Carpark Records signs Light Pollution, presumably in fear that all the good unsigned bands will be scooped post-SXSW

Carpark Records signs Light Pollution, presumably in fear that all the good unsigned bands will be scooped post-SXSW http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-03-light-pollution_0.png

SXSW has become somewhat of a staple event for people who want to get signed (but most often end up coming home empty-handed). Labels know this too, so they’ll either scout SXSW or snatch them up beforehand so they can show off their brand new signee to the industry fest that is SXSW. Case in point: Chicago’s Light Pollution, who have recently signed to Carpark Records (home to Dan Deacon, Beach House, Toro Y Moi, and a bunch of other artists) just in time for SXSW. The group’s debut full-length album, Apparitions, is due June 15 and will include “swirling analog synths, shimmering arpeggios, and washed out tape noiseembedded into combinations of 90’s shoegaze, chillwave, and vocal psych-pop.” You can check out what that sounds like at the Chocolate Grinder.

The group is currently on tour, and what do you know, they’re playing a bunch of shows at SXSW, including one in which they’ll join up with fellow Carpark artists for the SXSW Carpark/Paw Tracks showcase. Here are the dates:

03.16.10 - Denton, TX JnJ’s
03.17.10 - SXSW No Words / Day Bow Bow @ Ghost Room
03.18.10 - SXSW Hype Machine’s Lose Control @ Vice
03.18.10 - SXSW Two Syllable Acoustic Show @ Hideout Cafe
03.18.10 - SXSW Carpark / Paw Tracks @ Wave
03.19.10 - SXSW @ Justine’s
03.19.10 - SXSW Consequence of Sound @ Republic Live
03.20.10 - SXSW In-store @ End of an Ear Records
03.20.10 - SXSW Fast Folks @ The Gas Pipe Smoke Shop
03.21.10 - Wichita, KS Rock Island Live
03.22.10 - Springfield, MO The Outland Ballroom
03.23.10 - Columbia, MO Mojo’s
03.24.10 - St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
03.25.10 - Indianapolis, IN Local’s Only (MOKB & Scion event, free show!)
03.26.10 - Chicago, IL Mopery Loft
03.31.10 - Columbus, Ohio Wexner Center &
04.01.10 - Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge *
04.08.10 - Minneapolis, MN Hexagon Bar
04.09.10 - Northfield, MN The Cave @ Carlton College
04.17.10 - Bloomington, IN WIUX Culture Shock #
04.26 - Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
04.28.10 - Washington, DC Black Cat Backstage !
04.30.10 - Brooklyn, NY Glasslands $

# Best Coast
% Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
& Deerhunter
* Woodhands
! Willowz
$ Memoryhouse

• Light Pollution: http://myspace.com/lightpollution
• Carpark: http://www.carparkrecords.com

[Photo: Coach House Sounds]

RIP: Lesley Duncan, singer/songwriter and Elton John/Pink Floyd collaborator

From NME:

Singer/songwriter and Elton John and Pink Floyd collaborator Lesley Duncan has died aged 66.

Duncan passed away on Friday (March 12) aged 66 after suffering from cerebrovascular disease.

As well as carving out her own career in the mid-’60s following a move from her native Stockton-On-Tees to London, Duncan performed vocals on Elton John’s album ‘Madman Across The Water’, Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ and Ringo Starr’s ‘Goodnight Vienna’.

• Lesley Duncan: http://www.lesleyduncan.net
• Lesley Duncan (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesley_Duncan

Woods to release new album At Echo Lake, neither of which are actually found in Brooklyn

Woodsist is dropping records like mad lately, and on May 11 its flagship band/founding members Woods are joining in by releasing their fifth studio album. Titled At Echo Lake, Woods expands on the already-expanded roster of last year’s Songs of Shame (TMT Review) to flesh out a “diamond-sharp distillation of the turbulent power of their live shows.”

Gonna’ make you privvy to the tracklist here:

01. Blood Dries Darker
02. Pick Up
03. Suffering Season
04. Time Fading Lines
05. From the Horn
06. Death Rattles
07. Mornin’ Time
08. I Was Gone
09. Get Back
10. Deep
11. Til the Sun Rips

Say… do you like MP3s? Here’s a little ditty you might enjoy: “I Was Gone,” which is also available on a newly released 7-inch of the same name.

Hey! They’re also on tour. Most likely because of that little event in Texas.

03.16.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall ^
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - French Legation Museum (Other Music SXSW)
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlie’s a.k.a. Ms. Bea’s (SXSW)
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (Woodsist Showcase SXSW)
03.22.10 - Nashville, TN - The End ^
03.23.10 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop ^
03.24.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot at Case Western ^
03.25.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - University of Pittsburgh ^
03.26.10 - Haverford, PA - Haverford College ^
03.27.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel ^
03.28.10 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse ^
05.13.10 - New York, NY - Abrons Art Center / Joshua Light Festival *

^ Real Estate
# Happy Birthday and Wild Nothing
* MV + EE

• Woods: http://www.myspace.com/woodsfamilyband
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Jedi Mind Tricks tour is the one you’ve been looking for

The independent hip-hop group Jedi Mind Tricks — featuring Vinnie Paz (formerly known as Ikon the Verbal Hologram), Stoupe the Enemy of Mankind, and Jus Allah — will be touring North America starting next Wednesday, March 24. Although most popular for their first two albums, The Psycho-Social… and Violent by Design, JMT have continued releasing stellar music throughout the past decade. Actually, I can’t comment on their later releases as I haven’t been following them, but they definitely believe in their music, and that’s what counts, right?

The announced tourdates:

03.24.10 - New Haven, CT - Toads Place
03.25.10 - Providence, RI - Jerky’s Music Hall
03.26.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
03.27.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
03.28.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.30.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
03.31.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig
04.01.10 - Madison, WI - The Annex
04.03.10 - Saint Louis, MO - Firebird
04.06.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
04.07.10 - Columbia, MO - Mojos
04.08.10 - Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
04.09.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel #
04.10.10 - West Chester, PA - The Note
04.11.10 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
04.13.10 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club
04.14.10 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street Club
04.15.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Hell Room)
04.16.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
04.17.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

# with The BNVs

• Jedi Mind Tricks: http://www.jmthiphop.com

Nada Surf announce covers record If I Had a Hi-Fi, tour; Milwaukee band IfIHadAHiFi very pleased

You have to wonder what is happening to a band when they decide to do an album of covers. It’s been done both successfully (Dirty Projectors “covering” Black Flag) and awkwardly (Rob Halford of Judas Priest covering traditional Christmas hymns), but either way, there is something earnest about cover albums, and in this great country of America, you’re allowed to do anything you want when you turn 18 — or in this case, when your band turns 18.

The band is Nada Surf, and the album is called If I Had a Hi-Fi. Why is it called that? Because it’s a palindrome! And maybe, according to the Milwaukee noise-rock band IfIHadAHiFi, in honor of Milwaukee noise-rock band IfIHadAHiFi! (In reciprocation, IfIHadAHiFi have decided to name their forthcoming EP Nada Surf, citing Negativland and their U2 record as influence.)

No tracklist yet, but Nada Surf will cover The Soft Pack (formerly The Muslims), The Moody Blues, Kate Bush, Arthur Russell, and other artists that a lot of people really, really, really like! The record will only be available at shows, so go see ‘em.

2010 tourdates:

03.25.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
03.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House @
03.27.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg $
03.29.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
03.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire
03.31.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
04.01.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.02.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.03.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
04.13.10 - London, UK - ICA
04.15.10 - Bourges, France - Printemps de Bourges Festival
04.17.10 - Strasbourg, France - Artefact Festival
04.18.10 - Utrecht, Holland - Tivoli de Helling
04.19.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
04.20.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gloria
04.21.10 - Lausanne, Switzerland - D! Club
04.23.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Abart
04.24.10 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
04.25.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
04.26.10 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
04.27.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
04.28.10 - Paris, France - Trabendo
04.29.10 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
04.30.10 - Murcia, Spain - Estrella Levante SOS 4.8 Festival
05.01.10 - Galicia, Spain - Villagarcia de arosa
05.15.10 - Longirod, Switzerland - Long’I’rock Festival
05.24.10 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
05.25.10 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
05.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
05.29.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom

# performing Let Go in its entirety!
@ performing The Weight Is a Gift in its entirety!
$ performing Lucky in its entirety!

• Nada Surf: http://www.nadasurf.com

Die Antwoord sign to Interscope, Sacha Baron Cohen humor is reaffirmed as “still funny”

The Music Industry (yes, THIS Music Industry) has done it again! Interscope has officially signed Die Antwoord (they’re that fake South African hip-hop crew that got internet-famous last month for still liking Ali G… and also for doing nothing) to an honest to goodness major label contract. And while it’s no secret that there are literally trillions to be made off of these guys who aren’t real musicians and are basically a little less funny than Andy Samberg, there’s no need to thank The Music Industry. Good, quality music that respects the intelligence of its intended audience is its own reward.

Die Antwoord are working on a debut album as we speak. They are also scripting a movie. They’ve also got Disctrict 9’s Neill Blomkamp hard at work directing their next video. Again, money is no object when it comes to the production of good, quality music that respects the intelligence of its intended audience. There’s no word yet on when any of these projects will see release, but it’s pretty safe to say that, now that these longterm career-minded megastars are on board, the Music Industry’s financial troubles are over.

In unrelated news, here’s some footage of the Hindenberg blimp disaster.

• Die Antwoord: http://www.dieantwoord.com

  

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