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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Antlers announce new album Burst Apart for May, drive followers crazy on Twitter

The Antlers announced this week that the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 album Hospice (TMT Review) will be titled Burst Apart and is set for release on May 10 via Frenchkiss Records. The album was recorded without the assistance of an outside producer or engineer in the band’s own Brooklyn studio over a period of five months. Singer/guitarist Peter Silberman has said that the album was strongly influenced by the band’s love of electronic music, which he describes as “music that keeps moving and is kind of entrancing and expansive at the same time.” Let’s hope that means it will sound more Radio Dept.-ish and less like a Scissor Sisters B-side.

In the meantime, The Antlers will be playing songs from Burst Apart live during a headlining set at the NPR SXSW showcase at The Parish in Austin on March 17, which will also be available to stream on NPR’s website. Before they head off to Austin, though, The Antlers — who we interviewed not too long ago — will also be annoying the fuck out of you if you follow them on Twitter, given their newfound love of retweeting any anagram of Burst Apart that their fans tweet at them. Seriously guys, we get it. We’re excited for the new album. Now STOP RETWEETING!

Burst Apart tracklisting:

01. I Don’t Want Love
02. French Exit
03. Parentheses
04. No Widows
05. Rolled Together
06. Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out
07. Tiptoe
08. Hounds
09. Corsicana
10. Putting the Dog to Sleep

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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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