Matmos tour Europe with J. Lesser clad in suits of 14 karat gold; John Wiese opens

Matmos tour Europe with J. Lesser clad in suits of 14 karat gold; John Wiese opens

Matador Records’ Matablog (not to be confused with Matmos’ “Matmoblog,” which doesn’t exist, but should) claims that electronic duo Matmos are the best-dressed men in San Francisco. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but a Google search for Matmos does produce numerous images of two sharply dressed fellows, while doing the same for San Francisco just produces a bunch of bridges and houses. Weak threads, Frisco!

Matmos will be taking their excellent fashion sense (along with buddy J. Lesser, who shall be playing with them) all the way to Europe for a tour this May. Interestingly enough, John Wiese will be opening for most dates. Surely there will be a fair deal of speculation concerning the pair’s clothing choices, so let me shut that down right now: M.C. Schmidt will be wearing a three-piece suit made entirely of 14 karat gold, while Drew Daniel will be a little more modest with a simple slacks and button-up combination, albeit while wearing the gauntlet of a dead king.

Matmos dates:

05.14.11 - Glasgow, UK - Old Fruitmarket
05.15.11 - Birmingham, UK - MAC Art Centre *
05.17.11 - Belfast, UK - SARC *
05.18.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory *
05.19.11 - London, UK - Auto-Italia *
05.21.11 - Torino, Italy - Museum Arte Contemporanea Rivoli *
05.23.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti *
05.24.11 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv *
05.26.11 - Paris, France - La Gaite Lyrique *
05.27.11 - Brussels, Belgium - VK * #
05.28.11 - Metz, France - Les Trinitaires *
05.29.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Centraltheater *
05.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Hau1 *

* John Wiese
# Oval

• Matmos:
• Matador:

The Octopus Project head out on West Coast tour, learn a thing or two opening for Devo

Austin, TX-based quintet The Octopus Project have been practically married to the road lately as they’ve traveled the country in support of their fourth album on Peek-A-Boo Records, Hexadecagon, and to make sure the marriage lasts, the band has announced a West Coast tour along with a handful of dates supporting Devo.

The band started their tour a few days ago, but lucky for you, the bulk of the dates can still be referred to in the future tense. The Project will be joined by surf-rockers Man or Astro-man on most of those dates, and then they will head back on the road in March to open for Devo. The Octopi got the gig as Devo’s opening act after Devo’s guitarist broke his hand at 2010’s Moogfest and The Octopus Project (who were also playing the show) were called in as a replacement backing-band. The two groups got along splendidly and one thing led to another, and now The Octopus Project are helping the devolutionists fill in the shows they had to reschedule because of the injury.

The Octopus tourdates:

02.21.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
02.23.11 - Portland, OR - The Doug Fir Lounge *
02.24.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
02.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
02.26.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo *
02.28.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.28.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
03.01.11 - Denver, CO - The Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
03.02.11 - Albuquerque, NM - The Launchpad

Backing-up-Devo dates:

03.15.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater &
03.16.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom &
03.18.11 - San Franciso, CA - Warfield Theatre &
03.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia &
03.20.11 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up &
03.25.11 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live &
03.27.11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live &

* Man or Astro-man
& Devo

• The Octopus Project:
• Peek-A-Boo:

Arcade Fire show off their Grammy and newsboys costumes to all of America on spring tour

BREAKING: did you hear that Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year?! Yes, fellow Katy Perry fans, I’m afraid to say they did, and to celebrate the victory Arcade Fire are traveling the US to show off the statue and rub the accolade in the face of every Eminem fanatic across the country.

The band, who won the award for last year’s Merge-distributed The Suburbs (TMT Review), have already ordered the construction of a Pope-mobile-style car that will caravan the award through all 50 states as it trails the band on their month-long tour. The award will also be on view at every gig, secured behind bullet-proof glass and two guard-tigers, spinning on a spot-lit marble rotunda.

Finally, as the ultimate commemoration, the award will be copied and mass-produced, then sent to the homes of every single person who bought the album, or watched the Grammys, because Arcade Fire are just so darn proud; also, they feel that the Grammy is unquestionable proof that indie rock never died.

The tour includes previously announced dates at Coachella, a three-night stand at Chicago’s UIC Pavillion, and an appearance at New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Arcade Fire’s Grammy presentation tourdates:

04.09.11 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center *
04.11.11 - Orem, UT - The UCCU Center *
04.13.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre *
04.14.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel *
04.16.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.18.11 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Convention Center
04.20.11 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Amphitheatre **
04.22.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.24.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.25.11 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion **
04.27.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park **
04.28.11 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
04.30.11 - Dallas, TX - Gexa Energy Pavilion ***
05.03.11 - Austin, TX - The Backyard ****
05.04.11 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ****
05.06.11 - New Orleans, LA - Jazz and Heritage Festival

* Local Natives
** The National
*** Okkervil River
**** Explosions in the Sky

• Arcade Fire:
• Merge:

Björk readies collaboration with Ömar Souleyman

Oh Björk. It’s only two months into 2011 and already you’ve out-awesomed approximately 98% of the world’s musician’s plans for the year. As you may recall, Björk recently participated in a karaoke contest for some Icelandic holiday about elves and saving the environment or something. Well now she’s collaborating with much-buzzed-about Syrian performer Omar Souleyman to create what a press release declares “the first-ever major western pop release to feature Syrian dabke and Iraqi choubi music.”

For those unacquainted with Souleyman, recently the dude has been riding his own unique blend of traditional Arabic music with synths and dance beats across the globe, while the always intriguing American label Sublime Frequencies has also made some of his recordings available to Western fans. The as-yet-unnamed Björk/Souleyman collaboration does not have a release date, but will be available as a limited 12-inch, CD, and digital download later this year.

Omar Souleyman dates:

03.05.11 - Perth, Australia - Perth International Arts Festival
03.06.11 - Melbourne, Australia - North Cote Social Club
03.09.11 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
03.11.11 - Adelaide, Australia - WOMADelaide at Botanic Park
03.12.11 - Sydney, Australia - Annandale Hotel
06.02-05.11 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas Festival
06.09-12.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
08.05.11 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.06.11 - London, UK - Field Day Festival
09.08-11.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

• Björk:
• Omar Souleyman:

Psychedelic Horseshit sign to FatCat, prep new album for May, give away latest tape — but will they ever be as chill as Best Coast?

Well would you look at that. I was just lamenting the sorry state of Psychedelic Horseshit appreciation, honestly pretty upset that their Acid Tape from last year came and went with zero press or fanfare, thinking it might be closer to the end than the beginning for our Wavves-vanquishing heroes from Columbus, when BOOM, dudes rise like a jheri-curled phoenix and sign to FatCat! That’s a serious label! Sure, they’ve had stints on Siltbreeze, Woodsist, and Columbus Discount, but being on FatCat means my teenage doppelgänger might (and based on their name, would) pick up their new album on his next trip to Borders (…eh…), throw it on and laugh at the unintelligible nonsense, then keep playing it til he realizes the sounds go deeper than even his favorite Chris Carrabba song.

So yeah, Psychedelic Horseshit have a new record called Laced all set to go that, as of May 10, will be rubbing shoulders with the primest of prime cuts from bands like Animal Collective, Black Dice, and Sigur Rós. Wow! And they did it without even one 7-inch on Green Label Sound. According to the most reliable of sources (the press release), Laced dials down the abrasiveness of Magic Flowers Droned a notch or two and steps up the sonics, with “swathes of blissfully reverberant FX, buried voices, smeared electronics, and melted-out guitar processing complement[ing] moments of blissed-out frequency mess.” Interested parties (of one) can download a non-album bonus cut by signing up for the band’s newsletter here, though I really wish you guys could hear that Acid Tape that came out last year on Fan Death. That tape was sick.

What’s that? They’re offering said tape up for FREE as a high-quality download with album art right here, no strings attached?! Damn, Horseshit… you done let the dogs out again.

Laced tracklisting:

01. Puff
02. Time of Day
03. French Countryside
04. Laced
05. Tropical Vision
06. I Hate the Beach
07. Another Side
08. Revolution Wavers
09. Dead on Arrival (ft. Beth Murphy of Times New Viking)
10. Automatic Writing
11. Making Out

No tourdates announced yet, but there is talk of a show next weekend at Carabar in Columbus featuring the original lineup of the band. I’d go, but I have a meeting with the people at Green Label Sound.

• Psychedelic Horseshit:
• FatCat:

Kill Rock Stars get a new boat. Oh, I mean Boats sign to Kill Rock Stars. But a boat would be cool too.

KIll Rock Stars really enjoy boats and boating activities. Sometimes, as they work out the schedule for upcoming releases, or as they design promotional material, they stare wistfully out of a nearby window and remember fishing with their dad, or last year’s work party on the yacht, or when they rode bumper boats at that second-rate theme park in Tucson, and at those moments, Kill Rock Stars can’t help but feel happy as they remember the peaceful feeling of rocking back and forth on the surface of calm water, or bumping into other bumper boats.

It’s that happy feeling that urged Kill Rock Stars to sign Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada’s Boats, which in turn aided the creation and eventual digital release of the Canadian band’s second album, Cannonballs, Cannonballs, on March 1. The band will also head out on tour, but that has nothing to do with boats — maybe, perhaps, they’ll ferry down the Mississippi?

Anyway, Kill Rock Stars actually signed Boats because A LOT of people liked their first album, Intercontinental Champion (named after Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat) and then all of those people were like, “I wish a well-respected and nationally distributed record label would release a sophomore album by these entertaining Canadian lads.” Plus, Kill Rock Stars enjoy releasing critically acclaimed albums because, you know, it makes it easier for them to pick up chicks at cool Portland bars.

So, you know, the rest is history, eh? Kill Rock Stars was won over by Boats’ ability to be a “noisy indie-pop band with high-end hopes but low-end equipment, (singer) Mat Klachefsky’s bizarre vocal chords, infectiously catchy pop songs, and boundless energy.” After that, everything else became storybook love and an album set for (digital) release on March 1.


03.11.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Lo Pub
03.12.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cause Soundbar
03.13.11 - Lincoln, NB - The Clawfoot House
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - The Marq
03.21.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
03.22.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
03.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Three Club
03.24.11 - Fresno, CA - Bel Tower
03.25.11 - Bakersfield, CA - The Gate
03.27.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern*
03.30.11 - Eugene, OR - Luckey’s
03.31.11 - Portland, OR - The Woods
04.03.11 - Seattle, WA - High Dive
04.04.11 - Olympia, WA - The Northern
04.07.11 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx
04.08.11 - Calgary, AB - Broken City

* David Dondero and Franz Nicolay

• Boats:
• Kill Rock Stars: