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. 

Yo La Tengo Hannukah Shows Confirmed

From Yo La :

Dateline: Hoboken. It’s official. For the fifth time in the last seven years, Yo La Tengo will lift their collective voices in song to commemorate the eight days of Hanukkah. The concerts will once again take place at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, beginning December 4 and concluding on December 11.

As in the past, each show will begin with an opening band, followed by some comedy, and then a Yo La Tengo set. And perhaps more. That’s all we’re going to tell you, so don’t ask who’s playing. We can guarantee that it’ll be great, and that no matter what night you’re there, you’ll wish you had come another night instead. That’s just the way you are; there’s nothing we can do about that.

Doors will open at 8 pm each night, with the show starting promptly at 8:30, except for Friday and Saturday December 7-8, which will be 8:30 doors, 9:00 show.

Tickets will be $30 each, and will go on sale this United Nations Day at noon, eastern time. (That’s Wednesday, October 24 for all you U.N. bashers out there.) The shows will be benefits, for charities to be named later, to borrow a phrase from the sports section. To purchase tickets online, go to If that doesn’t work, go the Maxwell’s site and follow the instructions there. Advance tickets will also be sold at Tunes in Hoboken and Other Music in New York.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, we can’t help you, but that won’t stop us from trying. A couple of hotels a little off the beaten track are the Palace Hotel in North Bergen, NJ and the Red Roof Inn in Secaucus, NJ.

We’ve never stayed at either of them, so cannot vouch for them, but we can tell you that they are less expensive than most of your New York City and Jersey City options. (Hoboken, though boasting three—that’s right, three—Dunkin’ Donuts, has no hotels.)

Hope to see you there!

— Georgia, Ira and James

Kime Buzzelli Benefit

As mentioned a few days ago, Lavender Diamond, Entrance and others are getting together to raise dough for artist pal Kime Buzzelli (there’s some info on her Show Pony boutique here). Kime’s recently had a tumor removed and as you might guess, the medical bills are crazy. Her health insurance isn’t covering most of it, and as such, the bands mentioned above, along with Animal Magick and The Long Winters, are addressing the matter this Thursday night. If you’re in the L.A. area, we hope you can make it.

New Lavender Diamond US Dates

(photograph culled from Metro Blogging LA, used sans permission)

Lavender Diamond are taking part in the American Shorts Reading Series ;


Live from The New Hazlett Theater on Monday, October 29 American Shorts Reading Series will present an evening of words, music, and art in two distinct parts. ONE TICKET FOR BOTH EVENTS!

Part One: Words

2007 Heinz Award recipient, Dave Eggers (co-founder of 826 Valencia and author of Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What is the What), and Valentino Achak Deng, (the Sudanese refugee novelized in What is the What) in conversation.
In addition to conversation, Eggers will present a slide program reflecting his latest trip to Sudan. There will be an opportunity for the audience to engage both Deng and Eggers in a Q & A session, followed by a book signing in the lobby.

Part Two: Music

Musical guests Lavender Diamond (LA-based-pop-rock-psychedelic-super-stars featuring lyrics and styling of Becky Stark) and local hero, singer-songwriter Steven Foxbury, (who just released a full-length album on Mammoth Records featuring collaborations with Paul Doucette formally of matchbox twenty, and Moon Zappa).
Unicorn Mountain, the Pittsburgh-based comic, writing, art, music collaborative, will be on hand to share their latest projects and talk about their work.

Tickets are $15; $10 for students and are available by calling 412.622.8866. Doors open at 7, reading begins at 7:30. One ticket is good for both events

Following the above throwdown, Lavender Diamond return to the slightly less swanky climes of the East Coast’s rock clubs for the following shows, along with an October 18 benefit for friend/artist Kime Buzzelli.

Oct 18 – Los Angeles @ Echo, with Entrance, Long Winters and more, $10 donation
Oct 30-Phily @ Johnny Brenda’s
Oct 31-NYC @ Knitting Factory
Nov 1-Washington DC @ The Black Cat

The Ponys – In Party-Motion-Tonight, On Tour With Spoon Shortly Afterwards

(photograph by Colin Smith)

Though staff and management of Matador Records and Filmworks all agree that stealing music is wrong, we have no moral quandry about lifting the following information from The Ponys’ myspace bulletin. Much like Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Fitchburg, MA, it had to be done.

Chicago people- Going away party/show at the Hideout TONIGHT. Ponys, Rabid Rabbit, dj’s… Saturday the 6th 10PM, be there!
Or if you’re feeling fancy and you love SPOON, there are still tickets available for the Riviera Theatre 10/12.
There are still some tickets available for most of these shows, but buy them now because they are going fast!

Oct 8 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, Wisconsin*
Oct 10 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota*
Oct 11 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota*
Oct 12 Riviera Theatre Chicago, Illinois*
Oct 13 Majestic Theatre Detroit, Michigan*
Oct 14 Soundlab Buffalo, New York*
Oct 15 Kool Haus Toronto, Ontario*
Oct 16 Le National Montreal, Quebec*
Oct 17 The Roxy Boston, Massachusetts*
Oct 18 The Livingroom Providence, Rhode Island
Oct 19 Electric Factory Philidephia, Pennsylvania*
Oct 20 Roseland Ballroom New York, New York*
Oct 22 SUNY Private Event Purchase, New York
Oct 23 9:30 Club Washington DC*
Oct 24 Orange Peel Asheville, North Carolina*
Oct 25 Atlanta-TBA
Oct 26 Cannery Ballroom Nashville, Tennessee*

Love Of Diagrams – New MP3, Further US Dates With Enon

“The Pyramid” from Love of Diagrams’ ‘Mosaic’ CD/LP is now available for your (free) listening pleasure. If you haven’t checked out this amazing Australian trio, well, I’m tempted to say it’s your loss for not heading over to their music page. But that’s a little vindictive, especially as we’re supposed to be a proper business.

If you like what’s on offer, we encourage you to either shell out for ‘Mosaic’ in its full-length glory, or make an appropriate donation to a Matador Records approved charity (perhaps the Institute For Wine Research, 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl, NY NY 10013).

There have been a few updates to Love Of Diagrams’ upcoming US tour in support Enon, with the full schedule as follows :

Tue, 10/30 – Seattle – Nectar Lounge
Wed, 10/31 – Portland – Doug Fir Lounge
Thur, 11/1 – San Francisco – Bottom of the Hill
Fri, 11/2 – Pomona, CA – Glass House
Sat, 11/3 – Los Angeles – The Echo
Sun, 11/4 – San Diego – Casbah
Tue, 11/6 – Austin – Emo’s Jr
Wed, 11/7 – Houston – The Proletariat
Thur, 11/ 8 – Baton Rouge – Chelsea’s Cafe
Fri, 11/9 – Tallahassee – Club Downunder
Sat, 11/10 – Tampa – Crowbar Live
Sun, 11/11 – Orlando – Back Booth
Tues, 11/13 – Atlanta – Drunken Unicorn
Wed, 11/14 – Durham, NC – Duke Coffeehouse
Thur, 11/15 – Wash DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri, 11/16 – Philadelphia – Johnny Brenda’s
Sat, 11/17 – New York City – Knitting Factory
Mon, 11/19 – Boston – Great Scott’s
Fri, 11/23 – Chicago – Hideout

End of an Ear Welcomes The Cave Singers To Austin

The Cave Singers will be performing at End of an Ear on Friday, Oct. 19th at 5pm. The performance is free to all so please come enjoy!

(photograph by jenny j.)

The Cave Singers at End of an Ear
Friday, 10/19 at 5pm
2209 South First Street
Austin, TX

You can also catch them later that night at Emo’s, supporting Black Mountain.

The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo – Best Tour Poster Of All Time Or Merely The Finest Of ’07?

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

Yo La Tengo rock out in the West Country

Ira + Georgia

Dorset’s End Of The Road Festival had three exceedingly good things this year:

1) Somerset Cider Bus
2) Pieminister
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’s Jonathan Meiburg – Solo Show Tonight In Brooklyn

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 : Presents…
Jonathan Meiburg + Phosphorescent
Thursday, September 27
Admission: $15, $10 minimum
Showtimes: 7:30pm
reservations are recommended
58 N 3rd St
(btw. Kent & Wythe)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211

Mission Of Burma – Star Studded Support Acts Revealed

(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

ACL 2007 – A Rather Desperate Attempt At Liveblogging

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 :



New Pornographers play UK and Europe Sept-Oct and late November


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.

Yo La Tengo’s Austin Invasion

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.


The Freewheeling Yo La Tengo

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)

Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues – More US Confirmations

(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