Polysics Announce New U.S. Tour; Might as Well Move to the U.S. They Tour Here So Often

Back in the day when I was first learning about this thing called “indie rock,” a friend informed me that I should go see the Polysics play an upcoming show in my college town because “they’re from Tokyo and they barely tour the US at all.” Over the next four years, Polysics proceeded to play this same city about half a dozen times. Moral of the story? Don’t listen to your friends. Instead, listen to the new Polysics album, Absolute Polysics, which is out now on MySpace Records (yes, seriously). And while you’re at it, go see them play your city again:

01.28.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
01.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy Theatre
01.30.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
02.02.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
02.03.10 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room
02.05.10 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
02.06.10 - Austin, TX - The Independent
02.07.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
02.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
02.11.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
02.02.10 - Akron, OH - Musica
02.13.10 - New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
02.14.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
02.16.10 - Washington, DC - The Rock and Roll Hotel

The Ballerina Rose Gracefully En Pointe and Extended One Slender Leg Behind Her, Like a Dog at a Fire Hydrant. Meh. Eluvium Promises to Do Much Better with His Similes

Everything you expect and desire from Eluvium is coming on February 23, because that is the date upon which the anticipated new album, Similes, will be released. Matthew Cooper, the multifariously talented musician known better by his geologically-sound stage name, will issue his latest record on Temporary Residence and it promises to be a bold step for the electronic ambient composer par excellence. Although the artwork will once again be provided by the wonderful Jeannie Paske, Eluvium has been experimenting with instruments and techniques that may be commonplace for others but rarely used by him. Similes allegedly has Cooper employing more percussion and vocals than longtime listeners are accustomed to hearing and has more verse-chorus-verse song composition than you would ever expect. You can stream two tracks from the album at Stereogum here. In his hands, these olde-timey techniques will surely sound fresher than a sweet Sunday morning.

Similes tracklisting:

01. Leaves Eclipse the Light
02. The Motion Makes Me Last
03. In Culmination
04. Weird Creatures
05. Nightmare 5
06. Making Up Minds
07. Bending Dream
08. Cease to Know

Radiohead Raises $572,754 at Haiti Benefit Gig

My knees are still shaking in excitement.

As we recently reported, Radiohead played a last-minute Haiti benefit gig at LA’s Music Box (at the Henry Fonda Theater) on Sunday night, and I can say without reservation that it was the single greatest show I have ever witnessed. The band ripped through fan favorites like “Paranoid Android” and “The National Anthem” and even played a couple special songs, like the unreleased “Lotus Flower” and a solo piano rendition of “Everything In Its Right Place.” Standing next to Justin Timberlake and Paul Thomas Anderson—among the many celebrity attendees who paid high prices for the auction-only tickets— I did feel a bit out of place, despite being the editor-in-chief of Tiny Mix Tapes. In fact, it took Drew Barrymore to get me out of my insecurity: having bumped into her right before the band hit the stage (I told her about the editor-in-chief stuff), we sang as loudly as we could to “Fake Plastic Trees,” jumping around together, holding hands, and having a blast.

Okay, yeah, so I wasn’t really there. But the whole shebang sounded like it went well. So well, in fact, that Radiohead raised $572,754 for Oxfam’s Haiti relief efforts. Over half a million ain’t too shabby for a small, last-minute gig in LA.

Setlist (courtesy of AtEase):

01 Faust Arp
02 Fake Plastic Trees
03 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
04 The National Anthem
05 Nude
06 Karma Police
07 Kid A
08 Morning Bell
09 How to Disappear Completely
10 A Wolf at the Door
11 The Bends
12 Reckoner
13 Lucky
14 Bodysnatchers
15 Dollars & Cents
16 Airbag
17 Exit Music

Encore #1
18 Everything in Its Right Place (Thom)
19 You and Whose Army?
20 Pyramid Song
21 All I Need

Encore #2:
22 Lotus Flower
23 Paranoid Android
24 Street Spirit (fade out)

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com
• Oxfam: http://www.oxfam.org

*Burrrrp*! Why Do'n YOU Go and R'lease an Al-bum in, *Hic,* March Ooh-Ten, Ya Stoopid Jerk! Frightened Rabbit Get Ready to Celebrate The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Don’t let the title fool you. Frightened Rabbit may be ready to celebrate The Winter of Mixed Drinks but they are far from dead-eyed drunks who take a wild swing at you from their dampening bar perch with a fresh “Silver Bullet” for nothing more than (allegedly) “lookin’ atta ma gurrrlfriend.” No, they have it a little more together than that.

The Winter of Mixed Drinks is Frightened Rabbit’s third album and the follow-up to their breakthrough release The Midnight Organ Fight. Produced again by Peter Katis and featuring string arrangements by Hauschka, The Winter of Mixed Drinks (I can’t get enough of typing that name!) will be available via FatCat on March 9. The first single, “Swim Until You Can’t See Land,” is available now on download and 7-inch with the undoubtedly dour “Fun Stuff” on the flip.

01. Things
02. Swim Until You Can’t See Land
03. The Loneliness and the Scream
04. The Wrestle
05. Skip the Youth
06. Nothing Like You
07. Man/Bag of Sand
08. Foot Shooter
09. Not Miserable
10. Living in Colour
11. Yes I Would

03.04.10 - York, England - Duchess
03.05.10 - Manchester, England - Club Academy
03.06.10 - Aldershot, England - West End Centre
03.08.10 - Bristol, Endland - Thekla
03.09.10 - Oxford, England - Academy 2
03.10.10 - London, England - Koko
03.12.10 - Birmingham, England - Academy 2
03.13.10 - Sheffield, England - Leadmill 2
03.14.10 - Norwich, England - Arts Centre
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW
04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella)

• Frightened Rabbit: http://www.myspace.com/frightenedrabbit
• FatCat Records: http://fat-cat.co.uk

Quasi to Release American Gong, Tour, Do Their Darndest to Maintain Post-Bush Relevancy

That great Northwestern powerhouse Kill Rock Stars is the new home of that other great Northwestern powerhouse known to your other brother and me as the one and only Quasi. The newest record, awesomely/horrendously titled American Gong, was recorded at Jackpot Studios by Kendra Lynn and mixed by Steve Fisk (much to the chagrin of all us fans who think that Dave Friedmann is the only man who should be mixing Janet Weiss’s drumkit), and it also features new member Joanna Bolme (of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks infamy) on bass alongside Weiss and everyone’s favorite hate-fueled, government-tormented, white bluesman Sam Coomes. (BTW: anyone who wants to take bets on how many songs will be about how much it sucks to work a blue-collar day job even though Coomes is in fact a touring musician, just email me and you’re on!)

Anyway, American Gong is set to drop on February 23, after which the newly established trio will hit the road for a string of U.S. dates. And more dates are most assuredly on the way, so calm down, late-90s-indie-rock fan-who-worked-at-the-golf-course-with-me-back-then.

American Gong:

01. Repulsion
02. Little White Horse
03. Everything and Nothing At All
04. Bye Bye Blackbird
05. The Jig Is Up
06. Black Dogs and Bubbles
07. Death Is Not the End
08. Rockabilly Party
09. Now What
10. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
11. Howler


03.09.10 - Arcata, CA - The Depot at Humboldt State
03.10.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03.11.10 - Visalia, CA - The Cellar Door
03.12.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
03.13.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Detroit Bar
03.14.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
03.15.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
03.17.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
03.21.10 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
03.22.10 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
03.23.10 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
03.25.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03.26.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
03.27.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
04.15.10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
04.16.10 - Madison, WI - Annex
04.18.10 - Toronto, ONT - Horsehoe Tavern
04.19.10 - Montreal, QC.10 - Il Motore
04.20.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East
04.22.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.23.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
04.24.10 - Washington, DC - The Black Cat
04.26.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.28.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
04.29.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
04.30.10 - Newport, KY - The Southgate House
05.01.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

Times New Viking and Yo La Tengo Magical Winter Tour Starts Tonight

Sometimes, magic happens. If you’re a fan of both Yo La Tengo and Times New Viking, that time is now.

When asked during a 2008 interview with Pitchfork, Times New Viking’s Jared Phillips described the best places the band has ever played: “Probably one of those places that we played with Yo La Tengo that we’ll never get to play again [laughs ]. Those were all pretty fun but, you know, if it ever happens we’ll be 40 years old by the time we play in a place that big again.” HOLD ON JARED!!!! You’ll be reunited with Yo La Tengo sooner than you think—tonight, in fact. And really, the most magical thing of all is that, with this tour, we all win.

01.22.10 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
01.23.10 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
01.24.10 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
o1.26.10 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre
01.27.10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
01.28.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
01.29.10 - Austin, TX - Antone’s
01.30.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre

After this small trek, Times New Viking and Yo La Tengo will head their separates ways to the same location: Europe. Check out the dates here and here

• Times New Viking: http://www.myspace.com/timesnewviking
• Yo La Tengo: http://www.yolatengo.com