Farewell, sweet Stills: the Montreal five-piece calls it a day

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Ah, The Stills, we hardly knew ye.

After a decade of rock ‘n’ roll, the Montreal five-piece has called it quits. The band recently posted on their website explaining their decision to stop performing together under the name The Stills. Prior to the announcement, the website had been relatively update-free, and the group hadn’t released an album since 2008’s Oceans Will Rise. The album received mixed reviews, but also picked up Canada’s Juno award for “Alternative Album of the Year.”

Fortunately, the split appears to be amicable, so, dear Stills fan, please don’t go to bed tonight thinking that if you had made your bed more often or eaten your vegetables when bass player Olivier Corbeil asked you to the band might still be together. It’s okay. The Stills still love you. In the words of the band, the breakup was motivated by the members’ desire to “live fully, creatively, and freely.” Here’s the full statement:

Dearest Friends of The Stills,

How does one go about writing a message like this? I don’t know, but I will do my best.

We have been silent for many months now, discussing amongst ourselves how and when to announce this news, as we’ve needed some time to think it over and let the dust settle, so we hope you can understand our silence.

After the better part of a decade together, several months ago we sat down and decided to disband The Stills and part ways. Simply put, The Stills have broken up.

We love each other, we have taught each other, and we’ve grown up together, through all kinds of madness and years and twists and turns, and we spent the better part of the last year trying to keep it going for each other, out of love for one another and out of respect for our long past together. But ultimately, the best decision for each one of us, and in order for each of us to live fully, creatively, and freely, being true to our hearts, this had to happen.

Perhaps the most difficult part of all this is announcing it to you — I hesitate to say ‘fans’ — Our Friends. We’ve been extremely lucky to have shared this time with you, and for the love you’ve shown us, we are humbled, moved and thankful beyond words. You held us up, you encouraged us, and you made this a profound and deeply meaningful journey for each of us. Please know in your hearts that we felt your love and will always keep it with us in our own hearts as we move on through life.

To all who helped us through the years, encouraged us, supported us, worked with us, put up with us, put our records out, toured with us, loved us, and beyond - we are forever touched by you.

We were creating our own story as we went. It’s not easy to know when the best ending is, but we found ours, and it’s one that allows us to look back on all we’ve achieved with great pride and a sense of real accomplishment. Now that the book closes, we can look on the journey and see it as one trip, from beginning to end; one complete and perfectly imperfect universe.

And now our music and what it means rests in your hands. It belongs fully to the world out there, and especially to you. Make it all you wish it to be, in whichever way you most want to.

May your lives be filled with joy and happiness,

The Stills

• The Stills: http://www.arts-crafts.ca/thestills/index.php

Glastonbury announces 2011 headliner: Omar Souleyman! And I guess U2 and Coldplay and Beyoncé will be there too.

England’s Glastonbury Festival is the biggest music festival in the world. And when you’re a headliner for the biggest festival in the world, it’s a pretty huge deal. In the past, headliner positions have been held by such musical giants as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, The Cure, Jay-Z, and Skunk Anansie (a band I just learned existed, thanks to Wikipedia). So it’s with great honor to tell you, our wonderful readers, that Glastonbury is teaming up with Tiny Mix Tapes to announce this year’s headliner. We’ve got the exclusive on this enormous scoop, so without further ado, the 2011 Glastonbury headliner is… Omar Souleyman!!

Yes, the Syrian techno master and biggest pop star in the entire world is king of Glastonbury this time around. What a coup! Now, I know everybody’s really just going to be pumped for Souleyman all weekend, but you can pass the time by watching some of these other notable acts: James Blake, Fleet Foxes, Big Boi, The Walkmen, Caribou, Battles, Robyn, Janelle Monae, Hercules and Love Affair, TV on the Radio, Morrissey, DJ Shadow, and Nick Lowe. Oh and some young up-and-comers named U2, Coldplay, and Beyoncé will be there, too. The aforementioned names probably make up, say, one-fifth of the ridiculously enormous full lineup, which you can view over at the festival’s website. But remember, the only name that really matters… is Souleyman.

• Glastonbury Festival: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Godspeed You! Black Emperor take their own hiatus on the road with string of UK shows

Hey kids! Grab a snack and turn up the TV, because your lovable cartoon pals in Godspeed You! Black Emperor are at it again! Just like last season, when the the lovably buffoonish ATP managed to bring GY!BE’s wacky cast of goofballs (well, most of the cast) out of a long hiatus with some hilarious sacks with dollar signs on them, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have announced that they will once again return to the UK this summer to play ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival.

Longtime fans can expect to see the band’s critically acclaimed display of cartoonish physical violence and hi-speed hi-jinx on full display. The festival, taking place July 23-24 at London’s Alexandra Palace, will also feature live performances from Portishead, PJ Harvey, and Caribou, as well as banana creme pie-throwing contests, mallet & anvil tents, a face-painting and disguise emporium, and a Rube Goldberg Machine contest sponsored by Acme.

But that’s not all! GY!BE will also extend the summertime fun by headlining a few shows in Glasgow, Norwich, and Leeds! Laughs are always on tap when these characters are around. You don’t want to miss a minute! (Always ask your parents’ permission before going online for tickets.)

GY!BE dates:

07.22.11 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowlands
07.23.11 - Norwich, UK - UEA
07.24.11 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace (I’ll Be Your Mirror festival)
07.25.11 - Leeds, UK - Met University

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor: http://brainwashed.com/godspeed
• ATP: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/ibymportishead.php

[Photo: Valerio Berdini]

You Say Party, We Say Split: YSP announce break-up

You Say Party have had a tough year since the death of their drummer Devon Clifford last April (inciting the removal of “You Say Die!” from the band name). Months after XXXX finally came out in the States in early 2010, November saw the release of a split 7-inch with Duloks. Aside from that, you could say You Say Party weren’t partying too much. Now, just shy of the anniversary of Clifford’s death, You Say Party are calling it quits. Stephen O’Shea gives the official announcement on the YSP website:

Becky, Derek and I are announcing the immediate cease to activity as YSP.
Call it a hiatus.
Call it a break.
Call it whatever you want.
It’s been a hard year for us. Not a bad year.
We’ve experience wonderful support from people.
But you gotta listen to your body and your mind when it begins to revolt against what you think it is you have to do.
So we’re gonna stop for a while, and we’re gonna work on who we are as people. We know that everyone understands exactly why and where we’re coming from.
Thanks for the support over the years.
Special thanks to Robert and Al for their commitment over the last year and to the team members we worked with over the last 7 years.
Please support this Foundation set up in Devon’s name: http://devonrbclifford.com/
Also, please enjoy this music video we made for ‘Laura Palmer’s Prom’ in Abbotsford last summer.

That is all, -Stephen

• You Say Party: http://www.yousayparty.com

Nation reaches consensus: The Antlers definitely going on tour this summer

The Antlers: they’re the band everyone can agree on! They might all be agreeing that the band depresses the hell out of them, but they’re agreeing nonetheless. In our splintered society, isn’t that enough? Sure, whatever, maybe. We can also all probably agree that The Antlers are going on tour this summer. And if we can’t, then hate to break it to you, but The Antlers are definitely going on tour this summer. Come on, mope with me.

Or don’t! As you already well know, the band has a new album called Burst Apart coming out May 10 on Frenchkiss Records. It is a record that has absolutely nothing to with terminally ill children and, as such, is that much less likely to force me into uncontrollable sobbing.

Antlers dates:

05.17.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
05.18.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church Sanctuary *
05.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
05.20.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
05.28.11 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival *
05.31.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
06.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey *
06.04.11 - Pomona, CA - Glass House *
06.07.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s *
06.08.11- Dallas, TX - The Loft *
06.09.11 - Tulsa, OK - The Marquee *
06.10.11 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
06.11.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
06.12.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.14.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club *
06.15.11 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe &
06.16.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
06.17.11 - Hamden, CT - The Space *

* Little Scream
& The Dodos

• The Antlers: http://antlersmusic.com
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

Times New Viking do the unthinkable and tour in support of their new album! Click here to read more about why this headline is funny.

In our modern world of cloud-based music platforms, constantly evolving digital technology, and human-robot marriage debates, perhaps nothing is more dated than that old 20th-century concept of ‘analog touring.’ From the concepts of ‘inclement weather’ and ‘exhaust fumes resultant from the incineration of prehistoric plants and animal goo,’ to the notion that distance is a function of rate x time and the quaint, ‘round’ design of the wheel; almost everything about the anachronistic concept of physically traveling from place to place to hock one’s wares to a gullible and toothless throng of common yokels is just plain laughable by today’s standards.

And yet, there are still some diehard ‘Empiric-a-philes’ who persist in the odd perpetuation of these traveling medicine shows, insisting that the tangible, a posteriori experience of an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll consort cannot be replicated by today’s impressive wealth of technological resources. Case in point: Times New Viking, whose latest album, Dancer Equired will be released April 26 via Merge in the US, have already declared their intentions to “hit the road” in order to promote it the old-fashioned way, despite much eye-rolling from their web-savvy musical peers and safety concerns from the scientific community at large. Beginning later this month in Europe, and then traversing the United States in May and June, a brick-and-mortar ‘tour’ of this magnitude will require a staggering amount of time, money, resources, and stamina. And considering that all music everywhere is enjoyed completely free of charge despite its enormous cost to the artist to produce, heaven only knows how they plan to pay for it.

Meanwhile, federal governments across Europe and in the US are urging fans of Times New Viking to stay indoors and consume the band’s new music from the safety, privacy, and digitality of the International Chocolate Grinder. Patrons who choose to venture to any of the following physical exhibitions do so at their own risk.

04.21.11 - Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant
04.22.11 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
04.23.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
04.25.11 - Norwich, UK - Fuzz @ Project Norwich
04.27.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
04.28.11 - York, UK - The Duchess
04.29.11 - Wrexham, UK - Rope @ Central Station
04.30.11 - Glasgow, UK - Nice n’ Sleazy’s
05.01.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudnell for Live in Leeds
05.02.11 - Liverpool, UK - Club Lazy Genius @ Mojo
05.03.11 - London, UK - Upset the Rhythm @ XOYO
05.04.11 - Paris, France - Fleche D’Or
05.06.11 - Salzburg, Austria - Yeah!Club/ME @ Rockhouse
05.07.11 - Celje, Slovenia - Kino Metropol
05.09.11 - Vienna, Austria - B72
05.26.11 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
05.27.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
05.28.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
05.29.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.30.11 - Washington, DC -Black Cat
06.02.11 - Carrboro, NC - Local 506
06.03.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
06.06.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06.07.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
06.11.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
06.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
06.16.11 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
06.21.11 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
06.22.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
06.24-25.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.28.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St Entry
06.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
06.30.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop

• Times New Viking: http://timesnewviking.net
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

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