Animal Collective design sneakers (meh…), offer cassette featuring previously unreleased music with preorders (yaaaaaaaay!!!!)

Animal Collective design sneakers (meh...), offer cassette featuring previously unreleased music with preorders (yaaaaaaaay!!!!)

Whether you love them or just sorta pretend to love them when good-looking guys/girls are talking to you at a party while “Peacebone” remixes are blasting in the background, there’s no denying the insane amount of sway these four, three, four for sure, okay, two?, three it is, then, four guys have on indie pop culture right now. So hell. It was only a matter of time before AC clothing designs started popping up, right? Right.

As Stereogum reports, Animal Collective have designed a collection of sneakers for the cruelty-free clothing and shoe company Keep. Although Keep says they aren’t actually available until March 2011, the first pair – the Avey Tare-designed “Tobin” slip-on shoe – is up for preorder now. And the next three designs, did-up by Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin, respectively, will be unveiled over the next three weeks.

But just when I was reaching for my lazy news-reporting calling-card of denouncing things like this as “lame” or whatever, I read that all profits from the sales of these go to the Socorro Island Conservation Fund, a non-profit working to preserve the unique biosphere of the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja, California, where illegal fishing is a continual threat. “Josh and I have been scuba diving together for a number of years, and the Revillagigedos was one of the most amazing places I have ever seen,” says Geologist. “Hopefully this project will protect the animals of the Revillagigedos through at least one more fishing season and draw more attention to the global problem of illegal fishing.” See? You just CAN’T make fun of these shoes, man.

Oh. Also there’s the little matter of the “bonus cassette of previously unreleased music” that will apparently accompany all of the preorders. So… yeah… where do I sign up to buy these things, again??

• Keep:
• Socorro Island Conservation:
• Animal Collective:

Marnie Stern plots the destruction of all shitty guitar players and a fall tour

Marnie Stern is just fucking awesome at playing guitar. I mean, so awesome it’s like all the best guitar players died and got reincarnated into each one of her fingers. Which is why it’s a totally natural thing for Marnie Stern to plan a tour where she invites the shitty guitar players of the world to come see her, so that she can show them what a real guitar is like. The name of this tour is the “My Fingers Are Reincarnated Rock Gods and I Am Way Better Than You Ever Will Be on Guitar Tour.”

In all honesty though, the tour is actually in support of Marnie’s new album (which TMT wrote about here, and which you can hear two tracks from here [“For Ash”] and here [“Transparency Is the New Misery”]), set for release on October 5 via Kill Rock Stars, who released her last one, 2008’s This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That (TMT Review). The tour winds its way through the US and Western Europe, so look out, shitty guitar players, ‘cause Marnie Stern is coming after YOU!

Marnie Stern tourdates:

10.01.10 - Portland, ME - Venue Music Bar & Grill
10.02.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Du Musee Juste Pour Rire
10.03.10 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
10.04.10 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt
10.05.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Rock Shop
10.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10.26.10 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace
10.28.10 - Atlanta, GA - 529
10.29.10 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
10.30.10 - Houston, TX - Groundhall
10.31.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.02.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
11.03.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
11.04.10 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
11.05.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
11.06.10 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
11.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.18.10 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
11.19.10 - Brighton, UK - Audio
11.20.10 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
11.21.10 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
11.22.10 - Glasgow, UK - The Captain’s Rest
11.23.10 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
11.25.10 - London, UK - Hoxton B&K
11.26.10 - London, UK - Lexington
11.27.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.28.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Festival
11.01.10 - Munich, Germany - Feirwerk
12.03.10 - Vienna, Austria - B72
12.06.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar
12.07.10 - Berlin, Germany - Comet Club
12.08.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
12.09.10 - Paris, France - Fléche d’or

• Marnie Stern:
• Kill R0ck Stars:

Edwyn Collins, Teenage Fanclub, Wavves, Lou Barlow, and more for Primavera Club 2010

Primavera Club would like to show you something (no, not Primavera Sound…). Down this alley, here… yes, yes, in the back of this van… why, it’s a complete festival lineup! How astonishing! How did they pack all these musicians in here?

It’s simple. You see, Primavera takes place during November 24 - 28 in both Madrid and Barcelona. This year, the festival is co-headlined by Edwyn Collins and Teenage Fanclub. Other big names include Lou Barlow, Holy Fuck, Wavves, Dam-Funk & Master Blazter, and soooo many more. Full lineup listed in all its sun-kissed Spanish glory below:

Agent Ribbons, Beach Fossils, Thee Brandy Hips, Caballo Trípode, Callers, Cornflakes, Cuchillo, Dam-Funk & Master Blazter, Der Ventilator, Eat Skull, Edwyn Collins, El Petit De Cal Eril, Fasenuova, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Fred I Son, Ganglians, Guadalupe Plata, Holy Fuck, Homenatges, The Hundred In The Hands, Jaill, The Jim Jones Revue, John Grant, Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, Los Massieras, Lou Barlow, Lüger, M Ax Noi Mach, Male Bonding, Mount Kimbie, Narwhal, Niño Y Pistola, Rubik, The Rural Alberta Advantage, S.C.U.M, Sacramento, Screaming Females, Senderos, Seward, The Situations, Smoke Fairies, Sophia, Tamaryn, Teenage Fanclub, Triángulo De Amor Bizarro, Tweak Bird, Twin Sister, Wavves, Wild Nothing, Yuck, Zola Jesus

• Primavera Club:

Remember The Blow? She’s back! In Pog form. (The Blow announce fall tour of Northeast)

In the years since The Blow made great strides in pop music with their analysis of punctuation, Khaela Maricich’s recording career has seemed like it’s become more of an ellipsis than parentheses. There have been no new albums since 2006’s Paper Television (TMT Review) on K, and despite many first impressions, that was not Khaela on YACHT’s See Mystery Lights (TMT Review) (a well-established fact then and now).

But that’s all a tad bit unfair. This year, The Blow (sans Jona Bechtolt, in case you didn’t get that memo either back in 2007) has done a lot of touring as a supporting act for some pretty impressive names, like Jens Lekman on his European tour and Vampire Weekend back in March. Next month, Khaela’s making it out as a headliner across the Northeast, playing in smaller venues to “test out and develop performance elements” (these “smaller” venues are still basically the same ones she would play otherwise, so this new-found intimacy won’t be all that new). Installation/sound artist Melissa Dyne is working alongside The Blow on these performances, in addition to helping out with the new album that’s been whispered about since spring. Let’s not lose hope for a Lindsay Lohan collaboration!

10.23.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
11.09.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian
11.10.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
11.11.10 - Akron, OH - Musica
11.12.10 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
11.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.14.10 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
11.17.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe
11.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore

* Brooklyn Vegan CMJ Showcase: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Screaming Females, Yuck

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• K:

[Photo: Chaz Bowie]

Dntel emerges from his snowy mountain fortress, brings word of new EP After Parties on Sub Pop

Back in 2001, Dntel espoused the idea that Life Is Full of Possibilities. Evidently, one of those possibilities was not releasing a bunch of music under the Dntel name. While Dntel main man Jimmy Tamborello has busied himself with work in The Postal Service and under his James Figurine name, he’s only released a single full-length (2007’s Dumb Luck [TMT Review]) and a handful of singles as Dntel since 2001. Apparently, he’s been spending the whole time in his mountain hideaway, growing a gnarly beard and planning a day like today, a day where Jimmy Tamborello descends from said mountain hideaway, self-made bullhorn in hand, to deliver the following message:


Dntel dates:

09.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Public Works
10.10.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bootleg Theater

• Dntel:
• Sub Pop:

FINALLY! Your very own Liars live EP to treasure and to hold

Are you sitting at work reading this and thinking “Ohhhh man, I wish I was at a Liars show RIGHT NOW”??? Well, come September 28, you’ll be able to close your eyes (not recommended if you’re employed as a truck driver/bike messenger/etc.), turn up your iTunes, and make that sort of a reality, for that is the day that Liars will release the digital EP Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a recording of — you guessed it — a show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire from May 27, 2010, mostly featuring renditions of tracks from Sisterworld (TMT Review).

In other Liars EP news, the group’s Proud Evolution EP features three new songs and comes out October 19 on Mute. Read all about it here.

Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire tracklisting:

01. Scissor
02. Proud Evolution
03. The Overachievers
04. Clear Island
05. A Visit from Drum

• Liars:
• Mute: