Peaking Lights to tour the UK in June; Peking Lights content with remaining obscure in China

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It’s time for some blunt commentary on the relative enjoyability of nature’s seasons. Naturally (no pun intended), this will depend almost entirely on where you’re located in the world, but for a good portion of us, I don’t think it would be an exercise in hyperbole to say that spring is nothing more than Mother Nature flaunting her cleavage, but ultimately denying us the goods until a later date. Does anybody have any idea when spring begins and ends? Smart-asses: pretend that you don’t for a second; there’s barely anything distinguishable about the season. Flowers suck. Many of us are just twiddling our thumbs until summer gets here.

All of this gives me an excuse to temporarily overlook any important events happening in the next few months and report on the fact that Wisconsin psychedelic duo Peaking Lights will be touring the UK and making one stop over in Ireland in June. By that time, it will have been roughly a year and four months since the release of 936 (TMT Review; #14 on our year-end list), so all you European island-dwellers can reasonably expect either a smidgen or a healthy dosage of unreleased/new material, in addition to all those dubby tunes featured on their most recent album. It’s all quite fitting; have you ever tried to discuss “irie riddims” while wearing a winter coat? Talk about awkward…

Dates:

06.02.12 - London, UK - Victoria Park, Field Day Festival
06.03.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.05.12 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell
06.06.12 - London, UK - XOYO
06.17.12 - North Yorkshire, UK - Beacons Festival
06.18.12 - Brecon Beacons, UK - Green Man Festival
06.19.12 - Brecon Beacons, UK - Green Man Festival

• Peaking Lights: http://peakinglights.com
• Not Not Fun: http://notnotfun.com

Mount Eerie follows through on promise to "make it rain on them hoes" by announcing TWO new full-lengths

Oh you KNOW we poppin’ bottles early at the office right now: Phil Elverum just made it worth dusting off those champagne flutes in the back by dropping word that his ever-evolving Mount Eerie project will be releasing two new albums in 2012 to follow up 2009’s Wind’s Poem (TMT Review), both presumably via P.W. Elverum & Sun. “Sure, bands announce vague tidbits like this all the time,” you might be thinking, “but it doesn’t really mean anything in the here and now. For example, Austin Powers 4 has a 2013 release date, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to be camping outside AMC any earlier than October.” Well, get this: the first album’s already done, is called Clear Moon, and will be out May 22. Boom. Get it? That’s why we drinkin’ wiiiiine, son.

“Okay,” you might now be thinking, “drinking wine at this hour is par for the course for sloppy guys like you, I mean you were doing this a little while ago because ‘Wilco put out an iTunes session.’ This isn’t that surprising. But there has to be something more that’s making you act really creepy around my friends, when you’re supposed to be professional.” Okay, you got me… it’s not just that Mount Eerie is putting out these albums (the second will be called Ocean Roar btw), but that they apparently are inspired by both Popul Vuh and Nadja. That’s why I can’t stop sweating and loosening my tie right now. This is so big. I mean seriously, Phil recorded both albums in a de-sanctified church called “The Unknown.” I’m going to be sick. I want it now. I need to lay down. MOVE blurhghghhh

Clear Moon tracklisting:

01. Through the Trees pt. 2
02. the Place Lives
03. the Place I Live
04. (something)
05. Lone Bell
06. House Shape
07. Over Dark Water
08. (something)
09. Clear Moon
10. Yawning Sky
11. (synthesizer)

Tourdates (all dates with Earth and Ô PAON):

03.03.12 - Bristol, England - Arnofini Gallery
03.05.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
03.07.12 - Manchester, England - Ruby Lounge
03.08.12 - Edinburgh, Scotland - The Caves
03.09.12 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
03.10.12 - Minehead, England - Butlins Holiday Centre (All Tomorrow’s Parties)
03.11.12 - London, England - Union Chapel
03.12.12 - Brighton, England - The Haunt
03.13.12 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
03.14.12 - Leuven, Belgium - Het Depot
03.15.12 - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie
03.16.12 - Bordeaux, France - Iboat
03.17.12 - Bilbao, Spain - Askena
03.18.12 - Madrid, Spain - El Sol
03.19.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Musichall
03.21.12 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
03.22.12 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
03.23.12 - Firenze, Italy - The Box
03.24.12 - Parma, Italy - Auditorium Del Carmine
03.25.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
03.26.12 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
03.28.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
03.29.12 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
03.30.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Dobeska Theatre
03.31.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
04.02.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
04.03.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Truckstop Alaska
04.04.12 - Oslo, Norway - Inferno Festival
04.05.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
04.06.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Nosturi

• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

Blackout Beach drops new instrumental album on Bandcamp! Fuck Fuck Death, this is that new ish!

Been yearning for some Blackout Beach? Well, today’s your day, then! Carey Mercer and company have released a pay-what-you-want digital album called 11 Pink Helicopters in the Coral Sky on Bandcamp that you can go and download RIGHT NOW! For fans of Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach, this unexpected morsel of guitar noodling and muffled reverb should come as a welcome surprise. To those out there that are downright frightened of Mercer’s intense vocal style, you should also check this out, as the record features none of Mercer’s trademark yelps or shrieks (though they’ve still attributed the tag “boar dying in a tar pit” to the this release, for some reason…). Instead, the album sounds like a collection of (very nice sounding) outtakes, with tracks stopping suddenly before they really form themselves into proper songs, each one trying out something slightly different, all still within Mercer’s general sonic wheelhouse.

This collection is significantly quieter than Blackout Beach’s great album from last year, Fuck Death (TMT Review), but it makes for an enjoyable and brief listen, with tracks averaging just under the two-minute mark. Check out the stream or fire up the ol’ PayPal account and get to payin’ what you will.

• Blackout Beach: http://www.myspace.com/blackoutbeach

Codeine set dates for reunion tour in support of reissued albums, because there is still yearning left to do

When Codeine broke up back in 1994, it was because there was no yearning left to do. “We tried to find more yearning, but there was none to find, so that’s that,” said every member of Codeine, circa 1994. After recording three albums of very slow, very sad music, they disappeared from the earth, just as swiftly as they were slow. However, maybe there’s still some yearning left? If there is, Codeine will find it and they will find it during their reunion shows.

Currently, those reunion shows are in places like Seattle, Chicago, Tokyo, London, etc. If there are more dates to add, they will probably announce those dates very slowly. You know how these guys do.

But, hey, if you don’t know how these guys do, you can get another chance soon. On May 5, Numero Group will reissue Codeine’s three albums on vinyl and CD, flush with singles, demos, Peel session tracks, and live material. If you’re really dedicated to Codeine’s slowly rotating snowflakes of songs, you can purchase a three-album set, limited to 1000 copies. There’s nothing like being dedicated to a slowly rotating snowflake.

Dates:

04.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
04.14.12 - Tokyo, Japan - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.26.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.27.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05.28.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
05.30.12 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
05.31.12 - Bologna, Italy - Lokomotiv
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.08.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
06.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
06.30.12 - Brighton, MA - Brighton Music Hall
07.01.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07.09-10.12 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
07.11.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
07.12.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
07.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
07.15.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

• Codeine: http://www.myspace.com/codeineny
• Numero Group: http://www.numerogroup.com

Devin isn’t shy about Romancing us with a tour and a little tongue action (works every time)

Some might call us easy (it’s our prerogative, damn it all!). I guess it could be said that when we crush, we crush hard. It’s true, all it took for the dude Devin (not to be confused with Devin THE dude) was a three-song EP entitled You’re Mine until we were scribbling his name in the margins of our notebooks. With a title like that, he was sending us signals, alright. Maybe it was his Iggy Pop-like stage presence and rock swagger that made us go weak in the knees, or perhaps it was his confident nature that made us feel like he was cradling us in the warm folds of his studly motorcycle jacket that really got us. Whatever it was, we couldn’t be more excited that he’s set to release his debut full-length on April 10 via Frenchkiss Records. Entitled Romancing, we’re pretty sure it’s a sign that he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Is it hot in here, or is that just Devin’s guitar work?

For the remaining days of February, he’ll be playing a few East Coast shows with Heartless Bastards and then it’s on to London for a tip of the hat to the English people and to The Drums for one show.

Romancing tracklist:

01. Masochist
02. Born to Cry
03. New Horrors
04. I Don’t Think I
05. I’m Not a Fool
06. My Solitude
07. Run
08. Forever Is Only a Moment
09. I Died
10. You’re Mine
11. Too Soon
12. White Leather

Tourdates:

02.23.12 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs*
02.24.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
02.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
02.27.12 - London, UK - The Roundhouse (NME Awards) #
02.28.12 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
03.02.12 - London, UK - KOKO (Club NME)

* Heartless Bastards
# The Drums

• Devin: http://www.devinmusic.com
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

tUnE-yArDs announce summer tour WHAT’S THAT ABOUT WHAT’S THAT ABOUT

“WHAT’S THAT ABOUT!? WHAT’S THAT ABOUT!?” It was the question heard around the world, but only by anyone who happened to be listening to tUnE-yArDs’s w h o k i l l (TMT Review), released on 4AD last year. Well, Merrill Garbus, let me turn that one around on you. Prefix Magazine claims that you are going on a pretty lengthy summer tour. WHAT’S THAT ABOUT!? WHAT’S THAT ABOUT!? Oh, it’s exactly what you said it was about: a summer tour. That said, you are not coming to the place where I live and really, what’s that about?

Eh, I guess I can’t blame Ms. Garbus, though, considering that she seems to be going to every other place on the planet in the next six months. She’s touring through much of spring and the remaining bits of winter, doing runs of dates in Europe and North America. After that, she’ll recharge her psychic energy or something and kick off her summer tour with a string of North American dates, followed by some overseas festival, and then finally a few more North American dates. By the way, a few of those dates are with St. Vincent! You like her, right? You told me you did once.

tUnE-yArDs dates:

02.22.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique (Orangerie)
02.23.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
02.25.12 - Oslo, Norway - Bla
02.26.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
02.28.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
02.29.12 - Munich, Germany - 59:1
03.01.12 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
03.02.12 - Torino, Italy - Hiroshima
03.03.12 - Rome, Italy - Lanificio
03.04.12 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
03.06.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
03.07.12 - Medvednica, Croatia - Tvorncia Kulture, Zagreb/Sljeme
03.08.12 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Menza Pri Koritu
03.10.12 - Istanbul, Turkey - Salon
04.12.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.15.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
04.17.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater *
04.18.12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04.24.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
05.02.12 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Beco SP
05.03.12 - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Teatro Odisseia
05.05.12 - Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico - Festival 5 Punto 5
05.25-28.12 - George, WA - Sasquatch!
06.01.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.03.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.05.12 - Charlottesville, NC - The Orange Peel
06.06.12 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
06.07-09.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.10.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Center
06.11.12 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for the Arts
06.12.12 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small’s
06.13.12 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
06.14.12 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
07.07.12 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.08.12 - Pulburough, UK - Nova Festival
07.31.12 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
08.01.12 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
08.02.12 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom

* St. Vincent

• tUnE-yArDs: http://tune-yards.com
• 4AD: http://4ad.com
• St. Vincent: http://www.ilovestvincent.com