Awesome Color Touring With Dinosaur Jr. Through 17 Awesome States; Canadian Provinces Merely Rad

Changin' times, these. Why, just last week ol' Winnie calls me up, flappin' that mouth of his about some "Awesome Color" or what have you. First couple times I just set there, stewin', but finally I can't stand it no longer. I says, "You talkin' about 'Awesome Color'?" Winnie just nods or somethin', who knows for sure, it's a dang phone. So then I says, "Winnie I known you all your life and I ain't never heard you give one spit about no colored, and that's plum fact." Winnie gets real silent 'til I think maybe he hung up, but 'fore I can set her back in the cradle, Winnie starts hollerin' again. "Awesome Color will be spending a large part of the tour with Dinosaur Jr. as well," the old coot slurs. Well I always pride myself on givin' people more'n one chance, so I says, real slow, "Now Winnie, I'm askin' as a friend... you been at the sauce all mornin'? Talkin' 'bout dinosaurs 'n' coloreds?" Well wouldn't you know it but the next thing I hear's a dang dial tone.

Next day I'm sidlin' over to Doc Holstein's place with one heavy burden weighin' on my mind. Now, Doc's been the first one this family calls since forever, no questions asked. The sort of man you bet your last dollar on, and the good Lord knows I done just that one too many times. So he lets me in that house of his, real cozy-like, asked me what's the matter. "What's the matter?" I says. "My best friend's waxin' poetic about some coloreds, that's what's the matter." 'Fore I can explain, Doc lets out a mean chuckle and starts speakin' in tongues, like. Says, "Awesome Color are touring in support of last year's self-titled debut, and Dinosaur Jr. are touring in support of comeback album Beyond, to be released on May 1." The kind of words that might break a weak man. Only thing I think to do is get out, but first I says, "I swear to Christ Doc Holstein, I heard things in my life, but this," and I stomp and stomp on that leg, and that ear, and them glasses too, and then I take a step outside.

Now what was I sayin'? Ah yeah. Things ain't how they used to be, no. Changin' times.

Dates for coloreds:

* Dinosaur Jr

XBXRX Announce Tour and Release New Album? Slam Your Body Down and Wind It All Around! Slam Your Body Down and Zig-A-Zig Ahhhh!

Depending on who you ask, those from Connecticut are called Connecticuters or Nutmeggers, Michigan residents refer to themselves as either Michiganders or Michiganites, and Hawaiians are often divided into the kamaaina (native-born non-ethnic Hawaiians) and malihini (newcomers). But what the hell do you call inhabitants of the crazy state of XBXRX? Anyone who has seen the band live knows the most appropriate answer is "fucked up." Not since Sharon Stone spread her legs in Basic Instinct has an act been so open to filthy displays of vulgarity and violence as the California-cum-Alabama (ahh... that explains a bit of it) shit disturbers. It goes without saying that they hold a revered place in our dark 'n' dirty hearts.

Loathed (or feared) by as many as they are loved, XBXRX will head out on tour later this week on a self-destructive trek that will include a lot of shows in the U.S. and a few dates in Canada, where they were once allegedly barred from playing for a whole year. The tour takes in the eastern part of North America, then, surprisingly enough, the western part. There is a break between tour legs because the band either wants a bit of time off from their punishing live regimen or are planning on traveling out west on pummel horses mounted on wind-powered dune buggies

04.13.07 - Sacramento, CA - Fool's Foundation
04.14.07 - Berkley, CA - Rasputin Music (early)
04.14.07 - San Francisco, CA - The Hemlock Tavern (late)
04.17.07 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.18.07 - Milwaukee, WI - 2719 N. Pierre St

04.19.07 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
04.20.07 - Toronto, Ontario - Sneaky Dee's
04.21.07 - Ottawa, Ontario - End Hits
04.22.07 - Montréal, Quebec - Zoo Bizarre
04.23.07 - Amherst, MA - Mercy House
04.24.07 - Medford, MA - Tuft's University
04.25.07 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - SMOG @ Bard College
04.26.07 - Brooklyn, NY - Uncle Paulie's
04.27.07 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
04.28.07 - Bloomington, IN - Art Hospital
04.29.07 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
05.19.07 - Bakersfield, CA - Swimsuit House
05.20.07 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
05.21.07 - Flagstaff, AZ - Inner Beach
05.22.07 - Mesa, AZ - Hollywood Alley $
05.23.07 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launch Pad $
05.24.07 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory $
05.25.07 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves $
05.26.07 - Austin, TX - Emo's $
05.27.07 - Houston, TX - Numbers $
05.28.07 - Mobile, AL - Cellblock
05.29.07 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues $

$ Melt-Banana

A thousand monkeys typing on a thousand typewriters probably wouldn't type out XBXRX, so go buy the new album Wars out April 10 on Polyvinyl!

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1. Center Where Sight
2. Freezing Water
3. Sheets and Organs
4. Here to Ruin the Party
5. Eight War
6. Suffocation
7. Minds
8. Sons of Horn
9. In Veins
10. Towers of Silence
11. Day Eleven
12. Ear Ever Hear

Shins, Rapture, K-os Help Show MTV’s Humanitarian Side, Right After TRL and Before Super Sweet 16

MTV is one of those organizations that I can't ever make myself commit to loving or hating. I have this problem with many things: the Democratic Party, Target, Steve Albini, hot dogs -- but the problem might be at its worst with MTV. Just when I'm prepared to write them off completely over their spring break coverage, mindless programming, and general music pimping, they come back with voter registration initiatives, anti-hate-crime documentaries, Wonder Showzen, and most recently, MTVU Campus Invasion.

Totally not as bad as it sounds: the idea behind each one is admirable, with the stated goal of the shows being to raise awareness of the problems facing the Darfur region. MTV will be pairing up with the Save Darfur Coalition on the issue, which is considered a legitimate one by pretty much everyone, everywhere. The "campus invasions" (none of which take place on any campus) will occur later this month in Austin, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, each with unique lineups: the lineup for the tragically show-starved students in Austin will include The Shins and The Rapture; the Atlanta show will feature city native Monica, Fabulous, and Rick Ross; while Philadelphians will see Dashboard Confessional, K-os, and Kenna. All shows will be supported by MTV Campus Battle of the Bands Winners.

Parts of each program, as well as artist interviews, will be shown on MTV and their website, and it should be quite interesting to see how their coverage compares to the last charity multi-concert event they covered (2005's Live 8), during which they became notorious for cutting to commercial during recently reunited Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" guitar solo -- MySpace Generation, represent. So to conclude: MTV is doing something positive, involving The Shins and The Rapture. Whether or not this is a strong step in a responsible direction for the channel remains to be seen.

Awesome Color Touring With Dinosaur Jr. Through 17 Awesome States; Canadian Provinces Merely Rad

Changin' times, these. Why, just last week ol' Winnie calls me up, flappin' that mouth of his about some "Awesome Color" or what have you. First couple times I just set there, stewin', but finally I can't stand it no longer. I says, "You talkin' about 'Awesome Color'?" Winnie just nods or somethin', who knows for sure, it's a dang phone. So then I says, "Winnie I known you all your life and I ain't never heard you give one spit about no colored, and that's plum fact." Winnie gets real silent 'til I think maybe he hung up, but 'fore I can set her back in the cradle, Winnie starts hollerin' again. "Awesome Color will be spending a large part of the tour with Dinosaur Jr. as well," the old coot slurs. Well I always pride myself on givin' people more'n one chance, so I says, real slow, "Now Winnie, I'm askin' as a friend... you been at the sauce all mornin'? Talkin' 'bout dinosaurs 'n' coloreds?" Well wouldn't you know it but the next thing I hear's a dang dial tone.

Next day I'm sidlin' over to Doc Holstein's place with one heavy burden weighin' on my mind. Now, Doc's been the first one this family calls since forever, no questions asked. The sort of man you bet your last dollar on, and the good Lord knows I done just that one too many times. So he lets me in that house of his, real cozy-like, asked me what's the matter. "What's the matter?" I says. "My best friend's waxin' poetic about some coloreds, that's what's the matter." 'Fore I can explain, Doc lets out a mean chuckle and starts speakin' in tongues, like. Says, "Awesome Color are touring in support of last year's self-titled debut, and Dinosaur Jr. are touring in support of comeback album Beyond, to be released on May 1." The kind of words that might break a weak man. Only thing I think to do is get out, but first I says, "I swear to Christ Doc Holstein, I heard things in my life, but this," and I stomp and stomp on that leg, and that ear, and them glasses too, and then I take a step outside.

Now what was I sayin'? Ah yeah. Things ain't how they used to be, no. Changin' times.

Dates for coloreds:

* Dinosaur Jr

Hey, Look Over There, It’s A Tactical Misdirection – Architecture In Helsinki World Tour 2007!!!!!!!!!

Northcote ne'er-do-wells Architecture in Helsinki are about to take a zigzag lap around the globe, playing shows in more than just a couple countries. Their passports will be stamped many times over this May and June as the band travel from country to country, show to show, and festival to festival. And while AIH have yet to announce a release date or title for their follow-up to 2005's In Case We Die (Bar/None), they have made known their plans for one song thought to be included on that future LP. "Heart It Races" will be released as a single, and not one of those one-version singles, but a single in many forms. Remixes to be exact, discombobulated and reconfigured by YACHT, A-Trak, Hey Willpower!, and more.

The press release for this story mentions that the many incarnations of the track will appear "magically." My mind boggles, thinking of the various varieties of magic that may be involved. Black? White? Street? Ervin Johnson? It might be that magi(k) stuff that Arthur seemed so fond of. I guess I jumped the gun a bit, as it seems that they just meant the single is coming out in different formats for different countries. Well, the first official appearance of the song, a remix concocted by DJ/Rupture, is now available on the band's MySpace. A lot of things (teenage inanity, News Corp, free giftcards, stalker stalking) come to mind when MySpace is mentioned, but magic is not one of them. It seems that the amount of magic involved in this endeavor has nowhere to go but up.

Tourdates:

# Gang Gang Dance, Ariel Pink

Tonic Closes; I Cry Into My Glass of Gin

It's hard to spend any time on Manhattan's Lower East Side without hearing about the ravages of gentrification. In what has become the city's most well-known and bitterly ironic vicious cycle, venues for unorthodox music and art move into cheap neighborhoods where they can afford the rent... only to unwittingly raise the property values and, after a few years, be priced out of these very same neighborhoods by khaki-wearing, SUV-driving yuppies. The past few years have been particularly brutal, with CBGB's closing on Halloween '06 and Sin-e shuttering its space only a few days ago. Now comes word that Tonic will be the next victim. I had considered excerpting the message below, but its refreshing frankness and insightful observations about the politics of policing bear unedited reproduction:

Dear Musicians, Fans and Friends:

After more than 9 years as a home for avant-garde, creative, and experimental music, Tonic will reluctantly close its doors on Friday, April 13th, 2007. We simply can no longer afford the rent and all of the other costs associated with doing business on the Lower East Side.

The neighborhood around us has been increasingly consumed by "luxury condominiums", boutique hotels and glass towers, all making the value of our salvaged space worth more then our business could ever realistically support. We have also been repeatedly harassed by the city's Quality of Life Task Force which resulted in the debilitating closing of the ))sub((tonic lounge in January. Coincidentally, this campaign began as our immediate neighbor, the Blue Condominium building - a symbol of the new Lower East Side - prepared to open its doors.

As a business, we take responsibility for mistakes made along the way. If profit had been our chief motivation we could have changed our programming to something more mainstream and financially lucrative. Instead we were more committed to a certain type of music and loyal to the community that supported us. As a result, we've always just survived but never really prospered. It is, however, unfortunate that it is so difficult for small businesses to operate in this city and that a chain store that can afford a high rent is more desirable than a place like Tonic that has a different kind of value.

While this is certainly the end of Tonic at 107 Norfolk Street, we remain committed to what Tonic represents and plan to try again in some form as soon as possible. In the interim, Tonic will make efforts to present new music in existing venues such as the Abron's Arts Center located just a few blocks away.

We invite you to join us as often as you can over our remaining days to help us celebrate Tonic and more importantly the amazing artists, our unwavering staff, and the nurturing community that made Tonic possible. It's because of you that we've stayed open as long as we have. Thank you!

Sincerely, Melissa and John

Obviously, Tonic has been a hugely important place, a small, intimate venue that dared to book adventurous, exciting acts, both new and established. Here's hoping that the owners find a new place (come to Brooklyn, guys!) to carry on the tradition. And come out to support these guys during their stellar farewell shows, featuring the likes of Ikue Mori, Erik Friedlander, White Magic, Yuka Honda, and Sean Lennon. A new "Tonic Presents" series as Abron's Arts Center also looks promising, with an opening show from Jandek April 14.

While I'm at it, I might as well break the news, much as it turns my stomach, that the Knitting Factory may be next.