Deerhoof to team with Konono N°1 and Kasai Allstars, plan 7-inch series with Xiu Xiu and more

Deerhoof to team with Konono N°1 and Kasai Allstars, plan 7-inch series with Xiu Xiu and more

Deerhoof vs. Evil, Deerhoof’s Polyvinyl debut, isn’t even out yet (coming January 25, readers), but the band already has some new shit cooking on their wood-burning stove (yes, they’re that cool). According to Exclaim, Deerhoof are planning a 7-inch series that “will see each track from Deerhoof vs. Evil released as a collaborative single with another artist.” The artists will, according to drummer Greg Saunier, “create their own vocals over it, their own melody and lyrics and everything.” The first single with Physical Forms (featuring Busdriver) was released last year, and a new one with Xiu Xiu is already completed.

In other news, Deerhoof are working on a “big collaboration” with Congolese musicians Konono N°1 and Kasai Allstars. “We’ve also got a big collaboration thing planned for this year that’s super exciting; I don’t even know if I’m allowed to talk about it yet. It’s very likely that there’s going to be a large collaborative group that will include the members of Deerhoof, as well as members of Konono No.1 and Kasai Allstars, that will hopefully be doing some large festival shows in the summer of 2011.”

Also lookout for vinyl reissues of their back catalog later this year, because we hear vinyl is doing okay for itself.

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Surfer Blood learn how to break shit on the road with Trail of Dead this spring

For some buzzworthy youngins like Surfer Blood, the chance to do a co-headlining tour with indie heavyweights …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead is also a chance for them to learn about the art of on-stage surlyness. Hopefully by the time they reach Brooklyn, Surfer Blood will be well-versed in the time honored traditions of spitting beer into the crowd, stage-diving, and instrument smashing. The tour will also coincide with a new EP that Surfer Blood is currently working on, due out this spring on Kanine Records, following up last year’s (ew… old music!) Astro Coast (TMT Review).

04.29.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.30.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East
05.01.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Tulipe
05.03.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.04.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
05.05.11 - Columbus, OH - Basement
05.06.11 - Lansing, MI - The Loft
05.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05.08.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.10.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
05.11.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
05.12.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
05.13.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl

• Surfer Blood:
• Trail of Dead:

A Hawk and a Hacksaw release new album. Also, “A Hack and a Handsaw” is still available as a band name.

Show of hands, please: who here is guilty of ever having spouted out, in one of those bravado-fueled music conversations that we all pretend not to have but always do, something along the lines of “yeah, I really dig NMH’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea for the imagery and all, but what really sets the thing apart for me is those totally innovative and sometimes microtonal arrangements that favor exotic, hexatonal scales and cast a distinctly Eastern European light on Magnum’s inherently occidental folk pop”?

Yuk. Well, first of all, you suck. Second of all, get your pretentious ass into A Hawk and a Hacksaw right away. The duo, which features former NMH band member Jeremy Barnes, is releasing a new album of whirring, droning, gypsy, klesmer, mostly-instrumental, carnival, folk, world music on March 8 via their own label, L.M. Duplication. The new album is (somewhat insistently) titled CERVANTINE and contains all the innovative and interesting Eastern European jams that you know and love, with almost none of those “pedantic pop tropes” that drive you up the ivory wall. Cheers, motherfucker!

CERVANTINE tracklisting:

01. No Rest for the Wicked
02. Mana Thelo Enan Andra
03. Espanola Kolo
05. Uskudar
06. Lajtha Lassu
07. At the Vulturul Negru
08. The Loser [Xeftilis]

• A Hawk and a Hacksaw:
• L.M. Duplication: … meh? …

Pull out your Walkman! Akron/Family to release new album on cassette via Joyful Noise

Just because they can, Akron/Family have announced that, in addition to the “standard” formats of CD and LP, their new album, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT, will be released on Special Edition Cassette. The boring formats will be issued by Dead Oceans, with Joyful Noise Recordings giving birth to the cassette; all formats are available February 8.

The Special Edition Cassette includes the entirety of the new album and also features high-quality purple tapes (a nod to Raekwon’s influence on their sound?), a free digital download of the album, and full 8-panel artwork. The whole thing is limited to 500 hand-numbered cassettes. Preorder for this eventual collector’s item begins January 17 at the Joyful Noise website.

In support of the new cassette release, Akron/Family have an upcoming tour they would love for me to tell you about, so here are some dates:

02.17.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02.18.10 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
02.19.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
02.20.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
02.22.10 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
02.23.10 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
02.24.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.25.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
02.26.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
02.28.10 - St. Louis, MO - Biliken Club
03.01.10 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub
03.02.10 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
03.03.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Blockley
03.05.10 - New York, NY - The Bowery Ballroom
03.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
03.25.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
03.26.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
03.28.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03.29.10 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre
03.31.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
04.01.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.03.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon
04.04.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04.07.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
04.08.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
04.09.10 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish

• Akron/Family:
• Joyful Noise:

Crystal Stilts muster out new album, In Love with Oblivion

When they’re not busy being the newly crowned princes of crooning Brooklyn post-pop-punk, Crystal Stilts have taken a moment or two to materialize a new piece of crooning post-pop-punk. Once again, Slumberland will be the middle man for the foursome by releasing In Love with Oblivion on April 12 (a day earlier in the UK on Fortuna Pop!). The album will act as the follow-up to last year’s “Shake the Shackles” 7-inch and 2008’s fairly well-received Alight of Night.

Other than that snippet of goodness, the band has only one show planned so far, which you’ll see below along with the new album’s tracklist. Looks like they’re playing it low-key — oh so Brooklyn-esque.

In Love with Oblivion:

01. Sycamore Tree
02. Through the Floor
03. Silver Sun
04. Alien Rivers
05. Half a Moon
06. Flying Into the sun
07. Shake the Shackles
08. Precarious Stair
09. Invisible City
10. Blood Barons
11. Prometheus At Large


04.29.11 Austin, TX East Side Drive-In (Austin Psych Fest)

• Crystal Stilts:

Holy guitars! Marnie Stern tours with Tera Melos!

When she’s not busy being written about in The New Yorker, Marnie Stern is releasing new albums (like 2010’s self-titled affair), getting remixed by Max Tundra, and of course hitting the road. This winter, she will bring fellow two-handed guitar tapping Tera Melos on the road with her. Hopefully the California boys can keep up with Stern and her string-bending ways.

Marnie Tera:

02.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
02.19.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
02.20.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
02.22.11 - San Antonio, TX - Ten Eleven
02.23.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
02.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Sons Of Hermann Hall
02.25.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room - HOB
02.26.11 - Tallahasee, FL - Club DownUnder
02.27.11 - Orlando, FL - The Backbooth
02.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn w/ Cinemechanica
03.01.11 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
03.02.11 - Washington DC - Red Palace
03.03.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.04.11 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
03.05.11 - Danbury, CT - Heirloom Arts Theater
03.06.11 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
03.07.11 - Montreal, QU - Il Motore
03.08.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
03.09.11 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
03.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
03.11.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr
03.12.11 - Denver, CO - Moes
03.13.11 - Salt Lake City - Kilby Court
03.15.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
03.16.11 - Portland, OR - Branx
03.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
03.19.11 - Sacramento, CA - TownHouse Lodge w/Amaranth

• Marnie Stern:
• Tera Melos:

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