Friday, August 31, 2007

Amiina Cancel U.S. Shows

You like the Icelandic cuties Amiina. Sure, we all do. Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait a little longer to see their experimental act live, as they've canceled their U.S. shows due to someone in the band having an illness. You can check em' out in the Spring when they make it back to the U.S.

PJ Harvey Sets U.S. Shows

Although she once said she'll never play live again, PJ Harvey has announced a select few shows in the United States that will include the cities New York and Los Angeles.

She's got an album coming out (of course), so you figure that you have to play at least a few shows, you know? Hype hype hype. And publicity. The album is called White Chalk and comes out on September 25th via Island Records. It was produced by the triumvirate of Polly, Flood & John Parish, and includes contributions from Eric Drew Feldman, and Jim White of the Dirty Three.

So jump on a jet or hit the road and live out your own Jack Kerouac fantasy, hitting all of the (2) shows she'll be playing in the states.

Pj Harvey Tour Dates
09-24 - Bristol, England - Colston Hall
09-29 - London, England - Royal Festival Hall
10-10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
10-15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Orpheum

Supergrass Bassist Breaks Back While Sleepwalking In France

Bassist Mick Quinn of Supergrass recently went out for a nighttime adventure while vacationing at a villa in the south of France. Turns out Mick was sleepwalking, and ended up walking right out of a first floor window. He ended up with two broken vertebrae in his back and a smashed heel.

"We hope the crazy fool gets back on his feet as soon as possible. I'm sure he'll make a full recovery; he's a tough cookie," said Gaz Coombes in a statement released by the band.

As it turns out, Supergrass will have to cancel their Oxford Carling Academy show on September 23. Mick is expected to make a full recovery but will take several months to heal.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Okkervil River Release
New Video, Tour Dates

Okkervil River have released their new video for Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe in the run up to their newly announced tour dates for North America and Europe. The video was directed by Margaret Brown and is inducing descriptive words like "indie-noir" and "near cinematic experience" to describe both the album and the video. The video does have high production values and might actually change the way you think of hotel rooms.

You can catch them on a long set of dates including some shows with Damien Jurado, in which, the band is guaranteed to stay in hotel rooms. We'll see how the marriage thing goes.

Okkervil River: Tour Dates
08/30 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
08/31 - Phoenix, AZ - The Brickhouse
09/01 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09/03 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09/04 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09/05 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
09/07 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
09/08 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan (MusicFest NW)
09/09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
09/10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09/12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09/13 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
09/14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
09/15 - Iowa City, IA - Picador
09/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
09/18 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
09/19 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club (Pygmalion Festival)
09/21 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
09/22 - Hamilton, Ontario - Pepper Jack's Cafe
09/23 - Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
09/24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
09/25 - Boston, MA - Middle East
09/26 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
09/28 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
09/30 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10/02 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10/03 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt w
10/04 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder @ FSU
10/05 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10/06 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
11/06 - Colchester, UK - Colchester Arts Centre
11/07 - Nottingham, UK - The Social
11/08 - Newcastle, UK - Newcastle University
11/09 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
11/10 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Roadhouse
11/12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11/13 - Paris, France - La Cigalle
11/14 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
11/19 - Wien, Austria - Szene
11/20 - Muenchen, Germany - Registratur
11/22 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
11/23 - The Hague, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival
11/24 - Muenster, Germany - Gleiss
11/25 - Cologne, Germany - Prime Club
11/26 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
11/27 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
11/29 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
11/30 - Stockholm, Sweden - Spark Club @ Debaser Medis
12/04 - Brighton, UK - Pressure Point
12/05 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Academy
12/06 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
12/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social
12/08 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly
12/09 - London, UK - Luminaire

Sigur Ros Sign To XL Recordings For
Upcoming CD / DVD Release

Just in is the news that Iceland's own Sigur Ros have signed to XL Recordings for the release of their upcoming CD release of Hvarf / Heima. The album will b packaged with a release of the now (almost) famous DVD release of Heima. You can check out a video preview of the DVD here.

XL Recordings will oversee the U.S. release which comes out on November 6th.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Black Mountain Release Tour Dates,
New Album Info

Black Mountain have set themselves up on a nice, long set of shows for North America. It's their first proper tour of North America in about two years and is centered around their album In The Future, which will come out sometime in the future. January of 2008 to be exact. They'll be touring with the Cave Singers, Lightning Dust, Oakley Hall or Sunset Rubdown depending on Location.

Canadian and Europeeps sit tight, your dates will be announced soon.

Black Mountain Tour Dates
09-27 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
09-28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09-29 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
10-01 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10-02 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10-03 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10-05 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10-06 - Montreal, Quebec - Le National
10-07 - Portland, ME - Space
10-08 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
10-10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10-11 - Brooklyn, NY - Southpaw
10-12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
10-13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10-14 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird
10-15 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
10-17 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
10-18 - Denton, TX - Dan's Silverleaf
10-19 - Austin, TX - Emo's
10-21 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified
10-22 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10-23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10-24 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10-26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10-27 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
11-03 - Vancouver, BC Canada - Richards on Richards)
11-09 - Victoria, British Columbia

M83 Gets Ambitious With Release Series

M83's future is so bright, he's gotta wear digital shades. Anthony Gonzales, better known to the world as M83, has announced a new series of releases starting with Digital Shades Volume One.

He worked at his home studio last year to record the album, which he'll release on September 4th. The next installment is already due early next year.

Thank Your For CBGB, Hilly Kristal

Major news on the innovator front... Hilly Kristal, the man who oversaw CBGB for many decades, died on Wednesday due to complications from the lung cancer he had been battling. He fought hard against the Bowery Residents Committee to keep CBGB going but ultimately lost when they refused to renew his lease.