Isis call it quits, announce final tour

Isis call it quits, announce final tour

After five albums and thirteen years as a band, Isis have decided to call it quits. The group’s final album, Wavering Radiant (TMT Review), was released last year on Ipecac. The label’s founders, Mike Patton and Greg Werckman, said of Isis’ breakup: “It has been a complete honor to be a part of the ISIS team. ISIS is a major part of our label’s foundation. Those 5 talented guys are our friends and we look forward to see and hear what they each do in the future.”

Here’s the official announcement from Isis:

ISIS has reached an end. It’s hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn’t something that occurred over night and it hasn’t been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close. We’ve seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure ISIS would never fall victim to that syndrome. We’ve had a much longer run than we ever expected we would and accomplished a great deal more than we ever imagined possible. We never set any specific goals when the band was founded other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play (and to stay true to that ideal), so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift. As with any momentous life-changing decision (which this certainly is for the 5 of us), we feel a very dynamic range of emotions about this and cannot express all of it within the space of a few sentences, and perhaps it’s best to do what we’ve always done and let our music speak for us. It is and has been the truest expression of who we are as a collective and in some ways who we are as individuals for the 13 years in which we’ve been together. The last and perhaps most important thing we might say in relation to all this is how grateful we are for the people that have supported us over the years. It is a lengthy list that would include those who put out our records, those that played on them and put them to tape, the many bands with whom we shared the stage, all of our family, friends and companions who supported us in our individual lives and thus made it possible for us to continue on in the band, and most importantly those who truly listened to our music whether in recorded form or by coming to out to our shows (or both). It is quite true that we would never have done what we have without those people, that is many of you who are reading this. Our words can never fully express what we feel, but we hope that our music and the efforts made to bring it into being can serve as a more proper expression of gratitude for this life and for everyone in it. Thank you.

In more immediate and practical terms the tour we are about to embark upon is indeed our last. We are hoping that these final live rituals can help us bring a close to the life of this band in a celebratory and reverent way, and also provide us with a chance to say goodbye to many of those that have supported us over the years. While there is a measure of sadness that comes with the passing of this band, we hope that the final days can be joyous ones during which any and all that wish to come and join us will do so. It seems fitting that the last show of the tour and of our active existence will take place in Montreal, the site of the very first ISIS show in 1997 (though that was an unintentional move when booking the show initially). After the tour we also plan to follow through with other projects set in motion some time ago - pursuing the completion of a final EP, compiling live audio and visual material for future releases, and generally doing whatever we can to make our music available for as long as there are people who wish to hear it.



Final tourdates:

05.26.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah @
05.29.10 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall @
05.30.10 - Olympia, WA - Capitol Theatre @
05.31.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre @
06.01.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s @
06.02.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge @
06.04.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall @
06.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour @
06.12.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival #
06.14.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club #
06.16.10 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club #
06.17.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater Of Living Arts (TLA) #
06.18.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
06.19.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg #
06.20.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club #
06.21.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club #
06.22.10 - Portland, MN - Port City Music Hall %
06.23.10 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda %

@ Jakob & Tombs
# Melvins
% Cave In

• Isis:
• Ipecac:

[Photo: Erik Moholdt]

Windsor for The Derby are Against Love, tour Europe

Down here in the deep south, the summer seems to be fully upon us. In fact, today the temperature reached an almost unseasonal 92-degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity could be cut with a razor. Its during days like this when the sun seems to have a stagnant hold on the world, when a high-powered ceiling fan is the only consolation that the droning movements of Windsor for The Derby have the most relevance. So it is only fitting that the Philadelphia/Austin space/post-rockers have a new full-length release to accompany the summer sweltering that is bound to be just a sedative as their music.

Against Love, the band’s eighth proper album, will be hitting stores and front doors June 22 in the US and June 21 in the UK via Secretly Canadian. If you want an idea of the further development in their pop-psych sound on this new sonic construction of theirs, go ahead and snag a download of the track “Queen of the Sun” off the new album right here. As of now, the band plans to leave a trail of distorted particles through a good chunk of Europe come late this year, hopefully the same for the US after. For now, I just leave you Americans with the tracklist and the beckoning heat of a summer that lurks ever closer.

Against Love:

01. Against Love
02. Autumn Song
03. After Love
04. Queen of the Sun
05. Singer 1968
06. Moon Shadows
07. Our Love’s a Calamity
08. Alex Lucero
09. Dull Knives
10. Hips
11. Cursed Ages
12. Tropical Depression
13. Strange Dream

European Dates:

07.27.10 - Nantes, FR - Sputnik Bar
07.28.10 - Paris, FR - Noveau Casino
08.02.10 - London, UK - Windmill Brixton
08.03.10 - Brighton, UK - Freebutt
08.06.10 - Metz, FR - Emile Vache
08.11.10 - Hamburg, GR - Astra Stube
08.12.10 - Berlin, GR - Schokoladen
08.13.10 - Copenhagen, DK - Lades
08.14.10 - Malmo, SE - Debaser
08.17.10 - Hannover, GR - Cafe Glocksee
08.18.10 - Wiesbaden, GR - Schlachthof

• Windsor for The Derby:
• Secretly Canadian:

Get set for family time: Radar Brothers tour US with Modest Mouse

Get ready to sway discretely from side to side with a cold can of PBR; Radar Brothers are going on tour. You may think you’ve already heard all you can hear from these guys over the years, but frontman Jim Putnam begs to differ. For the band’s sixth album, The Illustrated Garden, he put together a new lineup consisting of Be Hussey and Steve Treichel — and if the change in sound isn’t noticeable on the album (not a bad thing; TMT Review), maybe it will be on stage. (You shouldn’t be so damned cynical anyway.)

In addition to playing the Silverlake Jubilee in Los Angeles, Radar Bros. have announced a number of dates with Modest Mouse (tourdates: TMT News), another band garnering acclaim for over a decade and a half. Together, Putnam and Isaac Brock guys are sort of like indie’s Mick Jagger — or Ira Kaplan, at least.


05.23.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Silverlake Jubilee
06.17.10 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
06.18.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
06.19.10 - Merced, CA - The Partisan
06.21.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
06.22.10 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
06.24.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
07.07.10 - Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
07.09.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre *
07.10.10 - Broomfield, CO - First Bank Center *
07.12.10 - Sioux Falls, SC - Ramkota Exhibit Hall *
07.13.10 - Fargo, ND - Hub at the Venue *
07.14.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre *

* Modest Mouse

• Radar Brothers:
• Merge:

Portugal. The Man announce new tourdates for United States. the country

Portland-based prog-poppers and chronic skippers of English class Portugal. The Man are heading out for a short West Coast tour in June. Before they do that, they’ll hit up Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival. This bit of touring will be in support of the group’s recently released American Ghetto record on Equal Vision Records, which follows up last July’s Satanic Satanists. In other news, the group recently signed to Atlantic Records and is hard at work on their next album, which is set for release in 2011. Suddenly, I’m wondering if I spend too much time worrying about punctuation.

Portugal. The Man tourdates:

05.29.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
06.17.10 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s Night Club
06.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06.19.10 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
06.20.10 - Tucson, AZ - Hotel Congress
06.23.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Club Sound
06.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos (Crystal Ball Reading Room)
06.26.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

• Portugal. The Man:
• Atlantic:

Balkan Beat Box play shows in support of Blue Eyed Black Boy, usher in the dance party the Mayans warned us about

I have to admit: the title of the new Balkan Beat Box full-length, Blue Eyed Black Boy, totally made me think of America’s pop sweethearts Black Eyed Peas (of “Where Is The Love?” and “My Humps” fame) when I first heard it. Perhaps this is because once, while working at a restaurant, I overheard a really mindblowingly in-depth discussion of “Where Is The Love?” The song clearly had made an impression on the table. “It’s like that song ‘Where Is The Love.’ Because, you know, like, WHERE IS THE LOVE?” the diners earnestly asked one another. And while I could not tell them the answer to this age-old question, I could tell them this: the new Balkan Beat Box album was released April 27 on Nat Geo Music.

They probably wouldn’t have cared. But you should! Because, as Paste put it, this gypsy-influenced trio is “the dance party of the new millennium.” This latest album from the acclaimed group was self-produced by Balkan Beat Box and features a plethora of guest appearances, including a gypsy orchestra from Belgrade known as Jovica Ajdarevic Orkestar. Plus, the tracks have all the hip-hop, punk, and “world music” pizazz that savvy listeners have come to know and love.

And it’s all going on tour with them. Balkan Beat Box will bring in da noise, da funk, and well, whatever else they decide to bring in to support Blue Eyed Black Boy this summer at the venues listed below.

06.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Pritzker Pavilion at Millenium Park
06.04.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
06.05.10 - Solana Beach, CA - Fiesta Del Sol at Fletcher Cove
06.06.10 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
06.11.10 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby
06.17.10 - Kibutz Naan, Israel - Moadon Hadir
06.25.10 - Kibutz Be’ery, Israel - Ulam Hamofaim
06.26.10 - Haviva, Israel - IsraelLehavot
07.02.10 - Saint-Denis de Gastines, France - Saint-Denis de Gastines
07.03.10 - Cologne, Germany - Summer Jam
07.04.10 - Biarritz, France - Ehz Festival
07.10.10 - Brugge, BE- Cactus Festival
07.11.10 - Different Sounds Festival Lublin, PL
07.14.10 - Arles, France - Les Suds
07.15.10 - Cauterets, France - Latino Roc
07.16.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Crullia de Cultures
07.17.10 - London, UK - Lovebox
07.18.10 - Dour, BE - Dour Festival
07.23.10 - Timisoara, RO - Iraf
08.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza at Grant Park
08.07.10 - New York, NY - Lincoln Center Out of Doors
09.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival
09.05.10 - Toronto, Canada - Harbourfront Centre

• Balkan Beat Box:
• Nat Geo:

Mi Ami goes on world tour, avoids Miami to avoid confusion

Miami — Florida city known for its beaches, clubs, and that one visit from Will Smith. Mi Ami — D.C.-based post-punk group known for their Black Eyes alumni, spaz rhythms, and excellent new record Steal Your Face (TMT Review. They’re not the same, so don’t get confused! Only capitalization and spaces can sort you out, and sort you out they will. To further distinguish between the two, keep in mind that Mi Ami are going on a world tour this summer. The city of Miami, as far as I know, will stay put.

Mi Ami tourdates:

05.18.10 - Kortrljk, Belgium - De Kreun
05.19.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Studio
05.20.10 - Koln, Germany - Tsunami
05.21.10 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
05.22.10 - Berlin, Germany - Raum 18
05.23.10 - Krakow, Poland - Club Re
05.24.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Klub 007
05.25.10 - Vienna, Austria - Fluc
05.27.10 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv *
05.28.10 - Brescia, Italy - Lo Bar
05.29.10 - Geneva, Switzerland - L’Usine *
05.30.10 - Lyon, France - Grnd Zero *
05.31.10 - Paris, France - L’Chaufferrie Du Moulin Rouge
06.01.10 - Lille, France - La Peniche
06.02.10 - Brighton, UK - Prince Albert
06.03.10 - London, UK - Barden’s Boudoir
06.04.10 - Leeds, UK - Nation of Shop Keepers
06.05.10 - Glasgow, UK - Sleazys %
06.06.10 - Manchester, UK - The Ruby Lounge

* Wolf Eyes
% Divorce

• Mi Ami:
• Thrill Jockey: