Marissa Nadler and Alela Diane Tour, Too Mindblowingly Awesome to Inspire Even the Smallest Amount of Headline Humor

Eerie indie folk songstress Marissa Nadler recently set out on a month-long U.S. tour with the similarly styled Alela Diane. Nadler’s latest release, Little Hells, came out earlier this year on Kemado, and was — as usual — packed with haunting tunes that come off like the soundtrack to the most wistful Southern Gothic novel ever (screenplay by William Faulkner and Angela Carter, starring someone who is not Dakota Fanning — no offense intended, Dakota, it’s just not you) and also she’s wearing this really cool capelet/blouse thing on the album cover. Totally five stars!

As you can probably tell, I am excited about this tour in many ways. The East Coast-based singer is performing with a pretty rad-sounding full band, including Jonas Haskins (formerly of Earth), Carter Tanton (Tulsa) on electric guitar/harmony vocals, and Ben McConnell (Kip Malone, Espers) on drums. And did I mention touring buddy Alela Diane? Five more stars! The only thing that could possibly improve this tour is if all (or at least the stop where I live) took place in an olde-tyme revival tent. Yes — then it would be peeeerfect

10.27.09 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
10.29.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
10.30.09 - La Jolla, CA - The Loft
11.01.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
11.03.09 - Austin, TX - The Cactus Cafe
11.04.09 - Fort Worth, TX - The Fort Worth Modern Museum
11.05.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelseas
11.06.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
11.07.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.09.09 - Carrboro, NC - Arts Center
11.10.09 - Washington DC - DC9
11.11.09 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe
11.13.09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11.14.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
11.15.09 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
11.16.09 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
11.17.09 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
11.18.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11.20.09 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
11.21.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court

Marissa Nadler and Alela Diane Tour, Too Mindblowingly Awesome to Inspire Even the Smallest Amount of Headline Humor

Eerie indie folk songstress Marissa Nadler recently set out on a month-long U.S. tour with the similarly styled Alela Diane. Nadler’s latest release, Little Hells, came out earlier this year on Kemado, and was — as usual — packed with haunting tunes that come off like the soundtrack to the most wistful Southern Gothic novel ever (screenplay by William Faulkner and Angela Carter, starring someone who is not Dakota Fanning — no offense intended, Dakota, it’s just not you) and also she’s wearing this really cool capelet/blouse thing on the album cover. Totally five stars!

As you can probably tell, I am excited about this tour in many ways. The East Coast-based singer is performing with a pretty rad-sounding full band, including Jonas Haskins (formerly of Earth), Carter Tanton (Tulsa) on electric guitar/harmony vocals, and Ben McConnell (Kip Malone, Espers) on drums. And did I mention touring buddy Alela Diane? Five more stars! The only thing that could possibly improve this tour is if all (or at least the stop where I live) took place in an olde-tyme revival tent. Yes — then it would be peeeerfect

10.27.09 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
10.29.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
10.30.09 - La Jolla, CA - The Loft
11.01.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
11.03.09 - Austin, TX - The Cactus Cafe
11.04.09 - Fort Worth, TX - The Fort Worth Modern Museum
11.05.09 - Baton Rouge, LA - Chelseas
11.06.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
11.07.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.09.09 - Carrboro, NC - Arts Center
11.10.09 - Washington DC - DC9
11.11.09 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe
11.13.09 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
11.14.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
11.15.09 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
11.16.09 - Toronto, ON - Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
11.17.09 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
11.18.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11.20.09 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
11.21.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court

Los Campesinos! to Release Romance Is Boring in January, Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart Guests

English indie-rockers Los Campesinos! seem to find an awful lot to be exciting: dancing, record collecting, obsessing over Xiu Xiu, etc. Romance, however? Not their thing, apparently. So much so that they’ve named their new record Romance Is Boring, which will be released January 26 via Arts&Crafts. “There Are Listed Buildings,” the record’s first single, will receive a digital release on November 3.

Romance Is Boring, the follow-up to 2008’s We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (TMT Review), was recorded earlier this year with producer John Goodmanson, whose resume includes work for Sleater-Kinney and Wu-Tang Clan. Think for a second how amazing (or terrible?) it would be if the new Los Campesinos! record sounded like a mix between Sleater-Kinney and Wu-Tang Clan. Not going to happen, of course, but we can always dream.

Speaking of dreams, Romance Is Boring contains at least one dream collaboration for those Los Campesinos! kids: a guest vocal spot from Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart. Along with Stewart, the new record also contains vocal work from Parenthetical Girls’s Zac Pennington and The Dead Science’s Jherek Bischoff.

Romance Is Boring tracklist:

1. In Medias Res
2. There Are Listed Buildings
3. Romance Is Boring
4. We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
5. Plan A
6. 200 – 102
7. Straight In At 101
8. Who Fell Asleep In
9. I Warned You: Do Not Make An Enemy of Me
10. Heart Swells/100-1
11. I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
12. A Heat Rash In The Shape of The Show Me State; Or, Letters From Me to Charlotte
13. The Sea Is A Good Place to Think of the Future
14. This Is A Flag. There Is No Wind
15. Coda: A Burn Scar In the Shape of The Sooner State

Joanna Newsom Tours Australia

On the Next TMT Celebrity Gossip Report: Is Celebutant Harp Starlet Joanna Newsom (A) Returning to Public Performance with a Short Tour of Australia Early Next Year? (B) Barefoot and Pregnant with Steve Albini’s Baby? Or (C) Curating The Next “Recreationist Series Intl. Tolkien Is Bestival Festival” (This Year Taking Place at Dolwyddelan Castle, Conwy County, North Wales) as a Promotional Run-up to the Hush-hush Release of a New, Triple-Vinyl, Trip-Tronifolk Record, entitled Who Shot J.R.R.?, Available ONLY at Participating “Medieval Times: Dinner and Tournament” Locations?

Answer: A.

The answer is A, you jerkoff.

Joanna Newsom Tour:
01.16.10 - Brisbane, Australia - The Tivoli
01.16.10 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
01.20.10 - Melbourne, Australia - The Forum Theatre
01.21.10 - Canberra, Australia - The Playhouse (Canberra Theatre Centre)
01.23.10 - Thirroul, Australia - Anita's Theatre

Photo: [mi_mi]

Epitaph Brings It Back to Y2K, Plans to Reissue Blood Brothers Albums

They may have only been around for 10 years, but The Blood Brothers had a profound impact on critics, fans, and that kid in your dorm that looked like this. It makes sense, then, that Epitaph Records would already announce plans to reissue the albums Burn, Piano Island, Burn, Crimes, Young Machetes, and March on Electric Children, all due for release on November 17. Each reissue will include previously unreleased live tracks and videos, in addition to music videos and B-sides.

Currently, you can find Blood Brothers singer Johnny Whitney and guitarist Cody Votolato playing in the band Jaguar Love, and bassist Morgan Henderson, drummer Mark Gajadhar, and singer Jordan Blilie playing with Past Lives.

Burn, Piano Island, Burn tracklisting:

Disc 1:

1. Guitarmy
2. Fucking's Greatest Hits
3. Burn, Piano Island, Burn
4. Every Breath is a Bomb
5. Ambulance vs. Ambulance
6. USA Nails
7. Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon
8. Six Nightmares at the Pinball Masquerade
9. The Salesman, Denver Max
10. I Know Where the Canaries and the Crows Go
11. God Bless You, Blood Thirsty Zeppelins
12. The Shame
13. Cecilia and the Silhouette Saloon - Live (Reading Festival 2005)
14. Pink Tarantulas (off the Ambulance vs. Ambulance single)

+ "Ambulance vs. Ambulance" video

Disc 2:

1. Jungle Rules Live - DVD

Crimes tracklisting:

Disc 1:

1. Feed Me to the Forest
2. Trash Flavored Trash
3. Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck
4. Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers
5. Teen Heat
6. Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy
7. Crimes
8. My First Kiss at the Public Execution
9. Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret
10. Beautiful Horses
11. Wolf Party
12. Celebrator
13. Devastator

Disc 2:

1. Ladies and Gentlemen (off the Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck single)
2. Metronomes (off the Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck single)
3. Crimes (alt. version) (off the Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck EP)
4. Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers (alt. version) (off the Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck EP)
5. Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck (live) (off the Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck EP)
6. Trash Flavored Trash - Live (Reading Festival 2005)
7. Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers - Live (Reading Festival 2005)
8. My First Kiss at the Public Execution - Live (Reading Festival 2005)
9. Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret - Live (Reading Festival 2005)
10. Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy - Live (Reading Festival 2005)
11. Teen Heat - Live (Reading Festival 2005)

+ "Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck" video

Young Machetes tracklisting:

Disc 1:

1. Set Fire to the Face on Fire
2. We Ride Skeletal Lightning
3. Laser Life
4. Camouflage, Camouflage
5. You're the Dream Unicorn!
6. Vital Beach
7. Spit Shine Your Black Clouds
8. 1, 2, 3, 4 Guitars
9. Lift the Veil, Kiss the Tank
10. Nausea Shreds Yr Head
11. Rat Rider
12. Johnny Ripper
13. Huge Gold AK-47
14. Street Wars/Exotic Foxholes
15. Giant Swan

Disc 2:

1. Laser Life - Nick Zinner remix (off the Set Fire to the Face on Fire single)
2. Nausea Shreds Yr Head - Gajamagic remix (off the Set Fire to the Face on Fire single)
3. Street Wars/Exotic Foxholes - Gajamagic remix (off the Laser Life single)
4. We Ride Skeletal Lightning - Live (KXLU 2006)
5. Laser Life - Live (KXLU 2006)
6. Camouflage, Camouflage - Live (KXLU 2006)
7. Lift the Veil, Kiss the Tank - Live (KXLU 2006)
8. Vital Beach - Live (KXLU 2006)
9. You're the Dream Unicorn! - Live (KXLU 2006)
10. Giant Swan - Live (KXLU 2006)

+ "Laser Life" and "Set Fire to the Face on Fire" videos

March on Electric Children tracklisting:

1. Birth Skin/Death Leather
2. Meet Me at the Water Front After the Social
3. March on Electric Children!
4. New York Slave
5. Kiss of the Octopus
6. Siamese Gun
7. Mr. Electric Ocean
8. Junkyard J. vs. The Skin Army Girlz/High Fives, LA Hives
9. American Vultures

Faith No More Announce U.S. Tour. FINALLY!

Faith No More, one of the many bands of Mike Patton and one of the few bands to justify the existence of “funk-metal,” have, at last, announced plans to bring their reunion tour to these United States of America. The band, recently reunited after an 11-year break, have been playing a bevy of dates around the world on the cleverly titled “Second Coming” tour.

Here's how it went down: American fans felt their hearts breaking after they heard of Faith No More's initial reunion (TMT News) and spent day after day waiting for some sort of sign that the band would be bringing the awesome piano coda (and the rest of their songs) back to U.S. stages. Those same fans became overjoyed when they read bassist Billy Gould’s Twitter account last week and saw some exciting news: “Tweet THIS: In response to all of our concerned US brethren...YES...we are now actively planning US dates."

I’m already preparing my Mr. Bungle shirt and Doc Martens for the show, even though no dates or further information have been made available.