Lykke Li is going on tour! Now you have one thing to look forward to!

Lykke Li is going on tour! Now you have one thing to look forward to!

I’m sure, like most people in the modern age, you feel like you and your significant other have begun to lose contact and drift apart; most of us nowadays just get so caught up in our own interests, hobbies, and other sex partners that we forget to spend quality time with our boyfriends/girlfriends. That all changes now, though, because Lykke Li has announced that she will be heading to the US on tour, finally providing something that a couple can enjoy while in each other’s company, besides sex!

The crowd-favorite performer, along with other female acts like Marnie Stern and Cass McCombs, has been paving the way for making music that boyfriends and girlfriends can listen to together rather than sitting apart from each other in separate rooms, listening to separate music, most successfully with her latest album on LL/Atlantic, Wounded Rhythms (TMT Revew). “The goal has always been to make music that couples can enjoy together,” said Li in a made-up statement. “My lover and I could never agree on music. I wanted soft and airy and complex when he wanted angry, brooding, ballsy, and with lyrics about titties and masculinity. I decided to release music that combines all of these things so couples the world over can enjoy beautiful music together without getting caught up in the endless discussion on girl-music and boy-music.”

If you need something to do to get back into contact with your spurned lover, check out Lykke Li’s tour today!

Lykke Li tourdates:

08.01.11 - New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage
08.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
08.05.11 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
08.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
11.05.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11.07.11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
11.09.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11.11.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
11.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
11.15.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
11.17.11 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
11.19.11 - Ashville, NC - Orange Peel
11.20.11 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
11.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s

• Lykke Li:
• LL/Atlantic:

Odd Future announce fall tour: Finally you can get kicked in the face by Tyler the Creator in your very own home town!

Apple cider. New notebooks. Rustling leaves. Although it’s hard to admit, fall is on its way. And in spite of all these well-loved symbols of the changing of the seasons, really nothing says “fall” like a controversial rap tour, now does it? So gear up for some dope beats, some fresh flow, a little bit of stagediving, and just a drop of misogyny because Tyler, The Creature and that ragtag band of lovable weirdos collectively known as Odd Future are about to take to the road!

Right now Tyler and friends are gearing up for high-profile performances in Japan and Europe, including stops at several big summer festivals like Bestival, Reading, and Leeds. Then, in late September, the group will be heading back stateside for their first-ever full US tour. Destinations include Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest and not just one but TWO stops in Colorado. (People are angry there, apparently.) So ready your helmuts, Odd Future fans. This could be your only chance this year to get kicked in the face by the man who wrote Goblin.


08.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD Festival
08.13.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.14.11 - Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic
08.17.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Open Air Festival
08.18.11 - Bohemia, Czech Republic - Hip Hop Kemp
08.19.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Highfields
08.20.11 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.21.11 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.23.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
08.24.11 - Belfast, Ireland - Vital Festival
08.27.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.28.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
09.08-10.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.28.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10.02.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Ballroom
10.03.11 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue
10.04.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
10.07.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
10.08.11 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
10.09.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10.11.11 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
10.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.15.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts
10.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10.18.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
10.19.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.21.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.22.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.24.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
10.27.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
10.30.11 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Experience
10.31.11 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore
11.02.11 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor
11.03.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham
11.06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.08.11 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre


RIP: Eugene McDaniels, influential soul musician

From OC Weekly:

​Songwriter, artist and producer Gene McDaniels passed away today, his friend Ann Ruckert announced on her blog.

McDaniels was famous for his 1961 hit “A Hundred Pounds of Clay,” which reached No. 3 in the charts in 1961. He also recorded “Tower of Strength,” “Chip Chip” and “Point of No Return.”

According to Ruckert, McDaniels’ composition jazz-soul protest song “Compared to What,” made famous by Les McCann and Eddie Harris in 1968, has appeared in eight major films, including Ice Storm starring Sigourney Weaver, and Casino starring Robert DiNero. It was recorded last year by John Legend with The Roots. Hardcore punk band OFF! also has a stellar cover of that song.

As a music producer, McDaniels worked with A&M, MGM, BMG, CBS Sony, Capitol, Motown and many independent labels. Ruckert said that “Roberta Flack recorded more Gene McDaniels tunes than any other artist.” In 1974, Roberta Flack reached No. 1 with “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” penned by McDaniels, which won a Grammy Award.

• Eugene McDaniels:

Vinyl sales rise 55% in the UK, pretty much entirely because of The King of Limbs

Vinyl has been on the rise exponentially in the US ever since Urban Outfitters started positioning copies of Give Up next to 15-page hardcover books about having a hangover, and now it’s looking like our brothers and sisters in materialism across the pond are following suit. According to Billboard, in the first six months of this calendar year, vinyl sales in the UK have risen 55%, with 168,296 albums sold, compared to the 108,307 albums sold in the first half of 2010. Demand for vinyl has been growing steadily since 2007, at roughly the same rate as people have started to turn away from society and hole up in elaborate sound-dungeons.

Thus far, the best-selling vinyl of 2011 is The King of Limbs by a landslide of 20,000 copies, with second place going to Different Gear Still Speeding by Beady Eye (Liam Gallagher’s latest spoonful of dung) with a measly 2,374 copies. Record Store Day’s increasing popularity is also a major factor, and you can’t rule out the purchasing power of Adele-loving audiophiles that need to hear all the high end used in 21. Radiohead, for their part, seem to have picked up on this industry trend to say the least.

Back in the land of John Boehner, our mid-year vinyl sales are at 1.88 million units, and that’s not even taking into account how many were bargains and how many were $400. (NEU! have nothing against people shoplifting their box sets, right?) This number is a 41.2% increase since last year, so by 2016 we should ALL be really interesting people who care about sound quality.

Neon Indian announces new record Era Extraña, fall tour, chomps down on a HOT DOG

Who would have thought this whole HOT DOG thing would still be around in 2011? I sure didn’t! Even those most excited about HOT DOG in 2009 surely didn’t expect the HOT DOG trend to be kicking two years later. But, hey, here we are! Washed Out, Memory Tapes, Toro y Moi, and plenty of other notable acts associated with HOT DOG have all put out new records this year. Still, there’s one major hole in the HOT DOG scene, and that’s HOT DOG king Neon Indian. Never fear, HOT DOG fans, Alan Palomo’s popular HOT DOG project returns on September 13 with Era Extraña. The new record will be handled by a number of HOT DOG-friendly labels: Mr. Palomo’s Static Tongues imprint and Mom + Pop Music in North America, Transgressive Records in the UK and Europe, Pop Frenzy/Interia in Australia, and lastly, Big Nothing Records in Japan. HOT DOG around the world!

In celebration of this new release, Neon Indian will be riding that HOT DOG all around North America this fall. He’ll stop by the West Coast for some HOT DOG, he’ll drop into the East Coast for some more HOT DOG, he’ll even plunge into the Midwest for some Chicago-style HOT DOG. No land shall be untouched by the enveloping HOT DOG.

Neon Indian dates:

09.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
09.16.11 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel
09.17.11 - Carrboro, NC - Moog Festival
09.19.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
09.20.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree *
09.21.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
09.22.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *
09.23.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
09.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
09.26.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.27.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
09.30.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
10.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop * ^
10.03.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.04.11 - Vancouver, BC - Venue *
10.05.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Cafe *
10.07.11 - Boise, ID - Reef * ^
10.08.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge * ^
10.10.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater *
10.12.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar * ^
10.13.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry * ^
10.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall * ^
10.15.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop * ^
10.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick * ^
10.18.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace * ^
10.19.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
10.20.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall ^
10.21.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall ^

* Com Truise
^ Purity Ring

• Neon Indian:
• Mom + Pop Music:

WU LYF announce North American tour after a lifetime of being told they’d never announce anything

Let’s go way back to the beginning of 2010 when you first heard about the hype surrounding around WU LYF, the four-piece band from Manchester, England who were supposedly turning old notions of indie-rock into something exciting and new. The band was immersed in mystery, which filled the hole in many people’s hearts left from the departure of the television series Lost. Where did they come from? What does WU LYF mean? Oh… well in that case, how can we join the Lucifer Youth Foundation?

WU LYF have garnered attention by releasing Go Tell Fire to the Mountain independently on their own L Y F Recordings label, due for physical release on September 6, and also by giving the press little information. But the time for answers is now! WU LYF will embark on a US tour, answering burning questions from fans, such as, “Will they wear button-down shirts, t-shirts, or wife-beaters?” No matter your question, I challenge you (the reader) to see WU LYF live and discover the truest answer — whether or not they’re just another over-hyped band or really something special.

In the meantime, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is available for digital release through their website and other digital vendors. Or is it? Yeah, it is.

WU LYF dates:

07.30.11 - Naeba, Japan - Fuji Rock
08.12.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.13.11 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.19.11 - Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08.27.11 - Paris, France - Rock En Seine
10.17.11 - Newcastle, UK - The Other Rooms
10.18.11 - Birmingham, UK - Temple Rooms
10.19.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
10.21.11 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
10.22.11 - Liverpool, UK - Kazimier
10.25.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
10.26.11 - London, UK - Sheperd’s Bush Empire
10.27.11 - Brighton, UK - Coalition
11.02.11 - Paris, France - Les Inrocks Festival
11.05.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur
11.06.11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
11.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.10.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East
11.11.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
11.12.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
11.14.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
11.15.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11.18.11 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
11.19.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
11.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour