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

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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: http://chairkickers.com
• Sub Pop: www.subpop.com

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 talibambam@gmail.com. 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!: http://www.myspace.com/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: http://www.hihowareyou.com

Snoop Dogg gets “Wet” for Prince William on new album Doggumentary

Surely throughout the illustrious history of the British aristocracy there has been no greater honor than this: Snoop Dogg has written a track in honor of Prince William’s upcoming bachelor party. It’s called “Wet” and let us hope that Queen Elizabeth II never, ever hears it.

In other news, there are so many ways for you to get “Wet”! Come March 29, you can get it on Doggumentary, the latest album from the rap superstar on Doggystyle/Priority Records. You can also catch Snoop on the aptly-named “Get Wet” tour, which started a mere few days ago. After all, what better way to get 2011 started than to party like a royal?

Dates:

01.21.11 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
01.23.11 - Great Fall, MT - Civic Center
01.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
01.26.11 - South Bend, IN - Club Fever
01.27.11 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
01.28.11 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
01.29.11 - Killington, VT - Pickle Barrel Nightclub
01.31.11 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club
02.01.11 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
02.02.11 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note
02.03.11 – Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
02.07.11 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
02.08.11 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
02.10.11 - El Paso, TX - Club 101
02.11.11 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theater
02.12.11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
02.13.11 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
02.14.11 - Davis, CA - UC Davis Freeborn Hall
02.15.11 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
02.25.11 - Morgantown, WV - WVU Coliseum

• Snoop Dogg: http://www.snoopdogg.com
• Priority: http://www.priorityrecords.com

Little Wings return! New LP/CD Black Grass from folk romantic Kyle Field in February

Chocolate Grinder’s ahead of the game on this one, but we thought that bit of news was just big enough that we’d make sure you heard. Kyle Field, the man behind Little Wings, has let fly a new song, but more importantly, it comes from Black Grass — his first LW album since 2007’s Soft Pow’r. The album is slated for release on February 25, from RAD (Marriage Records).

We’d almost lost sight of Field over the last few years, though he was busy in a gentle, meandering kind of way. In the same year that saw Soft Pow’r, the label Ahornfelder published Put It in a Nutshell, an impressive book of Kyle’s drawings (for those who didn’t know, he’s as talented in visual arts as aural). In 2008, Field switched things up (well, just a little) by putting out an album under the name Be Gulls, consisting of himself and Lee Baggett. There have also been art exhibitions, some shows on the West Coast, and t-shirts offered from Rad Records (Field’s own corner of Marriage), but not too much recorded material short of a Daytrotter session last January.

You might recognize several of the songs posted in the 2010 Daytrotter session on Black Grass, which will continue the same intimate, lolling feeling of previous Little Wings records. According to Field, his newest work is influenced by such disparate references as Dos (one of several post-Minutemen bands, this one featuring Mike Watt and ex-wife/ex-Black Flag’s Kirra Roessler) and the song “West End Girls” by Pet Shop Boys. Who knew? Whatever the outcome, we’re excited.

Black Grass tracklisting:

01. Gold Teeth
02. How Come?
03. Mr. Natural
04. Can I Knock on This Door
05. I Grow Too
06. Come Fall
07. Stay Joking
08. Fall Skull
09. Little Bit
10. Black Grass

• Kyle Field: http://www.kyledraws.com
• Marriage: http://www.marriagerecs.com

Animal Collective add a handful of US dates; Panda Bear announces tracklist for Tomboy

Remember when we posted about Animal Collective yesterday? No? Good, because I want to repost it here to make this story look fatter:

To coincide with their ATP fest (TMT News), which was recently sweetened by the likes of Terry Riley, Orthrelm, Big Boi, and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (not to be confused with Steve Reich, Ocrilim, André 3000, and Soul Asylum), the boys of Animal Collective have announced a string of European dates, which we’re guessing is an effort to make the whole trip, you know, “cost-effective” or something. Jeez, always thinking about money, these boys.

Meanwhile, Panda Bear, who clearly enjoys eating french fries, has a new solo album. It’s called Tomboy, and it’s due April 19 (TMT News).

Anyway, turns out that Animal Collective have also added a handful of gigs in California, culminating with a performance at Coachella (TMT News). Check out the dates below. (Secret bonus: scroll a little further and the tracklist for Panda Bear’s Tomboy shall be revealed!!!)

04.11.11 - Arcata, CA - Kate Buchanan Room
04.12.11 - Redway, CA - Mateel Community Center
04.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.14.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
04.16.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrows Parties
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens
05.17.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuit
05.19.11 - Cologne, Germany - Electron
05.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Wee
05.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
05.22.11 - Krakow, Poland - TBA
05.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Vienna
05.24.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera

Tomboy tracklist:

01. You Can Count on Me
02. Tomboy
03. Slow Motion
04. Surfer’s Hymn
05. Last Night at The Jetty
06. Drone
07. Alsatian Darn
08. Sheherezade
09. Friendship Bracelet
10. Afterburner
11. Benfica

• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net

[Photo: Ben Beaumont-Thomas]