(there will be plenty of time for questions, just as soon as I’m finished with my speech)
Ever notice how government officials (and/or the New York Mets) try to bury stories that don’t entirely flatter themselves on Friday nights or weekends? No? GOOD, you’re just my kind of person! In the spirit of helpfulness (and perhaps acknowledging that every member of our constituency doesn’t read popular music blogs 75 times a day), we’d like to issue the following friendly reminders ;
a) On April 26, Merge (U.S.) and Wichita (UK) will be releasing the new Times New Viking album, ‘Dancer Equired’. We’ve heard it, and no matter what hyperbole our rec. biz pals are throwing around, it’s even better than whatever they’re saying. .
b) On Feb. 22, Jagjaguwar is issuing the 3rd album from The Cave Singers, ‘No Witch’. I’ve not heard this one (damn you, Web Sharrif!), but when we’re promised the new full-length exhibits “a ferocity and bite we’ve yet to see from the band”, you can be certain I’m getting my rabies vaccination cash in order. Hope you do the same.
First off, if these changes have left anyone disappointed or inconvenienced, we’re truly sorry. I’ve been watching videos of the guys in the BP commercials all week trying to strike the right tone for this post, and wouldn’t you know it, MY VIDEO CAMERA IS BROKEN. Bullet dodged.
On the bright side, hey, DEAD MEADOW are playing. The opening VIP gala is still happening at 4pm Friday in the Hardwood Suite with dj sets by Ted Leo and myself. Same room becomes a VIP lounge Friday and Saturday nights, plus late night dj action on Friday (James McNew, Dean Bein) and Saturday (Dave Martin, Robby Morris). Here’s the live entertainment schedule of events. Much like real life, everything is subject to change.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1st
Pavement: 12:00am – 1:00am
Sonic Youth: 10:40pm – 11:30am
Fucked Up: 9:35pm – 10:15pm
Chavez: 8:30pm – 9:10pm
Guitar Wolf: 7:30pm – 8:10pm
MC : Jeff Jensen
LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Fucked Up Vs. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 1:30am – 2:30am
(One stage. Two bands. At once. They’re supposed to take turns, song by song…but who knows?)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
Belle & Sebastian: 11:45pm – 1:00am
Spoon: 10:25pm – 11:15pm
Superchunk: 9:20pm – 10:00pm
Cat Power: 8:15pm – 8:55pm
Perfume Genius: 7:55pm – 8:15pm
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion: 6:50pm – 7:30pm
Come: 5:45pm – 6:25pm
Girls: 4:40pm – 5:20pm
MC : Bob Nastanovich
MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Dead Meadow: 2:30pm – 3:15pm
Harlem: 1:30pm – 2:05pm
LATE NIGHT PARTY IN PALMS BALLROOM (LIMITED CAPACITY)
Cold Cave: 2:25am – 3:15am
Esben and The Witch: 1:30am – 2:00am
Guided By Voices: 11:30pm – 1:00am
Yo La Tengo: 10:10pm – 11:05pm
Liz Phair: 9:50pm – 10:10pm
The New Pornographers: 8:40pm – 9:25pm
Ted Leo and The Pharmacists: 7:35pm – 8:15pm
Shearwater: 6:30pm – 7:10pm
MC’s : Tom Scharpling & Jon Wurster
MATINEE IN THE PALMS BALLROOM
The Clean: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Times New Viking: 3:30pm – 4:05pm
Kurt Vile: 2:30pm – 3:05pm
The Columbus, OH sons and daughter of the revolution are playing shows with two of the best bands (just, the best).
Tonight they open for Pavement in Central Park, and play with that band again in Atlanta on Sunday.
Next week, TNV hit the road with the reunited, classic Guided By Voices lineup.
Times New Viking will have their hands full blowing those bands off the stage, like they’re used to doing. Go see them try, harder:
Wednesday 22 – New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield @ Central Park w/Pavement
Thursday 23 – Montclair, NJ – Meat Locker
Fri Sep 24 – Haverford, PA – Haverford College
Sunday 26 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle w/Pavement
Tue Sep 28 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern
Wed Sep 29 – Dallas, TX – Palladium
Thursday 30 – Austin, TX – The East Side Drive In w/Guided By Voices
Sat October 02 – Lawrence, KS – Scion Garage Fest
Sun October 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Matador 21
Monday 04 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern w/Guided By Voices
Tuesday 05 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre w/Guided By Voices
Thursday 07 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom w/Guided By Voices
Saturday 09 – Seattle Wa, WA – Showbox SODO w/Guided By Voices
Tuesday 12 – Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue w/Guided By Voices
Wednesday 13 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre w/Guided By Voices
Thursday 14 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis University/Billken Club
First of all, we know you’ve been waiting patiently for the information below, and we sincerely apologize for the length of time it took to get it together. But if wanting to put together an even sicker bill than previously announced is a crime, PLEASE LOCK US UP.
1) 50 additional pairs of tickets priced at $250.00 per person (not including taxes and fees) will be available via a public lottery sometime next week. We’ll announce the details here and on the 21 site beforehand.
2) Details regarding a limited number of room upgrades will be available at that time.
3) We regret to announce that at present, our supply of VIP tickets has been exhausted. If that situation changes, we’ll let you know.
For some people: Burt Reynolds, Larry Merchant, Leslie Nielsen, and Jennifer Aniston to name a few, 2/11 can never be forgotten, it’s their birthday. For sports fans 2/11 marks the day Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson (1990), Dean Smith (UNC) racked up his 600th career coaching win (1987), and Willie Mays became the highest paid player in baseball with an annual salary of $130,000 (1966). Others who are historically inclined remember 2/11 as the day Mandela was freed after 27 years in prison (1990), Dwight Eisenhower became the commander of allied forces in Europe (1943), and Pennsylvania Hospital, the first in America, was opened in large part because of Benjamin Franklin (1752).
So as I’ve demonstrated there are plenty of reasons to never forget 2/11. But in our humble opinion there is no reason more important than Times New Viking and their greatly under appreciated album of last fall, Born Again Revisited. So in doing our part to never forget 2/11, we’re offering a free MP3 download of TNV’s 2/11 Don’t Forget with a few stipulations. 1) you play it loud and often, and 2) you never forget 2/11. We never will.
It’s the greatest thing to hit Pontiac, MI since Wayne Fontes’ hair. Greater, perhaps. Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking hit the road starting today in support of their respective 2009 masterpieces, ‘Popular Songs’ and ‘Born Again Revisited’. While the Jan. 29 show in Austin, TX is a sellout, tickets still remain for the rest of the following shows (prices below include NO ADDITIONAL SERVICE CHARGE) ;
Fri., 1/22 – Pontiac MI – Crofoot Ballroom – $17
Tickets available from Stormy, 13210 Michigan Ave., Dearborn MI 48126
Wazoo, 336 1/2 State St., Ann Arbor MI 48104
Crofoot box office, 1 South Saginaw St., Pontiac MI 48342
Sat., 1/23 – Madison WI – Barrymore Theatre – $20
Tickets available from B Side, 436 State St., Madison WI 53703
Barrymore box office, 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison WI 53704)
Sun., 1/24 – St Louis MO – The Pageant – $19.50
Tickets available from Vintage Vinyl, 6610 Del Mar Ave., St. Louis MO 63130
Euclid, 601 East Lockwood, St. Louis MO 63119
Pageant box office, 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis MO 63112-1200 (cash only)
Tue., 1/26 – Lawrence KS – Granada Theatre – $17
Tickets : Love Garden, 822 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
Granada box office, 1020 Massachusetts St., Lawrence KS 66044
Adorable photo stolen without permission from Pooneh Ghana’s photostream on Flickr.
Happy New Year everyone, and what a year it should be. Lots of exciting events on the way for 2010. So get your fresh Moleskine diaries out from your pile of gifts and christen them with some hot-off-the-press Times New Viking dates.
Wed 17-Mar-10 UK Manchester Sound Control
Thu 18-Mar-10 UK Glasgow Nice & Sleazy
Fri 19-Mar-10 UK Leeds The Brudenell Social Club
Sat 20-Mar-10 UK London The Dome
Sun 21-Mar-10 UK Cambridge The Portland Arms
Tue 23-Mar-10 Belgium Gent Charlatan
Wed 24-Mar-10 Germany Hamburg Prinzenbar
Thu 25-Mar-10 Denmark Copenhagen Loppen
Fri 26-Mar-10 Sweden Stockholm Debaser
Sat 27-Mar-10 Sweden Umea Umea Open Festival
Mon 29-Mar-10 Norway Oslo Mono
Tue 30-Mar-10 Sweden Gothenburg Parken
Wed 31-Mar-10 Denmark Aarhus Musikcafeen
Fri 2-Apr-10 Czech republic Prague Klub 007 Strahov
Sat 3-Apr-10 Switzerland Lausanne Le Romandie
Sun 4-Apr-10 Austria Vienna B72
Mon 5-Apr-10 Germany Munich 59:01:00
Tue 6-Apr-10 Germany Wurzburg Cairo
Wed 7-Apr-10 Germany Berlin Festsaal Kreuzberg
Thu 8-Apr-10 Germany Leipzig Nato
Fri 9-Apr-10 Germany Hanover Glocksee
Sat 10-Apr-10 Germany Munster Gleis 22
Sun 11-Apr-10 Netherlands Groningen Vera
Mon 12-Apr-10 Netherlands Amsterdam OCCII
Tue 20-Apr-10 Portugal Porto Plano B
Wed 21-Apr-10 Portugal Lisbon ZDB
Thu 22-Apr-10 Spain Madrid Moby Dick
Fri 23-Apr-10 Spain Valencia El Tinglado No 2
Sat 24-Apr-10 Spain Barcelona Nitsa
Tue 27-Apr-10 UK Norwich Arts Centre
Wed 28-Apr-10 UK Liverpool The Masque
Thu 29-Apr-10 UK Nottingham Bodega Social Club
Fri 30-Apr-10 UK York Stereo
Sat 1-May-10 UK Birmingham The Victoria