_Oxford Collapse’s_ Tour Is Beginning _today_, And It’s Going to be _immense_!

Yes, it's true! _Oxford Collapse_'s tour begins _today_! Hitting up cities like _Hamburg_ and _Bologna_, this tour should be _immense_. But despite how _immense_ it'll be, it's expected to be _uproarious_ too, because _hum-a-nuh-hum-a-nuh-hum-a-nuh!!!_.

_Oxford Collapse's_ latest album is _BITS_, which was released or is set to be released _August 5, 2008_ via _Sub Pop_. The funny part? Well, did you know that _your face looks weird_?? HAHA!

Anyway, here are the tourdates for _Oxford Collapse_, which again, starts _today_ and hits up cities like _Hamburg_ and _Bologna_. Just don't be surprised if _your face looks weird_, like I said in the second paragraph!

* The Spinto Band

KCRW’S Nic Harcourt Steps Down From Music Director Position; Oh No, Who Will Introduce Bands Like Coldplay To The Airwaves now?!

Although Nic Harcourt is an important, well-respected guy -- he was once called “The most influential DJ in America” by music writer Mark Weingarten -- he’s also famous for bringing some less-than-stellar artists to the KCRW airwaves, such as Coldplay, Damien Rice, Dido, and Norah Jones. Regardless of Harcourt’s questionable taste in music, though, it was announced via press release that he would be stepping down November 30 from the Music Director position he has held for the past 10 years with the Santa Monica, CA-based station. However, Harcourt will continue to be a KCRW DJ, hosting a three-hour show on Sundays from 6-9 PM.

“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to come to work every day and be surrounded by creative and passionate people and I want to keep the connection alive on my Sunday show,” said Harcourt. “As a parent of two young children, I believe it’s time for me to explore new career opportunities and expand upon my other activities in movie, television, voice over work, advertising and the Internet.”

He then turned away, put his headphones on, and as Chris Martin’s croon brought him back to simpler times, Harcourt sighed, crying softly to himself.

RIP: Mitch Mitchell, Drummer for The Jimi Hendrix Experience

From YouTube:

From KGW.com:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s drummer Mitch Mitchell was found dead in a downtown Portland hotel Wednesday.

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s office said 62-year-old Mitch Mitchell likely died of natural causes. His body was found just after 3 a.m. at the Benson Hotel. [...]

Mitchell had been playing with the Experience Hendrix tour that just made a stop in Portland at the Schnitz last Friday.

Mitchell along with bass players Noel Redding and Billy Cox backed Hendrix for the generation defining sounds of his electrified psychedelic blues. The Experience played behind Hendrix at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight festivals in the late 1960s.

- Mitch Mitchell Wikipedia entry
- Mitch Mitchell MySpace

Owen Tours in an Effort to Remind Folks That You Don’t Need to Record Albums to Effectively Be A Downer

Polyvinyl's Owen may not have released anything since 2006's At Home With Owen, but that doesn't mean they (read: Mike Kinsella) can't tour. Chicago's Kinsella is continuing to tour with his solo act in an effort to remind fans that he's still around in case anyone wants to indulge their loneliness with his sad sack of songs. Owen will play most of these dates with openers Caithlin De Marrais and El May -- bands who, ideally, will be just upbeat enough to balance the evening out without jarring anyone into a happy mood.

Outka$t Forka$t: Big Boi and Andre 3000 to Deliver Two $olo Album$ And Another Group Effort in 2009

Recession? What recession?! No one told Big Boi about any “recession,” that’s for sure! In fact, 2009 promises to be the most profitable year for he and his partner-in-exile, as the two Outkast hit-and-skit makers promise not only a pair of solo efforts, but, low and behold, another proper Outkast release to, you know, tie it all together. Three albums in early ’09? Now that’s an economic bail-out plan we can all get behind!

"The South got something to say, and we gonna keep on talking," Big Boi told MTV recently in Atlanta. And, uh, by that he of course means that he’s getting his second solo album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty, prepped and groomed for the ol’ Outkastian throat-cram-overhype, despite the delays that have prevented its release thus far. But wouldn’t you know it? These pesky delays just so-happen to cause the roll-out plan for his new LP to coincide once again with the release of Andre’s next big thang. The plot thickens!

"Me and 'Dre were on the conference call,” Big “explained.” "He's working on his album; my album is done. [I’m] gonna wait until the top of the year — January or February — to put it out. Then 'Dre is gonna come hit y'all, and [then] we're gonna do the Outkast album. So y'all gonna get three records from the 'Kast next year." You’re welcome, America.

But not so fast there, MTV Generation with your cell phone wall paper and your... your wide shoes! Recall that we have definitely heard talk about “the 'Kast” pulling the wallet-grabbing-trifecta of albums before, and it has never actually materialized. Still, the stars over Stankonia seem to be in alignment this time around, as Andre has actually confirmed that he’s finally started work on his album. "To be honest, I work best when people doubt me," 'Dre explained. "Our whole Outkast career has been built on people doubting us. [Hip-hop fans] up North hated on us from the get-go. We wouldn't be Outkast if people didn't understand what people would call weird. You know, none of that would've happened. Actually, if you see me, tell me I'm wack. That's the best thing you can do for me. You know, if you want a greater album, say that. Say that!"

You’re whack, Andre. You’re double-super-triple-mega-whack. Here’s hoping...

Cut Copy Announce Final U.S. Tour For In Ghost Colours

Last time I reported on Cut Copy’s tour itinerary (TMT News), things were pretty different. The economy hadn’t completely collapsed; I had never heard of Shibu Inu puppies before (nor spent six hours a day watching them); and Sarah Palin didn’t have a Wikipedia page yet. Most importantly, Cut Copy were playing small venues. However, after touring nonstop in 2008, they’re about to raise the bar for 2009 on their final North American tour in support of In Ghost Colours. With Matt and Kim opening, a light show, and a surprise guest DJ, it’s guaranteed to be a good final goodbye tour to the album.

Seriously, click the puppy link, and thank me later:

& Matt & Kim