How’s this for a Friday afternoon treat: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have been announced as the secret guest headliner of the “JellyNYC Block Party” summer event Sunday (August 1).. making this the secondfree TL/RX show in NY in a span of under a month (and probably his 23,356th over the past 5 years)
The show takes place at the Brooklyn Bowl (Wythe Ave & N. 11th St) with Darlings and Arpline, but Ted and crew will be kicking around the Williamsburg vicinity the entire day, participating in a DJ set and whatever else it is people do at block parties.
If you’re amongst those who missed the very-much-BACK-IN-ACTION PONYS on their recent run of dates with Disappears and Woven Bones, there’s a few more opportunities hear material old and new, just confirmed below.
Fri 8/20 – Magic Stick, Detroit, MI (Fucking Awesome Fest)
Thu 9.30 – Exit Inn, Nashville, TN (Next Big Nashville)
Fri 10/1 – Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
Fri 11/5 – Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL (with The Hollows)
Great news today, after over a year of hard work, envisioning, recording, and arranging her debut album, we are honored to announce Glasser‘s Ring will be released September 28, 2010 on True Panther Sounds. Sonically, lyrically and conceptually Ring is a tremendous leap for Glasser and honestly, a brave new world for us as a label. Just EPIC.
Pre-order the album and get an instant mp3 download of album-track “Home” available exclusively here. Hear a little snippet of the track below.
Glasser is the one-woman orchestra of Cameron Mesirow. Her debut album, Ring, is a singular work. It moves like the wake of a small boat in a still lake: each song its own, but leading to, and becoming, the next. In doing so it builds on the tradition of classic albums like Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, and R. Kelly’s Trapped In the Closet song-cycle: albums that as a whole create stories that are bigger than the sum of their individual songs.
Glasser entered our world in 2009 with her debut EP, Apply. Her intimate, luxurious music struck us as MASSIVE, despite being made by Cameron, alone and in airplanes and shoe stores, on Garage Band. It also drew the attention of Ariel Rechshaid (Cass Mccombs, Foreign Born, We Are Scientists) and Van Rivers and the Subliminal Kid (Fever Ray, Blonde Redhead) who worked together with Cameron to re-imagine her musical arrangements, incorporating organic instrumentation like strings, woodwinds, bass, and a wide array of percussion into her once-sparse recordings. Her simple, minimal melodies and rapturous vocals are perfectly complimented by the album’s maximalist arrangements. The voice becomes a focal instrument, delivers abstract stories and sounds that drench the music in emotion without resorting to narrative clichés. It is a wonderful and fully realized accomplishment, an introduction and immersion in Glasser’s world that we’re sure people will want to be a part of for a long time to come.
Pre-order the CD version and receive it in a limited edition fold-out gift box designed by Tauba Auerbach. (ltd to 500) Pre-order the LP version and get one of the 500 numbered clear-vinyl copies. (ltd to 500)
On August 27 & 28, New York will be graced with “The Public Hi-Fi Balloon,” an exhibit of more than 60 Robert Pollard collages at NYC’s The 45 Space (45 Bond Street, between Lafayette & Bowery), hosted by Vanity Fair’s Michael Hogan and visual artist Todd DiCiurcio.
You know Bob’s work from his album covers (or the 2008 Fantagraphics book of his art), but these are phenomenal pieces that need to be seen in person to fully appreciate.
Opening night is Friday, August 27, from 6-11 PM, and the exhibit will also be open to visitors on the 28th from 2-11 PM. Check Pollard’s website for more info.
You should also know that Bob Pollard shares a Halloween birthday with Vermeer, Johnny Marr, Ad-Rock, Larry Mullen Jr., and Vanilla Ice.
Interpol‘s fourth, self-titled album is available for preorder RIGHT NOW on iTunes! Click here to pre-order, and you will receive an instant download of a brand new track: “Barricade”. You’ll also get a free download of “Crimewaves”, an exclusive track, that will only be available to those who purchase the album before the album’s street date (9/7) via iTunes.
You’ll be able to catch Interpol playing “Barricade” live on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday July 29.
ALSO: Interpol will be back on the road this fall!
Mon 10/18 Oakland CA Fox Theater
Thu 10/21 San Diego CA Soma
Fri 10/22 Las Vegas NV The Joint
Sat 10/23 Los Angeles CA The Greek
Mon 10/25 Denver CO Ogden Theater
Wed 10/27 Dallas TX Palladium
Thu 10/28 Austin TX Stubb’s
Fri 10/29 Houston TX Verizon
Sun 10/31 New Orleans LA Voodoo Festival
Mon 11/01 Atlanta GA Tabernacle
Wes 11/03 Washington DC Constitution Hall
Thu 11/04 Philadelphia PA Tower Theatre
Fri 11/05 New York NY United Palace
EUROPEANS! Magic Kids are on tour right now with Ariel Pink, just announced a whole slew of new US Dates but guess what….your time has come!
Starting October 2nd in London, Magic Kids are setting off across your fine continent! Make sure to show them a good time.
Order MEMPHIS now on CD/LP and get an instant high-quality mp3 download of the album. Order HERE
OCTOBER Fri 10/1 London, UK @ Barfly Sat 10/2 London, UK @ Camden Proud Galleries Sun 10/3 Bruges, Belgium @ Botanique/Witloofbar Tue 10/5 Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso Wed 10/6 Tilburg, Holland @Tilburg 013/Batcave Thu 10/7 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow Fri 10/8 Helsingar, Denmark @ Musikhuset Elvaerket Sat 10/9 Oslom, Norway @ Café Mono Sun 10/10 Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pusterviksbaren Mon 10/11 Stockholm, Sweden @ Landet Tue 10/12 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Lades Wed 10/13 Berlin, Germany @ Magnet Thu 10/14 Köln, Germany @ Werkstatt Fri 10/15 München, Germany @ Atomic Cafe Sat 10/16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Club Zukunft Sun 10/17 Milan, Italy Indierocket party @ Rocket (free entry) Mon 10/18 Paris, France @ Point Ephemere Tue 10/19 Oxford, UK @ Jercicho Tavern Thu 10/21 Bristolm UK @ Louisanna Fri 10/22 Bristol, UK @ The Social Sat 10/23 Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival Sun 10/24 Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny Mon 10/25 Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers Tue 10/26 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds Wed 10/27 London, UK @ TBC Thu 10/28 London, UK @ Lexington
Yesterday’s admittedly incomplete round up of recent activity from Casual Victim Pile alumni glaringly omitted the Austin quartet Love Collector. Not because I wish them DEAD or anything, but rather, since Dave and Robin fucked off to San Francisco for the summer, things have gone a bit quiet on the Love Collector front. As it turns out, however, I was woefully uninformed. Not only are Love Collector returning to the stage August 28 at Beerland (with The Golden Boys and John Schooley’s One Man Band), but director Amedo DiNardo has completed a video for ‘Casual Victim Pile”s “First 48″. Bottle Service‘s tambourine-playing dynamo Joe Ryan makes a cameo appearance, while Shawn and Rob reveal themselves to be track & field’s greatest revelations since Rosie Ruiz.
Fucked Up are releasing the next 12″ in their Chinese Zodiac series on September 27th. Being released on Merge in North America and Matador everywhere else, ‘Year of the Ox’ continues in the trend of these releases and clocks in at 13 minutes long. It also features guest appearances from Nika Roza Danilova (Zola Jesus) and Torontian string quartet New Strings Old Puppets. You can hear the track in it’s entirety right now over on Pitchfork.
Finally, the band have also been confirmed for supporting Against Me! this October in the UK.
24th July – 1234 Festival, London, UK
24th July – The M**b*th, London, UK
25th July – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
26th July – Klubi, Tampere, Finland
27th July – Klubi, Turku, Finland
28th July – Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland
29th July – Tanci Venue, St Petersburg, Russia
30th July – Aktzal, Moscow, Russia
6th August – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire, UK
7th August – Hevy Festival, Kent, UK
8th August – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool, UK
9th August – Hoxton Bar & Grill, London, UK
11th August – Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
With Against Me !
22nd October – Southampton, Mo’ Live, UK
23rd October – Manchester, Academy, UK
24th October – Cardiff, Solus, UK
25th October – Bristol, O2 Academy, UK
26th October – Coventry, Kasbah, UK
27th October – Glasgow, QMU, UK
28th October – Nottingham, Rock City, UK
29th October – Leeds, Met Uni, UK
30th October – Reading, Sub 89, UK
31st October – Plymouth, University, UK
1st November – Cambridge, Junction, UK
2nd November – Oxford, O2 Academy, UK
3rd November – London, Electric Ballroom, UK
Not a day goes by during my travels around these great United States that someone fails to accost me and say, “hey mr. record company asshole, what the fuck happened with those las vegas tickets what’s going on with those amazing Austin/Denton bands featured on ‘Casual Victim Pile’?” Since I’m far too busy and successful to actually hang around and converse with these persons in public, I thought I’d write a lengthy blog post on the matter.
The Young – after a pair of singles and one song on CVP, The Young have finally released a debut album on Mexican Summer, Voyagers Of Legend. The entire thing is pretty sick, but “Bird In The Bush” is what us folks in the record business like to call “an undeniable hit”. At least until it turns out not to be a hit, in which case we start looking for someone else to blame. If you’re in Austin this Friday and looking FOR ACTION after The New Pornographers show, The Young’s rec release party is happening at 2906 Cole St., with additional sets from Dikes Of Holland (two 2010 7″‘s thus far that you oughta track down), Oakland’s Genesis Climber and the amazing trio Cruddy.
Harlem – By now, hopefully you’ve fallen in love, or at least very intense like with the songs and performances of Coomers, Curtis and Jose, currently making their way across the country in support of The Dead Weather and flogging their 2nd album, ‘Hippies’ with considerable style and poise.. Potentially Matador’s first candidates to be awarded a Grammy and a Pulitzer For Tweeting in the same calendar year, Harlem will follow last weekend’s appearance at Coney Island’s Siren Fest with an even larger challenge, playing Lollapalooza in Chicago August 7. Rumors they’re supposed to play at 7am and/or are prevented from playing anywhere in the Midwest for the next 3 years are mostly exaggerated.
Wild America – on the heels of a terrific 7″ released by Brooklyn’s Freedom School, Wild America are currently in the midst of a U.S tour. I’m not gonna say “grueling” because for all we know, they’re having a great time.
7/22 – Bassettt St. House, Madison, WI
7/23 – Lucky Gator Loft, Chicago, IL
7/24 – Loco Lemonade, Bloomington, IN
7/25 – Carabar, Columbus, OH
7/27 – Anarctica, Chattanooga, TN
7/28 – The Hanger, Athens, GA
7/29 – Couch Couch, Atlanta, GA
7/30 – Saturn Bar, New Orleans, LA
8/1 – Superhappyfunland, Houston, TX
8/6 – US Art Authority, Austin, TX (with Happy Birthday, Woven Bones)
There’s obviously more to talk about ; The Golden Boys are featured participants at this September’s Goner Fest 7, while the band’s John Wesley Coleman is in the middle of a week long residency at Beerland and recently returned from recording his upcoming Goner album w/ assistance from Orville Neely (Bad Sports), Jeremy Steen (The Flesh Lights, Gospel Truth) and longtime associate Greg Ashley. Bad Sports have hit both coasts this summer and recently completed recording of their second album with knobby help from Mark Ryan of The Marked Men. Woven Bones are drowning amidst a pile of accolades for their ‘In Out & Back Again’ HoZac LP, recently inked their lives away (JOKE) to Hardly Art and will be supporting Pavement at the oh-so-big-timey Stubbs on September 28. The Distant Seconds are prepping their 2nd album with engineering supplied by Tre Orsi‘s Matthew Barnhart, while Tre Orsi’s recent LP, ‘Devices & Emblems‘ has been reissued by Jon Solomon’s fantastic Comedy Minus One label, the same imprint that brings Bottomless Pit’s excellent recordings into your homes. Follow That Bird! completed their first trip to the East Coast recently, and The Stuffies are hitting the road this weekend for shows in Little Rock, AR and Memphis, TN (Hi Tone, Sunday, 7/25). Elvis are taking part in a bodywashing event (hey, I just report this stuff) at the US Art Authority on July 24 Finally, The Flesh Lights, fast becoming one of the planet’s best live bands, have a new 7″ coming soon from Twistworthy Records (helmed by Mark Twistworthy of CVP alumni The No No No Hopes), and they’ll be at Beerland on Thursday, July 29 with the OBN III’s and Dikes Of Holland. There’s more CVP related stuff to hassle you about, but trust me, I’m saving it for another post.
It’s been a hell of a month for Delorean, since their album Subiza came out June 8th. They just capped off an amazing trip around the US/Canada with an incredible performance at the Pitchfork festival. Guess what though? Things are just getting started. We present you Real Love, the new single from Subiza PLUS a whole new round of tour dates in November with label-mates Lemonade!
Real Love, shows off Delorean’s emotional and recorded textures: layers of synths and drums peppered with Ekhi’s emotional and immediate vocals. It’s at once exhilarating and heart-breaking. The single (available in limited hand-number 12″ and DS) assembles some tremendous remixes as well.
NEW TOUR DATES!!!!
Sun Aug 29 – Jelly NYC
Thu Sept 2 – Casbah – San Diego, CA — with Cold Cave & Abe Vigoda
Sat, Sept 4 – FYF Fest – Los Angeles, CA
Sun, Sept 5 – Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA
Fri Nov 5 – Hailey’s – Denton, TX *
Mon Nov 8 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ *
Wed Nov 10 – GAMH – San Francisco, CA *
Sat Nov 13 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC *
Tue Nov 16 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
Wed Nov 17 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL *
Thu Nov 18 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON *
Fri Nov 19 – Le Belmont – Montreal, QC *
Sat Nov 20 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA *
Mon Nov 22 – First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA *
Tue Nov 23 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC *