Tour: Torche / Harvey Milk

Torche – “She’s So Heavy / In Return”

Not sure if both bands are on all these dates since Torche hasn’t announced their summer tour plans yet but the little investigating I did point to strong evidence that the following dates will have both Torche and Harvey Milk on the bill. Hell, the only one I care about – Columbus, Ohio – has already confirmed the double bill.

Jul 11  Churchill’s Pub     Miami, Florida
Jul 12  Common Grounds     Gainesville, Florida
Jul 13  Bottletree     Birmingham, Alabama
Jul 14  Hi Tone Cafe     Memphis, Tennessee
Jul 16  Exit/In     Nashville, Tennessee
Jul 17  Emerson Theatre     Indianapolis, Indiana
Jul 18  Subterranean     Chicago, Illinois
Jul 19  Ravari Room     Columbus, Ohio
Jul 20  Grog Shop     Cleveland, Ohio
Jul 21  Tralf Music Hall     Buffalo, New York
Jul 23  Lee’s Palace     Toronto, Ontario
Jul 24  La Sala Rosa     Montreal, Quebec
Jul 25  Middle East Downstairs     Cambridge, Massachusetts
Jul 26  Music Hall of Williamsburg     Brooklyn, New York
Jul 28  First Unitarian Church     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jul 29  Rock and Roll Hotel     Washington dc, Washington DC
Jul 30  Milestone     Charlotte, North Carolina
Jul 31  The Earl     Atlanta, Georgia
Aug 1   40 Watt     Athens, Georgia

Two songs you hate that I love

When I was in high school and got my first alarm clock/radio, I swear that every morning when the alarm would go out and 100.7 WMMS would start playing on the radio, I heard one of these two songs. I have a soft spot in my heart for them even though they probably both represent the worst of late ’80s FM schlock pop. The Giuffria song popped up on the iPod today when I hit shuffle and it reminded me of high school.

Giuffria – “Call to Your Heart”

Foreigner – “I Want to Know What Love Is”

Contrast Podcast: Best of 2009 so far (part 2)

Always hard to pick a single “best” song of the first quarter but when picking something for the latest Contrast Podcast, I kept going back to Jason Lytle’s “Brand New Sun”. I was a casual fan of Grandaddy’s, own a few CDs but before a year or two ago couldn’t have named any of the band members nor would I have recognized the guys if they were walking down the street. But when given the opportunity to interview Jason for the next issue of The Big Takeover, I really dove deep into his new album – which comes out in May – and it’s “Brand New Sun” that I instantly picked out as a favorite.

Check out all the picks of various bloggers for “Best of 2009 so far.”

You can also download the podcast and listen at your leisure. If you like “Brand New Sun,” you can download it for free over on

New Breeders EP and video

Jonesing for new music by The Breeders? The Deal sisters have released a new digital EP (Fate to Fatal) today that you can purchase at iTunes,, or through the Breeders’ website. There is also a limited run of vinyl copies (1000) that feature silk-screened cover art.

There are four tracks on the EP including “The Last Time,” feature guest vocals by Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) and a cover of the Bob Marley and the Wailers song, “Chances Are”.

Here’s a video for the title track, “Fate to Fatal”.