JADE TREE UNITED BEGIN SEASON WITH A WIN

In the opening match of their New Castle County Indoor Soccer League 2006/2007 season, Jade Tree United beat Meet the Soccers 6-12 away at the PAL 2 facility.

The first half started off with JTU on the wrong foot. Within seconds of the whistle, MTS scored with a dead on strike. Shades of seasons past surely entered into the Jade Tree player’s minds.

Thankfully, JTU quickly recovered and returned with a rocket shot from Mike Hoffman, who had just recovered from a thigh injury, which had potentially ruled him out for the season.

MTS’s fought back and went up again before JTU’s new signing, the American born Cuban U-17 International Ryan Mann, hit back at MTS, settling things up once again and showing he would fit well into the JTU squad.

MTS and JTU would return fire throughout the first half, with Victor Alvarez and Alex Milne sinking balls into the net to keep JTU level with MTS at 4-4 heading into half time.

Jade Tree started the second half in the same formation as the first. It proved to make sense to Manager Darren Walters, who effectively made his team feel assured of success. Having had a halftime chat with the lads, the entire JTU team was pushed forward, making the defense support JTU’s offensive position.

Fine playing from Defender Mike Leyva produced a stunning shot that left MTS’s ‘keeper grasping at air.

Mike Hoffman picked up his hat trick with two successive goals from deep left field that found the high wide right of MTS’s net.

Defenders Jim Brooks and Al Agra both had sincere chances on target as well, but both were unlucky as their strikes hit the woodwork.

Ryan Mann continued to do well in his first appearance for JTU, as he scored on a throw in he received from Darren Walters and was instrumental in sliding Victor Alvarez a pass that he converted nicely.

A loose pass by an MTS full-back was intercepted by Casey Gallucio who teed up Alex Milne with a beautifully executed pass, netting yet another for JTU.

Mike Hoffman continued to handle the ball well, netting 2 more goals and ensuring Jade Tree’s first win of the season.

MTS did get two shots late in the half, but it was not enough to save them.

One of the many keys to JTU’s success was goalkeeper Brian Olden’s excellent work in keeping MTS’s chances from being converted. Olden was injured towards the middle of last season and is only now back to the squad. His form does not look to have diminished and in him Jade Tree have a formidable goalie should he continue to stay healthy.

Jade Tree United is currently set to meet DS Wilson Excavators on December 14th.

JADE TREE 2006 CMJ SHOWCASE LINE-UP CHANGES FINALIZED

Due to several unforeseen circumstances, the line up of the Jade Tree CMJ showcase has changed. Unfortunately FUCKED UP and MICAH P. HINSON will not be appearing. NEW MEXICAN DISASTER SQUAD and CLOAK/DAGGER have been added to the bill. See the final line-up below and be sure to note the times.

Friday, November 3

66 N. 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

12:15 – 1:00
11:15 – 12:00
10:15 – 11:00
9:30 – 10:10
8:45 – 9:15
8:15-8:30
8:00-8:15

Doors at 7 PM
$15 / 16+

Purchase advance tickets online from .

WINTER/SPRING INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE

Jade Tree is now accepting resumes for Winter/Spring 2007 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.

Candidate should be available for approximately 16 or more hours per week and should have experience with computers. Experience with the Macintosh OS, File Maker Pro, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, and Internet applications is very hepful. 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 30th, 2006

FALL/WINTER INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE

Jade Tree is now accepting resumes for Fall/Winter 2006 internships (September – December). 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.

Candidate should be available for approximately 16 or more hours per week and should have experience with computers. Experience with the Macintosh OS, File Maker Pro, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, and Internet applications is hepful. 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 August 20th, 2006.

JADE TREE IN "ALL THE HYPE"

Jade Tree music has recently been featured in a surfing DVD called ALL THE HYPE. Read all about it below:

Watch these surfers tear up some surreal locations, like: Tortola, Puerto Rico, Barbados, El Salvador as well as other East and West Coast locations!

Surfers include: Jeff Myers, Aron Gieger, Jesse Hines, Eric Taylor, Ian Parnell, Alex Gray, Brett Simpson, Tommy O’Brien, Mike Losness, Matt Beacham, Lucas Rogers, Noah Snyder, Timmy Reyes, Carl Wallin and many more!

The DVD also features exclusive music tracks and videos from the bands of Jade Tree, and with over 30 minutes of bonus features, you won’t want to miss this brand new release from Shaking Hands Productions.

The DVD can be purchased online at

NEW MEXICAN DISASTER SQUAD & LORDS IN YOUR FACE

In preparation for the May 9th release of , NEW MEXICAN DISASTER SQUAD is combining forces with labelmates LORDS for a trip through the Southeast. Get out there and get Don’t Believe while you’re at it. If you don’t already have LORDS’ , what’s wrong with you?

Dates:

05/06/2006 Birmingham, AL @ Cave 9
05/07/2006 Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Cafe
05/08/2006 Orlando, FL @ The Social
05/09/2006 Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery at Skatepark of Tampa
05/10/2006 Gainesville, FL @ 1982 Bar
05/11/2006 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
05/12/2006 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
05/14/2006 Richmond, VA @ Nanci Raygun
05/15/2006 Sterling, VA @ Gum Springs
05/16/2006 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
05/17/2006 Indianapolis, IN @ The Secret Location

Please see the for all show details.

WHO SAID WE AREN’T SEXY?

The friendly folks over at have nominated several Jade Tree band members past and present to be named the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian of 2006. That’s right, if you can believe it, Dan Yemin (PAINT IT BLACK, LIFETIME, KID DYNAMITE), Thomas Barnett (STRIKE ANYWHERE), Michael "Spider" Cotterman (THE LOVED ONES, KID DYNAMITE) and Mike Sneeringer (THE LOVED ONES) have made the cut. You can vote for them at the Peta2 site:

Peta2.com is trying to encourage friendly competition. So vote as often as you wish. The winners will be announced the third week of May.

Jade Tree in One Gulp

Ask any twentysomething that knows a thing or two about 90s underground music their top three favorite labels of the era and I’d be willing to bet that Jade Tree would be mentioned in just about every one of them. Ask one of them that comes from the East Coast and I’d bet that the percentage would be nearly perfect. In simple terms, Jade Tree’s influence is huge. One of the main band’s responsible for this influence aside from The Promise Ring is Lifetime. The New Jersey band formed in the early 90s behind the minds of vocalist Ari Katz and guitarist Dan Yemin. From here the band went on to release two full-lengths with Jade Tree, Hello Bastards and Jersey’s Best Dancers. The band was short-lived however and eventually broke it off in 1997. However, out of the break up another band formed with Yemin on guitar and fellow Lifetime member Dave Wagenschutz on drums. Kid Dynamite, as they were called, would also release two albums with Jade Tree. While the bands had a difference in sound, their influence on the national scene is widespread and Jade Tree is one of the many reasons why. In honor of both bands, the label has compiled two retrospectives of sorts: a ninety-minute DVD look into the history of Kid Dynamite called Four Years In One Gulp and a two-disc Lifetime release featuring rare, live, and unreleased tracks titled Somewhere In The Swamps Of Jersey.

While separate reviews of each entity would be fine, it seems only right to somehow connect Jade Tree’s dedication to the past works of such important bands. Nowadays, a re-issue or a compilation of works album comes out only five months after a band’s last album. In a sense it is rather pathetic and makes such projects hit or miss. With these two, Jade Tree has surely hit, right in the sweet spot of the bat. As someone that was not around to experience the impact of bands such as Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, both projects are perfect for anyone that wants to take a look into the musicians that have influenced bands like Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day, Thursday, Bouncing Souls, and Stretch Arm Strong. Even though Lifetime was first in the order of bands here, the Kid Dynamite DVD may be the more rewarding of the two. Not only does the DVD manage to keep the viewer’s attention, the amount of live footage, commentary, and thoughts from the band members are unlike most bland band documentaries. Seriously, they’ve even included footage from their first ever show as a brand new band in the Philadelphia hardcore punk market. The documentary starts off with how the band formed and how they got into touch with vocalist Jason Shevchuk, the narrator and person who put the piece together and ends with final thoughts and footage from the band’s reunion shows. Included between live performances are thoughts from roadies Dave Hause (now frontman in The Loved Ones) and Colin McGinniss (who has played with Yemin in Paint It Black), Shirts For A Cure founder Mark Beemer, Darren Walters and Tim Owen from Jade Tree, several bands, and a sit-down session with Yemin, Shevchuk, Wagenshutz, and Michael “Spider” Cotterman all sitting in the same living room. However, like many DVDs of this kind, the re-play value may not be that high once you have the story down unless you are thrilled with watching the live footage many times over.

As the story continues, or moves backwards I should say, we get to the Lifetime retrospective. The main feature on the two-discs is the band’s first full-length release titled Background. It takes up a better chunk of the tracklisting as the first disc contains all ten tracks remixed for a better sound while the second disc contains all ten tracks as they originally sounded as well as a nine track live set that includes seven of the Background tracks. The inclusion of the same songs over and over bogs down the package a bit but not enough to diminish its value. The disc also includes remixes of “Young, Loud, And Scott”, “New England”, “Bringin’ It Backwards”, and “Theme Song For A New Brunswick Basement Show”, all songs that originally appeared on Jersey’s Best Dancers. Besides that, many of the band’s songs that appeared on 7 inches and split releases are included. Perhaps the best part about the release as a whole is the 52-page booklet that is literally bound. It contains a plethora of photos and lyrics as well as an introduction from Norman Brannon. As a whole, Somewhere In The Swamps of Jersey puts the pieces together for fans wondering what Lifetime was about before they released their Jade Tree albums. It is a solid introduction or look-back for people new and familiar to the band, respectively.

So, what is the relevance of these two projects anyway? Well, as I write this there is speculation that Lifetime could be reuniting full-time and actually signing with a new label. While that is simply a rumor, the band has been playing sold-out reunion shows on both coasts, full of the fans they connected with all those years ago and all the ones that found out about the band after they knew Adam Lazzara had a Lifetime lyric tattooed on his arm. Lifetime’s relevance probably hasn’t been felt as much as it has recently with these shows and speculation which makes the album all the more worthwhile. As for Kid Dynamite, the DVD is simply a look back into the history of the band that debuts at a good time since Jade Tree is primarily focusing on the past early this year. As a whole, the Kid Dynamite DVD is probably a more enjoyable affair but the overall package of both is quite pleasing. Each one has its own redeeming qualities, and overall they are impressive releases that break the normal mode of terrible music DVDs and/or rarities collections.

JADE TREE CONTINUES ITS SIGNING SPREE


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Jade Tree is proud to announce the addition of two new bands to its expansive roster: Seattle, Washington’s PANDA & ANGEL, as well as Atlanta, Georgia’s SNOWDEN. Jade Tree plans to release a CD EP from PANDA & ANGEL by mid-summer, in addition to a full-length album from SNOWDEN by late summer.

 http://www.jadetree.com/images/bands/panda_and_angel/bio_photo.jpg PANDA & ANGEL

PANDA & ANGEL is a relatively new collaboration between Carrie Murphy (Touchdown Eagle) and Josh Wackerly (S). The duo began writing songs in the fall of 2004, and were soon joined by Laura Enderle (bass), Kara Kikuchi (keyboards), and Zaun Zehner (drums). PANDA & ANGEL began playing out in late 2004, and have since performed alongside Wolf Parade, Band of Horses, The Elected, Crystal Skulls and Maria Taylor to name a few. Taking their name from a junkie biker couple Wackerly used to know in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio, PANDA & ANGEL’s music has been described as haunting and sparse, punctuated by moments of furious distortion. Imagine Cat Power’s reticence interspersed between My Bloody Valentine’s atmosphere and PJ Harvey’s brutal honesty; now you’ve got an idea of what to expect from PANDA & ANGEL. The band’s dedicated Seattle following has catapulted them from opening act to headliners in just six months, and they’ve recently completed a short West Coast tour in mid-February.

PANDA & ANGEL’s self-titled 6-song debut CD EP was recorded at Avast! (The Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney) in Seattle, with plans for a mid-summer release.

 http://www.jadetree.com/images/bands/snowden/bio_photo.jpg SNOWDEN

SNOWDEN is the product of Jordan Jeffares, the band’s founding member and principal songwriter. Jeffares began home recording SNOWDEN’s music in Athens at the end of college and postponed grad school to build a band in Atlanta. He quickly found like-minded musicians eager to bring the bedroom demos to life and within months of forming SNOWDEN was on the tip of tongues all over town and playing some of Atlanta’s best venues.

Taking reference from the book Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, SNOWDEN has shared stages with The Arcade Fire, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Xiu Xiu, Elefant and The Unicorns to name a few. SNOWDEN’s sound is well described as a cross between the rhythmic grit of The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s and the melodic layers of The Cure. SNOWDEN blends reverb saturated guitars and keyboards for a lush sound and lyrics struggling to look outward despite that we’re always looking in.

From the beginning SNOWDEN’s tireless DIY ethic has paid off. Their self-recorded and released E.P. was charted in Top 30 lists of most stations that added it to rotation. Blogs such as Stereogum, Coolfer, Gothamist, and countless others all were incredibly supportive as the band made its initial impressions. The long drives to and from New York for shows became so routine that many people mistook the band as natives of Manhattan. Now, with the completion of the debut album behind them, SNOWDEN is gearing up for an ambitious touring schedule to augment their ever-growing support base.

SNOWDEN’s debut album, Anti-Anti, is a mix of tracks recorded by Erik Wofford (Explosions in the Sky, My Morning Jacket) at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, and others recorded and mixed by Jeffares himself. The band will also be joining David Bazan, Ester Drang, Micah P. Hinson, Paint It Black and New Mexican Disaster Squad on March 18 for the Jade Tree Showcase at this year’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX.

The Little Indie Label That Could: Jade Tree Marks 100th Release with Package from Seminal Punk Band

In Times Square, the record companies are in giant buildings with revolving doors, huge reception desks and meticulous lobbies. In Delaware, they’re in an unmarked windowless warehouse off Maryland Avenue near Newport.

Jade Tree is, anyway, and that’s where co-owner Darren Walters spends his days, sifting through the hundreds of demos that pour in weekly to his parents’ house in North Wilmington, where the label maintains its mailing address.

Despite the humble digs, Walters and his four-person staff are looking forward to the label’s 100th release—Lifetime’s Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey—coming out on March 21.

Lifetime was the New Jersey hardcore band whose albums Hello Bastards in 1995 and Jersey’s Best Dancers in 1997 positioned Jade Tree as a punk tastemaker and an indie powerhouse.

The success of those records—Hello Bastards sold about 20,000 copies the year it came out—was like nothing the label had seen before.

“It was unprecedented,” says Walters, who started Jade Tree
with partner Tim Owens in 1990. “The average sales for us at that
time were around 2,000 to 3,000 copies [per release].”

In the wake of Lifetime, Jade Tree hosted a landslide of likeminded
punk and emo acts that included The Promise Ring, Kid
Dynamite and Jets To Brazil.

“Lifetime and The Promise Ring were
the two bands that helped establish Jade
Tree,” Walters says. “Up until Hello Bastards,
all the releases were one-offs. Having
a band like Lifetime get really big drew attention
to all the other bands on the label.”

In the late ?°»90s and early 2000s Jade
Tree broke tradition and embraced the melodic
indie rock of Pedro The Lion and the
electronic experimentation of Joan Of Arc
and Statistics. They caught bands on the way
up—releasing a split single by My Morning
Jacket and Songs: Ohia in 2002—and on the
way down—signing Girls Against Boys after
their major label debut flopped in 1998.
They rejected buyout offers and made a conscious
decision to stay put.

“I remember back in college getting into
this huge argument with my dad when [indie
label] Sub Pop sold [to TimeWarner] for, I
think, $20 million,” Walters says. “But to me
it wasn’t worth it. I’m easily awed by big,
tall buildings and people paying for your
train ride to New York and a nice dinner. But
the focus is on the longevity, being a touchstone
for our bands.”

Jade Tree’s decision to remain 100 percent
independent means competition with
corporate-owned labels that favor placement
in chain stores and an internet marketplace
that has redefined what it means to be “indie.”

“I’m old enough to remember when
R.E.M. signed to a major label and how people
bitched about them selling out,” Walters
says. “But independent music as a whole is
much more of a commodity now. Unknown
bands are getting six-figure contracts.”

Fans have also changed, especially the
younger ones who don’t feel the need to
champion indie labels and the do-it-yourself
ethics that created them. But Walters is still
stung by the memories of growing up a punk
fan in Delaware.

“I remember what a musical void it
was,” he says. “I clung to anything that had a
shred of being local,” he says. “Having a label
here, I would hope that it would comfort
someone who feels like an isolated music
fan.”

—Lifetime’s Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey
includes two versions of the band’s 1993
Debut, Background, as well as singles, compilation
appearances, covers, demos and live
tracks. Go to www.jadetree.com for more.

SUMMER INTERNSHIPS

Jade Tree is now accepting resumes for Summer internships (June – August). 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 April 13th, 2006

FIX UP, LOOK SHARP WITH NEW JADE TREE GEAR

If you haven’t noticed, new threads have been hitting the estore at a breakneck pace. To the ever expanding exclusive Jade Tree line, we have just added a NEW MEXICAN DISASTER SQUAD , , a and a sweet new T-shirt. While you’re there, don’t forget to peep the new designs for , , , , and , not to mention the old favorites like and . Try downloading that.

JADE TREE INVADES AUSTIN

Here we come…

Jade Tree SXSW Showcase
Saturday March 18

603 Red River
Austin, TX 78701

(12:45 AM)

(11:45 PM)

(10:45 PM)

(9:45 PM)

(9:00 PM)

(8:15 PM)

Day Parties:


Saturday March 18
Hi Dive Party (free)
Gallery Lombardi
910 West 3rd St
Ester is on @ 4:30 pm


Friday March 17
Vice Party (free)
The Victory Grill
1104 East 11th Street
Micah is on @ 2:30 pm (inside)


Thursday March 16
Urban Outfitters Live in-store
2406 Guadalupe St.
Micah is on @ Noon


Wednesday March 15
Gothamist.com/Austinist.com Party (free)
Red 7
611 E. 7th st.
Snowden is on @ 3 pm



Friday March 17th
Shirts for a Cure Party (free)
Emo’s
The Loved Ones are on @ 1:15
Lifetime is on @ 4:05


Saturday March 18th
Alternative Press Party (free)
Emo’s Annex
Paint It Black is on @ 2:00


Saturday March 18
Home Slice Pizza
1415 S Congress
Snowden is on @ 2 pm

JADE TREE BRINGS IT IN OH-SIX

Holy Toledo. We here at Jade Tree have seen the future… of Jade Tree. We’re so damn pumped about it, that we just couldn’t wait any longer to spread the word about the insanity that awaits you in 2006.

We’re going to start the year off proper in January with the stunning new full length from ESTER DRANG, Rocinate (JT1106), and while you’re still wondering, “Wha’ happen’?” we’re going to sneak attack you with the long-awaited DVD from KID DYNAMITE, Four Years In One Gulp (JT1108). This 90-minute documentary will take you into the fire and straight to the heart of the history of quite possibly the greatest hardcore punk band from Philadelphia ever.

Had enough? Didn’t think so. Brace yourself, as we’ll not only be bringing you a double-disc release of killer early and rare material from LIFETIME in the form of Somewhere In The Swamps Of Jersey (JT1100), but we’re also going to drop the bomb on you by reissuing three classic AVAIL albums, Dixie (JT1109), 4AM Friday (JT1110) and Over The James (JT1111)!

And if that wasn’t enough, we’re proud to announce that we’ve signed southern punks and will be releasing the band’s new full-length in 2006. NMDS will also be playing this weekend along with PAINT IT BLACK, THE LOVED ONES and a whole load of other antiestablishment luminaries.

Caught your breath yet? Good, because this is seriously just the beginning. Keep watching this space for announcements of even more new band signings and killer releases. 2006, give us any chance we’ll take it. Give us any rule we’ll break it. We’re going to make our dreams come true, doing it our way.

WINTER/SPRING INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE

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

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.

HELLFEST: ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT

The three-day punk rock monolith known as Hellfest begins next Friday in Trenton, NJ. A mere 187 bands will be in attendance, so we here at Jade Tree thought it was important to give you the low down on the members of our crew who will be rocking out over the weekend.

The LIFETIME reunion show will take place on the main stage (B) on Saturday at 9:15 PM. This will be the band’s one and only reunion show and will, of course, blow your mind. Be sure to swing by the Jade Tree table to pick up an exclusive LIFETIME Reunion 2005 shirt or just to say hi. Gifts of vegan goodies will be accepted (and appreciated) all day long!

PAINT IT BLACK will bring their own version of to the Hellfest proceedings on Saturday as well at 5:00 PM on the outdoor stage (A).

THE LOVED ONES will unleash the thunderous rock on Sunday at 1:00 PM on the outdoor stage (A).

Also, we’re sorry to announce that DAMNATION A.D. has cancelled.

FALL/WINTER INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE

Jade Tree is now accepting resumes for Fall/Winter 2005 internships (September – December). 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 entail assisting the staff with promotional efforts including mailings, data entry, restocking inventory and supplies, and much more depending on the situation. 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.

Candidate 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 July 28th, 2005

JADE TREE CO-OWNERS ON THE RADIO

Howard Stern look out!

Tim Owen and Darren Walters, the brains behind JADE TREE’S brawn, have somehow convinced Philly’s commercial rock station to let them guest DJ this coming Sunday night – April 10th – from 10:30 to 11 pm EST. If you like 7 Seconds and Alice In Chains with your NIckleback, be sure to tune in and check it out!

THE LOVED ONES & PAINT IT BLACK AT MACROCK

The boys in THE LOVED ONES and PAINT IT BLACK will be representing Philly at this weekend. The bands play on Saturday Day during the day at Godwin Gym on JMU Campus 3:10-3:30 THE LOVED ONES and PAINT IT BLACK from 4:25-4:55. Various members of the Jade Tree staff will also be in attendance. So come out and support a great fest, it should be a good weekend all around.



Jade Tree Label Calls on Old Friends for 100th Release

Jade Tree Label Calls on Old Friends for 100th Release

When it came time to plan the 100th release from Jade Tree Records, co-owner Darren Walters wanted to do something that would reflect how far his Wilmington-based indie rock label had come. After kicking around a few ideas, he hit upon the solution: commemorate the label’s landmark release with a package of recordings from Lifetime, the popular New Jersey band that was instrumental in helping Jade Tree gain momentum in the mid-1990s through their blend of punk rock and emo. Plans are underway to release the package later this year.

Though Lifetime broke up in 1997, Walters remembers clearly the sound and energy the band generated. “They took the more melodic and emotional side of music and combined it with the driving punk rock attitude,” he explains. “It was sort of revolutionary at the time. We were blown away.”

Jade Tree released the group’s second album, Hello Bastards, in 1995. The record won the band a following and generated interest in the label. “People went nuts for it,” Walters recalls. “That was the first time we saw the label step up a significant level.”

Jade Tree was formed by Walters and friend Tim Owen 15 years ago when they were still in their teens. They signed a number of hardcore punk bands before hitting pay dirt with Lifetime in 1995, followed by The Promise Ring a year later. Other notable signings include My Morning Jacket, Pedro the Lion, Jets to Brazil and Kid Dynamite. Walters estimates the label has sold “easily a half million records” since it started.

Despite Jade Tree’s influential presence in the indie community, it hasn’t been easy bringing the members of Lifetime back together. Though everyone has been contacted about the project, Walters is prepared to face some obstacles. “You’re talking about people that may not have spoken to each other in quite a while. They may not be in music at all anymore. They may not know where those basement tapes or great photos are.”

Though details are sketchy, Walters is leaning toward a box set. “How we promote it is going to be dependent upon all the stuff we can pull together,” he says. “If we can get significantly more tracks, then we’ll have more songs. If we can get the band to sit together and reminisce and get a story out of that, then we’ve got an interesting booklet.”
For more information about Jade Tree or Lifetime, go to www.jadetree.com.

JADE TREE BANDS ON THE RUN

Ahh it’s that time of year again: The cold frost of winter begins to melt away, birds greet the morning with their glorious song, and the smell of fresh flowers is err…completely overshadowed by the stank of some touring band’s van parked in your driveway. Yes after SXSW everyone hits the road and Jade Tree has upward of 8 bands sweating the country and beyond over the next few months. STRIKE ANYWHERE hit Japan and Australia, THE LOVED ONES and THE EXPLOSION will be sharing the stage for much of May, BREATHER RESIST are headed out with noise-monkeys Melt Banana, PAINT IT BLACK will be slaying the West Coast with FROM ASHES RISE before getting all European, and THESE ARMS ARE SNAKES will be joining Underoath for what promises to be one of the bigger tours of the year. Hot damn. Get out your flip-flops and soak it up kids, Spring has arrived!

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