Fleet Foxes tour in cumbersome diesel bus

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August 31, 2009

Dear Fleet Foxes:

It’s recently occurred to us that the best thing you can do if you are looking to convince people that your records are staggeringly important works of fickle but illimitable genius is drop off the radar for a while in between releases. I mean, just look at Radiohead. In their heart-of-hearts, that band’s public totally knows that it takes them like two weeks to throw together one of their goofy little pop album trifles (and that roughly 70% of that time is dedicated to playing PS3, pawing through the studio’s compendium of takeout menus, and blaming pitchy vocal takes on a shortage of organic Throat Coat® tea), but we dutifully play along and hail Thom and Jonny and the bald one and those other guys as “true craftsmen.” Why? Because it takes them three to four years to put an album out. You guys like Radiohead, don’t you?

Yep. Three to four years seems to be the magic genius number. So, I know that albums 2-4 are already in the can, but the team and I were thinking that maybe you shouldn’t release your follow-up to 2008’s self-titled debut (TMT Review) until, say, May 3 (May 2 in the UK) of 2011. I know, I know; that seems like a long way off from now. But trust me — it’s a dynamite strategy! Sub Pop and Bella Union won’t mind the wait if it means they get a bigger payoff later. And (obviously) from a publicity angle, it’s totally gangbusters. Plus, then you can rest up from all those intensely long tours we’ve been sending you on nonstop. It’s completely win-win-win. You understand.

Anyway, the boys in R&D were thinking you could call the new album Helplessness Blues (that title tested best with our focus groups; people said it had “organic appeal”). And then, once that release date approaches, you can tour North America and Europe again, and it’ll be like some sort of “triumphant return” of this “transcendent band” after all this time spent “holed up trying to express themselves in just the right way” and all that stuff. Ooh, we can even make it sound all Faustian if you want! Or… something like that, anyway. Tell you what; we’ll have the marketing department work on it some more. In the mean time, whatever you do, don’t do anything until 2011!

Cheers,
Your Management Team

04.30.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Vogue Theatre
05.01.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
05.05.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.06.11 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
05.07.11 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium
05.08.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
05.10.11 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
05.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
05.15.11 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
05.17.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
05.18.11 - New York, NY - The United Palace Theatre
05.21.11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
05.25.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.26.11 - Munich, Germany - Dachau Summer of Music
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.30.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.31.11 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo

• Fleet Foxes: http://www.fleetfoxes.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com
• Bella Union: http://www.bellaunion.com

[Photo: Jonathan Fisher]

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announce details for Belong, out in March

When The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released their self-titled debut in 2009, they received much acclaim (everywhere) and some groans (TMT Review) at the somewhat contrived similarities with My Bloody Valentine. This March, POBPAT will release their sophomore full-length, and as if to remove any doubt of their influences, they brought in producer Mark Ellis (a.k.a. Flood, known for work with Smashing Pumpkins, U2, and PJ Harvey) and mixer Alan Moulder — renowned for credits with (you guessed it) My Bloody Valentine, as well as The Jesus & Mary Chain and Arctic Monkeys.

If the complaint with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart was that they were overwhelmingly trapped by comparisons, we can maybe hope for something a little different with the new album, according to the press release: that “beautifully self-contained sound” is “vast and magnificent, banishing once and for all any associations to ‘lo-fi’ and bringing [POBPAT] into heretofore unmapped widescreen dimensions.” For a band that initially fit so easily into readymade categories, the title of this supposedly evolved work is a little worrisome: Belong. A description of the title track, their latest single, also belies any hope of the band sloughing off constant comparisons; “Belong” is “positively anthemic, with buzzsaw-ing, Smashing Pumpkins-circa-Gish guitars…” (Flood’s contribution, maybe?).

Whoever or whatever the new album may sound like, there was nothing exactly to dislike before, and Belong promises to be another bright, heartwarming offering from these New York connoisseurs of pop. The album is out March 15 from Slumberland Records, but in the meantime, you can listen to single “Belong” here. And don’t forget about their tourdates with Twin Shadow!

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: http://www.myspace.com/thepainsofbeingpureatheart
• Slumberland: http://www.slumberlandrecords.com

Sasquatch announces 2011 lineup

Person 1: Wow, can you believe Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse , Wilco, The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin & more), The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bassnectar, Robyn, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97’s, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Tokyo Police Club, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Head & The Heart, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept, Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Moondoggies, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Das Racist, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Wheedle’s Groove, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Mad Rad, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils, and more will be playing Sasquatch 2011?

Person 2: Holy crap. Really? I thought it was just Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse , Wilco, The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin & more), The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bassnectar, Robyn, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97’s, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Tokyo Police Club, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Head & The Heart, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept, Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Moondoggies, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Das Racist, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Wheedle’s Groove, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Mad Rad, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils, and more! I had no idea Local Natives were playing, too. I don’t really listen to them, though, so doesn’t really make a difference I guess.

• Sasquatch: http://sasquatchfestival.com

Vivian Girls release new organ-inflected, Bacharach-inspired album on Polyvinyl

Vivian Girls are back and they want to Share the Joy. Okay, well, maybe they don’t want to, like, pass you some goofballs or buy you an ice cream sundae, but that IS the name of their new album. It’s their third overall and their first for Polyvinyl. Recorded at Rear House, Jarvis Taveniere of Woods’ home studio, the title was inspired by a Burt Bacharach song and promises lots of organ. This makes me excited because I’m a 90-year-old church organist and I totally love both Burt and a lil’ bit of sassy organ. And Vivian Girls. I love Vivian Girls, too. See? The joy (or at least my giant wine bottle-sized cup of Starbucks) is already spreading throughout my body!

Share the Joy is slated for an April 12 release, and the band starts touring at the end of the month.

02.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell*
02.25.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
02.26.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
02.27.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
02.28.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
04.05.11 - Asheville, NC - Sage Café / Warren Wilson College #
04.06.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle #
04.07.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #
04.08.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat #
04.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocodero #
04.12.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
04.13.11 - Providence, RI - The Met Café #
04.14.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club #
04.15.11 - Montreal, QC - Le National #
04.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre #
04.17.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick #
04.19.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live #
04.20.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House #
04.21.11 - St Louis, MO - The Firebird #
04.22.11 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium #
04.23.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater #
04.25.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room #
04.26.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club #
04.27.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft #
04.28.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s #
04.29.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds #

*Catwalk, Cold Showers
**Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys & more
# Black Lips

• Vivian Girls: http://www.myspace.com/viviangirlsnyc
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Yenna]

Frog Eyes’ Mercer releases Blackout Beach live LP, a recording of the only show that Blackout Beach has ever played

Carey Mercer is a cool guy. He once came into the record store that I worked at (after he played a Frog Eyes show at First Avenue the night before) and we chatted for a while about the music he was buying and if I lived in Canada, I would totally be his friend. Mercer is also a member of Frog Eyes (who are awesome) and Swan Lake (who are also awesome), and if you didn’t know it, he has an awesome solo project called Blackout Beach.

What’s not awesome is that, because Mercer is just so darn busy with his teaching career, Blackout Beach have only played one show… ever. To offset this lack of live gigs, Mercer has announced that he will be releasing Live at the Orange Hall, a 2010 recording of the band’s only live show. I’ve listened to it, and it’s great. Maybe I’m biased because we’re, like, best friends now, but I think it’s a cool little record, and if YOU want it, then you can get it at Blackout Beach’s bandcamp page and judge for yourself.

Frog Eyes: www.myspace.com/frogeyes
Blackout Beach: http://blackoutbeach.bandcamp.com

AEG creates ticketing company to rival Ticketmaster in ultimate Godzilla vs Mothra style showdown

I know what you’re thinking. “God, I wish there was another company just like Ticketmaster that’s not Ticketmaster, per se, but still totally has the Ticketmaster thing kinda going on, but really just isn’t Ticketmaster.” Because we all love Ticketmaster, AMIRIGHT?

Well, guess what? Former Ticketmaster client AEG has teamed up with technology start-up Outbox Technology to build a brand new ticketing company to compete with our Ticketmaster overlords. The master has become the servant. The hunter has become the hunted. The Police has become Sting. Whatever. Last year, AEG accounted for almost 10% of T-master’s revenue, so this is kind of a big deal. You get the point. That’s about $55 million in AEG-related service fees for Ticketmaster, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By the time 2011 is halfway through, Outbox will sell tickets to 105 arenas and theatres across the USA. AEG is hoping that once other venues’ contracts with Big T expire, they’ll sign on with Outbox. No word yet on whether additional fees with Outbox will be less or greater than T-master’s, or just require a pint of human blood with each ticket purchase.

• Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com
• AEG: http://www.aegworldwide.com