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29 Jul
2010

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan will kick off their first ever North American tour beginning October 13th in Boston, MA. The tour will also include two shows in the New York area, October 16th at The Bowery Ballroom and October 17th at the Music Hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Additional stops include Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco. The tour will conclude with a performance at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on October 29th. See full list of dates below.

Since departing the celebrated Scottish indie-pop outfit Belle and Sebastian in 2002, Isobel Campbell has released several solo albums as well as critically acclaimed collaborations with former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan. The August 24th release of Campbell’s haunting new album, Hawk, marks her third release with Lanegan and debut album with Vanguard Records.

Produced by Campbell herself, Lanegan lends his signature blues-folk growl to eight of the album’s 13 tracks, while singer-songwriter Willy Mason guests on two. Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha appears on the track “You Won’t Let Me Down Again.” A music video for “You Won’t Let Me Down Again” is currently in production.

Click here to listen to “Come Undone.”

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
10/13/2010 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Cafe
10/14/2010 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10/15/2010 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
10/16/2010 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
10/17/2010 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/19/2010 Montreal, Canada – Cabaret
10/20/2010 Toronto, Canada – Mod Club
10/21/2010 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
10/22/2010 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
10/23/2010 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
10/26/2010 Seattle, WA – Neumos
10/27/2010 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
10/28/2010 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
10/29/2010 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey

24 Feb
2009

Tinted Windows, the poppiest name for a supergroup ever, will have their new self-titled album out on April 21st (S-Curve). It’s made up of Taylor Hanson (Hanson-singer), Adam Schlesinger (Ivy and Fountains of Wayne-bass), Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick-drums) and James Iha (ex-Smashing Pumpkins-guitar). Apparently, Taylor and Adam have been friends for a long time and they pulled Iha into this collaboration a few years ago.

Adam says” “Even though it seems really sudden to everybody else, we’ve been working on making this happen for a while.”

re: The three of them writing before finding a drummer
“We kept trying to brainstorm who could play like Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick.”
“But then it just seemed obvious we should at least try Bun E. Carlos.”

After sending Carlos some demos, he hopped on. Carlos and Adam were already somewhat familiar with each other as their bands had played a few shows together.

Though it took a while to even get a month of the band recording together at the same time, they were able to crack out a fine album of power-pop.

“For me personally as a writer, this was much more straight-forward musically and lyrically. Lyrically, these aren’t meant to be not ironic, not trying to be clever. They’re just pop songs,” Schlesinger says. “When I write a song, I’m always thinking about who’s going to be singing it. We have Taylor with this incredible voice so I had the idea of doing something with a lot of energy. It’s a shame that when people think of Hanson, they think of Taylor as a teenage. But he’s a grown man, and he’s capable of doing so much.”

The band should be playing some club shows in the spring. They’re already confirmed to be playing SXSW and Bamboozle.

Enough talking, let’s listen to some of this here. Wow, that’s not bad at all.

For more, go to http://www.tintedwindowsmusic.com/.

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