Tour: The Temper Trap

Aussies The Temper Trap got exposure via the sleeper hit film (500) Days of Summer. Time to capitalize on that exposure by bringing the dance-rock sound to the U.S. (phew … I missed ’em at SXSW 2009 even though they were on my “must see” list).

10- Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
12- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
14- Portland, OR @ Peter’s Room
17- Boston, MA @ Hurricane O’Reillys, WFNX St. Patrick’s Day Party
20- Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
22- Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
23- Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Hall
24- Chicago @ Metro
26- Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall, CD101 Low Dough Show
27- Cleveland, OH @ Cambridge House at HOB
30- Toronto, ONT @ Mod Club
31- Montreal, QUE @ The Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire

2- New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3- Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
6- Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
12- Dallas, TX @ Pontiac Garage at HOB
13- Austin, TX @ Emo’s
15- Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
17- Indio, CA @ Coachella

The Wrens’ 2009 year-in-review and 2010 plans

An update from The Wrens:

  • Q409 Annual Report to Shareholders – Part III – 2010 plans – “So, for like the dozenth time, official full-band recording starts next Wednesday, January 13th, 2010, at approximately 6:00pm E.S.T. in a New Jersey basement studio not far from Rudy Van Gelder’s original Hackensack one.”

The Wrens don’t have any tour plans in the immediate future but are playing a special Haiti Benefit gig with the likes of Ted Leo, The Cold War Kids, AC Newman, Rhett Miller and Jimmy Fallon on January 27 in Brooklyn

New Peter Gabriel CD – Scratch My Back

This sounds interesting.


Peter describes this as a very personal record with the twelve songs performed only with orchestral instruments and voice. To help craft the recording Peter enlisted John Metcalfe as arranger, the expertise of producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’) and the engineer, mixer and producer Tchad Blake (Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits).

The album will feature Peter’s recordings of Heroes (David Bowie), The Boy in the Bubble (Paul Simon), Mirrorball (Elbow), Flume (Bon Iver), Listening Wind (Talking Heads), The Power of the Heart (Lou Reed), My Body is a Cage (Arcade Fire), The Book of Love (The Magnetic Fields), I Think it’s Going to Rain Today (Randy Newman), Après Moi (Regina Spektor), Philadelphia (Neil Young) and Street Spirit (Fade Out) (Radiohead).

Scratch My Back will be available on Feb. 15.

Gabriella Cilmi – what a difference a year makes!

I caught a performance by Gabriella Cilmi last year at the Aussie BBQ at SXSW. Here’s what I wrote:

Gabriella Cilmi is in a league all her own and I think the Aussie BBQ organizers scored a coup getting her to perform. I’m pretty sure she’s already got a U.S. record deal and is poised to go onto really big things. Because Amy Winehouse was really the first to gain popularity with this type of music, that would be the easiest/simplist reference point.

Here’s a video from the Aussie BBQ.

Cilmi has a new CD coming out in March and as you can hear for yourself, she’s got a totally different sound in 2010 – one that is likely to sell tons of digital downloads.

Check out her new single, “On a Mission” (is it just me or does it borrow from Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out”?)