Archive for September, 2009

Spiral Stairs live Seattle instore

By Michael on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


A little while back, Gerard may or may not have mentioned something about Spiral Stairs playing an instore in Seattle (by a while back I mean this morning and by “may or may not have mentioned” I mean he mapped it out in great detail… I just like suspense).

Well, dear friends, here it is… In celebration of the release of his first album under the SS moniker, Spiral is taking Seattle by free-live-instore storm. Check it. Don’t wreck it.

Battle For Burma contest winner revealed

By Hector on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 show.poster

We are very, very happy to announce the winner of the Battle For Burma. The winner, who will be opening for Mission Of Burma at their free show at MIT on Sunday, October 4, is New Haven, CT’s own Eula.

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Congratulations to Eula, and thanks to everyone who entered the Battle For Burma. Stay tuned for further info.

Spiral Stairs – 2nd MP3 From ‘The Real Feel’

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

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(photograph by Peter Ellenby)

Y’know, in the midst of all the hoopla surrounding Pavement’s return to the concert stage , there’s probably a tendency to overlook the forthcoming release of the first album to formally bear the Spiral Stairs nom de plume. Which is a lowdown, dirty shame, as Scott Kannberg has crafted the most (equal parts) brooding-funny-catchy-smart work of his post-Pavement oeuvre in the form of ‘The Real Feel’.

“True Love” (192k, MP3) is but one example.

In addition to the following dates (all supporting Bob Mould other than 10/18),  there will be a Spiral Stairs performance at Sonic Boom‘s Ballard location (2209 NW Market St.) on Wednesday, October 14 (6pm).  Though ‘The Real Feel’ isn’t formally released until October 20, Sonic Boom will have copies of the CD and LP available that day.

10/15 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
10/16 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
10/18 – Treasure Island Music Festival - San Francisco, CA
10/19 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
10/20 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA

(preorder ‘The Real Feel’ on CD or LP from The Matador Store)

Harlem – US Dates (And CMJ, Too)

By Gerard on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


(l-r : Curtis, Coomers, Jose. Pics taken from Poptartgirl’s Flickr page)

OK, we’ve listed some of the dates below previously, but now we’ve got extensive CMJ activity for Harlem as well. If you’d like to argue that CMJ is part of America, well, that’s going to be a very long discussion between you and I.

While you’re mulling it over, Harlem have recently completed recording and mixing of their 2nd album at Costa Mesa, CA’s Distillery. For a while there was some suspicion we’d sent them to a real distillery, but all of the invoices checked out (and Chris Lombardi even swung by the place) and hopefully that’s the last of our label paranoia for a while. More details surrounding said album will be forthcoming soon.

Fri 10/2/09 Emo’s Austin TX with !!!
Sat 10/3/09 Saturn Bar New Orleans LA
Sun 10/4/09 Alabama Music Box Mobile AL
Mon 10/5/09 Sluggo’s Pensacola FL
Tue 10/6/09 Will’s Pub Orlando FL
Thu 10/8/09 Sweat Records Miami FL
Fri 10/9/09 New World Brewery Ybor City/Tampa FL
Tue 10/13/09 Nightlight Chapel Hill NC
Wed 10/14/09 Talking Head Baltimore MD
Thu 10/15/09 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
Sat 10/17/09 Scion Garage Rock Festival Satyricon Portland OR
Tue 10/20/09 Santos Party House New York NY
Wed 10/21/09 Maxwells Hoboken NJ
Fri 10/23/09 Vice Party @ Public Assembly Brooklyn NY
Sat 10/24/09 After The Jump Party @Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn NY
Tue 10/27/09 DC 9 Washington DC
Wed 10/28/09 JJ’s Bohemia Chattanooga TN
Thu 10/29/09 Hal & Mals Jackson MS
Fri 11/6/09 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin TX (with Shearwater, Times New Viking, Fucked Up, Mission Of Burma, DRI)

Kurt Vile – stream “Childish Prodigy” in its entirety

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


Album out 10/6. Hear it now, buy it now (or later).

Mission of Burma – Full album stream (Rhapsody)

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Mission of Burma’s excellent new album, The Sound, The Speed, The Light isn’t out for another week, and some people can’t even wait until Tuesday to hail its brilliance.

We have you covered though – Rhapsody is streaming the entire album right now!

Disable your pop-up blockers, check the album out, and then own it forever.


Kurt Vile on WMUC at 6pm EDT today

By Hector on Monday, September 28th, 2009
photo by Shawn Brackbill

photo by Shawn Brackbill

Reasons to tune in to Kurt Vile’s interview on WMUC (College Park, MD) tonight at 6pm Eastern:

1. Kurt will be talking about his new album, Childish Prodigy, which is not only better than anything he’s ever done but also better than anything most people have ever done.

2. You’ll have a chance to win a copy of the aforementioned album.

3. You’ll also have a chance to win two tickets to Kurt’s show on November 5th at the Black Cat.

4. There is probably at least one other reason.

88.1 FM if you’re in the vicinity of College Park, if you only know Maryland from watching The Wire.

London record shopping: still great

By Patrick on Saturday, September 26th, 2009


Just got back from a trip to London and am happy to report that it is still one of the record shopping capitals of the world. I’ve had many memorable visits there before, especially to the great Beano’s in Croydon when it was still three stories of original UK ’60s and ’70s pressings at reasonable prices, and of course rummaging around in the back room of Minus Zero for folk private pressings, and a memorably expensive (but totally worth it) trawl through the boxes at Intoxica that netted me original 7″es by the Poets and the Mockingbirds as well a mint Parlophone 1st/2nd matrix original mono Rubber Soul.

But this trip was mostly about shopping for new records. I visited the (relatively) new Rough Trade East in Brick Lane, which is London’s answer to Amoeba. Totally great experience – nice people, huge selection (esp of dubstep and funky 12″es), interesting books, lots of space. I bought several singles by the great Ramadanman (thanks Dean) as well as a super-cavernous 12″ from Aardvarck (recommended by staff), and a £5.99 CD of Richard & Linda Thompson in concert in 1975 that I somehow missed when it came out last year. Also scored double vinyl of the latest Benin comp from Samy Ben Redjeb’s Analog Africa label.

The original Rough Trade shop in Talbot Road off Portobello Market is also still great, though I remain stymied by the cramped upstairs. Downstairs is a different matter though – the vinyl is extremely well chosen and guaranteed to appeal to American buyers who are used to paying through the nose on eBay for decent copies of UK original rock and folk. I decided to spend £10 on Genesis’s Selling England By The Pound, and also picked up a dead mint Scott 3 in its gorgeous laminated Philips gatefold. Unfortunately the £30 original UK (with insert!) of The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter was not mint.

On to Stand Out / Minus Zero, which remains as mindblowing as ever. I didn’t have a chance to talk to the ever friendly Bill Forsyth, but on the Stand Out side of the shop, Bill Allerton still presides over the greatest collection of UK freakbeat and psych still being offered in a physical location. I spotted a copy of The Hush 7″ Grey on the wall, one of my longest-term wants, and correctly guessed its price as being £500. Oh well – pass. Bill immediately remarked, “I have boxes and boxes of that sort of thing under the counter.”

On for a quick visit to Intoxica, where they were playing some insanely over the top British humor record that could have been a Vivian Stanshall solo album – I wasn’t sure. Crazy Latin records I’d never seen before, plus the Turkish alternate sleeve for Led Zep II on the wall – also for £500, in VG. Pass. Didn’t go behind the counter here… the stock is incredible, but I don’t have that kind of money to spend at the moment.

Finally up to the top of Portobello Road to Honest Jon’s, the best world / dub / ethnic store on earth. The genial Alan Scholefield was behind the counter spinning unbelievable deep reggae cuts and coming out to discuss Trikont comps of Vietnamese street music (“total Bo Diddley”). We grabbed a bunch of the latest Honest Jon’s comps – including one compiling ’70s bands from Upper Volta – and I scored a Tabu Ley Rochereau record from 1969 and a clean original Fela Ikoyi Blindness Nigerian pressing for £25.

Great day? ABSOLUTELY.

Yo La Tengo on WFMU today at 3pm

By Hector on Friday, September 25th, 2009

You may have noticed that we’ve been going on a bit about tonight’s epic Yo La Tengo show at Roseland in New York City, and well, what can I say? We’re excited. Other excited parties, and human beings in general, should tune in to WFMU at 3:00 this afternoon, when Yo La Tengo’s always entertaining bassist James McNew will chat by phone with David Suisman on his Inner Ear Detour show. Also, I do believe David will be playing some music from the new album Popular Songs, which as I’m sure you can imagine is a favorite around these parts.

You can engage with WFMU on the radio dial at 91.1 FM (NYC/East Central NJ) and on WMFU, 90.1 FM (Hudson Valley, Lower Catskills, Western NJ). If those parenthetical locations don’t work for you, there’s always online listening at

Kurt Vile – Live from Rittenhouse Square

By Gabe on Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Continuing to spotlight great Kurt/Violators footage (Childish Prodigy is out October 6!), we offer Woodshop Films‘ tasty take on “Hunchback” from Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia last month (and a great interview too):