Archive for April, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut: So It Goes

By Nick on Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut, whose dark comic talent and urgent moral vision in novels like “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “Cat’s Cradle” and “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” caught the temper of his times and the imagination of a generation, died last night in Manhattan. He was 84.

–From the NY Times Obituary 

He'd been mostly retired since publishing "Timequake" in the mid-90s, but still, what a bummer.  I'll just say that Mr. Vonnegut probably had a larger effect on my own developing personality in high school than just about anything else, hometown, parents, and Silkworm included.  Plus he looked like a big muppet.

People tend to steer readers toward "Cat's Cradle" and "Slaughterhouse-Five," but for me "Breakfast of Champions," the essay collection "Wampeters Foma & Granfalloons," and the aforementioned "Timequake" were where it's at.

Salut Mr. Vonnegut, I'm sorry you had to die while George W. Bush was president. 


Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues – New US Dates

By Gerard on Thursday, April 12th, 2007

(Chan on the cover of the May issue of ID, photograph by Karl Lagerfield)

7-  Brooklyn, NY @ McCarren Pool (w/ Built to Spill)
8-  Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
9-  Northampton, MA @  Pearl Street
10- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
13- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
14- Chicago, IL- Union Park- Pitchfork Music Festival

There's one additional Canadian date to be confirmed.

Saturday’s Gonna Be a Good Day

By Blake on Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Two free in-stores, two cities, same time.  Love Of Diagrams will be performing a free, all ages show at Amoeba Music in San Francisco this Saturday at 4pm.  Meanwhile, Jonathan Meiburg and Thor Harris of Shearwater will performing at End Of An Ear in Austin.

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(Shearwater pic swiped fromPitchfork) 

Simultaneous action, Saturday, April 14th at 4pm.

Love of Diagrams at Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St., San Francisco CA 94117

Shearwater at End Of An Ear, 2209 South First St., Austin TX 78704

How Much Art Can You Take?

By Gerard on Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

from :


Wentworth Gallery will present two art exhibitions by artist, rock icon and legendary KISS frontman Paul Stanley. He will make two special appearances at the Wentworth Galleries on Friday June 22, 2007 and on Saturday June 23, 2007.

Paul Stanley's Maryland and Virginia Wentworth Gallery appearances:

Friday June 22, 2007 6-9 PM
Wentworth Gallery – White Flint
11301 Rockville Pike
North Bethesda, MD 20895

Saturday June 23, 2007 6-9 PM
Wentworth Gallery – Tysons Galleria
1731 M International Drive
McLean, VA 22102

For more than thirty years, Paul Stanley has reigned supreme as one of the single-most recognizable front men in the history of rock and roll. He's the principal songwriter, driving force and unwavering voice of KISS. A visionary and trend-setter since the early 1970s, Paul Stanley's passion for both the musical and visual arts has perhaps been the key to the astonishing ongoing world phenomenon known as KISS. His artistic and visual input has been seen in his designs of KISS album covers, stages and apparel. As an art major and graduate of the prestigious high school of Music and Art in NYC, Paul has returned to his passion for painting to share with you the deep emotions his art conveys. Paul Stanley creates portraits and abstracts that are emotionally charged compositions. He aims to maximize the direct physical impact of his paintings through scale, texture, color and simplicity of images.

Attn: Austin, TX Humaniods! Big Free Goings-On This Saturday

By Gerard on Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

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(above : Love Of Diagrams. below : Times New Viking, the latter pic stolen from Partydope)

To commemorate both Love Of Diagrams and Times New Viking visiting the Texas capitol and playing big ticket / big room gigs this Saturday night (with Ted Leo & The Pharmacists and Yo La Tengo respectively), label management has stepped in (cough) and bullied both bands into playing the follow free concerto.

Saturday, April 8

Times New Viking – 2pm

Love Of Diagrams – 2:45pm

End Of An Ear, 2209 South First St., Austin TX 78704

There will be beer. Don't thank us now, thank us on Saturday.

Lavender Diamond – Enhancing Your Shopping Experience

By Gerard on Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

To commemorate the May 8 release of 'Imagine Our Love' (CD/LP), Lavender Diamond will be performing in the following retail establishments :

Monday, May 7th, 11pm
Sonic Boom Capitol Hill

514 15th Ave. East
Seattle, WA

Tuesday, May 8th, 7pm
Music Millennium
801 N.W. 23RD
Portland, OR

Thursday, May 10th, 7pm
Amoeba Music
1855 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA

Friday, May 11th, 7pm
Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, May 12th, 3pm
M-Theory Music,
2234 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

There’s No Better Way To Celebrate The Birth Of Our Nation…

By Gerard on Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

…than by watching that terrific American North American rock'n'roll juggernaut The New Pornographers, live in lower Manhattan's Battery Park.  It's all going down July 4 with support from Midlake. Free tickets will be distributed at select Starbucks locations (and before you give us any grief, a ) we're not the promoter and b) if it's any consolation, Jackie Mason doesn't like Starbucks, either) with details to follow.


(photo of Jonathan Meiburg, taken from hewinsd's Flickr page)

The following day, July 5, Shearwater will be performing a free show at New York City's Castle Clinton

Burma Providence Date Change

By Gerard on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

(photo by Sheri Hausey.

Word of warning to our friends in Providence ; Mission Of Burma are no longer playing Brown University on Thursday, April 19. They have, however been added to the Yo La Tengo / Flaming Lips bill on Saturday, April 21.  

Land of the Free, Home of the Metal Names

By Joel on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Note to recently proud papa Adam Farrell: maybe Ella's nickname should be 'TimesNewViking?' What do you think? From our friends at the Associated Press:

Metallica may be a cool name for a heavy metal band, but a Swedish couple is struggling to convince officials it is also suitable for a baby girl.

Michael and Karolina Tomaro are locked in a court battle with Swedish authorities, which rejected their application to name their six-month-old child after the legendary rock band.

"It suits her," Karolina Tomaro, 27, said Tuesday of the name. "She's decisive and she knows what she wants."

Although little Metallica has already been baptized, the Swedish National Tax Board refused to register the name, saying it was associated with both the rock group and the word "metal."

Tomaro said the official handling the case also called the name "ugly."

The couple was backed by the County Administrative Court in Goteborg, which ruled on March 13 that there was no reason to block the name. It also noted that there already is a woman in Sweden with Metallica as a middle name.

The tax agency appealed to a higher court, frustrating the family's foreign travel plans.

"We've had to cancel trips and can't get anywhere because we can't get her a passport without an approved name," Tomaro said.

Ironically enough, if I recall correctly, original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton met his untimely demise in the home country of Jesper Eklow, so Swedish National Tax Board, if you're listening/reading and asking "For Whom the Bell Tolls," well it tolls for thee.

To Quote Rainier Luftwaffe Wolfcastle….

By Gerard on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

…you can't sell out when you never stood for anything in the first place. From the New York Times' Robert Levine, April 2, '07.


Fans of Fall Out Boy who downloaded “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs,” the rock band’s new video last weekend most likely enjoyed the spectacle of chimpanzees playing filmmakers and mocking the members of the band. But they may have noticed something else: Tag All Nighter, a deodorant body spray aimed at young men, is featured prominently in the video.

Procter & Gamble, which owns Tag, made a deal with the band’s label, Island Records, to make the video available for free downloading from the band’s Web site before it could be seen anywhere else.

Since CD sales are declining but the cost of making a video is not, many musicians have made product placement deals for videos in the last few years. In this deal, Tag essentially underwrote the cost of those downloads for a limited time and put a message to that effect on the band’s Web site. Tag also promoted the band in advertising and helped offset the cost of making the video.

Fall Out Boy was comfortable with Tag because the brand’s ads have a “sarcastic spin,” said Pete Wentz, the band’s bassist and lyricist. “Given how the industry is right now, you have to come up with new kinds of partnerships, and when you’re able to offset the cost of the video, that’s cool. Hiring chimps is not cheap.”

It’s Like Watching “What’s Up Matador?” With Better Production Values

By Gerard on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

It's like someone had a hidden camera in our offices.  Kitties Aren't People!!!

Matmos at Donau Festival

By Ruairi on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Matmos, along with Jay Lesser, will be playing at the Donau Festival in Austria in a couple of weeks time. 

What kind of festival is it? Well, it's being curated by David Tibet, so I imagine it'll be very similar to Lollapalooza. The website is here.


EDIT: Actually guys, I've never been to Lollapalooza. Fennesz, SUNN O))), Nurse With Wound, Khan, Six Organs of Admittance – it's all that kind of thing, right?  

EDIT: Oh, maybe a more accurate comparison would be like a more fun No Fun Fest. So, fun, then. 

EDIT: By 'fun', I mean PUNISHING NOIZE. And The Notwist.  

Times New Viking – Touring With Yo La Tengo

By Gerard on Monday, April 2nd, 2007

(photo swiped from Nebula Girl's flickr page)

The bad news is that David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights will not be playing with Yo La Tengo this month.  THe good news is that Columbus, OH's 3-headed rock monster, Times New Viking, have accepted the invite and will be playing the following big rooms with Ira, Georgia and James starting this week :

4/5 – New Orleans at Tipitina's
4/6 – Houston at Warehouse Live
4/7 – Austin at Stubb's
4/8 – Dallas at the Granada
4/10 – Tulsa at Cain's
4/11- Lawrence at the Granada
4/13- Indianapolis at Vogue
4/14 – Madison at the Barrymore
4/16 – Newport at the Southgate House
4/17 – Cleveland at the Beachland Ballroom
4/18 – Detroit at the Majestic Theatre

Cat Power – 2nd Show in Glasgow

By Ruairi on Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Proving that nothing in Ms Marshall's world is predictable, we've just heard that she will be playing a 2nd show at the Triptych Festival in Glasgow:

Thursday 26th April,

Venue: The Ferry 25 Anderston Quay, Glasgow.

Chan will be joined at this show by Dirty Delta Blues associate, Mr Judah Bauer.