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

Love Of Diagrams – Autumn US Dates With Enon

(Antonia Sellbach, pic swiped from pixistixs' Flickr page)

If you're amongst those who either failed to catch Love Of Diagrams during their Spring tour with Ted Leo or you've avoided the considerable charms of their staggeringly great Mosaic CD/LP, you'll have a proper opportunity to become reacquainted with the Melbourne trio when they return to American for the following shows supporting Enon :

October 30 – Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA
October 31 – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
November 1 – Bottom of The Hill, SF, CA
November 2 – Glass House, Pomona, CA
November 3 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
November 4 – Casbah, San Diego, CA
November 6 – Emo's Jr., Austin, TX
November 7 – The Proletariat, Houston, TX
November 8 – Chelsea's Cafe, Baton Rogue, LA
November 9 – Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL
November 13 – Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
November 14 – Duke Coffeehouse, Durham, NC
November 15 – Rock And Roll Hotel, Washington DC
November 16 – Johnny Brenda, Philadelphia, PA
November 17 – Knitting Factory, NY, NY
November 24 – Hideout, Chicago, IL

More Eastern dates will be announced soon. In the meantime, here's some biographical info in video form from December of last year. 


Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues – Supporting Interpol At MSG

How do you get to Madison Square Garden? Practice, practice or the A, E or C train.  If you're aspiring blues rocker James Dolan, you wait for your dad to buy the joint.  But if you're Chan Marshall and her world class backing ensemble, you accept an invite from friends and ex-labelmates Interpol to lay waste to the World's Most Famous Arena on Friday, September 14.

Tickets are on sale now. And if you think they're expensive, you won't believe what Lombardi and I paid to see the Riddick Bowe/Andrew Golota riot. 

Mission Of Burma – Five New England Shows In September

(due to circumstances beyond our control, The Click Five will not be supporting Burma on the dates below)

Tickets go on sale tomorrow
, folks. If Randy Moss chooses to skip the ICA gigs, that's his fuckin' loss.

Sept. 20 – Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
Sept. 21 – Pearl Street, Northampton, MA
Sept. 22 – Decibel, Providence, RI
Sept. 23 – Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (4pm and 8pm)

Cat Power & The Dirty Delta Blues – New US and Brazil Dates

Of the confirmed variety, folks. Though none of the below take place in the World's Most Dolan-riffic Arena, it's a pretty exciting list, just the same. 

Wednesday 09/19 San Francisco, CA- The Fillmore

Friday 09/21 Los  Angeles, CA- Avalon

Saturday 10/13 Atlanta, GA- Echo Project Festival

Sunday 10/14 Norfolk, VA- The Norva

Monday 10/15 Washington, DC- 930 Club

Tuesday 10/16 Carrboro, NC- Cats Cradle

Thursday 10/18 Tallahassee, FL- The Moon @ FSU

Friday 10/19 Savannah, GA- Trustee's Theatre

Saturday 10/20 Orlando, FL- The Club at Firestone

Sunday 10/21 St Petersburg, FL- State Theatre

Thursday 10/25 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Auditório Ibirapuera (TIM Fest)

Friday 10/26 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Marina da Glória (TIM Fest)

Pony on the loose!!


The Ponys have been rocking it worldwide since the release of their excellent "Turn Out The Lights" last March and they are taking some well deserved time off before they hit the road again this fall with Spoon, well at least some of them are.  Jered is hitting the West coast as a member of White Savage.  Don't miss it.

From The Ponys myspace bulletin:

Hey my other band White Savage will be on the west coast next week. Come visit me. Jered

Aug 14 2007    Bunkhouse Saloon w/ Static Static    Las Vegas

Aug 15 2007    Spaceland W/Static Static Los Angeles

Aug 16 2007    Tribal Cafe W/ Static Static    Los Angeles

Aug 17 2007    Bottom of the Hill W/ The Go, Bellavista, Thee Makeout Party    San Francisco

Aug 18 2007    The Hemlock Tavern W/ The Terrible Twos    San Francisco

Aug 20 2007    Slabtown w/ Bouquet, The Limbs    Portland

Aug 21 2007    Comet Tavern W/ Intelligence, Pyramids    Seattle


Check out White Savage this past Spring at SXSW



White Savage on myspace: 

The New Pornographers Return To Europe : Our Kinda Town!

(live at last Sunday's Rogers Picnic, photo swiped from's Flickr page)

We're counting down the days (17 or 18 depending on your time zone) 'til the release of 'Challengers', but there's no harm in planning ahead. The New Pornographers will be visiting the following global hotspots this autumn :

Sunday, September 30 – La Maroquinerie, Paris (tickets)
Thursday, October 4 – Koko, London  (tickets)

Dates in Berlin and Oslo will be announced very soon. 

Jennifer O’Connor hits Massachussetts, HARD.

This weekend, I will embark upon a mini-tour (ok, it's 2 shows) in Massachussetts. First off will be the fantastic-5-band-bill-for-10-bucks PA's Lounge show on Friday August 3. (See totally awesome poster by Ian Adams above).

This show was originally booked as a celebration of the split 7" that I put out with Choo Choo La Rouge (my best pals in band land) – but its blossomed into much more. Make sure you come early to check out my friends Clint, Michigan & Amy Bezunartea. And I can't begin to say how excited I am to be sharing a bill with Chris Brokaw. I've seen him solo a few times (and with Come many times back in the day, including a Nirvana/The Breeders/Come show at The Omni in Atlanta!!!!)

Saturday we venture out to Martha's Vineyard to play at Aboveground Records. It's a very cool record store run by the same folks who run A Whale of a Label.

The JO'C band this weekend will be the duo of me on vox and gtr and Jon on drums.

And just for fun, below is a photo of us playing at the East River Amphitheatre last weekend. Miwa took this from the very top center of the back row.


Have a great week and I hope to see all you New Englanders this weekend.

Love JO'C


Free Jennifer O’Connor show in NYC this Saturday

Hello Matablog readers: I'm playing a FREE Venus Zine sponsored show this weekend on Saturday, July 28 at the East River Ampitheatre. That's at Cherry Street and the East River, not 23rd Street as I previously and erroneously reported on my Myspace blog. This will be a full-band style show and we'll be playing some new stuff that we are gearing up to record for the next record as well as some older jams. The show starts at 2pm and we go on around 4:30!! 

Dead Meadow – In LA And (Far) Beyond

Jason Simon, New Year's Eve 2007, pic by The Photographer

Jul 29 2007 Echoplex (under the Echo)    Los Angeles, California
Aug 7 2007 Paradiso    Amsterdam
Aug 8 2007 The Audio    Brighton
Aug 9 2007 Cargo    London
Aug 10 2007  Norwich Arts Centre    Norwich
Aug 11 2007  The Cluny    Newcastle
Aug 12 2007  The Faversham    Leeds
Aug 13 2007  The Maze    Nottingham
Aug 14 2007  Nice 'n' Sleazy    Glasgow
Aug 15 2007  Thekla    Bristol
Aug 16 2007  The Point    Cardiff
Aug 17 2007  The Green Man Festival, Glanusk Park, Brecon Beacons
Aug 18 2007  The Cellar    Oxford
Aug 19 2007  Taylor John's House    Coventry
Aug 20 2007  Music Box, Manchester
Aug 23 2007  Magnolia    Milano
Aug 24 2007  Rock and Rodes    Sondrio
Aug 25 2007  Hana-bi – Marina di Ravenna    Ravenna

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)