Alright, who’s making a shoe today? Panda Bear steps up to the plate (in his own camo kicks)

Alright, who's making a shoe today? Panda Bear steps up to the plate (in his own camo kicks)

Mere years ago, you could only experience Animal Collective through your eyes and ears. Your stupid, useless eyes and ears. Such primitive times we lived in. But thanks to Animal Collective’s partnership with Keep shoes that finds each member designing his own signature shoe, we can experience Animal Collective through the king of appendages: the foot! We’ve seen sweet, sweet kicks from Deakin, Avey Tare, and Geologist, so that just leaves our good friend Panda Bear, a.k.a. Noah Lennox. So, yeah: Panda Bear also designed a shoe! It’s called the Ramos and it’s camo and you can see it above. Concerning the shoe’s design, Lennox said “I’ve always liked camouflage patterns and I’d be lying if I said the idea of blending into the environment and becoming invisible didn’t excite me a little bit.”

Like all the other shoes in this series, all profits from the shoes will go to the Socorro Island Conservation Fund, because, you know, Panda Bear’s got the same love for the Socorros as the rest of the Collective. Don’t act like Panda Bear’s cold as ice; I mean, why would you even think that?

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I Would Tour 4 U: Prince announces US tour with a bunch of people that you’ll have to watch before watching Prince

Prince is stepping out from the Minneapolis suburbs (and his huge fucking house at Paisley Park) to lay the groundwork for a proposed tour of the US. The tour, titled “Welcome 2 America,” will see the Purple One MC and perform, with a list of supporting artists that includes Janelle Monáe, Sheila E., Maceo Parker, Mint Condition, Esperanza Spalding, and Cassandra Wilson. Fans have expressed their feelings: “We won’t mind watching those other guys but, really, we’re just here for Prince.”

The series of shows were announced recently during a press conference at the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem, where Prince told fans: “Bring your friends, bring your children, and bring foot spray, because it’s going to be funky.”

Despite the fact that solid information about dates, locations, and ticket prices is still forthcoming, Prince assured fans that the shows will be worth the price of admission. “Come early, come often. I have a lot of hits… no two shows will be the same,” he told the fans. I’m still waiting for the ass-less chaps to make their reemergence into the world. Promise me that Prince, and I’ll show up to all of the concerts.

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Wire announce new album in their “Colors” series, Red Barked Tree, due in January

Wire, Britain’s first “real” punk rock band, have announced that their newest album, titled Red Barked Tree, will be available for mass consumption on January 11 through the band’s Pink Flag label. The album, Wire’s 12th, is the follow-up to 2008’s Object 47 and is further proof that not all bands get worse with age. Well, at least the bands that weren’t shitty to begin with.

The album was written and recorded throughout 2010 and features the slightly-less-than-four trio of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, and Robert Grey, with the press release making sure to mention that the recording sessions had “no guests.” I guess Wire really want to reinforce the fact that they made this album as a band, most likely to prove that 40-somethings in a punk band can make good music without the aid of young folk. Or maybe they don’t want to admit who they’re friends with??

Regardless of the how or why, the album was created, the guys have put together a good group of songs, and you can even hear one if you want! Yeah! Just head over to that less professional site and take a listen to the very cool, very Wire-like “Two Minutes.”

Red Barked Tree tracklist:

01. Please Take
02. Now Was
03. Adapt
04. Two Minutes
05. Clay
06. Bad Worn Thing
07. Moreover
08. A Flat Tent
09. Smash
10. Down to This
11. Red Barked Trees

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Thom Yorke releases silent song; click here to find out why this is in no way pretentious!

Sure, Thom Yorke and his Radiohead cohorts do some seemingly wacky things from time to time, but you gotta admit, they definitely know how to get the peeps’s’z attentions’s’z. And moreover, they usually know how to focus that attention in a positive, humanitarian direction. So when you read a headline like “Thom Yorke releases a single that’s two minutes of silence,” you gotta figure there’s gonna be some sort of socially-conscious upshot, right? Well, here it is.

According to good old Radiohead fansite At Ease, Yorke has teamed up with a star-studded British cast, including producer Mark Ronson, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Bryan Ferry, Bob Hoskins and tennis star Andy Murray, to promote a new charity single in honor of Britain’s Remembrance Day, which commemorates sacrifices made by members of the armed forces. The track, which is called “Two Minute Silence,” features no music whatsoever, but consists of 120 seconds of chart-busting, solid gold silence; the idea being that the big-name tags will help shoot the single to the top of the British charts when it goes on sale next month. The Royal British Legion’s Director General Chris Simpkins said: “Rather than record a song, we felt the UK public would recognise the poignancy of silence and its clear association with remembrance.” See? Now don’t you feel bad for rolling your eyes at this headline?

A very, very high-budget, state-of-the-art video for “Two Minute Silence” (which simply features celebrities standing respectfully for the duration of the silent two minutes) is embedded below, and everyone (UK or not) is encouraged to spread the word and download the official single when it is released on November 7. You can also check out the awesomely titled Facebook page at and help spread the word there. The goal is to get the single to hit #1 on the day of its release. All funds raised will go to the Royal British Legion to support serving and ex-serving troops and their families. And if that’s not enough incentive for you to pay for two minutes of complete silence, then John Cage is tripping balls in his grave. For shame.



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Dorothy, we’re not in Brooklyn anymore: White Rabbits open for Interpol on fall tour

Usually the opening band has some correlation with the headliner to help you figure out what they’re all about, but if you haven’t heard of White Rabbits, this little trick doesn’t work too well. They’re about to gain points ($$) supporting Interpol, but lest you try attributing that New York post-punk sound (or whatever it is they’re saying about Interpol these days) to them as a guess, consider that they also recently opened for such other indie giants as Spoon and The Walkmen. The comparison with Spoon is the better bet (though an almost tired argument by now) — in fact, Spoon’s Britt Daniel produced their new album on TBD Records, It’s Frightening (TMT Review), and Mike McCarthy (known for his work with Spoon and …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead) mixed the whole thing.

Overall, the fact of the matter is that White Rabbits seem on their way to being a highly marketable group. Who’re they going to open for next, The Dead Weather?

10.18.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
10.19.10 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre *
10.20.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
10.21.10 - San Diego, CA - Soma *
10.22.10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint *
10.23.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre *
10.25.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
10.27.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom *
10.28.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre *
10.29.10 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre *
10.31.10 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Festival
11.01.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
11.02.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.03.10 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitutional Hall *
11.04.10 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre *
11.05.10 - New York City, NY - United Palace *

* Interpol

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Avi Buffalo roam the Western American countryside on their very first headlining tour

Nothing in the world is more exciting for a fresh-faced young band than a headlining tour of their very own. Dragons couldn’t even be more exciting. After doing a lot of opening for folks like My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, and Japandroids, Long Beach’s Avi Buffalo are finally getting a headlining tour of their very own. Hearts across the United States will be warmed as Avi Buffalo, the indie-pop project of 18-year-old Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, roam across the country with heads held high. Also being held high are copies of the band’s self-titled Sub Pop debut (TMT Review). Excuse me as I wipe tears from my eyes.

Avi Buffalo dates:

10.18.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe
10.19.10 - Detroit, MI - Majestic
10.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
10.21.10 - Minneaplois, MN - 7th Entry
10.23.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
10.25.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
10.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.29.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltimore
10.30.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
11.02.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
11.04.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

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