Ponytail to release Do Whatever You Want All the Time in April

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Whartscape may be over for good, but Ponytail ain’t. Rumors about Ponytail’s breakup spread quickly last year after the Washington Post posted its Whartscape review. In it, the writer claimed that Ponytails’ set was “widely believed to be its final,” adding that “after five years the band seems content to call it a day.”

Day’s not over, apparently, as We Are Free are set to release Ponytail’s third full-length, Do Whatever You Want All the Time, on April 12. The album was recorded with J. Robbins, and the cover art was designed by EYE of Boredoms. I’m giving it a 5/5.

The band’s last album, Ice Cream Spiritual, was released in 2008. It made #29 on our decade list, because it fucking rules.

Do Whatever You Want All The Time tracklisting:

01. Easy Peasy
02. Flabbermouse
03. Honey Touches
04. Beyondersville//Flight of Fancy
05. AwayWay
06. Tush
07. Music Tunes

• Ponytail: http://chocolatelabinegypt.blogspot.com
• Ponytail MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/ponytailtunes
• We Are Free: http://www.nowwearefree.com

The Decemberists announce second leg of US tour; April to be a month of sun-fleck’d bonhomie ‘midst the hoarfrost

Okay, Decemberists junkies, we get it. You love words. You find them “bewitching.” Your “mental lexicon” is all that saves you from the “gnarled bracken” of the “coming day.” A typographical mistake sends you into “conniptions,” while a “ripe turn of phrase” sets your “bejeweled cockles aflame.” You are a descendent of both Strunk and White. You sleep with a dictionary under your pillow, a thesaurus at your feet, and six stitched-together volumes of World War I poetry as your blanket. God bless you.

Nevertheless, until Colin Meloy decides to release his songs as some sort of “nouveau roman”, you’re still forced to “stalk the profligate racks” of a modern record store whenever a Decemberists album is “consummated and sent forth.” We know it’s not easy to have this “albatross” around your neck, but according to sales figures for The King Is Dead (TMT Review), you’ve done so this time around with “heretofore unexpected alacrity.” Nicely done.

In lieu of “ducats,” Meloy and co. have decided to reward your “foolhardy spending” with a newly announced second leg of US tourdates, starting on April 16 in Colorado Springs and ending in Atlanta on May 2. They’ll even be “setting the lay of Nebraska alight” on April 17! We “beseech” you: go see ‘em.

Tourdates:

02.09.11 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater *
02.10.11 - Denver, CO - Ogen Theatre *
02.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern *
02.13.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
02.14.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
02.18.11 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom *
02.19.11 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
03.04.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03.05.11 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
03.07.11 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Institute
03.08.11 - Bristol, UK - Bristol Academy
03.10.11 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
03.11.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Academy
03.12.11 - Bexhill, UK - De la Warr Pavillion
03.13.11 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.14.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.16.11 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
04.16.11 - Colorado Springs, CO - University of Colorado #
04.17.11 - Omaha, NE - Holland Performing Arts Center #
04.18.11 - Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa #
04.19.11 - Madison, WI - Overture Hall
04.21.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center #
04.22.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
04.23.11 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion #
04.25.11 - Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College #
04.26.11 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater #
04.27.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant #
04.29.11 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
04.30.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
05.01.11 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05.02.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre #

* Mountain Man
# Justin Townes Earle

• The Decemberists: http://decemberists.com
• Capitol: http://www.capitolrecords.com

[Photo: Weekly Dig]

Fleet Foxes tour in cumbersome diesel bus

August 31, 2009

Dear Fleet Foxes:

It’s recently occurred to us that the best thing you can do if you are looking to convince people that your records are staggeringly important works of fickle but illimitable genius is drop off the radar for a while in between releases. I mean, just look at Radiohead. In their heart-of-hearts, that band’s public totally knows that it takes them like two weeks to throw together one of their goofy little pop album trifles (and that roughly 70% of that time is dedicated to playing PS3, pawing through the studio’s compendium of takeout menus, and blaming pitchy vocal takes on a shortage of organic Throat Coat® tea), but we dutifully play along and hail Thom and Jonny and the bald one and those other guys as “true craftsmen.” Why? Because it takes them three to four years to put an album out. You guys like Radiohead, don’t you?

Yep. Three to four years seems to be the magic genius number. So, I know that albums 2-4 are already in the can, but the team and I were thinking that maybe you shouldn’t release your follow-up to 2008’s self-titled debut (TMT Review) until, say, May 3 (May 2 in the UK) of 2011. I know, I know; that seems like a long way off from now. But trust me — it’s a dynamite strategy! Sub Pop and Bella Union won’t mind the wait if it means they get a bigger payoff later. And (obviously) from a publicity angle, it’s totally gangbusters. Plus, then you can rest up from all those intensely long tours we’ve been sending you on nonstop. It’s completely win-win-win. You understand.

Anyway, the boys in R&D were thinking you could call the new album Helplessness Blues (that title tested best with our focus groups; people said it had “organic appeal”). And then, once that release date approaches, you can tour North America and Europe again, and it’ll be like some sort of “triumphant return” of this “transcendent band” after all this time spent “holed up trying to express themselves in just the right way” and all that stuff. Ooh, we can even make it sound all Faustian if you want! Or… something like that, anyway. Tell you what; we’ll have the marketing department work on it some more. In the mean time, whatever you do, don’t do anything until 2011!

Cheers,
Your Management Team

04.30.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Vogue Theatre
05.01.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
05.05.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.06.11 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
05.07.11 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium
05.08.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
05.10.11 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
05.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
05.15.11 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
05.17.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
05.18.11 - New York, NY - The United Palace Theatre
05.21.11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
05.25.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.26.11 - Munich, Germany - Dachau Summer of Music
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.30.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.31.11 - London, England - Hammersmith Apollo

• Fleet Foxes: http://www.fleetfoxes.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com
• Bella Union: http://www.bellaunion.com

[Photo: Jonathan Fisher]

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announce details for Belong, out in March

When The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released their self-titled debut in 2009, they received much acclaim (everywhere) and some groans (TMT Review) at the somewhat contrived similarities with My Bloody Valentine. This March, POBPAT will release their sophomore full-length, and as if to remove any doubt of their influences, they brought in producer Mark Ellis (a.k.a. Flood, known for work with Smashing Pumpkins, U2, and PJ Harvey) and mixer Alan Moulder — renowned for credits with (you guessed it) My Bloody Valentine, as well as The Jesus & Mary Chain and Arctic Monkeys.

If the complaint with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart was that they were overwhelmingly trapped by comparisons, we can maybe hope for something a little different with the new album, according to the press release: that “beautifully self-contained sound” is “vast and magnificent, banishing once and for all any associations to ‘lo-fi’ and bringing [POBPAT] into heretofore unmapped widescreen dimensions.” For a band that initially fit so easily into readymade categories, the title of this supposedly evolved work is a little worrisome: Belong. A description of the title track, their latest single, also belies any hope of the band sloughing off constant comparisons; “Belong” is “positively anthemic, with buzzsaw-ing, Smashing Pumpkins-circa-Gish guitars…” (Flood’s contribution, maybe?).

Whoever or whatever the new album may sound like, there was nothing exactly to dislike before, and Belong promises to be another bright, heartwarming offering from these New York connoisseurs of pop. The album is out March 15 from Slumberland Records, but in the meantime, you can listen to single “Belong” here. And don’t forget about their tourdates with Twin Shadow!

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: http://www.myspace.com/thepainsofbeingpureatheart
• Slumberland: http://www.slumberlandrecords.com

Sasquatch announces 2011 lineup

Person 1: Wow, can you believe Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse , Wilco, The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin & more), The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bassnectar, Robyn, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97’s, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Tokyo Police Club, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Head & The Heart, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept, Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Moondoggies, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Das Racist, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Wheedle’s Groove, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Mad Rad, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils, and more will be playing Sasquatch 2011?

Person 2: Holy crap. Really? I thought it was just Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse , Wilco, The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin & more), The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bassnectar, Robyn, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97’s, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Tokyo Police Club, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Head & The Heart, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept, Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Moondoggies, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Das Racist, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Wheedle’s Groove, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Mad Rad, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils, and more! I had no idea Local Natives were playing, too. I don’t really listen to them, though, so doesn’t really make a difference I guess.

• Sasquatch: http://sasquatchfestival.com

Vivian Girls release new organ-inflected, Bacharach-inspired album on Polyvinyl

Vivian Girls are back and they want to Share the Joy. Okay, well, maybe they don’t want to, like, pass you some goofballs or buy you an ice cream sundae, but that IS the name of their new album. It’s their third overall and their first for Polyvinyl. Recorded at Rear House, Jarvis Taveniere of Woods’ home studio, the title was inspired by a Burt Bacharach song and promises lots of organ. This makes me excited because I’m a 90-year-old church organist and I totally love both Burt and a lil’ bit of sassy organ. And Vivian Girls. I love Vivian Girls, too. See? The joy (or at least my giant wine bottle-sized cup of Starbucks) is already spreading throughout my body!

Share the Joy is slated for an April 12 release, and the band starts touring at the end of the month.

02.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell*
02.25.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
02.26.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
02.27.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
02.28.11 - Miami, FL - Bruise Cruise**
04.05.11 - Asheville, NC - Sage Café / Warren Wilson College #
04.06.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle #
04.07.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar #
04.08.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat #
04.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocodero #
04.12.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
04.13.11 - Providence, RI - The Met Café #
04.14.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club #
04.15.11 - Montreal, QC - Le National #
04.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre #
04.17.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick #
04.19.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live #
04.20.11 - Newport, KY - Southgate House #
04.21.11 - St Louis, MO - The Firebird #
04.22.11 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium #
04.23.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater #
04.25.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room #
04.26.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club #
04.27.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft #
04.28.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s #
04.29.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds #

*Catwalk, Cold Showers
**Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys & more
# Black Lips

• Vivian Girls: http://www.myspace.com/viviangirlsnyc
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Yenna]

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