by Bill Pearis
Like veteran indie bands from Glasgow? Want to see them live for free? Read on.
If the $50 price tag of this Thursday's (9/30) Belle and Sebastian show with Teenage Fanclub at the Williamsburg Waterfront has been scaring you off, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Details below.
We're also giving away THREE pairs of tickets to tomorrow night's (9/28) Teenage Fanclub/The Clean show at Bowery Ballroom. Details below.
Wait there's more. We're also giving away TWO pairs of tickets to see The Vaselines on October 6 at Webster Hall. Details below.
The waterfront show on Thursday is the kickoff to Belle and Sebastian's tour. Fellow Glaswegians Teenage Fanclub are opening. Tickets are still available. Let's hope the current rainy forceast changes by then. The band also performs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (9/29) night. After the Waterfront show, the band head's to Las Vegas for this weekend's Matador 21 extravaganza, make a short detour into Mexico, and will then backtrack east across North America.
The band's eighth album, Write About Love, will be out October 12 and is Belle & Sebastian's first in nearly five years. A decade and a half into their career, you pretty much know what to expect from Stuart Murdoch, Stevie Jackson and the rest of the band, but since 2001's Dear Catastrophe Waitress the group's quality control has been pretty high. (2006's The Life Pursuit was especially good I thought.) Write About Love is another lovely record in the band's cannon. The vinyl comes with a bonus 7" containing two songs not on the album.
There are a couple of surprising guest vocalists. Carey Mulligan, Oscar-nominated star of An Education, sings on the album's title track (which you can download for free via a widget at the bottom of this post), and Norah Jones features on "Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John."
The band have taken some interesting routes promoting the new album. Earlier this year they encouraged fans to take pictures with the album's title incorporated into the shot, creating a Flickr pool for the project. Murdoch included his favorites in an entertaining half-hour "television" program (not sure if it aired anywhere but online) that is a mix of live performance, audience Q&A, and a discussion of the current state of the music industry. In a cute, charming way, of course. You can watch it below.
It is also worth noting that Belle and Sebastian have some really impressive openers along the way, including The Vaselines (Mexico dates), Versus in Washington D.C., Dean & Britta doing the Galaxie 500 thing in Boston, and Trashcan Sinatras in Seattle. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
Teenage Fanclub, who open the Waterfront show, have two headlining shows of their own -- tonight (9/27) and tomorrow (9/28) -- at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets are still available for both (click the links). Tomorrow's show is the more desirable of the two, with New Zealand indie rock legends The Clean as co-headliners. Merge labelmates The Radar Brother open both shows other dates on the tour.
If you somehow got this far into this post without reading it, we're giving away tickets to the show tomorrow with the Clean. See details below.
Teenage Fanclub's new album on Merge, Shadows, is the band's seventh. Like what I said about Belle and Sebastian above, you know what you're getting with a new TFC album at this point (midtempo, harmony-laden guitar pop indebted to Big Star and The Byrds) but the band has remained amazingly consistent during their 20-year history. It doesn't hurt that they have three very good songwriters in the band. (Though we can all agree Gerry Love is the best, right? No? Your mileage may vary.) You can stream the whole thing over at Merge's website. And they have always been good live, funny too.
Teenage Fanclub's North American tour with The Radar Brothers takes them across the continent, ending in Vancouver on October 16. All dates are at the bottom of this post.
One of the TFC dates is opening for The Vaselines in DC on Saturday (10/2). That's where the Vaselines are launching their own North American tour. Will there be any musicians over the age of 37 actually in Glasgow next week? The Vaselines tour hits NYC next week when they play Webster Hall on Wednesday, October 6 with openers Jeffrey Lewis and Crystal Stilts. If you haven't heard The Vaselines' new album Sex with an Ex, it picks right up where the band left off 20 years ago: smart, funny, filthy, and catchy as hell. And still genuinely great live.
All tour dates for Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and The Vaselines are below, along with videos, contest details, widgets and whatnot.
Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love Television Show
Belle and Sebastian - Write About Love
I Didn't See It Coming
Come On Sister
I Want The World To Stop
Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John
Write About Love
I'm Not Living In The Real World
Ghost of Rockschool
Read The Blessed Pages
I Can See Your Future
Sunday's Pretty Icons
Belle and Sebastian - 2010 Tour Dates
September 30th NEW YORK, Williamsburg Waterfront with guests Teenage Fanclub
October 2nd LAS VEGAS, The Pearl at Palms Casino
October 3rd LOS ANGELES, Hollywood Palladium with guests Jenny and Johnny
October 5th LOS ANGELES, Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 7th MEXICO CITY, Vive Cuervo Salón with guests The Vaselines
October 8th MEXICO CITY, Vive Cuervo Salón with guests The Vaselines
October 9th GUADALAJARA, Teatro Estudio Cavaret with guests The Vaselines
October 11th CHICAGO, Chicago Theatre with guests Smith Westerns
October 12th TORONTO, Massey Hall with guests Zeus
October 14th WASHINGTON DC, DAR Constitution Hall with guests Versus
October 15th BOSTON, Wang Theatre with guests Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500
October 17th SAN FRANCISCO, Treasure Island Festival
October 19th PORTLAND, Arlene Schnitzer Hall with guests Typhoon
October 20th SEATTLE, Benaroya Hall with guests The Trashcan Sinatras
December 1st BELFAST, Ulster Hall
December 3rd DUBLIN, Grand Canal Theatre
December 5th GATESHEAD, Sage Gateshead
December 6th BIRMINGHAM, Birmingham Symphony Hall
December 7th MANCHESTER, Apollo
December 9th BOURNEMOUTH, 02 Academy
December 10th MINEHEAD, Butlins
December 14th LEICESTER, De Montfort Hall
December 16th BRISTOL, Colston Hall
December 19th GLASGOW, Barrowland
December 20th GLASGOW, Barrowland
December 21st GLASGOW, Barrowland
Teenage Fanclub - Ain't That Enough
Teenage Fanclub - 2010 Tour Dates
September 27 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
September 28 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom w/ Radar Brothers
September 30 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront w/ Belle and Sebastian
October 1 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
October 2 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
October 3 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theater
October 5 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
October 6 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
October 7 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
October 11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
October 12 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
October 14 Seattle WA, Showbox at the Market w/ Superchunk, Telekinesis
October 15 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom w/ Superchunk, Telekinesis
October 16 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
November 11 Berlin Germany Lido
November 12 Weissenhauser Germany Rolling Stone Weekender
November 14 Aarhus Denmark Voxhall
November 15 Copenhagen Denmark Vega (Small Hall)
November 18 Helsinki Finland Nosturi
November 20 Oslo Norway Rockefeller
November 23 Utrecht Holland Tivoli
November 24 Paris, France Point Ephemere
November 25 Toulouse France Theatre Garonne
The Vaselines - EPK
The Vaselines - 2010 Tour Dates
Oct 02 930 Club, Washington, DC
Oct 03 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 05 Paradise (MA), Boston, MA
Oct 06 Webster Hall, New York City, NY
Oct 07 Vive Cuervo Salon, Mexico City, Mexico
Oct 08 Vive Cuervo Salon, Mexico City, Mexico
Oct 09 Teatro Estudio Cavaret, Guadalajara, Mexico
Oct 11 Cats Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Oct 12 The Earl, Atlanta, GA
Oct 13 One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
Oct 14 Warehouse Live - Ballroom (TX), Houston, TX
Oct 15 The Loft (TX), Dallas, TX
Oct 16 Emo's (Austin), Austin, TX
Oct 19 Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 20 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Oct 23 Biltmore Cabaret (BC), Vancouver, Canada
Oct 24 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Oct 27 Varsity, Minneapolis, MN
Oct 28 Lincoln Hall (IL), Chicago, IL
Oct 29 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Oct 30 Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Canada
Oct 31 La Sala Rosa (Montreal), Montreal, Canada
dates Jeffrey Lewis is opening for the Vaselines
Sun Oct 3 - Philadelphia, PA (First Unitarian Church)
Tues Oct 5 - Boston, MA (Paradise)
Wed Oct 6 - New York City (Webster Hall)
Mon Oct 11 - Carrboro, NC (Cat's Cradle)
Tues Oct 12 - Atlanta, GA (The Earl)
Wed Oct 13 - New Orleans, LA (One Eyed Jack's)
Thu Oct 14 - Houston, TX (Warehouse Live Studio)
Fri Oct 15 - Dallas, TX (The Loft at the Palladium)
Sat Oct 16 - Austin, TX (Emo's Outside)
***** TICKET CONTESTS ******
Want Belle & Sebastian tickets?: Just send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with "Belle and Sebastian" as the subject line and include your first and last name. We'll pick a winner at random, and contact them about how to get their tickets to the Williamsburg Waterfront show.
Want Teenage Fanclub/Clean tickets (the Tuesday night show)? Send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the "Teenage Fanclub" in the subject line. Include your first and last name. Please note this show is 21+. We'll pick winners at random and contact them with instructions.
Want Vaselines tickets (for the Webster Hall show)? Want Send an email to BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM with the "The Vaselines" in the subject line. Include your first and last name. We'll pick winners at random and contact them with instructions.