CHALLENGER, fresh off their recent Japanese jaunt in support of the recent Give People What They Want In Lethal Doses LP/CD (JT1092), are now going westward to pummel the coastline and all spaces in between with their non-stop, scratchy, speed driven post-punk. Dave Laney along with fellow Milemarker denizens Al Burian and Noah Ledger, and Hit it Or Quit it zinester Jessica Hopper have been on the road non-stop since departing on the Jade Tree United tour last month. Following the west coast leg the band plans on heading back across the pond for an extensive European tour sometime this fall. In the meantime, be sure to catch them in the coming month if you’re lucky enough to live on the left hand side of the country.

Please consult the Challenger for current dates.


PEDRO THE LION’S Achilles’ Heel (JT1095) is now available…that’s right, it’s out in stores all across the country and beyond, but if you were one of the diehard fans who were brilliant enough to pre-order the record via the Jade Tree website then you know that as an added bonus you would be entered to win a brand new, shiny iPod stuffed full of PEDRO THE LION goodies. Well, after much speculation and a bombardment of pre-orders we are pleased to announce Amanda Holtz of Cooper City, FL is our lucky winner. Elated and extremely thankful, Amanda could not have been more deserving.

Congratulations to her and thank you to everyone who took the time to enter!


PEDRO THE LION’S Achilles’ Heel (JT1095) is now available. Both gorgeously austere and deceptively sweet, this adroit follow-up to 2002′s politically enraged Control was recorded in Washington State at the band’s home studio where longtime David Bazan collaborator TW Walsh was joined by multi-instrumentalist James McAlister (ESTER DRANG[/B]) as the group spent a solid month working on the album’s tracks. The end result is as musically mature as it is emotionally complex, a stunning culmination of the band’s graceful song-craft and Bazan’s well-honed laconic narrative. Achilles’ Heel is thoroughly imbued with the hopeful sadness that only PEDRO THE LION can, and do deliver.

In celebration of the release David Bazan and crew will be performing at 9am (PT) on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM, so you can either tune in online at KEXP or simply stream the show live through iTunes.


Jade Tree’s newest signing, BREATHER RESIST — made up of current Black Cross and one time National Acrobat member Evan Patterson on guitar, along with bassist Nick Thieneman, drummer Geoff Paton and vocalist Steve Sindoni — have just about finished up recording their debut full length with Converge’s Kurt Ballou (Isis, Cave In, Give Up the Ghost). Now you’d think that after slaying the kids night after night on the Jade Tree United Tour that a week in the studio would leave them spent, but true to form the fearsome troupe now have plans to take their Louisville heat out on the road with Kodan Armada, and Coliseum as part of MAXIMUM LOUISVILLE TOUR. Beginning June 4th and covering much of the mid-west, the tour is only the start as this band has no plans to slow down in the months leading up to their record’s fallish release.

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Please consult the Breather Resist for current dates.


We can all look forward to a few new tracks and a chat with David Bazan and crew as PEDRO THE LION, in celebration of the release of Achilles Heel CD (JT1095), will be performing Tuesday, May 25 at 9am (PT) on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM. KEXP began humbly enough as a tiny 10-watt station back in 1972, since then they have grown into an innovative force in the Seattle community, a true anomaly as the station’s DJs help program their own sets, play requests, and rail against all that commercial radio has come to represent in the last few years. You can tune in online at or simply stream the show live through iTunes.

After performing on-air PEDRO THE LION will be taking a few days off before heading out on a massive coast-to-coast tour with San Francisco based popster , who himself just released a new album entitled Cellar Door on Seattle label .


Please consult the Jade Tree tour page for updates.

All dates w/ John Vanderslice except 6/24 and 7/3

2: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St)
3: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill (1233 17th St)
4: Pomona, CA @ Glass House (200 W 2nd St)
5: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (2501 Kettner Blvd)
6: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
7: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (9081 Santa Monica Blvd)
8: Phoenix, AZ @ Old Brickhouse (1 E Jackson St)
10: Austin, TX @ Emo’s Outside Stage – Early Show (603 Red River)
11: Dallas, TX @ Tree’s (2709 Elm St)
12: Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s (923 W 7th St)
13: Nashville, TN @ Exit In (2208 Elliston Place)
14: Atlanta, GA @ Echo Lounge (551 Flat Shoals Ave SE)
15: West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern (122 State St)
16: Chalottesville, VA @ Star Hill Music Hall (709 W Main St)
17: Washington, DC @ Black Cat (1811 14th St NW)
18: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon – Early Show (223 N Water St)
19: Philadelphia, PA @ The Philadelphia Ethical Society (1906 S Rittenhouse Square)
20: Brooklyn, NY @ Northsix (66 North 6th St)
21: New York, NY @ Knitting Factory (74 Leonard St)
22: Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs (480 Massachussets Ave)
24: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen St W)
25: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place (47 E Mohawk St)
26: Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd)
27: Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave)
28: Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub (3420 W Grace)
29: Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub (3420 W Grace)
30: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue – Early Show (29 N 7th St)

1: Milwaukee, WI @ Wehr Hall (1047 N Broadway)
2: Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis (330 E Washington)
3; Bushnell, IL @ Cornerstone Fetival (23325 N Cornerstone Rd)
5: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground (2234 S 13th St)
6: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre (3317 E Colfax Ave)
7: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (579 W 200 S)
8: Boise, ID @ Big Easy (416 S 9th St)
9: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (1332 W Burnside Ave) w/ Audio Learning Center, Dolorean
10: Seattle, WA @ Showbox (1426 First Ave)