Passion Pit and Matt & Kim announce tour through fits of giggles

Passion Pit and Matt & Kim announce tour through fits of giggles

Like two beings of pure energy colliding into each other, causing a blinding flash of white light, Passion Pit and Matt & Kim have gotten together to go on a North American tour this coming February. Which is good, because the sheer amount of energy produced by the two giddy-but-in-kind-of-a-nervous-way groups should be able to heat thousands of homes during this cold winter. All citizens benefit from this tour. Even if, you know, you’re not really into Passion Pit or Matt & Kim.

Passion Pit will be headlining the dates, making this the band’s largest headlining tour yet. Matt & Kim will open every date, while probably also being on-hand to pep talk Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos. Both bands released a new record earlier in the year, with Passion Pit having put out Gossamer (TMT Review) in the summer and Matt & Kim having released Lightning just last month.

Passion Pit and Matt & Kim dates:

02.05.13 - Norfolk, VA - NorVa
02.08.13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
02.09.13 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
02.12.13 - Portland, ME - State Theater
02.15.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
02.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
02.18.13 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory
02.23.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum
02.25.13 - Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium
02.28.13 - Ames, IA - Hilton Coliseum at Iowa State
03.01.13 - Denver, CO - First Bank Center
03.02.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Complex

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Ducktails unveils new track with guests abound, announces The Flower Lane release party, European tour

2012 was a quiet year for Ducktails, relatively speaking. Perhaps he just flew south last winter and decided to extend his vacation for the duration of the year, or perhaps he appreciates the fact that silence breeds anticipation, and he’s simply preparing for an eventful reemergence at the beginning of 2013. All evidence (such as the fact that Ducktails a.k.a. Matthew Mondanile isn’t actually a duck and therefore doesn’t have the behavioral impulse to fly south) points to the latter.

About two months ago we reported on the announcement of The Flower Lane, Ducktails’ newest full-length album, due out January 29 on Domino. This time around, he shares with the world a new track, “Letter of Intent,” featuring Oneohtrix Point Never on synth, Joel Ford on bass, and vocals from Future Shuttle’s Jessa Farkas. He also offers some exciting news for people within the vicinity of NYC, as well as inhabitants of that soooo generally not-tropical continent, Europe.

January 23 coincides with The Flower Lane’s record release party at New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, and the event will feature every guest musician, along with Ducktails himself, of course, performing the album in full. The following month, in mid-February, Ducktails will embark on a short European tour, bringing his carefree vibes all up in Germany’s collectively stoic face (though I’m sure they’ll appreciate it, deep inside). Check out the dates and listen to “Letter of Intent” below.


01.23.13 - New York, NY - (Le) Poisson Rouge
02.15.13 - Paris, France - Maroquinerie
02.16.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
02.17.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02.18.13 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
02.19.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Prinzenbar
02.20.13 - Berlin, Germany - Haus Ungarn (EX.-HBC)
02.22.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Frost
02.24.13 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
02.25.13 - London, UK - The Lexington

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Desaparecidos go on East Coast tour in order to obtain Atlantic Ocean water for some sort of potion or ointment

Oh, I’m on to you, Conor Oberst. Don’t think I’m not on to you. Reforming your post-hardcore outfit Desaparecidos seems innocent enough. It is not innocent. Unless you think brewing potions is innocent and, if you do think that, you’re incorrect, because it isn’t. While we all know a Bright Eyes or Conor Oberst solo tour is just a worldwide trip for potions ingredients (it’s all over the news), Desaparecidos could just be touring. Well, they’re not. I don’t trust them.

Though, well, they are touring. They’re probably just looking for some water from the Atlantic Ocean, in order to mix with a virgin’s sigh for use in some terrible concoction. However, to keep up appearances, they are playing a string of dates across the East Coast. Joining them on those dates are California punks Joyce Manor, who are just looking to have a fun time playing some shows. Those guys have no interest in potions.

Desaparecidos dates:

02.15.13 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony *
02.16.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *#
02.17.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle *
02.19.13 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham *
02.20.13 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon at Florida State University *
02.21.13 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
02.23.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
02.24.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
02.26.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *#

* Joyce Manor
# States & Kingdoms

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Captain Murphy a.k.a. Flying Lotus presents the internet with a deluxe edition of his Duality mixtape

Since popping up earlier in the year, the internet has been filled with whispers concerning the identity of mysterious rapper Captain Murphy. Well, turns out he’s Flying Lotus. As Complex reports, the producer revealed himself as Captain Murphy at his alter-ego’s debut live show in Los Angeles. Considering that Murphy made one of his earliest appearances on a Flying Lotus track, it’s not terribly surprising. On the other hand, he did sound a lot like Tyler, the Creator. Fooled me, at least.

For his first act without the veil, Captain Murphy has released a deluxe edition of his debut mixtape, Duality. Originally, he put it up on Mediafire, but it’s since been removed, because the internet. Thankfully, he’s uploaded the tape to mixtape hub Datpiff. Check that out right here. “But Tiny Mix Tapes news writer, E. Nagurney!” you squelch out in a whiney voice. “I want to listen to the mixtape while watching a really crazy collage of vintage pornography and cult leaders and stuff like that AND I don’t want to open multiple tabs.” You are demanding and weird, but your needs will be met. Go to Murphy’s website and watch the video there. It is the only thing there. You will be able to find it. It is incredibly NSFW.

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FaltyDL summons the Hardcourage, due out in January on Ninja Tune

Reliably superb production and a seamless appeal to various genres (with UK garage standing subtly at the forefront) paved the way for New York producer Drew Lustman a.k.a. FaltyDL to establish a healthy relationship with Planet Mu, through which his first two full-length albums, Love Is a Liability (2009) and You Stand Uncertain (2011) were released, to mostly positive reviews. “Reliable” is a good adjective to use here, because it connotes… well, predictability, but certainly not in a bad way. Those two full-length albums have always struck me as being reliably good, but at the same time lacking a certain je ne sais quoi that separates the “good” from the great, or even memorable, long-term. Can a brother get some more stand-out tracks!? — is another way of putting it.

In that regard, You Stand Uncertain did offer some improvements over its predecessor, which only serves to add to the enthusiasm that one should have for Hardcourage, FaltyDL’s newest album, set for release on January 22 courtesy of Pla… no wait, Ninja Tune, as well as Lustman’s own Blueberry Records! The switch in labels could be indicative of a renewed creative outlook, and satisfyingly, the single “Straight & Arrow” seems to suggest that’s the case. Music fans and hand fetishists alike, observe:

Hardcourage tracklisting:

01. Stay I’m Changed
02. She Sleeps (feat. Ed Macfarlane)
03. Straight & Arrow
04. Uncea
05. For Karme
06. Finally Some Shit/The Rain Stopped
07. Kenny Rolls One
08. Korban Dallas
09. Re Assimilate
10. Bells

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Burial to release new EP on Hyperdub to appease rabid pack of mean commenters

The internet has done two things: 1) accelerated everything, and 2) turned everyone into a whiny baby who believes they deserve whatever it is they want right when they want it. Case in point: Burial. After releasing a debut album in 2006, Burial has come to define the upper echelon of the now ubiquitous genre of dubstep. To become the elder statesmen of an entire category of music after less than 10 years is definitely a by-product of the expedited internet age (though Burial’s quality output helps as well).

What accompanies this status, though, is a horde of faceless strangers demanding new content from behind the safe glow of their monitors. Yes, the people want more Burial and they want it now. While they should learn to hold their horses and, as Hyperdub’s Kode9 told Self-Titled last year, wait until it’s ready, the internet will surely be glad to hear that the time has finally come for new music. It’s not Burial’s long-awaited third full-length, but it’s new music nonetheless, and given Burial’s proclivity to put out particularly long EPs, hopefully it’ll suffice. Self-Titled reports that Hyperdub will be releasing the new EP, titled One / Two, on December 17 as a CD or 180 gram vinyl. For those of you who need to see some action NOW, pre-ordering is available here and here.

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