Radiohead’s Phil Selway announces solo dates (some with Wilco), is probably delighted to find that he’s already famous

Radiohead's Phil Selway announces solo dates (some with Wilco), is probably delighted to find that he's already famous

Q: What did the drummer say right before he got pushed out of the airplane?

A: Who cares?

Okay, so we all know that drummers making solo records is typically a hilarious concept. And why not? Drummers are the butts of any good band joke for good reason, right? Such crazy, jilted, zeitgeist-ian affairs are often stuffed with “guest stars” and “co-writers” and seem to come more from a drummer’s sense of spite at “never having his ideas taken seriously” than from any real artistic need to make a record. So sure, I’m with you.

But it’s all fun and games and bad jokes until someone like Radiohead’s Phil Selway steps up to the plate. This dude’s got class, he’s insanely musical, and he’s got one heck of a Rolodex when it comes to the “guest stars” thing. Singer/songwriter Lisa Germano, former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone have all contributed to his debut album Familial, which is out August 30 through Bella Union.

And now Selway’s manning-up even more with a small but incredibly classy list of shows lined up for the fall. In addition to hitting up Bestival, End of the Road, and Electric Picnic festivals, he’s also tagging along with Wilco for a couple of giant UK shows. Talk about good company. My guess is that it’ll probably be a while before we see Selway putting on that Shining Time Station conductor’s cap (though I’d pay to see that too).


09.04.10 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival
09.11.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival
09.12.10 - Salsbury, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.14.10 - London, UK - London Royal Festival Hall *
09.15.10 - Newcastle, UK - 02 Academy Newcastle *
09.16.10 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland Ballroom *

* Wilco

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Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu announce joint tour, fans already lining up for tickets! (ლ ◔ㅸ◔)ლ

As we recently reported, Deerhoof are working on a new album (slated for 2011) and have just announced a summer tour. And as we are just now reporting, they’ve announced an additional slew of fall dates with none other than Xiu Xiu! TIME TO CELEBRATE, READERS!!

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Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu tour (all dates with Father Murphy):

09.30.10 - Ottawa, ON - Capital Music Hall
10.03.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.05.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino’s
10.06.10 - Cincinnati, OH - The Northside Tavern
10.07.10 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
10.08.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
10.09.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
10.10.10 - Boston, MA - Paramount
10.11.10 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery
10.12.10 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street

Other Deerhoof dates:

06.25.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
06.26.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.27.10 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
06.28.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Jazzfest at Pyramid Cabaret
06.30.10 - Calgary, AB - Central United Church for Sled Island Festival
07.01.10 - Calgary, AB - Republik for Sled Island Festival
07.03.10 - Vancouver, BC - Jazz Fest at Commodore Ballroom
07.04.10 - Olympia, WA - The Capitol Theater
07.05.10 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
07.06.10 - Portland, OR - Berbatti’s
07.08.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
10.01.10 - Montreal, QC - Le Tulipe for Pop Montreal Festival

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Calgary Folk Music Festival reminds North America that Alberta can be a cool place, too; full list of performers announced

The Calgary Folk Music Festival has finally announced the complete lineup for this year’s festival, and we couldn’t be happier. Luckily for festival lovers and summertime vagrants across North America, the festival runs from July 22 to 25 at Prince’s Island Park in Calgary, Alberta (so you can still go to Pitchfork or the Siren Music Festival the weekend before! Have to chose between Folk and Whartscape, though). Major acts include Roberta Flack and some pretty serious folk acts, but also Stars, Man Man, St. Vincent, and The Swell Season, plus international groups like Konono No. 1.

If you’re in the area but for some reason don’t like music (thanks for reading TMT anyway), here’s a festival press kit with some recommendations of things to do around Calgary. Picnics, walks, trout fishing, and skinny dipping are all included on the list – though you should still try to work Roberta Flack into your schedule, regardless.

Calgary Folk Music Festival lineup:

Karla Anderson, Annie Lou, Asani, Natacha Atlas, The Avett Brothers, Axis of Conversation, Baskery, Bette & Wallet, Debashish Bhattacharya, Greg Brown, The Burning Hell, Caracol, The Cat Empire, Coolooloosh, Delhi 2 Dublin, DJ Dolores, DJ Logic, Dojo Workhorse, El Puchero del Hortelaño, e.s.l., David Essig, Etran Finatawa, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Fribo, Chris Gheran, Ghostkeeper, Thea Gilmore, Haydamaky, Joe Henry, Hill Country Revue, Robin Holcomb, Honeybear, Jon and Roy, Jordan Klassen, Konono No. 1, Library Voices, Cord Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans, Madison Violet, Dan Mangan, Man Man, Laura Marling, Mauvais Sort, The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Project, Geoff Muldaur, Ohbijou, OX, Po’ Girl, Finley Quaye, Peatbog Faeries, Steve Pineo, Romantica, Tom Russell, Shakura S’Aida, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, JB Shore, Samantha Savage-Smith, Stars, St. Vincent, Sunparlour Players, The Swell Season, Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir, Timber Timbre, Frank Turner, Ian Tyson, Ukrania, United Steelworkers of Montreal

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NASA remix LP The Big Bang set for release this month

I know what you’re thinking: first they put a man on the moon, now they’ve got a team of scientists remixing one of last year’s most star-studded party albums?? But before you start envisioning the video for “She Blinded Me With Science” transposed to today, let’s get a few things straight. In case you haven’t guessed by now, the album in question is by NASA, a.k.a. North America/South America, a duo consisting of LA producer Squeak E. Clean and Brazilian DJ Zegon. Last year, they released the acclaimed The Spirit of Apollo, and this year, with a little help from some friends, it has been remixed and rechristened The Big Bang. Spirit featured some real heavy hitters, so seriously, Bang better have Buzz Aldrin rapping about ghostriding the whip on his spaceship and sipping Henny with alien babes or some shit.

Well, it’s almost that good. Expect some musical alchemy from the likes of Treasure Fingers, Herve (a.k.a. The Count of Monte Cristal), Steve Aoki, Mr. Oizo, The Ashton Shuffle, Villains, LA Riots, DJ Chernobyl, and Mario C, plus some remixes by NASA themselves in the form of Boombotz (Squeak E. Clean and Kool Kojak) and Ape Shit Brothers (Ali Disco B and Zegon). You can also find new tracks “I Wanna Be Your Lover” and “The Big Bang.” Spectrophonic Sound is digitally releasing The Big Bang through DashGo on June 30.

The Big Bang tracklisting:

01. The Big Bang (feat. Maximum Hedrum)
02. Gifted (Boombotz Remix) (feat. Kanye West, Santigold, Lykke Li, and Maximum Hedrum)
03. Samba Soul (Ape Shit Brothers Remix) feat. Del the Funkee Homosapien
04. I Wanna Be Your Lover (feat. Max Hedrum and Barbie Hatch)
05. Whachadoin? (Boombotz Remix) (feat. Spankrock, MIA and Santigold)
06. Gifted (Treasure Fingers Epicwave Remix) (feat. Kanye West, Santigold, and Lykke Li)
07. There’s a Party (Ben Crea Funkgloriusmix) (feat. George Clinton and Chali 2na)
08. Way Down (Squeak E. Clean Jupiter Remix) (feat. RZA and Barbie Hatch)
09. A Volta (J.O.B. Remix) (feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank, and Lovefoxx)
10. Whachadoin? (Villains Remix) (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santigold, and Nick Zinner)
11. Money (The Count’s (AKA The Count of Monte Cristal) Dungeon Remix) (feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Seu George, and Z-Trip)
12. Gifted (Steve Aoki Remix) (feat. Kanye West, Santigold, and Lykke Li)
13. N.A.S.A. Music (LA Riots Remix) (feat. Method Man, E40, and DJ Swamp)
14. Electric Flowers (Mario C Remix) (feat. Nina Persson and RZA)
15. Gifted (The Ashton Shuffle Remix) (feat. Kanye West, Santigold, and Lykke Li)
16. Strange Enough (Mr. Oizo Remix) (feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Karen O, and Fatlip)
17. Whachadoin? (DJ Chernobyl Remix) (feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., and Santigold)


Dirty Projectors and Björk to release Mount Wittenberg Orca on June 30; Domino releases teaser videos

Domino has released at least two teaser videos for the much-talked-about Mount Wittenberg Orca (described as Bitte Orca’s younger, hotter sister”) suite that Dirty Projectors and Björk performed last year at the Housing Works benefit show in New York (they also performed one of the tracks on Jimmy Fallon and every now and again on tour). Divided in six parts, the suite will be self-released digitally as an EP on June 30 to benefit the National Geographic Society.

To hear more of the Mount Wittenberg Orca tracks performed live, check out YouTube. Or just check out the teaser videos and wait for the sure-to-be-awesome EP:




Mount Wittenberg Orca tracklist:

01. Ocean
02. On and Ever Onward
02. When the World Comes to an End
04. Beautiful Mother
05. Sharing Orb
06. No Embrace
07. All We Are

UPDATE: Read a letter from Longstreth about the project at Stereogum.

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Vampire Weekend appropriate concept of touring from West Africa

Just in time for the new Twilight movie coming out this month, Vampire Weekend have decided to promote their song on the soundtrack by turning into actual vampires and extending their already lengthy tour into the fall. Who needs sleep when you can go on the road for nine months out of the year? Just be sure to leave your garlic at home, kids, unless you want to see a very pissed off Ezra Koenig. Joining the Vampires on the road, in addition to previously announced openers Dum Dum Girls and Beach House, will be The Very Best, who will take over for Dum Dum Girls on the last dozen or so dates.

06.24.10 - Cornwall, England - Eden Project
06.25.10 - Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival
06.27.10 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Rockin’ Park Festival
06.29.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
07.01.10 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love Festival
07.02.10 - Arendal, Norway - Hove Festival
07.03.10 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.04.10 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.05.10 - Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
07.08.10 - Manchester, England - Orange RockCorps Festival
07.09.10 - Naas, Ireland - Oxegen Festival
07.10.10 - Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park
07.13.10 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere
07.15.10 - Nimes, France - Nimes Festival
07.16.10 - Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim International Festival
07.17.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock Festival
07.18.10 - Southwold, England - Latitude Festival
07.30.10 - Icheon City, South Korea - Jisan Valley Rock Festival
08.01.10 - Naeba Ski Resort, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.27-28.10 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl *^
08.29.10 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheater *^
08.31.10 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Amphitheater *^
09.01.10 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater *
09.02.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue *
09.03.10 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater *^
09.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom *^
09.06.10 - Bloomington, IL - IU Auditorium*^
09.07.10 - Toronto, Ontario - Molson Canadian Amphitheater *^
09.08.10 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis Theater ^
09.10.10 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory *^
09.11.10 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *^
09.12.10 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion *^
09.13.10 - Holyoke, MA - Mountain Park *^
09.15-17.10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *^
09.25.10 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre *%
09.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *%
09.28.10 - San Diego, CA - SOMA *%
09.29.10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl at the Palms *%
10.03.10 - St Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena *%
10.04.10 - Tulsa, OK - The Brady Theatre *%
10.06.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom *%
10.07.10 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre *%
10.08.10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.11.10 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *%
10.13.10 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore *%

* Beach House
^ Dum Dum Girls
% the Very Best

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