HONK IF YOU'RE LONELY
So here it is: the final Lesson No.1 gig before a summer break to allow bank balances (that's both you the punters and us the promoters) and sanity levels to be restored. But it's quite a way to, temporarily, go out.
Before this year, the legendary status of the Silver Jews had grown and grown over the best part of 15 years without David Berman - the main man behind the Jews name - ever touring. He played about one show every two or three years, if that. It's taken him this long to pluck up the courage to go on the road, with an entourage of pals (including ex-Pavement types), but responses to his performances so far have suggested it was worth the wait. Lesson No.1 went to see him in London a few months back on the debut UK micro-tour and it was cool beans. In short, he is a fucking genuine American poet and needs to be in your life. It'll be great to have him in Cardiff.
Listen to 'Black and Brown Blues' or check out the Jews' MySpack.
Marble Valley, the 'other' band of Steve West formerly of Pavement, is the sole support act. West also moonlights as the soundman for the Silver Jews, fact fans, and his band describe themselves thusly: "If you took a can of Kraftwerk, added a spoonful of Can, throw in a sprinkle of the Pogues, brought it all to a boil and tossed it on the Pavement you would have Marble Valley". Nice. More MySpace fun, including one whole track for your enjoyment, over here.
All this is happening, in conjunction with our friends in folk Forecast, on Friday July 14 at The Point in Cardiff Bay, which has just about the right regal surroundings to fit the occasion. Even better, tickets are £11.50, which is cheaper than either of the other two UK dates they're playing (London and Manchester).
The darkly intriguing poster continues to reside in online format (and also includes details of where to get your tickets, which can also be obtained soon by those (un)lucky enough to run into either of Lesson No.1) here.
And while you're website jumping like it was going outta fashion, check lots of splendid pictures of Lesson No.1 gigs, such as the one of Big Business's wall of amplification top right of this very page, and a stack more at Mei Lewis's rather splendid site here.
///UPDATE: POP QUIZ DATE CHANGE!/// Before we depart to work ourselves into a Jews-related frenzy, our fifth magical pop quiz and DJ night has been put back to August at Buffalo in Cardiff; Wednesday August 23 to be precise. Be there, or miss the chance to win real life alcohol and CDs, plus hear records cross-faded badly. YEAH! ///UPDATE: POP QUIZ DATE CHANGE!///