Stooges postpone tour due to Iggy Pop foot injury, forever proving that he can feel pain

Stooges postpone tour due to Iggy Pop foot injury, forever proving that he can feel pain

We’re all going to get old and die. Think about that for a while. Savor its bitter flavor and let it dance upon your palette. One day you’re rolling around in peanut butter and cutting yourself on stage, the next you’re knocking on death’s door. And you might hope that death isn’t home, but he’s probably going to be. He’s going to open that door and hand you a big palmful of doom, like the most terrifying Halloween participant of all time. Don’t try to resist it, because you can’t even stop yourself. It’s like the sweetest candy, except it is truly the most bitter. Huh? Bwuh? What were we talking about again? Halloween?

Back on track: everybody gets old, including Iggy Pop. While Pop may have once fought through a Stooges show with a beartrap on one leg and three bullets in the other, those days are gone. Last month, he broke two of the bones in his foot during a concert in Romania. As such, he will need to rest for six to eight weeks and will be unable to perform at The Stooges’ upcoming West Coast dates.

In related Stooges medical news, drummer Scott Asheton has also had a difficult time of it recently. Though his ailment has not been specified, Iggy Pop told Rolling Stone that the drummer had to be rushed to the hospital after the band’s appearance at Hellfest in France this past summer. Pop said that had proper medical attention not been sought, his bandmate would have died. Currently, Asheton is recovering in Florida, but he plans to rejoin the band next year. Until then, Larry Mullins will serve as his temporary replacement. Also, manning the saxophone will be the dark specter of death, his bony hands playing the most ripping sax runs that you have ever heard.

Canceled Stooges dates:

09.10.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel
09.12.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
09.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield

Dates will be rescheduled in the near future.

• The Stooges:

Gang Gang Dance to re-embark on tour, not shun the West Coast

An inconsistent qualitative musical output can be one of the most frustrating things when deciding whether or not to see a band live. Should I go ahead and check out such-and-such band at so-and-so venue, even though their last album totally blew chunks, or if, aside from one spectacular album, the rest of their discography is the very definition of mediocrity? Fans of Gang Gang Dance, for the most part, don’t have this problem. Each of the band’s three LPs since 2005 has been warmly received by both fans and critics alike, who appreciate… I don’t know, new age experimentation mixed with a mild danceability? At the very least, it’s pretty enjoyable.

Still fresh off of the release of Eye Contact (TMT Review) back in May, Gang Gang Dance will be continuing a tour this month that essentially began in May, when they traveled through Europe and then through the Northeast and the Midwest in July. This tour, if you’re dead set on separating it from their most recent, will be focused primarily west of the Mississippi. No second thoughts here.


09.23.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
09.24.11 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
09.28.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
09.30.11 - Mexico City, Mexico - Theatre Fru Fru
10.01.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.03.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
10.05.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
10.07.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
10.08.11 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets
10.09.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Cultural Collide Festival
10.10.11 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
10.11.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
10.13.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
10.14.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.15.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
10.18.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
10.19.11 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
10.21.11 - Morgantown, WV - 123 Pleasant Street

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• 4AD:

RTX tour the West Coast with Ty Segall, Kurt Vile, Heavy Cream, and bitchin’ hair

RTX, a.k.a. post-Royal Trux Jennifer Herrema + band + gnarly, bangs-down-to-there surfer shag, are hitting the road for the month of September with a slew of dates up and down the West Coast. The tour features support from the nattily-kempt ‘dos of the ladies and gentleman in Nashville’s Heavy Cream and includes dates with blond moppet Ty Segall and Kurt Vile’s sensual brunette mane.

Long, lustrous nights of old-school garage-punk rocking will leave your own follicles smelling like smoke, sweat, and good memories. Lather, rinse, repeat. Or don’t. Whatever, man!

In other news, Drag City has announced a new RTX album slated to drop in early 2012. Siiiiiiick.

09.06.11 - Olympia, WA - The Brotherhood *
09.07.11 - Vancouver, ON - Logan’s Pub *
09.09.11 - Seattle, WA - Funhouse *
09.10.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *#
09.12.11 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish *#
09.13.11 - Fullerton, CA - Continental *
09.14.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Freak City *
09.15.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar *
09.22.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar *$

* Heavy Cream
# Ty Segall
$ Kurt Vile

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• Drag City:

[Photo: Mike Piscitelli]

Los Campesinos! announce? new: album…

No one can seem to talk about Los Campesinos! without rambling about the effect of their exclamation point. Twee! Glee! Jubilee! OMG!

But wait — what if Los Campesinos! had chosen to punctuate their name differently? Los Campesinos? might be an avant-garde minimalist group that employs solely sitars and kazoos. Perhaps Los Campesinos; would be some sort of orchestral folk outfit, a 19-piece group that records all their songs in the forest. And possibly Los Campesinos/ would somehow manage to fuse psychedelic metal, dubstep, and reggae. Who knows?

The title of the exclamation-pointed band’s fourth LP Hello Sadness — an album that documents the frustration and confusion of a failing relationship — seems to send the band into emotional territory usually only found in the land of the comma, maybe even the darker ellipsis. You know… the land of lo-fi electro-emo and acoustic shoegaze. Somehow, however, Los Campesinos! manage to keep it quick and rollicking while remaining complex and honest — indie pop definitely worthy of an exclamation point.

So! Los Campesinos! Hello Sadness! Arts&Crafts! November 15!


01. By Your Hand
02. Songs About Your Girlfriend
03. Hello Sadness
04. Life Is a Long Time
05. Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
06. Hate for the Island
07. The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
08. To Tundra
09. Baby I Got the Death Rattle
10. Light Leaves, Dark Sees pt. II

• Los Campesinos!:
• Arts&Crafts:

Kurt Vile to release new EP So Outta Reach on 12-inch mope-circle and digital bummer-disk

Bossanova! Chevy Nova!! Yes, dudes and dudettes: major league off-sluffing is back in town!!! Even though the man, like, just sat down on the couch, Kurt Vile’s comin’ back at’cha with his trademark schedule of unbelievably busy laziness. First, on November 8 Matador Records will be releasing a new EP from Vile titled So Outta Reach, featuring six new tracks from this year’s Smoke Ring for My Halo LP that were originally left off that release because of how next-level-tired they sounded (including a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Downbound Train”). The semantically exhausted new EP will be released digitally and on 12-inch vinyl.

Then, on November 9, Matador is rolling out the newly repackaged, deluxe double-CD version of Smoke Ring, which, conveniently enough, comes packaged with the new EP. You can preorder any and all of this stuff over at the Matablog, and you can also listen to EP track “The Creature” at the Chocolate Grinder… as soon as you’re able to un-stick yourself from the couch. Stupid dried hummus and honey… whatever, man.

So Outta Reach EP:

01. The Creature
02. It’s Alright
03. Life’s a Beach
04. Laughing Stock
05. Downbound Train
06. (so outta reach)

2k11 dates:

09.06.11 - Glasgow, UK - Stereo
09.07.11 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece
09.08.11 - London, UK - The Scala
09.10.11 - Groningen, Netherlands - Take Root Festival
09.16.11 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
09.17.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s (ACL aftershow) *
09.18.11 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
09.19.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre *
09.21.11 - San Diego, CA - SOMA *
09.23.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Forever *
09.24.11 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan *
09.25.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl *
09.26.11 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory *
09.28.11 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre *
09.30.11 - San Francisco, CA - Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10.24.11 - Portland, ME - State Theater ^
10.25.11 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory ^
10.27.11 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa ^
11.11.11 - New York, NY - TBA ^
11.12.11 - Philadelphia, PA - TBA ^
12.04.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
12.06.11 - Sydney, Australia - Oxford Art Factory
12.09.11 - Meredith, Australia - Music Festival

* Bright Eyes
^ The Flaming Lips

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• Matador:

Wild Flag stream debut album on NPR, announce tour, kick ass, take names

What do The Beatles, The Ramones, and Neutral Milk Hotel all have in common? Influence, significance, innovation, all that jazz… but what about the fact that they’re all groups of guys? Sure, Sonic Youth, Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian, and The Decemberists all have female members, and The Velvet Underground did too back in the day, but why aren’t there more badass, all-female rock groups out there right now?

Enter Wild Flag, the supergroup consisting of Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony of Helium, and Rebecca Cole of The Minders. They’re loud, raw, and clever — everything a rock band should be. After casually collaborating for over a decade, the foursome finally recorded their debut album back in April (completely live, save for the vocals), and the self-titled LP will see a September 13 release via Merge Records. The album can currently be streamed in full at NPR. Wild Flag has already played Chicago’s Wicker Park Festival and opened for Sonic Youth at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, but they’re also hitting the road for a string of North American dates in the fall.


10.03.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre
10.04.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.05.11 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
10.07.11 - Champaign, IL - High Dive
10.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.09.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.10.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.11.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.14.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.15.11 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
10.16.11 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
10.18.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.19.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.20.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.21.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.22.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
10.24.11 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
10.26.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.27.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
10.28.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
10.29.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.31.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
11.01.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
11.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
11.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
11.05.11 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
11.07.11 - Arcata, CA - Humboldt State University
11.09.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
11.10.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
11.11.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
11.12.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret

• Wild Flag:
• Merge: