Dead Man’s Bones Tours!

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my excitement for the debut LP from the elementary school/musical theater/horror show project the actors’ Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields are working on called Dead Man’s Bones. I even made little joke about how maybe they’ll go on tour just in time for Halloween and play some elementary school cafeterias! (Ok, I don’t think I used the word “cafeteria,” technically).

Anyway, I got my wish. Sort of. While Zach & Ryan are not exactly playing schools, they are playing gigs in October, backed by local children’s choirs from each city of the performance. (I am all over the NYC one…)

10-14 Cambridge, MA – Brattle Theatre
10-15 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
10-16 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
10-17 Washington, DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
10-19 Montreal, Quebec – Le National
10-20 Toronto, Ontario – The Music Gallery
10-21 Chicago, IL – Schubas (early show)
10-21 Chicago, IL – Schubas (late show)
10-23 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door
10-24 Vancouver, British Columbia – Venue
10-25 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
10-27 San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall
10-30 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

In other Dead Man’s Bones news, they also have a promo video for themselves now. It employs the technology of hypnotism, so be warned. The album drops October 6th on Anti- Records.

Half Nelson in a Cemetary: Dead Man’s Bones

Recognizable actor Ryan Gosling and (not-so) recognizable actor Zach Shields claim they don’t know how to play all the instruments heard on their debut album from their debut band Dead Man’s Bones (featuring The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children’s Choir). If that’s true, who cares. The couple songs they’ve already dropped, which have been floating around the internet, are pretty darn good.

You can download the first cut from the album here, or you can watch the video for it below. Called “In the Room Where You Sleep,” it’s a pretty great first cut, with a Cash-channeling Gosling and an almost Randy Newman-esque piano backed by the perfectly imperfect choral stylings of a children’s choir (co-founded by Flea).


The debut album, which appears to only have the first of the two songs shown above on it, drops from Anti- Records on October 6th with the tracklist as follows:

01 Intro
02 Dead Hearts
03 In the Room Where You Sleep
04 Buried in Water
05 My Body’s a Zombie for You
06 Pa Pa Power
07 Young & Tragic
08 Paper Ships
09 Lose Your Soul
10 Werewolf Heart
11 Dead Man’s Bones
12 Flowers Grow Out of My Grave

Here’s to hoping there’s a tour in the near future – maybe at some local elementary schools – maybe on Halloween!

One Day As A Lion

Brilliant news I heard a few days ago was of this Zack De La Rocha / Jon Theodore mash up in the form of a 5-track EP dropping later this month.

Not so brilliant news I heard a few days ago was that none of the tracks have been made available yet and I have to wait!

Want more info? Here’s the press release:

“One Day As A Lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.”

“A defiant affirmation of the possibilities that exist in the space between kick and snare. It’s a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask. One Day As A Lion is a recorded interaction between Zack de la Rocha and Jon Theodore from Los Angeles, California.”

“The name taken from the infamous 1970 black and white, captured by legendary Chicano photographer George Rodriguez featuring a center framed tag on a white wall in an unspecified section of Boyle Heights. It reads: ‘It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.’ This record is a stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound.”