Saturday, July 29, 2006

Snowden - Tour


Somehow I missed this when it was first mentioned but alas here you go. Snowden, who is releasing their debut album "Anti Anti" on August 22nd is embarking on a fairly extensive US tour. They will finally be hitting NYC, Brooklyn and Boston! Here's the tour itinerary:

Aug 12 2006 10:00 Soul Bar Augusta, GA
Aug 18 2006 8:00 Tasty World Athens, GA
Aug 19 2006 10:00 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
Aug 22 2006 10:00 Wetlands Chapel Hill, NC
Aug 23 2006 10:00 Relative Theory Records Norfolk, VA
Aug 24 2006 9:00 SIN-E New York, NY
Aug 25 2006 10:00 Great Scott | The Pill Boston, MA
Aug 26 2006 9:00 Southpaw Brooklyn, NY
Aug 29 2006 6:00 Ear X-tacy in-store Louisville, KY
Aug 29 2006 9:00 Uncle Pleasant's Louisville, KY
Aug 30 2006 9:00 The Basement Nashville, TN
Aug 31 2006 9:00 WC Don's Jackson, MS
Sep 1 2006 9:00 The Continental Austin, TX
Sep 2 2006 9:00 The Amsterdam Bar Dallas, TX
Sep 4 2006 8:00 Atomic Cantina Albuquerque, NM
Sep 5 2006 9:00 The Trunk Space Phoenix, AZ
Sep 6 2006 10:00 Silverlake Lounge Los Angeles, CA
Sep 8 2006 10:00 Club I.D. | Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA
Sep 9 2006 9:00 Old Ironsides Sacramento, CA
Sep 12 2006 10:00 Berbati's Portland, OR
Sep 13 2006 9:00 Crocodile Cafe Seattle, WA
Sep 15 2006 9:00 Neurolux Boise, ID
Sep 16 2006 9:00 The Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 17 2006 8:00 Hi-Dive Denver, CO
Sep 18 2006 9:00 O'Leavers Pub Omaha, NE
Sep 22 2006 9:00 Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 29 2006 9:00 The Nick Birmingham

Additionally I was planning to write up a review of the album, as the band kindly allowed me a listen before its release. I have to say that this album will no doubt be in my top 10 for this year! I hope to put up a review shortly with some tracks, with the bands permission.

Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill Single


Recordstore.co.uk has just put up a pre-sale for "Harrowdown Hill", the first single off of Thom Yorke's new album "The Eraser". For only 5 GBP you can get all three versions of the single, and with shipping it totals about $15-18 US. Not a bad deal. Here's the info from Recordstore:

thom yorke - harrowdown hill: ltd: 3 formats: £5

3 formats: £5
Tracklistings
Ltd CD
1. Harrowdown Hill
2. The Drunkk Machine
3. Harrowdown Hill (Extended Mix)

Ltd 7"
Side A
1. Harrowdown Hill (Extended Mix)
Side B
1. The Drunkk Machine

Ltd 12"
Side A
1. Harrowdown Hill
Side B
1. Jetstream

This multi-buy offer pack contains the following products:
Thom Yorke: Harrowdown Hill: Ltd - 12 inch single - normal price £2.99
Thom Yorke: Harrowdown Hill: Ltd - 7 inch single - normal price £0.99
Thom Yorke: Harrowdown Hill: Ltd - CD Single - normal price £1.99

Friday, July 28, 2006

Beirut New EP


Woo-hoo! Beirut is apparently planning to release a new live EP (single sided ltd edition 12"). You can read more about it here.

Clap Your Hands News


Here's some news I just got from CYHSY:

We have some tour dates coming up this fall...

09.26.06: Boston, MA // Avalon *
09.28.06: New York, NY // Rumsey Playfield, Central Park †
09.30.06: Philadelphia, PA // Trocadero *
10.01.06: Cleveland, OH // House of Blues *
10.02.06: Chicago, IL // Vic Theatre *
10.03.06: Chicago, IL // Vic Theatre *
10.04.06: Minneapolis, MN // First Avenue - Main Room *
10.06.06: Englewood, CO // Gothic Theatre *
10.07.06: Boulder, CO // Boulder Theater *
10.12.06: Portland, OR // Crystal Ballroom *
10.13.06: San Francisco, CA // Warfield Theater *
10.14.06: Los Angeles, CA // Henry Fonda Theatre *
10.15.06: Los Angeles, CA // Henry Fonda Theatre *

* with Architecture in Helsinki and Takka Takka
† with Architecture in Helsinki and ???
www.architectureinhelsinki.com
www.takkatakkamusic.com

Pre-sale for all dates EXCEPT 9/28 Central Park begins on August 2nd. Start times of pre-sale for each show are listed here: http://clapyourhandssayyeah.tickets.musictoday.com

We will be adding 2 live tracks to the web site, so visit on Monday to hear them.

We are working hard to reschedule the Japan and Australia shows that we had to cancel. Those shows will be announced shortly.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Demo's

Well I have been fortunate enough to receive a few new demo's in the mail from some gracious bands and I figured I'd mention a bit about them.


Antarctica Takes It!

First off let me thank Matt at YANP for turning me onto these guys, I definitely like what they have going and look forward to hopefully seeing them come and tour around the NYC area. On that note...Antarctica Takes It! hails from San Diego, CA, but don’t let that fool you. They sound nothing like the more publicized South California bands (Sublime, Lit, etc.). They mix a multi-instrumental sound similar to Sufjan Stevens but yield a much more straight-forward rock sound that is fairly pronounced throughout the bands 10-song debut. The album is available for only $6 if you check out their myspace page.

Here's a couple tracks from the album that I would highly recommend checking out:
Circuits
I'm No Lover


Lions in the Street - Cat Got Your Tongue EP

After listening to this EP a few times through one thing becomes rather clear, these guys are not necessary ready to take their tumultuous start to their recording career (see write-up here). They mix a bit of blues (small part) with a lot of southern rock sensibilities to create a sound akin to edgier Rolling Stones. You can listen/download to their EP in its entirety at their website, which is definitely worth checking out.

Here's a couple tracks from the EP that I would highly recommend checking out:
Already Gone
Lady Blue

New Shows Listed

Here's a list of some newly added shows for sale on Ticketweb:

Bowery Ballroom
Mountain Goats w/Christine Fellows - Sat Sept 30th - tix $16
Mountain Goats w/Christine Fellows - Sun Oct 1st - tix $16
Xiu Xiu w/Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog & Cong for Brums & Dirty Projectors- Thurs Oct 12th - tix $16
Xiu Xiu w/Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog & Cong for Brums & Dirty Projectors - Fri Oct 13th - tix $16
Beirut - Tues Nov 21st - tix $15
Beirut - Wed Nov 22nd - tix $15

Northsix
Boris - Mon Sept 11th - tix $12-14
Islands - Tues Oct 10th - tix $15
Kid Koala - Fri Nov 17th - tix $15

Jason Lytle at Joe's Pub

Well I can say without hesitation that I now have a new favorite venue in NYC. My wife and I attended the Jason Lytle show at Joe’s Pub Monday night and I could not have been more impressed! From the service to the ambiance to the doorman/bouncer, everyone was extremely polite and jovial.

I had requested a table close to the stage, figuring it might help me get in the place and be close enough to hear or something. What I got was the center table at the foot of the stage, right smack dab in front of Jason, which was more that a little surreal. The food is very good, I would highly recommend the bruccetta plate, and the wines and mojito’s were top-notch.

I guess I should begin by saying that the opener Nic Freitas was very good and seemed to have a more-than-subtle Bob Dylan influence, and I mean that in a good way! He actually played a Dylan cover at the end of his set. His songs were all very good and I’m a bit bummed that I didn’t grab a copy of his album on the way out…if anyone has any idea how to get a copy could you let me know.

Jason took the stage, with Rusty Miller who played guitar/keyboard/percussion, at around 10:00 or so, and jumped right into “Now It’s On”, which sounded amazing. He managed to encapsulate the entire Grandaddy sound at a minimal level that actually captured the songs in an intimate and ethereal light that seems to be the way they were intended to have been performed. There was a lot of laughing and joking going on throughout the set, which reached it’s peak when Rusty botched a line and hit a few missed notes during “Hewlett’s Daughter” that caused Jason to refer to the song as “Hewlett’s Train Wreck” as the song ended.

I unfortunately didn’t get a good shot of the setlist and have a problem retaining song titles as they are performed so I can only tell you a few of the songs he played that I managed to remember. Here’s a list of a few of the songs he played, unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the cover he played at the end of his set which was a classic.

Now It’s On
Chartsengrafs
Jed the Humanoid
Jeez Louise
Hewlett’s Daughter

The Go in the Go-for-it
Summer…it’s Gone

All in all it was an amazing performance on all accounts, and I can only hope he comes back around for some more shows (especially at Joes) soon! It’s a shame Grandaddy had to disband, but hopefully the guys are happy and successful, and Jason will for sure be continuing to entertain us into the future. (at least I hope so!)

Mat Brooke Leaves Band of Horses


According to Pitchfork, an official statement from the Band of Horses said that Mat Brooke will not longer be with the band so he can continue working on other projects. So this puts an end to all of the discussion regarding why he was not at any of the shows for the bands recent tour. Hopefully he comes back to help with the bands follow-up albums, because the harmonies he was able to do with Ben Bridwell are amazing!

By the way, the picture above is an absolute classic! The band is posing with non-other-than Warchild from the movie Point Break! Classic photo indeed, except they should've tried to get the guy who played Bunker Weiss to join 'em!

Vetiver Instore


I realize it's been a while since this show actually occurred but to be honest with you I wasn't really all that impressed by the band's show, and have been dragging my feet for posting even pictures. It's not that they were terrible but I guess I was hoping to make up for missing Jose Gonzalez's shows, and had heard good things about Vetiver. In reality neither myself or my wife were all that impressed. They were good, but not nearly as good as I was lead to believe.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Born in the UK!


News has just surfaced about the new Badly Drawn Boy album, which is scheduled for release October 23rd, and has a working title of "Born in the UK". The album will be released under EMI, which will be his first since leaving XL Recordings. According to NME.com some of the tracks that are expected to be on the new album are: "Born in the UK", "Degrees of Separation", "Nothings Going to Change My Mind", "Promises", and "Times of Times". That's all of the info I could drag up, but I'll post more as soon as I hear anything!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Arms - Shows in NYC area!


Wow, that was quick! I just asked Todd if Arms were playing any shows in the near future in the NYC area, to which he replied "yeah I'll be sending out an e-mail shortly about them." That was yesterday, and this morning I got an e-mail from him about two shows coming up this week(end). Here's the info:

MAXWELL'S w/ Deadboy & the Elephantmen and Boygirl
Saturday, July 22nd, 10pm
@ Maxwell's (1039 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ)
$10
(http://www.maxwellsnj.com/shows.html)

AND THEN THERE's...
LIT LOUNGE w/ the Dose Antler and the Devilles
Wednesday, July 26th, 10:30pm
@ Lit Lounge (93 2nd Ave at 5th St, Manhattan New York Sitee)
$6
(www.litloungenyc.com/lit_events.htm)

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Keep An Eye Out!

Keser -
I read about these guys on myspace, and they definitely caught my eye. Maybe it's because their from Scotland, and for some reason I have a tendency to really like Scottish bands (Mogwai, Travis, Belle & Sebastian, etc.). Regardless I just heard that their debut album "Esoteric Escape" is set to be released this August, although I'm unsure if it will be getting a stateside release. So here's the info from the bands record label:

NEW RELEASE NEWS

Keser release their debut album to be entitled Esoteric Escape on Alex Tronic Records. A release date is to be sheduled as the the album has gone to press.Fourteen tracks were recorded but the album will surface as a 12 track album . The other two tracks may surface as part of a single in the near future . Keser CD.LP Esoteric Escape Catalogue No ATR CD022

A couple of tracks to give a listen to:
Rolling (expected on the new album)
In the Beginning

Mercury Prize Nominations Released

CMJ has just put up the list of the 2006 nominees for the Mercury Prize, honoring the best in British/Irish music. I can't argue with the list, but I'm sure there will be discussions abound regarding the winner and those who maybe should have won. You can read about it in more detail here. Also here's the list from the site:

Nominations For The 2006 Mercury Prize
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not
Isobel Campbell And Mark Lanegan - Ballad Of The Broken Seas
Editors - The Back Room
Guillemots - Through The Windowpane
Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
Hot Chip - The Warning
Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
Zoe Rahman - Melting Pot
Lou Rhodes - Beloved One
Scritti Politti - White Bread Black Beer
Sway - This Is My Demo
Thom Yorke - The Eraser

Arms - Sh#ty Little Disco


I received this amazing demo/debut EP from the band Arms a week ago, and have found it nearly impossible to take it out of my car cd player, work computer cd player, and home cd player! The four-piece out of Brooklyn, NY (Park Slope I believe) manages to create some infectious indie-rock based grooves that put the Stuart Murdoch meets Lou Barlow vocals up front and straight into your head. This feat is even more impressive when you realize that all four members are credited with vocals.

I should give a huge hug and thanks to Connor and Nathaniel (IGIF) for indirectly turning me onto them! Also a HUGE thanks to Todd for sending out the demo! I can’t wait to hear more from them, and wish I could’ve made their first show (although it was as the Sea and the Gulls) in NYC on June 17th.

Key Tracks
Whirring
Jon the Escalator

Monday, July 17, 2006

New Clinic Album!


CMJ has just reported that Clinic have finished their fourth album, Visitations, which is due for release on October 9th! You can read about the album here. The track listing is as follows:

01. Family
02. Animal/Human
03. Gideon
04. Harvest (Within You)
05. Tusk
06. Paradise
07. Children Of Kellogg
08. If You Could Read Your Mind
09. Jigsaw Man
10. Interlude
11. The New Seeker
12. Visitations

Mogwai + Miami Vice = Cooperation?

Yep, well at least according to the story posted on Pitchfork, that says that Mogwai has contributed two songs from their new album to the Miami Vice soundtrack, due out July 25th. The two songs in question are none other than "We're No Here" and "Auto Rock." You can read the short article here. The beat-heavy soundtrack's tracks are as follows:

01 Nonpoint- "In the Air Tonight"
02 Moby feat. Patti LaBelle - "One of These Mornings"

03 Mogwai - "We're No Here"

04 Nina Simone - "Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly Remix)"

05 Mogwai - "Auto Rock"

06 Manzanita - "Arranca"

07 India.Arie - "Ready for Love"

08 Goldfrapp - "Strict Machine"

09 Emilio Estefan - "Pennies in My Pocket"

10 King Britt - "New World In My View"

11 Blue Foundation - "Sweep"

12 Moby - "Anthem"

13 Freaky Chakra - "Blacklight Fantasy"

14 John Murphy - "Mercado Nuevo"

15 John Murphy - "Who Are You"

16 King Britt - "Ramblas"

17 Klaus Badelt & Mark Batson - "A-500"

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Beer & Chocolate?!?

Yes, you read that correctly...beer and chocolate! Spuyten Duyvil has announced a beer & chocolate pairing on Wednesday July 19th that should make most if not all connoisseurs mouths water! My wife and I have found that IPA's go exceptionally well with cured olives, thanks to a few trips to Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in San Francisco. We also found that good full bodied red wines (see Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbaresco, Barolo, Merlot, Zinfandel or even a full-bodied Pinot Noir) thanks to stops in Santa Rosa restaurants [Willi's Wine Bar, and Zazu], so why wouldn't a premium chocolate. Enough of my ranbling, here's the info from the bar itself:

Wednesday, July 19th at 6pm Spuyten Duyvil presents a beer and chocolate tasting with He Brew Beer and The Chocolate Bar. Four delicious chocolates will be paired with four different ales from He Brew.

The Pairings

Genesis 10:10
Celebrating 10 Years of Delicious Beer and Shtick. A huge balance of specialty malts, pounds and pounds of our Chosen hops, brewed with a hint of luscious Pomegranate juice. 10% alc. Malts: 2-row, Caramel 40, Munich, Black Malt, Wheat, Dark Crystal 80
Hops: Warrior, Centennial, Cascade, Willamette, Simcoe, Crystal, Mt. Hood
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar Pomegranate Dark Chocolate

Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the death of Lenny Bruce: A Rye based double IPA. Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops. The Most Radical Jewish Tribute Beer ever created. 10% alc. Malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70 Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial.
Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar semi-sweet chocolate infused with caraway seeds

Genesis Ale:
Crisp, smooth and perfectly balanced between a west coast style pale and amber ale, with a supple malt sweetness and a pronounced hop flourish. 5.6% alc Malts: 2-row, Caramel 40L, Dark Crystal, Munich, Wheat Hops: Warrior, Fuggles, Willamette, Cascade
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar Dark Chocolate with Malt Filling

Messiah Bold:
A deep, bold nut brown ale beautifully balanced with rich dark malts and a complex hop character. 5.6% alc. Malts: 2-row, Carapils, Dark Crystal/ Caramel 80L, Dark Chocolate, Victory
Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Mt. Hood
-Pared with The Chocolate Bar 64% Dark Chocolate

About The Chocolate Bar
http://www.thechocolatebar.com
The Chocolate Bar International began as a passion for chocolate for Pastry Chef Udi Ezra and his designer wife Debbie. They had always been chocolate lovers and frequented many chocolate shops and shows in their travels. They evolved from chocoholics to chocolatiers with their concept of creating high quality artisan chocolates based on historical and cultural flavours
Growing up in Israel Udi was exposed to many Middle Eastern and European flavours. He spent much of his childhood cooking and eating the sweet flavours his Eastern European grandmother cooked, and the spicy creations his Middle Eastern grandmother made. These are the flavours that inspire Udi to create unique artisan chocolates. He refined the culinary skills he learned in his family’s kitchen when he attended the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan.

On a side note, I can't recommend the restaurants I listed above enough if you are in the San Fran/Santa Rosa area. The food and wine at the two Santa Rosa restaurants are some of the tastiest I've ever encountered and rate in my top 5 restaurants of all time! Additionally the Thirsty Bear was one of my favorite stops while in San Fran due to their exceptional food, insanely good mojito's, and top notch IPA! Check them out if you get a chance, and of course drop me a line to let me know what you think!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Final Fantasy - Mercury Lounge


Final Fantasy is playing a show at the Mercury Lounge on Thursday August 31st. Tickets are $10.

Okkervil River - Bowery Ballroom


Okkervil River is playing two shows at the Bowery Ballroom in October. The shows are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday October 14th and 15th. Tickets are $14.

Band of Horses - Webster Hall


Band of Horses is keeping to their word and is playing two more shows in NYC, at Webster Hall, in September. The shows are scheduled Sunday and Monday September 10th and 11th. Tickets are $17 each.

On a side note, BOH will be on Letterman tomorrow night playing Funeral. The show starts at 11:30, and the band will probably be on after 12:00.

Weezer on definite hiatus

Yep, CMJ has just posted a story stating that Rivers Cuomo "does not forsee an immediate future with his band." You can check out the story here.

My Morning Jacket - Live album


CMJ has just posted a story about the next MMJ release, which will constitute a 21 track double-cd (Okonokos) and DVD live experience (same title)! The album and DVD are scheduled for a September 26th release date. The story in its entirety can be found here.

Shins @ McCarren Pool in Brooklyn


The Shins will be playing a show on Wednesday August 23rd at McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. J. Mascis (of Dinosaur Jr.) will be opening, solo. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Massive Attack - NYC Shows


Tickets for the 3 Massive Attack shows [October 3rd, 4th, and 5th] at the Roseland Ballroom go on sale Thursday at 10:00 AM (EST) on the ticketmaster website. Tickets are $50 each (a bit pricey but there's no doubt I'm going!).

RIP - Syd Barrett


I actually just found out about this today, so I'm sorry for the late post. Filter Magazine's website has a short writeup (that they conclude brilliantly with "Shine On, You Crazy Diamond") on the passing of the original front-man of Pink Floyd on July 7th due to complications from diabetes. You can read more about it here.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sufjan Stevens Fall Tour

I have to say the blasphemous, that I did not really get into Sufjan's "Illinois" album, nor did I think he put on that great of a show. Let me explain...having seen him on his previous "Welcome to Michigan" tour I saw the whole band uniform, cheering thing done, so that whole part of the show lost its originality on me. Secondly I thought the music itself was a slight step backwards the second time around, not to mention he hardly played anything from any of the old albums on the newer tour. Regardless I still plan to make an attempt to see if it was just a bad show or if that one particular album didn't catch my fancy. So here's Sufjan's new tour itinerary for this fall, which he will be playing with My Brightest Diamond:

09/11 - Nashville, TN – Ryman

09/15 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theater

09/16 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theater

09/19 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues

09/20 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater (PASTE Fest)

09/21 - Chapel Hill, NC - Memorial Hall

09/23 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Theater

09/24 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

09/25 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater

09/26 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera

09/28 - Philadelphia, PA - The Towers

09/29 - New York, NY - Town Hall

09/30 - New York, NY - Town Hall

10/09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern

10/11 - San Francisco, CA - Zellerbach Hall

10/13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

10/14 - Vancouver, BC - St. Andrews Cathedral

10/15 - Seattle, WA – Paramount

Interesting post by Interpol

A new post on the Interpol website states that their next album will be released in 2007, but that the band has not yet starting recording. Here's the bands post:

"Hello everyone.

Hello everyone. Seeing that the website has lain furlough for a while, we felt that we owed you an update. And we’d imagine that in the absence of official emissions misinformation is rampant. So here it is:

Things are good. Gettin’ some rest... gettin' some sun. We did break up – four times - but that’s all behind us now. Carlos got a dog. His name is Gaius. Italian greyhound – looks like Carlos. Also, I think I’m moving to Jersey City; because that’s where the action is really at. Whoever the people on MySpace are, they’re not us.

In all seriousness, we’re hard at work on the writing of album three. We’ve been at it for six months - in case you heard we were on hiatus. We’re all very excited about it and think that you will be too. Having yet to record, we can only say that Release will come sometime next year.

As far as the website, check back for further developments and updates. And thanks for standing by. We have you all in our hearts and little pulsating musical minds. We can't offer much of a preview at present, but I can tell you we’ve got one gem in the works entitled "The Heinrich Maneuver." And another that was called "Pawn Shop." But that's called something else now.

Thank you for being with us. And we truly look forward to sharing with you our newest.

Interpol"

Another Great In-Store!


Yes, I know I post about them all the time, but Soundfix Records in NYC's answer to the Amoeba Records and Sonic Booms of the West Coast (albeit much smaller). Anyway here's some info on an outstanding in-store by M. Ward on August 23rd.

Matt Ward (his name really isn't "M," you know ...) is one of indie rock's shining lights, an extraordinary singer, gifted songwriter, talented musician ... he can do it all. "Transistor Radio" was one of our very favorite records last year, and on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 8pm, he'll stop by Sound Fix to give us a very special in-store, playing songs from his record coming out that week on Merge. He'll be playing guitar as well as our own house piano for an intimate acoustic set that should make for an unforgettable evening, so clear your calendar for that day!

Good News from the Blind Tiger!

Okay so now for some straight up good news on the libation front! Here's the info on the new Exile Event at the Collins Bar, being help this Wednesday July 12th.

In the midst of thinking about kitchens, community boards, wood shipping, rent, and all the other great things that go along with resurrecting the Tiger...I realized that I have been hoarding a bunch of great beers. Seeing how amazingly patient all of you have been, almost saintly so, I feel like it's time to give back to all the worthy. So, it is time to open the vault...

Wednesday July 12th @ 6:00PM at the Collins Bar (735 8th Ave) we will be taking out a little bit of our secret stash.
The List...
Dogfish Head Golden Shower (aka Prescription Pilsner)
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA
Rogue Integrity IPA
BBBourgondier (brewed with malt, hops, candy sugar, Valerian and Lemon Balm, yeast and water)
Lagunitas Shutdown Ale
Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale
North Coast Thelonious Monk Abbey Ale
Captain Lawrence Double IPA (gravity keg)
Sixpoint Grand Cru (gravity keg)
Heavyweight Old Salty 2005 (barrel aged, bottles)

You know, just a few simple beers to share with friends and family...Oh, just in case you weren't that impressed, Sam (from Dogfish Head),will also be stopping by to have a few beers... And, yes, there will be cheese a-plenty to help with all your drinking needs...

Hopefully we'll see you all there!

First the bad news...


Here's some bad news from Blind Tiger regarding the resurrection of the new pub on Bleeker Street. There is some good news mixed in at the end too...can you say breakfast at the Blind Tiger? With some primo coffee to boot (hopefully not literally).

We knew we were in trouble when Alan went to pick up our temporary liquor license, and the man behind the bullet-proof glass just looked at him and said, "Nyet." We thought maybe we had misunderstood, but when we asked again the answer was the same. Later, we found out that when the Soviet Union collapsed, their top officials migrated to positions in the New York City government. It was hard enough to get anything done before, but imagine filling out twenty applications without using vowels? It was a lot easier to open a bar ten years ago when we did everything illegally.

What I'm getting at is that the Blind Tiger isn't open yet. I can't give you a specific time as to when we will be open, except to say that we should definitely be pouring beer for the finals of the next World Cup...

Enough with the bad news, let's talk about some of the positive things that have been happening. I'm pretty sure our new floor is somewhere in Pennsylvania. Actually, our wayward floor is over two hundred years old and so expensive we probably shouldn't walk on it. I'm not sure what we're going to do, maybe place it under glass. Our bar top is in Ohio. I have no idea why. It's not returning my phone calls. Even if it was, I don't speak oak, which lacks both consonants and vowels. The bar top is also very old and full of extremely expensive worm holes. Actually, if the bar top ever decides to grace us with its presence, we should probably put it under glass, too. The wainscotting, which came from a 300 year old barn actually did arrive and is now nailed to our walls. Trust me, it's not going anywhere. It seems that we forgot we were opening a bar as opposed to an annex of the Museum of Natural History. I also must admit that our delays in opening aren't entirely the fault of government red tape.

Did I mention the new Blind Tiger will have a kitchen, and that Louise Leonard will be at the controls? How could I have forgotten? Yes, the rumors are true, though I wish someone would tell the Community Board and the Block Association, who seem to think we're a cross between a porn shop and a tatoo parlor. Are your ears burning - you should hear some of the things these people have been saying about you. I had no idea all you guys ever did was vomit all over Tenth Street. Why didn't you tell me? Anyway, the bottom-line is you'll now be able to throw up something a little more substantial. And you'll only have to leave for four hours as we're now going to be serving breakfast at 8 a.m. Tim and I are becoming single origin coffee geeks. We'll be serving some of the best micro-coffees out there, so get ready.

As soon as I know more I'll let you know, but right now I'd say we'll be opening in late July or early August, hopefully of this year. Check the website on Monday - we'll have new pictures posted of our snail-like progress...