Somebody somewhere’s really rich — this year’s SXSW raked in big bucks

Somebody somewhere's really rich — this year's SXSW raked in big bucks

113 million is the lucky number of 2010. In October, an anonymous Briton won £113 million in the lottery, and just this week, South by Southwest announced its earnings for this year’s festival — yep, you guessed it: $113 million. To put that into context, SXSW only made $99 million last year. Or, better: that’s enough to buy the most expensive Upper West Side penthouse in the New York Times real estate pages — almost three times!

This year, more people attended SXSW than ever. That means you have to go next year, before everybody goes and it becomes as uncool as a public school prom. Who wants to start a pool for bets on 2011’s income?


The Walkmen mosey on down for a Southeast tour

Every time I read something about The Walkmen’s live show, there’s always some mention of how intense these guys are, or how visceral their performances are, or something of that ilk. That’s all well and good for developing a live reputation, but you can’t judge a man (or group of men, as the case may be) by performance intensity. Perhaps The Walkmen like to take it easy offstage, enjoying the simple pleasures of a good mosey. From what I hear, the group is, in fact, moseying on down to the Southeast for the early parts of 2011 to promote their new one on Fat Possum, Lisbon (TMT Review). They will then proceed to seethe with that live intensity you’ve heard so much about.

Walkmen dates:

12.02.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
12.03.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club %
01.12.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
01.13.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
01.14.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
01.15.11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
03.02.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
03.03.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.04.11 - Austin, TX - Subb’s Bar-B-Que
03.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

* School of Seven Bells
% Tennis

• The Walkmen:
• Fat Possum:

Just when you finished saving enough money for his shoes, Panda Bear announces new single in December

Remember a few weeks ago when you thought that Panda Bear’s signature shoes were going to be the best ones from any of the AC guys because Panda Bear is all humble and sensitive and cool and fatherly, but then it turned out that they were easily the most phoned-in and lame? (Oh come on, they totally were.) Well, old boy is making up for it by announcing the release of his third single in the ongoing series leading up to the forthcoming full-length Tomboy.

This handy stocking-stuffer, which is being released as a 7-inch on December 21 by former AC label FatCat, is titled “Last Night at the Jetty” and will be backed by a song named “Drone” as the B-side. Take it away, FatCat publicity:

The lead track, ‘Last Night At The Jetty’ sees Noah’s beautifully layered, honeyed vocal harmonies morphing across a fairly simple grid of wobbly guitar, a whip-crack metronome-beat and a scattering of electronic sounds and effects. Taking an uncluttered, less-is-more approach, the treatment allows Noah’s voice to carry the song through a series of shifting melodies. On the flipside, ‘Drone’ takes an even more reductive, minimalist approach, jettisoning the beat altogether with Noah’s long-held vocals hovering over a step-sequence of synthesized tone-blocks, a kind of computer-music chorale.

If those words have your saliva glands weeping uncontrollably right now, you can listen to snippets and pre-order your copy now over at FatCat’s page or via good old Insound. But beware, kids: the 7-inch release is limited to a scant 3,000 copies. So I hope you’re not still reading this sentence that I’m currently typing out right now in an intentionally long and rambly manner to increase the comedic value of the idea that taking the time necessary to read this sentence is potentially going to be the deciding factor as to whether or not you lock-in your pre-order before the last of them runs out… because if you are, your time has probably run out. By the way, I already ordered mine. Well, bye.

• Panda Bear:
• Fat Cat:

Best Coast and Wavves hold hands and sing about sunny days as they tour together through the cold ones

If she could, Bethany Cosentino would take her cat Snacks on tour with Best Coast. Thankfully for the drummer (ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler, who is allergic), Bethany decided instead to settle for traveling with her boyfriend, Wavves’ Nathan Williams. Best Coast and Wavves have just announced a tour together via Snacks’ Twitter — yes, Twitter, coinciding with the important query of who will catsit him while “mom and dad” are gone. Snacks has the perfect voice to tie together this crazy couple (if Best Coast refers to everything as crazy, so can I), since he appeared this summer on the cover of both Best Coast’s debut, Crazy For You, and Wavves’ album, King of the Beach. Strange, though, that the representative of these two sunny, beach-crazed bands should naturally be so averse to water.

Snacks didn’t confirm any actual dates, but the tour will supposedly take place in January and February, giving Bethany some time to recuperate after opening for Weezer.

• Best Coast:
• Wavves:

The Decemberists release The King Is Dead in January, features guest apperances by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Gillian Welch

The Decemberists, WHO SOLD THE FUCK OUT BACK IN 2006, are releasing The King Is Dead January 18 on Capitol Records (on Rough Trade in Europe). The album’s “10 concise, country-based songs” is an intentional shift toward “simplicity,” according to the press release, and sees the band working not only with producer Tucker Martine, but also with Gillian Welch and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Nice. According to Colin Meloy:

It’s a real challenge to make simple music, and lot of times we had to deliberately hold off and keep more space. This record is an exercise in restraint. […] Over the last eleven years or so, since I moved to Portland, I feel like I’ve been mining mostly English traditions for influence. I guess I’ve kind of come back to a lot of the more American music that got me going in the first place — R.E.M. and Camper Van Beethoven and all these bands that borrowed from more American traditions like Neil Young and the Byrds. Sometimes I kind of miss the epic-ness of the other albums, but it’s nice to get all of the information across in three minutes. It’s like going from reading a novel to reading a bunch of short stories.

The Decemberists will appear on Conan November 18 to perform “Down by the Water,” the lead single off the album. Guaranteed to be “very funny.” In fact, I’m already laughing. Hahaha! See!

The King Is Dead tracklisting:

01. Don’t Carry It All
02. Calamity Song
03. Rise to Me
04. Rox in the Box
05. January Hymn
06. Down by the Water
07. All Arise!
08. June Hymn
09. This is Why We Fight
10. Dear Avery

• The Decemberists:
• Capitol:

Brooklyn’s Liturgy sign to Thrill Jockey, plan to release second LP in the spring, also plan to weird-out the South this week

Minimalist arty farty black metal band Liturgy are hitting the road for most of November, stopping mainly around the East Coast, South, and mid-Atlantic. Though, calling them “black metal” seems weird to me, even though black metal is for nerds. I mean, I know they’re all “rawr” and shit, but there is also a faint prettiness to their music. Anyway, they just signed with Thrill Jockey and will release their sophomore LP in the spring of 2011. Definitely check them out if they hit your town. I won’t, because they’re playing my town on a Sunday, and that’s THE LORD’S DAY.

Their debut full-length Renihilation is out now on 20 Buck Spin. Tourdates below.

11.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
11.11.10 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5
11.12.10 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor
11.13.10 - Asheville, NC - Broadways
11.14.10 - Athens, GA - Farm 255
11.15.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.16.10 - Nashville, TN - The End
11.17.10 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
11.18.10 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
11.19.10 - Washington DC - Comet Ping Pong
11.20.10 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe
12.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Acheron
12.09.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

• Liturgy:
• Thrill Jockey:
• 20 Buck Spin: