June 12th 2009
We've had our first instructional guitar video posted on YouTube! Get the link over on the tablature page.
May 8th 2009
Some nice people from the Don Cab forum were good enough to scan and host Damon Che's interview in Modern Drummer magazine. You'll find the link on the articles page.
January 9th 2009
New Japan/USA tour dates!
Jan 20 2009 Club Quattro Tokyo Jan 21 2009 Club Quattro Osaka Feb 3 2009 Grey Eagle Tavern Asheville, North Carolina Feb 4 2009 The Pilot Light Knoxville, Tennessee Feb 5 2009 Hi Tone Memphis, Tennessee Feb 6 2009 Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas Feb 7 2009 Meridian Red Room Houston, Texas Feb 8 2009 Red 7 Austin, Texas Feb 10 2009 The Launch Pad Albuquerque, New Mexico Feb 11 2009 Club Congress Tucson, Arizona Feb 12 2009 Casbah San Diego, California Feb 13 2009 Spaceland Los Angeles, California Feb 14 2009 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, California Feb 15 2009 The Independent San Francisco, California Feb 16 2009 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon Feb 17 2009 El Corazon Seattle, Washington Feb 27 2009 Reggies Chicago, Illinois Feb 28 2009 Grog Shop Cleveland, Ohio
June 24th 2008
New USA/Canada tour dates! Don Caballero go on tour in August to support the new album, "Punkgasm":
Aug 19 2008 IOTA Club & Café, Arlington, Virginia Aug 20 2008 Sonar, Baltimore, Maryland Aug 21 2008 Steppin Out, Virginia Beach, Virginia Aug 22 2008 Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Aug 23 2008 Knitting Factory, New York, New York Aug 24 2008 Harper’s Ferry, Allston, Massachusetts Aug 25 2008 Club Lambi, Montreal, Quebec Aug 26 2008 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, Ontario Aug 27 2008 Casbah, Hamilton, Ontario Aug 28 2008 Call the Office, London, Ontario Aug 29 2008 Pike Room, Pontiac, Michigan Aug 30 2008 Subterranean, Chicago, Illinois Aug 31 2008 Turf Club, St. Paul, Minnesota Sept 2 2008 The House Cafe, Dekalb, Illinois Sept 3 2008 Bluebird, St. Louis, Missouri Sept 4 2008 Northside Tavern, Cincinnati, Ohio Sept 5 2008 Cafe Bourbon St, Columbus, Ohio Sept 6 2008 Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 1st 2008
There's a new album in the works! Don Cab (sans Jeff Ellsworth) are returning to Rust Belt Studios in Michigan with longtime engineer/producer Al Sutton to record their new album. Tentatively titled "Punkgasm", some of the working song titles include: "Slaughbaughs Ought Not Own Dog Data", "Aw Man, That's Jive Skip", and "Bulkeye". Punkgasm will see a late summer release via Relapse. Damon claims it will be the "the "best Caballero yet". Watch the forums and their MySpace page for up-to-the-minute details as the summer rolls on.
December 12th 2007
New guitar tab! Jorgan Krug (skatingbasser from the forums) has done an outstanding job tabbing "Mmmmm, Acting..." from World Class Listening Problem. Go to the tab section and start your tappa-tappa-tappa right now.
October 28th 2007
Don Cab are about to go on tour in the USA. These dates from the Relapse site:
10/31/07 Exit In Nashville, TN 11/01/07 Hi Tone Memphis, TN 11/02/07 Rubber Gloves Denton, TX 11/03/07 The Proletariat Houston, TX 11/04/07 Fun, Fun, Fun Festival Austin, TX 11/05/07 The Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA 11/06/07 Bottletree Birmingham, AL 11/07/07 Lenny's Bar Atlanta, GA 11/08/07 The Milestone Charlotte, NC 11/28/07 Safari Sams Los Angeles, CA w/ From Monument To Masses, Enablers 11/29/07 Casbah San Diego, CA w/ From Monument To Masses, Enablers 11/30/07 Alex's Bar Long Beach, CA w/ Enablers 12/01/07 Howie & Sons Visalia, CA w/ Enablers 12/02/07 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA w/ Enablers 12/04/07 The Blue Lamp Sacramento, CA w/ Enablers 12/05/07 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR w/ Enablers, Thrones 12/06/07 Capitol Theater Olympia, WA w/ Enablers, Thrones 12/07/07 Crocodile Cafe Seattle, WA w/ Enablers, Thrones 12/08/07 Richards On Richards Vancouver, BC Canada w/ Enablers 12/09/07 Nightlight Lounge Bellingham, WA w/ Enablers
April 10th 2007
First update in a while - there's a new tab of Palm Trees In The Fecking Bahamas available.
Secondly, Don Cab are going on tour in Japan and the USA! These dates from the Relapse site:
04/12/07 Johnny Brendas, Philadelphia, PA 04/13/07 Rock n Roll Hotel Washington, DC 04/14/07 Lunt Basement at Haverford College, Haverford, PA 04/24/07 Club Quattro, Osaka, Japan 04/25/07 Club Quattro, Nagoya, Japan 04/27/07 Club Quattro, Shibuya, Japan 05/11/07 The Breakroom, Grand Rapids, MI 05/12/07 Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL 05/13/07 Creepy Crawl, St. Louis, MO 05/25/07 Little Brothers, Columbus, OH 05/26/07 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH 05/27/07 Southgate House, Newport, KY
November 27th 2006
Just added a very early show from 1992 to the multimedia section, as well as video, mp3s and an audio interview from the recent 4AD show in Belgium.
October 21st 2006
I've just added a new multimedia section! Go there to find live videos, mp3s, the infamous tour diary, and more! Thanks to Gary McGettigan for hosting it all!
September 6th 2006
The Don Caballero touring machine continues onwards to Europe!
October 31 Brussels, Belgium Recyclart November 1 Diksmuide, Belgium 4AD November 2 Hasselt, Germany MOD November 3 Tilburg, Netherlands 013 November 4 Rotterdam, Netherlands Waterfont November 5 Munster, Germany Gleis 22 November 6 Amsterdam, Netherlands Occii November 7 Koln, Germany Tsunami November 8 Hamburg, Germany Fundbureau November 9 Groningen, Netherlands Vera November 10 Berlin, Germany Mari am Ufer November 11 Dresden, Germany Star Club November 12 Leipzig, Germany Conne Island November 13 Stuttgart, Germany Shocken November 14 Milano, Italy Magnolia Club November 15 Roma, Italy Init November 16 Geneva, Switzerland L'Usine November 17 Lyon, France Sonic November 19 Barcelona, Spain Apolo November 20 Valencia, Spain Universidad Lluis Vives November 21 Madrid, Spain Siroco November 22 Bilbao, Spain Bilborock November 23 Bordeaux, France Son'Art November 24 Paris, France Le Bartofar November 25 Brighton, England Engine Rooms November 26 Birmingham, England Medicine Bar November 27 Sunderland, England The Independent November 28 Glasgow, Scotland ABC2 November 29 Leeds, England Cockpit November 30 London, England The ScalaApologies for the lack of updates recently. However, some nice improvements to the site are on the way...watch this space!
June 11th 2006
Looks like we have confirmed dates for the full Don Caballero summer tour:
Jun 15 2006 La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC Jun 16 2006 Underdog, Peterborough Jun 17 2006 Barrymore's Music Hall, Ottawa, ON Jun 18 2006 Casbah, Hamilton, ON Jun 19 2006 Horse Shoe Tavern, Toronto, ON Jun 20 2006 Call The Office, London, ON Jun 21 2006 Mac's, Lansing, MI Jun 22 2006 The Note, Chicago, IL Jun 24 2006 Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI Jun 25 2006 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI Jun 26 2006 Tripple Rock, Minneapolis, MN Jul 14 2006 The Middle East, Cambridge, MA Jul 20 2006 Black Cat, Washington, DC Jul 21 2006 Knitting Factory, New York, NY Jul 28 2006 Otto Bar, Baltimore, MD Jul 29 2006 Khyber Pass, Philadelphia, PAI got these dates from Don Caballero's MySpace page, which is now linked permanently from the main page.
May 18th 2006
Nice interview with Damon in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today!
March 24th 2006
European Don Caballero tour dates have been announced on the Relapse website:
05/04/06 London, United Kingdom Bardens Boudoir 05/05/06 Hasselt, Belgium Kunstencentrum 05/06/06 St. Ouen, France Sonic Protest 05/19/06 Pittsburgh, PA USA Garfield Artworks w/ Zombi 06/15/06 Montreal, QC Canada La Sala Rossa 06/17/06 Ottawa, ON Canada Barrymore's Music Hall 06/19/06 Toronto, ON Canada Horse Shoe Tavern 07/14/06 Cambridge, MA USA The Middle East 07/21/06 New York, NY USA Knitting FactoryThere are also two mps from their upcoming album available on the Relapse E-Card site, and another one on MySpace. Enjoy!
February 22nd 2006
There's a new Don Caballero album on the way! World Class Listening Problem is currently available for preorder from the Relapse website, and it will be released on May 16th. Check out the link for the cover art too.
January 4th 2006
Happy New Year! To celebrate, have a look at these FOUR new guitar tabs, courtesy of Jeffrey Aymond! And while you're at it, go have a peek at a new interview with Damon from the Relapse website.
December 13th 2005
Don Caballero sign to Relapse Records! The reformed Don Caballero has signed to Relapse, home of other great bands such as Mastodon, Dysrhythmia and Dillinger Escape Plan. Have a read of the press release for more info. To make your Christmas even happier, have a look at some live clips of the reformed Don Cab playing in Florida, courtesy of Kirk Jackson.
September 30th 2005
Cliff sent me an astonishingly accurate updated guitar tab for "Fire Back..." - thanks as always, Cliff!
September 20th 2005
Norman Burns has sent me a set of pictures of the new Don Caballero lineup playing live in Toronto last year. Enjoy!
September 8th 2005
New guitar tab! Thanks to Jon, we now have tab for June Is Finally Here. Head on over to the tablature page and get your tubes warmed up.
July 14th 2005
First update in a long while - not much has been happening in the Don Cab world lately. Battles continue to wow audiences, and Damon is apparently concentrating more on The(e) Speaking Canaries these days.
Thankfully, the generous Brian McCall has sent in some top-notch live pictures of Don Caballero and Battles - check them out!
February 15th 2005
Touch And Go have completed a major website overhaul, and you can find some new pictures of Don Cab on their new official website.
November 22nd 2004
Nick Moyer has sent me a link to a set of pictures of the new Don Caballero lineup playing live in Athens, GA and two sets of reviews of previous albums.
October 18th 2004
Battles are touring Japan and the USA - check out their tour page for more information.
October 13th 2004
Added a Don Caballero live video from 2003 at CBGBs - find it in the Videos section.
September 13th 2004
Don Caballero will be playing the Mercury Lounge in New York City on September 30th. They will also be playing the Northstar Bar in Philadelphia on October 1st.
September 6th 2004
Because of renewed interest in Fred Weaver's famous "Last Days Of Don Caballero" tour diary, I'm posting the scanned version of the diary, graciously hosted by Shawn Phase. Note: there is no "page 10" jpeg - it's just a file numbering goof.
August 30th 2004
An interview with Henry Owings (the man behind the Chunklet magazine) has been dug up on Pitchfork. At the end of the second section, he discusses Don Caballero and Fred Weaver's "Last Days of Don Caballero" tour diary from Chunklet #16. Well worth a read!
June 17th 2004
Battles (Ian Williams's new band) are out touring! Here are the currently known dates:
July 9 Detroit, MI @ Shelter July 10 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave bar July 11 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge July 12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7Th Street Entry July 13 Des Moines, IA @ Hairy Mary's July 14 Omaha, NB @ Ranch Bowl Center July 15 Lawrence KS @ The BOttle Neck July 16 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge July 17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Lo-Fi Cafe July 19 Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar July 20 Vancouver, BC @ Richard's on Richards July 21 Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café July 22 Portland, OR @ Dante's July 23 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound July 24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy July 25 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction July 27 San Diego, CA @ The CasbahThey've also got a couple of releases out right now - an E.P. called "C" on Monitor and a limited 12" vinyl/enhanced CD called "Tras" on Cold Sweat.
May 26th 2004
Nick Moyer has outdone himself by digging up 5 (count 'em!) articles on Don Cab from all over the last 10 years - check them out on the articles page.
April 7th 2004
More live dates for the reformed Don Caballero:
Fri 04/30/04 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theater (check out this article) Sat 05/01/04 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop Sun 05/02/04 Toronto, ON Club Rockit Mon 05/03/04 Ottawa, ON Club Saw Tue 05/04/04 Montreal, QC El Salon Thu 05/06/04 Detroit, MI Magic Stick Fri 05/07/04 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge Sat 05/08/04 Champaign, IL High Dive Sun 05/09/04 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck Mon 05/10/04 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge Tue 05/11/04 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court (with Form Of Rocket, see this page for more...) Thu 05/13/04 Seattle, WA Chop Suey (with Hollertronix) Fri 05/14/04 Portland, OR Dante's Sat 05/15/04 Eugene, OR Indigo District Tue 05/18/04 San Francisco, CA Bottom Of The Hill Wed 05/19/04 Silver Lake, CA Spaceland Of Dreams Thu 05/20/04 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction Fri 05/21/04 Tucson, AZ Club Congress Sat 05/22/04 Phoenix, AZ Modified Mon 05/24/04 Austin, TX Emo's Tue 05/25/04 Houston, TX The Proletariat Fri 05/28/04 Atlanta, GA Echo Lounge Sat 05/29/04 Mount Pleasant, SC Village Tavern Tue 06/01/04 Brooklyn, NY North Six
April 4th 2004
I've added a couple of my own pictures of Don Caballero playing on Saturday 3rd April 2004 in the Middle East, Boston. As usual, check them out on the pictures page.
March 24th 2004
I've added some more pictures of the newly-reformed Don Caballero on tour in Memphis on March 21st.
I also found some more old gig flyers on the net - check them out on the pictures page.
February 4th 2004
The newly-reformed Don Cab are touring again! Here are the currently known dates:
3/1 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
3/2 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
3/3 Brooklyn, NY - NorthSix
3/4 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
3/5 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
3/6 Chicago IL - Empty Bottle (with Dianogah)
3/7 Minn., MN - Triple Rock
3/8 IA. City, IA - Gabe's Oasis
3/9 Lawrence, KS - BottleNeck
3/11 Omaha, NE - Sokol Underground
3/12 Columbia, MO - Mojos
3/13 St. Louis, MO - Rocket Bar
3/14 Fayetteville, ARK - J.R.'s Lightbulb
3/15 Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
3/17 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
3/18 Austin, TX - Emos [SXSW date]
3/19 Houston, TX - The Proletariat
3/20 New Orleans, LA - Howlin' Wolf
3/22 Athens, GA. Caledonia
3/23 Orlando FL. Will's Pub
3/24 Tallahassee, FL. Beta Bar
3/25 Gainesville, FL. Common Grounds
3/26 Jacksonville, FL. Jack Rabbit's
3/27 MT. Pleasant, SC. The Village Tavern
3/28 Carrborro, NC. Go! Rehearsals Room 4
3/29 Knoxville, TN. The Pilot Light
3/30 Newport, KY. Southgate House
3/31 Athens, OH. Union Bar
4/1 Akron, OH. Lime Spider
4/2 Philadelphia PA. The Khyber
4/3 Cambridge, MA - Middle East
Also, check out this article in the Pittsburgh Pulp about Don Cab, and the new lineup.
And to make this a triple bonus news day, Sean over at These Bricks Are Mine Records tells us that his label is working on a Sludgehammer EP (featuring Ian Williams on drums/vocals) as well as a Don Cab single! Apparently the Sludgehammer EP will be of unreleased material recorded in '91 and the Don Cab single will be with the new lineup.
January 26th 2004
Eric Emm (bass player for Don Caballero in their last few years) has started a new band, called Good Morning. They're playing their first gig in the Lit Lounge in New York this Friday (30th) at 9pm. For more details on this project and Eric's other new project with his brother, check out the discussion board.
December 1st 2003
Monitor Records are currently hosting an mp3 of a remixed song by Battles.
November 24th 2003
Dave McGurgan has written a review of the "Get Out Alive: The Last Type Story" by The Speaking Canaries.
November 10th 2003
Another Don Cab fan page has appeared - go check it out from the links page.
November 6th 2003
Brett Wilms has graciously recorded and hosted mp3s of the newly-reformed Don Caballero gig in Cleveland, OH.
October 23rd 2003
I've added my own pictures of Don Caballero's gig in the Middle East in Boston last night the pictures page. You can find my review of the gig in the discussion forum.
October 22nd 2003
I've added a link to some live pictures from the secret Don Caballero gig on October 17th, find it on the pictures page.
September 17th 2003
Just added some live pictures from the American Don tour, find them on the pictures page.
August 28th 2003
Damon's new Creta Bourzia-enhanced Don Caballero will be playing the Middle East in Cambridge on October 23rd. Also, Battles are playing the same venue on September 22nd.
August 12th 2003
Cliff has sent me a very accurate tab for "In Absence of Strong Evidence...". It was edited for accuracy by none other than Mike Banfield, so you can be pretty sure it is spot-on.
July 22nd 2003
The news that you have either been waiting for or hoping would never happen has arrived: Don Caballero are reforming, but with different members. Damon Che is currently rehearsing for a "reunion" show, featuring himself and the members of Creta Bourzia. They will be playing a free show in Pittsburgh in September, but apparently that's where the reunion will end too.
July 16th 2003
An enthusiastic review (with pictures) of the Cambridge Battles show has appeared. Plus, the Half-Life website has been overhauled, so you may want to check that out too.
July 11th 2003
Damon will be playing with his old band Thee Speaking Canaries in Pittsburgh on Saturday July 19th at The Smiling Moose. Support will be from Creta Bourzia and Yearbook.
July 10th 2003
Battles now have a website at www.bttls.com.
June 27th 2003
More new guitar tab from Cliff: this time, he has tabbed "In The Absence of Strong Evidence...", available as always on the tablature page.
June 17th 2003
The proprieters of the Electrical Audio recording studios have posted pictures from the American Don recording sessions.
June 2nd 2003
New guitar tab! Cliff has tabbed "Fire Back About Your New Baby's Sex", available on the tablature page.
May 30th 2003
Just updated the discography with details of the compilations and a couple of other nuggets of information, thanks to Zack...
May 15th 2003
There's a new Don Caballero forum! Get your browser there and make your opinions known. Thanks to Lou for setting it up.
May 5th 2003
John R is also graciously hosting 2 videos of Battles at their Brooklyn show - find them at the video page.
April 21st 2003
John R has kindly sent me some pictures of Battles at their Brooklyn show last week - find them at the pictures page.
April 18th 2003
Pictures from the Cambridge Battles show have been located! Thanks to Cory for taking the pics and hosting them!
April 16th 2003
I got to see Battles last night at the Middle East, and I was quite impressed! Ian was playing both guitar and keyboards, Ty Braxton was doing a similar thing, Dave from Lynx was on another guitar and John Stanier was beating the living crap out of his drums (as he always does, and he always sounds great. Oh - and he had his crash cymbal about 7 feet high, I kid you not).
So I kinda forgot my camera (doh!), so sorry about that. However, there were plenty of people taking pictures there and I could also see a mike being held high in the crowd during the show, so if you're one of those people and you're feeling generous, you could send me your gear and I'll try to host it here.
They sounded very together - the description I've been using is a cross between late Don Caballero, the meaty parts of Trans Am and with some of the electronics that you'd find at a Pan Sonic gig. It actually meshed quite well, IMO mostly because of Stanier's insane drum machine-like skin smashings. There were loops, bleeps, and even some vocoder-induced human beats from Ty Braxton. Highly recommended - do check them out if you can. I'm looking forward to some recorded material next...
April 3rd 2003
Battles will be playing the Irving Plaza in New York city MelvinsFantômas (combined!) on May 21st.
February 28th 2003
Ian's new band, Debut Battles (being billed as Battles), will be playing the Middle East on the 15th of April, so I will try and get a few shots at the show. The mighty Helms are also playing, so get your arse there.
January 31st 2003
I have received a picture of Debut Battles at their first show in New York - find it at the pictures page.
December 23rd 2002
Added an interview with Ian Williams that I found on the net, find it at the articles page. Also, there are rumblings that Ian has joined forces with John Stanier (drummer from Helmet and Tomahawk) in a new project called Debut Battles. Watch this space for more info...
November 14th 2002
It looks like Damon Che has walked (or rather, driven with the tour van) out of Bellini. More details can be found on www.snowingsun.com. Check the pictures on the website - Eric Emm and Todd Trainer make appearances, among others.
August 21st 2002
Bellini have a new and improved website available at www.snowingsun.com.
July 11th 2002
Damon Che's new band, Bellini, has 3 tracks from their forthcoming album, Snowing Sun, available on the Monitor Records website.
July 8th 2002
Damon's high school band, Half Life, is doing a reunion show in Pittsburgh next month! Note that the flyer pictured on Half Life's site says the 31st St. Pub show is on Aug. 23, while the Pub's web site says Aug. 24, so keep that in mind...It's possible that Damon will be part of the reunion.
February 1st 2002
OK, I've removed the details of the eBayer that I thought had ripped me off, since he just sent me the Don Caballero Chunklet 7". Thanks to whoever sent him abusive mails to wake his ass up. Anyway, playing it at 33rpm sounds really awful, but not as bad as 45rpm. Whoever taped or encoded it definitely got the speed wrong somewhere...
November 26th 2001
Fred Weaver has written a sizable article chronicling the last days of Don Caballero - for more info get Chunklet mag #16. Fred may be touring with Bellini again in April/May 2002, so watch this (and his) space.
I also just won an eBay auction for a really rare Don Caballero 7" which has 2 live songs from their second ever gig. When I get it, I'll try mp3 it for whoever wants it (unless I get sued of course).
September 6th 2001
I've just discovered a decent article on Membranaphonics in the Baltimore City Paper which includes a small bit from Damon. Have a read if you're interested.
July 17th 2001
I got to see Bellini in the Middle East last Wednesday night, and they were pretty good. The crowd was tiny and the mix was awful, but the gig was very interesting. At times it did sound like Don Cab meets Uzeda, but they had some very effective moments also. Well worth seeing by all means, and I'm looking forward to hear their long player.
In other news - if you're a cheap git and you want to hear Damon Che's contribution to the Monitor Records drummer's compilation Membranaphonics, then just go to his page on the Epitonic website.
July 9th 2001
Bellini are touring - as of tonight! I'll try catch them in Boston on Wednesday and post a review. Here are the dates as found on Fred Weaver's website:
07.09 Pittsburgh, PA -- Millvale Industrial Theater 07.10 Cleveland, OH -- Grog Shop (w/ Golden) 07.11 Boston, MA -- Middle East (w/ Major Stars) 07.12 NYC, NY -- Brownies (w/ Golden) 07.13 Philadelphia, PA -- The Khyber (w/ Golden) 07.14 Baltimore, MD -- Ottobar 07.15 Washington, DC -- The Black Cat (w/ Early Humans) 07.16 Chapel Hill, NC -- Go! Rehearsals 07.17 Athens, GA -- 40 Watt (w/ Man Or Astroman?) 07.18 Atlanta, GA -- The Earl (w/ Shannon Wright) 07.19 Nashville, TN -- The End (w/ Shannon Wright) 07.20 Louisville, KY -- TBA (w/ Parlour?) 07.21 Indianapolis, IN -- Knights Of Columbus Hall 07.27 Chicago, IL -- Empty Bottle 07.28 Louisville, KY -- Possible show...(w/ Shellac)
May 17th 2001
Some more news on Bellini, Damon Che's new band (apparently from Fred Weaver, who supported Don Cab on their last tour):
"I'm going to be touring in July with Damon's (Don Cab drummer) new band, Bellini...I'm not sure if we'll be doing any all ages shows, but we'll see...Bellini doesn't have any records out yet... They're recording at the end of the shows we're doing together and should have a record out next spring. I'm not sure that it'll be on Touch and Go, but I'd imagine it would considering that both Don Cab and Uzeda (the guitarist, Augo's other band) are on T+G. I don't know if they have a permanent bass player yet...
April 5th 2001
It appears that Damon Che and Agustino Trilotta from Uzeda (a really fine Italian band) have joined forces in a new band called Bellini. They have played Baltimore and Chicago recently, so maybe you'll get the chance to hear them yourself. I've no idea how they sound, nor do I know what instrument Damon plays in the band, so let me know if you saw them.
On an unrelated note, I'd like to say that Jim Fowler's live recording of Don Cab's show in Chicago last year is really fantastic. I'm going to try and mp3 the CD and place the best tracks on this page for download, because it's really good stuff. I'd use Napster, but I have a client side firewall which prevents people downloading from my machine, sorry!
March 12th 2001
More Don Caballero live show recordings from their last tour are surfacing. Jim Fowler has kindly offered to make the Don Cab show from 15th July 2000 in Chicago available to whoever wants it. I haven't heard it myself, but apparently it is of excellent quality. Drop Jim a line if you want to get it.
February 15th 2001
I recently discovered a recording of Don Cab's last show on Napster. It's from the Grog Shop in Cleveland, from November 20th of 2000. The sound quality is pretty good, but the drums are pretty thin sounding. Anyway, to download it, try searching for "Don Caballero Live", and disregard the dozens of versions of "Slice Where You Live Like Pie" that it finds :-)
Or, you could just go to the source - it was this fine gentleman that recorded the show and MP3'ed it.
December 4th 2000
Well, apparently, Don Cab have broken up! This is not really official yet, but this article, apparently written by Fred Weaver (who supported the band on their recent tour) has been making its way around the net. Make your own mind up I guess...
November 17th 2000
I caught Don Caballero live on Wednesday night at the Middle East in Boston. They were really excellent, although there were some, er, 'altercations' during the show between the band and Pizza, who were meant to open for them but didn't (weren't allowed to?). Anyway, each band member also did a very interesting solo set before the main gig.
BTW, the red t-shirts that they are selling at the shows come highly recommended.
October 26th 2000
Well, it looks like Don Caballero are on tour again, so check the main page to see if they are coming to your town! They're coming to Boston, so I'm happy, at least. Strangely enough, King Crimson are playing Boston a couple of days before they do...hmmm...
BTW, if you haven't got American Don yet, buy it - it is really very good.
August 31st 2000
Touch And Go have dropped some more info on the new LP:
'TG218 Don Caballero - "American Don": Don Cab's fourth long-player is out to disrupt its relationship to the "heavy" moniker much in the way that "What Burns Never Returns" troubled the band's relation to "math rock." Can there be a hard rock record without distorting, except for one 20 second circus-like theme? Band members have been heard to comment: "This material is definitely harder than the older stuff."'
Early insider reports on the album hint that it is definitely more Storm&Stress - like. Which is not a bad thing, especially after hearing the sample track on the Southern website.
August 22nd 2000
The liner notes for American Don apparently read:
"recorded at electrical audio A room chicago by the proprieter. photos are vogtanORIginals. babbitt layout. very important to thank -- steve, corey, andy."
So for those of you who don't know - the 'proprieter' is a Mr. Steve Albini.
August 18th 2000
Southern have put an mp3 of a track from American Don up on their web page. The track is called "let's face it pal, you didn't need that eye surgery". Plus there is artwork and stuff on display. Go check it out!
Aug 9th 2000
There is a new Don Caballero long player on the way, entitled American Don. Southern had the following to say in their latest newsletter:
"...Don Caballero have `American Don' (TG218) their fourth album proper and further proof of their unique ability to re-structure their sound with each successive release. Some people have mentioned King Crimson - this is not a bad thing we feel."
The Southern.com mail order site mentions: "9 tracks. 55.56minutes. First new album in over 2 years. Recorded by Steve Albini. Double gatefold vinyl."
Aug 8th 2000
Don Caballero will be playing the Metro in Chicago on Wednesday 27th September with none other than the Black Heart Procession and Trans Am. You lucky Chicagoans!
July 20th 2000
This page is born!