News

2015/11/08

The Color Bars Experience on tour

The Tribute to Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" including TvB, Jason Lytle and Ken Stringfellow will hit the road on December (in France only):

  • 15/12 : Théâtre du Quai / Angers
  • 16/12 : Le Lieu Unique / Nantes
  • 18/12 : Espace André Malraux / Six Fours
  • 19/12 : Opéra / Clermont Ferrand
  • 20/12 : Théâtre Sébastopol / Lille

More info on the shows page.

Home showslove from TvB

TvB has toured France for private shows during september-october. Here are a few words from him: The private TvB home shows were fantastic. It was one of the most fun tours I have ever done. The people were all great. I made lots of new friends, had great food and played some great shows. Thanks to all the wonderful people who invited me into their homes.

Documentary

The TvB Documentary Project is a transmedia project about the personality and music of TvB. Follow the project on his Facebook page and watch/listen to exclusive content, like this video of his new song.

TVB - At home - New song from Ethnomedia on Vimeo.

Recording

The recording is in the final mixing. The new TvB album should be out in the spring. I'm really happy with the way the songs sound. Each one is directly from a part of my life. It's a special album for me.

tape recorder

Équilibre Fragile #2

Equilibre Fragile #2Équilibre Fragile is a new french magazine made by enthusiastic people (they previously released a tribute to TvB). You can preorder Équilibre Fragile #2 including a special report on TvB.

New video

You can watch a new video filmed on the rooftops of Toulon during his private tour: TvB plays Tropical.

2015/04/28

Interview

You can read an interview with Troy, Jason Lytle & Ken Stringfellow about their relationship with Elliott Smith, his work, his album "Figure 8" on Les Inrocks.

2015/04/15

Radio show

Troy + Jason Lytle & The Color Bars Experience play Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" on May 2nd. Free tickets available on Maison de la radio website This show is already sold-out!
Live recording at Maison de la Radio, Paris. Broadcasted on May 4th on France Musique at 10:30 PM (GMT+2) in Label pop.

Interview

You can read a new interview on Le Transistor about the Elliott Smith project and the next album.

2015/03/25

Tribute to Elliott Smith

Shows

3 shows announced: the first one is a tribute to Elliott Smith's "Figure 8" with Troy von Balthazar, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies) and Jason Lytle (Grandaddy). See shows page for details.

TvB contributes to an upcoming book about Nirvana

Troy Von Balthazar is one of the major contributors among the 210 musicians interviewed by Nick Soulsby for his new book "I Found My Friends: The Oral History of Nirvana", to be released on March 31. Sounds like an interesting read for Nirvana and Chokebore fans!
More on Troy's contribution to the book at chokebore.net.
See also: the post from the author and a link to buy the book.

AmRep documentary

Troy also contributed to the Amphetamine Reptile Records (Chokebore's first label) documentary film.

New album

Troy is currently in the middle of recording his next TvB album in his flat in Berlin. He has some nice old machines that are helping him to make it sound good.

2014/10/18

TvB is busy working away writing and recording his new album planned for release in 2015 as well as playing his Troy Von Balthazar DJ set in Berlin at the A.P.C. Clothing 10 year anniversary party last week in Berlin and flying to Los Angeles next week for the opening of the newest A.P.C. store on Melrose Avenue.

Troy DJ in Berlin

(photo by Sunny Pudert)

2013/09/25

Tour dates

2 live shows coming this week: Bratislava (SK) on Friday 27th & Brno (CZ) on Saturday 28th. You can find details on the shows page.

"This ain't California" TV broadcast

Arte broadcasts the documentary This ain't California including music from Troy Von Balthazar & Chokebore tonight at 10:55pm (European time).

Chokebore tour & vinyl reissues

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Chokebore will tour this fall; their label Vicious Circle releases the 2 first albums on vinyl on October 14th. Get more info on Chokebore site.

2013/07/16

New album available in the US

...Is with the demon is now available in the US on The New Black Records.

It's also available on iTunes US (digital) and Amazon US (digital & CD).

TvB writing songs

Writing time

Troy is currently writing songs for his next album.

September tour

Troy will tour in September with shows in Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria. More info later.

2013/03/18

Spring Tour

The spring tour starts today! Troy will play in Switzerland, France, Belgium and Germany. Be there!

New video

Julien Guntz shot a video for the song Tiger vs pigeon: you can watch it on Vimeo.

Review

A review of "...Is with the demon" on Visual Music.

2013/03/11

New tour dates

Several shows added in Germany. See shows page for details.

Magnified out today

The tribute to Troy Von Balthazar released by the webzine My Music Factory is out today: download it for free on Bandcamp.

Tracklisting and informations can be found on the new dedicated page in the Compilation section.

2013/03/04

Spring tour

The spring tour is announced. Check dates & venues on the Shows page.

This poem does not please her - cover

New book

This poem does not please her, the new TVB book will be available at shows and selected shops (to be announced).
You can read an excerpt on the projects page.

Video sessions

You can watch an acoustic video session on Le Cargo. Troy plays Tropical, Queen of what? & Applause.
Troy also played Tropical for Bruxelles ma belle.

Reviews, article, interview

New reviews of ...Is with the demon on De la lune on entend tout and Le temps.
One article on Simone A_review and an interview on My Music Factory.

TVB songs for a film

6 songs of TvB appear on the soundtrack of Nolwenn Lemesle first film, Des morceaux de moi, released in France on Feb. 13th 2013. See projects page.

Best of 2012

Troy is #1 in the best of 2012 concerts on Mind Riot Music.
...Is with the demon is #3 on Mind Riot Music & #7 on A découvrir absolument readers top albums of 2012.

Magnified - Tribute to Troy Von Balthazar

A tribute to Troy Von Balthazar

Magnified, a fine compilation of Troy von Balthazar and Chokebore songs will be released - as a free download - on March 11th by the french webzine My Music Factory.
Here is the tracklisting:

  1. My Sidekicks "Dogs"
  2. Xav Feugray "Heroic Little Sister"
  3. My North Eye "Wings"
  4. Exsonvaldes "You are the sunshine of my life"
  5. Ex Voto "Ciao LA"
  6. Alice the Goon "You, When you're drunk"
  7. Leave her to Heaven " Tropical"
  8. My Broken Frame "To a Girl with One wing gone"
  9. Luis Francesco Arena "Smaller steps"
  10. Sylvie Lacheray "Real Strong love"
  11. Willo "Rainbow"
  12. X.O "Days of Nothing"
  13. Shubni "Magnified"
  14. Qu'en pense Gertrude "Took some Dollars"
  15. Bonus Track : TVB "About being Hurt (First demo version)"

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