Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Perfect From Now On Tour

Built To Spill
have announced that they will be playing there classic Perfect From Now On in it's entirety during there upcoming tour. The Tour will kick off in September with stops at the My Bloody Valentine curated All Tomorrow's Parties(NY) as well as some dates in Europe. Boston Built To Spill fans can rejoice in the confirmation of a show at The Orpheum on September 27th. In addition to the Perfect set the band will encore with material from there catalog. You may even hear a song or two from the almost completed new album slated for a 2009 release.

Perfect From Now On Tour

06-06 Lawrence, KS - Wakarusa Festival
06-07 Minneapolis, MN - The Cabooze
07-03 Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
07-19 Boise, ID - Expo Idaho Fairgrounds
09-08 San Francisco, CA - Slim's *
09-09 San Francisco, CA - Slim's *
09-10 Hollywood, CA - Troubadour *
09-11 Hollywood, CA - Troubadour *
09-12 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet's *#
09-17 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place *
09-18 Northampton, MA - Calvin Theater *
09-19 Monticello, NY - ATP New York *
09-20 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero *
09-21 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero *
09-22 Richmond, VA - The National *
09-23 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09-24 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live *
09-25 New York, NY - Terminal 5 *$
09-26 New York, NY - Terminal 5 *$
09-27 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre *
10-01 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje *
10-02 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg *
10-03 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli *
10-04 Groningen, Netherlands - Take Root Festival *
10-05 Brussels, Belgium - AB Box *
10-06 Aarhus, Denmark - VoxHall *
10-07 Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen *
10-09 Stavanger, Norway - Folken *
10-10 Mons, Belgium - USF *
10-11 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller *
10-12 Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers *
10-13 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis *
10-14 Malmo, Sweden - KB *
10-15 Bielefeld, Germany - Forum *
10-16 Bochum, Germany - BHF Langendeer *
10-17 Stuttgart, Germany - Universum *
10-18 Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof *
10-19 Nuremberg, Germany - K4 *
10-21 Vienna, Austria - Flex *
10-22 Innsbruck, Austria - Weekender *
10-23 Saint Gallen, Switzerland - Palace *
10-24 Bologna, Italy - Locomotive *
10-25 Rome, Italy - INIT *
10-26 Verona, Italy - Interzone *
10-28 Clermont-Ferrand, France - La Cooperative *
10-29 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
10-30 Madrid, Spain - Caracol *
10-31 Bilbao, Spain - Azkena *
11-01 Angouleme, France - La Nef *
11-03 Paris, France - Maroquinerie *
11-04 London, England - Koko *
11-05 Bristol, England - Thekla *
11-06 Oxford, England - Zodiac *
11-07 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club *
11-08 Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts *
11-09 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Limelight *
11-10 Dublin, Ireland - Academy *

While we wait for ticket information and on-sale dates to be announced I thought I'd share this video of Doug Martsch from 2002.

Doug Martsch 3-24-02 St. John's Pub Portland, OR
I Wouldn't Hurt A Fly

Friday, May 23, 2008

Micro-News (Pre-Memorial Day)

As you pack the car and prepare to head out on your long weekend.
Here's a compact edition of Micro-News. That is more compact that normal. Don't forget the sunscreen.

The Pernice Brothers are doing there part in supporting Manny Ramirez' quest for 500 hits .He is currently at 498, and in celebration of his approach to the milestone of they're we’re resurrecting Joe’s beat-heavy (for the Pernice Brothers) “Moonshot Manny” and offering said download for free. Just go to and click on the picture of Manny. It there for free until he hits number 500.

Tonight Swervedriver kick off the 1st date of there reunion tour in Omaha. Did I really just type that? The recently reformed Swervedriver will hit the Paradise on June 10th where you'll find yours truly front and center.

I'd like to wish the AGP readers a happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Be Safe people.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Stand Ins

I have a full news update coming tomorrow but there was one story I just couldn't wait to get posted. I just got some great news. One of our favorites here at the AGP have announced plans to release a new album this fall. Okkervil River will release The Stand Ins on September 9th via Jagjaguwar.

In celebration of this news I thought I'd share this video the band filmed for the recently launched Pitchforktv. This is must see, weather your a long standing fan or if your hearing them for the first time. Just hit play you won't be disapointed.

Okkervil River Song

Friday, May 16, 2008

We're Proud To Claim Them As Boston's Own...

Hallelujah The Hills recently won the "best local song" honors in this years Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll for there namesake track Hallelujah The Hills from Collective Psychosis Begone. Congratulations gentlemen. In other HTH news the Prepare to Qualify EP is still available for download on the bands site. However if you're like me and you like to have something tangible to hold in your hands, fear not the EP will soon be released by Misra. So download for free now and then buy it once it gets a proper CD release.

Hallelujah The Hills will play The Paradise on May 30th with Sea Wolf and The Jealous Girlfriends.

Prepare to Qualify EP

Monday, May 12, 2008

Two New Releases
Tomorrow Death Cab For Cuttie will release there 6th release and 2nd overall for Atlantic records. Narrow Stairs is said to be a bit of a curve ball. Based on the tracks I've heard it's darker and more powerful than there previous work.

Finally the posthumous Bury Me Standing from the now defunct Boston punks The Explosion will see the light of day via Paper + Plastic Records. I still listen to there excellent debut on a regular basis. I'm really looking forward to hearing the recorded end from one of Boston's finest punk outfits.

Looking toward next week:
The National - A Skin, A Night/ The Virginia EP (DVD/CD)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Two quick hits today, news of a possible Robert Pollard tour and MMJ confirm dates for there Evil Urges tour. Read on people.

According to Billboard Robert Pollard will be launching a tour this fall in support of his new album and debut full length for his new label Guided By Voices, Inc. Off to Business. According to Bob this won't be a tour were you'll be hearing the GBV Staples, "My goal is I don’t want to play anything I've played live before live". I'll keep you all posted on this in the works tour and any Boston show information once I can confirm details.

My Morning Jacket have just announced a show at The Bank of America Pavilion on September 6th. There new album Evil Urges will be released on June 10th. Ticket information including pre-sales can be found here. MMJ are the musical guest on this weeks Saturday Night Live, so set the DVR's.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Retunring to the Fold/ Micro-News on May Day
We pulled back into town last weekend, but it's taken me a few days to get back in the swing of things. It's never easy to return from a vacation and this week is no exception. I have a few minutes to spare so I thought I'd take the opportunity to get some fresh content posted.

The Hold Steady will release Stay Positive the follow up to Boys and Girls in America on July 15th via Vagrant Records. I am looking forward to checking this out once it drops in my favorite record shop this summer. Craig Finn took to writing the press release for new record. "A great American philosopher named D. Boon once said 'our band could be your life.' I think that is true. But 'your life could be our band' is also a true statement. I know this because we have lived it. These are our lives. These are your lives. This is our fourth record. Stay Positive."

Clinic will play The Paradise with support from Shearwater here in Boston on May 9th. The band is touring in support of there recently released Do It issued by Domino Records. Speaking of Domino they have an album sampler of Do It on there site. You know, so you can hear it before you plunk down the cash for it. I have to admit they lost me on the last couple of albums, but Do it returns to the excellence of there debut album.
Do It Preview

During my week away I had the chance to spend some time with a recently released yet neglected album. Neon Neon's Stainless Style is collaboration between Super Fury Animal Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip. The 1980's have returned and Neon Neon have knocked off New Order as the kings of synth pop.