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
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?
Did you know that the tour dates on the Sub Pop site are posted in the hCalendar format? hCalendar is a microformat that uses XHTML to represent events in web pages. Since this format is understood by all sorts of software that can automagically process events on pages you visit, it can help can make your life easier.
Here’s a simple example for Firefox and Google Calendar users:
- Go to any page on the Sub Pop site that lists tour dates. Notice anything different? You should see an icon (if you used the above script it’s an alarm clock) next to the tour date.
- Now the fun part: click the icon! This should take you to a Google Calendar page that allows you to add the event to your calendar.
Cool, right? If you don’t use Google Calendar, all is not lost. There is all sorts of software available that allows you to import hCalendar events other formats. Check it out here.
As always, be careful when installing foreign software on your machine…
Our friends in the Constantines recently completed a handful of dates opening for The Tragically Hip. These were the sort of shows that take place in great, cavernous arenas. In Canada, as we understand it, that pretty much means, specifically, hockey arenas. And though it has been pointed out that hockey arenas are maybe not the best place in the world to experience live rock music, this picture here sure makes it seem worth a shot.
Can I get a wet nurse? (This video, by the way, is not from these ’Hip dates the Constantines recently played, but is in fact a live video from 2003 of the band playing the shit right out of the song “Young Offenders”.)
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