Operators to play Pickathon Festival

Thursday March 27th 2014, 5:54 pm
Filed under: News

Operators

Operators have added another live date for 2014! They will be performing at the Pickathon Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon (near Portland). The festival takes place August 1st-3rd. No word yet on which day they will perform.

Tickets are on sale now!

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Divine Fits – Live at Third Man Records

Wednesday February 26th 2014, 11:36 am
Filed under: News

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Divine Fits Recorded Direct-To-Tape on June 17th, 2013 at Third Man Records in the Blue Room. That recording is now available for pre-order at: http://thirdmanstore.com/divine-fits-live-at-third-man-records

Side One:
1. Baby Get Worse
2. Like Ice Cream
3. My Love is Real
4. Civilan Stripes
5. Flaggin A Ride

Side Two
1. What Gets You Alone
2. Lost
3. Would That Not Be Nice
4. Shivers

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Moonface North American Tour starts today!

Wednesday February 26th 2014, 11:16 am
Filed under: Moonface,News,Spencer Krug

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Today is the first day of Spencer Krug’s 2014 North American tour! Post your thoughts and reviews of the shows by registering on our Forum!

02-26 Mission Theatre – Portland, OR
02-27 Pacific Lutheran University Concert Hall – Tacoma, WA
02-28 Sapphire Room Inside Riverside Hotel – Boise, ID
03/01 The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
03-02 South Moe’s – Englewood, CO
03-04 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
03-05 Iowa City, IA – The Mill
03-06 Russian Recording – Bloomington, IN
03-07 Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
03-08 Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
03/09 Mammal Gallery – Atlanta, GA
03/11 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
03-12 Black Cat – Washington, DC
03-13 Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT
03-14 Cafe 939 – Boston, MA

Check out this great video from when Moonface played St Pancreas Church:

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Operators News!

Thursday February 06th 2014, 12:41 pm
Filed under: Dan Boeckner,News,Operators

Finally we have some more news on Dan Boeckner’s new project Operators. Looks like the band will be performing 3 shows in May for Canadian Music week in Toronto. Here’s more info from Exclaim.ca:

After making their live debut in the U.S. late last year, Dan Boeckner’s new Operators project has announced its first string of Canadian concerts.

A Facebook event page lists that the band, which also includes Boeckner’s Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown and Devojka, will play a three-night stand at Toronto’s Silver Dollar Room from May 9 to 11. The dates will be presented during this year’s Canadian Music Week as part of the venue’s annual NeXT@CMW triple-header.

The Facebook page also notes that Boeckner is back in Montreal recording with the group. Stereogum, however, also reported in December that the trio had recorded an EP’s worth of material in Brown’s basement in Columbus, OH.

The Facebook event page states:

Boekner has returned to Montreal from California – w/ Divine Fits drummer Sam Brown (ex- New Bomb Turks) and the divine Devojka – to begin recording his next venture: OPERATORS.

So looks like Operators will have a record out this year!! Exciting! Really can’t wait to hear more news about this project.

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Moonface News Update

Friday January 17th 2014, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Moonface,News,Spencer Krug

Happy New Year to you all!

Here is an update on some Moonface news. Spencer is heading back out on tour, starting with a shows in Finland next week. A few additional European shows have been added from our last update, including a charity show in Dublin next week to support the Simon Community, who provide support services and emergency accommodation to help prevent homelessness.

More North American dates have been added as well, which include Salt Lake City, Atlanta, and Carrboro.

01-23 Suisto-Club – Hämeenlinna, FI
01-24 Vanha Juko Theater – Lahti, FI
01-25 Korjaamo Culture Factory – Helsinki, FI
01-27 Royal Albert Hall – Elgar Room – London, UK Sold Out
01-29 St. Werburgh’s Church – Dublin, IE
01/31 Les Trinitaires – Metz, FR
02/01 House Show – Dijon, FR
02/03 Fri-Son – Fribourg, CH
02-04 Theater der Wohngemeinschaft – Koln, Germany
02-06 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
02-07 Cactus Club – Brügge, Belgium
02-08 People’s Place – Amsterdam, Netherlands
02-09 HO-Berlin – Berlin, Germany
02-11 Frost Festival at Koncertkirken – Copenhagen, Denmark
02/13 Tungenes Lighthouse – Stavanger, NO
02-14 Cafe Mono – Oslo, Norway
02-15 Scandic Grand Central – Stockholm, Sweden
02-26 Mission Theatre – Portland, OR
02-27 Pacific Lutheran University Concert Hall – Tacoma, WA
02-28 Sapphire Room Inside Riverside Hotel – Boise, ID
03/01 The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
03-02 South Moe’s – Englewood, CO
03-04 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
03-06 Russian Recording – Bloomington, IN
03-07 Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
03-08 Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
03/09 Mammal Gallery – Atlanta, GA
03/11 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
03-12 Black Cat – Washington, DC
03-13 Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT
03-14 Cafe 939 – Boston, MA

Spencer spoke with Drowned in Sound recently. You can check that interview out here

Spencer performed the unreleased song,’Helsinki Winter 2013′, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. Courtesy of Filter Magazine:

Also check out Spencer performing ‘Black is Back in Style’ for
Exclaim TV

Fuse News had Spencer on US television back in early December. Here’s his interview with the legendary John Norris:

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Moonface announces European and US Tour Dates

Friday December 13th 2013, 8:40 pm
Filed under: Moonface,News,Spencer Krug

So after our post yesterday it seems Spencer’s camp has decided to announce all upcoming tour dates! Tickets are on sale now:

01-27-14 – Royal Albert Hall – Elgar Room – London, UK
01-31 Les Trinitaires – Metz, France
02-03 Fri-Son – Fribourg, Switzerland
02-04 Theater der Wohngemeinschaft – Koln, Germany
02-06 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
02-07 Cactus Club – Brügge, Belgium
02-08 People’s Place – Amsterdam, Netherlands
02-09 HO-Berlin – Berlin, Germany
02-11 Frost Festival at Koncertkirken – Copenhagen, Denmark
02-13 Tungenes Lighthouse – Stavanger, Norway
02-14 Cafe Mono – Oslo, Norway
02-15 Scandic Grand Central – Stockholm, Sweden
02-26 Mission Theatre – Portland, OR
02-27 Pacific Lutheran University Concert Hall – Tacoma, WA
02-28 Sapphire Room Inside Riverside Hotel – Boise, ID
03-02 South Moe’s – Englewood, CO
03-04 Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
03-06 Russian Recording – Bloomington, IN
03-07 Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
03-08 Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
03-12 Black Cat – Washington, DC
03-13 Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT
03-14 Cafe 939 – Boston, MA

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Moonface Japan Tour + New European Tour Dates

Thursday December 12th 2013, 8:13 pm
Filed under: Moonface,News,Spencer Krug

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Credit: takatoshitakebe

Moonface is currently on tour in Japan. The last show of the 6 show run will be in Tokyo tomorrow night at 7th Floor in Shibuya. The tour started with a sold out show in the Chiyoda City section of Tokyo. Here are some photos I found on twitter from the various shows.

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Credit: @Crazy_Rhythms

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Credit: @7Ep_records

In other Moonface tour news, Spencer is set to play several shows in Europe throughout February. Tickets are on sale now:

02-04 Theater der Wohngemeinschaft – Koln, Germany
02-06 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
02-07 Cactus Club – Brügge, Belgium
02-08 People’s Place – Amsterdam, Netherlands
02-09 HO-Berlin – Berlin, Germany
02-11 Frost Festival at Koncertkirken – Copenhagen, Denmark
02-14 Cafe Mono – Oslo, Norway

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Operators – Last night in Columbus

Friday December 06th 2013, 12:41 pm
Filed under: Dan Boeckner,News,Operators

Last night Dan Boeckner’s new band, Operators, played their second show ever at Double Happiness in Columbus,Ohio.

Update: Apparently Chris Deville from Stereogum was in attendance, here’s his review:

“…that’s how Brown ended up with Boeckner and their bandmate Devojka crashing at his home in Columbus, preparing to record a debut EP in his basement, and playing a tiny club show Thursday night at the very small, very dark Double Happiness. Like I said, it’s weird how these things play out.

Also weird was seeing this configuration of musicians with nary a guitar in sight, but that’s 2013 indie rock for you. Instead, Boeckner and Devojka huddled around a table packed out with plentiful keyboards and sundry other electronic equipment while Brown held it down at his drum kit as ever. When word of this project first broke around Coachella time, Boeckner promised guitars and a distinct Fugazi influence, but Operators never once resembled Fugazi’s righteously antagonistic post-hardcore Thursday night. This was dance-pop, pure and simple — hard-hitting dance-pop, but dance-pop nonetheless.

As such, Boeckner’s other name-checked influence, New Order, was in abundant supply. There were touches of LCD Soundsystem in the mix too, and of course any keyboard-driven Boeckner project is going to echo his own Handsome Furs to an extent. But Operators is its own beast, and that beast is formidable: a flurry of funky keyboard riffs, rumbling programmed beats, incessant low-end, and pelvic thrusts, all set to the classic rock chord changes and gravel-throated melodies that have become Boeckner’s signature. It’s a natural progression from Divine Fits, especially in today’s stylistic climate, but who’d have thunk it back when Boeckner was first howling “Shine A Light” with Wolf Parade?”

Here are two video clips:

Reviews from twitter:

Tony Todoroff @designZOMBIE: “Sounded amazing. Pretty much pure electronic with an almost punk edge.”

Joel Oliphint @joeloliphint: “Sam Brown & Dan Boeckner debuting the new band: Operators. You can dance to it. Many knobs.”

Exciting news! Hope to hear the EP soon!

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Operators to play Columbus Dec 5!

Monday December 02nd 2013, 12:27 am
Filed under: Dan Boeckner,News,Operators

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Operators are set to play their second show ever!

Thursday December 5th with Connections at Double Happiness in Columbus, Ohio.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

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Wolf Parade 10 Year Anniversary Week

Friday November 29th 2013, 11:13 am
Filed under: News,Wolf Parade

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This week has been really fun. Thank you to all the people that emailed, tweeted, and messaged me. It really means a lot to hear from so many fans. Dan, Arlen, and the rest of the band are grateful to all the fans for keeping the Wolf Parade flame burning. Below you can read Arlen’s thoughts on that year and the recording of their first EP.

1. When was the first time you knew Wolf Parade was officially a band?
It’s weird to say, but I don’t really feel that Wolf Parade was ever officially a band. The project came together so fast & always felt like it was held together with spit & tape. The band always had a feeling that it could be over tomorrow. I think that was one of the things that made it great.

Continue reading Arlen’s answers here

Here are some thoughts from a few people who were in Montreal in 2003. I asked both Sean from Said the Gramophone and Mike Irvine (a friend of the band) to share their memories from that year.

Sean from Said the Gramophone:

I don’t remember exactly the first time I saw Wolf Parade. But it was 2003 and Win from Arcade Fire was convinced he had discovered the best band in the world – he wouldn’t stop talking about these guys who had moved to Montreal from British Columbia, who seemed to epitomize so much of what Win’s band was not. Black-clad and dour, impulsive and surreal and dangerous. Win wanted to play with them, to record with them, to make an EP where the groups covered each other’s songs. I was less infatuated on my first impression – Wolf Parade seemed a little too hectic, a little too noisy, the songs too ramshackle or shredded. But my friend Dan Beirne was instantly smitten, and his enthusiasm – plus Wolf Parade’s exquisite first two EPs – made a champion out of me. Still, I have a clear recollection of the way I originally evaluated the Spencer Krug: “That guy is clearly an asshole,” I thought. It was in the wheeze of his keys, the jerk of his voice, the lay of his mustache. It took another five years to learn he was a sweetheart.

Mike Irvine:

The Weather song was one of my favorite early Spencer songs that they played in their first half dozen shows or so but he decided he no longer liked it and that was that.

I think Dan is understating how shitty things were financially, how hard he worked and how much he had to persevere to get through the shit. He did shitty telemarketing jobs for years to make ends meet. I was always really impressed by his willingness to do whatever it took to get by in a city that is not always super hospitable to us uni-lingual anglos.

Thanks everyone!!

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