Archive for July, 2012

Ceremony update their European schedule

By Stuart on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Ceremony’s Anthony Anzaldo by Jimmy Fontaine

Between Ceremony’s Australian tours and upcoming US shows, we’ve managed to get them back to Europe for a mix of headline and festival shows, starting in Sweden on August 10th, they’ll also hit Oya, Pukkelpop and Reading/Leeds festivals along their way to Iceland to round the trip up.

Newly added dates are in bold below, updated from the previous list of European dates.



10th – Way Out West festival – Gothenburgh, Sweden
11th – OYA festival – Oslo, Norway
12th – KB18 – Copenhagen, Denmark
13th – Magnet – Berlin, Germany
14th – Underground – Cologne, Germany
15th – Melkweg (Old Hall) – Amsterdam, Netherlands
16th – Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany
17th – Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
18th – Pukkelpop festival – Hasslet, Belgium (Shelter Marquee stage)
19th – Radfest – London, UK (with Eagulls, Virals, Veronica Falls and more)
20th – Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
21st – Kuudes Linja – Helsinki, Finland
22nd – MOD Club – St Petersberg, Russia
24th – Reading Festival – Reading, UK (Lock Up stage)
25th – Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK (Lock Up stage)
26th – Gamli Gaukurinn, Reykajvik, Iceland


Cat Power announces first fall show, in Mexico City

By Patrick on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

(photo by Austin Conroy)

Cat Power announces her first show of the fall, at the Corona Capital festival in Mexico City on Saturday, October 13. Other performers include The Black Keys, New Order, Suede, M. Ward, Iron and Wine, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and many more. Full info and tickets available SUN, is out on September 4.

Listen to “Ruin” HERE.

Ceremony cover The Violent Femmes, add headlining dates

By Robby on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

This paper’s admittedly been a little lax in its Violent Femmes coverage, but hopefully you’ll cut us some slack with this posting of Ceremony covering the 1983 hit, “Kiss Off’.

To boot, Ceremony have added a few headlining dates sandwiched between their gigs with Bloc Party (new dates below in bold)

Sunday, September 02 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles State Historic Park – (FYF Fest)  –Tickets

Monday, September 03 – Visalia, CA – Garden Street Plaza – with Fucked Up (FREE SHOW)

Wednesday, September 05 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall – with Fucked Up – Tickets

Thursday, September 06 – Portland, OR – BackSpace Cafe (MusicFest NW) – with Cheap Girls, White Lung – Tickets

Saturday, September 08 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market – with Fucked Up, Lightning Bolt – Tickets

Monday, September 10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Wednesday, September 12 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks – Tickets
Thursday, September 13 – Montreal, QC – Death Church 

Friday, September 14 – Boston, MA – House of Blues – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Saturday, September 15 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Sunday, September 16 – Washington, DC – 930 Club – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Monday, September 17 – Washington, DC – 930 Club – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Tuesday, September 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose

Wednesday, September 19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre – with Bloc Party

Thursday, September 20 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar – Tickets

Friday, September 21 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre – with Bloc Party

Saturday, September 22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – with Bloc Party

Sunday, September 23 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre – with Bloc Party –Tickets

Monday, September 24 — Regina, SK — Cultural Exchange

Tuesday, September 25 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Event Centre – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Wednesday, September 26 – Calgary, AB – MacEwen Hall – with Bloc Party – Tickets

Saturday, September 29 – Vancouver, BC – The Vogue Theatre – with Bloc Party – Tickets


Free Song #3 by Chelsea Light Moving: “Frank O’Hara Hit”

By Robby on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

[edit: Due to an unfortunate mix up, the track posted here originally on July 25 was the Chelsea Light Moving track "Empires Of Time", this post has now been amended to the correct audio for "Frank O'Hara Hit".]

from on-tour in Europe, Thurston Moore writes:

“Frank O’Hara Hit”

Free Song #3 by



Today is July 25 and it’s my birthday. I’m 54. This song is called Frank O’Hara Hit. And it’s by this band I started called Chelsea Light Moving. Right now we’re whipping around Europe playing some summer love-cry gigs. I wanted to release this song by the end of July because it’s a meditation on that month through history in events that define a lot of what mytho-romanticizes my heart, both broken and blessed at the moment. On July 25, 1965 Bob Dylan with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band delivered to rock n’ roll the dissident soul of folk music and poetry. For many it was already a viable meeting but Dylan set it on fire for the world to see. And he was famously cursed and booed by the gatekeepers of old ways wariness.  The song he sang was Phantom Engineer (later titled It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry). On July 24, 1966 the NYC poet Frank O’Hara was struck by a dune buggy while hanging out on Fire Island, and died the next day. O’Hara knew poetry in all it’s formalist glory and like John Cage’s ear to music liberated it for writers for an unending time. In his essay Personism: A Manifesto (published in Leroi Jones’ Yugen magazine in 1961) he writes, “I don’t … like rhythm, assonance, all that stuff. You just go on your nerve. If someone’s chasing you down the street with a knife you just run, you don’t turn around and shout, ‘Give it up! I was a track star for Mineola Prep’…As for measure and other technical apparatus, that’s just common sense: if you’re going to buy a pair of pants you want them to be tight enough so everyone will want to go to bed with you. There’s nothing metaphysical about it.” On July 26, 1943 Mick Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent, England and would become the 20th century’s erotic pinup for the unsafety of teeny bop girls everywhere preaching the gospel soaked blues of African-American music that their parents were most likely frightened to death of. His skill in getting it and keeping it together and continuing to honor the magic that rocks the fuck out when Howlin’ Wolf hit the mic is what inspires every tantalizing facet of real rock n’ roll. On July 29, 1966 our hero Bobby Dylan crashed his motorbike while taking it for a spin in Woodstock He had just recorded three lightning rod LPs (Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde), a book of writing (Tarantula) and was taking a breather between a just finished nine month world tour (where he was facing audiences half pissed at his “Judas!” betrayal of folk purity) and readying for sixty-four American gigs booked by money hog Albert Grossman. He was amphetamine skinny and breathing high-octane annunciation. He returned to us a man in control of his image and he provocatively crushed celebrity underfoot like a shitty Marlboro. Let us kiss our lovers gently in July as the lathered sunrays of August take us into contemplation and a sweet trust to a future we will always fight for. In rock n roll, soul, tenderness and piety.


Thurston Moore,

Commune di Santo Stefano di Sessanio, ITALY
July 25, 2012



Thurston Moore (gtr/vocals/songwriter)
Keith Wood (gtr)
Samara Lubelski (bass)
John Moloney (drums)



26 – Castelbasso, Italy – Soundlabs Festival
28 – Hyeres, France  - Midi Festival
29 – Dijon, France – Le Consortium
30 – Dudingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn
31 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg – Den Atelier


1 – Antwerp, Belgium – Rivierenhof
2 – Schorndorf, Germany – Manufaktur
3 – Vienna, Austria – Stadtsaal
4 – Katowice, Poland – OFF Festival
5 – Dresden, Germany – Alter Schlachthof
6 – Copenhagen, Demnark – VEGA
8 – Oslo, Norway – OYA Festival
9 – Goteburg, Sweden – Way Out West Festival


A Fond Farewell To One Of Our Favorite Prog Rock Aficionados

By Gerard on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Thespian powerhouse Sherman Hemsley (above, right), best known for his role as George Jefferson on Norman Lear’s  “The Jefferson” and “All In The Family”, passed away today at the age of 74.  Hemsleys love for Nektar, Gentle Giant and loose association with Yes’ Jon Anderson might not figure in his TMZ obit, but that’s why we’re not TMZ.  For one thing, our office is much nicer.  For another, we fixate on the really substantial things about celebrities, living or dead (ie. their record collections).

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Lee Ranaldo on WNYU today

By Hector on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Today on WNYU’s New Afternoon Show, Lee Ranaldo plays a solo set of songs from Between The Times And The Tides before taking the stage with his band to open for Wilco in Prospect Park. Tune in from 4:00PM to 7:30PM at 89/1FM or on

Plenty of dates remaining to catch Lee and company live, as seen below:

Tue, July 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park*
Fri, July 27 – Hudson, NY – Basillia Hudson
Sat, July 28 – Cooperstown, NY – Brewery Ommegang*
Sun, July 29 – Essex Junction, VT – Midway Lawn @ Champlain Valley Expo*
Mon, July 30 – Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery
Tue, July 31 – New London, CT – Hygenic Art Park
Wed, Aug 1 – Hartford, CT – Bushnell Theatre*
Fri, Aug 3 – Rochester, NY – Highland Bowl @ Highland Park*
Sat, Aug 4 – Columbus, OH – Lifestyle Communities Pavillion*

* = supporting Wilco


Perfume Genius + The xx

By Claire T on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Photo by Angel Ceballos

We’re very happy to announce that Perfume Genius will be supporting The xx this Wednesday, July 25 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA. This show is SOLD OUT but fear not, Perfume Genius fans, as there’s more PG touring  still to come.  And don’t forget – Perfume Genius is also playing a few upcoming dates with Sigur Ros! More PG touring news to be announced soon so keep it here for more.

Perfume Genius North American Tour Dates:

Wednesday, July 25 – Seattle, WA — The Showbox (w/ the xx) – Sold Out

Sunday, July 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts (w/ Sigur Rós) – Tickets

Monday, July 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts (w/ Sigur Rós) – Sold Out

Tuesday, July 31 – Brooklyn, NY – Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park Bandshell (w/ Sigur Rós) – Sold Out

Wednesday, August 01 – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach @ Molson Canadian (w/ Sigur Rós) – Sold Out

Listen to “Rusty Chains” here
Watch the “Dark Parts” video here

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Perhaps Someday An Internet Search Engine Will Be Invented That Will Prevent These Misunderstandings

By Gerard on Monday, July 23rd, 2012


Last week, Patrick graciously forwarded an email from someone touting a “debut” EP from “The Fall”.  Needless to say, the recordings in question were not new works from Mark E. Smith and whatever plucky young ensemble he’s assembled, but rather, someone who thought THE FALL WAS A PRETTY GOOD NAME FOR A NEW PROJECT.

And who can argue with that logic? I mean, it worked pretty well the first time. Last time I checked, there were multiple version of Batman and Spiderman doing rather well commercially. And this is hardly without precedent.  In the past we’ve been solicited by persons representing bands called Helium and The Frogs, thoroughly oblivious to the fact we’d already released records by bands with those very same names.


By Patrick on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

photo by: Noah Kalina

A.C. Newman, founding member of The New Pornographers, is excited to announce the completion of his third solo full length. The album was recorded earlier this year in Woodstock, NY and will be released this Fall on Matador Records in the US and on Last Gang Records in Canada.

In celebration of the record — with a yet-to-be-revealed title — Newman has announced a tour this Fall, commencing October 21st at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, ON, and wrapping up November 14th at the Casbah in San Diego.

A pre-sale for all shows listed below begins Wednesday, July 25th. By buying tickets through our pre-sale, you will be able to get your tickets before anyone as well as save money on service charges. Go HERE on Wednesday to access the pre-sale for each date.

The general on sale for this tour begins Friday, July 27th.

Stay tuned as we announce more details about the new album in the coming weeks.


10/21 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)
10/22 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/23 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
10/24 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10/26 – Washington DC – Black Cat
10/27 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
10/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
10/30 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
11/8 – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret (Exclaim! 20th Anniversary Concert Series)*
11/9 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*
11/10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
11/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent*
11/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex*
11/14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*

*with special guest Harriet

New Guitar Wolf Video

By Judge on Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Well… kinda…

I have no idea if the rest of the world is aware of the cult following that is The Adam and Joe Show, but for us folks who were in their teens in the late 90s, it was a cult institution.  Somehow these two over-educated students were given a late night TV show on Channel 4, which mainly featured parodies of popular culture reenacted by their childhood toys.  Saving Private Lion was a memorable high point.

Now a fully grown adult, Adam has gone onto presenting the super successful BUG – a show which features some of the best music videos available on the web.  It started at the BFI in London and has now made it’s way to Sky Atlantic in the UK.  Occasionally Adam features his own videos of his most loved songs.  Here’s the latest – I’m sure GW will approve.

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