News from 1/2007

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 10:58 AM

An announcement from Dead Moon


After 20 yrs, Dead Moon is retiring. It has been a journey we will always treasure and feel that a worldwide family has emerged in its place. Dead Moon became much bigger than the band itself, it became a DIY underground hopeful for a lot of people. The candle is still burning!
—Fred Cole

Dead Moon’s site

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 11:56 AM

The Shins are going on tour!


The first cluster of U.S. dates are now confirmed, and we’re announcing it RIGHT THIS SECOND!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!! Get your tickets fast-like, ’cause these suckers will likely sell out. Here are all the confirmed dates!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 10:30 AM



Our friends in the band Low have been involved in a project to help increase adult literacy in Kenya. They’ve used money from Christmas shows this year and in 2005 to help fund the building of a school in Namuncha, Kenya.

You can read a bit about all this from Low’s Alan Sparhawk, on Low’s own website.

There’s also an article about all this in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

And then, you can read a whole lot more about the Maasai School Project on their website, and see photos of Alan’s trip to Kenya this past August.
Because often things that should go without saying don’t: you could do worse things than donate to this project yourself.

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 11:52 AM



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!

Do it!

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!

Posted by Chris Jacobs

FRI, JAN 19, 2007 at 12:41 PM


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

Posted by Chris Jacobs