Sunday, December 16, 2007

Daft Punk's Electroma on Pay Per View

Daft Punk has been made available to the massess through the oldstream media groups like cable TV providers as a Pay Per View happening. For the month of December, Electroma will be on tap from cable providers like Comcast, Cox, Insight, MediaCom, Charter, ATT, Time Warner or Verizon Cable.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Autechre return in 2008

Get your Autechre on in 2008, thanks to this short but stright to the point message from Warp Records ...

We are proud to announce that Autechre will release their new album 'Quaristice' on Warp Records in early 2008."

So there you have it. Quaristice will be the first release since 2005's Untilted.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The News Roundup

Cornelius EP Gets Contributions from Petra Haden, the Books, Prefuse 73
New tracks from Cornelius plus old favorites reimagined by brainy music people.

Underworld To Emerge From Their Underworld With New Show Dates
And it includes a show on Leap Year Day.

The Walkmen announce 2008 Tour Dates
They'll play shows with White Rabbits in the Midwest and East Coast.

Mogwai Get New Release in the Fall of 2008
I bet it'll be doomy...
Chart Attack

Groove Armada Release 10 Year Story
Now you can be superstylin' with your new GA compilation album.
Resident Advisor

The Romantics Sue Guitar Hero Video Game Over Song Use
The imitation is as good as the original, the band says.

France Jumps Into the New Millenium With Anti-Piracy Plan for the Internet
You share music, you lose access to the Web. Seriously.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Reality Check: The Way Things Are Right Now

"The music industry is very healthy. The record industry is the problem. The notion that the only way to monetize artist creation is 10 songs that come out every 18 months, in a package called an album — the classic record model — isn’t what it used to be. [Musicians can profit from] reality shows. Fashion. Maybe I release five or six tracks and the rest comes in a paid subscription, that is basically a fan club…. Most labels are going to become management companies [making money from booking concerts, etc. rather than selling CDs.] There will be a lot of pain."

- Microsoft's J Allard on the state of the music industry right now in the New York Times

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

DFA Records Offer Free Music For November

As long as your willing to cough up some modest and not so forthright personal information, DFA Records is giving you the chance to download two songs and one video, for free through 7Digital.

The songs are radio session tracks from Prinzhorn Dance School and Shocking Pinks and a video of LCD Soundsystem playing "Us Vs Them" live in Manchester.

The download option expires on November 30th.

Gold Standards Labs: R.I.P.

It always a sad day when a fellow lab of the experimental musical variety closes, and with that introduction, it should be said that Gold Standard Labs has decided to shut its doors.

On Monday, they made the following announcement from the GSL web site, "In recent years, we've experienced the onset of factors that have seriously limited our ability to maintain what we feel is the essence of the label; the experimental attitude and artistic freewheeling of times past are simply no longer sustainable. Rather than compromise our goals and beliefs, or allow our course to be charted by financial constraint and an industry in flux, we've decided the time has come for GSL to cease releasing new music, and to close this chapter of our story."

The current home of bands like Dmonstrations, The Mars Volta, Sabertooth Tiger, as well as being the past home to Arab On Radar, GoGoGo Airheart, XBXRX, and a long list of bands.

The announcement went on to say "The experimental attitude and artistic freewheeling of times past are simply no longer sustainable. Rather than compromise our goals and beliefs, or allow our course to be charted by financial constraint and an industry in flux, we've decided the time has come for GSL to cease releasing new music, and to close this chapter of our story."

Don't worry, the back catalog will always be available at Redeye Distribution/

Friday, October 12, 2007

Trent Reznor Announces Nine Inch Nails Remix Album Titled Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D

Trent Reznor recently announced he was taking Nine Inch Nails down the path of freedom by being label free, and he quickly followed with the news of a new remix album that will feature the likes of saul williams, ladytron, bill laswell, the faint, and more on a release called Y34RZ3R0R3MIX3D.

He'll release for download through Amazon, Vinyl, and a CD / DVD package, as well as offering pre-formatted tracks for GarageBand, Ableton Live and Wave files for people to remix on their own. Hold on to your hats, people, he's just getting going with this not being tied to a label thing.

Here's what Trent Reznor said about it on the Nine Inch Nails web site"I can make this easy for you: if you just want to hear the tracks as cheaply as possible, get it digitally. The highest fidelity will likely be Amazon (through legal means). If you want something that's aesthetically cool and will enhance any collection, get the vinyl. Trust me, it looks great. The extra tracks are fairly minor embellishments to the whole (and surely someone will upload them instantly). If you want higher quality tracks legally, a nice package AND a complete multitrack of the whole record, get the physical CD / DVD ROM."

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Vashti Bunyan Does Live Bit on BBC

Now in the midst of the big PR tour for upcoming album release of Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, Vashti Bunyan made a recent appearance on BBC's Radio 6, recording 3 acoustic tracks for the Freak Zone show.

You can check out an archived version at the BBC web site.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Pitchfork to curate All Tomorrow's Parties

Just in from the All Tomorrow's Parties people -- Pitchfork will curate the 2008 Spring version of All Tomorrow's Parties in the Spring of next year.

They'll bill it as ATP vs. Pitchfork, meaning that both camps will split up the picking of the bands. The festival happens May 9-11 at Camber Sands Holiday Park (in the U.K.), and has announced some initial bands, with more to come:

Pitchfork's choices so far:
Of Montreal
Man Man
Los Campesinos!
Glass Candy
Dirty Projectors

ATP's choices so far:
Pissed Jeans
Fuck Buttons

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

MP3: Clipd Beaks Sign to LovePump United

Dark and scary and of this earth. Ladies and gentlemen, with Clipd Beaks, I give you the first band offering worthy of the Fall season. The music is actually more experimental than scary, and scary might be a bit of a strong word, but the band uses subconscious themes to a devastating effect, and the power of that sound might freak you out.

Real drums, analogue synth, lots of creativity and some lo-fi samples of found sounds get thrown together into a heady vortex of sound and cacophony and chaos. Occasionally they bring the music back into to order, just so they can make it all crazy again, you know? The back and forth is nice.

They recently signed to LovePump United to release their upcoming album Hoarse Lords on November 6th.

MP3: Clipd Beaks

Clipd Beaks: Hoarse Lords Track List:
Release Date: November 6th, 2007
01 Melter
02 Wrathscapes
03 Manipulator
04 High on Charms
05 Hoarse Lords
06 We Will Bomb You (We Will)
07 Woo Melodies
08 Black Glass
09 Let It Win

Monday, October 1, 2007

MP3: Phosphorescent

The soon to be released album Pride by Phosphorescent is starting to make waves. Matthew Houck et al will make their way out on the road starting on October 10th for a smattering of tour dates. There's also an MP3 of A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise available online from the upcoming album. It comes out on October via the label Dead Oceans.

MP3: Phosphorescent

Phosphorescent Tour Dates:
10/09/07 Grantham, PA - Larsen Student Union, Messiah College
10/10/07 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
10/11/07 Scranton, PA - Test Pattern
10/12/07 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
10/13/07 Grand Rapids, MI - The DAAC
10/14/07 Chicago, IL - AV-aerie
10/15/07 Urbana, IL - Canoply Club - Void Room
10/16/07 Rock Island, IL - Huckleberry's Pizza Parlor
10/18/07 Denver, CO - Hi Dive
10/19/07 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10/22/07 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
10/23/07 Portland, OR - Towne Lounge w/ Au
10/24/07 San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
10/26/07 Los Angeles, CA - El Cid
10/27/07 Phoenix, AZ - Casa Blanca
10/29/07 Austin, TX - Cactus Cafe
10/30/07 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
11/01/07 Huntsville, AL - Flying Monkey Arts Center
11/02/07 Murfreesboro, TN - The Boro Bar & Grill
11/04/07 Charlotte, NC - Black Congo House
11/05/07 Washington, DC - Black Cat
11/07/07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Side Chapel
11/08/07 Allston, MA - Great Scott
11/09/07 Brooklyn, NY - Silent Barn
11/10/07 New York, NY - Cake Shop
11/22/07 Den Haag, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival w/ Akron/Family
11/23/07 Brussels, Belgium - AB Club w/ Akron/Family
11/24/07 Brighton, UK - Pressure Point w/ Akron/Family
11/25/07 Bristol, UK - The Croft w/ Akron/Family
11/27/07 Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree w/ Akron/Family
11/28/07 Glasgow, UK - The Beat Club w/ Akron/Family
11/29/07 Newcastle, UK - The Other Rooms w/ Akron/Family
11/30/07 Manchester, UK - Phoenix w/ Akron/Family
12/01/07 Leeds, UK - Faversham w/ Akron/Family
12/02/07 London, UK - Cargo w/ Akron/Family
12/04/07 Nottingham, UK - The Social w/ Akron/Family
12/05/07 Coventry, UK - Taylor John's House w/ Akron/Family

Monday, September 24, 2007

MP3: Picastro

Toronto's Picastro are making the best kind of hypnotizing music. Hortur, from the band's new album Whore Luck, is slow and abstract, but with a sharp focus. The strings glide in over the top of the music and the piano provides a dry backbone to the melody. Then the vocals mesmerize the song.

MP3: Picastro

MP3: Clockcleaner

For fans of the Jesus Lizard and Amphetimine Reptile Records... Clockcleaner picks up where these movements left off, offering a modern-day take and the dry and dark sounds of amplified distortion. Want to wake yourself up out of a day-to-day slumber? Try Clockcleaner and get your (er) clock cleaned. Not for the faint of heart.

MP3: Clockcleaner

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Free the MP3:
Deerhoof Release New MP3 Album

Deerhoof have released a free MP3 album of live performances, outtakes, remixes, and covers. It's currently being offered on the Kill Rock Stars web site.

"OK it's been too long since we offered anything free on our page! Here is an mp3 album, live and goodies. I don't know how long we can keep these up here, I might recommend downloading now and asking questions later. Play back with 0 seconds pause between songs..." said the band on their web site.

You can also check them out on tour when they play with some really big names: Bloc Party, Smoosh, and an incredible London show with Liars, Deerhunter, Black Lips as part of All Tomorrow's Parties Release The Bats festival.

Check out more tour dates below.

MP3: Deerhoof

Deerhoof Tour Dates:
sep 21 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live (w/ J Versus and Bloc Party)
sep 22 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues (w/ J Versus and Bloc Party)
sep 23 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom (w/ Smoosh and Bloc Party)
sep 25 - Nashville, TN - City Hall (w/ Smoosh and Bloc Party)
sep 26 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre (w/ Smoosh and Bloc Party)
sep 28 - Toronto, Ontario - Ricoh Coliseum (w/ Smoosh and Bloc Party)
sep 29 - London, Ontario - John Labatt Center (w/ Smoosh and Bloc Party)
sep 30 - Pontiac, MI - Eagle Theater
oct 01 - Madison, WI - Memorial Union Rathskellar
oct 02 - Minneapolis, MN - McGuire Theater at Walker Arts Center
oct 03 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
oct 06 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
oct 19 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves
nov 02 - London, UK - Release The Bats @ The Forum (w/ Liars, Deerhunter, Black Lips, and more)

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Siouxsie Sioux Goes Solo

Siouxsie Sioux
releases her much anticipated solo album 'Mantaray' on Monday.

Outsider Ice Queen Siouxsie Sioux is up there with all the other rock legends of our time. Having performed for the first time with her exhibitionist experimentalist band Siouxsie & the Banshees in 1976, with Sid Vicious on drums, this Sioux has snowballed to greater things each time. Perhaps it was the influence of the London Bromley suburbs, or was it the influence of Velvet Underground, Can, Bowie or J.G. Ballard. No matter, on tour the gender bending Banshees soon built up a large following scoring them their 1st top ten hit in 1978 with Hong Kong Garden. Those were the early days. What followed now was 17 years of material recorded under the Banshees moniker but also as The Creatures with then husband and drummer Budgie.

And now? Siouxsie Sioux finally makes her solo 10 track debut that portrays an a unique sense of personal freedom that ranges from an industrial stomp to electronic mutterings and glam affairs of the heart. Lyrical themes on the album include disappointment, distrust and despair, but overlying this is a warmth of spirit. The track listing is as follows:

1. Into A Swan
2. About To Happen
3. Here Comes That Day
4. Loveless
5. If It Doesn't Kill You
6. One Mile Below
7. Drone Zone
8. Sea Of Tranquilty
9. They Follow You
10. Heaven And Alchemy

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Radio 1 Gets 40th Anniversary Party

The BBC's Radio1 is celebrating it's 40th anniversary by putting a number of people behind the microphone, including Paul Oakenfold, Paul Weller, Paul McCartney, and just so it doesn't become a complete PaulFest, they're including people like the Arctic Monkeys and Elijah Wood.

The party goes down starting on September 17th and continues on until September 30th, with Elijah wood closing it out with a tribute to John Peel titled Keeping It Peel.

Bestival Announces Set Times

After selling all of their tickets back in May, the U.K.'s Bestival looked set to take over Isle of Wight on September 7th. Now they've released their plan of attack complete with set times, in one handy PDF guide.

The festival features names like Coldcut, Electrelane, the Gossip, Primal Scream, The Go! Team, The Orb and more. They've even got an an inflatable church and Bollywood Bar.

Get more updates on the world's coolest music festivals on the Spacelab Guide To Music Festivals.

Band of Horses Release Is There A Ghost MP3

Dark and dry, just like every bit of of Band of Horses music we've heard in the past. That's a good thing. Somehow these guys cold compress their sound into a sweet package of BOH sonification everytime, I swear it's magic...

The new single sees the boys not missing a thing since the departure of Mat Brooke last year. They worked with Phil Elk who also helped out with 2006's Everything All The Time. Is There A Ghost is part their upcoming Cease To Begin album, due out on October 9th via Sub Pop Records.

MP3: Band of Horses - Is There A Ghost

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Stars Release Video for Take Me To The Riot

The Stars upcoming release of In Our Bedroom After The War features a DVD of video goods that include a documentary of the band, with interviews and live performances. The whole band experience, you know? It was shot when the band toured in support of their Set Yourself on Fire album.

Also out now is their new video for Take Me To The Riot, directed by Benjamin Weinstein.

Video: Take Me To The Riot

LeLoup Gets Blips on New MP3

Boasting 8 members and a dedicated group of design peeps centered around production, photography and PR, the Washington DC-based band is the second band to sign to the Hardly Art label.

Before you think they're just about image, consider this... they consider themselves a collective of artists and musicians. The band is finishing their new album The Throne of the Heaven of the Third Nations' Millennium General Assembly.

Indie pop meets blips on their new single We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!

MP3: LeLoup

Animal Collective Start Tour Today

With Strawberry Jam coming out next week, Animal Collective have jumped out on tour. The music for this album was actually started two years ago, so it would be interesting to hear what the band is actually working on right now. Animal Collective really is one of those ahead of its time bands, so right now they're probably developing the sounds that other bands will be copying in 2010.

The songs were written in international hot spots like New York, Lisbon, Paris and Baltimore (who knew?) by Avey Tare and Panda Bear, with the rest of the band adding a more complete sound as they all hooked up to work through the music.

The band recorded the album at the Wavelab in Tucson with Scott Colburn (Arcade Fire, Animal Collective) as the producer, then headed back to Brooklyn for the final mixdown with Nicholas Vernhes at the Rare Book Room. Strawberry Jam is due for release on September 10th via Domino Records. Their Peacebone EP is out now.

MP3: Panda Bear
MP3: Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan

Animal Collective Tour Dates
09-05 - the Avalon - Boston, Massachusetts
09-06 - Le National - Montreal
09-07 - Bronson Centre Theater - Ottowa
09-08 - Phoenix Toronto
09-09 - Oberlin College - Oberlin, Ohio
09-10 - Vic Theater - Chicago, Illinois
09-11 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, Minnesota
09-14 - Neumos - Seattle, Washington
09-15 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver
09-16 - Roseland Theater - Portland, Oregon
09-17 - the Fillmore - San Francisco, California
09-18 - Henry Fonda Theater - Los Angeles
09-20 - the Rialto Theater - Tuscon, Arizona
09-21 - club 101 - EL PASO, Texas
09-22 - Emos - Austin, Texas
09-23 - Bricktown Ballroom - Norman, Oklahoma
09-24 - Gargoyle Club - St. Louis, Missouri
09-25 - Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, Tennessee
09-26 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, Georgia
09-27 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, North Carolina
09-28 - 9:30 Club - Washington, Washington DC
09-29 - Starlight Ballroom - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
09-30 - Webster Hall - New York, New York
10-01 - Webster Hall - New York, New York
10-15 - Debaser Medis - Stockholm, Sweden
10-16 - Jon Dee - Oslo, Norway
10-17- Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
10-18 - Festaal Kreutzurgh - Berlin, Germany
10-19 - Cologne, Germany
10-20 - Theatre Place - St Gallen, Switzerland
10-22 - Uebel und Gefaehrlich - Hamburg, Germany
10-24 - Cabaret Sauvage - Paris, France
10-26 - Botanique-Orangerie - Brussels, Belgium
10-28 - Wilde Theatre - Reading, UK
10-29 - St George's Church - Brighton, UK
10-30 - Trinity - Bristol, UK
11-01 - Astoria - London, UK
11-03 - New Century Hall - Manchester, UK
11-04 - Tripod - Dublin, UK
11-05 - Irish Center - Leeds, UK
11-06 - Ora Mor - Glasgow, UK

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

CMJ Marathon Announces
(Yet Even) More Bands

These guys ain't messin' around. With serious velocity, the CMJ peeps have been spinning out band names for the 2007 CMJ Marathon, and the newset names include Clockcleaner, Deerhunter (the foursome!), Octopus Project, Fog, Le Loup, St. Vincent, and a lot more.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Black Dice Set Fall Shows

Black Dice are moving quickly towards their October 23rd release of Load Blown, and have announced a set of shows for November in support of the album. They've just recently signed to Paw Tracks to release the album, so Animal Collective's collection grows larger.

Their live experience is nothing short of mind-blowing as you can see in this video from a FatCat Records showcase...

MP3: Black Dice

Black Dice Tour Dates
11-01 Boston, MA - Nom D'Artiste
11-02 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
11-03 Toronto, Ontario - Sneaky Dee's
11-04 Detroit, MI - Scrummage University
11-05 Chicago, IL - Lakeshore Theatre
11-06 Minneapolis, MN - Soo Visual Arts Center
11-09 Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ballroom
11-12 San Francisco, CA - 12 Galaxies
11-22 Philadelphia, PA - Vacuum
11-23 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Minus The Bear Add More Dates
For Global Tour

Minus The Bear might just never make it back home. They've gone on a tour bender, and keep adding dates to a tour that now extends into December. They're playing with bands like Subtle, Ela, and Helio Sequence based on location.

Minus The Bear was formed members of Kill Sadie, Botch, and Sharks Keep Moving. They set out on Seattle at the turn of the century and were eventually signed by Suicide Squeeze Records.

They're touring in support of the newly released Planet Of Ice. The album is the follow-up to 2005's Menos el Oso and is their third album to date.

MP3: Minus The Bear

Minus The Bear Tour Dates
09-23 - Spokane, WA - Service Station
09-24 - Missoula, MT - The Badlander
09-27 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
09-28 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop (2 shows)
09-29 -- Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
09-30 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10-01 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
10-03 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
10-04 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
10-05 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
10-06 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10-07 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
10-08 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
10-10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10-11 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
10-12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10-13 - Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall
10-14 - Orlando, FL - The Club at Firestone
10-15 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
10-16 - Tallahasse, FL - The Moon
10-18 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10-19 - Austin, TX - Emo's
10-20 - Houston, TX - Numbers
10-21 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Showroom
10-23 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
10-24 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
10-25 - Sauget, IL (St. Louis, MO) - Pop's
10-27 - Minneapolis, MN -- First Avenue
10-28 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
10-29 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
10-31 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
11-01 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
11-02 - San Diego, CA - Soma
11-03 - Los Angeles, CA - Avalon Hollywood
11-04 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
11-06 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11-08 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11-09 - Bellingham, WA - Viking Union (WWU)
11-10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
12-06 - Yeovil, UK - Orange Box
12-07 - Cardiff, UK - Ifor Bach
12-08 - Milton Keynes, UK - The Pitz
12-09 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
12-10 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
12-11 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
12-12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tut's
12-13 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
12-14 - Birmingham, UK - Barfly
12-15 - Oxford, UK, - Zodiac
12-17 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
12-18 - Colchester, UK - Arts Centre
12-20 - London, UK - Mean Fiddler

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Arthur & Yu Get Tour Dates With Iron & Wine, Great Lake Swimmers

Iron & Wine and Arthur & Yu and you too, if you go to one of the shows. Next week Seattle's Arthur & Yu head off to Japan for some quick shows before coming back to the U.S. for a number of shows in September and October, with Iron & Wine and Great Lake Swimmers.

Arthur & Yu have a sort of retroactive nostalgia for a time when folk was everything, and they take to it in a minimalist-indie rock sort of way. Their new album In Camera was recently released on Hardly Art.

MP3: Arthur & Yu
MP3: Iron & Wine

Arthur & Yu Tour Dates
09-11 - Tokyo, Japan - O-Nest (w/Grand Hallway)
09-13 - Nagoya, Japan - Tokuzo (w/Grand Hallway)
09-14 - Kyoto, Japan - Urbanguild (w/Grand Hallway)
09-23 - Chicago, IL - Metro (w/Iron & Wine)
09-25 - Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall (w/Iron & Wine)
09-26 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis (w/Iron & Wine)
09-27 - Boston, MA - The Orpheum Theater (w/Iron & Wine)
09-28 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater (w/Iron & Wine)
09-29 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club (w/Iron & Wine)
09-30 - New York, NY - Town Hall (w/Iron & Wine)
10-02 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-03 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-04 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-06 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-09 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-10 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-12 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-13 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-14 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-16 - Portland, OR - Holocene (w/Great Lake Swimmers)
10-17 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern (w/Great Lake Swimmers)

Friday, August 31, 2007

Amiina Cancel U.S. Shows

You like the Icelandic cuties Amiina. Sure, we all do. Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait a little longer to see their experimental act live, as they've canceled their U.S. shows due to someone in the band having an illness. You can check em' out in the Spring when they make it back to the U.S.

PJ Harvey Sets U.S. Shows

Although she once said she'll never play live again, PJ Harvey has announced a select few shows in the United States that will include the cities New York and Los Angeles.

She's got an album coming out (of course), so you figure that you have to play at least a few shows, you know? Hype hype hype. And publicity. The album is called White Chalk and comes out on September 25th via Island Records. It was produced by the triumvirate of Polly, Flood & John Parish, and includes contributions from Eric Drew Feldman, and Jim White of the Dirty Three.

So jump on a jet or hit the road and live out your own Jack Kerouac fantasy, hitting all of the (2) shows she'll be playing in the states.

Pj Harvey Tour Dates
09-24 - Bristol, England - Colston Hall
09-29 - London, England - Royal Festival Hall
10-10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
10-15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Orpheum

Supergrass Bassist Breaks Back While Sleepwalking In France

Bassist Mick Quinn of Supergrass recently went out for a nighttime adventure while vacationing at a villa in the south of France. Turns out Mick was sleepwalking, and ended up walking right out of a first floor window. He ended up with two broken vertebrae in his back and a smashed heel.

"We hope the crazy fool gets back on his feet as soon as possible. I'm sure he'll make a full recovery; he's a tough cookie," said Gaz Coombes in a statement released by the band.

As it turns out, Supergrass will have to cancel their Oxford Carling Academy show on September 23. Mick is expected to make a full recovery but will take several months to heal.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Okkervil River Release
New Video, Tour Dates

Okkervil River have released their new video for Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe in the run up to their newly announced tour dates for North America and Europe. The video was directed by Margaret Brown and is inducing descriptive words like "indie-noir" and "near cinematic experience" to describe both the album and the video. The video does have high production values and might actually change the way you think of hotel rooms.

You can catch them on a long set of dates including some shows with Damien Jurado, in which, the band is guaranteed to stay in hotel rooms. We'll see how the marriage thing goes.

Okkervil River: Tour Dates
08/30 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
08/31 - Phoenix, AZ - The Brickhouse
09/01 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09/03 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09/04 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09/05 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
09/07 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
09/08 - Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan (MusicFest NW)
09/09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Richard's on Richards
09/10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09/12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09/13 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
09/14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
09/15 - Iowa City, IA - Picador
09/17 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
09/18 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
09/19 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club (Pygmalion Festival)
09/21 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
09/22 - Hamilton, Ontario - Pepper Jack's Cafe
09/23 - Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa
09/24 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
09/25 - Boston, MA - Middle East
09/26 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
09/28 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
09/30 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10/02 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10/03 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt w
10/04 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder @ FSU
10/05 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
10/06 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington
11/06 - Colchester, UK - Colchester Arts Centre
11/07 - Nottingham, UK - The Social
11/08 - Newcastle, UK - Newcastle University
11/09 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
11/10 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Roadhouse
11/12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11/13 - Paris, France - La Cigalle
11/14 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-Son
11/19 - Wien, Austria - Szene
11/20 - Muenchen, Germany - Registratur
11/22 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
11/23 - The Hague, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival
11/24 - Muenster, Germany - Gleiss
11/25 - Cologne, Germany - Prime Club
11/26 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
11/27 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
11/29 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
11/30 - Stockholm, Sweden - Spark Club @ Debaser Medis
12/04 - Brighton, UK - Pressure Point
12/05 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Academy
12/06 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
12/07 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social
12/08 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly
12/09 - London, UK - Luminaire

Sigur Ros Sign To XL Recordings For
Upcoming CD / DVD Release

Just in is the news that Iceland's own Sigur Ros have signed to XL Recordings for the release of their upcoming CD release of Hvarf / Heima. The album will b packaged with a release of the now (almost) famous DVD release of Heima. You can check out a video preview of the DVD here.

XL Recordings will oversee the U.S. release which comes out on November 6th.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Black Mountain Release Tour Dates,
New Album Info

Black Mountain have set themselves up on a nice, long set of shows for North America. It's their first proper tour of North America in about two years and is centered around their album In The Future, which will come out sometime in the future. January of 2008 to be exact. They'll be touring with the Cave Singers, Lightning Dust, Oakley Hall or Sunset Rubdown depending on Location.

Canadian and Europeeps sit tight, your dates will be announced soon.

Black Mountain Tour Dates
09-27 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
09-28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09-29 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
10-01 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10-02 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10-03 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10-05 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10-06 - Montreal, Quebec - Le National
10-07 - Portland, ME - Space
10-08 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
10-10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
10-11 - Brooklyn, NY - Southpaw
10-12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
10-13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10-14 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird
10-15 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
10-17 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
10-18 - Denton, TX - Dan's Silverleaf
10-19 - Austin, TX - Emo's
10-21 - Phoenix, AZ - Modified
10-22 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10-23 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10-24 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10-26 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10-27 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
11-03 - Vancouver, BC Canada - Richards on Richards)
11-09 - Victoria, British Columbia

M83 Gets Ambitious With Release Series

M83's future is so bright, he's gotta wear digital shades. Anthony Gonzales, better known to the world as M83, has announced a new series of releases starting with Digital Shades Volume One.

He worked at his home studio last year to record the album, which he'll release on September 4th. The next installment is already due early next year.

Thank Your For CBGB, Hilly Kristal

Major news on the innovator front... Hilly Kristal, the man who oversaw CBGB for many decades, died on Wednesday due to complications from the lung cancer he had been battling. He fought hard against the Bowery Residents Committee to keep CBGB going but ultimately lost when they refused to renew his lease.