It’s possible that you are already aware of the very nearly right upon us Romance Awareness Month Tour 2011. This, of course, is a real mouthful of a title. It is also, of course, the tour which will bring both Obits and Disappears to 7 (seven) cities on the west coast, starting tomorrow, August 18th in Vancouver, BC and ending August 25th in San Diego, CA. Mind you, this is the first time Obits have toured on the west coast since their most recent record, Moody, Standard and Poor was released and also the first shows they’ll be playing with their new drummer, Alexis Fleisig. You should totally go.
Here’s the complete list of dates!
bq. Aug 1- Vancouver, BC (Canada) at the Biltmore Cabaret
Aug 19 – Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
Aug 20 – Portland, OR at the Doug Fir Lounge
Aug 22 – San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill
Aug 23 – Visalia, CA at the Cellar Door
Aug 24 – Los Angeles, CA at the Satellite
Aug 25 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
You should know as well that these Obits have made and will have with them, available for sale on these same tour dates a new and really terrific t-shirt. We understand this to be one of the ancillary, though substantial, benefits of attending live music performances: the opportunity to purchase, from the band themselves, unique merchandise that may well be unavailable elsewhere, ever.
Fruit Bats new record Tripper is officially available in stores today! To celebrate this release, Fruit Bats have a few Pacific Northwest performances. The band, will perform live on KEXP today at 12:00 pm PST, with a Free In-Store performance at Easy Street Records (Queen Anne) in Seattle, WA at 7:00 pm. They will then return to their home of Portland, OR on Wednesday Aug 3rd to play a Free in-store at Music Millennium at 7pm. The band kick off a North America tour with fellow label-mates, Vetiver beginning on September 6th in Minneapolis. Click here for a full list of dates. If you order the bands new record, Tripper via Subpop.com (while supplies last) on CD or LP (which, as per the usual, comes with a digital download code), you’ll receive Fruit Bats-selected, Doug Fir-scented incense from the Northwest’s finest Incensery, the folks at Juniper Ridge. This scent is the perfect addition to set the mood for a proper Northwest-style first listen of this new record. And that’s not it! If you order the record through us (or at some select independent retailers), you’ll receive the LP on limited edition blue vinyl! You can order Tripper by clicking here.
Tuesday, August 16th is one of those days where we have not one, but two sonically terrific records coming out. First up, we have Mister Heavenly’s Out of Love. This record is from a band comprised of three guys who are also in other notable bands (Man Man, The Unicorns/Islands, and Modest Mouse). This pedigree has come together to produce a truly unique and uniquely amazing record. Secondly, in conjunction with De Stijl Records, we’ve done a very limited, one time repress of Michael Yonkers’ 1968 triumph, Microminiature Love with all proceeds benefiting the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation.
Pre-order Mister Heavenly’s Out of Love right here.
Pre-order the limited repress of Microminiature Love from Michael Yonkers here.
Okay, there are a couple key points to note about the pre-order for Blitzen Trapper’s third Sub Pop release.
First, the first 500 people who pre-order the CD or LP from us get a really awesome key chain inspired by the open-roadedness album title (as illustrated in the accompanying photos).
Second, if you’re among the first 300 people who pre-order American Goldwing on vinyl, you’ll get it on very limited edition white vinyl.
And lastly, we’re offering you a what we’re calling a “bundle” (if you will). This works by offering you a new Blitzen Trapper t-shirt + the CD or LP at a lower price than if you’d ordered them separately! Crazy right?!
Also worth noting: as of right now, we don’t even have a t-shirt design, but it’s important to know that we are certain that it’s going to be among the best Blitzen Trapper shirts ever! It’s a bit of a gamble, we admit, but it’s like you’ll end up the victor with a great new shirt and Blitzen Trapper’s best record yet.
It’s official! Our once exalted leaders JP and Megan have made the fatal error of simultaneously leaving their posts. As everyone knows, nature abhors a vacuum. So please join us now in kneeling before our new shaggy overlord, King Tuff!
Last year we were lucky enough to release the self-titled debut record from Vermont’s finest (sorry Ben & Jerry) Happy Birthday. What you might not have known at the time is when we signed Happy Birthday to our loving family we also inked a deal with front man Kyle Thomas’ other band, King Tuff.
Colonel Records released King Tuff’s debut, Was Dead, in late 2008. This past year, King Tuff release a split 7-inch with Hex Dispensers for Scion garage series, which you can check out by clicking here.
King Tuff is presently working on new tunes, which we expect to unleash to the world sometime in 2012. Until then you can catch them live. See below for a full list of dates and click here for more information on King Tuff.
Cause if you don’t know, now you know.
King Tuff Tour Dates:
Fri-Aug-05 Seattle, WA Pizza Fest – Funhouse
Sat-Aug-06 Portland, OR SMMRBMMR Festival – Plan B
Wed-Aug-10 Davis, CA Davis Bike Collective
Fri-Aug-12 Oakland, CA Total Trash Festival – Lobot Gallery
Sat-Aug-13 Oakland, CA Total Trash Festival – Duke’s