Magic Kids Sign to Matador’s True Panther Imprint

Magic Kids Sign to Matador's True Panther Imprint

Memphis, TN band Magic Kids have signed to (warning: website may induce seizures) True Panther Sounds, the newest addition to the Matador Records family. The ensemble’s debut single “Hey Boy” for Goner Records showcased a hazy, ornate, pop-oriented sound, channeling both Brian Wilson and Phil Spector.

While True Panther will handle the release of Magic Kids’ full-length debut later this year, you can tide yourself over with their split with The Smith Westerns due out on Fat Possum soon.

Read all about it over on Matador’s Matablog.

If that isn’t enough, you can check out Magic Kids on tour with new labelmates Girls and The Smith Westerns. They’ll be at SXSW, too.

02.05.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
02.06.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In #
02.07.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle #
02.08.10 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note #
02.10.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater #
02.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge #
02.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
02.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
02.17.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space @
02.19.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis &

# Girls, The Smith Westerns
* Pearl Harbor, Dunes
@ The Young Friends
& JuneBug Spade, La Panther Happens

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Dosh Returns with Fifth Album, Tommy, in April

Minneapolis native Martin Luther King Chavez Dosh (or just Dosh for short) will be releasing his fifth album Tommy in April through anticon. records. The album name is a dedication to soundman and close friend Tom Cesario, who passed away in January 2009.

Tommy tracklisting:

01. Subtractions
02. Yer Face
03. Number 41
04. Town Mouse
05. Loud
06. Airlift
07. Country Road X
08. Call The Kettle
09. Nevermet
10. Gare de Lyon

Dosh is also on tour right now, and his live shows are pretty damn cool, often with unannounced guest collaborations and organically built versions of his studio tracks. Here are the tourdates:

02.05.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret *
02.06.10 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge *
02.07.10 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater *
02.08.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall *
02.10.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
02.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
02.12.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - Chasers *
02.13.10 - Flagstaff, AZ - Green Room *
02.15.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad *
02.16.10 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre *
02.18.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon *
02.19.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird *
02.20.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon *
03.17.10 - 03.20.10 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest (SXSW)
04.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
04.10.10 - Minneapolis, MN - MacPhail Center For Music
04.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Bedlam Theatre

* Eyedea & Abilities

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Heartland Is For Everyone: Owen Pallet Tours Canada, But Shares Vision With US As Well

A few days ago, we reported that Owen Pallett confirmed a tour of Canada for the next few months. But, as will happen with these things, that list is already in need of an update. If you were disappointed about being stuck in the States while Pallett’s gallivanting across Canada, you can calm down: he’s going to tour almost all of North America this spring (sorry, Mexico), not just our friendly neighbor to the north.

Here are the tour dates you know already, plus the new ones you maybe don’t.

02.06.10 - Guelph, ON - Sleeman Centre (Hillside Inside Festival)
02.09.10 - Fredericton, NB - McCain Hall Theatre
02.10.10 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s United Church
02.11.10 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s United Church
02.12.10 - St. John’s, NL - Cochrane Street United Church
02.17.10 - Kingston, ON - Sydenham United Church
02.18.10 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
02.19.10 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
02.20.10 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Outremont
02.21.10 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
02.25.10 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall
02.26.10 - Brantford, ON - The Ford Plant
02.27.10 - Hamilton, ON - Lincoln Alexander Centre
04.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
04.12.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
04.13.10 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
04.14.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum
04.15.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.18.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
04.20.10 - Boston, MA - Institute of Contemporary Art
04.22.10 - New York City, NY - Webster Hall
04.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.27.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
04.29.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.30.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05.05.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
05.08.10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.09.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue Theatre
05.10.10 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall
05.11.10 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater

In addition, there’s a Simon Bookish remix of “Keep the Dog Quiet” (from Heartland) up via Soundcloud for free download.

• Owen Pallett:
• Domino:

Iranian Music Journalists Arrested; How You Can Help Today

Well, this is no good.

Two Iranian music journalists were arrested in Tehran, Iran’s capital, about a month ago and are currently being detained at an undisclosed location. The official reason: they’re officially not telling. Speculation is rampant that these arrests were part of a larger crackdown on opposition and independent journalists, students, protesters, and human rights activists, put into effect after Iran was shaken by protests following the disputed June 2009 presidential election. Many of the people who were released from custody reported torture and abuse.

Behrang Tonekaboni and Kayvan Farzin of the monthly music journal Farhang va Ahang are in custody, along with Behrang’s mother Lily Farhadpour, a journalist and a member of Iranian NGO Mothers for Peace. Behrang has asthma and a heart condition, so it is vital that he receives proper treatment and medical care.

I’m a big believer in the importance of a community to take care of its own. We’re all music fans, right? Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this site. And all of us here at Tiny Mix Tapes to one degree or another are involved with journalism. So please, take a minute of your time, sign Amnesty International’s petition for their safe release, and tell your friends that our fellow music lovers in Iran could use their help.

Battles Promise New Album in 2010

Hey there, dude! What are you going to be up to this year? Oh no way, you’re teaching classes at the Y about proper chat room safety? Far out! And whoa, your sister is going to Burning Man and her common-law husband may let you tag along in the back of his Kia Sportage? So jealous! Me? I’m probably just going to play the waiting game in deuce-double-oh-plus-oh until Battles come out with a new record. Remember those fellas? The “math rock” supergroup so righteous that they can divide by zero with a guitar riff? Yep, a new record from them has been a long time coming. Thankfully, Battles just announced that they’ll be releasing a follow-up to 2007’s Mirrored(TMT Review) sometime later this year.

How’s that for neat news, hombre? Anyways, I gotta go start my shift at Wendy’s. Have a super 2010, friend!

• Battles:

Devo Announce Plans to Play 2010 Winter Olympics and Find Themselves Up for Medal Contention with Spectacular Curling Skills

Ah, the Winter Olympics: a wonderful time of year when we all remember our primal love of sliding down snowy things, while moms across the world find themselves delirious with the overwhelming amount of figure skating on television. It’s a time of year when underdog Jamaican bobsled teams and the cranky Germans who harass them can rise above their cultural differences. A time of year when passions run high, athletes’ knees are ripe for attack, and miracles (on ice) are all around us.

The only question that remains is this: Who’s gonna play some great dance music at the afterparty when America wins the gold? Devo, of course!

Devo, who are eager to release a new album in the spring (their first in 20 years), have announced that they will be heading to Vancouver and will be playing as part of the Whistler Victory Ceremonies on February 22 with the concert being broadcast in the US on NBC.

Singer and famous lamp-head Mark Mothersbaugh, excited for the gig, took time to remind fans: “We are back with inspirational tomes of truth and neuro-simpatico sonic nuggets for the entire world, not just our species!”

Devo’s new album, tentatively titled Fresh is set for release on Warner Bros. sometime in the spring of 2010.

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