Neon Indian posts teaser clip of new album to prove to us how sunny it isn’t going to be

Neon Indian posts teaser clip of new album to prove to us how sunny it isn't going to be

Ah, updates. Where would we be without them? How else would be know when our friends are proud of some piece of frozen chicken they managed to fry (update: sauté) if they didn’t take an adulation-ready photo of their plate and post it to their Facebook? Or how would I know to take an umbrella to the TMT Offices if ye olde weatherman (update: meteorologist) wasn’t on my TV (update: on the internet) to tell me that I “probably won’t need an umbrella”? Or what about Neon Indian’s Alan Palomo, from whom we’ve all been anxiously awaiting an update on the progress of the follow-up album to 2009’s smash album I Do Believe We’re Naked (update: Psychic Chasms)?

Well, thanks to the miracle of updates, we shall wonder no more! After a long winter that involved traveling to Helsinki to begin work on new stuff and coming home into the arms of Lil’ Wayne Coyne to collaborate on the Flaming Lips with Neon Indian (TMT Review) thing, dude finally shared a teaser video yesterday that offers a first listen at a pretty banging little track from the new album, part one of a three-part instrumental called “Heart: Attack.” (You get the subjective/objective word jokes, I hope?) The clip itself, shot and edited by Austin, TX filmmaker Sean Lopez, shows Palomo doing all kinds of awesome indie rock stuff like sighing in sunglasses, getting inspired by old architecture, staring disaffectedly out boat windows, hanging out in a church, and just generally not recording.

As for the fate of the new LP, it has no confirmed title or label at the moment. Palomo is currently in New York tweaking the thing, and the band has a whole summer’s worth of North American dates starting next month. Nevertheless, the band has vowed that it will be released in the fall of 2011, and I feel like musicians are generally known best for their dependability (update: John Lennon sunglasses).


05.14.11 - Dallas, TX - HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival
05.16.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
05.17.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
05.18.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
05.19.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *^
05.20.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret #
05.22.11 - Calgary, AB - The Republik *
05.23.11 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room *
05.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre *
05.26.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater *
05.29.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish @
05.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
05.31.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
06.02.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge @
06.03.11 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen *
06.04.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre *
06.05.11 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Fest
06.06.11 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre *
06.07.11 - Tulsa, OK - Cains Ballroom *
06.08.11 - Saint Louis, MO - Firebird @
06.09.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live @
06.10.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Fest Indie Summer Series
06.11.11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
06.12.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #
06.18.11 - Governors Island, NY - The Governors Ball
07.09.11 - Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco 10
07.10.11 - Ottawa, ON - Lebron Flats

* Sleigh Bells
@ Asobi Seksu

• Neon Indian:

Ariel Pink to milk this whole “meltdown” thing for all it’s worth on European tour

By now, I’m sure we’ve all heard about Ariel Pink’s Coachella meltdown. And… okay? I guess that’s news, sort of? I always figured that with Ariel Pink, you’re probably going to get an onstage freak-out of one variety or another. There’s no reason for him to shape up and fly straight, even if nowadays he does have fans whose favorite Animal Collective record came out after Here Comes the Indian.

But, look, we rather like Pink here at Tiny Mix Tapes. Since this kind of sensational hubbub gets people to come out to his shows, we’re just going to have to roll up our sleeves and milk this “controversy” for all it’s worth. Come one, come all, see the amazing, meltdown-ey Ariel Pink and his fabulous Haunted Graffiti on their spring jaunt through Europe! Perhaps you, too, could bear witness to one of his famous meltdowns? Maybe he’ll scream antiquated profanity at the entire audience! Maybe he’ll lick your eyeball! If we dream hard enough, he may even stop the entire show to whip out a Talkboy and force the audience to listen to a version of Shalamar’s “Make That Move” that he recorded off a department store television! Anything is possible when you live in a world of Ariel Pink onstage meltdowns!

Ariel Pink dates:

04.29.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Bleu Club
05.13.11 - London, UK - Koko
05.14.11 - Minehead, UK - Butlins Holiday Centre
05.17.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
05.18.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 3
05.20.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.21.11 - Porto, Portugal - Casa da Musica
05.22.11 - Paris, France - La Machine
05.23.11 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
05.24.11 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotown
05.27.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.28.11 - Milan, Italy - Palazzode
06.02.11 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
06.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - 4th Annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier
06.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.05.11 - Eastnor Castle, UK - Big Chill Festival
08.06.11 - London, UK - Field Day
08.07.11 - Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.11.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.12.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival

• Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti:

Hopscotch Music Festival announces gigantic lineup for its second year in Raleigh, NC!

Last fall, Raleigh, NC held its first-ever Hopscotch Music Festival with some impressive headliners. The festival, featuring shows in small venues stretching across the smallish downtown, was a huge success and elevated Raleigh to indie heights it hadn’t seen without being lumped with Durham/Chapel Hill. Well, Raleigh is one step closer to being the new Austin, Texas: Hopscotch stuck, and the lineup for the 2011 Hopscotch has just been announced, causing jaws to drop everywhere.

This year, the festival goes from September 8 through 10 and boasts quite a few big names: The Flaming Lips, Guided by Voices, Drive-By Truckers, and Swans are just a few. Of course, you don’t have to have your own encyclopedia entry (J Mascis! Sir Richard Bishop!) in order to play the festival: there are over 135 bands, including everyone from the likes of Japandroids, Oneohtrix Point Never (plus Ford & Lopatin), and Earth, to local bands like Des Ark and Lonnie Walker.

Of course, with a lineup of such caliber, the price suffers the necessary evil that befalls all developing festivals (remember when Pitchfork was cheap?). As opposed to last year’s 3-day all-club ticket for $45, this year it’s $65 — $105 to include the major headlining shows in addition to access to the smaller clubs. Still, considering the bang for your buck (if they’ve worked out some of the space issues they had last year), that’s totally reasonable as a birthday-plus-Christmas gift for yourself. Tickets are on sale now!

Full lineup (see alphabetized list here):

The Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Drive-By Truckers, Superchunk, The Dodos, Swans, Yelawolf, Japandroids, J Mascis, Black Lips, Earth, Twin Shadow, The Love Language, Rhys Chatham G3, The Foreign Exchange, Krallice, Cold Cave, The Necks, Toro Y Moi, The Budds Band, John Vanderslice, Weekend, Liturgy, Kort, Lost in the Trees, Little Scream, Disappears, Lower Dens, Beans, Julianna Barwick, Xiu Xiu, Royal Bangs, Braids, Bombadil, Oneohtrix Point Never, Beach Fossils, Barn Owl, Lonnie Walker, Jeff the Brotherhood, The Light Pines, Bird Peterson, Annuals, Royal Baths, Ford & Lopatin, The Old Ceremony, Generationals, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Woodsman, Reading Rainbow, Mount Eerie, All Tiny Creatures, Frontier Ruckus, The Prayers and Tears, Apex Manor, Bandway, Fight the Big Bull, Sir Richard Bishop, Dinosaur Feathers, Wooden Wand, Des Ark, Grandchildren, Man/Miracle, Mouthus, Horseback, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Body, Prurient, Frank Fairfield, Flight, Gauntlet Hair, William Tyler, Duane Putre Sextet, Jennyanykind, Spider Bags, Tyvek, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, Andrew Cedermark, Mandolin Orange, Chip Robinson, Apache Dropout, Hog, Las Year’s Men, PC Worship, Jon Lindsay, The Super Vacations, Onward Soldiers, Empress Hotel, Steve Gunn, Dustin Wong, Whatever Brains, David Daniell, Mount Moriah, Organos, King Mez, Apple Juice Kid, Thien, Jesse Sparhawk & Eric Carbonara, Invisible Hand, Carlitta Durand, Old Bricks, Black Twig Pickers, Dylan Gilbert, The Tender Fruit, Twelve Thousand Armies, Filthybird, Yair Yona, The Tomahawks, Caltrop, Wesley Wolfe, Shit Horse, Heads on Sticks, Gross Ghost, Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes, Embarrassing Fruits, Family Dynamics, Yardwork, Soft Company SPCL GST, The Loners, Cassis Orange, Wembley, Bustello, L.E.G.A.C.Y., Charlie Smarts, The Strugglers, Jack The Radio, The Moderate, Peter Lamb & the Wolves, Man Will Destroy Himself, Dan Melchior Und Das Menace, Le Weekend, Oulipo, D&D Sluggers, The Caribbean

• Hopscotch Music Festival:

Zomby signs to 4AD, announces new single, tells everybody to give the whole “zombie thing” a rest for one damn second

Zombies! They’re kind of played out! Zomby! He is less played out! While the world continues to pump out books/movies/television shows about the prospect of a zombie-saturated future, UK producer Zomby hasn’t been pumping out much of anything in the past few years. His last release was a 2009 EP entitled One Foot Ahead of the Other and he hasn’t put out a full-length since 2008’s Where Were U in ‘92. But the man’s getting back in the actually-releasing-music game soon, as he has gone and signed to the venerable 4AD label.

First order of business for the 4AD-signed Zomby is putting out a new single, “Natalia’s Song,” on a limited edition 10-inch on May 10. If the song sounds at all familiar to you, then you must have heard it on the mix Burial and Kode 9 did for the final show of Radio 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs, which featured the song. If you’re a time traveler from the future and the song sounds familiar to you, then it may be because you heard it on Zomby’s full-length debut for 4AD, set for release later this year.

To bide the time between releasing the “Natalia’s Song” single and that forthcoming full-length, Zomby will be making an appearance at the May 13-15 iteration of ATP. That’s the one curated by Animal Collective! That’s also the one featuring the likes of Ariel Pink, Atlas Sound, Gang Gang Dance, Big Boi, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Also, Animal Collective will be there!

• Zomby:
• 4AD:

Thee Oh Sees to release Castlemania before you’re done reading this headline

Them raucous, overworked bringers of the new psych-garage underground have once again exceeded expectations for a group of fans whose expectations are already higher than most. Just a meager year after Warm Slime (TMT Review), their most recent full-length on In the Red, and a handful of 7-inches and 12-inches in the interim, Thee Oh Sees have already announced the release of Castlemania, their newest piece of work for In the Red.

While it might seem like Castlemania is just another parrallel notch along the same line of endless Oh Sees output, according to main man John Dwyer this one threatens to actually sport a theme of sorts: “I guess there is a theme going on in this record. It’s shit I didn’t realize while making it — songs about bad things, packaged in a summery record about getting numb to life and its little pleasures as you take it for granted with age.” Well said, my man. So apparently we should expect a little bit of that sunny popness that’s been poppin’ outta the Bay Area recently (à la Sonny and The Sunsets, The Mantles). I can dig it.

The four-piece has also recently recruited a fifth member into the crew — multi-instrumentalist Lars Finberg of the equality prolific Seattle band The Intelligence and former drummer for A Frames. Before the band can even get this new record on the shelves, they’ve also already announced plans for a record for the fall, which, according to the press release, Dwyer claims is “maybe our best yet.” He apparently is expecting an early death or the zombie apocalypse, cause this type of output is borderline crackhead-level. Expect Castlemania on June 14 and expect about 10-20 more releases this year.

Oh, and here’s a ton of tourdates:

04.22.11 - Berkeley, CA - Gilman Street *
04.28.11 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
05.04.11 - Bordeaux, France - Heretic Club
05.06.11 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick Club
05.10.11 - Oullins, France - Le Clacson
05.11.11 - Dijon, France - La Vapeur
05.12.11 - Montpellier, France - Rockstore
05.13.11 - La Roche-sur-Yon, France - Lefuzz’yon
05.14.11 - Saint Oeun, France - Mains D’Oeuvres
05.21.11 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
05.24.11 - Berlin, Germany - West Germany
05.25.11 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
05.26.11 - London, UK - Tufnell Park Dome
05.27.11 - Brighton, UK - Hydrant
05.28.11 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute &
05.29.11 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
05.30.11 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
05.31.11 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.01.11 - Angers, France - Chabada
06.05.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique #
06.06.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Kleine Zaal
06.25-26.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival

* OFF!, Ty Segall
& Oneohtrix Point Never
# Chain & The Gang

• Thee Oh Sees:
• In the Red:

RIP: Gerard Smith (TV on the Radio’s bassist)

From TV on the Radio:

We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly.

The following shows will be cancelled:

April 20 St. Andrew Halls, Detroit MI
April 22 Metro, Chicago IL
April 23 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
April 24 First Ave, Minneapolis MN
April 26 Ogden, Denver CO

There will be more information as it becomes available.

• TV on the Radio: