Attention North Americans: like Santa and the Easter Bunny, New Order comes but once a year

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Like the Easter Bunny himself, New Order only comes through once a year or so, leaving delicious, sweet electropop hidden behind the shrubbery and kitchen tables and church bake sale tables of North America, just as winter turns to spring, and spring eventually to summer. Seriously, WTF do kids do to “earn” candy from this candy-spewing rabbit deep in the pocket of BIG DENTISTRY? Just be kids? Well, all New Order fans gotta do is fork over some crazy Ticketmaster fees to earn their way into that greatest of summer holidays, The Day New Order Is Playing In [insert town name]. Psh. Totally worth it.

But the band is only here in North America for a limited time this July! They kick things off in Chicago, followed by a stop at Sasquatch! Festival in Washington, before journeying briefly up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada. Tickets for most dates go on sale March 21.

Dates:

07.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
07.06.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
07.08.14 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
07.11.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
07.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

• New Order: http://newordernow.net

[Photo: Kevin Cummins]

Attention North Americans: like Santa and the Easter Bunny, New Order comes but once a year

Like the Easter Bunny himself, New Order only comes through once a year or so, leaving delicious, sweet electropop hidden behind the shrubbery and kitchen tables and church bake sale tables of North America, just as winter turns to spring, and spring eventually to summer. Seriously, WTF do kids do to “earn” candy from this candy-spewing rabbit deep in the pocket of BIG DENTISTRY? Just be kids? Well, all New Order fans gotta do is fork over some crazy Ticketmaster fees to earn their way into that greatest of summer holidays, The Day New Order Is Playing In [insert town name]. Psh. Totally worth it.

But the band is only here in North America for a limited time this July! They kick things off in Chicago, followed by a stop at Sasquatch! Festival in Washington, before journeying briefly up and down the West Coast of the US and Canada. Tickets for most dates go on sale March 21.

Dates:

07.01.14 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
07.06.14 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
07.08.14 - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
07.11.14 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
07.13.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre

• New Order: http://newordernow.net

[Photo: Kevin Cummins]

Kanye West plots new tour dates in Europe, where the word “zeitgeist” was invented!

If there’s place on planet Earth where nothing’s shocking and anything goes, it’s gotta be that grand old hub of artsy mimes, decent absinthe, and delicious “Le Big Macs” known as Western Europe. Nevertheless, our old buddy Cornelius “Kanye” West — whom last we left caterwauling around the US on his seemingly neverending crusade to prove to the world that Yeezus (TMT Review) is the Lord and Savior everyone needs, even if no one asked for Him — will be packing up his tour and shipping the whole garish thing over there piece by piece this summer in hopes of spreading the Good News and possibly shocking a few L7 monarchs.

Rev. West will dock his proverbial slowboat in Montpellier, France on June 21 before trekking on through Frankfurt, Cologne, Brussels, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin, and Amsterdam before “kicking it old-school” in London and Birmingham for his Fourth of July weekend. Tickets are on sale as of March 26 if you happen to live over there or just really wanna taste the McDonald’s in Montpellier.

Yeezus’ Euro-Trip:

06.21.14 - Montpellier, France - Park & Suites Arena
06.23.14 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
06.24.14 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
06.25.14 - Brussels, Belgium - Palace 12
06.27.14 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
06.29.14 - Oslo, Norway - Oslo Spektrum
07.01.14 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
07.02.14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
07.04-06.14 - London and Birmingham, UK - Wireless Festival

• Kanye West: http://www.kanyewest.com
• Def Jam: http://www.defjam.com

Athens to celebrate Elephant 6 through series of exhibitions, screenings, and strictly herbivorous events

Sure, Austin may be at the center of the music world for at least a week in March, but does that necessitate the city’s monopolization of all concurrent music discussion?? Of course not! In fact, I’m making it a point to deliberately highlight a town hundreds of miles away, whose history surpasses in national significance even the Texas capital, and whose music scene has been and remains just as distinct: Athens. Thanks be to Apollo for endowing the great city of Athens with a preeminent music scene that at least partially mitigates the possibly justifiable raging evident at all those protests! Plus, can you imagine the awesomeness of the Parthenon as a music venue? A symbol of democracy being honored to this day through the equal participation in, and support of, crowd-surfing.

That’s the other Athens! The Athens in the American state of Georgia also deserves some highlighting, if not for spawning R.E.M. and a host of other memorable rock bands, then for being the eventual headquarters of the familial Elephant 6, who’ve released music from (and were in some sense founded by) The Apples in Stereo, The Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and of Montreal, among plenty others. Perhaps bolstered by the excitement over NMH’s recent reunion, a number of Athens venues and organizations are taking August through December of this year to “celebrate the impact [of Elephant 6] in a season-long series of exhibitions, screenings and events.” This is all according to former TMTer Gabe Vodicka over at Flagpole.

Actual music by-way-of performances are so far missing from the scheduled celebration, but among what’s currently planned: an exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art displaying original cover art by Will Hart, Chris Bilheimer, Jill Carnes, David Barnes, Will Westbrook, and more (October 4 - January 4, 2015), and a collection of props from Music Tapes performances, collages by Laura Carter, and photographs by Jason Thrasher at the Lyndon House Arts Center (August 14 - October 4).

I’m sure once we get closer to August, everything will be more clearly summarized… somewhere. Stay tuned for more event announcements.

• Elephant 6: http://www.elephant6.com

[Photo: John Kendelhardt]

America breathes a collective sigh of relief as full Record Store Day release list is finally unveiled

Record Store Day Record Store Day RECORD STORE DAY!!!!!! Aren’t you excited????!?!? Isn’t all of America excited?!?!?!? I mean, what are YOU gonna wear when you queue up on a sidewalk outside a record store at 5 AM? A disheveled hoodie and gross jeans or just straight-up pajamas? Are you going to get coffee from 7-11 or just start mainlining Red Bulls as you wait? And most importantly, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TRAMPLE YOUR FELLOW RECORD COLLECTORS TO GET?

Because in just a few weeks, on April 19, record stores will be all that matters. Human life/dignity? Mehhhhh. Exclusive, fancy, special-edition reissues and releases from the likes of Christian Death (The Edward Colver Edition 7-inch), Sam Cooke (Ain’t That Good News LP), and William Onyeabor (What?! LP)? Now that stuff is priceless. A full list of Record Store Day special releases is available here.

• Record Store Day: http://www.recordstoreday.com

Pixies announce sort-of-new double album Indie Cindy! Shut up, I love that title!

Well, well, well! After doing jack-shit in the way of new products since 1991, look who comes ca-rawlin’ back to their earlier trendsetting business model of, you know, “releasing albums of new music, sometimes.” It started innocuously enough at the end of last year with the instant-classic EP1. Then the band moved on to the much more controversial and “highly-experimental” (—Mr P) EP2. And now, according to FACT, three older, balder, fatter versions of Pixies (and one new girl who isn’t even Kelly Deal!) have NOT ONLY gone and announced the digital and vinyl release of the conclusion to their epic trilogy, EP3 (available now over at their lil’ webstore), but also their plans to release a whole honest-to-god album (of songs!) called Indie Cindy on April 28!

“Wait a minute… Indie Cindy you say? That sounds like a song I’ve heard from them already!”

Well… yeah, that’s kinda because… it is. The “new album” is actually just gonna consist of all three of these EPs stuck together, available as a limited “2CD set with a 40-page hardback book” (in which the second disc is just some of the same shit again, but played live) and 180 gram double vinyl (sans live album). But I mean, come on. You couldn’t expect a band like Pixies to put too much work into this stuff. I mean, let’s face it. They are awfully busy, you know, thinkin’ up words that rhyme with one other.

Indie Cindy tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. What Goes Boom
02. Greens and Blues
03. Indie Cindy
04. Bagboy
05. Magdalena 318
06. Silver Snail
07. Blue Eyed Hexe
08. Ring The Bell
09. Another Toe in the Ocean
10. Andro Queen
11. Snakes
12. Jaime Bravo

Disc 2 – Live in the USA:

01. Bone Machine
02. Hey
03. Ana
04. Magdalena 318
05. Snakes
06. Indie Cindy
07. I’ve Been Tired
08. Head On
09. The Sad Punk
10. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
11. Something Against You
12. Isla de Encanta
13. Planet of Sound

• Pixies: http://www.pixiesmusic.com