Who is Middle Brother?

Earlier this week, Partisan Records made a huge announcement; Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, John McCauley of Deer Tick, and Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit have joined forces to create Middle Brother. Since the trio played their tiny, late-night, unannounced event at CMJ under the moniker “MG&V,” there have been whispers that a side project wasn’t far off. But, little did we know that the guys had already wrapped their debut record, which is set for a March 1st, 2011 release date.

Middle Brother will be playing a one-off show December 20 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles  to benefit Invisible Children. That show will also feature an acoustic McCauley set.


Deer Tick Release Christmas Single, Acoustic Dates

Country-rock stalwarts, Deer Tick, have released your grandmother’s least favorite Christmas single. Titled “Holy Shit, It’s Christmas,” the Providence, Rhode Island natives bring a much needed kick in the pants to holiday music. This two song single, featuring both the title track and the song “Christmas All Year Long”, is out now on Itunes but can be picked up for free via the Partisan Records website with the purchase of any physical Deer Tick merch.

On the heels of their Christmas single, lead singer/guitarist John McCauley and guitarist Ian O’Neill have released a series of stripped down acoustic shows. McCauley has also added a solo date on December 20th to benefit Invisible Children, a non-profit committed to ending conflict in Uganda.

Tour Dates:

Mon-Dec-20  Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *
Fri-Jan-14    Boston, MA    Middle East Upstairs
Sat-Jan-15    Providence, RI    Met Café
Sun-Jan-16    Northampton, MA    Iron Horse
Wed-Jan-19    New York, NY    City Winery
Thu-Jan-20    New Haven, CT    Daniel Street
Fri-Jan-21    Philadelphia, PA    First Unitarian Church Santuary
Sat-Jan-22    York, PA    Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
Sun-Jan-23    Washington, DC    Rock and Roll Hotel

* = John McCauley only, w/ Mountain Man, Guards

  Christmas All Summer Long by nmcollins

Warm Ghost Signs With Partisan

Now that he’s recording under the moniker Warm Ghost, Paul Duncan has ditched traditional instrumentation in favor of electronics, synthesizers, drum machines and processed field recordings. Initially a side project, Warm Ghost has evolved into a band in collaboration with Oliver Chapoy.

Warm Ghost’s sound is an intricately arranged shimmering sonic world of twisting words and melodies. The group manages to mix elements of 80’s new wave, cold wave and synth pop with late 70’s disco, synth programming. On May 11th, the group released their debut EP, Claws Overhead, to warm reviews.

Recently, the Warm Ghost signed a deal with Partisan Records to re-release Claws Overhead with 4 additional songs before year’s end. The group is currently recording their debut album. If you’re interested in seeing them live, Ghost will be at Webster Hall Studio in New York City on December 9th.

Buy Deer Tick’s Tour Bus!

Bored of your four door sedan or fixie bike? Feel like you need an upgrade? You can now place bids for Deer Tick’s tour bus and roll in style like the eccentric indie folk rockers themselves. The bus nicknamed “The Flagship” for being what took the band across the country in their 2009 tour promoting Born on Flag Day will be auctioned off in order to raise funds for the Pakistan flood victims.

In July, heavy monsoons in Pakistan caused mass flooding making over 21 million people injured or homeless. Frontman John McCauley states, “The situation over there is so critical, but it seems very few people are aware of it. Maybe it’s a stigma with that part of the world, I’m not sure. Either way, we feel very strongly that people should be more aware of the situation and hopefully we can help with that.”  The tour bus will be up for auction on ebay for  three weeks and Deer Tick will also be taking donations at the merch table for each date of their upcoming tour.

The ebay auction page for The Flagship tour bus can be viewed HERE and to learn more about the Pakistan floods or to make a donation please visit http://oxfamamerica.org/


10/06 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
10/07 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club *#
10/08 Greenville, SC – Fall For Greenville *
10/09 Auburn, AL – Bourbon Street *
10/10 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco +
10/11 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks +
10/12 Houston, TX – The Bronze Peacock Room @ House of Blues +
10/13 Austin, TX – Emo’s +
10/14 Laredo, TX – Old No. 2 +
10/16 Tempe, AZ – Sail Inn +
10/17 San Diego, CA – The Loft / UCSD +
10/19 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey +
10/20 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom +
10/21 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom +
10/22 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret %+
10/23 Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo +
10/24 Seattle, WA – Neumos +
10/26 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10/27 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
10/28 Omaha, NE – Bourbon Theatre
10/29 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
10/30 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/31 St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway !
11/02 Washington, DC – Black Cat
11/03 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
11/05 Providence, RI – AS220
11/06 Providence, RI – AS220 (matinee show)
11/06 Providence, RI – AS220 (late show)
11/10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/11 Boston, MA – Royale
11/12 Newport, RI – Newport Blues Café
11/13 Newport, RI – Newport Blues Café

* = w/ Jason Isbell
+ = w/ J. Roddy Walston and the Business
# = w/ Blitzen Trapper & Malcomb Holcolmbe
% = w/ Phosphorescent
! = w/ Band of Heathens