Thursday, March 22, 2007

Chuck P - Rant Tour!

Sweet, I just read that Chuck is going to be hitting the pavement again touring for his upcoming book "Rant: " the tour itinerary is below!

If you've ever seen the movie "Fight Club", or enjoy reading authors such as Irvine Welsh (who happens to be coming to the NYC reading), or William S. Burroughs, and the like I would HIGHLY recommend checking out one of his books! How insane is it that two of my favorite authors are going to be reading and answering questions at the same venue!!!

His new book is available signed from the St. Helen's Book Shop, here, along with most of his other books also signed, or not if you'd prefer! Anyway, I can guarantee that I'll be at the NYC reading and hope that a few of the people here hit the readings in their respective cities (Boston, Chicago). Anyway here's the tour itinerary:

Wednesday, May 2 – Portland
7:00pm - Powell's – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
The Baghdad Theater
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214

Thursday, May 3 – Seattle
7:00pm - Elliott Bay Books – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Friday, May 4 – San Francisco - Unconfirmed
7:00pm - Booksmith – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
Address tk
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, May 5 – Berkeley
7:30pm - Cody's – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
UC Berkeley -- Pauley Ballroom
ASUC Building at Telegraph and Bancroft
Berkeley, CA 94720

Monday, May 7 – Los Angeles
8:00pm - Vroman's – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
Beckman Auditorium
332 S. Michigan
Pasadena, CA 91125

Wednesday, May 9 – New York
7:00pm - Barnes & Noble Union Square – with Irvine Welsh
Reading and Q&A
33 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
*NOTE: All books for this event will be pre-signed. There will not be an autographing at the event.

Thursday, May 10 – Philadelphia
8:00pm - Free Library of Philadelphia – with Elmore Leonard
Reading, Q&A, signing
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Friday, May 11 – Boston
5:00pm - Brookline Booksmith – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Saturday, May 12 – Miami
7:30pm - Books & Books – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
Historic Coast Guard Hangar
Shake-A-Leg Miami
2620 South Bayshore Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Monday, May 14 – Lexington, KY - Unconfirmed
7:30pm - Joseph-Beth Bookseller – offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
Address tk
Lexington, KY

Tuesday, May 15 – Milwaukee
7:00pm - H.W. Schwartz – offsite
Reading, signing, Q&A
Alverno College's Pitman Theatre
3401 S. 39th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53234

Wednesday, May 16 – Chicago
7:00pm - Borders Books & Music
Reading, Q&A, Signing
830 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday, May 17 – Columbus, OH - Unconfirmed
7:00pm - Barnes & Noble – OSU offsite
Reading, Q&A, signing
Address tk
Columbus, OH

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Monday, March 05, 2007

James (the Band) News

I meant to post about this last week, but it somehow slipped through the cracks! Anyway the tour dates for James' reunion tour have been announced and are shown below. The bad news first, there are no US/North American dates for the tour, which centers around the UK for the most part including some random secret gigs that I'm sure will be next to impossible to get tickets even if you live in the UK! But there is still reason to rejoice because the band is apparently working on a new album, read below:

This whole thing came about in November when Jimmy, Larry and I first met in Manchester. I was seeing my mum up in Yorkshire and I said I'd go along and see the guys. They'd asked me a year or two earlier and it hadn't felt right. But now things were starting to happen and I felt as if my life was taking me towards them. James kept cropping up everywhere.

Larry rang me a week later and asked me to call in and meet up and I said "OK, but let's meet up and jam". That's how we communicated best so it was "let's go and do that" and we did it for a couple of days. And we came up with lots of songs or beginnings of songs. And it was great fun. We communicated very differently and we'd really moved on. The six years had done us good. We were really enjoying each other's company which had not always been the case.

Peter (Rudge, James' manager) heard about it and got excited and spoke to Simon Moran (SJM Concerts) about a possible tour. The thing just escalated like a snowball. And I was saying "yes" to most things that came my way at that point. Larry and Jimmy were first very against doing a tour, they wanted to get the music together, maybe get an album together and then do a tour. But it just kind of fell into our laps and we agreed to do it.

You can read more about Tim's "blog" here, it's quite interesting, especially the "Pixies" mention!!!

REUNION TOUR: (hopefully just stage 1)
Tuesday April 17 - Dublin Olympia
Friday April 20 - Glasgow Academy
Saturday April 21 - Glasgow Academy
Monday April 23 - Newcastle Academy
Tuesday April 24 - Birmingham Academy
Thursday April 26 - London Brixton Academy
Friday April 27 - London Brixton Academy
Saturday April 28 - Manchester Arena
Saturday July 7 - T In The Park (main stage)
Saturday August 18 - Stafford Weston Park V Festival
Sunday August 19 - Chelmsford Hylands Park V Festival

Here's to hoping there's more to come, including a new album! You can read my first rant about the reunion here.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Electrelane announce intimate fans-only gig via iPod.

Electrelane are moving from strength to strength. Soon to be out on the road with the infamous Arcade Fire before heading onto a number of their own headline dates around the world, the new album No Shouts No Calls will be released in April - the first fresh material since 2005's Axes. And still they continue to tease and tantalize us with yet another all too exciting announcement.

Electrelane will be playing a very intimate and strictly fans-only gig within the next two weeks. There are a very limited 100 tickets available and the only way to get your hands on a pair is to check out all the details announced inside this month's too pure podcast.

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Concert itinerary:
19 Apr Bristol Thekla
20 Apr Cardiff The Point
23 Apr Amiens Lunes Des Pirates (Festival les femmes s'en Melent)
24 Apr Angers Chabada (Festival les femmes s'en Melent)
25 Apr Bordeaux BT59 (Festival les femmes s'en Melent)
27 Apr Paris La Cigale (Festival les femmes s'en Melent)
30 Apr Newcastle The Cumberland Arms
07 May Manchester Academy 3 *
08 May Nottingham Social *
09 May London Scala ^
14 May Annandale Bard College %
15 May New York Irving Plaza % tix $15
16 May Boston Paradise % tix $12
17 May Montreal La Sala Rosa %
18 May Toronto Lee's Place %
19 May Detroit Magic Stick %
27 May Vancouver Richards On Richards %
28 May Portland Doug Fir %
08 June Pittsburgh Andy Warhol Museum %
* The Early Years support
^ The Brakes and The Early Years support
% The Blow and Tender Forever support

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Pitchfork showing Love!

Pitchfork just posted a review of Tanakh's new album "Saunders Hollow". The site gave the album a 7.5, which in Pitchfork world is fairly high! Congrats to the guys (and girl) who put the album together. I have yet to actually hear it myself, but you can read my interview with the bands singer-songwriter Jesse Poe, as well as some info on the album here.

Check out:
Drink to Sher from Ardent Fevers (AMAZING album)
Til San Francisco from Dieu Deiul

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

The National - Bowery Dates on Sale Tomorrow

Two pieces of important information...

First, the National's Bowery Ballroom shows (all 4 of them) are going on sale tomorrow (Friday the 2nd) at noon (12:00 EST). The tickets will be $18/each...a bargain in my eyes! Hopefully I can score tickets!

Second, the White Stripes have announced the title of their upcoming album, due out "as soon as corporately possible." The album will be called "Icky Thump", and is reported to include the songs: "Catch Hell Blues," "Little Cream Soda," "Rag and Bone," "You Don't Know What Love Is (Just Do As You're Told)," "I'm Slowly Turning Into You," and "Icky Thump." You can read more about it on the CMJ website, and Pitchforkmedia.

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