Pitchfork Festival : The Highlight So Far (Kind Of)

(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.

 

New Pornographers -Dates Confirmed, Scoop Conceded To Pitchfork (Again)

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)

If The New Pornographers’ July 4th Show In Battery Park Is Meant To Celebrate The Birth Of A Nation..

….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. 

 

Times New Viking To Visit Big Hunks Of America, Small Bits Of Mexico And Canada

(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)

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

Love of Diagrams

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!