I don’t care how cool YOU think Neil Diamond is …

… you’ll never convince me to a) own any of his music or b) pay $500 to sit in a nosebleed seat at one of his shows. But in the latest “HUH?!?!?” moments in Matt Sweeney’s post-Chavez career (Early Man, Zwan), the gun-for-hire guitarist shows up all over Neil Diamond’s new record thanks to Rick Rubin. And if you squint real hard, you can see Sweeney playing guitar with Diamond at a recent surprise concert sponsored by MySpace in the tiny NYC club The Bitter End (he’s the balding guy facing the camera).

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Sweeney was interviewed by Billboard.com about his hookup with Diamond (nah, I still can’t believe it either) and my favorite part was the very last sentence in which Sweeney says about his upcoming plans, “I hope to do Chavez stuff as well”.

Green Day … um … Foxboro Hot Tubs set to play intimate shows

You know that band Foxboro Hot Tubs? The ones who sound a lot like Green Day but who haven’t posted any band photos anywhere on the web? Well, yeah, they are going to play a few shows in May at some pretty small clubs. Lots of rules are in place for these shows so pay attention. Here’s the info straight from the publicists’ email:

5/19 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s Cantina
5/20 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
5/21 Dallas, TX – The Loft
5/22 Austin, TX – Emo’s
5/23 Phoenix, AZ – The Brick House
5/26 San Diego, CA – Soma (Sidestage)
5/27 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
5/28 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar

Tickets for these shows will not be available until the day of the show at the venue box office ONLY.   Check local venue box office for on-sale times.

Tickets will be $20 cash – There is a two ticket maximum per person.

Album in stores May 20th!


New video from The Shy – “She’s Already Gone”

Until the new record comes out in June, I’m not going to say much about The Shys because I’ve already said quite a bit about them other places in years past. But, there are very few bands that are guaranteed a spot on my year-end list without even hearing more than one new song. The Shys have earned the honor of a spot, now the question becomes just how high they make it in December (they were #2 in 2006).

Here’s the first single/video from the forthcoming album, “She’s Already Gone”
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The Swell Season adds fall tour dates

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Just announced on The Swell Season’s MySpace page:

Aug 9 – V Festival – Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 10 – The Pines – Northampton, Massachusetts
Sep 19 – Agganis  –   Boston, Massachusetts
Sep 20 – Massey Hall – Toronto, Ontario
Sep 21 – Byham Theatre – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sep 22 – Palace Theatre – Columbus, Ohio
Sep 24 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 27 – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, Texas
Sep 29 – Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, Texas
Sep 30 – Popejoy Hall – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 2 – The Rialto – Tucson, Arizona
Oct 3 – Open Air Theatre  -  San Diego, California
Oct 4 – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, California

Tickets are not on sale yet.