The Title Track from Title Tracks’ Self-Titled–Just Kidding; Ex-Q and Not U Member Comes Out With Sensibly Named Debut as Title Tracks, Prepares to Tour

The Title Track from Title Tracks' Self-Titled--Just Kidding; Ex-Q and Not U Member Comes Out With Sensibly Named Debut as Title Tracks, Prepares to Tour

For those who attended high school in the early 2000s, almost all of us had an erstwhile love affair with Q and Not U. When they broke up in 2005, we lost an essential reference point for explaining to less-cool friends what post-hardcore was, and a small chapter ended in our lives (or maybe it was just adolescence). In a surprising twist, shortly after the band’s dissolution, drummer John Davis formed the indie pop duo Georgie James with Laura Burhenn, coming out with one album of innocuous, more or less generic power-pop from Saddle Creek. While nothing special and certainly, nothing lasting, Places — the first and last album from the duo — at least gave Davis the opportunity to branch out musically. Rather than sticking to percussion, he alternated vocals with Burhenn and took charge of most of the instruments.

Burhenn and Davis split up shortly after Places, and once again the very capable Davis was left to his own devices. Having perspicaciously anticipated the breakup, he began work on a solo album as early as January 2008 (Georgie James didn’t officially break up until that summer). In 2009, he released a single under the name Title Tracks on old QANU standby Dischord, and thus Davis returned to the indie radar. (For those interested in Laura Burhenn, she too began a new band, The Mynabirds, and is releasing an album in April with Saddle Creek.)

John Davis’ long-overdue debut full-length as Title Tracks, It Was Easy, is at long last set for digital release from Ernest Jenning Record Co. on February 9 (CD/LP out February 23). With the exception of two covers of Bruce Springsteen and The Byrds, the songs are all Davis’. He also commandeered all the instruments, though you can listen for a sax contribution from Kriston Capps on one song and vocals from Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell on two. Title Tracks is still not Q and Not U, but it’s also not Georgie James, and Davis’ songs are decently catchy and varied enough to keep you interested.

Check out the video to “Steady Love” at the Chocolate Grinder and then catch Title Tracks on tour, with a backing band comprised of Nick Anderson, Michael Cotterman, and Andrew Black.

02.11.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
02.14.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox *
02.16.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room *
02.18.10 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
02.19.10 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar at Wisconsin Union *
02.21.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
02.24.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
03.01.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
03.02.10 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 *
03.03.10 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe *
03.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
03.05.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East (Upstairs) *
03.06.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *
03.07.10 - New York City, NY - The Cake Shop *
03.11.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop ^
03.12.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot ^
03.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge ^
03.14.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon ^
03.15.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ^

* Pretty & Nice
^ Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

• Title Tracks:
• Ernest Jenning Record Co:

[Photo: Shervin Lainez]

Bummertown: Cold Cave Cancel Dates in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina

Citing delays due to the relentless snowstorm rampaging in the east, Cold Cave have announced the cancellation of a handful of tourdates, which blows. Cold Cave is primarily the synth-pop project of Wesley Eisold (ex-Some Girls), but playing with him on tour are ex-Xiu Xiu member Caralee McElroy and Prurient/Hospital Records founder Dominic Fernow. Man, this weather is bullshit, but the Matablog sez all of the dates are planned to be rescheduled, which is alright. I GUESS.

Canceled dates:

02.09.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth*
02.10.10 - Tampa, FL - Crowbar*
02.11.10 - Atlanta, GA - Criminal Records
02.11.10 - Atlanta, GA - 529*
02.13.10 - Greenboro, NC - Legitimate Business *

* Nite Jewel

• Cold Cave:
• Matador:

[Photo: Timothy Norris]

Golden Triangle Full-Length Debut Coming via Hardly Art, Tour Proceeds Support Opium Production

The kids just can’t seem to swallow enough of that throwback punk-driven garage rock these days. Perhaps it’s the spit-in-your-face attitude, the lack of compositional complexities, or the fact that people just want some straight-up bullet in the head rock music. Whatever it is, it’s a fine thing for psych-twinged Brooklyn spooksters Golden Triangle, because they got themselves a debut full-length jumpin’ out March 2 via Seattle institution Hardly Art. The album is titled Double Jointer, and if you’d like to give your ears a little sneak peek, head over to the Chocolate Grinder. As for me, I’m snatching this thing up strictly for the album artwork.

Anywho, here’s the tracklist:

01. Cinco de Mayo
02. Blood and Arrow
03. Neon Noose
04. I Want to Know
05. Jellyroll
06. Death to Fame
07. Rollercoaster
08. Eyes to See
09. The Melting Wall
10. Jinx
11. Arson Wells

In true form, they’ll be cruising around the states in support of said upcoming release, including several shows at SXSW.

03.06.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel ^
03.09.10 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon Street
03.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
03.11.10 - New Orleans, LA - Spellcaster Lodge
03.13.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival Normal %
03.15.10 - Houston, TX - Mango !
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar (Panache Showcase)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.10 - Austin, TX - Beerland (Panache Party)
03.22.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory #
03.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Replay
03.24.10 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen
03.25.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class $
03.26.10 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar $

^ w/ The Sandwitches
* w/ The Pharmacy
% w/ Tyvek, White Rainbow, Awesome Color
! w/ Thee Oh Sees
# w/ So Cow
$ w/ Screens

• Golden Triangle:
• Hardly Art:

A Very Special 4/20: My Morning Jacket tour with Preservation Hall Jazz Band

My Morning Jacket, along with some all-star contributors, recently pitched into the upcoming Preservation Hall benefit album, due February 16 on RED. Out of that experience, something beautiful was born. (Apart from the tracks contributed by Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, Steve Earle, and many others, of course.) That something was the unbelievably dynamic pairing that is: THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND/MY MORNING JACKET JOINT TOUR 2010 OMG WOW 4EVA.

This tour starts on 4/20:

04.20.10 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
04.21.10 - Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium
04.23.10 -Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park
04.24.10 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
04.27.10 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheater
04.28.10 - Charleston, SC - Family Circle
04.30.10 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth
05.01.10 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
05.02.10 - Columbus, OH - LC Outdoor Pavilion

• My Morning Jacket:
• Preservation - A Benefit Album:

King Khan & The Shrines Announce Comeback Tour After Seemingly Endless Year-Long Absence

A year is a long time. Don’t believe me? Well, a year is 365 days. A year is 8,760 hours. A year is 525,600 minutes. And last, but certainly not least, a year is 31,536,000 seconds. That’s a really big number! A really big number of seconds!

Now, of course, you must agree that a year is a long time. With a number that big, how could it not be? Since we have established that a year is a long time, we must also agree that King Khan’s upcoming comeback tour is accurately titled, since it has been about a year since he last went on tour. Might as well go see him on his one-month spring stretch of dates, since you’ll never know how long it will be until he tours again. It could literally be months.

King Khan and The Shrines ‘10 comeback special:

03.27.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.29.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.30.10 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03.31.10 - Chattanooga, TN - JJ’s Bohemia
04.01.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
04.02.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
04.03.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
04.05.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
04.06.10 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann
04.08.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04.09.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.10.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.11.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04.12.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
04.13.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
04.15.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
04.18.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella

• King Khan:

Radiohead Drummer Phil Selway Announces Solo Tour, Lisa Germano Opens

Phil Selway, drummer of Radiohead is embarking on a solo European tour this March. NME announced in September 2009 that Selway is also working on a solo album; this was corroborated by Lisa Germano of 7 Worlds Collide (a band in which Selway sometimes contributes) in a recent interview. The supposed project name? Boybrain.

Who knows if the solo project will see the light of day or what it’s name will be. The tour on the other hand is a sure thing; Germano will be opening and performing with Phil at all listed dates and here they are:

03.27.10 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
03.28.10 - Florence, Italy - Sala Vanni
03.29.10 - Ferrara, Italy - Sala Estense
03.30.10 - Bologna, Italy - Covo Club
03.31.10 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
04.01.10 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
04.03.10 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) de Apolo
04.04.10 - Valladolid, Spain - Auditorium
04.05.10 - Puerta de Santa Maria, Spain - Mucho Teatro
04.06.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
04.07.10 - Porto, Portugal - Casa da Musica
04.08.10 - Vigo, Spain - Museum of Contemporary Art

• Radiohead:
• Lisa Germano:



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