Joan of Arc release instrumental LP Oh Brother feat. Zach Hill

Joan of Arc release instrumental LP Oh Brother feat. Zach Hill

It has been, what, about a month since Joan of Arc released something new? According to a clause in their contract, they must consistently keep releasing new music every 30 to 60 days, otherwise a kitten will die. Yes, really. In order to save the kittens, Joyful Noise Recordings will release Oh Brother, a limited-edition instrumental LP (and digital release) from the band, on February 8, 2011. Not only will the LP be hand-numbered and limited to 500 copies, but it also features collaborations with 14 different musicians, including Zach Hill of Hella, Rob Lowe of Lichens, and other members of Make Believe and Cap’n Jazz. Pre-order it here.

Be sure to see Joan of Arc perform their new songs on tour next year:

01.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
01.22.11 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe
01.23.11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
01.25.11 - Orlando, FL - Blackbooth
01.26.11 - Pembroke Pines, FL - The Talent Farm
01.27.11 - Ybor City, FL - New World Brewery
01.28.11 - Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
01.29.11 - Pensacola, FL - Handlebar
01.31.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.01.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
02.02.11 - New Haven, CT - Bar Night Club
02.03.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
02.04.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Melody Inn (Oh Brother release show)
02.05.11 - Champaign, IL - High Dive
02.06.11 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout (Oh Brother release show)

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[Photo: Ryan Russell]

Q-Tip announces title of fourth LP, but no release date. How typical of that guy!

Give rapper/producer Jonathan Davis/Kamaal Ibn John Fareed/Q-Tip/The Abstract a break. Sure, he doesn’t pop up in public too often. But I mean, for one thing, the dude keeps changing his name, so for all I know, he put out like 20 chillwave records this year. For another, dude’s got a lot on his plate, what with his day job as a rhyme checker and his moonlighting gig as a midnight marauder. So, when he says a record like Kamaal/The Abstract (TMT Review) is going to drop in 2002 and it doesn’t actually surface until 2009, cut the man some slack. He’d cut you some, I bet.

Besides, the reason we’re here right now is so that Tip can announce the title and release date of his newest album (which is technically the follow-up to 2008’s The Renaissance) to me over the phone so that I can pass that info along to you LIVE! Woohoo! Here we go… okay, I’m getting word that the forthcoming album is going to be titled The Last Zulu. He’s saying that he revealed the name of his fourth record in a recent interview on the satellite radio station Shade 45. Okay, sweet! Let’s see, he’s also telling me that that fans should expect a concept album that combines world music and boom-bap, and that the resulting LP is “probably going to be the hardest shit I ever did.” Awesome!

Okay, now let me just ask him when it’s officially coming out. Oh, wait… Tip, you there? Sorry everybody, there’s a lot of static, and… Tip? Tip?? Huh. I guess I lost him.

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Disappears to reappear with new LP next year, play shows with Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley

Do yourself a favor. While everyone’s kid sister is out there putting Deerhunter’s Halcyon Digest at the top of the year-end list she’s doing for some sort of Disney Channel online sweepstakes to win tickets to a live taping of I’m in the Band, reach for some real “ambient punk” instead.

Chicago noise-rocker quartet Disappears is releasing their sophomore LP, Guider, via Kranky on January 18 (January 17 in the UK), and this time around, they are bringing out the big noise-rock PR guns. And no, I don’t mean that they are playing up that Brian Case played with 90 Day Men and The Ponys, because who cares about those bands??? I mean that after their drummer left the band, they went out and got Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley to fill in for their upcoming live dates. Wow! Steve Shelley! He recorded Nirvana’s In Utero, didn’t he? Anyway, check out a clip of them working on a Guider track in the studio over at ye olde Choucolatte Grindeur. And check out the live dates after the jump…

…sigh. Okay, there’s no jump. Whatever.

01.19.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
01.20.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
01.28.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
02.03.11 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
02.04.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

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[Photo: Greg Simpson]

Bhang bhang, Dum Dum Girls aren’t complete burnouts; plan spring tour and new EP

For all of those people (myself included) who felt miffed when Dum Dum Girls cancelled the last portion of their tour with The Vaselines this fall, plus some of their own, 2011’s looking up. The Vaselines have gone back to Glasgow for post-tour snogging or whatever it is they do, but Dum Dum Girls will prevail without them — the nominal reference to the perverted Scots will just have to suffice on marquees. Come February, Dee Dee promises to follow through with new tourdates across the United States. As collateral for the deal, DDG agreed to play a show this December in Los Angeles!

Oh, and there’s a reason for all these dates in ‘11: the impending release (and subsequent celebration) on March 1 of a new EP on Sub Pop, called He Gets Me High. It’ll be available on CD, 12-inch, and mp3, which means that all you Ogg Vorbis fanboys are out of luck.

He Gets Me High EP tracklisting:

01. Wrong Feels Right
02. He Gets Me High
03. Take Care of My Baby
04. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths cover)


12.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
02.16.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.18.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.21.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
02.23.11 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club
02.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
02.25.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
02.26.11 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo Club
02.27.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.01.11 - Burlington, VT - Club Metronome
03.02.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.04.11 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.06.11 - Washington, D.C. - Black Cat
03.08.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.11.11 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
03.12.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social

* Abe Vigoda

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Braids announce 2011 tour; no, not Braid, but Braids… got it?

When I first read that Braids were touring, I got really excited… and then I realized that there was an ‘s’ at the end of their name and lo, it was indeed Canadian buzz band Braids, and not the defunct Chicago punk band Braid. Oh well. Be sure to check out Braids with an ‘s’ on the road next year, touring in support of their debut album, Native Speaker, due out on January 18, 2011 through Kanine Records (Flemish Eye in Canada).

02.04.10 - Dallas, TX - The Nightmare *
02.05.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk *
02.07.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
02.08.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *
02.09.10 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern *
02.10.10 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse (Duke University) *
02.11.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
02.12.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory *
02.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
02.16.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
02.17.10 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
02.18.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
02.21.10 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s Music Diner *
02.22.10 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy *
02.23.10 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s *
02.24.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
02.25.10 - Madison, WI - Der Rathskellar (University of Wisconsin) *
02.26.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean *
03.01.10 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
03.02.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
03.04.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
03.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *

^ The Radio Dept.
* Baths, Star Slinger

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Mighty wizard Jimmy Fallon offers reunited Dismemberment Plan performance to all who brave his fortress of late-night TV

Upon raising his mighty peacock staff into the sky, powerful sorcerer Jimmy Fallon has made his decree: reunited indie rock group The Dismemberment Plan are to appear on the Fallon-hosted Late Night. No mortal man dare refuse the feared late night host, lest he face ?uestlove, strongest of all warlords, and his Roots ninja squad. Since The D-Plan value their lives (and have already gone ahead and booked a string of reunion shows), they will comply and appear on the program on January 20. Let us all hope that the band’s rendition of “Face of the Earth” (or whatever they choose to play) proves satisfactory to Fallon, else he may loose unholy thunder upon the band and his studio audience.

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