Tuesday, June 26, 2007

"Sonic Youth Came to China", Venturing to Even More Remote Texas

Check out the new video that just popped up on YouTube from Split Works. Clocking in at just short of 10 minutes, it chronicles Sonic Youth's recent first show(s) in China.

As Pitchfork reported earlier, the band will also be coming to an area that is almost as remote as China. Yes, they will be hitting Texas on their tour. You can catch the band at one of three dates in the beginning of October. Their
Marfa stop (everyone has been going there...) will be at Thunderbird Hotel (??) and it will be free, in conjunction with the Chianti Open House Weekend. So, if you feel like driving a good 7 or so hours from Dallas for that, then good luck! Otherwise you can catch them here at the House of Blues. Pre-Sale for the Texas dates starts June 27th.

Tour Dates:

06-26 Cologne, Germany - E Werk
06-27 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Halle ^
06-29 Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
07-01 Cergy-Pontoise, France - Furia Sound Festival
07-03 Istres, France - La Palio
07-05 Turin, Italy - Spaziale ^
07-06 Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello ^
07-07 Rome, Italy - Romano di Ostia Antica ^
07-13 Chicago, IL - Union Park (Pitchfork Music Festival/ATP Don't Look Back) ^
07-19 Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theater ^
07-20 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre ^*
07-28 Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park Pool ^#
08-15 Porto, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
08-17 Saint-Malo, France - La Route du Rock Festival ^
08-18 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival ^
08-19 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands
08-21 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC1 ^
08-22 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC 1 ^
08-25 Prague, Czech Republic - Archa Theatre
08-26 Vienna, Austria - Openair at ARENA
08-27 Zagreb, Croatia - In Music Festival
08-29 Paris, France - La Vilette Jazz Festival
08-30 London, England - Roundhouse (ATP Don't Look Back) ^
08-31 London, England - Roundhouse (ATP Don't Look Back) ^
09-01 London, England - Roundhouse (ATP Don't Look Back) ^
09-02 Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
10-05 Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
10-06 Marfa, TX - Thunderbird Hotel
10-07 Dallas, TX - House of Blues

^ performing Daydream Nation
* with Redd Kross
# with the Slits

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Marnie Stern and Battles to Invade Denton: Faces to Melt

This coming week will end up testing my will power a great deal (unless I just attend both shows!). The other night I was just complaining to some friends about not having seen two of my favorite drummers, Zach Hill of Hella and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof the last time both of their respective bands came to town, but I won't have to complain about one of them much longer. It turns out that Marnie Stern will be ditching her iPod for a band. Joining her on the tour will be Robby Moncrieff of Advantage and none other than Zach Hill of Hella.

And while it may be a good bit longer until I can see Saunier in action, another outstanding drummer will be coming to Denton in the form of Battles. I can't believe I just discovered this band last night, but I'm glad I did. Their unique approach to instrumentation (and sometimes whistling) is a paradoxical refreshing tempest.

June 25: Battles, Ponytail, and The Frenz @ Haileys
June 29: Marnie Stern, Fishboy, and Eat Avery's Bones @ Rubber Gloves

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Polyphonic Spree's "Fragile Army" Release Party

Having just about every member of the The Polyphonic Spree in the same room, outside of a concert venue probably doesn't happen too often. That is partly why Monday night was a good time. Yes, the free food, wine, and company were all good things, but witnessing Tim DeLaughter and company romp around Good Records signing autographs, taking photos, and chatting it up with friends and random party goers alike were truly sights to behold. The Spree even had their kids and K-9 companions in tow. The highlight of the night (for what I saw, we left early) came when the lights dimmed, a projection of odd videos (one with an anti-Bush theme), to Spree songs came on, and Tim DeLaughter began walking around the room singing the song playing through the store's PA, at the top of his lungs.

Pick up The Fragile Army here, or in probably any record store out there.

Devendra Does Dallas

Just as we had reported earlier, Devendra Banhart will be gracing Dallas with his presence this fall on his U.S. tour. I'm pretty sure that Banhart hasn't been to town for a year or two, so it would be wise to purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale. His tourmate(s) haven't been announced yet, but we expect someone good. We will keep you up to date!

Banhart's Romp Across America:

9/1 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
9/2 Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
9/4 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
9/6 Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater
9/7 Berkeley, CA - Zellerbach Hall
9/10 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
9/12 Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
9/13 Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall Theater
9/15 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
9/16 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
9/18 Chicago, IL - Portage Theatre
9/19 Detroit, MI - Majestic
9/21 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
9/22 Montreal, QC - Theatre National
9/23 Burlington, VT - University of Vermont Davis Center Grand Ballroom
9/25 Boston, MA - Roxy
9/27 New York, NY - Grand Ballroom
9/29 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts
10/1 Washington, DC - Sixth and 1st Historic Synagogue
10/4 Nashville, TN - City Hall
10/6 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10/7 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
10/9 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
10/10 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
10/12 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater
10/13 Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Breaking News!: Casiotone for the Painfully Alone show moved

Casiotone's show at the Loft via the Palladium has been cancelled due to remodelling (!?!?). One thing I'm slightly concerned about is to why the Loft would need remodelling. Hmm who knows! But, the show was rescheduled for tonight at Rubber Gloves with Magic Cyclops among others. This is disappointing, because I don't think we will be able to cover the show tonight, but if you're in the area then go!

Great Lake Swimmers and Eleni Mandell @ Bend Yoga Studio

Bend Studio may have been the perfect setting for this past Sunday's Eleni Mandell and Great Lake Swimmers show. They would have fit in at Hailey's in Denton, but the smoke and crowd chatter would have easily taken away from the musical side of the actual show. What Bend is doing is remarkable. The extra money from a show at Bend ($15 ticket not $10 or $12 ticket elsewhere) that wouldn't be going to a bar, is invested in a peaceful show. Don't get me wrong, I love a rowdy show in Denton or sometimes at the Granada, but a quite show every now and then wouldn't hurt. Musically, the evening was very placid. Mandell played her varied style of music, flowing between country, Spanish, blues, and folk and then Great Lake Swimmers played his (their) brand of quiet, sometimes mopey and always thoughtful indie music.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Caisotone for the (Not So) Painfully Alone

Join your fellow painfully aloners tomorrow (Tuesday, June 19) night at Dallas' promising new venue The Loft. Mr. Ashworth is playing with backing band The Donkeys and Portland natives Southerly will be opening. Come ready to get down! The show starts at 8 and the ticket price should be the same.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Great Lake Swimmers Does Yoga

I wasn't too sure whether or not I would buy a ticket for tonight's Great Lake Swimmers show at Bend Yoga Studio, but then I asked myself why not? I mean, I'm not the biggest GLS fan, but his music is far from bad. I haven't heard much off of his new album, but what I've heard isn't bad. The thing that draws me to the show is partly his music, but mainly the experience of the show. The yoga studio holds only about 80-85 people, and you can take off your shoes and sit down and enjoy the intimate experience. You can even BYOB/W if you are interested. I'm just hoping it hasn't sold out yet!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Devendra Banhart News

Who knew that Devendra was recording a new album? I'm sure that his friends (he has so many) knew, because they were all involved in recording it. Some just providing backing yelps, or the occasional tambourine solo. Some of them just sat around the studio, listening to the sounds that everyone else was making. I'm sure some of them quit their day-jobs just to be there. In any case, the new album will probably be just as kooky as the last. I don't know what exactly to expect, but I'm sure I will nod my head when I hear his oddly nostalgic tunes, from an era I was not alive for.

This, taken from his Myspace, may just confuse you even further:

Dear Freinds! its a beautiful day in California , we began Mixing the record today, lets see....... its about 16 songs, some very unexpected guests , the main band is Me, Noah, Luckey, Pete, Greg, and Andy, Rodrigo will be playin some shows here and there with us until duty with Los Hermanos beckons and/or the Saudade kicks in.

no titles yet , but tentative who knows Maybes are:
Milk the wind
Shes a hot dog
Mountaneous Confunktion
Greatest Hits
Hubba Hubba Planet
Electric Pizza Cops
Foreskin Sword (what it is & how to use it)
Mama, mujhe mall se jeans lenee hai
Porkin' the broken Knee (Electroxtensial chop!)
Who is Kadamon?
The Burnt Frizbee
Abhor the coagulator (1964 version)
Koala Mans Return to Pineapple temple
ihop ihop
Bacchanalian Beat Box
Thrice the phat Magus
Gaga blood & the balls of .......
Rich Gals Shampoo n' Conditioner Blues
Talkin Weleda Haushka Bronners Blues
Military Massengill
Cyber Christ and the Gnostic Titi-Slap part deux
you who are familiar with grandmas Hyacinth
......... ................ ............. ......... ............ ........ ..........
thats about it right now ! we are just starting to mix today , we will keep ya posted as new ones arise!
on and Onward and Love Above All!
oh , i almost forgot, we still dont have a band name, at least not one thats made it past a couple shows, if anyone has a suggestion , we would LOVE to try it out!

Whatever that means, I'm excited for it. While waiting for the Animal Collective show to start, I over heard someone from the Granada talking about just having booked him for the fall, which is exciting as well. They misspelled his name on the announcement: "Devandra Banhart". It was comical.

Polyhponic Spree Release!

Taken from The Spree's blog:

WE WANT TO SEE YOU...PLEASE COME TO OUR PARTY!!!WE HAVE REASON TO CELEBRATE.LOVE,THE BANDA ROCK AND ROLL RECEPTION“Good Food, Good Wine & GOOD RECORDS”WHEN: Monday, June 18, 20079 pm – 1 amWHERE: Good Records1808 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75206214-752-GOOD [4663]WHAT: Good Records and Urbano Paninoteca host their fourth “Rock and Roll Wine” event. This month’s event is at Good Records to introduce The Polyphonic Spree’s heavily anticipated new release, “The Fragile Army” with special visual, audio and food presentations. The Polyphonic Spree members will be on hand to meet with fans and sign CDs, which will go on sale at midnight.New music from the White Stripes will also be previewed.COST: Admission along with food and wine from Urbano are free (first come, first serve!) WHY: Good Records and Urbano are working together to take traditional wine tastings and dinners to a new level by adding great new music to the mix. Web: Go to www.goodrecords.com, www.urbanodallas.com, and www.thepolyphonicspree.com for more information.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Strawberry Jam Session

If you haven't noticed, Animal Collective is of our favorite bands right now, and with new music coming, expect us to be covering them pretty heavily this summer (hopefully). Their new album Strawberry Jam, due out September 11th is looking like it may take the cake for my Best Album of 2007 award (I know I've said this with other albums, but really, it'll be such a toss-up). I know its early, but if you haven't heard, two tracks, Peace Bone and Unsolved Mysteries, have found their way onto the web. I guess this means I didn't get the advance I asked for, but I'm sure that the album is going to be worth the wait. Check out the tracks for yourself here: http://obscuresound.com/?p=1132

Peace Bone is surprisingly coherent. AC doesn't seem to have changed all that much, but the album won't be the same as
Feels. It seems to be pretty accessible from what these two tracks give away. Unsolved Mysteries chugs along with a sort of street-vendor-with-monkey music box-esque sound in the background, built up by Panda Bear's percussion. It could be Jam's easier to listen to Flesh Canoe. We will have to see what the rest of the songs hold.

I promise I will have more news for you all later on. Summer has just started and its looking pretty good for us.