Stuff Going On (or Swervedriver Swallow Noir Heart)

SwervedriverUp to now there were only 5 dates for the Swervedriver reunion tour. Well, now there are six. The regrouped band bring their juggernaut into town at Neumo’s on 26 May. I saw Swervedriver a few times back in the day and they never failed to bring it. I’ll be there with my Swervedriver t-shirt on (that’s lame I know, but that’s how excited I am about this show).

mp3: Swervedriver – Chateau In Virgina Waters (Mark Bolan/Tyrannosaurus Rex Cover)

NoirBarsuk has put up an mp3 from the upcoming second album from Jim Noir. The eponymous album hits stores on 8 April. I was a fan of 2005’s bedroom psychelia Tower of Love, and this new song is a good omen for the new record. So no Mr. Noir, I’m not worried.

mp3: Jim Noir – Don’t You Worry (Barsuk)

photo by Lucy Davies

Fans of the late Monkey Swallows the Universe will be heartened to know that main Monkey Nat Johnson has posted a bunch of new demos to her myspace page. You may remember that MSTU went on indefinite hiatus last year after releasing the wonderful Casket Letters. Listening to these demos, it’s like they never broke up. Here’s me looking forward to a Nat Johnson solo album. Check her myspace for more songs and dates for her UK gigs throughout April.

mp3: Nat Johnson – Heart of Clay(demo)

Pains of being a 7″ recordYou’ve probably heard about the new Curt Cobain Converse sneakers. But have you heard about Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan? It’s the A-side of a split single that excellent NYC band the Pains of Being Pure at Heart share with The Parallelograms. It’s limited to 300 copies, and with a song as catchy as the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have written, I’m betting that thing will sell out.

mp3: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan (Atomic Beat Records)


  1. Kippers · March 27, 2008

    Swervedriver are back together? Blimey, they’re all at it! Fantastic.

    Kurt Cobain sneakers? That’s kind of depressingly inevitable in these market-driven times. God, these massive brands, they truly have no shame. Cashing in on the dead and the tragic isn’t a very edifying way to make a living.

  2. Toby · March 27, 2008

    Capitalism and Courtney Love know no bounds and have few scruples.

  3. Toby · March 29, 2008

    here’s the full list of N American Swervedriver dates courtesy of the vegan from brooklyn:

    05/26 – Mon Seattle, WA Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room *
    05/27 – Tue Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom *
    05/29 – Thu San Francisco, CA The Fillmore *
    05/30 – Fri San Diego, CA Casbah *
    05/31 – Sat Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre *
    06/03 – Tue Austin, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounging
    06/05 – Thu Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
    06/06 – Fri Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
    06/07 – Sat Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
    06/08 – Sun Washington, DC 930 Club
    06/10 – Tue Boston, MA Paradise
    06/11 – Wed New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
    06/12 – Thu Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
    06/13 – Fri Toronto, ON, Canada Lees Palace
    06/14 – Sat Chicago, IL Metro

    * with Film School

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