Gold Panda will tour anywhere in the world as long as there’s bamboo to chew on.

Gold Panda will tour anywhere in the world as long as there's bamboo to chew on.

Hey, what are you doing this Friday night, bro? Hanging out with some buds at the roller rink? Dinner with one of those friends you feel out of touch with but continue to hang out with anyway? Faking the feeling of productivity by making “real headway” on your Netflix queue? Nice, nice. Yeah, I got some of that kinda stuff planned, too. Meanwhile, wanna know what hot-stuff London electronic-music producer Gold Panda is doing this Friday? TOURING THE DAMN WORLD.

Continuing to support his little-record-that-could, 2010’s Lucky Shiner (TMT Review), the other panda-themed DJ guy whose not Noah Lennox will hit the road for his first headlining tour starting Friday in Berlin. From there, he’ll continue on for what press releases often refer to as a nonstop whirlwind of worldwide tour dates “with no stopping in sight.” Although I’m reasonably sure that he’s actually going to be stopping lots of times. For instance, he’ll stop in Belgium for Artefact Festival, in Austin for SXSW, in Spain for Primavera… yup, all kinds of stoppin’ be going on. Speaking of stopping: I’m getting a sandwich. Later.

02.04.11 - Berlin, DE - Club Maria (Transmediale Festival)
02.16.11 - Kortrijk, BE - De Kreun
02.17.11 - Leuven, BE - Gilke Vanuytsel (Artefact Festival)
02.18.11 - Luxenbourg, LU - Exit07
02.24.11 - Praha, CZ - Palac Akropolis
03.01.11 - London, UK - Xoyo
03.02.11 - Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg (5 Days Off Festival)
03.15-19.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.22.11 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
03.23.11 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
03.24.11 - Portland, OR - Rotture
03.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - 103 Harriet
03.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
03.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
03.30.11 - Toronto, ON - Tba
03.31.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Arch
04.01.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
04.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
04.20.11 - Laval, FR - Le 6 Par 4
04.21.11 - Lille, FR - Le Grand Mix (Les Paradis Artificiels Festival)
04.22.11 - Nancy, FR - L’autre Canal
04.23.11 - Paris, FR - Point Ephemere
05.28.11 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Festival (Pitchfork Stage)

• Gold Panda:
• Notown/Ghostly International:

100,000 P2P Lawsuits were filed in 2010; okay seriously, who is still using Soulseek and Kazaa to illegally download?

In case you thought that the RIAA had moved on to other issues, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s still continuing the legal battle against the threatening scum of the internets, a.k.a. illegal file-sharers. According to TorrentFreak, close to 100,000 peer-to-peer lawsuits have been filed over the past year in the US alone. Most of the lawsuits, however, are primarily from the film industry, including the adult industry, which really begs the question: why is everyone downloading The Sexual Network and Sex Toy Story 3 from Soulseek and Kazaa? It’s 2011 now, you guys. Get with the times and join Netflix or use a little website called Google to find your illegal files in a less obvious manner. Also, RIAA, really? REALLY? It’s time for you to get with it as well. And no, that doesn’t just mean listening to James Blake!


[Photo: Uma Coisa Viva E. Pulsante]

Editions Mego creates new label Spectrum Spools, debuts with Bee Mask and Fabric albums

Are you still working on your quest to own all of the albums on TMT’s recent Favorite Albums of 2010 year-end list? If you are, then you better thank your lucky stars that Editions Mego have created a new label, Spectrum Spools, which plans on releasing Bee Mask’s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico, our #43 pick, for your listening and spending pleasure. The label, which has a self-imposed goal to release “past and future electronic music works of the highest quality,” will also release Fabric’s A Sort Of Radiance, another album that the label says showcases the “talent shining up out of the North American synth underground.”

Both albums will be pressed on high-quality vinyl and are limited to 500 copies. They’re also available for pre-order now. Then all you have to do is wait until March to receive an album that we described as “a dazzling display of synthesizers and haunting sound collage.”

• Spectrum Spools:
• Editions Mego:

Sharon Jones rocks America on extended US tour

Across America, a voice cries out. “Give me jobs,” it says. “Or an end to war. Or improved infrastucture or more civilized politics.” The voice considers. “Oh f*%$ it,” it says, “Just give me a really long Sharon Jones tour of the southern United States and we’ll call it even.”

Alright, USA, here you go. Ms. Jones and band have had a busy 2011 already; they’ve opened for Prince at Madison Square Garden, rocked at his afterparty, and now they’re extending their spring tour to include the South, including a jaunt so Sharon’s hometown, Augusta, Georgia. So, my fellow Americans, bring me your tired, your poor, your teaming masses yearning to GET DOWN, and let’s get this tour started.

02.03.11 - Ithaca, NY – State Theatre of Ithaca*
02.04.11 - Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom*
02.05.11 - Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom*
02.10.11 - Pawtucket, RI – The Met*
02.11.11 - Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
02.12.11 - Hartford, CT – The Webster
03.10.11 - Knoxville, TN – Bijou
03.11.11 - Charlotte, NC – McGlohon Theatre
03.12.11 - Augusta, GA – Imperial
03.15.11 - New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
03.17.11 - Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
03.19.11 - Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
03.20.11 - Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach
03.21.11 - Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
03.23.11 - Tallahassee, FL – The
03.24.11 - Savannah, GA – Savannah Music Festival
03.24.11 - Charleston, SC – Music
03.26.11 - Raleigh, NC – Lincoln
04.15.11 - Live Oak, FL – Wanee Festival
06.03.11 - Ozark, AR – Wakarusa

* Charles Bradley

• Sharon Jones:

RIP: John Barry, composer of James Bond music

From Pop & Hiss:

John Barry, the Academy Award-winning film composer whose idiosyncratic and iconic compositions over the course of a lifetime in the movies – including some of the best known James Bond music and the themes to “Midnight Cowboy,” and “Out of Africa,” among dozens of others – died in New York on Sunday at age 77. The British-born composer not only helped define the feel of the Bond films but crafted music that served as a 1960s soundtrack to a new kind of jet-setting lifestyle. With his wildly adventurous arrangements and instrumentation, his music’s devil-may-care feel will forever be connected to fashionably mod cocktail lounges of the era.


[Photo: Geoff Leonard]

matt pond PA tours with Rocky Votolato, because sensitive dudes with guitars need to stick together

When you have a penchant for writing heartfelt songs on an acoustic guitar, it’s best to stick with other sensitive dudes so you have someone to back you up in any bar fights that occur on the road. And by “bar fights,” I mean strongly-worded disagreements, because I think Matt Pond and Rocky Votolato are more likely to play devil’s advocate than punch someone in the face. You can decide for yourself this winter when they head out on tour together, with Matt Pond supporting his new album, The Dark Leaves, and Votolato supporting his new album, True Devotion.

02.25.11 - Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
02.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.27.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
03.01.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s BBQ [indoors]
03.02.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
03.03.11 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
03.04.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Café
03.05.11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
03.07.11 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
03.08.11 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
03.09.11 - Ybor City, FL - New World Brewery
03.10.11 - Orlando, FL - Back Booth
03.11.11 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
03.12.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.13.11 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
03.15.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.16.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.17.11 - Hamden, CT - The Space
03.18.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft
03.19.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.20.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East [downstairs]
03.22.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
03.23.11 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
03.24.11 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
03.25.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean

• Matt Pond:
• Rocky Votolato:

[Photo: J. Kendi]