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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Singles Night with Mean Creek

It's singles night & this week, I've got just the a-side to a 7"

Mean Creek - The Comedian by Old Flame Records

That's "The Comedian" the a-side to Mean Creek's new 7" on Old Flame Records.

Within seconds of this one opening up, I was immediately conjuring up comparisons to Tindersticks. Then, the song went well past what Tindersticks does, and became this deeply developed track with some of the same features as Tindersticks, only with more presence.

I ended up listening a couple of times, and still can't quite get enough. There's an aura of hard rock mentality there, and by hard rock, I mean when hard rock meant something (GNR, Motley Crue, etc).

A second (third, fourth, fifth) track would be wonderful here to capture more of what Mean Creek is doing, but based on "The Comedian," you'd be foolish not to look for something more to compliment this track.

And without getting into too many details, I did end up listening to this before I realized who produced this one, which says enough about this track anyway.

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New Nellie McKay due Sept. 28

Singer-songwriter Nellie McKay's fifth album, 'Home Sweet Mobile Home,' will be released on Verve Records this September 28. Her second album for the label follows her 2009 release 'Normal As Blueberry Pie - A Tribute to Doris Day,' which was selected by The New York Times, Huffington Post and The Village Voice as one of the best of the year.

'Home Sweet Mobile Home' is McKay's first album of all-original material since 2007's 'Obligatory Villagers,' and has the musical wanderlust, lyrical playfulness and sharp point of view that has characterized her music since her breakthrough debut 'Get Away From Me.' Songs from the new project were recently debuted during her NYC engagement at Feinstein's, and the New York Post noted that "songs like "Bodega" and "Caribbean Time" feature whimsical humor and social commentary that blended in beautifully alongside the standards from the Blueberry Pie album."
The new album, produced by McKay and Robin Pappas, was recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Jamaica and the Pocono Mountains and, even more than her previous albums, combines diverse musical moods and cultures.

"I have no idea how this album happened," says Nellie. "I guess I was looking for a sound to reflect our shrinking world and the bleed of culture crossing all kinds of borders."  Reviewing a recent McKay show, Stephen Holden from The New York Times described her as a "vocal chameleon," and that varied musical palette is used to great effect on the 13 songs on 'Home Sweet Mobile Home.'

 McKay has released four critically acclaimed records and appeared on Broadway (winning a Theatre World Award for her role in the revival of 'The Threepenny Opera') and on film (acting and singing in 'P.S. I Love You'). She also wrote and performed the song score for the Rob Reiner film 'Rumor Has It.'

The Chase Brock Experience recently produced a ballet of her third album, 'Obligatory Villagers,' while Nellie is currently playing opposite violin prodigy Philippe Quint in the independent film 'Downtown Express' and contributing to the soundtrack for the upcoming Martin Scorsese HBO series 'Boardwalk Empire.'

here's more additions to ATP's Christmas parties -
  • Berg Sans Nipple & Sans Llama are now on the Godspeed You Black Emperor curation
  • and in other news, the final lineup for Moe.Down XI has been announced

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New John Mayer dates

Already among the top tours in the world according to Billboard Magazine’s mid-year touring chart, John Mayer will hit the road on July 16th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Special guests throughout the summer will include Train, The Avett Brothers, Owl City and Guster. The Battle Studies Summer Tour is all about summer fun with friends and Mayer’s performances have been specially designed to give each fan – from those in the front row to those with lawn seats – an up-close and personal experience.

John Mayer’s fourth album, Battle Studies, debuted at #1 in November 2009 and has since achieved platinum status. The album kicked off a world tour last February that sold out arenas across the country and earned the musician some of the best performance reviews of his career. The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Mayer is an astonishing blues guitarist, both in his technical gifts and in his ability to make those gifts appear accessible.” Rolling Stone declared, “It was an impressive display of his sharp guitar playing, appealing sing-alongs and personable wit, and the audience responded generously.”

“John’s success today is a continuation of a love affair he began with his fans on a home-grown level as an independent touring artist back in 2000,” Michael McDonald of Mick Management, in a recent Billboard interview. “He built, and remains close to, a loyal group of fans. There's always been a sense that ‘we're doing this together’ and that remains.”

This summer, Mayer has earned his tenth Top 5 track with “Half of My Heart,” which is shaping up to become one of his biggest radio hits to date. The single is already on 227 stations with 22.3 million in audience while digital sales of the song have increased each week for the past twelve weeks.

“Half of My Heart” will be featured during Mayer’s Today Show Summer Concert, which will air live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Friday, July 23rd. His Summer Concert on Today is one of several special performances this summer.

On July 20th at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Mayer will both speak and perform at a free event celebrating Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser's cross-country journey to meet with arts leaders to discuss strategies for dealing with the economic recession. On August 28, Keith Urban and John Mayer’s summer tour plans intersect as the two renowned guitar players perform a special show together at The Gorge in George, WA.

This summer, JM has again enlisted the support of non-profit organization, Reverb, to take steps towards environmental sustainability on the road.  His AKOG (Another Kind of Green) branded eco-village will be set up in each venue's concourse, along with military group NCIRE.  Additionally, fans will be selling wristbands on behalf of M.O.M. (the Military Outreach Ministry) to raise money for the organization while showing their support of John. For more information, visit and

7/16/2010        Charlotte, NC                         Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17/2010        Raleigh, NC                            Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
7/18/2010        Virginia Beach, VA                Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/21/2010        Wantagh, NY                          Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/24/2010        Scranton, PA                           Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
7/25/2010        Hershey, PA                            Hershey Park
7/27/2010        Cincinnati, OH                        Riverbend Music Center
7/28/2010        Clarkston, MI                          DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/30/2010        Camden, NJ                            Susquehanna Bank Center
7/31/2010        Bristow, VA                           Jiffy Lube Live
8/01/2010        Burgettstown, PA                   First Niagara Pavilion
8/03/2010        Holmdel, NJ                            PNC Bank Arts Center
8/04/2010        Bethel, NY                              Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/06/2010        Mansfield, MA                       Comcast Center
8/07/2010        Hartford, CT                           Comcast Theatre
8/08/2010        Saratoga Springs, NY             Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/10/2010        Darien Center, NY                  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/11/2010        Toronto, ON                           Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13/2010        Cuyahoga Falls, OH               Blossom Music Center
8/14/2010        Tinley Park, IL                        First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/15/2010        Noblesville, IN                        Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/18/2010        Phoenix, AZ                            Cricket Wireless Pavilion
8/20/2010        Mountain View, CA               Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/21/2010        Wheatland, CA                       Sleep Train Amphitheater
8/22/2010        Los Angeles, CA                    Hollywood Bowl
8/24/2010        Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/25/2010        Chula Vista, CA                     Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
8/28/2010        George, WA                            The Gorge Amphitheatre Co-w/Keith Urban                                                    
8/31/2010        West Valley City, UT             USANA Amphitheatre
9/01/2010        Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/03/2010        Tulsa, OK                                BOK Center
9/04/2010        Dallas, TX                      Center
9/05/2010        Woodlands, TX                      Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/06/2010        Orange Beach, AL                  Amphitheater at The Wharf
9/08/2010        Atlanta, GA                            Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/10/2010        Tampa, FL                               Ford Amphitheatre
9/11/2010        West Palm Beach, FL             Cruzan Amphitheatre

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Darren Hanlon touring with Billy Bragg

Sydney, Australia-based Darren Hanlon’s I Will Love You At All, written in a variety of exotic locations from Paris to Coonabarabran, Australia and recorded at Portland, Oregon’s famed Type Foundry studio, speaks a language born of wanderlust.

The record, recorded by Adam Selzer (M Ward, She & Him, The Decemberists), features Rachel Blumberg (Bright Eyes, M Ward, She & Him, The Decemberists) on drums, as well as longtime Portland-based collaborator Cory Gray (Carcrashlander, Norfolk and Western) on keys, was created away from Hanlon’s native home, and was partially written in the studio—a departure for the artist. Reinforcing the album’s sweet nature are more of Portland’s finest—dual female vocalists Shelley Short and Alia Farah. 
With an EP, four studio albums, and a CD collection’s worth of B-sides and rarities to his name, Darren has built a loyal Australian fan base, but will be new to many in the ‘States. Hanlon has toured with Billy Bragg, Violent Femmes, and Evan Dando, and completed five tours at home and abroad with his friends The Magnetic Fields. Darren is also responsible for bringing Jeffrey Lewis, David Dondero and Jens Lekman to Australia for their first visits in support of his own sold out shows.
As always, Darren’s eye for life’s smaller details are played out with charm and joyful abandon on I Will Love You At All. From the light-fingered bounce of ‘Butterfly Bones’ to the evocative and plaintive ‘Modern History’, these songs mainline to the heart. There’s Darren’s first stab at an epic - ‘House’ clocks in at 7.39 minutes - and his most down-home country shuffle yet, ‘If Only My Heart Were Made Of Stone’, followed by the haunting closer of ‘What Can We Say?’. This full-length is Hanlon creating at his most relaxed, with a more heightened folk sensibility—they are tales of being, as Hanlon puts it, “cut adrift from the world.” They are songs about houses he’s lived in, his hometown, memories both crisp and faded, all created on the other side of the globe. At each intimate turn, I Will Love You At All is an album rich with the open spirit in which it was created. 

09.08.10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
09.09.10 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
09.10.10 - River Forest, IL @ Dominican University
09.11.10 - Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
09.14.10 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
09.16.10 - Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theater
09.17.10 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
09.18.10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

up next is the Weep review -
  •  Pomegranates' One of Us to drop on Oct 14 (Afternoon)
  • Clubfeet's One on One out July 27 (Plant Music)
  • August/September dates from We Came as Romans
  • new Screaming Females tour dates
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Wintersleep to join Hold Steady on tour this fall

With a rousing new collection of songs and an inspirational live show that has captivated audiences and critics worldwide, Wintersleep are proud to extend their US touring schedule and join The Hold Steady for a three-week tour. Beginning September 20th in Richmond, VA and including a performance at The Beacon Theatre in New York City, this tour will see the band playing songs from their latest album, NEW INHERITORS, an intoxicating album full of meticulously crafted rock songs released this June.

To get fans excited, the band is streaming their new single TRACE DECAY here:

Praised by The Wall Street Journal, Paste Magazine, Alternative Press, Pitchfork, NME and Q Magazine, among others, Wintersleep have continually won over fans with soaring arrangements, accessible melodies and an epic sophistication that has made them one of the most important bands to watch in 2010.

NEW INHERITORS is the follow up to the critically acclaimed album, WELCOME TO THE NIGHT SKY, which saw the band win a Juno Award for "Best New Band" and open for Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, Metric and Wolf Parade, among others.


* With The Hold Steady

September 20        Richmond, VA           The National
September 21        Nashville, TN            Exit/In
September 22        Oxford, MS               The Lyric Oxford
September 23        Little Rock, AR          Revolution Music Room
September 24        New Orleans, LA       Republic
September 25        Birmingham, AL         WorkPlay Theatre
September 27        Charleston, SC          Music Farm
September 28        Asheville, NC             Orange Peel
September 29        Lexington, KY            Busters and Billiards
September 30        Indianapolis, IN          The Vogue
October 1               Chicago, IL                 Vic Theatre
October 2               Newport, KY               Southgate House
October 4               Washington, DC         9:30 Club
October 5               Philadelphia, PA         Trocadero
October 6               Boston, MA                 Royale Boston
October 7               New York, NY             Beacon Theatre

we're both here for the same reasons, so keep reading -
  • here's Anberlin's new video for "Impossible"
  • video instructions for a Zakk Wylde contest
  • Fearless Friends Tour 2010 to include Breathe Carolina, Every Avenue, Artist Vs Poet and Go Radio
  • :take:'s new mini-album is due on Aug. 23 now on Three:Four records

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New DVD due from Airborne Toxic Event due in Sept

The Airborne Toxic Event are set to release a documentaryfilm about their sold-out performance at the internationally renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall, featuring an eclectic mix of musicians and performers-ranging from a children'schoir, a world-class string quartet, a high school marching band, horn players, visual artists, and Mexican folkórico dancers. Available in the U.S. on September 7th, All I Ever Wanted: Live From the WaltDisney Concert Hall offers an intimate, behind-the-sceneslook at the exhaustive rehearsals and preparation that went into putting on the show at the Frank Gehry-designed venue, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as a "performance of genuine warmth and ambition," the concert in December of 2009 was the last of 354 shows the Airborne Toxic Event played in support of the their debut release.With string accompaniment from the Calder Quartet, the show features selections from that album, as well as new songs and never-before-recorded cover versions of the Ramones' "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (with the Belmont High School Marching Band), the Magnet Fields' "The Book of Love," and Q Lazzarus's "Goodbye Horses."

View the trailer for "All I Ever Wanted" here:

All I Ever Wanted: Live From the Walt Disney Concert Hallhas been accepted into theprestigious Raindance Film Festival in London. The largest independent film festivalin the U.K., Raindance premiered classics like "Pulp Fiction," "The Blair Witch Project"and "Memento." Past jury members have included Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Tom Wait, Mick Jones, Dame Judi Dench, photographer/filmmaker Anton Corbijn and filmmakerJonathan Caouette. Raindance will host the European premiere of the film on September 30th in London.

The Airborne Toxic Event will headline a North American tour this fall,accompanied by the Calder Quartet. The band will play a series of acoustic sets at avariety of nontraditional venues, including a synagogue, a church and an old vaudeville theatre. Full tour dates are listed below.The band is currently in the studio with producer Dave Sardy, working on their new album, slated for release in early 2011.

The Airborne Toxic Event's debut single "Sometime Around Midnight" was the #1Alternative Song of the Year at iTunes; the track also saw tremendous success atAlternative Radio as the #10 Most Played Song of 2009 and the #4 Alternative Single.The band's self-titled debut album sold more than 300,000 units worldwide and spenteight weeks at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart. The Airborne Toxic Event hasappeared at nearly all the major international music festivals, including Coachella,Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, T In The Park, Summerfest, Fuji Rock and Reading & />Leeds, and has shared the stage with Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, The Fratellis, and theTing Tings. They have appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien,The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Dalyand The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and received countless accolades from press.

Tour dates for The Airborne Toxic Event w/ the Calder Quartet:
Sept. 7             Washington, DC              Sixth & I Synagogue
Sept. 8             Somerville, MA                Somerville Theatre
Sept. 10             Philadelphia, PA             Keswick Theatre
Sept. 11             New York, NY                 Town Hall
Sept. 13             Toronto, ON                    Trinity St. Paul's Church
Sept. 15             Chicago, IL                      Park West
Sept. 18             Seattle, WA                     Town Hall
Sept. 19             San Francisco, CA          Regency Ballroom
Sept. 22             Los Angeles, CA             John Anson Ford Ampitheatre

lot's to get to tonight -
  • Bryan Ferry to release Olympia on Oct 25 and will feature Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour as well as Roxy Music bandmates Brian Eno, Phil Manzanara & Andy McKay
  • Surf City will release Kudos on Arch Hill in September
  • Street Chant's Means is out in August on Arch Hill - here's a vid for "Yr Philosophy" - hmm, ben likey
  • Pine is looking for help to decide what their new single should be - listen here and let them know here

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ariel Pink has new dates to see you

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti's 4AD debut record, Before Today, consists of twelve tracks (including the single "Round And Round") and was released worldwide on June 8th 2010 on CD, LP and digital formats.

Six months in the making, Before Today was recorded in part in Encino at the House of Blues (once Tito Jackson's home studio) with Sunny Levine (Quincy Jones' grandson) and Rik Pekkonen (Bill Withers, Seals & Crofts, Bread) as well as at the band's home studios. The result is a beguiling mix of glam rock, West Coast funk and Merseybeat harmonies with a high-production sheen; a contrast to the corroded bedroom recordings that have fomented a fervent cult following over the past decade.

The outfit now consists of reclusive pop surrealist Ariel Pink (vocals) alongside Tim Koh (bass/vocals), Kenny Gilmore (guitar/vocals) and Aaron Sperske (drums/vocals).

"Ariel Pink has turned out to be one of decade's most influential indie musicians." --Simon Reynolds


12-Jul    Portland, OR    Doug Fir #
13-Jul    Seattle, WA    Neumo's #
14-Jul    Vancouver, BC    Biltmore # 
16-Jul    Salt Lake City, UT    Urban Lounge #
17-Jul    Denver, CO    Bluebird # 
19-Jul    Minneapolis, MN    Entry #
20-Jul    Chicago, IL    Lincoln Hall #
21-Jul    Detroit, MI    Pike Room #
22-Jul    Toronto, ONT    Mod Club #
23-Jul    Montreal, PQ    La Sala Rosa #
24-Jul    New York, NY    The Fillmore / Irving Plaza #
25-Jul    Boston, MA    Middle East # 
27-Jul    Philadelphia, PA    JB's #
28-Jul    Washington, DC    Rock N Roll Hotel #
29-Jul    Chapel Hill, NC    Local 506 #
30-Jul    Atlanta, GA    Earl #
31-Jul    Birmingham, AL    Bottle Tree #
02-Aug    Denton, TX    Hailey's #
03-Aug    Austin, TX    Mohawk # 
05-Aug    Tucson, AZ    Plush #
06-Aug    San Diego, CA    Casbah #
07-Aug    Costa Mesa, CA    Detroit Bar #
04-Sept   Los Angeles, CA FYF Fest
11-Sept   Pomona, CA Glasshouse
12-Sept   Tucson, AZ Club Congress
14-Sept   Lubbock, TX Foundation Room
15-Sept   Norman, OK Opolis
16-Sept   Lawrence, KS Jackpot
17-Sept   St. Louis, MO Pageant *
18-Sept   Columbia, MO Blue Note *
19-Sept   St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium *
20-Sept   Fargo, ND Aquarium
21-Sept   Winnipeg, MAN Burton Coummings *
23-Sept   Calgary, ALB University of Calgary *
24-Sept   Edmonton, ALB Events Center *
25-Sept   Victoria, BC Rifflandia Festival
26-Sept   Vancouver, BC Malkin Bowl *
27-Sept   Seattle, WA Paramount Theater *
29-Sept   Eugene, OR McDonald Theater *
01-Oct    Oakland, CA Fox Theater *

# = w/ Puro Instinct & Magic Kids
* = w/ The Flaming Lips

getting closer to wrapping up -
  • Kina Grannis played on CBS Early Show recently and here's an interview from ThisBrandX
  • more tour dates from Sarah Jaffe
  • Peter Wolf Crier also has new dates up
  • a-ha is giving away 1,000,000 NOK (about $154k USD) to one lucky Norwegian band. You can help decide - your entered email will confirm your vote

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Margaret Cho records with Ben Lee, Tegan and Sara and more

“I want to create a new genre of music that is hilarious but also seriously good, so I turned to some of my music heroes to help me out,” says Margaret Cho in reference to her forthcoming album Cho-Dependent. “I have wanted to make an album like this forever. I love comedy music!”

The lyrics on Cho Dependent, which tackle issues of sex, drugs, rock & roll – and lice, may be laugh-inducing, but Cho has made no compromises when it comes to the quality of the songwriting and production. After “My Puss,” a hilarious rap parody Cho recorded impromptu-style with friends, became a surprise YouTube hit, Cho began to integrate more comedy music into her live stand-up shows. With Cho Dependent, her first comedy music album, Cho got a chance to hone her craft with some of the top names in the business.

“Over the years of being an intense music geek I got to meet a lot of my heroes and I tricked them all into writing songs with me,” explains Cho. “Most comics want to be rock stars, and most rock stars want to be comics, so it was an easy exchange.”

“There are so many amazing people I got to work with on this album,” Cho continues, “Jon Brion, Fiona Apple, Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Garrison Starr, Meghan Toohey, Brendan Benson, Rachael Yamagata, Carl Newman, Grant Lee Phillips, Patty Griffin, Ben Lee, Kevin Barnes -- I still have to pinch myself!”

Conversely, the many collaborators on Cho Dependent seem to be equally excited about working with Cho. In a blog published on The Huffington Post, Australian indie-pop artist Ben Lee, said that working with her was “one of the most surprising and unexpected turns” in his career.

“When I heard Margaret was making her own music last year, I reached out to her and said I'd love to be involved,” reveals Lee, who co-wrote and produced several songs on the album. “The process of working with Margaret has been a complete revelation and joy for me. She started learning guitar at age 40 after seeing Madonna play guitar and thinking, ‘If that bitch can do it, it can't be that hard.’ It's this punk-rock enthusiasm that has informed every step of the writing and recording process.”

Canadian folk-rock duo Tegan and Sara, also blogged about their experiences recording with the taboo-busting funnywoman, whom they called “outrageously talented and funny.” Their Cho Dependent track, “Intervention,” was recorded over two days in Vancouver with producer Howard Redekopp, who’d just finished co-producing the girl’s sixth studio album, Sainthood.

“Imagine 10 hours of laughing, singing, eating, laughing, talking, eating and laughing and you might have a bit of a clearer picture of what our two days and nights were like,” writes T&S’s Tegan Quin. “The song itself turned out amazing. Margaret has a great voice and was so easy to work with. Definitely a budding musician!”

Ultimately Cho hopes to raise the bar for the genre as a whole – and get a little recognition for her contribution to the cause. Her motivations for this latter goal however are naturally as subversive as her humor. “I want to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on Elvis Costello's Spectacle so I can talk all serious about my songwriting ‘process’ -- which is basically trying to figure out what rhymes with ‘dick.’”


Many of the songs on Cho Dependent will have a video directed by YouTube sensation Liam Kyle Sullivan. Cho and Sullivan previously collaborated on Cho’s 2008 Beautiful tour and on several online videos. Sullivan is best known for “Shoes,” a comedy music video and YouTube record-breaker, which has garnered over 34 million views.

To support the release of the album, Cho will be heading out on the road with her guitar in hand for a major nationwide US tour, which will kick off on August 26 and run thru December 12. The Cho Dependent shows will be a special evening of brand new stand up comedy, mixed with a few live performances of Cho’s comedy songs. Most dates will go on sale June 11. Check for further info and for special VIP ticket packages.

The second season of Cho's hit Lifetime TV series Drop Dead Diva debuts June 6. When the show debuted in July/Aug 2009, it was the highest rated first season of an original Lifetime series since Army Wives in 2007, and the new season promises even more out of this world fun.
now take a look at this tracklist:
1. Intervention(co-written with & featuring Tegan & Sara)
2. Calling in Stoned (co-written with Ben Lee / featuring Ben Lee & Tommy Chong)
3. Your Dick (co-written with AC Newman / featuring Ben Lee)
4. Baby I’m With The Band (co-written with & featuring Brendan Benson)
5. Hey Big Dog (co-written with Patty Griffin / featuring Ben Lee & Fiona Apple)
6. I'm Sorry (co-written with & featuring Andrew Bird)
7. Lice (co-written with & featuring Ben Lee)
8. Enemies (co-written with & featuring Jon Brion)
9. Asian Adjacent (co-written with & featuring Grant Lee Phillips)
10. Gimme Your Seed (co-written with & featuring Garrison Starr)
11. Eat Shit and Die (co-written with & featuring Grant Lee Phillips)
12. Captain Cameltoe (co-written with & featuring Ani DiFranco)
13. My Puss (co-written with Diana Yanez & Kurt Hall / parody of Mickey Avalon & Dirt Nasty song)
Hidden Track (on CD/Digital only): Lesbian Escalation (co-written with & featuring Rachael Yamagata)

here's the wrap from Century Media-
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Azure Ray announces new dates

The beguiling, talented and beautiful duo of Azure Ray are set to zigzag across the country this fall playing a set of highly anticipated shows in support of their gorgeous upcoming release, Drawing Down the Moon, set to drop September 14 on Saddle Creek.  The tour, which is the duos first major cross country outing in more than six years, will kick off in Orlando at The Social on October 10 and take Azure Ray’s Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink through major markets across the country before wrapping in Birmingham, AL on November 20 at Bottletree. Tickets will be available starting July 17.
Don’t miss your opportunity to catch Azure Ray’s breathtaking live show in a city near you!
Fall Tour Dates:
Orlando, FL
The Social
Tallahasse, FL
Engine Room 
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
The Loft
Austin, TX
Tempe, AZ
Rhythm Room
San Diego, CA
The Loft
Los Angeles, CA
Pomona, CA
San Francisco, CA
The Independent
Portland, OR
Mississippi Studios
Seattle, WA
Tractor Tavern
Boise, ID
Salt Lake City, UT
The State Room
Denver, CO
High Dive
Omaha, NE
Iowa City, IA
The Mill
Minneapolis, MN
Cedar Cultural Center
Chicago, IL
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick
Cleveland, OH
Grog Shop 
Toronto, ONT
Horseshoe Tavern
Boston, MA
Harpers Ferry
Brooklyn, NY
Knitting Factory
Philadelphia, PA
Johnny Brenda's
Washington, DC
Rock N Roll Hotel
Carrboro, NC
Arts Center
Athens, GA
40 Watt
Birmingham, AL

unless i run out of news before the all-star game ends, i'll keep it coming -
  • Trumpeter Swan has a new live take video of "Forest Fire" up on their website. It's live, but not in the sense you'd normally expect. Listen for the Clues came out last month
  • Tauk is headlining the DMB pre-party cruise July 17
  • Jackpot Records is promising new records from Dave Depper's re-recording of Paul McCartney's RAM; a full-length album from Ylang Ylang a portland super group; and Crock a side-project by Sam Coomes and Spencer Seim in the near future
  • Active Child was on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic today

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DC/AC tour to feature Dead Confederate & Alberta Cross

seriously, how can you not want to go see this show after looking at that flyer???

Athens, Georgia-based quintet Dead Confederate are extending their North American tour into the fall, adding co-headlining dates with New York-based roots rockers Alberta Cross. Dead Confederate are touring in support of their upcoming sophomore release Sugar, due on August 24th on TAO Recordings/Old Flame. Prior to the Alberta Cross dates, they'll be touring with Deer Tick and playing a Bumbershoot after party with Surfer Blood.

Sugar, recorded by John Agnello (The Hold Steady, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.), was shaped by touring with legends such as Dinosaur Jr. and Meat Puppets and gave Dead Confederate an increased appreciation for the early underground bands of the 80s and 90s that laid the foundation on which their sound is built. As a result, the record explores new styles beyond the aching, bleak psychedelia with which the band originally made their mark.

Dead Confederate is also sharing new music in exchange for an email address.  Head over to to download the appropriately titled track, "Giving It All Away" (featuring J. Mascis, of Dinosaur Jr.).  Also at is some fantastic in-studio footage with more new music!

7.23.10 - Sky City - Augusta, GA 
7.24.10 - The Jinx - Savannah, GA
7.25.10 - Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, NC
7.27.10 - The Social - Orlando, FL %
7.28.10 - Respectable Street - West Palm Beach, FL
7.29.10 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL %
7.30.10 - Engine Room - Tallahassee, FL %
7.31.10 - Buckhead Theater - Atlanta, GA %
8.01.10 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN %
8.03.10 - Proud Larry's - Oxford, MS %  
8.04.10 - Hi-Tone Cafe - Memphis, TN %
8.05.10 - Off Broadway - St. Louis, MO % 
08.28.10 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX
08.29.10 - The Loft - Dallas, TX
09.01.10 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
09.02.10 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
09.03.10 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
09.05.10 - Official Bumbershoot After Party @ Hard Rock Café @
09.06.10 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR #
09.08.10 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA #
09.09.10 - SoHo - Santa Barbara, CA #
09.11.10 - Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA #
09.12.10 - Belly Up - Solana Beach, CA #
09.14.10 - Plush - Tucson, AZ #
09.15.10 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ #
09.17.10 - Telluride Blues & Brews Festival - Telluride, CO #
09.18.10 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO #
09.19.10 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO #
09.21.10 - The Firebird - St. Louis, MO #
09.22.10 - Double Door - Chicago, IL #
09.25.10 - The Note - West Chester, PA #
09.26.10 - The Middle East - Boston, MA #
09.28.10 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY

% w/ Deer Tick
@ w/ Surfer Blood
# Dead Confederate / Alberta Cross co-headline date

it just keeps getting better -

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