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Archive for August, 2007

From The Records-Go-Round Dept.

By Gerard on Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Let’s Get Into Trouble, Baby (2007 Style)

By Gerard on Friday, August 17th, 2007

For the second time this summer, I have to ask, what's with all the hidden cameras at 304 Hudson Street?  ("Great World Of Sound" opens in New York on September 14)

 

Love Of Diagrams – Autumn US Dates With Enon

By Gerard on Friday, August 17th, 2007

(Antonia Sellbach, pic swiped from pixistixs' Flickr page)

If you're amongst those who either failed to catch Love Of Diagrams during their Spring tour with Ted Leo or you've avoided the considerable charms of their staggeringly great Mosaic CD/LP, you'll have a proper opportunity to become reacquainted with the Melbourne trio when they return to American for the following shows supporting Enon :

October 30 – Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA
October 31 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
November 1 – Bottom of The Hill, SF, CA
November 2 – Glass House, Pomona, CA
November 3 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
November 4 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
November 6 – Emo's Jr., Austin, TX
November 7 – The Proletariat, Houston, TX
November 8 – Chelsea's Cafe, Baton Rogue, LA
November 9 – Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL
November 13 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
November 14 – Duke Coffeehouse, Durham, NC
November 15 – Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington DC
November 16 – Johnny Brenda, Philadelphia, PA
November 17 – Knitting Factory, NY, NY
November 24 – Hideout, Chicago, IL

More Eastern dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, here's some biographical info in video form from December of last year. 

 

First Person To Ask “Where’s The Beef?” Has Their Entire Slash Records Collection Confiscated

By Gerard on Thursday, August 16th, 2007

From the AP's Larry Neumeister :


Violent Femmes Bassist Brian Ritchie sued lead vocalist Gordon Gano (above) on Wednesday, saying he was deprived of credit for some of the group's songs and a proper accounting of its earnings.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, also accuses Gano of trashing the band's reputation by allowing its signature hit, "Blister in the Sun," to be used in a Wendy's commercial.

Gano, reached by telephone at his Manhattan home, called the lawsuit "a complete surprise" — especially since the band still regularly performs and just returned from a tour in South Africa.

"This action is the unfortunate culmination of an ongoing intra-band dispute between Ritchie and Gano over Gano's misappropriation and misadministration of Ritchie's interests in the jointly owned songs and assets of the band, misappropriation of assets solely owned by Ritchie, improper accounting and nonpayment of royalties," the lawsuit said.

The Wendy's deal was a buzz-kill for the band's fan base, the suit says, causing one fan to comment in an online blog that after hearing "Blister in the Sun" in a commercial, "My ears perked up. Then my jaw dropped. Then my heart sank."

If there's any consolation for Ritchie, he should know the earlier version of the Wendy's spot featuring the Dead Kennedys' "Holiday In Cambodia" has done nothing to besmirch that band's reputation. 

 

Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues – Supporting Interpol At MSG

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

How do you get to Madison Square Garden? Practice, practice or the A, E or C train.  If you're aspiring blues rocker James Dolan, you wait for your dad to buy the joint.  But if you're Chan Marshall and her world class backing ensemble, you accept an invite from friends and ex-labelmates Interpol to lay waste to the World's Most Famous Arena on Friday, September 14.

Tickets are on sale now. And if you think they're expensive, you won't believe what Lombardi and I paid to see the Riddick Bowe/Andrew Golota riot. 

Mission Of Burma – Five New England Shows In September

By Gerard on Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

(due to circumstances beyond our control, The Click Five will not be supporting Burma on the dates below)

Tickets go on sale tomorrow
, folks. If Randy Moss chooses to skip the ICA gigs, that's his fuckin' loss.

Sept. 20 – Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
Sept. 21 – Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
Sept. 22 – Decibel, Providence, RI
Sept. 23 – Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (4pm and 8pm)

Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues – New US and Brazil Dates

By Gerard on Monday, August 13th, 2007

Of the confirmed variety, folks. Though none of the below take place in the World's Most Dolan-riffic Arena, it's a pretty exciting list, just the same. 

Wednesday 09/19 San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore

Friday 09/21 Los  Angeles, CA- Avalon

Saturday 10/13 Atlanta, GA- Echo Project Festival

Sunday 10/14 Norfolk, VA- The Norva

Monday 10/15 Washington, DC- 930 Club

Tuesday 10/16 Carrboro, NC- Cats Cradle

Thursday 10/18 Tallahassee, FL- The Moon @ FSU

Friday 10/19 Savannah, GA- Trustee's Theatre

Saturday 10/20 Orlando, FL- The Club at Firestone

Sunday 10/21 St Petersburg, FL- State Theatre

Thursday 10/25 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Auditório Ibirapuera (TIM Fest)

Friday 10/26 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Marina da Glória (TIM Fest)

Calling Blind Item Boo-shit

By Gerard on Monday, August 13th, 2007



Fox News' Susan Estrich
is fed-the-fuck-up with the Interweb's "unbridled ugliness", and in addition to obscene threats she receives daily, " I don’t even have to read my own mail to be exposed to such garbage. It’s on plenty of websites as well."  (thanks.  we're trying)

Curiously, however, Estrich segues from a rant about online harassment to a personal brush with greatness turned unpleasant :

Some years ago, I was in a ladies room, straightening out my skirt, when a famous celebrity I had long admired began berating me mercilessly for working for FOX News. How can you do such a thing, she asked, rhetorically, because of course she had no interest in my answer.

It was clear that she didn’t want to hear my arguments about reaching an audience that could prove decisive, as opposed to the pleasure of singing for the choir– much less the fact that some of the people I work with at FOX are actually decent people who value dialogue and reward personal loyalty. She was right because she was sufficiently famous that clearly no one had ever told her otherwise.

As she slammed the door in my face, though, I got in the last word: If you don’t like FOX, start your own network. Put your money where your mouth is. Now, whenever I see her, I smile, and she looks away.

Professor Kingsley, how can you in good conscience be such a tease?  WHO was it? Jane Fonda? Karen O?  Susan Muldowney? Valuable leisure time that might have otherwise been used to write threatening letters to you and your colleagues will now be wasted in a futile attempt to figure out precisely who you're referring to. 

Pony on the loose!!

By Dave on Monday, August 13th, 2007

 

The Ponys have been rocking it worldwide since the release of their excellent "Turn Out The Lights" last March and they are taking some well deserved time off before they hit the road again this fall with Spoon, well at least some of them are.  Jered is hitting the West coast as a member of White Savage.  Don't miss it.

From The Ponys myspace bulletin:

Hey my other band White Savage will be on the west coast next week. Come visit me. Jered

Aug 14 2007    Bunkhouse Saloon w/ Static Static    Las Vegas

Aug 15 2007    Spaceland W/Static Static Los Angeles

Aug 16 2007    Tribal Cafe W/ Static Static    Los Angeles

Aug 17 2007    Bottom of the Hill W/ The Go, Bellavista, Thee Makeout Party    San Francisco

Aug 18 2007    The Hemlock Tavern W/ The Terrible Twos    San Francisco

Aug 20 2007    Slabtown w/ Bouquet, The Limbs    Portland

Aug 21 2007    Comet Tavern W/ Intelligence, Pyramids    Seattle

 

Check out White Savage this past Spring at SXSW

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White Savage on myspace:  www.myspace.com/destroyyrstyle 

Jennifer O’Connor This Thursday At Sound Fix Records

By Blake on Monday, August 13th, 2007

Jennifer O'Connor will be playing a free in-store this Thursday, August 16th at the newly renovated Lounge at Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn.  She is set to play at 9:15 that evening.

Dennis Kleiman - Jennifer Couch.jpg

Jennifer O'Connor at Sound Fix Records
Thursday, 8/16 @ 9:15pm
110 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn, NY