Limited-edition 10-cassette/art box set came and went from Ecstatic Peace! Sorry!

Limited-edition 10-cassette/art box set came and went from Ecstatic Peace! Sorry!

To be off limits is to be desired. You have only to attend Record Store Day too late to realize this — or go any time of the year to a secondhand store and watch the people gaze with covetous eyes at the crap in the back room that has yet to make it out to the floor. We’re used to pressings of 300, 500, 1,000 — hand-numbered, screen-printed, one-of-a-kind treasures that’ll immediately go for exorbitant prices used. Well, how about this one: Ecstatic Peace! has put together an art/tape box set whose limited availability — 26 copies — will blow your mind.

Each box contains 10 new cassette releases and art (covering the physical sides of the box, even) by Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Bill Nace, Elaine Kahn, Coco Hayley, Gordon Moore, and John Moloney.

Of course, it’s been a minute since the box was posted on Moore’s blog Flowers & Cream — and thus, it’s sold out. But hey, we thought we’d let you know about what you’re missing out on.

Box contents (that you’ll never have):

01. Body/Head, “Fractured Orgasm” (sick guitar duo Kim Gordon + Bill Nace)
02. Caldera Lakes, “Arranged” (beautiful dream noise from Eva Aguila [Kevin Shields] and Brittany Gould)
03. Stillbirth, “Before Things Got Worse” (focused noise drama from Luke Moldof [Razors & Medicine])
04. Leah Peah, “untitled” (solo cassette of harsh noise love from member of Head Molt)
05. Black Hole Miami, “Pure Hell” (over the top trio of Rat Bastard [To Live & Shave in LA], Ulrich Krieger [Zeitkratzer], and Chris Grier [Scarcity of Tanks, etc.])
06. Blyth Holes, “Blyth Graveyard” (kitchen table UK harsh electronics super-trio of George Proctor [Mutant Ape], Ben Jones [Jazzfinger], and Dean Glaister [Romance]. Artwork by Kim Gordon)
07. Strange Brew, “Live Weird, Die Weird” (solo noise action from Ann Arbor, Michigan legend Michelle Birawer)
08. Sound of Pot/Pewt’r, “untitled” (split cassette from Western Mass underground wizards, exploring internal synth moves. SoP: Conrad Capistran [Tarp], Pewt’r: Ron Schneiderman [Sunburned]. Cover art by Thurston Moore)
09. Weird Habit, “untitled” (amazing new solo venture from Sarah Bernat of 16 Bitch Pile-Up)
10. Stegm, “On Tight White Sheets” (2xcassette in white vinyl case. Killer harsh noise project of Canada power electronics master Ryan Bloomer)

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Fleet Foxes formulate a fine fleet of fleeting and fleet-footed flourflates! I mean, tourdates!

Heeeeeeey guuuuuuuuys… how’s it goooooooooiiiing? School/work goin’ good? How’s that relationship? Healthy and monogamous? That’s nice. That’s really good to hear. Getting to church on Sundays still? I haven’t been in a while, but I’m thinking of going this weekend. It makes my mom feel better, if nothing else. Besides, it’s important to take a little a little ‘you’ time, I think. You know what I say, though? Church, yoga, meditation, whatever you’re into. I just think that people gotta take time for themselves, you know? Like, the other day, I was telling my friend Josh that same thing, and he—


Oh, I get it. You just want me to get to the Fleet Foxes part. Ugh. FINE. You know, we never talk about anything real anymore. It’s just gimme gimme gimme with you all the f-ing time. Got a lot of other blogs to stay up on, do you? A lot of places to go and people to impress? Huh?! …No, you know what? Save it. I don’t even care. Here. Here’s your precious Fleet Foxes news:

• Sophomore record Helplessness Blues due May 3 on Sub Pop.

• Previous tourdates (brilliantly) reported here.

• New batch of North American dates added for July.

• See complete list of all dates below, organized chronologically for your self-centered convenience.

There. How’s that??? Is that better? ‘Concise’ enough for you? SEE YOU TOMORROW. Maybe.


04.30.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue Theatre
05.01.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
05.05.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.06.11 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
05.07.11 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium
05.08.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
05.10.11 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
05.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
05.15.11 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
05.17.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
05.18.11 - New York, NY - The United Palace Theatre
05.21.11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
05.25.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.26.11 - Munich, Germany - Dachau Summer of Music
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.30.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.31.11 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
07.14.11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
07.16.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.17.11 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
07.18.11 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater

07.19.11 - St Louis, MO - Pageant

07.21.11 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
07.22.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
07.23.11 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
07.24.11 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield

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Archers of Loaf make (potentially) triumphant return with US tour! Sound the trumpets!

Sing it with me! All I ever wanted/ all I ever wanted/ all I ever wanted was to be your spine! Archers of Loaf, indie rock legends and creators of the greatest song of the 1990s as decreed by me and perhaps only me, have returned as a touring entity. While they made a surprise appearance this past January by opening a show by fellow North Carolinians The Love Language, they now have a full tour planned for later in the year.

Unlike many reunited acts, Archers of Loaf aren’t popping in for a quick couple of dates and then bouncing out. No sir, this tour actually manages to hit pretty much every major region of the United States. Northeast, Midwest, South, and West, they’re all in luck! Locations outside of the US, well, they’re in less luck, but hopefully this reunion lasts long enough for the band to schedule some international dates. While we’re at it, let’s also pray to the gods of indie rock for an Archers of Loaf + Dismemberment Plan power tour.

Archers of Loaf reunion dates:

05.21.11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
05.27.11 - Gorge, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
06.04.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
06.11.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
06.12.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
06.25.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.26.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
07.08.11 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
07.09.11 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
07.22.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
07.23.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.05.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
08.06.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
08.19.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
09.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

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Pandora caught red-handed sending personal user info to advertisers; masturbation joke ahead

Mom (knocking): What are you doing in that bathroom?
Pandora: Leave me alone. I’m, uh… I’m just sorting through people’s musical preferences.
Mom: You better not being sending out people’s personal information in there. Don’t think I don’t know about those advertisers you keep under your bed!

If you don’t have a smart phone, then you are probably a) ostracized by society and b) unaware of the Pandora radio app that allows users to create their own stations based on their musical preferences, which then leads to other tracks being recommended by related artists. To use the app, users must submit their age and gender information.

According to Hypebot, Veracode — an application security company based out of Burlington, MA — opened Pandora’s box recently when they decided to look into the program’s inner workings following the revelation in an initial public offering (IPO) filing that a grand jury was investigating smart phone apps like Pandora.

The team at Veracode is responsible for analyzing programs such as Pandora to search for security flaws. Veracode discovered that Pandora’s iPhone and Android apps have been transmitting user age, location, gender, and other unique identifiers to advertisers. The names of the advertisers who received this information have not yet been given. However, we now know that advertisers not only know that you created a Rebecca Black station, but they can envision precisely where you were when you created it.

Pinback announce new tourdates and Record Store Day 7-inch (as in vinyl, not sub sandwich)

Another day, another release announced for Record Store Day. If Pinback really knew what was up, they would ditch Record Store Day for 8-Track Day, which is presented by the same folks that brought us LaserDisc Day last year. Who needs gigantic records, like the limited-edition 7-inch Information Retrieved pt. A that Pinback are releasing through Temporary Residence Ltd. for Record Store Day, when you can carry around one of these nifty devices in your super-cool fannypack? Hey, if people can buy records and pretend it’s still 1969, I can wear my fannypack with pride and pretend it’s still 1983. Perhaps Pinback will hop aboard the 80s bandwagon too when they hit the road this spring. Check out the dates after the strange promo video.

Information Retrieved pt. A tracklisting:

A. Sherman
B. Thee Srum Proggitt

On tour:

04.20.11 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
04.21.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
04.22.11 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
04.23.11 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
04.24.11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
04.26.11 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls
04.27.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
04.28.11 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
04.29.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
04.30.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Starlight Ballroom
05.01.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.02.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.04.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
05.05.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s Cafe
05.06.11 - Dallas, TX - Loft @ Palladium Ballroom
05.07.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Alternative
05.09.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
05.10.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
05.11.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club
05.12.11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew
05.13.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern

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The Avalanches, Spiritualized, Sonny Rollins, Odd Future, and more head down under for Australia’s Vivid Live; put another bad joke on the barbie!

The Avalanches, Sonny Rollins, Odd Future, Chris Cunningham, Cut Copy, Bat for Lashes, and others have all been announced as part of the lineup for Sydney, Australia’s Vivid Live, a series of concerts that will all take place at Sydney’s fan-favorite Opera House. The music festival is part of Sydney’s annual Vivid Sydney (May 27 - June 13), an annual “festival of light, music, and ideas” that “celebrates the city as a leader in the field of the creative and cultural industries both nationally and throughout the region.”

However, most of the artists involved in the concert series are mostly looking forward to the chance to repeatedly tell native Australians: “That’s not a knife; now this, this is a knife,” before brandishing a large hunting knife, to the astonishment of onlookers. Band members are generally elated to make this, and many other tired, old, unfunny jokes because let’s face it, it’s what most people know about Australia; expect plenty of jokes about vegemite and Mad Max.

This year the music festival is curated by Stephen ‘Pav’ Pavlovic, founder of the hugely successful Sydney-based record label Modular. The complete lineup is as follows: Bat for Lashes, Sonny Rollins, Spiritualized, Chris Cunningham, Yo Gabba Gabba (?), Cut Copy, Tame Impala, Architecture in Helsinki, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, OFWGKTA, Wu Lyf, Azari & III, The Crystal Ark, The Avalanches (DJ set), 2ManyDJs, Lucky Dragons, Dom, Bag Raiders, Sneaky Sundays, Daniele Baldelli,Canyons, Horse Meat Disco, Superbien, Mad Racket, The Swiss, Tom Kuntz, Beni, Van She, Flight Facilities, Club Kooky, Softwar, Bamboo Musik, and Changes. If you don’t believe me, check out the video below.

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