Today marks our 50th edition of Toxicity. That’s a whole lot of Airborne Toxic Event news under the bridge over the past 15 months. With the band enjoying a well-deserved and presumably much-needed breather this week, it was the quietist one we’ve had in awhile. But you can be sure things will heat up again as we head into the final two weeks of the fall tour, including the big L.A. homecoming at The Greek Theatre just six days from now.
Are You Right for the “Wrong” Video?
As TATE fans continue to anticipate the release of the “Wrong” single (which, contrary to some reports, did not happen on Tuesday), the song was at the center of the band’s latest announcement, made yesterday:
If you live in or will be in Denver on November 7th and you want to be in our new video for “Wrong,” we want to hear from you. We’ll be filming at the Ogden Theatre during the day in advance of our concert (and during the show), so if you’d like to be a part of this, email the following to email@example.com with the subject heading “Music Video“:
1) A short paragraph about yourself and why you want to be in the video. Please include your full name.
2) A photo of yourself
If you’re selected, you’ll need to be available on November 7th for the entire day. If you don’t have tickets already, we’ll add you to our guest list for the show that night—plus, we’ll throw in some other goodies for you.
You’ll get a reply only if you’re selected. In it, we’ll provide detailed instructions about call times, clothes, etc.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
It’s enough to make a cash-poor blogger consider doing something foolhardy, like flying to Denver on a whim – again. (Don’t worry dear, common sense prevailed.) But what a fun opportunity for anyone who can swing it. Best of luck to all our readers who enter!
Love is in the Air(waves)
Thursday night, Mikel Jollett, Anna Bulbrook and Adrian Rodriguez made an appearance on the Loveline radio program – something that’s becoming a pretty regular occurrence for The Airborne Toxic Event. Music takes a backseat to other, more titillating topics on this show, as the band members dish out their wisest advice on love, sex, and other such subjects. Which is kind of funny when you think about it. (“You know, Dr. Drew, sometimes love can make you feel like shit…”)
Because this was written before the show aired at 10 pm, we can’t tell you anything about what went down (that’s what she said). However, if there were any Dope Machines revelations, we’ll pass those along on Facebook or Twitter. Or better yet, listen for yourself – it should soon be available as a podcast, here.
TATE Finds The Cure
Mikel’s adoration of The Cure is no secret, the writer having even penned a song (“Strange Girl”) in tribute to one of his favorites growing up. Strangely, though, The Airborne Toxic Event had never covered The Cure in concert – not until ten days ago, that is, when they pulled “Boys Don’t Cry” out of nowhere, dropping it into the middle of “Missy” in Columbus. It’s been the go-to snippet ever since. If you need to brush up on the lyrics before seeing it live, here’s a primer:
Not as much on the docket this week in terms of TATE show reviews and photos, but still a number of sites worth checking out.
- Alexander Stafford’s photo gallery from the Milwaukee show at the Rave includes a number of great shots, though you do have to sign up for a free account on the website to see the full-sized images.
- Columbus Underground published a review of the Oct. 14 gig in that city, by writer/photographer Matt Ellis, who argues that “their talent deserves a larger audience.” Amen to that.
- Ayaz Asif worked his photographic magic at the Burlington show, where he came away with some of the best live TATE images these eyes have ever seen. The image of Anna at the top of this post is a sample; there’s plenty more where that came from.
- The Examiner bestowed a 5-star review upon The Airborne Toxic Event’s Washington, DC performance.
- There seems to be no end to the exceptional photos this tour. Matt Jonson contributed another lovely set, this one from Boston.
Tim Newell is at it again, posting the full show video of last week’s TATE Milwaukee gig in excellent quality. Highlights include “What’s in a Name,” “Strange Girl,” “Duet” and “Missy” with the “Boys Don’t Cry” snippet.
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.