from us and get a 7" containing 3 unreleased tracks (all covers of Outrageous Cherry) and a free poster - here.
hello to all...
if you haven't heard, pavement are back from the dead. we've been having a blast so far on the reunion tour. thanks so much for coming to see us! we started back in february in new zealand and australia. we played the cities of auckland, sydney, meredith, adelaide, perth, brissy, and melbs . thank you so much, all of us enjoyed your hospitality, generosity, and love. and being my future hemisphere, you did us proud! the great 3D's opened for us in auckland and it was like stepping back in time. hearing 'outer space' again was a special thing. what a sound! and the melbourne legends, gersey opened for us in australia . they were just as good as they were back in the day, actually much better!
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after the tour ended, the fun was just to begin since i was married in melbourne on march 20. so many of our family and friends stuck around and it was a very special day. if any of you have a chance, get married in melbourne, you'll never forget it! we honeymooned in thailand for a week, and had some crazy food!
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the tour resumed in tokyo with sm barely making the first show. he had problems with his visa and made it to the club 20 minutes before the show. i gotta say, after a 10 hour flight, he impressed us all. tokyo was crazy! the fans were amazing! all of us had a few days to see tokyo and had an awesome time. thanks to our friends there for showing us the sights. we then took the shinkansen to osaka. what an experience that was. speeding along at 200 mph is not very good on a weak stomach like mine. the crowd in osaka was very special as well. thanks so much for coming to see us! the next night in nagoya we played one of the smallest shows on the tour at club quattro , where pavement played long ago. 400 people rocked out and had a great time. all of the band and crew had a great time here! we ate too much fried chicken wings though! can't wait to come back for summersonic in august!
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after leaving japan, we arrived in la and chilled out for a couple days before our first US show in over 10 years. and we played it in of all places, the beautiful city of pomona! my grandparents live in corona, not far from pomona so i am very familiar with the place. a lot has changed that's for sure. they still have in and out burger though which was a nice change after so much japanese food. the show was really fun, as we ran thorough 30 songs and two hours of pavement hits. the crowd reaction was much different than japan so it kind of confused us for awhile but after we hit our stride, we knew people were having fun.
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a few days later, coachella. yes, that coachella... home of pavement's worst show ever! those days are in the past folks. the band was pretty nervous leading up to this but ended up playing what we thought was a pretty great show. we were up on the big big stage, but we seemed like a band playing in small club. hope all who saw it enjoyed! we know we did! see you at the hollywood bowl with sonic youth and no age in sept.
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speaking of september, we have announced some new shows in north america. seattle, portland, and vancouver! seems so far away!
we're getting ready for our european shows now. and we're looking forward to getting back to london, the site of pavement's last ever show. hopefully no handcuffs this time! and can't wait for the atp festival where we picked all 40 bands. seeing the clean again will be one of my highlights! but i can't forget broken social scene and the authorities! so many great bands!
i also want to mention that i'm playing a spiral stairs show in london on may 12th after the pavement brixton show. it's at the windmill pub in brixton, just down the street from the academy! we play at 12:30 am and it's cheap to get in! see you there!
ok, that's it for now. i'll try to keep all of you updated as the tour progresses, but there's also spiralstairsmusic.com for setlists and news as well as crookedrain.com for all other info.
also check out steve west's tour blog and our monitor guru jeremy lemos chicago reader blog.
(from 1976, Thor on "The Merv Griffin Show". Taken from the unreleased DVD box set, "Thor : The Proto-Piazza")
Who amongst us hasn't sat awake at night fantasizing about various rock icons reaching out to state Governors for assistance? For instance, Larry Lifeless would like Deval Patrick to tear up some parking tickets. Bobby Steele having a word with David Paterson about widening lanes on the NY State highways (admittedly, I might be mixing this up with a "Seinfeld" episode). Sometimes, however, reality is far more amazing than anything we might come up with while high, as the following item from that treasure trove of insane press releases, Blabbermouth.net, illustrates.
Jon Mikl Thor has sought help from his old friend and fellow bodybuilder, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jon has asked Arnold to see if it was possible to board a military plane bound for Germany at the Beale Air Force Base in Northern California, 45 miles from Sacramento, to attempt to perform a concert at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany on April 23.
Jon has helped Arnold before by performing with his band THOR at the Beale Air Force Base to entertain the military.
"The volcanic ash from the Icelandic eruption has stopped all travel from North America to Europe for commercial airlines," Thor explained.
"I don't always ask Arnold for help but this is a special request. If Arnold ever needed my help, I would be there in an instant."
There are interesting parallels in both Jon and Arnold's life. Both Jon Mikl Thor and Arnold Schwarzenegger won the Mr. Universe championship in their careers. Both have also had successful movie careers. Jon is planning on running for office in Washington state and Arnold already is a governor of California.
And what better way to celebrate than to share some live show footage of Shearwater performing "Hidden Lakes" at Mad Planet in Milwaukee in early April.
Shot by our friends at High Frequency
04/23/10 – Tucson, AZ at Club Congress
04/24/10 – Los Angeles, CA at Spaceland
04/25/10 – San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill
04/27/10 – Portland, OR at Doug Fir
04/28/10 – Vancouver, BC at The Biltmore
04/29/10 – Seattle, WA at Triple Door
04/30/10 – Pullman, WA at The Belltower
05/01/10 – Boise, ID at Neurolux
05/02/10 – Salt Lake City, UT at The State Room
05/04/10 – Denver, CO at The Walnut Room
05/05/10 – Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad
05/07/10 – Austin, TX at The Parish
All dates with Hospital Ships and Wye Oak
The gentlemen and lady of Yo La Tengo kick off their three-night stand in San Francisco tonight, but Bay Area listeners can get even more Yo La Tengo by tuning in to KUSF's Sleeves on Hearts show tomorrow, April 23 at 11:00AM Pacific for a special live appearance by the one and only James McNew. What records has James picked up on tour? How heavy is the Merzdallion? When can we expect Georgia's next Petite Tweet? Tune in tomorrow at 90.3FM or kusf.org to hear the answer to probably one of these questions at most.
If you're in SF and haven't picked up a ticket to one of these shows, what are you waiting for? Tickets are available without a surcharge at the Fillmore box office (1805 Geary Boulevard), with a $1 surcharge at Aquarius Records in SF or Mod Lang in Berkeley, or you can buy tickets online.
Thank you New P's fans! My inbox has been experiencing a heavy volume of interest for more GET TOGETHERS. Well let's bring it. We've had a few additions in the last week. And, here you have it, another three slipping out. + NYC, Phoenix, & more to come!
Thurs 4/29 @ 6PM
@ Happy Dog (5801 Detroit Ave)
Sat 4/24 @4PM
@ PARK AVE CDs (2916 Corrine Dr.)
Sat 4/24 @ 6PM
Mini Bar (837 Divisadero St.)
Tweet Together: Don't forget to hash-tag# your city's get together to chat about the new album while you're there. Why? You may just receive a message, announcing you've won a New Porno's surprise catalogue vinyl package, including the new album, TOGETHER.
# with Ariel Pink and Pearl Harbor
Consider it something like a slightly more successful version of Chat Roulette (albeit fully clothed). 'Together' is out May 4 and on the 6th, the New Pornographers will be at Bearsville, NY's Bearsville Theatre performing much of the new album in public for the very first time. Tickets are available here.
On June 8, Yo La Tengo will unveil remixes of 'Popular Songs''s standout, "Here To Fall", as conceived by De La Soul, RJD2 and Pete Rock.
For a limited time, if you preorder the 4 track 12" or CD direct from the Matador Store, the remixes EP and 'Popular Songs' are bundled at substantial, we-can't-possibly-love-you-this-much discounts.
The 3rd of the above events is what our friends in the United Kingdom like to call "oversubscribed". Tomorrow night's Mercury Lounge show is a contender to turn out the same way, so if you're thinking of stopping home to watch Richard Bey's straight-t0-web talk show, you might regret the decision. Even if the Harlem show isn't sold out, you might regret the decision.
(order 'Hippies' on LP, CD or digital formats from the Matador Store)