Millions of teenage girls let out Wilhelm screams as James Blake announces world tour

Millions of teenage girls let out Wilhelm screams as James Blake announces world tour

It’s time to get dubstepping to the ticket booth, people, because James Blake is going on tour. Sources close to Blake’s camp inform us that he’s decided to haul his big ol’ palette of minimal sound around the globe entirely on account of TMT’s glowing review of his self-titled album, released just last month on Atlas/A&M. Gosh, who knew we had such clout?? As a little “thank you” to Mr. Blake, we’ve decided to collectively compose a haiku in his honor.

James, you are the man
Our tweeters start vibrating
Whene’er you are near


03.10.11 - London, UK - St. Pancras Old Church
03.14.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.16.11 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03.23.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
03.24.11 - London, UK - St. Pancras Old Church
03.26.11 - Manchester, UK - Band on the Wall
03.27.11 - Glasgow, UK - Nice ‘n’ Sleazy
03.29.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
04.01.11 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret
04.03.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Sodra
04.05.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.07.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
04.08.11 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Schouuwburg
04.10.11 - London, UK - Ether Festival
04.12.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
04.13.11 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
04.15.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
04.16.11 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain
04.18.11 - Munich, Germany - Atomic Cafe
04.19.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Plaza
04.21.11 - Milan, Italy - Lambretto Art Project
04.23.11 - Bourges, France - Printemps de Bourges
04.25.11 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
04.26.11 - Turcoing, France - Turcoing Grand Mix
04.28.11 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.30.11 - Leeds, UK - Academy
05.08.11 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
05.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
05.11.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.12.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.14.11 - Toronto, ON - Rivoli Cabaret
05.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
05.16.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
05.19.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
05.20.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
05.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

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Harder, better, faster, more refreshing: Daft Punk to appear on Coca-Cola bottles

Coca-Cola has announced that later this month they will launch Coca-Cola Music, a collaboration between the soda giant and today’s hottest bands. First up? Maroon 5, of course! They’re pretty relevant these days, right? Either way, Coke will fuel the Maroon 5 dudes for something they’re calling a “24hr Session,” which will take place on March 22 and will feature the band creating a song over a 24-hour period by incorporating user suggestions. That’s going to take a whole lot of “Coke” for them to stay awake for 24 hours.

Coca-Cola aren’t stopping with Maroon 5, though. They’ve also decided it’s time people pay attention to this little French band known as Daft Punk, by slapping their robot-clad faces on Coke bottles. Now Daft Punk will get the acclaim they deserve! Thanks, Coca-Cola!

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Cymbals Eat Guitars embrace Barsuk, cover Uncle Bob (Pollard), ready second LP

NYC quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars have announced their signing to Barsuk Records, home to such fellow luminaires as David Bazan, Maps & Atlases, Menomena, and Viva Voce. The band — no slouches, they &mdash spent nearly the last two years touring 2009’s Why There Are Mountains and are set to record their sophomore release later this month with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile), who knows a thing or two about twisting knobs; the new LP is due this fall.

Cymbals Eat Guitars also contributed a cover of Guided By Voices nugget “Gleemer” to an upcoming Guided By Voices tribute LP entitled Sing for Your Meat on No More Fake Labels, which also boasts contributions from the likes of Lou Barlow, Blitzen Trapper, Crooked Fingers, Elf Power, Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore, Sorry About Dresden, and Superdrag. That there album is due April 16. You can listen to Cymbals Eat Guitars’ version of “Gleemer” right here, right now.

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Spiritualized plan new album for the fall, sign to Fat Possum; Nathan Williams excited to have a new dealer

Remember that time when Spiritualized were a really really stellar band releasing album after stunning album? Oh wait, shit, that’s now. What’s even more impressive is that, despite J. Spaceman’s many many years of heavy drug use, he’s still able to operate that musical noggin of his, or really even walk for that matter. Even after 2007’s pretty decent Songs in A&E (TMT Review) and the pressures and expectations involved with releasing a Spiritualized album, Jason Pierce and the crew are prepping their 7th album for release this fall and, to coincide with that, are signing to the Oxford, Mississippi powerhouse Fat Possum for N. American releases. Oh hell nah there isn’t an album title yet, you impatient heathen!

For you people silly enough to be born in/live in Great Britain, Spiritualized are playing a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 11 of this fine year, I assume to coincide with the album that will be comin’ out about that time. Tickets for that baby go on sale March 11 at 9 AM sharp. Also coming soon to Royal Albert Hall is
this, which seems too good for words.


10.11.11 - London, UK - Royal Albert Hall

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RIP: Mike Starr, former Alice in Chains bassist

From Billboard:

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr — who has publicly struggled with drug addiction and appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” in 2009 — has died. He was 44.

“It’s a terrible shock and tragedy,” his father tells TMZ.

Starr was arrested and jailed for alleged drug possession in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month. Police pulled him over and found he was in possession of six Xanax pills and six painkillers called Opana.

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He shoots, he scores: Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper finally announces release date for Some Days Are Better Than Others soundtrack

A year after Some Days Are Better Than Others premiered at SXSW, Eluvium’s Matthew Cooper has finally given a date for the release of his original soundtrack to the film.

In 2009, Cooper joined forces with filmmaker Matt McCormick and composed the score for McCormick’s feature Some Days Are Better Than Others. SXSW screened the film in 2010, which apparently touches on themes like the quarter-life crisis and a shaken sense of identity, and like many musician-connected films it highlights a score that can stand on its own. Its producers, David Allen Cress and Neil Kopp, should come as no surprise; both are best known for their music-movie connections, with Kopp producing Old Joy (featuring Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, with original music by Yo La Tengo) and Cress producing music videos for Thom Yorke and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Some Days Are Better Than Others is even more entrenched in indie-music-madness than by its connection with Eluvium &mdash it stars The Shins’ James Mercer and Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney. The trailer gives just a hint of the beautiful music that we can expect from Cooper, while fully managing to depress the viewer in the span of a minute and a half. If you’ve ever left a friend behind to go to college out of state, or broke up with someone you still liked, or lost a dog, then you get the idea. To fully encapsulate the essence behind “emotional baggage” and the things we throw away, Cooper used his personal collection of junked musical instruments, found over the years through thrifting and endless garage sales.

The soundtrack is out April 26, from Temporary Residence Ltd. The next question is: what will Cooper feel inspired to do if he sees the CD in the media rack at the Salvation Army?

Some Days Are Better Than Others OST tracklisting:

01. Curious Moments
02. Drifting
03. Pursuance
04. Into Dust
05. Expectation
06. What You Leave Behind
07. Reprieve
08. Worry and Care
09. Time and Abandonment
10. It’s Never What It Seems
11. Camille and the Ocean
12. Some Days Are Better Than Others
13. Katrina Outtake

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