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The Thermals in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Thermals

It's been ten years since The Thermals released their great, scrappy debut, More Parts Per Million, and as mentioned, their sixth album will come out at some point this year. No release date or title has been announced for that yet, but the band did reveal that they'll reissue their first three albums (aka the three albums that came out on Sub Pop) on March 5 on vinyl. Those albums, in addition to More Parts Per Million, include Fuckin' A and The Body, The Blood, The Machine, plus the rare "No Culture Icons" 7".

The Thermals will also be touring this way to SXSW this March, and on the way they'll play two NYC areas. We at BrooklynVegan are proudly presenting the Brooklyn show on March 7 at 285 Kent with Habibi, and tickets for that show are on sale now. The band will also play a Hoboken show at Maxwell's on March 9 and tickets for that one go on sale today (1/24) at noon.

A list of all dates and the classic video for "No Culture Icons" below...

Continue reading "The Thermals reissuing their Sub Pop albums, playing shows, including 285 Kent in Brooklyn (BV Presents!) -- 2013 dates"

Frightened Rabbit @ T5, Nov. 2010 (more by Lionel Bergeron)
Frightened Rabbit

SXSW has just announced another round of bands for the 2013 edition of the annual music festival that will happen March 12 - 17. This brings the total current number of acts to around 1300. Someome of the highlights include Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, The Thermals, Black Lips, Camera Obscura, Merchandise, Bleached, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Eagles of Death Metal, Parenthetical Girls, Indians, Night Beds, IO Echo, KEN Mode, Prince Paul, Pure Bathing Culture, Sepalcure, UK motorik post-punks TOY, Finnish instrumentalists K-X-P, Toronto's Moon King, UK indie rockers Splashh (not Brooklyn Splash with one "h") and loads more. Head to BV Austin for the whole Round 3 list.

The Thermals, 2012
The Thermals

This press release just came:

The Thermals have recently finished recording their sixth LP (title and label TBA) with John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, Hold Steady) at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ. Mixing was completed October 28th, just hours before Superstorm Sandy hit the east coast.

The Thermals hope to have the new record released in early spring of 2013, and will be making (m)an(y) appearance(s) at SXSW in March. Almost two and a half years have passed since their last record, Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars, 2010) came out. But as David Lynch told Louis C.K. in his three rules for show business, "You gotta go away to come back".

The Thermals describe the upcoming album as "Everything Thermals fans know and love about this band. It's like a cross between two of our best-known and -loved records, More Parts Per Million (Sub Pop, 2003) and The Body, The Blood, The Machine (Sub Pop, 2006.) It's loud, fast, incredibly scary and undeniably catchy."
Woo hoo!

This good news of course comes not long after really bad news related to the Themals, as their ex-bandmate Joel Burrows passed away not long after they finished the new recording.

Joel Burrows with The Thermals @ BV CMJ day party 2006 (more)
Joel Burrows

Joel Burrows, longtime local musician and fixture of the Portland music scene, has passed away. Burrows performed with many Portland bands and was a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing drums for the Minders and guitar in the Thermals, among his contributions for many other bands. In early 2011, Burrows was struck by a van as he crossed the street and suffered a serious head injury. He spent following months in the ICU and fought valiantly for his life. Burrows made substantial progress and was able to leave the hospital to live in an assisted living facility for people with brain injuries. -[Portland Mercury]
Rest in peace, Joel.

Joel only spent a short time in The Thermals, part of which was spent in NYC for CMJ 2006. We were honored to host him and the rest of the band in the basement of Fontana's that year.

Of Montreal at Webster Hall in March 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Of Montreal

The Jens Lekman/Of Montreal/Thermals/Beach Fossils show on June 15, part of the Northside Festival, has been moved from Williamsburg Park to McCarren Park where the Northside shows were last year. Here's the reason from the Northside folks:

Since we'll be starting SummerScreen in early July, we thought it would be best to keep all our shows in your favorite neighborhood park, so we're coming home to the corner of Berry and N. 12th St, smack dab in the middle of Williamsburg, and a short jaunt from the Bedford L Train.

If you've already bought your ticket, no worries! Just bring it to McCarren Park on the date of the show, and we'll usher you in with open arms.

And if you don't already have tickets, they're still available -- or you can use your Northside badge if you have one of those.

Continue reading "The Jens Lekman/Of Montreal Northside Fest show is moving to McCarren Park"

Frankie Rose @ Township (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
Frankie Rose

In addition to the Jens Lekman/Of Montreal show at Williamsburg Park, the Northside Festival (June 14 - 17) just announced a slew of confirmed artists who'll be playing this year, including Future of the Left, the U.S. debut of Iceage-spinoff Vår (formerly War), Frankie Rose (playing the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with more TBA), Grass Widow, Cleveland's Gap Dream, Wymond Miles of the Fresh & Onlys,  Chain & the Gang, Kool Keith and more.

Other 2012 Northside Festival artists we've already posted about include Olivia Tremor Control, GZA, Neil Hamburger, Eternal Summers, Ceremony and Screaming Females and Royal Headache. Badges are on sale now and the full list of confirmed 2012 Northside artists is below.

Continue reading "more Northside Festival artists announced (Frankie Rose, Grass Widow, Felice Brothers, Buke & Gass, Vår, Gap Dream & more)"

Jens Lekman

Five shows is now six. Jens Lekman, of Montreal, The Thermals and Beach Fossils performing an all-ages show at the new Williamsburg Park on Friday, June 15. It's what surely will be the headlining event at the 2012 Northside Festival. Entry is free on a first-come, first-served basis for Northside badge-holders, though there is no guarantee of admission if badge capacity is filled. If you don't want to take your chances with getting in with a badge, tickets ($33.50) go on sale Friday, May 11 at noon.

It's been five years since Jens Lekman's last album, Night Falls Over Kortedala. When are we getting something new? Jens' latest online missive:

The topic for the month of May is : Coffee

When people ask me about my production rate the last five years I sometimes say "Well you can't pour manure in an espresso machine and expect a cappucino to come out". By which I mean that some things you just go through, you don't write about them or make art out of them.

But then my friend informed me that the worlds finest and most expensive coffee is made out of the shit from a small civet. So that backfired on me.

But I've grinded these beans for you now and I finished the last mixes last night. I just have some mastering to do and some design to finish. Two-three different bands to rehearse with for the tours. Three videos to make. A million interviews to sit through. A few months to let the distributors and labels set up their plans. A summer of being worried about what you're going to think of the album. And then it will be out.

How do you take it? Milk? Sugar?

Jens did release an EP at the end of 2011 though.

The 2012 Northside Festival happens June 14 - 17 at most of the venues in Williamsburg / Greenpoint. Badges are on sale now.

photos by Tim Griffin

Passion Pit
Fun Fun Fest 2011 - Day 1

It's now Saturday and Fun Fun Fun Fest's second day is already underway and streaming on Pitchfork.

Yesterday, Friday, while BBG was holding down the black stage (which Danzig eventually played), Tim (who ran into Ryan Gosling more than once), was handling most of the other music the Austin fest had to offer. A quick selection of Tim's pictures from Friday continues below...

Continue reading "Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 -- Day 1 in pics (part 2) -- Passion Pit, Reggie Watts, Omar Souleyman & more)"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Thermals @ Stubb's
The Thermals

The Matt & Kim / Thermals tour hit Terminal 5 in NYC last night (6/29). We didn't have a photographer there, but Tim did stop by the Austin show at Stubb's earlier on the tour. Pictures from that show are in this post.

The Thermals headline the Bell House in Brooklyn on Friday night (7/1). Tickets are still on sale!

More pics from Stubb's below...

Continue reading "Matt & Kim & the Thermals played Terminal 5 & Stubb's (pics)"


Here is the initial lineup for Willamette Week's MusicfestNW, scheduled for Sept. 7-11, 2011 in Portland, Oregon, and it's pretty great. The multi-venue fest includes big outdoor performances by Band of Horses (Sunday, Sept. 11), Explosions in the Sky (Saturday, Sept. 10), and Iron & Wine (Friday, Sept. 9), in addition to shows with everyone from Archers of Loaf to Big Freedia to Butthole Surfers to Neurosis. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3rd. Check out the full list below...

Continue reading "MusicfestNW 2011 -- dates & initial lineup"

by BBG

"Hey world, we are going to be doing the last shot of our music video in the middle of the Brooklyn bridge at 6:30 today! Come and get wild!" - Matt & Kim, 5/3/2011

Kim of Matt & Kim reacts to the news of The Thermals playing THREE NYC-area shows around their Terminal 5 date (more by Jessica Amaya)

Seething with an unquenchable jealousy due to their future tourmates The Thermals adding THREE shows in their hometown, NYC's Matt & Kim called their agent to enact revenge, and they did it! Matt & Kim will play their own headlining show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 25th. Tickets are on Fan Club presale now, AmEx presale begins Wed (5/4) at noon, and regular sale starts Friday (and it will probably sell out much quicker than the Thermals' shows at the Bell House).

So far, no reports have come in of The Thermals reaction to the news at Maxwell's over the weekend (they probably didn't know yet), but maybe it will be a different story when they play the NYU event on Thursday (5/5) at Le Poisson Rouge (advance tickets available for NYU students only).

Matt & Kim go on tour with The Thermals a week after the MHoW show. Lets hope they settle their differences before then or at least before the pair play a sold-out Terminal 5 on June 29th. (Note: I hope you know I'm kidding about their differences.)

Look for Matt & Kim on the Brooklyn Bridge TODAY (5/3) (see above Tweet). All tour dates and some video of what happens when Matt & Kim get angry (their "Cameras" video) is below...

Continue reading "Matt & Kim filming on the Brooklyn Bridge (today), add Brooklyn show (on fan club presale now)"

Lightning Bolt at 285 Kent Ave on 4/27, photo by Kathy Zikas
Lightning Bolt

"Lightning Bolt pummeled the crowed at Le Poisson Rouge [Thursday] night with their standard blitzkrieg attack of sound. For over an hour the noise duo blasted away through classics from their excellent discography sending the crowd into a near frenzy. Brian Chippendale did his best impersonation of a jackhammer playing the drums and Brian Gibson stood by, ever so effortlessly, as he turned his amps up to 11 and ripped through distorted blasts of thundering bass. Despite the breaks between songs, the non stop bombardment of escalated sound sent shock waves through the crowd that more then likely split a few ear drums. The relentless assault proved that these two men are masters of their craft as they powered aware with such force and precision that kept the crowd screaming for an encore. When the band answered the call they came back to the stage and began to tear through the epic track "Ride the Skies" which nearly sent everyone over the edge after an already incredible performance of hurricane like forces of sound crushing the crowd." [omgnyc]
Lightning Bolt played Le Poisson Rouge Thursday night. It was one of two NYC dates the band played last week (they also played 285 Kent on 4/27, Wed), and the Providence duo will be back this week. NYU will host its annual Strawberry Festival (volunteer here) on Laguardia between West 3rd & 4th street on Friday May 6th with a special appearance from Lightning Bolt, as well as Pterodactyl, Ducktails, and The So So Glos. The fest goes down from 1PM until 5PM, and features food, drink, prizes, and even a DJ battle "with DJ Juan Farrakhan (BX) and DJ Jules Verne (BK, mem. FIASCO)." Unlike in years recent past, this year's event is advertised as "open to the public." More details are below.

In related news, soon after we posted about the May 5th Thermals show at Le Poisson Rouge, it was revealed that the show is actually an NYU show which would explain why advanced tickets were not easy to get. Note that "Advance tickets are only available for NYU. Non-nyu tickets available day of at doors." If you can get a ticket though, the show is a bargain: $7 for students, $10 for non-nyu, and both Twin Shadow and Tyvek were added to the very impressive Cinco de Mayo bill. Though:

IMPORTANT NOTE: those event times are NOT A MISPRINT. The doors for LPR will be open at 6, the first act goes on around 7, and this show WILL BE OVER AROUND 10. GET THERE EARLY.
NYU students can get tix at Ticket Central.

Twin Shadow meanwhile is out on tour with The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and will in fact open the May 6th show at Webster Hall. Tickets are still on sale. All TS dates are listed below.

The Thermals played Maxwell's with Dinowalrus last night (5/1), and in addition to the Le Poisson Rouge show, they're playing NYC at the Bell House in July after their tour with Matt & Kim. Tickets are still on sale.

Strawberry Festival details and Twin Shadow tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals played Maxwell's, Lightning Bolt played 2 NYC shows, both bands playing public NYU shows, Twin Shadow too"

The Thermals

The Thermals recently announced an NYC show that's happening July 1st at The Bell House after their tour with Matt & Kim, but no need to wait that long to get a dose of the Portland band. They've announced another PAIR of shows.... and in the next two weeks! Tickets are on sale for both a May 1st appearance at Maxwell's as well as a May 5th show at Le Poisson Rouge, both occurring weeks before their North American tour even begins.

The Thermals are currently touring through Europe with The Coathangers. Updated tour dates are below.

Continue reading "The Thermals add 2 more NYC-area dates to tour!"


"Art is made up of moments. Moments of inspiration. Power. Emotion. Grace. Passion. These moments collided in Paris in 1911 and changed the path of art and conventional creativity. There will be another spectacular convergence exactly 100 years later.

Philadelphia, April 7, 2011 - May 1, 2011. Introducing the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

Together we will create a city inspired, featuring artistic expression from across our region and around the world. And the world will be invited to join us in a new moment of innovation, collaboration and creativity."

Bands playing the Philly fest include Blitz the Ambassador, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and The Thermals who play two hours before Sharon on the Pine Street Stage on April 30th.

The Philly show is currently scheduled as a one-off for the Portland band who will have finished a European tour eight days earlier and who don't start their tour with Matt & Kim until after Sasquatch at the end of May. That tour ends in Boston on 6/30, one day after they play a sold out show at Terminal 5. One day later, July 1st, the Thermals return to NYC to play their own headlining show at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "The Thermals add Brooklyn show after Matt & Kim tour, playing Philadelphia Int Festival of the Arts w/ Sharon Jones"

The Thermals @ Irving Plaza in 2010 (more by Alexis Maindrault)

The previously mentioned Thermals/Matt & Kim show at Terminal 5 (tickets on sale now) is actually part of a full blown tour which kicks off after the Sasquatch Festival, and will also include DJ Autobot from Flosstradamus who "will be carrying the nonstop dance party through the evening and between bands".

Before then, the Thermals are heading to Europe, and Matt & Kim are hitting SXSW to play both the Woodie Awards and the Fader Fort (note: they are touring in support of their Sidewalks album which is out on the Fader label). All tour dates below...

Continue reading "The Thermals & Matt & Kim --- 2011 Tour Dates"

Matt & Kim at Webster Hall (more by Jessica Amaya)
Matt & Kim

Matt & Kim play the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ on March 20th, and the perky (or is that spelled pesky?) duo have added another NYC-area show at Terminal 5 on June 29 and with The Thermals. Tickets go on AMEX presale Wed (3/2) at noon, and regular sale on Friday. All tour dates below.

The Thermals dropped the Not Like Any Other Feeling 7" which is currently available via Kill Rock Stars Records. Their previous Never Listen To Me 7" is also available.

All tour dates, and a recent video for Matt & Kim's "Cameras" below.

Continue reading "Matt & Kim touring, playing T5 w/ the Thermals (dates)"


Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...

Continue reading "Sasquatch 2011 lineup announced (Archers of Loaf, Guided By Voices, Wolf Parade, DFA 1979 & "The Soft Bulletin" included)"


Tonight, Friday, 1/28, Iron & Wine are playing a free show at the Apple Store in SoHo. On Monday (January 31 at 7pm), Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen will discuss their IFC TV show Portlandia, live, at the same location. Meanwhile you can catch Portlandia three times today on IFC, including at 10:30pm.

Carrie Brownstein's band Wild Flag is playing two now-sold-out shows in Brooklyn in March (and other dates). Catch Fred Armisen on SNL this Saturday, 1/29, with musical guest Nicki Minaj (who recently announced a tour with Lil Wayne who was on SNL not that long ago)

That picture above shows Portland band the Thermals (who play a show in Portland tonight) arriving at the Portlandia premiere party in NYC last week. The band performed at the event, though unlike some members of the Decemberists, I'm not sure if the Thermals actually get any screen time in one of the upcoming shows. Carrie Brownstein however, as you might remember, gets some screen time in the recent Thermals video for "I Don't Believe You" which is the same song the Thermals will be performing on February 1st on 'Lopez Tonight'. The song comes from the band's 5th LP Personal Life, as does the song "Never Listen to Me" which now also has a video, which you can watch with other stuff, below...

Continue reading "Portlandia is coming to the Apple Store, The Thermals have a new video (and are playing "Lopez Tonight")"

"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 Alexis Maindrault, words by Andrew Frisicano

The Thermals

As their Twitter makes clear, this tour, the Thermals are into Furbys. The blinking, ear-wiggling, talking (though not during the show) animatronic creatures took the stage, courtesy of a roadie, five minutes before the band: The Thermals will not play without their Furbys. The trio came out (Hutch, Kathy and drummer Westin, who always kind of looks like their child playing drums for mom and dad's band), and it was "Here's Your Future," the rousing first track off The Body, the Blood, the Machine (BBM, if you will) that got the blood flowing to start off the night.

"We opened for Sleater-Kinney here five years ago," Hutch said of Irving Plaza, the mildly impersonal hall (partially because of the barricade between band and crowd) that hawks its popcorn and pizza (both a bit too pricy) between bands.

Tonight they were headlining, and playing in support of new record Personal Life, an inward look from the band prone to fist-pumpable anthems (the "When We Were Alive" boast of "you shoulda seen us in our PRIME" being one prime example). Shedding some light on the LP, Hutch remarked, "It's not about my personal life [pause]...it's slightly about my personal life." Which is good news for people looking for the band to take a new direction after the sorta meandering "Now We Can See," the much lighter follow-up to the agit-punk epic BBM.

At Irving Plaza, BBM's "Returning to the Fold" elicited mock baptisms and prayerful hands aloft in rapture. For that same album's single, "Pillar of Salt," even the soundboard operator, who had previously sold me my ticket (multi-tasking!), sang along.

The group also tapped into their first two albums, collections that could be described with words like "arty," "lo-fi," "post-." Thankfully, almost 10 years later, those tracks still stand up to repeated abuse live. They continue to be among the most energetically recieved, and it's fairly easy to see why. The tempos are fast, and Westin at the edge of his seat pounds the beats into the hi-hat and snare.

Personal Life is another beast all together. The drum kit is less manic, often tapping away at the ride cymbal, while the guitar drops at times to out put the bass up front. For those songs ("There's Nothing You Can't Learn," "Never Listen To Me," "Not Like Any Other Feeling") Hutch barely goes to his guitar, instead articulating the lyrics in Craig Finn-like gestures and poses. I'm sure the crowd will be jiving along with him in future shows, but here at least, it was fun to watch.

Second opener Twin Shadow (I missed So Cow unfortunately) filled in ably for Cymbals Eat Guitars, with their laid-back synth-pop. Twin Shadow's sound is immediately appealingly, syrupy and retro (chill, even), but the smooth vocals of George Lewis Jr. make the band a sexier enterprise than other gauzy '80s-inspired bands. In their hands, the big space felt like an intimate bedroom session.

More tour dates HERE. More pictures from the show (So Cow included), and the Thermals setlist, below...

Continue reading "The Thermals, Twin Shadow & So Cow played Irving Plaza (pics & setlist) "

Cymbals Eat Guitars @ Siren Fest 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

Hey New York,
We regrettably have to cancel our performance at Irving Plaza tonight. Obviously this is a huge disappointment, but we've had a family medical emergency and family comes first. The Thermals show goes on as planned with Twin Shadow filling in for us. Thanks for understanding.
You can grab tickets to tonight's Thermals, Twin Shadow, So Cow show at Irving Plaza for 2 for 1 at Live Nation (Password: FuckinA). You can also probably get tickets at the door, but the discount won't apply there.

Cymbals Eat Guitars have been on tour with The Thermals this entire month, and they will continue on tour with them Thurday in Boston. Hopefully all is well with them, or maybe they just needed a night off while the tour was visiting their hometown.


"I Don't Believe You" from the new Thermals album that I can't stop listening to, below...

Continue reading "new Thermals video starring Carrie Brownstein"

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....

Continue reading "Thermals touring w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars - dates & a new MP3 "


Memorial Day Weekend officially opened the summer, and for those in the Pacific Northwest it also brought Sasquatch Music Festival (pictures from all three days are coming soon). Now the lineup for its Labor Day cousin, Bumbershoot 2010, has been announced. That fest, happening at Seattle, WA's Seattle Center September 4th-6th, will include headliners Bob Dylan, Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole, Rise Against, Neko Case, The Decemberists, J. Cole and "one more very special guest to be announced soon."

Tickets (including non-Mainstage 'economy' passes) are on sale now. The rest of the lineup (by day) for the seven-stage festival is posted below...

Continue reading "Bumbershoot 2010 lineup (Bob Dylan... Hole... Mary J Blige)"

words & photos by Andrew Frisicano

The Thermals

The Thermals completed a two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl last night (4/21). I was at the irst night, Tuesday, when they played a great set to a sold-out crowd. The band's two show run at the venue was the last stop of their two-week East Coast tour.

The Thermals crowd came ready to sing along, and got more and more riled up as things progressed (the band's "Pillar of Salt," "No Culture Icons," "Returning to the Fold" run at the end was particularly spectacular). There was a kind of girls vs. boys thing going on, with plenty of female fans belting out the words while the guys threw their bodies into it.

The hour-plus set covered the band's catalog, from the power-punk of More Parts Per Million to the cleanly cut songs on Now We Can See. The new material showed promise for Personal Life, their fifth album, due in September. Those tunes stayed intense even as the band slowed down the tempo. "Seperate" - from their Record Store Day split with the Cribs - is one new song with a different, more calculated edge (see it in a video from an earlier show on the tour, below). Here's hoping the new album will match The Body, The Blood, The Machine for lyrical sharpness and replayability. After the 20-ish song set, the band came back for a gracious encore, and repeated cries to play their Olympics anthem "Canada" went unheeded.

Spazzy punk band the Coathangers opened, with all four members taking turns at the mic as they swapped instruments. Other opener Past Lives played grungy rock that didn't really keep my attention (Tony Castles subbed for the Coathangers on the second night).

More pictures and a few of those new songs from their Baltimore tour stop are below...

Continue reading "The Thermals played 2 nights @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ The Coathangers (pics) "