(photo by Helena Christensen)
On October 23, Matador will release the 2nd solo album from Interpol vocalist/guitarist Paul Banks. With 'Banks' (LP/CD/digital), Paul ditches the Julian Plenti alter-ego, and the resulting 10-song album is a tour-de- force of exhilarating minor-key intensity.
The Base (192 kbps MP3)
Banks was recorded in New York and Connecticut with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Shearwater, Jónsi...). The album is personal and epic, catchy and serpentine - much like your favorite Interpol albums - with Paul's wry humor, bare emotion, and varied influences all in full effect.
track listing :
1. The Base
2. Over My Shoulder
3. Arise, Awake
4. Young Again
6. I’ll Sue You
7. Paid For That
8. Another Chance
9. No Mistakes
10. Summertime Is Coming
preorder 'Banks' on LP or CD from The Matador Store.
Paul Banks on Twitter
Photo by Helena Christensen
Paul Banks has an EP out TODAY, people. Numbered and limited to 2300 vinyl and 1800 CD copies worldwide, “Julian Plenti Lives…” features two originals (one of them instrumental), and J Dilla, Frank Sinatra, and Harold Faltermeyer covers.
Click here to purchase
1. Perimeter Deactivated (Harold Faltermeyer)
2. Summertime Is Coming (Paul Banks)
3. Mythsysizer (J Dilla)
4. I’m A Fool To Want You (Frank Sinatra)
5. Cavern Worship (Paul Banks)
Following its premiere last week on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, Paul and Matador would like to gift you “Summertime Is Coming,” a brooding summer anthem that crescendos to a gorgeous left turn:
“Summertime Is Coming” MP3
Paul Banks will have a full-length album out on Matador this fall. He will be performing at the upcoming FYF Fest, September 1-2 in Downtown LA.
Ok, maybe the second row. YooToob is chock full of footage from the first ever Julian Plenti U.S. tour, but with all due respect to the aspiring videographers out there, the above clip ---- "Only If You Run", from the November 18 show at SF's Great American Music Hall ---is one of the better looking/sounding from the pile.
('Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper' LP/CD/digital album available from the The Matador Store)
The man, the myth, the legend, Julian Plenti, brings his live show extravaganza to the Seattle airwaves today with a performance for KEXP. You can catch the set live at 3PM PST (6PM EST) on the dial at 90.3FM and online at KEXP.org.
Plenti and his bandmates then will thrill and amaze at Chop Suey later this evening, before continuing their tour in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia through the rest of November.
Photo Credit: Gabi Porter / MetroMix.com
Tomorrow night, Julian Plenti kicks off his November US tour at the House of Blues, San Diego in support of his debut release, Julian Plenti...Is Skyscraper. Earlier tomorrow, lucky San Diegans (San Diegers? San Diegists?) can catch Mr. Plenti at the excellent M-Theory Music where he'll be signing Skyscraper in all its various physical formats (3PM).
Saturday, November 14 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues - Tickets
Monday, November 16 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey - Tickets
Tuesday, November 17 - Portland, OR - Holocene - Tickets
Wednesday, November 18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall - Tickets
Thursday, November 19 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater - Tickets
Saturday, November 21 - Chicago, IL - Metro - Tickets
Monday, November 23 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club - Tickets
Tuesday, November 24 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom - Tickets
Wednesday, November 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - Tickets
Friday, November 27 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church - Tickets
Saturday, November 14 @ 3pm
915 W. Washington
619 220 0485
And if you haven't yet, be sure to pick up a copy of Julian Plenti is Skyscraper here.
So bring your records... or buy one and then bring it...
Next Saturday, November 14 @ 3pm
915 W. Washington
619 220 0485
After a September 25 date at New York City's Guggenheim Museum, Julian Plenti will be playing the following shows
Sat 14 November San Diego - House of Blues
Mon 16 November Seattle - Chop Suey
Tues 17 November Portland - Wonder Ballroom
Wed 18 November San Francisco - Great American Music Hall
Thurs 19 November Los Angeles - El Rey Theatre
Sat 21 November Chicago - Metro
Mon 23 November Boston - Paradise Rock Club
Tues 24 November New York - Bowery Ballroom
Wed 25 November Brooklyn - Brooklyn Bowl
Fri 27 November Philadelphia - First Unitarian Church
Support on all dates comes from Brooklyn's I'm In You. Tickets for the Bowery Ballroom and Brooklyn Bowl shows are on sale now.
Julian Plenti. '..is Skyscraper' LP/CD/digital album available from the Matador Store.
Julian Plenti will be bringing the songs of Skyscraper to Europe at the end of the year. All your ticket linking needs below.
Tues 1 December - IRE DUBLIN Academy € 29.50
Weds 2 December - UK MANCHESTER Academy 2 £17.50
Thurs 3 December - UK LONDON Scala £20
Sat 5 December - BEL BRUSSELS Botanique € 19
Sun 6 December - HOL AMSTERDAM Melkweg € 22.50
Tues 8 December - GER COLOGNE Kulturkirche € 25
Weds 9 December - GER BERLIN Festsaal € 25
Fri 11 December - AUS VIENNA Arena Vienna € 25
Sat 12 December - ITA MILAN Maggazzini € 20
Sun 13 December - FRA PARIS Alahambra € 23
A friend of mine just told me he was a little creeped-out by a Facebook impostor.
Just so you all know, THIS is my ONLY web presence. I don't twit, facebook, or myspace. (yet)
I always thought impostors were funny, but maybe they're not.
If somebody got a domain and wants to do an homage, that's ok. But someone perpetrating like they're Plenti, that's a no-go.
So stay alert to the phony mojo.
And don't go mailing these monkeys any secrets or brownies.
Though it might lack the storyline and starpower of Javier Aguilera's terrific video for the same song, suffice to say we were awfully impressed with Julian Plenti's network television premiere this past Friday night.
(order 'Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper' from the Matador Store)
Recreation Winner: Jennifer Kirchoff!!
AOL Spinner is telling us that Plenti's costar is none other than Emily Haines of Metric.
Television watchers (and next-day-YouTubers) take note: Julian will be making his world-debut live appearance (playing "Games for Days") TOMORROW NIGHT (Friday) on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. NBC affiliates, 12:35/11:35 Central.
"Games For Days"
How? Recreate the following promo photo on your own and email to firstname.lastname@example.org - winner will be announced at 10am tomorrow 8/7:
*Ticket winners ust be 17+ of age & required to show up at NBC studios at 3:45pm
Also, just a reminder that Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper is now generally available from fine retailers, many of which you can find here. It is also available today only in MP3 format from Amazon for $3.99.
But Rhapsody is feeling you, dawg: the entire album is currently streaming via Rhapsody's "The Leak". Get your Skyscraper on here, now.
We'll be playing Julian Plenti's upcoming 8/4 release, Julian Plenti...is Skyscraper, while enjoying complimentary bourbon cocktails in ACE's Breslin Bar & Dining Room.
As previously announced, Julian Plenti will be making his first concert appearance in years this September. Keep it tuned here for further details.
The second MP3 from Julian Plenti Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper (August 4) is "Games For Days":
Games For Days (192k mp3)
Mr. Plenti will be performing on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday, August 7. He will be making his first concert appearance in years in September. Watch this space for details.
photo by Matthew Salacuse
The first MP3 from Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper: "Fun That We Have."
Fun That We Have (160k mp3)
Album in stores August 4.
photo: Matthew Salacuse