The Shins add fall tourdates after a premonition Mercer had last night that his band would still be really popular in September.

The Shins add fall tourdates after a premonition Mercer had last night that his band would still be really popular in September.

Good news, everyone! Even though he can hardly bear the sty-in-the-eye of his artistic integrity that is having parts of his songs performed by other musicians (because of course, “performance” is just a small hop away from “interpretation,” which is one false move away from “ownership,” which is one court hearing away from “intellectual property theft”), James Mercer is literally taking one for the team this year and agreeing to perform his DIY songs all over the world… (shudder) with a cast of additional musicians. For at least a few fleeting months, these musicians will be formally known as “The Shins” and will ably perform selections from Mercer’s new album Port of Morrow (TMT Acrostic Review), as well as some other Mercer-related albums.

In addition to the summer dates that we could-have-reported-before-but-didn’t, Mercer has added another dozen North American dates in September and October, including an appearance at this fall’s Austin City Limits festival, at which it’ll be awfully hard to keep the cameras off of the other players, who, according to Mercer’s PR person (who I assume is Mercer), will consist of Mxxk “James Mercer” Wxxxxxs on additional guitars and lap steel, Yxxxi “James Mercer” Mxxxxxxs on bass, Jxxxxxa “James Mercer” Dxxxxn on guitar, Rxxxxxd “James Mercer” Sxxxt on keyboards, and Jxe “James Mercer” Pxxxxxr drums. A portion of the dates’ pre-sale tickets will be available today at a lifestyle site that Mercer wrote the code for called Gilt City, and the rest of them will be available at James Mercers’ LinkedIn site; both starting at noon EST, also known as Mercer-o’clock.


05.31.12 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrahs Council Bluffs
06.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
06.02.12 - Kansas City, KS - Livestrong Sporting Park
06.04.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.05.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
06.06.12 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit
06.08.12 - Cleveland, OH - Masonic Auditorium
06.09.12 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheatre
06.10.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.22.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Lüften Festival
06.23.12 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.24.12 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.25.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Grobe Freiheit 36
06.27.12 - Arendal, Norway - Hovefestival
06.29.12 - Helsinki, Finland - The Garden Party
06.30.12 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love
07.02.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pusterviksbaren
07.03.12 - Malmo, Sweden - KB Club
07.051.2 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.07.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
07.23.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
07.25.12 - Sydney, Australia - Hordern Pavilion
07.27.12 - Byron Bay, Australia- Splendour In The Grass Festival
07.29.12 - Nigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
08.17.12 - Erfurt, Germany - Highfield
08.18.12 - Hasslet, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.23.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Open Air Festival
08.24.12 - Paris, France - Rock En Seine
08.25.12 - Reading, UK - Richfield Avenue
08.26.12 - Leeds, UK - Bramham Park
09.22.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
09.25.12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
09.26.12 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09.30.12 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
10.02.12 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
10.03.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.04.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
10.07.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.08.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10.10.12 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.11.12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

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Dntel creates time machine to go back to 2001, accidentally sets the dial back too far and is forced to relive high school

As we reported back in February, Jimmy Tamborello’s Dntel project is set to release its first album since 2007’s Dumb Luck (and prior to that, 2001’s Life Is Full of Possibilities, the Dntel album that you actually remember). The new album on Pampa Records now has a release date — June 5 — and features guest vocals from electro-pop luminaries Nite Jewel and Baths in addition to vocal contributions from Tamborello himself. But that’s all old news!

In new news, self-titled has released an exclusive mix by Dntel as part of their Needle Exchange series covering an assortment of early, unreleased recordings. By early, we mean like high school early. Over on the site, you can stream or download the mix and read Jimmy’s play-by-play. Since he’s reminiscing about music made back when he was just a wee teenager, it’s very cute. In addition to exploring IDM in its heyday, Tamborello also dabbled in industrial, found sound, and the musical offerings of a friend’s golden retriever. Regardless of how precocious the whole endeavor is, he was definitely more productive than I was at that age.

Now that you’ve had a chance to digest all that Dntel news both old and new, plan on checking them out live if you live on the West Coast. Dntel will be playing a string of shows in June, primarily with likeminded artist Shlohmo, but also with Baths for a gig in Los Angeles where you’ll hopefully get to hear Baths take the mic for Aimlessness’s second single, “Still.”

Aimlessness tracklist:

01. waitingfortherest II

02. Jitters

03. Still

04. My Orphaned Son

05. Bright Night

06. Retracer

07. Puma

08. Santa Ana Winds

09. Trudge

10. Jitters (Geotic mix)

11. Doc (Dntel mix)

12. Paper Landscape


06.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
06.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Low End Theory / The Airliner &
06.14.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene %
06.15.12 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo %
06.16.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf %

& Baths
% Shlohmo

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Spectre Folk (Pete of Magik Markers) whooshes through your neckbeard this July with a new album on Steve Shelley's new label

Pete Nolan’s Spectre Folk project has gotten super slick recently. CD-Rs with that moniker used to get tossed out in dirty envelopes filled with nothing but static pitstains, and now the whole band is taste-testing foie gras for GQ’s blog or something. Things started getting all U2 3D in 2009 with Nolan’s deep-fried Compass, blanket, lantern, mojo (TMT Review), and the next step was recruiting Tall Firs’ Aaron Mullan, Lucky Peach’s Peter Meehan, and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley for the sake of press photos and on-stage pyrotechnics.

The new KISS-like assemblage introduced themselves in matching lycra pants last year with The Blackest Medicine Vol. 2 EP on Woodsist and now they’re full-on pedicured for a new album on Steve Shelley’s new label Vampire Blues, featuring yet another winner from album artist Robert Beatty. Joe “Press” Release tells us that this new album, Ancient Storm, is part longhair strut along the lines of Crosby’s first solo album and part downcast Jandek album cover stare. The six-track album will be released on LP July 31, and comes with a download card for five extra songs and a limited-edition UPC number of 655037000211.

Check out the lead single from last year’s EP in the meantime:

Ancient Storm tracklisting:

01. The Ancient Storm
02. Mantraphonics
03. Please Come Home
04. Gypsy Grammar
05. Knife
06. Trees

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RIP: Doc Watson

From The New York Times:

Doc Watson, the guitarist and folk singer whose flat-picking style elevated the acoustic guitar to solo status in bluegrass and country music, and whose interpretations of traditional American music profoundly influenced generations of folk and rock guitarists, died on Tuesday in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 89.

Mr. Watson, who had been blind since he was a year old, died in a hospital after recently undergoing abdominal surgery, The Associated Press quoted a hospital spokesman as saying. On Thursday his daughter, Nancy Ellen Watson said he had been hospitalized after falling at his home in Deep Gap, N.C., adding that he did not break any bones but was very ill.

Mr. Watson, who came to national attention during the folk music revival of the early 1960s, injected a note of authenticity into a movement awash in protest songs and bland renditions of traditional tunes. In a sweetly resonant, slightly husky baritone, he sang old hymns, ballads and country blues he had learned growing up in the northwestern corner of North Carolina, which has produced fiddlers, banjo pickers and folk singers for generations.

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[Photo: Joe Giordano]

J Dilla’s mother launches record label in her son’s honor; my mother launches record label in support of well-balanced meals

On the one hand, starting your own record label is likely a more difficult and complicated endeavor than most people think. On the other hand, it seems like everyone and their mother is doing it… literally. AllHipHop got the scoop on this initially: the mother of late producer J Dilla, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, has started her own record label, Ruff Draft Records, almost exclusively dedicated to outing previously unreleased J Dilla material. The label, named for the 2003 J Dilla EP, will also feature music from aspirational young artists, who might otherwise find themselves pursuing less ethical hobbies, like brostep production.

Ms. Yancey relates, “We want to make it more feasible to interact with these children; we don’t know how many J. Dilla’s we have out there. Somebody has to find them.” More to the point, however, the label is a natural consequence of Ma Dukes recently assuming possession of hundreds of lost tapes left in storage by her late son.

Ruff Draft held their launch party last Friday in Detroit, where they also highlighted the label’s first release, Rebirth of Detroit by… I’m drawing a blank here. The album is due out June 12, and pairs unreleased Dilla beats with predominately Detroit-based rappers. You can preorder it on CD here (and a promo 10-inch with tracks feat. Danny Brown and Guilty Simpson here), or just watch the trailer below.

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Cadence Weapon releases his new LP today; professional wrestling debut set for tomorrow

Rollie Pemberton, who you most likely know as Cadence Weapon, has announced to the world at large, as you most likely know, that his new album, Hope in Dirt City, will be released on May 29. Pemberton has also announced that, under his ring name of The Ultimate Weapon, he will make his professional wrestling debut in a match against “Nihilistic” Nick Nilssen, which Pemberton promises “will be won, decisively, and with little effort, but plenty of style.”

Hope in Dirt City is Cadence’s third album and first with Upper Class Recordings and is sure to show the former Poet Laureate of Edmonton at his best, mixing in new sounds with his already diverse palette as seen in previous albums Afterparty Babies (TMT Review) and Breaking Kayfabe. In fact, the press release I was sent verifies my statement: “[Hope In Dirt City] is one that will surprise you with its nuances and complexity in terms of production, rhymes and intensity. Mixing IDM, disco, funk, psychedelic soul and some old school rap, Cadence Weapon is an astounding artist that has delivered a kaleidoscopic album you’ll not soon forget.” Thanks for helping me save time, press release. I have a DVR-ed episode of Monday Night RAW to watch and not much time to get it done in.

The Ultimate Weapon will also be heading out on tour in support of both Hope in Dirt City and his new career as a pro wrestler, so check out those dates below.

06.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
06.12.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
06.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
06.15.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex *
06.16.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
06.19.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
06.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
06.22.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
06.23.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
06.25.12 - Montreal, QC- La Sala Rossa *
06.26.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
06.27.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
06.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
06.29.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
06.30.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
07.03.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry *

* Japandroids

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