In August of 2006 our pals in The Thermals released their most recent, most excellent and most critically-beloved album, The Body, The Blood, The Machine. It very deservedly wound up on year-end lists far and wide (Pitchfork’s Top 50 of 2006, _SPIN_’s top 40 of 2006, The Onion’s Best Music of 2006, and both NPR’s Best CDs of 2006 and their Overlooked 11 of 2006, amongst those). And now they’re hosting MTV2’s Subterranean, this Sunday night, January 7th (or, technically, very early on Monday, January 8th) at 1:00 am! Not only will you be entertained, charmed and possibly aroused by these Thermals, but you will have the opportunity to see their totally bitchen video for the song A Pillar of Salt!
Plus, this very same episode of “Subterranean” will feature the new video for The Shins’ Phantom Limb AND the video for Band of Horses’ The Great Salt Lake!
The classic Sebadoh line-up of Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein has re-united and will tour the US for the first time in 14 years in the spring of 2007. Sebadoh began in 1987 as the solo project of Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow, who quickly teamed up with kindred spirit Eric Gaffney. Jason Loewenstein joined the band in 1989. The band’s line-up changed quite frequently over the years, but the trio of Barlow / Gaffney / Loewenstein was responsible for the classic ‘90s albums III, Bubble and Scrape and Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock. All three members contributed their own unique songwriting styles and also switched instruments frequently, which they will also do on this tour. III, which is considered by many to be the band’s definitive album, got the deluxe re-issue treatment courtesy of the Domino label last year. Domino has also announced plans to re-issue the Barlow / Gaffney-penned album The Freed Man later in 2007. And, all five of Sebadoh full-lengths on Sub Pop are still in print as well – Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock, Bubble and Scrape, Bakesale, Harmacy, and The Sebadoh. Expect a set list drawing from all eras of Sebadoh’s existence.
Sebadoh tour dates!
02/26 San Diego, CA Casbah
02/27 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar
02/28 San Francisco, CA GAMH / Noise Pop
03/02 Portland, OR Berbati’s Pan
03/03 Vancouver, BC Richards
03/04 Seattle, WA Neumos
03/05 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
03/07 Santa Cruz, CA The Attic
03/09 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
03/10 Los Angeles, CA Spaceland
03/15 Phoenix, AZ Clubhouse
03/16 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
03/17 Boulder, CO Fox Theater
03/19 Minneapolis, MN 400 Bar
03/20 Milwaukee, WI Shank Hall
03/21 Chicago, IL Metro
03/22 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
03/23 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
03/24 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
03/29 Northampton, MA Pearl St.
03/30 Boston, MA Paradise
03/31 New York, NY Webster Hall
04/02 Philadelphia, PA Northstar
04/03 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
04/04 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
04/06 Louisville, KY Headliners
04/07 Nashville, TN Exit In
04/08 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
04/09 Tallahassee, FL Beta Bar
04/10 Orlando, FL The Social
04/12 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
04/13 Houston, TX Walters on Washington
04/14 Austin, TX Emo’s
04/16 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Here’s what’s new:
I’m a little nervous about the Feinstein/Graham bill— it seems like there could be a better fair use balance struck with regards to recording broadcast media (especially considering that legitimate digital sales doubled in 2006). With last year’s sales numbers it’s becoming increasingly clear: if you make your digital content dead easy to buy and leverage your catalog properly, people actually do buy the stuff.
The Shins are going to be incredibly busy this month. And, because we think that the various things they’re doing are pretty amazing, and also because we are having a hard time keeping track of it all ourselves (…), the following summation of January ’07, aka the month The Shins are totally all up in your grill:
This is the day that you can pre-order Wincing the Night Away on iTunes.
The Shins are the musical guests on Saturday Night Live! SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE! It’s my dick, in a box!
Starting on this day, and running through Jan. 21st, you can stream Wincing the Night Away, in its entirety, on Myspace!
You should really just get some rest.
The Shins will be performing live at midnight at the Virgin Records in New York’s Union Square. Buy a copy of the record at Virgin and you get in to see them play!
Not only does Wincing the Night Away come out on this day, but also the band will be playing on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman! DAVID LETTERMAN!
In the morning, The Shins will be playing on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. And, in the evening, at 8:00pm, they’ll be playing a free in-store at the Amoeba Records in Hollywood.
Consider yourself warned!
Our friends at Fantagraphics Books recently opened their own bookstore in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. To celebrate this event, and their 30th anniversary, they’re hosting a grand opening party at the store that’ll also serve as the opening reception for their “30 Years of Misfit Lit” exhibition. Over the years, we’ve worked with a bunch of cartoonists who publish through Fantagraphics, and can safely say that this should be an amazing exhibit.
30 Years of Misfit Lit will feature original art by Peter Bagge, Jim Blanchard, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Ellen Forney, Roberta Gregory, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Ted Jouflas, Megan Kelso, Tony Millionaire, Joe Sacco, Carol Tyler, Chris Ware, Jim Woodring.
All of the details can be found on the Fantagraphics blog page here.
Opening Reception Saturday, December 2, 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the Fantagraphics Bookstore:
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way).
Here’s the deal:
Starting with our first release in 2007 (the new Shins record) and continuing on until such time as we lose interest or forget, if/when you buy a Sub Pop release in the vinyl format, you will find a coupon enclosed. And on this coupon will be instructions, a url and a unique code for you to download the mp3s for the album you’ve purchased.
Please note that these coupons, and their associated access to free mp3s, will not magically (or otherwise) appear in albums released before January of 2007.
There is some more info on all this business here.