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. http://www.sherihausey.com)

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 www.ticketmaster.com 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 www.KQXY.com

Also, KIOC will be doing Concert Ticket touchtones beginning 12/1. You can also listen to them online at www.BigDog106.com

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. 

Yo La Tengo Hannukah Shows Confirmed

From Yo La Tengo.com :

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 ticketweb.com. 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…dancing..fun. 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.