Guided By Voices announce full reunion tour

Guided By Voices announce full reunion tour

Guided by Voices have just announced reunion dates featuring their classic lineup, and you’re planning to get tickets. But don’t know how to act at the show? Don’t fret, dear reader, for I have just the tutorial for you:

How to Behave at a Guided by Voices show

1. Arrive early, if possible. In some stadiums or civic centers, you may have a half-mile hike to arrive at your seat, and threading your way through a line of people can cause a lot of stress and could thus make you enjoy the GBV show less.

2. Listen to ushers, security people, and others whose job it is to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of the rest of the people who are attending, despite how lame they are.

3. Obey the rules for the venue where you are attending, including drinking and recreational drug use. These may be a very real part of the rock scene, especially since Pollard is quite the beer dude, but you should be concerned enough to behave responsibly.

4. Be polite to people around you. Again, this may not be the ordinary attitude for concert goers, but it will tend to make it easier to enjoy the show. Here are some things to note:

• Do not push and shove to get to a merchandise table, food and beverage vendor, or restroom. Rock music fans are like any group, they can be laid back and mellow, or volatile and edgy. Ever been to a Strokes concert? Sheeeit.
• Do not throw things, insult people, or complain to people sitting near you. If GBV ends up sucking, walk out, or if there is another group coming up, chill out and wait for them.
• Don’t block the view for other concert goers. If the crowd gets up and start screaming or waving their arms, join them, but don’t try to do a one-person show in the stands for your own entertainment. I can’t stand those fucks.

5. Keep your hands, elbows, and generally all of your body parts to yourself. And yes, that means your penis and/or vagina too. You may be stoked and overjoyed with the show, but you should still allow others to enjoy it in their own way.

6. Go with the flow. Some GBV shows, usually the best ones, do get a little out of control, and if you are into it, it is fine to get involved with the crowd.

7. Don’t be disrespectful about other bands there that you may not like, especially when conversing with your friends. People can get very touchy on the subject of bands they like, even if they got a low rating on Pitchfork.

8. Dress appropriately. Generally the best clothing to wear is that of similar bands to the headline act but as long as it’s in the style of the music it’s okay (e.g. a Bee Thousand shirt is always a good idea).

9. Always make an effort to get there in time for the support band, as they can often put on a better show than the headline act and you never know where they are going to go in the future. Times New Viking are fucking awesome live, too.

10. Enjoy yourself. Your main aim in the gig is to have fun. This depends on what your idea of fun is; if you want to be a barrier boy, then you need to get onto that front barrier right at the start and never let go no matter how squashed and deafened you get. If you want to sit and not be squashed, then go upstairs. If you want to be a demon of the pit, then you need to rip your shirt off and start acting like a gorilla in heat.

Follow these tutorial and you’ll have a great time at one of these upcoming GBV shows:

09.30.10 - Austin, TX - East Side Drive %
10.03.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Matador 21
10.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern %
10.05.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield %
10.07.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
10.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo %
10.12.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue %
10.13.10 - Chicago, IL - The Vic %
10.15.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
10.16.10 - Columbus, OH - Outlands Live
10.21.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.22.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.23.10 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
11.05.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise #
11.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero #
11.07.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 #

% Times New Viking
# Blitzen Trapper

• Guided by Voices:

Danny Goffey, drummer once of Supergrass, becomes Danny Goffey, drummer now of Babyshambles

Danny Goffey: Uggggggh, I have been SO bored since Supergrass, the band that I played drums in because I was the drummer in Supergrass, broke up. If only I had another hyped Brit-pop band in which I could play drums. Oh, if only.

Pete Doherty: Hello, I am Pete Doherty, Babyshambles leader/former Libertines member/past-present-and-almost-certainly-future walking cautionary tale. I have heard your anguished/bored cries, Danny Goffey, drummer for Supergrass, and I have a proposition. Babyshambles has no drummer, because Babyshambles’s old drummer quit, so Babyshambles needs a drummer. You, Danny Goffey, could play drums for Babyshambles, much as you once played drums for Supergrass.

Danny Goffey: Okay. I will. But just remember, Pete Doherty of Babyshambles, that I’m still… IN IT FOR THE MONEY.

Pete Doherty: HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA! Danny Goffey, once of Supergrass, you are a card.

And that’s how it happened.

• Babyshambles:

Neko Case, a true American, embarks on small tour

Neko Case, America’s favorite faux-Canadian (seriously, doesn’t like… everyone think she’s Canadian? I did till like a year ago) just announced a brief fall tour, presumably in support of last year’s Middle Cyclone (TMT Review) on ANTI-. Case is sticking to the Southern states before venturing back to her REAL home state of Washington for Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, where she’ll be fulfilling the dreams of many by appearing on the same bill as Bob Dylan… and LMFAO.

Neko Case dates:

08.16.10 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
08.17.10 - Nashville, TN - James K. Polk Theater
08.18.10 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
08.19.10 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art
08.20.10 - Charlotte, NC - Knight Theater
08.21.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
09.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival

• Neko Case:
• ANTI-:

Happy Birthday go on tour, but not to my birthday party; booooo!

What was the worst birthday you ever had? Was it that time you invited your whole class to your party and only one kid came? Or when you came down with the flu and not even your family wanted to be around you? Or how about when you were severely injured in a Frank Grimes-esque silo explosion? As for me, my worst birthday was when Sub Pop garage rockers Happy Birthday went on a summer tour and didn’t come to my town on my birthday. Wait, never mind, my birthday is in March. Still, Happy Birthday are going on tour this summer. Maybe they’ll even come to your town and make your birthday one to remember. Or maybe the dog will eat your cake.

Happy Birthday tourdates:

07.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland *
07.18.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA - San Luis Obispo Art Center *
07.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place *
07.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
07.21.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - The Hub *
07.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.25.10 - Portland, OR - Slabtown *
07.27.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
07.28.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
07.29.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
07.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
08.01.10 - Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Fest *
08.02.10 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
08.04.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory *
08.05.10 - Dallas, TX - Nightmare *
08.06.10 - Austin, TX - United States Art Authority *
08.07.10 - El Paso, TX - Percolator *
08.08.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space *
08.10.10 - San Diego, CA - Tin Can Ale House *
09.14.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National &
09.15.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House &
09.19.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue &

* Residual Echoes
& Dirty Projectors

• Happy Birthday:
• Sub Pop:

[Photo: Abby Banks]

The Tallest Man on Earth embarks on longest tour on earth with Bon Iver percussionist S. Carey

When your band consists solely of your bleating, Dylan-in-a-blender voice and a beat-up acoustic guitar that you line directly into a venue’s P.A. system, it’s probably pretty easy and liberating to just go on tour forever. I like to imagine Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, touring around solo in a 1989 Civic hatchback; just him, “Old Betsey” (that’s his guitar’s name, obviously), a beer-soaked box of LPs of his recent album on Dead Oceans, The Wild Hunt (TMT Review) for sale, and one outrageously large box of condoms. Ah, how romantic. Now that’s the life for a bearded folkie…

But wait, hold everything! Now here comes the young, handsome, and similarly bearded Bon Iver percussionst S. Carey… with all of his stupid, clatterly, clanky gear and a giant chip on his shoulder from backing Justin Vernon all these past months, eager to tour the shit out of his upcoming debut solo album for Jagjaguwar, All We Grow (due August 24 in North America and August 30 in the U.K.)! Before you know it, he’s shoving a bunch of drum kits and keyboards into that Civic; leaving sticky, half-eaten Ring Pops all over the car; asking Matsson to pull over at every damn roadside “pick your own blueberries” sign he sees; and cock-blocking the fuck out of my formerly chill friend. Ugh. Carey’s like the Nermal to his Garfield. Romantic folk-loner fantasy OVER.

Luckily, it looks like Carey’s only hanging around for the U.S. leg of Matsson’s rather enormous Western Hemisphere tour. And there’s a good chance that Matsson will mail college boy off to Abu Dhabi before it’s all over, anyway.

The Ballin’-est Man on Earth:

07.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.30.10 - Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
08.06.10 - Aulnoye-Aymeries, France - Les Nuits Secretes
08.08.10 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.09.10 - Munich, Germany - 59to1
08.10.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
08.11.10 - Berlin, Germany - Glashaus
08.12.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.14.10 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.15.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Internationales Sommerfestival at Kampnagel
08.20.10 - Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.22.10 - Powys, Wales - Green Man Festival
09.02.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
09.03.10 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
09.05.10 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival
09.08.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *
09.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
09.10.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (MusicFest NW) *
09.12.10 - Big Sur, CA - The Henry Miller Library *
09.13.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box *
09.15.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
09.17.10 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Rooms at House of Blues *
09.18.10 - Austin, TX - Antone’s *
09.24.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place *
09.25.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National *
09.27.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
10.02.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts *
10.03.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11.11.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
11.12.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
11.13.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Belt
11.15.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11.16.10 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri.Son
11.17.10 - Grenoble, France - Le Ciel
11.18.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Volkshaus
11.19.10 - Mullhouse, France - Noumatrouff
11.20.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.22.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
11.23.10 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall
11.24.10 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
11.25.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.26.10 - Manchester, UK - St. Phillips Church
11.28.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?
11.29.10 - Paris, France - Cafe de la Danse
11.30.10 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa Club
12.06.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.07.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.08.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Le Bonk
12.09.10 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret

* S. Carey

• The Tallest Man on Earth:
• S. Carey:
• Dead Oceans:
• Jagjaguwar:

Shellac schedule dates (musical ones, not romantic ones) with Helen Money around ATP appearance

Sure, most bands typically schedule tours around new records that they’re actively promoting. But most bands aren’t Shellac. When you’re Shellac, apparently you schedule your tourdates around the promotion of… uh, well, one of those tourdates.

Specifically, this promotional Möbius strip appears to be centered around Shellac’s appearance at this year’s ATP New York on September 4; though it may also be scheduled around Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer’s strictly regimented bathroom schedules. The band is sharing many of these US dates with Helen Money (a.k.a. cellist Alison Chesley from “that Chicago cello band” Verbow) who recorded her recently released second album, In Tune at old man Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Oh, and in order to prime you properly for these upcoming shows, the band also wanted me to tell you that you can go fuck yourself.

Hooray for confrontational rock music:

09.01.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09.02.10 - Buffalo, NY - Babeville’s The Ninth Ward *
09.04.10 - Monticello, NY - ATP New York
09.06.10 - Boston, MA - TBA *
09.07.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
09.08.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose *
09.09.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom *

* Helen Money

• Shellac:
• Helen Money:
• Verbow:

[Photo: Sebastian Jarpa]