Battles Promise New Album in 2010

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Hey there, dude! What are you going to be up to this year? Oh no way, you’re teaching classes at the Y about proper chat room safety? Far out! And whoa, your sister is going to Burning Man and her common-law husband may let you tag along in the back of his Kia Sportage? So jealous! Me? I’m probably just going to play the waiting game in deuce-double-oh-plus-oh until Battles come out with a new record. Remember those fellas? The “math rock” supergroup so righteous that they can divide by zero with a guitar riff? Yep, a new record from them has been a long time coming. Thankfully, Battles just announced that they’ll be releasing a follow-up to 2007’s Mirrored(TMT Review) sometime later this year.

How’s that for neat news, hombre? Anyways, I gotta go start my shift at Wendy’s. Have a super 2010, friend!

• Battles: http://myspace.com/battlestheband

Besnard Lakes Were “the Dark Horse,” Are Now “the Roaring Night” and Will Soon Be “the Tart at the Bar with the Lazy Eye and the Yosemite Sam Tattoo on Her Shoulder”

The last time we caught up with The Besnard Lakes — Montréal’s exemplary pop troupe led by the wife-and-husband team of Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek — they were busy marvelling us with their surprise-attack sophomore album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (TMT Review). No one is saying that they’re sick of playing that album’s digibytes to death, but it is good to hear that the band will be releasing a new album at the beginning of March.

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night will come out on the band’s friendly label Jagjaguwar, on March 9, to be exact. And speaking of being exact, exactly one month before the album’s release date, a 12-inch single, “Albatross,” will be issued featuring the album track “Albatross” (which you can listen to at the Chocolate Grinder), and a song whose title is stolen from Kate Moss’ biography: “Four Long Lines” (har, har).

No new tourdates have been announced, but you can bet a shiny horse nickel on some coming closer to …the Roaring Night’s release date.

In more music-centric news, The Besnard Lakes have scored the Mark Ruffalo-directed Sympathy for Delicious, which has been accepted to screen at the 2010 Sundance Festival and have contributed to a forthcoming Adam Franklin song tentatively titled “Lord Help Me Jesus” which will be included on the ex-Swervedriver/Toshack Highway singer’s solo album, due in 2010.

The roaring tracklist:

01. Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent; Pt. 1: The Ocean
02. Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent; Pt. 2: The Innocent
03. Chicago Train
04. Albatross
05. Glass Printer
06. Land of Living Skies; Pt. 1: The Land
07. Land of Living Skies; Pt. 2: The Living Skies
08. And This Is What We Call Progress
09. Light Up the Night
10. The Lonely Moan

• The Besnard Lakes: http://www.thebesnardlakes.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” Licensed to Play During Superbowl; All Proceeds Go to Haiti Relief Efforts

Since the earthquake ravaged Haiti on January 12, artists and celebrities everywhere have turned altruist and are holding benefits, giving donations, and doing their general best to help the thousands of people affected.

Almost immediately after the disaster, Arcade Fire converted their website into a stark appeal to fans to give money to Partners In Health, an organization working to benefit Haiti for the last two decades. The issue — while important for everyone — is all the more personal for Arcade Fire, as Régine Chassagne’s family emigrated from Haiti before her birth.

Most recently, the group announced that they, in an agreement with Partners In Health, Merge Records, Bank Robber Music, and the NFL will license their song “Wake Up” to air on the NFL Superbowl broadcast this Sunday. In an act of estimable generosity, absolutely all of the proceeds from the live airing and all future airings of Superbowl XLIV on the NFL network will be donated to Partners in Health’s Stand With Haiti relief efforts.

Originally released on Arcade Fire’s enormously popular 2004 album Funeral, “Wake Up” was introduced to the mainstream last year in the trailer for Spike Jonze’s film Where the Wild Things Are. I wouldn’t have paired Arcade Fire with professional football (I mean, look at those guys), but if it helps Haiti, we’re all for it.

• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com
• Partners in Health: http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti
• NFL: http://www.nfl.com

John Wiese Hits West Coast With Lasse Marhaug, Then Takes Sissy Spacek All Over the USA

John Wiese seems to be one of the busiest men, if not the busiest man, in the US noise scene right now, releasing solo music left and right, collaborating with Merzbow and sunn 0))), and touring the world. Just this year, he has released a collaborative LP with Gerritt and a collaborative CD with Lasse Marhaug, both of which he will be touring in support of in the upcoming months.

Wiese kicked off a week-long West Coast tour with Lasse Marhaug (Jazkammer, etc) yesterday at L.A.’s KXLU and will see him heading from the US to Vancouver and back to L.A. again. Pretty short and simple, no doubt. But at the end of the month, February 26 to be precise, Weise will kick off another tour with his harsh noisecore group Sissy Spacek, who will be joined by Gerritt Whitmer and Paul Knowles for a five-week tour from the West Coast to the East Coast and, yes, back again. If you wanna see how busy of a man Wiese is, check out his merch table at any one of these shows.

John Wiese with Lasse Marhaug:

02.02.10 - Los Angeles, CA - KXLU 88.9fm
02.06.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab
02.07.10 - Oakland, CA - Terminal
02.10.10 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge
02.11.10 - Vancouver, BC - Hotel Gallery!
02.12.10 - Portland, OR - Reed College*
02.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell

Sissy Spacek with Gerritt Whitmer & Paul Knowles:

02.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell$
02.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - F House
02.28.10 - Flagstaff, AZ - Visica Pisces
03.01.10 - Grand Junction, CO - Le Giragge
03.02.10 - Columbia, MO - Cafe Berlin
03.03.10 - St Louis - TBA
03.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Redcat Theater#
03.05.10 - Bloomington, IN - TBA
03.06.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Art Damage Lodge^
03.07.10 - Lexington, KY - TBA
03.08.10 - TBA
03.09.10 - Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum
03.10.10 - Baltimore, MD - TBA%
03.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA%
03.12.10 - Brooklyn, NY - TBA~
03.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Issue Project Room
03.14.10 - New York, NY - TBA~
03.15.10 - Providence, RI - As220=
03.16.10 - Boston, MA - TBA
03.17.10 - Bennington, VT - TBA
03.18.10 - Northampton, MA - Flywheel
03.19.10 - Annandale Hudson, NY - Bard College
03.20.10 - Rochester, NY - TBA
03.21.10 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class
03.22.10 - Oberlin, OH - TBA
03.23.10 - Toledo, OH - Robinwood Concert House
03.24.10 - Ypsilanti, MI - Dreamland Theater?
03.26.10 - Chicago, IL - TBA
03.27.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Borg Ward<
03.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
03.29.10 - Omaha, NE - The Cave
03.30.10 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
03.31.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
04.02.10 San Francisco, CA - TBA
04.03.10 - Oakland, CA - Terminal

! w/ Shearing Pinx, The Rita
* w/ Daniel Menche, Zbigniew Karkowski
$ w/ The Haters, AMK
# CREIT Festival - John Wiese Only
^ w/ Wolf Eyes, Sword Heaven
% w/ DJ Dog Dick
~ w/ Silk Flowers
= w/ Mark Lord
? w/ Charlie Draheim, John Olson
< w/ Jon Mueller, Peter J Woods

• John Wiese: http://www.john-wiese.com
• Lasse Marhaug: http://www.lassemarhaug.no
• Sissy Spacek: http://www.myspace.com/ssississpssk
• Gerritt Whitmer: http://www.gerrittwittmer.com

[Photo: Seth Tisue]

Don’t Stop Believin’ That Moon Duo’s Debut Album Will Be Issued in February

It seems that everything winning label Woodsist touches turns to gold. So, although we were skeptical when we heard an upcoming release of theirs would be Moon Duo’s faithful full-length reworking of Journey’s 1981 AOR masterpiece Escape, we know it will turn out to be, gulp, “good.” Nah, of course we jest. The only thing in common with the two records in question is that Journey’s Escape and Moon Duo’s Escape are both called Escape. And the possible presence of some Neal Schon-style shredding on both. Regardless of your own personal musical journeys, Moon Duo’s debut will come out on February 16 and is expected to be a wild, interstellar ride given that it involves the spaced-age twosome of Erik “Ripley” Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada playing droney psychedelic jams.

Escape tracklisting, I Love You:

Side A:
01. Motorcycle, I Love You
02. In the Trees

Side B:
01. Stumbling 22nd St.
02. Escape

Space is the place:

02.11.10 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern #
02.12.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Synchronicity Space $
02.13.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Showcave %
02.15.10 - Davis, CA - KDVS Radio
02.16.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Brookedale Lodge ^
02.18.10 - Seattle, WA - Rendezvous *
02.19.10 - Vancouver, BC - Aaza Club +
02.20.10 - Portland, OR - East End ~
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
07.06.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Lades

# w/ Nothing People
$ w/ Pocahaunted, Psychic Handbook
% w/ Psychic Handbook, Former Ghosts, Popdrone
^ w/ The Entrance Band, Lights
* w/ Du Hexen Hase, Midday Veil
+ w/ Stellar OM Source, Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band
~ w/ The Urinals, Leaders, Eat Skull

Magnetic Fields’ to Release “Deluxe Box Set” Vinyl of 69 Love Songs, Which Is Astounding Because That Record Seemed Pretty Deluxe Already, Right?

Stephin Merritt is exactly the kind of guy I would expect to spell his name with a ‘p-h’ instead of the more lax, casual, and modern ‘v’. He’s always so damn meticulous, so damn particular, so damn classical and authoritative-sounding, so damn proper, so damn content-oriented, and so damn difficult. And speaking of all of those adjectives: on April 20, good old Merge will release the sprawling Magnetic Fields conceptual classic 69 Love Songs as a deluxe vinyl box set. Holy shit, a deluxe edition of a 69-song project? I’m guessing there ain’t any bonus tracks?

The limited-edition, meticulous, particular, classicist, authoritative, proper, content-oriented vinyl box will spread remastered versions of all those damned-catchy and highly stylized conceptual love songs over six vinyl disks, all wrapped up in a one giant-ass box that will include a 10-inch version of the original insert booklet (featuring liner notes written by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler) as well as an MP3 download code. Pre-orders over at the Merge site will also get you a $10 discount and a printable and presumably “Book of Love”-themed Valentines Day e-card.

By the way, the story goes that Stephin Merritt came up with the idea for 69 Love Songs while sitting in an elegant midtown Manhattan gay piano bar. He originally planned for it to be a live musical revue, to be performed with a rotating cast of singers and toured around the plush hotel bars and cabarets of New York City. Keep that in mind while I remind you that April 20 is Hitler’s birthday.

• The Magnetic Fields: http://www.houseoftomorrow.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

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