The Blank Tapes California Tour!

TBT-Summer Cali Tour

On The Road Again

Is it August already?!?! This summer is FLYING BY!!

No worries though. The Blank Tapes are ringing out August with a string of California dates starting this Friday before they head back out on another coast to coast run this September with Sean Hayes. More on that later!

After running back and forth across the country for most of the spring and early summer with Matt Costa and Beach Day, The Blank Tapes spent most of July close to home in Los Angeles. Just keeping it mellow, shooting a cameo for Inherent Vice, the upcoming PT Anderson film, and playing Huntington Beach right before the US Surf Open riots.

So yeah, TBT is rested and ready, and if you’re in Cali, coming soon to a gig near you! From their website:

The Blank Tapes are hitting the road from the Bay Area to Baja California with their buds’ Mystic Braves (formerly Blackfeet Braves) & Hindu Pirates!!

The Blank Tapes Tour Dates!

8/9 – Davis @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
8/10 – Oakland @ Awaken Cafe
8/12 – Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place
8/13 – San Luis Obispo @ SLO Brew
8/14 – Santa Barbara @ SOhO
8/15 – San Diego @ Casbah
8/16 – Tijuana, MEXICO! @ Moustache Bar* (No Mystic Braves or Hindu Pirates)
8/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar w/ Mystic Braves, Bad Weather California, Sauna and Skating Polly

Dana Falconberry Tiny Desk Concert is LIVE!

Dana Falconberry & Band Tiny Desk Concert!

Dana Falconberry & Band Tiny Desk Concert!

During Dana Falconberry‘s late spring East Coast tour, she and her band stopped by the NPR offices for a bit and recorded a Tiny Desk Concert. It premiered yesterday on the NPR site, and it is awesome.

NPR has been a huge supporter of Dana’s most recent LP, Leelanau, and we want to thank them for putting this together. We could describe the session, but they did it perfectly:

Dana Falconberry‘s songs are gentle, almost invariably delicate, sometimes mysterious and frequently feather-light. But her music’s sweet, intricate softness never stands in for strength: This is a confident songwriter, whether she’s ambling through six- and seven-minute epics (“Leelanau,” “Dolomite“) or chirping sweetly in the bouncy “Crooked River.”

The compositions on Falconberry’s most recent album, last year’s Leelanau, are sturdy enough to be stripped down for a space like Bob Boilen’s desk at the NPR Music offices. But each benefits immeasurably from the broad assortment of lovely flourishes she re-creates here with the help of five instrument-swapping backing players. What makes Falconberry stand out in a crowded field of singer-songwriters is her music’s unfailing impeccability, and this Tiny Desk Concert finds her and her crack band hitting every immaculately crafted mark.” — Stephen Thompson, NPR.

Watch Dana Falconberry’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert below!

Foxtails Brigade New York Residency

Foxtails Brigade in NYYo NYC peoples….Bay Area chamber pop masters Foxtails Brigade are headed to the boroughs for a short string of shows later this month, so get out your datebook.

These will be intimate affairs, with Laura and Anton performing a set of older and newer songs…and the first time the band has done any kind of formal club gigs in NYC. So roll out the red carpet!

 

Mon, July 22nd – Petes Candy Store – Brooklyn, NY – 9pm

Fri, July 26th – Spike Hill  - Williamsburg, NY – 8pm

Sat, July 27th – The Living Room – NYC, NY – 10pm

Bay Area folks can still catch FB before they head out, they’re playing the Redwood Grove at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden this Thursday afternoon (7/11), a pre-Bastille Day celebration also featuring Deux Bagettes, Gaucho, raffles, St. Germaine champagne cocktails, French food, and more! Get tix here.
And of course, you can still pick up a copy of Foxtails Brigade‘s 2011 CD, The Bread and the Bait HERE.
PS….if you haven’t seen it yet, the video Foxtails Brigade did recently for Little Person (an excellent Jon Brion cover) is below.

Don’t Ever Get Old by the Blank Tapes, now on iTunes!

The Blank Tapes - Don't Ever Get Old

The Blank Tapes - Don't Ever Get Old

The Blank Tapes tour rolls on as Matt Adams and company return from Canada for a week’s worth of shows on the eastern seaboard.

Good then, to point you to a brand new single from their amazing new LP, Vacation, out at iTunes now!

Don’t Ever Get Old is some of the catchiest life advice we’ve ever heard….Born in the 80s indeed! The B-side is an exclusive acoustic version of Pearl, one of our fave cuts on the new LP.

So get on over to iTunes to get these songs into your speakers, and be sure to check The Blank Tapes when they come to your town! Tour Dates HERE.

The Blank Tapes SoCal Release Shows plus Summer Tour!

The Blank Tapes SoCal Record Release Shows!

The Blank Tapes SoCal Record Release Shows!

After a week’s worth of shows in Northern California, The Blank Tapes return to the southland this week for a trio of shows celebrating the release of their new LP Vacation….and then back on the road again for the month of June!

Editor’s PSA: You can order Vacation on CD from the AF store HERE, also available on glorious vinyl LP format with free album download, PLUS the exclusive digital-only Holy Roller EP. DO IT.

Starting tonight, TBT plays the Constellation Room in Santa Ana, and then on down to the Void in San Diego Thursday night.

Then on Friday, back up to Echo Park for a show at the Satellite. Tickets for this show are only $5 if you are one of the first 100 people to RSVP HERE!

And then, yes, it’s back out on the road, for a month’s worth of shows with Florida’s Beach Day. I don’t think you can sum up the arrival of summer any better than this.

 

The Blank Tapes Summer Tour

JUNE

04 – Phoenix, AZ – Trunk Space
06 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
07 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard *
08 – Dallas, TX – Bryan Street Tavern *
09 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk *
11 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room *
12 – Chicago, Il – Schubas *
13 – Detroit, MI – Garden Bowl
14 – Toronto, ON – TBA
15 – Toronto, ON – NXNE Fest
17 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar
18 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
19 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
20 – Philadelphia – North Star Bar *
21 – Arlington, VA – IOTA *
22 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
23 – Asheville, NC – The Double Crown *
25 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
26 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
28 – Des Moines – Vaudeville Mews (LATE SHOW)
29 – Omaha – Slowdown
30 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive*
* w/ Beach Day

 JULY

01 – SLC, UT – Kilby Court
02 – Reno, NV – Chapel Tavern w/ 2 Gallants
05 – Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place

Tele Novella on tour!

Tele Novella

Tele Novella on Tour!

Austin super-group Tele Novella heads out on tour this week, and if you are on the west side of the country, you ought to check them out!

Tele Novella consists of Natalie Ribbons (of the late, great Agent Ribbons) as well as members of Voxtrot and Belaire, and they’re great. Nice pop with some really classic touches, and of course if you’re missing Agent Ribbons, this will help ease things a bit.

So check out the dates below and be sure to check out Tele Novella as they pass through your town!

 

Tele Novella On Tour!

-5/16: EL PASO @ Bear Space Collective
-5/17: TUCSON @ Club Congress w/ Acorn Bcorn + more
-5/18: PHOENIX @ The Rogue Bar w/ Avery and Rachel Ariel Crocker
-5/19: SAN DIEGO @ Che Cafe w/ Weatherbox and Sledding w/ Tigers
-5/21: LOS ANGELES @ Ham and Eggs Tavern w/ Susan and Bombon
-5/22: LOS ANGELES @ The Bootleg Theater w/ Raw Geronimo and Las Brujas
-5/23: OAKLAND @ The Night Light w/ The Hot Toddies + more
-5/24: MODESTO @ Cafe Deva w/ The Airlings, Dandelion Massacre, and the Panduhs
-5/25: NEVADA CITY @ The National w/ Mt. Whateverest
-5/26: HICKEY FEST @ HICKEY STATE PARK + tons of rad bands!
(buy tickets here: http://hickeyfest.brownpapertickets.com/)
-5/28: SACRAMENTO @ Bows and Arrows w/ Mt. Whateverest and Olla
-5/29: EUREKA @ Palm Lounge w/ The Lost Luvs
-5/30: EUGENE @ Cozmic Pizza w/ TBA
-5/31: PORTLAND @ Record Room w/ Bath Party
-6/1: TACOMA @ Dwell Hole w/ The Fucking Eagles
-6/3: WHEELER @ Tsunami Bar and Grill
-6/4: PORTLAND @ The Kenton Club w/ The Happening + more
-6/5: SEATTLE @ Heartland w/ Needlecraft. Bandolier and Chastity Belt
-6/6: BELLINGHAM @ Make.Shift Art Space w/ Needlecraft
-6/8: OLYMPIA @ The Northern w/ Meowtain + Young Cousin
-6/10: MOSCOW (Idaho) @ One World Cafe
-6/12: BOULDER TBA
-6/13: DENVER @ Lions Lair w/ Gigantic + more
-6/14: ALBUQUERQUE @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
-6/15: SANTA FE TBA
-6/20: AUSTIN @ Arthouse event ‘TESSERACT’ 9 pm
-6/21: AUSTIN @ Holy Mountain w/ Deep Time, Daniel Francis Doyle and Borrisokane
-6/27: MARFA @ Padres w/ Molybden (FILM FEST)
-6/28: MARFA @ Padres w/ Mikal Cronin (FILM FEST)

The Blank Tapes – Vacation LP in stores today, Dana Falconberry does an NPR Tiny Desk Concert

The Blank Tapes play Stranded Records

The Blank Tapes play Stranded Records

The Blank Tapes played a series of in-store shows over the weekend (including Origami in LA and Stranded in Oakland, pictured at right) to celebrate the release of their brand new LP, Vacation, in stores and on iTunes TODAY!

That’s right, you can mosey on down to your local shop, including those great shops, the Amoebas in LA, Berkeley, and SF, Waterloo in Austin, and a host of others to pick up this great record on CD or LP.

And remember, the LP comes complete with MP3 download, including the digital only, 7 track Holy Roller EP, exclusive to the vinyl edition. Of course if mail order is your thing, you can pick up the album via Amazon, or save a few bucks and head straight to the Antenna Farm Store. Get on it!

Meanwhile, over on the East Coast….

Dana Falconberry plays a Tiny Desk Concert

Dana Falconberry plays a Tiny Desk Concert

Dana Falconberry and her band are on tour and made a special stop in Washington DC to visit the NPR offices….for a Tiny Desk Concert.

If you have never checked one of these out, TDC’s are curated by All Songs Considered‘s Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, and are a great way to check out your favorite band in a quiet, mellow setting. Painstakingly recorded to tape and video, these tiny concerts are great, and another one of the reasons we love NPR.

The broadcast date on this TDC remains TBA, so stay tuned!

The Blank Tapes – Vacation LP on iTunes & Rdio, new Tour Dates!

The Blank Tapes - Vacation

The Blank Tapes - Vacation

Yes, that’s right. Vacation, the new album from The Blank Tapes, is available NOW at iTunes in a Deluxe Edition, featuring 2 bonus tracks and an iTunes-exclusive PDF booklet featuring lyrics and some never-before-seen images from the making of the Vacation cover art. Stoked.

This album is great…but don’t take our word for it. We’ve partnered with our favorite streaming partner, Rdio, to feature Vacation all this week before the LPs and CDs hit stores next Tuesday. Listen to Vacation in its entirety over at Rdio all this week, for FREE! Just sign up and press PLAY!

All this is great, but if you’re like me, you’re still waiting for the LP or CD of this great album. The LP in particular is awesome, it comes with a download of the full album PLUS the 7-song digital Holy Roller bonus EP with a few tracks you won’t find anywhere else! And it all sounds great to boot.

Both the CD and LP will be available at your local record store (as well as Amazon, etc…) May 14, but you can order your copy TODAY from the Antenna Farm Store and we will ship it to you within 24 hours so you’ll have your copy by release date! So what are you waiting for?!?!

Finally, The Blank Tapes just wrapped a month of shows supporting Matt Costa all over the US. Is the hardest working band in show business going to take a break? Are you kidding?!?! Touring IS the Vacation and this is a year-round affair. New tour dates for May, June and beyond are below!!

The Blank Tapes Tour Dates

May
09 – San Francisco, CA – Daytrotter SF (day show)
09 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel SF ^
10 – Oakland, CA – Stranded Vinyl in-store 6:30 FREE!
11 – Los Angeles, CA – Origami Vinyl in-store 7pm FREE!
21 – Los Angeles, CA – AXS Live
23 – Oakland, CA – New Parish #
24 – San Jose – Cafe Stritch
25 – Leggett, CA – Hickey Fest w/Radiation City, Warm Soda +more!
27 – Pacifica, CA – Winter’s Tavern
29 – Laguna Beach, CA KX93.5 in-studio
29 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room %
30 – San Diego, CA – The Void
31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite (Album Release Party!) %*  w/ Matt Costa
^  w/ Allah-Las
#  w/ He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
%  w/ The AbigailsJune

06 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
07 – Tulsa, OK – The Vanguard *
08 – Dallas, TX – Bryan Street Tavern *
09 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk *
11 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room *
12 – Chicago, Il – Schubas *
13 – Detroit, MI – Garden Bowl
14 – Toronto, ON – NXNE
15 – Toronto, ON – NXNE
17 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar
18 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
19 – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
20 – Philadelphia – North Star Bar *
21 – Arlington, VA – IOTA *
22 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
23 – Asheville, NC – The Double Crown *
25 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
26 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
28 – Des Moines – Vaudeville Mews (LATE SHOW)

30 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive* w/ Beach Day

July

01 – SLC, UT – Kilby Court
02 – Reno, NV – Chapel Tavern

Dana Falconberry releases video for Please Sparrow, on tour now!

Just in time for Dana Falconberry to head out on a series of May dates, here is her brand new video for the song Please Sparrow from 2012′s Leelanau LP.

The fine folks over at SPIN were good enough to premiere it this week, and now we’ve got it to share below. Check it, and check out the tourdates below the fold!

Dana Falconberry – Please Sparrow

 

Dana Falconberry May Tour!

5/1 – Omaha @ The Slowdown Jr.*
5/2 – Minneapolis @ Studio B at the Skyway Theatre*
5/3 – Chicago @ Martyr’s*
5/4 – Traverse City, MI @ The Good Work Collective*
5/5 – Toronto @ The Horseshoe*
5/6 – Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House*
5/7 – Boston @ The Middle East Upstairs*
5/8 – NYC @ The Mercury Lounge*
5/9 – Brooklyn @ The Rock Shop*
5/10 – Philly @ The Tin Angel* 
5/11 – Frederick, MD @ Cafe Nola
5/12 – Annapolis @ The Metropolitan*
5/13 – Cincinnati @ The Comet*
5/14 – Indianapolis @ Do317 Lounge*
5/15 – Hot Springs, AR @ Night at the Fordyce
5/16 – Ft Worth, TX @ Live Oak Theatre 

(* Co-Headline with Paper Bird)

The Blank Tapes release Holy Roller single, blow up Twitter Music!

The Blank Tapes - Holy RollerThe Blank Tapes continue their tour supporting Matt Costa this week, headed back west through TX to California.

In the meantime, they’ve premiered a new single (via Paste) and released it to iTunes: the springtime rocker, Holy Roller. Re-worked from the version appearing on the upcoming Vacation LP, the single version of Holy Roller has a distinctive Dwight Twilley drive, with a little harder edge than the album version (which comes as the B-Side on the single).

The song is an ode to that shady old dude we all know, an unmistakable California fixture, part lurker, part wise sage, a dude who will steal your pen but still want to be your friend. Check it out below.

The Blank Tapes on Twitter MusicThe track was also released to Spotify and RDIO, where it seems to have blown up twitter this week. Indeed, yesterday The Blank Tapes and Holy Roller coasted to the top of the Emerging charts on Twitter Music, based on chatter on the twittersphere.

If you haven’t checked out Twitter Music yet, you can find it here. Kinda cool.

But even better, check out HOLY ROLLER on iTunes, Spotify or RDIO ! Or stream it free below!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Blank Tapes –
Holy Roller

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