The Control Group signs The Deer Tracks, hopelessly confusing fans of Deerhoof, Deerhunter, and Deer Tick

The Control Group signs The Deer Tracks, hopelessly confusing fans of Deerhoof, Deerhunter, and Deer Tick

The Deer Tracks recently announced that they have signed with The Control Group for their new EP, The Archer Trilogy pt. 1 — a pretty big deal, if you’re into a label that offers ringtones for its bands alongside tour information (seriously — check out the website; who doesn’t want Kings of Leon to play every time your mother calls?).

While The Deer Tracks may also seem to slip into a long roster of forest/fauna-named bands from the US, once you hear their bittersweet brand of electronic pop with tinkling piano notes and airy vocals, it makes perfect sense that a) they’re from Sweden, and b) they should join the same label that brings us El Perro Del Mar.

Out on March 15, the new album is, as its name indicates, the first in an anticipated trilogy from the duo, with pt. 2 to follow in the summer.

The Archer Trilogy pt. 1 tracklist:

01. The Smallest Cube
02. Ram Ram
03. Karlavagn
04. Mio
05. Books of Blood

• The Deer Tracks:
• The Control Group:

Here it comes, the Death Vessel tour! My oh my, the Death Vessel tour starts todaaaaaay!

Forget this internet business, it’s old hat! The new wave of the future, why that’s musical theater. Mark my words, everybody’s going to be trading in their iPhones for Broadway season tickets in five years. (People buy season tickets to Broadway plays, right? I don’t know, I live in Texas.) To stay ahead of the curve, here’s the first-ever Tiny Mix Tapes musical, a work I have titled “Death Vessel Are Going on Tour.” Come, friends, lend an ear:

[Man enters stage right.]

Man: Death Vessel, they’re going on tour! They’re going on tour in the month of March, the month of March, oh yeah!

[Woman enters stage left, coquettishly.]

Woman [softly]: Ohhhhh, Death Vessselllll, they are going on tour! The tour is in Europe, Europe, Europe! If you live in Europe, you are the kind of person that can go! and! see! them!


03.01.11 - London, UK - Old Blue Last
03.02.11 - Hull, UK - The New Adelphi
03.03.11 - Coventry, UK - Taylor Johns
03.04.11 - Bristol, UK - Cube Cinema
03.06.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
03.07.11 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree
03.08.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Cabaret Voltaire
03.09.11 - Liverpool, UK - Stanley Theatre
03.10.11 - Sowerby Bridge, UK - Puzzle Hall
03.13.11 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
03.14.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
03.15.11 - Clonakilty, Ireland - De Barras Folk Club
03.16.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Crawdaddy
03.18.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruner Jager
03.19.11 - Munster, Germany - Amp Club
03.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Privatclub
03.21.11 - Dresden, Germany - GrooveStation
03.22.11 - Munchen, Germany - Kranhalle
03.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena

• Death Vessel:
• Sub Pop:

David Pajo leaves Interpol, makes the very un-rock ‘n’ roll decision to spend more time with his family. Boring.

After only about a year of service, David Pajo (who made his name as a member of Slint, Tortoise, and Zwan) has announced that he will be leaving Interpol immediately. Pajo, who decided that time with his family was more important than life on the road, joined Interpol last year after original bassist Carlos Dengler left the band and decided to spend more time doing nothing important.

The remaining members of the band and Pajo both composed and published public statements, which can be read on Interpol’s website, explaining the departure. Interpol assured fans that “We’re all friends. It’s just an Out-of-the-hotel, Into-the-home sorta thing. He’s going to be missed to be sure. Aside from being an exceptional musician, Pajo is a wonderful person to be around.”

After Pajo broke the news, he explained the separation: “I’ll be taking a break from touring to focus on family. There are no personal, artistic or health reasons — it’s really as simple as that!” Fans who might be afraid of a future without Pajo-music had their fears washed away like rain, as Pajo made sure to mention that he “will continue to record and perform music, with bands as well as solo, I just won’t be touring as much.”

Interpol have already tapped Brad Truax (who’s played with a whole bunch of bands ranging from Cass McCombs and Animal Collective to Soldiers of Fortune and Home) to be Pajo’s replacement. Truax’s first gig with the band will be the March 3 tour kick-off show in Hamburg, Germany; dates for that tour are below.

Interpol dates:

03.03.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks +
03.04.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Dock +
03.06.11 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene =
03.07.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Cirkus +
03.08.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Hall +
03.10.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee +
03.11.11 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rokhall +
03.12.11 - Munich, Germany - Kesselhaus +
03.14.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Komplex +
03.15.11 - Paris, France - Zenith +
03.16.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena +
03.18.11 - Bournemouth, UK - O2 Academy +
03.19.11 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall +
03.20.11 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange +
03.22.11 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy +
03.26.11 - Moscow, Russia - A2
03.27.11 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Glav Club
04.13.11 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
04.14.11 - Sacramento, CA - Crest Theatre
04.17.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
04.18.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.20.11 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
04.21.11 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
04.22.11 - Helotes, TX - Josabis Amphitheatre
04.24.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
04.25.11 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
04.26.11 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
04.28.11 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz
04.29.11 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
04.30.11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
05.02.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05.03.11 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
05.04.11 - Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo
06.03.11 - Nurburgring, Germany - Nurburgring
07.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field *
07.08.11 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Hippodrome *
07.09.11 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Hippodrome *
07.11.11 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre *
07.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field *
07.17.11 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium *
07.20.11 - East Rutherford, NJ - New Meadowlands Stadium *
07.23.11 - Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium *
07.26.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field *

+ Matthew Dear
* U2

• Interpol:
• David Pajo:

Foot Village announce epic return to New Jersey for ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror event

The first — and only — time that Foot Village ever played in New Jersey, it was for an astounding crowd of six. Not content with their first try, the band has announced that they will be playing at the All Tomorrow’s Parties event I’ll Be Your Mirror (which is curated by Portishead and features The Ultramagnetic MCs, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and JEFF MANGUM)! To celebrate the occasion, the band has written a new song, “New Jersey,” which the band describes as a love song dedicated to the six people at their fateful first NJ gig.

Foot Village will also be heading out on a tour of the Western (and cooler) states of the continental US. The tour, while serving as a build-up to the ATP show, is primarily in support of the band’s new 7-inch single featuring the song “Totally Tween,” and will see release through How To Fight Records. The tour is called the Totally Tour Tour, which is being promoted with some bitchin’ artwork, and dates for the Eastern states WILL be added later.


03.15.11 - Tempe, AZ - Yobs
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - The Smell/KXLU SXSW Showcase
03.19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.21.11 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
03.22.11 - Grand Junction, CO - House Party
03.23.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Loft
03.24.11 - Boise, ID - Colorcube
03.25.11 - Seattle, WA - Cairo
03.26.11 - Portland, OR - House Party
03.27.11 - Oakland, CA - Sugar Mountain
03.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace
09.30.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP (I’ll Be Your Mirror)

• Foot Village:
• How To Fight:

Light at the end: Mazes announce release date for debut album A Thousand Heys

Time heals all wounds. And, in our case, delivers all records. Last fall, the British group Mazes (as opposed to their American counterparts in Chicago) signed to FatCat Records (another nationality hint) and made the obligatory announcement of a debut sometime in the “2011” future. People have been saying it for years now, but folks: the future is today.

As a cordial salutation, the debut full-length is entitled A Thousand Heys, and will be out on April 12. The album will consist of the singles and numerous tracks that have been circulating for the last year, plus (comparatively) new material. Listen to “Vampire Jive” here. If you’re still unsure about a band who, up until now, purport to be more comparison (Guided by Voices or Eric’s Trip, FatCat say) than anything else, then you should be happy to hear this next tidbit: Mazes are playing their first American show at SXSW (and some European dates with Dum Dum Girls), so you can decide for yourself.


03.15-20.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.31.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute ^
04.01.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans ^
04.02.11 - Belfast, Ireland - The Black Box ^
04.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo ^
04.04.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club ^
04.05.11 - London, UK - Dingwalls ^
04.06.11 - Brighton, UK - Komedia ^

^ Dum Dum Girls

• Mazes:
• FatCat:

Maserati tour the US while they can still get away with this whole 70s retro-future A.O.R. thing

Okay, Maserati, let’s huddle up. Come on, come on, bring it in here. Okay. It’s the 4th quarter, there’s two minutes left, and we’re down by a few points. I know it’s been a long, slow tour cycle for you guys, and the effort has been really great so far all around. I mean, REALLY great. But let’s just get out there one last time and make this tour of the US count. Because let’s face it: the window for proggy, guitar jams is CLOSING. At the rate things are going around here, your most recent record, Pyramid of the Sun (TMT Review) won’t be fit to sell sports cars in like three months.

I’m not gonna lie to you guys here. The hip kids of tomorrow aren’t into albums. They want singles. They want to be re-sold something fresh. Something new! Something original! Bold! Honest! They want Kurt Cobain! But are you guys gonna let the fickle tastes of the kids stand in your way??? Hell no! Who’s with me?!? So what if you’re out-numbered, out-trended, out-cooled? You’re still Maserati, dammit! So come on, before you fall behind the retro-pop times for good, why don’t you get out there and show ‘em one last time what a bunch of excessive guitar delay, bloated song-lengths, über-clean tones, and krautrock beats can do! Come on, who’s with me?! Let’s get the old band chant going, boys! Da-vid! Gil-mour! Da-vid! Gil-mour! Da-vid! Gil-mour! Da-vid…


04.07.11 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
04.08.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s
04.09.11 - Houston, TX - The Mink
04.10.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
04.12.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
04.13.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunkspace
04.14.11 - San Diego, CA- Soda Bar
04.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite
04.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
04.18.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04.19.11 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04.20.11 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
04.21.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.22.11 - Denver, CO - The Summit
04.23.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
04.24.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
04.25.11 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
04.26.11 - Champaign, IL - The High Dive
04.27.11 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
04.28.11 - Nashville, TN - The End
04.29.11 - Athens, GA - The 40 Watt

• Maserati:
• Temporary Residence: