Frozen Dessert Roundup, Pt. I

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Shearwater sends summertime props to the paleta and to Loco Pops of Durham, NC (where, in this photo, JM is conspicuously two-fisting) -– yet another culinary import from down south that, to us, ranks up there with tomatillos, cilantro, Serrano peppers, and horchata.  These juice- or cream-based frozen treats kick any kool-aid-on-a-stick American popsicle'’s ass up one side of the street and down the other.  In Austin these critters are plentiful but they can be scarce on tour;– Loco Pops is a little oasis north of us and is just as good.  They have about a zillion hand-made flavors including blueberry buttermilk, pear, pistachio, mojito, and good old pineapple and coconut.  Touring bands may want to skip lunch.

Saturday’s Gonna Be a Good Day

Two free in-stores, two cities, same time.  Love Of Diagrams will be performing a free, all ages show at Amoeba Music in San Francisco this Saturday at 4pm.  Meanwhile, Jonathan Meiburg and Thor Harris of Shearwater will performing at End Of An Ear in Austin.

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(Shearwater pic swiped fromPitchfork) 

Simultaneous action, Saturday, April 14th at 4pm.

Love of Diagrams at Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St., San Francisco CA 94117

Shearwater at End Of An Ear, 2209 South First St., Austin TX 78704

There’s No Better Way To Celebrate The Birth Of Our Nation…

…than by watching that terrific American North American rock'n'roll juggernaut The New Pornographers, live in lower Manhattan's Battery Park.  It's all going down July 4 with support from Midlake. Free tickets will be distributed at select Starbucks locations (and before you give us any grief, a ) we're not the promoter and b) if it's any consolation, Jackie Mason doesn't like Starbucks, either) with details to follow.

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(photo of Jonathan Meiburg, taken from hewinsd's Flickr page)

The following day, July 5, Shearwater will be performing a free show at New York City's Castle Clinton

SXSW: In Their Own Words

While you might be sick of us gushing about that well-on-its-way to being legendary "Shearwater at Central Prez" concert down in Austin, Howard and Jonathan have posted some personal accounts on the blog scribed by our favorite Brooklyn via Austin gentleladies.  

Howard and Jonathan:  Baby grands, track bike handlebars, churches and cake

(note:  regarding karaoke, what happens in N. Austin stays in N. Austin) 

My SXSW Roundup :

Here are my SXSW picks:

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(photo by Kathryn Yu, used without permission, taken from The Rich Girls Are Weeping)

1. Shearwater playing at the Central Presbyterian Church. With a Steinway concert grand, the audience in pews, and acoustics to die for ("the best sound I've heard at a rock show in years," said an industry veteran to my right). Some audience members were crying. This was one for the ages.

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2. In total contrast, Jay Reatard at the Victory Grill. Jay had been up for 3 days straight and was angry. The oversized bassist in the faded Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt was angry too. They were hurling nearly full cans of bud into the audience, directly at moshers' faces. The sound was perfect. The experience was genuine. Actual punk rock like I have rarely seen since the mid-'80s.

The other shows are in no particular order:

The Ponys – Emo's, afternoon show
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(TNV at Sound On Sound, Saturday afternoon, phone cam pic by Gerard)

Times New Viking – Exodus, Friday night
Clockcleaner – Exodus, Friday night
Some Montreal punk band, Long Branch Inn, early Friday evening

Sorry for the Matador-centric picks… inevitable when your bands are playing 17 gigs in 4 days, you spend a lot of time seeing them! But of course it helps that they're all great, too.

There Ain’t No Future In Our Frontin’ : Matador At SXSW 2007

It's the rock biz' version of Spring Break, except Spring Break doesn't have enough cachet to lure Donnie Davies. And while Matador isn't doing a zillion dollar "showcase" (damn, we hate that word) this year, we are lucky enough to  witness several of our brightest lights making multiple appearances in Austin next week…on their own dime!

OFFICIAL SXSW EVENTS (ie. those without badges, wristbands and/or having turned up way early might well be SOL)

Thursday, March 15 – Shearwater, Central Prebyterian Church, 200 E. 8th St., 7:30pm
Thursday, March 15 – The Ponys, Emo's, 1am
Friday, March 16 – Times New Viking, Exodus, 10pm
Saturday, March 17 – Dead Meadow – Club Deville, 1am

in addition, the following parties / instores are happening and should be wide open to the public, space permitting :

Thursday, March 15 – The Ponys, KEXP taping (ACL studios), 1pm
Thursday, March 15 – The Ponys, Waterloo Records, 4pm
Friday, March 16 – The Ponys, Emo's (outside), 1:30pm
Saturday, March 17 – The Ponys, Mohawk (outside patio), 2pm
Saturday, March 17 – The Ponys, Red 7 (time TBA)

Friday, March 16 – Shearwater, Mohawk, 5pm

Friday, March 16 – Times New Viking, Long Branch Inn, 2pm

Thursday, March 15 – Dead Meadow, Instant Karma, 1pm
Friday, March 16 – Dead Meadow, Red 7, time TBA (afternoon party)
Friday, March 16 – Dead Meadow, Flamingo Cantina, time tba (afternoon party)
Saturday, March 17 – Dead Meadow, Jamie's Spanish Village, 8pm

Thursday, March 15 – Stuart Braithwaite, appearing as part of the Roky Erickson Ice Cream Social at Threadgill's (time TBA, but it's in the afternoon)

for more info on the day parties, non-SXSW events, we suggest you check out http://www.showlistaustin.com

Shearwater & Matador

In what proved to be one of our worst kept secrets in recent memory, Matador is pleased to confirm that we've reached agreement on a longterm-ish pact with one of the nation's most wildly original bands, Shearwater of Austin, TX.

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(foreground, l-r, Kim Burke, Jonathan Meiburg, Howard Draper. 2nd row, Thor Harris, Will Sheff)

On April 10, we'll be releasing a new, double-disc (CD and LP) verison of Shearwater's 4th album, 'Palo Santo'. One of 2006's most critically acclaimed long-players is not merely being reissued, but is in fact, reimagined, with 5 re-recorded versions done in December 2006, along with all new art and remastering of the original tracks.   This expanded edition comes with an extra disc containing 8 tracks, some are demos of Palo Santo songs, some are previously unknown compositions, all adding up to a stunning companion piece to the album.

Disc one includes newly recorded versions of "La Dame et la Licorne", "Red Sea, Black Sea", "Seventy-Four, Seventy-Five", "Johnny Viola", and "Hail, Mary".

The album art has been given the deluxe treatment as well, and perhaps we'll even have a jpg to share later today. Impatient types can check out the new version of "Red Sea, Black Sea" (mp3) today.

upcoming live activity :

03-15 Austin, TX – Central Presbyterian Church, 7:30pm (SXSW)
03-16 Austin, TX – Mohawk, 5pm
03-29 Austin, TX – Emo's *
03-30 Baton Rouge, LA – Red Star Bar *
03-31 Birmingham, AL – BottleTree Cafe *
04-01 Murfreesboro, TN – Casa Burrito *
04-02 Durham, NC – Duke Coffee House *
04-03 Wilmington, NC – Bella Festa *
04-04 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *
04-05 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar *
04-06 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church *
04-07 Cambridge, MA – T.T. the Bear's Place *
04-08 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
(* with Xiu Xiu)