Cibo Matto announce reunion tour and new album, proving that every band will eventually reunite, even The Smiths

Cibo Matto announce reunion tour and new album, proving that every band will eventually reunite, even The Smiths

No band is immune to reuniting. If Cibo Matto can randomly decide to work on new music and play new shows after reuniting to play several benefit concerts to help Japan’s disaster relief back in March, what chance do The Smiths stand? Although he likes to be dramatic and state that The Smiths wouldn’t even reunite for $5 million, I think all it would take for Morrissey to cave is a good ol’ fashioned headlining spot for a disaster benefit show, and the promise that he’s allowed to take his shirt off, even if Johnny Marr is so not into it. Good thing Judgment Day is quickly approaching. Perhaps The Smiths can hitch their reunion wagon to that impending disaster?

Meanwhile, Cibo Matto will be avoiding the rapture by working on a follow-up to 1999’s Stereo ★ Type A that is supposedly due out in 2012 — you know, if we all live that long. They will also be touring later this summer, so brush up on your food-related song lyrics.

Cibo Tour-o:

06.21.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
06.22.11 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune
06.23.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
06.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s
06.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl &
07.12.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
07.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
07.18.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07.19.11 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
07.20.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

& Yellow Magic Orchestra

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Architecture in Helsinki tour North America in June….BUT WILL THEY EVER GET TO HELSINKI???

As we all know, super bouncy indie poppers Architecture in Helsinki are not from Helsinki. They are from Melbourne. Ever since we all learned this, the elephant in the room has always been, have Architecture in Helsinki ever played in Helsinki? To answer that question: I don’t know, but maybe they have. While we’re at it, let’s take down some other burning questions. Have of Montreal played Montreal? Yes. Did Mission of Burma ever take a mission to Burma? Hard to know, considering any definite answer is clouded by whether you refer to the country as Burma or Myanmar. Have Woods ever played a show in the woods? Probably, but if nobody is there to hear Woods play in the woods, do Woods even make a sound?

Perhaps we’ve gotten off on a tangent here. The point is, I’m not sure if Architecture in Helsinki have ever played Helsinki and, since it’s a hard question to answer through Google, somebody else will have to tell you. What I can tell you, however, is that Architecture in Helsinki are definitely playing in North America during the summer. It is undeniable, a fact that needs no Google search at all, but simply a quick scroll down this page to the listed dates. Here’s a little more information for you, for free: Architecture in Helsinki very recently released a new record, Moment Bends, through Cooperative/Downtown Music. While we haven’t reviewed it here and I have yet to hear it, I’ll give you a review anyway: probably bouncy, probably fun, probably pretty alright. There’s a quote for the deluxe edition if ever there was one!

Architecture in Helsinki dates:

06.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
06.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
06.04.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06.05.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
06.06.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
06.09.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
06.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.11.11 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
06.12.11 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
06.13.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.16.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
06.17.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06.18.11 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe

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Moog Music reports mysterious increase in sales, almost as if boatloads of bands were making ‘nostalgic synthpop’ or something

You know how you’re always going around complaining to your friends that still listen to you (it’s important to note that many of them simply won’t anymore, because all of their ‘fiancées’ and ‘good jobs’ and ‘new babies’ and ‘home improvement shopping’ make the prospect of listening to their one friend-who’s-still-in-a-band harp on about music trends pretty unpalatable) about how you’re unimpressed with current music’s cold, harsh, digital sound?

Well, you should shut up, because according to Billboard, Moog Music has reported that sales of their all-analog (and all-pricey) synths, guitars, effects pedals, and theremins went up by 35% this past year. For the non-Weezer fan, Robert Moog (who died in 2005) founded what would become Moog Music in 1954 and started selling these crazy analog devices to bored, rich musicians, who immediately got to work nearly ruining their records with them (suck it, Abbey Road). But eventually, Moog’s gear found its place and folks started to prize the equipment’s ‘fat, analog tits’ and ‘warm bass-y ass.’

“If you buy any other keyboard and open the back, you see a chip in there that’s sampling sounds or re-creating sounds using a digitized format,” says Moog Music president Mike Adams. “In the back of our device, there’s a sound board with 897 components. It’s a completely different sound you get. You’re really able to hear the subtleties of the sound […] Kids have grown up with the iPod, but when musicians get introduced to the analog sound, it makes a big difference to them. It may not make a difference when it comes out of the iPod, but it makes a difference to them in the studio from an inspiration standpoint.”

But wait just a filter-sweepin’ second here. Given that the synths go for between $700-$5,000, guitars start at $2,000, theremins go for $375, and effects pedals cost between $275-$700, is it really ‘kids’ that are keeping Moog Music in the black during a recession? I mean, who the hell is buying all these things anyway? Well, according to Adams… yeah, it’s pretty much 99% Lady Gaga (and 1% Rush, White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Sugarland, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Beyoncé, Alicia Keyes and Billy Joel). But he also mentions that he ” just got a huge order from Metallica.” Oh, cool. Experimental Metallica.

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The Rosebuds announce new album, tourdates, and instructions that you bring a box of tissues to their shows

Imagine for a minute how difficult it would be to not only get a divorce, but to then write and record a new album and tour with your ex-spouse. Ivan and Kelly from The Rosebuds are attempting to do just that, which basically proves that they are superhuman and the most advanced emotionally capable human beings ever. Or maybe they just really like making music together. Either way, the recently divorced duo will hit the road this summer in support of their new album, Loud Planes Fly Low, due June 7 on Merge.

Tissues to go:

06.10.11 - Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center
06.11.11 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade
06.15.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
06.16.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
06.17.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
06.18.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
06.19.11 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Chicken Shack
06.21.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
06.23.11 - Dallas, TX - Club DaDa
06.24.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
06.25.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
06.28.11 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company
06.29.11 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
06.30.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
07.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
07.02.11 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
07.05.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - SOHO Music Club
07.06.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.08.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
07.09.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
07.10.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
07.12.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
07.14.11 - Boise, ID - The Neurolux
07.15.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.16.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Diver
07.19.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07.20.11 - Eau Claire, WI - House of Rock
07.21.11 - Madison, WI - UW Union Terrace

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Hunx and His Punx announce West Coast tourdates as awkward punk rock girls the country over discover their new favorite band

Recently, Hunx and His Punx, who sound like a combination of The Ramones and The Shangri-Las, released their first full-length album, Too Young to Be in Love, and they’ve now announced that they will be heading out on a brief tour of the West Coast to ‘promote’ the record.

For all those curious enough to check out the “first girl-group with a male-singer,” I’m sure you’ll find out why awkward punk rock girls the world over have given up on their previous crushes and have embraced Hunx and His Punx with a passion that was previously only given to gay and girl friends. Not only do the APRG’s get to see a bunch of non-traditional women playing badass punk rock, but they also get to hear a sensitive guy sing songs about boys (that the APRG’s can imagine are about their imaginary boyfriends) who is completely non-threatening or non-overbearing with his sexuality.

Check ‘em out and I bet you’ll finally find a crowd where you can pick up girls who’ll bake you a cake and then drink you under the table! If you’re a creep like that.

Hunx & His Punx tourdates:

06.16.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Detroit Bar
06.17.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
06.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Show Cave
06.22.11 - Seattle, WA Crocodile $
06.24.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.25.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Cabaret $ *
06.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir $

$ Shannon and The Clams
* Sonny and The Sunsets

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LimeWire owes $105 million to the major labels, two overdue books to the library

LimeWire, who we all know has been involved in some copyright infringement over the years, has just made headlines once again by announcing that they will settle copyright lawsuits they had with 13 music labels for 105 million Britney Spears CDs — I mean dollars.

“We are pleased to have reached a large monetary settlement following the court’s finding that both LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton personally liable for copyright infringement,” RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol bragged about in a prepared statement, while surely high-fiving his fellow corporate buddies. “As the court heard during the last two weeks, LimeWire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists.” However, as is always the case, music label CEOs fail to mention that people only illegally download because major label music is so shitty that it’s never worth paying for unless the words Lil or Wayne are involved.

Major labels Arista, Atlantic, BMG Music, Capitol, Elektra, Interscope, LaFace, Motown, Priority, Sony, Universal, Virgin, and Warner Brothers will all be getting a cut of the settlement money and will surely use it to pay a mindless A&R man to sign another moronic and untalented former contestant of American Idol. Keep on keepin’ on, America!

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