Asobi Seksu record new album, get their tour on, stay seksy

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Asobi Seksu are busy recording a new album, but they’re taking some time off to shoegaze their way across the Middle West this September. Details are scant about the album, but in a recent Filter interview, the duo promised more rock and more guitars.

Asobi Seksu will also be rockin’ Philly at the end of next month as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

09.03.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop
09.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
09.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Bash on Wabash
09.05.10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
09.06.10 - Toledo, OH - Woodchucks
09.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia Film Festival)

• Asobi Seksu: http://www.asobiseksu.com

The Flaming Lips to perform The Soft Bulletin in its entirety!!!!

Attention, TMT readers: The Flaming Lips have just confirmed that they’ll be performing The Soft Bulletin — scientifically proven to be one of the greatest albums in the history of music — in its entirety at London’s Alexandra Palace! The show, part of ATP’s Don’t Look Back series, will take place on July 1, 2011. But which version will they perform? The UK version? The US version? I have my money on the 5.1 version (tracklisting below).

And as if that weren’t enough, the event will also feature Dinosaur Jr. performing Bug and Deerhoof performing my personal favorite, Milk Man. Seriously, what the fuck!

And hey, for all of you outside of London, don’t worry: I’m guessing this won’t be the only time the Lips will perform The Soft Bulletin in its entirety. They wouldn’t want all that practicing to go to waste, right?

Possible Wayne Coyne answer: “Right!! You’re so smart, Mr P! Like, terrifyingly smart. Actually, you’re probably the smartest guy I know.”

Tickets go on sale September 3 at 10 AM.

The Soft Bulletin 5.1 tracklisting (so you can train your brain to hear The Soft Bulletin the way The Flaming Lips want you to hear it):

01. Race for the Prize (Sacrifice of the New Scientists)
02. A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
03. The Spark That Bled (The Softest Bullet Ever Shot)
04. Slow Motion
05. What Is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] By Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the Big Bang That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)
06. The Observer
07. Waitin’ for a Superman (Is it Gettin’ Heavy??)
08. Suddenly Everything Has Changed (Death Anxiety Caused by Moments of Boredom)
09. The Gash (Battle Hymn for the Wounded Mathematician)
10. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
11. Sleeping on the Roof (Excerpt From Should We Keep the Severed Head Awake??)
12. The Spiderbite Song
13. Buggin’ (The Buzz of Love Is Busy Buggin’ You)

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• ATP Don’t Look Back: http://www.dontlookbackconcerts.com

The Morning Benders announce fall tourdates in Europe and North America, add whisky to your coffee

Most everybody has heard about The Morning Benders by now, but how much do we really know about this indie band from Berkeley? (Four guys from the Bay, joking about matutinal alcoholism? A likely story!) Big Echo (TMT Review), contrary to what you might have assumed by the Benders’ surge in popularity, isn’t even their first album. I mean, had you heard about them before this spring? Yeah. Surprised? It helps when a member of Grizzly Bear co-produces. Get this, then — there’s also no connection with the mid-90s Calvin Johnson/Doug Martsch project The Halo Benders. More like The Truth Benders, if you ask me.

By now, The Morning Benders have been resounding across the States and Europe since early this year, and they don’t intend to put a halt to that reverb. After almost constant touring, both as headliners and supporting the likes of Broken Bells and The Black Keys, they’re continuing to spread Big Echo across the plains. Look out, Europe and North America — they’re comin’ back around. Around. Around. (And then heading to Australia for January dates, where the echo puns change into boomerang jokes.)

Tourdates:

09.11.10 - Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
09.12.10 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbanhof
09.13.10 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
09.14.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli de Helling
09.16.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - Vox Hall
09.17.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
09.18.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
09.19.10 - Oslo, Norway - John Dee
09.21.10 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Bar
09.22.10 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
09.26.10 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Sazhaus
09.27.10 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
09.28.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ab
09.29.10 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
09.30.10 - London, UK- Borderline
10.09.10 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater
10.10.10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.12.10 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse Music Venue
10.13.10 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
10.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
10.15.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.18.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
10.19.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.20.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
10.22.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
10.23.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.25.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
10.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - The Varsity Theater
10.29.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
10.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.02.10 - Newport, KY - The Historic Southgate House
11.03.10 - Columbus, OH - The Basement
11.05.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club Theater
11.06.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile-End
11.07.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
11.09.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.10.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
11.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.12.10 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
11.18.10 - New York City, NY - Webster Hall

• The Morning Benders: http://www.themorningbenders.com
• Rough Trade: http://www.roughtraderecords.com

[Photo: Brooke Sheridan]

Dirty Projectors release two-disc version of Bitte Orca, tour US to find the Great Tree and defeat the Pure Ones

The upcoming Dirty Projectors tour follows Dave Longstreth, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. While Longstreth dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older sister, Amber Coffman, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly, and steal her father’s favor from her younger sibling. But Coffman’s jealousy has terrible consequences, causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Longstreth to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the US and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga’Hoole — Longstreth’s only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

Meanwhile, Dirty Projectors are releasing an expanded two-disc version of 2009’s Bitte Orca (TMT Review) on September 28 through Domino, which includes unreleased tunes, B-sides from the album, and “a very special and intimate live acoustic performance at New York’s Other Music record store.” Pre-order the expanded Bitte Orca here, download the Other Music version of “Temecula Sunrise” here, and keep your fingers crossed that Longstreth and the other young owls of Dirty Projectors find the Great Tree somewhere during their tour.

Bitte Orca tracklist:

Disc 1
01. Cannibal Resource
02. Temecula Sunrise
03. The Bride
04. Stillness Is The Move
05. Two Doves
06. Useful Chamber
07. No Intention
08. Remade Horizon
09. Fluorescent Half Dome

Disc 2
01. Fluorescent Half Dome (Live at Other Music)
02. Temecula Sunrise (Live at Other Music)
03. Two Doves (Live at Other Music)
04. Cannibal Resource (Live at Other Music)
05. No Intention (Live at Other Music)
06. Ascending Melody
07. Emblem of the World
08. Wave the Bloody Shirt
09. Bitte Bitte Orca
10. Stillness is the Move (Lucky Dragons Remix)
11. As I Went Out One Morning

Tourdates:

09.07.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club $
09.08.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero $
09.11.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 $
09.13.10 - Boston, MA - Wilbur $
09.14.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Le National &
09.15.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Opera House &
09.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro &
09.18.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater &
09.19.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue &
09.23.10 - Pomona, CA - Glass House *
09.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern *
09.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore *
09.28.10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin *
09.29.10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin *
09.30.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox *
10.05.10 - Durham, NC - Page Auditorium *

$ Owen Pallett
& Happy Birthday
* Dominique Young Unique

• Dirty Projectors: http://www.dirtyprojectors.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Lightning Bolt and Dan Deacon announce joint tour of venue floors across North America

Considering their mutual love of playing while surrounded by fans, it only makes sense that some crafty individual conspired to get Dan Deacon and Lightning Bolt to tour together. Or maybe it was conceived by the bands themselves? Either way, both artists will hit the road together on a quick seven-date tour this fall. Deacon is still selling copies of last year’s Bromst (TMT Review), while Bolt are hocking their 2009 classic Earthly Delights (TMT Review). You may now take a few minutes to imagine how many LATFH candidates will be at their Brooklyn, NY tour stop. Don’t say I didn’t prepare you in advance.

Deacon Bolt:

10.07.10 - Lexington, KY - Busters
10.10.10 - Chicago, IL - TBA
10.11.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s
10.12.10 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
10.13.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End
10.14.10 - Albany, NY - Northern Lights
10.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Ridgewood Music Hall

Dan Deacon solo shows:

09.16.10 - London, UK - XOYO
09.18.10 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.29.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
10.23.10 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center
10.29.10 - Asheville, NC - Moog Fest

Lightning Bolt:

10.08.10 - Indianapolis, IN - ES Jungle

• Lightning Bolt: http://www.myspace.com/lightningboltbrians
• Dan Deacon: http://www.myspace.com/dandeacon

Can a song be interesting with only one chord? “Power-ambient” band Chord seem to think so, and they’ll sell you an album that proves it

Chicago-based band Chord, which features Trevor Shelley de Brauw of Pelican and Phil Dole of X-Bax, have announced that their second album, Progression, will be released through Important Records this fall. If you’ve never heard of Chord, well, I must admit that they have a pretty interesting vision driving the band: The band spent its debut album exploring the possibilities of single-chord songs by selecting one chord and making it the focus of the entire song. Each member played a separate note from the chord, and through the magic of “experimenting” and “jamming,” bada-bing bada-boom: a song was composed.

The new album is keeping the past model of “one chord per song with each member playing a separate note,” but this time around, the band is getting more experimental with the composition and structure. The band selected its preferred chords and then charted out how the song would be played; one composition is free-form and tone-driven, one is controlled by shifting “intensity of performance,” and the third is dictated by a “grid-like chart where each players’ note continually shifts, though the combination of voices continue to maintain the chord.”

In addition to the experimentation with composition, structure, and chord selection, the band has also assured me that, despite the CD and LP having a similar internal structure, both formats are designed to be “played concurrently, forming the full six chord arc of the total piece.”

SOUNDS PRETTY BORING!!! But you can find out for yourself here.

Progression tracklist:

CD:

01. EbMaj9 (descent)
02. Gm11 (pelagic)
03. D6 (codal)

LP:

01. EbMaj9 (ascent)
02. Dm11 (pelagic)
03. G6 (codal)

• Chord: http://chord.atomicmouse.co.uk
• Important: http://importantrecords.com

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