Archive for September, 2007

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg – Solo Show Tonight In Brooklyn

By Gerard on Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Shearwater vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg will be performing tonight at a place so tiny, some of us are going on diets just for the occasion : Presents…
Jonathan Meiburg + Phosphorescent
Thursday, September 27
Admission: $15, $10 minimum
Showtimes: 7:30pm
reservations are recommended
58 N 3rd St
(btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211

The New Pornographers’ You Tube Challenge Gets A Bit Tougher

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
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Shearwater On KUT’s Retread Sessions

By Gerard on Monday, September 24th, 2007

“Palo Santo”

“74 / 75″

video footage courtesy KUT (

The Perfect Gift For The Mogwai Fan With Everything…

By Gerard on Friday, September 21st, 2007


…unless he's got Martin's other old pacemaker.

Martin has in the last few hours come out of surgery fitting a new pacemaker. As happened last time we will have a charity auction for his old one with the proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation. Details will follow in the next few days. Get well soon Martin! – Stuart

Link taken from The Music Slut (hat tip to the non-slutty Adam Farrell). 

Jesus Vs. Kathy G., No Mention Of The BBQ Sauce

By Gerard on Friday, September 21st, 2007

From the Associated Press :


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Sept. 20) – Members of a Christian theater troupe are spreading the word that they're irate about Kathy Griffin's off-color speech in accepting a creative arts Emmy earlier this month.

The Miracle Theater in Pigeon Forge spent $90,440 on a full-page advertisement in USA Today that ran nationally Monday, proclaiming "enough is enough."

In accepting the Emmy for her Bravo reality show, "My Life on the D-List," Griffin said that "a lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."

She went on to hold up her Emmy, make an off-color remark about Christ and proclaim, "This award is my god now!"

"We at The Miracle Theater consider it an honor to stand for Jesus today," the ad said. "We may never win a national award. We may never be household names. We may never be seen in Hollywood. Although others may choose to use their national platform to slander our God, we are honored as professional entertainers to stand for Christ."

Not only were Ms. Griffin's remarks highly offensive, but I'm pretty sure they were word for word lifted from Stephen Malkmus' acceptance speech at the 2007 Plug Awards.

Mission Of Burma – Star Studded Support Acts Revealed

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

(photograph by Sheri Hausey)

Sun. September, 23 2007 at Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Cost : $25
Opener:  Jonathan Kane's February (NYC, ex-Swans, LaMonte Young, Rhys Chatham)
4pm Early Show
8pm Late Show

Sat. September, 22 2007 at Decibel
73 Richmond Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Cost : $15
Opener: Black Helicopter
Doors 6pm Show 7pm

Fri,. September, 21 2007 at Pearl Street Downstairs
10 Pearl Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Cost : $20 advance, $23 door
Opener:  The Bennies/ Who Shot Hollywood?

Thurs. September, 20 2007 at Toad's Place
300 York Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Cost : 17.50
Opener:  Chris Brokaw
Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm

Hello, Santa Monica – The New Pornographers On Morning Becomes Eclectic

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

In the midst of a North American tour alongside Lavender Diamond and in support of album-of-the-year candidate 'Challengers', the New Pornographers will stop by KCRW tomorrow THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 at 11:15 am pacific daylight time (2:15 pm for those toiling at 304 Hudson) for a live performance on "Morning Becomes Eclectic"

For those in or outside of the greater Los Angeles area, the show is available online via iTunes, Real Player or Windows Media. We should warn you, however, that all of the aforementioned applications require the use of a computer. 

Can You Hear Me Now? – Bell Canada Flunks Punk History Test

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

From Reuters :

Canada's biggest phone company has apologized after a punk-rock reference to the Holocaust appeared on billboard advertisements for its cellphones.

The ads for Bell Canada's Solo discount service showed a young woman decked out in flashy punk rock attire, with a button that reads "Belsen was a gas" — the controversial title of a song by the Sex Pistols, and a reference to Nazi Germany's Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

"It was inadvertent," Bell Canada spokesman Mark Langton said on Friday, noting that the dozen ads were taken down as soon as the company realized its mistake. "Obviously, we would never depict such an offensive slogan in our advertising."

He said Bell officials approved the ads after examining sample images that were smaller than the final billboards. The button inscription could only be read when the ads were blown up to their full size, he said.


"In the proofing and approval materials, it was impossible to see the button, so our folks missed it."

Cell Freak helpfull points out most of the prisoners at Berger-Belsen "actually died after being beaten to death or from a Typhus epidemic in late 1944."   So I'm feeling better about Canada Bell already. 

ACL 2007 – A Rather Desperate Attempt At Liveblogging

By Gerard on Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Though I've seen terrific sets thus far by MIA, LCD Soundsystem, Queens of The Stoneage and (most especially) our own Yo La Tengo, I'm happy to reveal a scoop so intense, not even the combined forces of Austinist, the Austin Chronicle or Statesman were on top of it.

When Saturday's headlining White Stripes cancelled on short notice, the promoters insisted there'd be no big name replacement flying in. 

With another 5 hours to go, I'm happy to report they were just trying to throw you off the scent of greatness :



The Cave Singers – Easy Street Instore

By Gerard on Friday, September 14th, 2007


Just a word of warning to our Seattle constituents that newish Matador signing The Cave Singers will playing at Easy Street Records on Tuesday, September 25.  Said event coincides with the North American release of their amazing debut CD/LP, 'Invitation Songs', which funnily enough, is available now for preorder from the Matador Store.

Though we've also made a limited edition 7" of "Seeds Of Night" b/w the non album "After The First", analog-haters can absorb the former right here