No, but seriously, folks: Liars announce new EP, Proud Evolution

No, but seriously, folks: Liars announce new EP, Proud Evolution

Hey, did you know that Liars know Thom Yorke?

Thom Yorke from Radiohead? That Thom Yorke?

Oh, you knew that because you heard his (Thom Yorke’s) version of “Proud Evolution” on Sisterworld Reinterpretations, the star-studded (e.g. featuring Thom York from Radiohead) remix album that followed closely on the heels of the regular-old (e.g. “Yorkeless”) Sisterworld album (TMT Review)?

Well, fine.

But… but hey, do all your friends know that Liars know Thom Yorke of Radiohead!? A-ha! Didn’t think so. And that is why the band (Liars, not Radiohead) will release the new Proud Evolution EP on October 19 in the US and October 18 in the UK via Mute. The EP includes the very same Thom Yorke’s remix that appeared on Reinterpretations! …uh, plus a few new songs and a bunch of other piddly crap. Whatever. Thom Yorke.

Proud Evolution EP:

01. Proud Evolution (Album Version)
02. Proud Evolution (Thom Yorke Remix)
03. Proud Evolution (Live From Williamsburg)
04. Come Now
05. Total Frown
06. Strangers

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of Montreal fulfills prophecy by releasing new EP, The Controller Sphere

Near the end of Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer track “Faberge Falls For Shuggie,” of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes spat out the words “Skeletal lamping, the controller sphere, false priest.” Back in the simpler days of 2007, it was anyone’s guess what these words could possibly mean. Now in the present day, with all the knowledge we’ve gained over the past three years, it’s still basically impossible to decipher the meaning behind these words. What we do know, however, is that two of these phrases eventually became of Montreal album titles: 2008’s Skeletal Lamping and this year’s forthcoming False Priest (which is also being released on cassette).

Now, the Athens-based band is ready to complete that trifecta by releasing an EP called The Controller Sphere, planned for a tentative spring release. Want more information? Okay, there’s a track called “Black Lion Massacre” on it. Want more information? Too bad, I’m all out.

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[Photo: Patrick Heagney]

Neil Young goes French and makes plans to release Le Noise in September

Le Noise is complete. It is a solo record. Playbacks are happening now. I love snails and Godard.” So says Neil Young’s Facebook page announcing the completion of his newest album and hinting at a change in lifestyle. Recently, Young (recent photo above) was sighted eating from a cheese platter, sipping on a 1997 Bordeaux, and wearing socks with sandals on the beaches of the French Riviera, and one can only deduce that he’s fallen under the sway of the lifestyle François.

Rabid fans and cultural rubber-neckers are waiting patiently for Le Noise’s September 28 release day to learn what they can about Neil’s preferred country of origin but will most likely discover that the new record, a follow-up to 2008’s Fork in the Road, will once again see Young experimenting with distortion and sonic dissonance, à la Neil’s 1970s albums with Crazy Horse, but with a grace only achievable with age.

Aiding the suspicions of Young’s conversion to Frenchophilia is the interesting choice of French-sounding producer Daniel Lanois to work the boards. Lanois, who is at least of French heritage, provided hints to the album’s auditory makeup: “We cut a couple of solo acoustic songs… There’s no band, but I got in there with my sonics. There’s nothing else out there like it.”

Despite your feelings on the French, it’s just un-American to dislike Neil Young (who’s Canadian), so I recommend that you check this shit out. It’s sure to be the coolest punk music that your Grandpa will ever make.

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Los Campesinos! schedule fall tour even though like 900 other bands already had that idea

After honing their artsy-twee craft (I’m told that this mostly involves working on your song titles) in private for a year or two and releasing their critically-something-or-other new album Romance Is Boring (TMT Review) this past winter, you’d think that the boys and girls of Los Campesinos! would just relax, take it easy, and let the cash roll in.

But when you’ve got an exclamation point in your band name, you just can’t relax, man. So, what do you do with that excess energy and down time? Learn a second language? Start brewing your own beer at home? Well, how about “re-work” some of those album tracks for a four-track EP called All’s Well that Ends and release it on all digital service providers via Arts & Crafts?

Hey, that sounds perfect! Then you could probably just tour on the thing and you’ll never have to stop being in an awesome band and go back to your shitty former gig cleaning the toilets at the trailer park community pool. Awesome.

All’s Well That Ends (out now):

01. Romance Is Boring (Princess Version)
02. Letters From Me To Charlotte (RSVP)
03. Straight In At 101/It’s Never Enough
04. (All’s Well That Ends) In Medias Res

Los Campesinos! tourdates?

10.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
10.09.10 - Laval, QC - Maison des Arts de Laval
10.10.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
10.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
10.13.10 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
10.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.16.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.17.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
10.18.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.20.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.22.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
10.23.10 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
10.24.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10.26.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird

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[Photo: Grace deVille]

Newbunny, Nobunny! New Nobunny LP First Blood out in September!

You know how it’s cool when Deadmau5 wears an oversized mouse head when he plays shows? Here’s some news: it’s not so cool, and Nobunny do it better anyway. Lead singer Justin Champlin/Nobunny wears a furry rabbit mask that’s somehow like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre after a visit to the petting zoo by the end of the show — and he gives the rest of the band bunny ears. (If you haven’t had the pleasure, check out their upcoming European tour.) The best news is the potential reason for the tour: Nobunny have announced details on a new album, their first as recent signees to Goner Records.

Nobunny are known for being disgusting, simple rock ‘n’ rollers — scuzzy is the best word, if not a little overused for these guys (the cover to the “Give It to Me” single says it all). First Blood, the first full-length since 2008’s Love Visions, is out September 21 and will probably be even more entertaining than Rambo. Check out the tourdates and stop showering now in preparation!


09.02.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
09.03.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pacific Parc
09.04.10 - Paris, France - La Boule Noir
09.05.10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - The Pits
09.07.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Komet
09.08.10 - Helsingør, Denmark - Elværket
09.09.10 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
09.10.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Vieille Montagne
09.11.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Truckstop Alaska
09.12.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - TBA
09.13.10 - Hanover, Germany - Bei Chez Heinz
09.14.10 - Münster, Germany - Gleis 22
09.15.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Area 51
09.16.10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Dreikoenigskeller
09.17.10 - Luzern, Switzerland - Sedel
09.18.10 - Venice, Italy - Zona Bandita
09.19.10 - Graz, Austria - Musichouse
09.20.10 - Zagreb, Croatia - Mochvara
09.22.10 - Bologna, Italy - TBC
09.24.10 - Milan, Italy - Plastic
09.25.10 - Vacchereccia, Italy - Don Chisciotte
09.26.10 - Sarnico, Italy - Ghost Lake Festival VII
09.28.10 - Saragossa, Spain - Kezka
09.29.10 - Gijon, Spain - Savoy
09.30.10 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
10.01.10 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2 Nitsa
10.02.10 - Valencia, Spain - La edad de Oro
10.04.10 - Bordeaux, France - TBA
10.05.10 - Nantes, France - La Scène Michelet
10.06.10 - Tours, France - Les Joulins
10.07.10 - Tournai, Belgium - Water Moulin
10.09.10 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Alte Hackerei

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Aloe Blacc is gonna have some Good Things for America on September 28

Early autumn is traditionally a low point for America’s groove reserves. As summer cools into fall, many Americans begin to lose their swagger in a search for ever-tackier thrift store sweaters and smart pea coats from Express. It’s a pivotal time for the U.S.A. to get up with the gettin’ down, lest a poor groove harvest lead to a very square winter. Luckily, Stones Throw’s soul superhero Aloe Blacc is gonna bring his Justin-Timberlake-meets-Matthew-Herbert brand of R&B to the ears of a stultified nation this fall with his new LP Good Times. But don’t expect September 28 to be full of only bell-bottom jeans and pictures of the sun wearing sunglasses. According to the press release, Aloe Blacc is gonna get all political and shit on this record, so keep your ears open for some good old governmental dissension and disillusionment disguised as smooth neo-soul grooves. The lead-off track, “I Need a Dollar,” is streaming over at the Chocolate Grinder. You have been warned!

Good Times tracklisting:

01. I Need a Dollar
02. Green Lights
03. Hey Brother
04. Miss Fortune
05. Life So Hard
06. Take Me Back
07. Femme Fatale
08. Loving You Is Killing Me
09. Good Things
10. You Make Me Smile
11. If I
12. Mama Hold My Hand
13. Politician (Reprise)

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