10/9 – Pittsburgh at the Warhol Museum (2 shows)
10/10 – Bloomington at Buskirk Chumley
10/11 – Chicago at the Lakeshore Theater (2 shows)
10/12 – Milwaukee at the Discover World Museum
10/13 – Grand Rapids at Calvin College
10/19 – Long Island at Jeanne Rimsky Theater (with Chris Brokaw)
10/20 – Woodstock at Colony Cafe (2 shows)
10/22 – Philadelphia at the First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
10/23 – Alexandria at the Birchmere
10/29 – Portland at the Aladdin
10/30 – Seattle at Town Hall
11/1 – San Francisco at Palace of Fine Arts
11/2 – Los Angeles at the Ivar Theater
11/3 – Los Angeles at the Ivar Theater (2 shows)
11/4 – La Jolla at the Museum of Contemporary Ar
11/4 – La Jolla at the Museum of Contemporary Art
11/10 – North Adams at Mass Moca
11/15 – Boston at Museum of Fine Arts (2 shows)
(non-Freewheeling events) –
10/6 – New York at the Brooklyn Lyceum [New Yorker Festival]
11/11 – Ithaca at Cornell University with Broken Social Scene (open to the public
Dorset’s End Of The Road Festival had three exceedingly good things this year:
1) Somerset Cider Bus
3) Yo La Tengo
I am not ashamed to confess that the culinary treats of hot spiced cider and pie, mash & mushy peas pipped the combined musical efforts of Georgia, Ira and James. BUT before you get all sanctimonious on my behind you need to know that in my world, FOOD is the food of love and I like mine rare and/or covered in chocolate. So get over it.
Just to enlighten the unenlightened, let me give you the lowdown on this little humdinger of a festival. End Of The Road Festival is set in the sweetly charming surroundings of Larimer Gardens, North Dorset. It’s home to a frankly terrifying number of peafowl who trot around proudly, heedless to the presence of some five thousand trespassing homo sapiens. There’s an enchanted forest and a not-so-secret garden. You can get a massage between bands. There’s an organic ice cream stall. The toilets are clean and (almost) sweet-smelling. You can watch bearded men in twee folk bands singing happy twee folk songs about beards. This isn’t a festival. This is a middle-class middle-England village fête.
The perfect antidote to such saccharine niceness is a big fat slice of Hoboken noise with extra feedback. Under the cover of darkness, Yo La Tengo unsettled the countryside sufficiently and stirred up a dangerously cold crowd hell-bent on not dying from hypothermia. Yo La Tengo don’t need to do a lot talking when they’re this good. From what I could surmise through the mental fog of too many hot ciders, the set was I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass-heavy and Ira’s endless onstage bounding could give latter-day frontmen half his age a run for their money. Que a hour and a half of frenetic communal dancing and the best set of the entire weekend.
Photos very inexpertly taken by me.
Shearwater vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg will be performing tonight at a place so tiny, some of us are going on diets just for the occasion :
Jonathan Meiburg + Phosphorescent
Thursday, September 27
Admission: $15, $10 minimum
reservations are recommended
58 N 3rd St
(btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
(photograph by Sheri Hausey)
Sun. September, 23 2007 at Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Cost : $25
Opener: Jonathan Kane's February (NYC, ex-Swans, LaMonte Young, Rhys Chatham)
4pm Early Show
8pm Late Show
Sat. September, 22 2007 at Decibel
73 Richmond Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Cost : $15
Opener: Black Helicopter
Doors 6pm Show 7pm
Fri,. September, 21 2007 at Pearl Street Downstairs
10 Pearl Street, Northampton, Massachusetts 01060
Cost : $20 advance, $23 door
Opener: The Bennies/ Who Shot Hollywood?
Thurs. September, 20 2007 at Toad's Place
300 York Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Cost : 17.50
Opener: Chris Brokaw
Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm
Though I've seen terrific sets thus far by MIA, LCD Soundsystem, Queens of The Stoneage and (most especially) our own Yo La Tengo, I'm happy to reveal a scoop so intense, not even the combined forces of Austinist, the Austin Chronicle or Statesman were on top of it.
When Saturday's headlining White Stripes cancelled on short notice, the promoters insisted there'd be no big name replacement flying in.
With another 5 hours to go, I'm happy to report they were just trying to throw you off the scent of greatness :
The New Pornographers return to Europe at the end of this month and going into early October, with new dates added since we last announced them:
Sun, Sept 30 – Paris FR – La Maroquinerie tickets
Mon, Oct 1 – Berlin DE – Mudd
Weds, Oct 3 – Oslo NO – Cosmopolite
Thurs, Oct 4 – London GB – Koko tickets
The band will be returning in November to play more places, so watch this space.
photo by photojq from flickr. Used without permission.
Residents of America's self-proclaimed live music capital might recall Yo La Tengo's Stubbs show with Times New Viking last April was rained out. Realizing many of you were overcome with grief (I know I was), the band have graciously decided to go way overboard in making it up.
Next Sunday, Yo La Tengo will mount the main stage of the Austin City Limits Festival, kicking off a day and evening of music that should be remembered long after the mosquito bites have healed and the dust inhalation has subsided. After their set, Ira, Georgia and James will submit to a fun-filled round of autograph scribbling underneath the Waterloo Records tent.
On Monday, after doing a session at KUT, Yo La Tengo will be hosting the Alamo Drafthouse's Cinema Under The Influence Series Vol. 3. The band will introduce a screening of Dario Argento's "Four Flies On Grey Velvet", along with John & Faith Hubley's "Cockaboody". The program starts at 7:30pm, and will take place at the Alamo's 1120 South Lamar location.
(If you bring a ticket stub from the above event to Austin's End Of An Ear, you're get a 15% discount on any item from the Matador Yo La Tengo catalog)
Finally, if you're shit out of luck and can't attend the sold out ACL Fest —- or you'd prefer to see Yo La Tengo play a full set! —- Yo La Tengo are making a rare mid-sized club appearance at the Parish on Monday the 17th. Tickets are available here, and support will be provided by The Black.
Did I say finally? As we should've mentioned a while back, Yo La Tengo are playing the Hollywood Bowl on September 29, sandwiched between Bright Eyes with The Los Angeles Philharmonic and M. Ward.
this no-longer secret "secret" show might be right up your alley.
10/9 – Pittsburgh at the Warhol Museum
10/10 – Bloomington at Buskirk Chumley
10/11 – Chicago at the Lakeshore Theatre
10/13 – Grand Rapids at Calvin College
10/18 – Bennington, VT at Bennington Center for the Arts
10/19 – Long Island at Jeanne Rimsky
10/20 – Woodstock at Colony Cafe
10/22 – Philadelphia at First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
10/23 – Alexandria, VA at the Birchmere
11/10 – North Adams, MA at MassMoca
The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo Tour is a rare opportunity to see this ever-surprising band in a setting more intimate and interactive than any tour in their 23-year career. A little bit Storytellers, a little bit Unplugged, with a soupcon of their famously varied Hanukkah shows, it will feature the band playing an almost-acoustic set of songs from their entire catalog, with stories about their life as a band, and an encouraged back-and-forth with the audience. Already famous for never playing the same show twice, this fresh look at Yo La Tengo offers rare insight into one of the most important, unique, and beloved bands in American rock.
Further dates will be announced soon.
Yo La Tengo's covers of Bob Dylan's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Fourth Time Around" will appear on the forthcoming 2XCD soundtrack album (Columbia) to Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There". Cat Power and Stephen Malkmus are amongst the album's other contributors.
"The Summer" – October 15, 2006 KEXP session (mp3)
"I Feel Like Going Home" -October 7, 2006: KCMP (mp3)
(due to circumstances beyond our control, Karl Lagerfeld will not be appearing on any of the dates below)
10/14 Norfolk VA The NorVa
10/15 Washington DC 9:30 Club
10/16 Carrboro NC Cat's Cradle
10/18 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder / FSU
10/19 Savannah GA Savannah Coll. of Art & Design Trustees Theater
10/20 Orlando FL Club Firestone
10/21 St. Petersburg FL State Theatre
10/22 Miami FL Studio A
11/4 Austin TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
(Antonia Sellbach, pic swiped from pixistixs' Flickr page)
If you're amongst those who either failed to catch Love Of Diagrams during their Spring tour with Ted Leo or you've avoided the considerable charms of their staggeringly great Mosaic CD/LP, you'll have a proper opportunity to become reacquainted with the Melbourne trio when they return to American for the following shows supporting Enon :
October 30 – Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA
October 31 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
November 1 – Bottom of The Hill, SF, CA
November 2 – Glass House, Pomona, CA
November 3 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
November 4 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
November 6 – Emo's Jr., Austin, TX
November 7 – The Proletariat, Houston, TX
November 8 – Chelsea's Cafe, Baton Rogue, LA
November 9 – Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL
November 13 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
November 14 – Duke Coffeehouse, Durham, NC
November 15 – Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington DC
November 16 – Johnny Brenda, Philadelphia, PA
November 17 – Knitting Factory, NY, NY
November 24 – Hideout, Chicago, IL
More Eastern dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, here's some biographical info in video form from December of last year.
How do you get to Madison Square Garden?
Practice, practice or the A, E or C train. If you're aspiring blues rocker James Dolan, you wait for your dad to buy the joint. But if you're Chan Marshall and her world class backing ensemble, you accept an invite from friends and ex-labelmates Interpol to lay waste to the World's Most Famous Arena on Friday, September 14.
Tickets are on sale now. And if you think they're expensive, you won't believe what Lombardi and I paid to see the Riddick Bowe/Andrew Golota riot.
(due to circumstances beyond our control, The Click Five will not be supporting Burma on the dates below)
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, folks. If Randy Moss chooses to skip the ICA gigs, that's his fuckin' loss.
Sept. 20 – Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
Sept. 21 – Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
Sept. 22 – Decibel, Providence, RI
Sept. 23 – Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (4pm and 8pm)
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