Slint announce US tour dates so they can reunite in every city individually!

Slint announce US tour dates so they can reunite in every city individually!

Yeah, yeah; so Slint reform all the damn time. And yeah, yeah; so they’re doing it this time just to parade-around a Spiderland reissue (i.e. the album “remastered from the original tapes by Bob Weston” w/ 14 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, what-have-you) that, according to our pals at Consequence of Sound, the Touch and Go label is releasing on April 15 of this year. And yeah, yeah; so the internet has made all aspects of real, tangible life-out-in-the-world completely unnecessary if not downright obnoxious and frustrating to navigate (speaking of which, time to order a pizza for lunch off and a cheap two-liter of Coke off Craigslist!).

But yeah. These things may well be true, but, in the words of my eloquent roommate: EVEN STILL! It must be acknowledged that the band (we’re still talking about Slint, by the way) hasn’t toured the US in seven friggin’ years. And besides, the list of dates is what I’d describe as “classily slim.” So give ‘em a break, already. Who are you to not at least pretend to be into Slint? Come on. It’ll make them feel special. Which, you never know, might even make you feel good!

Slint 2014 tour dates:

04.29.14 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
04.30.14 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony
05.01.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
05.04.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.06.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
05.08.14 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.09.14 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrews Hall
05.10.14 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
05.29-31.14 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.05-07.14 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
07.18-20.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

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• Touch and Go:

Beck announces tour dates, tour date announcement quickly goes double platinum

Bro, bro, bro! Check this OUT. So, I was reading on the internet that Beck (the guy who released the friggin’ 2014 Album of the Year last month that we all love?) is totally going on tour this April!

But, like, the THING OF IT is?

It said that the tour is, like A SEQUEL… to the last tour he went on!

Uhm, Yeah. I know: MIND? BA-LOWN! I don’t care how much this costs, I’m, like, definitely-definitely-definitely going. Looking for sitters now…


04.09.14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
04.13.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.20.14 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.23.14 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
04.24.14 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
04.26.14 - Dallas, TX - Edgefest 24
06.19.14 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
06.20.14 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
06.19-22.14 - Dover, DE - Firefly Festival
06.24.14 - North Adams, MA - Mass MOCA
06.25.14 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
06.27.14 - Toronto, ON - Sony Centre
06.28.14 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
07.01.14 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
07.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.18-20.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

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Trans Am recommend turning it up to Volume X for their 10th LP, but my version of iTunes doesn’t support Latin

Fall 2012 was a special time for the Chicago-based Thrill Jockey. Not only did it signal the imminent occurrence of the annual hayride around the city’s South Side, but it also represented the effective 20th anniversary for the label, which was celebrated with an array of label-focused shows and a bevy of limited-edition goodies announced for nigh-immediate release. However, caught up in the hubbub as we were, most of us in the journalistic world neglected to point out the even more elder status (in terms of years of activity) of one of Thrill Jockey’s most influential and dedicated mainstays: the musically metamorphic trio Trans Am. Hey! They’re originally from the DC area! Me too!

So in this case, they’re also one of the few bands for which an actual timeline of their history is justified. My mind and trackpad finger haven’t made it past the oddly hypnotic image of the jovial “young raccoon family,” but without scrolling all the way to the present, I’m guessing the final note makes the necessary reference to their just-announced 10th LP Volume X. X is the roman numeral for 10. It’s their 10th full-length album. It comes out May 20. (Not October 10 — missed opportunity!)

There’s a personal hope that Trans Am continue their subtle homage to Kraftwerk, just because it makes their particular brand of post-rock (I guess? sometimes?) all the more intriguing. Not that they aren’t rather keen on keeping things interesting regardless. Anyway, North American tour dates are upcoming! And here’s a track off their last album:

Volume X tracklisting:

01. Anthropocene
02. Reevaluations
03. Night Shift
04. K Street
05. Backlash
06. Ice Fortress
07. Failure
08. I’ll Never
09. Megastorm
10. Insufficiently Breathless

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• Thrill Jockey:

Spotify no longer wonders “If I only had a brain…”, acquires music intelligence company The Echo Nest

The extralegal American “security” apparatus has been a reliable engine of perpetual public outrage over the past several months, but, neglected almost entirely from the media coverage and the personally voiced e-concern about whether or not those special emails of mine are currently being circulated around NSA headquarters, lies a subject much more sinister and condemnable. Have we asked how the music feels about all this?

The founding of The Echo Nest in 2005 coincided with an invasion of privacy that even the personification of the Patriot Act would download and have a wank to. Their database aggregates the very souls (meaning the actual audio and textual data) of over 30 million songs for the purposes of powering, most notably, music recommendation services, but also for assisting companies in playlist generation, acoustic analysis, audio fingerprinting, and surely, the development of virtually any music-based software under the bitterly-curtained sun… on the part of the programmers. Those visualizers that come packaged with so many media players come to mind as an obvious application, but to offer a broader perspective, Echo Nest’s API is currently being used by over 7,000 developers. They’re patting down and getting all up in the anatomical crevasses of music.

On March 6, the self-described “leader” in music intelligence was acquired by long-term client and chronic Yorke-irritator, Spotify. Questionable is the notion of how Echo Nest can maintain relationships with Spotify’s competitors when Spotify ultimately wields control, but one such competitor has already severed ties in anticipation of conflict. Anthony Bay, CEO of Rdio, explains his forthcoming strategy: “So we will stop using that source of data and use other sources.”

Meanwhile, who knows what the acquisition/merger will entail for regular ol’ music fans, but it’s apparent that the parties involved are, at least, really really excited about it:

We spent our first weeks together just giddy at the potential of all that special Echo Nest magic working directly with the world’s best place for music. You’re about to see some great stuff from the new Echo Nest-enabled Spotify, and we’re excited to hear what you think. We’re all staying in town, our API stays up, and every single person at our company will continue to focus on building the future of music. Talk to you soon; we’ve got some work to do.

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• The Echo Nest:

RIP: Scott Asheton, drummer of The Stooges

From Iggy Pop’s official Facebook page:

My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.

Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton’s have always been and continue to be a second family to me.

My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.

Iggy Pop

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SXSW sets up charity in aftermath of March 13 tragedy

Maaaan, this hasn’t been a good week at all. We might have to get our war on, some plane peaced out in the middle of the sea (which sea we don’t even know), and some washout ruined Banksy’s okay name. Most importantly, though, Austin’s South by Southwest Festival suffered an unfortunate tragedy: A suspected drunk driver, attempting to flee police following a sobriety checkpoint, rammed through the barricades near the Mohawk club and drove through attendees, injuring 23 and killing two. The driver is currently in custody and is facing capital murder and aggravated assault charges.

No doubt that everyone, everyone who is involved in the business is shocked, saddened, and worried about all this. While questions remain to be answered, SXSW is doing what it can to mitigate the effects of the tragedy. The festival has opened an Emotional Support Center at the Austin Convention Center that will run through the remainder of the festival, and both the Mohawk and next-door club Cheer Up Charlie’s will be open for business for the duration of the festival as well.

So yeah, things are pretty somber at the moment. But what can you, reader who skipped out on the festival but are reading every site to find out what’s been happening, do to help? Well, SXSW is partnering with the City of Austin and the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to run a charity for those who wish to help the victims. Called SXSW Cares, the charity, operated by the local Austin Community Foundation, will distribute funds to victims through a community-based system. Any remaining money will be placed in a trust in the event of a future tragedy similar to this one. Donate at the link above, and send some empathy to Austin, will ya?

[Note: E. Nagurney’s roommate was one of the injured. TMT is keeping her and the other victims in our thoughts.]

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