Devo Announce Plans to Play 2010 Winter Olympics and Find Themselves Up for Medal Contention with Spectacular Curling Skills

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Ah, the Winter Olympics: a wonderful time of year when we all remember our primal love of sliding down snowy things, while moms across the world find themselves delirious with the overwhelming amount of figure skating on television. It’s a time of year when underdog Jamaican bobsled teams and the cranky Germans who harass them can rise above their cultural differences. A time of year when passions run high, athletes’ knees are ripe for attack, and miracles (on ice) are all around us.

The only question that remains is this: Who’s gonna play some great dance music at the afterparty when America wins the gold? Devo, of course!

Devo, who are eager to release a new album in the spring (their first in 20 years), have announced that they will be heading to Vancouver and will be playing as part of the Whistler Victory Ceremonies on February 22 with the concert being broadcast in the US on NBC.

Singer and famous lamp-head Mark Mothersbaugh, excited for the gig, took time to remind fans: “We are back with inspirational tomes of truth and neuro-simpatico sonic nuggets for the entire world, not just our species!”

Devo’s new album, tentatively titled Fresh is set for release on Warner Bros. sometime in the spring of 2010.

• Devo: http://www.clubdevo.com
• Warner Bros.: http://tinyurl.com/yfry82j

Todd P Announces MtyMx Fest in Mexico Featuring Dan Deacon, No Age, Neon Indian

Brooklyn promoter Todd P has made a name for himself by hosting all-ages shows in bizarre locales and concordant venues all around New York City. Seeing as I reside in Arizona, I’ve never been to a Todd P event, but his ability to host something exciting in an otherwise unassuming locale is exemplary of the DIY spirit. His latest venture, in a collaboration with Yo Garage, is an especially laudable gesture toward a woefully neglected arts community: the Mtymx Music and Arts Festival, taking place March 20-22 in Monterrey, Mexico.

The all-ages festival will take place at the Autocinema Las Torres, a drive-in movie theatre on the side of a mountain that regularly hosts concerts and raves. The festival will feature a total of 75 bands over three days, and the bands will play in succession without any overlapping sets. All for only $30. A third of the bands performing are from Mexico, including Siltbreeze punks Los Llamarada and synth-pop outfit Quiero Club. Confirmed bands also include Dan Deacon, No Age, Fucked Up, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Thee Oh Sees, Pocahaunted, Best Fwends, Indian Jewelry, Toro y Moi, Small Black, dd/mm/yyyy, Liturgy, Lemonade, Banjo or Freakout, and more.

Speaking to Brooklyn Vegan, Todd P assured the safety of attendees and voiced his effort to quash the stigma surrounding our neighbors to the south:

Monterrey has a lower violent crime rate than NYC, Dallas, or Houston, even accounting for international drug trade violence. A major goal of the festival is to dispel US misconceptions that Mexico is the 3rd world, uneducated, dangerous and backwards. Mexico is a modern country with a surging middle class and a vibrant, plugged in 1st world art and music community. Another major goal is to correct the disenfranchisement of Mexican artists and bands caused by strict US visa restrictions on Mexicans. In short: these bands and fans can’t go to SXSW.

The festival will prevent Todd P from hosting his usual SXSW showcase at Ms. Bea’s this year, but for this southwesterner, the respect paid to Mexican artists and fans is a truly worthwhile exchange.

• Todd P: http://toddpnyc.com
• Yo Garage: http://enelgarage.com

We Were Promised Jetpacks Break Free of These Four Walls and Announce US Tour. Was That Joke Too Obvious? Yeah, Yeah It Was.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, who are still gleefully (and rightfully) lapping up all the positive press about last year’s These Four Walls (TMT Review) have finally decided to headline their own US tour, and seriously, they would love it if you came. They’ll totally buy you a jetpack. But just read this excerpt from our review of These Four Walls, and I bet it’ll make you check them out, even if you don’t get a jetpack: “These Four Walls is a consistently exciting album full of memorable songs, and one of maybe five records this year so far that I would recommend unreservedly.”

Here are the dates:

02.11.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.12 .10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
02.13.10 - Washington, DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
02.14.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
02.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02.17.10 - Charlotte, NC - The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
02.18.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
02.19.10 - Nashville, TN - The End
02.20.10 - Hot Springs, AR - Maxine’s Pub
02.21.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
02.23.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
02.24.10 - La Jolla, CA - The Loft (UCSD)
02.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
03.01.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
03.02.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
03.03.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
03.05.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03.06.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03.07.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
03.08.10- Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
03.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
03.11.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.12.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
03.13.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.14.10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
03.15.10 - Columbia, MO - MOJO

[Photo: Neil Thomas Douglas]

• We Were Promised Jetpacks: http://myspace.com/wewerepromisedjetpacks
• FatCat: http://fat-cat.co.uk

Wowie Bowie! All the Young Dudes (and Dudettes) Pay Tribute to the Thin White Duke

Tired of worshipping David Bowie tribute bands like Diamond Dogs, Stardust, Space Oddity, Jean Genie, Tigers on Vaseline, and Scary Lodgers? Do you long for bands like Vivian Girls, MGMT, A Place to Bury Strangers, Duran Duran, and Devendra Banhart to take on Ziggy’s ouevre? Wait no more, because Manimal Vinyl will be putting out a 28-song tribute to the man sometime in May. The multiple-personality-clad Bowie, who turned 63 last Friday, is perfectly fit for tributes of all sounds and sizes, so it is not surprising that Manimal’s effort is a large, varied affair. It is surprising that no title has been created for the collection yet. It is not surprising that this tribute album be in benefit of a charitable organization, with the very deserving War Child International receiving all forthcoming proceeds.

[David Bowie tribute album] tentative tracklisting:

01. Exitmusic - Space Oddity
02. Vivian Girls - John, I’m Only Dancing
03. Megapuss (Devendra Banhart) - Sound + Vision (en espanol)
04. Carla Bruni - Absolute Beginners
05. Lights - World Falls Down
06. VOICEsVOICEs - Heroes
07. Duran Duran - Boys Keep Swinging
08. MGMT - TBA
09. Chairlift - Always Crashing in the Same Car
10. Aska w/ Moon & Moon - African Night Flight
11. A Place to Bury Strangers - Suffragette City
12. The Polyamorous Affair - Theme From Cat People
13. Keren Ann - Life on Mars
14. Swahili Blonde (feat. John Frusciante) - Red Money
15. Marco Benevento - Art Decade
16. Corridor - Be My Wife
17. Aquaserge - The Superman
18. Warpaint - Ashes to Ashes
19. Rainbow Arabia - Quicksand
20. We Are The World - Afraid of Americans
21. Laco$te - Within You
22. Ariana Delawari - Ziggy Stardust
23. Pizza! - Modern Love
24. St Clair Board - Secret Life of Arabia
25. Caroline Weeks - Starman
26. Amanda Jo Williams - The Man Who Sold the World
27. Mick Karn - Ashes to Ashes
28. Soulwax - TBA

• David Bowie: http://www.davidbowie.com
• War Child International: http://www.warchild.org

The Tallest Man on Earth Returns with Wild Hunt and Storms Europe; Headline Not Nearly as Reminiscent of Godzilla Sequels as It Seems

Swedish-born, Americana-singing paradox Kristian Matsson a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth will release his sophomore album The Wild Hunt April 13 through Dead Oceans. This marks The Tallest Man’s second full-length following 2008’s Shallow Grave and first for Dead Oceans.

The album’s press release describes Matsson’s music as such: “It is impossible to discuss The Tallest Man on Earth’s music without acknowledging *Bob Dylan*. The seemingly effortlessness, the melodic sensibility and the deft lyricism all recall Dylan’s early years.”

While I do not deny the aesthetic similarities between Mr. Dylan’s and Mr. Matsson’s music, I do feel unfairly and forcefully coerced by this press release. In fact, prior to posting this quote, it was not only possible, but also easier to discuss The Tallest Man without mentioning Dylan. If you need proof, see all text above the quote. If you need more proof, do it again.

In no way do I represent the thoughts and opinions of the Tiny Mix Tapes Media Enterprise Conglomerate ® when I say Dead Oceans is fishing for comparison quotes and thus attempting to influence and control the creative thoughts of music writers everywhere. For shame, most-likely-innocent press release author. You’ll have a union on your hands soon enough.

The Wild Hunt tracklisting:

01. The Wild Hunt
02. Burden of Tomorrow
03. Troubles Will be Gone
04. You’re Going Back
05. The Drying of the Lawns
06. King of Spain
07. Love is All
08. Thousand Ways
09. A Lion’s Heart
10. Kids on the Run

Some reasonably-sized tourdates:

02.21.10 - St. Malo, France - La Route Du Rock at Chapelle St Sauveur
02.26.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Slussen
03.04.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Astra Stube
03.05.10 - Berlin, Germany - NBI Club
03.07.10 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - fabrIQ at W2
03.08.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
03.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique (Witloof Bar)
03.10.10 - Paris, France - Le Scopitone
03.11.10 - Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain - Teatro Municipal Pedro Munoz Seca
03.12.10 - Granada, Spain - Centro Cultural
03.13.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar Factory Club
03.14.10 - Mallorca, Spain - Teatre Lloseta
03.15.10 - London, UK - Bush Hall
03.17.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - DK Klub Shh at Din Nye Ven
03.25.10 - Istanbul, Turkey - Indigo

* Beach House, The Fiery Furnaces, The xx, Shearwater, Local Natives
% Tiny Vipers, Karl Blau, Megafaun

And you can listen to “King of Spain” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

• The Tallest Man on Earth: http://www.myspace.com/thetallestmanonearth
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Besnard Lakes Were “the Dark Horse,” Are Now “the Roaring Night” and Will Soon Be “the Tart at the Bar with the Lazy Eye and the Yosemite Sam Tattoo on Her Shoulder”

The last time we caught up with The Besnard Lakes — Montréal’s exemplary pop troupe led by the wife-and-husband team of Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek — they were busy marvelling us with their surprise-attack sophomore album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (TMT Review). No one is saying that they’re sick of playing that album’s digibytes to death, but it is good to hear that the band will be releasing a new album at the beginning of March.

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night will come out on the band’s friendly label Jagjaguwar, on March 9, to be exact. And speaking of being exact, exactly one month before the album’s release date, a 12-inch single, “Albatross,” will be issued featuring the album track “Albatross” (which you can listen to at the Chocolate Grinder), and a song whose title is stolen from Kate Moss’ biography: “Four Long Lines” (har, har).

No new tourdates have been announced, but you can bet a shiny horse nickel on some coming closer to …the Roaring Night’s release date.

In more music-centric news, The Besnard Lakes have scored the Mark Ruffalo-directed Sympathy for Delicious, which has been accepted to screen at the 2010 Sundance Festival and have contributed to a forthcoming Adam Franklin song tentatively titled “Lord Help Me Jesus” which will be included on the ex-Swervedriver/Toshack Highway singer’s solo album, due in 2010.

The roaring tracklist:

01. Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent; Pt. 1: The Ocean
02. Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent; Pt. 2: The Innocent
03. Chicago Train
04. Albatross
05. Glass Printer
06. Land of Living Skies; Pt. 1: The Land
07. Land of Living Skies; Pt. 2: The Living Skies
08. And This Is What We Call Progress
09. Light Up the Night
10. The Lonely Moan

• The Besnard Lakes: http://www.thebesnardlakes.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

  

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