The Clean to tour America with Times New Viking; tally ho!

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Ahhh, the past. A truly magical place. A place (er, time) where cult New Zealand post-punk band The Clean could record their debut single “Tally Ho!” for a mere $50 New Zealand dollars. Where that same single could climb to #19 on the New Zealand Singles Charts. Where Flying Nun Records was founded and a rock ‘n’ roll label mythlegend (it’s both) was born.

Fortunately, however, when it comes to The Clean, “the past” isn’t the sum of the band’s career. The men of The Clean — David, Hamish, and Robert — have continued to make music sporadically over the last three decades, introducing their brand of dark janglepop to new fans and still managing to cart along the hearts of old school fans for the ride. The band still spends time in the studio and time on the road, and in 2009, Merge released the band’s latest, Mister Pop (TMT Review). A year later, the band announced their first European jaunt in 20 years, during which they supported longtime admirers Pavement. And now The Clean are making a rare, so special it’s After School Special SPECIAL visit to the United States.

See, this spring, The Clean are flying into Los Angeles for a solo show at The Echo, before heading on to join Ted Leo, No Age and Sham 69 (among awesome others) for the Chaos in Tejas Festival. After this — The Clean’s first-ever Texas performance — the band will journey on with fellow Merge labelmates Times New Viking for a brief string of summer dates in the Eastern USA. Tally Ho!

Dates:

05.30.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
06.02.12 - Austin, TX - Club De Ville Chaos in Tejas Festival
06.04.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music *
06.05.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
06.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
06.07.12 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
06.08.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *

* Times New Viking

• The Clean: http://www.mergerecords.com/artists/clean
• Times New Viking: http://timesnewviking.net
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Squarepusher roundly pushes all squares out of his way to squarely focus on the release of new, square-pushing album of newness

Listen to me, party friends, of the news item for which I am to be telling you in the present time. If, as me, you too like more of the synthetic clicks and the whistles than the AC/DC’s with their deeds of dirt done cheaply, then The Squarepusher he is a guy for you! Electronics wizzard of drum and of bass acid sounds Tom Jenkinson (is alternate ego for the Squarepusher) is said by The Quietus to will be releasing new, “super bad” (which is idiom) good album in this coming of May through his homeplate labelbosses of the Warp Recorders. Hooray with me, indeed, fellow junkies of the techno jazz! For this album of newness is equal to first new album since debut of Squarepusher Presents: Shobaleader One project for which album with too many not Squarepusher music-makers was employed for from the 2,010 years.

The newness of yet unborn album has in its nature the title of Ufabulum, which is doubtless fun to speech with out in the loud if you hold in your possession the idea of time. Tiny amounts of diminutive other informations can be said to exist at such present conditions allow, if only for this quotation from horse’s mouth of Squarepusher’s: “I’ve started thinking about pure electronic music again. Something very melodic, very aggressive.” While this speech is doubtless difficult to have been understood, perhaps a teasing of its video’s music will do well to project additional sun on subjects which are of the hand after discussions just now concluded.

• Squarepusher: http://warp.net/records/squarepusher
• Warp: http://warp.net

Crocodiles release Endless Flowers on Frenchkiss, freeze asses off on spring tour

Crocodiles have emerged once more from the lo-fi depths of San Diego’s psychedelic swamp with a new album and a string of spring dates across North America. The band is currently knees deep in the wintry Northland, having kicked off the tour about a week ago with an inaugural date at Brighton Music Hall in Boston. After a brief dip into Canada, they’ll continue on through the US in March. On the schedule is a stop at the Frenchkiss Records showcase at South by Southwest, plus a couple headlining dates in New York come April.

Core members Brandon Welchez (vocals, guitar) and Charles Rowell (guitar) have come along way since the band’s inception in 2008. The latest incarnation of the band features Marco Gonzalez (bass), Anna Schulte (drums), and Robin Eisenberg (keyboards), both on the current tour and on the band’s forthcoming album, Endless Flowers. The album comes out on June 5 via Frenchkiss. Written by Welchez and Rowell in the winter of 2011, Flowers was recorded by the full band last summer in that gloomy musicians’ paradise, Berlin. This is Crocodiles’ third full-length album, coming after 2010’s Sleep Forever (TMT Review).

Endless Flowers tracklisting:

01. Endless Flowers
02. Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
03. No Black Clouds for Dee Dee
04. Electric Death Song
05. Hung Up on a Flower
06. My Surfing Lucifer
07. Dark Alleys
08. Bubblegum Trash
09. Welcome Trouble
10. You Are Forgiven

Dates:

02.28.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry *
02.29.12 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium #
03.01.12- Omaha, NE - Slowdown Front Room *
03.02.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
03.03.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
03.06.12 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset *
03.07.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
03.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop **
03.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex ^
03.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
03.14.12 - Austin, TX - The Stage on Sixth (SXSW)
03.17.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s (Upstairs)
03.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
04.12.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

* Bleeding Rainbow
** Bleeding Rainbow, Terry Malts
^ Bleeding Rainbow, The Dunes
# Young Prisms

• Crocodiles: http://killkillkillcrocodiles.blogspot.com
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

Radiohead announce tour g’dates for Australia & New Zealand

According to the Radiohead-obsessed site At Ease, the UK favourites (worldwide, really) have announced some Australia and New Zealand dates. The string of dates kicks off November 6 in Auckland, and they’ll play 6 concerts throughout Australia and New Zealand through November 17. They’ve only just kicked off their tour in Miami but that hasn’t stopped them from selling out tickets to their Australian shows.

Earlier a small amount of tickets quickly sold out from Radiohead’s own W.A.S.T.E. store; however, it seems that a magical maker of tickets has waved his magic Yorkeian wand and made more tickets for you Aussies and NZeeez!

11.06.12 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
11.09.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre
11.12.12 - Sydney, Australia - Entertainment Centre
11.13.12 - Sydney, Australia - Entertainment Centre
11.16.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
11.17.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena

• Radiohead: http://radiohead.com

Sub Pop signs Seattle’s Poor Moon, reaffirming the existence of their own gravitational pull

There’s a natural tendency among some people (definitely not myself) to avoid things that would otherwise be described as “pleasant.” No, I don’t like fireplaces; they make me too comfortable and the smoke pollutes my delicate lungs. What makes you think I’d want to move to Southern California? The weather there is an incessant mixture of sun and more sun. “Give me torrential downpours with my sun, or give me no sun at all!” said Patrick Henry, a Founding Father whose general moroseness concerning the weather seems to have been overlooked by most (well, all, considering I just made up that quotation) history books. Like I said, these aren’t perspectives that I necessarily adhere to — just a demonstration of the general partypooperish nature of some people.

As far as music is concerned, even I have a tendency to avoid obviously “pleasant” artists — instead opting for the complex and inaccessible, as an unconscious way of challenging whatever preconceived notions I have of what constitutes “music.” At the same time, I (and I’m sure many others) have a sincere appreciation for bands like Seattle’s Poor Moon, who seem to remind everyone of the virtue of relatively straightforward songwriting. Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls), Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes, Cystal Skulls), and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards), and after a certain amount of time spent performing at “intimate” Seattle house parties under a variety of playfully nonsensical names (Rabbit Kingdom, Cookie Mask, Peppermint Mask), they’ve finally made it official and signed with Sub Pop. Their first EP Illusion is due out March 27, and they’ve already got a fairly extensive North American tour etched into their calendar. Prepare to be mildly contented.

Illusion tracklisting:

01. Illusion
02. Anyplace
03. People in Her Mind
04. Once Before
05. Widow

Dates:

03.20.12 - La Jolla, CA - UCSD (The Loft)
03.22.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.23.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill
03.24.12 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Playhouse
03.25.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.27.12 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
03.28.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
03.29.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
03.30.12 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
03.31.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
04.02.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
04.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.04.12 - Evanston, IL - Space
04.05.12 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
04.06.12 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
04.07.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.10.12 - Portland, ME - Space
04.11.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
04.13.12 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
04.14.12 - Washington DC - Black Cat Backstage
04.18.12 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
04.20.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium

• Poor Moon: http://www.facebook.com/thepoormoon
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Stephen O’Malley and Steve Noble will release a new LP on Bo’Weavil in March. Honestly.

Okay. No funny business. I’m just going to tell you straight, because you deserve to know the truth. Steve Noble and Stephen O’Malley have a record coming out together. I’m not going to sugar-coat it, because you’re old enough now to deal with it.

English jazz drummer Steve Noble and guitarist, producer, composer, and sunn 0))) member Stephen O’Malley performed together as a duo at the legendary Café Oto last year, and now the brutally beautiful gig is available as a double LP via Bo’Weavil Recordings in March.

Noble’s drumwork is featured running full-throttle, as O’Malley begins his guitar at a low roar that expands into a chaotic rampage. Bo’Weavil recommends the discs for fans of Fushitsusha and is offering them for pre-order now.

I know you’re excited and at the same time a little freaked out by my brutal honesty. But I’m real. Respect.

• Stephen O’Malley: http://www.ideologic.org
• Steve Noble: http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mnoble.html
• Bo’Weavil: http://www.boweavilrecordings.com

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