Hey ho! Let’s grow!

ILLICIT CLOTHING have baby gear! I haven’t spent any time in Auckland since I’ve been back in NZ so I didn’t know until someone told me today. There’s hoodies, onesies, bibs and rock n roll feeding bowls!

Now I need to find some hair accessories for Edie’s Robert Smith look, some spider hair clips or something. Unfortunately I’m too late to get a hand screenprinted Robert Smith onesy.

Hopefully I’ll get to The Cure in NZ if enough people can convince them by signing the “we need a Cure tour” petition, even better demand The Cure come play Auckland


World hack champs

I hate calling it hacky but anyway check out the Up & Go World Hacky Champs. There’s a live comp as well as an online comp.

hack champs
Major prize – $7,000 California beach package for two, includes 5 nights accommodation and NZ$1000 spending money.

Regional prizes (total prize pool)
1st – Motorola MOTORIZR Z3 mobile phones, $50 cash and chance to compete against New Zealand’s best in the Final on 2nd March ’07 in Auckland.
2nd – Phillips SA1110 GoGear MP3 players and $25 cash.
3rd – $50 cash.

Dunedin (North Ground) 12pm, 22nd February
Christchurch (Cranmer Square) 12pm, 23rd February
Wellington (Victoria University) 12pm, 26th February
Palmerston North (Massey University) 12pm, 27th February
Waikato (Clyde Park) 12pm, 28th February
Auckland (AUT) 12pm, 1st March

Great Lake Swimmers on Zunior

no baby here yet but we’ve been buying some kids CDs in anticipation. I can’t face The Wiggles of Hi-5 or whatever, so I got the Rough Trade Save the Children CD Colours Are Brighter featuring Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Snow Patrol, The Flaming Lips, The Kooks, Four Tet etc and while I was buying that I stumbled across See you on the Moon from a couple of years back on Toronto’s Paper Bag Records featuring Broken Social Scene, Great Lake Swimmers, Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Kid Koala and more. Music for kids and adults too….or maybe it’s just for me. Anyway the title track See you on the Moon by Toronto based Great Lake Swimmers is fab and I’m pimping these albums to everyone I know with kids. It was named one of the best Canadian songs of 2006 on the CBC Radio 3 podcast too.

Voted Favourite Folk/Roots Artist at the 2004 Canadian Independent Music Awards, Great Lake Swimmers make wonderfully understated, heart-wrenching music. Led by songwriter-vocalist Tony Dekker, their haunting sound finds its roots in vintage folk and alt-country colourings, shaped by accordion and piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, with a voice that seems to come from the walls

So now I’m waiting for my special 2006 Zunior-only Digital Box Set release from Great Lake Swimmers from Zunior.com
containing the albums Great Lake Swimmers (2003), Bodies and Minds (2005), and the brand new Hands In Dirty Ground EP on a 512 MB Memorex USB pen drive loaded with:

– 192 kbps MP3 versions of all three albums
– complete album artwork
– a bonus tour photo collection
– a copy of the ‘To Leave It Behind’ video directed by Scott Cudmore

Zunior have a free compilation download available too!

Sweet! Canada is on fire! I’d love to check out the Toronto scene at the moment, hmmm maybe I should emigrate to Canada

The View – Hats off to the Buskers preview

Columbia Records UK | News | The View – Myspace Domination

You can now hear The View’s new album Hats Off To The Buskers in it’s entirity by going to the myspace. It’s going to be there for a week so you can annoy everyone in the world by blaring out the wonderful music non stop and then go and buy the album for your own copy from January 22nd.

The last gig I went to in Edinburgh was The View at The Liquid rooms and they were indeed on fire. Lots of their pals from Dryburgh, Dundee were there wreaking havoc, it was the most energised crowd I’ve seen in a long time and the chants gave the feel of a football match.

Bobby Gillespie’s new favourite band….or was that favourite new band?
The View are on fire!

UPDATE:

The View – Hats off to the Buskers has gone straight in at Number one on the UK album charts! Ahead of Damon Albarn’s The Good, The Bad and The Queen. Nice one!

The Lemonheads are coming

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads – Live History and Current Tour Information

March 2007:

26th: The Studio, Auckland NZ
27th: Indigo, Wellington NZ
28th: Jetset Lounge, Christchurch NZ

30th: Hotel Gt. Northern, Byron Bay AUS
31st: The Zoo, Brisbane AUS

April 2007:

1st: The Gov, Adelaide AUS
3rd: Club Capitol, Perth AUS
5th: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
6th: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
7th: Southern Roots Festival, Hobart AUS
8th: The Great Escape Festival, Sydney AUS

Lemonheads UK and US tour dates

The Lemonheads new album is out 26 Sept 2006 and you can listen to No Backbone on myspace featuring very J Mascis guitar. Lemonheads + J. Mascis was always gonna work for me!
UK and US tour dates just in from evandando.co.uk

The Lemonheads announced UK and US tour dates today:UK
5th October – UEA, Norwich
6th October – The Forum, London
9th October – Leeds Metropolitan University
10th October – Oxford Brookes University
11th October – The Junction, Cambridge
12th October – Carling Academy Liverpool
14th October – Colosseum, Coventry
15th October – Rock City, Nottingham
16th October – Manchester Academy 2
17th October – ABC, Glasgow
21st October – Carling Academy Bristol
22nd October – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

Tickets for all UK dates are scheduled to go onsale tomorrow morning at 9am.

US
18th November – Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana CA
19th November – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA
21st/22nd November – Troubadour, Los Angeles CA
24th/25th November – Independent, San Francisco CA
27th November – Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
28th November – Crocodile Cafe, Seattle WA
30th November – The Big Easy, Boise ID
1st December – The Depot, Salt Lake City UT
2nd December – Bluebird Theatre, Denver CO
4th December – Sokol Underground, Omaha NE
5th December – The 400 Bar, Minneapolis MN
7th/8th December – Double Door, Chicago IL
9th December – Grog Shop, Cleveland OH
10th December – Magic Stick, Detroit MI
12th December – Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON
13th December – North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
14th December – The Black Cat, Washington DC
15th December – Irving Plaza, New York NY
16th December – Avalon Ballroom, Boston MA

28th August 2006
The forthcoming Lemonheads single Become The Enemy got its first UK radio play today, on BBC 6 Music.

Host Gideon Coe also announced that The Lemonheads will perform a live Hub session for his show on 13th October.

Unfortunately I will be back in NZ before the tour starts but I’m sure NZ will get a visit too right?

Update

The Lemonheads have announced some dates in New Zealand and Australia for next year:

Mar 27: The Studio, Auckland NZ
Mar 28: Indigo, Wellington NZ
Mar 29: Jetset Lounge, Christchurch NZ
Mar 30: Hotel Gt. Northern, Byron Bay AUS
Mar 31: The Zoo, Brisbane AUS
Apr 1: The Gov, Adelaide AUS
Apr 3: Club Capitol, Perth AUS
Apr 5: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
Apr 6: The Corner Hotel, Melbourne AUS
Apr 7: Southern Roots Festival, Hobart AUS
Apr 8: The Great Escape Festival, Sydney AUS