Smith Westerns tour their asses off this fall. Wait, shouldn’t they be in school!?!?

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I like to imagine those 17-year-old-looking dudes in Smith Westerns as a modern-day pack of Ferris Buellers, cockily touring around North America this fall and evading their L7-weenie of a principal as they charm the continent with their boyish charms, 1980s confidence, and leopard print man-vests. Or maybe they’re more like The Beatles circa Hard Day’s Night, ruffling the entertainment establishment with their shaggy appearances and endearing themselves to millions for lovably treating their tag-along grandfathers like shit. Ah, to be young and in charge. Suck it, grandpa!

But the cold, hard reality is that, for all of their success with this year’s Dye It Blonde (TMT Review), the dudes in Smith Westerns are still paying their dues and playing second banana to dated old codgers like TV on the Radio, Arctic Monkeys, and — worst of all — that curmudgeonly old Panda Bear (shudder…). Okay, so maybe there’s only one date with Panda on the books… but still, those dudes in Arctic Monkeys are total stuffed-shirts, and starting next week in L.A., those kids in Smith Westerns are going to have to deal with lead singer Alex Turner’s stubborn, London-bred contempt for long hair and youth culture for the next month and a half. Man, I hear that dude can be such an uptight a-hole! He’s all like, “I travel on this train regularly! Twice a week!” And Smith Westerns are all like, “dude, what train???”

Dates:

09.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.13.11 - Norman, OK - Opolis %
09.14.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
09.16.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
09.16.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish (ACL After Party) +
09.21.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
09.22.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
09.23.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas @*
09.24.11 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre @*
09.25.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl @*#$
09.28.11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Orpheum Theatre *
09.29.11 - Calgary, Alberta - MacEwan Hall Ballroom *
09.30.11 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - The Odeon *
10.01.11 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Burton Cummings Theatre *
10.03.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room *
10.04.11 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
10.05.11 - Nashville, TN - War Memorial Auditorium *
10.07.11 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *
10.08.11 - Sunrise, FL - Langerado Festival
10.09.11 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz *
10.11.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
10.12.11 - Raleigh, NC - Disco Rodeo *
10.14.11 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues @ Showboat Atlantic City *
10.15.11 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live *
10.16.11 - Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion *
10.18.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE *

* Arctic Monkeys
@ TV on the Radio
# Panda Bear
$ Warpaint
% Evangelicals
+ Cults

• Smith Westerns: http://www.myspace.com/smithwesterns
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com

Fang Island record dry, academic new album, go on joyless East Coast tour

Fang Island are a rock ‘n’ roll band from Providence, Rhode Island. Their music consists of an academic examination of the tones that result from the striking of guitars. Despite rumors that the group’s sound is similar to “everyone high-fiving everyone,” the principal members of Fang Island maintain that their music is only to provide mental growth and should not be compared with cheap physical acts, e.g., the slapping of hands. If one must compare Fang Island’s music to a physical act, a firm handshake with maintained eye contact is a more apt comparison.

The rock group is currently recording a new album. Last year, they put out Fang Island, a record liked by many, disliked by others, and met with indifference by those outside of the two aforementioned population groups. Their new album, which they describe as “extremely dry and technical, only for true academics,” will serve as the follow-up to their debut. Updates on that recording process may be found at the group’s Twitter page, even though the band members would vastly prefer the formality of a bi-monthly newsletter.

In September, the band has planned a break from their strenuous development of the new record. During this time, they will take to a series of concert halls to present their new theories and developments. These shows shall take place on the East Coast of the United States of America. Fellow rock group The Joy Formidable will be present on certain dates. Seating will not be provided. Please do not talk during the performance.

Fang Island dates:

09.10.11 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines with Magnets
09.21.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
09.23.11 - Durham, NC - Tremont Music Hall
09.24.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
09.25.11 - Tampa, FL - The Orpheum #
09.26.11 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern #
09.28.11 - Carborro, NC - Cat’s Cradle #
09.29.11 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall #
09.30.11 - Rochester, NY - Club at Water Street Music Hall #
10.05.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

# The Joy Formidable

• Fang Island: http://fangisland.com
• The Joy Formidable: http://www.thejoyformidable.com

Tortoise get creepy on film score with Blair Witch director Eduardo Sánchez

Major films love getting indie post-rock bands to score their movies on the cheap. John Williams is just so damn expensive these days, and so are Three 6 Mafia, with their Oscar and whatnot (by the way, did they ever get that cooking show going?). Post-rock bands are picky, though. They’ll only do inspirational sports movies (Explosions in the Sky for Friday Night Lights, Mogwai for Zidane) or horror (GY!BE for 28 Days Later).

Chicago’s influential, genre-blending instrumentalists Tortoise have just finished recording for a new film in the latter genre by Blair Witch director Eduardo Sánchez, titled Lovely Molly. The psychological horror film depicts a newlywed young woman who returns to her childhood home to discover something bad/scary, but it’s all in her head… or is it??? That’s the twist! The script was written by Charlie Kaufman’s twin brother, I think. Anyway, Tortoise just recorded the score for the film, which is set to premiere on September 14 at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

In other Tortoise news, John McEntire has informed the public of some international shows this fall and the possibility that the production of a new Tortoise record could happen this winter! Chicago has some really long winters, however, so it might be a while.

• Tortoise: http://www.trts.com

The Flaming Lips take aim at the Billboard charts once again with new six-hour song

MTV darlings The Flaming Lips are at it again with another of their trademark surefire-hit music experiments. Known for a series of top-40 successes over the past two decades, including the hit songs “Jesus Shootin’ Heroin,” “Talkin’ Bout The Smiling Deathporn Immortality Blues,” and “The sixth track on the fourth disc of Zaireeka,” the Lips are reportedly at least 4.5 hours into the process of recording a six-hour song called “I Found a Star on the Ground,” which is sure to keep you tapping your feet from breakfast until a little after lunch.

But how does one go about the process of creating a six-hour song? In the opinion of this astute reporter, The Flaming Lips have created so vast a catalogue of audio recordings that they need only to string their classic first six LPs together. Reached for comment on this suggestion, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne said, “Yeah, it’s a nice idea, but does anyone really remember how any of the songs from Transmissions from the Satellite Heart go? I know I don’t. Except for ‘She Don’t Use Jelly.’ That was a fun little tune. Too bad it never caught on.”

Wayne Coyne’s updates, in order:

http://www.twitvid.com/GUCTK
http://www.twitvid.com/RLAPC
http://www.twitvid.com/5LV7K
http://www.twitvid.com/XKZML
http://www.twitvid.com/Y267R
http://www.twitvid.com/0UJ5X
http://twitter.com/#!/waynecoyne/status/106840716138905601
http://www.twitvid.com/SHVGS
http://www.twitvid.com/QFLKD
http://www.twitvid.com/CIXLO
http://www.twitvid.com/XN6ZF

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com

The Beach Boys’ SMiLE Sessions finally gets release date; the world still waiting on Brian Wilson’s Pleasure Island: A Rock Fantasy

After decades of devoted fans compiling mix tapes of studio outtakes, B-sides, and unfinished recordings, The Beach Boys’ SMiLE sessions are finally being released November 1 by Capitol/EMI. Dubbed “The most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history…” by Rolling Stone, the album was intended to best Brian Wilson’s magnum opus Pet Sounds, but due to Wilson’s deteriorating grip on reality/health combined with pressure from their record label, the sessions were scrapped and hastily packaged together as the lackluster Smiley Smile. Since then, music critics and fans alike have wondered what the actual project would have sounded like, and even though Brian Wilson released his revamped take on SMiLE a few years ago, it still differed from what the intended project was supposed to be. However, with the release of The SMiLE Sessions, the full participation of the original Beach Boys (Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson) has collected and compiled the band’s original 1966-67 sessions for the never-completed album. Hopefully now some of the mystery will be taken out of the enigmatic album, which many have assumed would’ve been one of the greatest records of all time.

The album will be released in a wide array of formats, including a 2-CD lift-top box, double-vinyl LP, digital album, and iTunes LP, with the boxed edition of The SMiLE Sessions (being released physically and digitally) featuring the main SMiLE album tracks, plus four CDs of additional audio from the sessions, a double-vinyl LP set, and two 7-inch vinyl singles. The deluxe box will also contain a 60-page hardbound book with rare and unseen photos and memorabilia from The Beach Boys’ archive, as well as newly-written essays by Al Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, as well as Beach Boys historian Domenic Priore and other inner-circle participants. The Beach Boys are also planning to produce the first official music videos for “Good Vibrations” and “Heroes and Villains” by partnering with Tongal, a “leading” creative social platform. Fans will be able to collaborate to create these official music videos in two phases. Firstly, the concept phase will have fans conceptualize the music videos in 250 characters or less. Secondly, the video phase will have Tongal users select five winning concepts from the first phase and produce a music video based on it. Cash prizes and special items will be awarded to Tongal users for the top submissions.

Wait a sec, this just in: The Smile Sessions have just been scrapped in favor of The Deluxe Kokomo Experience, which will feature four CDs of remixes for The Beach Boys’ classic track “Kokomo,” as well as a 60-page hardbound book with newly-written essays by Mike Love detailing the process of writing and recording the song. Hopefully, he will also explain why he enjoyed ruining the band’s legendary image in order to appear on the Cocktail OST.

Okay, I should stop now. I’m not funny.

The SMiLE Sessions tracklisting:

Disc One:

01. Our Prayer
02. Gee
03. Heroes and Villains
04. Do You Like Worms (Roll Plymouth Rock)
05. I’m in Great Shape
06. Barnyard
07. My Only Sunshine (The Old Master Painter / You Are My Sunshine)
08. Cabin Essence
09. Wonderful
10. Look (Song for Children)
11. Child Is Father of the Man
12. Surf’s Up
13. I Wanna Be Around / Workshop
14. Vega-Tables
15. Holidays
16. Wind Chimes
17. The Elements: Fire (Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow)
18. Love to Say Dada
19. Good Vibrations
20. You’re Welcome *
21. Heroes and Villains (Stereo Mix) *
22. Heroes and Villains Sections (Stereo Mix) *
23. Vega-Tables Demo *
24. He Gives Speeches *
25. Smile Backing Vocals Montage *
26. Surf’s Up 1967 (Solo Version) *
27. Psycodelic Sounds: Brian Falls into a Piano*

Disc Two:

01. Our Prayer “Dialog”
02. Heroes and Villains: Part 1
03. Heroes and Villains: Part 2
04. Heroes and Villains: Children Were Raised (1/27/67)
05. Heroes and Villains: Prelude to Fade (2/15/67)
06. My Only Sunshine (11/14/66)
07. Cabin Essence (10/3/66)
08. Surf’s Up: 1st Movement (11/4/66)
09. Surf’s Up: Piano Demo (12/15/66)
10. Vega-Tables: Fade (4/12/67)
11.The Elements: Fire session (11/28/66)
12. Cool, Cool Water (Version 2) (10/26-10/29/67)
13. Good Vibrations Session Highlights

* bonus tracks

• The Beach Boys: http://www.thebeachboys.com
• Capitol: http://capitolrecords.com

Sic Alps bet you a million dollars that they will go on a European tour. You owe them a million dollars!

It’s just like Sic Alps to go tour Europe! That’s so ravin’? Oh no no no no no no no, my friend! That’s so Sic Alps! Picture this: me and the Sic Alps guys were at a party once. The scene was kind of a BBQ, just a bunch of people hanging outside. We’re just standing there in the backyard talking, when Mike Sic Alps turns to me and says “Hey man, what do you bet I can throw this tennis ball into that bucket?” Now, get this: that bucket was way across the yard. And this was a pretty big backyard. He would have been throwing that ball at least 100 feet into a maybe foot-wide bucket. There’s no way he was going to make it. So I tell him I’ll give him a million bucks if he makes it. “Your money’s no good here,” he says to me. “I get it, I pour these beers on your head.” A deal is made.

Lo and behold, the man makes the shot. He pours the beers on my head. The rest is history. I lose contact with those Sic Alps fellows. Wish I could say that it wasn’t because I’m still steamed about that shot, but I think I might be. Still, I’m glad they’re out there doing well, putting out records like this year’s Napa Asylum (TMT Review) on Drag City. They’re good guys, no matter how you cut it. And, yeah, they’re going on a European tour, starting right about now. If I were you and you live in Europe, meaning that in this situation I, too, live in Europe, I’d go see Sic Alps. Just don’t make any fishy bets.

Sic Alps dates:

08.30.11 - Bremen, Germany - Die Friese
08.31.11 - Arhus, Denmark - Musik Cafeen
09.01.11 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
09.02.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Slussen
09.03.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Bakken
09.04.11 - Berlin, Germany - West Germany
09.05.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Club 007
09.06.11 - Lucern, Switzerland - Frigorez
09.07.11 - Bologna, Italy - Scuderie
09.08.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
09.09.11 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
09.10.11 - Catania, Italy - Mercati Gernerale Garden
09.11.11 - Milan, Italy - Dauntaun
09.12.11 - Grenoble, France - AmpéRage
09.14.11 - Vitoria, Spain - Jimmy Jazz
09.15.11 - Madrid, Spain - El Perro Club
09.16.11 - Barcelona, Spain - La 2 De Apolo
09.17.11 - Bordeaux, France - Saint-Ex
09.18.11 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
09.20.11 - Cologne, Germany - King Georg
09.21.11 - Rouen, France - Emporium Galorium
09.22.11 - Gent, Belgium - Vooruit
09.23.11 - Paris, France - Glazart

• Sic Alps: http://www.sicalps.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

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