Cat Power announces European tourdates, purchase of new scratching pole

Cat Power announces European tourdates, purchase of new scratching pole

As you are surely aware, indie-folk mainstay Cat Power returned this year after a lengthy absence. She returned with a new record on Matador, Sun (TMT Review), that wasn’t quite indie-folk, but also wasn’t quite not indie-folk. Do you dig? I understand if you do not dig. What I am getting at, is Cat Power has re-appeared in the world of modern music.

When you re-appear in the world of modern music, it’s generally accepted that you’ll do some touring. Just seems right. With all the confident acceptance of a strong handshake, Cat Power is doing some touring this fall. Particularly, she is going to Europe and the UK, the latter of which she has not set a foot on for four years. At least, she has not set a foot there with intent of playing music. There always exists the possibility that Cat Power took a trip to go see Big Ben or something. Now, imagine a picture of Cat Power standing in front of Big Ben, grinning ridiculously. It’s a good picture.

Cat Power dates:

11.26.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
11.28.12 - Koln, Germany - E-werk
11.29.12 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
12.01.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Grosse Freiheit 36
12.02.12 - Munich, Germany - Theaterfabrik
12.03.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
12.04.12 - Bolgona, Italy - Estragon
12.06.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
12.10.12 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
12.12.12 - London, UK - Roundhouse
12.14.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club

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Future of the Left announce fall US tour, and Jack Black is probably all like “hells yeah, broseph”

I’m sitting here at this Formica desk. I’m watching the blades of the ceiling fan cruelly quantize the lazy flow of my chump workday. I bite my dry bottom lip. I sigh. I let my hot eyes droop back down toward my computer screen. Damn, I hate that blinking cursor. Blah. I know how news stories like this usually start: Welch ass-kickers Future of the Left are well-known for their predilection for yelling all the time, both on and off the stage. Etc. etc. I should be off to the races from there. But I just can’t do it. I just don’t have the energy today. How can I do a high-octane band like FOTL justice in a mood like this? I let my eyes gaze, out of focus, at my stained, empty coffee mug, and I start to…

“We’ve got a fall tour of the United States coming up at the end of Octobaaaaah!”

Wha? FOTL frontman Andrew Falkous? What are you doing here? I mean, gee, sorry, man. I know you do. But like, I was out kinda late last night, and…

“Our new album, The Plot Against Common Sense (TMT Review) c-c-c-came out this yeeeeeeeeeeeaaar!”

Oh, did it? I haven’t really gotten around to listening to it that much. I still kinda like your first one though. Though, truly, how many loud, fuzzy, honking, steamy, balls-to-the-walls lambaste-rock albums does a person need in his or her collection? Seems to me like one or two go-tos is enough for when the mood strik—

“You don’t know whatcha talkin’ Abouuuut! The world needs its sweaty SWEATY rock and rollllllll, yeah! And speakin’ of sweaty, when’s the last time ya gotcho fat ass to the gyyyyyyym-ah?!”

Hey, shut up, Falkous. Do you fucking want me to post your band’s dates or not? Cuz I can shut this thing down right now.

“No, no, dude, we’re coooooooool! No hard a-feeeeeeelainz-ah! Yeah! Anyway, I gotta jeeee-yet-ah! TIME TO WAKE UP, MOTHA FUCKAAAAA!!!”

Huh? Wha? Uh Oh. Shit. Was I just asleep? Boy, what an oddly thin-plotted dream I just had. Anyway, more coffee. Then tourdates…

10.30.12 - Towson, MD - Recher Theatre
10.31.12 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
11.01.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.02.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11.03.12 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop
11.04.12 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick
11.05.12 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
11.06.12 - Minneapolis, MN - The Triple Rock Social Club
11.08.12 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
11.09.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
11.10.12 - Boise, ID - The Venue
11.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
11.15.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11.16.12 - San Diego, CA - Che Café
11.17.12 - San Diego, CA - Che Café
11.18.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent
11.20.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
11.23.12 - St. Louis, MO - Ciceros
11.25.12 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
11.26.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells
11.27.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory

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Melbourne synth-punk legends Primitive Calculators working on first studio album since 1979

Just in time for Halloween, another long-buried post-punk act comes snarling out of the grave, a little bit older, a little bit more demented, and with a little bit more dirt/blood under their fingernails. In this case, it’s Melbourne’s legendary synth-punk band Primitive Calculators, a sort of missing link between Suicide and Big Black, with a dash of Sex Pistols-esque punk rock sneer. Now, 33 years after the lads released their first single, “I Can’t Stop It,” they’re back in the studio, and working on their first new recordings since 1979. Recorded by famed Melbourne man-about-town Julian Wu and mixed and mastered by seasoned Yank producer Casey Rice, the album is slated for release in 2013.

With new tracks like “Sick of Myself,” an ode to the ludicrousness of being in a synth-punk band when you’re a dude in his mid-50s, and “Cunt Life,” a song written in 1977 by Primitive Calculators-related project The Moths, it sounds like the band’s latest will be as cheerily snotty as ever. The band reunited in 2009 when Nick Cave asked them to play All Tomorrow’s Parties; Primitive Calculators and Cave’s band, The Boys Next Door, were part of the same St. Kilda-based punk rock scene. In the 30 or so years since the band hung up their synths, appearances by classic Primitive Calculators tracks on Australian post-punk compilations have reignited an interest in their screeching, visionary tunes. Listen to “Cunt Life” below, which was released a few months ago as a 7-inch b/w “Sick of Myself” via Chapter Music.

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Opposite of bollocks! Kickstarter UK to launch this month

I was going to pepper this news story with pithy British slang, but after looking through a pretty long list of common words and phrases, I’ve come to the realization that almost everything stereotypically “British” in English means either toilet, vagina, dick, obesity, or masturbation. Given that this is a story about the expansion of Kickstarter into the United Kingdom, it’s a bit of a struggle to fit such vulgarities into the narrative. Taking a different approach…

Got a great idea for a Belle & Sebastian / Sex Pistols mash-up cover band composed completely of Welsh Corgis, but just don’t have the money to make your dream come true? Your very British creation now has a place to rally for funding.

Not much has changed now that UK-based projects can be listed on Kickstarter. Donors will still be assessed a percentage of their donation if a project is successfully funded, while no fees will be assessed if a project does not meet its funding goals. Donors can come from anywhere in the world, but unlike donations for US projects, UK project donations will be processed locally instead of through Amazon payments.

If you’re in the UK and have an idea you want to try and get funding for, you can list it now and then open the flood gates for the huge influx of money that’s out there just waiting for you anytime after the site goes live on October 31.

If Amanda Palmer pops up on Kickstarter with a phony British accent asking for your hard-earned dollars (or pounds), though, please feel free to give her a virtual kick in her proverbial quim.

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FORMA to materialize OFF/ON off, I mean on Spectrum Spools this November

If PLVS VLTRA was an “uncomfortably catchy” excursion for John Elliott’s Spectrum Spools label, then consider the Brooklyn-based synth trio FORMA a casual stroll down a familiar sidewalk, on a cool fall evening, in… I don’t know, let’s say, Germany, the birthplace of kosmische musik.

FORMA’s self-titled full-length debut (TMT Review), released last year, has all of the components that one might expect of an album promoted by an Emeralds member; specifically, there’s the prominent and exploratory use of analog synthesizers, complemented by, as a press release puts it, a “torrent of live drum machine programming.” It’s all very reminiscent of the synth escapades put forth during the late 70s and early 80s. The album cover for FORMA even reminds me of the one for Brian Eno’s Ambient 4: On Land. Okay, so they’re not that similar, but let’s not pretend that artists just coincidentally choose desert landscapes as their album covers. Clearly, there’s some kind of supernatural force connecting the two albums.

What about album art depicting lava flows? FORMA’s newest album OFF/ON, due out November 12, reportedly displays a “darker” and more “aggressive” musical approach on the part of the trio. At the risk of overwhelming you with geological metaphors, let’s just leave it at that. Preorder the album here.

OFF/ON tracklisting:

01. OFF
02. FORMA313
03. FORMA278
04. FORMA286B
05. FORMA306C
07. FORMA339/333
08. FORMA293
09. FORMA358
10. FORMA315

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Ducktails announces new album on Domino, Domino’s pizza announces new duck meat topping

Ducktails started out as a solo project of Matt Mondanile, producing the chilliest of chillwave. I’ll step on a biased pedestal right now and come to say I’m a huge fan of Ducktails. I couldn’t be more stoked or psyched that the new Ducktails album The Flower Lane will be released by Domino on January 29, 2013. The fourth album follows last year’s Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics (TMT Review) and was mixed and recorded by Al Carlson, who is probably above DuckTales jokes, and the title track featuring Future Shuttle’s Jessa Farkas is streaming via SoundCloud below:

Well, I’m going to call my mom to tell her this Ducktails news using an impression of Scrooge McDuck (similar to Bane from The Dark Knight Rises). Oh yeah, and Domino’s doesn’t have a new topping — that was a lie.

The Flower Lane tracklist:

01. Ivy Covered House
02. The Flower Lane
03. Under Cover
04. Timothy Shy
05. Planet Phrom
06. Assistant Director
07. Sedan Magic
08. International Date Line
09. Letter of Intent
10. Academy Avenue

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