Alexander Tucker (of Imbogodom) to release Dorwytch on Thrill Jockey

Alexander Tucker (of Imbogodom) to release Dorwytch on Thrill Jockey

Is the daily grind keeping you down? Is this incessant chilly weather bumming you out? Ever feel the need to just kick back and rest your feet by a toasty fireplace with a stiff glass of scotch in hand? Well, go ahead and make that happen, but before you do I’d suggest accompanying the atmosphere with the warm, ghost-like finger pickings of Alexander Tucker. Come April, you’ll have a chance to do all this with a brand new Alexander Tucker LP straight from the fine curators of all things musically good, Thrill Jockey.

Dorwytch is Tucker’s first full-length since 2008’s Portal and his first for the venerable Chicago label, though Thrill Jockey did release the acclaimed The Metallic Year (TMT Review) last year, the debut album by Imbogodom, Tucker’s collaborative project with Daniel Beban. Expect a few divisive sounds from this one; according to the label, this album will include full instrumentation, plus drums and guest multi-instrumentalists. It’ll sorta be like when Iron and Wine adopted a fuller sound, except not shitty.

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GAYNGS head out on tour… without Prince :(

GAYNGS are heading out on a small tour, playing a few club dates and a few festival dates. Not the whole gang, but enough of them. Among the twenty-something contributors to the band, the ones that will be around for the shows are Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, main dude Ryan Olson, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, Jake Luck of Leisure Birds [editor’s note: awww yeah!], Ivan Rosebud of duh, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, and Mike Lewis of Andrew Bird. Sounds like a pretty good group… going on tour with 20+ people would be a nightmare. The tour kicks off in Minneapolis and all the shows are happening on the West Coast and Texas.

GAYNGS released Relayted (TMT Review) last year via Jagjaguwar.


03.06.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.11.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
03.13.11 - Denton, TX - 35 Conferette
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (SXSW)
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - Lustre Pearle / Dickies Party (SXSW)
04.15.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music & Arts Fest
05.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.29.11 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.04.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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MAJOR BUMMER: Jookabox throw in the towel, release final record about gross shit in April

Indianapolis weirdos Jookabox are breaking up, and their final record, The Eyes of the Fly, will be released April 26 via Asthmatic Kitty. That’s it. No tour. Nothing. Why y’all gotta be like that?

Jookabox began as a one-bro band, then called Grampall Jookabox and consisting of one Moose Adamson. Basement recordings became a debut record and local Indianapolis label Joyful Noise Recordings released Grampall Jookabox’s their debut Scientific Cricket in 2007. The following year Grampall Jookabox released Ropechain via Asthmatic Kitty, recruited drummer Patrick “Ostry” Okerson, and dropped the “Grampall” from their name, becoming just “Jookabox.” Their third release was Dead Zone Boys, a super weird and super awesome record about zombies and urban sprawl. Joined by members Lisa Berlin and Benny Sanders on bass and keys, the band toured the US and Europe. Their fourth and final record, The Eyes of the Fly is about “humans and worms and slime and rotting flesh.” Hey, these guys have sung about ghosts, zombies, Michael Jackson, pregnancy, among other things. You never know what you’re going to get. I’ll tell you one thing you can expect on The Eyes of the Fly: rapping. Real talk.

RIP Jookabros. You were weird and rad and will be missed. <3 U. Head over to the Chocolate Grinder and listen to “Drops,” the band’s first single off The Eyes of the Fly, and look for future releases by Moose under the name DMA.

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• Rhonda: [This is the bands biggest influence. I highly suggest her “album” Country Breast. It’s really good, you guys.]

tUnE-yArDs announce a new album, some tourdates, and the happy news that they’ve finally fixed that caps lock key

Merrill Garbus, a.k.a. the funky, loop-happy, “lo-fi” songstress behind capitalization-obsessed tUnE-yArDs, is all about making it hard for reporters to type things. I guess that’s just the way she rolls. I mean, I could tell you a little bit about how much I’ve enjoyed her shows in support of 2009’s BiRd-BrAiNs and have looked forward to the eventual recording of several cool new songs that have been populating these shows for the past year or two. But alas, I’m a little busy fumbling around with my shift key.

So I’ll just have to move on to the news that Garbus is releasing her new album, entitled w h o k i l l, on April 18 (April 19 in the US) via 4AD. And I have to tell you, hitting the space bar between every letter is, for some reason, way easier for me to do than capitalizing every other letter. The album follows Garbus’s relocation from hideous, hideous Montreal, QC to Oakland, CA, and, go figure, the new album is supposed to be brighter and sunnier than… that other one.

Though w h o k i l l was produced by Garbus herself, she decided to hook up with a legitimate studio and legitimate engineer Eli Crews this time around to give her jams the still-sort-of-lo-fi-but-classier-now sound that is required of bands that license music to Blackberry. And speaking of requirements, here’s those tourdates that I told you I’d tell you about at the top. And to be honest, I didn’t much care for having to type these out either. Thanks, tUnE-yArDs.

04.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.29.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.30.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
05.02.11 - Garden City, ID -Visual Arts Collective
05.03.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.04.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
05.06.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
05.07.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
05.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
05.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.11.11 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room @ Crofoot Ballroom
05.12.11 - Toronto, ON -The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
05.13.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
05.15.11 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel Arts Collective
05.16.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.17.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
05.19.11 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace
05.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.21.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.25.11 - Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour

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TV on the Radio name Nine Types of Light on new record; details on exact light types forthcoming

Back in 2008, TV on the Radio dropped Dear Science (TMT Review), a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock. Before that, in 2006, TV on the Radio dropped Return to Cookie Mountain (TMT Review), a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock. Before even that, all the way back in 2004, TV on the Radio dropped Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes, a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock. There’s a pattern here and it’s a pattern that TV on the Radio totally screwed up by not releasing a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock in 2010. Way to blow it, TV on the Radio!

TV on the Radio seem to have realized that they have, in fact, messed up, and they’re doing their best to make it right. This spring, the band will release Nine Types of Light through Interscope. If all goes according to plan, it will be highly acclaimed and probably contain a good bit of jittery art rock. Really, if they want to throw us for a loop, they should make a poorly received ska record. Pick it up pick it up pick it up.

The group will also make their return to the live stage with a show at Radio City Music Hall on April 13. Tickets for that will go on sale February 18 at 11:00 AM EST. A national tour is planned to kick off shortly after, to the surprise of nobody anywhere.

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Low announce release date for C’mon, tour the Western world in spring

We promised we’d tell you. Oh, did we ever. We were overjoyed to report news of a new album from Low, their first since Drums and Guns, and now we’re simply ecstatic (no lie) to give you the official release date. C’mon is c’ming out on April 12, from Sub Pop (their third full-length with the label since signing in 2005). To make good on our promise 100 percent, we thought we’d also let you know — not only about their North American dates — but their entire tour schedule for the spring! Head over to Sub Pop’s website for a free download of “Try to Sleep” from C’mon, or listen to six other old tracks if you need a Low refresher.


03.16.11 - Austin, TX - St. David’s Sanctuary (SXSW)
04.06.11 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall *
04.14.11 - Duluth, MN - Harbor City School
04.16.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
04.20.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
04.21.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.22.11 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
04.23.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum (8 PM & 10 PM show)
04.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.26.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.29.11 - Boston, MA - Paramount Center
04.30.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
05.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
05.03.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
05.16.11 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
05.17.11 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
05.18.11 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage Gateshead
05.19.11 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
05.20.11 - Bristol, UK - Trinity
05.21.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique (Les Nuits du Botanique)
05.23.11 - Nijmegen, Holland - Doornroosje
05.24.11 - Eindhoven, Holland - Catharina Church
05.25.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan ^
05.27.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound (ATP Stage)
05.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
05.31.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
06.01.11 - Koln, Germany - Gebaude 9
06.03.11 - London, UK - Barbican

* Explosions in the Sky
^ Mercury Rev

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