Air France break up, because they were never going to make dad happy

Air France break up, because they were never going to make dad happy

After 2008’s pretty great No Way Down EP, all eyes were on Sweden’s Air France. Eventually, they had to put out a full-length and, based on their past work, that full-length was going to be a doozy. If there’s one record I can’t wait for, it’s Air France’s record. What will it be like? I bet it’ll be good! I just can’t wait for this Air France record.

Well. About that.

Pitchfork reports that Air France have broken up, presumably due to the pressure from their dads, who would really like to know when they’re going to grow up and get a real job. The band’s announcement states that they’re breaking up because they were never able to make a record that they felt lived up to No Way Down. Evidently, the group produced approximately seven records, but none of their efforts measured up to their expectations. But I know the truth! It was definitely their dads. It’s always their dads. Last year, the group put out the “It Feels Good To Be Around You” single, which now serves as their final release. If you really need an Air France full-length, maybe just listen to that 10 times in a row?

• Air France:

Jim O’Rourke’s ATP Japan not happening in April. :’( But it’s only been postponed! :’) Indefinitely. :’0

All Tomorrow’s Parties fancies itself a less-commercial festival, but you better book some bands that put asses in seats or the whole thing’s off, goddammit. And for this very reason, ATP’s upcoming I’ll Be Your Mirror festival curated by experimental artist and vocal coach to iCarly Jim O’Rourke has been indefinitely postponed until later this year. This was to be the second Mirror event in Tokyo, taking place April 14-15. According to ATP, ticket sales have been significantly lower than last year’s, and to top it off with many artists unable to commit, the festival was deemed financially unfeasible, for now.

O’Rourke had previously confirmed that he was to perform his 1999 album Eureka with a 12-piece band at this festival. Other confirmed artists were Tony Conrad & Charlemagne Palestine, Michael Rother, Borbetomagus, and The Necks. Whether these artists remain in the line-up is yet to be confirmed. O’Rourke is rumored to say in retrospect that he should have included more reunions.

ATP has announced that all purchased tickets will be automatically transferred to the new dates, whenever those are confirmed.

• All Tomorrow’s Parties:
• Jim O’Rourke:

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah release music video, plan tour, and invest in my delicious Dickles

“You’re going to love my dickles” – Emceegreg

It’s true, they’re delicious. Dickles are dried pickles with a fine sugar coating, and the first one is always free. In a dream, I recently gave a bag of Dickles to the bandmates of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They loved them! And, I found this rather fitting considering that once you put a Dickle in your mouth you automatically want to “clap your hands say yeah.” They’re so good that there’s no time for conjunction or punctuation.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are a fantastic band that could give three shits less about grammar. Three shits! To prove their love for insanity and Dickles, CYHSY (this stands for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, icydk (in case you didn’t know)) have released the Kris Moyes-directed music video for their song “Hysterical” from their newest album of the same name. And, there’s nothing more insane or hysterical then the idea of releasing a music video. The new video was even featured on MTV2’s 120 Minutes. Hilarious!

To support the album and, perhaps, the “music video,” CYHSY will embark on a tour that will bring them through every pickle capitol in America. Coincidence? If you’re lucky you may even hear CYHSY play the new Dickles jingle for radio commercial advertising.

“Dickles / The pickle candy that’s… / Dandy”


05.18.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
05.19.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.21.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
05.22.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
05.23.12 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s
05.25.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
05.25-28.12 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
05.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
06.01.12 - Dallas, TX - The Happy Fun Time Fest
06.02-03.12 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Festival
06.04.12 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre *
06.05.12 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution *
06.06.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz *
06.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
06.11.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
06.12.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Line *

* Two Door Cinema Club

• Clap Your Hands Say Yeah:

[Photo: Davey Wilson]

Neneh Cherry teams with free jazz group The Thing for a covers album (MF DOOM, Suicide, Don Cherry, The Stooges, etc.)

Okay. Remember rapper/singer Neneh Cherry? Like 20+ years ago she had that hit song “Buffalo Stance.” It went like, “Who’s that gigolo, something, something, who’s looking good today, looking good in every way…” And then she’d call you a sucka while the DJ did some scratchin’ — okay, nevermind.

Anyway, she’s making a comeback, though an unlikely one. Cherry is teaming up with Scandinavian jazz trio The Thing to record a new LP entitled The Cherry Thing, due out on June 19 through Smalltown Supersound. The record will consist mostly of covers with songs originally by groups like Madvillain, The Stooges, Suicide, Martina Topley-Bird, Ornette Coleman, and Nene Cherry’s own jazz legend father, Don Cherry. Needless to say, the result is pretty fucking weird.

The Cherry Thing Tracklist:

01. Cashback (Neneh Cherry)

02. Dream Baby Dream (Suicide)

03. Too Tough to Die (Martina Topley-Bird)

04. Sudden Movement (Mats Gustafsson)

05. Accordion (Madvillain)

06. Golden Heart (Don Cherry)

07. Dirt (The Stooges)

08. What Reason (Ornette Coleman)

• The Thing:
• Smalltown Supersound:

Oneohtrix Point Never announces a handful of North American dates, starts looping shit for no apparent reason

Daniel Lopatin, known to his mom as Oneohtrix Point Never and regarded by many sportscasters as the next Ricky Rubio, has just announced a non-extensive/-comprehensive/-binding tour of North America. News of the tour comes after Lopatin was recently delivered the crushing news that Beck, or at least the “office of Beck,” didn’t dig his remix of Philip Glass. The remix was originally recorded for inclusion on the Beck-produced Glass remix album (due June 26, but who gives a shit now?) until Lopatin drove into the lane, lobbed the ball up, and got REJECTED. Sorta like Rubio on a bad day.

If you’re planning to release your own Glass remix album, you should check out Lopatin’s remix before finalizing the tracklist (at around the 30-minute mark):

But oh well. At least Replica is still a nice epistemological break.


04.06.12 - Boston, MA - Middle East
04.10.12 - Seattle, WA - University of Washington
04.11.12 - Vancouver, BC - W2
05.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival

• Oneohtrix Point Never:
• Minnesota Timberwolves:

Faun Fables narrowly escape gnome attack, announce spring tourdates despite exhaustion

Freaky folksters Faun Fables were pretty bummed when their trusty Mini-Winnie kicked the bucket at the beginning of their Light of a Vaster Dark tour. Want to know what I think actually happened? Gnomes. And elves. Hijacked the RV and drove it straight into a tree (let’s just be real, those fuckers couldn’t even see over the wheel).

Faun Fables took a quick hiatus after Light of a Vaster Dark (TMT Review) during which Dawn McCarthy sang on a forthcoming Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy release, but the band recently commandeered a school bus fitted with dragon wings and will be hitting the road for a spring tour as well as a yet-to-be-announced fall tour with Rasputina. And just so you know, McCarthy likes interviewing some of the characters who creep around Faun Fables shows (including a Norse/anthropology student, a Welsh nomad, and a guy who paints maimed cats). You could be next!


04.01.12 - San Francisco, CA - Brava Theater (Switchboard Music Festival)
05.04.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
05.05.12 - Louisville, KY - The Mammoth
05.06.12 - Asheville, NC - Jack of the Wood
05.10.12 - Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge
05.11.12 - West Columbia, SC - Conundrum Music Hall
05.12.12 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light

• Faun Fables:
• Drag City: