Pulp to Reunite for Shows Next Year

No you didn’t just misread the title. Indie Godfathers (and Mothers) Pulp have announced they are reuniting next summer to play shows. I guess we have something to look forward to after the Pavement reunion, right?  The lineup which includes Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Russell Senior, and Mark Webber will kick off the tour on May 27th at the Primavera Sound Festival where they will be headlining. Only one other date has been revealed right now, which is at London’s Wireless Fest on July 3rd. More tour dates will be added of course, so keep checking back.

This will be the first time the original band has played together since August 24th, 1996. The last Pulp show took place in December 2002.

Be sure to sign up to the band’s e-mail list on their website, HERE, for all of the latest Pulp news.

Listen As Surfer Blood Covers Pavement

Next-Big-Things Surfer Blood recently dropped by the Grand Rapids music blog Halfway House Music to jam some tunez.

During their stay, the band performed a couple of tracks off of their debut Astro Coast (Kanine), a new track called “I’m Not Ready” and…a Pavement cover!

You can check out their cover of Pavement’s “Box Elder” by going to the Halfway House website (right here).

You can also download the entire session at the Halfway House website.

Superchunk – “Majesty Shredding”

Superchunk, the near dormant pop-punk, bubble-gum, outsider band is BACK with their ninth studio album in twenty years and it’s just like they never left.

However, they did leave. Their last “full” album was 2001’s Here’s to Shutting Up and after that absence, Superchunk brings us a strong, hooky album that is unfortunately a decade too late, which may sound a bit unfair.

The past few years have seen a rise in other bands have taken that self-aware weirdo pop and run full tilt with it plainly building on what acts like Superchunk, Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement have done before.

The large issue is that these newer, younger bands have pushed forward and are able to offer experiences that are influenced by that kind of 1990s kick but are thankfully not slavishly devoted to it.

Everything about this album is just extraneous. There is no delight of the unexpected, there is no note not calculated based on time-tested, 90s, slightly-pop, slightly-punk “alternative” sound. If you love that sound, then you’re set. Hell, this is probably your favorite year ever with the return or return to form of so many 90s bands and you’re just reading this to confirm your opinion that this album totally rocks. If that’s the case, you probably already have this album.

If you are not already a fan, this album may convince you to check out their previous works, but it’s not an essential release and will most likely be forgotten this time next year.

Majesty Shredding is a solid album recalling a particular sound in a particular time and your tolerance for that kind of music will inform your patience for the album.

The Henry Clay People Guest on NBC’s “Parenthood”

At the onset of the summer, The Henry Clay People put out their second record, Somewhere on the Golden Coast, which has garnered comparisons to Pavement, The Replacements, and The Hold Steady — not bad company.  They are taking their own style of 70s barrock on the road this October in a mostly headlining tour that will see them open a date or two for the Drive-By Truckers.  If you think you have them figured out by now, I bet you couldn’t guess the band will be appearing on the October 5th episode of NBC’s Parenthood, called “Date Night.”  Don’t get too excited, it’s probably going to be one of those 3-second intro shots of a bar after commercial, but hey, it’s national television. Good for them.

Pavement @ Central Park, NYC – 9/24/2010

Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement went out with a bang on Friday night. Their last of 5 NYC area shows, I just want to let the pictures speak for themselves. The band looked happy. The fans looked happy. If they stay together, even if just for touring purposes once in a while, we’ll all be happy. Pavement. We love you.


…and also download the last song of the NYC nights…”Range Life,” live in Central Park below. NYCtaper.com has all of the complete shows for download up on their site. I highly suggest you check them out.

The Setlist:

01 Heckler Spray
02 In the Mouth of A Desert
03 Frontwards
04 Spit On A Stranger
05 banter
06 Shady Lane
07 Date With Ikea
08 Grounded
09 Cut Yr Hair
10 Perfume-V
11 Conduit for Sale!
12 Father to a Sister of Thought
13 Stereo
14 Starlings of the Slipstream
15 Gold Soundz
16 banter
17 And Then (The Hexx)
18 We Dance
19 Silence Kit
20 Unfair
21 No Life Singed Her
22 banter
23 Stop Breathin
24 banter
25 Elevate Me Later
26 banter/jamming
27 Here
28 encore break 1
29 Rattled by the Rush
30 Heaven Is A Truck
31 Summer Babe
32 encore break 2
33 Kennel District
34 banter
35 Debris Slide
36 banter
37 Range Life

Pavement – “Range Life” – Central Park, NYC 9/24/2010 by ModernMystery3
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010
Pavement @ Central Park, NYC 9-24-2010

Weezer Announce the “Memories Tour”

“It’s all happening,” as Penny Lane would say.

 Only weeks after Weezer announced they would be touring eventually playing  just The Blue Album and Pinkerton, they have already revealed the dates of when and where the shows are taking place. Are you ready to fully relive your youth folks? Well we know we are. Okay, here it goes, check out all of the Weezer dates for the nicely titled “Memories Tour.”  Those in bold mark the beginning of the tour as prior dates will focus on promoting their newest disaster release Hurley (Epitaph)

Tour Dates

09-24 Columbus, OH – Ohio State University
09-25 Peoria, IL – Bradley University
10-01 Las Vegas, NV – Mirage Hotel and Casino
10-29 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Festival
10-30 Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
11-26 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories Tour)
11-27 Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories Tour)
11-29 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories Tour)
11-30 San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories Tour)

Pretty sad looking right? For the reason there is no East Coast dates….yet. We have our fingers crossed though that the tour will head all over the country. It would be a shame if i didn’t.