STATISTICS ARE IN

STATISTICS LEAVE YOUR NAME LP/CD (JT1093) is right out the gate and already making waves. Back to back issues of Rollingstone have zeroed in on Denver Dalley’s glitchy brand of wide eyed, spatial song-craft (or as they put it, “dreamy, seductive melancholia.”) as the indie-release to bet on in 2004 and Spin’s “Next Big Thing’s” Issue gives LEAVE YOUR NAME a solid B, advising, "pick a style, kid; we’ll make you famous.”

As reviews keep pouring in it seems like they’re not alone in thinking so:






Furthermore, following the cancellation of Desaparecidos’ jaunt on the Plea for Peace tour has left Denver with a straight-outta-the-oven-hot record and a bunch of free time. His immediate solution? Tour like hell! So be sure to check the Jade Tree site for constant updates and show your support for STATISTICS as they round the country playing with Engine Down throughout February.

Please consult the Statistics for current dates.

Booking info: [EMAIL]eric@groundcontroltouring.com[/EMAIL]

PEDRO THE LION AND ESTER DRANG HIT THE STREETS

Everyone’s favorite bearded gangsters, PEDRO THE LION are heading out with labelmates and goodbuddies ESTER DRANG in support of their most recent Jade Tree releases. Expect an updated and tripped out stageshow as ESTER DRANG lay down tracks from last year’s swelling and lush Infinite KeysCD (JT1082). And if you’re well behaved you might be able to coerce some new songs from PEDRO THE LION, as they have recently put the finishing touches on a stunning new record due out later this year.

PEDRO THE LION

Please consult the Jade Tree tour page for updates.

All dates w/ Ester Drang

February
27: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall – Noise Pop Fest
28: Healdsburg, CA @ Raven Theater (115 N St) w/ John Vanderslice
29: Chico, CA @ Chico State

March
1: Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan (231 SW Ankeny) w/ John Vanderslice
3: Anacortes, WA @ Department of Safety (1011 – 12th St) w/ John Vanderslice
4: Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar (517 Yates St)
17: Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater (6025 Camp Bowie Rd) w/ John Vanderslice
19: Houston, TX @ Club Fat Cat (4216 Washington)

ESTER DRANG

2/27 – 3/4 & 3/17, 3/19 w/ Pedro the Lion

February
20: Norman, OK @ The Opolis w/ Midlake
21: Santa Fe, NM @ The Paramount
22: Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
23: Phoenix, AZ @ Modified
25: Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
27: San Francisco, CA @ Great American w/ John Vanderslice
28: Healdsburg, CA @ The Raven w/ John Vanderslice
29: Chico, CA @ Chico State

March
1: Portland, OR @ Berbati’s Pan w/ John Vanderslice
3: Anacortes, WA @ Dept of Safty w/ John Vanderslice
4: Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
7: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile Cafe w/ Aveo
9: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
10: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
12: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
13: Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
14: St Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl w/ John Vanderslice
17: Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theeater w/ Pedro the Lion, John Vanderslice
19: Houston, TX @ Club Fat Cat w/ Pedro the Lion

Booking info: [EMAIL]trey@aerobooking.com>trey@aerobooking.com[/EMAIL]

CHALLENGER’S DAVE LANEY STRUCK BY CAR

CHALLENGER singer/guitarist, and Chicago-based bike messenger, Dave Laney found himself on the receiving end of some downtown traffic this past Thursday – sadly a common hazard for the city’s bike bound. While the injuries weren’t too dire, the band will need to cancel their scheduled tour dates as Laney recovers from his scheduled surgery. We wish him a speedy and painless recuperation.

CHALLENGER‘s devastating Give People What They Want In Lethal Doses LP/CD (JT1092) is slated for world-wide release February 17th and we will keep the website updated as we hear more on Dave’s condition and the band’s continued plan of attack.

[Update] Dave Laney writes:

Looks like I will be needing the surgery on this one. On Feb 6 the doc will be cutting me open to install a new titanium plate across my collarbone. If this doesn’t work (the bone that broke off is too small to drill a screw through) he’ll need to reconstruct the AC joint (where the collar bone meets the shoulder). Unfortunately I had no say in what style or type of metal they use. I think I would have gone for the chromyl or straight up steel, but the doc advised me that titanium, as horribly trendy as it sounds, would be the best choice. Two weeks after the surgery I enroll in my first class for some time: physical therapy. It meets three times a week until I have full function of my arm back: 4-6 months. Ouch. Anyone for a visit to Chicago?

THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES vs. HARKONEN

First the sad and then the hopeful news…

THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES founding member and masterful skin-smasher, Joe Preston, has left the band to focus on different pursuits. We all adore Joe and, though we will miss him horribly, wish him all the luck in the world – our glasses are raised. Replacing him for now on all upcoming shows is Minus the Bear’s Erin Tate, whom we welcome with open arms.

Furthermore following his farewell show in Seattle this past Thursday Preston found himself on the receiving end of a semi-truck during the drive home with show openers Belt of Vapor. The rental van hit a slick in the road, fishtailed, and spun 180 into oncoming traffic. The bleary eyed rockers were startled to be staring down an oncoming semi-truck, who quickly swerved only to wind up scratching the van and sending it careening back the other direction. Luckily nobody was injured too badly as the worst of the bunch went home with stitches – the rental van on the other hand had seen better days.

Now for some brighter gossip. THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES, who released the startling THIS IS MEANT TO HURT YOU CDEP (JT1084) just this past August, will be suiting up with Seattle brethren to put out a split on later this year. Both bands recently recorded material with (Soundgarden, Nirvana) and that effort is currently being mixed and mastered. While all parties want you to believe that it was a pleasant and professional exchange, we at Jade Tree know better. This is, by all accounts, an old school “battle” EP with 2 original dis-tracks from each band and one final blazing guitar showdown, to settle the score.

Our bets are on TAAS as they:

a. Fight way dirty
b. Play too loud
c. Are currently planning their rockin’ Jade Tree full length on which we’ll leak more news as it comes in.

Until then here’s the track listing for those keeping score:

1. Payday Loans (TAAS)
2. Neverlander (Harkonen)
3. Hook On This (TAAS)
4. Standing On Holey Soles (Harkonen)
5. Touched For The Very First Time (Harkonen with TAAS)

HEARTSWORK TRAVELING EXHIBITION

JADE TREE friend and graphic design powerhouse, Chris Duncan is contributing his work as part of the roving HEARTSWORK site-specific installation. Conceived as “a traveling exhibition inspired by the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke” we at Jade Tree were shocked to discover that the NYC based rock group have had such a far reaching effect on the arts community. It was quickly explained that Rainer Maria was a brilliant late 19th century writer first and only started a mediocre band after exhausting the possibilities of poetry.

Who knew?

Beginning January 24th Chris will be joined by bay area artists Paul Urich, Tiffany Bozic and photographer Vic Blue. So please put down your Xbox controller, get out and enjoy some culture.

Lump Gallery opening reception feb 6th 7pm-11pm
505 south blount st Raleigh, nc 919.821.9999

Covivant gallery & studios opening reception Feb 20th 7pm-11pm
4906 n. florida ave. tampa, fl 813.234.0222

Space 1026 opening reception march 5th 6pm-11pm
1026 arch st. 2nd floor Philadelphia, pa 215.574.7630

Anno domini opening reception june 4th 8pm-late
150 so. Montgomery st unit b San Jose, ca 408.271.5151