of Montreal announce fall tour without the use of any tour-announcing robots!

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Dude, this is too good…. Following all the sensational internet-buzz made by my totally made-up prank-announcement that they would be releasing a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl come October 8 of this year, Athens-based weird-rockers of Montreal have apparently decided to totally release a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl on October 8! I even made them cobble together a lead single to release really quick!

And now, Kevin Barnes and co. have taken it one step further and announced that they’ll be going on a full-blown fall tour of the US to support the album that I invented. Seriously! They leave October 18 from Athens and will be schlepping away on the road clear through Thanksgiving. All because of me!

What do you say, guys? Am I God, or am I fucking God?

Tour dates:

10.18.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.22.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.23.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.24.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.26.13 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland *
10.30.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
10.31.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
11.02.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
11.03.13 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
11.04.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11.05.13 - Boise, ID - Korah Shrine *
11.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
11.07.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
11.08.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.10.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
11.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at The Coronet *
11.12.13 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
11.14.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
11.15.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
11.16.13 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin’ Wolf *
11.17.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *

* La Luz

• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.net
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Losanjelous]

of Montreal announce fall tour without the use of any tour-announcing robots!

Dude, this is too good…. Following all the sensational internet-buzz made by my totally made-up prank-announcement that they would be releasing a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl come October 8 of this year, Athens-based weird-rockers of Montreal have apparently decided to totally release a new album called lousy with sylvianbriar on Polyvinyl on October 8! I even made them cobble together a lead single to release really quick!

And now, Kevin Barnes and co. have taken it one step further and announced that they’ll be going on a full-blown fall tour of the US to support the album that I invented. Seriously! They leave October 18 from Athens and will be schlepping away on the road clear through Thanksgiving. All because of me!

What do you say, guys? Am I God, or am I fucking God?

Tour dates:

10.18.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
10.22.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.23.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.24.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10.25.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.26.13 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
10.27.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.28.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10.29.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland *
10.30.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
10.31.13 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre *
11.01.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center *
11.02.13 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room *
11.03.13 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *
11.04.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
11.05.13 - Boise, ID - Korah Shrine *
11.06.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
11.07.13 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
11.08.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
11.10.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
11.11.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at The Coronet *
11.12.13 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
11.14.13 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
11.15.13 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
11.16.13 - New Orleans, LA - Howlin’ Wolf *
11.17.13 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *

* La Luz

• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.net
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Losanjelous]

Unsound Krakow adds Dean Blunt, Arca, Julianna Barwick, James Ferraro, and more to lineup; festival now officially cooler than a skateboarding dog

Things that are cool, a list: skateboarding dogs wearing sunglasses with irreverent catchphrases; poufy-haired dudes leaning against brick walls and playing saxophones in 80s music videos; sad rich people ennui in every indie film ever, not just the Sofia Coppola ones. But look out, Cool Things. There’s a new Overlord in town, one Cool Thing to Rule Them All or whatever. And that thing is… Unsound Krakow.

And the coolest festival in the world just got a bit um um a word that is not “cool”… more awesome with the recent announcement of the third wave of artists added to its lineup. Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine, together in a 15th-century St. Katherine’s Church! Dean Blunt! Arca! Julianna Barwick with a Polish girls’ choir! Mika Vainio! Nate Young from Wolf Eyes! Anna Zaradny! B/B/S/! Altar of Plagues’ last show ever! James Ferraro! Mykki Blanco and Gobby and Anthony Naples and Venus X and Svengalisghost and DJ I-F aka INTERR-FERENCE! Plus people from Hippos in Tanks, UNO NYC, and Underground Resistance presents: Interstellar Fugitives! All these and so many more join the forward-thinking artists of Unsound Krakow this year from October 13-20.

• Unsound: http://unsound.pl/en

Traxman to release new EP on Interscape Records, but SO DAMN WHATTT !!!!

2012’s Da Mind of Traxman was so thoroughly satisfying that it was somewhat forgivable if you glossed over or even ignored the many tracks and mixes that he — the ghetto house/footwork/juke veteran from West Side Chicago — shared through his various SoundCloud accounts. He even released a couple EPs that went way under the radar. But one of the two that caught our attention was the Heat EP on Sewage Tapes, which saw Traxman fucking with Black Sabbath, Heatwave, and even some bebop, showcasing a relatively bizarre side to an artist who has always taken odd risks with his samples, but didn’t have a chance to share on the platform that his Planet Mu release provided.

His forthcoming EP, titled SO DAMN WHATTT !!!!, has him hooking up this time with Sewage Tapes’ parent label, Interscape Records, and it’s a bit more classic Traxman (minus the juke elements, for the most part) — which is to say that it’s equal parts bonkers and soulful. The majority of the tracks share production with his buds from his Geto DJ’z and TEK families, including DJ L.P., DJ Fred, and DJ Rome, making for a varied yet focused EP. Check out tracks like “C’mon” and “Tha Tekk DJ’z,” and maybe you’ll agree that this is his strongest, boldest release since Da Mind of Traxman.

Listen to SO DAMN WHATTT !!!! in its entirety below and look for the EP on August 6 via all major digital retailers.

• Traxman: https://soundcloud.com/traxman
• Interscape Records: http://interscaperecords.bandcamp.com

Neutral Milk Hotel announce schlong-sized winter tour! (I don’t know how big that is for you, but it’s HUGE for me!)

Greetings underground music fans! Like most of you, I was just re-reading Pitchfork for the sixth time today and saw it reported there that those crazy dudes in the band Neutral Milk Hotel (Wikipedia says that those dudes are Jeff Mangum, Scott Spillane, Julian Koster, and Jeremy Barnes) have decided to massively extend the tour that they started to announce this past spring. And at first I thought, like, “maybe they just never finished announcing it the first time?” But I did a little bit of asking around, and nah, that’s bunk. This month-long jaunt around North America in early 2014 is a totally new and special thing. Maybe you didn’t know this, but they don’t really play out very much. The Jeff dude is like Val Kilmer in that Doors movie or something; doesn’t like crowds, I guess!

Either way though, I’m a huge fan of independent rock, so I am pumped for this. I bet you are too? If so, let’s find each other on Twitter. Can’t wait to sing along to my favorite song(s) live and in person. Especially “The Fool.”

Neutral Milk Hotel dates:

10.11.13 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space at St. John’s Church *
10.12.13 - Richmond, VA - The National *
10.14.13 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater *
10.15.13 - Urbana, IL - The Canopy Club *
10.16.13 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note *
10.18.13 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall *
10.19.13 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29 *
10.20.13 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City *
10.22.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
10.23.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club #
10.24.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club %
10.25.13 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium (Mountain Oasis Festival) #!
10.26.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle #
10.27.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *@
11.10.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Harvest
11.16.13 - Sydney, Australia - Harvest
11.17.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Harvest
11.20.13 - Dunedin, New Zealand - Sammy’s
11.22.13 - Wellington, New Zealand - James Cabaret
11.23.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - The Kings Arms Tavern
11.24.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - The Kings Arms Tavern
11.28.13 - Taipei, Taiwan - Hostess Club Taipei
12.01.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
01.16.14 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
01.17.14 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
01.18.14 - Montreal, Quebec - Olympia
01.19.14 - Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
01.20.14 - Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus
01.22.14 - Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre
01.23.14 - Brooklyn, NY - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
01.24.14 - Brooklyn, NY - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
01.25.14 - Brooklyn, NY - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
01.27.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
01.28.14 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
01.29.14 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
01.30.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
01.31.14 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
02.01.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
02.02.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
02.04.14 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
02.05.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
02.06.14 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
02.07.14 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
02.08.14 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
02.10.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02.11.14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
02.13.14 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
02.14.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
02.15.14 - Dallas, TX - Majestic Theatre
02.17.14 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
02.18.14 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theater
02.19.14 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
02.20.14 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
05.29-31.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.05-07.14 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound Festival

* Elf Power
# Half Japanese
% Circulatory System
! Daniel Johnston
@ Robert Schneider

• Neutral Milk Hotel: http://walkingwallofwords.com

RIP: Maxwell’s :(

If only there was an emoticon that accurately conveyed “mourning.”

As you, dear reader, have probably heard if you follow music media closely (if you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you do), or if you live in the greater New York metro area, legendary Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell’s has officially closed its doors.

Generally considered one of the best venues in the New York area, the (barely) 200-person room offered an intimate, if not unique place to see bands. “Maxwell’s staff has always treated bands and patrons like very welcome company; bands get treated uniquely well there, and so they love playing there,” says WFMU’s Scott Williams, “audiences come back for the vibe, the size, and the great sound (and the decent odds that they’ll get to hang with various members of Sonic Youth or Yo La Tengo).” If I may go on personal harangue, Maxwell’s was pretty damn cool. Bands would often book a date in Manhattan or Brooklyn and tack on a show at Maxwell’s the next day before heading down to Philly on the East Coast touring circuit, and because of that, rarely would you have to deal with apathetic audience members casually glancing up from their phones or talking through sets. All the cool people already saw the band at the Music Hall of Williamsburg or the Bowery Ballroom. Hoboken is close enough to New York that it isn’t hard to get to from Manhattan, but inconvenient enough to scare off vapid scenesters. Considering how shitty parking is in Hoboken, anyone driving in from New Jersey was more than dedicated as well. If someone was at Maxwell’s for a show, they were there for the experience.

Speaking of parking, the city’s authoritarian parking policy’s factored into co-owner and booking agent Todd Abramson’s decision to leave; “for all intents and purposes,” he said in an article for New Jersey’s Star Ledger, “[parking has] been outlawed. I’ve had bands whose vans have been booted because the signs are so unclear.” Aside from parking woes, the attitude and taste of those in Hoboken has changed; “a lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs,” continues Abramson, “That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.” So thanks to the proliferation of cheap, giant LCD TVs and this asshole’s inexplicable popularity, most of the clientele that populated Maxwell’s has moved out.

So what does this mean for music fans on the west side of the Hudson? “What it definitely means is that no one has to endure the mile-long walk of shame up Washington Street anymore,” joked Williams adding, “hopefully, what it means is that someone will pick up the gauntlet in Jersey City, which seems to be turning back from about 10 years of hostility towards live music.” Rumors of the owners moving to a new location in Jersey City sprang up on the internet quickly, but as of now they remain rumors and speculation. Nothing official has been announced.

While it had its own feel, at the end of the day, Maxwell’s was just brick and wood. It may seem to contradict some of what I said a couple paragraphs ago, but what really matters, what made the place special wasn’t where it was or what it was made out of, but the people who managed it, and even more importantly, the people who frequented it. Regardless of the zip code or address, if Abramson and company do indeed find a new location and open up shop elsewhere, what made Maxwell’s something of landmark will move with them.

• Maxwell’s: http://maxwellsnj.com