Monday, November 27, 2006

Shins NW & West Coast Mini-Tour

The Shins have just announced a mini four-date tour of the West Coast/Northwest. The itinerary is below and you can read more about it in the Filter Magazine post here. It kills me that they are playing at the Crystal Ballroom, I walked by it with my wife and was itching to see a show there when we visited Portland two summers ago! Great city, I'm very jealous (as if you couldn't tell)!

7 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
8 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic
9 - La Jolla, CA - RIMAC Arena
13 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom

Arms Signed to a label!

Arms, the always enchanting indie band from Brooklyn, just announced that they (Tom) has signed to Melodic Recordings of Manchester, a fitting location for a label for them/him to sign to considering the musics leanings! Here's to hoping for a release in the near future. I'll keep you posted.

The Automatic/Horrors' UK Tour

The Automatic and The Horrors' have just announced a bunch of dates in January and February of 2007 as part of the NME Awards Tour. The itinerary is below. All being told the entire tour's worth of Horrors' should be a little over four hours! For those of you lucky enough to go, the tickets are only 15.50 GBP (except London which is 17.70 GBP and Dublin which is 24 Euros). The two bands are two of my favorite UK bands right now.

January 2007
Mon 29th - Belfast Ulster Hall
Tues 30th - Dublin Ambassadors

February 2007
Thurs 1st - Glasgow Academy
Sat 3rd - Manchester Academy
Tues 6th - Newcastle Academy
Wed 7th - Birmingham Academy
Thurs 8th - Norwich UEA
Sat 10th - Cardiff University
Sun 11th - Sheffield Octagon
Mon 12th - Reading Hexagon
Wed 14th - Nottingham Rock City
Thurs 15th - Liverpool University
Fri 16th - Southampton Guildhall
Sun 18th - Cambridge Corn Exchange
Mon 19th - Exeter University
Tues 20th - Bristol Academy
Fri 23rd - London Brixton Academy

Cold War Kids - Presale Info

Head on over here, for the pre-sale for the January Cold War Kids NY & LA shows.

Last Days

Head on over to Boring Machines to read through a great interview Micky did with Graham Richardson of the British electronica band Last Days. I've actually been quite of fan of what I have heard from their debut album "Sea". You can order your copy from either Amazon, or their record label n5MD. Highly recommended for fans of Mountains, Keser, and Beautiful Lunar Landscape.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Keser Upcoming Shows

For those of you in Scandanavia, Keser will be performing at a few shows that are definitely worth checking out! The details are below. If you are not familiar with them, you should read up on them here, here and here.

Destination : Scandinavia

Keser will be playing some live shows in Denmark and Norway in December:

03/12/06 Blå (link) -Oslo, Norway

Keser and fellow label artists, the awesome ÅsA (asaofscotland) kick things off in Oslo at Blå

Brennerivn. 9c, 0182 Oslo
Cost: ENTRÉ: 120,- MEDLEM: Gratis!

07/12/06 12 Tónar Record Store (12toner) - Copenhagen, Denmark

Keser will play an in-store gig at 12 Tónar, a fast growing independent label and a legendary record shop in the heart of Reykjavík and now Copenhagen.
Fiolstræde 7, 1171 Copenhagen

07/12/06 Christianshavns Beboerhus (Beboerhus) - Copenhagen, Denmark
Beatless Propagana(Beatlesspropaganda) presents a very special show: Keser and the mighty Icelanders Stafrænn Hákon (Shakon) at Christianshavns Beboerhus in Copenhagen.

Dronningensgade 34, 1420 Copenhagen
Cost: 40 DKK

09/12/06 Cementen - (Checkpoint) Stavanger, Norway

Keser returns to his once former home to round things off in the best possible way..
Nedre Strandgate 25, 4005 Stavanger

Cold War Kids!

Sorry for the lag in posts, I've been incredibly busy with my new job, and the holidays. I hope to be back up and running full speed next week. In the meantime...

The Cold War Kids are playing at the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday January 24th, tickets are only $12, and go on sale today at noon! You can grab them, when they become available, here. I can't stop listening to their album, Robbers and Cowards, which I picked up a few weeks ago! Great stuff, as most of you already know.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

New Air Album!

Air is set to release their follow-up to "Talkie-Walkie", which happened to be one of my all-time favorite albums, in early 2007. The album will be released on March 7th, and has the working title "Pocket Symphony." You can read more about it on Pitchfork.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Beirut Tour Cancelled!

Holy crap...this couldn't be any worse of news! I'm so bummed it's not even funny, this was the one show my wife and I had been excited about for the past 3 months! I had missed out on every one of Beirut's previous NYC dates due to family obligations and holiday get-togethers...and we were finally going on Wednesday. Anyway apparently the tour had begun to take its toll on Zach, culminating in his hospitalization for exhaustion. So our best wishes go out to Zach, along with a sincere request/plea for the Bowery shows to be rescheduled! Below is Zach's Brother's post on his official page:

"November 14

It is with great regret that we must cancel the upcoming Beirut shows. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, and was only decided on after doing everything we possibly could to make it work out.

This is Beirut’s first-ever tour, and while the band played some of the greatest shows of their lives, the attendant stress of organizing and traveling with a full-blown, 12-person orkestar took its toll. Having put all of his energy into each and every performance, Zach was briefly hospitalized for extreme exhaustion.

The band hopes to reschedule some of the shows in the future. Zach, meanwhile, is attempting to channel the spirit of Jacques Brel using a cowbell and a gong.

According to Zach’s brother, Ryan:

Having downed a bottle of rancid French wine on the Ile-De-La-Cite (Perrin was threatening to jump in the Séine in honor of his Parisian amour) Zach began to quote Flaubert from memory. Flaubert was not welcome that beautiful night in the city of lights. Violins and accordions were consecrated in piss and vinegar before Jim Morrison's grave. "Jim Morrison was a shaman!" Paul cried. A lone French orphan draped in purple rags wept for all our American sins.

The next morning Zach got lost in the Louvre. "Cubism is a farce,” he whispered to a overweight Dutch tourist. Under the English Channel, en route to London, Zach noted the relative comfort of being "chunneled". In a dank Soho apothecary he sought a remedy for exhaustion and aversion to French bedbugs. The apothecary tried vainly to quote Prince Charles recent royal address to the greater public of Britian: "In light of having seen my wife unrobed and wigless in the disingenuous florescent light of a cheap hotel room, I do apologize to the nation and myself for unquestioning faith in her eternal beauty. She is old and ugly and so am I." That is funny Zach dourly noted, but it does not help me at all not one bloody bit. “I must return to New Mexico to decompress.” Parliament was eerily quiet. One cannot argue with the plain truth."

Allagash Night at Barcade

In what promises to be an amazing night of libations, Barcade has announced plans for the upcoming Allagash night this Friday (11/17) starting at 6:00PM! For the un-indoctrinated, Allagash is an American Craft-Brewery that specializes in Belgian Ales that are unrivaled (aside from possibly Ommegang). If you haven't tried one, or truly all, of these ales I can't recommend them highly enough!

Enough with the introduction...the tap list is as follows:

Allagash Curieux - Belgian Tripel aged in Jim Beam bourbon barrels - 9.5% ABV
Allagash FOUR - Belgian style Quadruple - 10.0% ABV
Allagash Grand Cru 2004 - dark, spicy Belgian winter ale aged 2 years in the Barcade vault - 7.2% ABV
Allagash Interlude - Belgian Farmhouse Ale aged in French Oak Merlot and Syrah casks - 9.5% ABV
Allagash Musette - Scotch Ale is smoky, spicy and aged 3 months in bourbon barrels - 10.0% ABV
Allagash Red Wine Barrel-aged Tripel - Belgian Tripel aged in French Oak Merlot and Syrah casks - 9.0% ABV
Allagash White - You know this one. In fact, it's one of your favorite beers - 5.0% ABV


Monday, November 13, 2006

Upcoming Shows

Here are a bunch of upcoming shows worth checking out! Most especially is the last show ever (according to the Ticketweb site) of Rainer Maria in Brooklyn!!!

Northsix - Brooklyn
Rainer Maria - Sunday December 17th - tix $15
The Sword - Saturday December 30th - tix $10-12
The Slip - Sunday December 31st - tix $25

Warsaw - Brooklyn
Explosions in the Sky - Monday February 19th - tix $15 (on sale Wed at noon)

Webster Hall - NYC
Silver Jews - Saturday December 30th - tix $25

Bowery Ballroom - NYC
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Fri Nov 24th - tix $35
Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Sat Nov 25th - tix $35
Jeremy Enigk - Thursday Dec 7th - tix $16
Rainer Maria - Saturday December 16th - tix $15

Mercury Ballroom - NYC
The Annuals - Thursday November 16th - tix $10

Monday, November 06, 2006

Sorry ;(

Sorry for the lack of updates to the's been a bit crazy I'm still getting acclimated to my new job, and getting stuff fixed around the house. Anyway it's not the way I'd want to start posting again, but we should all be hanging our heads today and for the rest of the week in honor of the disbandment of Rainer Maria. They gave us everything they could and we should all be happy with that, although I'm quite sad myself.

So far 2006 has not been kind to me with Arab Strap breaking up, Grandaddy breaking up, Sleater-Kinney breaking up, Syd Barret passing, and the Blind Tiger being closed down! But alas, I started this site, which has been a blast, and found a ton of new bands!

Speaking of which, a few new bands that I'm hooked on that are definitely worth checking out!

When They Know You They Will Run -
What is with the UK just churning out insanely visionary post/art-rock? WTKYTWR puts together a sound that warrants legitimate comparisons to Explosions in the Sky, complete with the ritualistic crescendos. I can say without hesitation that their indie (no label) status will not be for long, especially if they can get a small break stateside. Throughout their four-song demo they stretch through almost every terrain of sound imaginable. I was tipped off by Micky about these guys and I'm completely hooked. I would highly recommend checking them out if you're a fan of instrumental music (or even if you're not, they might change your mind) especially if you're a fan of Mogwai, EitS, Mono. You can check out two of their four songs, they have available on their demo below:
Moving to America

Parkside -
What do you get when you mix equal parts multi-instrumental Adem-esque indie rock, with the Books cut-copy style mixing? I know, I was intrigued myself! If this peaks your interest, then you are in search of Parkside. Easily one of the easiest bands to appreciate. They have a catchiness that reminded me instantly of The Boy Least Likely too...oh yeah and they're from the Netherlands! I just wish they had a full-length out. I can't urge you highly enough to check out their sites and grab some of their free tracks. Give them a listen yourself and let me know if you agree!

The Disintegration
A Million Scientists

Friday, November 03, 2006

Pre-Order Rant!

You can now pre-order the forthcoming book by Chuck Palahniuk, "Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey", on Amazon's website. The book will be released May 1, 2007, and is available for only $16.47.