July 30, 2008

Last night :: The Faint and the sweaty, sweaty kids at the Ogden Theatre

Last night at The Faint was a hot show in every sense of the word. It was frenzied and frantic, all sweaty moshing all-ages and pulsing, pounding, electronic/new-wave indie rock. I needed that.


All my pictures are up on Facebook, shot tentatively on my handy dandy new Canon Rebel XTi, a humblingly-tremendous early birthday present from my family. Watch out! I plan on having fun with this thing.

I Disappear – The Faint

CONTEST UPDATE: The new album also came out yesterday, and the randomly selected winner of The Faint vinyl contest is Josh — Josh, let me know where to have it sent!

July 26, 2008

The Faint fasciinate (and you can win the vinyl)

[they brought back the Soul Coughing guy from retirement!]

On August 5th, Nebraska dance-punk band The Faint will return with a new self-released album, Fasciinatiion (on their own blank.wav label). They’ll be kicking off a tour in support of it, and I’m looking forward to catching them towards the opening end at Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Tuesday night, for what is sure to be a rad show.

I’ve not seen The Faint in concert before but friends who’ve gone cite the live action as simultaneously a huge amount of fun with perhaps a thread of dark fear running through it (stay out of the daylight!). This is not a bad combination, but hopefully the ratio of fun to fear will be proportionately higher than that time I saw Marilyn Manson in 1995 at now-defunct Edge nightclub in Palo Alto — still scarred from that one. Anyways . . . I woefully digress.

NEW CONTEST! Thanks to the folks at blank.wav, I have one double gatefold 180-gram vinyl of the new album Fasciinatiion to give away to one lucky winner. Please leave a comment if you’d like to win — and if you’ve seen ‘em live, tell me what I have in store for me. Posed to death!

Fasciinatiion Track List:
1) Get Seduced
2) The Geeks Were Right
3) Machine in the Ghost
4) Fulcrum and Lever
5) Psycho
6) Mirror Error
7) I Treat You Wrong
8) Forever Growing Centipedes
9) Fish in a Womb
10) A Battle Hymn for Children

The Geeks Were Right – The Faint

And the tour starts tomorrow night, rocking Des Moines:

THE FAINT TOUR DATES
July 27 Des Moines, IA – Peoples Court
July 28 Sioux Falls, SD – Ramkota Annex
July 29 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
July 30 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
July 31 Boise, ID – Big Easy Boise
Aug 01 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore
Aug 02 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
Aug 03 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Aug 04 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Aug 05 San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom
Aug 07 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
Aug 08 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
Aug 09 San Diego, CA – Soma
Aug 11 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
Aug 12 Dallas, TX – Palladium
Aug 14 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Aug 15 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Aug 16 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Aug 17 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Aug 18 New York, NY – Terminal 5
Aug 20 Worcester, MA – Palladium
Aug 21 Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
Aug 22 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Aug 23 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium

May 13, 2008

Album/label/tour news from The Faint


In yesterday’s post I mentioned Saddle Creek as being the home of danse-macabre band The Faint, and as I typed that sentence, I wondered what was going on with their punk new-wave selves.

Turns out that the news today is that they’ve actually left Saddle Creek to form their own label called blank.wav, and that they’ll have a new record coming out August 5th called Fasciinatiion (with that many “i”s). If you wonder to yourself why this is anticipated news ’round these parts, please check a few of my favorite tunes that The Faint have had their hands into these past few years:

Posed to Death – The Faint (love it!)
Worked Up So Sexual (Chris Walla/Death Cab mix) – The Faint
Y Control (The Faint remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

It’s also been said that The Faint puts on one of the best live shows humanly possible, so I am uber-looking forward to seeing them this summer:

THE FAINT TOUR DATES
July 27 Des Moines, IA – Peoples Court
July 28 Sioux Falls, SD – Ramkota Annex
July 29 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
July 30 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
July 31 Boise, ID – Big Easy Boise
Aug 01 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore
Aug 02 Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
Aug 03 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Aug 04 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Aug 05 San Francisco, CA – Grand Ballroom
Aug 07 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
Aug 08 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
Aug 09 San Diego, CA – Soma
Aug 11 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
Aug 12 Dallas, TX – Palladium
Aug 14 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Aug 15 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
Aug 16 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Aug 17 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Aug 18 New York, NY – Terminal 5
Aug 20 Worcester, MA – Palladium
Aug 21 Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
Aug 22 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Aug 23 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium

[photo credit Chris Knight]

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