Japandroids announce Celebration Rock, shocking the world by enjoying celebration, rock, going on tour

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Japandroids have a new album coming out on June 5 through Polyvinyl. It is called Celebration Rock. I am being straight-forward with you, because Japandroids are being straight-forward with you. By titling their record Celebration Rock, they are performing the greatest act of self-appraisal ever accomplished by a musical act. Never mind, Xiu Xiu put out Dear God, I Hate Myself a few years ago. You’re always the bridesmaid, Japandroids.

Don’t look so down, guys. You do have a new single, one by the name of “The House That Heaven Built,” coming out on May 15. While that song will appear on Celebration Rock, it also counts as the fourth entry in their 7-inch singles series. You remember that one, right? Back in 2010, when we were all blasting “Younger Us” out of our junky old cars and drinking soda pops. Like usual with that series, the single features a cover for its B-side, namely “Jack the Ripper” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Listen to that single (but not the Nick Cave cover, sorry nerds) over at Japandroids’ website.

In about a month, Japandroids will head out on a pretty lengthy tour, because that’s what Japandroids do. I mean, these guys tour more than a robot built to only go on tours, but not really do anything, just go places to go there and waste some time on stage. Why did somebody build that robot?

Celebration Rock tracklist:

01. The Nights of Wine and Roses
02. Fire’s Highway
03. Evil’s Sway
04. For the Love of Ivy
05. Adrenaline Nightshift
06. Younger Us
07. The House that Heaven Built
08. Continuous Thunder

Japandroids dates:

05.17.12 - Cardiff, UK - Club Ifor Bach
05.18.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
05.19.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.21.12 - Bristol, UK - Cooler
05.22.12 - London, UK - CAMP (basement)
05.23.12 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
05.24.12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
05.25.12 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit 2
05.26.12 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Pac del Forum (Primavera Sound)
06.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
06.12.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
06.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
06.15.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
06.16.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06.19.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.22.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
06.23.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseh
06.25.12 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
06.26.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06.27.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06.29.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
06.30.12 - Washington, DC - Rock & Rock Hotel
07.03.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore

• Japandroids: http://www.japandroids.com
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

St. Vincent and David Byrne to release collaborative album after bonding over their mutual love of glassy-eyed stares

David Byrne couldn’t have been more thrilled to see St. Vincent’s Annie Clark at the NYC Björk/Dirty Projectors benefit show:

And to be honest, Annie Clark wasn’t doing a very good job hiding her admiration for the former Talking Heads leader, either:

Both approached each other after a few shots and rushes of adrenalin and then burst into laughter seeing the other’s nervous grin, realizing before speaking that they had a musical bond needing exploration and positivity:

The duo quickly developed a freewheeling chemistry and decided (with glee) that a full-length collaboration of songs was in order, trading off vocals and penning melodies together in a burst of joyful inspiration. Visions of a dream tour together played in a loop at the back of both their minds:

Finally, the album was complete and the pair parted ways. A release date for the collab was set for the fall of 2012, and as quickly as it began, it was over. Until then they’d both have to knuckle down and return to the drudgery of their separate lives:

• St. Vincent: http://www.ilovestvincent.com
• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com

Sic Alps cover Tronics for their fourth 7-inch of the last 9 months; new album arriving in September

Sic Alps were quiet for the first half of 2011 after dropping their Napa Asylum album-plus (TMT Review) at the top of the year and parting ways with longtime band member Matt Hartman, but as of August, Mike Donovan and [Ty Segall + whoever else] have been piling up even more singing tape experiments in as many permutations of the 7-inch format as possible. First there was the Breadhead EP, led by the first Neil Von Harmonson-penned Alps “smash hit” and carried through two other excursions to a straight garage cover of The Wailers’ “Can’t You See.” Then one month passed and a classy single was debuted, “Battery Townsley” b/w “Cambridge Vagina.”

From there, Alps disappeared and reappeared again in January with a big fat 23-song-slice medley called Vedley and pressed onto a third 7-inch. Next Tuesday, April 24, the 7-inch series takes a bow with four covers of UK spiritual forefathers Tronics, via the Pangea Globe EP. Marvel as Donovan and co. do the “Squiddley Diddley”; thrill to their signature stylings on “Shark Fucks”!

And if that ain’t enough, how’s about a new, as-yet-untitled 10-track LP in September? Consider it done. And head here to download a buncha their best shows for free. 1 Love.

Pangea Globe tracklisting:

A1. Baby’s in a Coma
A2. Shark Fucks
B1. Spending Time
B2. Squiddley Diddley

• Sic Alps: http://www.sicalps.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Moe Tucker anthologized, “After Hours” still the best song to round out that killer mix tape in your head

Maureen “Moe” Tucker wasn’t the original drummer for The Velvet Undergound (that honor belonged to the late, great Angus MacLise), but she quickly became a center of attention with her impressive percussive skills, her killer bob haircut, and her transfixing lead vocals on songs like “I’m Sticking with You” and the indispensable “After Hours” off 1969’s classic eponymous Velvet Underground LP. Tucker held her own following VU’s demise, recording and releasing several solo LPs and even bravely weathering the media shit storm that ensued in 2009 when she was “unmasked” at a Tea Party convention near Atlanta. It’s about time someone threw some worthy attention Tucker’s way (Lou Reed can only upload so many pictures of himself on Facebook) and it looks as if someone has decided to do so.

The Wire reports that Tucker’s post-VU solo material has been collected by record label Sundazed for I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998. The anthology, which saw release at the end of last month, is a 32-track collection of songs “…released by various independent labels on LPs, EPs, singles and compact discs” that officially finds a home for several of Tucker’s musical wanderings, in one convenient place. I Feel includes versions of VU “hits” like “After Hours,” “Heroin,” “I’m Sticking with You,” and “Pale Blue Eyes,” as well as numerous Tucker originals. The anthology was mastered by Bob Irwin and includes liner notes by Rolling Stone big shot David Fricke and is available now.

I Feel So Far Away: Anthology 1974-1998 tracklist:

01. Bo Diddley
02. Heroin
03. Slippin’ and Slidin’
04. Around and Around
05. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
06. Ellas
07. I’m Sticking with You
08. Guess I’m Falling in Love
09. Andy
10. Hey Mersh!
11. Pale Blue Eyes
12. Chase
13. Talk So Mean (alternate mix)
14. Do It Right
15. Fired Up (single version)
16. Too Shy (single version)
17. That’s B.A.D.
18. Lazy
19. Blue, All the Way to Canada
20. Then He Kissed Me
21. Fired Up
22. I’m Not
23. I’m Waiting for the Man
24. Spam Again (live)
25. Crackin’ Up
26. I’ve Seen into Your Soul
27. Danny Boy
28. Poor Little Fool
29. I Wanna
30. To Know Him Is to Love Him
31. Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend
32. After Hours

• Moe Tucker: http://www.spearedpeanut.com/tajmoehal
• Sundazed: http://www.sundazed.com

Tender Trap ensnare listeners with new album about girls, tour with Magnetic Fields, who sing songs about boys who dress like girls

Goiles! Who doesn’t love ‘em, eh? Well, Stephin Merritt doesn’t love them (he enjoys boys), and given his famously irritable personality, he might not even like them, but he’ll have to deal with a pretty hefty dose of the twee British songstress variety of lady later this month when Tender Trap open for The Magnetic Fields during a short spree of UK dates. Here’s hoping the girls in Tender Trap don’t turn up the volume too loud and make Mr. Merritt scrunch up his face and stick his fingers in his ears — it’s never a pleasant site.

Why Tender Trap, though? Well, they’re something of a cutecore super group, sporting ladies and a lad from bands like Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, and up until recently, Allo Darlin’, but they’re also releasing a new album in July on the Fortuna POP! imprint titled Ten Songs about Girls that they need to promote! Joining existing members Amelia Fletcher, Rob Pursey, Katrina Dixon, and John Stanley for this outing is Betty and the Werewolves singer and guitarist Emily Bennett (replacing outgoing member Elizabeth Morris). Tender Trap recruited Brian O’Shaunghessy to record the album after hearing his production skills on the last Comet Gain album. Ladies just eat that shit up.

For a taste of the new album right now, check out the first single, “Love is Hard”, streaming below. After checking it out, it’s safe to say their live performance won’t be upsetting Stephin’s delicate eardrums, though it could create the urge to sway back and forth politely while smiling widely. You have been warned.

Tourdates:

04.24.12 - Brighton, UK - Komedia *
04.25.12 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall *
04.27.12 - Manchester, UK - Royal Northern College of Music *
06.06-08.12 - Brighton, UK - Indietracks Festival

* The Magnetic Fields

• Tender Trap: http://listen.to/tendertrap
• Magnetic Fields: http://www.houseoftomorrow.com
• Fortuna POP!: http://www.fortunapop.com

Megaupload lawyer accused by US government of conflict of interest; defendants respond, “Yeah, well your mom has a conflict of interest.”

Who’s ready for some prosecutorial quibbling and litigious nuance? Please resist the urge to repeatedly slam a door on your head; I’ll try to make this as painless as possible.

We’re all familiar with the US government’s shut-down of file-hosting service Megaupload, and the subsequent indictment of several of its executives (including founder Kim Dotcom), right? Well, in an arguable display of their own pussification, the government is now claiming a conflict of interest in the defense’s retention of Andrew Schapiro, a “superstar” attorney who just happens to be a partner at Quinn Emanuel, a top law firm that has represented companies such as Walt Disney Co., Fox, Time Warner, Paramount, YouTube, and Google. The government says that, in the coming prosecution, it intends to call as witnesses numerous Hollywood and tech executives, including individuals who work for the aforementioned companies. Schapiro himself has previously represented YouTube.

Last Thursday, defendants verbally brought out the steel chair in response to all of this:

“[I]f the Government is to have its way in this case, the only lawyers before the Court will be those representing the Government. If the Government is to have its way, the only evidence available to the Court would be that cherry-picked by the Government, for the Government, from the universe of relevant servers slated to be wiped. If the Government is to have its way, in sum, Megaupload will never get its day in Court and the case will effectively be over before it has even begun…

[The government] knows that no such counsel would realistically be willing to litigate this case through to trial for free or without sufficient resources - or that any such counsel, even if willing, would have litigated at least a prior copyright dispute or two involving a work or a client somehow implicated within the ocean of ESI stored by Megaupload, which the Government would then claim is itself disqualifying. Knowing all this, the Government appears unwilling to litigate fair and square. Instead, it is acting to vitiate Megaupload’s defense before the merits are ever reached….

Any law firm that knows its way around intellectual property litigation will presumably have handled a case involving a client or work that can be spotted somewhere amidst the sprawling electronic repository. Of course, only the Government has had meaningful opportunity to scour the relevant servers, and only the Government knows precisely what is in its resulting discovery files. This leaves the Government positioned to play “Gotcha” with any firm that may step up to make an appearance.”

The perceived conflict of interest is just one reason among several that the US government opposes Schapiro’s appearance. Another includes an alleged procedural violation, in which the government states that it has been approached by four different US law firms, all claiming to represent Kim Dotcom. Go here for more information. I mean, if you’re into this sort of thing.

• US Government: http://www.usa.gov
• Dead Megaupload URL: http://megaupload.com

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