Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
5/12: Pocket feat. Yuki Chikudate (Asobi Seksu): "Sampo" single
6/9: Portland Cello Project : THE THAO AND JUSTIN POWER SESSIONS (Kill Rock Stars)
6/30: All Smiles: OH FOR THE GETTING AND NOT LETTING GO (self-release)
7/27: Quieting Syrup: SONGS ABOUT A SICK BOY (Lovitt Records)
9/8: Glorytellers: ATONE (Southern)
Screaming Females: POWER MOVE (Don Giovanni)
The Life And Times: TRAGIC BOOGIE (Arena Rock)
The Twang: I LOVE IT WHEN I FEEL LIKE THIS (Arena Rock)
Leonard Mynx: VESPER (Wally Uno Music)
Loch Lomond: "Blue Lead Fences" single 7' (Hush Records)
Misc.: HAPPINESS IS EASY (Badman)
Origami Ghosts: SHORT MOMENTUM (self-release)
Pocket feat. Robyn Hitchcock: "Surround Him With Love" single (self-release)
The Rhombus: LADDERS EP (Public School Records)
The Traditionist: SEASON TO SEASON (Banter Records/Better Looking Records)
05.12.09 - San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
05.13.09 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
05.14.09 - Houston, TX @ Walter's on Washington
05.15.09 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
05.16.09 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
05.17.09 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
05.18.09 - Carrboro, NC @ Local 506
05.19.09 - Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
05.20.09 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
05.21.09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House
05.22.09 - Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
05.23.09 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk
05.24.09 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
05.25.09 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room at Crofoot
05.26.09 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
05.27.09 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
05.29.09 - Missoula, MT @ The Other Side
05.30.09 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
05.31.09 - Portland, OR @ Backspace
06.02.09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox w/Joe Lally
06.03.09 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House Parlor w/Joe Lally
06.04.09 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/Joe Lally
06.05.09 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/Joe Lally
06.06.09 - Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room w/Joe Lally
06.07.09 - Toronto ON @ Sneaky Dee's w/Joe Lally
06.09.09 - Montreal QC @ Le Divan Orange w/Joe Lally
06.10.09 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Upstairs w/Joe Lally
06.11.09 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop w/Joe Lally
06.12.09 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall w/Joe Lally
06.13.09 - Washington DC @ The Black Cat Backstage w/Joe Lally
05.24.09 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios CD RELEASE SHOW
06.06.09 - Portland, OR @ Roadside Attraction
06.11.09 - Boulder, CO @ Laughing Goat
06.20.09 - Denver, CO @ Meadowlark
06.24.09 - Prescott, AZ @ Raven Cafe
05.25.09 - Quincy, WA @ SASQUATCH FESTIVAL
05.12.09 - Columbus, OH @ The Tree House
05.13.09 - Fremont, MI @ The Church
05.14.09 - Chicago, IL @ HOUSE SHOW
05.15.09 - Iowa City, IA @ Public Space One
05.16.09 - Madison, WI @ The Project Lodge
05.17.09 - Minneapolis, MN @ Nomad
THE PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT
06.11.09 - Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
06.12.09 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
06.13.09 - Eugene, OR @ Cozmic Pizza
08.19.09 - Meinig Park @ Sandy, OR
08.23.09 - Lake Oswego, OR @ Millennium Plaza Park
05.12.09 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggo's (all ages)
05.13.09 - Gainesville, FL @ The Kickstand (all ages)
05.14.09 - Athens, GA @ The Hanger (all ages)
05.16.09 - Asheville, NC @ No Kids Night (all ages)
05.17.09 - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight (all ages)
05.18.09 - Richmond, VI @ The Czar (all ages)
05.21.09 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space (all ages)
05.22.09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Danger Danger Gallery (all ages)
05.30.09 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's (all ages)
05.28.09 - Davis, CA (Cool As Folk Radio Presents) @ Sophia's w/ Shelly Short
06.02.09 - Merced, CA @ The Partisan
06.03.09 - San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
06.04.09 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
06.05.09 - Santa Rosa, CA (promo) @ The Last Record Store
06.06.09 - Bend, OR @ Old St. Francis School
07.11.09 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Street Fair
Friday, May 8, 2009
Witness the new self-titled album by the Chicago quartet Vortis—the group's fourth full-length, though in many ways a new beginning as the recorded debut of Louie Calvano (bass, guitar, vocals), Jim DeRogatis (drums), Chris Martiniano (guitar, bass, vocals, and art), and Tony Tavano (guitar, vocals).
The band formed in mid-2000, taking its name from the pre-World War I movement spearheaded by writers James Joyce and Ezra Pound and graphic artist Wyndham Lewis. Their goal: "To perpetuate violent structures of adolescent clarity" throughout life—that is, to live with the lust for life and joie de vivre of a teenager, which the band members thought was an ideal definition of rock 'n' roll half a century before the sound was born. Lewis gave both the original Vorticists and the band they inspired their emblem—the revolving energy cone, a symbol of power—and his work adorns the cover of Vortis.
The band's original lineup of DeRogatis, Martiniano, Tavano, and vocalist/lyricist F.T.—a.k.a. "the Fellow Traveler," a.k.a. Michael Weinstein, longtime professor at Purdue University and the author of 23 books of political philosophy—was dedicated to what F.T. called "punk-rock agitainment." It performed regularly in Chicago and throughout the Midwest and released three albums: Take the System Down (Thick Records, 2002), God Won't Bless America (Thick Records, 2004), and Warzone (self-released, 2006)—after which F.T./Weinstein left to devote all of his creative/anarchist energies to his political writings.
With three vocalists and four songwriters in the current lineup, the music on Vortis is less overtly political but no less thoughtprovoking, and even more intense. Recorded by Dan Dietrich at Wall to Wall Studios after two years of steady gigging in Chicago's underground, it reflects the band's well-honed live attack, which has been likened to a speeding freight train threatening to but never quite flying off the rails of its aggressive but melodic, old-school but forward-looking brand of art-punk.
CONTACT ME, JOAN, VIA JOAN /AT/ RIOT ACT MEDIA DOT COM FOR MATERIALS & INTERVIEWZ!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This single will be accompanied by “Swept” featuring Lorraine Lellis (Mahogany, Somnambulants) and three super rad remixes by Mux Mool, Blue Eyes and Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think).
This single is the next installment of his most ambitious and exciting project yet— a full-length’s worth of singles featuring a stunning lineup of both legacy musicians and newer artists, all of which will be released digitally and individually throughout 2009. Stems for each remix will be posted on the Pocket site for download for one month only corresponding with each single as it is released--and this one's no different. Also, NEWS FLASH: we just learned that, as part of this amazing project, there will be an ELABORATE AND CRAZY LIVE COMPONENT--it will happen later this year, and it involves an insane set. More on that later.
The first installment of Pocket's project, “Surround Him With Love” featuring legendary Soft Boys singer/guitarist Robyn Hitchcock--plus three additional remixes: KKS’ Space Disco Remix, the Somnambulists Remix, and The Stealth Remix--is out now as well. As part of the five-song single pack, Pocket is also releasing b-side “Let Her Close Her Eyes”, featuring musician/comedienne Shonali Bhowmik (Tigers and Monkeys).
Pocket's upcoming 2009 singles will involve Slim Moon (Kill Rock Stars, Shot Clock Management, Slim Moon and What Army), Mark Burgess, Steve Kilbey (The Church), Markese, Rick Moody (novelist), David Fischoff (Secretly Canadian), Ming (Ming + FS), Beatallica, Kendall (Mascott), Alien Skin (George from Real Life), Glenn Mercer (The Feelies), Mux (Ghostly), Elk City, The Wrens, Tanya Donelly (Belly), Sal Principato, Danny Seim (Menomena) and more TBA.
In a time where music is revisiting the concept of playing with projects that feature groups of disparate artists, often to great or horrible effect (from Bowie + Jagger + Bing Crosby in ‘85, Run DMC + Aerosmith in ’86, Celine Dion and R.Kelly in ’02—yes, that happened—and, more recently, N.A.S.A., or Timbaland + Cornell), LA-based Pocket (aka Richard Jankovich, formerly of NYC electro-pop band Burnside Project) gets it RIGHT. He's remixed Beck, Radiohead, Kristin Hersh, Of Montreal, Elk City, Joanna Newsom, Mendoza Line, Dirty on Purpose, Eskobar and many others, always to critical acclaim (“We've always been fans, but this is the deepest Pocket's gone yet. Outstanding.”—Stereogum, “Where Radiohead's version builds from spare beginnings (little more than Thom Yorke's voice and keyboards), Jankovich lets droning tendrils of noise poke into all that space, setting a thumping beat beneath.”--Pitchfork).
LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO CHAT WITH POCKET, Or if I can get you the digital download of the single and its remixes.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Howard might not be as fitting to the sideman role as he has led himself and others to believe; that's just how his career has developed. This record, Songs About A Sick Boy (you should have it now, if you can't find it in your pile, let me know) is INTENSELY personal in a real, heavy, harrowingly beautiful kind of way--not in an "I'm a songwriter who is whining about my breakup" kind of way. Howard, who has been a super central figure in the Chicago music community for over a decade and is affectionately known by most as "The Kid", has battled through major health issues pretty much his whole life. A total of 12 songs written over a period of 12 years, this album focuses almost exclusively on his health battles and subsequent emotional fallout following the ebb-and-flow cycles of affection, addiction and ailment. It's been written and recorded during Howard's continued recovery and struggle with his various illnesses; songs here were often written from Howard's hospital bed but reflectively sung from his thrift store couch.
He says about it: "Some of these songs were written at a point in my life when things were really grim, when I was 15 and drowning in drama or 25 and going though surgeries. "My body was really failing me and I had so much time to recoup that music was an escape and a way to translate my anxieties. Now looking back, it becomes a marker for how far I've come."
His hopeful voice is one of defiance and faith. The songs offer an innocence and buoyancy, filled with the heartbroken confidence of a man who has just let go, sweetly singing himself to sleep in order to face the day again tomorrow. Stephen Howard is a bro, and he is brave, and he has made a great record, and I would love it if you could give the songs a listen and consider said record for review, or Quieting Syrup for a feature, or any kind of coverage you might see fit to run.
Please let me know if there's anything that I can get for you re: this release (like an interview or a digital download), and I'll get on it.