Merge Records does the neighborly thing, signs Hospitality to make things more hospitable

Merge Records does the neighborly thing, signs Hospitality to make things more hospitable

Ever had sloppy maid service at a 5-star hotel? Or suffered an excruciatingly long wait while a timid bellboy failed to hail you a cab? Well, we’ve gotta figure that’s how Hospitality was feeling before getting signed to Merge Records. The New Yorkers join a roster that includes Wild Flag and Eleanor Friedberger, both of whom they’ll join at the Bowery Ballroom later this fall.

With singer Amber Papini’s Psychedelic Furs-influenced singing, a tinge of the bittersweet, and sweet arrangements that play around with keyboards, horns, synths, and layered guitars, Hospitality are on track for providing friendly and pleasant sounds. That’s much more than we can say about those weak front desk receptionists at the Holiday Inn. With production by Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells), the band’s debut full-length, due in early 2012, is one to keep an eye on.

Don’t believe us? Stream “Friends of Friends,” pat us on the back for introducing you to something excellent, and check out the tourdates below.


09.09.11 - Raleigh, NC – The Union (Hopscotch Music Festival)
09.10.11 - Washington, DC – Red Palace
10.18.11 - New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *

* Wild Flag, Eleanor Friedberger

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D Generation (90s NYC punk rockers) reunite for tour, new album, and the hell of it

After 11 years, Generation Y band D Generation are reuniting in September to tour and record a new album. The two-month tour includes stops on the festival circuit at Spain’s Turborock! Festival, and Stateside at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. This is the first time D Generation have toured together since disbanding in 1999; they did, however, reunite in 2008 to play three songs at the opening of the John Varvatos Store in New York City (formerly CBGB’s). Though their career was short-lived, the NYC-based glam/punk rockers put out three albums from 1991-1999, all to critical praise. Since their break-up, the band members have gone on to pursue solo careers, most notably lead singer Jesse Malin, who has recorded with Ryan Adams.

In a statement about the upcoming shows, guitarist Danny Sage explained the motivation behind getting the old band back together: “We all still talk and have stayed in touch over the years. I’ve worked on all of [Malin’s] solo albums. Over the years we have gotten a lot of offers to play but were just busy working on our own things. This year we decided to do two shows together and the offers began to fly in from all over the world and it just grew from there.”

The tour only hits select cities in the US, so be sure to check out the complete list of dates below. This report has been brought to you by the number 90 and the letter D.


09.17.11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.23.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
09.25.11 - Oakland, CA - The Uptown
10.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Double Door (Riot Fest)
11.05-06.11 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

• D Generation:

Moonface announces North American tour, starts work on new album, because what else is Spencer Krug going to do with his time

As a child, Spencer Krug made a dark pact with a demon, ensuring that he would spend all his spare moments working on music. This is not true. It is just the only explanation I can find to account for Krug’s endless output of new music. Well, the only explanation besides work ethic. Still, the guy’s prolificacy is kind of nuts: four active projects, all of which have put out at least one album within the last two years. Most recently, he’s been hard at work with his Moonface solo project, from which he just put out Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I Hoped (TMT Review) on Jagjaguwar. Between that new record and a recent tour, we could hardly expect to hear anything new from the Moonface front any time soon.

Except we can. Duuuuuuuuuuuh. What else would you expect from Krug’s iron man work effort? He is like a man made out of iron! The point is, Spencer Krug will be doing things as Moonface in the near future. Namely, going on tour. Word has it that he’ll play all the songs from Organ Music, or at least most of them. Joining him on this journey will be percussionist Mike Bigelow, who will make rhythmic noises to accompany Krug’s organ noises.

But honestly, it’s not that surprising that Moonface is going on tour so soon after returning from tour. That happens all the time! What band hasn’t done that? Many, but there are also many that have done it. Less frequent is the act that starts work on a new record near immediately after releasing a record, and Moonface is that sort of act! Indeed: Mr. Krug is in Finland right now, working with Siinai on a new album. What will it sound like? Nobody knows, aside from perhaps Spencer Krug, Siinai, and anyone inside or passing by the studio. The rest of us will inevitably find out in six to eight months.

Moonface dates:

10.07.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
10.08.11 - Madison, WI - The Sett @ The University of Wisconsin
10.09.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
10.11.11 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s
10.12.11 - Calgary, AB - Republik
10.14.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf
10.15.11 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
10.16.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
10.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
10.20.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.21.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
10.23.11 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
10.25.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird
10.26.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
10.29.11 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel
10.30.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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Wire tour the UK and release sexy, titillating, tour-exclusive live album

English post-punks Wire are… how do you say? Living legends. No, wait. That makes ‘em sound venerable and old, kinda like a 500-year-old tree that only grows on a certain mountaintop in Tibet and one time each century produces some crazy-ass exotic fruit that is then profiled in a lengthy National Geographic profile. Because Wire — whilst totally “venerable” and totally in the punk rock game since 1976 — are anything but antiquated once-a-century producers. These guys are still on the road, still bringing abrasive, beauteous art punk to fans new and old, and still churning out ever-evolving sounds in their impressively prolific list of releases.

So add another one to that list of records, and add another tour to your calendar. Because Colin Newman and co. are heading back on the tour circuit, and when I say back I mean BACK. The gents spent the first half of 2011 on a worldwide tour in support of their latest, Red Barked Tree (TMT Review), and now they’re gearing up for a month-long jaunt across Ireland and the UK, with stops in several cities they haven’t graced since their first visits in the 1970s. Yankee noise rockers Talk Normal will be accompanying the almighty Wire as they navigate the lush green roads of the British Isles, and they’ll be bringing along a very special album: a live recording of a prestigious (yet unnamed and mysterious) show from Wire’s tour earlier this year, released on the band’s very own Pink Flag label. Take note, Wire completists: this mystery album is exclusive tour merchandise and won’t be available in shops until after the tour has wrapped.


11.15.11 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute
11.16.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester 3
11.17.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Rooms
11.18.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
11.19.11 - Newcastle, UK - Academy 2
11.20.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.22.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
11.23.11 - London, UK - XOYO
11.25.11 - Liverpool, UK - Academy 2
11.26.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelans
11.29.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
11.30.11 - Exeter, UK - Phoenix
12.01.11 - Cardiff, UK - The Globe
12.02.11 - Oxford, UK - Academy 2
12.03.11 - Sheffield, UK - The Plug

• Wire:

Mos Def changes his name to something less definite sounding, still remains fresh till def under any circumstance

Following in Prince’s footsteps, Mos Def has decided to change his name at the end of this year. Next time he runs into Ms. Fat Booty, he’ll introduce himself as Yasiin. We can’t help but wonder if his new Arabic namesake will deflate his chances at smashing it like an Idaho potato. Of course, if she’s a moneygrubber, and a wise one at that, she’ll realize his new name is just another way of saying “rich.”

And no, before you think his label head Mr. West got to his head, fret not. Mighty Mos will not act a fool if you run into him at a dinner party and mistakenly refer to him by his so-totally-90s-sounding hip-hop moniker. He’s just used to calling himself Yasiin, and with any luck you soon will be too.

Watch the short clip of Mos, er, Yasiin announcing the official change on MT’’s Sucker Free. As he says on Black on Both Sides, “a lot of things have changed, a lot of things have not.” Just make sure you add Yasiin Dante Smith Bey’s name switch to the ever-evolving list of changeovers, and commit this tidbit to memory for trivia games of the future.

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• G.O.O.D. Music:

Danzig does his best to look intimidating as he announces tourdates and a best-of compilation

Glenn Danzig, who has always thought that he was more important and essential to the history of music then he really ever was (or will be), has begun puffing up his chest once again, spurred on by meager critical praise for his last album, Deth Red Sabaoth, (TMT Review), and with it has announced a series of “Special Legacy Performances.” These special shows will remind you that Danzig sounds like a goth Elvis, totally works out all the time, and made music that you faintly remember from your time listening to hard rock radio in Junior High.

So reads the press release: “Long into the future we will all be gone, but certain marks we make can live on. Decades beyond this one, Danzig’s music will be heralded by people of various musical interests; it will find a permanent place in the lives of those who need the escape and solace of his vast musical catalog.” Um, not really dudes. Danzig has this for a musical legacy: The Misfits and “Mother.” That’s it, and I bet that no one, outside of Danzig himself, has even listened to “Mother” since at least 1998.

Lastly, if this brief mention of “Mother” has reminded you that you used to listen to it every once in awhile, then make sure you pick up The Essential Danzig, a best-of compilation put together by Sony and available for consumption on October 25… but please, let me recommend that you just buy a Misfits album. You’ll enjoy it more.

Danzig’s Special Legacy Performances:

10.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theatre (Riot Fest)
10.29.11 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
10.31.11 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
11.04.11 - Austin, TX - Auditorium Shores (FunFunFun Fest)

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