Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg Solo Tour

We’re pretty close to dropping all sorts of enticing details about the forthcoming Shearwater LP/CD ‘Rook’, but for today at least, we’ll merely let you know Jonathan Meiburg is supporting Bill Callahan in the following hamlets throughout the South and Southwest :

15-Beaumont, TX @ Vortex
16-Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea’s Cafe
17-New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
18-Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo
19-Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
20-Gainsville, FL @ Common Grounds
22-St Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven
23-Mt Pleasant, SC @ Village Tavern
24- Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
25-Atlanta, GA @ Red Light Cafe
26-Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
28-Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
29-St Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill

1-Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
2-Tulsa, OK @ Continental Club
4- Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
6-Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
7-Tucson, AZ @ Plush
8-El Paso, TX @ Zeppelin’s Underground

The Cave Singers – 2008 European Tour

(photograph by Jenny Jimenez, taken from KEXP’s Flicker page)

all dates supporting Band Of Horses

20/02/08 : The Button Factory – Dublin (EIR)
21/02/08 : ABC – Glasgow (UK)
23/02/08 : Academy – Birmingham (UK)
24/02/08 : Academy – Brighton (UK)
25/02/08 : Thekla – Bristol (UK)
27/02/08 : Bush Hall – London (UK)
28/02/08 : La Maroquinerie – Paris (F)
29/02/08 : Gebaude 9 – Köln (D)
01/03/08 : Paradiso – Amsterdam (NL)
02/03/08 : Knust – Hamburg (D)
04/03/08 : Vega – Kopenhagen (DK)
05/03/08 : Sticky Fingers – Gothenburg (S)
06/03/08 : Debaser – Stockholm (S)
07/03/08 : Rockefeller – Oslo (N)
08/03/08 : Folken – Stavenger (N)
10/03/08 : Columbia club – Berlin (D)
11/03/08 : Mousouturn – Frankfurt (D)
12/03/08 : Garage – Milan (I)
13/03/08 : Abart – Zurich (CH)
14/03/08 : Le Romandie – Lausanne (CH)
15/03/08 : Botanique – Brussel (B)

Jennifer O’Connor – Forthcoming Solo Dates

Prior to hitting the studio in March, Jennifer O’Connor has the following shows confirmed.  She’d love to see you there and so would we – and we’ve got closed circuit cameras installed in most of the venues, so that old trick of “I was standing in the back” isn’t going to work this time.

Jan 12 – Big Orbit’s Soundlab, Buffalo NY (with Jax DeLuca)
Jan 18 – Black Cat, Washington DC
Jan 19 – World Cafe Downstairs, Philadelphia, PA
Feb 2 – Paradise, Boston MA
Feb 7 – The Independent, San Francisco CA
Feb 8 – Troubador, Los Angeles CA
Feb 9 – The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Feb 10 – Belly Up’s Tavern, San Diego CA

1/18-2/10 are supporting Rhett Miller.  In addition, Ms. O’Connor will be playing the Love Hangover show at Pete’s Candy Shop on February 15 with Amy Bezunartea

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Confirmed US Dates

…with more shows to come in April.

19-Minneapolis @ First Avenue
20-Milwaukee @ Pabst Theater
21-Chicago @ Vic Theatre
22-Indianapolis IN @ Vogue Theater
23-Newport KY @ Southgate House
25-Nashville @ Mercy Lounge
26-Atlanta @ Variety Playhouse
28-Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
29-Philadelphia @ Fillmore
31-New York @ Bowery

2-Brooklyn NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
3-Boston@ Paradise Rock Club
4-North Adams MA @ MASS MoCA

“Baltimore” (mp3, taken from the forthcoming CD/LP ‘Real Emotional Trash’)

(UPDATE – sorry. It turns out the Philly and DC dates aren’t yet confirmed. When and if they’re finalized, we’ll be posting something to that effect.  Apologies for the confusion).

Dead Meadow – New US Tour Dates

(live at Little Radio’s Christmas bash, pic taken from Countess Of Maybe‘s Flickr page)

We’ll interrupt recipe corner for a minute to announce the following Dead Meadow dates, all designed to call attention to the pending release of their ‘Old Growth’ opus. CD + ticket bundles are still available for the January 16 show in NYC, but they’re going fast.

Jan 16 2008 9:00P Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
Feb 5 2008 8:00P Echoplex Los Angeles
Feb 6 2008 8:00P The Casbah San Diego
Feb 7 2008 8:00P Solar Culture Gallery Tucson
Feb 10 2008 8:00P Emo’s Jr., Austin, Texas
Feb 12 2008 8:00P The Opolis Norman, Oklahoma
Feb 13 2008 8:00P The Mink Houston, Texas
Feb 15 2008 8:00P One Eyed Jacks New Orleans, Louisiana
Feb 16 2008 8:00P Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, Florida
Feb 17 2008 8:00P The Social Orlando, Florida
Feb 18 2008 8:00P The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Feb 19 2008 8:00P Tasty World Athens, Georgia
Feb 21 2008 8:00P The Grey Eagle Asheville, North Carolina
Feb 22 2008 8:00P The Pilot Light Knoxville, Tennessee
Feb 23 2008 8:00P The Soapbox Laundrolounge Wilmington, North Carolina
Feb 27 2008 8:00P Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“What Needs Must Be” – from ‘Old Growth’ (mp3)

Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues – ’08 North American Dates On Sale Tomorrow

Click on the venue names for online ticket sales — the fun starts at 10am, Wednesday, 12/19.

February – 2008

6-NYC @ Terminal 5
7-Boston @ Orpheum Theatre
8-Philadelphia @ Starlight Ballroom
9-Toronto @ Kool Haus
10-Chicago @ Vic Theatre
11-Minneapolis @ First Avenue

Mission Of Burma’s mission for Burma

(left to right : Roger Miller, Bob Weston, Clint Conley. Not shown : Peter Prescott, shaking down audience members for further donations. photo by Sheri Hausey.

From our friends at Fenway Recordings :

Mission of Burma has teamed up with the US Campaign for Burma to put on a benefit concert for Burma on Jan 20th, with their friends The Neighborhoods and The In Out. The night will also include slides, images, video projection, and speakers about and from Burma.

It’s all happening on January 20 at Allston, MA’s Great Scott, and you can find tickets here.

New Yo La Tengo ‘Freewheeling’ US Dates In January

(pic from Brad Searles’ Flickr page)

There wasn’t a tour nearly as daring, funny or stimulating in 2007 as The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo. And I should know. I’ve seen EVERY TOURING ACT THIS YEAR. Including the reunited Channel 3 (who really shouldn’t have bothered). Lucky for you, Yo La Tengo’s love for this great nation extends to the following cities as The Freewheeling tour continues into 2008 :

1/9 – Charlottesville VA at the Satellite Ballroom
1/10 – Carrboro NC at Carrboro Arts Center
1/11 – Charlotte NC at the Visulite
1/12 – Atlanta GA at the Variety
1/14 – Athens GA at Melting Point (first show in Athens since early 2003, pre-Summer Sun)
1/15 – Birmingham AL at the Workplay
1/16 – Louisville KY at the 930 Listening Room
1/17 – Nashville TN at the Belcourt
1/18 – Memphis TN at Gibson Lounge
1/19 – Springfield, MO at the Randy Bacon Gallery

Kurt Wagner supports on all dates

Dead Meadow – ‘Old Growth’ NYC Gig + Early CD Scheme Unveiled

The band formerly and well currently known as Dead Meadow may not have a fancy symbol. One that can be disturbingly transformed into a guitar and used with a simple silhouette effect to make people cringe nationwide. Well, we’d listen to arguments that an Orange Amp perfectly symbolizes Dead Meadow. Ahhh, such a robust, and psychedelic sound. What that has to do with the Super Bowl or Prince admittedly isn’t clear to even us. So with all due respect to the man from Minneapolis and football fans far and wide, we’ll get to the point. Think of this as a sort of touchdown + two point conversion, within a rock context of course.

Dead Meadow will be playing a special show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Wed, Jan 16th, 2008 to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Old Growth’ (out 2/5/08). So excited to get it out, the band is willing to give anyone who attends the opportunity to pick it up a whole 3 weeks early. For $25 anyone looking to get their hands on Old Growth can purchase a ticket to Dead Meadow’s Jan 16th show + their new CD. One great price, 2 great Dead Meadow experiences. Sorry, those searching for vinyl you’ll have to wait for the proper street date — this offer applies to CDs only. Now you can purchase this package deal through Matador’s online store, the Bowery Ballroom or in person at Other Music (15 East 4th Street between Broadway and Lafayette, NYC). However, you’ll not receive the album at the time of purchase but instead, the night of the gig (1/16/08). You’ll just need to swing by the merch table at the Bowery, present your receipt to our sales person and they’ll hand over your Dead Meadow goods. Very important, no receipt, no CD, no exceptions.

Here’s a further selection from what we’re pretty confident will be one of 2008’s most exciting releases :

“What Needs Must Be” – from ‘Old Growth’ (mp3)

Were This Gig Not A One-Off, They Could Call It The “Too Much Of A Good Thing Tour ’07”

(Vince Neil Bret Michaels  Vince Neil Bret Michaels  Vince Neil!)

You can file this one under “good seats still available” :

 Dec. 15 at the Beaumont Civic Center in Beaumont, TX. Bret Michaels Band with special guests Vince Neil.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Nov. 30, 11:00am at the Beaumont Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at and charge by phone at (409) 833-7747.

KQXY will be doing a Win it Before you can Buy it promotion this week starting tomorrow morning. You can listen online at

Also, KIOC will be doing Concert Ticket touchtones beginning 12/1. You can also listen to them online at

The only thing stopping this from being the Beaumount event of the season is the fact Michaels and Neil will not be playing simultaneously.

Times New Viking – Academy Annex

Free Times New Viking Show!
Friday, November 30th at 8:00 pm

Academy Annex
96 N. 6th St. – Williamsburg

Could there be any better methodology to generate crazed anticipation for Times New Viking’s upcoming 3rd (2nd 1/2?) long-player, ‘Rip It Off” (January 22, ‘08) than by a Free in-store and a chance to get your hands on one of the Ultra Limited Edition Times New Viking 7″ 2 weeks before release date (December 12, ’07)?

Also, I’m not trying to copy Gerard with the whole talking about Times New Viking thing, so don’t think that I am. Look, a few posts down…see, we are talking about different stuff…

Times New Viking – Upcoming Live Activity

(pic culled from J Van’s flickr page)

Could there be any better methodology to generate crazed anticipation for Times New Viking’s upcoming 3rd (2nd 1/2?) long-player, ‘Rip It Off” (January 22, ’08) than by a pair of East Coast gigs with one of the greatest bands of all (curse word) time?  Perhaps a free gig at a beloved Brooklyn purveyor of sound recordings?

Fri, Nov 30th – Brooklyn – Academy Annex Record Shoppe
Sat, Dec 1st – NYC, NY –  Cake Shop (with The Clean)
Sun, Dec 2nd – Philadelphia, PA –  Johnny Brenda’s (with The Clean)

The Greatest Moment Of The Fun Fun Fun Festival

With ample respect for the terrific sets performed by Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues (very smooth Jagger-at-Altamont impersonation by Greg), Don Cabellero, Poison Idea, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Angry Samoans and the Cave Singers, my fondest memory of last weekend’s Fun Fun Fun Festival in Austin concerns the oh-so-fickle audience. 
While Neko Case and Carl Newman (above, blocked by Dan Bejar in white) politely begged, nay, PLEADED in vain for a Rice Krispie treat from the Spider House cafe foodstand (the latter offering $20 for said delicacy), Don Cab’s venerable Damon Che’ — he of the other worldly Speaking Canaries — asked his adoring acolytes for some Tums. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone get a pack of Tums that fast without driving their truck into a Rexall.