It’s not a Hot Snakes reunion, but it’s close enough! Obits go on tour with Night Marchers

It's not a Hot Snakes reunion, but it's close enough! Obits go on tour with Night Marchers

About half a decade ago, awesome Brooklyn garage ragers Hot Snakes broke up. Since then, vocalist Rick Froberg formed Obits, while guitarist John Reis started The Night Marchers. That’s all fine and well, but the question of whether Froberg and Reis (who also played in Drive By Jehu together) would share a stage again loomed large. Now, that question has an answer — sort of. Technically, the two will share a string of stages as their respective bands tour the West Coast this July. They just, you know, (probably) won’t occupy it at the same time. Still, it’s not like either of them is going to hog it or anything, so they’re still totally sharing it.

Obits tourdates:

07.20.10 - Alex’s Bar - Long Beach, CA *
07.21.10 - Blank Club - San Jose, CA *
07.23.10 - Dante’s - Portland, OR *
07.25.10 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver BC, Canada *
07.27.10 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA *
07.28.10 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA *
07.29.10 - Casbah - San Diego, CA *
07.31.10 - Che Café - San Diego, CA *

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Ariel Pink to guest on new Avalanches record? Welcome to paradise-dise-dise-dise…!

When they heard that the powers that be over at TMT had named their modest little collage-based chill-hop record from 2001, Since I Left You, to the #40 spot on their Favorite 100 Albums of 2001-2009 mega-list, the mystery-shrouded Australian crew known as The Avalanches thought twice about having never followed that record up.

Scrambling back to the studio to cash-in on our game-changing accolades before the last of the sparkle had faded, the guys hastily grabbed the first doofus they could find who managed to score four-and-a-half of those little circle thingies from our intentionally confounding ratings system, figuring this sort of partnership would hook the kids of today. That doofus just happened to be Ariel Pink, whose Before Today (TMT Review) recently got the world’s teeny-bopping Kin users more bent out of shape than Dave Grohl on a coffee binge.

And low, just yesterday, according to Pitchfork, an administrator on The Avalanches’ message board confirmed that Pink has indeed been enlisted for some guest vocal duties on a new Avalanches jam. “I hear ariel pink is recording some guest vocals for it and once those are done, the album will be finished (!),” read his brief post. I guess we’ll have to wait a little while longer to see where this all goes. Hmmm… in the interim, what’s say we pass the time by revisiting another one of many delightful Dave Grohl videos that our fine sponsor, the Internet, has to offer. (Talk about the antithesis of chill-wave…)

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Crystal Castles announce US tour, pray for a complete lack of controversy

I’ve got to give it to Crystal Castles; they’ve managed to stay controversy-free for some time now. Alice Glass and Ethan Kath have made it through this year so far without punching anybody or accusing anyone of gear theft or getting tangled up in copyright infringement suits. Three cheers for them, I think! But touring does tend to put their controversy avoidance to the test, so we’ll see how it goes when they tour the US throughout August and September. They’ll be supporting their recently released self-titled album (follow up to 2008’s self-titled album), which also manages to be fairly uncontroversial. Unless, of course, you loathe bands having more than one self-titled record, but you’re probably too busy trying to fight Weezer anyway.

Crystal Castle tourdates:

08.06.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre &$
08.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hard Summer Music Festival @ LA State Park
08.09.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *&
08.11.10 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek *&
08.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre *&
08.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Koolhaus *$
08.15.10 - Montreal, PQ - Metropolis *$
08.17.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *$
08.18.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *$
08.20.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
08.21.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
08.22.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
09.07.10 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
09.08.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (Heaven Room)
09.09.10 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone
09.11.10 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
09.13.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
09.14.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues

* HARD Summer Tour w/ Sinden and Destructo
& Proxy
$ Rusko

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Crooked Fingers ask fans to set aside their dreams to help fund their new covers EP

I want you to imagine the sort of things you buy all the time: toilet paper, coffee, Netflix subscriptions, blackmarket kidneys. Now, I want you to think about what would happen if you took all of that and were just, like, “Fuck it! I wanna put my money to some good use, something that I’ll have to show my grandcats and tell that that ‘I was a part of this piece of art.’” Well, if you contribute to Crooked Fingers’ new fan-funded covers EP, that toilet-paper-less dream could become a reality.

That’s right: Eric Bachmann of Crooked Fingers/Archers of Loaf is releasing the Reservoir Songs Volume II EP on July 6 — with your help, of course. Bachmann plans on covering Merle Haggard, Thin Lizzy, and The Kinks this time around. The EP will be a vinyl- and download-only release from the Foreign Leisure label. Interested parties can visit Kickstarter for more information. And check out his cover of John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” at the Chocolate Grinder if you need some enticement.

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Between yawns and contented sighs, Panda Bear announces “Tomboy” single, US shows

Ever since 2007’s Person Pitch (not to mention the continued existence of a little band called Animal Collective), Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear) has had the power to send the indie rock community into spasms of anticipation with every tiny announcement. Yet, I bet the man isn’t even fazed by this power; that’s how totally chill he is! I can only imagine that when he announced that “Tomboy,” the first single off his forthcoming album of the same title, was coming out July 13 via Paw Tracks, it was as a tossed-off aside during a half-focused game of darts in Lisbon. And, surely, in between turns, Lennox also mentioned something suggesting that the two-track single, featuring the title track and “Slow Motion,” would be the first in a series of limited-edition 7-inches on a variety of labels, none of which will be available digitally until the release of the Tomboy full-length.

As hypothetical Panda Bear finished up his game of darts (in which he did alright, not his best, but still not bad for just fooling around) and turned to open another fine Portuguese beer, he casually dropped the fact that he was going to drop by the US a few times this year. He figured he’d stop by, do a little touring, have a cup of coffee or two, and perhaps do a bit of thrift-store stopping. But if none of that goes as planned, he probably won’t be too broken up about it.

Panda Bear tourdates:

07.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.13.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.14.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
09.06.10 - San Francisco, CA - Fox
09.08.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
09.10.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.11.10 - New York, NY - Governor’s Island

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James Blackshaw switches it up with new LP

I know what you’re thinking: The 12-string wunderkind known to the world as James Blackshaw has decided to spellbind us again with his ninth album of sedating composition and tear-inducing finger-plucked symphonies. Except this time, perhaps not. I’m going to assume that if you’re taking the time to read this, you have somewhat of an interest in Blackshaw and are probably familiar with his back catalog. Assuming this, I’m sure you’re aware that he hasn’t laid his hands on an electric guitar, well, ever, as far as his recordings are concerned.

But it appears that this has all changed now. On his newest release All is Falling, Blackshaw has decided to embrace the 12-string electric guitar as his wand of choice. While this might sound like a huge departure (which it very well may be), the album, which is comprised of eight pieces, will still include Blackshaw’s signature backing multi-instrumental orchestration comprised of piano, glockenspiel, violin, etc. Some of you might be comforted by this fact, while others might find a sliver of excitement from the fact that Blackshaw has recently been influenced by the post no-wave maximalist guitar composers such as Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham. Interesting for sure.

Expect this one on August 24 via Young God.

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