Interpol Release Free EP, Goes On Tour, Loses Dave Pajo in the Midst


Things are looking up and down for Interpol. Should we start with the bad news first? Dave Pajo who recently replaced the infamous Carlos D. last year, has just stated that he is out of the band. Pajo explained in a press release that “I’ll be taking a break from touring to focus on family. There are no personal, artistic or health reasons– it’s really as simple as that!” Though the statement on his Facebook the next day makes us think that he has something else in store for the music world as it reads “Thank you, friends, for all your kind words of support and well-wishes!!! Exciting news ahead, stay posted.” Currently Brad Truax from Soliders of Fortune who just put out a release on Mexican Summer (the same label that houses Best Coast) will be taking over bass duties for the band.

In happier news for the band, in the midst of an international tour, they have just put out a North American TourEP which also features the openers on the dates, School of Seven Bells and Matthew Dear. You can download the goodies right HERE.

TOUR DATES:

March
3 – Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
4 – Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
6 – Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
7 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Cirkus
8 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ KB Hall
10 – Leipzig, Germany @ Aueensee
11 – Luxembourg @ Rokhall
12 – Munich, Germany @ Zenith
14 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex
15 – Paris, France @ Zenith
16 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Lotto Arena
18 – Bournemouth, England @ O2 Academy
19 – Bristol, U.K. @ Colston Hall
20 – Cambridge, U.K. @ Corn Exchange
22 – Leeds, U.K @ O2 Academy
23 – London, England @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Interpol w/ School of Seven Bells:

April
13 – Reno, Nev. @ Knitting Factory
14 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Crest Theatre
17 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Rialto Theatre
18 – Alburquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine Theatre
20 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Cain’s Ballroom
21 – Austin, Texas @ Austin Music Hall
22 – Helotes, Texas @ Josabis Amphitheater
24 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
25 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Minglewood Hall
26 – New Orleans, La. @ House of Blues
28 – Tampa, Fla. @ The Ritz
29 – Miami Beach, Fla. @ Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie
30 – Lake Buena Vista, Fla. @ House of Blues

May
2 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
3 – Charlotte, N.C. @ The Fillmore
4 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Disco Rodeo

Portland Singer-Songwriter Anya Marina Releases EP

Anya Marina has been quite busy the last couple years. With the release of her second record Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II (2009), Marina gained mainstream attention, along with a song on the New Moon Soundtrack. While working on a new full length album, Marina gives fans something to chew on with a new EP titled The Spirit School.

A slight departure from previous work, School Spirit features five tracks, including a remix of her New Moon song “Satellite Heart” by Sam Fogarino of Interpol. A more stripped down and “less fussed over” approach to recording and songwriting than previous efforts, Spirit School features Marina “having fun with songwriting again.”

Spirit School also touts Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor on the song “Whatsit.” “Busrider” and “You Are Invisible” are home demos made pretty by producer Ken Andrews (Pete Yorn, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, etc).

Look for Spirit School  out TODAY on Chop Shop Records/Atlantic Records.

“Whatsit” featuring Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols.

Secondhand Sunday, Interpol ‘PDA’

It seems like only yesterday when we first heard of a little band from New York called Interpol. The band exploded onto the scene in the wake of the ‘NY Garage Revival’ that started in 2001 along with other bands like The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Always compared to Joy Division, Paul Banks and the boys make a sound of their own free of imitations. Interpol, still going strong, haven’t changed much in sound throughout the years, but we can’t help but go back and see where it all began. “PDA” was the band’s first single on Matador Records and gained the band instant success making them known as indie rock staples and artsy fellows.

Enjoy Interpol’s “PDA”