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

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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!

• Mates of State: http://www.matesofstate.com

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

• LCD Soundsystem: http://www.lcdsoundsystem.com
• DFA: http://www.dfarecords.com
• Virgin: http://www.virginrecords.com

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.

• Ariel Pink: http://www.myspace.com/arielpink
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Holly Golightly tour starts tonight… on the wings of love

In these troubled times marked by indifference, intolerance, and Dancing with the Stars, it is a god-damned given that we need the truly remarkable, chameleonic singer/guitarist/raconteur/probably-good-at-math Holly Golightly in our heads and hearts more than ever! The ex-Headcoatee, Midas-touch collaborator, and solo star begins her latest tour tonight in lucky Birmingham, AB with her cowboy outfit, The Brokeoffs (in reality, frequent Golightly side-man Lawyer Dave). This tour is in support of their latest record, Medicine County, which was released just last week on Transdreamer.

04.06.10 - Birmingham, AB - The Nick
04.07.10 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack
04.08.10 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
04.09.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s Alternative Lounge (Indoor)
04.10.10 - Houston, TX - Mango’s
04.12.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
04.13.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
04.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
04.16.10 - San Jose, CA - The Blank Club
04.17.10 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
04.19.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04.20.10 - Olympia, WA - Capitol Theatre Backstage
04.21.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
04.22.10 - Seattle, WA - The Funhouse
04.23.10 - Kennewick, WA - Red Room
04.24.10 - Spokane, WA - BLVD
04.25.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
04.27.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.28.10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
04.29.10 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
04.30.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
05.01.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Café

In case you haven’t already tattooed this below on your inner lip, here is the tracklisting for Medicine County, containing a sweet sprinkling of traditional interpretations among Golightly/Brokeoffs originals.

01. Forget It
02. Two Feet Left
03. Medicine County
04. Can’t Lose
05. Murder in My Mind
06. Blood on The Saddle
07. When He Comes
08. Escalator
09. Eyes In the Back of My Head
10. Dearly Departed
11. Don’t Fail Me Now
12. Jack O’ Diamonds

• Holly Golightly: http://www.hollygolightly.com
• Transdreamer: http://www.transdreamer.com

The Books sign to Temporary Residence, announce new album in July, open themselves up to a myriad of completely seamless book-related puns

It’s a new “chapter” for The Books! Visionary “writers” Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong recently announced that they have “started a fresh page” and teamed up with a new label, Temporary Residence Limited for their long-anticipated 2010 release, which is due this July for your “Kindle”… and possibly for some other media. No word yet on its title, but we’ll be sure to share some sort of “table” of the album’s “contents” as soon it’s available.

The new, still-untitled-since-the-last-paragraph release will probably be a real “page turner” and will mark the band’s return to “authoring” new songs in the studio after five years of touring and “furious editing.” As the “sequel” to previous critically-acclaimed “works” including Lost and Safe, The Lemon of Pink, and Thought for Food, there’s a lot riding on this release, including the Newbery Medal, I think, which was most recently awarded to this guy. Yes, the competition is tough out there, Books. But TMT wishes you good luck this summer at the “box office.” Oh, wait.

• The Books: http://www.thebooksmusic.com
• Temporary Residence Limited: http://temporaryresidence.com

All lady Swiss post-punk band Chin-Chin gets Slumberland/Mississippi Records reissue

The Spice Girls ain’t got nothing on Chin-Chin. Well… technically you could say that for a lot of bands, but when it comes down to it, all-lady Swiss post-punk band Chin-Chin were kicking out some serious girl power before Victoria Beckham was even a twinkle in her computer programmer’s eye. Chin-Chin started up in 1982, with original members Esther, Karin, and Marie-Anne learning their instruments as they went along. For a brief period, the line-up featured a lead singer named Carol, but by the time the band got their big break in 1985, it was just the original members.

Sound of the Westway led to an interview with NME, and to a tour of Germany with The Shop Assistants. The band’s popularity grew. They headlined their own shows, and toured alongside bands like The Pogues, The Anti-Nowhere League, TV Personalities, New Model Army, and Die Toten Hosen. Now on April 13, Slumberland in conjunction with Mississippi Records will reissue Sound of the Westway on vinyl ONLY, with new artwork and mastering. Vinyl only is sooooo the bossest release format. Nothing says “girl power” like vinyl only.

Tracklisting:

01. Dark Days
02. My Guy
03. Never Surrender
04. Even If It’s a Lie
05. Jungle of Fear
06. Why Am I So Lonely?
07. Room of Sadness
08. War
09. Love Song
10. Proud Soldiers
11. Stay With Me
12. Dead Life
13. Why Am I So Lonely II
14. Da Doo Ron Ron / My Boy Lollipop

• Slumberland: http://www.slumberlandrecords.com

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