Snoop Dogg Signs Cypress Hill to Priority Records; First Step in Planned Arthurian-Roundtable of Hip-Hop Megastars Tasked with Defending the Realm of Def

Snoop Dogg Signs Cypress Hill to Priority Records; First Step in Planned Arthurian-Roundtable of Hip-Hop Megastars Tasked with Defending the Realm of Def

Snoop Doggy Dogg, known worldwide as the inventor of the West Coast, was, as you already know, recently named as “Creative Chairman” of Priority Records. What this fancy title infers is that Doggy gets the resources to further whatever musical agenda he wants (as long as it makes cash for Priority). Snoop, always a man with an agenda, has decided to form a roundtable of “Hip Hop Knights” tasked with “guarding the Eternal Throne of His Highness, The Flyest, The Dopest, The King Of Hip Hop.” Snoop’s hand-picked first recruits were recently announced as hip-hop legends Cypress Hill.

“Cypress Hill is undeniably one of the most important hip hop groups in music history,” Snoop stated after announcing the newly-signed exclusive worldwide deal. “Not only are they incredibly talented and the first Latino hip hop group to go platinum, they are also from the west coast (and can totally strike down any heathen with one swing of a broad-sword) so this signing is the perfect marriage,” Snoop elaborated.

Cypress Hill will release on April 6 a new album through Priority Records, Rise Up, the band’s first in six years.

tUnE-yArDs to Tour With Xiu Xiu, Neighbors to Complain About All the Clatterin’

Clattery art-pop rookie tUnE-yArDs will embark on a spring tour with clattery art-pop veterans Xiu Xiu. tUnE-yArDs, the one-woman project of Merrill Garbus, will tour in support of her acclaimed 2009 release, BiRd-BrAiNs. Xiu Xiu, meanwhile, will be supporting the cheerfully titled Dear God, I Hate Myself, which sees release February 23 on Kill Rock Stars. Feel good hit of the spring, right there!

02.05.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House
03.17.10 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *
03.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
03.19.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place *
03.20.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill *
03.23.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern *
03.24.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene *
03.25.10 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
03.26.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03.27.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
03.29.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon *
03.30.10 - St. Louis, MO - Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center *
03.31.10 - Iowa City, IA- The Picador *
04.01.10 - Northfield, MN - The Cave at Carleton College *
04.02.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
04.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
04.05.10 - Oberlin, OH - The Dionysus Discotheque *
04.07.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot *
04.08.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place *
04.09.10 - New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom *
04.10.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East - Downstairs*
04.13.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
04.14.10 - Washington DC - DC9 *
04.15.10 - Richmond, VA - The Canal Club Downstairs *

* Xiu Xiu

Broken Social Scene New Album Confirmed for May 4, Tourdates Announced

According to Arts&Crafts, Broken Social Scene are releasing a new, as-yet untitled album May 4. The core six members of Broken Social Scene — Kevin Drew, singer-bassist Brendan Canning, drummer Justin Peroff, guitarist Charles Spearin, singer-guitarist Andrew Whiteman, and Sam Goldberg — wrote and arranged the new record, but don’t worry: your favorite Canadian indie heroes, like Feist, Metric’s Emily Haines, and Jimmy Shaw, will be making appearances too. The album, their first since 2005’s self-titled release, was co-produced by the band and John McEntire (Tortoise) in Chicago and Toronto.

05.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
05.03.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
05.07.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
05.13.10 - London, UK - Brixton Academy (Pavement)
05.14.10 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.17.10 - London, UK - Heaven
05.18.10 - Amsterdam, NE - Melkweg
05.19.10 - Cologne, GR - Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05.21.10 - Paris, FR - La Maroquinerie
06.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Toronto Island (Pavement, Band of Horses)

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All I Wanna Do Is Zooma-Zoom-Zoom with Spoon! Britt Daniel and Co. to Shake They Rumps on Tour

First-tier indie rockers Spoon will play a few overseas dates in February before embarking on a North American tour in mid-March. Don’t believe the “first tier” remark? Gander southwards to the tourdates listed below and tell me if you see multiple shows in the same choice US cities, ace support bands, and actual full days off between gigs? Yep, Spoon are an elite group indeed, and between shows on Valentine’s Day in Glasgow and, um, Kourtney Kardashian’s birthday at Coachella on April 18, the Austin quartet will show off its live chops in support of its latest record, the near-universally well-received album Transference (Merge). Big and little Spoons alike will already know that their heroes will soon be on the move, but if this news story is hitting you for the first time, please note: networking may be required to attend certain Spoon shows below, as some are already sold out (i.e., both Washington, DC dates).

02.14.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tut’s #
02.15.10 - Manchester, England - Academy 3 #
02.16.10 - London, England - Electric Ballroom #
02.18.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso #
02.19.10 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor #
02.20.10 - Berlin, Germany - Frannz Club #
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
03.18.10 - New Orleans, LA - Republic $
03.19.10 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Soundstage $
03.20.10 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle $
03.22.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club $
03.23.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club $
03.24.10 - Richmond, VA - The National $
03.26.10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall $
03.27.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues $
03.29.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy $
03.30.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre $
04.01.10 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom %
04.02.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue %
04.03.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue %
04.05.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre %
04.07.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - In the Venue %
04.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre %
04.10.10 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre %
04.11.10 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre %
04.13.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre %
04.18.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival

# White Rabbits
$ Deerhunter, The Strange Boys
% Deerhunter, Micachu & The Shapes

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Lou Reed Brings the Noise: Metal Machine Trio featuring Ulrich Krieger and Sarth Calhoun Playing Gigs in Europe

Fans of Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music (or even the noisier side of The Velvet Underground) might be stoked to hear about Lou Reed’s new Metal Machine Trio featuring Ulrich Krieger and Sarth Calhoun. The trio did a back-to-back two-night gig at Blender Theatre in NYC last year and are now doing a five-day stint in Europe this April. Lou has been calling these events “A Night of Deep Noise” and will feature Lou on guitar and electronics, Ulrich Krieger on tenor sax and live electronics, and Sarth Calhoun on live processing and Fingerboard Continuum. The trio takes inspiration from Reed’s controversial 1975 album Metal Machine Music, but the performance isn’t a direct remaking, as made obvious by the trio’s instrumentation. So, anyone getting ready to call out for their favorite part of MMM are gonna be a little disgruntled when all they hear is Lou Reed actually playing his guitar opposed to pushing it up against his amp.

If you wanna hear the trio before shelling out the dough, check out the recordings from last year’s NYC events, released as The Creation of the Universe, or check out Lou’s own video of the trio here. If you’re just gonna shell out the dough either way, here are the dates:

04.17.10 - Cambridge, UK - Cambridge Junction
04.18.10 - Oxford, UK - Oxford 02 Academy
04.19.10 - London, UK - Royal Festival Hall
04.21.10 - Paris, France - La Cigale
04.22.10 - Brussels, Belgium - A/B, Ancienne Belgique
04.24.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - DR Koncerthuset
04.26.10 - Oslo, Norawy - Sentrum Scene
04.27.10 - Bergen, Norway - Ole Bull Scene
04.30.10 - Mallorca, Spain - Teatre Principal de Palma

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Owen Pallett, Freshly Shorn of Videogame Reference, Tours His Beloved Canadian Heartland

Old news alert: Final Fantasy is no more. Well, the Square/Enix video game is, but that’s kind of the source of the problem. Owen Pallett, a.k.a. Canadian one-man extraordinaire Final Fantasy, has officially renamed himself… Owen Pallett, in time for his newest release, Heartland (out now via Domino).

In an official statement, Pallett fondly recalled playing the game as a teenager before his tone quickly took a grave turn: “But the laws of trademark infringement exist for good reason,” he announced solemnly, “and so I am voluntarily retiring my band name.” It is not clear to what extent legal issues were involved in this decision, made after over half a decade after initiating the moniker, but the name change certainly didn’t hurt Heartland, his complex, beautifully crafted third album.

Allegedly, prior releases will be reissued under the new name, which will at least make things less confusing if you ever happen to talk to a gamer about He Poos Clouds (TMT Review).

Aaaanyway, Pallett has now confirmed Canadian tourdates to promote Heartland.

02.06.10 - Guelph, ON - Sleeman Centre (Hillside Inside Festival)
02.09.10 - Fredericton, NB - McCain Hall Theatre
02.10.10 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s United Church
02.11.10 - Halifax, NS - St. Matthew’s United Church
02.12.10 - St. John’s, NL - Cochrane Street United Church
02.17.10 - Kingston, ON - Sydenham United Church
02.18.10 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
02.19.10 - Wakefield, QC - Blacksheep Inn
02.20.10 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Outremont
02.21.10 - Quebec City, QC - Le Cercle
02.25.10 - London, ON - Aeolian Hall
02.26.10 - Brantford, ON - The Ford Plant
02.27.10 - Hamilton, ON - Lincoln Alexander Centre
04.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
05.09.10 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
05.10.10 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall

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