Archive for September, 2009

Yo La Tengo / An Evening at Roseland Ballroom NYC / Fri, Sept 25

By Todd Netter on Thursday, September 24th, 2009

ylt roseland poster

TGIF with YLT.  That’s right, this Friday (Sept 25th), should you find yourself in New York City with nothing to do, fear not.  Yo La Tengo return home (or very very close to home) to play a show celebrating their brand new album Popular Songs.

The event is being hosted  by the Daily Show’s John Oliver.  Second the Black Lips are opening up for YLT and well those guys never let you down live.  And finally Yo La Tengo.  Their set sounds like one for the ages, as they’ll be accompanied by both a string section and a very special, one night only light show by Joshua White & Gary Panter.

And since there are no plans for Hanukkah shows this year, this is your last chance to see YLT in the NYC area this year.  Tickets are still available!

Ted Leo & Matador

By Gerard on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009


(photo by Jody VB)

We’re a very fortunate bunch of people over at Matador Records & Filmworks.  Not only do we get to work within a stone’s throw of a Trump construction site (and a Chipotle!), but we’re also associated with our favorite artists-on-the-planet, some of whom we were crazy, sick fans of long before the opportunity to put out their records was even discussed.   And that’s the context in which we’ll gladly announcing the signing of Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, with a new full-length album tentatively schedule for release in early 2010.

Though a succession of releases for the Gern Blandsten, Ace Fu, Lookout (and most recently) Touch & Go labels, Ted has established himself as one of the best songwriters breathing, regardless of genre. For the sake of argument, however, we’ll testify that Leo’s marriage of modern punk with classic pop is always subject to revision and reinvention — if we weren’t confident that you’d be blown away, there’d be no need for this conversation. The Pharmacists’ fantastic recordings have been supported with kinetic performances on big & small stages  around the globe, and next year should be no exception.

The new album, as yet untitled, was recorded throughout 2009 at Brooklyn’s Seaside Lounge. Art and further details to follow.

Kurt Vile – Nothing To See Here…

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Oh but there is! Kurt Vile’s excellent Childish Prodigy is out 10/6 (pre-order it here and get the “He’s Alright” 7″ free), and we’ve noticed there’s a wealth of great Kurt video footage floating around these here internets.

Starting today and continuing each day this week we’re going to highlight some choice KV video action for your enjoyment. The first clip comes from our friends at Yours Truly and features Kurt giving it to the kids all acoustic-style on the aformentioned “He’s Alright”, as well as “Breathin’ Out”.

Times New Viking – album out today and video premiere on Pitchfork

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Today we celebrate the release of Born Again Revisited, the fine fourth album by the great Times New Viking. Buy it here, and then buy it for a friend.

Pitchfork is lending a hand, today premiering the brand new video for BAR standout “No Time, No Hope”, directed by Pelham Johnston and Brandon Reichard.

The hardest working band in sports is on tour this fall.

“No Time, No Hope”:

Fucked Up win the Polaris Music Prize

By Patrick on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


(photo by Connie Tsang)

Fucked Up are the winners of Canada’s Polaris Music Prize. Awarded annually to the best Canadian musical artist, there is only a single artist chosen and it is an highly prestigious award.

Liisa Ladouceur, who oversees the voting for Polaris, talked about the intensity of the process.

“We ask the jury to vote regardless of genre and they truly did,” stated Liisa Ladouceur, Representative of the jury. “Members of the jury believed that the Fucked Up’s Chemistry Of Common Life was not only the best hardcore album of the year, not only the best Canadian album of the year, but was the best album of the year in the world – period.”

The 2009 11-member gala Grand Jury are: Bryan Acker (Herohill), Brendan Murphy (Hour), Stuart Derdeyn (Vancouver Province), Mary Dickie (Elle), Brad Frenette (National Post), Nicholas Jennings (freelance journalist), Robert Mersereau (CBC), Mia Parang (Musique Plus), Ben Rayner (Toronto Star), Brad Wheeler (The Globe And Mail) and Lisa Wilton (Calgary Sun).

For their performance on the show, Fucked Up were joined by Final Fantasy and Lullabye Arkestra. Not to mention Mrs. Falco, better known as Jonah’s mom (she plays the flute intro that leads off The Chemistry Of Common Life). You can view their Polaris performance of “Son The Father” on the Much Music site if you visit this link and then expand the “MOST RECENT VIDEO” tab.

Don’t forget, Fucked Up will be doing a full-album performance of Chemistry at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on November 5… with additional musicians to truly bring the multiple layers of density and allusiveness that make up that album. Get ticketing info here.

Buy ChemCom.

Kurt Vile – Philly Instore

By Gerard on Monday, September 21st, 2009


Kurt Vile, previously described by a hyperbole crazed observer as “one of the more important figures in American music circa 2009″ (by all means, feel free to cut and paste that declaration as often as you’d like) commemorates the release of his new LP/CD/digital album ‘Childish Prodigy‘ with the following live events in Philly and NYC (in addition to a full U.S. tour)

AKA in-store, Philadelphia – Kurt solo – Friday, 10/2
Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia  – with the Violators – Saturday, 10/3 (support  : Birds Of Maya, Coconuts)
Mercury Lounge, NYC – with the Violators – Wednesday, 10/7 (support  : Birds Of Maya, Coconuts)

Yo La Tengo on La Blogotheque

By Gabe on Monday, September 21st, 2009

Vincent Moon and Co. take on Yo La Tengo. Popular Songs is out now and available for purchase here.

YLT are on tour now with a special show in New York City this Friday.

Cold Cave – UK tour

By Annette on Monday, September 21st, 2009

Cold Cave live

Photo courtesy of nikkisneakers’ Flickr

Coming to a British city near you. Don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Thursday 29th – Louisiana, Bristol
Friday 30th - Club Evol @ Korova, Liverpool
Saturday 31st – Playdate @ Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh

Sunday 1st – Optimo, Glasgow
Monday 2nd – Liars Club @ Bodega, Nottingham
Tuesday 3rd – White Heat @ Madame Jo Jo’s, London
Wednesday 4th – Barfly, London
Thursday 5th - The Corner, Manchester
Friday 6th – Moles, Bath
Saturday 7th – Be @ Proud, London

Julian Plenti – Debut U.S. Tour

By Gerard on Friday, September 18th, 2009


After a September 25 date at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum, Julian Plenti will be playing the following shows

Sat    14    November    San Diego – House of Blues
Mon    16    November    Seattle – Chop Suey
Tues    17    November    Portland – Wonder Ballroom
Wed    18    November    San Francisco – Great American Music Hall
Thurs    19    November    Los Angeles – El Rey Theatre
Sat    21    November    Chicago – Metro
Mon    23    November    Boston – Paradise Rock Club
Tues    24    November    New York – Bowery Ballroom
Wed    25    November    Brooklyn – Brooklyn Bowl
Fri    27    November    Philadelphia – First Unitarian Church

Support on all dates comes from Brooklyn’s I’m In You.  Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl shows are on sale now.

Julian Plenti. ‘ Skyscraper’ LP/CD/digital album available from the Matador Store.

Mission Of Burma Day in Boston October 4th – Free show at MIT + The Battle for Burma

By Hector on Friday, September 18th, 2009
poster by Brian Kelly

poster by Brian Kelly

I’d like to think that by now you’re all aware that Mission Of Burma’s new album, The Sound The Speed The Light, is coming out on October 6th (and is available for pre-order here). What I can tell you now is that the trio of Clint Conley, Roger Miller & Peter Prescott will be playing a free, all-ages outdoor show on the East Campus Courtyard of MIT just two days earlier, at 2pm on Sunday, October 4th.

Not only is this an unprecedented celebration of Mission Of Burma in their hometown, it’s also an opportunity for YOU (or maybe one of your friends if you’re not musically-inclined) to open for one of the greatest bands of all time. That’s right, it’s the Battle For Burma, an online battle of the bands where your band can vie for an opening slot at this very special show. To submit your band, click on this image below and upload a video of yourselves performing:

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 25, and the winner will be hand-picked by Mission Of Burma. Contest is open to ANY band, as long as you’re cool with playing for free.

More details to come, but for now, mark your calendars, because October 4th is going to be an unusually great day at MIT.