Fun Fun Fun Fest announces full lineup feat. Public Enemy, Slayer, Flying Lotus, M83, and, most importantly, Future Islands

Fun Fun Fun Fest announces full lineup feat. Public Enemy, Slayer, Flying Lotus, M83, and, most importantly, Future Islands

Let me reveal my bias right now: I love Future Islands. I love them more than you have ever loved anything in your life. Sorry to ruin your marriage that way, but it is true. In my ideal world, this story would amount to the words “Future Islands are playing Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest and, because of that, you are going.” Then there’d be an animated GIF of me playing air guitar and fireworks going off behind me. In my ideal world, I’m really good at making GIFs.

Unfortunately, this isn’t my ideal world, so I guess I’d better tell you losers more about Fun Fun Fun Fest’s lineup. Fine. Audible sigh. Austin’s finest music festival (eat it, SXSW, ACL, Psych Fest, Frontier Fest, and the festival you’ve scheduled in your backyard and somehow tricked Daniel Johnston into playing) has announced their full lineup, and it is packed full of fantastic indie rock/hip-hop/electronic/punk/metal/comedy/hot-dog-eating-contest acts. First of all, they got Future Islands. Second of all, they got Slayer, Public Enemy, Odd Future, Passion Pit, Lykke Li, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Danzig Legacy (in which Danzig plays the songs of The Misfits and probably won’t play “Mother”), The Damned, Major Lazer, Dan Deacon, Girls, tUnE-yArDs, Hot Snakes, Brian Posehn, Reggie Watts, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Cold Cave, Boris, and a ton of other people.

For that full lineup, head over to the festival’s website. Don’t be alarmed if you don’t immediately see Future Islands, they’re pretty far down on the orange stage. Probably a mistake, which I’m sure they will fix within the week’s end. Tickets are on sale here at this completely different part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest website.

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DOOM heads to Europe for a little tapas, brings Ghostface to London to get Fishscale and chips

DOOM loves food. Like, as much as you love Wolverine… which is a lot. Accordingly, like all the foodies in the world, DOOM has decided to head to Europe and taste the symphony of cuisine that the European Union has become famous for, including the wonderful world of tapas that Spain has shaped its entire economy around. The only problem is that DOOM’s record label totally won’t let him go to Europe unless he goes on some sort of tour, so DOOM has annouced a UK tour! Plus, Ghostface is coming along for the date in London because he just loves fish and chips so much!

The tour, assembled after the world found out that their collective dream of Ghostface and DOOM making an album together has become reality, will see the Masked MC playing a handful of dates across the United Kingdom of England and building up anticipation for the eventual double-double-LP of awesome that Ghostface and DOOM will eventually put out. If you’re unaware of how cool a collaboration between the two best MCs in America will be, then check out the most recent track they did together, “Victory Laps,” and educate yerself.

DOOM UK tourdates:

11.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
11.04.11 - Manchester, UK - HMV Ritz
11.05.11 - London, UK - Roundhouse, London (with Ghostface Killah)
11.07.11 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
11.10.11 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
11.11.11 - Hatfiled, UK - The Forum
11.15.11 - Bristol, UK - Motion
11.16.11 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
11.18.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2

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Jeffrey Lewis releasing new album in October on Rough Trade; for five seconds The Moldy Peaches’ popularity surges again

Digital albums are great, but anti-folkster Jeffrey Lewis is neither Das Racist nor OFWGKTA, and the semi-self-released work he’s done apart from Rough Trade in the last couple years has largely flown under the radar. His last album, Come on Board, wasn’t even distributed to stores, and without some searching, casual fans of Lewis (Peter Stampfel) might not have even known about the download.

Now that Jeffrey Lewis has announced a new album with Rough Trade (his sixth with the label), the internet is once again a-buzz about the verbose singer who famously did LSD once and went a little crazy. The record, A Turn in the Dream-Songs, comes out on October 11, and while there’s no information released about the tracklisting or artwork (except that it’s by Jeffrey, of course), you can hear some new material in the very slim chance that you can attend any of these overseas shows. Despite single-handedly constituting, with Kimya Dawson, what’s left of New York’s anti-folk scene, the new album was recorded in Manchester, and features appearances from more than a few UK bands, including members of The Vaselines, The Wave Pictures, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, and Misty’s Big Adventure. There are some Americans thrown in, too: folks from Au Revoir Simone, Dr. Dog, and Schwervon, to even things out.

Of course, there’s plenty more to read about Jeffrey Lewis and his projects, musical and artistic. Just go here to start feeling lazy in comparison.

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Superchunk slyly con those stuffed-shirt big wigs over at Merge to reissue Foolish in September

The long and sordid history between indie rock posterband Superchunk and their soulless label Merge Records is well documented. Superchunk members Mac McCaughan, Laura Ballance, Jon Wurster, and Jim Wilber were locked in a constant fight with the powers-that-be at Merge for literally hundreds of years before their landmark 1991 album Punk in Drublic was finally released unedited and in-full. Tensions with the label remained high throughout the band’s career, culminating in Merge founders Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward unethically releasing many of the band’s late 90s albums under the name Super-dooperchunk (and later “The Get Up Kids”) to increase sales.

Now, on the auspicious 10-year anniversary of that album’s release, Merge is fucking with the most hated band on its roster one last time by confusingly reissuing the band’s 1994 album Foolish instead. Fans may recall that Foolish was initially recorded with Brian Paulson in Minneapolis and mixed by the the band and Steve Albini in Chicago and was only intended to be released on the then-very popular format of 3.5” floppy disk. However, on September 13, Merge will go against the band’s wishes yet again by rolling out the Foolish reissue on CD, LP, and digital download. Just to add insult to injury, the label has gone ahead and had Bob Rock remaster the whole album. They also swapped in some different album art, shoehorned in some bonus material, and forced drummer Jon Wurster to write liner notes by forcing him to hang out with John Darnielle until he acquiesced.


09.08.11 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
09.10.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
12.01.11 - London, UK - Scala
12.02.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties

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Björk is selling a special version of Biophilia for just a hair over $800

Biophilia is an ambitious album, distilling the shape, rhythm, and velocity of our entire universe into a 150x150-pixel clickable square, and to Björk it seemed like a shame to have the end result benignly stationed there between Words With Friends and that flashlight app that just shows a white screen. Sure, the bashfully wealthy were able to appreciate the entirety of existence on an iPad, but what about the revoltingly wealthy who already own prototypes of the iBrad personal robotic assistant? Well, all they have to do is think about clicking this link and iBrad will spring to life and start purchasing copies of Biophilia: The Ultimate Edition for all their grandkids.

Strictly limited to as many copies as people are actually going to fork over £500 (~$812) for by August 12, this special edition comes with all the bells and whistles: 10 chrome-plated tuning forks, each one set to the tone of a different Biophilia track, collectively forming a complete octave in a “non-conventional scale.” Next-level scale coming through, meatheads:

Moon: E 329.6 Hz
Thunderbolt: B 246.9 Hz
Crystalline: G 392 Hz
Cosmogony: F# 370 Hz
Dark Matter: Silent fork
Hollow: C 261.6 Hz
Virus: C# 277.2 Hz
Sacrifice: A 440 Hz
Mutual Core: Eb 311.1 Hz
Solstice: A 220 Hz

Yes, the “Dark Matter” fork will suck all sound from the room once it’s struck, including your screams. And that’s not all: these sound-making metal chunks will be beautifully arranged in a flocked tray within a lacquered, silkscreened oak box with a hinged lid — just like my No. 2 pencil box in fifth grade! Other things included in this oaken box that do not justify the price: a 48-page Biophilia Manual that is covered in cloth and sewn with thread; a ribbon to get the manual out of the box; essays about universe-y things by Nikki Dibben; a Certificate of Authenticity like you’re buying something on QVC. Oh, and the Biophilia album itself, with some extra recordings. Did I mention that the spine and back cover of the manual will be foil blocked?

This lovely, lavishly lacquered lenticular load of stuff is only being offered until next Friday (August 12), so buy it now or forever be edited out of Björk’s vision of the future.

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Jónsi of Sigur Rós to score Cameron Crowe-directed We Bought a Zoo; Cameron Crowe movies to keep on sucking

Cameron Crowe makes bad movies, Jónsi (of Sigur Rós) makes good music, and, like tuna fish and grape jelly, they might as well go together because why the fuck not. I mean, it is a well-known fact that Crowe’s 2000 film Almost Famous is what inspired Jónsi to join a band!

The movie, titled We Bought a Zoo, is based on a Hallmark card (actually a Benjamin Mee memoir) about a widowed father who fulfills his late wife’s wishes to renovate and re-open a down-on-its-luck zoo (how quirky!) and stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Elle Fanning. Trust me, you’re going to get roped into seeing this.

The movie is set for release on December 23 of this year and will most likely be lost in the shuffle of the last Christmas before the world ends in 2012, so enjoy this news for now.

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