Curren$y keeps busy in 2011 making sure I have plenty of music to get stoned to

Curren$y keeps busy in 2011 making sure I have plenty of music to get stoned to

Last year was a banner year for New Orleans’ own Curren$y, with both of his albums Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II receiving critical praise and dozens of hours of play time during my smoke sessions. As we all know, Curren$y is a hard-working fella, and it looks like 2011 will be another great year for the mellowed-out, dope-smoking MC.

Curren$y has already released a new mixtape, Return to the Winner’s Circle, a follow-up to 2008’s Welcome to the Winner’s Circle that features Curren$y doing what he does best over tracks like Rick Ross’ “Live Fast, Die Young” and Raekwon’s “Rainy Dayz.” If you feel so inclined, and I know you will, you can download the album at Nah Right.

Curren$y has also just recently become a member of the Asylum/Warner Brothers family, so now that he’s hit the big time (if he hadn’t already hit it before), the young rapper has announced yet another mixtape on the way, paving the way for two official albums. On April 19, Covert Coup (the second mixtape of the year) will be released through digital means and features production by the one and only Alchemist. Furthermore, while there are no release dates set in stone yet, Curren$y is also working on Pilot Talk III and a second new album, Muscle Car Chronicles.

Lastly, and sure to make Curren$y’s life busier than it already is, the MC has announced a North American tour that kicks off April 20 (Curren$y’s favorite day). Just in case you ask, the venues for the tour have NOT been announced yet, so stop bothering me about them. Just be patient, I’m sure that Curren$y is going to be playing somewhere cool.


04.20.11 - New Orleans, LA - TBA
04.21.11 - Houston, TX - TBA
04.22.11 - Austin, TX - TBA
04.23.11 - Dallas, TX - TBA
04.25.11 - Albuquerque, NM - TBA
04.26.11 - TBA, AZ - TBA
04.27.11 - TBA, AZ - TBA
04.28.11 - San Diego, CA - TBA
04.29.11 - Los Angeles, CA - TBA
04.30.11 - Riverside, CA - TBA
05.01.11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - TBA
05.03.11 - Fresno, CA - TBA
05.04.11 - San Jose, CA - TBA
05.05.11 - Sacramento, CA - TBA
05.06.11 - San Francisco, CA - TBA
05.07.11 - Humboldt, CA - TBA
05.08.11 - Eugene, OR - TBA
05.10.11 - Portland, OR - TBA
05.11.11 - Seattle, WA - TBA
05.12.11 - Bellingham, WA - TBA
05.13.11 - Victoria, British Columbia - TBA
05.14.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - TBA
05.15.11 - Spokane, WA - TBA
05.17.11 - Missoula, MT - TBA
05.18.11 - Boise, ID - TBA
05.19.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
05.20.11 - Denver, CO - TBA
05.21.11 - Boulder, CO - TBA
05.22.11 - Ft. Collins, CO - TBA
05.24.11 - Omaha, NE - TBA
05.25.11 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
05.26.11 - Iowa City, IA - TBA
05.27.11 - Madison, WI - TBA
05.28.11 - Chicago, IL - TBA
05.29.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - TBA
05.31.11 - Toronto, Ontario - TBA
06.01.11 - Montreal, Quebec - TBA
06.02.11 - Burlington, VT - TBA
06.03.11 - Boston, MA - TBA
06.04.11 - New York, NY - TBA
06.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA
06.06.11 - Washington, DC - TBA
06.08.11 - Carrboro, NC - TBA
06.09.11 - TBA, SC - TBA
06.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - TBA
06.11.11 - Birmingham, AL - TBA
06.12.11 - Oxford, AL - TBA

• Curren$y:

Ponytail to release Do Whatever You Want All the Time in April

Whartscape may be over for good, but Ponytail ain’t. Rumors about Ponytail’s breakup spread quickly last year after the Washington Post posted its Whartscape review. In it, the writer claimed that Ponytails’ set was “widely believed to be its final,” adding that “after five years the band seems content to call it a day.”

Day’s not over, apparently, as We Are Free are set to release Ponytail’s third full-length, Do Whatever You Want All the Time, on April 12. The album was recorded with J. Robbins, and the cover art was designed by EYE of Boredoms. I’m giving it a 5/5.

The band’s last album, Ice Cream Spiritual, was released in 2008. It made #29 on our decade list, because it fucking rules.

Do Whatever You Want All The Time tracklisting:

01. Easy Peasy
02. Flabbermouse
03. Honey Touches
04. Beyondersville//Flight of Fancy
05. AwayWay
06. Tush
07. Music Tunes

• Ponytail:
• Ponytail MySpace:
• We Are Free:

Cass McCombs announces new album Wit’s End for release in April; reaches his own wit’s end because nobody knows who he is

It’s tough to be on the verge of releasing your fifth album and still have people shrug when they hear your name. Cass McCombs isn’t going to allow his lack of fame get to him, going so far as to title his new album Wit’s End, a tongue-in-cheek play on the fact that he’s losing his mind because nobody, not even his own fans, have any idea who he is. Wit’s End is due out via Domino Records on April 12, and is his first release since 2009’s least-known album Catacombs (TMT Review). McCombs will show his unrecognizable face at SXSW this year, as well as on a US summer tour.

Wit’s End tracklisting:

01. County Line
02 The Lonely Doll
03. Buried Alive
04. Saturday Song
05. Memory’s Stain
06. Hermit’s Cave
07. Pleasant Shadow Song
08. A Knock Upon the Door

• Cass McCombs:
• Domino Records:

[Photo: Autumn de Wilde]

The Decemberists announce second leg of US tour; April to be a month of sun-fleck’d bonhomie ‘midst the hoarfrost

Okay, Decemberists junkies, we get it. You love words. You find them “bewitching.” Your “mental lexicon” is all that saves you from the “gnarled bracken” of the “coming day.” A typographical mistake sends you into “conniptions,” while a “ripe turn of phrase” sets your “bejeweled cockles aflame.” You are a descendent of both Strunk and White. You sleep with a dictionary under your pillow, a thesaurus at your feet, and six stitched-together volumes of World War I poetry as your blanket. God bless you.

Nevertheless, until Colin Meloy decides to release his songs as some sort of “nouveau roman”, you’re still forced to “stalk the profligate racks” of a modern record store whenever a Decemberists album is “consummated and sent forth.” We know it’s not easy to have this “albatross” around your neck, but according to sales figures for The King Is Dead (TMT Review), you’ve done so this time around with “heretofore unexpected alacrity.” Nicely done.

In lieu of “ducats,” Meloy and co. have decided to reward your “foolhardy spending” with a newly announced second leg of US tourdates, starting on April 16 in Colorado Springs and ending in Atlanta on May 2. They’ll even be “setting the lay of Nebraska alight” on April 17! We “beseech” you: go see ‘em.


02.09.11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater *
02.10.11 - Denver, CO - Ogen Theatre *
02.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern *
02.13.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
02.14.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
02.18.11 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom *
02.19.11 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
03.04.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03.05.11 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
03.07.11 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Institute
03.08.11 - Bristol, UK - Bristol Academy
03.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
03.11.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Academy
03.12.11 - Bexhill, UK - De la Warr Pavillion
03.13.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.14.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.16.11 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
04.16.11 - Colorado Springs, CO - University of Colorado #
04.17.11 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center #
04.18.11 - Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa #
04.19.11 - Madison, WI - Overture Hall
04.21.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center #
04.22.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
04.23.11 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion #
04.25.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College #
04.26.11 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater #
04.27.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
04.29.11 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
04.30.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
05.01.11 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05.02.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre #

* Mountain Man
# Justin Townes Earle

• The Decemberists:
• Capitol:

[Photo: Weekly Dig]

Fleet Foxes tour in cumbersome diesel bus

August 31, 2009

Dear Fleet Foxes:

It’s recently occurred to us that the best thing you can do if you are looking to convince people that your records are staggeringly important works of fickle but illimitable genius is drop off the radar for a while in between releases. I mean, just look at Radiohead. In their heart-of-hearts, that band’s public totally knows that it takes them like two weeks to throw together one of their goofy little pop album trifles (and that roughly 70% of that time is dedicated to playing PS3, pawing through the studio’s compendium of takeout menus, and blaming pitchy vocal takes on a shortage of organic Throat Coat® tea), but we dutifully play along and hail Thom and Jonny and the bald one and those other guys as “true craftsmen.” Why? Because it takes them three to four years to put an album out. You guys like Radiohead, don’t you?

Yep. Three to four years seems to be the magic genius number. So, I know that albums 2-4 are already in the can, but the team and I were thinking that maybe you shouldn’t release your follow-up to 2008’s self-titled debut (TMT Review) until, say, May 3 (May 2 in the UK) of 2011. I know, I know; that seems like a long way off from now. But trust me — it’s a dynamite strategy! Sub Pop and Bella Union won’t mind the wait if it means they get a bigger payoff later. And (obviously) from a publicity angle, it’s totally gangbusters. Plus, then you can rest up from all those intensely long tours we’ve been sending you on nonstop. It’s completely win-win-win. You understand.

Anyway, the boys in R&D were thinking you could call the new album Helplessness Blues (that title tested best with our focus groups; people said it had “organic appeal”). And then, once that release date approaches, you can tour North America and Europe again, and it’ll be like some sort of “triumphant return” of this “transcendent band” after all this time spent “holed up trying to express themselves in just the right way” and all that stuff. Ooh, we can even make it sound all Faustian if you want! Or… something like that, anyway. Tell you what; we’ll have the marketing department work on it some more. In the mean time, whatever you do, don’t do anything until 2011!

Your Management Team

04.30.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Vogue Theatre
05.01.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
05.05.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.06.11 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
05.07.11 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium
05.08.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
05.10.11 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
05.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
05.15.11 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
05.17.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
05.18.11 - New York, NY - The United Palace Theatre
05.21.11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
05.25.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.26.11 - Munich, Germany - Dachau Summer of Music
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.30.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.31.11 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo

• Fleet Foxes:
• Sub Pop:
• Bella Union:

[Photo: Jonathan Fisher]

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announce details for Belong, out in March

When The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released their self-titled debut in 2009, they received much acclaim (everywhere) and some groans (TMT Review) at the somewhat contrived similarities with My Bloody Valentine. This March, POBPAT will release their sophomore full-length, and as if to remove any doubt of their influences, they brought in producer Mark Ellis (a.k.a. Flood, known for work with Smashing Pumpkins, U2, and PJ Harvey) and mixer Alan Moulder — renowned for credits with (you guessed it) My Bloody Valentine, as well as The Jesus & Mary Chain and Arctic Monkeys.

If the complaint with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart was that they were overwhelmingly trapped by comparisons, we can maybe hope for something a little different with the new album, according to the press release: that “beautifully self-contained sound” is “vast and magnificent, banishing once and for all any associations to ‘lo-fi’ and bringing [POBPAT] into heretofore unmapped widescreen dimensions.” For a band that initially fit so easily into readymade categories, the title of this supposedly evolved work is a little worrisome: Belong. A description of the title track, their latest single, also belies any hope of the band sloughing off constant comparisons; “Belong” is “positively anthemic, with buzzsaw-ing, Smashing Pumpkins-circa-Gish guitars…” (Flood’s contribution, maybe?).

Whoever or whatever the new album may sound like, there was nothing exactly to dislike before, and Belong promises to be another bright, heartwarming offering from these New York connoisseurs of pop. The album is out March 15 from Slumberland Records, but in the meantime, you can listen to single “Belong” here. And don’t forget about their tourdates with Twin Shadow!

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Slumberland: