The (cough) executive branch of Matador Records and Filmworks will be attending South By Southwest in Austin this week, and while the label isn’t putting on a huge gig of our own, we fully intend to gatecrash everyone else’s (this is not, btw, an solicitation for invites to sundry booshit showcases — we already run the risk of missing bands we’re nuts about, such is the overload over 4 nights). However, two members of our glittering roster will be making offish festival appearances :
SHEARWATER – 1am Friday, March 20 18th Floor, Hilton Garden
JAGUAR LOVE – 8:45pm, Thursday, March 19, Beauty Bar (I Heart Comix)
In addition, Shearwater will be performing at Mojo Magazine’s annual BBQ (Saturday afternoon, Mean Eyed Cat) and Jaguar Love will be playing the MySpace/Blacksheep Fellowship party at the Cedar Door (201 Brazos Street) on Thursday afternoon. Neither of those shows are officially sanctioned SXSW events and as such, you’ll not need a badge or wristband to attend.
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Austin this week, the venerable Showlist is one of the better sources for (relatively) accurate / up-to-date info regarding shows, parties, etc. that won’t require SXSW credentials (or in many cases, an admission fee).
Jaguar Love stopped by Hot Topic HQ last Fall to record this session in the corporate cafeteria and proceeded to blow the roof off the place.
Watching this performance brings me back to last August when the following secret communique arrived from Matador head honcho Chris Lombardi post HT meeting:
Our meeting was in “the chamber” there were gargoyles and flaming towers in the reception area, it was like “am I at Ozzys house?” the reception desk was an embalming table and the ceo walked out with her dog “count woofenstien” or something like that …you guys have NO idea… Where have we gone what have we become.. I’m gonna go get a tattoo or become a “cutter” now….lightly slice my limbs away.. Anyway mtg was good they upped their order from xxx to xxxx, they want any merch we have a la stickers postcards or download cards, they were wondering if the band would be available to play the managers mtg in oct and the video is gonna go in rotation at the 200 or so stores that have that capability…the record is also going into in-store play at all 700+ stores as matt said.
I told em we want hot topic to OWN this band…. Ok I’m going coffin hunting ….later. CL
Jaguar Love out on the road again this spring, below dates in support of OK/Go
20-San Diego @ House of Blues
21-Anaheim @ House of Blues
24-Santa Cruz @ Catalyst
25-San Francisco @ Great American Music Hall
27-Portland @ Wonder Ballroom
28-Seattle @ Chop Suey
(J, Cody and Johnny wishing a GWB a fond farewell. Sort of.)
OK, a couple of club dates in the middle of some massive festival gigs on the NiN-headlined Soundwave clusterfück. If you’re attending one of the latter, be sure to say hi…as it’s gonna be a loooong day.
Saturday, February 21 Brisbane – Soundwave, RNA Showgrounds
Sunday, February 22 Sydney, Soundwave, Eastern Creek Fairgrounds
Monday February 23 Campbelltown – City Hotel with Minus The Bear and Straylight Run
Thursday February 26 Melbourne – NEXT! with Minus The Bear and Straylight Run
Friday February 27 Melbourne – Soundwave Festival, Melbourne Park
Saturday February 28 Adelaide – Soundwave Festival, Bonython Park
Monday March 2 Perth – Soundwave Festival, Steel Blue Oval
Our spring Intended Play label download sampler was a huge hit, so we’re doing it again. Just like before, you get a track from one of each of our current and upcoming releases. Seven of the tracks have not been released on MP3 yet, and four of those are from albums that haven’t been released yet. The sampler this time is a bit more varied musically, from A.C. Newman’s jewel-like pop songscapes to the majestic neo-punk of Fucked Up to the gorgeous female vocals of Jennifer O’Connor to a track from Lou Reed’s painstaking, thoughtful, first-ever performance of his controversial classic album ‘Berlin.’ We also introduce an unreleased song from Pavement’s ‘Brighten The Corner’ sessions, due out on the deluxe edition of that album in November.
Click on the link to get a zipped file of all 13 tracks plus front and back artwork, and burn it yourself (or just listen to it digitally). And support the bands and the label… if you like the track, click on the album title link below to buy (or preorder) the album (or more individual tracks) directly from us.
I saw Jaguar Love do-their-thing Saturday evening in the sweaty confines of Austin’s Emo’s Lounge, and fine though that performance was, a tip of the hat to videographer Jasten King for compiling footage from a recent L.A. show and giving the uninitiated a nice sub-5 minute crash course in this fantastic band.
Jaguar Love continue their diligent road work on behalf of the newly released ‘Take Me To The Sea’ with the following American dates, all of ’em co-headlining with Polysics. Additional dates, sans Polysics will be confirmed shortly.
21-Tempe @ The Clubhouse
22-Tucson @ Club Congress
24-Dallas @ The Prophet Bar
25-Austin @ Emo’s Lounge [email protected] Meridian
28-Atlanta @ The Earl
29-Charlotte @ Tremont Music Hall
30-Washington DC @ Black Cat
31-New York @ Mercury Lounge
1-Danbury, CT @ Heirloom Arts Center
2-Cambridge @ Middle East (Upstairs)
4-Montreal @ Club Lambi
5-Toronto @ Horseshoe Tavern
7-London @ Call The Office
8-Detroit @ Magic Stick
9-Chicago @ Abbey Pub
13-SF @ Bottom of the Hill
14-Pomona @ Glasshouse
For those who can’t wait until next Tuesday (8/19) to soak in Jaguar Love’s debut album, “Take Me To The Sea”, well, you don’t have to – MySpace and Jaguar Love have your back, and the album is streaming now at the band’s page:
I dunno about you, but I’m having serious nightmares looking at that flyer. Personal problems aside, Jaguar Love started their coast-to-coast tour with the Faint this week, and along with being dubbed Spin.com’s “Artist Of The Day” (tomorrow’s choice : Gaugin), “Bonetrees & A Broken Heart” from the forthcoming ‘Take Me To The Sea’ LP/CD can be heard in streaming fashion at the band’s MySpace page.
Wednesday 30 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue w/The Faint
Friday 01 Vancouver, CA Commodore Ballroom w/The Faint
Saturday 02 Richmond, VA The Old Firehouse
Sunday 03 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom w/The Faint
Tuesday 05 Burlington, VT U of VT Davis Center Grand Ballroom w/The Faint
Wednesday 06 Pomona, CA Glass House w/Crystal Antlers
Wednesday 06 Long Beach, CA Que Sera
Wednesday 06 Long Beach, CA Que Sera w/Crystal Antlers
Thursday 07 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre w/The Faint
Thursday 07 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater w/The Faint
Friday 08 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
Friday 08 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction w/Crystal Antlers
Saturday 09 San Diego, CA Soma w/The Faint
Monday 11 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa
Tuesday 12 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom w/The Faint
Thursday 14 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse w/The Faint
Friday 15 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle w/The Faint
Saturday 16 Washington D.C., DC 9:30 Club w/The Faint
Sunday 17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theater w/The Faint
Tuesday 19 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
Wednesday 20 Worcester, MA The Palladium Ballroom w/ The Faint
Thursday 21 Toronto, CA The Opera House w/The Faint
Friday 22 Chicago, IL Vic Theater w/The Faint
Saturday 23 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium w/The Faint
(above, J, Johnny, Cody, photograph by Michael Lavine)
Jaguar Love’s performance at the Capitol Hill Block Party (Seattle, WA) will be webcast on KEXP.org tomorrow at 6:30 PST (9:30 EST). If you’ve not already made plans, Jay Reatard is on the Neumos stage tonight, while the Cave Singers are playing 2nd on the Main Stage tomorrow.
(editor’s note : Jaguar Love are in the midst of the debut European tour at the moment, and while they’ll be stateside later this month —- they’re playing the Siren Fest on July 19 and then embarking on a full US tour with The Faint — the band are graciously keeping us abreast during their current jaunt. Here’s the latest dispatch from guitarist Cody Votolato.)
In Graz, Austria right now. Its hot as hell but that’s not a complaint. I’ve never been here before though the town seems pretty great. Haven’t gotten a chance to venture out much, but we are going to this vegetarian joint near the club called Mangold for dinner in a bit. We just spent two days in Prague, which was really great as well. Zane, J and I stomped all over the city and back a few times it felt like. Prague is most definitely a tourist trap, but it almost doesn’t seem to matter because the city is so powerful. It’s kind of great being in a place with so many people from all over the world around you. I suppose you gotta be in the right mood to deal with it. I was.It was also the Euro finals and people were gathered in the center to watch the game. Crazed. Germany vs. Spain. It seemed that the people Prague had Spains back for the most part. I was expecting the town to blow up when Spain won, but it turned into a ghost town pretty quickly. Short-lived excitement. Sunday night blues. We tried to get into something, but nothing was going on at all. The train stopped running at midnight so we hopped in a cab ride back to the bus and found Jessie and Craig hanging in the dark. We lost bus power, but we had a good time shooting the shit until we fell off to slumber one by one. Woke up in the heat of the bus in the morning. We all pounced on a Laundromat near the club. Pretty much all In dire straits. The show ended up being really fun in Prague. A lot of great people came out to the show and it made for a good night. Even saw our good friend Aaron unexpectedly. I gotta split now to go and eat. Talk soon…
Cody posted the following at Jaguar Love‘s MySpace page earlier today :
Wed. June 18th 2008
Jaguar Love European Tour
We are just over a week into our European tour. Things are going well so far I’d say. It’s about 2 in the afternoon. We are in Koln, Germany today and the sun is burning good and hot. We all woke up a little dazed and sweaty this morning, but I have to admit its a nice change from the throes of the seemingly constant Northwest drizzle in our home of Portland. Spirits are high. Zane, J and Craig are all off to the music store to pick up some supplies, Johnny and Amy are stomping around the city somewhere, Jessie is in the shower and I’m sitting backstage at Luxor on a black leather love seat writing this. We’ve been playing a bunch of festivals so far on this trip (which I love), but last night we played our own headlining show. It felt great to be inside a club. It was in Weisbaden, Germany.Weisbaden is a pretty great city. Apparently after World War Two the US decided to stay there for a while and it kept it from getting bombed, so the city is well preserved. Like any European city there is a square with commercial shopping and the like but on the outskirts its pretty rad. Really beautiful homes and buildings. The club we played is called Schlachthof. It’s a collective run by 16 people and really amazing. After the show was pretty chill. I think some of us are still trying to shake off the jet lag blues.Give it a few more days…