Yeah Gates Records
Foul Swoops + Plums, Free Show, Sun. 10/2

Free shows are the best show. This one is right near Yeah Gates HQ in lovely Arlington, Va. It’s this Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6pm.

In addition to Foul Swoops, our dear friends Plums will be performing.

Relevant details

I’m really hard on myself. I welcome people challenging what I’ve done on a level of what I’ve done. But I do get embarrassed about adulation that I see when it comes my way, if it comes my way. It’s embarrassing because I recognize it as part of this complete affirmation of the idea of a cool rock band. Of which there can be nothing wrong with them. There can be no question. You can’t mention the second terrible album. No one wants to mention that it’s terrible. No one wants to talk about that. No one wants to talk about, well, maybe they only had one album in them. And the kind of patronization that goes on with Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Mick Jagger on one end, and then the other end as far as adulation for a buzz band — it’s sickening. I just see the baby boomer’s technique is being used by the bloggers.

And I wish the voices of harshness — the fanzines I read like Conflict and Forced Exposure … if you were to actually apply any of the artistic principles that people used to apply and judge standards of music by … there’s a lot of foolishness going on. There’s very little wisdom going on. There’s certainly very little wisdom being communicated. But nobody wants to rain on the parade. And nobody wants to find out they’re not invited to the party. In a way, I think, that we’re going through a period right now where it’s sort of like people have no faith in any institutions other than what’s popular.

Yesterday I found audio files from an interview I did with David Berman on March 1, 2008. There’s a lot of great stuff in there and I’ll find a home for it eventually, but this really seemed to be so on point.

Four new songs, free for your streaming/downloading pleasure.

It’s a tiny picture below, so here are the relevant details…

THE DIRTBOMBS (Motor City)

THEE LEXINGTON ARROWS (Charm City)

FOUL SWOOPS (South Arlington!!)

Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. (tonight)

Rock & Roll Hotel, $14

Truly awesome show. I mean, motherfucking Dirtbombs? Come on!

America Hearts are on the road. Here they are performing in Atlantic City. Righteous.

America Hearts are going on tour!!! Help spread the word! They will be bringing their charming and catchy songs to the following cities and venues. Go there and heckle them in my absence, please…
May 13thThe BONEYARD20 South Virginia AveAtlantic City, NJ 7:00w/ Bill Ridenour, Creepoid, the Courage Pills, Forever Broken Presented by elephant talk indie music magazine $5May 14thPianos158 Ludlow StreetNew York City7:00w/ WIN WIN, Situation, the Shining Sea, and Jess Kohn FreeMay 15thAS220115 Empire St.  Providence, RIw/ Walri, Diamond Doves, and Kid Mountain 9:00$6May 16thYes.Oui.SiBoston w/ Cotton Candy and the Sneaky Mister7:00ACLU BenefitMay 17th 242 Main
Burlington, VTw/ Forget the Times and FM Drag7:00$7May 19thBlack Eye 1947 East 71st Cleveland, OHw/ Jukebox ValueMay 20th Live on WNUR Chicago 89.3 @ 7:30Beat Kitchen  2100 West BelmontChicago, ILw/ Sleep Out and Coupleskate10:00$8May 21stThe Rudyard Kipling442 West Oak Street Louisville, Kentucky w/ Hal Dolls9:00$7May 22ndCraig’s (house show)2702 Laamdale stDurham, NC9:00May 23rdWinston’s Cafe1412 Greenbriar Pkwy 133Chesapeake, Virginiaw/ uglyography 8:00

America Hearts are going on tour!!! Help spread the word! They will be bringing their charming and catchy songs to the following cities and venues. Go there and heckle them in my absence, please…

May 13th
The BONEYARD
20 South Virginia Ave
Atlantic City, NJ
7:00
w/ Bill Ridenour, Creepoid, the Courage Pills, Forever Broken
Presented by elephant talk indie music magazine
$5

May 14th
Pianos
158 Ludlow Street
New York City
7:00
w/ WIN WIN, Situation, the Shining Sea, and Jess Kohn
Free

May 15th
AS220
115 Empire St.
Providence, RI

w/ Walri, Diamond Doves, and Kid Mountain
9:00
$6

May 16th
Yes.Oui.Si
Boston
w/ Cotton Candy and the Sneaky Mister
7:00
ACLU Benefit

May 17th
242 Main

Burlington, VT
w/ Forget the Times and FM Drag
7:00
$7

May 19th
Black Eye
1947 East 71st
Cleveland, OH
w/ Jukebox Value

May 20th
Live on WNUR Chicago 89.3 
@ 7:30

Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont
Chicago, IL
w/ Sleep Out and Coupleskate
10:00
$8

May 21st
The Rudyard Kipling
442 West Oak Street
Louisville, Kentucky
w/ Hal Dolls
9:00
$7

May 22nd
Craig’s (house show)
2702 Laamdale st
Durham, NC
9:00

May 23rd
Winston’s Cafe
1412 Greenbriar Pkwy 133
Chesapeake, Virginia
w/ uglyography
8:00

"Shot In the Dark" by Foul Swoops

Live at Comet Ping Pong on May 7, 2011

This is the jam.

Recorded on my phone, so, y’know.

Coming soon on the new Foul Swoops record.

"Soon"

Love that spin move by Sean at 1:48.

Slick.

Busy day tomorrow. First up is Punk Rock Flea Market II: Spring Cleaning and Skill Sharing at St. Stephen’s Church. This is where you can: 1) Buy stuff (last time there was everything from vegan cookies to vibrators), 2) share a skill (potentially, but not certainly, involving those two things) and 3) enjoy live music from both Foul Swoops and America Hearts, as well as the most-excellent Deleted Scenes. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; music starts with Foul Swoops at 2 p.m. If Swoops don’t have a cover "Others Way" up their sleeves for this show on the 7th of May, I’ll be disappointed. It costs just $3.
Then later in the evening Foul Swoops will be bringing the rock again, this time at Comet Ping Pong. They will be opening for Apache Dropout, who remind me of Dancing Cigarettes, that kind of weirdo-damaged Indiana post-whatever. Learn more about them in this interview with Marc Masters on Pitchfork. That starts at 10:30, and costs just $10.
And even more news coming soon because America Hearts are going on tour … stay tuned!

Busy day tomorrow. First up is Punk Rock Flea Market II: Spring Cleaning and Skill Sharing at St. Stephen’s Church. This is where you can: 1) Buy stuff (last time there was everything from vegan cookies to vibrators), 2) share a skill (potentially, but not certainly, involving those two things) and 3) enjoy live music from both Foul Swoops and America Hearts, as well as the most-excellent Deleted Scenes. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; music starts with Foul Swoops at 2 p.m. If Swoops don’t have a cover "Others Way" up their sleeves for this show on the 7th of May, I’ll be disappointed. It costs just $3.

Then later in the evening Foul Swoops will be bringing the rock again, this time at Comet Ping Pong. They will be opening for Apache Dropout, who remind me of Dancing Cigarettes, that kind of weirdo-damaged Indiana post-whatever. Learn more about them in this interview with Marc Masters on Pitchfork. That starts at 10:30, and costs just $10.

And even more news coming soon because America Hearts are going on tour … stay tuned!

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Reminder: The Cheniers playing at Comet Ping Pong tonight. Get there early to see Tyler Jon Tyler, stick around to see Greenland. It should be a fun show.

To “get you in the mood” here is a new Cheniers jam. It may or may not be called “Tea Spring,” this may or may not be the finished version, it may or may not appear on an upcoming 7”, it may or may not be about Gilbert Arenas, and it may or may not feature excessive use of photo theremin. Mysteries abound.

On Friday, the Cheniers play at Comet Ping Pong with local pals Greenland and a great band from Chicago called Tyler Jon Tyler. Listen to their song “Tick Tock Tick.” And read what Jonathan L. Fischer of the City Paper had to say about them:

Punk begets pop, that’s just evolution. Chicago’s Tyler Jon Tyler has the trappings of a garage-rock band (loud, dirty, stripped down), seems to play with a lot of bands of that ilk, and has a frontwoman who frequently wails like she’s in The Raincoats. But Rebecca Flores’ songs are a bit more refined, featuring massive hooks, smart-simple choruses (“Hey, hey, hey, hey-ee, hey, hey/Where have you gone, baby?”), and guitar riffs with more jangle than the C86 comp. The band, which also features Chi-town stalwarts Tom Cassling (Daily Void) on drums and Nathan Jerde (The Ponys) on bass, calls its sound “pop music for floozies,” which is probably just a cute way of saying they really like Dolly Mixture and the Aislers Set. But who doesn’t?