Friday, November 30, 2007

Jesse Malin at Hotel Cafe Dec. 5

JESSE MALIN PERFORMS @ Hotel Cafe in LA Weds, December 5th.

Jesse Malin has been a busy man since releasing the critically acclaimed Glitter in the Gutter in March. With a full UK and European tour under his belt in early May which included a BBC 2 Radio Sessions performance, Jesse returned home and boarded the Death & Taxes Magazine Bus for a two month US headlining tour. Somewhere in between he found time to record two videos, first for the VH1 hit "Don't Let Them Take You Down (Beautiful Day!) followed by the Bruce Springsteen duet "Broken Radio" which also saw The Boss guest in the video. Jesse performed Late Night w/Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson plus performed on various morning shows across the country from Minneapolis to San Diego to Boston. Jesse leaves it all on the stage night in and night out, lying down with the crowd for a "Solitaire" sing along, signing autographs at the merchandise booth after the shows and enjoyed the traditional hang with fans in respective cities where he shared stories while dj'ing on the local jukebox bar until the wee hours. During the tour, Jesse got a new electric Les Paul guitar and painted it with the letters PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and wrote a blog about the meaning of the PMA approach to life on his MySpace page weekly.

The U.S. portion of the tour was scheduled through to early August, followed by a lengthy itinerary heading back to the U.K. for V-Fest appearances. He collapsed in Minneapolis, diagnosed with a staff infection in his thorasic spinal chord, and hospitalized for several weeks back in New York City. Jesse had caught a very rare, life threatening bacteria that someohow got transmitted through a bug bite that appeared on his spine. Forced onto intravenous anti-biotic for 8 weeks and into a body brace, he retreated indoors for the summer and completed the writing of a new record. He completed preparation for musical arrangements for a cover record he's been wanting to record that ranges from Johnny Thunders to Elton John and The Hold Steady to the Ramones, and held bedside meetings in with video directors for the making of the U.K. video single "Tomorrow Tonight" and for the U.S. single and video release of "In the Modern World", both from his current album. He hooked up with Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls, who joined on for fall touring, on drums. He brought on a new keyboard player, Allan Fox. He shot for a Hartke advertising campaign and had dinner with Alice Cooper. He wrote a heartwrenching eulogy for CBGB's owner Hilly Crystal, published in the Village Voice.

Upon getting a "pass go and get out of jail free card" from the Doctors, Jesse flew to Austin on September 14th to perform at the yearly Austin City Limits Music Festival, to play alongside a massive array of great bands and artists (Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Joseph Arthur, Pete Yorn, Bjork, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, and many many more). Songs from Jesse's performance can be viewed on Blue Room website. The punk folk NY Troubadour is resuming worldwide touring beginning Oct. 3. Dates include make-up shows in cities cancelled over the summer, support with Ian Hunter, headlining dates in the U.K. and a 5 city tour of Spain, support with Blues Traveler back in the States in late November/early December, and culminates with a New Year's Eve Bash show in Detroit at the Institute of Art.

Jesse's critically acclaimed new album Glitter In The Gutter is out now Adeline Records. Dan Aquilante of the New York Post gives Jesse his due in a recent live review of a sold out Bowery Ballroom show, remarking that "Malin is the successor to Lou Reed's crown as the lord of The City's underground." Rob Harvilla of the Village Voice calls Malin's Glitter In The Gutter "Album Of The Year" material raving that the album is "Truly excellent...A Replacements replacement to savor while you're obliteratingly drunk and gaping vacantly at the giant spinning cube in Astor Place."

"{On Glitter In The Gutter} There are memorable, megatuneful adrenaline shots like 'Prisoners Of Paradise,' and two slow ones - the Springsteen-assisted 'Broken Radio' and the rather gorgeous 'Aftermath' - stand tall. Tracks like that are what iPod playlists are made for." Rolling Stone

“How this guy stays so under the radar baffles me. One of the best rock-oriented singer/songwriters out there.” USA TODAY

Jesse is well now and armed with new songs, random covers, a great new band, and more of that PMA for the upcoming tour dates scheduled. Go to or for more detailed information on the tour.

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