Pillars and Tongues on tour with Dark Dark Dark and A Hawk and a Hacksaw


“Slowburning spectral violins, reedy harmoniums and endlessly decaying distant percussion collude to create a John Calean atmosphere as austere and featureless as that found within the more spectral moments of Nico’s icy THE MARBLE INDEX. Phew. Better still, these opaque sheets of slow-moving sound facilitate the pure voice of singer Mark Trecka, which soars high above, yawning out such song titles as ‘A Dance in the Billowing Absence’ and ‘The Making Graceful’, like some newly dead ghost hovering above his own funeral.”
— Julian Cope, Address Drudion, Sept. 2011CE

Tour Dates:


09/18 St. Louis – Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Ave) +∞

09/19 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop (123 S. Walnut St.) +∞

09/20 Cleveland, OH – The Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd) +

09/21 Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts (1871 N. High St.) +∞

09/22 Toronto, Ontario – Rivoli (334 Queen St. W) +∞

09/24 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse (20 Center St.) +∞

09/25 South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground (1214 Williston Rd.) +∞

09/26 Portland, ME – SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St.) +∞

09/27 Hamden, CT – The Space (295 Treadwell St, Bldg H) +

09/28 Brooklyn, NY – Bell House (149 7th St.) +∞

09/29 Manhattan, NY – Drom (85 Avenue F) +∞

09/30 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe (3025 Walnut St.) +

10/01 Pawtucket, RI – The Met (1005 Main St.) +

10/02 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall (158 Brighton Ave.) +∞

10/03 Baltimore, MD – The Golden West Cafe (1105 W. 36th Street) +

10/04 Washington, D.C. – The Red Palace (1212 H. St. NE) +∞

10/05 Durham, NC – The Pinhook (117 W. Main St.) +∞

10/06 Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light (106 Jackson Blvd.) +∞

10/07 Atlanta, GA – The Earl (488 Flat Shoals Ave. SE) +∞

10/08 Birmingham, AL – Bottletree Cafe (3719 3rd Ave.) +∞

10/09 New Orleans, LA – Allways Lounge (2240 Saint Claude Ave.) +∞

10/10 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live (813 St. Emmanuel St.) +∞

10/11 Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf (103 Industrial St.) +∞

10/12 Austin, TX – The Mohawk (912 Red River St.) +∞

10/14 Albuquerque, NM – John Lewis Theatre (1025 Broadway Boulevard Southeast) +∞

10/15 Denver, CO – Walnut Room (3131 Walnut St.) +

10/16 Omaha, NE – Slowdown Jr. +

10/17 Minneapolis, MN – Bryant Lake Bowl (810 W. Lake St.) Ω

10/18 Iowa City, IA – PS1

Magic Trick – Glad Birth of Love Release Party (Wed 8/24)

This Wednesday we’ll be partying at the Rickshaw stop in celebration of the new LP, The Glad Birth of Love by Tim Cohen and his band, Magic Trick. Tim will have the last Limited Ed. copies of the Magic Trick album available at the show! It will, however, be a bittersweet night, as it is the final show for Bay Area stalwarts, Magic Bullets. Local lo-fi’s PreTeen will be releasing a 7″ that night as well.

((folkYEAH!)) and Empty Cellar Present:

TIM COHEN’S MAGIC TRICK (Album release party!)
Magic Bullets (Last show ever),
PreTeen (7″ release show)
Tambo Rays
plus DJ Britt Govea of ((folkYEAH!))

8:00 PM, Wednesday 8/24
Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell Street, San Francisco

Purchase tickets HERE

Pillars and Tongues getting busy this weekend in Chicago

Today (Saturday)… maybe even right now, Pillars and Tongues wil be playing at Reckless Records with This Is Cinema and Houtakker. They are there to celebrate the release of a new cassette compilation titled Chicago (Two Syllable Records) featuring some of our favorite Chicago musicians including the two above, Angel Olsen, and many more. If you don’t live in Chicago, then you can get the tape HERE. If you do live in Chicago, then you should head over to Reckless, catch their sets, and consider picking up a copy of Pillars and Tongues’ latest album The Pass and Crossings.

Tomorrow (Sunday)… Pillars and Tongues will be playing with High Places and Dusty Bibles at The Empty Bottle get Tickets HERE

Happy Birthday Tim Cohen!

Magic Trick - The Glad Birth of Love, LP (Front) Magic Trick - The Glad Birth of Love, LP (Back)

It is not everyday that new release day falls on your birthday, and you also happen to be releasing an album. It is, however, more likely to happen if you are the ever-prolific Tim Cohen. Today, on Tuesday July 19th 2011, Tim Cohen is releasing 100 limited edition copies of his new album The Glad Birth of Love on Empty Cellar Records. Get your limited edition copy HERE

Listen to one of the four EPIC tracks, “Daylight Moon”, here:

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Magic Trick is:
Tim Cohen – A little bit of everything
Noelle Cahill – Angel Voices and more!
Alicia Vanden Heuvel – Angel Voices and more!
James Kim – Drums and more!

More on the record:

Empty Cellar records is proud to announce the latest full-length album by Tim Cohen (Fresh and Onlys), The Glad Birth of Love. This is Tim Cohen’s fourth album following his 2009 debut, The Two Sides of Tim Cohen (Empty Cellar), and two full-lengths (Laugh Tracks / Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick) and one EP (Bad Blood) on New York’s Captured Tracks label. Featuring guest appearances by John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees), Grace Cooper, (The Sandwitches), Diego Gonzalez (The Dry Spells, Citay), and several other San Francisco musicians, The Glad Birth of Love is the first Tim Cohen album to not directly bear his name, but the name of his band, Magic Trick. Recorded in a tower at Tim Cohen’s home this album marks a departure from his signature radio-ready song craft. The Glad Birth of Love is a 45 minute album composed of four epic long-form compositions saturated with Tim’s uncanny pop sensibilities and vivid lyrical imagery. Transitioning seamlessly from sparse acoustic blues, to dense bass & oud ragas, to layered of lush vocal harmonies this album is a culmination of Tim’s work to date. 100 limited edition copies will be released on Tim Cohen’s birthday on Tuesday July 19th with a limited edition art print by Kevin Earl Taylor. Mastered by Paul Oldham and featuring artwork by Kevin Earl Taylor.

Track Listing:
1. Cherished One (13:23)
2. Daylight Moon (7:26)
3. Clyde (10:46)
4. High Heat (11:30)

Pre-order HERE

Summer Bummer: Pillars and Tongues… Delayed

Due to a major blunder at the plant all Pillars and Tongues orders will be going out a month late. We received the LPs a few weeks ago and they look beautiful… unfortunately, the music sounds like it was performed by a different band… because it was performed by a different band… because the plant used the wrong plates to stamp the records… OOPS!

Due to this mistake at the plant, The Pass and Crossings will not be available in stores until the end of July. You can still pre-order it HERE.

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