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Smoking Popes

“Ever wonder what a traditional saloon singer would sound like backed up by a punk band? The Smoking Popes take that concept one step further: They've created a unique kind of music that some listeners are describing as ‘hyperkinetic tear-jerkers’." Los Angeles Times

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Trashcan Sinatras Press Release

For Immediate Release September 30, 2010


Following the Release of Their New Album In the Music, the Trashcan Sinatras’ 20th Anniversary Celebrations Continue With a Tour Starting in Seattle on October 20

The Band Invites Fans to Request Favorites For Their Set List

(Chicago, IL) Twenty years since their debut release Cake and indie-smash singles “Obscurity Knocks” and “Only Tongue Can Tell,” the Trashcan Sinatras are as busy as ever celebrating this milestone.

With the recent North American release of the band’s fifth studio album, In the Music, the band completed a summer promotional tour in the United States.  Now the Trashcans prepare to launch an acoustic tour in the western USA; it includes an invitation to play a Seattle date with follow Scottish indie-pop favorites, Belle & Sebastian.

“We had been talking about touring the USA this fall.  When this opportunity to play with Belle & Sebastian came up, we decided to organize a little acoustic tour at the same time,” says guitarist John Douglas.  “We last played with them at an outdoor festival in Glasgow a few years ago and it was a great time, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Along with ten new studio recordings, In the Music includes eight previously unavailable bonus acoustic tracks recorded live over the course of two shows in Glasgow last year.  Those concerts led to the upcoming release, Brel – 17 tracks showcasing the Trashcan Sinatras’ acoustic lineup, including arrangements of new songs from In the Music.  According to guitarist Paul Livingston, “We recorded the shows in Glasgow with an eye toward using them as bonus tracks on future releases.  It worked out well that earlier songs complimented In the Music, while the live versions of many of the newer tracks form the basis for Brel.”

While promoting In the Music and readying Brel, the band has been busy in other ways – they were recently asked to record a cover of the Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye,” which anchors a year-long ad campaign for Narita (Tokyo) Airport.

As a special nod to the band’s fans and in appreciation for their longstanding support, fans are invited to submit song requests through the Trashcan Sinatra’s official website, with the most requested songs for each show included in that night’s performance. Says Livingston, “using our four-piece acoustic lineup of original band members, we have more of our back catalog available for set lists.  We thought it would be fun for us and the fans to give them a chance to vote for songs.  It will be interesting to see the results!”

Having released Cake in 1990 and first toured the United States in 1991, all of this activity represents a “20th Anniversary” of sorts. Fittingly, the Trashcans are finalizing plans to re-release their back catalogue in 2011, with a larger acoustic tour of the United States to follow.

In the Music is available from Lo-Five Records through all major music retailers via Fontana Distribution and digital download sites via INgrooves. Brel will be available digitally in late 2010, also via INgrooves.

TRASHCAN SINATRAS ON TOUR: 10/20/2010 – Seattle, WA – Benaroya Hall (with Belle & Sebastian) 10/23/2010 – San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall @ Café du Nord 10/24/2010 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s 10/26/2010 – Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch 10/27/2010 – Tuscon, AZ – Plush 10/28/2010  – San Diego, CA – AMSD Concerts Hall

For more information about the Trashcan Sinatras, please visit: http://trashcansinatras.com

For Press Requests contact Heather West, Western Publicity, westernpublicity@gmail.com, 773/301-5767

Riot Fest Announces Cap’n Jazz, Pennywise, The Bronx, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Torche, Kylesa, Busted at Oz reunion with early Naked Raygun, Effigies Line-ups and more

Riot Fest (October 6-10, 2010, Chicago, IL) is bringing a plethora of top-notch bands from every era of punk rock for the 2010. Never content to rest on laurels, they’ve announced another exciting round of bands. Cap’n Jazz, Pennywise, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, The Bronx, Busted at Oz, Torche and Kylesa join this mind-boggling line-up, taking place at multiple venues across Chicago from October 6th – 10th. Fans from all over the world travel to Riot Fest, making it a destination festival for fans of punk rock from every era.

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She’s not in Kansas anymore, but Pink Nasty’s suburban Midwestern upbringing has indelibly stamped her work as a songwriter. With crystalline pop textures, her new self-titled album evokes a suburban summertime when sensations of emptiness and yearning develop their own kind of sensuality. Surely it’s universal, those elegiac weeks when nothing is happening, time stands still, standing in parking lots and coupling up with damaged and obviously temporary lovers?

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Ponderosa Stomp Announces Clandestine Celluloid Film Series

The Ponderosa Stomp music festival has been growing every year, giving birth to a music history conference and film series during the day before the concerts, then a record hop. This year’s Clandestine Celluloid film series moves to One Eyed Jacks, a few blocks from the Music History Conference being held in the Cabildo in Jackson Square.

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Reversal Films Announces the Chicago Premiere of Echotone

Reversal Films is proud to announce Echotone’s Regional Premiere at the Talking Pictures Festival in Chicago at 9:00 PM on Saturday, May 8th at the NEXT Theatre in Evanston, IL, presented in conjunction with The Onion’s AV Club.
Featuring Black Joe Lewis, Bill Baird of Sunset & Sound Team, Cari Palazzolo, Ghostland Observatory, the Black Angels, and other Austin acts, Echotone is a modern parable on integrity set against the backdrop of an economic, political, and social paradigm shift.

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The Ponderosa Stomp & Lincoln Center Announce The Detroit Breakdown!

The music fanatics behind the Ponderosa Stomp have long championed the myriad sounds of the Motor City; on July 28th they partner with Lincoln Center to bring audiences The Detroit Breakdown, a multi-genre tribute to the city's musical heritage. Sixties garage icons Mitch Ryder and ? and the Mysterians, iconoclastic rockers The Gories and Death, nomadic bluesman Eddie Kirkland, stirring soul singers Melvin Davis and Spyder Turner, Motown hitmakers the Velvelettes and Dennis Coffey and R&B all stars the Party Stompers will bring their multi-faceted talents to the Out of Doors series taking place on the Hearst Plaza Stage by day and Damrosch Park Bandshell in the evening.

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Change is Good: Ponderosa Stomp Announces a New Season & the First Round of Headliners for a Tremendous 2010

There is much to celebrate as the 9th Annual Ponderosa Stomp Festival kicks into action in 2010 with a new fall weekend to present another rocket-fueled cavalcade of American music stars. After eight years of spring events, fans are marking their calendars on the 24th & 25th of September in 2010. Fans hitting the Crescent City that weekend will take in the Stomp’s legendary musical performances, in addition to the 3rd annual daytime American music history conference, film series and record hop!

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