May 9, 2006

Today's Hotness: A-Sides, Pedro The Lion, Sonic Youth

That Dude from The A-Sides>> It's been a busy time of late for fave Philly quintet The A-Sides, who report recently getting screwed by an unnamed record label they thought they had a deal with. The label apparently reneged on agreed-upon recording funds the band had earmarked for recording its highly anticipated (at least around here) sophomore set. Well, the band has soldiered on and as of April 19 they planned to enter Miner Street Studios for three weeks to make the new record. Who knows, maybe it's all done now. So now the band has to start looking for a label again. All you label people out there reading -- The A-Sides are a hot act, you'd be doing yourself a favor to hook up with them. Anyway, more details about the band's goings-on can be read here.

>> Jade Tree is giving a proper digital release to Pedro The Lion's formerly tour-only and now out-of-print Tour EP 2004, which is best-known around these parts for containing a stirring and reverent cover of Radiohead's "Let Down," a highlight from the latter acts groundbreaking release OK Computer. Beginning today the EP will be on sale via ITunes and EMusic and other digital storefronts. Be the first on your block to own it in official digital form. In addition, word just hit the inbox that head lion David Bazan, who recently dropped the Pedro The Lion moniker with the departure of T.W. Walsh from his touring unit, is set to release an all new EP entitled Fewer Moving Parts. The release will have five songs and be issued in two versions, one acoustic and the other fully bandilated. Bazan has a short stint of live dates next month. Check 'em out:

06/15 -- Chicago, IL -- Schubas Tavern
06/16 -- Cleveland Hts, OH -- The Grog Shop
06/17 -- Toronto, ON -- Music Gallery
06/18 -- Montreal, QC -- Mile End Cultural Centre
06/19 -- Cambridge, MA -- T.T. The Bear's Place
06/20 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Southpaw
06/21 -- Hoboken, NJ -- Maxwell's
06/22 -- Philadelphia, PA -- World Cafe Live
06/23 -- Washington, DC -- Black Cat Backstage
06/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Club Cafe

>> Pfork today reported here some news under the guise of reminding every one that Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo were on "Gilmore Girls" tonight. Apparently former Pavement bassist Mark Ibold will be playing the bass guitar for Sonic Youth on the legendary rockers' summer tour. That's interesting, right?

>> Anybody understand why NME here is referring to Delaware-based pop savants Spinto Band as a "Mississippi Delta six-piece"? Yeah, us neither.


Jay said...

So what the hell is Kim Gordon gonna do? Play guitar?

SY should get Nastakovich to join them for lots of improvised hootin' and hollerin'.

jbreitling said...

Gordong was just dancing and singing on "Gilmore Girls" last night, so maybe that's what she will be doing on tour. This might be reading way too much into it, but if I recall correctly, Gordon is older than the rest of the gang, and they ain't no spring chickens. My point being maybe carrying a Fender P-Bass (or whatever she fancies for a bass) around all night just isn't something she feels like doing much anymore.