Taxman, Mr. Thief

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."

Jennifer O’Connor’s Living Room Residency, Continued

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(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

Yo La Tengo In The Great Outdoors

(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. 

Love Of Diagrams – Australian Tour Dates

10th may: Adelaide, Jive, w/ Panel of Judges and Hit the Jackpot
11th may: Brisbane, The Troubadour, w/ Panel of Judges and Look!Pond
18th may: Melbourne, Northcote Social Club, w/ Crayon Fields and Spider Vomit
19th may: Sydney, Spectrum, w/ Crayon Fields and Pikelet
1st june: Bunbury, WA, Prince of Wales, w/ tbc
2nd june: Perth, The Bakery, w/ Pikelet
3rd june: Fremantle, Mojos, w/ Pikelet

Band in need of drummer. Accident-prone types need not apply.

This is possibly the only reason for wanting to step foot anywhere near James Blunt… 

Spinal Tap, the greatest band that never was, are to play at the Live Earth gig at Wembley, London on 7 July. The three actors Michael McKeen (David St Hubbins), Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnell) and Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls) have been brought together for the appearance by the director of 'This Is Spinal Tap', Rob Reiner. A short ten minute film has also been made, and will be screened at the gig.

Reiner says of the band's appearance: "They're not that environmentally
conscious, but they've heard of global warming. Nigel thought it was just
because he was wearing too much clothing – that if he just took his jacket
off it would be cooler."

It’s No Urban (Outfitter) Legend : Free Ponys Show In Lawrence, KS

(photo by Tom Rippe, used without permission)

Asked if we support college and non-commercial radio here at Matador, we would have to reply "yes". And, of course, if that means plying college MDs with free goods, tickets and expensive gifts to pump up chart positions, we'd emphatically reply "hell yes!!"

Well, The Ponys are about to put a little more rock action in their support. The Free Yr Radio campaign is putting together a series of in-stores to help in the support of the local college radio stations across the US and next Tuesday April 24th the band are going to be rocking Urban Outfitters (where else?) in Lawrence, KS in support of the very fine radio station KJHK.

THE PONYS LIVE IN-STORE

Urban Outfitters

1013 Massachusetts Street Lawrence, KS 66044

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The show begins at 6pm and your free invite can be printed at www.freeyrradio.com/kjhkguest.

Make sure you show up early and have your invite in-hand as the show is first come, first served and you MUST have an invite.

Other bands participating include Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Man Man, The Rapture, Tapes n Tapes and more. Additional cities and in-stores can be found here: http://www.freeyrradio.com

Lavender Diamond with strings attached

Lavender Diamond is performing next Thursday at the Redcat theatre in the Disney Concert Hall in LA.  A really special event that will feature Lavender Diamond with an orchestral backing (arrangements written by the band's own Steve Gregoropoulos), this is a one off engagement with Indian Jewelry.  So if you're in the LA area, clear your calender.  There isn't a better way to spend $15 on a Thursday night, not legally anyway. Check out details and buy tickets HERE.

Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues – New US Dates

(Chan on the cover of the May issue of ID, photograph by Karl Lagerfield)

JULY
7-  Brooklyn, NY @ McCarren Pool (w/ Built to Spill)
8-  Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
9-  Northampton, MA @  Pearl Street
10- Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
13- Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
14- Chicago, IL- Union Park- Pitchfork Music Festival

There's one additional Canadian date to be confirmed.

Lovin’ Love of Diagrams in the City of Brotherly Love

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Love of Diagrams (above) opened the first date of their opening stint with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists last night in Philadelphia at TLA, and this correspondent reports that it was an amazing show. Totally packed house, great opening set by Love or Perish (which I just realized is also the title of a poem by W.H. Auden, thanks google!), cold Yuenglings and good times and great music all around as Matador's favorite Aussies got some Illadelphians dancing up front. If you're, y'know, a sentient being residing in the lower 48, please do yourself a favor and go see them on this tour. Dates are here: Matador tour page. Tonight's show in D.C. sold out weeks ago, though, but they're playing pretty much everywhere else, so go!  

SXSW: In Their Own Words

While you might be sick of us gushing about that well-on-its-way to being legendary "Shearwater at Central Prez" concert down in Austin, Howard and Jonathan have posted some personal accounts on the blog scribed by our favorite Brooklyn via Austin gentleladies.  

Howard and Jonathan:  Baby grands, track bike handlebars, churches and cake

(note:  regarding karaoke, what happens in N. Austin stays in N. Austin) 

There Ain’t No Future In Our Frontin’ : Matador At SXSW 2007

It's the rock biz' version of Spring Break, except Spring Break doesn't have enough cachet to lure Donnie Davies. And while Matador isn't doing a zillion dollar "showcase" (damn, we hate that word) this year, we are lucky enough to  witness several of our brightest lights making multiple appearances in Austin next week…on their own dime!

OFFICIAL SXSW EVENTS (ie. those without badges, wristbands and/or having turned up way early might well be SOL)

Thursday, March 15 – Shearwater, Central Prebyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St., 7:30pm
Thursday, March 15 – The Ponys, Emo's, 1am
Friday, March 16 – Times New Viking, Exodus, 10pm
Saturday, March 17 – Dead Meadow – Club Deville, 1am

in addition, the following parties / instores are happening and should be wide open to the public, space permitting :

Thursday, March 15 – The Ponys, KEXP taping (ACL studios), 1pm
Thursday, March 15 – The Ponys, Waterloo Records, 4pm
Friday, March 16 – The Ponys, Emo's (outside), 1:30pm
Saturday, March 17 – The Ponys, Mohawk (outside patio), 2pm
Saturday, March 17 – The Ponys, Red 7 (time TBA)

Friday, March 16 – Shearwater, Mohawk, 5pm

Friday, March 16 – Times New Viking, Long Branch Inn, 2pm

Thursday, March 15 – Dead Meadow, Instant Karma, 1pm
Friday, March 16 – Dead Meadow, Red 7, time TBA (afternoon party)
Friday, March 16 – Dead Meadow, Flamingo Cantina, time tba (afternoon party)
Saturday, March 17 – Dead Meadow, Jamie's Spanish Village, 8pm

Thursday, March 15 – Stuart Braithwaite, appearing as part of the Roky Erickson Ice Cream Social at Threadgill's (time TBA, but it's in the afternoon)

for more info on the day parties, non-SXSW events, we suggest you check out http://www.showlistaustin.com