Boris help you stimulate the economy with (at least) three releases in 2011

Boris help you stimulate the economy with (at least) three releases in 2011

Those mysterious men and woman of Boris, who had a relatively quiet 2010, have begun the chug-chug-chug that will eventually build up to the chaotic and noisy end of what looks to be a busy year in 2011. Releasing just a few details (name and label) for two new albums and a new-and-improved reissue, the band have already got fans desperately wanting more (information and shows) and excitedly pacing as they anticipate the albums and news on concerts that will inevitably be announced.

Here’s the few tidbits we got:

• “New Album” on Avex/tearbridge records
Attention Please on Sargent House
Heavy Rocks (reissue) on Southern Lord

Mind you, these are all listed for Spring 2011, so who knows what the other three seasons will bring, but I bet you that the band will play 264 gigs and release eight more albums before the year is out.

• Boris:

Cold Cave tour with The Kills; jeez, that doesn’t sound depressing AT ALL

Like we already told you, freaky-deaky duo The Kills are releasing their new album of apocalyptic sex-rock, Blood Pressures, on April 4 (April 5 in the US) via Domino.

But what we conveniently didn’t mention at that time is the fact that, come March, they’ll embark on a pretty hefty tour, starting with SXSW, then kicking it over to Europe before heading back to North America for an extensive run of the US and Canada. And what we further didn’t mention is that The Kills will be joined by the melodramatic post-punk suicide pill that is Cold Cave for pretty much all of those North American dates (electro-funk outfit Foals is getting tagged-in in San Diego).

But why didn’t we tell you all of this info before, you ask? Simple. Because we’re whores for your web hits. Come on. Give it to us again. And again. And again. And… again??

The Kills tourdates:

03.16-20.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.29.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.30.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
03.31.11 - London, UK - Heaven
04.02.11 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
04.06.11 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
04.08.11 - Berlin, Germany - Huxley’s
04.15.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues %
04.19.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre *
04.20.11 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
04.22.11 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom*
04.23.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
04.24.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
04.26.11 - Boston, MA - Royale *
04.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts *
04.29.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
04.30.11 - Montreal, QC - L’Olympia *
05.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy *
05.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre *
05.04.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre *
05.05.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
05.08.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
05.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market *
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
05.11.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *

* Foals
^ Cold Cave

• The Kills:
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• Foals:

Stop, collaborate, and listen: The Flaming Lips team up with Neon Indian, maybe more?

Flaming Lips leader Wayne Coyne practically spilled his guts to Spin magazine recently, and the juiciest nugget HAS to be news about a planned collaboration with famous Apache Neon Indian. “We’re going to do two or three songs with him and that shit should be ready to go pretty quickly,” Coyne told the magazine, “I have a couple of tunes that he’s heard, and we’ll just do that shit and fix that up and fuck around together.”

After revealing the news, and posting a video of a song that might be fucked around with, Coyne also said that the band would be delighted to work out similar alliances with Deerhoof and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffitti and proceeded to invite both bands to tea in the garden.

Fret not Flaming Lips fans who “only like the old stuff,” the Lips also have two reissues that will totally float your boat. First up is Heady Nuggs: The First 5 Warner Bros. Records, 1992-2002 (with photo) that should be released by the end of spring and will only be pressed on vinyl. Sorry, CD fan.

Lastly, because The Flamers know that you love looking at your phone all day, they’re going to reissue Zaireeka in a special phone-based version where, similar to the original release (which was meant to be simultaneously played on four CD players), can be simultaneously played on four phones, even though you’ll still only listen to each part on their own.

• The Flaming Lips:

C’mon, Low, when’s your next album coming out?

After some serious prodding from yours truly, Low have announced that they have a new album set for release in 2011 — the band’s first since 2007’s Drums and Guns (TMT Review).

The new album was “recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in an apartment in Hollywood, CA,” and features material that was written over the last couple years both on and off the road. The old church, formerly of Catholic persuasion, is actually Sacred Heart studio (where 2002’s Trust was made) and allowed the band to take full advantage of the locale’s “high, vaulted ceilings, natural reverb, and audible affinity for organ sounds and group singing.” The band also got to wear robes a lot, which is good, because Low looove robes.

According to the press release: “2007’s Drums and Guns railed against the war in Iraq,” while “C’mon feels like a plea for humanity, decency and common sense in a world gone mad.” Low’s co-leader Alan Sparhawk elaborated on the PR blurb: “With the last couple of records, we were grappling with something outside of ourselves. This one feels more like, ‘Well, forget that. I’m looking in your eyes right now, and we need to figure out how to get through the next moment, together, as human beings.” Or, in other words: we had a theme for the last album and now we’re writing about new stuff, the songs are deep.

The album will, of course, be released through Sub Pop with information on a release date and a full US tour to be announced soon.

• Low:
• Sub Pop:

Talibam! need YOUR help releasing their new record; Euro mini-tour starts tonight (and fast trains that run underwater or fly have to be booked, like, days in advance)!

Six European dates might seem like a skimpy Friday news meal, but Talibam! rarely leaves you unsatisfied. The fact that this tour, the band’s 15th European jaunt, starts tonight in Warsaw, Poland means, to quote, with complete accuracy, everyone’s favorite upstart British beat combo The Cure: “It’s Friday and we’re in love…with Talibam!”

The truth is, Talibam! shows are always unexpected adventures, so it’s an unwritten law that we have to write about them. Likewise, speculating on Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea’s upcoming exploits is essential too, yet taxing, so the best thing for me to do is ask a fellow TMTer to help out. This time around, I’ve got TMT fan favorite E. Nagurney with some important album news:

Talibam! have a new record. It’s called Talibam! Goes to Bed with Sam Kulik and Discovers Atlantis and it’s coming out… sometime via… someone? The group needs somebody to put out the record and, if you happen to have a label, that somebody could be you. If interested, email the band at On the fence about the whole thing? Perhaps this preview at the band’s SoundCloud page will convince you. Not to editorialize or anything, but if you have a record label and you can listen to that and not want to put this record out, you’re an idiot.

Ordination of the partial-globe-trotting conscripts:

01.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Powienski Warsaw
01.22.11 - Gdansk, Poland - Club Zak
01.26.11 - Paris, France - Le Buzz
01.27.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Moog
01.28.11 - Madrid, Spain - La Buena
01.30.11 - Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain - Ibu Hots

• Talibam!:

[Photo: S’i fosse foco Promotion]

Wish Daniel Johnston a happy birthday! And listen to his radio show! And buy his comic book! Metamucil doesn’t pay for itself, you know?

Instead of sulking about the fact that he’s turning 50 years old tomorrow (January 22), Daniel Johnston is celebrating by setting up a call-in number where fans can leave him “Happy Birthday” messages! Call (936) 463-4688 if you’re so inclined. Johnston will listen to all the messages and most of them will air — along with special musician guest messages — during his 50th birthday radio show special on the new Daniel Johnston Radio on January 22 at 8 PM CT. The live show will also include music and stories from Johnston himself.

You can also support Johnston’s metamucil habit by donating money to Kickstarter, where he is releasing his first-ever comic book, titled Daniel Johnston’s Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness. Phew, who says you can’t be productive at 50 years old?

• Daniel Johnston: