RAILHED’S MARK MCKINNEY COOKS UP A STORM

We at JADE TREE HQ love a good meal, so when our friend and local culinary hero Mark McKinney took over at Italian eatery Vesuvio we knew we were in for a mouth-watering treat. Mark spent his formative years in Railhed along with JADE TREE co-owner Darren Walters before finding his way into the kitchen while pursuing a psychology degree at the University of Delaware. His credentials have included notable stints at Iron Hill and ¡Pasion!. Philadelphia City Paper recently did a profile on his mix of old school Italian roots and pension for vegan options, so if you happen to swing through South Philly do yourself a favor and check it out.

Vesuvio, 736 S. Eighth St., 215-922-8380.

THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES UP FOR A PLUG

THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES have just stepped off the road after a month plus jaunt around the country with the noisy bastards in Isis. Still hot on the heels of their painfully potent, Oxeneers… CD (JT1097) the band was only home for a few days before getting nominated for a prestigious PLUG Independent Music Award in the Punk Rock Album Of The Year category.

Link is here to see the ballot and this year’s nominees:
Link is here to see who nominates and who votes:

Phase 1 is complete and fans are now eligible to vote. Voting ends January 25.

MP3:

Please consult the These Arms Are Snakes for current dates.

PEDRO THE LION DROPS EXCLUSIVE ITUNES CD & TOURS


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Itunes music store released the exclusive Stations EP today; the downloadable record features radio versions of an assortment of PEDRO THE LION hits. Including songs off of this years Achilles Heel and tracks like Big Trucks off the band’s watershed It’s Hard to Find A Friend.

In other PEDRO THE LION news, the band has just announced dates throughout January with and a full tour with slow-core veterans and Sub Pop newbie’s rounding out February and March.

Track listing:
01: Big Trucks
02: Of Minor Prophets and Their Prostitute Wives
03: I Do
04: Never Leave A Job Half Done
05: Start Without Me
06: Political Science

Tracks 1-3 recorded live at WLUW-FM in Chicago.
Tracks 4-6 recorded live in Toronto by CBC Radio.

MP3:

Please consult the Pedro The Lion for current dates.

PAINT IT BLACK GET THEIR MYSPACE ON

On the cusp of the March release of their J. Robbins (The Promise Ring, Jets To Brazil) produced Paradise CD (JT1103), PAINT IT BLACK are planning their world domination schedule. First FROM ASHES RISE dropped a on us last month with their entrance onto the My Space scene, now the boys in PAINT IT BLACK find themselves following suit by dropping a kick ass of their own.

So while you wait for the new disk to drop feel free to head over to their page, stream upcoming tracks, make comment on David Wagenschutz’s impressive diversity in hair cuts, and most importantly gossip with fellow PIB fans about what promises to be one of the most candid and vital records of 2005.

MP3:

THE LOVED ONES "THE LOVED ONES" CD EP (JT1102) NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER


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Due to drop into our nation’s finest record outlets February 22nd, THE LOVED ONES self-titled CD EP (JT1102) is now available for pre-order. Produced by Brian Mcternan (Thrice, Hot Water Music, Strike Anywhere) the band’s debut is a raucous exercise in razor-throated punk classics, a earnest mix of colossal hooks and ferocious energy. Owing as much to the mile-a-minute, whiskey slugging styling of Dillinger Four as the smarmy and cocksure swagger of early Elvis Costello, THE LOVED ONES offer a glimpse into the tracks that will surely launch them from the northeast basement circuit and into the pop public idiom – the Philly based band has just stepped off the road with and and are gearing up for a hectic New Year.

Drop by for vinyl info.

TRACK LISTING
1.
2. Chicken
3. Massive
4. Drastic
5. Candy Can

The first 50 people to pre-order the EP from the Jade Tree E-Store will receive a free The Loved Ones Beverage Koozie (liquid refreshment product not included).

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