Monday, April 30, 2007

The Basement Arrive In The USA

Zealous Records is releasing the debut album by The Basement on May 8th. The band is from Ireland, via Liverpool, and are part of Deltasonic Records in the UK (The Coral, Zutons, Dead 60’s).

The album was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys) and the band recently finished a tour of France with M. Ward.

Check out some tracks HERE and download an MP3 of "I Just Caught A Face".

The Basement will be in New York for a series of shows next week. We’d love for anyone in town to come check out the band. This is their first trip to the US and these limited dates are sure to be something special.

They are also playing Philadelphia and Nashville. Please e-mail us for guest list spots, press inquires or any other questions.

The Basement Live:
Tuesday, May 8th – The Annex 8pm
Wednesday, May 9th – Rockwood Music Hall 6PM FREE
Thursday, May 10th – Union Pool (Brooklyn) 10PM
Friday, May 11th – Lakeside Lounge 7PM FREE

Sunday, April 29, 2007

J. DiMenna - Back In The Saddle

J. DiMenna's six-track exclusive, digital-only live EP If He Could Speak Now has hit the blogosphere and the radio stations at America's institutions of higher learning.

Read this glowing review from indie music mecca and download an MP3 of "Raggedy Ann" from the EP while you're at it.

Now J needs you to request your favorite songs from the web's best in internet radio WOXY. Just click HERE to request a song. What you choose is up to you.

New Yorkers - don't miss J's upcoming show Friday, May 4th at Brooklyn's premiere venue Luna Lounge (361 Metropolitan Avenue) at 8PM with Hopewell, The Silent League and La Laque.

And lastly, please visit J's new e-card and forward it to your friends!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Taxi Taxi Tomorrow!

Be sure to come out to Southpaw in Brooklyn tomorrow, April 29th to see one of Fanatic's new favorite bands, Taxi Taxi. Leader Terence Bernardo is a co-founder of White Mud Free Way whose album Last Years Junk was released in 2004 by Bar/None records. The Taxi Taxi debut Maps and Legends was largely home-recorded and partly recorded in Kid Koala's Studio in Montreal, Canada. Terence works as a producer and mixer with other artists as well including fellow Brooklyn band Daylight's For The Birds. Listen to a stream of Taxi Taxi's Maps and Legends HERE.

Come Celebrate With The Clutters

“They’re simply the band you wished were playing your bash. Intuitive with the handclaps, messy with the cymbals and clockwise with the volume knobs, they keep it interesting with a battered B-52’s vocal bent and cheap keys.” -- CMJ

The Clutters will celebrate the release of their new album "Don't Believe A Word" next week with two shows in Texas - one in Dallas and one in Austin (home of the band's label Chicken Ranch). Be sure the see the band live - check out the flyer for details - and check out a stream of the new album right HERE.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

65daysofstatic Delivers Video and Bang Gang's Bardi Delivers Spittle

"Don't Go Down To Sorrow," the first single from 65daysofstatic's upcoming The Destruction of Small Ideas album (Monotreme), now has an amazing video to accompany it. Check it out now over at the 'ol You to the Tube. And in other video news, the always quick with a quip Bardi Johannsson, leader of Iceland's Bang Gang, recently provided an off-the-cuff commentary track for the single "Find What You Get" from the band's Something Wrong album. In this clip, we learn that Bardi likes to spit on girl's shoulders. Not surprising...

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Neon Horse

Check out a teaser trailer for the upcoming album by Neon Horse. This mysterious super group will release their debut self-titled record on Tooth and Nail May 8th, 2007. You can visit Neon Horse at MySpace too. I mean - of course you can!

Monday, April 9, 2007

The Icicles Release "Arrivals & Departures"

Michigan band The Icicles will release their new album Arrivals and Departures this week. Even more exciting, the band will be heading out on tour with another of our very favorite acts, Athens Georgia's Casper and The Cookies. Want to prepare yourself for this insane indie pop onslaught? Then check out both bands records via the Icicles e-card and the Casper e-card.

The Icicles On Tour (* w/ Casper and The Cookies)
04/22 Grand Rapids, MI The DAAC*
04/23 Toledo, OH Mickey Finn's
04/24 Pittsburgh, PA Modern Formations Gallery
04/25 New York, NY Cake Shop*
04/26 Providence, RI BSR FM
04/27 Somerville, MA PA's Lounge*
04/28 Burlington, VT The Thai Bar*
04/29 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw*
04/30 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber*
05/01 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place*
05/02 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern*
05/03 Toronto,CA Over the Top Fest*

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Fanatic President Obsessed With "Another Girl"

Madison band Sleeping In The Aviary have caught the ear of Fanatic President Josh Bloom with their unrelentingly catchy tune "Another Girl" from the band's latest album Oh, This Old Thing? Check out the tune via the band's E-card and make sure to see them on tour too.

Sleeping In The Aviary Live:

04/06 Milwaukee, WI The BBC
04/13 Chicago, IL Cal's Bar
04/14 St. Louis, MO TBA
04/15 Evansville, IN Wired Coffeehouse
04/18 Athens, GA Tasty World
04/23 Wilmington, NC Soapbox Laundrolounge
04/24 Chapel hill, NC The Cave
04/28 New York, NY Pianos
04/30 Brooklyn, NY Trash Bar
05/01 New Haven, CT cafe Nine
05/02 Somerville, MA Abbey Lounge
05/06 Dayton, OH Nite Owl
05/08 Detroit, MI Lager House
05/10 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
05/11 Minneapolis, MN Pocket Knife

Bang Gang's "Something Wrong" Out Now!

The debut album Something Wrong by Icelandic music sensations Bang Gang is out now via the band's own From Nowhere label via Rykodisc.

Fans can hear the entire album via the Bang Gang E-card which where you may also view the levity filled mockumentary "Who's Bardi?" about the mysterious and illustrious Bang Gang band leader. The film will be touring the US soon (as will the actual band!).

Lastly, don't forget to download Shout Out Out Out Out's remix of the lead single from Something Wrong, "Find What You Get". It's remix-riffic.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Two Tracks From Winterpills on Village Voice Podcast

Veteran scribe and performer LD Begthol (that's him singing about 23 of the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs) included two tracks by Winterpills this week in his weekly Village Voice podcast, Uncle LD's High Bias. The tunes, "A Folded Cloth" and "Handkerchiefs," are from the band's sophomore album The Light Divides out now on Soft Alarm/Signature Sounds.

The Octopus Project Finish Third Album

Reposted from the Peek-a-Boo Records Website: The Octopus Project just finished recording a third album for Peek-A-Boo Records at Seattle's Bear Creek Studio. The new record will feature 14 of the 16 tracks recorded in the session, including “An Evening with Rththa,” “Moon Boil,” “Queen” and crowd favorite, “Truck.” According to band member Josh Lambert, the new record features lots of theremin, in many cases layered and harmonized to create a “theremin orchestra.” “It'll rip your face off,” says Lambert.

While the band's previous record featured a variety of guest musicians, the new recordings were performed almost exclusively by the core trio, with two rather large exceptions. Apparently, a couple of celebrity musicians stopped by the studio one day on unrelated business and ended up lending their skills to not one but TWO Octopus Project songs. See if you can identify them in the photo above.

The Octopus Project leaves tomorrow to play a couple of dates at the Spring Scream Festival in Kenting, Taiwan, and the yet-untitled album is slated for release in late Summer or early Fall of this year.

Ruby Isle Rocks Sonic Youth Style

Ruby Isle, the new party band of the apocalypse featuring Mark Mallman and Dan Geller, is setting the interweb on fire with its MP3 and Video for "Teenage Riot" the "hit" song from Sonic Youth's landmark Daydream Nation album. The band's tune currently sits at #4 on the Hot List over at, the site that controls our entire existence. If you haven't checked it out, then check it out right now! You can also stream the band's entire Into The Black EP while you visit them over at that MySpace place thing.

Coyote Bones Made A Funny

Just in from Justin (Spindler): Apparently Omaha band (and recent addition to the Fanatic roster), Coyote Bones, played a little April Fool's joke over at their MySpace page. A post went up yesterday entitled "Coyote Bones w/RADIOHEAD in June."

Haha, OK. Look guys, we went ahead and started promoting those shows and now have egg on our face. At least Justin got the news directly from Thom Yorke. Yes, Thom Yorke is a micro manager.

Coyote Bones debut album featuring members of Bright Eyes, Azure Ray, Tilly and The Wall, Now It's Overhead, and The Faint will be released on the band's CoCoArt label on May 29, 2007.

Coyote Bones Live:
04/11 Lincoln, NE Duffy’s Tavern
04/12 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
04/14 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
04/15 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
04/16 Iowa City, IA The Picador
04/17 Madison, WI Café Montmarte
04/18 Dekalb, IL Otto’s
04/19 Chicago, IL Schuba’s
04/20 Minneapolis, MN The Hexagon Bar
04/21 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
05/12 Chicago, IL The Note
05/15 Buffalo, NY Mohawks
05/17 New York, NY Pianos
05/19 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s