Monday, March 30, 2009

Super Furry Animals To Release New Album April 14

The new Super Furry Animals Dark Days/Light Years finds twelve songs jam packed into a tight 59 minutes. The song titles include "Crazy Naked Girls" and "The Very Best Of Neil Diamond" - sounds good to me. It will be available digitally April 14 via itunes and April 21 on vinyl.

Free Download for the single "Inaugural Trams" (featuring a German spoken word appearance by Franz Ferdinand's Nick McCarthy)

Agent Double 0 Soul

BIlly Preston has the moves.

Ponytail Announce U.S. Tour

4.1 TT the Bears Cambridge, MA
4.2 Fuel the Rocket Club (Dartmouth College) Hanover, NH
4.23 DC9 Washington DC
4.24 Eclectic House Wesleyan, CT
4.25 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY w/ Marnie Stern, Think About Life
4.26 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
4.27 Monkey House Burlington, CT
4.28 La Sala Rossa Montreal, QUEBEC
4.29 The Deleon White Gallery Toronto, ONTARIO
4.30 PIke Room Detroit, MI
5.1 Rubble Bar Mt. Pleasant, MI
5.3 Schubas Chicago, IL
5.4 Jackpot Lawrence, KS w/ Vivian Girls
5.5 Hi-Dive Denver, CO
5.7 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT
5.8 Neurolux Boise, ID
5.9 Vera Project Seattle, WA
5.10 Holocene Portland, OR
5.12 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, CA
5.13 Howie and Sons Visalia, CA
5.15 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
5.16 Acrobatics Everyday Irvine, CA
5.17 Phix Gallery Phoenix, AZ
5.19 Bash Riprocks Lubbock, TX
5.20 Emo's Austin, TX Chaos in Tejas pre-party
5.21 The Cavern Dallas, TX
5.22 The Bottletree Brimingham, AL
5.23 529 Atlanta, GA
5.24 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
5.25 The Ottobar Baltimore, MD

Free Del the Funky Homosapien

Nope, Del isn't in jail - his music is free as part of a "plan for the greater good of hip hop during this recession of funk.."

The new Del the Funky Homosapien, Funkman will be out on April 7th. Visit for a free download on the record's release date. Additionally, Del has released the leak pack series volume's 1 & 2 as free downloads on his site.

4/08 San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew
4/09 Pomona, CA - Glass House
4/10 San Diego, CA - Canes
4/11 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
4/12 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress (early)
4/13 Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room
4/14 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
4/16 San Antonio, TX - Warehouse Live
4/17 Dallas, TX - Granada
4/18 Austin, TX - Emo's Outside
4/20 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
4/22 Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
4/24 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
4/25 Wilmington, NC - Soapbox
4/28 Boston, MA - Middle East
4/29 New York, NY - BB Kings
5/01 Baltimore, MD - Goucher College
5/03 Philadelphia, PA - First Utilitarian Church
5/05 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
5/06 Columbus, OH - Skullys (late show)
5/07 Lexington, KY - Dame
5/08 Chicago, IL - Reggies
5/09 Madison, WI - High Noon
5/11 Columbia, MO - Blue Note
5/12 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
5/14 Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
5/15 Denver, CO - Bluebird
5/16 Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
5/18 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

allá New Release Digs

allá has a new new album Digs
which will be sold in Chicago at the band's record release party April 2 at Schubas. The release will also be available in time for the band's record store day appearance/celebration. So - dig it!

Jared Meed and the Grown Children

They released an excellent album last year. It was one of my favorite 10 releases from last year - honest. Buy the album here Try to support them on tour:

Mar 30 2009 8:00P
The Knitting Factory w/ Starving Daughters, The Red River, Halloween Swim Team Los Angeles, California
Mar 31 2009 12:00P
Day Show @ Midland Los Olivos, California
Mar 31 2009 8:00P
The Partisan w/ Omar Sosa, Go West Young Man Merced, California
Apr 2 2009 8:00P
Hotel Utah w/ The Don’ts, The Chop San Francisco, California
Apr 3 2009 2:00P
In-Studio @ KHUM Eureka, California
Apr 3 2009 8:00P
Lil Red Lion w/ Pipes of the Doctor Witchcraft, The Invasions Eureka, California
Apr 4 2009 8:00P
Alex’s Restaurant Ashland, Oregon
Apr 11 2009 5:00P
Cherry City Music Fest @ Ike Box Salem, Oregon
Apr 17 2009 8:00P
Visual Arts Collective w/ Finn Riggins, Le Fleur, Juntura Boise, Idaho
Apr 18 2009 8:00P
The Crawlspace w/ Finn Riggins, Test Audiences La Grande, Oregon
Apr 19 2009 5:00P
Earth Day Birthday @ Molalla High School Molalla, Oregon
Apr 25 2009 8:00P
Doug Fir w/ Dirty Mittens, Nurses, Y La Bamba Portland, Oregon
May 16 2009 7:00P
TLE Birthday Bash @ Backspace ALL AGES...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Joan of Arc to Release New Album Flowers

"I think it's harder for a band to make a tenth record, than it is to make a first record," says Tim Kinsella, who remains the one permanent member of the Joan of Arc lineup. "There is more freedom to be daring, but there is also your own standard to live up to and surpass."

Chicago band Joan of Arc will release a new album, Flowers on July 9 via Polyvinyl.

1. Fogbow
2. The Garden of Cartoon Exclamations
3. Flowers
4. Fasting
5. Explain Yourselves #2
6. Tsunshine
7. A Delicious Herbal Laxative
8. Explain Yourselves
9. Table of the Laments
10. Fable of the Elements
11. Life Sentence / Twisted Ladder
12. The Sun Rose

"The sheer honesty that it shares with you is staggering, the brilliance of each and every turn and take worth listening to again and again. Just one ounce of Kinsella's understanding can toll innumerable nights of reevaluating things." -Absolute Punk

Deer Tick Tour Dates and Album News

Deer Tick release their second full lengthBorn On Flag Day June 23 on Partisan. It features three new members, Andy Tobiassen, Dennis Ryan and Chris Ryan. They, along with principal songwriter John J. McCauley III are the new incarnation of Deer Tick which performed on Born On Flag Day.


Thu-Mar-26 Durham, NC Duke Univeristy Coffeehouse *
Fri-Mar-27 Baltimore, MD The G-Spot *
Sat-Mar-28 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda's *
Fri-Apr-03 Swarthmore, PA Olde Club - Swarthmore University
Thu-Apr-23 Boston, MA Harpers Ferry
Fri-Apr-24 Providence, RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel #
Mon-Jun-08 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero %
Tue-Jun-09 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg %
Wed-Jun-10 Boston, MA House of Blues %
Thu-Jun-11 Washington, DC 9:30 Club %
Fri-Jun-12 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle %
Sun-Jun-14 St. Louis, MO The Pageant %
Mon-Jun-15 Lawrence, KS Granada %
Wed-Jun-17 Omaha, NE Slowdown %

* = w/ Phosphorescent
# = w/ Elvis Perkins in Dearland
% = w/ Jenny Lewis

Santigold (remember kids, not Santogold) Tour Dates

See prior post re: name change

Tour Dates:
21 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
22 Sacramento, CA Empire
24 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheatre
25 George, WA Sasquatch! Festival
28 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
29 Des Moines, IA Peoples Court
31 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

1 Boston, MA House Of Blues
3 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
4 Montreal, QC Metropolis
6 Philadelphia, PA The Roots Picnic @ Festival Pier
7 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
9 New York, NY Terminal 5
10 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
13 St. Louis, MO Barcardi B Live @ The Pageant
15 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
17 Houston, TX House Of Blues
18 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
21 Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl / KCRW World Festival Series

My Dear Disco remix Kanye West and Franz Ferdinand

“...those with a taste for dance-rock inspired by 1980s sounds and heavy synths, take note.” –

My Dear Disco are touring to support their critically acclaimed album Dancethink. The record features mixes by Grammy-nominated engineer Mark Saunders via his studio in New York (Shiny Toy Guns’ We Are Pilots, Tricky’s Maxinquaye, David Byrne’s Feelings, and The Cure’s Wish). YOu might recall that Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) invited them to appear at the American Eagle Festival, which he curated. Tour dates below:

03/26 Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
03/27 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
03/28 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
04/03 Marquette, MI @ Up Front & Company
04/04 Marquette, MI @ Up Front & Company
04/10 Ann Arbor, MI @ Neutral Zone
04/11 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Blind Pig
04/16 Bowling Green, OH @ Howard's Club H
04/18 Kalamazoo, MI @ The Strutt
04/24 East Lansing, MI @ Club Rush
05/08 Chicago, IL @ The Gallaria Marchetti
05/09 East Lansing, MI @ Club Rush
05/14 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
05/15 Terre Haute, IN @ The Verve
05/16 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
05/22 Geneva, MN @ Bella Madre - Harmony Park
05/24 Thornville, OH @ Hookaville Festival

All Hail Eagles of Death Metal's Ambassador Jesse Hughes

Eagles of Death Metal Celebrate Record With “Heart On” Vinyl Release and Rhino Records Performance

Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal has been dubbed the Ambassador of Record Store Day, April 18th. In an online video he urges fans to gather friends and shop locally at an indie record shop. April 18 also marks the release of the vinyl edition of the band's album Heart On. Eagles of Death Metal will celebrate the occasion with a live appearance at Rhino Records in Claremont, California.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Art Brut Announce Tour Dates

“Why is everyone trying to sound like U2?/ Why would you want to?"

Have I mentioned how much I love Art Brut and that you should too? (Please see prior post for complete information regarding the new release Art Brut Vs. Satan

Live Dates:
US June Tour

June 1 New York, Mercury Lounge
June 2 New York, Mercury Lounge
June 3 New York, Mercury Lounge
June 4 New York, Mercury Lounge
June 5 New York, Mercury Lounge
June 6 Philadelphia. Johnny Brendas
June 8 Chicago, Schubas Tavern
June 9 Chicago, Schubas Tavern
June 10 Chicago, Schubas Tavern
June 11 Chicago, Schubas Tavern
June 12 Chicago, Schubas Tavern
June 13 Seattle, Neumos
June 15 San Francisco, Independent
June 16 LA, Spaceland
June 17 LA, Spaceland
June 18 LA, Spaceland
June 19 LA, The Echo

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Full Press Release:

“If we can’t change the world/ Let’s at least get the charts right!” Art Brut ‘Demons Out!’

Does British pop deserve Eddie Argos? A chart fixture in France, iconic in Germany (where his lyrics have been the subject of a lecture at Berlin University under the tile ‘The Depressive Dandy’), lionised by the cream of alt.America (Craig Finn and Jeffrey Lewis are fans) and a world class blogger to boot (check out he is, as the NME pointed out in 2005, ’the new Jarvis’ and so much more.

“It’s strange” muses Eddie. “Outside the U.K people seem to find it easier to accept our songs on face value. We played in Brazil with Franz Ferdinand and all these school kids were singing ‘Emily Kane’ to me. It really freaked me out.”

Eddie may be an outsider worthy of Albert Camus, but his time is about to come.

Produced by Frank Black over twelve days last December, new album Art Brut vs. Satan is the record Brut-o-philes have been waiting for since debut single ‘Formed A Band’ illuminated the musical universe back in 2004.

Tuneful, truculent and more on the button than University Challenge’s Gail Trimble, it’s the sound of Art Brut at their most confident and confrontational.

Eddie: “In the past I’ve been worried about what people might think about our records, but this time I don’t care. I know it’s good.”

So how, as David Byrne might ask, did they get here? At the start of 2008, Art Brut found themselves on the other side of the world, touring Australia in support of second album ‘It’s a Bit Complicated’.

Eddie: “We were away on tour for two years. By the end it became a nightmare. Consequently, the second album was full of songs about relationships. I’d been engaged to someone, so every night I’d be singing miserable songs about breaking up with girls. We needed a break.”

When it arrived, it came from an unlikely source: in March, the band severed their relationship with EMI. Infuriated by the label’s decision to release ‘Pump Up The Volume’ without their permission, Eddie wrote the word ‘SLAVE’ on his face. Guitarist Jasper Future began posting anti-EMI blogs. In a stand-off of this magnitude, there would only be one winner.

“They said ‘we’ll let you go as long as you stop slagging us off’” laughs Eddie.

“It was us being a bit cocky and rude, but that works for us.”

Where others might have buckled, Art Brut found themselves gaining (super) power from the spat; a creative Kryptonite which fuels ‘Art Brut vs Satan’.

Eddie: “We’ve been lucky, we got signed to Rough Trade on our first demo, and then we signed to Fierce Panda, which is a great label. But having that bit of friction really helped us. This album is quite feisty and argumentative, and I really like that.”

Having endured a lengthy recording process for debut ‘Bang Bang Rock’n’Roll’ and ‘It’s a Bit Complicated’, the band resolved to record their next album as speedily as possible.

“I love the first Frank Black And The Catholics album” explains Eddie.

“He did that in one day. It made me think-that’s how I want to records to be made. So we came to the conclusion, let’s ask Frank Black to produce it, and do it like that”

To the band’s surprise, Black –a fervent fan- said yes.

Accordingly, the band found themselves packing their bags and heading for Wavelength Studios in Oregon last December.

Eddie: “The studio Frank uses is in Salem. It’s in the middle of nowhere. We were staying by the motorway, and he’d pick us up in his car every day. We’d do eight hour days then back to the hotel. We did the whole thing in twelve days. It was very simple.”

With the band set up in one big room, their amps in the kitchen and Eddie singing his vocals in a cupboard (“It was ok, I had drinks in there”) they set about exorcising the demons of the previous two years.

“I had an album’s worth of songs written, but once we got there we wrote four or five new ones. It all just flooded out.”

Opening with first single ‘Alcoholics Unanimous’-which finds Eddie bawling “There’s so many people I might have upset/ I apologised to them all with the same group text“, Satan spills over with wit, wisdom, and righteous fury. From ‘Passengers’ -a neat inversion of Iggy Pop’s ode to isolation- to the deeply personal ‘DC Comics And Chocolate Milk’ (“From delivering post to serving beer/I’ve never had much of a career”) it’s a rummage through the diaries of British pop’s sharpest observationist.

The pivotal ‘Demons Out!’, meanwhile, cast Argos as an indie Witchfinder General on the trail of those who would corrupt music to their own ends, complete with the lyric: “This is Art Brut versus Satan/The record buying public, we hate them!”
Eddie: “It was inspired by seeing Muse. My girlfriend is in The Blood Arm, who were supporting, and so I was compelled to see them. It was horrible-all these visuals of Tiananman Square and the Vietnam War. They’re from Devon- what have they got to do with that?”

‘Slap Dash for No Cash’ meanwhile, is an ode to immediacy which poses the question: “Why is everyone trying to sound like U2?/ Why would you want to?”.

Eddie: “I can’t stand the fact that every band seems to think it’s ok to use that epic sound. In the current climate people shouldn’t be sounding like that. They should be more austere-it’s just not cool.”

If ‘Summer Jobs’ –inspired by a stint working at Harry Ramsden’s in Bournemouth- and ‘Twist and Shout’ –about singing Jeffrey Lewis songs in the post office- touch on familiar Brut themes of alienation and social embarrassment, the surprise comes with a final ‘Mysterious Bruises’.

A seven minute excursion into the agit-funk of ’77 era Talking Heads (or, if you prefer, Julian Cope’s ‘Safe Surfer’) complete with the Pullitzer-prize worthy couplet: “I can’t remember anything I’ve done/I fought the floor and the floor won!” it’s a sobering account of the morning after the night before which seems destined to fill dancefloors from Paris to Pasadena.
Which is where we came in.

The sharpest, most articulate song-writer in rock is back on our doorstep, ringing on the doorbell. He’s here to make us laugh, cry, and remember why we got hooked on the stuff in the first place.

After all, they’re doing it for you, so you better be grateful. Time to decide whose side you’re on.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ida Maria Tour Dates

Ida Maria has the hipsters all abuzz. Her debut album Fortress Round My Heart (Sting anyone?) is now available.

Oh My God
Drive Away My Heart
I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
Keep Me Warm
Forgive Me
Morning Light
Queen Of The World
See Me Through

3/24 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft At Center Stage
3/26 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
3/27 - West Chester, PA - The Note
3/28 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg
3/30 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
3/31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
4/18 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival

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Double Dagger to Release Album in May

Thrill Jockey has announced a release date for the upcoming release by Double Dagger. The album is described as having captured their live sound, which will delight long time fans. This marks the third release for this BAltimore trio. Summer tour dates are being hashed out and will be posted when officially available.

Here is an '07 performance:

Free mp3:

Tortoise Come Out From Under Their Shell

Tortoise are set to release a new album June 23 titled Beacons of Ancestorship through Thrill Jockey.

Beacons of Ancestorship tracklisting:
01. High Class Slim Came Floatin' In
02. Prepare Your Coffin
03. Northern Something
04. Gigantes
05. Penumbra
06. Yinxianghechengqi
07. The Fall Of Seven Diamonds Plus One
08. Minors
09. Monument Six One Thousand
10. de Chelly
11. Charteroak Foundation

The Chicago band is also scheduled to appear at the city's Pitchfork Music Festival July 17. Thusfar the band has scheduled only three live performances.




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Gorillaz Go Bananas On New Documentary

Gorillaz have completed a documentary titled Banannaz. The film "an unsanitised, free-wheeling documentary film; an intimate, honest and often hilarious account of the working relationship between (musician Damon) Albarn and (animator Jamie) Hewlett," according to press materials, will premiere April 20 on

Jimmy Chamberlin Comments on Leaving The Smashing Pumpkins

Drummer can't "cash the check."

Ex Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has commented upon his departure from the band. A blog post reasds in part "I will say, without going into any unnecessary details that this represents a positive move forward for me. I can no longer commit all of my energy into something that I don’t fully possess. I won’t pretend I’m into something I’m not. I won’t do it to myself, you the fan, or my former partner. I can’t just, 'Cash the check' so to speak." Hey Corgan - I can!

Chamberlin squashed rumors of bad blood with his long time friend Billy Corgan, as well as drug rumors by adding "There is no drama, bad blood, or anything else."

Duran Duran Working With Mick Ronson and Kaiser Chiefs

As mentioned in a prior post, Duran Duran are, (what they term), "hard at work" on a new album with Mark Ronson. Ronson recently invited Kaiser Chiefs member Nick Hodgson to the band's London studio sessions. (Hey, if one trend doesn't work, try another). They recorded three songs together.

This is not the first Ronson / Duran collaboration. They worked with Ronson before and performed a live concert in Paris last year. Reflecting upon that experience, Duran Duran's bassist John Taylor had this to say, “Mark is one of the most exciting talents in music today. He’s a super-nice guy too, which makes it even better. He had a lot of crazy ideas which all seemed to work out. So many, in fact, that what was supposed to be a thirty-minute set turned out to be an hour and a half! And it’s great to have his big band wrap themselves around us too, horns, strings and percussion. It was really magical!”

John Taylor has recently participated in the Tap Water Project (via Unicef), which raises awareness of the world's water crisis. More information may be obtained at The bamd are also a confirmed headliner for London's The Lovebox Weekender.

Mecca Normal, Deerhoof, Decemberists Tour Dates

Mecca Normal may be hitting your town shortly. The Spring tour dates have been announced, and are listed below for your viewing pleasure. Visit to hear new Mecca Normal recordings.

- Vancouver -- March 28 -- The Vinegar Factory -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Vancouver -- April 1 -- Windermere High School -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Bellingham, WA -- April 3 -- Underground Coffeehouse
- Seattle -- April 4 -- Vera Project
- Battle Ground, WA -- April 5
- Olympia -- April 7 -- Evergreen State College -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- tba
- Olympia -- April 7 -- All Ages Project
- Portland -- April 8 -- Holocene
- Salem, OR -- April 9 -- Cherry City Music Festival
- Salem, OR -- April 10 -- Willamette University -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Eugene, OR -- April 10 -- Wandering Goat
- Arcata, CA -- April 11 -- The Green House -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- San Francisco -- April 12 -- Hemlock Tavern
- San Francisco -- April 13 -- Modern Times Bookstore -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- LA -- April 14 -- CalArts -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- LA -- April 15 -- Knitting Factory Hollywood
- Durham, NC -- April 17 -- Duke University -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- tba
- Durham, NC -- April 18 -- DuoFest III
- DC -- April 19 -- The Red & The Black Bar
- New York -- April 20 -- Cake Shop
- New York -- April 21 -- Bluestockings Books -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Philly -- April 22 -- Nexus -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Turners Falls, MA -- April 23 -- Rendezvous
- Providence -- April 24 -- Rhode Island School of Design -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Boston -- April 25 -- Megapolis Audio Festival -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Providence -- April 25 -- AS220

The Decemberists

May 2009
19 - Hollywood, CA @ Palladium
20 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
21 - Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
24 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
26 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
27 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
29 - Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
31 - St Louis, MO @ The Pageant
June 2009
1 - Columbus, OH @ Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
3 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
4 - Raleigh, NC @ Memorial Auditorium
5 - Richmond, VA @ The National
6 - Upper Darcy, PA @ Tower Theater
9 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
10 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo


April 2009
22 - Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
24 - Moscow, Russia @ Avant Fest - w/ Chicken Shampoo, moremoney
25 - St Petersburg, Russia @ Skif Festival
May 2009
12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore - w/ Cornelius Tickets
13 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater - w/ Cornelius
14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theater - w/ Cornelius Tickets
16 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse - w/ Cornelius Tickets

Get High On Zodiac Dust

“Reinvents percussion...” – Fresh Air, NPR

Loop 2.4.3 creates music that has been described as “transportive percussion odysseys." Their neo classical experimental sound has been compared to Brian Eno, Steve Reich, and Mike Oldfield. Their album Zodiac Dust will be available June 16 via Music Starts From Silence / Analog Arts.

01. Prologue: Rebirth
02. Dark Matter
03. Underground
04. The Existentialist
05. Zodiac Dust (MP3)
06. Clouds
07. I Remember
08. The Return of Chickchi
09. Epilogue: Ashes to Ashes

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Watch this space for an mp3.

The Lava Children To Release Debut and It's All Very Myserious 'Innit?

The Lava Children recorded their upcoming self titled album "in a secluded mountain fortress" in Altadena, CA and will release it May 26 on Graveface. Related press materials receive an A+ for drama. Here is an excerpt "It may have been found stuck in an ice block in the far-flung pitch-black night of the frozen tundra or growing out of a patch of moss and fungus on the side of a mighty California redwood tree. Or it could have been found buried in an Egyptian desert wasteland, firmly clutched to the now-hollow chest of some bygone dusty old corpse. . . and it just might be cursed."

The Lava Children tracklisting:
1. I am a Pony
2. Particles
3. Firefly
4. Troll
5. The Green Word - Download/listen to this track here:

Avant Garde Band Zs To Release Music of the Modern White

ZS, who the New York Times described as "One of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York,” will release Music of the Modern White on June 23 on The Social Registry.

1. MMW I (13.25)
2. MMW II (9.45)

Taken from press materials:
Zs were founded in 2000 and have existed as a trio, sextet, and quartet before solidifying in to their current three-piece line-up. While their music has been categorized as no wave, brutal-prog, and post-minimalist, they are primarily concerned with challenging the physical and mental limitations of both performer and listener. Manipulating extended technique, unique instrumental synthesis, and near telepathic communication, Zs aims to create works that envelop the listener and unfold sonically over time, evoking unspoken past, present, and future rites and ritual. The band have released records on a number of labels including Troubleman Unlimited, 31G and Planaria and have played shows with bands such as Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Battles, Orthrelm, Dirty Projectors, Dan Deacon, Marnie Stern, Aa and Han Bennick.

Let's plunge in a little further in to Music Of The Modern White, shall we? The A Side (or MMW I) opens with a series of metallic drum pangs reminiscent of the creepy Chinese opening ceremony in last summer's Olympics. You can see from the get-go that there's more studio emphasis than usual on this piece. It's a true sonic experience. Tenor saxophone figures rapidly flutter, squeal and moan across the sonic field like a more abrasive version of The Lounge Lizards. Slowly, a guitar drifts in with a sharp, razorblade drone that sounds somewhere between a car motor and the sound of Detroit going bankrupt. The musical equivalent of a Robert Rauschenberg, this side continually erases itself, peeling away the sonic layers and replacing them with open atmospheric dissonance to the point of a fractured, physical bliss.

The B Side (or MMW II) changes trajectory by opening with sporadic polyrhythmic trills and drum figures. Greenberg's guitar throbs in the distance like a Theremin feeding back over an air-raid horn. Once again, deconstruction comes into the scene as the palette is wiped clean and replaced with a series of handclaps and harmonics in odd time. Finally, perhaps taking a cue from The Boredoms' playbook, the track is immediately compressed into a stew of fractal notes and manipulated in the studio from all directions. From this, all three members are completely free to communicate without expectation or precedent – a perfect, near-tranquil conclusion to our schizophrenic journey.

With art by John Dwyer and experimental intentions oozing out of its auditory pores, Music Of Modern White is something new and worthy of your attention. It refuses to play into the dead retro tropes that seem stuck on some sort of feedback loop throughout the music world. This is no Fleet Foxes. This is the sound spewing from the bullhorn before they blast the top off the mountain where the foxes live.
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The Bloody Beetroots New Video "WARP 1.9" feat. Steve Aoki

Tour:3/24: Miami, FL @ Mansion
3/26: Miami, FL @ Dim Mak Party @ Fontinue
3/28: Miami, FL @ Ultra Music Festival
3/28: Miami, FL @ Louis
4/01: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
4/02: London, ON @ Up On Carling
4/03: New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ MSTRKRFT
4/04: Montreal, QC @ S.A..T. w/ Steve Aoki
4/07: Boston, MA @ Great Scott
4/08: Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
4/09: Toronto, ON @ Kool House
4/10: Vancouver, CAN @ Celebrities
4/11: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
4/12: Calgary, AB @ The Whiskey
4/15: San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
4/16: Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
4/17: El Paso, TX @ 69 Lounge
4/18: Indio, CA @ Coachella

WxAxRxP from Francesco Calabrese on Vimeo.

Damion Suomi Debut Albm and Tour Dates

Mar. 20th TWLOHA showcase (SXSW) Austin, TX

23rd Othello’s Norman, OK

24th Shades of Brown Coffee and Art Tulsa, OK

26th The Front Porch Springfield, MO

28th Mars Café Des Moines, IA

29th Public Space One Iowa City, IA
30th Café Aroma Macomb, IA
31st The Coffeehouse Deli Normal, IL
Damion Suomi, who has been desribed as an "indie folk troubadour" is set to release his debut self titled album March 24th on P Is For Panda Records. Spring tour dates have been announced and are included below.

“…Suomi crafts elegant, drink-fueled lamentations and explosive, mid-tempo rockers with one ear cocked toward the dusty world of alternative country and the other bent toward the Irish tradition.”

-All Music Guide

April 1st Uncommon Ground Chicago, IL
2nd Mac’s Bar Lansing, MI
3rd Lemonjello’s Coffee Holland, MI
4th The Factory Rochester, MI
5th Howell Opera House Howell, MI
6th Red Line Tap Chicago, IL
8th Howard’s Club H Bowling Green, OH
9th Millersville Univ/Club D’ville Millersville, PA
10th Championship Records Lemoyne, PA
11th Providence Hanover, PA
13th Roots Café Brooklyn, NY
14th Fontana’s New York, NY
17th The Red and The Black Washington, DC

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Camera Obscura Announce North American Tour Dates

Glasgow's Camera Obscura follow up their SXSW appearances by announcing a Spring Tour.
Three years after the release of their critical success Let's Get Out Of This Country , the band has a new album, My Maudlin Career slated for an April 21 release.

Stream of "French Navy"
"My Maudlin Career" mp3

3/24 New York, NY Bell House (SOLD OUT!)
3/25 New York, NY Mercury Lounge (SOLD OUT!)
5/27 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
5/28 Newport, KY Southgate House
5/29 Chicago, IL Metro
5/30 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
6/01 Denver, CO Bluebird
6/02 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
6/04 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
6/05 Vancouver, BC Commodore
6/06 Seattle, WA Showbox
6/08 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
6/09 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
6/11 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre
6/13 Mexico City Lunario
6/15 Austin, TX Antones
6/16 Dallas, TX The Loft
6/18 Birmingham, AL Bottletree
6/19 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
6/20 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
6/21 Washington, DC 930 Club
6/22 Philadelphia, PA T L A
6/24 New York, NY Webster Hall
6/25 Boston, MA Somerville Theatre
6/26 Montreal, QUE La Tulipe
6/27 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
6/29 Columbus, OH Wexner Center Ohio State University
6/30 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls

Meat Puppets Announce Spring US Tour

Legendary "alternative" band The Meat Puppets have announced tour dates and an upcoming new album titled Sewn Together on Mef=gaforce Records. The band had a cult following, but became more visible via the Kirkwood brothers appearance on the Nirvana MTV Unplugged t.v. special and cd.

Sewn Together was recorded at The Saltmine in Phoenix, Arizona in winter 2009, and will be released will be released on May 12.

May 12 - The Mint - Los Angeles, CA
May 27 - Waterfront Park - Louisville, KY
May 28 - Blueberry Hill - St Louis, MO
May 29 - High Noon - Madison, WI
May 30 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
May 31 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
June 2 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, IN
June 3 - The Summit - Columbus, OH
June 4 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
June 5 - Mr Smalls - Pittsburgh, PA
June 6 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
June 7 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
June 9 - Higher Ground - Burlington, VT
June 10 - Paradise - Boston, MA
June 11 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
June 12 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
June 13 - Rock n Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
June 14 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
June 16 - The Earl - Altanta, GA
June 17 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
June 19 - Cambridge Room - Dallas, TX
June 20 - The Parish - Austin, TX

Perfection in art is for subjective fools. The goal of any real artist is purity, and purity is a state of mind. Hamlet knew and told us. To thine own self, be true. In 2007, with the wayward absence of bassist Cris Kirkwood a hiccup since passed, the Meat Puppets simultaneously reformed and pledged a singular ferIn 2007, with the wayward absence of bassist Cris Kirkwood a hiccup since passed, the Meat Puppets simultaneously reformed and pledged a singular fervent purpose. Complete resurrection. That's no small order. This is, after all, a band that stands out as one of the most illuminous sparks highlighting the first, and most overtly accomplished, coming of American indie rock, those golden and precious years lying roughly between 1979 and 1985. An era so filled with purity, it reigns supreme to this day with an embarrassment of musical riches. Many of them straight from the fingers of Kirkwood/Kirkwood/ Bostrom.

Always recognized as an extremely dexterous and deft live act, the Puppets used 2008 to continue to stretch out the new line up (with Ted Marcus now a full time replacement for founding drummer Derrick Bostrom). The band joined Built to Spill, and later, Stone Temple Pilots, for well received jaunts across the U.S. The Puppets also toured Europe, and took part in each of the 2008 All Tomorrow's Parties festivals, performing Meat Puppets II as part of ATP's Dont Look Back series. By year's end, the shows were "almost" 100% acoustic. "Almost" because Curt was playing a Gibson Hummingbird plugged into his pedal board, allowing him to work his eboard, allowing him to work his effects just like an electric guitar. The simplicity of the set up belied the sort of arresting dynamics that Muse and Radiohead aim to capture, albeit by spending tens of thousands of quid in arena production.

Signed in early 2008 to ultra-artist friendly Megaforce Records, the Puppets found themselves once again at work exploring the vast creative landscape that has defined the band since it burst forth with its majestic debut for SST, Meat Puppets. In between '08 tours, the Puppets wrote and recorded a new album, Sewn Together, the trio's second full length since 2007. Sewn Together began with the band laboring under all sorts of questions as to what artistic and sonic direction it would strike.

Afterall, band leader Curt Kirkwood openly acknowledged the rather brusque approach he chose in crafting the one-off made for Anodyne Records, "Rise To Your Knees":
"In the ‘80s, we used to just crap this stuff out," he notes. "Those SST records cost, like, five grand apiece, if that much, and those are the records that made people like us. Later, when we got into a position to work in bigger studios with outside people, we'd wind up spending a whole bunch of money and having to satisfy the people who gave us that money. We did that all through the ‘90s, and I'm just not interested in doing that anymore."
"Now, if I can get away with it, I'll make a record as cheap as I can and put as little work as I can into it, which is what we did with this one. I don't like putting a lot time into it. We cut a track, and if we've played it halfway right, we're done with it."

Of course, none of Curt's ideas about how to effectively make a record degrade the music he crafts. Integrity grips him as if a Viking vise. Like Dylan, he is merely determined to streamline, to avoid overthinking and obsessing with studio elements. He has delivered a living catalogue of historical records, using close to primitive tools. It is a lesson in technique that today's too-pimped up pop "artists" ought to study, and thankfully, there are a few bands that do.

In the case of the new album, Curt and Cris chose a home town studio that oIn the case of the new album, Curt and Cris chose a home town studio that offered analog process. To help add purity. And with production helmed by Curt, creative freedom arrived du jour. With no contrived map to follow, the best friend of artistry -spontaneity- governed. Indeed, going into the studio, only Curt knew what songs he planned to cut. The label didn't ask and neither did the band. When the guiding minstrel is as honed and proven as Curt, it is both easy and incumbent to roll with the pitch.

TTrue to his vows not to beat down a session, in less than two weeks' time Curt had effectively corralled his necessary and sufficient musical elements: the songs, the band, his son Elmo, the compatible recording team at the Salt Mine Studio in Mesa, and Phoenix-based pianist William Joseph. Joseph's role illustrates how spontaneity is a giving gift. He was initially invited into the studio to help with some fills, yet by day's end, was contributing a bounty of beautiful passages that bespeak a mature flushing out of Curt's deeply embedded genetic sense of melody. Witness "Sapphire," "Clone," and "Smoke." At first listen, one is tempted with an impression of experimental Pink Floyd "Wall" like channeling here, but accuracy's sake will note that the operatic idiom behind these songs has been exhibited at least as far back as 1995's "No Joke", and subsequent trials from Curt's solo master piece, "Snow", and the texturally generous "Rise To Your Knees".

Now, however, the breadth of instrumentation is no longer in the back seat. It's right there in the guts of the entire record. And while it is not overstatement to declare a connection here to the heights of the E Street Band, the results from last summer's sessions clearly continue the Puppets' trademark forging of subtle yet iconoclastic lyrical sweetness and remarkable musicianship. Were a short description required, confidence is the defining term and attitude. This is a record that is brilliantly framed by the band's sometimes folksy, always fluid wanderings. The Puppets gladly let the material step out as first fiddle, content with understanding songs this strong only come along once in a great while, and better to serve them than the other way around.

It is what makes the Puppets musings so difficult to classify. They ambitiously dart the melodic spectrum between buoyant pop structure like album-opener Sewn Together and the grand sweep of "Clone", two of the precision-perfect gems that will come to represent this record as a keeper. The album rides to close in pure pop fashion. The infectious "Love Mountain", a song that harkens back better than a decade, at last weaving itself free of Curt's inner aware-ness, emerges taut yet jangly enough to please George Harrison and George Martin. That's no exaggeration, either. Sure, absolutely, Springsteen and the Beatles and Pink Floyd are mighty comparisons, but let's face it, what is due is due. Beatles and Pink Floyd are mighty comparisons, but let's face it, what is due is due.

Looking ahead, to May '09, the Puppets start the first leg of extensive road work celebrating the new record, but as with every Puppets' tour, the show will be certain to range over the course of performance afforded it by the Puppets' endearingly adventurous career . The Sewn Together tour kicks off May 12th in Los Angeles at the Mint.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pansy Division - So Gay

Pansy Division will release a new album titled That's So Gay on Alternative Tentacles March 31. They will also issue a dvd titled Pansy Division: Life in a Gay Rock band. That's So Gay marks the bands first new album in six years, and eighth full length release. Band member Jon Ginoli's book Deflowered: My Life In Pansy Division is currently available. Look for a tour this summer. Visit for more information.

New Elvis Costello Release

Elvis Costello will release new acoustic album called Secret, Profane And Sugarcane. The album features various players from the country and folk genres. It was produced by T Bone Burnett and will be available June 1.


Down Among the Wine And Spirits
Complicated Shadows
I Felt the Chill (co-written w/ Loretta Lynn)
My All Time Doll
Hidden Shame' (Johnny Cash Cover)
She Handed Me a Mirror
I Dreamed of My Old Lover
How Deep is the Red
She Was No Good
Sulfur To Sugarcane
Red Cotton
The Crooked Line
Changing Partners

Oasis's Liam Gallagher To Launch Clothing Line

"Wearing top clothes and singing fu*king in tune is pretty important isn't it... well, I could do both." Liam Gallagher

The new clothing label Pretty Green is swiftly approaching launch by Oasis member Liam Gallagher. The line will include limited edition items. The name Pretty Green, obviously a nod to the song "Pretty Green" by Paul Weller's much adored mod band The jam, is also a slang term for money, although Gallagher states he is not doing the line for monetary reasons. And he doesn't even wink when he says it. Whether or not the clothes will follow a strict mod aesthetic remains to be seen. One can expect that with his reverence for mod history - the line should be quality. The line will include a few traditionally mod items such as desert boots, but Gallagher has also remarked "I'm not into the skinny look," which is a bit confusing to a yank with an understanding of mod clothing from the sixties. Anywayi if you can figure it all out by watching his yammering promo clip - do let me know. Green Live

Antony and the Johnsons Announce Summer Symphony Events

Antony and the Johnsons upcoming symphonic concerts will feature large format orchestras (36-52 players) presenting arrangements developed by Antony and Nico Muhly and conducted by Rob Moose.
Events listed below with more concerts to be added in the coming weeks:

June 21 & 22 - Amsterdam , Holland - Holland Festival at Royal Theatre Carré with the Metropole Orchestra
July 3 & 4 - Manchester , UK - Manchester International Festival at the Opera House with the Manchester Camerata
July 21 – Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere with the Opera de Lyon Orchestra
July 28 - Rome , Italy - Cavea at Il Parco della Musica with the Rome Sinfonietta
August 9 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Jazz Festival – (for the inauguration of the open air venue of the Opera House) with the Oslo Opera House Orchestra
August 14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival with the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra

Secretly Canadian and Rough Trade will release the “Epilepsy Is Dancing” single in Europe April 6/US April 7. The single will be released in CD and 7” vinyl formats and includes the live concert favorite “Where Is My Power?”

The video for "Epilepsy Is Dancing" was produced by AFAS and directed by the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix). Embedding is disabed, because, again, a record label is too stupid to understand how to properly promote their music, but you may view it here:

Additional Projects:
Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Sunday April 19th.
"SIX EYES" AT AGNES B'S GALLERY IN PARIS: Antony has been invited by designer and gallerist Agnes B to curate an art show at Gallery Du Jour in Paris, opening on April 11th. Entitled "Six Eyes" the exhibition will feature work by Peter Hujar, Kiki Smith, Alice O'Mally, William Basinski and James Elaine, Antony and Barbara Cummard.

Retro 80s Sound: War Tapes "Dreaming Of You" Download

The new War tapes bio isn't ready to go yet, but this single (free download provided) has a very mid 80s new wave tinged pop sound. If you're a fan of bands like Icicle Works or Simple Minds, or Ultravox - give this a shot in your ear.

Dreaming of You

To Buy War Tapes Digital Downloads

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Girls Rock! Care Bears On Fire Release Their First Single

According to press materials, Care Bears On Fire formed "while attending Rock Camp for Girls and based it on their shared love of first wave NY punk artists like Patti Smith and The Ramones." This truly is a "girl band" in that the female members are all under fifteen. Their single "Everybody Else" is available via itunes and the album, (now in completion), is due to be released later this year.

April 4 Irvine, CA Bambozle Left@Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
April 7 West Hollywood, CA The Viper Room
May 2 East Rutherford, NJ Bamboozle@The Meadowlands Sports Complex

Tinted Windows to Release Debut Album April 21

As the website states - Tinted Windows are: Taylor Hanson (lead vocals), James Iha (guitar), Adam Schlesinger (bass), and Bun E. Carlos (drums).

This is my second post about this supergroup of sorts, (and I have yet to hear the album), but I have to comment on what I've heard thusfar. I know that people are having varying reactions to this band. These range from laughter to adoration. I'm sure the die hard Hanson fans were loving this band before they heard a note, but I've read a lot of hipper than thou blathering and I'm just not having it.

I was listening to the single "Kind of a Girl" and I love it. Remember the Kings Switchin' To Glide? It's a bit like that. Or maybe The Knack. It is infectiously gooey bubble gum infused, new wave tinged, Power Pop. And as a fan of Big Star and Jellyfish - I do not use the term power pop lightly. It's the sort of a tune that makes you want to put the top down and crank the volume up while the breeze blows through your hair. And everyone, no matter how hip they think they are, knows that's a good feeling.

Tinted Windows are scheduled to appear on Letterman April 20 and their debut will be available April 21St via S-Curve Records. The video for "Kind of a Girl" looks like an 80s t.v. appearance and it's very clever, (not unlike TRS-80 "Tinted", but with less kitschy tactics). You may view the full video on their web page

See them perform live:
Mar 21 2009 10:00P
SXSW: DirectTV Showcase @ The Bat Bar/Austin Convention Center Austin, Texas
Apr 20 2009 8:00P
Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Apr 28 2009 8:00P
Troubadour Los Angeles, California
Apr 30 2009 9:00P
Double Door Chicago, Illinois
May 2 2009 8:00P
Borgata Atlantic City, New Jersey
May 3 2009 8:00P
Bamboozle Festival East Rutherford, New Jersey

Smashing Pumpkins Frontman BIlly Corgan Announces Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Has Quit the Group

Billy Corgan who is planning on recording new material under the Pumpkins moniker has announced via the website, that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has quit the band. So it seems the band that began its live career with a drum machine again finds itself without a human to perform percussive duties.

Whether that situation is temporary or permanent remains to be seen, but one can assume there is no shortage of drummers prepared to pick up the sticks in Chamberlin's absence. Chamberlin who has had a rocky past with the band due to personal issues, joined the band in 1988 and played on all of the bands albums with the exception of Adore.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Alt Country's Rhett Miller (Old 97s) To Release Solo LP

His new record Rhett Miller will hit stores June 9, with a tour to follow. The album is a personal affair with a beat you can bop to... or something.

“My approach to songwriting has always been to take a heavy subject and put it to a bouncy tune. This record takes that trick to the next level.” Miller says. “Don’t get me wrong, there are some rays of sunshine on the album, but there is a lot of deep night.” He explains further, “The death of my grandmother, the suicide of my hero, David Foster Wallace. In my head, I was sort of in a dark place when I made this record.” Laughing, he adds, “It’s still a fun record to listen to. It’s a fine line you gotta walk, right?” Additionally he added “Sometimes’ came out of hearing my two-year-old daughter singing to herself in her crib one morning. I took her little tune and fleshed it out into first a chorus and then a whole song.”

Rhett Miller has also released three previous solo albums, Mythologies, recorded during his junior year in high school and produced by future Old 97’s co-founder, Murry Hammond, in 1989, 2002’s The Instigator, and The Believer in 2006. While based in Dallas, Miller and Hammond formed Old 97’s in 1993.

Rhett Miller Track Listing:
1. Nobody Says I Love You Anymore
2. Like Love
3. Caroline
4. I Need to Know Where I Stand
5. Happy Birthday Don’t Die
6. Bonfire
7. Haphazardly
8. If It’s Not Love
9. Another Girlfriend
10. Refusing Temptation
11. Lashes
12. Sometimes

March 24th - Solana Beach, CA Belly Up

March 26th - Los Angeles, CA Largo

March 27th - Redondo Beach, CA Brixton South Bay

March 28th - Santa Cruz, CA Crepe Place

March 29th - San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s

April 11th - Ithaca, NY Castaways

April 16th - New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge

May 1st - Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre - Writers in the Raw w/ David Johansen of the New York Dolls, Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and others.

May 13th - Northampton, MA Iron Horse

May 14th - Boston, MA The Paradise

ToneTiger/Submarine Remix of "We Are Blind" and Alaska In Winter

Free Check out Berlin and Dr Rosen Rosen Remix on the RCRD LBL site.

March 21st at Milan Showcase @ Submerged in Austin, TX
March 26th at Bordello in Los Angeles, CA
March 29th at DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA
March 30th at The Standard (DJ Set) in Los Angeles, CA
April 2nd at Chop Suey in Seattle, WA

And if you're cooler than I ad SXSWing there is also this treat:

Milan Records/Minty Fresh Showcase
SATURDAY, March 21st
8PM-2AM - Submerged (333 E 2nd St)
8pm: Drew Andrews
9pm: The Subjects
10pm: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
11pm: Alaska in Winter
12pm: White Shoes & The Couples Company
1am: The Devil Makes Three

Peter Bjorn and John To Tour Supporting Depeche Mode

Peter Bjorn and John are slated to open the Summer American Tour for Depeche Mode after they finish up their own dates. Weird pairing eh? Depeche Mode are promoting their upcoming release Sounds of the Universe (April 21), and Peter Bjorn and John's Living Thing hitsthe U.S. March 31. Of course, I'm sure many of you already have it... am I right?

New Nine Inch Nails Janes Addiction Download

A message from trent Reznor via the nin website:
Visit to download "exclusive unreleased tracks" from Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails & Street Sweeper. Fans might remember "Chip Away" and "Whores" from the early Janes self-titled live cd. A message from Trent Reznor reads "Check out the NIN/JA tour site, now live. Here you'll find various tour info, media from each band, streaming music, a downloadable tour sampler AND new multi-tracks for you to create your own remixes. We will probably be giving some physical things as well as "opportunities" away as the tour approaches (we're making this up as we go) so check back from time to time. See you out there!"


Cage The Elephant Play SXSW and Release New Video

"Ain't No Rest For The Wicked"

SXSW Dates
3/20: Austin, TX - KROX Acoustic Set @ Buffalo Billiards
4 pm
3/21: Austin, TX - Antone’s Showcase @ Antone’s
10 pm

I Don't Have To Wait Until I'm Grown Up To Be What Jesus Wants Me To Be

Hop on the Little Marcy Express

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Additional N.I.N Tour News

Trent Reznor has this news:
"Our tour this summer with Jane's Addiction just got that much cooler. I'm happy to announce the addition of Street Sweeper - the new project featuring Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine / The Nightwatchman) and Boots Riley (The Coup)."

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Move Over Snuggies and ShamWow.. It's Bump It!

A Camp To Hit U.S. Soil For The First Time (Cardigans, Shudder To Think)

A Camp will tour the U.S. in support of their U.S. debut Colonia which will be released this Spring. The album has been critically acclaimed in the U.K. and debuted at #2 in Sweden. A Camp features Nina Persson (The Cardigans), her husband Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think, various film scores), and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing).

“The sound is understated orchestral pop with nods to the Carpenters and the Ronettes, and Persson’s lyrical touch is top form…. Pessimism has rarely sounded so beautiful.” – The Independent

May 26th Bowery Ballroom New York, NY

27th Middle East Boston, MA

28th 9:30 Club Washington, DC

30th Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA

June 3rd Double Door Chicago, IL

4th Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN
5th Record Bar Kansas City, MO
6th Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
11th The Crocodile Seattle, WA

12th Doug Fir Portland, OR

14th The Independent San Francisco, CA

15th Troubadour Los Angeles, CA

The first single is "Stronger Than Jesus"

Thank you to Universal Sweden for understanding that allowing video embedding via youtube helps promotes artists.

Portugal The Man (Todays Youtube Find)

Portugal The Man "And I" The band has been playing this song live since "about March 2008".

Record Label: Approaching AIRballoons/Equal Vision/Defiance
Label Type: Independent
Band Members: John Baldwin Gourley, Zach Carothers, Garrett Lunceford, Ryan Neighbors
Influences: the beatles
City: Portland, OR
Hometown: Wasilla, AK
Country: United States

Chase Pagan

Chase Pagan
Bells & Whistles
(Esperanza Plantation)
June 9

The album includes “Don’t Be Gay (Working Title)” – the tale of two parents and their contrasting reactions to their son’s burgeoning sexuality. This artist is capable of restraint as well as vocal acrobatics also plays piano, drums, bass, guitar, accordion, and banjo.

Here he is a strummin' on Lake Michigan from

Wild Beasts Coming To U.S. ( & Releasing Acoustic EP )

Wild Beasts follow up Fall's Limbo, Panto will be releasing an EP of acoustic tracks by Wild Beasts on eMusic on March 24th. The acoustic session was recorded by Richard Formby (, who is producing their forthcoming album. These acoustic tracks are free with the album when purchased from Domino's own digital store.

1. Assembly
2. Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants
3. Cheerio Chaps, Cheerio Goodbye
4. The Devil's Crayon

Here is quite the catchy number eh?
"Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants"

Wild Beasts @ SXSW:
Thu. Mar. 19 - 9 PM @ Latitude 30 (512 San Jacinto Blvd.) w/ We Have Band, Hatcham Social, Frank Turner, The Temper Trap (NME)
Fri. Mar. 20 - 4 PM @ San Jose Hotel (1316 S. Congress Ave.) w/ Triple Cobra, Those Darlins, Other Lives, Abalone Dots, Suzanna Choffel, Hill Country Revue, The Mother Hips, Mark Olson and Gary Louris, Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra (SX San Jose)
Sat. Mar. 21- 2:30 PM @ British Music Embassy at Latitute 30 (512 San Jacinto Blvd.) w/ Sky Larkin, Rolo Tomassi, Paul Marshall, Talk To Angels (Yorkshire Launch Party)
Sat. Mar. 21 - 4:50 PM @ French Legation (802 San Marcos) w/ Frank Fairfield, Moriarty, Jeremy Jay, The Soft Pack, Diane Birch, Chief, Act 8, Laura Marling, The Dirty Projectors (Domino Publishing/Press Here party)
Sat. Mar. 21 - 11 PM @ Volume w/ Let's Wrestle, We Have Band, Slow Club, FOUND, Innercity Pirates (Clash Magazine Party)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gregory Alan Isakov on Tour with Brandi Carlile this Spring

Direct frm the press release:
"Singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov hits the road with Americana artist Brandi Carlile for a string of March and April 2009 dates. Isakov's forthcoming album release, This Empty Northern Hemisphere (May 19, 2009), features a duet with Carlile - a cut of Leonard Cohen's "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong." Carlile also performs on four of the album's original songs.

It was while touring that Isakov first caught the attention of Carlile. The pair have since become collaborators and friends. For this special run of dates, Isakov and Carlile are sure to bring some of their recent collaborations live to the stage."

March 24 World Cafe Philadelphia PA
March 25 Ram's Head Annapolis MD
March 26 Birchmere Washington DC
March 27 Woodstock Town Hall Theatre Woodstock VT
March 28 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Westhampton Beach NY
March 31 Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown NY
April 01 The Music Hall Portsmouth NH
April 02 Iron Horse Northampton MA
April 03 South Portland Auditorium South Portland ME
April 04 Ethical Center for the Arts New York NY
April 06 Kent Stage Kent OH
April 07 The Vogue Indianapolis IN
April 08 Lakeshore Theater Chicago IL
April 09 Pabst Theater Milwaukee WI
April 10 Alltel Center Mankato MN
April 11 Hoyt Sherman Theater Des Moines IA
Aril 14 Wheeler Opera House Aspen CO

Deastro To Release Debut LP Moondagger

Detroit band Deastro To Release Debut LP Moondagger June 25th On Ghostly International.
When Randolph Chabot, the 22-year-old auteur behind Deastro, is asked about the title of his new album, he recounts "a dream about a prince, a kingdom, an evil King of Darkness, and a search for the mythical “Moondagger,” the bearer of which wields ultimate power. And while Moondagger." That all sounds lie a bunch of D&D malarky to me. OR a riff on Tenacious D's "Wonderboy" and the mucky muck. Despite all that - I like what I've heard.

03.12 Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
03.13 Nashville, TN @ The Mercury Lounge
03.14 St. Louis, MO @ Cicero's
03.15 Little Rock, AK @ House Party
03.16 Dallas, TX @ Good Records
03.17 Fort Worth, TX @ Lola's Sixth
3/18 Austin, TX @ Emo's Annex (IODA Showcase @ 1:30pm)
3/20 Austin, TX @ Radio Room (Mojo presents Ghostly International/Full Time Hobby Showcase @ 11pm)
3/21 Austin, TX @ Club Primos (Day Party @ 3pm)
03.22 Hot Sprinngs, AK @ Valley of the Vapors
03.23 Fayetteville, AK @ The Smoke and Barrel
03.24 Kansas City, MO @ The Church
03.27 Brooklyn, NY @ Bruer Falls w/ Choir of Young Believers
03.28 New York City, NY @ Cake Shop w/ The Chap
04.04 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room (Spritle 7" Release Party)


"Light Powered"


The 1990s line-up is Jackie McKeown (vocals on most songs, guitars), Dino Bardot (bass,
vocals on two songs), and Michael McGaughrin (drums and vocals on 4 songs). BE on the lookout for tour dates soon.

Download the mp3 for "The Box":

This video has nothing to do with the band, but it came up when I searched for the 1990s new video

I guess if you really want to see the proper video, you can go here:

Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate)

Jeremy Enigk (Sunny Day Real Estate) to release a more stripped down effort than prior solo albums. His new album album OK Bear to be released May 12, via his own label Lewis Hollow Recordings. Album track “Sant Feliu de Guíxols” is about the town in Spain where the album was recorded, as well as the Saint for which it was named.

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Veils New Album April 7

Sun Gangs, the third full length album from
London based quartet The Veils, is due out April 7th on Rough Trade.

Here is a new video of Finn Andrews doing a bare knuckled version of "Scarecrow"

Check out 'Killed By The Boom' here:

A Message From KRS Artists Mecca Normal

Hi, Jean Smith of Mecca Normal (Kill Rock Stars) here.

I wasn't expecting to be impacted by the economic downturn when I was laid off from my retail job at an eco-friendly clothing store. The company decided to close the much-loved, quaint, creaky-old-floorboard store to concentrate on their wholesale and online business. As an almost fifty-year-old (single, debt-free) musician, novelist and painter, I am perhaps better equipped to deal with variations on the theme of employment and income, better than people who felt they had security. Rather than look for a new part time job, I'm hitting the road with Mecca Normal to present "How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- an art exhibit, lecture and performance event in university and high school classrooms, bookstores, art galleries and music venues.

We want to connect with bloggers and radio people to inspire readers and listeners towards cultural activism -- to fortify a new optimism that cultural activists can impact progressive social change.

All of this information is on a webpage -- it's easier to look at.

Media One Sheet:
Mecca Normal -- 25th Anniversary Tour -- itinerary at bottom

"Arguably the greatest rock band without a rhythm section ever, the duo of acid-voiced singer Jean Smith and guitar hero David Lester must be seen to be believed." --Douglas Wolk

"How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- Jean Smith and David Lester of the literary underground rock duo Mecca Normal intend to inspire audiences to consider adding political content to their creative self-expression, to fortify a new optimism that cultural activists can impact progressive social change.

"Who cares if there's underground culture or not? Gap-Coke-Sony-Time-Warner satisfies our needs... don't they?"

The focus of the art exhibit is David Lester’s Inspired Agitators Poster Series

I made a 9 minute film to represent our content. It would be great if you could embed it -- if you do online stuff. The code below needs to be in plain text. I made the screen size quite small.

"How Art & Music Can Change the World" -- 9 minute film

Mecca Normal Links

We don't have new CDs or books out, but we do have new songs to perform and a couple of re-releases in iTunes.

Smarten UP! Records re-releases two Mecca Normal albums in iTunes -- Who Shot Elvis? (Matador, 1997) and Sitting on Snaps (Matador, 1995).

Jean Smith is the author of two published novels and the recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts Awards as a professional writer of creative fiction. David Lester is a small press publisher of fiction and award-winning poetry and the author of The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism. Together, as the legendary rock duo Mecca Normal, they've released 13 CDs (Kill Rock Stars, K Records, Matador).

The Observer was our last CD (Kill Rock Stars, 2006). I made a video for our song Attraction is Ephemeral -- it was accepted at MTV and was included in a few film festivals. Here's the code to embed it (in plain text):

Attraction is Ephemeral (Kill Rock Stars, 2006). A self-portrait film by Jean Smith.

I've attached a few recent photos and the posters.

New songs -- demos -- on MySpace:

I'd be into communicating further, by phone or email.

Jean Smith
Mecca Normal

confirmed in BOLD
- Vancouver -- March 28 -- The Vinegar Factory -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Vancouver -- April 1 -- Windermere High School -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Bellingham, WA -- April 3 -- Underground Coffeehouse
- Seattle -- April 4 -- Vera Project
- Battle Ground, WA -- April 5
- Olympia -- April 7 -- Evergreen State College -- tba
- Olympia -- April 7 -- All Ages Project
- Portland -- April 8 -- Holocene
- Salem, OR -- April 9 -- Cherry City Music Festival
- Salem, OR -- April 10 -- Willamette University -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Eugene, OR -- April 10 -- Wandering Goat
- Arcata, CA -- April 11 -- The Green House
- San Francisco -- April 12 -- Hemlock Tavern
- San Francisco -- April 13 -- Modern Times Bookstore -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- LA -- April 14 -- CalArts -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- LA -- April 15 -- Knitting Factory Hollywood
- Durham, NC -- tba -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Durham, NC -- April 18 -- DuoFest III
- DC -- April 19 -- The Red & The Black Bar
- DC -- April 20 -- tba -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- New York -- April 20 -- Cake Shop
- New York -- April 21 -- Bluestockings Books -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Philly -- April 22 -- Nexus -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Turners Falls, MA -- April 23 -- Rendezvous
- Providence -- April 24 -- Rhode Island School of Design -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Boston -- April 25 -- Megapolis Audio Festival -- "How Art & Music Can Change the World"
- Providence -- April 25 -- AS220

Rothbury Festival Line-Up

And fans of jam bands rejoice.






The Dead (their ONLY summer appearance!), Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, Willie Nelson & Family, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of over 60 diverse and stellar artists at the second annual ROTHBURY Festival at the Double JJ Ranch in Michigan on July 2-3-4-5, 2009.

Also on the bill are Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, STS9 (2 shows: full band/Live PA Set), G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Broken Social Scene, Cold War Kids, Matisyahu, Guster, Les Claypool, Chromeo, Girl Talk, The Hold Steady, Ani DiFranco and many others. A complete list of confirmed artists follows. More artists will be announced in the coming months.

ROTHBURY emerged last year as a new Fourth of July celebration. With The Dead performing their only summer show, The String Cheese Incident together for their only show for 2009, and cultural icons Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Ralph Stanley, ROTHBURY 2009 continues to honor America's extraordinary festival lineage. Interlacing ushers of the new American music scene such as STS9, Chromeo, and MSTRKRFT, globally recognized acts including Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, and King Sunny Adé & His African Beats and local Michigan artists The Macpodz, Steppin' In It, The Ragbirds, Four Finger Five, and The Hard Lessons, ROTHBURY delivers music of integrity across all genres. Coupled with a commitment to exploring the integration of art and modern thought and technology throughout the event, ROTHBURY creates a unique 21st century American gathering unlike any other.

ROTHBURY 2009 also unveils its broadened GOOD LIFE VIP offerings. Expanded this year to fit all budgets and tastes, ROTHBURY's VIP experiences are unmatched by any other U.S. festival. Utilizing the festival's unique site, fans can choose from a variety of sleeping/living options including beach front and forested environments and a selection of habitats such as safari tents, teepees, pre-fab camping packages and more. Each GOOD LIFE neighborhood offers a distinctly different living experience for a variety of budgets. Visit for full GOOD LIFE details.

Building on its mission to create a state-of-the-art large scale sustainable event and to organize and nurture community involvement that makes a difference, ROTHBURY 2009 promises even more cutting-edge festival implementation of ever-changing green technologies. The 2009 ROTHBURY Think Tank, an event within the event, explores the topic of the emerging "New Green Economy." The Think Tank will host various buzz sessions and roundtables between leading scientists, scholars, writers, progressive political and corporate leaders, youth leaders, ROTHBURY artists, and ROTHBURY attendees. Think Tank Programming details coming soon.

ROTHBURY itself is committed to producing a near zero-waste concert. The first to tackle a green program of this magnitude at an around-the-clock (camping) concert in the USA, ROTHBURY has an on-staff Greening Chief, and has implemented multiple initiatives toward this effort, including replacing disposables with 100% compostables, recycling and composting, choosing clean energy, carbon-offsetting, and Green Ticket options. Visit for more information.

ROTHBURY's current list of confirmed artists is as follows:
The Dead
Bob Dylan and His Band
The String Cheese Incident
Willie Nelson & Family
The Black Crowes
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas
G. Love & Special Sauce
Gov't Mule
Broken Social Scene
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Disco Biscuits
Les Claypool
Cold War Kids
John Butler
Ani DiFranco
Girl Talk
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Martin Sexton
Flogging Molly
Railroad Earth
The Hold Steady
Toots & The Maytals
Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Brett Dennen
Zappa Plays Zappa
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Shpongle DJ Set
Son Volt
Jackie Greene
Man Man
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band w/ Tony Rice
King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
Kid Cudi
STS9 Live PA
The Glitch Mob
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
Pretty Lights
Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll
Quannum All Stars ft. Lyrics Born, The Mighty Underdogs, Gift of Gab & Lifesavas
Toubab Krewe
Sam Roberts Band
Hill Country Revue
Kyle Hollingsworth Band
Lipp Service
2020 Soundsystem
Break Science ft. Adam Deitch
The Hard Lessons
The Low Anthem
Underground Orchestra
Future Rock
The Macpodz
Steppin' In It
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Chris Pierce
Rachel Goodrich
The Ragbirds
Four Finger Five

Additional acts to be announced in the coming months.


Nelly Furtado Releases Fritz Helder & The Phantoms

Grammy award winner and multi-platinum selling recording artist, Nelly Furtado, has launched her music company, "Nelstar Music" and will introduce Canadian independent recording artist Fritz Helder & The Phantoms as the first act signed to the company. The group's album, Greatest Hits will be released on July 7 throughout North America via Last Gang Records distributed labels' division Last Gang Labels which currently works through Universal for Canada and Fontana/Universal for the U.S. International releases are also being planned.

"I've been thinking about a way to help Fritz Helder for a while and this venture grew out of my love for the band, their art and their work ethic. I am as committed as they are to bringing their creativity to the world," says Furtado.

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms is an electro-pop foursome from Toronto who started out as a dance troupe put together by choreographer Fritz Helder, and previously appeared with Nelly Furtado on tour. As word of mouth quickly spread on the group's electrifying performances they soon began booking their own gigs with acts like Lady Gaga, Dragonette and Semi-Precious Weapons.

The group features Fritz Helder (vocals, key-tar), Silk Helder (guitar, synths), Pastel Supernova (vocals) and Diego Superstar (vocals, synth, beats). The first single, out this spring, is "Lagerfeld Lady" and is an ode to the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld. To check out the video for "Lagerfeld Lady" visit the group's website which reveals an incredible menagerie of video, music, fashion, remixes, and an impressive monthly online fanzine, "Moda Cinque."

"We love Nelly and this new partnership is a very exciting opportunity for us. It's empowering to work with a combination of people who believe in our project and are willing to help us see it through," remarks Fritz, the group's main vocalist.

Last Gang Labels is the distributed labels arm of Last Gang Records (home to artists such as Chromeo, Metric and MSTRKRFT) and was started to provide distribution, marketing and consultation services to smaller independent labels and independent artists.

"Nelly has been a long time friend and we at Last Gang are honored that she has entrusted us to help launch her music company and assist in working with Fritz Helder & The Phantoms," says Chris Taylor, Last Gang head.

Fritz Helder & The Phantoms will help close out fashion week in Toronto with a special live performance at Top of The Burroughes with Parallels, DINAMO AZARI & ALIXANDER III and TUXEDOMASK. Details below:

Who: Fritz Helder & The Phantoms
What: Toronto Fashion Week party
When: Saturday, March 21 at 10pm
Where: The Burroughes Building
639 Queen Street West (at Bathurst)

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at

Themselves - Free Download

DOWNLOAD - theFREEhoudini mixtape -

PRE-ORDER - deluxe CD edition of theFREEhoudini mixtape -

"Featuring guest appearances from Buck 65, Aesop Rock, Busdriver, Lionesque, Slug of Atmosphere, D-Styles, DJ Baku, Pedestrian, Sole, Serengeti, and Yoni Wolf and Odd Nosdam as cLOUDDEAD (not to mention the whole entire mixtape being mixed down by Nosdam as well), theFREEhoudini serves as Doseone and Jel's return, posse record that never was, and contribution to the mixtape medium circuit so tied to hip hop's history."

03/18 @ 3:35pm - Red 7 - Force Field PR & Terrorbird SXSW Blowout!
03/18 @ 1am - Mohawk / Anticon & Ghostly
03/19 @ 4:15pm - Beauty Bar / Bay Bridged Bay Area Takeover
03/19 @ 6pm - Smokin Music (DJ sets in between bands)
03/20 @ 3:45pm - Sidebar / Park The Van & Partisan & Knitting Factory
03/25 St. Louis, MO Firebird
03/26 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
03/27 Pontiac, MI Pike Room
03/28 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee's
03/29 Montreal, QC Club Lambi
04/01 Boston, MA Great Scott
04/02 Princeton, NJ Terrace F Club H
04/03 Brooklyn, NY Union Pool
04/04 New York, NY Studio at Webster Hall
04/06 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary
04/07 Washington, DC DC9
04/08 Blacksburg, VA The Lantern
04/09 Atlanta, GA 529
04/10 Birmingham, AL BottleTree
04/11 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon
04/14 Austin, TX Mohawk
04/16 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room
04/19 Indio, CA Coachella


Sukpatch founder brings history on Beastie’s Grand Royal label to the table as UltraChorus. “Words Kept Talking / Planetman” 7-Inch abailable now.

Official bio:

The duo known as UltraChorus is Chris Heidman and Jeff Lorentzen. The two spend nearly everyday in their Minneapolis SoTM studio composing and making beats at an Olympic level.

Now they bring you the debut single, “Words Kept Talking”, available only on 7-inch vinyl and digital download. Chris’ background is in cut and paste indie rock while Jeff is a product of late nineties Hip-Hop and R&B. The sound is electronic, but within each song there is something analog and organic that makes it feel familiar.

Chris began his career as half of the late 90’s electro indie band Sukpatch, pioneering beat driven music for the twee set by way of the Beastie’s Grand Royal label. After a small bit of indie cult status was achieved, Sukpatch laid down their samplers and called it done in 2004.

Carefully straddling the line between distinguished gentlemen and accomplished degenerate, Jeff has spent most of his life in the studio. A producer through and through, this is his debut on the other side of the microphone.

Chris and Jeff met in 2005 while composing and producing for the same employer, a wayward billionaire with an attraction to the creative. It wasn’t long before the two started collaborating and began working exclusively in their own SoTM studios. After wrapping on a Czech R&B album and a Japanese Pop EP the two started recording the first tracks of what would become UltraChorus. This highly polished bit of electronic pop falls comfortably between Hot Chip and T-Pain due slight Phoenix.

The Juan Maclean "One Day" Remix Out March 17

The Juan MacLean are set to release their remix e.p. One Day March 17, and a full length album The Future Will Come will follow April 14.

“With it’s ecstatic, unironic exuberance – not to mention a good, old fashioned banging piano – “Happy House” from The Juan MacLean tops them all.”

– Time Out New York, THE BEST OF 2008

“We got a taste of the future with “Happy House”, a new track that make good on every element of its title.” – LA Times, October 2008

Juan’s DJ sets in Miami Beach

March 26 Miami Beach, FL Beatport’s Pool Sessions @ National Hotel (6 pm)

March 27 Miami Beach, FL The Shore Club (4 am)

March 28 Miami Beach, FL Heathrow Lounge (10 pm)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jack White Has A New Project - The Dead Weather and More

Taked unedited from the label's site:
Third Man Records, the imprint on which Jack White releases all of his music including The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, now has a physical location in downtown Nashville. White's new Third Man Records building serves as the company HQ and houses the label's offices plus a vinyl record store, photo studio, dark room and performance stage.

In celebration of the building's opening, the label’s newest rock outfit, The Dead Weather, delivered their first public performance with a set including songs from their forthcoming album, Horehound. The band, fronted by Alison Mosshart (known to music fans as one half of The Kills) includes The Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence on bass, Dean Fertita from Queens Of The Stone Age on guitar and Jack White on drums and vocals. In addition to playing, White also served as producer on Horehound. Recording took place earlier this year in just three weeks at the newly constructed Third Man Studio, designed from the ground up by White. Third Man plans a June release for the album.

Around 150 fans, family and friends attended the Third Man Records grand opening event and exchanged their letter-pressed invitations for limited edition 7" vinyl pressings of The Dead Weather's debut single "Hang You From The Heavens" (b/w a stealth cover of Gary Numan's "Are Friends Electric?"). The Dead Weather hand painted each of the 150 7" records that also included a different photo booth strip of the band members. Downloads of these two songs are now available exclusively through iTunes.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

N.I.N. Tour Dates / Janes Addiction w/ N.I.N. (Not All Dates)

02.17.09 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena (map) on sale:
The Naked And Famous
02.21.09 Brisbane, QLD Soundwave Festival
RNA Showgrounds (map) on sale:

02.22.09 Sydney, NSW Soundwave Festival
Venue TBC on sale:

02.24.09 Sydney, NSW Hordern Pavilion (map) on sale:
Jaguar Love
02.25.09 Melbourne, VIC Festival Hall (map) on sale:
Jaguar Love
02.27.09 Melbourne, VIC Soundwave Festival
Melbourne Showgrounds (map) on sale:

02.28.09 Adelaide, SA Soundwave Festival
Bonython Park (map) on sale:

03.02.09 Perth, WA Soundwave Festival
Steel Blue Oval on sale:

just added: 05.08.09 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.09.09 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.10.09 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.14.09 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.16.09 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.18.09 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.20.09 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine Meadows (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.22.09 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.24.09 George, WA Sasquatch Festival
The Gorge Amphitheater (map) on sale:

just added: 05.26.09 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 05.27.09 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.02.09 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.03.09 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.05.09 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center At The Waterfront (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.06.09 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.07.09 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Music Theater (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.09.09 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.12.09 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (map) on sale: tba
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just added: 06.13.09 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Festival