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Coming October 23 : The New Paul Banks album, 'Banks'

(photo by Helena Christensen)

On October 23, Matador will release the 2nd solo album from Interpol vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks.  With 'Banks' (LP/CD/digital), Paul ditches the Julian Plenti alter-ego, and the resulting 10-song album is a tour-de- force of exhilarating minor-key intensity.

The Base (192 kbps MP3)

Banks was recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater, Jónsi...).  The album is  personal and epic, catchy and serpentine - much like your favorite Interpol albums - with Paul's wry humor, bare emotion, and varied influences all in full effect.

track listing :

1. The Base
2. Over My Shoulder
3. Arise, Awake
4. Young Again
5. Lisbon
6. I’ll Sue You
7. Paid For That
8. Another Chance
9. No Mistakes
10. Summertime Is Coming

preorder 'Banks' on LP or CD from The Matador Store.

Paul Banks on Twitter

PAUL BANKS “Julian Plenti Lives…” EP Out Today + MP3!

Paul Banks.

Photo by Helena Christensen

Paul Banks has an EP out TODAY, people. Numbered and limited to 2300 vinyl and 1800 CD copies worldwide, “Julian Plenti Lives…” features two originals (one of them instrumental), and J Dilla, Frank Sinatra, and Harold Faltermeyer covers.

Click here to purchase

Track listing:
1. Perimeter Deactivated (Harold Faltermeyer)
2. Summertime Is Coming (Paul Banks)
3. Mythsysizer (J Dilla)
4. I’m A Fool To Want You (Frank Sinatra)
5. Cavern Worship (Paul Banks)

Following its premiere last week on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, Paul and Matador would like to gift you “Summertime Is Coming,” a brooding summer anthem that crescendos to a gorgeous left turn:

“Summertime Is Coming” MP3

Paul Banks will have a full-length album out on Matador this fall. He will be performing at the upcoming FYF Fest, September 1-2 in Downtown LA.

Julian Plenti live - What It Looks Like From The Front Row

Ok, maybe the second row.  YooToob is chock full of footage from the first ever Julian Plenti U.S. tour, but with all due respect to the aspiring videographers out there, the above clip ---- "Only If You Run", from the November 18 show at SF's Great American Music Hall ---is one of the better looking/sounding from the pile.

('Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper' LP/CD/digital album available from the The Matador Store)

Julian Plenti Rocks The KEXP House Today At 3PM PST

The man, the myth, the legend, Julian Plenti, brings his live show extravaganza to the Seattle airwaves today with a performance for KEXP. You can catch the set live at 3PM PST (6PM EST) on the dial at 90.3FM and online at

Plenti and his bandmates then will thrill and amaze at Chop Suey later this evening, before continuing their tour in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia through the rest of November.

Julian Plenti US Tour Kickoff


Photo Credit: Gabi Porter /

Tomorrow night, Julian Plenti kicks off his November US tour at the House of Blues, San Diego in support of his debut release, Julian Plenti...Is Skyscraper.  Earlier tomorrow, lucky San Diegans (San Diegers? San Diegists?) can catch Mr. Plenti at the excellent M-Theory Music where he'll be signing Skyscraper in all its various physical formats (3PM).

US dates...

Saturday, November 14 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues - Tickets

Monday, November 16 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey - Tickets

Tuesday, November 17 - Portland, OR - Holocene - Tickets

Wednesday, November 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall - Tickets

Thursday, November 19 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater - Tickets

Saturday, November 21 - Chicago, IL - Metro - Tickets

Monday, November 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club - Tickets

Tuesday, November 24 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom - Tickets

Wednesday, November 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - Tickets

Friday, November 27 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church - Tickets

Reminder ::: Julian Plenti Autograph Signing at M-Theory TOMORROW!


Saturday, November 14 @ 3pm
915 W. Washington
San Diego
619 220 0485

And if you haven't yet, be sure to pick up a copy of Julian Plenti is Skyscraper here.

Hey San Diego-uns! Julian Plenti will sign your stuff...

And by stuff, I mean records and CDs. Not... like, kitchen utensils or the owners manual to your Le Car or your remote control.
So bring your records... or buy one and then bring it...
Next Saturday, November 14 @ 3pm
915 W. Washington
San Diego
619 220 0485
julian signing flier

Julian Plenti - Debut U.S. Tour


After a September 25 date at New York City's Guggenheim Museum, Julian Plenti will be playing the following shows

Sat    14    November    San Diego - House of Blues
Mon    16    November    Seattle - Chop Suey
Tues    17    November    Portland - Wonder Ballroom
Wed    18    November    San Francisco - Great American Music Hall
Thurs    19    November    Los Angeles - El Rey Theatre
Sat    21    November    Chicago - Metro
Mon    23    November    Boston - Paradise Rock Club
Tues    24    November    New York - Bowery Ballroom
Wed    25    November    Brooklyn - Brooklyn Bowl
Fri    27    November    Philadelphia - First Unitarian Church

Support on all dates comes from Brooklyn's I'm In You.  Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl shows are on sale now.

Julian Plenti. ' Skyscraper' LP/CD/digital album available from the Matador Store.

Julian Plenti December European Dates

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Julian Plenti will be bringing the songs of Skyscraper to Europe at the end of the year.  All your ticket linking needs below.

Tues  1 December - IRE   DUBLIN   Academy   € 29.50
Weds 2 December - UK   MANCHESTER   Academy 2   £17.50
Thurs 3 December - UK   LONDON   Scala   £20
Sat 5 December - BEL   BRUSSELS   Botanique   € 19
Sun 6 December - HOL   AMSTERDAM   Melkweg   € 22.50
Tues 8 December - GER   COLOGNE   Kulturkirche   € 25
Weds 9 December - GER   BERLIN   Festsaal   € 25
Fri 11 December - AUS   VIENNA   Arena Vienna   € 25
Sat 12 December - ITA   MILAN   Maggazzini   € 20
Sun 13 December - FRA   PARIS   Alahambra   € 23

Julian Plenti On Julian Plenti Imposters

Doing a little PSA work for that creep that is pretending to be JP on Facebook.  From

A friend of mine just told me he was a little creeped-out by a Facebook impostor.

Just so you all know, THIS is my ONLY web presence.   I don't twit, facebook, or myspace.  (yet)

I always thought impostors were funny, but maybe they're not.

If somebody got a domain and wants to do an homage, that's ok. But someone perpetrating like they're Plenti, that's a no-go.

So stay alert to the phony mojo.

And don't go mailing these monkeys any secrets or brownies.


Julian Plenti - "Games For Days" on Fallon

Though it might lack the storyline and starpower of Javier Aguilera's terrific video for the same song, suffice to say we were awfully impressed with Julian Plenti's network television premiere this past Friday night.

(order 'Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper' from the Matador Store)

Julien Plenti Contest Winner For Fallon Screening

Recreation Winner:      Jennifer Kirchoff!!



Julian Plenti - "Games For Days" video premiere and Fallon tomorrow

Hot on the heels of Tuesday's release of "Julian Plenti is...Skyscraper" (buy it here), the mystery man doesn't clear a whole lot up with this double-take on identity and fidelity (or something like that). Killer noir vibes from director Javier Aguilera.

AOL Spinner is telling us that Plenti's costar is none other than Emily Haines of Metric.

Television watchers (and next-day-YouTubers) take note: Julian will be making his world-debut live appearance (playing "Games for Days") TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. NBC affiliates, 12:35/11:35 Central.

"Games For Days"

Julian Plenti: Photo Contest To Win Fallon Tickets

WIN a pair of tickets (and the new album) for the BAND BENCH (next to the stage) for tomorrow’s JIMMY FALLON taping/performance of Julian Plenti in New York City.

How? Recreate the following promo photo on your own and email to [email protected] - winner will be announced at 10am tomorrow 8/7:


*Ticket winners ust be 17+ of age & required to show up at NBC studios at 3:45pm

New Julian Plenti Web Site has re-launched with visual candy directly from Mr. Plenti, himself.  Click on the banner to check it out.

Also, just a reminder that Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper is now generally available from fine retailers, many of which you can find here.  It is also available today only in MP3 format from Amazon for $3.99.

Julian Plenti is...Skyscraper: Full album stream live on Rhapsody

If you simply can't wait until this coming Tuesday to hear Julian Plenti's debut album, "Julian Plenti is...Skyscraper", well you're impatient.

But Rhapsody is feeling you, dawg: the entire album is currently streaming via Rhapsody's "The Leak". Get your Skyscraper on here, now.

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This Thursday: Julian Plenti + ACE Hotel, NYC

Please join us, this Thursday evening, at the lovely ACE Hotel, NYC.

We'll be playing Julian Plenti's upcoming 8/4 release, Julian Skyscraper, while enjoying complimentary bourbon cocktails in ACE's Breslin Bar & Dining Room.

As previously announced, Julian Plenti will be making his first concert appearance in years this September. Keep it tuned here for further details.


Julian Plenti - Games For Days MP3


The second MP3 from Julian Plenti Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper (August 4) is "Games For Days":

Games For Days (192k mp3)

Mr. Plenti will be performing on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday, August 7. He will be making his first concert appearance in years in September. Watch this space for details.

Julian Plenti: Fun That We Have MP3

photo by Matthew Salacuse

The first MP3 from Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper: "Fun That We Have."

Fun That We Have (160k mp3)

Album in stores August 4.

Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper

Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper
photo: Matthew Salacuse

August 4

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