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Ceremony are on tour RIGHT NOW

By Robby on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

As you read this, Ceremony are in the midst of a massive US tour with Titus Andronicus (they’ve got this limited split 7″ with ‘em). If you’ve checked your calendar recently, you’ve probably noted that tonight is Halloween. To celebrate, Ceremony are ringing in the year’s spookiest night at their show at the 529 in Atlanta & with a special-all ages show to follow at Wonderroot.


On Nov. 8th Ceremony will perform at The El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA & Last Call With Carson Daly will be there to capture the show, airdate TBD.  In the meantime, listen to new song, “Everything Burns” from the above-mentioned split 7″ & catch them out on tour now.

Wed-Oct-31 Atlanta, GA 529†
Wed-Oct-31 Atlanta, GA Wonderroot (late all-ages show)
Fri-Nov-02 Memphis, TN Hi Tone†
Sun-Nov-04 Austin, TX Red 7 FFF Nites  w/ Bleached
Tue-Nov-06 Tempe, AZ The Crescent Ballroom†  (venue change)
Thu-Nov-08 Los Angeles, CA El Rey†
Fri-Nov-09 Santa Ana, CA Costellation Room†
Sat-Nov-10 San Diego, CA Irenic†
Sun-Nov-11 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst Atrium†
Mon-Nov-12 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall†
Tues-Nov-13 Springfield, OR – The Gathering Place  (new show)
Wed-Nov-14 Seattle, WA Neumo’s†
Thu-Nov-15 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret†
Sat-Nov-17 Boise, ID The Crux† (early, all ages)
Sat-Nov-17 Boise, ID Neurolux† (late, 21+)
Mon-Nov-19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge†
Tue-Nov-20 Lawrence, KS Jackpot†
Wed-Nov-21 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground†
Thu-Nov-22 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry†
Fri-Nov-23 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall†
Sat-Nov-24 Madison, WI The Frequency†
Sun-Nov-25 Chicago, IL Metro†
Mon-Nov-26 Detroit, MI Majestic†
Tue-Nov-27 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace†
Wed-Nov-28 Montreal, QC Il Motore†
Thu-Nov-29 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lounge†
Fri-Nov-30 Boston, MA The Sinclair†
Sat-Dec-01 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s†
Sun-Dec-02 New York, NY Webster Hall†
Mon-Dec-03 Allentown, PA Maingate Nightclub (new show)
† with Titus Andronicus

Tanlines live on Sirius XMU tonight, and this week

By Hector on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Sirius XM subscribers should make sure they’re tuned into XMU (channel 35) tonight at 9:00PM EDT to be assured of catching the premiere of an all-new session by Tanlines. If it’s not possible to do so (I get it, we’re all busy people), please be advised that the session will also air three more times this week:

Thursday, 11/1 at 4:00PM EDT
Friday, 11/2 at 9:00AM EDT
Sunday, 11/4 at 12:00 noon EDT

Go forth and listen.

Tonight : Paul Banks On CBS’ “Late Show WIth David Letterman”

By Gerard on Monday, October 29th, 2012

photo : Losanjealous

Pending apocalypse or not, Paul Banks will be performing tonight on CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:30 pm, eastern US, 10:30 central). Dave’s other guests are Denzel Washington and Pauley Perrette.  The former is unlikely to be asked any questions about “Heart Condition”, but if that really bothers you so much, go start your own talk show.

Esben And The Witch – Wash The Sins Not Only The Face – Coming January 21st

By Judge on Monday, October 29th, 2012

We are incredibly excited to announce that Esben and the Witch will return with their new album Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, on January 21st.  The Brighton (UK) trio follow up their acclaimed 2011 debut album Violet Cries by transcending ‘second album’ preconceptions, crafting a record that’s bold, confident, expansive and not ‘difficult’ in the slightest.  Daniel Copeman of the band says: “We had a clearer idea of what we wanted to achieve on this album, and how we could achieve it. We’re more focused, more confident.”

Premiering the first track taken from the album today, Deathwaltz shows a band that have come of age and that new found confidence certainly shines through.  The band also launch a new website today as well as announcing UK and European tour dates that will follow the album’s release, culminating with a headline London Scala show.
Here’s all the facts you should need:

Release date:
January 21st 2013.

Formats:
LP (OLE 991-1) – initial run will include a limited edition bonus 7″, tracks to be announced soon.
CD (OLE 991-2) – digipack CD.
Download (OLE 991-6) – iTunes exclusive will include the two tracks from the bonus 7″.

Tracklisting:
1.      Iceland Spar
2.      Slow Wave
3.      When That Head Splits
4.      Shimmering
5.      Deathwaltz
6.      Yellow Wood
7.      Despair
8.      Putting Down The Prey
9.      The Fall Of Glorieta Mountain
10.    Smashed To Pieces In The Still Of The Night

Deathwaltz MP3 download can be found HERE.

Esben and the Witch on tour:
February 2013
Thu 07 Feb – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
Fri 08 Feb – Glasgow – School Of Art
Sat 09 Feb – Manchester – Bunker
Fri 15 Feb – Brussels – Botanique
Sat 16 Feb – Munster – Gleiss 22
Sun 17 Feb – Hamburg – Knust
Mon 18 Feb – Berlin – Bi Nuu
Wed 20 Feb – Munich – 59to1
Thu 21 Feb – Zürich – Rote Fabrik
Fri 22 Feb – Cologne – Gebaude 9
Sat 23 Feb – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar
Tue 26 Feb – London – Scala

Preorder Wash The Sins Not Only The Face:
Resident
Rough Trade
Amazon
esbenandthewitch.bigcartel
Matador store

Esben and the Witch, by Jonathan Hyde. (l-r):
Daniel Copeman: guitar, bass, drums, percussion, synth
Thomas Fisher: guitar, percussion, synth
Rachel Davies: vocals, bass, guitar, drums

esbenandthewitch.co.uk
facebook.com/esbenandthewitch
twitter.com/WEAREEATW
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Yo La Tengo in Europe next year

By Stuart on Monday, October 29th, 2012

New photo by Carlie Armstrong

Adding to the previously announced London visit, and following last week’s announcement of their annual Hanukkah shows in December – today we’re flicking the Yo La Tengo tour book forward to March, 2013, where they’ll be undertaking a European tour for almost the entire month.  Ticket links are below and we’ll have more 2013 tour dates coming soon, as well as details of a new album that’s currently in the works.

March 2013

1 – Portugal, Lisbon – Aula Magna – Tickets

2 – Portugal, Porto – Casa Da Musica – Tickets

4 – Spain, Santiago – Sala Capitol -  Tickets (On sale November 8th)

5 – Spain, Madrid – Sala La Riviera – Tickets (On sale November 8th)

8 – Switzerland, Lausanne – Les Docks – Tickets

10 – Italy, Milan – Limelight – Tickets

11 – Germany, Frankfurt – Mousontourm – Tickets

12 – Germany – Dusseldorf – Zakk – Tickets

13 – Germany, Berlin – Volksbuhne

16 – Belgium, Brussels – AB – Tickets

17 – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Paradiso – Tickets

18 – France, Paris – Le Bataclan – Tickets

20 – UK, London – Barbican – Tickets

21 – UK, Manchester – The Ritz – Tickets

22 – UK, Glasgow – O2 ABC – Tickets

23 – Ireland, Dublin – Vicar Street – Tickets

Paul Banks on Sirius XMU this week

By Hector on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

(photo by Helena Christensen)

Paul Banks lovers with subscriptions to the popular Sirius XM satellite radio platform have multiple chances this week to hear a very special live performance of songs from his just-released solo album, Banks. The session premieres tonight at 9:00PM EDT on Sirius XMU (channel 35), and re-airs at the following times on the following dates:

Thursday, 10/25 at 4:00PM EDT
Friday, 10/26 at 9:00AM EDT
Sunday, 10/28 at 12:00 noon EDT

Now that you have no excuse not to check out Paul on Sirius XMU, allow me to remind you that you have no excuse to miss Paul and his band if you live in one of the cities below.

November
Saturday 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Friday 09 - Washington, DC – The Howard Theater
Saturday 10 – Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Tuesday 13 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
Thursday 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (Las Vegas)
Friday 30 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

December
Saturday 01 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Monday 03 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Wednesday 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

 

A.C. Newman – La Blogotheque session, featuring Neko Case, debuts

By Gabe on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Today La Blogotheque and The AV Club bring us a stunning live performance session from A.C. Newman. The session – featuring guest vocalist Neko Case (who features prominently on the new, must-own Newman record Shut Down The Streets) – was shot at Old Soul Studios in the woods of Catskill, New York.

A.C. Newman is on the road now:

October
Wednesday 24 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
Thursday 25 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Friday 26 – Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage
Saturday 27 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
Monday 29 – St Louis, MO – Duck Room
Tuesday 30 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle

November
Thursday 01 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
Friday 02 - Winnipef, MB – West End Cultural Center
Saturday 03 – Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s
Monday 05 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
Tuesday 06 – Calgary, AB - The Republik
Thursday 08 – Vacouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Friday 09 - Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Saturday 10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Monday 12 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Tuesday 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echoplex
Wednesday 14 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 23 – Hear Again Music And Movies

By Michael on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Often overlooked as an epicenter for music, Florida rarely enters the conversation as a sonic hotbed. But the reality is that the Sunshine State has long incubated a strong musical sense, especially when it comes to record stores. You could argue that Florida counts some of the best and most important record stores (Park Avenue, Radio-Active, Revolver, Retrofit, Sweat, Vinyl Richie’s Wiggly World, et al) as its residents. Hear Again is one of the names that should be a constant in that conversation.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
Hear Again has been a staple to the Gainesville music scene since 1994.  In 2006, the shop changed ownership and began working toward a different goal – NEW VINYL.  Since it’s relocation to downtown Gainesville in 2009, the store has succeeded in procuring an inventory of new vinyl and has hosted a few in-store performances including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Cheap Girls & Heartless Bastards.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
I started working at Hear Again fresh out of high school in 1995.  After a few years of full-time employment, I took the opportunity to decrease my hours (just a little) and get my butt into the University of Florida.  After graduating with a BA in English and watching business decline considerably, I decided that I wanted to own the shop and make some drastic changes to help steer her through the declining wave of record stores across the country.  When it comes to my music collection, I’ve always preferred the physical medium to digital storage.


3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
It’s been a while since I’ve visited other shops (I’ve got kids now), but I love AKA Records and Repo Records in Philadelphia.  Of course, Vinyl Fever, Revolver & Radio-Active are near the top of my Florida list.  The first thing I do when I go to another city is put my stuff down and immediately head to the local record shops. It’s always been that way for me and it always will be.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
They could always be better.  Gainesville was just highlighted as being number one in illegal downloading.  I’m obsessed with changing that by promoting a higher quality in sound.  The move downtown and shift to new vinyl in 2009 definitely helped.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Simple.  We are at the mercy of our distributors.  Used vinyl is everywhere and can often be obtained and “flipped” at low cost, but a lot of people prefer new vinyl because they prefer a perfectly clean record.  One of my biggest satisfactions in life is playing a record for the first time and then adding it to my collection.  If all distributors (including one-stops) offer the product at a good price, that good price can be extended to the customer with the shop retaining a respectable profit that will undoubtedly be applied to the next order (as well as payroll, rent, utilities . . . you know, shop stuff).

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
We’ve done promotions with Merge, Matador, Fat Possum, Drag City, Sub Pop and more.  In-stores have included (but have not been limited to) Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Cheap Girls & Heartless Bastards.  We also partake in Record Store Day each year as well as Black Friday.


7. Why do we need record stores?
We need record stores because we need a source for new music that doesn’t involve the “if you like X, you might like Y” logarithm we have grown accustomed to online.  Most of those choices are lumped together by what people buy or what label the band is on rather than what the music actually sounds like.  For instance, I just typed “Pavement” into Amazon and the recommendations included more Pavement, Yo La Tengo & The Shins “Oh, Inverted World”.  There is a social dynamic that exists in listening to records and it is exclusive to the vinyl format, which is why listening to vinyl is actually a past-time for a whole lotta people.  You know, a couple of new records, a six-pack of beer and you’ve got yourself an evening.  Who gets together at someone’s house to check out their hard drive collection?

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
I prefer the burrito kind.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
Only 3?  Shit . . . . The Men, The Kinks (always) & Titus Andronicus.

10. What is your favorite thing about your store?
My customers.  That’s an easy one.


11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
My goals include constantly changing the layout and adding new inventory on a weekly basis so people always find something new when they return.  Oh, and staying in business is a BIG one – hope that happens!

Paul Banks: album out now and “Young Again” video premiere

By Gabe on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Interpol frontman Paul Banks’ solo album Banks is finally out and available for purchase on vinyl, CD and internet web-file.

Also, the album’s awesome first video, for “Young Again”, premieres today. The video was directed by Sophia Peer (full video credits below):

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Please also check out a terrific interview with Paul from our friends at SPIN.

Paul and band will hit David Letterman this coming Monday – set your DVRs.

Finally, Paul’s upcoming US tour is a-brewing. Those who caught recent shows in LA and New York advise: do not miss this.

November
Saturday 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Friday 09 - Washington, DC – The Howard Theater
Saturday 10 – Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Tuesday 13 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
Thursday 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (Las Vegas)
Friday 30 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

December
Saturday 01 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Monday 03 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Wednesday 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

Video credits:
CAST:
KIDS
Aidan Zusin, Kalea Harriot, James Robbins, Alexa DeFilippis, Alexander Maximilian, Jayden Brown, Ben Gleidman, Abbe Schluties
SWEET TEACHER – Susie Simpson
MEAN TEACHER – Roberta Kirschbaum
MAINTENANCE MAN – T. Boomer Tibbs

CREW
DIRECTOR – Sophia Peer
PRODUCTION COMPANY – Ghost Robot
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – Mark De Pace
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – Zach Mortensen
STAFF PRODUCER – Christine No
LINE PRODUCER – Natasha Giliberti
PRODUCTION MANAGER – Taylor Shung
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR – Madeleine Askwith
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY – Hillary Spera
EDITOR – Isaac Royffe
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR – James Fitzgerald
1st AC (SHOOT) – Doug Durant
1st AC (CHECK-OUT) – Matt Manning
DIT – Chad Rupnarine
GAFFER – Graeme Dempsey
KEY GRIP – Garrett Cantrell
SWING – Ralph Milone
STYLIST – Kate Stein
HAIR & MAKEUP – Celina Santory
ART DIRECTOR – Lauren Nikrooz
ART ASSISTANT – Annie Sicherman
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS – Jake Honig, David Miller, Adam F Johnson, Bryan Henshcel, Jinnie Lee
CHILD MINDER – Nicole Schreit
VFX, COLOR TIMING, RETOUCHING PROVIDED BY CLVT Productions
POST/VFX PRODUCER – Chavvah Stuart
SMOKE & RESOLVE ARTIST – Michael Dwass
SPECIAL THANKS – St. Francis De Sales School for the Deaf, Kayla Arroyo, Jess Cohen, Chavvah Stuart, Adam Levite, Ron Winter, Winston Holmes Case, Christopher Keyes, Gabe Spierer, Claire Taylor, Michelle Cameron, Alexis Powell, Yelena Dyment, Guy Harriot, Maureen Robbins, Allison Lucas April Gibson Cheryl Brown Diana Gleidman Jennifer Schulties

VERY SPECIAL THANKS

Maria Bartolillo

Cat Power teaser, long-form film to come

By Aaron Rose on Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Here is a short teaser for a long-form film I’m making for Cat Power. The
film stars Jade and Hazel Altheide, two female teenage BMX riders who live
just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. As you will see they both totally
rip. This production has a pretty funny story actually. On a Thursday
morning in September I got a call from Gaby Basora, who designs a really
cool fashion line from New York called Tucker.  I had never met Gaby or
her team before. They proceeded to tell me about these two girls they had
heard about in New Mexico who ride BMX bikes and how they were great and
really stylish and would I be interested in going to make a movie about
them. There was a catch though. We needed to start shooting the next day!
None of us had ever met Jade and Hazel or their family, and really had no
idea what the landscape in New Mexico would be like, but heck, I’m always
down for an adventure. I agreed to do it and the next morning we were on a
plane with cameras and gear to go shoot this movie. I had no idea what it
was gonna be.

Cat Power NOTHIN’ BUT TIME (Teaser) by Aaron Rose from Aaron Rose on Vimeo.

When we arrived, we met the Altheide family, quickly got our gear together
and hit the trails. All I can say is wow! The girls were absolutely
beautiful and the surrounding landscape (as you can see) was beyond
magnificent. Coincidentally, as we were making this, Cat Power had
Just dropped her new record SUN. I was listening to it on the rental car
Radio as we cruised through the mountains of New Mexico and it just really
fit the vibe of what we were making. If you’ve ever been to NM, you know
How much sun they have…TONS! The song featured in this video is called
“Nothin’ But Time” and I think it just fits perfectly. The way Chan screams
“I wanna live!” just fits the freedom of jumping bikes and bombing down
hills so perfectly. It was a match made in heaven. The upcoming long-form
film will include the entire eleven minute version of “Nothin’ But Time”.
We’re making it now. So excited to get this out. Stay tuned.

Aaron Rose

VIDEO : Lee Ranaldo – “Stranded”

By Gerard on Monday, October 22nd, 2012

the Lee Ranaldo Band arrived in Sydney Saturday to start a 5 show Australian tour that continues tonight at Melbourne’s Pure Pop Records. Said dates happen to coincide with the completition of the third video from Lee’s ‘Between The Times & The Tides’ LP/CD/digital album, “Stranded”, directed by Kelly Jeffrey.  It looks way more impressive here.

Monday, October 22 – Pure Pop Instore, Melbourne
Tuesday, October 23 – Text of Light, Melbourne Festival
Wednesday, October 24 – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Lee Ranaldo“Off The Wall” (mp3)

‘Between The Times & The Tides’ is available NOW the Matador Store.

 

Yo La Tengo – Hanukkah At Maxwell’s, 2012

By Gerard on Friday, October 19th, 2012

(2011 Hanukkah shirt design by Stephen Hunking)

If you’re on the Yo La Tengo mailing list, you received the following message last night.  If you’re not on the Yo La Tengo mailing list, at least we’re looking out for your best interests.

Hi folks,
First things first.  Hanukkah, December 8 – 15, Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ. It’s on. Be there or be somewhere else.
If you’re among the many who have asked about this in recent or not-so-recent times and gotten no response or an evasive response, we apologize.  We put off the decision to play this year for way too long.
Tickets will cost $35 and go on sale at noon eastern time on Monday.  Last year they sold out extremely quickly, so no dilly-dallying.  If you’re new to our Hanukkah shenanigans, it goes something like this:
Each night, Yo La Tengo will perform at Maxwell’s.  There will be an opening act and a comedian, and who knows, maybe some other surprise.  At this juncture, we don’t have any idea who will be joining us, and we wouldn’t tell you even if we did.  The proceeds will go to charity.  If you want to know what’s happened in years past, check out the various Hanukkah diaries at yolatengo.com.  And rest assured that this year is bound to be completely different.

To get tickets, go to TicketflyThe link will appear at noon (eastern) Friday, and–I’ll repeat that–tickets will go on sale at noon Monday Oct 22.  A limited number of tickets will also be available at Tunes in Hoboken and Other Music in Manhattan.

OK?
–Ira, Georgia and James

Paul Banks Live on KEXP from CMJ

By Claire T on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Photo Credit: Natasha Aftandilians’ Flickr

Today, at 4:30pm EST / 1:30pm PST, KEXP presents a live on-air performance with Paul Banks from the CMJ Music Festival.

If you’re here in NYC, you can attend this performance live from the Union Square Ballroom (27 Union Square West).
This event is 18+ and capacity is limited, so get there early!  RSVP required.

You can also listen in Seattle at 90.3 FM, or stream the session worldwide at KEXP.ORG

Paul will be playing some jams off of his forthcoming LP, Banks, which you can coincidentally listen to in its entirety right now on YouTube.

But the Banks doesn’t stop there.
Tomorrow you can catch Paul live from the House of Vans for Judgement Night at CMJ.
and soon after catch him on the road …

November 3 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 5 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
November 7 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean
November 9 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre
November 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
November 13 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
November 25 – Minneapolis, MN – The Varsity Theater
November 26 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada
November 27 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
November 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues – Courtyard
November 30 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
December 01 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
December 03 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
December 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

Pre-order Banks on the Matador Store

Paul Banks Twitter + Facebook

www.bankspaulbanks.com

 

Paul Banks’ album premieres with YouTube

By Gabe on Monday, October 15th, 2012

Today Paul Banks brand new album Banks begins streaming in its entirety alongside original photography from Paul (just hit ‘play’ and let ‘er ride):

Pre-order Banks, out a week from today.

If you haven’t had a chance to watch Noisey’s excellent documentary about Paul, it’s must-see TV:

Paul and band hit the road soon, following a bananas blowout at CMJ this Thursday:

November
Saturday 03 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
Friday 09 – Washington, DC – The Howard Theater
Saturday 10 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
Tuesday 13 – New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall
Thursday 29 – Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues (Las Vegas)
Friday 30 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

December
Saturday 01 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Monday 03 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues San Diego
Wednesday 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

A.C. Newman on WFMU’s Cherry Blossom Clinic tomorrow

By Hector on Friday, October 12th, 2012

I’m not generally in the business of imploring people, but I’ll make an exception just this once to implore you to tune in to tomorrow’s installment of The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T. for a live session by Woodstock, NY’s favorite Canadian songsmith, A.C. Newman. Mr. Newman and his band will be performing songs from his most recent album, the just-released Shut Down The Streets. Set your controls for 91.1FM or wfmu.org to listen in.

Purchase your very own copy of Shut Down The Streets at the Matastore.

See it live in the following cities:

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
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
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

A.C. Newman
at Facebook
@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

Get To Know Your Local Independent Retailer Vol. 22 – Streetlight

By Michael on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

The Bay Area has always been known as a hub of musical awesomeness so surely you could count on the landscape being home to myriad awesome record stores. Surely, you could count on that. In fact, you can count on that. Especially if you’re visiting one of the three Streetlight Records locations. They’re a no frills, all awesome record store that harks back to a time that was very, very kind to record stores. These guys rule. I know it, you should know it too. I spoke with my homie Paige Brodsky about some things. Read those things now.

1. Tell us briefly about your store.
We have three stores in the Bay Area—Santa Cruz, San Jose and San Francisco. We carry new and used CDs, Blu-rays, DVDs, vinyl and video games, along with accessories (headphones, vinyl supplies, turntables, etc.) and a smattering of lifestyle products. We’ve been in business as a record store since 1975.

2. What got you into the independent record store business?
The owner originally had a used stereo component shop that morphed into a used record store in the mid-70s and grew from there.

3. Who are some of your favorite contemporary stores?
Some personal faves are Record Archive in Rochester, Twist & Shout in Denver, Salzer’s in Ventura, On the Corner in Campbell, CA.

4. How have things been going from a business perspective?
It’s definitely been tough these last few years, but things have really been looking up in 2012. We’ve seen an increase in sales thus far this year, which is very encouraging. The growing success of Record Store Day and Black Friday has certainly helped. We feel like people are really beginning to get it that physical products are where it’s at and that shopping local is the way to go.

5. What do you think spells the survival for an independent record store today?
Like an investment portfolio, the key is probably in diversification. In-store performances, cross-promotions with other local businesses and event-based promotions seem to be working well for us, in terms of augmenting the traditional sales model. For instance, our Santa Cruz store is now participating in First Friday events and our San Jose location is about to host its second Record Swap.

6. What are some of the coolest thing labels have done with you? Instores? Promotions? Sales?
The number one thing for us that labels have done is high-profile in-store performances and signings. Nothing says “cool, fun place to be” like an in-store with one of your favorite bands! In addition, we’ve had success in the past with catalog promotions that involve a combination of deep discounts and co-op dollars to support the program.

7. Why do we need record stores?
In addition to serving its primary function of music/movie/game commerce, the record store can serve as something of a cultural gathering spot for the community. Like music and movies? Want to talk to other people who like music and movies? Go to your local record store! The things you can learn and share with others who are like-minded are truly incredible.

8. What kind of taco is your favorite?
The kind that looks like a burrito.

9. Who are your top 3 favorite bands right now?
This question is always so hard. I’ll go with the last three things I listened to: Trampled By Turtles, Black Joe Lewis and Paul Thorn. That will change by tomorrow, though.

10. What is your favorite thing about your store? And you can’t say the customers. That’s like saying Einstein or Ghandi when asked “If you could meet one person, living or dead…”
I have two favorite things (besides our amazing customers). The first would be my co-workers, who are smart, witty, warm, compassionate people. I love it that I get to spend every day with them. The other is the vast number of LPs, CDs and DVDs we have. It makes this journey of learning and listening a never-ending one, which I cherish.

11. What are your goals for the future of your store? Long term and short.
The short term goal is always to keep the doors open. The long term goal is to reach the point where the rest of our community feels the same way we do about the record store being a cultural community center. When we’ve achieved that, we will be happy campers.

 

Say hello to ‘Shut Down The Streets’

By Robby on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

He’s done it again and we’re all better off for it, A.C. Newman’s new solo effort, ‘Shut Down The Streets‘ is out today!

Last night he rang in the album’s release with a short set and release party at Brooklyn’s Rock Shop (BrooklynVegan got the photos) and tonight he’ll be on the Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling. Tune in!

Catch Carl on tour:

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
10/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
10/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
11/1 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/2 – Winnipeg, Canada @ West End Cultural Centre
11/5 – Edmonton, Canada @ Starlite Room
11/6 – Calgary, Canada @ The Republik
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

A.C. Newman
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@acnewman – Twitter
ACNewman.net (official site)

 

Thurston & Fucked Up to play Japan next month

By Josh Turner on Monday, October 8th, 2012

Thurston Moore and Fucked Up will be playing the Hostess Club Weekender at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo next month..

Paul Banks Playing Complex CMJ Event – Judgment Night

By Adam F on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Big ups to Blake Thomas for reminding us of one of the greatest conference room marketing ideas ever to come to fruition, the Judgment Night soundtrack.

And in this spirit, Complex is throwing a big party at The House of Vans in Brooklyn on Thursday, October 18.   It is called “Judgment Night” and will feature two stages across from each other trading blows… rap vs. rock.  Our very own Paul Banks is headlining the rock stage with Action Bronson closing the night out. Check out the line-up, including Alchemist DJ’ing all night, Purrp, Ratking and the very awesome Savages, who are playing one of their very first shows in the US.

And don’t forget to check out the big Paul Banks show featuring 98% less rap on November 13 at Webster Hall.  Tickets available here.

And as a last reminder, watch the Paul doc, it’s rad.

poster design by Matt De Jong

 

 

Perfume Genius – “Take Me Home” video debuts with Pitchfork x YouTube, US tour begins

By Gabe on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Today Pitchfork TV brings us a worthy third entry in the most memorable, affecting series of music videos from any album this year (the album in question being Perfume Genius’ exquisite Put Your Back N 2 It, available for purchase).

Directed by Patrick Sher, who has worked with PG before:

Perfume Genius’ headlining tour of North America begins today, and ends in the band’s hometown of Seattle on October 27 with a very special appearance at the Frye Museum. More info on that event from the Frye:

As an artist in the exhibition Mw [Moment Magnitude], Perfume Genius is exhibiting his videos Hood and Learning (Live) and giving an intimate in-gallery performance at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle on September 27, 2012. Mw [Moment Magnitude] is a cross-platform project of twenty-four exceptional Seattle-based artists from a wide range of media including music, dance, visual art, literature, performance, and design. Space in the Frye galleries is very limited; tickets for the concert are free and will be available beginning Tuesday, October 16 at noon PST. The exhibition runs October 13, 2012 to January 20, 2013. For information go to fryemuseum.org/perfumegenius.

North American tour dates:
Friday 05 – Toronto, ON – 918 Bathurst Space
Saturday 06 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Sunday 07 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
Monday 08 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tuesday 09 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Thursday 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Friday 12 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Saturday 13 – Carrboro, NC – The ArtsCenter
Monday 15 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Wednesday 17 – Forth Worth, TX – Fort Worth Modern Art Museum
Thursday 18 – Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church
Saturday 20 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Sunday 21 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Monday 22 -San Diego, CA – Irenic
Tuesday 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge At Hollywood
Wednesday 24 – San Francisco, CO – Swedish American Hall
Friday 26 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Saturday 27 – Seattle, WA – Frye Art Museum