Drake announces huge North American tour, purchases entire region on whim

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Unless Tiny Mix Tapes has a surprising readership among billionaires, it is safe to assume that Drake is richer than any of us. He has the most money, we (relative to Drake) have the least money. Rumor has it, the sweater Drake wore on the cover of Take Care cost exactly one-million dollars. Not because it was a nice sweater or anything, just because that’s how much Drake feels like he should pay for a sweater. Drake has quite a bit of money, so much that he seems like he could purchase all of North America on a whim. Look: Drake has purchased all of North America on a whim.

Well, not quite. Drake’s expressed interest in purchasing the entirety of the North American continent. But since he’s no idiot, Drake wants to check the place out first. Hence, his upcoming tour, dubbed, for a reason that someone probably understands, the Would You Like A Tour. This tour, which begins September 25 in Portland, hits 41 different cities, because, look, Drake really wants to make sure all the door frames fit and also that Tacoma hasn’t disappeared into a gigantic sinkhole. Accompanying him on these dates are his top consultant/R&B singer Miguel and business-robot/rapper Future.

Drake’s third full-length, Nothing Was The Same, will be out on September 17, more than likely. But who knows. Drake is too busy being rich to really care about such things. In fact, he just bought a yacht, which he will use to crash into another yacht.

Drake dates:

09.25.13 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
09.26.13 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
09.27.13 - Vancouver, BC - Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
09.29.13 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
09.30.13 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
10.02.13 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
10.03.13 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
10.05.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
10.06.13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
10.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
10.09.13 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.11.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse
10.12.13 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
10.13.13 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
10.15.13 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
10.16.13 - Buffalo, NY - First Niagara Center
10.18.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center
10.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
10.21.13 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
10.22.13 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
10.26.13 - Hartford, CT - XL Center
10.27.13 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
10.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
10.30.13 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
10.31.13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
11.02.13 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
11.03.13 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
11.05.13 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena
11.06.13 - Tampa, FL - Tampa Bay Times Forum
11.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
11.09.13 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
11.10.13 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
11.12.13 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
11.13.13 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
11.16.13 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
11.18.13 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Arena
11.19.13 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
11.21.13 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center
11.22.13 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
11.24.13 - San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena
11.25.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center

• Drake: http://www.drakeofficial.com
• Miguel: http://www.officialmiguel.com
• Future: http://www.futurefreebandz.com

RIP: Bobby “Blue” Bland, blues and soul singer

From The Washington Post:

Bobby “Blue” Bland, a distinguished singer who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as “Turn on Your Love Light” and “Further On Up the Road,” died Sunday. He was 83.

Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives.

Bland was known as the “the Sinatra of the blues” and was heavily influenced by Nat King Cole, often recording with lavish arrangements to accompany his smooth vocals. He even openly imitated Frank Sinatra on the “Two Steps From the Blues” album cover, standing in front of a building with a coat thrown over his shoulder.

• Bobby “Blue” Bland: http://www.bobbybluebland.com

SPF420 hosts live Japanese footwork event tomorrow, with Paisley Parks, Foodman, and Giant Claw

Those crazy kids at SPF420 are at it again, and we’re particularly excited, because the e-venue is hosting an event tomorrow that feels 100% tailored to TMT’s tastes. The theme this time? JAPANESE FOOTWORK. We’ve been keeping our ears on Japanese footwork for quite some time in our Chocolate Grinder section, and SPF420 has lovingly plucked two of the greatest Japanese footwork artists known to humankind: Paisley Parks, whose Бh○§† recently earned our Eureka! distinction, and Foodman, whose demented footwork album, Shokuhin, was released to my acclaim earlier this year on Orange Milk. Speaking of Orange Milk, the label’s co-owner (and kinda TMTer) Keith Rankin is playing the event too as Giant Claw. He doesn’t really do footwork and is white as a ghost, but hey, we’re not complaining.

The fest goes down tomorrow, Saturday, at 10 PM EST, hosted at the e-venue’s new home. RSVP if you want at the Facebook event page, and preview the lineup here:

Paisley Parks:


Giant Claw:

• SPF420: http://www.spf420.com
• Paisley Parks: https://soundcloud.com/paisleyparks
• Foodman: https://soundcloud.com/shokuhin-maturi
• Giant Claw: http://giantclaw.bandcamp.com
• Orange Milk: http://www.orangemilkrecords.com

The trailer for the new Neko Case LP is the most beautiful work of cinematography known to man; also, she’s on tour!

Remember a few years ago when you’d go to the movies and there’d always be this absolutely awe-inspiring short black-and-white film full of beautiful lovers cavorting in a field and fireworks and petals flying off a daisy in the wind, and in the midst of it all, you’d be like, “Goddammnit, I am PROUD to be an American, I am young and alive and free,” etc. And then, just as your heart was surging with the beauty of life, the screen went to black and it turned out it was actually a Levi’s commercial? And then you had to shove your heart back down your throat and pretend like, “Oh it was a commercial, whatever, it clearly didn’t make ME feel anything special”? Remember that?

Well, the trailer for the new Neko Case album is pretty much just like that wondrous jeans commercial disguised as an art film, except it actually has heart and soul and you don’t have to be embarrassed if you start crying at how glorious, just glorious, life is. Here it is!

Revel in its beauty and feel no shame! Warning: this thing includes a tantalizing 90 seconds of new music, but gives no release date. At least we know the title: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love. Neko borrowed that one from Morrissey’s ol’ bag o’ titles, obviously. Fans can love Ms. Case more this summer as she tours the US and Canada, with a nice handful of summer festival dates for those of you who like sunburns and $10 PBRs.


06.22.13 - North Adams, MA - Solid Sound Festival
07.06.13 - Ottawa, ON - RBC Royal Bank Ottawa Bluesfest
07.07.13 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Fest
08.09.13 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
08.11.13 - Regina, SK - Regina Folk Festival
08.24-25.13 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
09.06-07.13 - Chicago, IL - AV Fest/Hideout Block Party
09.08.13 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW
09.16.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
10.04-06.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10.11-13.13 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival

• Neko Case: http://www.nekocase.com
• Anti-: http://www.anti.com

Andrew Cedermark tries to go home again this July with Home Life

Andrew Cedermark is a man with many homes. Splitting time between New York, New Jersey, and Virginia, the ex-Titus Andronicus guitarist has a reputation for putting out personal work. Fans are in luck as that’s not going to change with his new album, Home Life, dropping July 16 on the Underwater Peoples label.

The follow up to his debut LP Moon Deluxe (and that coming on the heels of a few singles and compilation appearances), Cedermark is once again hitting some reliable (and relatable) lyrical subjects such as alienation, falling in/out of love, and, as hinted at by the title, growing (and conversely not growing) up.

Appropriately, the album was recorded in a few different places. While New Paltz, NY was the home base for the album’s recording, Cedermark also found himself occupying studios in Charlottesville, VA and New York City, and includes Liquor Store’s Sarim Al-Rawi in the lineup for a few songs.

Be on the lookout for some live dates in the near future as the Andrew Cedermark Revue (Cedermark, Alex Tretiak on drums, Jacob Wolf on bass, and Evan Brody on guitar) are going to hit the road soonish.

That’s all I got for this one, so here is Home Life’s tracklist:

01. On Me
02. Tiller of Lawn
03. Canis Major
04. Canis Minor
05. Heap of Trash
06. Train Window Man
07. At Home
08. Come Back
09. Memories, Ah!
10. Men in Jail

• Andrew Cedermark: http://andrewcedermark.bandcamp.com
• Underwater Peoples: http://underwaterpeoples.com

Pharmakon and Lust For Youth begin West Coast tour, whoopeee!!!

‘Round this here West Coast place, there just really ain’t much happening. From that there city of Seattle to the ol’ Los Angeles, there really hasn’t been much going on. Sometimes I sit on my porch (which has a nice view of the entire West Coast, mind you) and as I watch the tumbleweeds roll by I think to myself, “gee, wouldn’t it be great if a couple of Sacred Bones-related acts took a tour of this here podunk Pacific area? That would really be something, wouldn’t it Edna?” And then my wife Edna is all, “sure would be Ed, then maybe we could finally hear about this “power electronics” and “synth pop” thing the kids are always talking about.” Then Edna and I would reminisce about the time “exciting” things used to happen in places like San Francisco and Portland.

Well hol-ee sheeiit! Turns out that on this very day these two groups Pharmakon (TMT Review) and that there Lust For Youth will be bringing a little life back to this dull-ass Western place. In addition, that there Pharmakon will tour to really desolate places like Iowa and Buffalo, NY with that there Swans come this here July (but we already told you about that).

So goodbye to shooting gophers all day, and a big HEEELLLLOOOO to the good ol’ time we’ve all been waiting for!

Pharmakon/Lust For Youth tour dates:

06.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab #
06.22.13 - Portland, OR - Beacon Sound
06.23.13 - Seattle, WA - Narwal

# Pure Ground

• Lust For Youth: https://www.facebook.com/LustForYouth.Official
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com