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

Animal Collective start up new radio show with curated mixes from the band, Black Dice, Sublime Frequencies, and conservative talk radio stars

AVEY TARE: …And we are back. I’m Avey Tare, proud American, and I am proud to be taking your calls this evening. We’ve got Chris on the line, Chris are you there?

CHRIS: Yes I’m here Avey thanks for having me.

AVEY TARE: And what can I do for you tonight Chris.

CHRIS: Well Avey I’m a mortgage broker in Montclare and I have a coworker in my office who let’s just say has some differing ideas when it comes to how our world functions.

AVEY TARE: Let me ask you a question Chris, does this coworker have an assortment of tie-dyed shirts in their wardrobe?

CHRIS: Haha yes I think you’re getting my meaning Avey. Graduated from the University of Virginia at the top of his class, and ever since he’s had a lot of idealized opinions on what values matter to this country.

AVEY TARE: Gotcha. Let me just remind our listeners that you’re listening to the Animal Collective show presented by Bayer and Domino Records on W-I-F-F 820 The Whiff. Can you smell it? Bayer: science for a better life. Domino: hear different. Now Chris let me ask you if you’ve visited our fan page on Facebook.

CHRIS: Well no, I’m…

AVEY TARE: Because we’ve been getting a lot of comments over the last few days, some very amusing comments on our Facebook fan page. Listener Hal in Oak Park had this to say, he said “I feel bad for Barack Obama if he ends up being re-elected. Just think of the mess he’ll be inheriting.” Very good comment, Hal. Very clever and amusing.

CHRIS: Ha yes I’ll have to get on your fan page and see what it’s all about. Now my coworker subscribes to Obama and the buzzkills in his cabinet on almost all matters so it should be no surprise, but in light of this horrendous tragedy…

AVEY TARE: That’s absolutely right Chris, these folks want this and this but refuse to believe in the car that gets them there. Now before we take a break let me remind our listeners that Bayer and Domino have teamed up with MyAnimalHome.net to deliver streaming sets of music starting this Sunday evening from 9 PM to 2 AM curated by our team here at The Whiff, that’s your host, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin, along with guest mixes from Black Dice, Haunted Graffiti, our friends at Sublime Frequencies, and Bayer board member Marijn Dekkers. The excitement will be over after our final show on August 19, but Domino reminds us that new Animal Collective album Centipede Hz will be available for purchase only a few weeks later, followed by an extensive tour of the nation many of us continue to fight for. Chris are you still there.


AVEY TARE: We’ll be back after these words from Citigroup.

• Animal Collective: http://radio.myanimalhome.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

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.


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
# Main Attrakionz

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