Future Islands, a.k.a. America’s number one dreamboats, go on dreamy summer tour

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Out in the distance, there’s a group of islands. These islands, everyone wants to go. These islands, they are the Future Islands. Oh, you can go to them! You can go to them like you can go anywhere. Except there’s only one way to get to the Future Islands: dreamboat. Try to get there in a regular boat, dead in a second. Now, a dreamboat, it’s a lot like a regular boat. Only real difference is it’s made out of dreams. Unicorns, fields of heather, your mom kissing your uncle but your uncle is also a bee, stuff like that. Hard to find a dreamboat these days, but, oh boy, it’ll be worth it. Those Future Islands, well, they’re dreamy. They make the dreamboat look like a gross reality boat. Every young man, every young woman, they all need to visit the Future Islands.

Of course, not everyone can get in that dreamboat. I don’t blame you. Not everyone can have everything. Good news for you, Future Islands are going on tour. Like they say somewhere that doesn’t exist, why sail to the Future Islands when you can get the Future Islands to come to you for free? Well, I mean, the shows, they’re not for free. You’ve got to pay for them. Still, they are coming to you, assuming you live on the East Coast or West Coast or Europe. I don’t live in those places, so I’ll be off, constructing my dreamboat.

Future Islands dates:

07.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
07.16.12 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Festival
07.17.12 - Knoxville, TN - The Valarium
07.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Hell (The Masquerade)
07.19.12 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
07.20.12 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
07.21.12 - Richmond, VA - The Camel
07.28.12 - Sacramento, CA - Launch Music Festival
08.01.12 - Kalmar, Sweden - Soderport
08.02.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
08.03.12 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
08.04.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervick
08.05.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - VEGA
08.07.12 - Sibenik, Croatia - Terraneo Festival
08.08.12 - Paris, France - La Plage De Glaz Art
08.09.12 - Cannes, France - Pantiero Festival
08.10.12 - Berlin, Germany - Schokoladen Hof Open Air
08.11.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival
08.12.12 - Bielefeld, Germany - AJZ
08.13.12 - Ghent, Belgium - DOK Arena
08.14.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
08.31.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Velvet Jones
09.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.02.12 - Fresno, CA - Audie’s Olympic
09.03.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
09.04.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
09.05.12 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt Brews
09.06.12 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
09.07.12 - Portland, OR - Branx
09.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
09.09.12 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar
09.10.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret

• Future Islands: http://future-islands.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://thrilljockey.com

Alan Lomax’s Eastern Caribbean Collection gets shared online and repatriated; everybody wins

They say if you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you and everyone else in the world with internet access, then the partnership between the Association for Cultural Equality and Trinidad’s University of the West Indies means Alan Lomax’s Caribbean Collection is truly yours. All of yours. And it’s all thanks to repatriation. It’s like that movie where Haley Joel Osment teaches people about doing right by one another and then everybody starts doing the right thing and then Bon Jovi shows up and… what? Haley Joel Osment got stabbed at the end of that movie? Whoa! The repatriation of the Alan Lomax Caribbean Collection is NOTHING like that. It is all good. It’s all good, dude.

So what IS it like? It’s like a ceremony that took place last week at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain that marked the 50th anniversary of the 60+ hours of recordings that Lomax made in Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Carriacou, St. Lucia, St. Barthelemy, Anguilla, St. Kitts, and Nevis in the early 1960s. A ceremony marked by performances from local traditional music ensembles like Tobago’s Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Singers, Maraval’s The Cantique Singers, Blanchisseuse’s The Rose of Sharon Singers, and The San Jose Serenaders (you know where they’re from). Columbia College Chicago prof Dr. Rosita Sands represented the Alan Lomax Archive/Association for Cultural Equity at the ceremony, repatriating the complete Eastern Caribbean field recordings to the Alma Jordan Library at the University of the West Indies. It’s like all that, but with hundreds of field recordings just waiting to be discovered online.

And now the partnership between the university and the cultural association is allowing people to check out the hundreds of ballads, Shango ritual performances, carnival and Christmas songs, chante fables, calypso, East Indian jams, dances, game songs, and religious numbers online. Interested parties can also check out the 1100 photographs Lomax shot in the Lesser Antilles as he journeyed with his research partner, folklorist/Trinidadian Minister of Culture J.D. Elder. The Association for Cultural Equity has more on Lomax’s journeys and an absolutely huge online archive of recordings on their website.

• Alan Lomax Collection: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/lomax
• Association for Cultural Equity: http://www.culturalequity.org

Corin Tucker announces new record Kill My Blues, stars in sketch comedy program Tucsonia, whoops, that last bit was from my dream journal

Guys, I had the strangest dream last night. I’m standing in a field of infinite light and also infinite grain. Suddenly, I feel a tapping on my shoulder. I turn around just as suddenly and who do I see but Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney fame. As I begin to speak, she puts her whole hand (which is crazy gigantic in my dream) around my head. While her giant, guitar-wrecking hand is slowly crushing my skull, she tells me that she has a new television show. Emboldened by Carrie Brownstein’s success with Portlandia, she has created her own sketch comedy program with Andy Samberg. It’s called Tucsonia and it’s coming to AMC this fall. Then she crushes my skull. Then I wake up, but I’m in my childhood bedroom and I’m wearing a tuxedo. Then I wake up and I’m in my actual bedroom.

It was all a beautiful dream. Corin Tucker releasing a new full-length record, however, is absolutely not a dream. Pitchfork reports that Kill Rock Stars will be putting out Tucker’s new record Kill My Blues on September 18. Word has it that the record will find her “returning to her riot grrrl sonic roots” which [EDITORIALIZING] SOUNDS AWESOME [END OF MY EDITORIALIZING]. All that riot grrrl revitalizing was written with the help of her band, the likes of which include Sara Lund of Unwound, Mike Clark of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and Seth Lorinczi of Golden Bears. They’re a band so tight, they’ll even go on tour this September. Because that’s what they’re doing. They’re going on tour. This September.

Kill My Blues tracklist:

01. Groundhog Day
02. Kill My Blues
03. Neskowin
04. I Don’t Wanna Go
05. Constance
06. No Bad News Tonight
07. Summer Jams
08. None Like You
09. Joey
10. Outgoing Message
11. Blood, Bones and Sand
12. Tiptoe

Corin Tucker dates:

09.14-15.12 - Chicago, IL - Hideout Block Party
09.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
09.21.12 - Atlanta, GA - The EARL
09.22.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
09.23.12 - Pensacola, FL - DeLuna Fest
09.25.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
09.26.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Backstage
09.27.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
09.28.12 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bear’s
09.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House

• Corin Tucker: http://corintuckerband.com
• Kill Rock Stars: http://www.killrockstars.com

The Helio Sequence release new album September 11 on Sub Pop to support purchase of third yacht

If you know anything about the glittery, dark world of Indie Rock (you don’t) then you know that Blammy (a bloated Grammy) winning and over-hyped rock duo The Helio Sequence care about one thing and one thing only — MAKIN’ DA GREEN!

Their first album in four years, Negotiations, will be released September 11 on Sub Pop (as mentioned previously in headline). I don’t know about you, but when I read that last line all I see is, “Cha-Ching!” Yep, The Sequence are releasing their album on one of the hottest record release dates of the year with the biggest cash cow label in history. These guys are so rich they’re going to be wearing suits made out of $20 bills. Hilarious!

So you better start saving your cash and buy like three or four records for all of your family members, because these guys need a third yacht… badly! Just to pretend they’re not the billionaires they really are, The Helio Sequence also put together a promo video with the two members walking around in nature without the Segway they normally use to get around in. Rich!

Negotiations tracklist:

01. One More Time
02. October
03. Downward Spiral
04. The Measure
05. Hall of Mirrors
06. Harvester of Souls
07. Open Letter
08. When the Shadow Falls
09. Silence on Silence
10. December
11. Negotiations

• The Helio Sequence: https://www.facebook.com/HelioSequence
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Prurient to perform for the first time in like a year or something!

Almost an entire year has passed since Dominick Fernow last performed a brutal onslaught of noise under his moniker Prurient. And now, Fernow is back! Perhaps it has something to do with Venus leaving retrograde, or Jupiter entering Gemini. I don’t fucking know. But a new performance is happening regardless of how the planets are aligned.

Rumor has it that this noisy little ditty will be “Oxidation-styled pure electronic noise,” and it’s all going down at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on July 21. Tickets can be purchased here, and you can read about Fernow’s new label Bed of Nails here.

• Hospital Productions: http://hospitalproductions.net
• Bed of Nails: http://bedofnailscompound.com

Stars to release sixth album The North and meander down memory lane

Remember being sixteen? Remember learning to drive and getting your license and driving to the mall by yourself? Remember reading The Great Gatsby for the first time? Remember really liking Bright Eyes and The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie and Stars?

Imagine for a second that you’re still sixteen — would you have freaked out last week when you heard Ben Gibbard’s cover of “Set Yourself on Fire,” the title track from Stars’ 2005 album? Would you be freaking out over SPIN’s premiere of “Theory of Relativity,” the first track off Stars upcoming album, The North, which will see a September 4 release on ATO? Would the synths confuse you? Would you be wishing for the orchestral grandeur of “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” which you used to love playing over and over and over again? Would you download it anyway?

The North tracklist:

01. The Theory of Relativity
02. Backlines
03. The North
04. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
05. Through the Mines
06. Do You Want to Die Together?
07. Lights Changing Colour
08. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots
09. A Song Is a Weapon
10. Progress
11. The 400
12. Walls

• Stars: http://starsthenorth.com
• ATO: http://atorecords.com