Stars to release sixth album The North and meander down memory lane

Stars to release sixth album The North and meander down memory lane

Remember being sixteen? Remember learning to drive and getting your license and driving to the mall by yourself? Remember reading The Great Gatsby for the first time? Remember really liking Bright Eyes and The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie and Stars?

Imagine for a second that you’re still sixteen — would you have freaked out last week when you heard Ben Gibbard’s cover of “Set Yourself on Fire,” the title track from Stars’ 2005 album? Would you be freaking out over SPIN’s premiere of “Theory of Relativity,” the first track off Stars upcoming album, The North, which will see a September 4 release on ATO? Would the synths confuse you? Would you be wishing for the orchestral grandeur of “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” which you used to love playing over and over and over again? Would you download it anyway?

The North tracklist:

01. The Theory of Relativity
02. Backlines
03. The North
04. Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It
05. Through the Mines
06. Do You Want to Die Together?
07. Lights Changing Colour
08. The Loose Ends Will Make Knots
09. A Song Is a Weapon
10. Progress
11. The 400
12. Walls

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Radiohead postpone European shows; if your culture is known for its elaborate hand gestures, this concerns you

As musicians, that’s the risk of achieving global popularity; when your personalized stage set-up tragically fails, the people who worked on the construction for said stage ultimately just look at each other and say, “Well, shit. What do we now?” Presumably the crew touring with Radiohead are a lot more professional than that, but that doesn’t mean that recent events haven’t come with a few, non-emotional hurdles.

Due to damage sustained as a result of the stage collapse in Toronto, Radiohead are postponing seven of their scheduled European shows. Here’s an excerpt from the statement on their website:

As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show – this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.

Check out the postponed dates below, and keep an eye on Radiohead’s website June 27, when they’re expected to announce replacement dates.

No longer dates:

06.30.12 - Rome, Italy - Hippodrome Capanelle
07.01.12 - Florence, Italy - Parco delle Cascine
07.03.12 - Bologna, Italy - Arena Parco Nord
07.04.12 - Codroipo, Italy - Villa Manin
07.06.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wuhlheide
07.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wuhlheide
07.09.12 - Saint-Triphon, Switzerland - Carriere des Andonces

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Tom Carter hospitalized while on European Charalambides tour, needs donations for medical expenses

Word came in via Glasgow’s Volcanic Tongue at the top of this month that Tom Carter — psychic songsmith and guitarist, Charalambides co-founder, all-around good dude — had been hospitalized for pneumonia in Berlin during a Charalambides European tour. Complications from the illness have forced Tom into intensive care for over two weeks now, and a projected recovery time is unknown, “possibly months.” The unexpected financial strain from medical bills, travel, and possible housing expenses will be a huge burden on Tom Carter and his family, on top of the general uncertainty of his condition.

Given his long history/discography of collaborative generosity, more than a few fans and fellow musicians have been looking for ways to assist Tom’s family financially, and though his IC unit is not able to receive direct gifts or messages, a fund is in the process of being formed to gather donations. Updated information on the Tom Carter Appeal can be found here, and in the meantime Volcanic Tongue will be donating all the money from any Charalambides/Tom Carter/Christina Carter releases purchased on their site to the fund. Label friend Blackest Rainbow Recordings will also donate the proceeds from their catalog. Get buyin’, you should already have these records anyway!

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Morrissey to charm his way across America on fall tour

Ready your nosegays and dust off your pomade, Morrissey fans! The Oscar Wilde of indie pop is making a triumphant return to US shores this fall, for an epic 33-city tour of venues from Reno to Atlantic City, from Los Angeles to New York, from North Bethesda to Pharr, TX, a wee town mere miles from the Mexican border. The maestro of miserable is rumored (by himself, natch) to be retiring from the tour circuit in two years — at least according to this Billboard story on an interview with another website, Morrissey! Say it ain’t so! What will happen to America’s thriving daffodil industry? Your fans (and people who forget to buy Mother’s Day gifts till the night before) are the only thing keeping it afloat!

So, my friends, toss those daffs on stage with extra fervor this time around. And don’t forget to wish your favorite Smiths vocalist an unhappy birthday; after all, this year marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of that famed Mancunian ensemble. And while Moz promises to sing hits both old, new, and as-yet-unreleased, that Smiths reunion is still just a dream dreamt by a Russian cosmonaut dog in an endlessly repeating loop of the past somewhere on God’s tape recorder. But hey Los Angeles-based fans, take note; in the spirit of the late-70s, you’re gonna want to throw in some shady doctors and weird vitamin shots to your pile of hair products and flowers. Because, on November 24, you’ll be spending a very, very special night with Morrissey… and Iggy & The Stooges. With a tour as extensive as this one, heaven knows none of us are miserable now. (Except for maybe Canada.)


10.05.12 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
10.06.12 - Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
10.10.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
10.15.12 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
10.16.12 - Burlington, VT - Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
10.18.12 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
10.19.12 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
10.23.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Hall
10.24.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Indoor Pavilion
10.26.12 - Flint, MI - James H Whiting Auditorium
10.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
10.29.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
10.30.12 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
11.01.12 - Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theatre
11.03.12 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
11.04.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall at University of Utah
11.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
11.10.12 - Bellingham, WA - Mount Baker Theatre
11.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
11.14.12 - Davis, CA - Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
11.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
11.17.12 - Reno, NV - John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Rose Ballroom
11.21.12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theater
11.23.12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at The Chelsea Ballroom
11.24.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center Arena *
11.27.12 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
11.28.12 - Wichita Falls, TX - Kay Yeager Coliseum
11.30.12 - Pharr, TX - Pharr Entertainment Center
12.01.12 - Beaumont, TX - Jefferson Theatre
12.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
12.05.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
12.07.12 - North Bethesda, MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
12.08.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Showboat Resort and Casino, House of Blues

* Iggy & The Stooges

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James Blake announces a new release!!!!!! As Harmonimix!!!!!

Before James Blake released James Blake (TMT Review), one of our favorite albums of last year, and generally charmed us all to pieces, he worked under the moniker Harmonimix and remixed hip-hop tracks such as “Bills Bills Bills” by Destiny’s Child and “A Milli” by Lil Wayne.

We haven’t heard from James Blake since he released his Love What Happened Here EP last December, but he’s up to his old Harmonimix tricks again. According to FACT, Blake will be releasing his own versions of a couple tracks by Trim, “Confidence Boost” and “Saying.” They’ll be out on R&S in September, and you can listen to both tracks via YouTube below.

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Dirty Three plan first North American tour in ages and ages

Australian instrumental rockers Dirty Three are coming to North America for their first US tour in ages. And like Christina Aguilera says, they’re gonna get rowdy. They’re gonna get a little unruly. They’re gonna get fired up… in a hurry. And well, “dirty” is already in their name, so that base has definitely been covered. Together, violinist Warren Ellis, drummer Jim White, and guitarist Mick Turner will be shattering hearts AND preconceptions about the nature of the power trio/instrumental rock in general, as they kick off their voyage at Montreal’s Ukrainian Federation before dipping down into the United States.

The band will be repping their most recent album, February’s Toward the Low Sun, the band’s first studio album in seven years, and their first for Drag City. And a busy seven years it’s been! Each of the members have been hard at work on various side projects; Ellis has worked alongside Nick Cave in Grinderman and on various film scores, Turner has been getting his solo project on, and White has collaborated with the lovely and talented Nina Nastasia. All worthy efforts, but in the words of one of America’s greatest (and aforementioned) songstresses, it’s about time that they came to start the party.

09.20.12 - Montreal, QC - Ukranian Federation
09.21.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
09.23.12 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
09.25.12 - Detroit, MI - 1464 Gratiot
09.26.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09.28.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
10.01.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10.02.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.03.12 - Portland, OR - The Mission Theater
10.04.12 - Portland, OR - The Mission Theater
10.08.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater

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