Serena-Maneesh Tour North America, Prep S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor

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Following a couple of shows in Nueva York recently — their first stateside appearance since way back in 2006 — Norwegian post-shoegazers Serena-Maneesh will be embarking on the ever-fashionable post-SXSW North American tour. This run through the US is, as you may have already guessed, in promotion of their upcoming second full-length, out March 23 through 4AD. The band has chosen to call their second baby S-M 2: Abyss in B Minor, and hopefully it will again leave melted eardrums and crying babies in its wake. If you want to get a taste of what’s ahead, you can scope out an MP3 for the track “I Just Want to See Your Face” here.

And if the whole audio medium doesn’t do much for you, check ‘em out at the Chocolate Grinder performing another new song, “Reprobate,” on Norwegian TV.

Brooklyn trio The Depreciation Guild will be supporting the band on all dates. Check it:

03.17.10 - Austin, TX - Club DeVille (Brooklyn Vegan SXSW Showcase)
03.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
03.23.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.25.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan
03.26.10 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
03.27.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
03.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
03.31.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
04.01.10 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
04.02.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
04.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
04.04.10 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. the Bear’s
04.05.10 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
04.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
04.07.10 - Washington, DC - DC9
04.08.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge

• Serena-Maneesh: http://www.serena-maneesh.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com
• The Depreciation Guild: http://www.thedepreciationguild.com

Sasquatch! 2010 Lineup Announced; Pavement, My Morning Jacket, Massive Attack Headline

The Sasquatch! 2010 lineup has been announced! Taking place May 29-31 at the Gorge in Quincy, WA, the Jack Daniel’s-sponsored fest features the likes of Dirty Projectors, Vampire Weekend, and Broken Social Scene, with headliners Pavement, My Morning Jacket, and Massive Attack. The rest of the acts? Let’s ask our very own Mango Starr:

“Alright, kids, here’s the lineup: Pavement, My Morning Jacket, and Massive Attack will headline the fest. Other bands include Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, and Band of Horses, as well as The National, LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, Broken Social Scene, Passion Pit, Deadmau5, She & Him, Public Enemy, Nada Surf, The New Pornographers, The Hold Steady, The xx, Dirty Projectors, OK Go, Drive By Truckers, Kid Cudi, The Long Winters, Minus the Bear, The Mountain Goats, Quasi, Camera Obscura, Fruit Bats, Brother Ali, Midlake, Dr. Dog, Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco, City & Colour, No Age, he Temper Trap, Vetiver, Miike Snow, Portugal. The Man, Telekinesis, Mayer Hawthorne, Why?, Girls, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wale, The Lonely Forest, Japandroids, Boys Noize, Yacht, Freelance Whales, Laura Marling, Patrick Watson, Past Lives, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Low Anthem, The Very Best, Phantogram, Neon Indian, Nurses, The Tallest Man on Earth, Fresh Espresso, Mumford & Sons, Jets Overhead, tUnE-YarDs, Shabazz Palaces, Fool’s Gold, Morning Teleportation, Z-Trip, Dam-Funk, Hudson Mohawke, The Middle East, Local Natives, Avi Buffalo, Booka Shade, A-Trak, Yes Giantess, Craig Robinson, Rob Riggle, Garfunkel & Oates, Luke Burbank, and more!

“Wait, what? You want to read through the lineup again? Whatever you say! The fest features headliners Pavement, My Morning Jacket, and Massive Attack, as well as Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Band of Horses, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Tegan & Sara, Broken Social Scene, Passion Pit, Deadmau5, She & Him, Public Enemy, Nada Surf, The New Pornographers, The Hold Steady, The xx, Dirty Projectors, OK Go, Drive By Truckers, Kid Cudi, The Long Winters, Minus the Bear, The Mountain Goats, Quasi, Camera Obscura, Fruit Bats, Brother Ali, Midlake, Dr. Dog, Caribou, Simian Mobile Disco, City & Colour, No Age, he Temper Trap, Vetiver, Miike Snow, Portugal. The Man, Telekinesis, Mayer Hawthorne, Why?, Girls, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Wale, The Lonely Forest, Japandroids, Boys Noize, Yacht, Freelance Whales, Laura Marling, Patrick Watson, Past Lives, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Low Anthem, The Very Best, Phantogram, Neon Indian, Nurses, The Tallest Man on Earth, Fresh Espresso, Mumford & Sons, Jets Overhead, tUnE-YarDs, Shabazz Palaces, Fool’s Gold, Morning Teleportation, Z-Trip, Dam-Funk, Hudson Mohawke, The Middle East, Local Natives, Avi Buffalo, Booka Shade, A-Trak, Yes Giantess, Craig Robinson, Rob Riggle, Garfunkel & Oates, Luke Burbank, and more!”

Thanks Mango for letting us know the lineup… twice.

On a side note: when I went to Sasquatch! in 2006, get this: I left — ha, ha, ha — before The, err, Flaming Lips were on! Not that I regret it now… no, no… of course not… had to be back home in time for dinner… couldn’t possibly miss dinner.

DON’T JUDGE ME.

• Sasquatch!: http://www.sasquatchfestival.com

Bobby Birdman Jumps On Board Canada/America Tour with YACHT

Bobby Birdman and YACHT are like two peas in a pod, having toured together previously with their similar brand of Pacific NW-style funky art pop. Now, these two will share a van on a month-long trek across Canada and the US, starting off in Vancouver on February 19 and finishing in LA on March 26. As part of this tour, YACHT (Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans) will feature a brand-new backing band called The Straight Gaze, which will also include Birdman, Jeff Brodsky, and Reuben Snyder.

Both Birdman and YACHT saw releases of their most acclaimed full-length records last year, with Birdman’s New Moods (TMT Review) on Fryk Beat and YACHT’s See Mystery Lights (TMT Review) on DFA. Therefore, it’s about time the two got out and promoted their 2009 releases.

Anyway, here are the dates and an awesome little tour promo vid to get ya stoked!

02.19.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
02.20.10 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
02.22.10 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawnshop
02.23.10 - Calgary, AB - The Hifi Club
02.24.10 - Saskatoon, SK - Scratch
02.25.10 - Winnipeg, MB - The Pyramid Cabaret
02.26.10 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College
02.27.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
02.28.10 - Gambier, OH - Horn Gallery *
03.02.10 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom *
03.03.10 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah *
03.04.10 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar *
03.05.10 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub *
03.06.10 - Montreal, QC - Belmont Nightclub *
03.07.10 - Buffalo, NY - Big Orbit Soundlab *
03.11.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
03.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Voyeur-Making Time +
03.13.10 - Monterrey, Mexico - Festival Normal Alianza Francesa
03.15.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
03.16.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
03.17.10 - 03.21.10 - Austin, TX - SXSW +
03.25.10 - San Diego, CA - Museum of Contemporary Art
03.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex #

+ YACHT only
* MNDR
# Washed Out, Small Black, Pictureplane

• Bobby Birdman: http://www.myspace.com/bobbbirdman
• YACHT: http://www.myspace.com/yacht

Noveller Tours, Joins Xiu Xiu in March

If you’ve been paying attention lately, you would have seen the name Noveller pop up a couple times on TMT. Expect to see it a few more times too, as Noveller, a.k.a. Brooklyn-based triple threat Sarah Lipstate, is hitting the road. You can catch Noveller a couple times this month in New York as well as on tour in March with Xiu Xiu. The tour with Xiu Xiu hits most of the southern and western United States, so there’s a little bit for everyone — if you’re an American at least.

Anyway, check out Noveller’s MySpace for up-to-the-minute information. Stay tuned for a new album album too.

02.19.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands $
02.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bruar Falls &
03.06.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *#
03.07.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *#
03.09.10 - Little Rock, AR - Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack *#
03.10.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis Productions *#
03.11.10 - Dallas, TX - The Cavern *#
03.12.10 - Houston, TX - The Studio at Warehouse Live *
03.13.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
03.16.10 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *%
03.17.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *+
03.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *+
03.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place *+
03.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *+
04.23.10 - Brookly, NY - Core 66

$ Secret Machines, Bear in Heaven, Mon Khmer, PAPA
& Sisters, Lame Drivers
* Xiu Xiu
# Girl in a Coma
% Extra Life
+ tUnE-yArDs

• Noveller: http://www.myspace.com/noveller

EMI Bought With NYC Pensions, Terra Firma Wants Its Money Back

We recently reported on some troubling developments at EMI involving employee layoffs and budget cutbacks. Well, it turns out that the company’s losses could end up affecting not just the folks who work there, but also many people employed by the city of New York.

In a bizarre twist of corporate finance, the pension funds of some NYC public employees are apparently tied to the success or failure of the British record label. It’s complicated, but we’ll try to explain:

EMI was acquired back in late 2007 by private equity firm Terra Firma. During the takeover, Terra Firma pulled $2.35 billion from its cryptically named investment funds Terra Firma II and Terra Firma III to help seal the deal. According to an article run by Billboard.biz, those funds include “pension funds, life insurance companies, college endowments and other institutional investors.” Pensions of state employees all across the nation, from Oregon to Indiana, are attached to Terra Firma’s investments in EMI. But the plight of NYC employees is being highlighted in a lawsuit Terra Firma has brought against Citigroup, the bank that brokered the EMI buyout back in 2007, for misrepresenting the deal. Terra Firma alleges it paid too much for EMI because Citigroup lied in claiming there were multiple bids for the label.

It’s certainly a tangled web. Let’s just hope a solution can be worked out so that EMI can keep making those records, and NYPD retirees can rest assured they didn’t work the beat in vain.

Wild Beasts Tour, Music Goers Flee in Terror (To Their Shows)

Wild Beasts, whose awesome Two Dancers has been making winters everywhere easier to deal with this year, are going on their first full North American tour. If I could think of something cool and funny to say about that, I would. In the meantime, check out these clips of them playing live on Later with Jools Holland:

Convinced? Good. Now go see ‘em:

02.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02.18.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
02.19.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
02.20.10 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room
02.22.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
02.24.10 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
02.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
02.26.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.27.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
02.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall Of Williamsburg

European dates can be found here.

• Wild Beasts: http://www.wild-beasts.co.uk
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

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