of Montreal shares new video, new tour dates, and sensible polo-and-khakis outfit

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of Montreal are going on tour this spring. Attendees can expect a subtle, low-key performance from the Athens-based musicians. “We have always believed that music comes first and all theatricality serves only as a distraction,” frontman Kevin Barnes said in a real interview. Sources report that the band has chosen its stage attire, a sensible polo-and-khakis combination.

PSYYYYYYCH! JUST PLAYING. THE UPCOMING OF MONTREAL TOUR IS SURE TO BE A FUN CONFETTI NIGHTMARE. LIKE A BAZ LUHRMANN FILM BUT MELTING AND WITH MORE MONSTERS. THEY MAY EVEN INTRODUCE A RHINOCEROS TO THE STAGE — WHO KNOWS? SOMETHING COULD GET SET ON FIRE. EVERYTHING COULD GET SET ON FIRE.

Last year, of Montreal released Lousy With Syvianbriar through Polyvinyl. Stereogum recently premiered a video for their single “She Ain’t Speakin’ Now,” directed by Yuan Liu and Owen Donovan. Kevin Barnes is currently swimming around in a Scrooge McDuck vault of glitter.

of Montreal dates:

02.03.14 - Honolulu, HI - Republik
03.22.14 - Natchitoche, LA - DemonFest @ Northwestern State University
03.27.14 - Mexico City, MX - Vive Latino Festival
03.29.14 - Athens, GA - Velena’s Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club
03.31.14 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger
04.01.14 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
04.02.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
04.03.14 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
04.04.14 - Wichita, KS - The Crown Uptown
04.06.14 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone
05.02.14 - Little Rock, AR - The Revolution Music Room
05.03.14 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.04.14 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
05.05.14 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
05.06.14 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
05.07.14 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
05.08.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social
05.09.14 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop
05.10.14 - Baltimore, MD - The Ottobar
05.11.14 - New York, Ny - Le Poisson Rouge
05.12.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.13.14 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
05.14.14 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
05.15.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
05.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.14 - Cincinnati, OH - The Taft Ballroom
05.18.14 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.net

Dean Blunt drops woozy 26-minute mixtape Skin Fade with Joanne Robertson; listen now!

Dean Blunt has just dropped what appears to be a 26-minute mixtape titled Skin Fade, featuring seven new hypnotic tracks of the typically woozy, disorienting nature. As expected, there’s no concrete information available about the release — which at the moment seems to be a SoundCloud-only joint — except that it once again features Joanne Robertson, who has been collaborating heavily with Blunt since The Redeemer on tracks like “Love Me Thru This,” “DEF freestyle,” and “X.” Robertson’s vocals take center stage on the bulk of the songs, but this release — at turns ethereal, noisy, narcotic, and as evasive as the artists themselves — has “classic” Blunt written all over it.

Stream Skin Fade here The SoundCloud stream is gone, but you can still download it direct from Blunt via this WeTransfer upload NO YOU CAN’T.

No official word yet on a new Hype Williams release, but we can feel it coming.

Meanwhile, Dean Blunt’s 2013 releases, The Redeemer and Stone Island, made it to #2 and #19, respectively, on our Favorite 50 Albums of 2013 list, so you know, check ‘em out if you haven’t already, etc.

• Dean Blunt: https://soundcloud.com/cplnd
• Joanne Robertson: https://soundcloud.com/joanne-robertson

Slowdive officially reunite; London and Barcelona to receive initial auditory drowning

Blah blah blah, history is repeating itself. In three months’ time, I’ll find myself confidently droppin’ Js on my elementary school classmates and crying to the teacher about how a fiendish fourth grader unjustly claimed my best friend as his own. Oh, the forearm smudges of a left-handed-pencil-user practicing cursive — I refuse to endure such graphite-fueled cruelty again! Also during the early 90s: that whole (relatively short-lived, but sweet) shoegaze thing, of which arguably the two most principal emissaries, My Bloody Valentine and now, Slowdive, have reunited roughly 20 years later for some fun-time sneaker perusal. Assuredly, human eye-contact remains overrated.

Forgive the perception of unoriginality. Even if MBV did recently enamor the masses with an extensive global tour, and ultimately, the surprisingly atemporal — it sounded like they’d hardly skipped a beat — m b v (TMT Review), Slowdive are their own, equally worthwhile entity, undeserving of belaboring associations. The band’s collective venture into social networking, with four of the group’s members (Christian Savill, Rachel Goswell, Nick Chaplin, and Simon Scott) doing the initial following, marked the first hint. This week, they publicly confirmed performances at Primavera Sound 2014 in Barcelona, and the Village Underground in London on May 19, with additional shows explicitly said to be announced in the near future. Setlist musings by Goswell over at The Quietus indicate “all the old favourites and a couple of different ones. We’re going for the epic.”

Meanwhile, self-proclamations that Slowdive are back would suggest even more. The first rehearsal after officially reuniting was a “fun” and mostly intuitive experience, Neil Halstead remarked; we’ll see if the “initial impetus” leads to full-length fruition.

• Slowdive: http://www.slowdiveofficial.com

Heavy rockers The Shrine emerge from the primordial sludge with a new LP for Tee Pee Records

Somewhere in Venice Beach, CA, is a garage that time forgot. A garage filled with ratty brown couches, cheap bear, your long-haired older brother circa 1979, and some heavy riffs. Now imagine… nuclear slime!!! SEEPING INTO THE GARAGE!!! And then from the depths of a slime — in a plot line not dissimilar to the conception of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and like, human evolution in general — emerged The Shrine. The power trio of Josh Landau (guitar/vocals), Courtland Murphy (bass) and Jeff Murray (drums) have toured with Red Fang, Earthless, Dinosaur Jr., Graveyard, and Black Flag’s Chuck Dukowski, who also produced the band’s early output.

Now The Shrine are back with a new album for Teepee Records, Bless Off, which drops March 11. This ish was recorded on reel-to-reel tape with old school gear, and features “The Duke,” a track with lyrics originally written by friend-of-the-band Dukowski in 1983 for Black Flag. The album art includes the band’s favorite animal, the wolf, because DUH all bands like wolves, and is a tribute to the iconography of Dogtown Skateboards and show flyer artist Ric Clayton (Suicidal Tendencies.)

Bless Off tracklisting:

01. Destroyers
02. Worship
03. Tripping Corpse
04. The Duke
05. Nothing Forever
06. Bless Off
07. On the Grind
08. No Penalty
09. Spit in My Life
10. Napalm
11. Hellride

• The Shrine: http://theshrinefuzz.tumblr.com
• Tee Pee: http://teepeerecords.com

Neil Young announces new album A Letter Home; fans can’t wait to hear it in glorious, convenient MP3 format

Okay, here it is, folks. Neil Young doesn’t mince words; so neither will I. Let’s get you your news!

Point 1: Some sort of music industry awards ceremony — wherein people who work in the music industry sit around and pat themselves on the back for continuing to sally-forth as an industry — seems to have gone down over the weekend. And, according to Consequence of Sound, Young received something called the President’s Merit Award at something else called the “Producers and Engineers Wing’s annual Grammy party.”

Point 2: While he was at that thing, he seems to have confirmed that he’ll be releasing his newest album, entitled A Letter Home, in March of this year. Perhaps significantly, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Young called the making of this album “one of the lowest-tech experiences I’ve ever had,” and if you’re a fan of his album Tonight’s the Night, that’s kinda saying something.

Point 3: Some people seem to think that Jack White and/or Third Man Records is involved in this record and have been speculating that perhaps the album is an album of duet cover songs, but Young’s Facebook page (yup, he’s got one of those) has indicated that that information is “false.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean that White wasn’t involved in some capacity, now, does it? I mean, maybe White tuned his guitars for him? Or maybe Neil Young used him as a stool to sit on while he was tracking parts? That’d be cool, wouldn’t it?!? Or would it? I don’t even know. Either way, just sit tight. Some Neil Young shit is coming out soon, and it might sound gnarly.

• Neil Young: http://www.neilyoung.com

Blackest Ever Black release Weekend’s The ‘81 Demos on vinyl (ex-Young Marble Giants, not naughty-sex-man)

Another band named Weekend! Just what the world needed! But wait — this is the first Weekend, the trio of Alison Statton, Spike Williams, and Simon Booth, an ex-Young Marble Giants project that swooned its way through the sad post-punk hearts of 1981-1983. And the good people over at Blackest Ever Black are set to release the band’s The ‘81 Demos as a 12-inch. Doing the Lord’s Work they are, surely.

Out March 3, the Demos include the first versions of “Drumbeat” (a.k.a. “Drumbeat for Baby”), “Red Planes,” “Nostalgia,” and “Summerdays,” all of which appeared on Weekend’s 1982 Rough Trade release La Varieté, but which are even more beautiful and violintacular here. Vinyl Japan released this thing as a CD back in 1995, and the tracks were included as bonus material on the recent Cherry Red CD reissue of the band’s debut full-length, but this limited 12-inch marks the first time it’s been available on sweet sweet vinyl. Check out the gorgeous “Red Planes” here:

The ‘81 Demos tracklisting:

01. Drumbeat
02. Red Planes
03. Nostalgia
04. Summerdays Instrumental

• Blackest Ever Black: http://blackesteverblack.blogspot.com

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