MAJOR BUMMER: Jookabox throw in the towel, release final record about gross shit in April

MAJOR BUMMER: Jookabox throw in the towel, release final record about gross shit in April

Indianapolis weirdos Jookabox are breaking up, and their final record, The Eyes of the Fly, will be released April 26 via Asthmatic Kitty. That’s it. No tour. Nothing. Why y’all gotta be like that?

Jookabox began as a one-bro band, then called Grampall Jookabox and consisting of one Moose Adamson. Basement recordings became a debut record and local Indianapolis label Joyful Noise Recordings released Grampall Jookabox’s their debut Scientific Cricket in 2007. The following year Grampall Jookabox released Ropechain via Asthmatic Kitty, recruited drummer Patrick “Ostry” Okerson, and dropped the “Grampall” from their name, becoming just “Jookabox.” Their third release was Dead Zone Boys, a super weird and super awesome record about zombies and urban sprawl. Joined by members Lisa Berlin and Benny Sanders on bass and keys, the band toured the US and Europe. Their fourth and final record, The Eyes of the Fly is about “humans and worms and slime and rotting flesh.” Hey, these guys have sung about ghosts, zombies, Michael Jackson, pregnancy, among other things. You never know what you’re going to get. I’ll tell you one thing you can expect on The Eyes of the Fly: rapping. Real talk.

RIP Jookabros. You were weird and rad and will be missed. <3 U. Head over to the Chocolate Grinder and listen to “Drops,” the band’s first single off The Eyes of the Fly, and look for future releases by Moose under the name DMA.

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• Asthamtic Kitty:
• Joyful Noise Recordings:
• Rhonda: [This is the bands biggest influence. I highly suggest her “album” Country Breast. It’s really good, you guys.]

tUnE-yArDs announce a new album, some tourdates, and the happy news that they’ve finally fixed that caps lock key

Merrill Garbus, a.k.a. the funky, loop-happy, “lo-fi” songstress behind capitalization-obsessed tUnE-yArDs, is all about making it hard for reporters to type things. I guess that’s just the way she rolls. I mean, I could tell you a little bit about how much I’ve enjoyed her shows in support of 2009’s BiRd-BrAiNs and have looked forward to the eventual recording of several cool new songs that have been populating these shows for the past year or two. But alas, I’m a little busy fumbling around with my shift key.

So I’ll just have to move on to the news that Garbus is releasing her new album, entitled w h o k i l l, on April 18 (April 19 in the US) via 4AD. And I have to tell you, hitting the space bar between every letter is, for some reason, way easier for me to do than capitalizing every other letter. The album follows Garbus’s relocation from hideous, hideous Montreal, QC to Oakland, CA, and, go figure, the new album is supposed to be brighter and sunnier than… that other one.

Though w h o k i l l was produced by Garbus herself, she decided to hook up with a legitimate studio and legitimate engineer Eli Crews this time around to give her jams the still-sort-of-lo-fi-but-classier-now sound that is required of bands that license music to Blackberry. And speaking of requirements, here’s those tourdates that I told you I’d tell you about at the top. And to be honest, I didn’t much care for having to type these out either. Thanks, tUnE-yArDs.

04.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
04.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.29.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
04.30.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
05.02.11 - Garden City, ID -Visual Arts Collective
05.03.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
05.04.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
05.06.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
05.07.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
05.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
05.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.11.11 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room @ Crofoot Ballroom
05.12.11 - Toronto, ON -The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
05.13.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
05.15.11 - Easthampton, MA - Flywheel Arts Collective
05.16.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.17.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
05.19.11 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace
05.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.21.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.25.11 - Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour

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TV on the Radio name Nine Types of Light on new record; details on exact light types forthcoming

Back in 2008, TV on the Radio dropped Dear Science (TMT Review), a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock. Before that, in 2006, TV on the Radio dropped Return to Cookie Mountain (TMT Review), a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock. Before even that, all the way back in 2004, TV on the Radio dropped Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes, a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock. There’s a pattern here and it’s a pattern that TV on the Radio totally screwed up by not releasing a highly acclaimed record of jittery art rock in 2010. Way to blow it, TV on the Radio!

TV on the Radio seem to have realized that they have, in fact, messed up, and they’re doing their best to make it right. This spring, the band will release Nine Types of Light through Interscope. If all goes according to plan, it will be highly acclaimed and probably contain a good bit of jittery art rock. Really, if they want to throw us for a loop, they should make a poorly received ska record. Pick it up pick it up pick it up.

The group will also make their return to the live stage with a show at Radio City Music Hall on April 13. Tickets for that will go on sale February 18 at 11:00 AM EST. A national tour is planned to kick off shortly after, to the surprise of nobody anywhere.

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Low announce release date for C’mon, tour the Western world in spring

We promised we’d tell you. Oh, did we ever. We were overjoyed to report news of a new album from Low, their first since Drums and Guns, and now we’re simply ecstatic (no lie) to give you the official release date. C’mon is c’ming out on April 12, from Sub Pop (their third full-length with the label since signing in 2005). To make good on our promise 100 percent, we thought we’d also let you know — not only about their North American dates — but their entire tour schedule for the spring! Head over to Sub Pop’s website for a free download of “Try to Sleep” from C’mon, or listen to six other old tracks if you need a Low refresher.


03.16.11 - Austin, TX - St. David’s Sanctuary (SXSW)
04.06.11 - New York City, NY - Radio City Music Hall *
04.14.11 - Duluth, MN - Harbor City School
04.16.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
04.20.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
04.21.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.22.11 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
04.23.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum (8 PM & 10 PM show)
04.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.26.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
04.29.11 - Boston, MA - Paramount Center
04.30.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
05.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
05.03.11 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
05.16.11 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
05.17.11 - Glasgow, UK - Classic Grand
05.18.11 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage Gateshead
05.19.11 - Manchester, UK - Club Academy
05.20.11 - Bristol, UK - Trinity
05.21.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique (Les Nuits du Botanique)
05.23.11 - Nijmegen, Holland - Doornroosje
05.24.11 - Eindhoven, Holland - Catharina Church
05.25.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan ^
05.27.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound (ATP Stage)
05.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
05.31.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
06.01.11 - Koln, Germany - Gebaude 9
06.03.11 - London, UK - Barbican

* Explosions in the Sky
^ Mercury Rev

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• Sub Pop:

Rhys Chatham to release Outdoor Spell in April, starts tour tonight

Rhys Chatham, composer, guitarist, trumpeter, all-around cool guy, has signed a two-album deal with up-and-coming label Northern-Spy. The first release, due April 12, is titled Outdoor Spell, and if his last album, The Bern Project (TMT Review), is any indication, the new album will blow your mind. Actually, it’s probably not much of an indication, as not only does Chatham leave the guitars behind for trumpet on Outdoor Spell, but he also recently told Ars Nova Workshop that the album “marks a real break from [his] past brass releases.” He continues:

When I returned to playing brass a few years back, I spent almost a year defining a complete new way, at least for me, of playing trumpet. No more distortion, no more wah-wah pedal, just pure trumpet, making use of its entire range, from the lowest pedal tones to high triple Cs. Outdoor Spell is the first release where we can hear this new style.

The album sees Chatham collaborating with Cuban percussionist Beatriz Rojas, French improviser Jean-Marc Montera on electric guitar, and Kevin Shea (Talibam!, Peter Evans Quartet) on drums. You can check out our premiere of “Corn Maiden’s Rite” over at the Chocolate Grinder. YES YES YES.


02.09.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge #
02.12.11 - Arlington, VA - Artisphere #
02.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - International House %#
02.17.11 - Montreal, Canada - Casa del Popolo #
02.18.11 - Buffalo, NY - Hall Walls Contemporary Art Center #
02.19.11 - Detriot, MI - Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art #
03.01.11 - Paris, France - Centre Culturel Suisse ^
03.22.11 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill $
03.26.11 - Liverpool, UK The Bluecoat
03.27.11 - London, UK Cafe Oto @

# Rhys Chatham Brass Trio (Rhys Chatham: trumpet; David Daniell: guitar; Ryan Sawyer: drums)
% Elliott Sharp rules
^ Trumpet performance
$ Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Trio
@ Solo trumpet, guitar works

Outdoor Spell tracklist:

01. Outdoor Spell
02. Crossing the Sword Bridge of the Abyss
03. Corn Maiden’s Rite
04. The Magician

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• Northern-Spy:

Gang Gang Dance are releasing a new new LP in May called Eye Contact

Has this day sucked for you? If the answer is yes, then we’ve got some news that’ll perhaps make it suck just a tiny bit less. TMT just got word that Brooklyn tribal electronic beasts Gang Gang Dance will be releasing their newest full-length incarnation on May 10 via 4AD, appropriately. The new LP Eye Contact is the follow-up to 2008’s Saint Dymphna (TMT Review), and I assume it will be for the band what MPP was for Animal Collective. Take that as you will.

No US dates scheduled as of now, but the band will be playing a handful of festivals across the pond in the coming months. Thazz all we got for now.

Euro shows:

04.09.11 - London, UK - Dazed & Confused Festival
05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (curated by Animal Collective)
05.26-28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

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