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Shellac Touring Eastern U.S. in October

Catherine Lewis reports:
Shellac will be taking their twin Travis Bean act on the road this October (well, triple Travis Bean act, if you believe the gossip that Todd Trainer plays a Travis Bean drumkit), starting in Maine and traveling to Missouri before returning to Illi'Noise. In the grand spirit of Shellac's shows in "non-traditional venues," the Southern Records website indicates that their show in Athens, GA is at a whiffle-ball tournament. Which is unforunate because we know badminton is really their game.

Since the group's formation in the early 90s, they have released three full-length albums as well as a slew of seven-inches, some readily available and some-- like the legendary "Futurist"-- available only to certain individuals or attendees of specific shows. Most recently, they curated the 2002 All Tomorrow's Parties festival in the UK, which featured bands like the Shipping News (ex-Rodan, June of '44) and Flour (yes, out of retirement for this show), as well as bands that Shellac principals Steve Albini and Bob Weston have recorded, such as Low, Shannon Wright, and the New Year (ex-Bedhead). For the October tour, Shellac are hooking up with musical deviants as diverse as Bellini, Danielson Famile, Nina Nastasia, and the Oxes.

No word yet if any of these cities will feature a morning-after encore show at a Krispy Kreme donut shop, the way they did in Los Angeles almost two years ago, but we are eagerly hoping that Albini will send us an essay on how Krispy Kremes stack up to Tim Horton's for a future edition of We Are The World. Tour dates:

10-10 Portland, ME - The Skinny (w/Black Helicopter)
10-11 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10-12 New York, NY - Knitting Factory (w/Nina Nastasia)
10-13 New York, NY - Knitting Factory (w/Consonant)
10-14 Brooklyn, NY - North Six (w/Bellini)
10-15 Gloucester City, NJ - Oh Harrahs Irish Pub (w/Danielson Famile)
10-16 Washington, DC - Black Cat
10-17 Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade (w/Oxes)
10-18 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall (w/Shannon Wright)
10-20 Athens, GA - Chase Park
10-22 Oxford, MS - Proud Larrys
10-23 Fairview Heights, IL - Fairview VFW (w/Conformists)

.: Pitchfork Review: Shellac: 1000 Hurts
.: Pitchfork News (April Fool's Edition): Albini Reportedly Close to Signing to Capitol
.: Shellac:
.: Touch and Go:
.: Originally published: 13 September 2002
.: Items mentioned above on At Action Park (Shellac, 1994); Terraform (Shellac, 1998); 1000 Hurts (Shellac, 2000).