Here are two clips of the Shins playing live at mtvU’s Campus Invasion in Austin, TX a few weeks back. And, yes, this is a photo of Shin Dave Hernandez with Lemmy from Motorhead from the night before the big show. Best Saturday EVER.
Jennifer Gentle have turned out some amazingly compositional ghostly pop tunes on their new album The Midnight Room. This little number, Electric Princess is so well orchestrated that you’ll get lost in it’s web of guitar hooks and piano twinkles before you know what hit you.
Those upstanding San Diegans in The Album Leaf (whose recent album Into the Blue Again you already have and totally love) are currently on tour, to and fro across these United States. Should you be lucky enough to live in one of the towns they are visiting on this tour (and you can/should check out the full list of dates here), you will have the opportunity to not only see The Album Leaf play live (which, is nothing but a good time), but also to pick up a copy of their new Green Tour EP, which features six new tracks and a tour video!
However (and here’s where techmology and those innernets totally do you a solid): even if you won’t be able to attend one of these shows, you will still be able to enjoy The Album Leaf’s tour from afar, because they have set up their own YouTube channel! Simply go here and enjoy a glimpse of life on the road with The Album Leaf! Without that weird, beery, locker room-esque van smell! Plus, the band has also made the aforementioned tour video, featured on the also aforementioned (afore-aforementioned?) Green Tour EP_, available on the YouTube as well! Watch the tour video herekoE4kdyE
These guys… They give, and they give, and they give, you know?
The Pissed Jeans flew into Seattle for the weekend and boy are their arms tired. The dudes hit the Sub Pop offices on Friday for pizza and a meeting and then headed out to Ballard to play a show at the Sunset Tavern with the Unnatural Helpers and Sub Pop’s own Tiny Vipers. Despite technical problems with the bass amp and inferior Pac Northwest cinder blocks, the Jeans kicked total ass and left most of the crowd speechless and without the ability to clap in between songs. Saturday was spent record shopping with Andy K, photographing their balls in the photo booth, and pilfering the Sub Pop warehouse before their live performance on KEXP’s Sonic Reducer later that evening. The Jeans got tons of swag and when asked if there was one item that they all picked Andy K replied, “Yes. Nebula’s Charged on vinyl. Also, I tricked them all into taking copies of The Legend 45 as well.” Welcome aboard, boys—we’re incredibly glad to have you.
Although it’s already been covered elsewhere (here, here and here, for instance…), we are still kind of scratching our heads over the fact that right now our very own Kinski is on tour with Tool. The band Tool. In giant stadiums.
From what we hear from the band, it’s going exceptionally well; the Tool folks have been great hosts, and their fans have been receptive to Kinski (sample recent comment on the Kinski Myspace page – “Damn, saw you guys open for Tool last night, just wanted to say thanks! It’s about time they had a worthy opening band… sounded great! See you again at the Wichita show!”).
All of which is, of course, very good to hear. And, it’s even better to hear in light of the fact that at their very first show in Reno last Monday, the band was greeted with,
“Oh great. Here comes 45 minutes of bullshit,”
from someone in the first few rows. Of course, one of the Kinskis responded with, “Actually, we’re only doing 30 minutes.”
Just before they left for these dates, the band put the finishing touches on their forthcoming new record Down Below It’s Chaos. Produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn 0))), Boris) at his Aleph Studio, Down Below It’s Chaos will be released on August 21, 2007. On Sub Pop.
Here are the remaining Kinski dates with Tool:
May 09 World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
May 11 Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, KS
May 12 Mid America Center, Council Bluffs, IA
May 15 DeSoto Center, Southaven, MS
May 16 Ft. Worth Convention Center, Ft. Worth, TX
May 17 Centurytel Arena, Bossier City, LA
May 19 Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK
May 21 AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
May 22 American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX
May 24 River Center, Baton Rouge, LA
May 25 Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, FL
May 26 Verizon Wireless Center, Birmingham, AL