Archive for October, 2012

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.

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″.

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:
Rough Trade
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

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.

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

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:

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

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.

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

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:
Aidan Zusin, Kalea Harriot, James Robbins, Alexa DeFilippis, Alexander Maximilian, Jayden Brown, Ben Gleidman, Abbe Schluties
SWEET TEACHER – Susie Simpson
MEAN TEACHER – Roberta Kirschbaum

DIRECTOR – Sophia Peer
LINE PRODUCER – Natasha Giliberti
EDITOR – Isaac Royffe
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
POST/VFX PRODUCER – Chavvah Stuart
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


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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