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Spiral Stairs – “Stolen Pills” video

By Gabe on Friday, October 16th, 2009

Today we have the privilege of unveiling the first video from Spiral Stairs’ The Real Feel, out October 20 and available for pre-order here.

The song is “Stolen Pills,” and the video was directed by Jess Carfield.


Don’t forget, you can stream the entire record at Think Indie right now, and it’s GREAT, no JK maybe the most “spun” album in the office right now.

And there are a few tour dates left (I hear Spiral is selling the album on the road!):

October
Friday 16 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge w/Bob Mould
Sunday 18 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island Fest
Monday 19 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour w/Bob Mould
Tuesday 20 Solano Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern w/Bob Mould

Beggars Group/Matador CMJ Party, Thursday October 22

By Hector on Friday, October 16th, 2009
(poster by Eric Losh)

(poster by Eric Losh)

The kid-tested, Big Bear-approved Beggars Group CMJ Party (not to be confused with the Matador/True Panther jam happening the following night) goes down Thursday, October 22 at Bowery Electric (327 Bowery) from 11pm to the wee hours of the morning, and will feature, among other things, a DJ set by the one and only Gerard Cosloy. RSVP does NOT guarantee entry so please, for the love of God, get there early so we can rage together.

Sonic Youth – “Star Power (Acoustic 09)” Exclusive Single

By Claire T on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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(Kim photo by Kirstie Shanley)

Hand in hand with their recent appearance on Gossip Girl, be sure to check out Sonic Youth’s  “Star Power (Acoustic 09)” which is, as guessed, an acoustic version of the EVOL classic. This exclusive single  comes coupled with “Antenna” (The Eternal version) via iTunes. Speaking of which, for a limited time you can pick up The Eternal, at iTunes for the nice price of $7.99.

A slew of dates coming up including 3 sold out NYC shows. Get those tickets while you can:

OCTOBER 21 – BERLIN-  COLUMBIAHALLE – TICKETS
OCTOBER 22 – BRUSSELS ANCIENNE BELGIQUE SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 23 – LONDON, UK FORUM SOLD OUT
OCTOBER 25 -PARIS PALAIS DE CONGRES – TICKETS

NOVEMBER 7 – SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL PLANETA TERRA FESTIVAL – TICKETS
NOVEMBER 13 – TEXT OF LIGHT – NEW YORK, NY  – HIGH LINE – INFO
NOVEMBER 21 – WITH DINOSAUR JR. + COLD CAVE – NEW YORK, NY TERMINAL 5 SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 22 – WITH THE FEELIES – BOSTON, MA – WILBUR THEATRE – TICKETS
NOVEMBER 23 – WITH THE MEAT PUPPETS + COLD CAVE – BOSTON, MA WILBUR THEATRE – TICKETS
NOVEMBER 24 – WITH TALK NORMAL – BROOKLYN, NY – MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG SOLD OUT
NOVEMBER 25 – WITH JEMINA PEARL – BROOKLYN, NY MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG SOLD OUT

DECEMBER 4-5 – ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES -  MINEHEAD, UK – TICKETS
DECEMBER 6  – DUBLIN, VICAR ST. SOLD OUT

JANUARY 4 – WITH SIC ALPS – TUCSON, AZ RIALTO THEATRE – TICKETS
JANUARY 5 – WITH  SIC ALPS – PHEONIX, AZ MARQUEE THEATRE – TICKETS
JANUARY 7 – WITH SIC ALPS – SAN DIEGO, CA HOUSE OF BLUES – TICKETS
JANUARY 8 -  WITH SIC ALPS – POMONA, CA FOX THEATRE – TICKETS
JANUARY 9 – WITH SIC ALPS – LOS ANGELES, CA WILTERN TICKETS – TICKETS

Times New Viking hit the (little) screen and hit the road

By Gabe on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Today we’re pleased to bring you the (thus far) definitive Times New Viking visual document, “Do Not Do It Yourself”, a short documentary by Winston Case which premieres today on Pitchfork TV and covers most of the bases:

TNV started their US tour yesterday, and I would not miss them – reports from their recently completed UK and European dates include mention of flamethrowers and scattered brain matter.

The unbelievable Born Again Revisited can be purchased here. Those US dates:

Wed-Oct-14 Columbus, OH The Summit
Thu-Oct-15 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Fri-Oct-16 Urbana, IL The Courtyard Café
Sat-Oct-17 Grinnell, IA Grinnell College
Sun-Oct-18 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry
Mon-Oct-19 Fargo, ND The Aquarium
Wed-Oct-21 Missoula, MT The Palace
Thu-Oct-22 Seattle, WA Vera Project
Fri-Oct-23 Olympia, WA The Northern
Sat-Oct-24 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan
Tue-Oct-27 Sacramento, CA Luigi’s Fungarden
Thu-Oct-29 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Fri-Oct-30 Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place
Sun-Nov-01 Los Angeles, CA Echo (Part Time Punks)
Mon-Nov-02 Irvine, CA Acrobatics Everyday / UC Irvine
Tue-Nov-03 Phoenix, AZ Modified Arts
Fri-Nov-06 Dallas, TX The Lounge on Elm St.
Sat-Nov-07 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
Mon-Nov-09 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
Tue-Nov-10 Florence, AL The Black Owl
Wed-Nov-11 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
Thu-Nov-12 Atlanta, GA Star Bar
Fri-Nov-13 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Sat-Nov-14 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Sun-Nov-15 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie
Wed-Nov-18 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
Thu-Nov-19 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
Fri-Nov-20 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Sat-Nov-21 Boston, MA Great Scott
Mon-Nov-23 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street

THE AXEMEN support 10/29-11/23

Spiral Stairs live on KEXP at 12Noon PDT/3PM EDT

By Jeremy P. Goldstein on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Spiral Stairs

Yep, in just over 90 short minutes, Spiral Stairs will be performing live on the illustrious KEXP in Seattle. Scott Kannberg and band will be sure to highlight jams from the new album, The Real Feel, out next week. Also, if you’re in the 206, and you missed their in-store last night at Sonic Boom Ballard, you can still catch them tonight at Neumo’s playing with the lovely Bob Mould. And, as always, KEXP is heard locally at 90.3FM and online at KEXP.org.

Matador / True Panther Sounds Night In NYC : It’s A Big Bear Thang, You Wouldn’t Understand

By Gerard on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Free admission if you RSVP to myopenbar.com ($5 after 10).  Because we love bears almost as much as we love CMJ.

The Return Of The Ponys

By Gerard on Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Hey, look who’s back! New shows, new songs, etc.   If you’re going to the Chicago show, I’ve already got dibs on the Rod Blagovecvich wig.

10/29 – Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI, with Sticks & Stones and Terrible Twos
10/31 – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL with France Has The Bomb and A/V Murder
11/13 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, with The Paybacks, Juiceboxxx, Kommie Kilpatrick

Spiral Stairs Seattle Instore… TONIGHT!

By Michael on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Don’t forget now, hear? Spiral Stairs live instore TONIGHT at Sonic Boom Ballard. Dig.

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Cop a Feel

By Dean on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

While we’re still about a week away from the October 20th release date of the new Spiral Stairs album “The Real Feel” you can hop over to the ThinkIndie site and stream the album in its entirety right now.

For those who don’t know ThinkIndie is a digital music store run by a bunch of real record stores.

Just click HERE

Yo La Tengo / Aquarius Records in-store on Sun, Oct 18th!

By Todd Netter on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

YLT tour poster

Sunday afternoons, there are just nothing like them.  Get a little brunch, listen to some music, and simply relax, forgetting about the worries of your previous week.  Well this Sunday should be no different, except well if you’re in San Francisco because then you can also spend it with Yo La Tengo.  Yep you read that right, drop by Aquarius Records this Sunday for an intimate, brunch-style in-store appearance by Yo La Tengo.   Aquarius Records have been long time supporters of the band, look no further than their recent Record of the Week review (below) of Popular Songs as evidence.  Yo La Tengo have equally supported independent record stores throughout the years too.  So to us this really sounds like a perfect match, the likes of a bagel and cream cheese or a donut and coffee, and from what we hear, arrive early enough and you’ll have dibs on both.  Most important you’ll also get a chance to see Yo La Tengo perform a special, intimate set at Aquarius, and well we can’t imagine anything better than that on a Sunday afternoon!

Aquarius Records

1055 Valencia St, SF 94110

Sun, Oct 18 / 1-2pm

Aquarius Records / Record of the Week

They never ever disappoint, in fact more often than not, they totally blow us away. And with Popular Songs, Yo La Tengo remind us once again why they are one of the best bands of the last quarter century. From start to finish this is an album with so many different sounds, styles, moods and motifs, yet it’s all so deliciously Yo La Tengo! Like their best albums, the first time you hear this record you know it’s going to be an album that you’ll listen to for the rest of your life. And in this day and age of disposable culture it’s so incredibly refreshing to have YLT, whose music has such a timeless element, and sounds so personal and passionate, and will undoubtedly stand the test of time. YLT never aspired to be the hippest or trendiest or coolest band around. Simply stated, slow and steady wins the race! They’ve definitely won, and continue to win, and in turn so have we. They’ve made their indelible mark by just being themselves, and when it comes to pure substance it just doesn’t get more richly rewarding than YLT.


Popular Songs is like an album that represent the best friend we all wish we could have. Someone you can turn to when it’s time to get deep or vent some bittersweet sadness, someone you can also have fun sleepover parties with and let loose and experience total joy together. These are a set of songs that really do hit at almost the entire spectrum of emotion, and the pacing/sequencing of the album just couldn’t be more perfect. Whether being melted away by one of Georgia Hubley’s beautifully aching drift-away numbers or being swept up in a Motown like fury or rocked by a straight ahead burner, there is such immaculate skill in the crafting of each song.


The album features wonderfully lush string arrangements provided by Richard Evans, the legendary soul pioneer who contributed so much to the amazing ’60s Chicago/Cadet soul scene, who many of you might know and love for his work on the great Afro-Harping album by Dorothy Ashby. So awesome, and yet after taking so many wonderful twist and turns, it is the ending of the album that really leaves us so stunned and in awe.


The last two tracks are very long and mostly instrumental. “The Fireside” is eleven minutes of total shoegaze bliss, that puts most actual ‘shoegaze’ bands to shame, letting the listener get lost in a slow glowing haze. And then the album’s closer “And The Glitter Is Gone”, an almost sixteen minute sonic smolder brimming with a droning and triumphant psychedelic spirit that we could listen to forever.


One of those rare records that is all ‘favorite songs’, every listen, a new song gets stuck in your head and fills your heart, only to be supplanted by another the next time, and on it goes, favorite after favorite after favorite. We think it’s fair to say this is a total masterpiece from one of our favorite groups!