With their one-and-only reunion show at in Chicago less than a month away, Jade Tree godfathers THE PROMISE RING are featured in this month’s in a major way. The seven-page AP feature presents an oral history of all of the highs and lows of these Milwaukee power-pop kings, as told in their and their friends’ own words. For those of you who are just finding out about the band, consider this your Intro to Promise Ring 101 textbook, while those of you who are long time fans will find the answers to all of your burning TPR mysteries. Grab the mag now and make sure to make it The Metro in Chicago on November 12th to catch the reunion.

Please see The Promise Ring for all of the show details.


Hot on the heels of the announcement of the impending January 24th release of their third full-length album, Rocinate (JT1106), ESTER DRANG has decided to take their unique brand of post-gazer, pop magic to foreign soil. The band will tour the UK and Europe this November in support of Sub Pop indie-songstress Rosie Thomas. This is the first full-on touring the band has done in quite some time and it presents an amazing opportunity for the band’s fans overseas to catch a sneak peak at the passionate grandeur of the songs on Rocinate.

Please see the Ester Drang for all show details.

Come Back Alive

Ester Drang on


Jade Tree is now accepting resumes for Winter/Spring 2006 internships (January – May). The internship offers small office experience in a fast-paced, music-based environment and is ideal for a person with an English, Communications, Business or Music background. This is an unpaid internship and will offer college credit where applicable.

Responsibilities run the gamut from making sales and stock calls, to assisting the staff with promotional efforts including mailings, data entry, restocking inventory and supplies, to much more depending on the situation and the day. In addition, it’s tons of fun and a great experience for anyone interested in the day-to-day operations of an independent record label.

Candidates should be available for approximately 16 or more hours per week and should have experience with computers, File Maker Pro, Microsoft Entourage, Adobe Photoshop, and Internet applications. Reliable transportation is a must.

Send resume to:
Jade Tree/Attn: Internships
2310 Kennwynn Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810
or via email to: internships at jadetree.com no later than November 21st, 2005


It looks like Gratitude might be giving us another chance to hear a few of our favorite NEW END ORIGINAL tunes. Check out this update from Jonah:

SO, as we’re getting ready to go out on this last of the year US Tour, we’re talking to our friend Norman, and he decides he wants to come rock with us. For those at all familiar with past stuff, his name is Norman Brannon (most of you know him as Norman Arenas, but it’s Brannon now), and he’s the guy that started New End with me, and as it happens, the guy that introduced me to Jeremy de Gratitude. They’re in the van as I type, headed to the first show; I’ll meet up with them in Denver tomorrow. We’re all really excited, obviously, on personal and musical levels both. We’ll be playing some Gratitude tunes, some New End tunes, sort of whatever feels fun. So, what we were all thinking was already going to be a really fun tour just got its potential fun quotient upped by a lot. Come say hi, see what comes of this strange new turn. We have no idea what will come of it, what we’ll call it, anything. All we know is that, whether it’s for this tour or longer, we’re just gonna rock as hard as possible, cos that’s what rockers do.

Stay nice – Jonah / G-Unit / Whatever : )

**Gratitude (/New End) US tour: 1st part confirmed, the Nov. dates comin soon…**

8:00PM Soiled Dove
1949 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
P: 303-299-0100

7:00PM Club Sound
579 W. 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
P: (801) 328-0255

9:00PM Hawthorne Theatre
3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
P: 503-234-7474

7:00PM Crocodile Cafe
2200 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
P: 206-441-7416

8:00PM The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
P: 415-771-1420

8:30PM The Boardwalk
9426 Greenback Ln.
Orangevale, CA 95662
P: 916-988-9247

7:30PM Chain Reaction
1652 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
P: 714-309-1444

8:00PM Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
P: 310-276-1158

7:30PM Soma (Sidestage)
3350 Sports Arena Suite 1
San Diego, CA 92110
P: 619-226-7662

8:00PM The Clubhouse
1320 E. Broadway Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
P: (480) 968-3238

7:30PM Skrappy’s
201 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85701
P: 520 358-4287

8:30PM Green Door
329 E. Sheridan
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
P: 405 236-0070

9:00PM Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom
1300 S. Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72202
P: 501-374-3660

5:30PM Gabe’s Oasis
330 East Washington
Iowa City, IA 52240
P: 319-354-4788

6:00PM Warehouse Nightclub
328 Pearl St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
P: 608-784-1422


Jonah Matranga
POB 170118
SF, CA 94117




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On January 24th, Jade Tree will proudly release the third full length from ESTER DRANG, Rocinate, an album that catapults the band even further into their patented synth-dripped rhythms, throbbing percussion, rising horns and post-gazer grandeur, having as much in common with Coldplay’s mournful drone as they do The Arcade Fire’s passionate textures. Rocinate affords these Oklahomans the freedom to orchestrate their imagination into a beautiful ensemble of tracks; proving that songs not only have the power to elevate, to leave you infiltrated, but when properly strung together can be as transcendent as they are moving.

Each customer will receive a free Ester Drang poster and sticker.


2. Valencia’s Dying Dream
3. Grave Mistake
4. Hooker with a Heart of Gold
5. Great Expectations
6. Everyone is a Victim
7. Smoke and Air
8. Caledonia
9. White Lies
10. Proustian Moments