Each month our superstar radio station KEXP does a live remote show that benefits a local charity. This month the show will benefit the Artist Trust, an organization that has distributed over seven million dollars in grants, resources and career training to thousands of our state’s most promising and interesting musicians, writers, performers, and artists working across all disciplines since 1986. Also, as an added li’l bonus, Little Cuts, starring one Mr. Dave Hernandez of the Shins, are playing. The show is April 3rd at the Sunset in Ballard. Get more info HERE.
Happy March, y’all! I am so glad to be done with February. It seems like such a bogus month what with its handful of days. I like a month with all 31 days. A month that knows it could stop at 30, but spits in the face of slowing down. Also, when there are lots of days in a month we can release more records more of the time. For instance, March 2 we release Fight Softly by The Ruby Suns on CD/CP, and the little buddies next door, aka Hardly Art, release Double Jointer by those crazy Brooklynites Golden Triangle. Both are neat. If you pre-order Fight Softly by March 2nd, you’ll get $2 off the CD or LP! Get them here and here.
Mid-March sees the release of the self-titled album by Happy Birthday which is the new band from Kyle of King Tuff and Witch, etc. Pre-order this bad boy and you get $2 off the CD or LP + probably a sticker + for sure a newsprint poster! This record is one of my faves and I’m very excited to see them play at SXSW this year, which brings me to my next point: we’re doing a SXSW showcase with Hardly Art on March 18th at the Galaxy Room and you should certainly stop by if you happen to be in town. Check out more here. Also, we’re putting out a 7” by King Khan and Pat Meteor on the 16th. Get that guy here.
March 30th is two things—one, it is the day before my soul-crushing 35th birthday, and two, it’s the release of the long player (CD/LP) from Dum Dum Girls called I Will Be. Pre-order this record by March 30th and get a five-song CDR of the first Dum Dum Girls release on Zoo Music Records, owned by Dee Dee and her old man. (Husband old man, not dad old man.) While you’re at it you should grab the new Unnatural Helpers 7” for their killer summer jam track called “Sunshine/Pretty Girls” out on Hardly Art—it’s good for beer drinking and dancing.
The winner for last month’s prize of new releases is Erick Roff of Seattle and it was chosen by our pal Nick Heliotis over at Hardly Art, purveyors of music also. Please stop by Hardly Art’s webspace and look around. *To win this month’s new releases please tell me, in the comments section, what song you would use in place of the ol’ happy birthday standard when/if I were to outlaw it.
Did someone say new Wolf Parade record? That’s right people, Wolf Parade have a new record entitled “Expo 86” coming out this summer. Stay tuned for more information on that.
In the meantime check out this totally awesome interview that Dan Boeckner (Singer/Guitarist) did with Pitchfork. Read here!
In celebration of the middle of May, some sunny new photos of the Dum Dum Girls, and a huge overseas tour, we’re giving away two free Dum Dum Girls MP3s. The first, “Bhang, Bhang, I’m a Burnout,” is the second song from their Sub Pop debut, I Will Be, which is purchasable (as always) from your lovely friends here at subpop.com. The second is “Pay for Me,” which was previously only available on their Record Store Day split with Male Bonding (please do check out their new record, Nothing Hurts as well).
In addition to providing you with your daily dose of sunny reverb, the Dum Dum Girls are currently embarking on a European tour, which will be followed by an early summer string of West Coast dates with Crocodiles.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the free MP3s.
In case you missed them, here are the tour dates:
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 – Le Botanique, Brussels 1210
Thursday, May 13, 2010 – Luminaire, London United Kingdom
Friday, May 14, 2010 – Sound Control (UK), Manchester United Kingdom
Saturday, May 15, 2010 – Brudenell Social, Leeds United Kingdom
Sunday, May 16, 2010 – Lancaster Library (UK), Market Square United Kingdom
Monday, May 17, 2010 – Stereo, Glasgow United Kingdom
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – Whelans, Dublin Ireland
Thursday, May 20, 2010 – Point Ephémère, Paris France
Friday, May 21, 2010 – Molotov, Hamburg Germany
Saturday, May 22, 2010 – West Germany, Berlin Germany
Sunday, May 23, 2010 – Olympic Park (Germany), Munich Germany
Monday, May 24, 2010 – Arena, Vienna Austria
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – Rocket, Milan Italy (Club Kiss That Night)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 – Hana-Bi, Ravenna Italy
Thursday, May 27, 2010 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen Switzerland
Saturday, May 29, 2010 – Primavera Sound Festival, Barcelona Spain
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – New Parish, Oakland CA w/ Crocodiles
Friday, June 25, 2010 – Hawthorne Theater, Portland OR – w/ Crocodiles
Saturday, June 26, 2010 – High Dive, Seattle WA w/ Crocodiles
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 – Blue Lamp, Sacramento CA w/ Crocodiles
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco CA w/ Crocodiles
Thursday, July 1, 2010 – Echo, Los Angeles CA – w/ Crocodiles
Friday, July 2, 2010 – Casbah, San Diego CA w/ Crocodiles
Saturday, July 3, 2010 – Detroit Bar, Costa Mesa CA w/ Crocodiles
As you know, tomorrow April 27, marks the release Avi Buffalo’s debut, self-titled album, which you can stream in its entirety here through Wednesday (4/28/2010.) Pre-order their new record on this very site (subpop.com) through April 27th, and you will receive a totally limited CDR, featuring four non-album tracks!
As we shared with you on Friday, the band will be playing a series of totally awesome and FREE in-store performances in celebration of this joyous event. Tonight, they’ll be at Fingerprints in the LBC, Tuesday at Boo Boo Records in San Luis Obispo and Wednesday at Amoeba in San Francisco.
Monday 4/26: Fingerprints, Long Beach, CA @ 7pm
Tuesday 4/27: Boo Boo Records, San Luis Obispo, CA @ 6pm
Wednesday 4/28: Amoeba Records, San Francisco, CA @ 6pm
You can also catch the band when they hit the road this coming July/early August, opening select dates for Modest Mouse and Blitzen Trapper.
Avi Buffalo on the road:
Apr 29 Jensen’s Mainstage (CA), Santa Barbara, CA
May 01 Troubadour, Hollywood, CA (record release show)
May 30 Sasquatch! Festival, Gorge, WA
Jul 01 Royal Oak Theater (MI), Royal Oak, MI *
Jul 02 Royal Oak Theater (MI), Royal Oak, MI *
Jul 03 Summerfest (WI), Milwaukee, WI *
Jul 06 Crossroads, Kansas City, MO *
Jul 08 Twlight Concert Series, Salt Lake City, UT *
Jul 23 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR $
Jul 27 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN $
Jul 28 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI $
Jul 30 Pier 17 / South Street Seaport (NY), New York, NY ^
Aug 04 Majestic Theater (MI), Detroit, MI $
Aug 05 Vogue, The, Indianapolis, IN $
Sep 04 All Tomorrows Parties – NY, Monticello, NY
- w/ Modest Mouse
$ w/ Blitzen Trapper
^ w/ Neon Indian
As we shared a few weeks back, Wolf Parade are gearing up to release a brand spanking new record entitled “EXPO 86.” What we had yet to reveal, was that this slay-tastic opus will be hitting the shelves of a record store near you on June 29th. Time to sharpie that on your calendars.
To get you PUMPED up for this release, we unleashed not one but TWO tracks off of their new record via Pitchfork. Click here to stream & download “Ghost Pressure” and “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way).”
While your at it, make sure to take a gander at P4K’s interview with the bands co-leader Spencer Krug.
In case you missed it the first time around, you should also check out the sites interview with Dan Boeckner (Singer/Guitarist), on the inspiration behind the naming of the record. Click here to peep on that.
EXPO 86 Track Listing
01 Cloud Shadow on the Mountain
02 Palm Road
03 What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)
04 Little Golden Age
05 In the Direction of the Moon
06 Ghost Pressure
07 Pobody’s Nerfect
08 Two Men in New Tuxedos
09 Oh You, Old Thing
Wolf Parade on the Road:
May 06 Europe Mania Festival (HU), Budapest, Hungary
May 07 Donaufestival, Krems an der Donau, Austria
May 08 Pop Up Festival (DE), Leipzig, Germany
May 09 Matrix (CZ), Prague, Czech Republic
May 11 Rockhouse, Salzburg, Austria
May 12 Lokomotiv, Bologna, Italy
May 13 Spazio 211, Torino, Italy
May 16 Le Botanique, Brussels, 1210
May 17 Concorde 2, Brighton, United Kingdom
May 18 Borderline, London, United Kingdom
May 19 Oran Mor, Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 20 Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
May 21 Club Academy, Manchester, United Kingdom
May 22 Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 25 Teatar &TD, Zagreb, Croatia
May 26 Menza pri koritu (SL), Lubijana, Slovenia
May 27 Salumeria della Musica (IT), Milan, Italy
May 28 Palace (CH), Gallen, Switzerland
May 29 Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
May 31 Nouveau Casino, Paris, France
Jul 08 Le National (QC), Montreal, Canada
Jul 09 Le National (QC), Montreal, Canada
Jul 11 Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME
Jul 12 House of Blues (Boston), Boston, MA
Jul 13 Terminal Five, New York, NY
Jul 15 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Jul 16 Southgate House, Newport, KY
Jul 17 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 18 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Jul 19 Garrick Center, Winnipeg, Canada
Jul 21 Louis’ Pub, Saskatoon, Canada
Jul 22 Republik, Calgary, Canada
Jul 23 Starlight Room, Edmonton, Canada
Jul 25 Vogue Theatre (BC), Vancouver, Canada
Jul 26 Showbox (@ the Market), Seattle, WA
Jul 27 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
Jul 29 Catalyst Club Atrium, Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 30 Fox Theater (OAK), Oakland, CA
Jul 31 Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 03 Into the Great Wide Open Festival, Vlieland , Netherlands
Sep 06 Spring & Airbrake, Belfast, United Kingdom
Sep 07 Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sep 09 Brudenell Social, Leeds, United Kingdom
Sep 10 End of the Road Festival, North Dorset, United Kingdom
Sep 11 Thekla Social, Bristol, United Kingdom
Sep 12 Glee Club (UK), Birmingham, United Kingdom
Sep 13 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Sep 15 The Forum -UK, London, United Kingdom
Sep 27 Lille Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sep 28 Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway
Sep 29 Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 01 Tavastia Club, Helsinki, Finland