King Khan and the Shrines tour the Midwest, Northeast, and that Canada place in just two weeks

King Khan and the Shrines tour the Midwest, Northeast, and that Canada place in just two weeks

After slinging soul across the greater part of this nation last spring, King Khan and the Shrines are hitting the road once again to tag the towns they missed on their first go-round. And let me tell you, King Khan: good move on making amends with my home city of St. Louis by making us your first stop on this particular tour. People around my hood are still hopping mad that your manager had to go and get his ass arrested for mushrooms when you and BBQ Show were on your way to Off Broadway last November. It’s been annoying as hell to hear people bitch for months and fucking months about missing that show, so thank you for coming back so everyone can just shut up and get back to loving you again. Just don’t fucking cancel again (or break up again), please!

10.03.10 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee
10.04.10 - Minneapolis, MI - Triple Rock Social Club
10.05.10 - Madison, WI - Annxex
10.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.09.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End
10.12.10 - Providence, RI - The Met
10.13.10 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.15.10 - New York, NY - Santo’s Party House
10.16.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House

• King Khan and the Shrines:
• Vice:

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Fennesz confirms rare North American tour

While Christian Fennesz hasn’t released a new solo album since 2008’s Black Sea (TMT Review), the Austrian sound sculptor has been keeping himself quite busy. In fact, this year alone, Fennesz has so many projects that we found it absolutely necessary to include them in a bullet-point list. Luckily, we have a new intern, Steve, who we forced to compile all the information for you:

• Fennesz - Szampler (Tapeworm) (TMT News)
• Fenn O’Berg - In Stereo (Editions Mego)
• Fennesz - Endless Summer [new version] (Editions Mego)
• Food - Quiet Inlet (ECM)
• On (reworked by Fennesz) - Something That Has Form and Something That Does Not (Type) [due 8/03]
• Fennesz / Daniell / Buck - Knoxville (Thrill Jockey) (TMT News) [due 8/24]
• Remix of Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Returnal”Editions Mego) [due 8/30]

And now, hot on the heels of these releases — and, of course, our decade list (which placed his seminal Endless Summer album at #14) — Fennesz has confirmed a rare North American tour for September with so many gigs that we also found it necessary to make stupid intern Steve compile them in another list, with date, location, and venue. I love unpaid internships!

07.31.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Opera House *
08.06.10 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.26.10 - Dortmund, Germany - ISEA 2010
08.28.10 - Catania, Italy - UVA Grapes Festival
09.04.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge #
09.05.10 - Philadelphia, PA - International House
09.20.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
09.21.10 - Washington, D.C. - Sonic Circuits Festival
09.22.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield
09.23.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Decibel Festival
09.26.10 - Vancouver, BC - Western Front
09.28.10 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
09.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Center of the Arts
09.30.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s

*special guest at Ulver performance
# Soap & Skin

• Fennesz:

It’s a family affair: Tricky’s Mixed Race features his brother, a lutist, and Bobby from Primal Scream

Tricky is back, people! After the success of 2008’s Knowle West Boy, the trip-hop innovator is returning with his second release for Domino, entitled Mixed Race. Scheduled for an October 5 release, the new album celebrates Tricky’s diverse heritage and includes the soon-to-be-released single “Murder Weapon,” a reworking of Echo Minott’s classic dancehall jam, featuring vocals from Frankey Riley, the Irish-Italian chanteuse who has been touring with Tricky for the past couple years. The album has more guest appearances than you can shake a stick at, with turns from Jamaican singer Terry Lynn, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, lutist/vocalist Hakim Hamadouche, London-based vocalist Blackman, and Tricky’s brother Marlon Thaws, “who is the thirteenth of his fourteen siblings.” (Whaaaaaat? How does Tricky remember everyone’s names?) Mixed Race was produced in Paris, the charming land of fine wine, artisan cheese, and Marion Cotillard, where Tricky now lives. Sigh.

American tourdates are expected this fall. Yay!

Mixed Race tracklisting:

01. Every Day
02. Kingston Logic
03. Early Bird
04. Ghetto Stars
05. Hakim
06. Come to Me
07. Murder Weapon
08. Time to Dance
09. Really Real
10. Bristol to London

Non-American dates:

08.21.10 - Chelmsford, UK - V Festival
08.22.10 - Stafford, UK - V Festival
09.10.10 - Newport, Isle of Wight - Bestival

• Tricky:
• Domino:

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Ready or not, Wyclef Jean considers running for president of Haiti

According to his family, Wyclef Jean is thinking about running for president of Haiti. “Wait,” you think to yourself. “President?” It’s true that Jean has been ambassador-at-large for Haiti since 2007, and everybody knows about his Yéle Haiti Foundation, which raised enormous sums of money for Haiti immediately following the earthquake in January. But everybody also knows about the controversy surrounding Yéle’s fiscal history. And if elected, Jean would inherit the job of rebuilding the country — a role a bit more difficult than the humanitarian musician who speaks up for Haiti at the Grammy Awards.

While there’s no doubt about Wyclef Jean’s love for his country, Arcade Fire love Haiti too, but Régine Chassagne’s not talking about a mayoral bid for Port-au-Prince (he has his own Haiti-based charity too, Jean). Shirley Temple was also an ambassador once, but she never considered entering Czech or Ghanian politics (okay, so she didn’t have the residency qualification). Nonetheless, the deadline for announcing candidacy is August 7, so we’ll know soon enough just how serious this is. Though, if Jean chooses to run, he’ll have some competition: his uncle, Raymond Joseph — also US Ambassador to Haiti — has already announced his plans to run.

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Born Ruffians announce fall tour, encourage “spastic dancing”

Following up a popular debut album with a new record can be a difficult task, but when The Los Angeles Times warns that “spastic dancing may ensue” at your shows, it’s safe to say that you’re still somewhere on the buzz band radar. Toronto’s Born Ruffians will engage in their own special blend of “spastic dancing” on tour this fall. Their latest album, Say It, is out now on Warp Records.

09.28.10 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
09.29.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
09.30.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
10.01.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10.02.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.03.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
10.04.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
10.05.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10.06.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Random Row Books
10.07.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10.08.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.09.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
10.10.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
10.11.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10.12.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
10.13.10 - Houston, TX - Mango’s
10.14.10 - Austin, TX - Emos
10.15.10 - Denton, TX - Haileys
10.16.10 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
10.17.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.18.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
10.19.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
10.20.10 - La Jolla, CA - The Loft / UCSD
10.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
10.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill
10.23.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
10.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10.26.10 - Missoula, MT - The Palace
10.28.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.29.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.30.10 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic

• Born Ruffians:
• Warp:

Shonen Knife slate new album Free Time for US release, tour North America, remain excessively Japanese

Looking at this press release announcing Shonen Knife’s new tour and album, I wonder if the band’s PR team was merely playing up to my own misguided expectations of how an announcement from such a hyper Japanese band should read. For instance, “the new Shonen Knife album Free Time,” due out in North America on Good Charamel Records come August 31, “is a product of Japan’s invincibility.” With an additional two bonus tracks not found on the Japanese version, “this is an exposition of the Rock. Free Time is hard and is also pop, and it is mellow and kitsch as well.” I mean, after bleaching my good judgment of an entire nation with dozens of YouTube videos from sadistic game shows and hundreds of hilariously mistranslated photos from, is Shonen Knife just continuing the tradition by yukking up the whole “happy robot breakfast kidney” stereotype of Japanese pop culture? Or scarier yet, is this actually how they contact the press about their new material? Did Sub Pop act as a glorified proofreader for the band in the late 80s? So many questions from one simple release! I guess they did the job right. “Very very active Shonen Knife!”

Free Time tracklisting:

01. Perfect Freedom
02. Rock ‘n’ Roll Cake
03. Economic Crisis
04. Do You Happen to Know
05. Capybara
06. An Old Stationary Shop
07. Monster Jellyfish
08. P.Y.O.
09. Love Song
10. Star

Oh and tourdates!

09.08.10 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
09.09.10 - Vancouver, B.C. - Biltmore Cabaret
09.10.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09.11.10 - Oakland, CA - Uptown Night Club
09.12.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
09.13.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
09.17.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
09.18.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft w/ Lovies
09.19.10 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
09.20.10 - Northfield, MN - The Cave
09.21.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
09.22.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt *
09.23.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.24.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st St. Pub
09.25.10 - New York, NY - Asia Society Museum
09.26.10 - Washington, D.C. - Rock and Roll Hotel
09.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
09.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Mile End
10.01.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10.02.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place

* Grass Widow

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