Owen Pallett, Freshly Shorn of Videogame Reference, Tours His Beloved Canadian Heartland

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Old news alert: Final Fantasy is no more. Well, the Square/Enix video game is, but that’s kind of the source of the problem. Owen Pallett, a.k.a. Canadian one-man extraordinaire Final Fantasy, has officially renamed himself… Owen Pallett, in time for his newest release, Heartland (out now via Domino).

In an official statement, Pallett fondly recalled playing the game as a teenager before his tone quickly took a grave turn: “But the laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason,” he announced solemnly, “and so I am voluntarily retiring my band name.” It is not clear to what extent legal issues were involved in this decision, made after over half a decade after initiating the moniker, but the name change certainly didn’t hurt Heartland, his complex, beautifully crafted third album.

Allegedly, prior releases will be reissued under the new name, which will at least make things less confusing if you ever happen to talk to a gamer about He Poos Clouds (TMT Review).

Aaaanyway, Pallett has now confirmed Canadian tourdates to promote Heartland.

02.06.10 - Guelph, ON - Sleeman Centre (Hillside Inside Festival)
02.09.10 - Fredericton, NB - McCain Hall Theatre
02.10.10 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s United Church
02.11.10 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s United Church
02.12.10 - St. John’s, NL - Cochrane Street United Church
02.17.10 - Kingston, ON - Sydenham United Church
02.18.10 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
02.19.10 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
02.20.10 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Outremont
02.21.10 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
02.25.10 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall
02.26.10 - Brantford, ON - The Ford Plant
02.27.10 - Hamilton, ON - Lincoln Alexander Centre
04.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
05.09.10 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
05.10.10 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall

• Owen Pallett: http://www.owenpalletteternal.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

[Photo: Flare]

Omar Rodríguez-López Adds Filmmaking to Credentials, Debuts Feature Film The Sentimental Engine Slayer at International Film Festival Rotterdam

Omar Rodríguez-López has been a busy, busy man. After releasing half a dozen solo albums in 2009, he’s kicking off 2010 with a worldwide directorial debut in February at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Even more impressive, not only did The Mars Volta member direct the film The Sentimental Engine Slayer, but he also wrote it and played the lead role. The transition from musician to filmmaker is growing in popularity (RZA’s doing it, reports the Los Angeles Times), but it’s still not the most common one in show biz. Unsurprisingly, the trailer (available at the Chocolate Grinder) feels more like the start of a music video than a preview for a feature film. Beginning with a false calm, it becomes an erratic mélange of vaguely violent scenes full of splattered blood, sweaty faces, and a lifeless youth on the side of the road. It says very little in terms of synopsis, but rather sets the tone for an hour and a half of stylized abjection and helplessness.

The story is not really a new one: a troubled boy struggles to grow into manhood in a protracted coming-of-age tale (the character is already in his 20s). Set and filmed in El Paso, TX, Slayer writhes with angst as Barlam (Rodríguez-López) trudges through the banality of life: divorced parents, an addict sister (with whom he has an incestuous relationship?) — you get the picture. In search of that ever-elusive answer to post-adolescent disillusionment, Barlam’s world degenerates into a base nightmare of drugs and sex, finally confusing what is real and what isn’t.

The Sentimental Engine Slayer is part of the “Bright Future” section of the IFFR, which purportedly showcases “the most important, idiosyncratic and adventurous new work” from first- and second-time directors. However, Slayer – while Rodríguez-López’s first public release – is his third work as a director. In 2001 and 2003, he directed A Manual Dexterity and Letters from Dystopia, respectively. Moreover, since filming Slayer in 2007, the obscenely prolific Rodríguez-López has finished shooting two more: El Divino Influjo De Los Secretos in 2008 and Boiling Death Request (2009). What’s next on the list of mediums to explore? Interpretive dance?

Wilco Tour Starts February 7; Dads Rock Out

Everyone’s favorite art-dad-rock outfit Wilco are going on tour. Dates below:

02.07.10 - Missoula, MO - Missoula Adams Center
02.09.10 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Hall
02.10.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
02.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - David Lam Park (Winter Olympics free show)
02.15.10 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee Auditorium
02.16.10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee Auditorium
02.17.10 - Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
02.19.10 - Duluth, MN - DECC Arena
02.20.10 - Madison, WI - Madison Overture Hall
02.21.10 - East Lansing, MI - Wharton Cobb Great Hall
02.23.10 - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
02.24.10 - London, ON - Centennial Hall
02.27.10 - Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal
03.01.10 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
03.03.10 - Halifax, NS - Forum Multipurpose Room

[Photo: Jason Tinder]

• Wilco: http://www.wilcoworld.net

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg Contributes to The Huffington Post

Following up on a recent post, apparently anyone can contribute to The Huffington Post nowadays. While Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg may not have much in common with Star Jones or even Arianna Huffington, he is an ornithologist, and that entitles him to have an opinion too, dammit.

Check out Meiburg’s guest blog piece on the Green page of The Huffington Post, or view the direct link right here.

• Shearwater: http://www.shearwatermusic.com

P.O.S. Heads the Hell Out on Tour; Plays Guitar and Everything

Can we say punk-rap now? Or even rap-punk? Have enough people forgotten about Linkin Park? Have Beastie Boys fans given up on the insane notion that Mike D and company were viable punk rockers? Hell, even if punk-rap or its vice-versa were an accepted genre label, it’d be silly to assign the mighty P.O.S. with such a label. Sure, the dude is all “aggressive” and plays “electric guitar” and stuff, but come on. Let’s quit distilling interesting performers down to the most basic terms that are comfortable to us. Mainly what I’m saying is: just see P.O.S. live. As a man who was not disappointed by his live concert show, I feel comfortable giving the Mike McHugh Guarantee that you, too, probably won’t be disappointed by his performance either. So let’s put ourselves out there, America! Go vegan or go home!

02.02.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
02.04.10 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
02.05.10 - Denver, CO - The Marquis Theatre
02.06.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
02.07.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
02.08.10 -Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
02.09.10 - Missoula, MT - Badlander
02.11.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
02.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
02.13.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
02.14.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
02.16.10 - Reno, NV - Tonic Lounge
02.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
02.19.10 - West Hollywood, CA - The Troubadour
02.20.10 - San Diego, CA - The Loft - UCSD
02.21.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
02.22.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - Chasers
02.23.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
02.24.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
02.26.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
02.27.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey
02.28.10 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room - HOB
03.02.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
03.03.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
03.04.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
03.05.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
03.06.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
03.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.09.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.10.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs
03.11.10 - Portland, ME - Space
03.12.10 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
03.13.10 - Montreal, QC - II Motore
03.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s
03.16.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom
03.17.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
03.18.10 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
03.19.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
03.20.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall

• P.O.S.: http://www.myspace.com/pos
• Rhymesayers: http://www.rhymesayers.com

Garbage Islands in the Stream, That Is What We Are: Gorillaz Release Plastic Beach March 8

America’s favorite cartoon band is back! (Sorry, Jem and The Holograms, I’m talking about REAL cartoon bands only.) That’s right, five years after the release of their last album, Demon Days, Gorillaz are back… and apparently based out of one of those garbage islands in the Pacific. The press release even says so!

The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach is the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet.

Well, that’s gross. But the news of this new album, Plastic Beach, is anything but. It’s scheduled for a March 8 release on Virgin, and the band is celebrating by headlining Coachella on April 18. Check out first single “Stylo” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

This tracklisting is… sigh… bananas:

01. Orchestral Intro (feat. Sinfonia ViVA)
02. Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
03. White Flag (feat. Kano, Bashy & The National Orchestra for Arabic Music)
04. Rhinestone Eyes
05. Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack & Mos Def)
06. Superfast Jellyfish (feat. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul)
07. Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
08. Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)
09. Some Kind of Nature (feat. Lou Reed)
10. On Melancholy Hill
11. Broken
12. Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
13. Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
14. To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)
15. Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack and Sinfonia ViVA)
16. Pirate Jet

• Gorillaz: http://www.gorillaz.com
• Virgin: http://www.virginrecords.com

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