Nick Lowe rereleases “trilogy” on vinyl, tours North America with full band, audience wonders how Elvis Costello got so handsome all of a sudden

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For the first time this millenium, England’s pied pub piper Nick Lowe will drag himself and his rambleshamble backing band (I don’t think they have a proper name, so we’ll just call them the New Lowes) across these United States. What can audiences expect from a pop superbrain who hasn’t tread upon our shores since the burst of the dot-com bubble? Well, I suspect he’ll cull a lot of material from his acclaimed trilogy of albums that started with 1994’s The Impossible Bird, Empire Strikes Backed with 1998’s Dig My Mood, and finished strong with 2001’s charming The Convincer. It just so happens that all three of these albums will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 21 through Yep Roc. You kids still like all them wax stacks, right? Lowe, you silver slicked bastard, you’ve done it again for the first time!

Lowe tourdates:

10.05.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.07.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
10.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.12.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
10.13.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10.15.10 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
10.16.10 - Tarrytown, PA - Tarrytown Music Hall
10.17.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Downstairs
10.18.10 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
10.20.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.21.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.22.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.23.10 - Mt. Tabor, NJ - The Tabernacle

• Nick Lowe: http://www.nicklowe.net
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com

Nick Lowe rereleases “trilogy” on vinyl, tours North America with full band, audience wonders how Elvis Costello got so handsome all of a sudden

For the first time this millenium, England’s pied pub piper Nick Lowe will drag himself and his rambleshamble backing band (I don’t think they have a proper name, so we’ll just call them the New Lowes) across these United States. What can audiences expect from a pop superbrain who hasn’t tread upon our shores since the burst of the dot-com bubble? Well, I suspect he’ll cull a lot of material from his acclaimed trilogy of albums that started with 1994’s The Impossible Bird, Empire Strikes Backed with 1998’s Dig My Mood, and finished strong with 2001’s charming The Convincer. It just so happens that all three of these albums will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 21 through Yep Roc. You kids still like all them wax stacks, right? Lowe, you silver slicked bastard, you’ve done it again for the first time!

Lowe tourdates:

10.05.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Dakota Jazz Club
10.07.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
10.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music
10.12.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
10.13.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10.15.10 - Somerville, MA - Somerville Theatre
10.16.10 - Tarrytown, PA - Tarrytown Music Hall
10.17.10 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Downstairs
10.18.10 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
10.20.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.21.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.22.10 - New York, NY - City Winery
10.23.10 - Mt. Tabor, NJ - The Tabernacle

• Nick Lowe: http://www.nicklowe.net
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com

Efterklang: totally coming to (North) America on tour

Danish indie rockers Efterklang are, like the Neil Diamond song of the same name, coming to (North) America. They’re touring in support of their most recent album, Magic Chairs (TMT Review), out now on 4AD. This is where the similarities to Neil Diamond end… or do they? (I hear Neil likes chairs… if you know what I mean. Wait, what the hell are you thinking of? I meant to sit on. Weirdo.)

Datesklang:

09.07.10 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa *
09.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
09.09.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern *
09.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
09.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Walker Arts *
09.13.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
09.14.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
09.17.10 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
09.18.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
09.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
09.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour *
09.24.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
09.25.10 - Frisco, TX - Oysterfest
09.26.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone *
09.27.10 - Atlanta, GA - Earl #
09.29.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
09.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
10.01.10 - New York, NY - Santo’s *
10.02.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *

* Buke and Gass
# Field Music, Buke and Gass

• Efterklang: http://www.efterklang.net
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

[Photo: Nikolaj Holm Møller]

Bryan Ferry announces details on new album Olympia; one need only add Jesus and John Lennon to guest list to fulfill my “People I’d Have Dinner With…” wish

So maybe this is a cliched point of reference, but… you ever see Scanners? You know, the scene when the head explodes? Hope you’re not too attached to your face, because the same thing’s about to happen to you. Bryan Ferry’s back to recording after his 2007 Bob Dylan tribute, and the new album, Olympia, packs a mighty fucking hard wallop. His first on Astralwerks Records, it features a mind-blowing, teeth-shattering lineup of guest artists, including Brian Eno, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, Groove Armada, Mani of Primal Scream and The Stone Roses, Marcus Miller, Nile Rodgers, Flea (who saw that coming?), and more former Roxy Music folks, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay.

The album has eight original songs by Ferry and two Ferriations (Ferry variations, that is) of Tim Buckley and Traffic: “Song to the Siren” and “No Face, No Name, No Number,” respectively. Olympia isn’t out until October 26 (25 via Virgin in the U.K.), but the single “You Can Dance” will officially drop August 9 (check out an early version with DJ Hell here). Man, oh, man.

Tracklisting:

01. You Can Dance
02. Alphaville
03. Heartache by Numbers
04. Me Oh My
05. Shameless
06. Song to the Siren
07. No Face, No Name, No Number
08. BF Bass (Ode to Olympia)
09. Reason or Rhyme
10. Tender Is the Night

• Bryan Ferry: http://www.bryanferry.com
• Astralwerks: http://www.astralwerks.com

I-Dosing: teens use music to get high! And not just in that “high on life” way, but the REAL kinda high!

According to a news story outta Oklahoma, teenagers around the world are now vulnerable to a brand new and “dangerous” internet phenomenon known as “I-dosing,” a form of digital drug that promises to get users as high as marijuana, cocaine, opium, and peyote could ever take them.

“I-Dosing,” the modern form of huffing paint, is an elaborate process wherein kids find digital drug dealers to sell them digital drugs (through a PayPal account) and then the kids get high — not digital high, but real high. If you’re curious about what the “digital drugs” are, then let me tell you: “digital drugs” are downloaded music tracks (the music mostly just a constant droning) that the teens listen to through headphones before entering a euphoric state of highness.

Yep, according to public schools in Oklahoma, this is a real threat. One school district in particular is even taking action by sending home a letter and banning iPods at the school. And it’s not just educators who are taking notice, “Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places,” says Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward.

One of these “digital drug” tracks, “Gates of Hades,” was available on YouTube, but has since been taken down by I-Doser.com due to a “copyright claim.” More tracks are available for purchase and downloading but don’t blame me if you just entered the gateway to hard drugs and a life of disappointment.

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Is this really the world I live in? Is there nothing left to be afraid of?

LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip announce co-headline shows… I know, doesn’t that sound BORING?

Man, talk about DULL shows. If there’s anything whiter and less funky than James Murphy’s sleepy-ass, soft-core, dream pop project as LCD Soundsystem, it’s probably Hot Chip’s dreadfully academic 12-tone computer music. Am I right?

In case you don’t remember, LCD Soundsystem dropped its latest album of snooze-tacular doily rock on us in May; the much-maligned This Is Happening (TMT Review). And Hot Chip’s recent botched forays into the cold and sterile sound of total serialism have been widely discussed in the media following the release of their recent One Life Stand debacle (TMT Review).

Now Parlophone, the U.K. puppetmaster of both acts, is putting these two boring bands together on the same headlining bill for four torturous evenings in Great Britain this fall. And just to emphasize the non-party atmosphere, these shows are ironically taking place at giant arenas. Unbelievable! In my estimation, attending one of these is probably going to be a lot like getting dragged off to Christmas mass at my parents’ church. So… yeah, if you’ve got tickets, you’re probably gonna want to unload those ASAP. Maybe pawn yours off on this guy. He’s about as boring as they come.

Hot LCD Chip-system:

11.10.10 - London, UK - Alexandra Palace
11.12.10 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff Arena
11.13.10 - Sheffield, UK - Magna Arena
11.15.10 - Manchester, UK - Apollo

• LCD Soundsystem: http://lcdsoundsystem.com
• Hot Chip: http://hotchip.co.uk
• Parlophone: http://www.parlophone.co.uk