Posted in movies | music | tour dates on November 28, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Graham Parker

Arriving on the mid-'70s London scene as a rough'n'ready product of the pub-rock era -- an R&B- loving Nick Lowe with a sharper, more ambitious pen, as it were -- Parker predated Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, both of whom would second his illustration that the singer/songwriter idiom could be recharged, giving intelligent rock fans an excitable and energetic alternative to (slightly) older guardsmen like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Randy Newman and Van Morrison. - [Trouser Press]
Last year, pub rock survivor Graham Parker reunited with his old band, The Rumour, to make Three Chords Good, their first album together in 31 years. You can stream the album below via Spotify.

Graham and the Rumour are currently touring the record in America and will be playing the previously mentioned NYC show at Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture on Saturday (12/1, tickets) with openers The Figgs, and then The Paramount Theatre in Long Island on Sunday (12/2, tickets) which is a co-headling show with Ian Hunter. All tour dates are below.

Parker's had a long career, and had college radio hits with his 1988 album The Mona Lisa's Sister and has kept on going since. He may be about to get another moment in the spotlight as fan Judd Apatow tapped Parker to not only contribute songs to his new film, This Is 40, but also appear in the film. The comedy, a sideways sequel to Knocked Up (about Paul Rudd's character from that film) will be out in theaters December 21. The soundtrack was produced by Jon Brion and also features Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Lindsay Buckingham, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Wilco, Loudon Wainwright and more. Tracklist is below, as is the trailer for the film.

A list of tour dates, album stream, videos, and the This Is 40 trailer and soundtrack tracklist, below...

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Graham Parker - 'Hey Lord Don't Ask Me Questions'

Graham Parker and the Rumour - Stupefaction

Graham Parker - "Local Girls"

Graham Parker - "Get Started, Start a Fire"

GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR - 2012 TOUR DATES
NOV 28 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Tavern On Stage
NOV 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts (The Figgs opening)
DEC 1 - New York, NY - Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture (The Figgs opening)
DEC 2 - Huntington, NY - The Paramount Theatre (Ian Hunter co-headlining)
DEC 6 - Boston, MA - The Wilbur Theatre (The Figgs opening)
DEC 7 - Newton, NJ - The Newton Theatre
DEC 8 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino
DEC 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
DEC 15 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
DEC 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
DEC 18 - Chicago, IL - The Park West
DEC 19 - St. Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theater

This Is 40 trailer

"This Is 40″ Soundtrack Tracklisting
01 Yoko Ono: "I'm Your Angel"
02 Norah Jones: "Always Judging"
03 Graham Parker and the Punch Brothers: "What Do You Like?"
04 Lindsey Buckingham: "Sick of You"
05 Paul Simon: "Rewrite"
06 Ryan Adams: "Shining Through the Dark" (Live)
07 Paul McCartney: "Lunch Box Odd Sox"
08 Lindsey Buckingham: "Brother & Sister" [ft. Norah Jones]
09 Jon Brion: "Theme 1 (Debbie & Oliver)"
10 Graham Parker and the Rumour: "Watch the Moon Come Down"
11 Loudon Wainwright: "Days That We Die"
12 Lindsey Buckingham: "She Acts Like You"
13 Fiona Apple: "Dull Tool"
14 Ryan Adams: "Lucky Now" (Live)
15 Wilco: "I Got You"
16 The Avett Brothers: "Live & Die"
17 Graham Parker and the Rumor: "Protection" (Live) (digital-only bonus track)

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Comments (12)

I'm an old guy and usually bristle when people here write: old guys. But in this case: old guys.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 12:59 PM

This Is 40 is so bad even Graham Parker looks embarrassed to be in it. and this is a guy who made an album called "The Parkerilla."

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:30 PM

GP is the bullocks

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:38 PM

Murray: When you're in a band, you don't get with your bandmate's girlfriend - past or present.
Jemaine: Yes, well thanks for that.
Murray: You get a love triangle - you know? Fleetwood Mac situation.
Murray: Well there there was four of them, so more of a love square. But you know, no one gets on.
Jemaine: Okay, I see.
Murray: Mind you, they did make some of their best music back then.
Bret: Rumours.
Murray: No, that's all true.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:53 PM

What's weird about that album cover is that if some unknown young Brooklyn band did that or something like it it'd be tremendously funny, but if this guy sincerely thinks that album cover is cool-looking or even well-designed then I'm not optimistic about the aesthetic concerns he is addressing when he makes music.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 2:14 PM

Nice, even Papa Colla and Denim Daddy are there!

And 'this is 40' looks fucking awful, but just the name alone would tell you that.

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 2:28 PM

The cover of Graham Parker`s new album is extremely ugly! Is it supposed to be a joke, or what?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 3:41 PM

I have it on good word the album cover is intentionally cheesy. But seriously, if you won't listen to an album by a great artist because of an album cover, what does that say about you? Brilliant record (I have it).

Posted by RC | November 28, 2012 5:40 PM

I have it on good word the album cover is intentionally chee FAAAAARRRRRTTTTTTTTT (ooh pardon me)

cheesy. But seriously, if you won't listen to an album by BUUUURRRRRRPPPPPPPPPP (excuse me!)

by a great artist because of an album cover, what does that say AHHHH AHHHH AHHHH CHOOOOO! (God bless)

say about you? Brilliant record (I have it).

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 7:39 PM

Martin Belmont and Brinsley Schwarz--get down on your knees and pray to these two rock and roll gods!

Posted by Smack | November 29, 2012 9:51 AM

They were great then, and they are still quite good, though perhaps a little less energetic (I'm listening to the stream now). Some folks have staying power, and I predict that time will prove that most young bands today do not. There is a reason GP&tR is still around and worth listening to.

Posted by Chris | November 29, 2012 1:02 PM

old soul is a great song.

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