Posted in music | tour dates on August 19, 2008

by Bill Pearis


Before blogs, before the internet as we know it, Jack Rabid was writing up all the shows he attended, the records he listened to, and interviewing his favorite bands. Since 1980 he's been publishing The Big Takeover which started as a Xeroxed 'zine but is now a legit glossy mag, thick as a phone book, and even more crammed with reviews and meaty interviews with some of the biggest indie/alt bands and artists on the planet. The passion (and the encyclopedic knowledge of the staff) makes it such an awesome read to this day.

In addition to The Big Takeover, Jack is also a great drummer. Having played in a number of bands over the years (early '80s punks Even Worse, and more recently Last Burning Embers), he might be best known as one-third of '90s-era trio Springhouse. While lumped in with the then UK dreampop scene (Ride, MBV, etc), Springhouse (Mitch Friedland on treated classical acoustic, and bassist Larry Heinemann) was closer to early-'80s groups like The Sound, The Comsat Angels and The Chameleons, the latter of whom they opened for on their 2002 reunion tour.

Springhouse released two very good, if under-heard, albums on Caroline in the '90s and have been slowly working on a third that will finally see the light of day in October. As Jack wrote on

"From Now to OK, which we've been working on for the better part of 10 years, is finally finished and will be released in October...on limited edition, 550 copies deluxe Bruce Licher-designed letterpress multi-layered foldout CD art package and free internet digital download, Radiohead-style (i.e. pay what you want!). Then we hit the road!"
That tour is a "Big Takeover Presents" triple bill. Headlining are Magnetic Morning (previously known as The Setting Suns), the "supergroup" (my term) of Swervedriver's Adam Franklin, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino and Jimmy LaValle of the Album Leaf. I saw them at their debut show back in December and despite a then-dearth of material (they've only got a six-song EP out so far, including three versions of one song and a cover) Magnetic Morning had it together, as you'd expect from a group of pros like this. They've been holed away in the studio all summer so I imagine we'll really find out what MM are all about in October.

Julie OceanOpening the Big Takeover tour is Washington DC's Julie Ocean, which is fronted by two veterans of the '90s DC/Arlington indie scene: Jim Spellman was in Velocity Girl and The High-Back Chairs (and is now a producer for CNN where he recently got Tasered on purpose); and Terry Banks was in Tree Fort Angst, The Saturday People and Glo-Worm. Julie Ocean's debut, Long Gone and Nearly There, is ridiculously catchy power pop.

There are only six dates on the Big Takeover Presents tour as of now, including one at Southpaw in Brooklyn on Oct. 21 which is also the opening night of CMJ. Tickets are on sale.

Adam Franklin has also been keeping busy with his old band Swervedriver and Magnetic Morning's dates are part of a much bigger fall tour. All scheduled stops, and a video, are below...

Magnetic Morning
Magnetic Morning

The Big Takeover Presents - 2008 Tour Dates *
October 16 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
October 17 - Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
October 18 - Philadelphia, Pa. @ Johnny Brenda's
October 20 - Allston, Mass. @ Great Scott
October 21 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Southpaw (CMJ first night, but open to the public)

* w/ Magnetic Morning, Springhouse & Julie Ocean

MM - The Way Love Used to Be (Kinks cover) @ Mercury Lounge, Dec '08

Magnetic Morning - additional 2008 tour dates
Oct 23 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Ontario
Oct 24 The Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 25 The Catus Club Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oct 26 The Empty Bottle Chicago, Illinois
Oct 27 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 30 Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
Nov 1 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Nov 2 The Independent San Fran., California
Nov 3 The Roxy L.A., California
Nov 4 Casbah San Diego, California
Nov 7 House Of Blues Dallas, Texas
Nov 8 Waterloo Park Austin, Texas
Nov 10 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia



Comments (15)

Jack Rabid = 100% Pure Class

Posted by greg | August 19, 2008 8:17 PM

well i'm simply hoping i can make it to one of those Texas dates.

Never seen a band play at Waterloo Park before.

Posted by hmd1987 | August 19, 2008 8:17 PM

"Never seen a band play at Waterloo Park before."

That's actually part of Fun Fun Fun Fest. Full announcement coming shortly.

Posted by brooklynvegan | August 19, 2008 8:20 PM

So glad this little tour is hitting Boston. Can't wait.

Posted by Brad | August 19, 2008 8:26 PM


Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 8:32 PM

Jack Rabid is indeed a guy with a lot of cred. The Big Takeover is my favorite American music periodical and he also has a great blogcast.

Posted by Adam | August 19, 2008 8:43 PM

Where are the Lynnfield Pioneers when you need them?

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 8:59 PM

I met Jack Rabid at a concert once (forgot which one, but it was a Warsaw) many years ago. We started talking in the bar area, and I didn't realize a first who he was. I told him, before I realized who he was, that I was in a band, and he was interested about it. My shitty little band. Very nice guy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 9:29 PM

Good luck, Jack!

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2008 10:09 PM

Fantastic lineup. Those going should be sure to get there in time for Julie Ocean, who have put out one of my favorite albums of the year so far.

Posted by Steve | August 19, 2008 10:35 PM

yeah, the julie ocean record is stupidly good and no one seems to have noticed.
take heed people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2008 12:22 AM

springhouse, come to the UK ;) !

Posted by r.b. korbet-wootton | August 20, 2008 3:51 AM

As someone who's seen Even Worse and Springhouse (missed LBE) I will personally attest that I have no desire whatever to see these old farts trying to turn tricks like some flock of Tijuana hookers who need bribe money for the border crossing.

Ah, I'm just fukkinwitcha. Long may they reign. I'd like to request a cover of Lost and Found by The Saints. And I'll be heckling to hear "Last Night's Blimpies."

Posted by Mr Blifil | August 20, 2008 9:59 AM

Springhouse sucks.....

Posted by Lieb | August 20, 2008 5:48 PM

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