Four Tet Receives Nobel Peace Prize for Announcing New Album, Tour Details, Merely Existing… Oops, I Mean for “His Extraordinary Efforts to Strengthen International Diplomacy and Cooperation Between Peoples”

Has it really been four long years since we were blessed with Four Tet's last firewhirl foray into adventurous sound? Despite the lag in releases, Kieran Hebden doesn't seem to ever be out of sight or mind and is as hand-cuffed as anyone else in the public eye to celebrity trappings: fake twitter posts attributed to him, hot and cold running remix requests, house burglaries. Since Everything Ecstatic (TMT Review), Hebden has dabbled in explorative collaborations with Steve Reid, has curated a DJ-Kicks album, and has issued a couple of numbers of short-run, blink-and-you'll-miss-'em singles, but his next album proper, There Is Love in You, will be released as Four Tet and is available January 26 on long-standing label Domino.

Given his predilection for tangential walks outside you would think that forecasting forthcoming Four Tet sounds would be like attempting to predict the weather. Sure, you may come close, but there is a chance you may get caught in a torrential icestorm wearing a speedo and sun visor. Luckily, foretelling the future of Four Tet is more like predicting the weather in Hawaii. You might not know exactly what is in store but you know it will be aesthetically pleasing, will throw you for a great loop, and will be damned good. Musical meteorologists can judge the worth of There Is Love in You for themselves in the form of the 9-minute drone-loop-bliss "Love Cry" single which is out now in limited numbers in the U.K., can be heard on Hebden's MySpace page, and will be issued in the U.S. as a 12-inch single on December 8. "Our Bells" blows in on the B-side.

There is love in these song titles:

1. Angel Echoes
2. Love Cry
3. Circling
4. Pablo's Heart
5. Sing
6. This Unfolds
7. Reversing
8. Plastic People
9. She Just Likes to Fight

There is also love in these tourdates:
11.19.09 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli de Helling $
11.20.09 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merelyn $
12.11.09 - London, England - Plastic People $
02.12.10 - London, England - The Dome %
02.17.10 - New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge #
02.18.10 - Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs #
02.19.10 - Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle #
02.20.10 - Austin, TX – The Mohawk #
02.23.10 - Seattle, WA – Chop Suey #
02.24.10 - Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret #
02.25.10 - Portland, OR – Doug Fir #
02.26.10 - San Francisco, CA – The Independent #
02.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex #
03.11.10 - Manchester, England - Club Academy
03.12.10 - Leeds, England - TJs
03.13.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Bongo Club
03.18.10 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
03.19.10 - Birmingham, England - Custard Factory
03.20.10 - Bristol, England - Fiddlers

$ DJ set

% Joy Orbison

# Nathan Fake

Bearded shut-ins, rejoice, for Bonnie “Prince” Billy née Will Oldham will be giving publicists a marketing nightmare with a beautifully bizarro release on Drag City, titled Funtime Comedown: too weird for CD format. The vinyl- and digital-only full-length live-in-studio album Funtime Comedown will be credited to Bonny Billy and the Picket Line; the Picket Line, of course, being a Kentucky bluegrass band. Duh. Sez Drag City, they are also "the official dance band of Funtown, a metaphysical little community in the woods outside Louisville.” Are you really surprised? Didn't think so.

The record is a cornucopia of Oldham goodness, including new versions of his own songs as well as Palace Brothers tunes and country classics. It's due December 15. Check out this video of Oldham and his Picket pals:

Willy boy has also just released a 7-inch single for "Stay," which contains the song “People Living,” both of which are covers of Susanna & the Magical Orchestra's Susanna Wallumrød. And guess what? It's sold out. But you can still purchase a download (FLAC or MP3) here.

Dan Deacon Cancels Tour Due to Back Problems

According to Pitchfork, Dan Deacon has canceled the remainder of his tour after having been hospitalized with acute sciatica. The tour was originally scheduled to run through next Wednesday, ending at Baltimore's Ottobar.

TMT wishes him a speedy recovery!

Canceled dates:

11.13.09 - Troy, NY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
11.14.09 - Worcester, MA - Clark University
11.15.09 - Ithaca, NY - Ithaca College
11.16.09 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase
11.18.09 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar

Holy Hip-Hop: KRS-One’s Philosophical Take on the “Kulture” Now Available in Book Form

Lawrence K. Parker, more readily known as KRS-One, finally saw the release of his book The Gospel of Hip Hop: First
Instrument
this week. Originally slated for release
earlier this year, First Instrument is the first release from the
publishing firm I Am Hip Hop, an imprint of powerHouse Books. The Gospel of Hip Hop, set up in the format of a holy book, is described by the publisher as being “...a spiritual manual for citizens of Hip Hop Kulture that combines classic philosophy with faith and practical knowledge, for a fascinating, in-depth exploration of Hip Hop as a life path.”

Very few artists could pull off such a publication and still demand to
be taken seriously. KRS-One, founder of the legendary Boogie Down Productions and the Stop the Violence Movement, manages to not seem overly hokey in his philosophical treatise on hip-hop culture. The book also seems to serve as an introduction to a series of other projects that KRS-One is taking very seriously, one of these being the launch of The Temple of Hip Hop. As the subtitle of the book
suggests, it's only the first instrument, suggesting follow-up
titles, possibly written by other hip-hop gurus. Time will tell if the ideas
presented take hold with the members of the culture to whom Lawrence
is preaching.

The 818-page hardcover edition can be ordered directly
from the publisher here.

Fish and Chips Are Delicious and Hot Chip Are Releasing a New LP, As Well As Touring

Fish and chips, man! So British, so delicious! Hot Chip, man! Also British, though not necessarily delicious! Maybe they are, I wouldn’t know. Delicious or not, they do seem to have a knack for releasing a new LP of rather nice dance-rock every two years. And so it will be once again, as the group has announced that One Life Stand, their fourth LP, will be released on February 8 via Parlophone. The record will follow up 2008’s Made in the Dark (TMT Review), which in turn followed up 2006’s The Warning, which in turn followed up 2004’s Coming on Strong. See what I mean about them releasing a new LP every two years? Always on time, these guys.

Hot Chip will embark on a tour directly following the new record’s release, though if you want to see them and you don’t live in the U.K., you’re pretty much out of luck, buddy. At least for now. Buck up, I’m sure they’ll announce some dates wherever you live soon. As for me, thinking about fish and chips has made me hungry. I’m going to embark on a tour of dinner

02.12.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy
02.13.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Picture House
02.15.10 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
02.16.10 - Leeds, England - Academy
02.18.10 - Newcastle, England - O2 Academy
02.19.10 - Manchester, England - Academy
02.20.10 - Birmingham, England - O2 Academy
02.22.10 - Bournemouth, England - O2 Academy
02.23.10 - Bristol, England - O2 Academy
02.24.10 - Norwich, England - O2 Academy
02.26.10 - London, England - O2 Brixton Academy
02.27.10 - London, England - O2 Brixton Academy

Girls to Tour Again, Will Hopefully Reenact Scenes from “Lust for Life” Video

While Girls' "Lust for Life" gets churned through your local airwaves or news of its SCANDALOUS! naked music video gets 1,000,000+ hits on YouTube from horny college kids, the band has been touring nonstop since the release of their debut album so that everyone may know what it means to be infectious. And while everyone's wishing they had a pizza and a bottle of wine, Girls are merrily strolling along, booking tourdate after tourdate, and possibly stripping and grabbing each other's genitalia while Bowie or Iggy blares in the background.

Hear that? Matador's newest prized pig Girls are gearing up for yet another tour, which is practically sitting on their current tour's lap. But they probably meant it to happen that way. Tourdates are below

01.25.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
01.26.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
01.27.10 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad
01.29.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
01.30.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
01.31.10 - Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington *
02.02.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
02.04.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree *
02.05.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
02.06.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
02.07.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle *
02.08.10 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note *
02.10.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *
02.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
02.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *

* Magic Kids

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