Another day, another festival lineup: Portland’s MusicfestNW features The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River

Another day, another festival lineup: Portland's MusicfestNW features The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River

It seems like every day a new lineup is announced for a forthcoming festival. This week it’s Portland’s turn, with MusicfestNW revealing its 2010 lineup for its 10th year. Taking place from September 9-12, MusicfestNW is mixing things up a bit this year by adding two outdoor performances at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square, in addition to their regular 17-club, four-night, 160-band indoor performances. The two lucky bands that get to play in the sun are The Decemberists and The National, on September 11 and 12, respectively. Apparently you have to be a “The” band to get that privilege. Wristbands for the festival go on sale June 5 for either $90 (which includes admission to both outdoor shows and the entire four-day festival) or $65 (only includes admission to one outdoor show and the remainder of the festival). Individual tickets can also be purchased for any of the shows.

The lineup so far:

The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River, Major Lazer, Sleep performing Holy Mountain, Menomena, The Thermals, Wiz Khalifa, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, The Helio Sequence, Justin Townes Earle, Baroness, David Bazan, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Gories, No Means No, Man Man, Laura Veirs, Bobby Bare Jr., Titus Andronicus, Surfer Blood, Akron/Family, Crooked Fingers, Shonen Knife, Japandroids, People Under the Stairs, Cold Cave, Frank Turner, The Builders and the Butchers, Phantogram, Washed Out, Black Prairie, Thee Oh Sees, Abe Vigoda, Big Freedia, MEN, Laser Sword, From Ashes Rise, Devin Phillips, Suckers, Trash Talk, Scott Kelly, Rocky Votolato, Blue Giant, The Minus 5, Dan Mangan, Jeff the Brotherhood, Marc Olson, Red Fang, The Zeros, Let’s Wrestle, Pierced Arrows, The Bellrays, Weinland, Portland Cello Project, The Magic Kids, DJ Beyonda, Richmond Fontaine, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Tu Fawning, Death by Stereo, Princeton, Kisses, White Hinterland, BOAT, Damion Suomi, Typhoon, Y La Bamba

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Tobacco tours, fans find solace in the fact that Beck will not be joining

Tobacco is going on tour. Shit-yeah, super thumbs up. It’s probably in support of the new album, called Maniac Meat (head to the Chocolate Grinder to hear a track from that). Bring your moms and stepdads. Shower first.

He’s playing at these places on these dates:

09.09.10 - Washingon, DC - DC9
09.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.11.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.16.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
09.17.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
09.18.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East
09.23.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s
09.24.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
09.25.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
09.29.10 - Greensboro, NC - Artisika on UNCG Campus
09.30.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10.01.10 - Knoxville, TN - Square Room
10.02.10 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street

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Women announce second LP Public Strain, while the watchful eye of Chad VanGaalen looks on approvingly

Back in the glory days of 2008, some scrappy Calgary boys going by the name of Women put out a much-loved self-titled debut. So loved, in fact, that it ended up at a respectable #17 on TMT’s 2008 year-end list. But that’s all in the past, because it is 2010 and Women are releasing a second LP by the name of Public Strain on September 28. Like last year’s re-released version of Women’s self-titled debut, Public Strain will be coming out via the fine folks at Jagjaguwar. And like every version of Women’s debut, the new record was produced by ex-busker genius Chad VanGaalen. When you’ve got the watchful eye of VanGaalen looking over you, you know things are going to be good. By good, I mean, noisy and fuzzy and warmly hooky and, yeah, probably also good.

Public Strain tracklist:

01. Can’t You See
02. Heat Distraction
03. Narrow With the Hall
04. Penal Colony
05. Bells
06. China Steps
07. Untogether
08. Drag Open
09. Locust Valley
10. Venice Lockjaw
11. Eyesore

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Kompakt launches online record store that will only sell “limited edition” records and chocolate, because it’s just not a German store without chocolate

Kompakt, the well-respected Germanic techno label, long ago started its life of musical relevancy as a record store, and ever since it became a label only, it’s been missing the days of plastic bags, registers, and handing out change. However, like anyone who’s worked at a record store will tell you, no matter how cool it is to work at the record store, it still sucks to do all the work and be forced to talk to every idiot that comes in.

Faced with this dilemma, Kompakt has agreed to compromise and has decided to open up an online-only record store. The lovely online store will be titled KOMPAKT.FM EXKLUSIV. It will be a place where “extremely limited edition, collectible CD/12-inch releases and more” will be made available for the electronic music-loving people of the world to buy. Plenty of music is slated for release — Gus Gus, Wolfgang Voigt, Matias Aguayo, etc. — but the most exciting looks to be a 7-inch from… Panda Bear!

When queried about how excited Kompakt was about the new store, they replied with a press release, stating that the new venture is a “tremendously exciting step for us and represents a rebirth of the origins of KOMPAKT’s intention — being an independent record store and label that is able to offer our fans directly a wealth of exciting new releases and lost tunes that folks aren’t able to find anywhere else.”

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Remember Deerhoof? Well, they’re touring this summer! (And recording a new album!)

When you’ve been around for over 15 years and have released almost as many full-length albums as fingers on your hands, it’s totally cool to take a break for a couple years and just chill. Thankfully, Deerhoof are done relaxing, and not only are they currently recording a new album in San Francisco, but they’re also ready to head back on tour. So soon enough, when someone asks how many albums they’ve released, they can hold up both hands and say “This many!” Or, uh, maybe not. Either way, the quartet will hit the West Coast this summer and will play Montreal on (gasp!) October 10, 2010.

06.25.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
06.26.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.27.10 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
06.28.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Jazzfest at Pyramid Cabaret
06.30.10 - Calgary, AB - Central United Church for Sled Island Festival
07.01.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik for Sled Island Festival
07.03.10 - Vancouver, BC - Jazz Fest at Commodore Ballroom
07.04.10 - Olympia, WA - The Capitol Theater
07.05.10 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
07.06.10 - Portland, OR - Berbatti’s
07.08.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
10.01.10 - Montreal, QC - Le Tulipe for Pop Montreal Festival

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[Photo: Deerhoof’s MySpace]

Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew commemorated with a new beer

Dogfish Head, a Delaware-based brewery most popular for its delicious 60 Minute, 90 Minute, and 120 Minute IPAs (the latter of which will rip your face off in the best way possible), has decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ landmark head-trip of an album, by concocting and bottling a new beer named after the jazz-fusion classic, despite the album having well-known connections and inspiration with other, more injectable, substances. Bitches Brew, the new beer, is described as a “dark combination of stouts and honey beer intended as the ultimate partner for chili or spicy curry chicken.” Because, as we all know, chili and spicy curry chicken were the only things that Miles ate while recording Bitches Brew.

According to Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder, the new beverage should be “sipped cool, not cold, from a snifter or red wine glass while listening to the Bitches Brew album.” Personally, I think that Bitches Brew is best enjoyed naked while waking up in a flop-house in the roughest section of L.A. next to a pile of horse shit and a sleeping prostitute. But that’s just me.

Dogfish’s Bitches Brew will be available in August in a 750ml bottle (9.0 ABV — yes!).

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