Trials + Tribulations

White Stripes Cancel ACL Shows!!!!
September 11, 2007, 5:46 pm
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My insider has just given me word that the White Stripes have cancelled both of their shows, possibly due to a Meg White breakdown? I was already a little comme ci, comme ca about the fest, but here goes my big aftershow…Guess we’ll be at the clubs…no big venues for me.

Long Blondes DON’T tour US
September 10, 2007, 9:12 pm
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So, I’m not quite sure what happened here, as EVERYONE (Venues & Blogs & powerhouse Pitchfork) was under the impression the Long Blondes were touring.

So, the tour’s not cancelled, but it’s not happening either.

US dates (lack of)

Some of you may have read from various sources that we will be touring America in November, including a number of shows with Gossip. We are sorry to say that this announcement was not exactly accurate – much as we would love to come back to the US, neither us nor Gossip will be touring there in November! We will in fact be spending October and November recording our second album. We’re sorry for the confusion, and we apologise to anyone who hoped to come see us.

Again, a massive apology to all our US fans. x

Acoustic PJ Harvey & a New One
September 8, 2007, 12:07 am
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WOOHOO!! I got 5th row tickets to PJ Harvey’s show in LA. I’m super excited. Now, I just have to come up with the airfare. Does anyone know if you have to sit at the Orpheum?

In celebration, I thought I’d share some of my favorite new found PJ items.

PJ Harvey – Shame (acoustic) (Live on KCRW)

PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her (acoustic) (Live on KCRW)

PJ Harvey – The Letter (acoustic) (Live on KCRW)

Oh, okay, I know you want a little extra somethin’. Here’s a new one from her highly anticipated (by me) album White Chalk, hitting shelves September 24th.

Dylan’s On
September 7, 2007, 4:27 pm
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They just verified my sources on KGSR. Tickets for the Saturday aftershow with Bob Dylan will go on sale at 10am Wednesday.

They’ll be sold through Front Gate.

ACL Dylan Rumor
September 7, 2007, 1:19 pm
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I have it on very good authority that Bob Dylan is the much anticipated missing link to Stubb’s ACL aftershow calendar. Stubb’s has a full dance card next weekend during the festival, except for Saturday. Speculations have circled Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and the sort, but I just got word this morning from a very reliable insider that the word is Dylan. The show will be announced next week with tickets going on sale on Wednesday. Many thanks to my new best friend for the tip.

in other Dylan news:

I’m Not There the (only Dylan approved) bio-pic includes 6 actors portraying different eras of Dylan’s life. One includes Cate Blanchett pictured below. It will be in limited release in US theatres in November.

Kristin Hersh Manifesto
September 2, 2007, 4:16 pm
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When not writing her book Paradoxical Undressing, or making music with 50 Ft Wave, Kristin Hersh has had a lot on her mind. She’s had it with record labels. You can read the whole manifesto here, but in short an artist that doesn’t appeal to the sham radio is nowadays can’t make it with a major label.

In hopes of cutting out the middlemen, she has started the CASH Music Project

“ThrowingMusic is happy to announce an entirely new musical endeavor. We’re calling it the Coalition of Artists & Stake Holders, or the “CASH Music Project”. CASH Music represents a new music business model which we hope you’ll not only support but also help us shape, by sharing with us your thoughts, suggestions & opinions.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will come to you with a new kind of offering from Kristin. We’re planning lots of great new content, including a brand-new studio recording posted to Kristin’s blog every month – free of charge.

We’re committed to not holding music hostage, the music will be free. We’ll be asking for donations and offer you the opportunity to subscribe to Kristin’s career – past, present and future.”

She’s also added a tip jar to the top of her mp3 page, and will soon be releasing albums on a subscription basis.

Hersh will be touring soon, and even has a couple of rare dates with Throwing Muses pal Tanya Donelly.

Date Artist Place Venue

19 Sept 2007 Kristin Hersh Chicago, IL Estrojam Festival at Schuba’s Tavern
6 Oct 2007, 6pm Kristin Hersh w/Tanya Donelly! Cambridge, MA The Brattle Theatre
6 Oct 2007, 9pm Kristin Hersh w/Tanya Donelly! Cambridge, MA The Brattle Theatre
11 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Richmond, Victoria The Corner Hotel
12 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Hepburn Springs, Victoria The Palais
14 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Auckland, NZ Kings Arms
15 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Wellington, NZ San Francisco Bath House
17 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Bulli, New South Wales The Heritage Hotel
18 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Katoomba, New South Wales Clarendon Guest House
19 Oct 2007 Kristin Hersh Sydney, New South Wales The Basement
21 Oct 207 Kristin Hersh Fremantle, Western Australia Fremantle Arts Centre