Neko Case, a true American, embarks on small tour

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Neko Case, America’s favorite faux-Canadian (seriously, doesn’t like… everyone think she’s Canadian? I did till like a year ago) just announced a brief fall tour, presumably in support of last year’s Middle Cyclone (TMT Review) on ANTI-. Case is sticking to the Southern states before venturing back to her REAL home state of Washington for Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, where she’ll be fulfilling the dreams of many by appearing on the same bill as Bob Dylan… and LMFAO.

Neko Case dates:

08.16.10 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
08.17.10 - Nashville, TN - James K. Polk Theater
08.18.10 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
08.19.10 - Raleigh, NC - North Carolina Museum of Art
08.20.10 - Charlotte, NC - Knight Theater
08.21.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
09.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot Festival

• Neko Case: http://www.nekocase.com
• ANTI-: http://www.anti.com

Happy Birthday go on tour, but not to my birthday party; booooo!

What was the worst birthday you ever had? Was it that time you invited your whole class to your party and only one kid came? Or when you came down with the flu and not even your family wanted to be around you? Or how about when you were severely injured in a Frank Grimes-esque silo explosion? As for me, my worst birthday was when Sub Pop garage rockers Happy Birthday went on a summer tour and didn’t come to my town on my birthday. Wait, never mind, my birthday is in March. Still, Happy Birthday are going on tour this summer. Maybe they’ll even come to your town and make your birthday one to remember. Or maybe the dog will eat your cake.

Happy Birthday tourdates:

07.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland *
07.18.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA - San Luis Obispo Art Center *
07.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place *
07.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
07.21.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - The Hub *
07.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.25.10 - Portland, OR - Slabtown *
07.27.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
07.28.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive *
07.29.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
07.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
08.01.10 - Chicago, IL - Wicker Park Fest *
08.02.10 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
08.04.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory *
08.05.10 - Dallas, TX - Nightmare *
08.06.10 - Austin, TX - United States Art Authority *
08.07.10 - El Paso, TX - Percolator *
08.08.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space *
08.10.10 - San Diego, CA - Tin Can Ale House *
09.14.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National &
09.15.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House &
09.19.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue &

* Residual Echoes
& Dirty Projectors

• Happy Birthday: http://myspace.com/brattleborohousecartoon
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

[Photo: Abby Banks]

The Tallest Man on Earth embarks on longest tour on earth with Bon Iver percussionist S. Carey

When your band consists solely of your bleating, Dylan-in-a-blender voice and a beat-up acoustic guitar that you line directly into a venue’s P.A. system, it’s probably pretty easy and liberating to just go on tour forever. I like to imagine Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, touring around solo in a 1989 Civic hatchback; just him, “Old Betsey” (that’s his guitar’s name, obviously), a beer-soaked box of LPs of his recent album on Dead Oceans, The Wild Hunt (TMT Review) for sale, and one outrageously large box of condoms. Ah, how romantic. Now that’s the life for a bearded folkie…

But wait, hold everything! Now here comes the young, handsome, and similarly bearded Bon Iver percussionst S. Carey… with all of his stupid, clatterly, clanky gear and a giant chip on his shoulder from backing Justin Vernon all these past months, eager to tour the shit out of his upcoming debut solo album for Jagjaguwar, All We Grow (due August 24 in North America and August 30 in the U.K.)! Before you know it, he’s shoving a bunch of drum kits and keyboards into that Civic; leaving sticky, half-eaten Ring Pops all over the car; asking Matsson to pull over at every damn roadside “pick your own blueberries” sign he sees; and cock-blocking the fuck out of my formerly chill friend. Ugh. Carey’s like the Nermal to his Garfield. Romantic folk-loner fantasy OVER.

Luckily, it looks like Carey’s only hanging around for the U.S. leg of Matsson’s rather enormous Western Hemisphere tour. And there’s a good chance that Matsson will mail college boy off to Abu Dhabi before it’s all over, anyway.

The Ballin’-est Man on Earth:

07.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.30.10 - Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
08.06.10 - Aulnoye-Aymeries, France - Les Nuits Secretes
08.08.10 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.09.10 - Munich, Germany - 59to1
08.10.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
08.11.10 - Berlin, Germany - Glashaus
08.12.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.14.10 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.15.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Internationales Sommerfestival at Kampnagel
08.20.10 - Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.22.10 - Powys, Wales - Green Man Festival
09.02.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
09.03.10 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
09.05.10 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival
09.08.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *
09.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
09.10.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (MusicFest NW) *
09.12.10 - Big Sur, CA - The Henry Miller Library *
09.13.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box *
09.15.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
09.17.10 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Rooms at House of Blues *
09.18.10 - Austin, TX - Antone’s *
09.24.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place *
09.25.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National *
09.27.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
10.02.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts *
10.03.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11.11.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
11.12.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
11.13.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Belt
11.15.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11.16.10 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri.Son
11.17.10 - Grenoble, France - Le Ciel
11.18.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Volkshaus
11.19.10 - Mullhouse, France - Noumatrouff
11.20.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.22.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
11.23.10 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall
11.24.10 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
11.25.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.26.10 - Manchester, UK - St. Phillips Church
11.28.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?
11.29.10 - Paris, France - Cafe de la Danse
11.30.10 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa Club
12.06.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.07.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.08.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Le Bonk
12.09.10 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret

* S. Carey

• The Tallest Man on Earth: http://myspace.com/thetallestmanonearth
• S. Carey: http://www.myspace.com/scareymusic
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Shellac schedule dates (musical ones, not romantic ones) with Helen Money around ATP appearance

Sure, most bands typically schedule tours around new records that they’re actively promoting. But most bands aren’t Shellac. When you’re Shellac, apparently you schedule your tourdates around the promotion of… uh, well, one of those tourdates.

Specifically, this promotional Möbius strip appears to be centered around Shellac’s appearance at this year’s ATP New York on September 4; though it may also be scheduled around Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer’s strictly regimented bathroom schedules. The band is sharing many of these US dates with Helen Money (a.k.a. cellist Alison Chesley from “that Chicago cello band” Verbow) who recorded her recently released second album, In Tune at old man Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Oh, and in order to prime you properly for these upcoming shows, the band also wanted me to tell you that you can go fuck yourself.

Hooray for confrontational rock music:

09.01.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09.02.10 - Buffalo, NY - Babeville’s The Ninth Ward *
09.04.10 - Monticello, NY - ATP New York
09.06.10 - Boston, MA - TBA *
09.07.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
09.08.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose *
09.09.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom *

* Helen Money

• Shellac: http://www.myspace.com/shellacband
• Helen Money: http://www.helenmoney.com
• ATP NY: http://www.atpfestival.com/events/atpnewyork2010.php
• Verbow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbow

[Photo: Sebastian Jarpa]

Wire gets extreme with Legal Bootlegs, Send: Ultimate, and rumored new material

If there’s anything better than a legal high (and what isn’t?), it’s a legal bootleg. Now, legendary post-punk group Wire is bringing a legal bootleg series, along with a retooled version of their comeback album, 2002’s Send, to law-abiding pleasure-seekers everywhere. The band’s Pinkflag label plans on making select live performances available as part of The Wire Legal Bootleg Series, which can be purchased in its entirety via the label’s online subscription service as individual concert performances or in batches of three. Wire will also be releasing the super EXTREME-sounding Send: Ultimate, which features rare material like the 12 Times U vinyl-only collector’s item tracks, the unreleased track “DJ Fuckoff,” plus alternate and album tracks from the two out-of-print Read and Burn EPs that didn’t make it onto the original Send. Rumor has it Wire also has new material in the works for 2011.

Bootleg albums:

25 October 1978 Bradford University:

01. Indirect Enquiries
02. Men 2nd
03. Lowdown
04. On Returning
05. Being Sucked In
06. I Feel Mysterious Today
07. The Other Window
08. A Mutual Friend
09. 
Former Airline
10. Mercy
11. Stepping Off Too Quick
12. Strange
13. Another The Letter
14. Sand In My Joints
15. French Film Blurred
16. I Should Have Known Better
18. 
Practice Makes Perfect
19. Reuters
20. 106 Beats That

21 July 1988 Astoria, London:

01. The Queen of Ur
02. In Vivo
03. Kidney Bingos
04. The Finest Drops
05. Silk Skin Paws
06. German Shepherds
07. A Public Place
08. It’s a Boy
09. The Offer
10. Eardrum Buzz
11. Boiling Boy
12. Drill
13. Ahead
14. Over Theirs

08 Dec 2000 Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh:

01. Zoom
02. Heartbeat
03. Ally in Exile
04. Germ Ship
05. Boiling Boy
06. He Knows
07. Advantage in Height
08. Lowdown
09. Another the Letter
10. 12XU
11. Pink Flag
12. Drill

• Wire: http://www.pinkflag.com
• Pinkflag: http://pinkflag.greedbag.com

Miss TK & The Revenge release The Ocean Likes to Party Too; oceanographers working to confirm statement

Disco might be dead, punk may or may not have passed away 30 years ago, but dance punk is still hanging on, come hell, high water, or a new album from !!! (actually, there’ll be one August 24; still no word on The Faint). Miss TK & The Revenge had also been missing from the scene for a little while, but they dusted off their synths and cowbells for the release of a new full-length, The Ocean Likes to Party Too, released yesterday. Well, okay, it’s not like they completely disappeared. They had a track featured in The Wrestler, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The Ocean Likes to Party Too marks Miss TK’s first album with Ernest Jenning Record Co., which has recently announced that it will also reissue a 7-inch of “No Biterz” b/w “Future Power,” available in a non-digital format for the first time. You can feel good about buying The Ocean, too, because part of the proceeds will go to the Surfrider Foundation and aide for the Gulf oil spill — unless, of course, it’s all cleaned up?

So show your altruistic side, put on some sequined pumps, and in the meantime, delve into the new single “Beach Master” over yonder at the Chocolate Grinder.

• Miss TK & The Revenge: http://www.myspace.com/misstk
• Ernest Jenning: http://www.ernestjenning.com

[Photo: Sara Stadtmiller]