The Promise Ring prep rarities album and rigorous two-city reunion tour, then weep while watching Chasing Amy

The Promise Ring prep rarities album and rigorous two-city reunion tour, then weep while watching Chasing Amy

If indie/emo second-wavers The Promise Ring are famous for one thing, it’s probably leader Davey von Bohlen’s precedent of grown men intentionally encouraging the use of the diminutive forms of their first names. Thanks to his truly inspiring wussiness, rapidly aging men everywhere learned that they could soften their image (and, hence, fuck more college chicks) simply by advertising themselves on paper as a wide-eyed manboy who had Radio Flyer decals on his manual-transmission two-door. Heck, if it wasn’t for Davey’s influence, you might be reading Nobodad’s news story right now. But he probably wouldn’t get laid at music journalism conferences nearly as much as Nobodaddy does.

But apart from their singer (calling him a “vocalist” is just plain incorrect) giving men an excuse to be creeps, The Promise Ring’s secondary impact was, my editor tells me, their music. And what better way to celebrate that music than with a nice little reunion run? As Alternative Press reports, Promise Ring’s “formative lineup” — von Bohlen, drummer Dan Didier, guitarist Jason Gnewikow, and bassist Scott Schoenbeck — will be celebrating the… um, anniversary of, I don’t know what exactly… by releasing a new album of rarities next summer on Dangerbird Records (home to Didier and von Bohlen’s Maritime project). According to Didier, the album will feature “one song from the Wood/Water session that didn’t make the record [“All Good Souls”… as well as] three songs that we demoed before W/W that again, were rockers, that we never recorded for the record. There are a few different odds and ends as well throughout, but that will be the meat of it.” Oh good. Because everyone totally loved the LiteFM, adult-contempo mess that was Wood/Water, right?

Luckily, the band is also reuniting to play a few shows in early 2012, and they’ll probably play songs from the good albums at those. As of now, they’ll be hitting their hometown of Milwaukee on February 24, followed by Chicago on February 25. Tickets for both shows are on sale now and are probably quickly being snatched up by balding 30-year-olds all across the Midwest. But if you can’t get tickets to these shows, don’t cry in your thrift store golf shirt just yet. Didier seems to think that, at the very least, a few more live performances are likely. “From there [after the release of the rarities album], we will look into potentially doing more shows throughout 2012,” he said. Then again, I’d trust him more if his name was Danny, wouldn’t you?

02.24.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
02.25.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro

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The Flaming Lips announce plans for New Year’s Freakout 5 thing. Also, all that gummy-USB-strobo-fetus-whatever crap is on sale.I’m too tired for exclamation points today.

When you’re on little-to-no sleep, it’s amazing how annoying all of Wayne Coyne’s boundlessly enthusiastic creative energy can be. I just saw his tweet from the other day about The Flaming Lips’ fifth annual New Year’s Freakout thingy with its nine or so exclamation points, and it literally made me wince and reach for my coffee. I mean, I love the guy and all, but can’t a guy just be unexcited about one of these kooky Lips schemes for once? But anyway, yeah, they’re doing two shows this year, December 31 and January 1, at the Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City. Oh, and speaking of tiring, they’re bringing Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band with them. According to their publicist, the band is going to “pull out all the stops with MORE of everything” (then there’s an exclamation point at the end of that sentence, but like I said earlier, I’m not typing that). “More confetti, more balloons, massive volume, and maximum weirdness.” God, guys.

Oh, and speaking of obnoxious, there’ll be a bunch of crazy and exclusive merch available at this thing, including: some gummy fetuses that contain a USB drive with three new songs on it that I’m sure are probably loud (“Enthusiasm For Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2,” “Steven’s Moonbow,” and “Squishy Glass”); some gummy skulls that contain “The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011”; a “mesmerizing light illusion toy,” The Strobo Trip, which also includes a USB drive with three exclusive tunes (“Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die,” the six-hour “I Found A Star On The Ground,” and “Evil Minds”); and probably more stuff that’s equally obnoxious to the sleep-deprived. Tickets are $100 per night or $150 for both nights, and each ticket gets you into the afterparty at The Womb (which will feature, according to Coyne, “naked movies,” “paranoid soundscapes,” and Stardeath and White Dwarfs “playing an electric sunrise interpretation of Mahler’s 9th Symphony” so that you can stay awake even fucking longer). The band recommends you get your tickets at this place over here. Whew, alright. Made it to the end of this. Goodnight, everybody. Sorry, Wayne.

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Julian Koster announces route for Holiday Caroling tour and, look at that, he made cookies

Mere weeks ago, we here at The Tape (that’s the co0l name for the cool guys and the cool ladies) made mention of Julian Koster, he of Music Tapes/Neutral Milk Hotel/Olivia Tremor Control/Elephant 6 in general fame, planning a holiday caroling tour. He’s done it before and he’ll probably do it again and he’s definitely doing it now. If you just look below, you’ll see the areas Koster is planning to carol in and the days he’s planning on doing that caroling.

“But those are just cities and other geographical areas! How do I know what houses Julian Koster is playing?” I’m telling you how! Just send a message to to get an open house list. While you’re at it, you might as well submit a last minute invitation to have Koster and his caroling buds carol at your house. Koster will be making his way to several houses per night, not all of which are accepting outside guests. But those that are will be listed through an email auto-reply two nights before the singers, both human and saw, show up. So check those emails! Unless you don’t live in one of the areas listed below. Though, really, you should probably be checking your email anyway. It’s 2011.

Julian Koster and Friends caroling route:

11.30.11 - Virginia
12.01.11 - Raleigh/Chapel Hill, NC area
12.02.11 - Charlotte, NC area
12.03.11 - Athens, GA
12.04.11 - Raleigh/Chapel Hill, NC
12.05.11 - NE Virginia/Washington DC area
12.06.11 - Washington, DC
12.07.11 - Eastern Pennsylvania/Philadelphia, PA
12.08.11 - Philadelphia, PA/New York City, NY
12.09.11 - New York City, NY
12.10.11 - Upstate New York/Massachusetts
12.11.11 - Rhode Island/Massachusetts/New England
12.12.11 - Upstate New York/New England

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Shearwater tour with Sharon Van Etten as a rigorous form of pop therapy

Shearwater’s baroque pop, as heard on last year’s The Golden Archipelago (TMT Review) on Matador, is coming to get you. If you’ve resisted their epic magnificence thus far, you’re a fool and a coward. You might even want to cast yourself to a far, far, far away archipelago of your own, one that’s lacking in any kind of brilliant exploration of the metaphysical, so you’ll have to figure island life out all by your sad self. If you do not want to suffer these consequences, then perhaps you should check this list of Shearwater’s tourdates. Good luck. Don’t be a jerk.

Tourdates (all w/ Sharon Van Etten):

02.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
02.11.12 - Washington, DC -Black Cat
02.12.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
02.14.12 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
02.15.12 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
02.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.17.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
02.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
02.21.12 - Toronto ON, Canada - Lee’s Palace
02.22.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
02.23.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
02.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
02.25.12 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom

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Tujiko Noriko to brighten up your January with Tyme. x Tujiko release GYU on Editions Mego!

After four years without a proper solo or collaborative release, Tujiko Noriko has announced a new album with Tatsuya Yamada (going by Tyme. here, but also known as MAS) to be released January 17 on Editions Mego. The duo (going by Tyme. x Tujiko) got together once a year over the course of six years and produced six of the 11 tracks that appear on the new record. After realizing they had some badass music on their hands, they decided they didn’t want to wait another several years before enough had been created to substantiate an album, churned out another five tracks and called the collection GYU.

Mego is suggesting that the new sound is “a gaudy take on J-pop, perhaps?” Based on the snippets of tracks available for preview on SoundCloud (found here, here, and here), that rather nonsensical description might be apt. The tracks bubble along more rapidly than most of Tujiko’s previous output and radiate with a “weird sense of optimism.” It could be just the shot of upbeat sunshine you’ll be craving in mid-January among wicked cold temperatures and broken resolutions.

GYU is an onomatopoeia for a Japanese word that means to hold on to something tightly. Grab a hold of this new release by pre-ordering your copy now! As the press release from Editions Mego clumsily states, “You know you like it really.”

GYU tracklisting:

01. akete, akete
02. gyungyun
03. tropic penguin
04. heart koorasete
05. vacation of god
06. from a spring
07. golden heart
08. ten to sen
09. slow motion
10. unforgettable light
11. world

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Justice travel the world equipped only with some audio, a bit of video, and disco

Justice are planning to take over various parts of the world in 2012. The electro-house duo will pack up their French moustaches (that’s “moustache en guidon de vélo” to you simple Americans), some laptops, maybe a turntable here or there, and a whole bunch of strobes beginning January 1, 2012. In support of their recently released ironic-or-not-ironic cheesy techno album Audio, Video, Disco (TMT Review). Justice will hit Australia, Japan, France, England, Scotland, and the US. Oh, and to finish it off they’ll play some land called Vancouver for the hell of it.

If you plan on not being hungover and want to win tickets to their January 1 show in Sydney, you can go ahead and start teaching yourself how to play their songs on your little guitar, recorder, clarinet, what have you, because you’ll need to prove to yourself to these two Frenchmen. Check out the video below for more details on how to be as cool as they are.

Justice tourdates:

01.01.12 - Sydney, Australia - Field Day Festival
01.02.12 - Queensland, Australia - Field Day Festival (Gold Coast)
01.03.12 - Perth, Australia - Summadayze Festival
01.06.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
01.10.12 - Osaka, Japan - Namba-Hatch
01.11.12 - Tokyo, Japan - Zepp
01.27.12 - Cermont-Ferrand, France - La Coopé
01.28.12 - Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
01.31.12 - Lille, France - L’Aéronef
02.01.12 - Lille, France - Stereolux
02.02.12 - Caen, France - Le Cargo
02.04.12 - Paris, France - L’Olympia
02.09.12 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
02.10.12 - London, UK - O2 Academy
02.11.12 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
02.12.12 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
02.13.12 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
03.16.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
03.17.12 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
03.19.12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
03.20.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
03.21.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.22.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
04.17.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.19.12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pool at the Cosmopolitan
04.24.12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
04.25.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
04.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Forum

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