Aloe Blacc is gonna have some Good Things for America on September 28

Aloe Blacc is gonna have some Good Things for America on September 28

Early autumn is traditionally a low point for America’s groove reserves. As summer cools into fall, many Americans begin to lose their swagger in a search for ever-tackier thrift store sweaters and smart pea coats from Express. It’s a pivotal time for the U.S.A. to get up with the gettin’ down, lest a poor groove harvest lead to a very square winter. Luckily, Stones Throw’s soul superhero Aloe Blacc is gonna bring his Justin-Timberlake-meets-Matthew-Herbert brand of R&B to the ears of a stultified nation this fall with his new LP Good Times. But don’t expect September 28 to be full of only bell-bottom jeans and pictures of the sun wearing sunglasses. According to the press release, Aloe Blacc is gonna get all political and shit on this record, so keep your ears open for some good old governmental dissension and disillusionment disguised as smooth neo-soul grooves. The lead-off track, “I Need a Dollar,” is streaming over at the Chocolate Grinder. You have been warned!

Good Times tracklisting:

01. I Need a Dollar
02. Green Lights
03. Hey Brother
04. Miss Fortune
05. Life So Hard
06. Take Me Back
07. Femme Fatale
08. Loving You Is Killing Me
09. Good Things
10. You Make Me Smile
11. If I
12. Mama Hold My Hand
13. Politician (Reprise)

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Women announce fall tour in support of Public Strain, well drinks $2, all domestics $3

To promote their upcoming fall US tour, I propose that Women introduce a “ladies” night that would take place before each show. You know, something like “LADIES IN FREE BEFORE 11, FIRST 50 THROUGH THE DOOR GET A FREE SHOT, ALL WELL DRINKS ONLY $2, ALL DOMESTICS $3! SORRY, GENTS, BUT YOU’LL HAVE TO START CROSS-DRESSING IF YOU WANT TO GET ALL THOSE SWEET DEALS, TOO!” Wouldn’t that be uproarious!? Anyway, Women will be touring in support of their forthcoming album, Public Strain, due September 28 via Jagjaguwar and following up 2008’s self-titled “joint” (TMT Review).

08.30.10 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
08.31.10 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
09.01.10 - London, UK - Cargo
09.02.10 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
09.03.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
09.04.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Captain’s Rest
09.05.10 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
09.06.10 - Brighton, UK - Freebutt
09.07.10 - Gent, Belgium - Pleasure
09.08.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Studio 80
09.09.10 - Paris, France - Cafe De La Danse
09.10.10 - Heidelberg, Germany - HDKV Kunstverein
09.11.10 - Offenbach, Germany - Hafen 2
09.12.10 - Berlin, Germany - Bang Bang Club
09.13.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Molotow
09.14.10 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.24.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigos
09.25.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert
09.26.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
09.27.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas &
09.28.10 - Detroit MI - Magic Stick &
09.29.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace %
09.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National %
10.01.10 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub %
10.02.10 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain’t Hollywood %
10.04.10 - Jamestown, NY - Mojo’s
10.05.10 - Burlington, VT - Monkey House &
10.06.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott &
10.07.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge &
10.09.10 - New York, NY - Knitting Factory &
10.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s &
10.11.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 &
10.12.10 - Columbus, OH - Skullys &

& dd/mm/yyyy
% Liars

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Sun Araw goes Off Duty with new Woodsist 12-inch

It has been quite the year for Mr. Stallones, the single terrestrial behind the outer-planetary project Sun Araw. Starting with the excellently minimal Sun Ark 7-inch on Not Not Fun and spilling out a 7-inch and LP with his band Magic Lantern after that, the man still had the ability to introduce his most epic statement to date, the Eureka‘d On Patrol (TMT Review). If the guy retired from his sonic wanderings after this year alone, his legacy would already be cemented.

That’s not his style, though. He’s gotta keep cruisin’ those acid-washed bass lines and stay, well, on patrol. Turns out he’s going Off Duty via yet another 12-inch, this time through Woodsist on October 12. Drifting back in time a tad, he’s also offering a CD version of the EP that comes equipped with the Boat Trip EP, which was originally a 3-inch CD-R and then reissued as its own 12-inch on Woodsist. Well, that’s awesome. Keep ‘em comin’ Cameron.

Off Duty tracklisting:

01. Last Chants
02. Midnight Locker
03. Deep Temple

Boat Trip tracklisting (CD only):

04. In the Trees
05. Canopy

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The day we feared has come: Seabear has crawled upon the land to tour North America. Good lord, no.

For years, we feared and respected Seabear. We knew he lived in the waters surrounding Iceland (where the people referred to him as Sindri Már Sigfússon), and we knew he was a peaceful beast, but we also knew not to be drawn in by his indie-folk siren song, lest we offend the ancient creature and find ourselves crushed between his powerful jaws. As long as we left Seabear untouched, he would afford us the same courtesy. Those peaceful days are over now, for a fool has disturbed Seabear, perhaps in a misguided search for the beast’s legendary treasures. Seabear, now in an unstoppable rage, has crawled upon the lands of North America, bringing destruction and sorrow everywhere he ventures. The beast will stop only at a small string of venues, where he will calm himself long enough to play roughly an hour of his folk-inflected indie rock. Our only chance for survival is to attend these shows and pay tribute to Seabear, in hopes that the bloodshed will cease. Otherwise, we’re totally done for, man.

Seabear dates:

10.16.10 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
10.18.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.19.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.22.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market *
10.23.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
10.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.27.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

* Blitzen Trapper

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[Photo: Lilja Birgisdóttir]

The Futureheads line up West Coast dates for their West Coast tour

The Futureheads, the UK’s post-rock answer to Barbershop, seemed poised to lead us all into a new golden age of Indie Rock Bands Employing Good Vocalists a few years back. Then, I guess they had some babies or something, because we didn’t hear from them for a little while. Then, I guess they shipped those kids off to military school/kindergarten or something, because they came roaring back to life this year with both a new album, Chaos, on New York-based Dovecote Records and their first tour of the United States in 104 fortnights.

But even though they finally graced American shores again this summer, they notably left the West Coast of this fine Country “hanging 10” without a surfboard by never venturing further west than the City of Chicago. Mellow out, though, West Coasters; I think someone must have tipped the band off as to where all the world’s best avocados come from, because The Futureheads are hauling ass to your neck of the woods next month for a handful of shows and a round or two of chips and guacamole. They are hurrying right back to the UK afterwards though (their press release said something about wanting to avoid melanoma), so you’d better, you know, “gather ye Futureheads while ye may,” or whatever. (Look, I don’t know, man. Why don’t YOU try being clever all the time??)

The Futureheads West Coast tourdates:

08.28.10 - Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08.29.10 - Reading, England - Reading Festival
09.11.10 - Suffolk, England - Harvest at Jimmy’s
09.28.10 - Boston, MA - WFNX Disorientation Show
09.29.10 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe
09.30.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
10.04.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
10.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.08.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.09.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
10.11.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
10.12.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.13.10 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
11.25.10 - Aberdeen, Scotland - SECC
11.26.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - SECC
11.27.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - SECC
11.29.10 - Hull, England - Hull Arena
11.30.10 - Nottingham, England - Nottingham Arena
12.01.10 - Plymouth, England - Plymouth Pavilions
12.03.10 - Manchester, England - Manchester Central
12.04.10 - London, England - Wembley Arena

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• Dovecote Records:

Popular rock band Wolf Parade announces US fall tour… so predictable!

Wolf Parade are a popular rock ‘n’ roll band from Canada. As you might expect from a popular rock ‘n’ roll band, Wolf Parade are going on tour in the US this fall. How boring! Why can’t all these bands do something original for once, like, you know, not play shows in places where people want to see them? That would totally be a postmodern subversion of the status quo! But, no, everyone does the predictable thing because conformity and the man and sheeple and we’re not really free at all, braaaah. Whatever — the point is, Wolf Parade’s going on a US tour in the fall, a couple months after a string of European dates.

Wolf Parade dates:

09.03.10 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into The Great Wide Open Festival
09.05.10 - Stradbaly, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.06.10 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbrake
09.08.10 - Edinburgh, UK - Cabaret Voltaire
09.09.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social
09.10.10 - North Dorset Wiltshire, UK - End of the Road Fesitval
09.11.10 - Bristol, UK - Thekla Social
09.12.10 - Birmingham, UK - Glee Club
09.15.10 - Hatfield Herts, UK - Forum
09.17.10 - Leffinge, Belgium - Leffingeleuren Festival
09.18.10 - Paris, France - Point Ephémere
09.19.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne
09.21.10 - Munich, Germany - 59:1
09.22.10 - Vienna, Austria - Flex
09.24.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahn Festival
09.25.10 - Berlin, Germany - Uncle Sallys Clubnacht
09.27.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Lille Vega
09.28.10 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
09.29.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10.01.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia Club
11.03.10 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
11.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
11.05.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
11.06.10 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
11.08.10 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
11.09.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.10.10 - Miami, FL - Filmore Miami Beach
11.12.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
11.13.10 - Oxford, MS - Lyric Theater
11.15.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ
11.16.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
11.18.10 - Iowa City, IA - Englert Theater
11.19.10 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
11.20.10 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant
11.22.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
11.23.10 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
11.24.10 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom

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