Marnie Stern announces Midwest gigs; Marnie Stern fans in Midwest demand the return of her kissing booth

Marnie Stern announces Midwest gigs; Marnie Stern fans in Midwest demand the return of her kissing booth

Marnie Stern is the type of woman that most teenage males in the Midwest dream about: pretty, blond, and able to shred a guitar like Malmsteen on crack. Because of this unexplainable attraction to women who seem vaguely viking-like, the Midwest loves Marnie Stern; they love her beautiful face, her pretty hands, her oldest demo on Dog Daze Tapes and her newest album on Kill Rock Stars, Marnie Stern (TMT Review). Most of all, they love that she lets them kiss her on occasion.

Now that Marnie’s announced a new tour of the Midwest, her Midwest fans are screaming, yelling, and demanding that Marnie bring back the kissing booth. The fans have even begun burning down buildings and are refusing to kiss their own significant others until Marnie announces that her fans can kiss her if they have the cash to do so.

If you have an interest in seeing angry Midwest men (and women!) demanding to smooch their idol-goddess, or just want to watch some bitchin’ guitar playing, then check out the dates below and don’t forget that Stern has already announced a European tour and a gig at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas in the UK. And for all you Chicagoans (go Bulls!), yes, the dates below are correct, Marnie Stern is playing with The Flaming Lips and I AM SO FUCKING EXCITED!

Marnie Stern possible kissing booth dates:

05.10.11 - London, UK - XOYO Upset the Rhythm
05.11.11 - Birmingham, UK - Sound Bar
05.12.11 - Brighton, UK - Pavillion Theater
05.14.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Small Vega
05.16.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
05.17.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
05.19.11 - Oslo, Norway - Blaa
05.20.11 - Malmo, Sweden - TBA
05.21.11 - Aarhus, Denmark - Train
06.03.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06.04.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
06.05.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
06.06.11 - St Louis, MO - Firebird
06.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom $
06.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom $
12.09.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas

$ The Flaming Lips

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Washed Out returns with a new label (Sub Pop), new record (Within and Without), and new look (beachier)

His Royal Highness the Duke of Chillwavetonia Ernest Greene has plans to release more nostalgia-tinged, end-of-summer beach jams under his moniker Washed Out this summer. Sub Pop has announced that they’ll be co-releasing Washed Out’s debut full-length, Within and Without, with Weird World, a new Domino-connected, London-based partner label that’s putting out music by the likes of Smith Westerns.

The new album is being touted as a progression from Greene’s ultra-successful Life of Leisure EP, which was met with general fanfare upon release back in 2009. Begone, nostalgia! Fare thee well, lingering feelings! Within is all about THE NOW! At least, that’s what the press release says, and with production by superstar studio guy Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter, Gnarls Barkley), it makes sense. Greene’s new band also contributes to the happenin’ feeling of the new record, and they’ll be showcasing said feeling at select European dates this summer. Within is due for a July 12 release in the US, July 11 in the UK.

Within and Without tracklisting:

01. Eyes Be Closed
02. Echoes
03. Amor Fati
04. Soft
05. Far Away
06. Before
07. You and I
08. Within and Without
09. A Dedication


07.15.11 - London, UK - Lovebox Weekender
07.16.11 - Hultsfred, Sweden – Hultsfred Festival
07.17.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Festival De Affaire
08.04.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
08.07.11 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino
08.08.11 - Manchester, UK - Deaf Institute
08.09.11 - London, UK - Scala

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Holy bundles of money, Batman! iTunes made $1.4 billion this quarter!

I know that you think you really hauled in the cash the last couple months with your new lemonade and crystal meth stand down by the library, but you are poor, dude, way poor compared to what Apple made in the first quarter of 2011: 1.4 billion, in American dollar bills. That’s a shit-ton of cash! I could pay off half my student loans with that!

This record-breaking bounty is up an astonishing 27 percent from last year’s earnings of 1.1 billion. Apple’s Steve Jobs had this to say: “We’re loaded, absolutely loaded, and I’m gonna buy Iceland. We’re planning on bringing it back from complete financial ruin and renaming it iLand so that I can finally have a place to store all of my turtleneck sweaters. Buy our stuff, buy our stuff, buy our stuff or all your friends will hate you. Thanks.”

So, can I borrow a couple bucks to feed my family tonight? Oh… okay… you need it, I understand. I understand.

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RIP: Max Mathews, computer music pioneer

From Create Digital Music (via The Daily Swarm):

Max Mathews, the man who literally first gave voice to computer music, died [Thursday] at age 84. I can only offer my heartfelt condolences to Max’s friends and family.

Max was the man present at the moment when the very subject matter of this site was born. An IBM 704 playing his 17-second composition marked the first genuinely digital synthesis of music on a computer.

[Photo: Kevin]

Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV pushed back to June; Young Money promises free Lil Wayne pog with every copy

Lil Wayne has spent a little bit of time relaxing and regrouping himself (a.k.a. prison time), but he’s been a free man for a while and is back to doing what he does best: making music that helps me feel connected to modern culture. However, I’ll have to wait a little longer to feel like I’m hip, as Lil Wayne’s new album Tha Carter IV, originally scheduled for release May 16 through Young Money, has had its ‘drop’ date pushed back to June 21.

The album, which is more anticipated than the second coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, is seeing delays for Wayne’s perfectionism. “[Wayne’s] still perfecting a few things, he’s a perfectionist… changing a few lines,”explains Mack Maine, head of Young Money, “We have a little studio time and it should be done probably by Monday.”

According to an interview with MTV’s news and tanning department, Maine also lets us in on the fact that the new album’s fancy contributors are holding back progress as well. Maine tells us that tracks from top-draw rappers came in too late and “if you calculate all of that, by the time we would’ve finished mixing, we wouldn’t have met the [original] due date to turn in the album. So we had to push it back.” Don’t worry though, Lil Wayne is still coming back and he loves all of you, even if he won’t be showing up on any Pogs.

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Xiu Xiu jump to Polyvinyl, members of Parenthetical Girls and The Dead Science jump to Xiu Xiu

Somewhere deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, there can be found a sturdy oak. Carved in the oak’s bark, the skin of the great tree itself, is a heart surrounding the following symbols: “XX + KRS.” To the untrained eye, this is the work of two dumb kids who just happened to have a knife. To those in the know, this represents the unending love between noise-pop group Xiu Xiu and their longtime label Kill Rock Stars.

Shed a tear, romantics, for that unending love… has ended. Gasp, quickly followed by shock! For the first time in Xiu Xiu’s history, they plan on releasing a full-length on a label with no Kill Rock Stars affiliation. But who shall put out such a record if not Kill Rock Stars? To whom have Xiu Xiu given their heart? The answer to both these questions is Polyvinyl Records, who shall release this new Xiu Xiu record in early 2012. The as-yet-untitled record will feature the drumming of Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, whose band also recently jumped from Kill Rock Stars to Polyvinyl, and the production work of super-producer/Paper Chase member John Congleton, whose band I assume is still on Kill Rock Stars.

Thankfully for my fragile heart, this move is the only change in the world of Xiu Xiu. But wait! This is not the only change! And my heart is strong as an ox, or at least an ox’s heart! Xiu Xiu’s new material will feature a brand-new Xiu Xiu, one including, in addition to current members Jamie Stewart and Angela Seo, Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls and Sam Mickens of The Dead Science. Now, Xiu Xiu has had lineup changes before, but this one’s extra significant, as the band’s forthcoming album will feature contributions both musical and lyrical from all band members. Before that record comes out, the band will test these new waters of collaboration with a Polyvinyl-released 7-inch coming out in September. On the A-side will be an original new song called “Daphney,” the first song Jamie Stewart and his new band members wrote together. Obviously, the B-side will feature a cover of Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World.”

In the midst of this whirlwind of change, the band has managed to enter the modern age by creating a Twitter account. A quick glance of the account’s feed reveals the statistical breakdown of tweets to be about 5% band news, 95% grotesque/bizarre/awesome open-ended questions that they like to call their “Queries ‘O’ the Day.” Here’s a prime example: “if you look outside and there is a GIANT pumpkin on your corner, who would you force to live inside of it?” And here is my answer: myself, because living in a GIANT pumpkin would be amazing.

While we shed tears, one eye weeping with sorrow for Xiu Xiu’s lost love with Kill Rock Stars, the other weeping with joy for their new love with Polyvinyl, we must remember that the group does plan to play some European festivals in the summer. Never forgot that, and also never forget that they’re playing a short US tour in September, within which they will stop at The Independent’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. And please, please do not forget to listen to Xiu Xiu’s remix of Parenthetical Girls’ “Careful Who You Dance With,” their contribution to a forthcoming free Parenthetical Girls remix EP, over at Pitchfork.

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