Matt and Kim announce new tourdates, plot domestic takeover you can dance to

Matt and Kim announce new tourdates, plot domestic takeover you can dance to

With all the current uprisings going on in different countries and citizens trying to oust their corrupt leaders, Matt and Kim have decided that now is the perfect opportunity to try and take control of the country. The first step in their new political agenda is to spread their own gospel across the land and brainwash US citizens with their infectious songs on tour all spring and summer. They will be supporting their recent piece of propaganda, a third full-length album sinisterly titled Sidewalks, which has been out for a while c/o the FADER label.

Indoctrinating the masses:

03.12.11 - Hayward, CA - Pukka Indie Arts Festival
03.14.11 - Austin, TX - The Belmont
03.16.11 - Austin, TX - mtvU Woodie Awards
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - The FADER Fort, SXSW
05.28.11 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05.31.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
06.01.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
06.02.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
06.03.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
06.04.11 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live
06.05.11 - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
06.07.11 - Tampa, FL - Czar Imperial Ballroom
06.08.11 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
06.10.11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06.11.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
06.12.11 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
06.14.11 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
06.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
06.16.11 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
06.18.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
06.20.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
06.21.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
06.22.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
06.23.11 - St Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.24.11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic
06.25.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
06.28.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.29.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.30.11 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues

• Matt and Kim:

Mountains open up the Air Museum; museums with dinosaurs continue to reign supreme

Let’s get one thing straight: the members of ambient outfit Mountains are not musicians. They are sonic explorers — their press release even says so. When I traverse the world of sound, I tend to stick to established territories, but not Mountains. Those guys go out into the wilderness and end up capturing all manner of sonic waterfalls and forests and such. Later, the group contacts sonic cartographers (who are probably in Emeralds) in order to get proper maps made. This is, roughly, how the process of mapping the sonic landscape works.

During one of their most recent sonic expeditions, Mountains apparently discovered a completely new album all by themselves. The record, which they have dubbed Air Museum, will be available to the general public (who wouldn’t dare explore the far reaches of sound) on May 10 through Thrill Jockey. Unlike previous Mountains records like 2009’s Choral (TMT Review), Air Museum was recorded in a proper studio and does not feature computer-processed instrumentation. The duo have swapped computers for a variety of synths, pedals, and analog techniques. Despite the lack of computing technology involved in the record, Mountains claim that Air Museum is actually their most electronic record yet. This is not something I fully understand, but, hey, I’m no sonic explorer.

Air Museum tracklisting:

01. January 17
02. Thousand Square
03. Newsprint
04. Sequel
05. Blue Lanterns on East Oxford
06. Backwards Crossover
07. Live at the Triple Door

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More new music from The Flaming Lips out in April — buried in an edible gummy skull

At this point in The Flaming Lips’ career, not much that Wayne Coyne does comes as a huge shock. We told you about the slightly classist, 12-part “Two Blobs Fucking” (happy Valentine’s Day!) in February, which sure, was weird and innovative but not quite mind-shattering (ruin the experience over at the Chocolate Grinder). They announced forthcoming work with Neon Indian (a four-track 12-inch, coming soon), and recently, potential collaborations with James Murphy, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page — impressive, but in the Flaming Lips’ world, something Coyne can still be pretty blasé about. The Flaming Lips’ new, particularly bizarre offering come April? A “life-sized human skull completely made out of edible gummy bear stuff. It also has a gummy brain inside of it and, inside of that, there’s a USB flash drive that has three new songs on it” (via Pitchfork). Now that’s something.

I remember spilling coffee on my flash drive in college and losing a paper; we can assume that, nice guy that Wayne Coyne is, this gummy encasing won’t have the same effect on the music inside. Coyne explained how they decided to develop such “nervous” packaging: “We found this guy in Raleigh, North Carolina, who makes all these gummy bear things — even adult toys. I don’t know if he’s making giant dicks and pussies out of gummy bears, but we called him and said, ‘Hey, would you want to make a life-size human skull with a brain in it?’” Not something you hear every day.

A suggestion for The Flaming Lips: a discount package of the gummy skull plus a skull of Dan Aykroyd’s crystal vodka?

Pssst — don’t forget about Coyne’s promise of new songs every month of this year, or the retrospective box set, slated for release on Record Store Day!

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• Warner Bros.:

Quintron announces April release date for Sucre du Sauvage, recorded in and around a museum

There’s a new entry in the ongoing Chronicles of Awesomeness that documents Quintron’s life. The New Orleans-based musician/Drum Buddy inventor/friend of all puppets presents us with Sucre du Sauvage, a new album coming out via Goner Records on April 12. Recorded from January 29 through May 2 of last year at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the album was created as part of an exhibit entitled “Parallel Universe — Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live in City Park.” Which makes sense. I mean, don’t they live in the City Park inside each and every one of us?

Sucre du Sauvage is the result of field recordings made by Quintron as he strolled through New Orleans City Park, where the museum abides, music recorded at the museum, and the backing vocals, handclaps, and sound effects provided by whichever museum-goers happened to be around at the time. It’s a two-part album, with Part 1 leaning more toward the usual Quintron hijinks, with a dash of vibraphone, Drum Buddy, Miss Pussycat’s vocals, and field recordings. Part 2 is nothing but field recordings!!! Field recordings gone wild. According to Quintron himself, “There was no post-production of overdubs. When the exhibit closed, the album was finished.” One of a kind, this album — kinda like Quintron himself.

Sucre du Sauvage tracklisting:

01. Ring the Alarm
02. Face Down in the Gutter
03. New Years Night (Boogie Children)
04. Kicked Out of Zolar X
05. Banana Beat
06. Sucre du Sauvage
07. All Night Right of Way
08. Spirit Hair
09. Elevator
10. Deer in the Clouds
11. Bells
12. Train Ride
13. Jazz Bar
14. Morning

And here’s a tourdate (today!!):

03.07.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s %

% Black Lips

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Battles are coming to your neck of the woods, yo! (Getting sick of Battles stories yet?)

What up, yo? I’m sure that you’ve heard that Battles have a new album coming out, right? It’s called Gloss Drop (TMT News), it’s coming out on Warp, and I’m sure that it’ll end up on all sorts of end-of-the-year lists and that I’ll sleep with it tightly clutched to my chest at night.

I’m sure that you’ve also heard that Battles are curating/playing at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas (TMT News)? I’m sure at this point you’re wondering: “Why did I click this link? Isn’t there any new news?”

YES! Battles have announced that they will be going on a tour of the US and Europe at intimate venues so that the band has an easier chance at picking out the hot girls. What this “intimate venues” thing also means is that you’d better buy your tickets now, cowboy, cuz they’re going quick! These new dates are in addition to the bevy of already announced dates at festivals around the world, so if you prefer grassy and sunny to dark and stuffy then these shows are for you!


04.01.11 - Osaka, Japan - Zettai-mu
04.03.11 - Tokyo, Japan - Sonar Sound
04.08.11 - Rotterdam, Holland - Motel Mosaique
04.09.11 - Esch, Luxembourg - Out of the Crowd
04.10.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg *
04.11.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Domino Festival
04.12.11 - Lille, France - Aeronef
04.20.11 - London, UK - ICA *
04.26.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
04.27.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
04.29.11 - Toronto, Canada - Horseshoe *
04.30.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
05.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *
05.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
05.04.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
05.05.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile *
05.27.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.28.11 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Kilbi Festival
05.31.11 - Marseille, France - Espace Julien *
06.02.11 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
06.03.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde2 *
06.04.11 - Manchester, UK - O2 Apollo *
06.05.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.06.11 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit *
06.07.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches *
06.10.11 - Dortmund, Germany - FZW *
06.11.11 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk *

* Intimate venues

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• Warp:

The High Llamas meander Talahomi Way on April 19, tour the UK

Drag City vets The High Llamas are set to return on April 19 with their first LP since 2007’s lovely Can Cladders (TMT Review). The new LP Talahomi Way — the band’s 9th overall — is sure to accentuate the quartet’s folk-inspired pop leanings and is destined to permeate sunny gatherings this spring and/or summer. The band has scheduled several UK dates to coincide with the new LP’s European release a week earlier and will kick things off on May 5 in Brighton.

Talahomi Way tracklisting:

01. Berry Adams
02. Wander, Jack Wander
03. Take My Hand
04. Woven and Rolled
05. The Ring of Gold
06. Talahomi Way
07. Fly Baby, Fly
08. Angel Connector
09. To The Abbey
10. A Rock in May
11. Crazy Connector
12. Calling Up, Ringing Down


05.04.11 - Brighton, UK - Komedia
05.06.11 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
05.12.11 - Glasgow, UK - Captains Rest
05.13.11 - Gateshead (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne), UK - The Sage
05.14.11 - Liverpool, UK - Williamson Tunnels
05.15.11 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
05.21.11 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
05.22.11 - London, UK - Southbank Centre (Purcell Room)

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