Modest Mouse cancel UK tour to focus on recording, because though they have iPads, you can’t do both of those things at once

Modest Mouse cancel UK tour to focus on recording, because though they have iPads, you can't do both of those things at once

Hey, what do you know? Ol’ Isaac Whosits and his rock band Modest Mouse are still out there doing stuff. Or at least, they were about to be.

Per a little announcement on their website, they’ve kinda sorta decided to maybe hold off on playing a bunch of shows in the UK that start next week in favor of continuing work on their new album, which I reckon would follow-up 2009’s No One’s First and You’re Next, but you know, who even remembers?

Well, that’s about it. What? You want quotes or something? Fine:

After much thought, we have decided to cancel our EU/UK tour to continue work on our forthcoming album. We do appreciate our fans and promise that we will make it up to you next year.

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.

We look forward to sharing our new music with the world next year.


How’s that? Nice and official? Yeah, you’re right; it is. Oh, by the way, England, they’re still playing their Monterey, CA date at the end of August. USA! USA! USA!

Okay, NOW that’s about it. Don’t worry, I’ll still post all the tour dates below for no reason.

Modest Mouse:

06-13 Oslo, Norway – Rockerfeller
06.14.13 - Hultsfred, Sweeden – Hulsfred Festival
06.15.13 - Adalen, Denmark – Northside Festival
06.17.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rockhal
06.18.13 - Cologne, Germany – Live Music Hall
06.20.13 - Vienna, Austria – Full Hit the Summer
06.21.13 - Neuhausen, Germany – Southside Festival
06.22.13 - Scheessel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
06.22.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
06.25.13 - Paris, France – Trabendo
06.26.13 - Rennes, France – L’Ubu
06.28.13 - Vitoria-Gaseiz, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival
06.30.13 - St. Gallen, Switzerland – Open Air St. Gallen
07.02.13 - Dresden, Germany – Beatpol
07.03.13 - Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
07.04.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.06.13 - Wercher, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07.08.13 - Brighton, England – Concorde 2
07.09.13 - Bristol, England - Briston O2 Academy
07.11.13 - London, England – Roundhouse
07.12.13 - Leeds, England – Leeds University Stylus
07.13.13 - Balado, Scotland – T in the Park
07.14.13 - Gateshead, England – Sage 2
07.16.13 - Manchester, England – Academy 2
07.17.13 - Nottingham, England – Rock City Main Hall
07.18.13 - Birmingham, England – Library
07.20.13 - Puchestown, Ireland – Longitude Festival

08.25.13 - Monterey, CA – First City Festival

• Modest Mouse:
• Epic:

Joel Ford and Patrick McDermott went antiquing the other day and found(ed) a whole record label in mint condition!

The other day Joel Ford was doing a bit of antiquing when he found(ed) something that he thought was really rare and unique: an entire record label called Driftless Recordings! Naturally, he was so excited he couldn’t wait to phone up his good pal Daniel Lopatin (with whom he runs the special interest pawn shop Ford & Lopatin) and ask him when he might want to get to work refurbishing the discovery. Lopatin, however, wasn’t interested. “When do I want to start?” he chuckled, “How about Oneohtrix Point NEVER! Dude, come on, get real, every body’s found(ed) a record label or two in their day. Even Katy Perry!” Unfazed by Lopatin’s naysaying, Ford, believing he’d found(ed) something really special, set out to expose Lopatin as the dunderheaded lummox he truly was.

Eventually Ford settled on Patrick McDermott as the perfect partner to really get the most out of what he’d found(ed). Toward the end of putting out some “hot jamz right quick,” they’ll be releasing tracks from their own projects such as Airbird (Ford) and North Americans (McDermott), as well as slices of that good old rock ‘n’ roll pie from such acts as Megafortress and Jeff Gittleman (there’s a sampler below that features several of the label’s artists). Actually, since the label’s stated goal is to “unite a diverse cross-section of artists,” maybe the pie metaphor isn’t so great, unless it’s like a pie with 80 different fillings or something… I don’t know, you try coming up with great metaphors on tight deadlines like this, day in and day out! They can’t all be zingers! I mean, I’m sure you of all people saw the antiquing/pawn shop joke above. Ugh, even I’ll admit that was a stretch.

• Driftless Recordings:

Disclosure skip uni to tour the US this fall

Now that they’re both officially old enough to be considered adults in the US, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have announced a formal fall tour to support their just-released debut album on Cherrytree/Interscope, Settle. The locations of the shows are a bit odd as an assembled group, so it’s possible they were only booked in cities where younger brother Howard could get in? Or maybe they just have a shitty booker who could only get them slots in the country’s illustrious Knitting Factory Outlets and Blues Houses scattered across America’s great secondary cities? Seriously, where’s New York, Chicago, Denver, L.A., Miami?

Well, no one ever tours in Miami because the way Florida is shaped makes it a bitch to get anywhere else once you’ve descended into its phallic shaft, but it appears that recent and upcoming festival appearances in some of the larger metropolitan areas of the US are more likely the reason you won’t be able to get your dance on to Disclosure’s pop-infused garage beats as the leaves are turning and/or you’re planning or putting off your Halloween costume if you live in New York, Chicago, Denver, or L.A. But you’re probably already going to HARD L.A., Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, or Central Park Summerstage, so no worries.

Tour Dates:

10.03.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
10.10.13 - Spokane, WA - Kitting Factory
10.11.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
10.12.13 - Reno NV - Knitting Factory
10.16.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.19.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10.22.13 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
10.25.13 - Louisville, TN - Headliners
10.26.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10.27.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis
10.28.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.29.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

Previously Announced Festival Dates:

08.01.13 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.03.13 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD LA
08.06.13 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage

• Disclosure:
• Cherrytree:

Mexican Summer to release Travis Bretzer’s Making Love EP, gives you the best rash ever

I’m at a loss for how to really process Travis Bretzer’s music. The visual content of it seems, possibly intentionally, opposed to the musical content of it. Have a butchers at the cover of his album Making Love, forthcoming on Mexican Summer. It looks dialed in on a feeling of detached coolness that one would expect from an album containing appropriately hip electro-pop. Instead we are given this:

It’s wonky with guitar detune, honest to the point of being strangely earnest, and all the while coalescing goofy and coy into an itch that forms in hard to reach places. Contrasting this sound with the fact that the final track on the EP is called “Death Rock” only aggravates the affected areas. Possibly a desirable trait for music to have, though; it probably won’t stray too far from my brain before it comes out on July 23. Perhaps if I rub the record on my skin the itching will stop.

Making Love tracklisting:

01. Billy and I
02. He’s a Gun
03. Hurts so Bad
04. Trying to Learn
05. Death Rock

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• Mexican Summer:

Ensemble Economique to release Fever Logic on Not Not Fun, advances one step closer to dream of melting listeners into puddles of pure emotion

Ensemble Economique’s SoundCloud contains the single-line description “melting stars into puddles of light.” That’s an absolutely perfect for Brian Pyle’s music and the sense of being engulfed, almost smothered, that it creates. Played loud enough, it is truly a metabolic experience; something noise fans might appreciate if they ever caught an itch for pop. In terms of convoluted metaphors, imagine a transporter jump on the original Star Trek slowed to a crawl; remaining conscious throughout a process of oozing, glowing dis- and reassembly.

Make all that deeply emotive and personal and you get Ensemble Economique:

Lucky for everyone in the strange and lovely part of music fandom that appreciates this sort of thing, EE has a new LP coming out on Not Not Fun. This six-track album is called Fever Logic and everything points toward it being just as creative and engaging as his past work. Check the track “We Come Spinning Out of Control” below, and see if this is something to acquire come July 9.

Fever Logic tracklisting:

01. We Come Spinning Out of Control
02. Walking Into the Light
03. The Night Burning Air
04. Blindfold Me
05. Into Nowhere
06. End Scene

• Ensemble Economique:
• Not Not Fun:

Smashing Pumpkins reissue the already-gigantic Aeroplane Flies High box set with 90 more bonus tracks, just to kill mother earth a little deader

Yeah. So. The 90s. Remember then? Me neither, kinda. But half-dead record label extraordinaire EMI and half-dead recording artist Billy “Bill S. Preston” Corgan probably do! Most likely because they were both making silly amounts of money by putting out ludicrous shit like the original Smashing Pumpkins box set The Aeroplane Flies High, which essentially took each of the five singles from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (that’s “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” “1979,” “Zero,” “Tonight Tonight,” and “Thirty-Three,” in case you spent the 90s in a block of frozen ice like Encino Man) and built five separate EPs no one even knew they wanted around them! Ah, decadence. How far away you seem today!

Here’s the thing, though. Turns out EMI and Billy are still really, really interested in making silly amounts of money when- and however possible. So, in keeping with all of the other albums that they have been reissuing over the last few years, they’ve decided to re-release this whole Aeroplane thing as an even bigger, badder, box-settier box set on June 23.

The newly expanded edition will be available in 6xCD/DVD, 5xLP, Deluxe Digital, and Standard Digital versions and will not only feature remastered versions of the original 33 tracks, but also a very 1990s-appropriate 90 bonus tracks (e.g., unreleased demos, alternative versions, live recordings, etc.; basically everything shy of the 1996 Phrenological analysis of Corgan’s bald-ass head is on this thing). In case you’re wondering what the sixth disc is for, it’s a live show straight outta the 1996 Mellon Collie tour, and the DVD is a 4th of July performance in France from 1997.

But don’t rush out and buy a thousand copies just yet, friends; there’s still the packaging to contend with. The set contains a 46-page book (I bet it’s in full-color too!), liner notes from music critic David Wild, and a nice, anal, track-by-track breakdown from Corgan’s own pen. Oh, and the whole shebang is wrapped up in some shiny, embossed foil that I’m told was only native to the 1990s and had to be time-traveled here by Bill and/or Ted.

For a complete breakdown of the tracklist, either go fuck yourself or go visit the band’s website (hey, you can order ‘em on there too!). And, ooh, by the way, the band has also apparently confirmed “plans for a new studio album” to be recorded soon. But come on, seriously; does anyone here care about that? Right.

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