Entries tagged with: Kill Rock Stars

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"heading to NYC to play the PORTLANDIA premiere!" - The Thermals

"OMG just saw Carrie Brownstein at the airport SHE'S ON OUR FLIGHT!!!" - The Thermals

"whoa there's a lot of sluts on this flight. c u in NYC!" - The Thermals

"good flight. I finally learned what the mile high club is. I always thought it meant getting stoned in Denver" - The Thermals

The Thermals @ 2009 Pitchfork Fest (more by Joseph Xu)
The Thermals

"Allow us to introduce you (against their wishes) to Forbidden Friends!

Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there's no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it's too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let's tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!

Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland's last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn't there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)

Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, "Tiny Hands", on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7") and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side "For You". Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band." [Kill Rock Stars]

Forbidden Friends have no upcoming live dates, but (not counting the private party that Hutch has been tweeting about - see the top of this post) The Thermals do, as do Portlandia guest stars and Thermals' Kill Rock Stars label-mates Corin Tucker and the Decemberists.

Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC, but you can watch it now in the video embedded below.

The Thermals, after the Portlandia party (1/19), have some dates scheduled on the west coast followed by a European tour with The Coathangers. Their list of dates, and Carrie's new band Wild Flag's updated set of dates, and pretty much every upcoming Kill Rock Stars-artist tour date currently listed by the label, is below...

Continue reading "Hutch of the Thermals forms new band 'Forbidden Friends' (Thermals playing a Portlandia party in NYC & other dates)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Horse Feathers @ Bowery Ballroom
Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers released a 7" vinyl single via Kill Rock Stars on November 2nd. The A side is a cover of the Nirvana song 'Drain You' "done in Horse Feather's own unique style" (aka it's a folk song). Their third album 'Thistled Spring' came out in April on on the same label, and they're currently on tour with Anais Mitchell supporting both pieces of merchandise. That tour hit Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, 11/13. NYC band The Loom, though not on the tour, opened as first of three on the bill.

All tour dates, a video of Horse Feathers covering the Nirvana song live, and more pictures from the Bowery show, below...

Continue reading "Horse Feathers played Bowery Ballroom w/ The Loom (pics), covered Nirvana, on tour w/ Anais Mitchell (dates) "

Corin Tucker Band

Corin Tucker on "Jesus Etc.": On the One Beat tour, I remember driving, and that's all Carrie [Brownstein] and Janet [Weiss] would listen to [laughs]. My god, that record played over and over and over again. We would just drive to the next show and listen to that record. We all loved it, and we didn't always agree on what to listen to in the van.

Pitchfork: Was there anything else that all three of you would agree on?

Corin: We all liked to listen to Led Zeppelin. We would just go through the whole catalog [laughs]. We all liked that. We all liked Belle & Sebastian. [5-10-15-20]

Sleater Kinney's Corin Tucker will be touring with Sara Lund of Unwound and Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears (aka The Corin Tucker Band) in support of Corin's debut, 1,000 Years, due October 5th on Kill Rock Stars. A picture of the band is below.

They hit the road this October. The trip includes a Tuesday, October 26th show at Bowery Ballroom with Portland's Hungry Ghost. Tickets are on sale. All dates below.

Corin talked to the Portland Mercury about the sound of the new record...

How would you describe the sound of the record, particularly in comparison to Sleater-Kinney?

I think some of the songs are in the ballpark. It's definitely my voice and my songwriting style. But like I said, it's different instrumentation on some of the songs and a different collaboration. Seth's producing and arranging things, so that's different, too. It may be more traditional with some of the arrangements. [via Sleater-Kinney.net]

That's the cover above. All tour dates, tracklist and some Corin solo videos are below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Thermals - I Don't Believe You (MP3)

The Thermals @ Brooklyn Bowl in April (more by Andrew Frisicano)
The Thermals

The Thermals will release a new album entitled "Personal Life" on September 7th via Kill Rock Stars...

"For their upcoming album Personal Life, The Thermals re-teamed with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie). Walla and The Thermals have a long history together - Chris mixed the first Thermals LP (More Parts Per Million, 2003) and produced their second LP (Fuckin' A, 2004). Walla brought his signature brand of crisp, shiny pop production to Personal Life, as he has done for records by Tegan and Sara and Telekinesis, to name just a few. Personal Life was recorded to 2" tape and mixed to 1/2" tape, and vinyl enthusiasts will be happy to know the vinyl was mastered straight from tape, with no computers involved.

Sonically, Personal Life continues the Thermals tradition of high-energy punk/power/pop while also exploring darker, more introspective territory. Lyrically, Personal Life obsesses over love and lies with the same passion The Thermals have reserved for politics and death in the past.

The lead-off single from Personal Life, "I Don't Believe You" will be released as a 7" and digitally by Kill Rock Stars on August 10th, 2010."

Download that track for free above.

September is also when the Portland band will start playing shows again including a pre-tour performance at the Bumbershoot Festival, and a during-tour show at Irving Plaza in NYC on October 13th. That show, like many on the tour, is with Cymbals Eat Guitars who just played Siren Fest and Irving Plaza before that (weird for an "indie" band to play there even once these days). Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Monday at noon.

All dates below....

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...five full days of parties at Cheer Up Charlie's

Cheer Up Charlies

Todd P has been downplaying his participation in unofficial SXSW activities this year. He made people think he wasn't returning to Austin at all due to his latest effort in Mexico, the MtyMx Festival (March 20th-22nd in Monterrey).

Not only will he be in Austin, he's just announced five full days of shows at his old haunt Ms Bea's (though it's now called Cheer Up Charlie's). His final free Austin day show even overlaps with Mexico. That said, it looks like he did step away from SXSW at least a little bit. Almost every one of the lineups has a listed curator. You can check them all out below...

Continue reading "Todd P returning to SXSW in 2010 afterall..."

also, we are mixing our record in TWO WEEKS with CHRIS WALLA! the new working title is "personal life" -The Thermals

The Thermals @ Pitchfork Fest 2k9 (more by Joseph Xu)
The Thermals

The Thermals have announced an April tour with Past Lives which includes a return to NYC. They'll play a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, April 20th show (ahem, 4/20), almost a year after their last New York gigs in May '09. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 15th at noon.

Before then, the band has some West Coast dates lined up for February with their Kill Rock Star labelmates Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. "We will be playing all the hits, plus a few songs from our next LP, coming later this year," writes Hutch. As it says above, Death Can's Chris Walla is mixing the new album.

Walla and The Thermals have a long history together. Chris mixed The Thermals 1st LP More Parts Per Million (Sub Pop, 2003) and produced their 2nd LP, Fuckin' A (Sub Pop, 2004). The Thermals also supported Death Cab For Cutie on a few tours in 2003 and 2004.
The new record is scheduled to be released by Kill Rock Stars on September 7, 2010.

The Thermals are no stranger to cover songs - they've long worked Built to Spill's "Big Dipper" into their sets, and the band's festival circuit shows last summer extended their covers repertoire to include songs like Green Day's "Basket Case" (video below). The Thermals aren't immune from the cover treatment either. Seattle's School of Rock band played their song "When I Died" at a January 9th concert. That spirited rendition, the Thermals' own cover-band antics and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Thermals - new album almost done, covered by School of Rock, 2010 Tour Dates (Brooklyn Bowl) "

DOWNLOAD: Quasi - Repulsion (MP3)


Kill Rock Stars will be releasing the new album from Portland darlings Quasi on February 23, 2010. American Gong (cover art above) was recorded at Jackpot Studios by Kendra Lynn and was mixed by Steve Fisk (Unwound, Sleater-Kinney, Shoplifting) This is Quasi's first studio album since 2006's When The Going Gets Dark and first for Kill Rock Stars.

Quasi formed in Portland, Ore., in 1993, which means that it's been fearlessly rocking since long before your website launched or you booted up an iPod. For years -- 16 to be exact -- it was a duo consisting of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss. In 2006, Joanna Bolme (of Stephen Malkmus + The Jicks) joined the band on bass.

Kill Rock Stars is offering the above song from the album for a free download. They also just released a 20-song label sampler on iTunes.

Quasi doesn't have any NYC dates yet, but they're touring in February (Japan) and March (North America) which is when they will pass through Austin for SXSW. All dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: Elliott Smith - Cecilia/Amanda (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Elliott Smith - Between The Bars (MP3)

Elliott Smith

Kill Rock Stars is very excited to announce that on April 6th, 2010 we will be adding Elliott Smith's Roman Candle and From a Basement on the Hill records to our catalog... Roman Candle has been remastered for the re-release by Larry Crane, editor of Tape Op Magazine and archivist for Elliott's family... Kill Rock Stars will also be releasing Roman Candle on vinyl for the first time in the U.S. From a Basement on the Hill was released posthumously in 2004 on ANTI- records. With the addition of these two records Kill Rock Stars is now the home for all of Elliott Smith's independent releases: Roman Candle, Elliott Smith, Either/Or, From a Basement on the Hill, and New Moon.

To celebrate the addition of these amazing records KRS are giving away a free, previously unreleased song entitled "Cecilia/Amanda". It was recorded at Jackpot! Recording Studio in 1997 by Larry Crane. An earlier version of this song was initially written and recorded by Elliott's high school band, Stranger Than Fiction, and was known as "Time is Ours Now". "Cecilia/Amanda" is a reworking of that song with almost completely different lyrics.
Download it above! Buy Elliott Smith albums which are now on sale at KRS.

Videos of Elliott performing at Irving Plaza and Town Hall, below...

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Chris Swanson (Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans): I'm not sure that people don't know labels now. I still think the music geeks know labels.
Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars): I think labels are caught in a cultural bind: No one really wants to know what a label does; it's like the sausage factory. Even long-established bands have a hard time talking about what labels do.
Gerard Cosloy (Matador): I mean, HoZac couldn't have a singles club otherwise.
Mac McCaughan (Merge): I'm one of those people that doesn't pay attention, either, I guess; I don't know what HoZac is!
Carrie Brownstein: I don't know HoZac, either.
Gerard Cosloy: GOOGLE THAT S---.
Mac McCaughan: GTS!
Maggie Vail (Kill Rock Stars): http://www.hozacrecords.com/
Check out the whole thing at Carrie's NPR blog.

DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Travel (feat. Justin Power) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Portland Cello Project - Tallymarks (feat. Thao) (MP3)

Thao With The Get Down Stay Down @ BV party - SXSW 09 (more by Leia Jospe)
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will be playing a show at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday, November 4th. Tickets go on AmEx presale Wednesday, August 26th at noon. General sale starts Friday, August 28th at noon.

That show will include sets from David Schultz and the Portland Cello Project, the latter of which collaborated with Thao on their most recent album, The Thao and Justin Power Sessions, that came out on June 9th on Kill Rock Stars. Two tracks from that, one with Thao and one with Justin Power, are posted above.

"Portland Cello Project, in case you're unfamiliar, is an amazing group of cellists that, in the course of one of their epic 2-3 hour shows - (the format of which is always a one-time affair - the group writes almost entirely new arrangements for every performance cycle) - perform a crazy diverse array of everything from canonized and avant classical compositions to reconstructed pop covers of everything from Nintendo game themes to Britney Spears to Yoko Ono to R. Kelly--and they've accompanied The Builders and The Butchers, Laura Gibson, The Dandy Warhols, Mirah, Loch Lomond, Horse Feathers and tons of other indyish folks. At shows, you'll see hipsters too-cool-for-school mesmerized by Arvo Paert, members of the Decemberists playing late 19th century Russian compositions transcribed for Hammond Organ, a 40-piece choir, and all kinds of other craziness."
Thao with the Get Down Stay Down will releasing a new album of their own, Know Better Learn Faster, also on Kill Rock Stars, on October 13th. Producing the record will be Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Bill Frisell, Jim James), and guests include Andrew Bird, Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper, Laura Veirs, Nathan Crockett of Horse Feathers and Tune-Yards.

Tune-Yards recently signed to 4AD and has a show coming up at Music Hall of Williamsburg soon.

The Thao-Bowery show is part of a soon-to-be-announced (we think) larger tour. Those dates with album info are below...

Continue reading "Thao With The Get Down Stay Down & Portland Cello Project - new albums & shows (Bowery Ballroom) "

DOWNLOAD: Jeff Hanson - Hiding Behind the Moon (MP3)

Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson 1978-2009

We are deeply shocked and saddened to report that Kill Rock Stars artist Jeff Hanson passed away on June 5, 2009 in his home, a victim of a terrible accident. Jeff has been a part of the KRS family since 2003 when he became the first artist signed to the label from an unsolicited demo.

Jeff Hanson was an amazing artist, a riotously funny person, and a good friend. Everyone at Kill Rock Stars feels that we were privileged to put out his records. We will miss him tremendously. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
-Kill Rock Stars

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hanson "likely died from a fall or other accident at the concrete-floored apartment, which he had just moved into days earlier, said his sister, Sara Hanson". Sara Hanson also pointed out that "her brother never had any trouble with substance abuse".

This is so sad. The first time I ever saw Jeff play was at the Knitting Factory in NYC in May of 2003. I actually went to the show to see Jeff, but stayed to see his new label-mates The Decemberists. It was their first-ever NYC show. It was probably his first NYC show too. I've continued to follow both of them since. Jeff's most recent album, Madam Owl, was released on Kill Rock Stars in 2008.

Two things that usually come to mind when first listening to Jeff's music: his female-sounding voice, and the similarities to his label-mate Elliott Smith. Jeff was just 31 when he died. Elliott was 34. Past Jeff posts HERE. Videos below....

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DOWNLOAD: The Thermals - Now We Can See (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Horse Feathers- Curs in the Weeds (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Shaky Hands - We Are Young (MP3)

The Thermals

The Thermals are in town for the NYC leg of their tour. That includes Friday (5/8) and Saturday (5/9) shows at the Bowery Ballroom, both sold out, and a Monday gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg for which Tickets are still on sale (5/11). The Shaky Hands and Point Juncture, WA open all nights.

Kill Rock Star labelmates and fellow Portlanders Horse Feathers are also in town. As you can see above, the band's kicked it adjacent style while they were in Boston on Thursday, May 7th. It's close, but not exactly the case this weekend, as Horse Feathers play Saturday, May 9th out in Gowanus at the Bell House. Joe Pug and Ben Weaver open. Tickets are on sale. Tuesday, May 12th the band plays Joe's Pub (also with Joe Pug). Tickets for that are on sale as well.

All Horse Feathers dates below...

Continue reading "Thermals/Shaky Hands here, Horse Feathers touring (dates)"

by Andrew Frisicano

Mecca Normal

The duo of Jean Smith and Dave Lester have revived Mecca Normal, their vocals-and-guitar indie-punk act that, since starting in 1984, has released discs on K Records, Matador, Sub Pop, and Kill Rock Stars - who put out the band's most recent release, 2006's The Observer (featuring the single "Attraction is Ephemeral," video below).

The pair head out on their 25th Anniversary, "How Art & Music Can Change the World" tour - a traveling musical performance/lecture series that'll visit NYC in both forms, first at Cake Shop on Monday, April 20th, then to present their world changing thesis (see video below for a preview) at Bluestockings Books on Tuesday, April 21st.
Jean Smith says...

I wasn't expecting to be impacted by the economic downturn when I was laid off from my retail job at an eco-friendly clothing store. The company decided to close the much-loved, quaint, creaky-old-floorboard store to concentrate on their wholesale and online business. As an almost fifty-year-old (single, debt-free) musician, novelist and painter, I am perhaps better equipped to deal with variations on the theme of employment and income, better than people who felt they had security. Rather than look for a new part time job, I'm hitting the road with Mecca Normal to present "How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- an art exhibit, lecture and performance event in university and high school classrooms, bookstores, art galleries and music venues.
The band's back catalogue received a boost recently when the Mecca's Smarten UP! Records re-released two previously out-of-print Matador releases-- 1997's Who Shot Elvis? and 1995's Sitting on Snaps - on iTunes earlier this year.

All tour dates and above-mentioned videos below...

Continue reading "Mecca Normal - 25th Anniversary tour dates & lectures"

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - Bag of Hammers (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thao with The Get Down Stay Down - Beat (MP3)

Thao @ Mercury Lounge 6/4/08 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Thao Nguyen

Kill Rock Stars' Thao with The Get Down Stay Down will play SXSW before heading out on a monthlong US tour with Sister Suvi and Samantha Crain. The dates include the previously mentioned NYC stop at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday, May 14th. Tickets are still on sale.

Down at SXSW, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down's appearances include the previously mentioned Kill Rock Stars day party (3/18) with Marnie Stern and The Thermals; NPR day party (3/19) with Dirty Projectors and Blitzen Trapper; Hotel Cafe SXSW Showcase (3/19); and KUT SXSW Showcase (3/20). Thao w/ TGDSD will also play the Brooklyn Vegan SXSW day party at Radio Room on Thursday, March 19 (her third show that day) (full line-up to come).

The Thermals are also playing the Rachael Ray SXSW day party (plus 7 other SXSW shows), then touring w/ two NYC dates.

Sister Suvi, who will be touring with Thao post-SXSW, is traveling first with Takka Takka - both visit the Cake Shop on Sunday, March 15 before heading south to Austin.

As an aside, Merrill Garbus, one of the members of Sister Suvi, is Tune Yards, who played MHOW w/ Beiruit and Inlets on 2/4. Tune Yards also released its debut, BiRdBrAiNs, as a for-donations download.

In 2008, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down played a ton of NYC gigs, including a headlining Mercury Lounge show (2/4), two nights opening for Rilo Kiley at Terminal 5 (2/2 & 2/3), and a solo appearance at the Revenge of the Book Eaters benefit on October 7th. And 2008 also saw Thao's debut We Brave Bee Stings and All on Kill Rock Stars.

All Thao Nguyen with The Get Down Stay Down and Sister Suvi tour dates below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Thermals - Now We Can See (MP3)

The Thermals @ the Bell House in January (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Thermals

The bad news (for me at least) is that The Thermals aren't playing any of the TBA BrooklynVegan shows at SXSW this year. The good news is they will be there and playing eight others! Maybe not as many as the Mae Shi in 2008, but they will definitely be busy between March 18th and March 21st while in Austin, Texas.

More good news... The Thermals are going on tour with their Kill Rock Stars labelmates The Shakey Hands in April. That includes two nights in a row at Bowery Ballroom - May 8th & 9th. And there is a new 7":

"Now We Can See" is the first single from The Thermals' upcoming CD/LP, Now We Can See, their fourth full-length album, and first for Kill Rock Stars. The "Now We Can See" single also includes the song "My World", plus demo versions of both songs, making side A ("Now We Can See"/"My World") the "hi-fi side", and side B ("Now We Can See (demo)"/"My World (demo)" the "lo-fi (or "no-fi", if yr nasty) side".

This 7" is limited edition AND If you order from Kill Rock Stars directly it will be on the uber limited white vinyl!

Download the song for free, as an MP3, above. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals - 2009 Tour Dates w/ Shaky Hands, new MP3"

The Thermals

"...So much else is new and wonderful for us! We have a new record label, Kill Rock Stars. Not only has Kill Rock Stars released some of Portland's (and the Northwest's) best punk and indie records to date (Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, The Gossip), but the label has recently relocated to Portland, and is quickly filling it's roster with even more great Portland bands (Shaky Hands, Panther, Horse Feathers). The Thermals are thrilled to now be a part of this family as well. We were thrilled to be part of the Sub Pop family for six years, but we felt it was time to move on. We turned down a second contract from Sub Pop, lest you think we were dropped! You don't drop us, we drop you. Not you, personally. We love you! Seriously, you're the best.

We have a new drummer as well. Westin Glass, formerly of Seattle's Say Hi, joins us (Kathy Foster and Hutch Harris) to complete the third (or so) live line-up of The Thermals. In addition to (again!) touring the UK with The Cribs this February, and playing multiple shows at SXSW in March, we will be touring the U.S. for two months, following the release of Now We Can See on April 7th. We'll be doing festivals in Europe and the U.S. all summer long, followed by a full European tour in the fall... - The Thermals

The Thermals are also playing a late show (11PM doors) at The Bell House in Brooklyn on January 31st before they go to Europe. $12 tickets go on sale this Tuesday at 3PM.

Speaking ot the Bell House, tickets are also still on sale for the Great Lake Swimmers show happening there on January 9th, plus The Mugs are playing there on January 17th and The Forms are playing there on January 18th.

All Thermals dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals - 2009 Tour Dates (Brooklyn, Europe, SXSW)"

By Andrew Frisicano

The Thermals @ Fontana's (more)
The Thermals

NJ's Titus Andronicus recently signed with XL, who will release the band's future TBA recordings. First, XL will re-release The Airing of Grievances (previously on Troubleman Unlimited) on January 20th.

Titus goes on a 2009 tour with Los Campesinos! that includes two February shows at Bowery Ballroom (tickets), but first Titus will headline their own show at Maxwell's in their own state (on January 14th). Tickets are also on sale.

In other signings news, Kill Rock Stars announced that it will release the next Thermals record, titled Now We Can See, on April 7, 2009. KRS also reports, "a 7" of the first single, "When I Died," will precede the album on March 10th followed by a trip to SXSW."

The announcement ends The Thermals' five-year, three-album Sub Pop run. The Seattle label also recently lost Sweden's Loney Dear (a.k.a Emil Svanängen) - who has two Dec NYC dates - to Polyvinyl.

All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals, Titus Andronicus, new labels & shows"

DOWNLOAD: Horse Feathers- Curs in the Weeds (MP3)

Horse Feathers

If you're looking for something quiet to see after a long and loud CMJ, Portland's Horse Feathers, described nicely by their label Kill Rock Stars as "minimalist Americana", are in town to play a show at Knitting Factory. The MP3 above is off their album House With No Home which was released in September of this year. More songs are streaming at their MySpace and they've got a Daytrotter from last year.

They also have a show scheduled for November 21st at Union Hall in Brooklyn. All dates below...

Continue reading "Horse Feathers - MP3, 2008 Tour Dates (KF tonight)"

DOWNLOAD: Jeff Hanson - If I Only Knew (MP3)

Jeff Hanson

I was about to do a post about the two shows (Pianos and Southpaw) Jeff Hanson was scheduled to play in NYC this weekend, but then I found out they are now both cancelled because Jeff has strep throat. That sucks! Jeff's new album, Madam Owl, is out now on Kill Rock Stars.

By Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: These Are Powers - "Cockles" (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - "Transformer" (new MP3)

Marnie Stern's new album
Marnie Stern

These Are Powers will kick off a two-month-long tour with a pair of NYC dates this weekend. On Saturday (9/27), the band (which must be mentioned includes ex-Liars Pat Noecker) plays the Silent Barn with Marnie Stern, Neptune, and Screaming Females, 7PM, all ages, $7.

Then Sunday (9/28) TAP plays the Knitting Factory with Neptune, Arrington de Dionyso with MGM Grand, Dinowalrus, and Marty McSorely (DJ set/WFMU) at 8PM. Tickets are only $5.00.

These Are Powers recently signed to Dead Oceans who will be re-releasing the band's Taro Tarot and Terrific Seasons. I'd especially recommend a look at Taro Tarot, which takes TAP's avant-nosie-rock to a cleaner, more streamlined place. Check out TAP's tour blog at Other Music.

Marnie Stern, the headliner for Saturday's show, will be, according to Todd P, "debuting her new band!" She's also set to play another NYC show at the Cake Shop on Wed, Oct 22 (during CMJ), before heading out west for a 10-date tour with Gang Gang Dance.

Marnie Stern's newest, This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That (art above), the follow-up to her great 2007 debut, is available for pre-order at Kill Rock Stars. Pre-orders ship with a limited edition coloring book by BK artist Bella Foster.

All tour dates for everyone below...

Continue reading "These Are Powers & Marnie Stern - new music, a show together, other tour dates (some w/ Gang Gang Dance)"

Midnight Juggernauts @ Terminal 5, NYC - Oct 22, 2007 (tixgirl)
Midnight Juggernauts @ Terminal 5

Midnight Juggernauts make great dance music. I don't know about their live show though. I heard mixed things about their opening sets for Justice at Terminal 5. That said, tickets are on sale for a May 9th show at Bowery Ballroom - part of a Coachella-related tour the Australian band is going on with NYC's Shy Child.

Shy Child recently signed to Kill Rock Stars.

Shy Child Set To Release Sophomore Smash "Noise Won't Stop" May 5th On Kill Rock Stars Features Spank Rock & Produced By Chris Zane (White Rabbits/Asobi Seksu/Les Savy Fav)
Midnight Juggernaut's new album is coming out on Astralwerks.
Midnight Juggernauts are proud to announce the release of their long-awaited debut album Dystopia on May 27th through Astralwerks.
All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Midnight Juggernauts & Shy Child - Tour Dates, albums"

Thao Nguyen live on WNYC

It was just six posts ago that the name "Nguyen" became the topic of conversation, and it was in that same post that we found out Thao Nguyen was on the radio yesterday. Now you can listen to that radio broadcast in the little embedded player up above, and you can hear Thao explain how to pronounce "Nguyen" in the video below (and keep watching because she sings a really good song after she finishes talking about, Kill Rock Stars, hoodies and other stuff).....

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Colin Meloy @ Town Hall, NYC - Jan 26, 2006 (MORE)
Colin Meloy at Town Hall

On April 8th, Kill Rock Stars will release Colin Meloy Sings Live! – a 14-song set documenting The Decemberists’ lead singer/songwriter’s 2006 solo tour. Meloy’s two-week trek across the U.S. coincided with the release of Colin Meloy Sings Shirley Collins, his six-song EP paying homage to the revered British folksinger. While the latter collection (and its predecessor, Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey) were only sold on tour, Colin Meloy Sings Live! will be available at retail in both CD and double-gatefold LP configurations.
I also hear that Colin will be supporting the new album with another solo tour sometime around the release date, which I guess also means that the cancelled Decemberists tour won't be rescheduled for any time soon. The Decemberists only have four currently scheduled dates - 2 in Oregon, and 2 in Washington. (those kick off tonight, dates below).

Laura Veirs opened for Colin back on that 2006 tour, and she was supposed to open for the Decemberists on some of those cancelled dates. In the future she's playing Union Hall in Brooklyn on January 27th, and then touring Europe. All dates below....

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DOWNLOAD: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down - Beat (Health, Life, and Fire) (MP3)
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DOWNLOAD: Xiu Xiu - I Do What I Want When I Want (MP3)

Xiu Xiu @ Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, NY - Jan 4, 2008 (CRED)
Xiu Xiu at a church

Xiu Xiu's new album Women As Lovers is out on Kill Rock Stars on January 28th. You can stream the whole thing at MySpace. Thao (Nguyen) and the Get Down Stay Down's We Brave Be Stings And All is out the same day (or one day later) - also on Kill Rock Stars. Naturally, Xiu and Thao are going on tour together. Their NY stops look like this:

03-24 Purchase, NY - Student Center (SUNY Purchase)
03-23 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-25 New York, NY - Fordham University
Xiu Xiu is suing Rolling Stone. How was the church show? All dates below.....

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DOWNLOAD: Marnie Stern - Every Single Line Means Something (MP3)

Xiu Xiu @ Blender/Gramercy Theatre, NYC - Oct 17, 2007
Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu, The Mary Timony Band, Marnie Stern, and Mika Miko each played sets at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on Wednesday night for the Kill Rock Stars 2007 CMJ showcase. Edwina Hay took some pictures. M, M, M, More below....

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