godspeed you black emperor

Clearing the May Backlog in June...

So my life in May was pretty much on hold because I was switching jobs.  And as regular readers might be aware, any slight modification in my life results in massive neglect to excellent online (hey, we've been doing this for over ten years, that says something right?).  I was contacted by a recruiter for a Seattle-based company back in February and went through several phone interviews.  After each one, I'd wait a week then politely ask for the status.  Another week would go by then a response saying that I've advanced to the next step.  So persistence is their first test.  How badly do you want this job?  Bad enough for you to keep emailing us?

After four phone interviews (all with their appropriate delays), I get invited for the onsite.  I was pretty anxious this whole time but the onsite interview really kicks it into overdrive.  Now I'm plagued with thoughts like, "how am I going to find a place to live in Seattle" or "will I adjust to the lack of sunshine."  Truely first world problems because obviously I can adjust to anywhere.

While this is happening, I interview with a local company (I'm in southern California, btw) and they offer me the position but I tell them that I cannot accept until I interview in Seattle.  I'm not going to bore you with the details of the interview other then to say it was a full day (10:30am-5pm, also interviewed during lunch!) and was the most intense interview I've ever had.  They asked if I wanted to stay in Seattle an extra day to check out the city.  But I was a big bag of nerves and wanted to get home as soon as possible and get back to my wife and kid.  The weekend was more of the same, a nervous wreck.  They were going to notify me on Monday evening about the status so I was super pissed that I didn't get a response until Tuesday morning.  They declined.  Bummer.

So I accepted the position from the other local company and while I'm sad that I'm not moving to Seattle, I think staying down here is good for me for right now.  So that's why there hasn't been a post in a while.  ;)


Tons of Good Shows Coming Up...

Lots of good tour news last week.  I bought tickets to see Godspeed but got my scheduling messed up because it's on the same day as Coachella.  Damn, would've loved to see Godspeed at Big Sur, CA.  If you ever get a chance to drive up the California coast, do it.  But remember, it's a LONG drive so make sure you plan accordingly.


Godspeed, Avalanches, Stone Roses, Chemical Brothers live film, Adam Ant tour dates? So much stuff this last week.

Lots of stuff this week.  I'm using the "predict a coachella appearance" expression a bit too much for my taste.  There are just a lot of tour dates announced and they all put bands in Southern California in late April.  In any case, lots of good stuff this week, enjoy!


But Wait, There's More: JAMC, National, YLT, Beady Eye, Suede, Godspeed, Sebadoh, Smiths, Radiohead, and TONS more

So I've been pretty much absent for the last couple of months as the holidays and work has kept me pretty busy.  But my google reader kept piling up and I've finally managed to plow through everything and bring you the best stuff.  Some of this is old stuff so if you're a blog addict then this will all be pretty boring and you'll probably say, "*sigh*, old news!"  For everyone else:  This is what's going on!


First Videos of the Godspeed Reunion Are Now Online!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor made their return this past weekend by curating the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in England.  Someone named, "Polar1One", videotaped the show and they've now been uploaded to youtube.  I can't wait to see them live!  Here are the videos:



Next year in Feb/Mar 2011, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will finally make their return to the states with a US tour.  It's one of the few bands that I never got the pleasure of seeing as they split up shortly after I got into them.  Something that has happened to me several times in my life.  My brother just got into the Smiths when they split.  Then we discovered Echo & the Bunnymen and they split.  There were many annoying years in the early nineties where the Stone Roses seemed like they fell off the face of the earth.  Then GY!BE.  But that dream is finally being realized.  Tour dates below.

HOLY CRAP, Godspeed You! Black Emperor Reunite!!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor have reunited and will be currating the All Tomorow's Parties in the UK in December.  They "officially" broke up in February of 2008 but by then they had already been on a hiatus for many years.  According to their official site, http://www.1119732.net/, their current plan is the festival, "a handful of british and eurpoean shows, and then 9 american towns."

And it continues:

"until further introspection, WE WILL NOT BE FIELDING ANY OTHER OFFERS.  nor will we be doing any interviews.  inquiries directed to band, record label, or bookers will not be guaranteed a reply.  alls we really want to do is the thing we do, heads down and leaned into the squall."

I may have to take a vacation and see all nine of their shows.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor quit over Iraq

Godspeed You! Black Emperor have announced their split. - Source

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Announces 2008 European Gigs

They're back! All Euro dates below:

06 FEB Lyon, FR: Sonic
07 FEB Cler-Ferrand, FR: TBA
08 FEB Paris, FR: Instants Chavires
09 FEB Chelles, FR: Les Cuizines
14 FEB Rennes, FR: L'Antipode
15 FEB Brussels, BE: TBA
16 FEB Nijmegen, NL: De Onderbroek