Them Crooked Vultures Random Speculation

Ok, so I’m fascinated and already a fanboy of the new band Them Crooked Vultures. They’ve begun sending out newsletters to their email contact list now, and what’s official so far is below. Now, on to matters of random speculation.

Watch the third promo spot for the band below, somewhere towards the beginning you’ll notice there’s a door, and above that door is the number 15. Could that be September 15th? Maybe a record release date? It is a Tuesday after all. Or, maybe it’s because all their North American tour dates run from October 1st until October 14th – and the tag line at the end of the third promo says “Follow What’s Heard.” Does that mean, the album will drop following the live dates? Hell, I actually just noticed that in total (including the UK dates), there are 15 shows. Maybe that’s all the number represents. Who knows. All I know is, I wish they’d stop selling t-shirts and start selling records.

North America Fall Tour 2009
(via official website)

Public on sale starts Saturday, September 5th at 10 am

10-01 Austin, TX – Stubb’s / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Stubb’s Box Office (801 Red River Rd)

10-02 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival / Tickets / Visit for festival details and ticketing information.

10-05 Nashville, TN – War Memorial / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the venue box office (Downtown at TPAC, 505 Deaderick Street)

10-06 Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the venue box office (405 Neil Ave Columbus, OH 43215)

10-08 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Fillmore Box Office which opens at 4:30pm on Saturday (2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201)

10-09 Toronto, Ontario – The Sound Academy / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at Rogers Centre Gate 7 on Bremner Blvd.

10-11 Boston, MA – House of Blues / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Orpheum Box Office (1 Hamilton Pl, Boston, MA 02108)

10-12 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory / Tickets / A very limited numbers of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the Electric Factory box office when paid with Cash (111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 111, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004)

10-14 Washington, DC – 930 Club / Tickets / A very limited number of tickets will be sold free of service charges at the 930 club box office (815 V ST. N.W. WASHINGTON DC)

UK Winter 2009

Public on sale starts Friday, Sept 4th at 10 am
Buy online at or by phone 0871 2200 260

12-10 Plymouth, England – Pavilions
12-11 Portsmouth, England – Guildhall
12-13 Blackpool, England – Empress Ballroom
12-14 Birmingham, England – O2 Academy
12-15 Edinburgh, Scotland – O2 Academy
12-17 London, England – HMV Hammersmith Apollo

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.

Bat For Lashes "Two Suns" Video Collection

The sophomore album Two Suns by Bat For Lashes may be my favorite disc so far this year (save the debut Dead Weather LP), and as consistently good as Natasha Khan’s songs are, so are her promotional videos.

First, there’s “Daniel.” Where Khan, dolled up in a Footloose-y sweat suit appears trapped in dreamscape like something out of a Samuel Bayer video circa mid-nineties David Bowie. Creepy mimes with black balloons tied to their bodies like alien appendages chase Khan around her desolate world and in her station wagon until she can unite with her titular Karate Kid companion Daniel.

Then there’s “Pearl’s Dream” where Khan is seen literally performing for herself in some ambient-lit and smoky planetarium designed like a child’s shoebox-solar-system, but with wolves. Oh, and she’s dressed like Cher circa late-eighties. Interestingly, her doppelganger is blonde, and stellarly sussed out at the climax. While this video is my least favorite of the three so far, it’s worth the view because the song is so captivating.

Finally, there’s the latest video for “Sleep Alone.” This is another one of those amazing tracks on the album that you’ll continue to hear the melody for after the song has ended, and the video’s not too shabby either. This time we follow Khan as she spends her sleepless night trying in vain to build a man to keep her company in bed. No surprise, she’s building him out of little twinkly lights and bits of scraps that just seem, well… very Bat For Lashes. Take a look:

Anyway, if you haven’t heard of Bat For Lashes until now, take a listen to the debut LP as well, Fur and Gold from 2006. It’s pretty impressive, and “Two Suns” really just builds on its eclectic This Mortal Coil-via-early-Goldfrapp type song quality. In fact, if you have both albums, play Fur and Gold all the way through and then immediately follow it up with Two Suns. Once you hear the opening track “Glass” build to it’s early percussion-laced crescendo, you’ll be hooked.

Bat For Lashes is getting ready to play some dates across the US:

7th August 2009 – Varsity Theater, Minneapolis
9th August 2009 – Lollapalooza
12th August 2009 – Webster Hall, New York
13th August 2009 – Boston Paradise Rock Club
15th August 2009 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC
17th August 2009 – The Loft @ Center Stage, Atlanta
19th August 2009 – The Parish, Austin
20th August 2009 – The Loft, Dallas
22nd August 2009 – Bluebird Theatre, Denver
25th August 2009 – Venue, Vancouver *Venue Change*
26th August 2009 – Neumo’s, Seattle
27th August 2009 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland
29th August 2009 – Outside Lands Festival
31st August 2009 – The Music Box Theatre @ Fonda, LA

I Want My Leonard Cohen Afterbirth

After 14 years Leonard Cohen is finally playing live shows again and I’m holding out hope that the tour dates listed so far are not the extent of his travels. Since his site only shows through August, but promises a “2008/09” world tour I rest a little easier.

In the meantime, check out this audience footage of the hit “Everybody Knows” (and one of my personal faves). Watch it for the audio before the video though since the cinematographer obviously was.

Oh, and for those of you who have no clue who a Leonard Cohen is, here’s “Everybody Nose” by N.E.R.D.

Ladies Love the Feel of the Wheel

From the amber hues to the low contrast to the cropped aspect ratio, this video from Flight of the Conchords has all the makings of the best 70s era TV money could buy. Jermaine is looking a little like a serial killer, but that can be overlooked.

Disappointment is setting in for me however, since HBO still has not announced the future (if there is one) of season two. I wait patiently with my season one DVD box set by my side though, while I comb through the cheapest flight deals to make it to at least one of their handful of live shows this summer:

5/14 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
5/15 – Denver, CO @ Ellie Caulkins Opera House
5/16 – Columbus, OH @ Value City Arena
5/26 – George, WA
5/27 – San Francisco, CA @ Nob Hill Masonic Center
5/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theater
7/12 – Redmond, WA

Carpool anyone?