Talibam! need YOUR help releasing their new record; Euro mini-tour starts tonight (and fast trains that run underwater or fly have to be booked, like, days in advance)!

Talibam! need YOUR help releasing their new record; Euro mini-tour starts tonight (and fast trains that run underwater or fly have to be booked, like, days in advance)! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-01-talibam.jpg

Six European dates might seem like a skimpy Friday news meal, but Talibam! rarely leaves you unsatisfied. The fact that this tour, the band’s 15th European jaunt, starts tonight in Warsaw, Poland means, to quote, with complete accuracy, everyone’s favorite upstart British beat combo The Cure: “It’s Friday and we’re in love…with Talibam!”

The truth is, Talibam! shows are always unexpected adventures, so it’s an unwritten law that we have to write about them. Likewise, speculating on Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea’s upcoming exploits is essential too, yet taxing, so the best thing for me to do is ask a fellow TMTer to help out. This time around, I’ve got TMT fan favorite E. Nagurney with some important album news:

Talibam! have a new record. It’s called Talibam! Goes to Bed with Sam Kulik and Discovers Atlantis and it’s coming out… sometime via… someone? The group needs somebody to put out the record and, if you happen to have a label, that somebody could be you. If interested, email the band at talibambam@gmail.com. On the fence about the whole thing? Perhaps this preview at the band’s SoundCloud page will convince you. Not to editorialize or anything, but if you have a record label and you can listen to that and not want to put this record out, you’re an idiot.

Ordination of the partial-globe-trotting conscripts:

01.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Powienski Warsaw
01.22.11 - Gdansk, Poland - Club Zak
01.26.11 - Paris, France - Le Buzz
01.27.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Moog
01.28.11 - Madrid, Spain - La Buena
01.30.11 - Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain - Ibu Hots

• Talibam!: http://www.myspace.com/talibam

[Photo: S’i fosse foco Promotion]

Crystal Castles’ Alice Glass hospitalized, makes “The Decision” to play through pain UNLIKE CHRIS BOSH

Despite having three of the best players in the NBA, the Miami Heat ain’t looking too “hot” these days. LeBron James recently sat out games due to an ankle injury, and now Chris Bosh is out with an ankle sprain, resulting in a four-game losing streak for the Heat.

Apparently, these Miami millionaires could take some inspiration from Alice Glass of Crystal Castles, who, despite having re-injured her ankle in Tokyo a couple days ago (the first ankle injury occurred late last year on their European tour), has decided to play through the pain. In fact, Glass’ ankle might even be broken, yet she still performed with Crystal Castles at the Big Day Out festival in Auckland and is so far expected to keep making her way through a European tour that’ll take the band to mid-February before their spring tour of the US.

The NBA’s trade deadline is soon. Maybe coach Spoelstra should have someone do scouting work on the Crystal Castles tour. They could use someone like Glass if they’re looking for people who can play through broken ankles. God, it’s not like they even run that much on the court. Fucking annoying.

Crystal Castles North American dates:

03.02.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
03.03.11 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
03.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
03.06.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
03.07.11 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
03.08.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
03.11.11 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
03.13.11 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
03.15.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
03.16.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
03.18.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
03.19.11 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
03.26.11 - Miami, FL - Ultra Music Festival
04.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
04.19.11 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Club (Coachella)

• Crystal Castles: http://www.crystalcastles.com
• Fiction: http://fictionrecords.co.uk

[Photo: Chris Zakorchemny]

The Dismemberment Plan (nervously) play “The City” and “What Do You Want Me to Say?” on Fallon, expand reunion tour to Japan, get rich

In July 2009, The Dismemberment Plan’s principal songwriter Travis Morrison posted on his website: “RETIRED! No shows, no records, no band. Just relaxing in Brooklyn.” By the end of 2010, however, The Dismemberment Plan had officially reformed, announced the vinyl reissue of Emergency & I, booked an East Coast tour, manufactured some wares (see above), “got with it” (1, 2, 3), and even landed themselves a spot on the I-guess-it’s-maybe-sorta-kinda-indie Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

In fact, their nationally televised performance on Fallon just aired! Performing E&I tracks “The City” and “What Do You Want Me to Say?” (the latter of which being a web-only performance), The Dismemberment Plan are now officially all up in our grills again. Check out the nerve-wracked performance of “The City” and then “What Do You Want Me to Say?” below. And word has it that the group performed a second bonus song, which will likely come sometime tomorrow.

Meanwhile, peep D-Plan’s newly expanded reunion dates below, which now sees the group bringing their cute little tunes to Japan, Chicago, and Seattle.

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“The City”:

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“What Do You Want Me to Say?”:

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Reunion dates:

01.21.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
01.22.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.23.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
01.27.11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Starlight Ballroom
01.28.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
01.29.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
01.29.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
02.07.11 - Kyoto, Japan - Taku-Taku
02.08.11 - Nagoya, Japan - Apollo Theater
02.09.11 - Tokyo, Japan - O-Nest
02.13.11 - Tokyo, Japan - O-West
02.19.11 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
02.19.11 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
03.12.11 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo

• Dismemberment Plan: http://www.dismembermentplan.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com

Times New Viking to release Dancer Equired on Merge

Like the super aggro, unwashed Norsemen before them, Times New Viking are on the verge of conquering America… or at least Merge Records, where they recently signed. The lo-fi Ohioans’ followup to 2009’s Born Again Revisited (on Matador) is called Dancer Equired. It drops April 25 in the US. The first single, “No Room to Live,” was previously available as a tour-only 7-inch while the band cavorted across the lower 48 with Guided By Voices.

Times New Viking are scheduled to pillage their way through Austin, TX during this year’s South by Southwest Festival.

• Times New Viking: http://www.myspace.com/timesnewviking
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

[Photo: Julio Enriquez]

Animal Collective announce European tour to coincide with non-existent US tour; Panda Bear likes french fries

To coincide with their ATP fest (TMT News), which was recently sweetened by the likes of Terry Riley, Orthrelm, Big Boi, and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (not to be confused with Steve Reich, Ocrilim, André 3000, and Soul Asylum), the boys of Animal Collective have announced a string of European dates, which we’re guessing is an effort to make the whole trip, you know, “cost-effective” or something. Jeez, always thinking about money, these boys.

05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrows Parties
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens
05.17.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuit
05.19.11 - Cologne, Germany - Electron
05.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Wee
05.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
05.22.11 - Krakow, Poland - TBA
05.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Vienna
05.24.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo

Meanwhile, Panda Bear, who clearly enjoys eating french fries, has a new solo album. It’s called Tomboy, and it’s due April 19 (TMT News).

• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net

[Photo: Tanya Pulido]

Feel the feeling of finally getting a new album: The Feelies announce new album for Spring release

It took 19 years to come true, but Feelies fans finally have a new album just months away from falling into their hands.

After the band’s reunion show opening for Sonic Youth in 2008, an ever-increasing amount of live gigs (including a 2009 All Tomorrow’s Parties show where the band played seminal album Crazy Rhythms in its entirety) and the recent reissue of their first two albums, fans have been wishin’ and hopin’ and thinkin’ and prayin’ for a new album, and contrary to the Dusty Springfield song, it worked. Yes, The Feelies have announced that this Spring they will be releasing their new album, Here Before, through Bar/None Records.

New material for the album was written throughout 2010, in the midst of band rehearsals, at founding member Glenn Mercer’s New Jersey home studio. That fall, after writing 13 new tunes, the band headed into Water Music studios in Hoboken and recorded the album with their classic (since 1984) lineup featuring Mercer, Bill Million, Brenda Sauter, Stanley Demeski, and Dave Weckerman. The album will see release on all available formats (CD, digital, and LP) and is sure to be in the employee picks section of old record shops the country over.

• The Feelies: http://www.myspace.com/thefeelies
• Bar/None: http://www.bar-none.com

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