Bhang bhang, Dum Dum Girls aren’t complete burnouts; plan spring tour and new EP

Bhang bhang, Dum Dum Girls aren't complete burnouts; plan spring tour and new EP

For all of those people (myself included) who felt miffed when Dum Dum Girls cancelled the last portion of their tour with The Vaselines this fall, plus some of their own, 2011’s looking up. The Vaselines have gone back to Glasgow for post-tour snogging or whatever it is they do, but Dum Dum Girls will prevail without them — the nominal reference to the perverted Scots will just have to suffice on marquees. Come February, Dee Dee promises to follow through with new tourdates across the United States. As collateral for the deal, DDG agreed to play a show this December in Los Angeles!

Oh, and there’s a reason for all these dates in ‘11: the impending release (and subsequent celebration) on March 1 of a new EP on Sub Pop, called He Gets Me High. It’ll be available on CD, 12-inch, and mp3, which means that all you Ogg Vorbis fanboys are out of luck.

He Gets Me High EP tracklisting:

01. Wrong Feels Right
02. He Gets Me High
03. Take Care of My Baby
04. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths cover)


12.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
02.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.18.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.21.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
02.23.11 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club
02.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
02.25.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
02.26.11 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo Club
02.27.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.01.11 - Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
03.02.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.04.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.06.11 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat
03.08.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.11.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
03.12.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social

* Abe Vigoda

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Braids announce 2011 tour; no, not Braid, but Braids… got it?

When I first read that Braids were touring, I got really excited… and then I realized that there was an ‘s’ at the end of their name and lo, it was indeed Canadian buzz band Braids, and not the defunct Chicago punk band Braid. Oh well. Be sure to check out Braids with an ‘s’ on the road next year, touring in support of their debut album, Native Speaker, due out on January 18, 2011 through Kanine Records (Flemish Eye in Canada).

02.04.10 - Dallas, TX - The Nightmare *
02.05.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
02.07.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
02.08.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
02.09.10 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *
02.10.10 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse (Duke University) *
02.11.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
02.12.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *
02.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
02.16.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
02.17.10 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
02.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
02.21.10 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s Music Diner *
02.22.10 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy *
02.23.10 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s *
02.24.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
02.25.10 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar (University of Wisconsin) *
02.26.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
03.01.10 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
03.02.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
03.04.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
03.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *

^ The Radio Dept.
* Baths, Star Slinger

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Mighty wizard Jimmy Fallon offers reunited Dismemberment Plan performance to all who brave his fortress of late-night TV

Upon raising his mighty peacock staff into the sky, powerful sorcerer Jimmy Fallon has made his decree: reunited indie rock group The Dismemberment Plan are to appear on the Fallon-hosted Late Night. No mortal man dare refuse the feared late night host, lest he face ?uestlove, strongest of all warlords, and his Roots ninja squad. Since The D-Plan value their lives (and have already gone ahead and booked a string of reunion shows), they will comply and appear on the program on January 20. Let us all hope that the band’s rendition of “Face of the Earth” (or whatever they choose to play) proves satisfactory to Fallon, else he may loose unholy thunder upon the band and his studio audience.

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Tape Deck Mountain ready new EP for January release, fans upset they can’t play it on a tape deck

Even if you don’t know what a tape deck is, you should be excited about the new Tape Deck Mountain EP, Secret Serf, scheduled for a January 11 release through Lefse.

Why should you be excited? Because it’s the follow-up to the band’s 2009 LP release, Ghost, and looks to be a more focused, more exploratory record that expands on the band’s already entertaining sound! Also, it has a great tongue-in-cheek title that pokes fun at indie rock’s recent “beach” trend. Finally, the album will explore “themes of poverty and privacy, perhaps inspired by frontman Travis Trevisan’s recent bout with unemployment where he worked various under-the-table jobs extending from working for the repo man to pulling his elderly neighbors’ weeds;” and everyone loves art made about poverty! See, that’s why you should be excited!

The band has also scheduled a couple shows in California so if you can find the time in-between your daily body-surfing exercises you should go watch them!

Tape Deck Mountain California shows:

12.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg
12.09.10 - San Diego, CA - The Whistle Stop

And here’s a Ghost tracklist:

01. P.I.
02. It Goes Down
03. Trevor
04. Secret Serf

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British Sea Power are determined to make you remember the release date for new album Valhalla Dancehall

With so many albums already planned for release in 2011, British Sea Power are determined to make their album stick in your head. In fact, they’ve even gone so far as to pick a release date that you couldn’t possibly forget, no matter how drunk you get on New Year’s Eve. British Sea Power’s new album, Valhalla Dancehall, is due January 11, 2011 (a.k.a. 1/11/11 for those that like numbers) from Rough Trade. You can download the first single, “Living Is So Easy,” right now on iTunes or via the band’s website. Will it be as good as 2008’s Do You Like Rock Music? (TMT Review)? Nobody knows…

Valhalla Dancehall tracklisting:

01. Who’s in Control
02. We Are Sound
03. Georgie Ray
04. Stunde Null
05. Mongk II
06. Luna
07. Baby
08. Living Is So Easy
09. Observe the Skies
10. Cleaning Out the Rooms
11. Thin Black Sail
12. Once More Now
13. Heavy Water

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Dan Boeckner chokes back the pain of Wolf Parade’s recent hiatus with a Handsome Furs tour

News of Wolf Parade’s recent hiatus hit everyone hard, but none harder than Dan Boeckner. While the decision was seemingly as much in his interest as everyone else in the band, look at the man now. He’s clearly putting on a brave face and swallowing all his sadness by immediately announcing a Handsome Furs tour! The guy’s hurting so bad that he’s running off to Europe to give himself a little time to think, as well as play some shows. It’s alright, Dan, it will all make sense in time.

Handsome Furs dates:

12.10.10 - Bucharest, Romania - Control
12.11.10 - Cluj-Napoka, Romania - Booha Bar
12.16.10 - Istanbul, Turkey - Bronx Pi Sahne
12.17.10 - Vienna, Austria - B72
12.18.10 - Valletta, Malta - Escape Club
01.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (Tomorrow Never Knows Festival)

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