Band of Horses reveal details of new LP, Infinite Arms

Band of Horses reveal details of new LP, Infinite Arms

Band of Horses, arguably South Carolina’s lushest purveyors of country rock, are returning from a three-year recording break with their third record, Infinite Arms. Their follow-up to 2007’s Cease to Begin (TMT Review) will be released May 18 on Brown Records. And on Fat Possum Records. And on Columbia Records! So does that make Infinite Arms Band of Horse’s major label debut? Or just one-third of a major label debut? Tough questions for tough times.

Aside from the new label(s), there are a lot of new changes in the Band of Horses world. While past Band of Horses records have been mostly the creation of bandleader Ben Bridwell, Infinite Arms contains a greater degree of contributions from all group members, including the recording debut of touring members Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Ol’ Mr. Bridwell says, “in many ways, [Infinite Arms] is the first Band of Horses record,” due to the new contributions.

Not everything has changed for Band of Horses, though. The new record was produced by the band themselves, but with help from Phil Ek, who also produced their first two records, along with about half the records currently in existence. And, like their past records, the record will include photography from Christopher Wilson.

During the songwriting and recording process of Infinite Arms, Band of Horses spent time in a variety of locales, including Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Mojave desert, Northern Minnesota, the Hollywood Hills, and the Carolinas. Apparently, all this travel has gotten the band a little restless, as the group has embarked on a pretty huge world tour. It’s almost like an… infinite tour! Ha! Make up your own puns relating to Everything All The Time (TMT Review) and Cease to Begin — it’s not hard.

Band of Horses tourdates:

03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ (SXSW)
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
04.08.10 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’or
04.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
04.10.10 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
04.12.10 - London, UK - Koko
04.14.10 - Koln, Germany - Kulturkirche
04.16.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
04.17.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
04.18.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.23.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater *
04.24.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater *
04.27.10 - Gainesville, FL - Rion Ballroom
04.28.10 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
04.29.10 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
05.01.10 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
05.02.10 - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
05.27.10 - Davis, CA - UC Davis Freeborn Hall
05.30.10 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #
05.31.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
06.05.10 - Bangor, IE - Ward Park !
06.09.10 - London, UK - Roundhouse
06.12.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Bellahouston Park !
06.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Olympic Island Concert $
09.25.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater

* Widespread Panic
# She & Him
! Snow Patrol
$ Pavement, Broken Social Scene

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Tom Petty announces new album and tour, soccer moms are stoked

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers announced that their first album in eight years, entitled Mojo, is due this spring on Reprise. In preparation, soccer moms everywhere have already purchased new iPods so they can fit Mojo right next to that Jewel greatest hits playlist that takes up 2GB. Tom Petty will hit the road this summer to support his new album, with opening acts My Morning Jacket, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, and Drive-By Truckers.

05.06.10 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek &
05.07.10 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre &
05.09.10 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum &
05.15.10 - Dallas, TX - Center &
05.16.10 - Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion &
05.18.10 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Arena &
05.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl &
06.02.10 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Pavilion &
06.03.10 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater &
06.05.10 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Pavilion &
06.08.10 - Vancouver, BC - GM Place &
06.11.10 - Seattle, WA - The Gorge &
06.12.10 - Seattle, WA - The Gorge &
06.15.10 - Calgary, AB - Pengrowth Saddledome &
06.16.10 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place &
06.19.10 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre &
06.22.10 - St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center #
06.23.10 - Omaha, MN - Qwest Center #
06.25.10 - Milwaukee, MN - Summerfest @
07.10.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #
07.13.10 - Kansas City, KS - Sprint Center #
07.15.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center #
07.17.10 - Chicago, IL - United Center #
07.20.10 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center #
07.22.10 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills #
07.24.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagra Pavilion #
07.28.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
07.31.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
08.11.10 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena $
08.12.10 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center $
08.14.10 - Darien Lake, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center $
08.15.10 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live $
08.17.10 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater $
08.19.10 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center %
08.21.10 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center %
08.24.10 - East Rutherford, NJ - IZOD Center %
08.25.10 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center $
08.27.10 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center $

& Joe Cocker
% My Morning Jacket
$ Crosby, Stills, and Nash
@ ZZ Top
# Drive-By Truckers

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IFPI: $1 million for an artist to enter the “consciousness of the global public”

Ever wonder what it takes to go from this to this this?

Welp, about $1 million, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (LOL @ the laughably aged name). During a recent press conference, John Kennedy, the chairman of the IFPI, challenged anyone to name a new act that has broken through to become a major success without the support of a label. Well, Johnny, if you consider the relative profitability of an artist who invests almost nothing financially, who relies solely on live performance, hard work, and good old-fashioned word of mouth, then there are quite a few successes! However, you just might be right if you are speaking in more worldly and financial terms.

Heres how that million breaks down:

Advance - $200,000
Recording - $200,000
Three videos - $200,000
Tour support - $100,000
Promotion and marketing - $300,000

Kennedy admits that the $1 million is a conservative number and that it’s closer to $2 million for jazz and classical artists. Plus, that initial million-dollar expenditure is not a guarantee of profitability, but rather a risky investment in an effort to get the artist on the charts. Once on the charts, profitability is almost a guarantee for future releases, but in his words, “It takes a long time to enter the consciousness of the global public”.

Konono N°1 finally release second LP, Assume Crash Position, tour, and collaborate with Herbie Hancock

It has been about six years since Konono N°1 released their debut album, Congotronics. Since then, they have released a number of live records and have toured numerous times, but they never quite found the time to record a new record. Finally in 2010, they have finished their second full-length studio album, Assume Crash Position, which will see release June 8 on Crammed Discs. Following its release, the group will set out on a full North American tour in July. AND, on top of all this, Konono N°1 have also found time to contribute to Herbie Hancock’s new album The Imagine Project.

For more information on all things Konono N°1, look for the next issue of The Wire, which will feature an in-depth cover story on the crew. North American dates have not yet been announced, so stay tuned for a forthcoming TMT update.

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[Photo: Pieter Hugo]

RIP: Alex Chilton of Big Star

From Rolling Stone:

Alex Chilton, singer and guitarist of Big Star, one of the most influential rock groups to emerge from the early 1970s, has passed away at the age of 59. Chilton reportedly suffered a heart attack today in New Orleans, just days before Big Star were scheduled to perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Chilton had been complaining about his health earlier in the day, and was eventually taken to a New Orleans hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Big Star drummer Jody Stephens confirmed Chilton’s passing, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal reports. “Alex passed away a couple of hours ago,” Stephens said. “I don’t have a lot of particulars, but they kind of suspect that it was a heart attack.”

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[Photo: Philippe Brizard]

UK anti-piracy bill passed by upper chamber; bill might be rushed through to avoid scrutiny

Yesterday, March 16, the British Parliament’s Upper Chamber passed an anti-piracy bill. Known as the Digital Economy Bill, the legislation imposes a three-strikes system on online pirates with possible suspension of internet access for persistent offenders. The House of Lords (kind of like the Senate, except members get appointed rather than elected) managed to scrap an unpopular clause in the bill that would have given “government ministers wide-ranging powers to amend copyright law to deal with any future piracy threat from new technology.”

The bill will now go to the House of Commons (the actual elected bit!) for their final consideration. However, the government is considering whether to introduce a clause that “could result in Web sites with any copyright-infringing material being blocked.” This drew howls of protest from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook.

The problem for the British government is that it only has a few weeks before it will need to call a general election. During this time, Parliament is dissolved and any bills that are going through Parliament are abolished. Consequently, the government is desperate to get its Digital Economy Bill enacted before it has to call the election. This means it is considering ways of avoiding as much parliamentary (read: democratic) scrutiny as possible to get the pirate-bashing bill through. Sigh.