Jon Hopkins has some tour dates and a Purity Ring remix that he personally asked me to tell you about, because, well, we hang out together all the time

Jon Hopkins has some tour dates and a Purity Ring remix that he personally asked me to tell you about, because, well, we hang out together all the time

Boy, things are really working out swell for my old mate Jonny Hopkins (that’s what we used to call him back in school). In addition to hanging out with Brian Eno a chuff-ton (the three of us played a little shuffle board together on one of Eno’s ambient yachts that he owns… you’ve probably never seen them because they’re so bloody discreet!), the old dog released his new album, Immunity, and got a lot of folks kind of chuffed about it, even across the pond.

Now he’s even heading back there this August for a tour supporting the album, including a pair of shows in L.A. with this one band Purity Ring that you might have heard of (Jonny is pretty tight with them too; I met them at this crackin’ rager of a barbecue we had on Guy Fawkes Day), which is really cool specifically because ol’ Jonny was the guy who actually mixed their track “Saltkin” (he had to miss our indoor football match that night, actually!) and recently remixed the song, “Amenamy,” both of which come from their Shrines album. And, like Jonny was telling me over some eggs and rashers last Sunday, Purity Ring’s Megan James has added vocals to his Immunity track “Breathe This Air,” (I actually came up with the title to that one while we were watching some puffy clouds last autumn!), which I think is going to come out later on this summer?

Either way, the point is, I am really tight with Jon Hopkins. Here’s a video of the “Amenamy” remix. I was actually one of the lighting guys on it.

Jon Hopkins tourdates:

08.16.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
08.17.13 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival
08.23.13 - Katowice, Poland - Nowa Musyka
08.24.13 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
08.27.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
08.28.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
08.30.13 - Colonia Condesa, Mexico - AM Local
08.31.13 - New York, NY - MOMA PS1 Warmup
08.31.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Verboten
09.01.13 - Montreal, QC - Le Belmont @ Société Des Arts Technologies
09.06.13 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.14.13 - Bozen, Italy - Transart Festival
09.18.13 - Toulouse, France - La Dynamo
09.19.13 - Nimes, France - Marsatac Festival
09.20.13 - Nantes, France - Scopitone
09.21.13 - London, UK - Koko
09.24.13 - Manchester, UK - Gorilla
09.27.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Leisure System
09.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Bozar Electronic Arts Festival
10.23.13 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.25.13 - Bergen, Norway - Ekko Festival
10.26.13 - Munich, Germany - Ritournelle

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Superior Viaduct to release the original soundtrack for Solaris on vinyl; somewhere Ben Frost is shouting and shaking his fist at the sky

The soundtrack to Andrei Tarkovsky’s hyperbolically good and universally recognized film Solaris is getting an official release. Some of you may be scratching your heads and thinking “wasn’t there some other record called Solaris that came out a while back?” You, our most astute and favorite reader, are correct; Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason created their own soundtrack to the film naught but two years ago. They did this because Ben Frost thinks the original score for the film “is terrible”. Ooohhh *snip snap* Eduard Artemyev, Ben Frost just burned you hard.

There is only one way gentleman musicians can solve such a dispute: dueling soundtracks with a back-to-back viewing of Solaris. Points will be awarded for audience members being moved to tears or spontaneous soliloquies about the human condition. Points will be deducted for audience members falling asleep or taking extended “bathroom breaks.” Audience members will be exiled to the moon or fed to a pack of rabid wolves (host’s choice) for saying the Steven Soderbergh remake was better.

While the official event is still in planning, Superior Viaduct’s release of the original score on vinyl means you can play along at home! Get a copy of the record when it drops on September 17, invite over a bunch of your friends (you’ll probably want to tell them you’re watching Ghostbusters), then lock all the doors and subject them to six hours of emotional turmoil! This is where it all starts folks; come September, Solaris soundtrack duel parties are going to be the talk of the town.

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The Dismemberment Plan tour on a large bus powered by fond memories, wry grins

Hey there, readers! Are you cuties ready for another round of “Which Parts of This News Post are Made Up and Which Parts are Not?” Glad to hear it! This time the post is about The Dismemberment Plan’s new tour, and you better get your thinking caps out, because it’s a doozy!

On the occasion of their three-year anniversary of being a band for the second time, The Dismemberment Plan have announced a run of headlining and festival dates across the United States this fall in support of Uncanney Valley, which is out October 15 on Partisan Records. Check out “Waiting,” the first single, below.

This tour comes in the aftermath of the band’s run-in with an evil wizard. As a result of the wizard’s curse, any vehicle powered by traditional fossil fuels that the band uses will turn into a pumpkin within 48 hours. Unable to afford a new vehicle every two days, The Dismemberment Plan have opted for an unorthodox fuel alternative, and they need your help! Instead of gasoline, the band’s van is now powered by fond memories, wry grins, and the laughter of infants. As such, the band requests that you call them at 256-64-DPLAN and leave a voicemail with your favorite Dismemberment Plan memory. As a deal-sweetener, calling this number also enters you for a chance to win either a pair of tickets to an upcoming show, or a series of cryptic text messages every night after midnight for an entire month (visit their site for more details on the contest). If you have any interest at all in The Dismemberment Plan making it around the country without a bunch of pumpkins in their wake, I’d say you better call that number right quick.


09.14.13 - Detroit, MI - Laneway Festival
09.13-15.13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
09.21-22.13 - Denver, CO - Riot Fest
10.18.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.19.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.20.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.02.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
11.03.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.09.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
11.08-10.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
12.07.13 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre
12.08.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
12.10.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
12.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre

Uncanney Valley tracklist:

01. No One’s Saying Nothing
02. Waiting
03. Invisible
04. White Collar White Trash
05. Living in Song
06. Lookin’
07. Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer
08. Mexico City Christmas
09. Go and Get It
10. Let’s Just Go to the Dogs Tonight

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Sparks announce fall American tour, sign contract to remain brothers for additional 10 years

Sparks have been a band for over four decades. That’s impressive and all, but get this: they’ve been brothers even longer. Over six decades, in fact! At this point, one has to ask, how long can this last? How does one maintain a brotherly partnership for over 60 years? By keeping it nice and legal, that’s how. Every decade, the two brothers meet with their lawyers, who have prepared a contract between the two binding them to remain brothers for another decade. If one wants out of having a brother, they’ll have to wait until the end of the decade, unless they want to owe the other so much money. Anyway, if you’re gonna have a brother, might as well go on tour with him. This is the reason — the only reason — Sparks, as Brooklyn Vegan reports, are going on an American tour this fall.

Earlier in the year, Sparks went on a tour called the Two Hands, One Mouth tour. While that sounds disgusting, it wasn’t disgusting. It simply involved the pair stripping their music down to only keyboard and vocals. Because, you see, you play a keyboard with two hands. And to sing you only need the one mouth. See, nothing disgusting at all. Stop writing that angry letter.

That tour must have gone pretty darn great, because they’re doing it again. Their upcoming fall tour has been dubbed the Revenge of Two Hands, One Mouth tour, which sounds even more disgusting. But, once again, it will (probably) not be disgusting. On this jaunt, the band will bring their hands and mouth to a variety of music halls, theatres, clubs, and even a few festivals. Those festivals will have so many hands and mouths. Sparks will be drowned in mouths!

Sparks dates:

10.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.25.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Festival
10.27.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.28.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10.30.13 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
11.01.13 - Montreal, QC - Le National
11.02.13 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
11.04.13 - Detroit, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
11.06.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.09.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre

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Joanna Gruesome have announced their debut album Weird Sister and premiered a single, ya creeps!

Since Joanna Gruesome rhymes with the name of a certain harp-wielding gal who put out a super-long album in 2010, I somehow assumed that the band would be a darkwave fairy music orchestra, and I was thinking I could write a creepy story about dragons in lieu of a real news article.

Obviously, I was wrong. Rhyming always throws me for a loop.

Joanna Gruesome is actually a five-piece noise pop band from Cardiff, Wales — the members all met in an anger management group and got thrown together to compose a song to perform for all the other participants, and even though they hated each other’s guts at first, they couldn’t deny that they made pretty rad music together. On September 10, they’ll be releasing their debut album Weird Sister via Slumberland in the US and Fortuna POP! in Europe. The band spent about a month hanging out at a freaky hotel in Brighton called The Hell House, where other occupants would experiment with occult rituals and Ouija boards, and many of the songs on Weird Sister emerged as a distraction from all of that.

This is the first time they’ve recorded in a real studio, and they got some production help from MJ of Hookworms. They’ve premiered a single called “Secret Surprises,” which apparently describes a blade fight with a mental illness that’s decided to manifest physically. It’s real noisy and a little bit punk and you can stream it below:

Weird Sister tracklist:

01. Anti Parent Cowboy Killers
02. Sugarcrush
03. Wussy Void
04. Madison
05. Lemonade Girl
06. Secret Surprise
07. Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still In Love With Me?
08. Candy
09. Graveyard
10. Satan

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Polaris shortlists Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson, Purity Ring, more, giving them a chance to fight it out for cold hard cash

The Polaris Prize is an award given out yearly to the best Canadian album. This award honors artistic merit, free from commercial and social influences. It is a wonderful honor to be bestowed the Polaris Prize and blah blah blah. That’s all fine and well, but what you “artiste” types might be forgetting is that whoever wins the Polaris Prize gets a cool $30,000. What a chunk of change! Makes me wanna forge some Canadian citizenship papers and write a critically acclaimed record, know what I mean?

For a few unlucky chumps, the chance for all that sweet, sweet money has been grasped away from them, right when they were drooling for it the most. Pitchfork reports that the award’s longlist has been cut into a shortlist, leaving the likes of Majical Cloudz, AC Newman, Mac DeMarco, and Daphni disappointed and poor. Maybe next time, buds. Standing triumphant (and potentially rich as all hell) are the following: Purity Ring, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metz, Metric, Tegan and Sara, Colin Stetson, Young Galaxy, Zaki Ibrahim, A Tribe Called Red, and Whitehorse. Check out the shortlist and longlist here.

The soon-to-be very rich winner will be announced at The Polaris Gala (a.k.a. GIANT CHECK CEREMONY) in Toronto on September 23. Last year, the award went to Feist for Metals, a properly named record, as the now extremely wealthy singer wears only clothing made out of gold.

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