Portishead announce European tour dates without announcing any actual new Portishead music

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While it may seem like Portishead are slackers, what with their track record of taking their sweet time between records, band leader Geoff Barrow actually keeps himself pretty busy outside of Portishead releases and tours. Recently, Barrow released the Drive soundtrack in Europe on vinyl under his Invada imprint and has been working on a hip-hop project, Quakers, that is set to release their debut album on Stones Throw later this month (March 27).

In light of all that, it’s a nice surprise to hear that the group will be playing a handful of live dates in Spain and Italy this summer. Word on their long-rumored and long-awaited fourth album? FACT reports that Barrow assures them it’s “definitely” being recorded, though it seems like we’ve heard this before to no avail…


06.22.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Poble Espanyol
06.23.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Poble Espanyol
06.25.12 - Vienna, Italy - Theatre Antique de Vienne
06.26.12 - Verona, Italy - Castello Scaligero
06.27.12 - Rome, Italy - Ippodromo delle Capannelle

• Portishead: http://www.portishead.co.uk
• Invada Records: http://invada.co.uk
• Stones Throw Records: http://www.stonesthrow.com

King Tuff announces new record on Sub Pop, but only because everybody declined his challenge to a tough guy contest

My dad used to tell me a story about a guy who said he was the toughest guy in the world. Some other guy shot the first guy, then that second guy said he was the toughest guy in the world. I think the point of the story was to teach me not to play with guns. And I think my dad actually said “baddest” instead of “toughest.” Never you mind, it’s all as relevant as it has ever been. King Tuff (a.k.a. Happy Birthday frontman Kyle Thomas) told everybody that he was the toughest king in the world, so another king shot him and now he is dead. Wait, that’s just the same story my dad told me. Apologies.

King Tuff never did any of that stuff. What King Tuff actually did was make a self-titled sophomore record, coming out May 26 through Sub Pop. Tough guys and gals can get it on CD, LP, Mp3, any format they desire. You desire more formats, you get a mouth full of teeth. Teeth that aren’t connected to your mouth. They’re loose, because of a punch, get it? Forget it, listen to the first single “Bad Thing”:

Before the record sees release, King Tuff will be starting a few fights across the country, mainly during SXSW. Some call SXSW “Fight Central,” on account of all the fights. Actually, I’ve never seen a fight during SXSW, but I bet it happens. How could it not happen?

King Tuff tracklist:

01. Anthem
02. Alone & Stoned
03. Keep On Movin’
04. Unusual World
05. Bad Thing
06. Losers Wall
07. Stranger
08. Baby Just Break
09. Stupid Superstar
10. Evergreen
11. Swamp of Love
12. Hit & Run

King Tuff dates:

03.15.12 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn (SXSW Thrasher + Converse showcase)
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - The Grand Pool Hall (early show)
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 Outdoor Stage (Sub Pop Showcase)
03.23.12 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
03.24.12 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory

• King Tuff: http://www.myspace.com/kingtuff
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Woods to release split LP with Amps for Christ (like a hardcore band!), go on tour (like a hardcore band!)

Did you know that Woods are a hardcore band? Perhaps you thought they were more along the lines of a psych or folk band, but you are wrong. They are a hardcore band, because they are putting out a split LP. Bands that aren’t hardcore bands do put out split records (hey Grimes), but you know who doesn’t know that? My brain. It rejects this knowledge and holds tight to its belief that only hardcore bands put out split records.

As far as my brain is concerned, hardcore warriors Woods are putting out a split record with fellow hardcore warriors Amps for Christ. The Amps for Christ/Woods CD will see release on April 17, while the vinyl comes out on May 1. Both versions are being put out through Shrimper, who I am fairly sure have a roster of bands surrounded by x’s. One of the record’s tracks, “From Oatmeal to Buttermilk,” features the two bands collaborating, as Woods’s furious breakdowns meet Amps for Christ’s SoCal hardcore frenzy.

Around the time of the split’s release, Woods will head out on a fairly extensive US tour. Oddly, they do not seem to be playing any VFW halls or Unitarian churches. Don’t worry, though, there will surely be floor punching.

Amps for Christ/Woods tracklist:

Side One (Amps for Christ)
01. When
02. Native Chantz
03. Lord Bateman (Child #53)
04. Roto Koto in C Major

Side Two (Woods)
01. Sleep
o2. From Oatmeal to Buttermilk
03. Wind was the Wine
04. Brothers
05. September Saturn

Woods dates:

04.19.12 - Waltham, MA - Brandeis University
04.20.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells *
04.21.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Art Works *
04.22.12 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar *
04.23.12 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop *
04.24.12 - Grinnell, IA - Gardner Lounge/Grinnell College *
04.25.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall *
04.26.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis *
04.27.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
04.28.12 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
04.29.12 - Houston, TX - Rudyards *
04.30.12 - Jackson, MS - Morningbell Records *
05.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
05.03.12 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
05.04.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent *

• Woods: http://www.woodsist.com/woods
• Amps for Christ: http://www.myspace.com/ampsforchrist
• Shrimper: http://www.midheaven.com/label/shrimper

Dent May announces sophomore album, shares SXSW schedule, and invites you to his summer fun beach party (there might even be a moonbounce)

I’m a little puzzled by the title of Dent May’s forthcoming sophomore album. It’s called Do Things, and I’m wondering what exactly Dent May wants me to do. Adopt a rabbit? Build a treehouse? Swim across the Pacific Ocean? From the psych-funk sound of “Fun,” I have a feeling Dent May might suggest throwing a beach party where everyone flies kites and wears goggles, or maybe drawing swimming pools on sidewalks with pink chalk.

Without his faithful ukulele, Dent May experiments with “synthesizer filigrees and harmonious coos” — harkening back to disco’s heydey, all the while skipping between subjects such as friendship, finding meaning in life, and general malaise. Slightly more contemplative, but still a cheery little summer release. Dent May recorded the album half in bedroom sessions at the Cats Purring Dude Ranch (where he lives and hosts DIY shows) and half in a friend’s cabin by a cotton field just outside Oxford, Mississippi. Do Things will see a June 12 release on Paw Tracks, just in time for beach party weather.

P.S. Dent May is playing SXSW! Check out his schedule!

Do Things tracklist:

01. Rent Money
02. Fun
03. Tell Her
04. Best Friend
05. Don’t Wait Too Long
06. Wedding Day
07. Parents
08. Find It
09. Do Things
10. Home Groan

SXSW schedule:

03.14.12 - Austin, TX - Spider House (KVRX)
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - Cheer Up Charlie’s (Solid Gold)
03.15.12 - Austin, TX - 512 Rooftop (Paw Tracks/Carpark)
03.16.12 - Austin, TX - Baby Blue Recording Studio (WNYU)

• Dent May: http://www.dentmay.com
• Paw Tracks: http://www.paw-tracks.com

“Southern Lord reissues Sleep’s Dopesmoker.” Now, who wants to go to the blackboard to diagram that sentence?

Hit I.

Dude, did you hear that Southern Lord Records is reissuing a deluxe version of Dopesmoker by Sleep this year?

Hit II.

Dude, did you know that the reissue of Dopesmoker by Sleep is gonna be remastered to sound better and that it’ll have new artwork by long-time Sleep artist Arik Roper that reportedly is totally smokable? Dead serious.

Hit III.

Dude, did you know that inspired Seal Team 6 to take down Osama Whathisface?

Hit IV.

Dude, I heard the reissue of Dopesmoker by Sleep contains this live track “Holy Mountain,” recorded at San Francisco’s I-Beam in 1994, and at that show, the whole fucking audience turned to stone when fucking guitarist Matt Pike played ripped out this one ancient melody that was carved on the gravestone of fucking Rutherford B. Hayes.

Hit V.

Dude, I just realized that if Dopesmoker by Sleep was, like, a woman… oh man…

Hit VI.

Dude, did I already tell you this crazy shit that Southern Lord is gonna be reissued on Dopesmoker by Sleep this year on Southern Lord via Dopesmoker by Sleep on Southern Lord?

Hit VII.

Dude, haha seriously, did you know that if your copy of Dopesmoker by Sleep is bigger than your face, you’re retarded?


Dude, ever think of how far away the stars are?

Dopesmoker tracklisting:

01. Dopesmoker
02. Holy Mountain (Live @ the I-Beam SF, CA. 1994)

European Spring Dates:

04.14.12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival
05.03.12 - Wroclaw, Poland - Asymmetry Festival *
05.04.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio *
05.05.12 - Oslo, Norway - Betong *
05.06.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand *
05.08.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
05.09.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain *
05.10.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island *
05.11.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar *
05.12.12 - Budapest, Hungary - Club 202 *
05.13.12 - Zagreb, Croatia - Tvornica Kulture *
05.14.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena *
05.16.12 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti *
05.17.12 - Cortemaggiore, Italy - Fillmore Club *
05.18.12 - Bern, Switzerland - Dachstock *
05.19.12 - Dortmund, Germany - Fzw *
05.20.12 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
05.22.12 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches *
05.23.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory *
05.24.12 - Leeds, UK - Stylus *
05.25.12 - London, UK - I’ll Be Your Mirror
05.26.12 - Paris, France - Villette, Sonique
05.27.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix *
05.28.12 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk *
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound

* A Storm of Light

• Sleep: http://www.weedian.com
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com

Fennesz and Jon Wozencroft let Liquid Music simmer for 11 years, release it now that it’s nice and tender

Famed electronic composer Christian Fennesz was in the grocery store. Eggs, butter, apples, asparagus, and some laundry detergent. He thought he had everything he needed, but something was missing. No matter how he racked his brain, Fennesz just couldn’t figure it out. Once again, standing firm on his anti-list policy had proved his downfall. What was it? What could it be? Salmon? No, Fennesz had some salmon in his freezer. Then it hit him. He had completely forgotten to release Liquid Music, the film he made in 2001 with Touch Records founder Jon Wozencroft.

Fennesz pulled out his phone and dialed Wozencroft’s number, not caring that his cart was halfway-blocking the aisle. “Jon! Jon! We have to release Liquid Music! We completely forget about it,” Fennesz cried. Out in Touch headquarters, Wozencroft sighed to himself. As he had before, Wozencroft explained to his friend, “Fennesz, we didn’t forget to release Liquid Music. We didn’t release it because DVD mastering techniques have never been advanced enough to capture the water footage we filmed on Hi-8 and mini-DV between 1995 and 2001 in Prague, Paxos, Crete, Cephalonia, Messinia, London, and, um, I think there was a short clip from Monterey Bay.”

Fennesz was briefly stunned, before remembering that Jon had, in fact, explained this before. They had premiered the video back in the Touch 2001 tour, around the time he put out Endless Summer. Since then, they had shown the piece during dedicated screenings and live projections. “Right, right, Jon. Sorry about that. I really wish we could put that out, though,” Fennesz replied.

A smile formed on Wozencroft’s face. “I have good news, buddy,” he said. “We have put it out. It’s out now through Touch, as a USB stick. It contains the .mov file, along with text files and images. Hell, I even already told FACT about it.”

“Wonderful news, Jon,” Fennesz said. “Now, I have to finish my shopping. And, oh, you know what, artichoke hearts. That’s what I need to get.”

• Fennesz: http://www.fennesz.com
• Touch: http://www.touchmusic.org.uk