SOME STUFFS: Ceremony ceremoniusly hit the touring circuit

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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Give are the bands that will be joining Ceremony for their tour caravan next month, and those who have witnessed Ceremony in the flesh will know how they go all out during their shows. Head there:

August 1… Miami, FL (Churchills) !
August 2… Orlando FL (Will’s Pub) !
August 3… Jacksonville, FL (Atticus) !
August 4… Atlanta, GA (Drunken Unicorn) !
August 6… Bloomington, IN (Russian Recording) !
August 7… Chicago, IL (Beat Kitchen) !
August 10… Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory) (Ceremony-only show)
August 12… Washington DC (Rock & Roll Hotel) !
August 13… Baltimore, MD (Ottobar) !
August 14… Asbury Park, NJ (Asbury Lanes) !
August 15… Cambridge, MA (The Sinclair) !
August 16… New London, CT (El n’ Gee) !
August 17… Brooklyn, NY (285 Kent) !

! = w/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat & Give

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SOME STUFFS: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat stomp towards North American consciousness

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Ed Schrader’s Music Beat started a new tour tonight in York, Pennsylvania, and this is the first of two weeks of shows that’ll take them across the continent in support of their EP, Jazz Mind (my review can be found here). Want to know what this duo is like on stage? Watch:

Now go:
April 25 York, PA @ The Depot *
April 26 Middletown, CT @ Eclectic House (Wesleyan) *
April 27 Providence, RI @ AS220 *
April 28 Boston, MA @ Paradise *
April 29 Portland, ME @ Space *
April 30 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle *
May 1 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore *
May 2 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks *
May 3 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern *
May 4 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar *
May 5 Albany, NY @ Valentine’s *
May 6 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *

* w/ Future Islands

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REVIEW: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s “Jazz Mind” (EP)

Photobucket I’m probably not the only one who doesn’t like to judge an album project by its first song, but it is the first song that is placed there as a welcome mat, a lure for the listener to want to be attempted to stay for the duration. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat are a duo consisting of a drummer and a bassist, and the Jazz Mind (Load) EP begins with an aggressive punch in the form of “Sermon”. I’m not a church-going person but I would welcome sirens if they sounded like this. The song sounds a bit like Jello Biafra if he would just go on tour with a drummer or bassist. Yet just as the aggression reaches a decent level, “Gem Asylum” sounds like something you’d expect to hear on the first two Pink Floyd or Velvet Underground albums if they welcomed in The Righteous Brothers as guests. The lyrics aren’t anything you would find in Phil Spector‘s catalog, but mixing up a slight pop energy with music that is punk, goth, and (at times) sinister is a welcome change from others who often mix it up wrong. No joke or sarcasm here, but I could see some of these songs covered on American Idol or The Voice, but good luck in them actually finding any decent level of songwriting talent.

The title Jazz Mind could mean a number of things: either this music was made with a jazz mind, or the stories are made with those who are jazzed up, or I’m probably wrong and I’m okay with that. Yet you want to know and guess what a Jazz Mind is and perhaps all answers created are the right one. Again, the balance between the minimalist punk songs and the moody ballads work in a way that I didn’t expect.

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SOME STUFFS: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat to tour with album under pits

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While some might call their style of music “minimalist” because they consist of only two members (Ed Schrader and Devlin Rice), their music is more alongside the noisy side of indie rock. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat could be on the thin line between Cheap Trick, Sex Pistols, Beat Happening, and The Alarm and yet you might here things differently. Their approach is minimalist, proving that sometimes all you need is two people, instruments, and energy. Oh, and a tour budget, which is what these guys will be using when on tour in support of their album, Jazz Mind, on the almighty Load Records, due out on March 20th on vinyl and CD. Here, see them:

February 29… Pittsburgh, PA (Garfield Artworks) *
March 1… Cleveland, OH (Now That’s Class)
March 2… Detroit, MI (Lager House)
March 5… Chicago, IL (Empty Bottle) **
March 6… Milwaukee, WI (Quarters) ***
March 7… Minneapolis, MN (The Hexagon Bar) #
March 8… Dubuque, IA (Off Minor)
March 9… Lincoln, NE (Bourbon Theatre) ##
March 10… Denver, CO (Rhinoceropolis)
March 13… Seattle, WA (Funhouse)
March 14… Portland, OR (Rotture)
March 16… San Francisco, CA (Thee Parkside)
March 19… Los Angeles, CA (Pehr Space)
March 21… Phoenix, AZ (Meat Market) ###
March 22… El Paso, TX (M’s Lips Lounge)
March 23… Austin, TX (Beerland
March 24… Dallas, TX (Queen City Hall)
March 25… Hot Springs, AR (The Exchange)
March 26… Birmingham, AL (The Bottletree)
March 27… Athens, GA (Farm 255) @
March 28… Atlanta, GA (Drunken Unicorn)
March 29… Asheville, NA (Broadway’s)
March 30… Greensboro, NC (TBA)
March 31… Chapel Hill, NC (The Nightlight)
April 1… Richmond, VA (Strange Matter)

* w/ Lord Grunge!
** w/ Psychedelic Horseshit, Wet Hair)
*** w/ Rio Turbo
# w/ Skoal Kodiak
## w/ Plack Blague
### w/ Chapter 24 (London)
@ w/ Bubbly Mommy Gun