Quasimoto’s new album Yessir Whatever is a rarities collection and is coming out in June on Stones Throw. There’s really no reason to read on from here, actually.

Quasimoto's new album Yessir Whatever is a rarities collection and is coming out in June on Stones Throw. There's really no reason to read on from here, actually. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1304/news-13-04-quasimoto-2.jpg

Shit, remember what a craaaaaazy day Monday, April 22, 2013 was? It was like no one knew what was going to happen next! There was all this hyped-up mystery and intrigue and whatnot surrounding the release of a new Quasimoto album and shit, and people were going totally bonkers! For a little while, the whole world felt raw and new and limitless in its potential! It was so invigorating!

But. Now it’s Thursday, April 25, and everything pretty much sucks again. Stones Throw has spilled the beans about the new Quasimoto thing, and it turns out that it’s not a new album by Lord Quas at all. It’s “12 tracks recorded over a roughly 12-year period” of rarities/unreleased stuff. Typical! But hey, at least it’s coming out June 18 on LP & CD (the LP comes with a bonus 7-inch), both of which feature some pretty cool artwork, including a “peel-off cover sticker revealing Quasimoto’s guts.” Oh, and pre-orders and digital versions are available right now from the Stones Throw site. Maybe that’ll make life interesting again for a couple hours? Or minutes? God, I hope so. There’s such a hole in my heart, readers.

Yessir Whatever tracklisting:

01. Broad Factor
02. Seasons Change
03. The Front
04. Youngblood
05. Astronaut
06. Planned Attack
07. Brothers Can’t See Me
08. Catchin’ the Vibe
09. Am I Confused?
10 Sparkdala
11. Green Power
12. LAX to JFK

• Quasimoto: http://www.stonesthrow.com/quasimoto
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce more 2013 tourdates, everyone’s day gets a little bit better

The idea of Godspeed You! Black Emperor hopping around North America once again gives me warm and fuzzy feelings. Sure, they brought their often-imitated-but-never-matched brand of awesome (in the most literal sense) post-rock around the US last year in support of ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (TMT Review), but sometimes it’s just comforting to know they’re still close by. Like that time-worn teddy bear tucked up on a bedroom shelf, Godspeed You! Black Emperor comforts me from the nightmares of modern living. Knowing that they’re going to be spreading their glorious and radical music across borders from Oslo to California is going to let me sleep well tonight

In light of that, and the fact that I have not seen an official name for this tour, I’m going to unofficially christen it “Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s 2013 Warm and Fuzzy, Radical Leftist Teddy Bear tour.” I think it’s fitting and also quite lovely. So, if they’re coming to your area hit that show up, and be sure to give them a big hug and say “thank you for touring again and bringing a glow to my city.” Oh, but be polite: ask before hugging.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor 2013 (Warm and Fuzzy, Radical Leftist Teddy Bear) tourdates:

08.03.13 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.08.13 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.09.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.11.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.15-17.13 - Kiewit, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.17.13 - St. Malo, France - La Route du Rock
08.18.13 - Paris, France - Le Trianon
09.04.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
09.05.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
09.06.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
09.07.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
09.09.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
09.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
09.14.13 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theatre
09.15.13 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
09.16.13 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

• Godspeed You! Black Emperor: http://www.brainwashed.com/godspeed

New Order tour the parks, pavilions, and centers of a certain half of North America this summer

Why are some men rich and some men poor? Why are some of us born into, say, the royal family of a small European principality, and some of us into crappy Midwestern suburbs? Why is New Order coming to some American cities and not others? These are the hard questions that we, the living, must face. New Order rocked Coachella last weekend, and they’ll do it again this weekend. Then, they shall rest. But after that, come July, they’ll be zipping back stateside this summer for a few very special dates, including several cities they haven’t been to in years. BUT NOT MINE. NOT MINE. :-(

Anyway, the seminal synth rockers kick off their summer US tour at the lovely and historic Austin Music Hall, before heading out on an eight-date tour that will see the band rock parks, pavilions, and centers across the Eastern US. And Canada! See, they’re going to Montreal to be part of that city’s magical Osheaga festival, and holding it down at Lollapalooza in Chicago, too. Tickets for most dates go on sale toward the end of this week.

Dates:

07.19.13 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
07.21.13 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
07.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
07.26.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts
07.28.13 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.31.13 - Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
TBD - Montreal, QC - Osheaga

• New Order: http://www.newordernow.net

Julian Lynch saddling up with The Luyas to tour North America in June

Esteemed ethnomusicologist and swell lo-fi bedroom rocker Julian Lynch, PhD, is set to head out on tour this summer with Montreal natives The Luyas. To help bring the unexpectedly expansive sound of Lines (his new album for Underwater Peoples) to life, The Luyas will serve as Lynch’s backing band, while Lynch will sit in with The Luyas during their set. The acts will alternate on a nightly basis to see who gets the sweet spot of not performing last as streams of people leave because, while they’re really enjoying the show, it’s just too damn late to be out on a school night.

The tour logically starts out with Lynch and The Luyas meeting up in Montreal, then the combined crew will snake their way through the Northeast quadrant of the US before wrapping things up in Chicago. It’s only a short drive home from there to Madison, WI for Lynch, while The Luyas, well, they’ve definitely gotten the raw end of this deal in terms of how the shows got mapped out. Maybe they can line up shows in Detroit or Toronto as they weave through the Great Lakes back to Montreal? Whatever fate The Luyas may face post-tour as Lynch happily eats fried cheese curds and sips beer in the sun-drenched streets of Madison in the summer, you’re guaranteed to have a rollicking good time if you catch this double-header live this June. Even on a weeknight.

Dates:

06.04.13 - Montreal, QC - PLANT
06.05.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
06.07.13 - Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge
06.09.13 - Manhattan, NY - Mercury Lounge
06.10.13 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
06.11.13 - Washington, DC - Paperhaus
06.12.13 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West
06.13.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent/Northside Fest !
06.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle

! Twin Sister, Ava Luna, Lushlife

• Julian Lynch: http://spacemountain.tumblr.com
• Underwater Peoples: http://underwaterpeoples.com

The Mountain Goats will tour as a duo this summer, and it’s about damn time!

Do you remember the last time The Mountain Goats toured as a duo, just John Darnielle and Peter Hughes? I sure don’t, but I’m pretty sure they had to ride across the country in covered wagons and escape from velociraptors and send letters with homing pigeons and they couldn’t even watch TV. How do you reckon they managed to record so many damn albums?

According to Pitchfork, The Mountain Goats will be reliving those weird, rough years this summer, when John and Peter hit the road for a string of all-ages shows. In a characteristically clever blog post, John says he’s been working on a master setlist that will most likely include old favorites, such as “Fall of the Star High School Running Back” (!!!). Last year, The Mountain Goats released Transcendental Youth (TMT Review), and hopefully they’ll bang out some songs from that too.

They’re playing all of these shows with The Baptist Generals, who will be releasing their first album in years on May 21 via Sub Pop, and they’ll all be traveling the country on turbo-magic hovercrafts, because it is the future.

Dates:

05.01.13 - Boone, NC - Appalachian State University
06.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.04.13 - York, PA - Strand Capitol Performing Arts
06.05.13 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06.07.13 - New Haven, CT - Center Church on the Green
06.08.13 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.09.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom
06.11.13 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
06.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
06.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Ballroom
06.15.13 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk Chumley Theatre
06.16.13 - Evanston, IL - Space
06.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.19.13 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
06.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
06.22.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
06.23.13 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
06.24.13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
06.26.13 - Charleston, SC - The Charleston Pourhouse
06.27.13 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
06.28.13 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
07.26-28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
09.13-16.13 - Miami, FL - Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival

• The Mountain Goats: http://www.mountain-goats.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

High Wolf tours Europe in search of drug-friendly wolves

So everybody knows that most wolves are straight edge these days, especially American wolves. Which, you know, is totally fine. Do what you want, wolves, that’s what I say. I mean, if you’re going to be rude about it, maybe don’t do what you want, but otherwise, I give wolves my blessing (not like y’all needed it or anything, just sayin’). I am not bummed in the least by the decisions of wolves.

Mysterious psychedelic improv shaman High Wolf, on the other hand, seems to be at least a little bummed about all the wolves wandering around with unnecessary “Xs” on their paws. He’s bummed enough, at least, to do something about it. Namely, he’s touring Europe this spring where, in between shows, he’ll apparently be wandering around the wilderness looking for wolves with which to get high. “All I want to do is make my name a reality, you know?” he says, going on to explain how jealous he is of bands like Fun. who are so totally fun. You might even say, if you were the type to play dangerous games with double negatives, that Fun. are “not not fun.” If you did say that, it would actually be a totally weird coincidence because High Wolf is also apparently not not releasing an album this summer on Not Not Fun. It was reportedly conceived in an attempt to make music that is “not not appealing to wolves,” so good luck with that one!

Tourdates:

05.22.13 - Genoa, Italy - Spazio Targa
05.23.13 - Verona, Italy - Malacarne
05.24.13 - Graz, Austria - Postgarage
05.25.13 - Wien, Austria - Fluc @
05.26.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - TBA
05.27.13 - Milano, Italy - La Cruda
05.28.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ecurie *
05.30.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - APNews
05.17.13 - Moscow, Russia - Avant Club
05.18.13 - St. Petersburg, Russia - TBA

@ Cruise Family
* Gnod

• High Wolf: http://highwolf.wordpress.com
• Not Not Fun: http://www.notnotfun.com