Thrill Jockey re-issue Tortoise 7″ singles & albums + Tour Dates

Thrill Jockey re-issue Tortoise
Thrill Jockey re-issue Tortoise

Thrill Jockey have announced that Tortoise will be playing a string of European live dates this summer. The cool record label will also be re-issuing their first two singles as part of Record Store Day, and six albums throughout 2012 in celebration of Thrill Jockey’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Tortoise Tour Dates 2012

12 May 2012
E-Santiago Compostella, Auditorio Galicia

15 May 2012
E-Madrid, Rock Kitchen, Sublime Shows

16 May 2012
E-Barcelona, Apolo, Sublime Shows

17 May 2012
E-Valencia, Wah Wah
18.5. Fri E-Sevilla, Territorios Festival

2 June 2012
London, Field Day Festival

3 June 2012
MK-Skopje, OFF Fest

4 June 2012
HR-Zagreb, Tvornica Kulture

5 June 2012 München, Feierwerk

6 June 2012
CH-Zürich, Moods

8 June 2012
B-Hasselt, Kunstencentrum Belgie

9 June 2012
E-Tenerife, Próximos Festival

18 July 2012
N-Molde, M. Int. Jazz Festival, Teatret Vart

20 July 2012
N-Tønsberg, Slottsfjellet (open air amphi)

Thrill Jockey re-issue Tortoise 7″ singles for Record Store Day
As part of Record Store Day (April 21st) we will be reissuing of the first two Tortoise singles.  Lonesome Sound was released on Thrill Jockey and features a cover of the Freakwater song of the same name.  Mosquito (also the band’s original name) was released on David Sims’ (Jesus Lizard) Torsion Music label.

These releases feature the original line-up of Douglas McCombs, John Herndon, Bundy K. Brown, John McEntire and Brad Wood!  Both have been re-cut to vinyl by Bob Weston (Shellac) and feature the original fold-over artwork.  Both 7″ sleeves can be put together to form a full four panel poster.

Thrill Jockey re-issue First Two Tortoise 7″ singles

Lonesome Sound 7″
1. Lonesome Sound
2. Reservoir
3. Sheets

Mosquito 7″
1. Mosquito
2. Gooseneck

Thrill Jockey re-issue Six Tortoise Albums
Thrill Jockey will be reissuing the following Tortoise albums throughout 2012. The releases will be spread out over the year, to coincide with the 20th Anniversary celebrations.  20th Anniversary LP Limited re-issues on CD & digital download:

It’s All Around You
Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Beacons of Ancestorship

For more information visit the Thrill Jockey Tortoise website page.


Fantastic competition to record b-side on Frank Turner’s next single

Frank Turner releases the fourth single from his Top 40 album Poetry of the Deed on August 2nd, the track Try This At Home, is a raucous call to arms. Embodying the true spirit of punk rock – it is all about the DIY ethos that drives the punk scene and encourages anyone and everyone to pick up a guitar, jot down some words, and just give it go.

With this spirit in mind, Frank Turner is offering the chance for a new, unsigned act to record a B side for the single.

In a fantastic, one-off competition Frank, together with labels Xtra Mile Recordings (UK) and Epitaph Records (rest of the world) is asking for new and original music to be sent to him for consideration for the b-side. There will be two winners chosen by Frank together with Kerrang! in the UK and Alternative Press in the USA – with both winning tracks included as the B-Sides of a limited edition coloured vinyl – 1000 copies each for the UK and the rest of the world.

For more information and details of how to enter the competition go to: or

Having just completed his first ever tour of Australia and China, Frank Turner returns to play a staggering array of festivals over the summer months including headlining Wood and 2000trees, main stage performance at Latitude, two sets at Glastonbury and the NME/Radio1 Stage at Reading and Leeds. And that’s not to mention being invited by Green Day to play at their Manchester and Wembley Stadium shows in June. Incredible. All tour dates are as follows:

23 Wood Festival, Oxfordshire
27 Club Kerrang at Birmingham Academy, Birmingham (solo show)
28 Mandela Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland (Tickets)
29 Academy 2, Dublin, Eire
30 Cypress Avenue, Cork, Eire
4 Sublime, Tel Aviv, Israel
6 Syncopa, Haifa, Israel
10 Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN, USA
16 Manchester Cricket Ground, Manchester (with Green Day)
18 Hurricane Festival, Germany
19 Wembley Stadium, (with Green Day)
20 Southside Festival, Germany
25 Glastonbury Festival
26 Glastonbury Festival
11 T In The Park Festival
15 Larmer Tree Festival, Salisbury
16 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
17 Latitude Festival
22 Calgary Folk Festival, Canada
1 Osheaga Festival, Montreal, Canada
2 The Webster Underground, Hartford, CT, USA
3 Lost Horizon, Syracuse, NY, USA
4 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY, USA
5 Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, USA (supporting The Gaslight Anthem)
6 Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY, USA
7 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI, USA
8 Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL, USA 20 Highfield Festival, Germany
21 Area 4 Festival, Germany
22 Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, SZ
27 Leeds Festival (NME/Radio 1 Stage)
28 Reading Festival (NME/Radio 1 stage)
12th O2 Academy Brixton, London

Michael Monroe confirmed for Download 2010

michael monroe - sami - ginger
michael monroe - sami - ginger

Legendary punk rocker Michael Monroe is hitting the UK again this summer having just been announced for the infamous Download Festival 2010! While the band demos new material in NYC for their debut, they’re still finding time to get a few summer festival appearances in.

After a sensational stint at SXSW this year followed by a captivating debut UK show earlier this month at London’s Islington Academy, the band, completed by Ginger from The Wildhearts, Sami Yaffa, Steve Conte and Karl Rosqvist, are more than a little bit excited to revisit the UK audiences.

Ginger shared some fond memories of Download;
“Fuck yeah!! Download is the first and the best. I was educated at Donnington Monsters Of Rock, it was always the place where magic happened and the stories would last a year until the next one. I’ve had so many great moments at this festival (bad acid trips, public blowjobs by complete strangers, arms impaled onstage by the Psycho Cyborgs …the list goes on) and playing here with Michael Monroe continues the theme of great moment after great moment. We’re bringing the punk, we’re bringing the rock n roll, now all we need is you. Be there or be elsewhere.”

Great stuff, Rock & Roll or what?

Here is a current list of Michael Monroe upcoming gigs around the world:

Highline Ballroom
New York

Helsinki Live 2010

Sweden Rock

Download Festival

Peace & Love Festival




Summer Sonic Festival

Summer Sonic Festival


Frank Turner – Music Releases and O2 Brixton Academy Gig

Frank Turner
Frank Turner

Frank Turner’s dream of reaching mainstream popularity continues to grow with the announcement that due to popular demand he will be performing at the O2 Brixton Academy on December 12th this year.

This news is announced following Turner having sold out his gig at London’s Roundhouse venue two months in advance. The Roundhouse show takes place as the finale of his current UK tour, on March 24th.

The Brixton show will be his largest headline gig so far and an incredible achievement considering his humble beginnings of playing tiny venues, house parties, pubs, car parks and anywhere else that would have him – only a few years ago. Testament if ever there was need for one, that Frank Turner has turned underground cult status into a mainstream success story.

To coincide with his March tour Turner will release a live version of the track Long Live The Queen, recorded at his Shepherds Bush Empire show in October last year. The single will be available as a digital download and a limited edition 7″ vinyl, from March 22nd.

A DVD/CD Take To The Road will also be available from March 22nd, featuring the entire Shepherds Bush gig as well as his performance in the more intimate surroundings of the Union Chapel last Christmas. The DVD also includes promo videos, diaries, photos and interviews. The bonus CD features the audio from Shepherds Bush.

Following the tour Turner will release the beautiful single Isabel on April 12th, the third track to be released from the Top 40 album Poetry Of The Deed. All Frank Turner recordings are available through Xtra Mile Recordings.

15 Northumbria Uni, Newcastle
16 Edinburgh Picture House
17 Manchester Academy
18 Leeds 02 Academy
19 Bristol 02 Academy SOLD OUT
21 Birmingham O2 Academy
22 Norwich Waterfront
23 Portsmouth Pyramids
24 London Roundhouse SOLD OUT

For our international readers Frank Turner is currently supporting Flogging Molly on their huge arena tour in the USA and having recently sold out solo shows in Toronto, Montreal and LA – the international plot continues to grow with a confirmed set at Coachella Festival in April, dates on the Revival Tour in Australia, gigs in Hong Kong and a slot at the famous Calgary Folk Festival in July.

For further information visit the Frank Turner MySpace, or Xtra Mile Recordings.

Arctic Monkeys ‘Humbug Tour’ – Europe and UK dates November 2009

arctic monkeys
arctic monkeys

It really seems like the Arctic Monkeys have been around forever, they have lapped up award after award in the music industry, along with best selling albums and singles, not to mention their many and varied side projects.

In fact it was exactly four years ago that the single I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, the band’s first single with Domino Records was released and went straight to the top of the UK Singles charts.

Those in the know at that time had probably seen it coming, but for the rest of us the Arctic Monkeys were an exciting new and young band who despite their youth appeared to have a wealth of experience and a penchant for very British songwriting that combined realism with tongue in  cheek humour wrapped in nice helping of  alternative indie rock.

Having built a fan base through the distribution of give away CDs at local concerts, the musical content of those CDs quickly found its way onto the internet and an even wider acceptance among young music fans who quickly recognised the Monkeys as the next big thing.

By the time that the band had signed to Domino Records they already had a very healthy following through the internet with a sound that immediately set them apart from their contemporaries and song writing skills that would get them noticed.

As a live band the Arctic Monkeys come into their own, encouraging fan participation and loving nothing more than a serious sing along. The lack of flashing lights and smoke machines during some of the band’s gigs have led to criticism from some reviewers, but for the fans and the band the party atmosphere seems most important.

Arctic Monkeys embark on the European leg of  their Humbug tour on November 3rd with gigs in Antwerp, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam before hitting the UK and Liverpool’s Echo Arena on November 13th. The following night the Monkeys return to their home city when they play Sheffield Arena.

The tour continues across the UK and  Dublin before heading off to continental Europe again for shows throughout January and February 2010. It is possible to purchase tickets for Arctic Monkeys Humbug Tour through the usual outlets including viagogo.

Watch Arctic Monkeys perform Crying Lightning at Reading Festival 2009


Arctic Monkeys UK and European Tour dates:

03.11.2009 Antwerp (Belgium)  @  Lotto Arena
05.11.2009 Paris (France)  @  Zenith
06.11.2009 Paris (France)  @  Zenith
08.11.2009 Berlin (Germany)  @  Arena Treptow
10.11.2009 Amsterdam (Netherlands)  @  Heineken Music Hall
11.11.2009 Amsterdam (Netherlands)  @  Heineken Music Hall
13.11.2009 Liverpool (United Kindom)  @  Echo Arena
14.11.2009 Sheffield (United Kindom)  @  Sheffield Arena
16.11.2009 Newcastle Upon Tyne (United Kindom)  @  Metro Radio Arena
18.11.2009 London (United Kindom)  @  Wembley Stadium
20.11.2009 Birmingham (United Kindom)  @  NIA
21.11.2009 Manchester (United Kindom)  @  MEN Arena
22.11.2009 Nottingham (United Kindom)  @  Trent FM Arena
24.11.2009 Glasgow (United Kindom)  @  SECC
25.11.2009 Belfast (United Kindom)  @  Odyssey Arena
26.11.2009 Dublin (Ireland)  @  O2 Arena
26.01.2010 Milan (Italy)  @  Palasharp
02.02.2010 Porto (Portugal)  @  Coliseu do Porto
03.02.2010 Lisbon (Portugal)  @  Campo Pequeno
05.02.2010 Madrid (Spain)  @  Arena
06.02.2010 Barcelona (Spain)  @  Sant Jordi

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