Animal Collective announce European tour to coincide with non-existent US tour; Panda Bear likes french fries

Animal Collective announce European tour to coincide with non-existent US tour; Panda Bear likes french fries

To coincide with their ATP fest (TMT News), which was recently sweetened by the likes of Terry Riley, Orthrelm, Big Boi, and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (not to be confused with Steve Reich, Ocrilim, André 3000, and Soul Asylum), the boys of Animal Collective have announced a string of European dates, which we’re guessing is an effort to make the whole trip, you know, “cost-effective” or something. Jeez, always thinking about money, these boys.

05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrows Parties
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens
05.17.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuit
05.19.11 - Cologne, Germany - Electron
05.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Wee
05.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
05.22.11 - Krakow, Poland - TBA
05.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Vienna
05.24.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo

Meanwhile, Panda Bear, who clearly enjoys eating french fries, has a new solo album. It’s called Tomboy, and it’s due April 19 (TMT News).

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Feel the feeling of finally getting a new album: The Feelies announce new album for Spring release

It took 19 years to come true, but Feelies fans finally have a new album just months away from falling into their hands.

After the band’s reunion show opening for Sonic Youth in 2008, an ever-increasing amount of live gigs (including a 2009 All Tomorrow’s Parties show where the band played seminal album Crazy Rhythms in its entirety) and the recent reissue of their first two albums, fans have been wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ for a new album, and contrary to the Dusty Springfield song, it worked. Yes, The Feelies have announced that this Spring they will be releasing their new album, Here Before, through Bar/None Records.

New material for the album was written throughout 2010, in the midst of band rehearsals, at founding member Glenn Mercer’s New Jersey home studio. That fall, after writing 13 new tunes, the band headed into Water Music studios in Hoboken and recorded the album with their classic (since 1984) lineup featuring Mercer, Bill Million, Brenda Sauter, Stanley Demeski, and Dave Weckerman. The album will see release on all available formats (CD, digital, and LP) and is sure to be in the employee picks section of old record shops the country over.

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Mike Watt’s third opera out soon, followed by gigantic tour!

Last June, we reported that Minutemen/fIREHOSE bassist/badass Mike Watt was nearing completion on his third “punk rock opera.” On October 6, Japan saw the first release of Hyphenated-Man on Parabolica Records, but only now has the rest of the world had the chance to get anything better than a CD import. Mark the date, people: Hyphenated-Man is out worldwide on March 1 via Watt’s own Clenchedwrench label.

Watt’s operas haven’t exactly been like Wagner’s. The first, Contemplating the Engine Room (1997), detailed not Valkyries or Tannhäuser, but his relationship with his father, and was met with wide critical acclaim. The 2004 follow-up opera, The Secondman’s Middle Stand received much more lukewarm reviews (TMT Review), and could be said to verge on more traditional operatic fare, introducing organ and drawing heady connections between Dante’s Divine Comedy and Watt’s own close call with death.

This third work, Hyphenated-Man, deviates from the first two in that there is no standard or linear narrative, according to Watt (who joyfully suggests that it’s a “libretto”-less opera). Check out his somewhat rambling explanation of the work here; let’s just see how long it takes now for people to start bandying around “pomo” for this one. Also, Mike Watt and The Missingmen are beginning a North America tour this spring, in which they play every night but one for two straight months. At the end of April, there’d better be a fat lady singing along in Sacramento.


03.10.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
03.11.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.12.11- San Diego, CA - The Casbah
03.13.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
03.14.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
03.15.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
03.16.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Ginger Man
03.18.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.19.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - The Spanish Moon
03.20.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
03.21.11 - Pensacola, FL - Handlebar
03.22.11 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
03.23.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social
03.24.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
03.25.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.26.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03.27.11 - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
03.28.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.29.11 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
03.30.11 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street
03.31.11 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat
04.01.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
04.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
04.03.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
04.04.11 - New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.05.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street Club
04.06.11 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear’s Place
04.07.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
04.08.11 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
04.09.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
04.10.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
04.11.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
04.12.11 - Ferndale, MI - Magic Bag
04.13.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
04.14.11 - Saint Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
04.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
04.16.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
04.17.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
04.18.11 - Saint Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.19.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04.20.11 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
04.22.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
04.23.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
04.24.11 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.25.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
04.26.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
04.27.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
04.28.11 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bonds Garage
04.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
04.30.11 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp

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Hunky pretty boys Kurt Vile and J Mascis to tour together

When you look up pictures of shredding overlord J Mascis and classic rock young-blood Kurt Vile, you find the following two consistencies: both dudes are usually clutching a guitar like it’s landmine that they’ve got to save their platoon buddies from… and both dudes’ hair look totally, hilariously, anachronistically absurd.

But come March, you might see another interesting thing when you Google these two: a lot more buddy pics. Both Mascis and Vile have records coming out that month — Mascis’ Several Shades of Why is due March 15 on Sub Pop and Vile’s Smoke Ring for My Halo is due March 8 on Matador — so the two are teaming up for a string of US dates to celebrate. The pairing of this guitar-centric duo is not exactly a stretch, considering Vile makes an appearance on Several Shades (as do a bunch of other luminaries like Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, The Black Heart Procession’s Pall Jenkins, and more), but it’s nonetheless momentous news when you consider the fact that it’s probably been decades since this much hair hit the road at one time.

J Mascis w/ Kurt Vile and The Violators:

03.10.11 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
03.11.11 - Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall
03.22.11 - Brattleboro, MA - Headroom Stages
03.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
03.24.11 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge
03.25.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.26.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.30.11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.31.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
04.01.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
04.02.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
04.07.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.08.11 - Athens, GA - The Melting Point
04.09.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04.10.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

J. Mascis:

04.29.11 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
04.30.11 - Portland, OR - Dante’s
05.03.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
05.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
05.05.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar
05.06.11 - Echo Park, CA - Echo
05.07.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead to release Norwegian Wood score in March; hypnagogic pop may or may not be mentioned in this news story

You already knew that Jonny Greenwood scored the soundtrack to Norwegian Wood, the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s eponymous novel (TMT News), but did you know that it’s being released March 7, just days before the film’s March 11 premiere? I did, because I read NME.

Check out “Doghouse,” as performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra (not to be confused with the BBC Hypanagogic Pop Band). It sounds exactly like Ludwig van Mozart to my ears, but what do I know — I’m just a renowned musicologist.



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The Mountain Goats tour with Megafaun in support of All Eternals Deck

The Mountain Goats’ new album, All Eternals Deck, is being lovingly released by Merge on March 29, but according to Merge’s Guide to Indie Rock Success (co-written by Simon Reynolds), the M. Goats must either tour in support of the new album or hope for a favorable review on popular website Pitchfork. Latter’s pretty tough, though — Hell, I should know: my band Mango Starr & The Hurlers released a new album last year called Gold-Minded, and it only received a 7.6 with no “Best New Music”! — and since I doubt their new album can be filed under chillwave or hypnagogic pop, I think they made the right move when they booked a tour with Megafaun.

Check out “Damn These Vampires” over at Stereogum.

03.24.11 - Richmond, VA - The National
03.25.11 - Washington DC - 930 Club
03.26.11 - York, PA - Strand-Capitol PAC
03.28.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.29.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.01.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.02.11 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
04.03.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
04.05.11 - Chicago, IL - The Vic
04.06.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
04.07.11 - Atlanta GA - Variety Playhouse
04.08.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.10.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
04.11.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
04.12.11 - Pittsburgh PA - Mr Smalls
04.15.11 - Philadelphia PA- Theater of Living Art

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