Mates of State confirm covers album about love—what else?

Mates of State confirm covers album about love—what else?

For a while I thought that Mates of State’s “cutest couple” status might have been usurped by the rise of Matt & Kim, but Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner are back on the top of the lovey-dovey pile. They have just confirmed the completion of Crushes (The Covers Mixtape), their newest album and a semi-eclectic covers collection of love (or love-lorn) songs. Just take a look at the tracklisting.

01. Laura (Girls)
02. Son et Lumiere (The Mars Volta)
03. Sleep the Clock Around (Belle & Sebastian)
04. Technicolor Girls (Death Cab for Cutie)
05. Long Way Home (Tom Waits)
06. Love Letter (Nick Cave)
07. Second Hand News (Fleetwood Mac)
08. 17 Pink Sugar Elephants (Vashti Bunyan)
09. Roller Coaster Ride (Dear Nora)
10. True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston)

Hammel and Gardner recorded and produced the album, with Peter Katis (The National, Swell Season, Interpol) as the third-wheel help with mixing. According to husband and wife, we can expect another Mates of State album in the not-so-distant future. “When we were finished, we couldn’t wait to write our own songs again,” they said. The Crushes album is out this summer, but in the meantime you can download “Laura” for free here or stream it at the Chocolate Grinder. Jason calls Kori a bitch!

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Band of Horses reveal details for Infinite Arms to a crowd of cheering onlookers

Band of Horses have released details for their new album, Infinite Arms, due out May 18 on Fat Possum/Columbia Records (TMT report). This news is pretty on course for any band that is about to release a new record. However, you can make it more exciting by reading the following tracklisting out loud with a Southern accent.

Infinite Arms tracklisting:

01. Factory
02. Compliments
03. Laredo
04. Blue Beard
05. On My Way Back Home
06. Infinite Arms
07. Dilly
08. Evening Kitchen
09. Older
10. For Annabelle
11. NW Apt.
12. Neighbor

Hear (and spread your) Infinite Arms on the road this spring and summer:

04.08.10 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’or
04.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
04.10.10 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
04.12.10 - London, UK - Koko
04.14.10 - Koln, Germany - Kulturkirche
04.16.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
04.17.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
04.18.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.23.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04.24.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater #
04.26.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
04.28.10 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
04.29.10 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
05.01.10 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
05.02.10 - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
05.03.10 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center $
05.04.10 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center $
05.06.10 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena $
05.07.10 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Center $
05.09.10 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena $
05.10.10 - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena $
05.13.10 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center $
05.15.10 - Hartford, CT - XL Center $
05.17.10 - Boston, MA - TD Garden $
05.21.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden $
05.27.10 - Davis, CA - UC Davis Freeborn Hall
05.30.10 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater !
05.31.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.04.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
06.05.10 - Bangor, Ireland - Ward Park ^
06.07.10 - Cambridge, UK - Junction
06.08.10 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
06.09.10 - London, UK - Roundhouse
06.11.10 - Oxford, UK - Academy
06.12.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Bellahouston Park ^
06.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Olympic Island Concert %
09.25.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater

# Widespread Panic
! She & Him
$ Pearl Jam
^ Snow Patrol
% Pavement, Broken Social Scene

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Soul Jazz cross the pond for a new Krautrock comp, Deutsche Elektronische Musik

The fanheads over at Soul Jazz Records are at it again. Having already amassed a catalog chock full of compilations covering an array of musical time periods and genres — 80s New York noise, late-60s and early-70s Brazilian Tropicália, and even the sounds coming out of the blaxploitation film movement — the next big move for the prestigious UK label is to head back over to their side of the pond with a compilation presenting and briefly summarizing the German Krautrock/Elektronische music scene from 1972-1983.

This compilation covers only a minute portion of the output that sprung out of this era in German experimental music, but like most of Soul Jazz’s attempts at unearthing marginalized music, its purpose is to merely act as a springboard for curious fans. Some of the more memorable (and in some cases still existing) bands that are represented from this era are Can, Faust, Kluster (Cluster), and Tangerine Dream. But in true Soul Jazz fashion, the comp doesn’t just include the big boys of Krautrock. It also includes some of the bands swept under the rug, like Harmonia, Amon Düül II, and Michael Bundt. What will they cover next? Mid-to-late 90s US boy bands? I’m thinkin that one’s lost in the ashes for good.

The compilation is titled Deutsche Elektronische Musik and is set for release April 19. You can pick it up in a 2xCD or 4xLP format, and its already available for pre-order over at the Soul Jazz website.

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Petra Haden (That Dog, The Decemberists) becomes reality show vocal coach, because why not?

Petra Haden’s life checklist must be an awfully strange thing. Play in well-loved 1990s power-pop group That Dog? Check. Tour with The Decemberists? Check. Release a full-length cover album of The Who’s The Who Sell Out? Check. Become a vocal coach for a reality show about a capella vocal groups? Well, um, check. Indeed, Haden spent a month in Burbank coaching a number of finalists on the forthcoming NBC reality show The Sing Off. “I was really there to help with people’s pitch and dynamics of the songs,” Haden said. “It was challenging, but still a great experience.”

Move over, “The Marriage Ref”!!

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LCD Soundsystem announces US tour wearing an Ege Bamyasi shirt

If any other band released a song called “Drunk Girls,” they would immediately be ridiculed and blacklisted from touring. Somehow though, LCD Soundsystem managed to get away with naming the first single from their new album as such. The song “Drunk Girls” will appear on LCD’s new album, This Is Happening, due May 18 from DFA/Virgin Records. They will also be on the road all summer long on their own US tour and playing pretty much every festival you can think of.

Lots of drunk girls and boys:

04.16.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.20.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Tripod
04.21.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Tripod
04.23.10 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
04.24.10 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
04.26.10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
04.27.10 - Leeds, UK - Academy
04.28.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
04.29.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
05.01.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy
05.02.10 - Bristol, UK - Academy
05.04.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.05.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05.06.10 - Berlin, Germany - WMF
05.07.10 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
05.08.10 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.09.10 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.20.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.21.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.24.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
05.25.10 - Toronto, ON - Koolhaus
05.26.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
05.29.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland
05.30.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.31.10 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl
06.03.10 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
06.08.10 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
06.09.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
06.11.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.17.10 - La Coruna, Spain - Sonar
06.18.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar
06.19.10 - Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany - Southside Festival
06.20.10 - Scheesel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.22.10 - Zagreb, Crotia - T Mobile Inmusic Festival
06.24.10 - Ferrara, Italy - Bands Apart Festival
06.25.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Open Air festival
07.01.10 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.03.10 - London, UK - Wireless Festival
07.08.10 - Novi Sad, Hungary - Exit Festival
07.10.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Alive Festival
07.15.10 - Mariaville, MA - Camp Bisco
07.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.12.10 - Oslo, Noway - Oya Festival
08.13.10 - Gotenberg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.27.10 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.29.10 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival
09.04.10 - Stradbally, UK - Electric Picnic
09.12.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Isle of Wight Festival

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Ariel Pink returns to haunt the world again, primarily by releasing a new LP, Before Today

What gives with Ariel Pink? The bizarre California pop genius used to be the symbol of prolificacy, releasing at least an album each year, plus numerous other releases. Yet, the man’s been relatively silent the past few years. Did he get tired of his skewed avant-pop? Did he disappear into the mountains? Did someone destroy the magic medallion that allowed him to haunt the world? Who knows, but it hardly matters now, because Ariel Pink is back! On June 8, 4AD will release Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s new record Before Today worldwide.

Now, you may feel like you’ve already heard something about the return of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. You may even feel like you recently heard a new song from the group. Good news, you’re not crazy. Pink did in fact unveil a new song called “Round and Round” about a month ago, but the song wasn’t connected to any larger release. Well, it is now, as “Round and Round” will appear on Before Today, along with 11 other tracks. (“Round and Round” will also be available as a limited edition 7-inch and digital download on April 26.) The album’s recordings were split between the House of Blues in Encino, where the group worked with Sunny Levine and Rik Pekkonen, and the band’s home studios. As it turns out, Encino’s House of Blues used to be Tito Jackson’s home studio. Funny, I’ve been saying Ariel Pink was our generation’s Tito Jackson for years now.

Pink and his crew are planning on touring Europe this summer. If you don’t live there and hope to see Pink live soon, well, here’s hoping you live in New York City. At the moment, the band’s only confirmed live appearance is a headlining show at the Mercury Lounge on May 4.

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