Hermit singer Feist announces new album Metals, sadly not a collab with Boris

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Oh hey, Lessie… I mean, Ms. Feist, how’s it going? Good? How are your cats? Come to think, where have you been? I know you’ve been busy and all that with Beck and Jamie (and sorry for wearing my “JIM” shirt today, it’s all I had that was clean), and you had your attempt at “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” called Look At What the Light Did Now. And you said “hello” to your old friends at Broken Social Scene last year (by the way, could you please tell Kevin to just let Lisa Lobsinger sing your part in “Almost Crimes” live? The lady he put in your place is an utter travesty on the ears).

But seriously, where have you been? Four years is a long time between albums, especially when said album (and accompanying iTunes ad) propelled you from suave Toronto scenester and BSS FWB with a voice far more alluring than Cat Power (sorry, Chan) to a folk-pop superstar that kicked KT Tunstall to the curb. No offense, but you lose momentum and interest to a lot of people after a while if you stop providing, you know, actual output. And people’s tastes change. I mean, look at me: you know I’ve been swooning over you since I first saw you play in support of BSS at the Avalon Ballroom back in 2005, but even that had to change, and now I’m fawning over Raphaelle Standell-Preston of BRAIDS. Sorry… hey, don’t mock me, I don’t just have a thing for Canadian chanteuses! Neko Case is an American!

…Anyway, any new developments, Ms. Feist? A new album, you say? Called Metals? Huh. Did you collaborate with Boris, per chance, seeing how they’re everywhere lately? No? That’s a shame. That is the most ridiculous collaboration idea ever, I will admit, but I’m sure the result will not only be incredibly super-awesome, but would likely top every damn critics’ list in the echo chamber at the end of the year. Maybe even the decade. Imagine that: the greatest album of the 2010s by a Canadian chanteuse and a Japanese metal band. What a strange thing.

This is not to say your new album will suck. I’m sure it will be great. You still working with Chilly and Mocky? Cool, that’s very promising. Wait, you brought in Valgeir Sigurðsson? Didn’t he do Medúlla and Vespertine? Bold may be an understated word for calling in one of the main producers for Björk after she went off the artsy-fartsy deep end (hey now, it’s just I loved her when she was in The Sugarcubes, she was cheeky then). Suddenly, the Boris collaboration idea makes even more sense. That should be your next project. I swear, you’ll be a darling of the critics and hipsters of both sexes will come in their pants (and deny it like they did with the Roots-Dirty Projectors and Flaming Lips-Neon Indian collabs).

Anyway, where’d you record? …Big Sur? I’ve been out here for how long and you didn’t tell me? Man, I would have given back your guitar instead of sold it for a synth pad six months ago if I’d known you were around. Ah well, when can I hear this? October 4 on Arts & Crafts? Good. And you’re teasing it at your website? Good, though I’m sure I’ll get a promo copy somehow from you beforehand.

Anyway, I gotta jam. Peace out or pieces, Lessie.

• Feist: http://www.listentofeist.com
• Arts & Crafts: http://www.arts-crafts.ca

RIP: Dan Peek of America

From Rolling Stone:

Dan Peek, co-founder of the folk rock band America, has died at the age of 60. According to his wife, Peek died in his sleep at their home in Farmington, Missouri. The specific cause of death is not yet known.

Peek, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, formed America in the late Sixties with along with Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, who he had met at a high school in London, where their fathers were stationed with the United States Air Force. The band’s first album, America, yielded the Number One hit “A Horse with No Name,” which led to a Grammy for best new act later that year.

• Dan Peek: http://www.danpeek.com

Metric release Fantasies Flashbacks remix album for a good cause

Take heart, fans of Canadian indie rockers Metric! You may not have a new full-length from Emily Haines and her gang of not-so-merry men this year, but with the forthcoming release of Fantasies Flashbacks on October 11, you’ll get some new, remixed versions of your faves, plus the chance to contribute to a good cause. Because, while you’re enjoying disco/industrial salsa/what-have-you remixes of tracks from 2009’s Fantasies album, the proceeds from your purchase will be donated ENTIRELY to Toronto’s Center for Addiction and Mental Health.

So that’s pretty cool, right? Not only do you get a chance to hear some fresh, new-ish tunes, you’re also helping out a top-notch health organization. But WAIT, there’s more. These remixes weren’t created by just anybody; they were dreamed up and remade exclusively by fans. See, last year, Metric took their tracks to the people involved with the Indaba online musician community, and a wildly successful crowd-sourced remix contest was born. These are the crème de la crème of the thousands of submissions. And not only is this album more utilitarian than a Slap Chop™, it also comes in more formats.

The package will include 10 7-inch singles, each of which contains an original song from Fantasies, plus the corresponding remix track from Fantasies Flashbacks. There’s also a PlayButton digital music player with the remixed tracks, a digital download code with the Flashbacks remixes, originals, and even MORE remixes, color inserts featuring fan-generated artwork and info about the remix album, a fancy limited edition poster, and a BOX to put your VINYL BOX SET in. If fans order from Metric’s official website, they’ll also get a 15% discount. Metric: the band that keeps giving.

• Metric: http://www.ilovemetric.com

Panda Bear to release limited-edition Tomboy box set for American Cancer Society and possibly charm cancer into curing itself

Face it, nostalgia is the economic engine of the indie community these days. And no one in Hypnagogicville, Indieana does a better job of selling “vibes” and conjuring time-n’-place via ‘verb-ed out speeches at village council meetings than its proud mayor Panda T. Bear (the T. stands for “The”). So while many of his colleagues and rivals might have to wait 10 or 20 years to have their music “remembered” via a reissue, Panda T. Bear, seer of seers, prognosticator of prognosticators, makes music so goddamn nostalgic that we just cannot wait that long to hazily remember it.

Therefore, Paw Tracks will release Mayor Bear’s recently released Tomboy album (TMT Review) as a four-LP box set on October 31. The whole shebang will include the regular album in all its cosmic tea party glory, as well as “the ‘single’ mixes of selected tracks, unreleased instrumental/a cappella tracks, ‘The Preakness’ (Panda Bear’s song for Animal Collective’s sneaker mixtape), and a 16-page booklet.” Presumably the booklet will not be blank, but I guess it totally could be. Either way, sounds pretty snazzy for a record that’s only been out for three months in the first place.

Oh, and just to up both the collectability and sexy gallantry factors, the reissue will be limited to 5000 copies, and all profits will go to the American Cancer Society. See? Hazy memories of way back in May of 2011 and contribution to a worthy cause. It’s always win-win with Panda. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure that if any crooner out there could convince people’s cancer to “just be cool and stop spreading,” it’s probably that doe-eyed motherfucker.

Tomboy box set tracklisting:

LP 1
01. You Can Count on Me
02. Tomboy
03. Slow Motion
04. Surfer’s Hymn
05. Last Night at the Jetty
06. Drone

LP 2
01. The Preakness
02. Alsatian Darn
03. Scheherazade
04. Friendship Bracelet
05. Afterburner
06. Benfica

LP 3 (Single Mixes)
01. Drone
02. Tomboy
03. Last Night at the Jetty
04. Surfer’s Hymn
05. Scheherazade
06. Benfica
07. Slow Motion
08. Friendship Bracelet
09. Alsatian Darn
10. Bullseye
11. You Can Count on Me

LP 4
01. Alsatian Darn (Instrumental)
02. Slow Motion (Instrumental)
03. Friendship Bracelet (Instrumental)
04. Drone (Instrumental)
05. Last Night at the Jetty (Instrumental)
06. You Can Count on Me (A Cappella)
07. Alsatian Darn (A Cappella)
08. Slow Motion (A Cappella)
09. Afterburner (A Cappella)
10. Drone (A Cappella)

• Panda Bear: http://www.myspace.com/pandabear
• Paw Tracks: http://www.paw-tracks.com
• American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org

Kurt Vile and Woods release split 7-inch to commemorate touring together and digging each other’s hair and beards, respectively

Earlier this month, psych-pop-rock outfit Woods shared a number of stages with pop-rock-psych outfit Kurt Vile & The Violators. Woods were excited because they had just released Sun & Shade (TMT Review) on Woodsist and a 7-inch on Sacred Bones, and Kurt Vile and his band members (who represent him at different stages of his life) were excited because they had somewhat recently released Smoke Ring For My Halo (TMT Review) on Matador. Yes, excitement was thick in the air, mutual admiration led to flirting, flirting led to kissing, and a few weeks after kissing came conception (a cautionary tale, children).

What shot out of the womb, though, was not a wavy-haired baby with a falsetto voice but a five-track, 33 RPM tour 7-inch on Woodsist that could be adopted and nurtured by the whole world. For this release, Woods laid down one song full of life and another on the brink of death, while Kurt returned to the lo-fi recording environment of his pre-Agnello material for a Cole Porter-indebted pop tune here, a fingerpickin’ blues number there, and some ambient coastal strumming to close it out. How can we possibly know all this without any information up online, even at the label’s website? It’s all because of the tireless work of this intrepid TMT reporter, who snagged a copy at a recent Vile show. Not sure if this will only be sold on tour, but it’s likely that supplies are going to be limited, so check the dates below for your nearest “7-inch store.”

Summer 2011 tour split tracklisting:

A1. Woods, “Skull”
A2. Woods, “Cold Blue”
B1. Kurt Vile, “Commercial Reject”
B2. Kurt Vile, “In/Out Blues”
B3. Kurt Vile, “Water Fingers”

Kurt Vile dates:

07.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall &
07.27.11 - Big Sur, CA - Fernwood
07.28.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour &
07.29.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
07.30.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
08.02.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft ^
08.04.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Pioneer Park (Twilight Concert Series) &
08.05.11 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge ^
08.06.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
08.07.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.09.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^
08.10.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel * ^ #
08.11.11 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre
08.12.11 - New York, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
08.18.11 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.20.11 - Parades de Coura, Portugal - Festival de Paredes de Coura
08.22.11 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
08.23.11 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
08.24.11 - Odense C, Denmark - Posten
08.25.11 - Malmo, Sweden - Malmofestivalen
08.26.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Club What We Do Is Secret
08.27.11 - Oslo, Norway - Cafe Mono
08.28.11 - Masthugget, Sweden - Pusterviksbaren
08.29.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
08.30.11 - Vesterbro, Denmark - Lille Vega
09.02.11 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open
09.04.11 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.05.11 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control *
09.06.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo *
09.07.11 - Bristol, UK - Fleece *
09.08.11 - London, UK - Scala *
09.10.11 - Groningen, Netherlands - Take Root Festival
09.16.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.19.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre %
10.21.11 - San Diego, CA - Soma %
10.24.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan (The Boulevard Pool) %
10.25.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl %
10.26.11 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory %
11.12.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

* Woods
& Thurston Moore
^ True Widow
# White Fence
% Bright Eyes

Woods dates:

07.27.11 - Sacramento, CA - Sol Collective ^
07.28.11 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s Music Hall ^
07.29.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent ^
07.30-31.11 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
08.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex ^#
08.03.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunkspace #
08.04.11 - El Paso, TX - Black Market #
08.05.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk #
08.06.11 - New Orleans, LA - Circle Bar #
08.07.11 - Oxford, MS - Cats Purring Dude Ranch #
08.08.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
08.09.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle #
08.10.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *#
08.12.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s #
08.13.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #%
09.04.11 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.05.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Sound Control *
09.06.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo *
09.07.11 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece *
09.08.11 - London, UK - The Scala *

* Kurt Vile & The Violators
^ The Fresh & Onlys
# White Fence
% Ducktails

• Woods: http://www.woodsist.com/woods.htm
• Kurt Vile: http://www.kurtvile.com
• Woodsist: http://www.woodsist.com

Kanye West and Jay-Z plan on making even more money with their new supergroup The Throne

As if Jay-Z and Kanye West weren’t already at the top of their “games,” the incredibly rich rappers have announced that they are collaborating, they love each other, and that they want to make some more money by forming a group together. The two musicians and long-time best buddies decided over the weekend that they have massive dicks and are obviously The Kings of Everything, and so people better start recognizing that by referring to them (Jay-Z/West) by the kingly and super-egotistical title of The Throne.

The Throne have a new album, titled Watch the Throne (a.k.a. Watch Us), set for iTunes release on August 8 and physical release on August 12 through Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, and Roc Nation. The Throne will also be heading out on a month-long tour to get their royal rings kissed by an adoring public happy to spend their money on reliable brand names. Speaking of which, the new album features production from The RZA, The Neptunes, and Mike Dean, and has appearances by Beyoncé (duh), Frank Ocean, Curtis Mayfield, and Mr. Hudson.

If you like spending your money on musician-millionaires (while many exciting musical acts go bankrupt and band members give up their dreams so they can pay the bills) then check out the tracklist and concert dates below!

Watch the Throne tracklist:

01. No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)
02. Lift Off (feat. Beyoncé)
03. Niggas in Paris
04. Otis (feat. Otis Redding)
05. Gotta Have It
06. New Day
07. That’s My Bitch
08. Welcome to the Jungle
09. Who Gon Stop Me
10. Murder to Excellence
11. Made In America (feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)
13. Illest Motherfucker Alive *
14. H.A.M. *
15. Primetime *
16. The Joy (feat. Curtis Mayfield) *

* deluxe edition only

The Throne “We’re Richer Than You” tourdates:

09.22.11 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills
09.24.11 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
09.25.11 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
09.27.11 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
09.28.11 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
09.29.11 - Washington DC - Verizon Center
10.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
10.06.11 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.07.11 - Chicago, IL - United Center
10.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
10.10.11 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
10.13.11 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
10.14.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
10.16.11 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
10.17.11 - Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Pavilion
10.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
10.20.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
10.21.11 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
10.25.11 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
10.26.11 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
10.29.11 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
10.30.11 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
11.01.11 - Baltimore, MD - 1st Mariner Arena
11.03.11 - Boston, MA - TD Garden

• Jay-Z: http://lifeandtimes.com
• Kanye West: http://kanyewest.com