DENALI — still hot on the heels of their recent rock-tastic release, The Instinct[/I] CD/LP (JT1089) — are planning on putting in some serious road time in the coming months. First up they’re going to play as main support on the forthcoming tour before heading out again as part of the with Omaha super-stars . If you haven’t had a chance to see the band yet with new members, Stephen Howard () and Ryan Rapsys (Euphone, Owls), do yourself a favor and catch one of the best shows on the block.
Everyone’s favorite musical deviant, CEX, is once again bringing his crazed sideshow to the people. This time he’s heading out to SXSW for the Jade Tree showcase and then he’s bouncing around the country n’ support of his recent dark-wave, mishmosh masterpiece, MARYLAND MANSIONS CD (JT1090). Last time we saw CEX he was frontin’ some serious "Beyond the Thunderdome" sheik, so we’re not sure what to expect this time around and to be honest we wouldn’t want it any other way.
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The Great White North has, of late, been the hot bed of indie-rock. In recent months Canada has delivered onto us not only the quirky Unicorns and the girthy Godspeed, but let’s not forget the spunk-rock of Hot Hot Heat and the ever-earnest Weakerthans. On that note we’d like to welcome our first ever international signing, the Saskatchewan based four-piece DESPISTADO, to the Jade Tree family. Influenced as much by Wire’s artful passion as perhaps Modest Mouse’s steadfast quirk, these boys have been devastating every club they play, so by the time we finally caught their live show the results were jawdropping.
We will be releasing their CD EP The Emergency Response (JT1096) on June 25 (available for pre-order on 4.20.04) and the band will be stepping in the studio with Phil Ek (Pretty Girls Make Graves, Modest Mouse, The Shins) late next month to begin work on their debut full-length due sometime late Fall.