Laneway Festival slow dances with Detroit this weekend: Sigur Rós, Dismemberment Plan, Run the Jewels, Ghostly Intl. stage

Laneway Festival slow dances with Detroit this weekend: Sigur Rós, Dismemberment Plan, Run the Jewels, Ghostly Intl. stage

Good god. Anyone living beyond a reasonable distance from the Detroit area would be forgiven for being confused here. In an unscorched part of town there’s apparently a music venue called Meadow Brook Music Festival. You can see where this is going. Book a couple of artists at this venue on a particular evening, and we shouldn’t have any problems, but start talking about individual stages within festivals within this venue that sound like festivals themselves, and you have a perfect example of why I should’ve gotten more sleep last night. Also, why venue owners should become sufficiently acquainted with proximal dictionaries:

fes·ti·val [fes-tuh-vuh l]

a period or program of festive activities, cultural events, or entertainment: a music festival.

Damn it.

Anyway, until now, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival was geographically limited to countries within Oceania and spanned multiple dates during their summer, so around January and February. September 14 marks the debut of Laneway Festival: Detroit, featuring arguable headliners Sigur Rós, The National, Deerhunter, and The Dismemberment Plan. Others acts include Matthew Dear, ADULT., Shigeto, Heathered Pearls, and Beacon, all performing on the recently announced Movement Stage — a collaboration between the world renown Movement Electronic Music Festival and the Ann Arbor-based Ghostly International.

Michiganders unite! Preferably away from potholes, as their abundance can create unusually dangerous standing situations, but yes, unite! Here’s what Jason Huvaere, president of Paxahau (the producers of Movement) had to say on this intrastate joining of hands: “We are thrilled to be a part of this event and look forward to collaborating with Ghostly’s talent on an energizing showcase.”

Likewise, Jeff Owens, manager of Ghostly International and the Spectral Sound imprint: “Ghostly is honored to be a part of one of the best festivals in existence today… we’re especially excited it now exists in a city that heavily influenced the sound and feel of Ghostly.”

Tickets still available here, and learn more about Laneway in general here.

• St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival: Detroit:
• Movement Electronic Music Festival:
• Ghostly International:

Ducktails announces new EP Wish Hotel, shares new track, makes me think of race cars, lasers, airplanes…

Ah, the possibilities of a great Disney-cartoon-milking project like Ducktails! It might solve a mystery; it might re-write history; or it might announce a new EP and release a new track from it! Any of the above, really!

Rather disappointingly, though, Matt Mondanile is doing the third thing. In fact, his new Ducktails EP, Wish Hotel (which follows up this year’s The Flower Lane long-player) , does just about all the boring ol’ things you’d expect an EP to do! No, seriously; watch! It: consists of five songs; was recorded by him at home in Ridgewood, New Jersey; was all played by him and and mixed by Al Carson; has a press release that says it “finds Mondanile returning back to the blown out guitar and synthesizer work of his past releases”; blah blah blah! How much more EP-like does it get, folks?

It’s even available for preorder as a limited edition (of 100) translucent white vinyl 12-inch. Oh, and digitally on iTunes, where, surprise-surprise, all preorders come with the song “Honey Tiger Eyes” (streaming below). Jeez! Where’s the adventure? Where’s the intrigue? Where’s the panache? Where’s the talking ducks and dogs and pigs?!? Bah. These kids today and their dumb music!

Wish Hotel tracklisting:

01. Tie-Dye
02. Honey Tiger Eyes
03. Wish Hotel
04. Jazz
05. Naïve Music

• Ducktails:
• Domino:

Jam City preps the rhythmic demolition of your neurons, announces EP for Night Slugs’ Club Constructions series

Disregarding their musical accomplishments, we owe the Village People a debt of gratitude for infusing bare-chested flamboyance on a grand scale into some of America’s most cherished manly professions. Not having been alive for most of the 80s, I can only presume the audible cringing that must’ve occurred across the Deep South, now that your friendly neighborhood police officer had been transformed into a baton-wielding… well, just what’s he planning to do with that baton anyway? Meanwhile, construction workers continue to fend off accusations of their sites doubling as shirt-prohibited dance clubs.

That’s one view of the construction site, anyway. Another, more abstract perspective comes from the London-based label Night Slugs, whose Club Constructions series has brought to the fore the grittier and more club-focused side of label mainstays like L-Vis 1990 (co-owner of NS, who commenced the series in April 2012), and Hysterics, more widely known under his Girl Unit moniker. Just recently, it’s been announced that Jam City will be resuming the rawness via Club Constructions Vol. 6, due out October 1.

If you had the chance to listen to one of 2012’s most intriguing releases, Jam City’s Classical Curves, then you know that a certain aggressiveness comes with the territory. But the following track, likely to be featured on Vol. 6, does seem to beckon the methodical installing of pipes. No, that’s not a figure of speech.

Club Constructions Vol. 6 tracklisting:

01. Worst Illusion
02. 500 Years
03. Melty
04. Garlands
05. The Raven

• Jam City:
• Night Slugs:

The Books release Music for a French Elevator and Other Oddities, briefly making you think they’ve reunited

So, the binding of The Books may have been officially split, but that shouldn’t suggest a dearth of unexplored details hidden within their published chapters. On the contrary, six months after their sort of predictable disbandment, they released A Dot in Time., a massive compilation of everything audio/visual-wise that they had a hand in, PLUS pieces of a moldy ham and cheese sandwich that Paul de Jong had ultimately decided against consuming in full. Not really, but it’s hard to conjure a more comprehensive box set than the $150 one released in July of 2012.

Included within that box set was Music for a French Elevator and Other Oddities, a “45-track compendium of rare and previously unreleased tracks,” and perhaps sensing that fans might not want to shell out over a hundred bones for a bunch of albums already in their possession (A Dot in Time. included their four LPs), Temporary Residence Ltd. has sponsored the limited edition 2xLP release of that “rare and previously unreleased” collection for a mere 18 bucks — 20 if you want the records adorned with “translucent blue splatter.”

The “Available” count is decreasing slowly but steadily as I write this, so if you intend to purchase, best get on that ASAP. Otherwise, you may have to resort to less… moral means.

Music for a French Elevator and Other Oddities tracklisting:

01. Fralite
02. Egaberte
03. Liternite
04. It’s Musiiiiic!
05. The Joy of Nature
06. Meditation Outtakes
07. A Long Villainous Sequence
08. Millions of Millions
09. Of the Word God
10. Ghost Train Digest
11. You’ll Never Be Alone
12. ‘Ah…, I See’
13. Three Day Night
14. Classy Penguin
15. 8 Frame
16. Smack My Bishop
17. Biospheric Quiet
18. Happy Lawyers
19. Hericlitus
20. John’s Arp
21. Foreign Country and Western
22. Dustbowl
23. Biospheric Doubletime
24. Drowned But Survived
25. Pickup Dark
26. Hermetic
27. Circle of Fifths Loop
28. Past Comes Welling Up
29. Electro Lawyers
30. Mars, OK
31. Biospheric Dark
32. Flythrough
33. Running Down
34. 8 Tons of Oxygen
35. 10,000 Crows
36. John’s Epiphany
37. Lawyer Lullaby
38. Hokie Ranch
39. 2over3 Lawyers
40. Glass Glass
41. Biospheric Zither
42. Found Frozen Corndog
43. Cello Song (feat. Jose Gonzales)
44. Epilogue
45. Pig

• The Books:
• Temporary Residence Ltd.:

Top 8 venues on My Bloody Valentine’s upcoming North American tour (+ photo gallery)

#8 Roy Wilkins Auditorium (Chicago, IL)
The Roy Wilkins Auditorium is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in St. Paul, Minnesota. Designed by renowned African American municipal architect Clarence W. Wigington, it was built in 1932 as the St. Paul Auditorium, and was renamed for Roy Wilkins in 1985. It is located next door to the Xcel Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#7 Aragon Ballroom (Chicago, IL)
The Aragon Ballroom is a ballroom in Chicago, Illinois. It is located on West Lawrence Avenue, Approx. five miles (8 km) north of downtown, in the Uptown neighborhood. Construction was completed in 1926. The Aragon was designed in the Moorish architectural style, with the interior resembling a Spanish village. Named for an autonomous community of Spain, the Aragon was an immediate success and remained a popular Chicago attraction throughout the 1940s. The Aragon’s proximity to the Chicago ‘L’ (elevated railway) train provided patrons with easy access, and often crowds in excess of 18,000 would attend during each six-day business week. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#6 The Kool Haus (Toronto, ON)
The Guvernment is the name of a nightclub complex in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Opened in 1996, it was incarnated from the former RPM nightclub, which closed its doors after several years at the same location. The Kool Haus is often used as a venue for concerts and live performances. Recent events have included Gov’t Mule, My Chemical Romance, Switchfoot, Paper Route, Nine Inch Nails, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Paramore, Nas, Pink, Katy Perry, Lepa Brena, Rancid, NOFX, The Prodigy, The Black Eyed Peas, Far East Movement, Wolfmother, Kings of Leon, Kesha, Joss Stone and Slash, among others (like Fatboy Slim, when the club started as The Warehouse). It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#5 Metropolis (Montreal, QC)
Métropolis is a performing arts centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Métropolis club is located in the central part of the city’s downtown, on Sainte-Catherine Street between St-Dominique, and De Bullion Streets, in an area now known as the Quartier des Spectacles. The hall plays primarily to rock music groups. Accommodating up to 2,350 people per concert, the Métropolis club has been listed as one of the world’s 100 best rock concert venues. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#4. House of Blues (Boston, MA)
House of Blues is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues first location was in Cambridge’s Harvard Square. It was opened in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#3 Electric Factory (Philadelphia, PA)
The Electric Factory is a concert venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The original “Electric Factory” venue was a converted tire warehouse at 22nd and Arch Streets, which opened in 1968, and was originally called the “Electric Factory and Flea Market.” A few doors down on the north side of Arch Street, between 21st and 22nd streets, was the first concert venue in that area, independent of the Electric Factory, a place called the “Trauma.” It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#2 Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)
The Hammerstein Ballroom is a two-tiered, 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) ballroom located within the Manhattan Center Studios at 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan in New York City. It is known for its elegant appearance and excellent acoustic design[citation needed]. The capacity of the ballroom is dependent on the configuration of the room; it seats 2,500 people for theatrical productions and musical performances, and several thousand for events held within a central ring. It would be interesting to see My Bloody Valentine perform here.

#1 Hammerstein Ballroom (New York, NY)
With his legacy on the line, President Barack Obama will embark Monday on a full-out public relations offensive to try and persuade Congress and the American public to support military strikes against Syria. His challenges include convincing skeptical lawmakers to approve limited bombing strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad for alleged chemical weapons attacks against his own people and rallying a war-weary American public to back yet another military action in the Middle East. The president will deliver a rare prime-time address on Tuesday evening, where he’ll lay out his case for war. Before that, he’ll sit for interviews with every major television network, an unusual use of the bully pulpit by Obama that underscores the high political stakes for the president.

Photo Gallery:


11.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Roy Wilkins Auditorium
11.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
11.05.13 - Toronto, ON - The Kool Haus
11.06.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.07.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.09.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
11.11.13 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
11.12.13 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom

• My Bloody Valentine:

[Top image: Chris Reed]

Indian Jewelry to play European dates, put on crappy looking mustaches to play European dates as Coxcombs

There’s being a person, and then there’s being a person with a crappy fake mustache and glasses on. The latter is also known as being a completely different person. It’s a trick used by the sneaky throughout history. Napoleon Bonaparte used it to live a new life as Panoleon Ponabarte (a weak pseudonym, yet effective) and Amelia Earhart used it to change her identity to Gene Shalit (I knew it!). If there will ever be a time in which man cannot be tricked by a cheap mustache and glasses, it is still in the distant, distant future. On a seemingly unrelated note, Houston’s Indian Jewelry are going on tour in Europe this fall. They’ll be jet-setting throughout October, now are you properly distracted?

Haha! While you were busy paying attention to that information about Indian Jewelry, that very same band put on some fake mustaches and glasses. Now you’ll never know who they are, you dummy. That said, let me introduce the idea that they might just be their own side project, Coxcombs. During Indian Jewelry’s aforementioned European tour, they’ll take a couple chances to play shows as Coxcombs. To locate those dates, either look below or keep an eye out for people wearing mustaches and glasses. No Fu Manchus, though. That’s not them. That’s just some guy with a Fu Manchu.

Indian Jewelry dates:

10.01.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Madame Moustache
10.03.13 - Tournai, Belgium - Water Moulin
10.04.13 - Rotterdam, Holland - Worm
10.05.13 - London, UK - Reverb Conspiracy Launch Party @ Shacklewell Arms *
10.06.13 - London, UK - Reverb Conspiracy Launch Party @ Shacklewell Arms
10.08.13 - Paris, France - Actionnaire #1 (Collectif Mu)
10.09.13 - Rennes, France - Sympatic Bar
10.10.13 - Bordeaux, France - Bootleg
10.11.13 - Madrid, Spain - Villa Manuella Festival
10.12.13 - Ovideo, Spain - Calleja Ciega
10.13.13 - Vitoria, Spain - Ibu Hots
10.15.13 - Lyon, France - Sonic
10.16.13 - Genova, Italy - Garage 1517
10.17.13 - Roma, Italy - Muzak
10.18.13 - Faenza, Italy - Clandestino
10.19.13 - Zagreb, Croatia - Klub Mocvara
10.20.13 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
10.21.13 - Wolow, Poland - Stary Gramofon
10.22.13 - Berlin, Germany - 8mm Night @ Bassy
10.23.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
10.24.13 - Copenhagen, Denmakr - 5e *
10.25.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Koloni
10.26.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Fritz’s Corner

* performing as Coxcombs

• Indian Jewelry: