Of the confirmed variety, folks. Though none of the below take place in the World's Most Dolan-riffic Arena, it's a pretty exciting list, just the same.
Wednesday 09/19 San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore
Friday 09/21 Los Angeles, CA- Avalon
Saturday 10/13 Atlanta, GA- Echo Project Festival
Sunday 10/14 Norfolk, VA- The Norva
Monday 10/15 Washington, DC- 930 Club
Tuesday 10/16 Carrboro, NC- Cats Cradle
Thursday 10/18 Tallahassee, FL- The Moon @ FSU
Friday 10/19 Savannah, GA- Trustee's Theatre
Saturday 10/20 Orlando, FL- The Club at Firestone
Sunday 10/21 St Petersburg, FL- State Theatre
Thursday 10/25 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Auditório Ibirapuera (TIM Fest)
Friday 10/26 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Marina da Glória (TIM Fest)
The Ponys have been rocking it worldwide since the release of their excellent "Turn Out The Lights" last March and they are taking some well deserved time off before they hit the road again this fall with Spoon, well at least some of them are. Jered is hitting the West coast as a member of White Savage. Don't miss it.
From The Ponys myspace bulletin:
Hey my other band White Savage will be on the west coast next week. Come visit me. Jered
Aug 14 2007 Bunkhouse Saloon w/ Static Static Las Vegas
Aug 15 2007 Spaceland W/Static Static Los Angeles
Aug 16 2007 Tribal Cafe W/ Static Static Los Angeles
Aug 17 2007 Bottom of the Hill W/ The Go, Bellavista, Thee Makeout Party San Francisco
Aug 18 2007 The Hemlock Tavern W/ The Terrible Twos San Francisco
Aug 20 2007 Slabtown w/ Bouquet, The Limbs Portland
Aug 21 2007 Comet Tavern W/ Intelligence, Pyramids Seattle
Check out White Savage this past Spring at SXSW
White Savage on myspace: www.myspace.com/destroyyrstyle
(live at last Sunday's Rogers Picnic, photo swiped from Toronto.com's Flickr page)
We're counting down the days (17 or 18 depending on your time zone) 'til the release of 'Challengers', but there's no harm in planning ahead. The New Pornographers will be visiting the following global hotspots this autumn :
Sunday, September 30 – La Maroquinerie, Paris (tickets)
Thursday, October 4 – Koko, London (tickets)
Dates in Berlin and Oslo will be announced very soon.
The promoters call it "Thrashfest '07", which you have to admit, is way catchier than "Festival Of Many Menacing Fonts"
This weekend, I will embark upon a mini-tour (ok, it's 2 shows) in Massachussetts. First off will be the fantastic-5-band-bill-for-10-bucks PA's Lounge show on Friday August 3. (See totally awesome poster by Ian Adams above).
This show was originally booked as a celebration of the split 7" that I put out with Choo Choo La Rouge (my best pals in band land) – but its blossomed into much more. Make sure you come early to check out my friends Clint, Michigan & Amy Bezunartea. And I can't begin to say how excited I am to be sharing a bill with Chris Brokaw. I've seen him solo a few times (and with Come many times back in the day, including a Nirvana/The Breeders/Come show at The Omni in Atlanta!!!!)
Saturday we venture out to Martha's Vineyard to play at Aboveground Records. It's a very cool record store run by the same folks who run A Whale of a Label.
The JO'C band this weekend will be the duo of me on vox and gtr and Jon on drums.
And just for fun, below is a photo of us playing at the East River Amphitheatre last weekend. Miwa took this from the very top center of the back row.
Have a great week and I hope to see all you New Englanders this weekend.
Hello Matablog readers: I'm playing a FREE Venus Zine sponsored show this weekend on Saturday, July 28 at the East River Ampitheatre. That's at Cherry Street and the East River, not 23rd Street as I previously and erroneously reported on my Myspace blog. This will be a full-band style show and we'll be playing some new stuff that we are gearing up to record for the next record as well as some older jams. The show starts at 2pm and we go on around 4:30!!
Jason Simon, New Year's Eve 2007, pic by The Photographer
Jul 29 2007 Echoplex (under the Echo) Los Angeles, California
Aug 7 2007 Paradiso Amsterdam
Aug 8 2007 The Audio Brighton
Aug 9 2007 Cargo London
Aug 10 2007 Norwich Arts Centre Norwich
Aug 11 2007 The Cluny Newcastle
Aug 12 2007 The Faversham Leeds
Aug 13 2007 The Maze Nottingham
Aug 14 2007 Nice 'n' Sleazy Glasgow
Aug 15 2007 Thekla Bristol
Aug 16 2007 The Point Cardiff
Aug 17 2007 The Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park, Brecon Beacons
Aug 18 2007 The Cellar Oxford
Aug 19 2007 Taylor John's House Coventry
Aug 20 2007 Music Box, Manchester
Aug 23 2007 Magnolia Milano
Aug 24 2007 Rock and Rodes Sondrio
Aug 25 2007 Hana-bi – Marina di Ravenna Ravenna
Jered and Melissa at Pitchfork, July 15, pic swiped from Kirstiecat's Flikr page
20 Jul 2007 Cambridge, MA, Middle East (upstairs)
21 Jul 2007 New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
22 Jul 2007 Asbury Park, New Jersey, Ashbury Lanes
23 Jul 2007 Washington DC, Black Cat
24 Jul 2007 Columbus, OH Skully's
25 Jul 2007 Newport, Kentucky, Southgate House
SM + Bob Nastanovich, performing a little something called "Trigger Cut", Pitchfork Fest, Sunday, 7/16.
(Chan belting it out on Saturday, pic swiped from kirstiecat's flickr page)
With all due respect to Slint, Sonic Youth, Mastodon, Clipse, Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues (anyone know if this Bauer fella's been in a band before), all of whom were terrific the past two days, my tip for the PF 2007 Momento goes to the following :
Moments before Sonic Youth took the stage Friday evening, the Union Park audience was reminded that Yoko Ono would headlining the following night. An announcement which was met with a chorus of boos.
Man, talk about holding a grudge.
Should be a great tour…and check out the playing partners, too.
7-29 Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Picnic
09-13 Victoria, British Columbia – McPherson Ballroom #&
09-14 Seattle, WA – Showbox #!
09-15 Seattle, WA – Showbox #!
09-16 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom #!
09-17 San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre #!
09-18 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #!
09-19 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater #!
09-20 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theater #@
09-21 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre #@
09-22 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater #@
09-24 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater #@
09-25 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot #@
09-26 Boise, ID – The Egyptian Theatre #@
09-28 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom #!
10-11 Edmonton, Alberta – Edmonton Event Center $
10-12 Calgary, Alberta – MacEwen Hall $
10-13 Calgary, Alberta – MacEwen Hall $
10-14 Missoula, MT – University Theater $
10-15 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Garrick Center $
10-16 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue $^
10-17 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre $^
10-18 Chicago, IL – The Metro $^
10-19 Chicago, IL – The Metro $^
10-20 Buffalo, NY – Riviera Theatre $^
10-21 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre $^
10-24 New York, NY – Webster Hall $^
10-25 New York, NY – Webster Hall $&
10-26 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero $&
10-27 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club $^
10-31 New Orleans, LA – House of Blues $&
11-01 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live $+
11-02 Dallas, TX – House of Blues $+
11-03 Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival
11-05 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre $
(& with Immaculate Machine
# with Lavender Diamond
! with Fancey
@ with the Awkward Stage
$ with Emma Pollock
^ with Benjy Ferree
+ with Spoon)
Attention New York area people with radios (or maybe conductive metal plates in your heads): Before their free show this evening, Shearwater are swinging by the WNYC studios for a live on air performance at 2:30. That's 2:30 PM on WNYC (FM 93.9) for some live Shearwater. You gotta be tuned to get tunes.
Today's free Shearwater show, originally planned to take place at Castle Clinton, has been moved to Pace University's Schimmel Center for the Arts, located at 3 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan. (See map below.) The band are still on at 7pm sharp. The 4, 5 or 6 train to City Hall should get you there.
….then you can celebrate the afterbirth the following day, just a few blocks away with Shearwater.
Miwa advises us that if you're not there before the gates open…you might be shit out of luck. She didn't use those exact words, but there's no better way to describe wandering around that 'hood on a weekday evening with scant other entertainment options besides the Staten Island ferry and free frappucino samples.
(from Listen Missy's Flickr page, used without permission)
7.13.07 grog shop cleveland, oh
7.27.07 flipside chicago, il
7.28.07 turf club minneapolis, mn
7.31.07 the palace missoula, mt
8.02.07 pub 340 vancouver, bc
8.03.07 ss marie antionette seattle, wa
8.04.07 eagles lodge portland, or
8.05.07 fool's foundation sacramento, ca
8.06.07 off limits chico, ca
8.07.07 hemlock tavern san francisco, ca
8.08.07 stork club oakland, ca
8.11.07 the smell los angeles, ca
8.14.07 beerland austin, tx
8.15.07 diverseworks art space houston, tx
(August 2-15 with Little Claw)
8.17.07 @ tocada monterrey (with Los Lamarada)
8.18.07 @ 'taladro fest' ciudad victoria, tamaulipas (with Los Lamarada)
Aside from the fact 7 bands for 5 dollars doesn't seem like nearly enough live music, I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to go to this show.
No word on how the hacky-sac tax will be enforced, however, from the Tennesean's Jessica Fender.
Among the hippies, rockers, free spirits and other Bonnaroo revelers partying in Manchester today will be a less likely festival figure: the taxman.
In an example of Tennessee's controversial drug tax in action, state revenue agents plan to collect fees on the illegal substances that some concertgoers bring for personal use and sale. It's not an effort to curb drug use — for some, a Bonnaroo tradition that has sent tens to the hospital and a few to the morgue — but to make sure state and local authorities recoup drug enforcement costs.
For an ounce and a half of marijuana, just above the limit for a misdemeanor drug charge, the tax amounts to about $165, said Al Laney, director of tax enforcement for the state revenue department.
"Naturally, these people will be arrested and their assets will be confiscated," Laney said. "We assess a person while they're under arrest and seize any assets that law enforcement may want to turn over to us."
(pic taken from The Wrongway's Flickr page)
Wednesday night, May 23rd, part four of the Living Room Rez will be in full effect. As usual, I go on at 11pm. Tonight will be a duo show with Mr. Jon Langmead on drums. We got new jamz, old jamz, fast jamz, and slow jamz. At 10pm, The Naysayer will be making a RARE appearance. You must see Ms. Padgett and co while you can. I'm not sure who else is in her band this night but I know Mr. Matt Sutton (who plays with me sometimes) will be featured on guitar. He's sick. Love, JO'C The Living Room is at 154 Ludlow Street between Stanton & Rivington.
PS. If you are free on Tuesday night, make your way over to Mo Pitkins to see Amy Bezunartea & Larry Krone at 9pm and Clint, Michigan at 10pm. Amy and Clint are great artists who will (sometime in the nearish future) be putting out records on my KIAM label
(from KEXP's Flickr page, used without permission)
well, on some of these occasions, anyway.
May 18 – All Tomorrow's Parties, Somerset UK
June 2-3 – Bang On A Can Marathon, Wintergarden, World Financial Center, New York City
July 7 – Comerica Fest, Detroit, MI
July 27 – Fujirock Festival, Naeba, Japan
July 29 – Formoz Festival, Taiwan
August 5 – Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago, IL
September 14-16, Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin, TX
We're not allowed to tell you which day Yo La Tengo are playing ACL. However, this morning's Austin American-Statesman reports that Bob Dylan is headlining Sunday, September 16. That's not meant to be a hint or anything. You just might find it interesting, that's all.