Frog Eyes, The Transcontinental Travelers, Form Alliance With Dead Oceans, Musical Businessmen Of Good Rapport, And Carey Mercer Ghostwrites This Headline

Frog Eyes, The Transcontinental Travelers, Form Alliance With Dead Oceans, Musical Businessmen Of Good Rapport, And Carey Mercer Ghostwrites This Headline

Frog Eyes and Dead Oceans sitting in a tree, s-i-g-n-i-n-g. Uh-woo-ooh! It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our shambolic Canadian friends. In fact, last time we saw those folks, it was 2007 and they were releasing The Tears of the Valedictorian (TMT Review) on their old flame, Absolutely Kosher. Hopefully the two parties had an amicable break up, since Dead Oceans is totally flaunting its new relationship by releasing Frog Eyes’ new record, Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph. I don’t want to be a buzzkill to the happy lovers, but a tomb ain’t really a triumph. Usually means someone’s dead, bro.

Well, triumph or not, Paul’s Tomb will be coming out on April 27 (and April 26 in UK). “A Flower in a Glove,” the record’s opening track, can be heard over at the Chocolate Grinder. During its nine-minute runtime, you can decide whether or not Paul’s Tomb is a Beatles reference or not. You know, Paul is dead and all that. Could this be Frog Eyes’ big Beatles tribute record? Probably not, but we will see.

Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph tracklist:

01. A Flower in a Glove
02. The Sensitive Girls
03. Odetta’s War
04. Rebel Horns
05. Lear, in the Park
06. Styled by Dr. Roberts
07. Lear in Love
08.Violent Psalms
09. Paul’s Tomb

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Definitive Jux As a Traditional Label Is Over

The rumors are true: Definitive Jux, the seminal NY-based independent hip-hop label, has officially called it quits — as a label at least. In a statement issued on its official website, El-P (the label’s co-founder) says that Definitive Jux as a traditional record label “will effectively be put on hiatus.” But he also clarifies that the label is not closing, it’s changing. Besides, El-P plans to be a full-time producer and artist from here on out, so it’s certainly not all sad news.

From El-P:

This year, a decade after starting DEF JUX and after overseeing the releases of some incredible albums including the forthcoming release of my dear late and great friend Camu Tao’s brilliant “KING OF HEARTS” LP, I’m stepping away from my duties as artistic director for the label to concentrate on what I love most: being a producer and an artist full time. This is something I’ve been contemplating for a few years now, and can’t think of a better time or, with the eventual release of Camu’s record, a more poetic way to transition into a new direction.

This means change for JUX. Of course we’ll still have our website, we will still sell our catalog, merch and more as well as bring you news and updates on all our projects and artists. We will be releasing “KING OF HEARTS”, a DEF JUX remix compilation, a 10 year anniversary retrospective and some other goodies. But then as a traditional record label DEF JUX will effectively be put on hiatus. We are not closing, but we are changing. The process is already underway, and the last several months (for those wondering what the hell we’ve been up to) have been spent dealing with the technical aspects of wrapping up the label in it’s current form and re-imagining our collective and individual futures.

Read the rest of his post here.

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The Flaming Lips to Perform Dark Side of the Moon at Bonnaroo

In an interview with Spinner, The Flaming Lips’ head weirdo Wayne Coyne revealed the group’s plans to perform Dark Side of The Moon in its entirety at this year’s Bonnaroo. “As of yesterday, we’re gonna do it at Bonnaroo at the midnight slot, the first night. We do a Flaming Lips set then starting about 2:30 we do this Dark Side of the Moon thing. In that sense, it’s perfect for that. It lets you play a little bit longer.”

I recently caught up with Coyne for a fake interview to talk DSOTM, bubblegum, and his penis.

Are you really performing DSOTM at Bonnaroo?
What’s DSOTM?

Dark Side of the Moon, by Pink Floyd.
Oh, yes, we are.

What do you think of bubblegum?
I like to chew it and then string it around my penis.

Huh. That’s kinda weird.
You’re kinda weird. And I hate your gutz!

The complete Bonnaroo lineup is currently TBA, but we’ll update you once the lineup is confirmed.

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• Bonnaroo:

Gil Scott-Heron to Release First Album in 15 Years; Be Sure to Catch Revolution Streaming on Hulu Shortly Afterward

On February 9, soul legend and proto-rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron is releasing I’m New Here on XL (wait a second, I’m fairly sure he is not new here. Scott-Heron always says the darndest things!), his first LP since 1994’s Spirits.

Two songs off the album are currently streaming on Scott-Heron’s website. The first, “Me and the Devil,” is spaced-out soul, and Scott-Heron’s gravel-paved voice sounds like it may actually be bleeding profusely (check out the video for this track at the Chocolate Grinder). The second, “Where Did the Night Go,” is spoken word about putting on socks and writing letters and staying up late… but really obsessively, like a One Hour Photo-themed slumber party, only somewhat politically minded.

Here’s the tracklist:

01. On Coming from a Broken Home (Pt. 1)
02. Me and the Devil

03. I’m New Here

04. Your Soul and Mine

05. Parents (Interlude)

06. I’ll Take Care of You

07. Being Blessed (interlude)

08. Where Did the Night Go

09. I Was Guided (Interlude)

10. New York Is Killing Me

11. Certain Things (Interlude)

12. Running

13. The Crutch

14. I’ve Been Me (Interlude)

15. On Coming from a Broken Home (Pt. 2)

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• XL:

EL Perro del Mar Tours, Continues to Defy Miley Cyrus with Assertion That Love Is Not Pop

So maybe it’s true that, as El Perro del Mar’s newest album reminds us, Love Is Not Pop. The tour in support of the album, however, kicks off February 14 in Philly, certainly a convenient time for those of you infected by — I mean BLESSED BY — the love bug. One more thing to draw little heart balloons around: Swedish electro pop diva Robyn has remixed El Perro del Mar’s “Change of Heart.” It’s her first remix for another artist and it’s pretty kickin’.

02.14.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café
02.16.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
02.17.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02.19.10 - Cambridge, MA - Cambridge Family YMCA
02.20.10 - Montreal, QB - Il Motore
02.21.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
02.22.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.23.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
02.26.10 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
02.27.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
02.28.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
03.03.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour

A Sunny Day in Glasgow Drop New EP and Announce Spring Tour

You know that list you’re keeping of bands you’ve heard of but haven’t actually listened to yet? Well, it’s time to take A Sunny Day in Glasgow off that list and start listening, because there’s an EP and a tour a-coming.

The band drops Nitetime Rainbows March 2 on clear vinyl 12-inch/digital download only. It’ll be released on Mis Ojos Discos.

Awesomely-titled tracklist:

A1. Nitetime Rainbows (new mix)
A2. Daytime Rainbows
A3. So Bloody, So Tight
A4. Piano Lessons

B1. Nitetime Rainbows (Buddy System remix)
B2. Nitetime Rainbows (Acid wash edit by Benoit Pioulard)
B3. Nitetime Rainbows (Ezekiel Honig remix)

Awesomely scheduled tourdates:

02.26.10 - New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge
02.27.10 - Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
03.01.10 - Columbus, OH - Cafe Bourbon
03.02.10 - Champaign, IL - Mike N’ Molly’s
03.03.10 - Chicago, IL – Schubas
03.04.10 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
03.05.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03.08.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club
03.09.10 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
03.10.10 - Portland, OR – Holocene
03.11.10 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
03.13.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mint
03.14.10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
03.17.10-03.21.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.23.10 - New Orleans, LA – TBA
03.24.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s *
03.25.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *
03.26.10 - Nashville, TN - The End *
03.27.10 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor *
03.28.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
03.29.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
03.31.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
04.01.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
04.02.10 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
04.03.10 - Montreal, QC - The Green Room
04.08.10 - London, England - Windmill Brixton
04.17.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
04.20.10 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
04.24.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
04.29.10 - Dijon, France - Kill Your Pop Festival
04.30.10 - Lyon, France - Le Sonic
05.03.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007
05.05.10 - Zilina, Slovakia - Stanica
05.06.10 - Kosice, Slovakia - Tabacka Kulturfabrik
05.12.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuits Botanique Festival
05.14.10 - Manchester, England - Islington Mill
05.15.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Nice N Sleazys
05.18.10 - Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
05.20.10 - London, England - Luminaire

* Japandroids

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