The Pains of Being Pure at Heart release new single and announce summer tourdates; how cute!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart release new single and announce summer tourdates; how cute!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are greeting the spring with a smile and a single, not to mention a tour beginning in June with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth. Their newest single, “Say No to Love,” is out via Slumberland June 8 (though copies will be sold from the start of the US tour, June 3 — on sea foam green vinyl, no less). “Say No” isn’t a far cry from the POBPAT repertoire that precedes it, with the exception of the fact that the single was recorded in a professional studio as opposed to the basement setting of their two EPs and self-titled debut. Don’t let that scare you, though — The Pains think pretty highly of it, and how could anyone with so earnest a name lead you astray? According to the band, after the tour they’ll be returning to New York for work on a second full-length. Now go to the shows and get that sea foam green vinyl!

“Say No to Love” tracklisting:
A. Say No to Love
B. Lost Saint

Tourdates (with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth):

06.03.10 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
06.04.10 - Rochester, NY - The German House
06.05.10 - Buffalo, NY - The Tralf
06.06.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.08.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
06.09.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe
06.10.10 - Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room
06.11.10 - Orlando, FL - Club at Firestone
06.12.10 - Miami, FL - Grand Central - Poplife 11
06.13.10 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
06.15.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06.16.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Slumberland:

[Photo: Annie Powers]

RIP: Bob Mercer, CEO of Now That’s What I Call Music

From Billboard:

Music industry veteran Bob Mercer, the British CEO of the NOW compilation business in the U.S., has died aged 65.

Mercer was headhunted by EMI from General Foods in the early ’70s and tasked with shaking up the major’s marketing.

He went on to become managing director and signed artists at EMI including Queen, Kate Bush, Marc Bolan and Olivia Newton-John in the ’70s.

• Now That’s What I Call Music:

Mahjongg touring what will basically be the indie version of Stomp in support of new LP on K, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger

If anyone has ever made the statement that there can be too much drumming in a single song, well, Chicago’s tribal crew Mahjongg have made it their credo to ensure that person feels like a damn fool. Personally, I hope they continue to ride that snare and tom all through their upcoming tour and next full-length LP, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger, out July 20 on K Records. Everybody loves a good beat, especially when it’s surrounded by some post-punk abstractness. Which is exactly what Mahjongg has been bred to do.

The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger tracklist:

01. Gooble
02. Miami Knights
03. Grooverider Free
04. Wardance
05. DeVry
06. Whoop
07. LA Beat

Tour season:

07.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
07.10.10 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
07.11.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
07.14.10 - Irvine, CA - UC Irvine (UCI Student Center)
07.15.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
07.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
07.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
07.21.10 - Portland, OR - Backspace
07.22.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
07.24.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern
07.27.10 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
07.28.10 - Madison, WI - Triple Rock Social Club
07.29.10 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin (Memorial Union)

• Mahjongg:
• K:

The xx celebrate own minimalism by touring minimal amount of America, putting out (sort of) minimalist video

Say what you will about The xx, but they seem rather committed to this whole minimalism thing. Pairing bare-bones and downtrodden pseudo-R&B with a tour that goes to, you know, a whole lot of different places would just betray the whole spirit of the band, right? Right, so that’s why The xx are only adding a handful and change of new dates to their US touring itinerary. Also, most of those dates are in California. No reason to clutter things up with those states in between New York and California, you know? Of course, the rest of the dates will see the band in Europe.

In other xx news, the group just released a pretty great video for their pretty great song “Islands.” The video features a series of short clips of choreographed dancers surrounding The xx, with each clip boasting slight changes to the routine. Once again, it’s all very minimal. Well, until things catch fire. That’s not so minimal. The video can be seen here or, if you live in the UK or Ireland, here.

The xx dates:

05.30.10 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.03.10 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
06.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater (The Music Box)
06.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
06.08.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
06.10.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.14.10 - Paris, France - Olympia
06.18.10 - Neuhausen - Southside Festival
06.19.10 - Scheessel - Hurricane Festival
07.01.10 - Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.02.10 - Saint-Clair - Festival Beauregard Hérouville
07.03.10 - Belfort - Eurockeennes
07.08.10 - Oeiras - Optimus Alive!
07.10.10 - Trencin - Pohoda Festival
07.13.10 - London, UK - Somerset House
07.16.10 - Ferropolis - Melt!
07.17.10 - Southwold - Latitude
07.18.10 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourvière
08.0810 - Chicogo, IL - Lollapalooza
08.13.10 - Gothenburg - Way Out West
08.14.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.15.10 - Helsinki - Flow Festival
08.20.10 - Hasselt - Pukkelpop
08.21.10 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier
08.22.10 - Biddinghuizen - Lowlands
08.26.10 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk
08.27.10 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
09.10.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

* Hot Chip

• The xx:
• Young Turks:

[Photo: Terryfy]

Carissa’s Wierd plan a most likely tearful reunion concert after a seven-year separation, announce “best of” compilation

Carissa’s Wierd always had a penchant for writing slow, sad songs about leaving (see 2002 album), and in 2003 they put their theories about goodbyes, loneliness, and missing friends into practice by breaking up after eight years together. (Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell went on to form Band of Horses, but, continuing the trend, Brooke left that project in 2006.)

For the first time since 2003, Carissa’s Wierd will be reuniting on July 9 to play a show at the Showbox in Seattle, the band’s birth city. Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto will play alongside other original members Sarah Standard, Robin Peringer, and Sera Cahoone, with the potential for a few special guests. The concert – the only reunion show currently scheduled – comes only days before the release of They Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003, a retrospective CW compilation released by Hardly Art on July 13. According to Hardly Art’s website, reissues of the band’s three studio albums (out of print, in addition to the 2003 and 2004 compilations Scrap Book and I Before E) are in the workings for vinyl. I guess this means Carissa’s Wierd realized that somebody missed them after all. It was about damn time.

• Carissa’s Wierd:
• Hardly Art:

Fun with pronouns: She & Him want you & me to go see them on their new tour

Contrary to popular belief, actually seeing Zooey Deschanel will not cause you to spontaneously dissolve into a puddle of mush due to her sheer adorableness. That’s only if you look her in the eye; she’s like a cute Medusa. So, if you think you have the willpower to partially avoid her gaze (test yourself using this video from the Chocolate Grinder), you now have more opportunities to see her and virtuoso guitarsmith M. Ward as they expand their tour under the moniker She & Him in support of their latest album on Merge, Volume Two, including free concert dates in Chicago at Millennium Park and at Governors Island in NYC. I think if you wear sunglasses you’ll be safe from Ms. Deschanel’s gaze, so the outdoor venues may be safest.

05.28.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
05.29.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
05.30.10 - Bend, OR - Le Schwab Amphitheatre *
05.31.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
06.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Verge Festival
06.05.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.06.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
06.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Millennium Park (Downtown Sound Series)
06.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
06.10.10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
06.11.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
07.01.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
07.02.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
07.03.10 - Oxford, ME - Nateva Festival
07.04.10 - New York, NY - The Beach at Governor’s Island
07.06.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
07.07.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.09.10 - Atlanta, GA - Botanical Gardens
07.10.10 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
07.11.10 - Louisville, KY - TBD *
07.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl $ *
08.29.10 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest

* Band of Horses, Dawes
$ The Swell Season, The Bird and The Bee

• She & Him:
• Merge:

[Photo: Sam Jones]