Just like heaven: Kurt Vile joins Dinosaur Jr. for the dreamiest of all tours

Some musical pairings just naturally go together. Sonny and Cher. Morrissey and Marr. U2 and recent tour openers Black-Eyed Peas. (Wait, what?) And now we can add to those elite ranks the legendary Dinosaur Jr. and new tourmates Kurt Vile & The Violators. J.Mascis recently listed Vile’s Childish Prodigy in his top picks of 2009. Mr. Mascis, you’re one of my top picks for 2010… for making this tour happen. Ahhhhh….

01.15.10 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street #
01.16.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
01.17.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg #
01.19.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways #
01.20.10 - Kingston, ON - The Ale House #

February shows with Fucked Up:

02.12.10 - Oberlin, OH - The �Sco (Dionysus Disco) @ Oberlin College @
02.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle @
02.14.10 - Bloomington, IN - Video Saloon @
02.15.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House @
02.16.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar @
02.18.10 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s @
02.19.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Europa @
02.20.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs @
02.21.10 - Montreal QUE, UE - La Sala Rossa
02.26.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House @

# with Dinosaur Jr.
@ with Fucked Up

Mos Def, K’naan Play Austin City Limits’ First Hip-Hop Show, Thus Destroying Genre Barriers Forever

Hey kids! You want to know some fun facts about Austin City Limits, everybody’s favorite PBS-broadcast live music program? Well, here we go!

• Fun Fact #1 - Every performer on the show has breathed oxygen.
• Fun Fact #2 - Every performer on the show needs food and water on a fairly regular basis to survive.
• Fun Fact #3 - In the show’s 35-year history, there has never been an all-hip-hop show.

Now, facts #1 and #2 will, barring a robot invasion of the music industry, remain intact in the future. However, the days of fact #3 are numbered. On January 16, Austin City Limits will broadcast their first hip-hop show, featuring up-and-coming Somali-Canadian MC K’naan. Also, some guy named Mos Def, who you may have heard of. I believe he was in Be Kind Rewind.

Air to Tour North America in Support of Love 2

Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, a.k.a. Air, will be returning to the U.S. for a set of live shows, their first in three years barring a date in New York on their last international tour. The duo will be taking on full vocal and instrumental duties, the only tour addition being drummer Alex Thomas. You can expect a mixture of the new and old, with re-interpretations of cuts from their latest album Love 2, as well as songs from their burgeoning back catalog. Before coming to the U.S., Air will be playing numerous dates in Europe, which can be checked out in full here.


03.13.09 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
03.14.09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
03.15.09 - Atlanta, GA - Centerstage
03.17.09 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.18.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
03.19.09 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
03.20.09 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
03.22.09 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
03.23.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
03.24.09 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
03.26.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
03.27.09 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
03.28.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall

Xiu Xiu Announce Biggest Xiu Xiu Tour So Far This Year

Xiu Xiu are awesome, blah blah blah. Stuff is awesome and, like, there are about, like, um, 70 elephants outside my window because – well, you know my friend Jeannie? Well she has like 15 geese in her back yard, and they all stink like that guy who used to work at the mall, who had that really bad hair and stuff.

Oh yeah, and Xiu Xiu are touring the UK soon. You know, the smelly place with the bad-teethed people and ugly old lady on all the money. Then they’re going to other places, like the United States of America. Go see them, because, like, they have a new album called Dear God, I Hate Myself, due February 23 on Kill Rock Stars. Not-so-fun fact: this is, like, Xiu Xiu’s first album since the departure of Caralee McElroy.

02.20.10 - Dublin, IE - Whelans
02.21.10 - Glasgow, UK - NiceNSleazy
02.22.10 - Edinburgh, UK - Electric Circus
02.23.10 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
02.24.10 - Sheffield, UK - The Harley
02.25.10 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff Arts Institute
02.26.10 - London, UK - The Luminaire
02.27.10 - Brighton, UK - Freebutt
02.28.10 - Coventry, UK - Taylor John’s House
03.05.10 - Greensboro, NC - Guilford College
03.06.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
03.07.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
03.09.10 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
03.10.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Productions (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
03.11.10 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern (w/ Noveller, Girl in a Coma)
03.12.10 - Houston, TX - The Studio at Warehouse Live (w/ Noveller)
03.13.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (w/ Noveller, Jonathan Mieberg of Shearwater)
03.16.10 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture (w/ Extra Life, Noveller)
03.17.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
03.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
03.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
03.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill (w/ Tune-Yards, Noveller)
03.23.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern (w/ Tune-Yards)
03.24.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene (w/ Tune-Yards)
03.25.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux (w/ Tune-Yards, Scout Niblett)
03.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
03.27.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
03.29.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
03.30.10 - St. Louis, MO - Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Norma, Br’erl)
03.31.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
04.01.10 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
04.02.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
04.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal, Zola Jesus)
04.05.10 - Oberlin, OH - The Dionysus Discotheque (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
04.07.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot (w/ Tune-Yards, Talk Normal)
04.08.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place (w/ Tune-Yards)
04.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (w/ Tune-Yards, Zola Jesus)
04.10.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs (w/ Tune-Yards)
04.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church (w/ Tune-Yards)
04.14.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel (w/ Tune-Yards)
04.15.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 (w/ Tune-Yards)
04.17.10 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (w/ TBD)

jj Signs with Secretly Canadian for New Record, Goes on First U.S. Tour, Reveals the Secrets of the Mystics

In 2009, jj, creators of luxurious pop and confusion for Lil Wayne fans, kept things pretty well under wraps. No bio, no press release, not even a picture of what these people (this person?) look like. Just a couple enigmatic releases on Sincerely Yours.

But in this new decade, jj seem ready to reveal some of their secrets. Or, at least, become a little more visible in North America. For one, the group has signed with Secretly Canadian for their follow-up to 2009’s jj nº 2, the appropriately-titled jj nº 3. The new collection will see release on March 9. One can only hope that this time around there’s a song sampling “Mrs. Officer.”

jj will also show their faces in the U.S. for the first time by going on tour with The xx (capital letters are for losers) this coming Spring. Finally, we will know what these kids actually look like! Sure, a quick YouTube search could accomplish the same thing, but, c’mon. You’re no fun.

Now that the secrets of jj are to be revealed, help me with this puzzle cube. Quick, before the Druid King awakens!

jj tourdates:

03.22.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
03.23.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
03.24.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.25.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
03.28.10 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
03.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church Sanctuary
03.30.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
03.31.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
04.02.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
04.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National
04.04.10 - Toronto, ON - Lees Palace
04.05.10 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
04.06.10 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater
04.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
04.12.10 - Bellingham, WA - The Nightlight Lounge
04.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
04.14.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
04.16.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

all dates with The xx

OiNK Owner Found Not Guilty of Conspiracy

Alan Ellis, who ran the insanely popular BitTorrent tracker OiNK, was unanimously found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud at Teesside Crown Court. According to a post on OiNK’s website:

On 15 January 2010, Alan Ellis was unanimously declared not guilty.

If you would like to get in touch with Alan, you can do so here: contact@alanellis.co.uk.

The solicitors representing Alan Ellis in the case were Morgan Rose with Alex Stein as the barrister.

OiNK was originally shut down October 2007 in a high-profile police raid. Five of the six members were arrested for copyright infringement, with Ellis eventually charged with conspiracy to defraud in September 2008. In December of that year, four of the OiNK members plead guilty at Teesside to copyright infringement – a few of them were sentenced to 330 hours of community service and £378 in court costs, another was required to pay a £500 fine.

Interestingly, it was revealed during the seven-day trial that Ellis received $18,000 a month in donations. Not too shabby for a THIEF (wink).