Radiohead announce tour g’dates for Australia & New Zealand

Radiohead announce tour g'dates for Australia & New Zealand

According to the Radiohead-obsessed site At Ease, the UK favourites (worldwide, really) have announced some Australia and New Zealand dates. The string of dates kicks off November 6 in Auckland, and they’ll play 6 concerts throughout Australia and New Zealand through November 17. They’ve only just kicked off their tour in Miami but that hasn’t stopped them from selling out tickets to their Australian shows.

Earlier a small amount of tickets quickly sold out from Radiohead’s own W.A.S.T.E. store; however, it seems that a magical maker of tickets has waved his magic Yorkeian wand and made more tickets for you Aussies and NZeeez!

11.06.12 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
11.09.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre
11.12.12 - Sydney, Australia - Entertainment Centre
11.13.12 - Sydney, Australia - Entertainment Centre
11.16.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
11.17.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena

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Sub Pop signs Seattle’s Poor Moon, reaffirming the existence of their own gravitational pull

There’s a natural tendency among some people (definitely not myself) to avoid things that would otherwise be described as “pleasant.” No, I don’t like fireplaces; they make me too comfortable and the smoke pollutes my delicate lungs. What makes you think I’d want to move to Southern California? The weather there is an incessant mixture of sun and more sun. “Give me torrential downpours with my sun, or give me no sun at all!” said Patrick Henry, a Founding Father whose general moroseness concerning the weather seems to have been overlooked by most (well, all, considering I just made up that quotation) history books. Like I said, these aren’t perspectives that I necessarily adhere to — just a demonstration of the general partypooperish nature of some people.

As far as music is concerned, even I have a tendency to avoid obviously “pleasant” artists — instead opting for the complex and inaccessible, as an unconscious way of challenging whatever preconceived notions I have of what constitutes “music.” At the same time, I (and I’m sure many others) have a sincere appreciation for bands like Seattle’s Poor Moon, who seem to remind everyone of the virtue of relatively straightforward songwriting. Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls), Casey Wescott (Fleet Foxes, Cystal Skulls), and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards), and after a certain amount of time spent performing at “intimate” Seattle house parties under a variety of playfully nonsensical names (Rabbit Kingdom, Cookie Mask, Peppermint Mask), they’ve finally made it official and signed with Sub Pop. Their first EP Illusion is due out March 27, and they’ve already got a fairly extensive North American tour etched into their calendar. Prepare to be mildly contented.

Illusion tracklisting:

01. Illusion
02. Anyplace
03. People in Her Mind
04. Once Before
05. Widow


03.20.12 - La Jolla, CA - UCSD (The Loft)
03.22.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.23.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of The Hill
03.24.12 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Playhouse
03.25.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.27.12 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
03.28.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
03.29.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
03.30.12 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
03.31.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
04.02.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
04.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.04.12 - Evanston, IL - Space
04.05.12 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center
04.06.12 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
04.07.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.10.12 - Portland, ME - Space
04.11.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
04.13.12 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
04.14.12 - Washington DC - Black Cat Backstage
04.18.12 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
04.20.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium

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Stephen O’Malley and Steve Noble will release a new LP on Bo’Weavil in March. Honestly.

Okay. No funny business. I’m just going to tell you straight, because you deserve to know the truth. Steve Noble and Stephen O’Malley have a record coming out together. I’m not going to sugar-coat it, because you’re old enough now to deal with it.

English jazz drummer Steve Noble and guitarist, producer, composer, and sunn 0))) member Stephen O’Malley performed together as a duo at the legendary Café Oto last year, and now the brutally beautiful gig is available as a double LP via Bo’Weavil Recordings in March.

Noble’s drumwork is featured running full-throttle, as O’Malley begins his guitar at a low roar that expands into a chaotic rampage. Bo’Weavil recommends the discs for fans of Fushitsusha and is offering them for pre-order now.

I know you’re excited and at the same time a little freaked out by my brutal honesty. But I’m real. Respect.

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John Peel’s record collection soon to be made available online as virtual museum… those poor BBC interns

Can you imagine what 25,000 LPs looks like? It makes the organizer ladies over at Hoarders shake in their boots. Add in 40,000 singles and god knows how many CDs and you’ve got one hell of a massive collection on your hands. All of this vinyl, metal, and plastic belongs to the estate of the late John Peel, the famed Radio 1 DJ who passed away at the age of 65 back in 2004 from a heart attack, and for the first time, it’s soon to be made available online.

Peel’s widow, Sheila Ravenscroft — recently discovered among towering piles of cassette tapes and empty jewel cases — is thrilled to know that Peel’s collection will soon be brought into the digital age with help from the BBC and The Arts Council.

Initially, Peel’s collection will be made part of a new experimental digital service ominously called The Space and will be available on the web, via mobile devices and as an on-demand service from Freeview HD from May to October. Eventually, though, the “idea is to digitally recreate John’s home studio and record collection, which users will be able to interact with and contribute to, while viewing Peel’s personal notes, archive performances and new filmed interviews with musicians,” notes Frank Prendergast of Eye Film and Television. Funding for the project is being provided by The Arts Council, and the BBC is chipping in its technical expertise.

Unfortunately for small labels that specialize in reissuing long-lost treasures from the English-speaking world, public access to this unparalleled collection may make their services all but obsolete. For the rest of us, this is an awesome opportunity to do some musical exploration in the type of online museum space that we’ll hopefully see much more of in the future.

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Domino Records entices with Smugglers Way flexi disc zine featuring Dirty Projectors, John Maus, Real Estate, and more

The all-mighty Record Store Day rears its triumphant head again April 21 and things just got a little sweeter with news that Domino Records USA will publish its first Flexi Disc Zine in honor of Record Store Day, which will feature a) unreleased songs from five super-duper Domino artists; b) literary treats; and c) an ultra-snazzy cover from Black Dice’s Bjorn Copeland.

Entitled Smugglers Way, the flexi disc zine will include five unreleased songs from Domino artists Dirty Projectors, John Maus, Cass McCombs, Real Estate, and Villagers. Packaged lovingly along with all that good music will be 24 pages of artsy treats from both Domino and Ribbon artists. Artists contributing both long and short written pieces include Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Ade Blackburn (Clinic), Tom Fleming (Wild Beasts), and Laura Marling. New illustrations will be provided by folks like Andrea Estella (Twin Sister), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Connor O’Brien (Villagers), and Jon Hopkins. Jana Hunter will contribute new photography and Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) will throw in an original arranged score. And the whole thing comes wrapped in Bjorn Copeland’s sweaty arms! Look for it on April 21, and listen to the Real Estate contribution below.

Smugglers Way tracklist (all on individual flexi discs):

Dirty Projectors - “You Against The World”
John Maus - “No Title (Molly)”
Cass McCombs - “Teachers”
Real Estate - “In My Car”
Villagers - “Shards”

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Governor’s Ball announces 2012 lineup: Beck, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Devendra Banhart, no actual governors

Andrew Cuomo is such a cool governor! Well, I mean, I don’t actually know the guy. I don’t live in New York and the timeline of my knowledge of the guy goes as such: “New York governor” search –> “Andrew Cuomo” Wikipedia page –> now. What I do know for a fact, though, is that when he has a ball, it’s a pretty alright ball. On June 23 and 24, the second-annual Governor’s Ball Festival will take place in the largest city in New York: New York City!

While most lame-o governors would have gotten some old lame-o crooners like Tony Bennett (yuck gross), Andrew Cuomo is a cool guv, so he’s got quite the lineup planned: Beck, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Passion Pit, Cults, Devendra Banhart, Duck Sauce, Explosions in the Sky, and some other folks. Two names in particular stand out. First is something called Special Disco Version, which apparently consists of James Murphy and Pat Mahoney. That’s probably cool governor code for “DJ Set,” though. The second is the block of question marks on the festival’s second day. Which, I suppose, isn’t actually a name, but still, intrigue! The full lineup can be found at the Governor’s Ball website. If you really want more info, you can write Cuomo yourself, though he’ll probably just respond with a swear-filled tirade about how he has nothing to do with this festival and please stop writing him, you dumb internet writer.

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