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

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

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.

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We’ll Shout It from the Mountaintops: High Places to Release High Places vs. Mankind and Tour…’our…’our…’our!

At the risk of upsetting loyal TMT readers, there is yet another must-buy album due to be tickling your aural peripherals in April. We know, times are tight and April is often seen as the cruelest month on your wallet due to the massive demand for seasonal veggies like chiory and chives. Listen, one cannot predict when essential albums will collide with prime produce schedules, so, in the words of the immortal Glenn Frey and Don Henley: “Get Over It.” Robert Barber and Mary Pearson are better known as the extraordinaire eclectronic duo High Places and they will be releasing their second album, entitled High Places vs. Mankind, on April 6 through Thrill Jockey. A 12-inch is due also, collecting a new digital single, the already-issued “I Was Born,” plus some remix goodies.

Eat local, buy focal:

01. The Longest Shadows
02. On Giving Up
03. She’s a Wild Horse
04. The Channon
05. Canada
06. Constant Winter
07. On a Hill in a Bed on a Road in a House
08. Drift Slayer
09. The Most Beautiful Name
10. When It Comes

High Places vs. Mankind, eh? This epic conceptual battle takes a sharp turn in March when we see our dynamic duo shift the game to smaller, physical arenas as Pearson and Barber will combat evil show promoters and drunken moochbags trying to snare free merch and backstage drinks starting in the muddy ploughed fields of LA on the 21st of that month. War talk aside, does anyone else seem it odd that there are song titles listed above like “Constant Winter” and “Canada,” yet High Places are not planning on venturing into the Great White North for one date over two months of shows listed below? Just sayin’…

03.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.24.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.27.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan #
03.28.10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile $
03.30.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03.31.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.01.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
04.02.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club %
04.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.05.10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
04.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Kecktie
04.16.10 - Madrid, Spain - La Casa Encendida ^
04.17.10 - Barcelona, Spain - LA2
04.18.10 - Valladolid, Spain - Espacio Joven
04.20.10 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
04.22.10 - Milan, Italy - Amigdala Theatre
04.23.10 - Pisa, Italy - Fosfeni Festival (Citta del Teatro)
04.24.10 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
04.25.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Bio Oko
04.26.10 - Zagreb, Croatia - AT
04.27.10 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
04.28.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Grabenhalle
04.29.10 - Dijon, France - Kill Your Pop Festival (Atheneum)
05.01.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
05.03.10 - Brighton, England - Freebutt
05.04.10 - London, England - Cargo
05.06.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Nice & Sleazy
05.07.10 - Sheffield, England - The Harley
05.08.10 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
05.10.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Nieuwe Anita
05.12.10 - Berlin, Germany - Spex Festival
05.13.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rust
05.14.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
05.15.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
05.20.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
05.21.10 - Porto, Portugal - Plano B

# w/ Bear in Heaven, Cymbals Eat Guitars
$ w/ Bear in Heaven
% w/ Tobacco, Hood Internet
^ w/ Javelin, Sunburned Hand of the Man

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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.

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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]

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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

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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.

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