Harlem – 3 Big Nights In The Tri-State Area (Sorry, Connecticut)

The 3rd of the above events is what our friends in the United Kingdom like to call “oversubscribed”.   Tomorrow night’s Mercury Lounge show is a contender to turn out the same way, so if you’re thinking of stopping home to watch Richard Bey’s straight-t0-web talk show, you might regret the decision. Even if the Harlem show isn’t sold out, you might regret the decision.

(order ‘Hippies’ on LP, CD or digital formats from the Matador Store)

Harlem ‘Hippies’ hits stores TODAY!

photo grabbed from Pooneh Ghana‘s flickr

A lot has happened since we met Harlem a few years ago. They’ve written 16 indelible pop songs, played shows across the nation, contributed to a compilation celebrating the one of the better music scenes going right now and beat us in a couple rounds of cee-lo… and in the midst of all that and more, they let us release a damn fine LP that we couldn’t be more enthusiastic to yell, “drops today!”

You can grab ‘Hippies’ at many fine music retail outlets including your local record shop, favorite digital retailer (such as Amazon, emusic or iTunes) and Matador’s online store.

And the fun’s just getting started – Harlem plays a release show at Waterloo Records in Austin on April 11, Lollapalooza in August and a ton of other dates in between.

Harlem – “Gay Human Bones” video

The countdown to Tuesday’s release of Hippies continues.

Today Pitchfork debuts the video for “Gay Human Bones”, directed by Justin Kelly:

Tour dates:

April
Thursday 01 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (with the Golden Boys, Cowabunga Babez)
Tuesday 13 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Wednesday 14 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
Thursday 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Friday 16 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
Saturday 17 – Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
Monday 19 – Washington, DC – DC9
Tuesday 20 – Baltimore, MD – Golden West Cafe
Wednesday 21 – Philadelphia, PA – King Fu Necktie
Thursday 22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Friday 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
Saturday 24 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s w/Titus Andronicus
Sunday 25 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Wednesday 28 – Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Thursday 29 – Cleveland, OH – Now Thats Class
Friday 30 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Cafe

May
Saturday 01 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Sunday 02 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
Tuesday 04 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Wednesday 05 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
Thursday 06 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Friday 07 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Saturday 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
Monday 10 – Columbus, OH – The Summit
Tuesday 11 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Parlour
Wednesday 12 – Lousville, KY – Zanzabar
Thursday 13 – Nashville, TN – The End
Friday 14 – Memphis, TN Hi -Tone Cafe
Saturday 15 – Dallas, TX – City Tavern
Friday 29 – Barcelona, Spain – Parc Del Forum (Primavera Sound)

Hear Harlem’s “Hippies” now!

A week from today, Harlem will release their second album and debut for Matador, Hippies. You should order Hippies to own.

If you need convincing, the band is streaming the album in its entirety over at MySpace. A listen or two should do the trick.

Catch Harlem on the road in April and May:

April
Thursday 01 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (with the Golden Boys, Cowabunga Babez)
Tuesday 13 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Wednesday 14 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
Thursday 15 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Friday 16 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
Saturday 17 – Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
Monday 19 – Washington, DC – DC9
Tuesday 20 – Baltimore, MD – Golden West Cafe
Wednesday 21 – Philadelphia, PA – King Fu Necktie
Thursday 22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Friday 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel
Saturday 24 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s w/Titus Andronicus
Sunday 25 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Wednesday 28 – Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Thursday 29 – Cleveland, OH – Now Thats Class
Friday 30 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Cafe

May
Saturday 01 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Sunday 02 – Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
Tuesday 04 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
Wednesday 05 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
Thursday 06 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Friday 07 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Saturday 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
Monday 10 – Columbus, OH – The Summit
Tuesday 11 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Parlour
Wednesday 12 – Lousville, KY – Zanzabar
Thursday 13 – Nashville, TN – The End
Friday 14 – Memphis, TN Hi -Tone Cafe
Saturday 15 – Dallas, TX – City Tavern
Friday 29 – Barcelona, Spain – Parc Del Forum (Primavera Sound)

Harlem, Quizzed In The Most Comfortable Of All Possible Settings

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Tiger Woods recently allowed ESPN and the Golf Channel to interrogate him for a grand total of 5 minutes. Harlem, however, are far more giving of their time,  submitting to 8+ minutes of up-close-and-personal sharing. Two important questions remain unanswered, however ;  what is up with those insane chairs Jose and Curtis are sitting in and how can we get some?

Listen to Harlem on KUT tonight, 9:00PM CDT

(photo by Pooneh Ghana)

It may not be possible for readers of this blog not to be aware of the annual Bobby Soxx Memorial Festival that’s taking place in Austin this week (known to insiders as SOXXXSW), and it is likely just as impossible that you’re unaware of the many shows that Austin’s Harlem will be playing during said festival. On the off chance that you missed it, a complete list of Harlem’s shows (along with the shows of Matador labelmates Fucked Up, The Cave Singers & Shearwater) can be found right here.

Prior to all that, though, you can get warmed up by tuning in to Austin’s friendly neighborhood public radio station, KUT, and checking out an instudio from Harlem tonight at 9:00PM Central. Those of you who live within driving distance of Emo’s can find KUT at 90.5 on your FM dial, while the rest of the Internet-enabled universe can listen at kut.org.

Should you feel compelled to bring the Harlem magic home with you, please note that our online store has quite the deal on their upcoming album, Hippies: 15% off, free poster, and you get the mp3s instantly.

We’ll see you, seeing us, in Austin

Heading to the annual Musical Trade Fair That Also Features Unaffiliated Gigs thing in Austin TX this week?

Well, do yourself the favor and check out The Cave Singers, Harlem, Fucked Up and Shearwater playing multiple times through the weekend. Here’s a useful breakdown by time and place for your calendars.

Tues, March 16th

-11:30 PM, Harlem

House of Guys Party

@1907 Rio Grande Street

Weds, March 17th

– 5:00 PM, Fucked Up
@ Emo’s
603 Red River
Brooklyn Vegan Day Party

– 8:00 PM, Harlem
@ Charlie’s
1301 Lavaca Street
Victims of Sonic Attack Day Party

Thurs, March 18th

-1:00 PM, Cave Singers
@ The Mohawk
Billions/Ticketfly Party

-1:00 PM, Shearwater

@ Galaxy Room
507 E. 6th Street
Paste Party

-7:30 PM, Fucked Up
@ FADER Fort
1101 E. 5th Street
between San Marcos and Waller

-9:00 PM, Harlem

@ Red 7 Patio
611 East 7th St

SXSW Showcase

-11:30 PM, Cave Singers
@ Club Deville
900 Red River Street
Billions SXSW Showcase

Friday, March 19th

-1:15 PM, Shearwater
@ Waterloo
600 North Lamar Boulevard
In-Store Performance

– 2:15 PM, Harlem
@ the FADER Fort
1101 E 5th St
Fader Day Party

– 2:20 PM, Fucked Up
@ Stubb’s
801 Red River
Spin Party

-3:40, Harlem
@ Stubb’s

801 Red River
SPIN Party

– 3:50 PM, Fucked Up
@ Red 7 Patio
611 E. 7th Street
Shirts for a Cure

-3:40, Harlem
@ Stubb’s

801 Red River

SPIN Party

-3:50 PM, Fucked Up
@ Red 7 Patio
611 E. 7th Street
Shirts for a Cure

-6:00 PM, Cave Singers
@ Home Slice Pizza
1415 S Congress Ave
Dickies Sounds Showcase

-12:00 AM, Shearwater
@ Antones
213 W 5th ST
Billions Showcase

Sat, March 20

-5:00 PM, Cave Singers
@ Beauty Bar
617 E 7th St
SX-Seattle Day Party

– 5:00 PM, Fucked Up
@ The Space
E 6th & San Antonio
Mess With Texas

-10:30 PM, Harlem

@  1104 E 6th St

Todd P Party

-1:00 AM, Fucked Up
@ Red 7 Patio
611 East 7th St

Fucked Up Showcase

Harlem – 2nd MP3 From ‘Hippies’, “Gay Human Bones”

(polaroid by Pooneh Ghana)

Harlem are headed back to Austin for a slew of SXSW-related activities before they hit the road yet again in April, taking just a little bit of time off to set themselves on fire in the name of promotion and marketing. We’re thrilled to be associated with persons willing to put their bodies on the line for our bottom line art, and as such, feel privileged to present the 2nd MP3 from the forthcoming ‘Hippies’ (April 6) full-length, “Gay Human Bones”.

“Gay Human Bones” (160k MP3)

(Preorder ‘Hippies’ on LP or CD for 15% before April 6 from The Matador Store – poster included)

Harlem – New April/May Dates, April Fools’ Friends Day Rec. Release Show

(l-r : Curtis, Coomers, pic taken from J Is For Jetsetter’s Flickr stream)

Harlem are on the West Coast as of this writing, catching up with old friends and making new ones in advance of their second album, ‘Hippies’ (LP/CD/digitized bits) coming out on April 6 (April 26 in the UK and Europe).  Though a bunch of new spring dates were just announced (below), we’d like to call special attention to the band’s April 1st show at Austin’s Mohawk, will serve as a record release bash for ‘Hippies’ (if not one of those annual record label stunts where we claim we’re doing a Record Store Day exclusive with Wal-Mart or something of that nature). Cowabunga Babes are on the bill and additional pals will be confirmed shortly.

3/13 – Aquarium Drunkard party, Red Eyed Fly, Austin, 3pm
3/16 – House Of Guys, 1907 Rio Grande, Austin, (with The Beets, Fungi Girls, Air Waves)
3/18 – Red 7, Austin (official SXSW event with Bad Sports, Pierced Arrows, Ravonettes)
3/19 – Levi’s Fader Fort, Austin, 2:15 pm
3/19 – Spin Party, Stubbs (indoors), Austin, 3:40pm
4/1 – Mohawk, Austin (record release bash)
4/13 -One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
4/14 – Bottletree, Birmingham, AL
4/15 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA
4/16 – JJ’s Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN
4/17 – Night Light, Chapel Hill, NC
4/19 – DC 9, Washington DC
4/20 – Golden West, Baltimore, MD
4/21 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
4/22 – Mercury Lounge, NYC, NY (early show)
4/23 – Market Hotel, Brooklyn, NY
4/24- Maxwell’s, Hoboken, NJ (with Titus Andronicus)
4/25 – Great Scott, Allston, MA
4/27 – Green Room, Montreal, Quebec
4/28 – Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario
4/29 – Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH
4.30 – Majestic Cafe, Detroit, MI
5/01- Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL
5/02- Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI (with Jail)
5/04- 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN
5/05 – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
5/06 – Waiting Room, Lincoln, NE
5/07 – Riot Room, Kansas City, MO (with Gil Mantera)
5/08- Firebird, St. Louis, MO
5/10 – The Summit, Columbus, OH
5/11 – Southgate House, Newport,  KY
5/12 – Zanzibar, Louisville, KY
5/13 – The End, Nashville, TN
5/14 – Hi Tone, Memphis, TN
5/15 – City Tavern, Dallas, TX

(Preorder ‘Hippies’ on LP or  CD for 15% before April 6 from The Matador Store – poster included)

“Friendly Ghost” (192k mp3)

Harlem live on WNYU’s New Afternoon show today at 6:00PM EST

Undaunted by the Great Blizzard of 2010, unafraid of New York’s exploding Radio Shacks, and dressed for Fashion Week success (as seen above), Austin’s own Harlem have made their way to our fair city to play a couple of shows for the townies. If you’re not lucky enough to have caught them last night at the Mercury Lounge, and you can’t make it out to either of their shows this weekend, you can get a feel for the Harlem live experience by tuning in to the New Afternoon Show on WNYU today for a live session with Jose, Curtis & Coomers. The fun starts at 6:00PM Eastern, and you can tune in at 89.1FM (in New York) or at wnyu.org (in places that have the Internet).

If you’d like to see Harlem play live this weekend (and you should), here are the details:

Fri, 2/12 – Monster Island (with Frankie + The Outs, The Siberians)
Sat, 2/13 – Union Pool (with Jemina Pearl)

Those looking for a way to pre-order their excellent Matador debut, Hippies, we have you covered as well.

Harlem In The Western United States

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(Jose, Coomers and Curtis dealing with the elements at Fun Fun Fun last November. pic taken from Pooneh Ghana’s Flickr page)

In addition to a mid February trio of shows in New York City and a Feb. 6 appearance as part of Matador’s Casual Victim Pile revue at Austin’s Beerland, Harlem are pointing their compass in a western direction at the end of the month, previewing selections from their forthcoming ‘Hippies’ LP/CD/digital album.  Or so we hope.  We’re not really in the business of dictating repertoire, mostly because it’s embarrassing when we get the song titles wrong (admittedly, this doesn’t happen so often with Harlem, but keep in mind, they’re pretty new on the label).  A video for “Friendly Ghost” will be unveiled pretty soon, once we’ve received a thumbs-up from the extremely powerful Ghost Lobby that tends to control most of the entertainment business.

Thu, 2/18 – Phoenix AZ – Trunk Space (tickets)
Fri, 2/19 – Los Angeles CA – L’KEG Gallery
Sat, 2/20 – Los Angeles CA – Spaceland (tickets)
Sun, 2/21 – San Diego CA – Casbah (tickets)
Tue, 2/23 – San Jose CA – Blank Club (tickets)
Wed, 2/24 – San Francisco CA – Cafe Du Nord – Noise Pop (tickets)
Fri, 2/26 – Portland OR – Dantes (tickets)
Sat, 2/27 – Seattle WA – Funhouse (tickets)
Wed, 3/3 – Santa Cruz CA – The Crepe Place (tickets)
Thu, 3/4 – Costa Mesa CA – Detroit Bar
Fri., 3/5 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress (tickets)

(Preorder ‘Hippies’ on LP or  CD for 15% before April 6 from The Matador Store – poster included)

“Friendly Ghost” (192k mp3)

Harlem – NYC Dates Prior To ‘Hippies’ Release

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(photo by Pooneh Ghana)

In addition to their previously mentioned February 6 show at Beerland as part of the Casual Victim Pile festivities, Harlem are heading to the greater NYC area for what our pal Cronos might call “a promo tour” in mid February. Other activities that week may or may not include radio sessions, meetings with foreign dignitaries and a visit to one of those “Fame” high schools (but only if we can obtain permission first).

Wed, 2/10 – Mercury Lounge (early show) (tickets)
Fri, 2/12 – Monster Island (with Frankie + The Outs, The Siberians)
Sat, 2/13 – Union Pool -(with Jemina Pearl)

‘Hippies’ (LP/CD/digital album) is in stores and/or available via popular download services April 6.

“Friendly Ghost” (192k mp3)

Coming April 6 : Harlem – ‘Hippies’

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(photo by Pooneh Ghana)

As mentioned some months ago, the Austin, TX based trio  Harlem had their summer vacation canceled by Matador Records and they ended being forced to work long hours at Costa Mesa’s Distillery in an effort to produce a worthy followup to 2008’s ‘Free Drugs’. Apparently, there are laws against this kind of thing and eventually, the band had to return to their glamorous lifestyle of making club gigs seem like living room shows (and living room shows feel like club shows with better furniture and cheaper drinks).

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Now that the dust has cleared, however, the resulting 16-song pop meisterwerk, recorded with the assistance of Mike McHugh, reveals the triumvirate of Coomers, Curtis and Jose in fine fettle. The gents really “knocked it out of the park” as ice hockey fans are so fond of saying, but we remain hopeful, if not confident this album will have great appeal even for those of you who’ve never laced ’em up.   Harlem’s 2nd album, ‘Hippies’ hits North American record shops, farmers markets and digital storefronts on April 6 on the always popular LP, CD and MP3/FLAC configurations.  Here’s a taste ;

“Friendly Ghost” (192k mp3)

Though Harlem’s early 2010 dates will be announced soon, we’d be remiss in not mentioning they’re playing Austin’s Emo’s tonight in support of labelmate Jay Reatard, and again on December 17 at the Mohawk with Crystal Antlers.   There’s more news to follow very soon (pre-album 7″, videos to make, travel plans to book, tire pressures to check, etc.)

Harlem – US Dates (And CMJ, Too)

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(l-r : Curtis, Coomers, Jose. Pics taken from Poptartgirl’s Flickr page)

OK, we’ve listed some of the dates below previously, but now we’ve got extensive CMJ activity for Harlem as well. If you’d like to argue that CMJ is part of America, well, that’s going to be a very long discussion between you and I.

While you’re mulling it over, Harlem have recently completed recording and mixing of their 2nd album at Costa Mesa, CA’s Distillery. For a while there was some suspicion we’d sent them to a real distillery, but all of the invoices checked out (and Chris Lombardi even swung by the place) and hopefully that’s the last of our label paranoia for a while. More details surrounding said album will be forthcoming soon.

Fri 10/2/09 Emo’s Austin TX with !!!
Sat 10/3/09 Saturn Bar New Orleans LA
Sun 10/4/09 Alabama Music Box Mobile AL
Mon 10/5/09 Sluggo’s Pensacola FL
Tue 10/6/09 Will’s Pub Orlando FL
Thu 10/8/09 Sweat Records Miami FL
Fri 10/9/09 New World Brewery Ybor City/Tampa FL
Tue 10/13/09 Nightlight Chapel Hill NC
Wed 10/14/09 Talking Head Baltimore MD
Thu 10/15/09 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
Sat 10/17/09 Scion Garage Rock Festival Satyricon Portland OR
Tue 10/20/09 Santos Party House New York NY
Wed 10/21/09 Maxwells Hoboken NJ
Fri 10/23/09 Vice Party @ Public Assembly Brooklyn NY
Sat 10/24/09 After The Jump Party @Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn NY
Tue 10/27/09 DC 9 Washington DC
Wed 10/28/09 JJ’s Bohemia Chattanooga TN
Thu 10/29/09 Hal & Mals Jackson MS
Fri 11/6/09 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin TX (with Shearwater, Times New Viking, Fucked Up, Mission Of Burma, DRI)

Harlem On Fuel TV

Careful, there’s a rather large kick drum at the top of that ramp. “South Of France” from ‘Free Drugs’, as performed on the Snickers-tastic Daily Habit (thanks to Gabe for the link)

Harlem – New US Dates, Candid Studio Photography

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Austin, TX trio Harlem spent much of August hard at work on their forthcoming 2nd album (and Matador debut) at Costa Mesa, CA’s Distillery. Though they’ve returned to said studio for additional work, Coomers, Curtis and Jose will be hitting the road again very shortly. Despite how we’re prevented from sharing any of the new Harlem songs with you at this early stage, the band have carefully documented the recording process and their recent travels thru a series of explicit snapshots at their MySpace page.

Sep 4 La Cave, Costa Mesa, California
Sep 24 Rubber Gloves ,Denton, Texas (with Monotonix)
Sep 26 Super Happy Funland, Houston, Texas (with Monotonix)
Oct 2 Emo’s (Outside) Austin, Texas (with !!!)
Oct 3 Saturn Bar, New Orleans, Louisiana
Oct 4 Alabama Music Box, Mobile, Alabama
Oct 5 Sluggo’s, Pensacola Florida, Florida
Oct 6 Will’s Pub, Orlando, Florida
Oct 9 New World Brewery, ybor city, Florida
Oct 13 Nightlight, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (with Spider Bags and Pinche Gringo)
Oct 14 Talking Head Club, Baltimore, Maryland
Oct 15 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 garage fest ’99 , Satyricon, Portland, Oregon
Oct 20 Santo’s Party House, New York, New York
Oct 29 121 Studios Jackson, Mississippi

Harlem And Matador

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(l-r, Coomers, Curtis, Jose. In the background – not sure, but hopefully he won’t sue)

It’s a poorly kept secret around the office and the band’s hometown but one we can finally confirm — Matador has signed the Austin, TX trio HARLEM to a multi-record, worldwide deal. 

Led by dual vocalists Michael Coomers and Curtis O’Mara (the duo switch between guitar and drums, both onstage and off), Harlem started in Tucson, AZ before relocating to Austin where they’ve generated a mountain of attention, both with their fantastic live shows and their self-issued 2008 LP/CD ‘Free Drugs’ (Female Fantasy — currently available via Matador Direct)

Pitchfork’s Roque Strew has hailed Harlem as “a marvel of cartoonishly masculine, crudely analog brevity”, while Gorilla Vs. Bear considers ‘Free Drugs’ to be “super infectious, instantly endearing”, and kindly supplying a quote that we’ll gladly take out of context, the Austin Chronicle’s Audra Schroeder has fallen preil to the album’s “anxious, stuttering charm”. I know, that all sounds highly suspicious, but anyone who’s heard ‘Free Drugs’ or witnessed Harlem laying waste to any number of shoebox sized venues (some of which, were in fact, shoeboxes) can attest, the band’s casual virtuosity is only eclipsed by their otherworldly songwriting skills.

Recently joined by bassist Jose Boyer, Harlem will be recording their 2nd album this summer for release on Matador in 2010.  

Harlem – MySpace