Underworld providing music for Olympics opening ceremony, releasing it as an album in August

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Olympics Olympics OLYMPICS!!! Gin drinks! Foxy boxing outside of a red phone booth! (I’m watching NBC’s Olympics coverage as I write this.) Boris Johnson’s hair! The Olympics are about the triumph of the human spirit, the finest in red and blue tracksuits, and showcasing the heights of the host nation’s culture. And in that tradition, the London Olympics Opening Ceremony’s artistic director/film director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is teaming up with frequent collaborators/Opening Ceremony music directors/electronic legends Underworld to create the most majestic, the most British, the potentially most… druggy… opening ceremony music of all time. And it premieres tonight! At the Olympics Opening Ceremony! (The Olympics give me $5 every time I type out the words “Olympics Opening Ceremony.”)

Imagine the swelling pride, the burst of hope, the essential dignity of mankind that you will feel once the ceremonies begin! Or — depending on when you’re reading this — remember the swelling pride, the burst of hope, the essential dignity of mankind that you felt once the ceremonies began? Now you can bottle that sentiment and take it home with you to relive over and over again! Because Underworld are releasing the jams they wrote for this shindig immediately after the event wraps, say midnight on July 28 via iTunes. Isle of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, as it’s being called, will also get a physical release August 6 through Decca/Universal. Spoiler alert: the opening ceremony is said to be “inspired by Caliban’s dream in the Tempest,” according to a press release. Super Olympophiles take note: the Closing Ceremony music will also be released as an album, available digitally on August 12. That one’s going by the name of A Symphony of British Music - Music for the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Side note: The Chemical Brothers are also getting in on the Olympics music-making thang, with a track called “Theme for Velodrome,” devoted to six magical days of cycling events. You can read more about that number and preview the track at The Guardian.

• Underworld: http://www.underworldlive.com
• The Olympics: http://www.olympic.org

A.C. Newman rises above all other musicians by releasing new album and touring this fall

A.C. Newman, of The New Pornographers and heir to the Randy Newman dynasty, has completed his third solo full-length. This news gets even more exciting as Newman plans on releasing his new album on Matador in the US and Last Gang in Canada. Unfortunately, the title and release date haven’t been announced.

According to the pastry/indie music blog Pitchforkmedia.com, A.C. Newman is also going to tour. We get it! You’re pulling out all the stops, but geez, a tour? Seems a little excessive to me, but I’ll take it. Ticket presales start today. This news is exhausting, so after I post this slew of tourdates, I’m going to go take a nice nap on my natty nanny, Naddy’s, lap.

Tourdates:

10.21.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.22.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.23.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.24.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
10.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10.26.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.27.12 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
10.28.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.30.12 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
11.08.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret *
11.09.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
11.10.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
11.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
11.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
11.14.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *

* Harriet

• A.C. Newman: http://www.acnewman.net
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com
• Last Gang: http://lastgangentertainment.com/records

Tamaryn releasing sophomore album on Mexican Summer; the dream is still alive

San Francisco-by-way-of-New-Zealand shoegaze lady Tamaryn has joined forces once more with frequent collaborator Rex John Shelverton to create another dazzling LP for Mexican Summer. The duo’s melancholy wall of sound will still totally, in the words of PM Dawn, set you adrift on memory bliss, but this time around you might almost find yourself dancing! Or tapping a toe! Or at least not sitting in your bedroom and staring at the ceiling in the dark and just “feeling it maaaan.” That’s right — the nine new songs on Tamaryn’s new full-length Tender New Signs have a little bit more structure, a little bit more of a — dare I say it — pop beat.

But don’t worry! You still have plenty of time to figure out if that black Wet ‘n’ Wild lipstick you bought in high school still matches your new swooning/shuffling dance steps, because Tender New Signs drops October 16. Fun fact: album artwork was created by friend-of-the-band Shaun Durkan, who just so happens to be the lead singer of fellow San Francisco band Weekend. After three 7-inches and one critically-acclaimed EP, this is the band’s second full-length. You can peep the lead single for the album below:

Tender New Signs tracklisting:

01. I’m Gone
02. While You’re Sleeping, I’m Dreaming
03. Heavenly Bodies
04. No Exits
05. Prizma
06. The Garden
07. Transcendent Blue
08. Afterlight
09. Violet’s in a Pool

• Tamaryn: http://tamarynmusic.com
• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com

Aphex Twin albums with Richard D. James’ crazy face on the cover must be reissued on vinyl this fall per new ruling

If you’ve ever held your trusty old CD copy of either 1995’s …I Care Because You Do or 1996’s Richard D. James Album in your hands and thought to yourself, “gee, this music is cool and all, but I wish James’ uncomfortably close-up devil-smirk face on each of these covers was even bigger so that I could be even more freaked out by it than I am right now,” then you’re in luck, friend. As Exclaim! reported, cool-as-fuck reissue label 1972 has announced plans to follow up recent vinyl re-release of the classic Selected Ambient Works Volume II with new vinyl pressings of each those two awesome records. Just think of how much more obsessively you’ll gaze into every hypnotizing crag and fold in James’ soulless face when it’s thirteen-and-a-half inches wide!

Both reissues are set to arrive on September 18 and, a-la 1972’s reissue of Selected Ambient Works, seem to be free and clear of any jazzy bonus material that might jack up their prices to the “collectors items” range and/or distract you from, again, continuing your unhealthy gape-session with James’ face. According to Exclaim!, Richard D. James Album is being offered as a single LP, which probably means that the Girl/Boy EP songs from the North American version aren’t included (sorry, “Milkman” fans!!), and …I Care is listed as a 2xLP deal, which makes sense since the original record easily exceeds the 60-minute mark. If you’re not up to speed with either of these albums, now’s your chance to become better than everyone with a few mouse clicks. And really, isn’t being better than everyone what Richard D. James stands for?

• Aphex Twin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphex_Twin
• 1972 Records: http://www.musicdirect.com/m-910-1972-records.aspx

Kool A.D., A.K.A. THE KID, of Das Racist announces summer tour, A.K.A. THE KID’S TOUR

Kool A.D. is half of Queens rap duo Das Racist. His press release describes him as a “marble-mouthed ‘Brown Bart Simpson’.” If I could just fill the rest of this story with those words, over and over again, I would. Hell, I’ll try it. Brown Bart Simpson. Brown Bart Simpson. Brown Bart Simpson. Brown Bart Simpson. Brown Bart Simpson. I am already tired of this. Still good, I’m just tired of it.

Ol’ Brown Bart Simpson is going on tour this summer, though. Accompanying him on all dates is Houston rapper Fat Tony, who is a very good rapper who does not nearly as good of a nickname as Brown Bart Simpson. BUT. He is potentially named after Simpsons character Fat Tony, granting this tour a certain thematic unity. The duo of Bart and Fat will be joined certain dates by other independent rap luminaries, including Lakutis, BBU, and Main Attrakionz. How are those guys’s nicknames? Any as good as Brown Bart Simpson? No.

Kool A.D. and Fat Tony dates:

07.30.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge ^
08.03.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
08.05.12 - Stanhope, NJ - Stanhope House ^
08.08.12 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
08.11.12 - Detroit, MI - Hard Rock *
08.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s *
08.22.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Lounge #
08.23.12 - Oakland, CA - New Parish #

^ Lakutis
* BBU
# Main Attrakionz

• Kool A.D.: http://dasracist.net
• Fat Tony: http://fattonyrap.com

The Sea and Cake to release new album, tour, repeat action every two years or so until the world ends

In the mood for some smooth electro-tinged post-rock with a heavy dollop of breezy pop mixed in to make it all go down nice and easy? Well, then I’ve got just what the doctor ordered: a new full-length from The Sea and Cake titled Runner, due out September 18 on the band’s longtime label, Thrill Jockey, following up on 2011’s mini-album The Moonlight Butterfly (TMT Review). Can’t wait that long? Check out the album’s first single, “Harps,” for a first taste to tide you over:

If the two months until the whole album drops sounds like a struggle, though, you might want to take a stroll through The Sea and Cake’s back catalog, which Thrill Jockey is currently in the process of reissuing as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. 1995‘s Nassau and 1997’s The Fawn are already available, with the remainder of their 90s and early 00s output coming soon (check out 1995’s The Biz in particular, my personal favorite).

Following the release of the new album, Sam Prekop and co. will be hitting the road to play live in big cities and college towns across the US and Canada. The longtime group of musicians are consummate professionals and their live shows are always stellar, so make sure and catch them when they roll through your town this fall, especially if you’re a fan of breathy vocals, which they know how to BRING.

Dates:

10.17.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Shadow Lounge
10.18.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.19.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
10.20.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
10.21.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10.22.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.23.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.24.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.25.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.27.12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
10.28.12 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center
10.29.12 - Chicago, IL - City Winery
10.30.12 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
11.01.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Stop
11.02.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.03.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11.04.12 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
11.05.12 - Arcata, CA - Jambalaya
11.08.12 - Oakland, CA - New Parish
11.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
11.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
11.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
11.14.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk

• The Sea and Cake: http://www.theseaandcake.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

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