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Archive for June, 2007

If You Wondering Why Matador’s MySpace Profile Is So Tame…

By Gerard on Thursday, June 28th, 2007
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…because as the above clip illustrates, we can't be too careful.

Times New Viking To Visit Big Hunks Of America, Small Bits Of Mexico And Canada

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

(from Listen Missy's Flickr page, used without permission)

7.13.07      grog shop   cleveland, oh
7.27.07     flipside   chicago, il
7.28.07     turf club  minneapolis, mn
7.31.07     the palace  missoula, mt
8.02.07     pub 340  vancouver, bc
8.03.07     ss marie antionette  seattle, wa
8.04.07     eagles lodge  portland, or
8.05.07     fool's foundation  sacramento, ca
8.06.07     off limits  chico, ca
8.07.07     hemlock tavern  san francisco, ca
8.08.07     stork club  oakland, ca
8.11.07     the smell  los angeles, ca
8.14.07     beerland  austin, tx
8.15.07     diverseworks art space  houston, tx

(August 2-15 with Little Claw)

8.17.07     @ tocada    monterrey (with Los Lamarada)
8.18.07     @ 'taladro fest'   ciudad victoria, tamaulipas (with Los Lamarada)

Shearwater’s Visit To KEXP

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Though I've not found a specific link to Shearwater's session at KEXP last Friday at noon (maybe you enter the date and time manually, here?), the station has posted a plethora of photos at their Flickr page

It’s Like Someone Installed A Hidden Camera At 304 Hudson

By Gerard on Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
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Thanks to Wojohowicz for the link. And yes, this is exactly how we came to be associated with The New Pornographers.

The New Pornographers At NY’s River To River Festival, July 4

By Gerard on Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

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If you want to go, you'd better hop on it.

Don’t Call Him Metally Hanicapped…

By Gerard on Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

(finally, someone agrees that listening to Meshuggah is not merely a lifestyle choice)

…because he's Metally Handicapable!  From The Local :

A Swedish heavy metal fan has had his musical preferences officially classified as a disability. The results of a psychological analysis enable the metal lover to supplement his income with state benefits.

Roger Tullgren, 42, from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has just started working part time as a dishwasher at a local restaurant.

Eventually his last employer tired of his absences and Tullgren was left jobless and reliant on welfare handouts.

But his sessions with the occupational psychologists led to a solution of sorts: Tullgren signed a piece of paper on which his heavy metal lifestyle was classified as a disability, an assessment that entitles him to a wage supplement from the job centre.

"I signed a form saying: 'Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labour market. Therefore he needs extra financial help'. So now I can turn up at a job interview dressed in my normal clothes and just hand the interviewers this piece of paper," he said.

The manager at his new workplace allows him to go to concerts as long as he makes up for lost time at a later point. He is also allowed to dress as he likes and listen to heavy metal while washing up.

"But not too loud when there are guests," he said.

The Local spoke to an occupational psychologist in Stockolm, who admitted to being baffled by the decision.

"I think it's extremely strange. Unless there is an underlying diagnosis it is absolutely unbelievable that the job centre would pay pay out.

"If somebody has a gambling addiction, we don't send them down to the racetrack. We try to cure the addiction, not encourage it," he said.

Because heavy metal dominates so many aspects of his life, the Employment Service has agreed to pay part of Tullgren's salary. His new boss meanwhile has given him a special dispensation to play loud music at work.

"I have been trying for ten years to get this classified as a handicap," Tullgren told The Local.

"I spoke to three psychologists and they finally agreed that I needed this to avoid being discriminated against."

Times New Viking – This Saturday In Columbus

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Aside from the fact 7 bands for 5 dollars doesn't seem like nearly enough live music, I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to go to this show. 

Lavender Diamond – All Ages – Free – Phoenix Art Museum – July 6 !

By Ron on Monday, June 18th, 2007

Shearwater is Playing a Free Show for The Salt Lake City Folk

By Blake on Monday, June 18th, 2007

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Jonathan Meiburg and Thor Harris of Shearwater have been given the opportunity to play a free, all ages in-store performance at Slow Train in Salt Lake City next Thursday, June 28th at 6pm sharp.  

Slow Train: cds + vinyl + dvds
221 East Broadway
Salt Lake City, Utah   84111

Matador Welcomes The Cave Singers To Our Cavalcade Of Stars

By Gerard on Monday, June 18th, 2007

We couldn't be happier to announce — despite having already been scooped by Pitchfork — that we've signed the Seattle trio The Cave Singers to a longer-than-long, worldwide pact. Composed of vocalist Pete Quirk, percussionist Marty Lund and guitarist Derek Fudesco, the band's first full length, 'Invitation Songs', recorded with Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Pretty Girls Make Graves) is due out this Autumn.

photo: Jonny Leather's Flickr page

The Seattle Weekly's Brian Barr describes the trio's approach as akin to "an updated version of the Anthology of American Folk Music. Not the graduate-student, learned interpretations of folk music circa 1962, but folk music approached by way of punk rock. It's sparse, melodic, and simultaneously creepy and alluring, like the widow mourning graveside in Johnny Cash's 'Long Black Veil.'"

"Seeds Of Night" (MP3)

forthcoming Cave Singers dates:
06-20 Seattle, WA – Neumos
06-21 Bellingham, WA – Chiribin's
06-24 Eugene, OR – Sam Bond's Garage
06-26 Santa Cruz, CA – The Attic
06-27 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
06-28 Fresno, CA – Tokyo Gardens
06-29 Los Angeles, CA – EL Cid
06-30 Los Angeles, CA – 6th St. Warehouse
07-01 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
07-28 Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party