The Go! Team to play US (and rest of universe) this spring

The Go! Team to play US (and rest of universe) this spring

You remember The Go! Team right? You know, that band that sounds like a Sesame Street ensemble that took way too much influence from The Jackson 5 and decided to do cocaine. Seems that the Manchester-based Brighton-based group is back doing their thing again with a new record titled Rolling Blackouts slated for February 1 and a whole slew of tourdates to give this announcement some added umph.

If that wasn’t enough info to get your knocks off, check this: the new album includes guest vocal duties from that girl from Best Coast and Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof. Not only that, but they’ve decided to extend their tour over to the States where they’ll give folks on both coasts a taste of their nearly fever-inducing, crack-driven live set. Go ahead and scope out these dates along with the (absurd amount of) Euro ones below.

North American tourdates:

04.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
04.13.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
04.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
04.15.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
04.16.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (GBH)
04.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)
04.20.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine (Popscene)

* Dom

Rest of World tourdates:

01.22.11 - Vienna, Austria - FM4 Birthday Party, The Arena
02.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
02.04.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
02.05.11 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree
02.06.11 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
02.08.11 - London, UK - Heaven
02.09.11 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
02.10.11 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Institute
02.11.11 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
02.13.11 - Falmouth, UK - The Princess Pavilion
02.14.11 - Bournemouth, UK - The Old Firestation
02.15.11 - Oxford, UK - Academy 1
02.16.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
02.18.11 - Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
02.19.11 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
02.20.11 - Liverpool, UK - Academy 2
02.21.11 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
02.24.11 - Norwich, UK - The Waterfront
02.25.11 - Sheffield, UK - Academy 2
02.26.11 - Leicester, UK - Academy 2
02.27.11 - Cardiff, UK - The Millennium Music Hall
03.05.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
03.10.11 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Zakk
03.11.11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
03.12.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Stall 6
03.14.11 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
03.15.11 - Munich, Germany - 59 to 1
03.16.11 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken
03.17.11 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
03.18.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Ubel & Gefaehrlich
03.22.11 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
03.23.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie @ The Botanique
03.24.11 - Rennes, France - Ubu
03.25.11 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’Or
03.26.11 - Angouleme, France - La Nef
03.30.11 - Valencia, Spain - Sala Mirror
03.31.11 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
04.01.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz

Dead Meadow tour with new J. Mascis project

Dead Meadow are taking to the road for a brief West Coast mini-tour with new J. Mascis project Sweet Apple this month. The lords of the modern day psych-rock scene will be repping their most recent album, last year’s DVD/LP Three Kings (TMT Review) on Xemu, the long-awaited, experimental, mandolins-only soundtrack to the 1999 Mark Wahlberg/George Clooney/Ice Cube war movie. (OK, not true. THAT WE KNOW OF.) This is Dead Meadow’s first expedition since an Australian jaunt in October.


01.11.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor
01.12.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
01.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
01.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
01.16.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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The Dodos vow not to become the next Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, announce No Color for March

Sorry Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, but The Dodos do not plan on being your neighbors in one-album wonderland anytime soon. Their fourth album, No Color, is due March 15 via Frenchkiss Records. Starting February 1, you can head over to their website and preorder No Color, which will give you an immediate download of their new song, “Black Night.” If you’re curious to know what their new album sounds like in advance, Dodo #1 Meric Long has said that it showcases his love of 90s riffs. “The most fun I had with this record was when I got to strap on the electric guitar and come up with Billy Corgan riffs while the tape was rolling,” Long said. Billy Corgan riffs? I personally can’t wait to hear “Cherub Rock” v. 2.0.

No Color tracklisting::

01. Black Night
02. Going Under
03. Good
04. Sleep
05. Dont Try And Hide It
06. When Will You Go
07. Hunting Season
08. Companions
09. Don’t Stop

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Panda Bear “really, really close” to finishing Tomboy, moves back to the US to work closer with Animal Collective

Panda Bear has a way of stringing people along and getting away with it. For three years, he’s been working on Tomboy, his solo follow-up to 2007’s Person Pitch (TMT Review). All last fall, we patiently waited for the “late 2010” release date for Tomboy, with no returns but three 7-inch singles from the elusive oeuvre; the promise of a collaborative track on Ducktails’ latest album; a sneaker designed not only by Animal Collective, but one from Panda Bear too; and news of their curatorial duties for the May 2011 ATP UK.

Noah Lennox is a reasonable guy, and in the last year, he has given us some glimpse of Tomboy’s light to tide us over. If you saw Panda Bear play at all last fall, you probably heard some of the unreleased songs. As mentioned, there’s also the availability of “Tomboy,” “You Can Count On Me,” and “Last Night at the Jetty” (however limited it may be) throughout the latter half of 2010. But now, with the advent of a new decade, Panda Bear has announced to the Wall Street Journal (who, in an attempt to be hip, interviewed Panda Bear, Andre 3000, Sean Lennon, and a bunch of other cool people about their 2011 resolutions) that Tomboy is “really, really close to a final mix.” About time, Lennox.

In order to really push things into gear, Noah and his family are temporarily moving back to the US (from Portugal) to work more closely with Animal Collective. Let’s hope for a date before the world ends in 2012!

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[Photo: Ben Beaumont-Thomas]

Destroyer goes Kaputt yet tours mightily

Dan Bejar has (arguably) yet to disappoint the frothing mass he can call a fanbase. From his solo work with Destroyer, to his superstar role with The New Pornographers, to his time punching the clock in Swan Lake he has yet to do anything even remotely boring or predictable. Bejar and friends return as Destroyer on January 25 with Kaputt, Bejar’s 9th LP as Destroyer and first since 2008’s Trouble in Dreams (TMT Review). The record will be released by Merge, a label that may now be bigger than EMI.

You can watch the fantastic video accompanying the title track over at our very own Chocolate Grinder (c/o P4K) and hear the hot Hot HOT lead-off track “Chinatown” too.

Destroyer will uncharacteristically tour mightily for the new LP along with Secretly Canadian pals The War on Drugs, who released the especially fine Future Weather EP (TMT Review) this past October.


03.17.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
03.18.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
03.19.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
03.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
03.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
03.23.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress*
03.25.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
03.26.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft *
03.27.11 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingers Chicken Shack *
03.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
03.30.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at the Crofoot *
03.31.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
04.01.11 - Montreal, QC - La Cabaret du Mile End *
04.02.11 - Cambridge, MA- Middle East Downstairs *
04.03.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
o4.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
04.05.11 - Washington, DC -Black Cat *
04.06.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
04.07.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
04.08.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Ear l*
04.09.11 - Nashville. TN - Mercy Lounge *
04.11.11 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
04.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre *
04.13.11 - Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Center *
04.15.11 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room *
04.16.11 - Calgary, AB - #1 Royal Canadian Legion *

* The War on Drugs

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Third Man Records promote new offerings for Vault subscribers, including that old Sub Pop single where The White Stripes covered Captain Beefheart

It’s never long after a legend dies that the requisite tributes come pouring in. These homages are especially prompt given that the passing occurs at the end of the annum, when all attention is already on the first days (and releases) of the new year. On December 17, Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. music great Captain Beefheart, succumbed to multiple sclerosis. Jack White, either because of a preexisting love of the Captain (most likely), or because he realizes how similar they might look if he grew a mustache (doubtful), has announced that part of his Third Man Records’ 2011 First Quarter Vault package will be a 7-inch of The White Stripes covering Captain Beefheart. The three tracks — “Party of Special Things to Do”, “China Pig”, and “Ashtray Heart” — were originally recorded in 2001 as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club, and so it’s only fitting to reintroduce them in honor not only of Vliet, but of Andy Kotowicz, the executive at Sub Pop who was killed in a car accident this October.

The First Quarter package also includes a compilation of Third Man Records’ 2010 singles (a double album on 180 gram vinyl) and a 7-inch of The (with Jack White on guitar). Members of the Vault must go platinum by January 31 in order to receive the package, which will hopefully give Jack White enough time to throw a few covers of Teena Marie in the deal for good measure.

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