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THE LOVED ONES HEAD WEST WITH THE BOUNCING SOULS

You can’t keep a good band down and THE LOVED ONES are no exception. They’ll be heading out to the West Coast once again next week to play shows supporting New Jersey pop-punk legends Bouncing Souls. Even better, legendary Cali-punkers 7 Seconds will be along for a few of the dates as well. Holy crap. The tour starts September 27th and you can get all of the detailed information on The Loved Ones . If you don’t own a copy of the band’s debut self-titled EP, The Loved Ones (JT1102), now is the time.

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PEDRO THE LION HOLDS HURRICANE RELIEF AUCTION ON EBAY

In an attempt to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, PEDRO THE LION is holding a benefit auction on eBay. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army in the winning bidder’s name and Undertow Music (Pedro’s management company) will also match the winning bid with a donation of their own. Included in the auction is pretty much every Pedro the Lion and Headphones (Pedro the Lion’s side project) CD, tour posters, t-shirts and a hand written thank you note from David Bazan. Bazan will also autograph the items in the auction upon request. Here’s a to the auction and a full list of everything that’s included in it:

It’s Hard To Find A Friend – CD
The Only Reason I feel Secure – CD
Progress EP – CD
Winners Never Quit – CD
Control – CD
Achilles Heel – CD
Headphones – CD
Headphones – LP
Headphones t-shirt (specify style and size after auction)
Pedro The Lion t-shirt (specify style and size after auction)
Pedro The Lion Winter 2004 tour poster
Pedro The Lion Spring 2003 tour poster

We’re sure many of you have a lot of these items already, but this is a good chance to fill out your collection, get stuff to give away as gifts, replace lost, worn out, or damaged items, and, most importantly, to help people in dire need of relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The auction ends on September 14.

We here at Jade Tree would also like to urge you to support the efforts of the American Red Cross as they attempt to give some relief to the victims of this tragedy. You can donate to help their cause .

Thank you.

JADE TREE SWITCH DISTRIBUTION TO TOUCH AND GO

After 13 years with Mordam, we have switched our distribution to Chicago’s Touch and Go.

Mordam was one of the first distributors of its kind, run as a collective label group versus a more traditional sales center. Founded in 1983 by Ruth Schwartz with the idea of offering both competitive and competent CD distribution without price gouging or ridiculous shipping goals; Mordam gave indie-labels like ourselves, Lookout, and Sympathy for the Record Industry the ability to develop their rosters and grow organically – in January of 2005 Ruth sold Mordam to the Lumberjack group.

Touch and Go came into prominence in the early and mid-nineties bringing such luminaries as The Jesus Lizard and Slint to the masses; known more recently for acts such as TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Pinback. In 1990, Touch and Go began to provide manufacturing and distribution services for other independent labels who shared similar ideals. The label has taken to distributing an armful of influential labels including Suicide Squeeze, Kill Rock Stars, and Merge.

We are long-time fans of Touch and Go and proud to be part of their family, keep your eyes and ears open as 2006 promises to be our biggest year to date.

TOURS GALORE!

Oh man. The rock is about to be in full force all over the globe by the time we finish writing these words to you. While LORDS wrap up their tour in support of the brand new sonic maelstrom that is Swords (JT1107), four more of Jade Tree’s finest are about to take it to the streets.

First off, THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES will hit the road once again opening for the mighty Minus the Bear. This dynamic duo will cover most of the US from September 7th to the 25th. Thunderbirds Are Now!, Criteria, The New Trust and City on Film will be along for the ride on some of these shows as well.

Next, PEDRO THE LION will open their arms to the lovely people of Europe and the UK starting September 7th as well. The tour will last until September 20th and hit most of Western Europe and England. Dazid Bazan and co. will be bringing The Amazing Pilots along for the ride to boot.

Not to be outdone and fresh off tour with Pelican and Red Sparrowes, BREATHER RESIST just refuse to stop touring. This time they will be taking it to the Northeast and Canada with Louisville buddies Coliseum in tow. This tour also starts on September 7th and last until the 17th.

Finally, PAINT IT BLACK will go on a "tour" of states whose names start with the letter "M," but I think somebody forgot to tell them about Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Montana. Nevertheless, heads up Maryland and Massachusetts! Paint It Black’s a’comin’ for ya!

Please check the for all of the dates and specifics.