Posted in music | tour dates on September 2, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: The Intelligence - Like Like Like Like Like Like Like (MP3)

The Intelligence @ Market Hotel in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Intelligence

One of Seattle's finest, The Intelligence, have a new record and are gearing up for a big fall tour, including an October 30 stop at Cake Shop and will also play the Todd P Halloween Show somewhere in Brooklyn, details TBA. The band were last here about a year ago supporting one of 2009's best albums, Fake Surfers.

Its follow-up, Males, is the band's sixth album (third for In the Red) but marks a couple of firsts for the band. It's the first Intelligence album that wasn't played entirely by main brain Lars Finberg and marks a bold leap into fidelity. Scraping off the scuzz hasn't removed any of the band's weird charm -- Males is quite possibly their best album yet. (And Fake Surfers was hard to top.) You can download "Like Like Like Like Like Like Like" at the top of this post.

Finberg discusses  these new developments in the Intelligence's sound in a very entertaining interview over at The Finest Kiss:

Each new Intelligence record seems to sound a little more 'produced'... and you seem to have become more collaborative if not with the rest of the band at least with the producer. With Males you've even let the rest of the band into the studio. Are you weakening in your old age, or just more open to collaboration?

I'm weakening, I'm lonely. It's more fun to make something with everybody else now, it's new. My ears are just tired of the 'LO-FI' sound for us, I'm also sick to death of being called that, it's stupid but nothing gets called mid-fi or hi-fi, such a tired and petty complaint I know. I thought the most interesting thing we could do would be to try to make a big clean record. But really it's just the most interesting path to go down for me, we can record on dirty blank cassette tapes forever, it's easy but the challenge of having real bright vocals up front was scary and fun. Also our bass sound is cool with Susanna I wanted the record to have a lot of low end. Beren is a great drummer and we wanted a record with US as a band playing, since the 3 of us have been together a long time now it's just more fun to have something we make as a group. Plus if it sucks it's THEIR FAULT TOO.

Hi-fi or lo-fi, you seem torn between them (ie. Surfers vs Pacman). What is your preference and has it changed over the years?

It's Hi-Fi for now, I want our records to sound good with the windows down! I want it to sound good on a P.A. in a club and DJ's to be able to play it next to Adam Ant and the Buzzcocks without people involuntarily grinding their molars.

If the new album isn't enough Lars Finberg for you, he's got a side project, Puberty, you might want to investigate.

Meanwhile, Finberg's old band, the under-appreciated early-'00s A Frames, have come out of retirement -- albeit without him. (He left the drum stool in 2006.)  Earlier this year saw the release of 333, an odds-n-sods triple platter of 7" sides and demos and with it came some new shows.

A Frames are making it to the East Coast in October, playing Cake Shop on 10/8 and Death by Audio on 10/9. They also play Philly on 10/7 at the Danger Danger Gallery. Video from a recent show in Seattle is at the bottom of this post

All Intelligence and A Frames tour dates below...

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The Intelligence @ Market Hotel 9.11.2009

The Intelligence - 2010 Tour Dates
10/16 Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
10/17 Spokane, WA - The Seaside
10/18 Missoula, MT - The Blaine House !
10/20 Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
10/21 Minneapolis, MN - The Hexagon Bar $
10/22 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
10/23 Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen ^
10/24 Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
10/25 Detroit, MI - The Lager House
10/26 Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class @
10/27 Columbus , OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
10/29 Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10/30 New York, NY - The Cake Shop
10/31 Brooklyn, NY - Todd P Halloween Show
11/01 Richmond, VA - The Strange Matter $
11/02 Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor
11/03 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11/04 New Orleans, LA - Siberia #
11/05 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *#
11/06 Austin, TX - TBA (Fun Fun Fun Fest After Party)
11/07 Lubbock, TX - TBA
11/09 Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
11/10 Los Angeles, CA - TBA
11/11 San Francisco, CA - SF Eagle %
11/12 Sacramento, CA - TBA
11/13 Reno, NV - The Lincoln Lounge
11/14 Portland, OR - East End
11/15 Olympia, WA - Northern

! = w/ Thug Nasties, Whisky Whore, with an Acoustic BBQ before the show starts
$ = w/ The Seawhores, Private Dancer, Leisure Bird, Skoal Kodiac & France Has the Bomb
^ = w/ The Arrivals & Toys That kill
@ = w/ So Cow
$ = w/ Bermuda Triangles
* = w/ Polvo
# = w/ JEFF the Brotherhood
% = w/ Ty Segall

A Frames - Hostage Crisis at the Funhouse, Seattle 5.21.2010

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A Frames - 2010 Tour Dates
Oct 7 Danger Danger Gallery, Philadelphia PA
Oct 8 Cake Shop, NYC
Oct 9 Death By Audio, Brooklyn NY

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Comments (23)

fuck Todd P

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 5:20 PM

Yeah fuck him! There was an article about his "market hotel project" in The Metro today. Why is he news worthy?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 5:32 PM

I question anyone who calls their band Puberty

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 5:55 PM

andy bodor loves the shit out of the a-frames, i'm happy for him!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 6:15 PM

todd p should throw a festival in iraq. If bands won't play it then they're pussies.

Posted by hah | September 2, 2010 6:19 PM

Todd P sucks...but does anyone know who is playing his outdoor aucousitc bbq and where it will be? Not that I care, cause he sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 7:12 PM

why all the tod p hate

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 8:52 PM

todd p hate never dies. there's more now because a lot of people who hated him anyway him were overjoyed that there were problems at his Mexico festival, but hate just comes with being the diy show guy. every guy booking the little shows in any scene gets the same shit. people always got something to say. it's ironic that if he (and every show organizing person everywhere) were more in it for the money and just worked in the regular system and booked a 21+ club or was an a&r guy at some label people would respect him and otherwise no one would have anything to say, positive or negative. doing it with good intentions on your sleeve and going out of your way to keep it real brings on a lot of flack. the people who are in charge of the big clubs don't get this kind of shit. you might hear "I hate seeing shows at Terminal 5" but you almost never hear "I hate (insert the name of the guy who makes all the decisions at terminal 5 here)". it's easy to overlook how many opportunities guys like Todd P must have flat out to sell out, but don't. a lot of haters are people who could and did, and they don't like watching someone who didn't sell out getting as much positive press as he gets. Also easy to forget how many good bands got somewhere because of the scenes that little show organizer people work at making exist. that part is especially hard to remember if your're in a band that isn't getting anywhere.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 10:32 PM

my gripe with todd p is he books the same bands again and again. or bands that sound exactly the same. show after show it's just the same bullshit. there are plenty of diy promoters in other cities who book shows that actually have variety.

plus any promoter who books bands like beach fossils and total slacker don't deserve the time of day. when will someone else step in and try to compete with todd?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 11:24 PM

dozens of people compete with Todd. he lists them on his website and in his emails, with their contact info. dozens of bars and cubs out there too, all doing shows for bands

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 11:30 PM

I have never been able to figure out the Beach Fossils hate. They're tight and their songs are smart and catchy, and seem to have some genuine emotional punch. If there ever was proof that 99% of comment board "hate" is jealousy of other's success, the fad of hating them is it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 11:40 PM

emotional? with the exception of like, 2 songs, that album was the most bland uninteresting album i've heard in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 11:50 PM

Well... if history is any guide, Todd P must be about to make it big time if BV commenters are all hatey about him again. I actually thought he was slowing down this summer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2010 11:51 PM

I wouldn't say one lonely loser hater on the internet makes it a fad...

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 12:24 AM

The Intelligence album is boss...who cares about some promoter of one of the five shows mentioned in this post?

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 9:56 AM

Hummus Mehs are way better.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 10:44 AM

todd p haters are whatever. people just wanna have something pointy to say about everything. easier to hate than to understand

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 10:51 AM

Anon 11:24 well said. Just look at what Sean Agnew does for Philly scene. He books everything from punk, metal, country, emo, indie, ambient, and etc.....


www.r5productions.com

He's the best promoter in the whole country in my opinion

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 10:57 AM

philly has one of the worst scenes in the usa. hardly any bands come out of there

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 11:08 AM

Uh 11:09 is either an idiot or probably just jealous of Sean Agnew success and R5 Production success.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 11:16 AM

um, have you ever been to Philly? it sucks! what bands are ever from Philly. Diplo and Man Man? fine if this is 2005

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2010 12:15 PM

The Missoula show will be the best one of the entire tour.

Posted by Emily | September 9, 2010 2:08 PM

GO SEE THE A FRAMES FUCKHEADS

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2010 6:07 PM

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