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Billy Crockett To Release 'Wishing Sky' November 3

Veteran singer-songwriter-producer-master guitarist Billy Crockett will release on November 3 his new record, the artful and melodic WISHING SKY (Blue Rock Artists), with its smart and insightful lyrics and virtuoso instrumentation.

Crockett’s one-of-a-kind sound — fresh, thought-through lyrics included — is exemplified by WISHING SKY and its authentic songs of love and life and the handling of both from what the writer describes as a new point of view that crystallized during a respite from touring and the planning and building of Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio in Wimberley, Texas.

With cameo appearances by Jon Dee Graham, Ray Bonneville, Paul English and Lloyd Maines, Crockett’s WISHING SKY features “Feel It,” about how thinking too much can get in the way of good stuff (the tango, for instance, he says); “Meant That,” about longing for authenticity and finding it in a word, guitar solo, a dog howling at the moon or in the way she walks; and “Long Live This Love,” an audacious appeal for lasting love.

“After nine years, I wrote and recorded the album, songs of independent observation, free of institutional ties. In a way, I’m starting over,” he says. “I have tried to strip down my own language and ideas to something essential, tell my story, and maybe ours, to anyone. No proclamations, no codes and credos. Now it seems more about the simple story.”

Another cut from the album, “Ticking of Her Heart,” about how fear, alienation and depression consume a self, is a co-write with the great Pierce Pettis. The recording also includes a timely pep talk to Americans, “Back on the Horse”: “… the only chance we have, of course, is to get our asses back on the horse. …”

And there is a horse named WISHING SKY: a 2-year-old thoroughbred, black with a white comet streak across his forehead, that is named for the album and title track (about two people listening to ancient voices under the night sky) that lives and trains in Louisiana and will start racing next month.

In 1999, Crockett dedicated the album SIMPLE PLANS and a yearlong 40-stop tour to efforts by Habitat for Humanity and the communities it serves. He’s also written and recorded PASSAGES, an album of classical guitar pieces. In 2006, he and his wife, Dodee, founded Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio, where he is creative director and has produced albums for Cliff Eberhardt, Grace Pettis and others in its state-of-art recording facility there.

Crockett will play a special album release show at Austin’s famed Cactus Cafe on November 18.

For more information, visit www.billycrocket.com and www.bluerocktexas.com.

Phish Wants You To Recycle Your Cell Phone At Phish Festival 8

Rock the Earth and Phish are asking all fans planning to attend Phish Festival 8 to bring their old, unwanted mobile phones to

Todd Snider @ Boulder Theater

The Excitement Plan’s laid- back groove and top- shelf lyrics are being called Snider's best work yet. "This music is sorta JJ Cale meets Jerry Jeff Walker sounding with words that would hopefully impress Shel Silverstein, Bobby Bare, Chuck Berry, Kris Kristofferson or Randy Newman,” Snider said. With his contributions of stellar guitar, piano and harmonica, his musicianship shares the spotlight as easily as his treasured lyrics.

Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release, The Devil You Know found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone. More recently, last year’s Peace Queer EP--a concept record featuring all the peace, love and anarchy Snider is known for--inspired Blender to say he “morphed from a wisecracking country-ish journeyman to the sharpest and funniest protest singer working today." The EP spent five weeks at number one on the Americana chart and Spin Magazine dubbed him, "One of roots music's slyest, smartest songwriters."

97.3 KBCO presents
TODD SNIDER
Friday, January 8
doors 7:00pm, show 8:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Reserved=$30.00, GA seated=$24.00
On Sale Saturday, October 31

A Frightfully Funky Halloween Weekend in New Orleans

Get ready for a Shaketacular Halloween Weekend!

Fri, Oct 30th 10:30 Show @ Blue Nile
Eric Lindell w/ Mia Borders +

LATE NIGHT Show: Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra
$15.00
Fri, Oct 30th 11:30 Show @ Tipitina's FQ
Bonerama & PBS (Porter Batiste Stoltz)
$20 Adv/ $25 Doors
Sat, Oct 31st - HALLOWEEN NIGHT
Tipitina's FQ - 10pm Show
Dirty Dozen Brass Band &

Big Sam's Funky Nation
plus opener Brother Joscephus & The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra 
$20.00

Don't miss these frightfully funky shows! Costumes are encouraged, Shaking it is mandatory!
Buy Tickets Now

The Subjects On Headlining Tour With Bad Veins

Despite their clandestine and controversial beginnings (two band members were teachers and two were students at the same high school), The Subjects have managed to carve a name for themselves that sounds more like "Rushmore" than "School of Rock." Back in 2002, guitarist Joe Smith and bassist/vocalist Dave Sheinkopf were splitting their time between writing songs and syllabi, while drummer/vocalist Matt Iwanusa and guitarist Jimmy Carbonetti were about to bust out of the same Manhattan school. Since both parties were in desperate need of a full band, they held some rehearsals and once it became clear that the quartet's chemistry was pretty damn combustible, the Subjects were born.

Fast-forward a few years and things get a bit more complicated. The Subjects’ debut is dropped (2007’s With the Ease Grace Precision and Cleverness of Human Beings) and they hit the road, at first on their own and then with the Walkmen a few months later.

“We were always serious about playing music,” says Iwanusa, “but when we started meeting and playing with bands that were making music for a living we got to see how they did it.”

Keeping that career path in mind, the Subjects dove right into the demo stages for New Soft Shoe, firing up minimalist recordings in the style of their first full-length. Once those songs were ready for a proper studio, the band headed over to Key Club Recording Co. a couple hours outside Chicago. By working closely with Key Club’s masterful engineers, William Skibbe and Jessica Ruffins (see also: rock-solid releases from Cass McCombs, The Kills and Fiery Furnaces), the Subjects were able to whip up their wildest ideas, expanding their arsenal with everything from old-fashioned organs to honky-tonk pianos to Matt’s mom on saxophone.

“A lot of the instrumentation on this record came from stuff I learned in school—stuff I never thought I’d use,” says Sheinkopf, citing his training in classical harmony.

The first thing you’ll notice about the final product is the vocals—the way the melody in “Winter Vacation” unfolds like a spare Animal Collective A-Side; the brilliant shuffleboard beats/honeyed harmonies of “Right2Know.” Beyond that, the ep spreads the Subjects’ various strengths across the divergent tastes of four distinct songwriters in just 10 minutes. Well, divergent in terms of pulling cues from several eras and subgenres. All and all, the current state of the Subjects is as cohesive as a dictator-less band gets.

“Most of the arrangements on the first record are within the constraints of a four-piece band,” explains Iwanusa. “Now everyone’s more comfortable trying to sing and play different instruments. We all stepped it up this time.”

US Tour Dates

Fri 9/25 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
Sat 9/26 - MPMF Festival - Cincinnati, OH $
Sat 10/3 - Middle East Upstairs - Boston, MA *
Mon 10/5 - Club Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA #
Tue 10/6 - The Bishop - Bloomington, IN #
Wed 10/7 - Lager House - Detroit, MI #
Thu 10/8 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL #
Fri 10/9 - TBA - Lincoln, NE #
Sat 10/10 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO #
Mon 10/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT #
Tue 10/13 - Reef - Boise, ID #
Wed 10/14 - High Dive - Seattle, WA #
Thu 10/15 - Rotture - Portland, OR #
Fri 10/16 - Sam Bond's Garage - Eugene, OR #
Sat 10/17 - Luigis - Sacramento, CA #
Mon 10/19 - Soda Bar - San Diego, CA #
Tue 10/20 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA #
Wed 10/21 - Modified Arts - Phoenix, AZ #
Fri 10/23 - Emo's Jr. - Austin, TX #
Sun 10/25 - Cicero's - St. Louis, MO #
Tue 10/27 - The Cambridge Room @ HOB - Cleveland, OH #
Wed 10/28 - DC Nine - Washington, DC #
Thu 10/29 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA #

$ = w/ Chairlift, Micachu and the Shapes, Heartless Bastards
* = w/ The Soft Pack
# = w/ Bad Veins

Nouvelle Vague's "3"

Beloved French band Nouvelle Vague return with their new hipshaking gem "3"   -- Due in stores on October 20th on Peacefrog   YES! That Nouvelle Vague! The inventive band that takes a song you adore and shows you how to fall in love with it allll over again!  With their sophisticated combination of bossa nova, jazz and sixties pop as they continue to remaster post punk and new wave nuggets! "3" differs from its predecessors in the arrangements, songs are inspired by American country music, roots and bluegrass.
On their debut, Nouvelle Vague took cherished tracks from the late 1970s and early 1980s by acts such as Joy Division, The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode and the Dead Kennedys and reworked them in a gentle bossa nova style. Sung by French female vocalists, some of whom had never heard the originals before, these cult hits had new life breathed into them, and their meanings became softly subverted. In French, Nouvelle Vague means “new wave”, and “bossa nova” in Portuguese. Even the records’ sleeves wittily referenced the artwork for Jean Luc Godard’s early-’60s new-wave films.
The group expanded its musical palette on Bande A Part, adding touches of reggae, ska and blues to balmy readings of familiar numbers by Bauhaus, Blondie, Buzzcocks, New Order and Yazoo, among others. By this point, even hardcore fans who’d considered these easy-listening versions of punk staples to be sacrilege learned to enjoy Nouvelle Vague as a guilty pleasure. But what of the authors who wrote the original songs – what did these once-ruthless idealists think of Nouvelle Vague’s more fragrant approach?
Well, of those canvassed, all approved – thumbs up from Mick Jones of the Clash, Morrissey, the Undertones, Dead Kennedys and Killing Joke. And this led Oliver and Marc to the concept behind the third album: Nouvelle Vague performs duets with the original singers.  The pair wrote a ‘dream’ list of the people they’d most like on the album and, when contacted, most said yes.
So on "3" you’ll encounter Depeche Mode’s singing “Master and Servant” with Nouvelle Vague’s leading lady Melanie Pain; Ian McCulloch of Echo And The Bunnymen duetting with Melanie on “All My Colours”; Marina Celeste performing “Our Lips Are Sealed” with Terry Hall of the Specials and Funboy Three (that’s a Go-Go’s track penned by Hall); and Magazine’s “Parade” sung by Barry Adamson and NV’s Nadeah Miranda. For additional tracks that didn’t make the final album, Chris Bailey from legendary Kiwi rockers The Saints performs a duet, likewise Samy Birnbach of noted Belgian new-wavers Minimal Compact.
Nouvelle Vague transform Talking Heads’ “Road To Nowhere” into a dusty bar-room shuffle, its head bowed as it traipses into the sunset after a long day working the land. “Heaven” by Psychedelic Furs becomes a tender acoustic affair. A bluesy swagger through Gary Numan’s “Metal” is sung with innocence and charm by Eloisia, a young Brazilian girl who could barely speak English and knew nothing of this music. Even “God Save The Queen”, once full of menace and bile, is fashioned into a romantic flutter. Add enchanting covers of Plastic Bertrand’s “Ca Plane Pour Moi”, Soft Cell’s “Say Hello Wave Goodbye” and “So Lonely” by the Police, and you have Nouvelle Vague’s strongest album to date.
To keep it fresh, Marc and Olivier approached this album in the same spirit of discovery with which they made their 2004 debut. Back then, says Olivier, they recorded four songs for fun and played them to friends, who loved them, and also loved the idea of turning new-wave songs into something different. And so they made an album.
As with all Nouvelle Vague’s work, the real stars of the records and shows are the songs themselves.
When Nouvelle Vague play live, these well-known songs by other people become Nouvelle Vague’s songs. They own them, you might say. In the last few years the group have taken to the road as a six-piece touring outfit, playing shows and festivals all over the world.

Further New Years Eve!

Further has announced a series of upcoming shows, including a New Years run at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Further consists of:  Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Joe Russo, John Kadlecik and Jay Lane.

December 8 & 9
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York City, NY
Doors: 6:30 / Showtime: 8:00 PM

December 11
Chevrolet Theater @ Oakdale
Wallingford, CT
Doors: 6:30 / Showtime: 8:00 PM

December 12 & 13
Asbury Park Convention Hall
Asbury Park, NJ
Doors: 6:30 / Showtime: 8:00 PM

December 30 & 31
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
San Francisco, CA
Doors: 6:00 / Showtime: 7:30 PM
All Tickets General Admission
**12.31 Will Be A Special Three Set Show**

GDTSToo MailOrder Presale - 1st Postmark 10.17 Thru 10.19

MusicToday Presale 10.19 @ 9AM PT -> 10.23 @ 3PM PT

Presale Tix Above Available While Supplies Last

Outlet Onsale Starts 10.25 @ 10 AM PT

Please note all onsale, doors, showtimes subject to change!

A.A. Bondy: Nov/Dec U.S. Headlining Tour

With European dates with The Felice Brothers now underway, A.A. Bondy has announced a new run of headlining shows in late November and early December.  The tour, which will follow his previously announced dates with Elvis Perkins in Dearland, will begin November 24th at Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee, WI, and wrap up December 9th at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY.

Bondy's sophomore album When The Devil's Loose was released September 1st on Fat Possum and has been garnering high praise from the media, such as Spin, NPR's All Songs Considered, Nylon, Time Out New York, V Magazine, The Onion, and American Songwriter, among others. Download the title track here and second single "I Can See The Pines Are Dancing" here.

Bondy also stopped by The Tripwire in September to play three songs for their acoustic session series 'The Fireplace' (watch it here).

A.A. Bondy headlining dates:

NOV. 24         MILWAUKEE, WI                 CLUB GARIBALDI

NOV. 25         MINNEAPOLIS, MN              400 BAR

NOV. 27         OMAHA, NE                        SLOWDOWN, JR.

NOV. 28         COLUMBIA, MO                   MOJO'S

NOV. 30         COLUMBUS, OH                  THE BASEMENT

DEC. 1           AKRON, OH                        MUSICA

DEC. 2           PONTIAC, MI                      VERNORS ROOM @ THE CROFOOT

DEC. 3           TORONTO, ONT                  EL MOCAMBO

DEC. 4           MONTREAL, QUE                 THE GREEN ROOM

DEC. 5           BURLINGTON, VT                HIGHER GROUND

DEC. 7           PORTLAND, ME                   SPACE GALLERY

DEC. 8           NORTHAMPTON, MA            IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL

DEC. 9           NEW YORK, NY                   BOWERY BALLROOM

Previously announced A.A. Bondy dates:

OCT. 19         BIRMINGHAM, UK                  GLEE CLUB*

OCT. 20         MANCHESTER, UK                  ACADEMY 3*

OCT. 21         LONDON, UK                         THE SOCIAL%

OCT. 22         LONDON, UK                         SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE*

OCT. 24         AMSTERDAM, NL                    PARADISO (upstairs)*

OCT. 26         UTRECHT, NL                         TIVOLI*

OCT. 27         FRANKFURT, DE                      BATSCHKAPP*

NOV. 1          CHARLESTON, WV                  MOUNTAIN STAGE#

NOV. 3          CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA            THE SOUTHERN#

NOV. 4          ASHEVILLE, NC                       GREY EAGLE#

NOV. 5          ATLANTA, GA                          THE EARL#

NOV. 6          ST. AUGUSTINE, FL                  CAFÉ 11#

NOV. 7          ORLANDO, FL                          THE SOCIAL#

NOV. 9          TALLAHASSEE, FL                    CLUB DOWNUNDER#

NOV. 10         BIRMINGHAM, AL                    BOTTLETREE#

NOV. 11         NEW ORLEANS, LA                  THE PARISH#

NOV. 12         HOUSTON, TX                        WALTERS ON WASHINGTON#

NOV. 13         AUSTIN, TX                            THE PARISH#

NOV. 14         DALLAS, TX                            CAMBRIDGE ROOM#

NOV. 16         LITTLE ROCK, AR                    STICKY FINGERZ#

NOV. 17         NASHVILLE, TN                      MERCY LOUNGE#

NOV. 18         LOUISVILLE, KY                      ZANZABAR#

NOV. 19         BLOOMINGTON, IN                  THE VIDEO SALOON#

NOV. 20         ST. LOUIS, MO                        GARGOYLE CLUB#

NOV. 21         CHICAGO, IL                           LINCOLN HALL#

* with The Felice Brothers

% Bondy solo

# with Elvis Perkins in Dearland

Hatcham Social US Tour With Echo & The Bunnymen

They don't make them like this anymore... the well-scrubbed Londoneering indie poptastic quartet Hatcham Social consist of Toby Kidd (vocals / guitar), Finn Kidd (drums), Dave Fineberg (bass / vocals) and multi-tasking new boy Jerome Watson (synth / guitar). You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil is Hatcham Social's debut album. Recorded at big mushroom studios in the north of England with the Charlatans singer Tim Burgess and Jim Spencer at the controls this is a spiky, sparky collection of itching pop tunes which hark back to a time of musical innocence. Live favourites 'So So Happy Making' and 'Penelope (under my hat)' make a reappearance but other than those old lags this is a set of brand new songs highlighted by the tetchy lead off single 'Murder in the Dark', the exotic spoken word dramatics of 'Jabberwocky' and the frankly terrific summer-anthem-in-waiting 'Sidewalk'.

You couldn't accuse the Hatcham boys of rushing things either: in the past two years they have released four limited edition independent singles, compiled two mini-album cassette, played over 200 gigs (including selling out the 100 Club in London and the Fleche D'or in Paris) and enraptured countless music lovers with the sort of charmingly jagged old school alternative stance several of us thought had been destroyed forever by the corporate indie boomtime of the early noughties. In 2008 alone they toured the UK with the Charlatans and then with Ipso Facto. They released their 'Crystal World' mini-album in Japan and signed to TBD Records in North America, becoming Radiohead's labelmates. Behind the cassette releases and the fringes and the fairly obvious admiration for the ethics, morals, tunes and drumming kittens which defined Postcard Records twenty years ago there lurks a hardboiled attitude which takes them well out of any precious indie ghetto. Toby puts it so succintly: "I am not against selling records, but I am against selling shit records." Check out Hatcham Social on tour with Echo & The Bunnymen this fall! US tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

Nov 17 - Black Cat - Washington, DC

Nov 18 - State Theatre - State College, PA

Nov 20 - Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA

Nov 21 - Stage One - Fairfield, CT

Nov 15 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA

Nov 22 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY

Nov 23 - House of Blues - Boston, MANov 25 -  Metro - Chicago, IL

2009 CMJ Lineup, Artist Schedule & Set Times!

The Antlers

10/20 – Brooklyn Vegan Showcase - Music Hall of Williamsburg (8PM)
10/21 – Sound Fix Records (6PM)
10/22 – Club NME Showcase - The Delancey (10PM)
Bear Hands
10/21 – Mercury Lounge (10PM)
10/22 – Club NME Showcase - The Delancey (10PM)
10/23 – Planetary Group CMJ Day Party - Pianos (3PM)
10/23 – Cantora Records CMJ Showcase - Bowery Electric (10PM)
Cymbals Eat Guitars
10/20 –Club NME NYC Showcase -BLVD (10PM)
10/21 – Oh My Rockness Showcase -Santos Party House (8PM)
10/22 – Vice Party -Public Assembly (12.30 AM)
10/23 – Le Poisson Rouge (6PM)
Deastro
10/21 – Santos Party House (8.45 PM)
10/22 – The Cake Shop (12 PM)
10/22 – KEXP Session - The Cutting Room (4PM)
10/24 – Pianos (4.15PM)
The Depreciation Guild
10/21 – Kanine Records Showcase - Cake Shop (8PM)
10/23 – SESAC Showcase - Cake Shop (8PM)
10/24 – Self-Titled Magazine - Glasslands (9PM)
Drug Rug
10/23 – Bowery Ballroom (10PM)
Holiday Shores
10/20 - Poptarts Suck Toasted Day Party - Cake Shop (3PM)
10/22 – My Open Bar Party - Shea Stadium (8PM
10/23 – Break Thru Radio Party - Trash Bar (3.30PM)
10/23 – twosyllables Records/Underwater People’s Festical -The Delancey (8PM)
10/23 – Delancey (10.10PM)
10/24 – AAM Radio Showcase - Music Hall of Williamsburg (12PM)
Jones Street Station
10/21 – Alphabet Lounge (8PM)
Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
10/22 – Knitting Factory (8PM)
10/23 – Le Poisson Rouge (8PM)
The Moi Non Plus
10/19 - WFMU Radio Session (10PM)
10/20 - Subbacultcha! Showcase - Cakeshop (10PM)
10/21 - Pianos (4PM)
10/23 - Viva Radio Me + You Session (4PM)
10/24 - Impose Magazine CMJ Party - Don Pedro's (8PM)

Phil & the Osophers

10/24 – La Societe Expeditionnaire Showcase - Bruar Falls (8PM)
Pop Tarts Suck Toasted CMJ Party
10/20 - Cake Shop
Small Black - 6PM
Holiday Shores - 5:15 PM
Surfer Blood - 4:30PM
Will Stratton - 4:30 PM (Upstairs)
Grooms - 3:45PM
Seth Kallen 3:30 PM (Upstairs)
Motel Motel - 3PM
Sisters - 2:15PM
Little Girls - 1:30PM
Dinosaur Feathers - 12:30PM

Sean Bones

10/20 – Music Slut Party - Pianos (3PM)
10/20 – Productshop NYC - Glasslands Gallery (10PM)
10/21 – Purevolume Loft (10PM)
10/22 – Paradigm - Mercury Lounge (12.45AM)
10/24 – WestRocks UK - Mercury Lounge (12.45AM)
Subbacultcha Showcase
10/20 - Cakeshop - (Doors 7PM)
Blondes - 7:30PM
Hospital Bombers - 8:25 PM
Best Coast - 9:20PM
The Moi Non Plus - 10:15PM
Surf City - 11:10PM
zZz - 12:05PM
Male Bonding - 1AM
DJ Dan Selzer (will also be DJ'ing between the bands) - 1:35AM - 3AM

Violens
10/21 – Green Owl Party - Le Poisson Rouge (10PM)
10/22 – AAM Party - The Suffolk (9PM)
10/24 – Bowery Ballroom (6PM)
We Have Band
10/21 – Public Assembly (8PM)
10/24 – Santos Party House (8PM)

White Denim
10/19 – Conflict Of Interest Party - Rebel NYC (10PM)