Less Than Jake asked a bunch of their friends to record themselves for their new video “My Money Is On The Long Shot.” The results can be seen over on fuse.com. The video includes appearances from members of New Found Glory, All Time Low, The Wonder Years, Reel Big Fish, MxPx and more.
Brand New along with 25 other bands including Volbeat have been added to The Bamboozle‘s 10th Anniversary festival scheduled for May 18, 19 and 20.
The Bamboozle, presented by Live Nation, will return to the beach at Asbury Park for the first time since 2003 following extensive renovations to the area and feature over 100 acts performing on nine stages. Brand New joins previously announced headliners Bon Jovi, recent Grammy Awards winners Foo Fighters and Skrillex along with blink-182, and Incubus.
Additionally, Volbeat, Less Than Jake, Buckcherry, Datsik, T. Mills, and Dramarama, among others have been added to the festival lineup joining recently announced performers including Jimmy Eat World, Mac Miller, DJ Pauly D, Andrew Dice Clay, All American Rejects, Boys Like Girls, ASAP Rocky, Bayside, Bouncing Souls, The Promise Ring, Motion City Soundtrack, Alesana, Never Shout Never, Emmure, and more.
Additional performers will be announced for The Bamboozle including Linc’s very special guest. Single day and three-day passes are currently available for purchase. For more information about passes, after parties, and a complete list of current scheduled performers and the daily festival lineup, please visit: www.thebamboozle.com.
Nine more bands have been added to this summers Vans Warped Tour. Be sure to check out Black Veil Brides, Electric Touch, Ionia, Less Than Jake, Motionless In White, Planet Smashers, So Long Arletta, Tess Dunn, and We’re Doomed on the tour this summer. Check out the full list of 2011 Warped Tour bands here.
Less Than Jake will kick of a US tour in January with support from Supervillains, Off With Their Heads with local acts added at a later date. Presale for these dates will begin on Thursday, October 14th at 9:00am PST at www.lessthanjaketix.com and tour dates can be found below. Presale packages include different tiers that offer difference bonus packages, some of which will include expanded re-releases of Losing Streak and Hello Rockview (details forthcoming).
Always plotting new ways to keep their music and live shows exciting, the band is looking forward to keeping things interesting. “We have a few tricks planned,” says drummer Vinnie Fiorello, “but we like keeping the element of surprise to the show instead of hype.” Less Than Jake’s latest release, “TV/EP” was released earlier this week, in trademark fashion, kept fans wondering what television theme songs and commercials they were covering. Instead of listing the tracks by name, they opted to keep that element of surprise intact by listing the songs as by channels instead of titles (i.e. Track One = “Channel 1”, etc.). He continues, “We started discussing ‘TV/EP’ as a fun project to do between records while we had time off from touring, cherrypicking out favorite theme songs and stumbling onto new favorites. We hadn’t done covers in a long time and decided to do this release, but adding twists like TV static and remote control clicks, never giving you a moment to not think about it.”
Less Than Jake’s TV/EP was released on October 12, 2010 via Sleep It Off Records. The full EP (all 16 tracks) is available on iTunes for $6.98.
19 Sebastian, FL – Captain Hiram’s – Grand Sand Backstage
20 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
w/SUPERVILLAINS, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS
21 Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
22 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
23 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
25 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
26 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
27 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
28 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
29 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
30 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
31 Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
1 Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
2 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues – Cleveland
3 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
4 Des Moines, IA – Peoples Court
5 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
7 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
8 Lexington, KY – Buster’s
9 Covington, KY – The Mad Hatter
10 Nashville, TN – Exit In
11 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
12 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
13 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
14 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
15 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
17 Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
18 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
19 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
21 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues – Anaheim
22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
Less Than Jake are set to release a new EP, TV/EP, on October 12th via their own label, Sleep It Off. The EP will feature tracks from TV theme songs and commercials. More information about the EP and the bands upcoming tour dates can be found below.
Recording 16 tracks in a total of roughly 13 minutes of music in bassist Roger Lima‘s basement, LTJ are defying convention again. Instead of offering new original material, they’re diving into the wide and fascinating world of television theme songs and commercials. Spanning from the vintage adverts of yesteryear to the frenetic promos of modern day, TV/EP reimagines a world where pop punk and ska is the music de rigueur, and this is the soundtrack to your couch potato life. Tracklisted as anonymously numbered channels (the band is keeping the names of the songs under wraps till right before release), the experience they have planned is akin to the feeling of flipping random television channels.
Just as hyper as their musical minds are, their physical touring bodies are gearing up for a handful of dates in the US including Chicago’s RIOT FEST, Japan, Europe and the UK. Their tour dates are:
23/24 Gainesville, FL – Gainesville Common Grounds
25 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
9 Chicago, IL – RIOT FEST
18 Osaka – Quattro
20 Fukuoka – Drum Be-1
22 Okayama – Image
25 Nagoya – Club Quattro
27 Sendai – Darwin
28 Tokyo – Liquid Room
November (all dates with Zebrahead, We Are the Union)
4 Oxford – O2 Academy (support: Contrast Kills)
5 Norwich – UEA (support: The Skints)
6 Birmingham – O2 Academy (curfew 10pm) (support: Allbright)
7 Leeds – O2 Academy (curfew 10pm) (support: New Riot)
8 London – HMV Forum (support: The Skints)
9 Cardiff – Millenium Music Hall (support: The Arteries)
10 Bristol – O2 Academy (curfew 10pm) (support: The Arteries)
12 Portsmouth – Pyramids (support: Kids Can’t Fly)
13 Nottingham – Rock City (curfew: 10pm) (support: Mouthwash)
14 Peterborough – The Cresset (support: Mouthwash)
16 Manchester – Academy (support: Straight Lines)
17 Newcastle – O2 Academy (support: Straight Lines)
18 Edinburgh – Picture House (support: The Hostiles)
Belgium (all dates with Zebrahead and Sonic Boom Six)
20 Ghent – Vooruit
21 Hamburg – Markthalle
22 Berlin – Postbahnof
23 Munster – Sputnikhalle
24 Cologne – Live Music Hall
26 Legnano/Milan – Land of Live
27 Gualtieri (Reggio Emilia)- Tempo Rock Club
28 Vienna – Arena
29 Munich – Backstage Werk
30 Stuttgart – Longhorn
1 Amsterdam – Melkweg
Less Than Jake will be hitting the road in November.
Nov 13, 2009 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Nov 14, 2009 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
Nov 15, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts
Nov 16, 2009 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
Nov 18, 2009 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Nov 19, 2009 New York, NY Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov 20, 2009 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Nov 21, 2009 Montreal, QC Le Medley
Nov 22, 2009 Toronto, ON Phoenix Theatre
Nov 23, 2009 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
Nov 24, 2009 Chicago, IL Metro
Nov 25, 2009 St. Paul, MN Station 4
Nov 27, 2009 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Nov 28, 2009 Murray, UT Murray Theater
I’ll admit it, I haven’t listened to Less Than Jake since the days when I was coloring my hair with Kool-Aid just like Tai in Clueless did. However, my roommate could probably have her own Less Than Jake fan club so I let her take the reigns on this one while we were at Warped Tour in Ventura. Let’s see what she can do…
So, let’s start with your names and instruments.
LTJ: Our names are Roger and J.R. and we play bass and saxophone, respectively. We play with disrespect, but respectfully.
So, Warped Tour”¦do you have any thoughts, concerns or anticipations?
JR: I have an anticipation; that I anticipate not being able to take a poop in a nice clean toilet.
I saw your tweet about that!
JR: Yeah, it’s kind of a bummer. I also have hopes that it won’t be really hot all summer. Today is nice, if it was like this the whole summer that would be awesome.
Roger: Yeah, no, I concur.
Well, you first played Warped Tour in 1997, so what’s probably the biggest difference between then and now?
JR: All the crappy bands.
Roger: [laughs] Yeah, there’s a lot more bands, a lot more stages, a lot more really bad haircuts.
JR: But the catering’s better, the people with production are awesome, they’re really pro.
Roger: They have internet now on tour.
JR: And there’s internet. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this internet, it’s everywhere!
Yeah, it’s not like you guys know how to use Twitter or anything.
JR: Stop makin’ fun of me!
I spoke to you on your last tour and you mentioned it was the “No Johnny Quest Tour” ““ obviously that tour is over because you played it; what was the main reason for that?
JR: Cause Aaron Barrett* signed off on the publishing. He sued us because he said that we ripped off “Sell Out”
Roger: So we had to wait until it, like, settled in court so we could figure it out. I mean, we’re friends and everything, but when it comes to money”¦
*Aaron Barrett is the lead singer of Reel Big Fish.
I peed in his bathroom one time.
JR: I shaved his chest one time.
Yeah, that’s way more awkward.
JR: Yeah, he didn’t ask for me to do it though. Ask about that sometime.
You’ve actually been on a couple of labels, but now you’re kinda DIY-ing. How is that? Do you feel like you have more freedom?
JR: Oh yeah.
Roger: It’s a little more freedom, sort of, but it’s more work, too, to keep up with all the little things. It’s kinda worth it, I guess; nobody really buys CDs so it really doesn’t matter.
JR: Yeah, they just download them for free now.
Roger: Yeah, it’s really not that rad.
JR: It’s all right. Instead of having all little bitches do our work, we’re the bitches now.
So why should people come and watch your set at Warped Tour?
JR: Cause we’re the best band on Warped Tour. Straight up.
Roger: Well, because you’re guaranteed to see Buddy make some funny faces, you’re guaranteed that Chris will say something that is sort of out of line or inappropriate, and I’m gonna play a bunch of fuckin’ really fast bass licks, it’s gonna be great.
So is there anything else you want to add about Warped Tour?
Roger: Um, I would add probably a little bit of salt, and I like anything that has ginger in it, so I would put a little ginger into Warped Tour and it would be PERFECT.
JR: Yeah, a little dab of soy sauce, a little Asian flavor would be nice.
Less Than Jake is on Warped Tour ALL SUMMER!
Be sure to check them out!
— Erin Brown
Vinnie Fiorello has announced the launch of his new endeavor, Paper + Plastick Records, based out of Gainesville, FL. Fiorello is a founding member of legendary ska/punk band Less Than Jake, and founder/former owner of the successful label Fueled By Ramen (Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco).
The independent label will take a new and alternative approach to music retail by selling the highest digital quality music files available, along with deluxe digital packaging. The label will also only release physical music on exclusive, multi-colored and oddly shaped vinyl, making all Paper + Plastick releases a must have for recording buffs, vinyl collectors and music fans alike.
“I think that brick and mortar stores are a dying breed,” comments Fiorello. “Chain stores are folding and the stores that remain want you to buy a TV instead of showcasing new music. I choose not to worry about the CD. That’s also dying, so why try to keep it alive now? I would much rather support independent record stores by putting out independent music in the format that I love, the format that kept and keeps the underground vibrant ““ vinyl.”
Fiorello also plans to release music digitally via the Paper + Plastick website, www.paperandplastick.com, weeks before the music will be available on digital retail outlets such as iTunes, Amazon.com and Emusic.com. Music downloaded from retail outlets loose their integrity and bitrate, but music from PaperandPlastick.com will be high quality digital recordings. Two versions of each album will be available for purchase through the website with varying prices.
Standard edition: 320 Bitrate music file
Deluxe edition: Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) music files, hi-res album art, PDF booklets, and videos
Vinyl releases add the “Plastick” to the label’s name, which will also be home to a number of books. Fiorello has already authored a children’s book and first “Paper” release for the company, entitled Sometimes Robots Like Being Robots, which will be available this Spring.
Feb 13 The Venue Gainesville, FL
With the Expendables:
Mar 06 St. Johns County Fairgrounds Elkton, FL
Mar 07 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar 08 House Of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
Mar 10 Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, FL
Mar 11 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 The Norva Norfolk, VA
Mar 13 Ram’s Head Live! Baltimore, MD
Mar 14 Theatre Of Living Arts ““ TLA Philadelphia, PA
Mar 15 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
Mar 16 Toad’s Place New Haven, CT
Mar 18 Irving Plaza New York, NY
Mar 19 Stone Pony Asbury Park, NJ
Mar 20 House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
Mar 21 St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit, MI
Mar 22 House Of Blues Chicago, IL
Mar 23 The Eagles Club Milwaukee, WI
Mar 24 Station 4 St. Paul, MN
Mar 26 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Mar 28 House Of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Mar 29 House Of Blues Anaheim, CA
Mar 30 Cane’s San Diego, CA
Mar 31 The Avalon Los Angeles, CA
Apr 01 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA