Islands to tour with TEEN, give you free song to make you feel wanted

Islands to tour with TEEN, give you free song to make you feel wanted

Islands’ most recent release, Ski Mask, might have come out last year, but sometimes Nick Thorburn just says, “We are Islands! We are the gift that keeps on giving.” So in this case, that means you can go grab a download (for a limited time only!) of “Aloe Hills Are Blooming,” a song that didn’t make the cut for the album but is a goody nonetheless; you can also stream it at the bottom of this here post.

The freebie track isn’t enough for Thorburn, though. He also told the band sternly that they are going on tour and they’re going to like it, dammit. They kick off with TEEN at the end of August. Check the dates below.


08.29.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square
08.30.14 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
08.31.14 - Columbia, MO - MOJO *
09.02.14 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room *
09.03.14 - Norman, OK - The Opolis *
09.04.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada *
09.05.14 - Austin, TX - The Parish *
09.06.14 - Houston, TX - Walter’s *
09.07.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *
09.09.14 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
09.10.14 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive *
09.11.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
09.12.14 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
09.13.14 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *
09.15.14 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
09.16.14 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
09.17.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right *
09.18.14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar *
09.19.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
09.20.14 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *


• Islands:

Cloud Becomes Your Hand announce tour with Ryan Power, do their best to promote Prog Peace

Ancient conflicts and long-smoldering grudges still very much define our existence on this rotten earth. But of all the struggles that have torn mankind asunder, perhaps none other is more perfidious than the eternal battle waged between fans of theatrical progressive rock and those who prefer technique to spectacle. Legions of drama geeks with music minors litter the former’s ranks, hammily bellowing for blood, while the latter mostly sit cross-legged on stools trying to out-Fripp their competition into oblivion.

Then there are bands like Cloud Becomes Your Hand, the psychy Brooklyn five-piece that operates on the margins of both entrenched camps. Like the best prog acts, CBYH’s expert musicianship is inextricable from its campy stage show, which includes everything from a tall ghostly figure making out with an electric vibraphone to a climactic dance routine that made our very own Gumshoe gush with praise during this past SXSW. In fact, Mr. Purdum even went so far as to write that “CBYH put on the best show of SXSW, bar none.”

You don’t need to take his word for it, though! See for yourself as CBYH prog their way across America this July with Burlington’s own demented popsmith Ryan Power in tow. If you’re still not convinced, check out this track from the band’s first full-length album Rocks or Cakes. With any luck, CBYH will be the foretold messiah who at lasts bestows Prog Peace upon this world.


06.28.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium #
07.05.14 - Queens, NY - Knockdown Center $
07.06.14 - Philadelphia, PA - A House Named Virtue $%
07.08.14 - Detroit, MI - PJ Lager House $
07.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle $
07.10.14 - Dayton, OH - Blind Bob’s $
07.11.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown $
07.12.14 - Boston, MA - Cambridge Elks Lodge $
07.13.14 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot $

# Ono, Obnox, The Dreebs
$ Ryan Power, Giant Claw
% Banned Books, God’s Dogs

• Cloud Becomes Your Hand:
• Ryan Power:
• Northern Spy:

The Dead C provide some more evidence that they are a real touring band by releasing 4xLP live set

Why should I believe The Dead C are real? Doesn’t it make more sense that some hidden body of power has just manufactured them to distract me from the real problems in this world? I mean, every time I pull up Democracy Now or some shit, I’m just like, “whatever world suffering, give me some FREE NOISE”.

Well, the secret forces at work on my weak mind are taking aim once again with a plan more devious than ever. Turns out The Dead C have “appeared” live a few times in the past couple decades (doubtful) and the Grapefruit Record Club has the tapes to prove it. They will be releasing a 4xLP box set consisting of recordings from five different “performances,” all of which occurred outside of the band’s native New Zealand. Something tells me this whole damn announcement is a performance.

Grapefruit is using this illusory set to cap off their quarterly subscription series, ending it after four years of releases from the likes of Richard Youngs, 200 Years, Lambchop, and Roy Montgomery. The Twelfth Spectacle (fitting) is limited to 500 copies, so scurry up and get those pre-orders in. There will also be an even-more-limited “retail version” snuck into a record store near you.

The Twelfth Spectacle tracklist:

Arena (Recorded at La Dynamo Pantin, Paris and Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels, April 2013)
01. Arena Part 1
02. Arena Part 2

Permanent LSD (Recorded at Luminaire, London, December 2006)
01. Permanent LSD Part 1
02. Permanent LSD Part 2

This Century Sucks (Recorded at The Smell, Los Angeles, March 2002)
01. This Century Sucks Part 1
02. This Century Sucks Part 2

Year of the Rat (Recorded at The Swap Meet, New York, October 2008)
01. Year of the Rat Part 1
02. Year of the Rat Part 2

Here’s a track from last year’s TMT-approved Armed Courage:

• Grapefruit Record Club:

Simian Mobile Disco share new LP details, and they’re finally ready for Burning Man

English synth enthusiasts Simian Mobile Disco a.k.a. James Ford and Jas Shaw have announced details of their fourth LP, Whorl, along with a video teaser. Recorded outdoors in the Southern California desert with a minimal setup — just a mixer and one synth and sequencer each — the duo jammed on material for three days, had a vision quest, and found their spirit animals (James is a raccoon, Jas is a squirrel). The metaphysical journey ended with a show at Pappy & Harriet’s in the Old West community of Pioneertown, CA, where 900 fans were privy to a Whorl recording session.

SMD’s stripped-down live setup was born out of practicality, as the duo hopes to finally live their dream of attending Burning Man this August. Initially, the two Englishmen were scared of the Nevada festival’s body-painted hippie types, the harsh sun on their pale flesh, and a lack of electrical outlets for their room-sized modular synthesizers. So they scaled back, deciding to test themselves in California’s desert climes before taking the Burning Man plunge. Now, with a suitcase-sized synth each, they’ll finally get to noodle in Black Rock City as a giant effigy of a man is burned to the ground.

For the show’s visual side, collaborators Jack Featherstone & Hans Lo have built their own hardware using warped oscilloscopes, which debuted at SMD’s Sónar gig last weekend and sounds super trippy — especially in a desert community of free expression and giving, while on DMT. Before Whorl drops via ANTI- on September 9, the video teaser and full tracklist can be found below.

Whorl tracklist:

01. Redshift
02. Dandelion Spheres
03. Sun Dogs
04. Hypnick Jerk
05. Dervish
06. Z Space
07. Nazard
08. Calyx
09. Jam Side Up
10. Tangents
11. Iron Henge
12. Casiopeia

Tour dates:

06.21.14 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Weekender
09.09.14 - London, UK - Union Chapel

• Simian Mobile Disco:
• ANTI-:

Southern Lord expand roster with Gust, another great Swedish band with a four-letter name

Fans of Swedish D-beat/hardcore/metal (and let’s face it, who isn’t a fan?) will already be mad for Gust and may even be aware of the fact that Gust will be releasing a new record, called Gust, through the unstoppable Southern Lord label on June 24.

In order to get all the johnny-come-latelies up to scratch, it’s time for a little test to make sure you can tell Gust apart from the other four-letter Swedish band: ABBA. That’s right, it’s time to play…

ABBA or Gust?

01. Match the band to the title of their debut album:
(a) Ring Ring
(b) Fuck Life

02. Match the lyrics to the band:
(a) “There are powers that bind/ That serve to divide/ One from the other with ignorant pride”
(b) “My my, at Waterloo Napoleon did surrender/ Oh yeah, and I have met my destiny in quite a similar way”

03. Which band recorded their sophomore album at Fuck Life Studios?
(a) ABBA
(b) Gust

04. Match the members to the band:
(a) Tommie, Carl, Fredrik, and Ibrahim
(b) Benny, Anni-Frid, Agnetha, and Bjorn

05. True or False: Gust are waaay more metal than ABBA.

Now that you’re one of the world’s leading experts in both Gust and ABBA, feel free to make the effort to hop along to one of the Eastern European (and UK) shows Gust has planned (as outlined below) or, you know, just stay at home and watch a DVD of Mamma Mia, starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. You can also indulge in the Gust tracklist while you’re down there.

Gust tracklist:

01. History Repeats
02. Always the Same
03. Reality Chokes
04. Unease
05. Crack the Skies
06. From Cradle to Grave
07. Humility in Disguise
08. Hollow Faces
09. No Concern, No Remorse
10. Restless Hands

Tour dates:

06.24.14 - Berlin, Germany - Tiefgrund
06.26.14 - Warsaw, Poland - Przychodnia
06.27.14 - Zelebsko, Poland - Ultra Chaos Piknik
06.28.14 - Poznan, Poland - Rozbrat
06.29.14 - Krakow, Poland - Private Apartment
06.30.14 - Leipzig, Germany - TBA
07.02.14 - Decin, Czech Republic - Biograffs
07.03.14 - Opava, Czech Republic - Music Bar Jam
07.04.14 - Roznov pod Radhostem, Czech Republic - TBA
07.05.14 - Budapest, Hungary - Muszi
07.06.14 - Belgrade, Serbia - Klub Fest
07.07.14 - Subotica, Serbia - Clash Club
07.08.14 - Sombor, Serbia - Somborkse Ruze
07.09.14 - Zagreb, Croatia - TBA
07.10.14 - Egna, Italy - Point
07.11.14 - Zurich, Switzerland - Klubi
07.12.14 - Cologne, Germany - Schöner Wohnen
07.13.14 - Brighton, UK - TBA
07.14.14 - UK - TBA
07.15.14 - Newcastle, UK - TBA
07.16.14 - London, UK - The Unicorn
07.17.14 - Neubrandenburg, Germany - AJZ

• Gust:
• Southern Lord:

Drake and Lil Wayne to go on tour together, kiss

This August, two of the biggest names in hip-hop, Lil’ Wayne and Drake, will embark on an extensive co-headlining tour of North America. Prefix reports this news, but here’s something Prefix won’t tell you: Drake and Lil Wayne might kiss. According to my sources on the street, there’s no real evidence that they will kiss. But in this reporter’s opinion, Drake and Lil Wayne might kiss. If ever there was a time, it’s the Jiffy Lube Live concert in Bristow, VA.

Drake and Lil Wayne’s tour comes off the heels of Drake’s OVO Fest, taking place August 3 and 4. At the moment, much of the OVO Fest lineup remains unannounced, but it will definitely feature Drake himself, Outkast, and a number of other acts that Drake will kiss or try to kiss. Seriously, it’s in everybody’s contract: “Drake will try to kiss you. You don’t have to kiss him back. But you do have to let him try.”

Lil Wayne and Drake dates:

08.08.14 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08.09.14 - Noblesville, IN - Klipsch Music Center
08.10.14 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08.12.14 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
08.13.14 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
08.15.14 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
08.16.14 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
08.17.14 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
08.19.14 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
08.21.14 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
08.25.14 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
08.26.14 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
08.27.14 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
08.29.14 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
08.30.14 - Charlotte, NC - PNC Music Pavilion
08.31.14 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
09.03.14 - West Palm Peach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
09.04.14 - Tampa, FL - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09.06.14 - Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater
09.07.14 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion
09.10.14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
09.11.14 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
09.13.14 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheatre
09.14.14 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
09.16.14 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
09.17.14 - Wheatland, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09.19.14 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09.20.14 - Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
09.22.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
09.25.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
09.27.14 - Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

• Lil Wayne:
• Drake:

[Photo: Ronald Martinez]