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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit hitting the high notes on new album

[Jason Isbell]
I really can’t say enough about the tracks that I’ve heard off of Jason Isbell’s new album Seven Mile Island, due Feb 17th. There IS something to be said about straight up honest songwriting, intelligent and inventive musicianship and a road-tested pace that would make any fan of Southern-tinged alt. country tap their foot and bob their head.

In fact, Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit have earned their road stripes. They’ve criss-crossed the States following the release of Sirens of the Ditch, having played over 200 shows in just over a year. Judging by the schedule of things to come, that count is gonna skyrocket. I know that I’m catching them in Boston. I’m not missing that.

Preordered ticket holders also get a one-year subscription to PASTE Magazine, which is pretty fucking cool. Not much comes for free anymore, so hook it up. If you order, and don’t want the subscription, hit me up in the comments (mine just ran out)



Thu-Feb-12 Birmingham, AL Workplay
Sat-Feb-14 Florence, AL Shoals Theater
Tue-Feb-17 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Wed-Feb-18 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Fri-Feb-20 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
Sat-Feb-21 Richmond, VA The National
Sun-Feb-22 Harrisonburg, VA The Pub
Tue-Feb-24 Boston, MA TT the Bears
Thu-Feb-26 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Fri-Feb-27 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Sat-Feb-28 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
Sun-Mar-01 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Mon-Mar-02 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
Wed-Mar-04 Toronto, ONT Horseshoe Tavern
Thu-Mar-05 Buffalo, NY Mohawk Place
Fri-Mar-06 Columbus, OH The Rumba Café
Sat-Mar-07 Cincinnati, OH Southgate House
Sun-Mar-08 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Fri-Mar-13 Louisville, KY Headliner’s
Sat-Mar-14 Nashville, TN The Mercy Lounge
Mar 18 – 22 Austin, TX SXSW

Sons of Roswell support 2/12 and 2/14
Benji Hughes supports 2/17 – 2/ 22 and 3/8
Deer Tick supports 2/24, 2/27 – 3/14

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Cigarettes And Wine

Stream the album on MySpace

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January 27, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, deer tick, drive-by truckers, ghost of electricity, indie, jason isbell, rock, seven mile island, Sirens of the Ditch, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment

Deer Tick are a great Providence band

“Deer Tick are a great Providence band”

I don’t get to relish in those words too often. When I can, it needs to be announced. So even when Deer Tick play a sold-out Madison Square Garden some day, I’ll still be advertising the fact that they’re from the biggest little state in the union. With that being said…damn. Why haven’t I seen these guys around? Probably because the best music in Providence is not advertised. Most of the music, for better or for worse, is well under wraps. Hey, with the utter lack of performance space in this city, it’s a challenge to find a place to play. What ends up happening is, bands play in guerilla places, off-the-radar and technically illegal venues; houses, basements, in mills, artist studios, and lofts. When the shows ARE advertised (mostly on blogs), the writers are chastised for allowing the authorities the ability to obtain info on these performances. So, since I moved off of Federal Hill, and shifted my stomping grounds….sadly I don’t hear about a lot of these shows anymore.

SO, Deer Tick, er, John McCauley released an excellent album a short time ago called War Elephant, an alt-country gem heavily rooted in the indie sounds of Modest Mouse, Clap Your Hands, and The Cave Singers. Some really good shit. And coming out of Providence RI. The revolution has arisen again. 1st it was the Talking Heads, then it was Kristen Hersh, Kilgore, and Lightning Bolt. Now it’s The Low Anthem and Deer Tick. Watch out…cuz I’ve got an attitude and an acoustic guitar too…

Ashamed – Deer Tick

Deer Tick – “Art Isn’t Real” at AS220 – Deer Tick – War Elephant [2007]

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January 27, 2009 Posted by | alt country, americana, art isn't real, Arts, ashamed, deer tick, ghost of electricity, indie, John McCauley, music, providence, Providence Rhode Island, rhode island, toodrunktodream, war elephant | Leave a comment