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[18 Feb 2006|11:15am]

Dear friends!
Could you be so kind to help me.
I’m Russian journalist and now I’m trying to write the review for Ardecore “Arcdecore” (Il Manifesto). Hope, lots of visitors of this community knows what it is. The problem is I can’t find any info about this release on English… Please, could you give me the link for English press-release or any review, or something else…

Deep thanks,

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Karate 1993-2005 [18 Jul 2005|12:33pm]
Hello friends.
After 12 great years, Karate has disbanded. From all of us, thank you for your support.
Gavin McCarthy

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I've heard young hearts go up in fire, like the paper on a cigarette. [30 May 2005|09:19pm]

hey i was wondering if anyone knew if and when karate was coming back to play some shows in the states (preferably boston, etc). if anyone has any info on this let me know, i kept missing karate everytime they came around because of my job, but i have some more free time now, i hope i can see them play whenever they go back on tour. anyways, if you're talking about songs and their duration time, i think today or tommorrow is a great song because of its length. slow and short, it doesn't get any better.

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[22 May 2005|07:52pm]

just wanted to say that "This day next year" is an excellent song despite its length

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In stores February 22nd [03 Feb 2005|02:37am]

[ mood | excited ]

Available on CD or vinyl.


1. Strange Fruit
2. Only Minority, The
3. Tears Of Rage
4. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs
5. Need A Job
6. This Ain't No Picnic
7. Colors
8. Jerusalem

In The Fishtank is an ever ongoing project of Konkurrent, independent music distributor in the Netherlands. In this collection Konkurrent invites musicians to whom they feel strongly related to record. They are given two days studio time and freedom to do whatever they like musically. The Fishtank offers a space for expression and experimentation, results may vary but are always surprising.

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[28 Jan 2005|11:50am]

from the southern records mailing list:

KARATE have been resting from their successful, yet taxing
USA and Japan tours last Fall supporting their 7th full-length
release, "Pockets". Thank you everyone, who went to their shows!

On November 2nd, Geoff Farina appeared on NPR's "Talk Of The Nation".
you missed it, listen here http://www.npr.org, click on "Talk of The
Nation", "Past Shows", "November '04".

They're heading overseas early February for a month of touring, then
over April-May for more.

Visit www.geofffarina.com, www.gavinmccarthy.com and
www.southern.com/karate for more information.


anyone going to any of the overseas shows? i would love nothing more than to see them live in europe. it seems like they have a bigger "following" over there, or at least it seems like people appreciate their music more. i don't know. i love them.

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[19 Jan 2005|12:39pm]

a few days ago i bought a karate bootleg. it is perfect:

concerto al Barchessone Vecchio 24 02 2002

the songs:

one less blues
if you can hold your breath
number six*
the roots and the ruins
in hundreds
there are ghosts
the same stars
the angels just have to show

i also have a video tape of geoff farina 11/14/01 in MA... first he plays 5 solo songs, then karate plays together for awhile, then jodi comes out and they play a few secret stars songs. it's great sound quality. if anyone wants to know the specific songs let me know.

i am looking to trade tapes of shows or live recordings/bootlegs... if anyone has anything or is interested please contact me!! (aim: optionfour)

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Thoughts on Pockets? [01 Dec 2004|11:00pm]

[ mood | surprised ]

Hello to the Karate community,
I just picked up Pockets, and am not as thrilled as I thought I'd be. What are your thoughts of thier new album?

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yes. [28 Nov 2004|06:49pm]

karate is love
brought to you by the isLove Generator

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songs on tour [18 Nov 2004|09:05pm]

I saw karate in Providence and Boston on this past tour. I want to know what the two songs they played that I didnt recognize were. Theres one that they played at both shows after caffeine or me when they're all improvising and then geoff just bangs one chord over and over until they all come together and they play an upbeat indie song. The other song came either before or after cobbs creek parke and it starts with lyrics something like "its black not white, its brown not yellow, its what i taste" or something like that. People seemed to get into those songs so i thought they be covers. get back at me.

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big in japan [10 Nov 2004|11:23am]

this was posted as a comment in the geoff on npr entry.

"To any Karate fans in Japan: Southern Records mistakenly listed the November 25th Karate show as being at Tsurunami KD. The correct locale is Tsurumai KD Japon. It has been updated on their website: http://www2.odn.ne.jp/kdjapon/"

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[15 Nov 2004|11:31am]

here were most of the songs from last night. i'm missing a few though.

with age
"the state i'm in" aka "goode buy from cobbs creek park"
tow truck

small fires
the roots and the ruins
this day next year

diazapam (encore)

caffeine or me?
if you can hold your breath

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weeeee! [29 Oct 2004|07:51pm]

Washington, DC

For Immediate Release:


Geoff Farina, singer/songwriter behind indie/jazz/rock outfit Karate,
be appearing and performing on NPR's "Talk of the Nation." The
with host Neal Conan, will air at approximately 3:40 EST on Election
this Tuesday, Nov 2. Geoff's appearance will include an interview and
performance of some of the band's most recent material, from their Sept
21, 2004 release, "Pockets," on Chicago's Southern Records.

"Pockets" is Karate's 7th full length album in their 10 year history as
band. It is their strongest, most synthesized effort yet, combining
Karate's post punk-sensibility, masterful, jazz-influenced
sensitive, intellectual lyrics, and love of a good pop/rock hook.

Geoff Farina has been involved in the arts in myriad ways most all of
adult life. He was a founding member of influential DC outfit Secret
Stars, and founded a Rhode Island artists' retreat, The Grange Hall,
fellow Secret Star Jodi Buonnano. Geoff has also scored films and
with Jazz ensembles, as well as writing about music and recording for
Portland's famed Tape Op magazine. More information about Geoff at

Karate's still touring behind "Pockets" so please catch them at one of
below dates. Note new West Coast dates.

* 10/29 Raleigh NC @ Kings Lounge w/Chris Brokaw
* 10/30 Richmond, VA @ Virginia Commonwealth University w/Chris Brokaw
* 10/31 Washington DC @ Warehouse Next Door w/Chris Brokaw

* 11/5 Brooklyn, NY @ North Six
* 11/6 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
* 11/7 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs w/Helms
* 11/22 Tokyo, JP @ Shibuya O Nest
* 11/24 Kyoto, JP @ Gion Whoopees
* 11/25 Nagoya, JP @ Tsurunami KD
* 11/26 Tokyo, JP @ Shibuya O Nest

* 12/4 Arcata, CA @ Placebo w/Roots of Orchis
* 12/5 Portland, OR @ Berbatis Pan w/Roots of Orchis
* 12/6 Seattle, WA @ Graceland w/Roots of Orchis
* 12/8 LA, CA @ Spaceland w/Roots of Orchis
* 12/9 San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/Roots of Orchis
* 12/10 Merced, CA @ Mainzer Theater w/Roots of Orchis
* 12/11 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill w/Roots of Orchis

European tour: Mid-February - May '05

Visit www.southern.com/karate for more information.

For more info, a disc, interview, guest list spot, photo, or any
Karate-related needs, please call, email or IM Tristin Laughter at
PR, 718 938 4078, swellpr@aol.com, IM: SWELLPR.

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[28 Oct 2004|11:15pm]

my karate pic from last night in orlando, fl.

10.27.04 - the social - orlando fl

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Karate was amazing last night (as usual) [28 Oct 2004|12:32pm]


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raleigh... [28 Oct 2004|11:02am]

Will anyone be at the Karate show in Raleigh on 10/29 Friday??

I'd love to meet some fans in the area!

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[14 Oct 2004|07:24am]

How does everyone lile the new album? I spent my last few dimes on it the other day.

And another thing, seeing that I am from RI, I am mystified that Karate is not more a part of the local music scene. Just a thought.

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Tour [11 Oct 2004|07:16pm]
Tour. It's on. Consider yourselves 'served'.
For near real-time tales of tour, check: gavinmccarthy.com/tourdiary2004.html
You can also access the diary from /updates.html
Thanks to everyone on this board.
Hope you can make some shows.

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karate in japan [26 Sep 2004|12:50am]

sorry if this post is a little spammy, but i'm planning to see their show in kyoto this november. are any of you other karate-heads living in the kansai, or at least the japan area and planning to see them? they're only playing 3 shows in japan, and i'm curious what their fan base here is like anyway.

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hey hey what are you gonna do when the credit card people come looking for you? [24 Sep 2004|05:46pm]

[ mood | elated ]


pockets is so fucking great.

i know, i know, im totally biased here, but i think, even though i love karate with every inch of my being, i would be able to say "this sucks" if karate could be capable of putting out a bad record.

from first listen, i squealed to myself numerous times while driving around in my big busted up buick, but the most memorable of those squeals would be when the tracks "Cacophony" and "Concrete" started. i instantly recognized them as beings songs that were played on the last tour that i loved. and i can't wait to actually partake in some motion (other than the bob head/tap foot indie dance we all know so well) when i hear "The state i'm in" live next month!

my only concern with the album is that it is so short. and maybe that is just because i'm used to long, epic songs from the band. but i will also say that it is refreshing to hear many 4-5 minute (sometimes even less!) cuts from the band.

i'm extremely pleased. i will leave you with a link to an article about geoff written in april of this year when he came around the detroit area for his solo tour. reticent she returns to the streets

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