Tame Impala are going on a fall tour, one in which they tell you how much they love Todd Rundgren over and over again

Tame Impala are going on a fall tour, one in which they tell you how much they love Todd Rundgren over and over again http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-08-tame-impala.jpg

This story is about Tame Impala going on tour in the fall. I know that. I don’t want to talk about that. See, while I was combing through their press release, I discovered a MUCH MORE IMPORTANT nugget. “Elephant,” the first single off their new album Lonerism (out October 9 through Modular Recordings), is getting a digital and vinyl release on August 28 in the US, August 27 in the UK/Europe, and August 24 in Australia. That’s fine and well, but the important thing is that the single features remixes from Canyons and… Todd Rundgren.

Congratulations, Tame Impala, you’ve made it.

The coveted Rundgren remix is the highest honor in rock. You think The Beatles are the greatest band in the history of music? You must be an idiot, because The Beatles never got a rundgmix. Anyway, to celebrate this momentous occasion, Tame Impala are going on tour. Since a Todd Rundgren kiss from heaven doesn’t happen every day, the tour will be a world tour, hitting South America, their homeland of Australia, Europe, the UK, and wrapping up in the United States. Their Swedish buddies The Amazing will accompany them on the US dates, while quietly boiling over with jealousy. Oh and I guess by the time the European leg starts, Lonerism will have been released. But who cares? Everybody will have already deleted/sold/smashed the entirety of their music library, in favor of simply keeping one mp3 of that Todd Rundgren remix.

08.15.12 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Cine Joia
08.16.12 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Queremos!
08.17.12 - Santiago, Chile - Club Fauna
08.18.12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Niceto Club
09.29.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Parklife Festival
09.30.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Parklife Festival
10.01.12 - Perth, Australia - Parklife Festival
10.06.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Parklife Festival
10.14.12 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
10.15.12 - Paris, France - Bataclan
10.16.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.17.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan
10.19.12 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
10.20.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10.22.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10.23.12 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
10.25.12 - Vienna, Austria - Fluc
10.26.12 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
10.27.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
10.29.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10.30.12 - London, UK - Brixton Academy
11.01.12 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
11.02.12 - Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
11.03.12 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
11.07.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
11.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.09.12 - Boston, MA - Royale Night Club
11.10.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
11.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
11.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11.17.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre

• Tame Impala: http://www.tameimpala.com
• Modular Recordings: http://www.modularpeople.com

Frank Ocean cancels summer European festival dates, pulls out of the Coldplay tour you didn’t know he was opening

Frank Ocean and the men of Coldplay will no longer be making beautiful, kinda schmaltzy music that your mom digs and you kinda secretly like because of the Frank Factor but are like “nah my mom likes that ish, I can’t feel it” together. Because, with little explanation, Frank Ocean is pulling out of an upcoming stadium tour with Coldplay. Did you know Frank Ocean would be rockin’ the Doritos Presents Cool Ranch Auditorium in Americaville, Missouri alongside Chris Martin et al, potentially appearing from out of a swirling mass of stage fog to sing the chorus on “Clocks” during the English lads’ encore? No? Well now you know… what could have been.

For the good people of Cool Ranch Auditorium and assorted European summer festivals, the bad news popped off a couple days ago at Sweden’s Way Out West festival, when Ocean pulled himself from the line-up. Storm clouds had been ambiguously a-brewin’ since Norway’s Oya Festival last Friday, when the dark R&B wunderkind performed four songs before finishing his brief set early, due to voice issues. However, Ocean’s disappearance from the summer tour circuit has not yet been confirmed as a result of vocal problems. In a statement on Way Out West’s website, Ocean says, “Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now, but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months and the casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot on the European leg of the Coldplay world tour. Sorry as fuck, I’ll be back if you’ll have me.” The smooth operator will be absent from Bestival, Flow Festival, Pukkelpop, and V Festival, along with the aforementioned August Coldplay tour.

But hey! You can still read our review of Channel Orange!

• Frank Ocean: http://frankocean.com

The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi musical premiering in November; Wayne Coyne drops acid and says “those guys in The Flaming Lips are geniuses”

The Flaming Lips are an awesome band that have built their legacy on more than just some of the best albums of the last 20+ years; they’ve also reached greatness by continually pleasing their fans with surprising ideas. From the four-discs-played-simultaneously experiment of Zaireeka to their arena tour with Candlebox, from walking across crowds in giant bubbles to their multi-hour epics over the last couple years, The Flaming Lips are always trying new things. Latest example: The Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots musical, making its premiere in November at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA. In honor of their eccentricities, let’s try this news story in a different way. I’ll list a couple facts below and you guess which one is false:

1. The musical is about Yoshimi, a young Japanese artist facing the battle of her life: the battle for her life, where Yoshimi journeys alone into a fantastical robot-world and wages a war with fate.

2. It features music from several Flaming Lips albums like Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Soft Bulletin, and At War with the Mystics.

3. The musical receives its stage pedigree with story and direction by multiple Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff.

4. As a requisite to ticket purchase, all viewers must consume LSD, which will be handed out by ushers upon entering the theatre.

So, which one is false? I guess you’ll have to see the show and find out.

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• La Jolla Playhouse: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org

The Dismemberment Plan just played eight new songs live! Meanwhile, thousands of fans everywhere just forgot eight old Dismemberment Plan songs.

Hey! Listen, I’m kind of in a hurry here. Besides, it’s like Tuesday already, so you probably know what happened at this past weekend’s Dismemberment Plan shows, starting Friday night at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery, right? Wait, you don’t? And you’re a “fan” of theirs?? Sigh. Fine, strap in. I’ll take you through it.

So, blah blah blah, “The Dismemberment Plan”… something, something, “live debut of first new songs in 11 years” or whatever it is… maybe I’ll throw in a dash of the old “Consequence of Sound reports," etc. etc. And a quick cutaway to Travis Morrison's Facebook recap:

Travis here.

We played a bunch of new songs this weekend at our shows. Eight to be exact! It went well, we think. We have a bunch more coming so we're going back to the lab to work on brand new ones and tweak these. No plans for recording as of yet, although certainly those conversations are happening now.

"Beyond that, he goes on to say (as if there's actually anything beyond that), "the shows were great. " So yeah, everyone in the band seems to be feeling positive and in good spirits about stuff, but other than that, not much to glean, really. Let's just cut straight to the fan reactions, shall we?

The new songs sounded better than the old ones!
-Rob Perry

Oh man. A new album would be so awesome.
-Skylar Francise

Omg new songs
-Sean Gilbertson

Yup, pretty funny out of context, huh? Well, that’s about it. You’re up to speed, and I’m out of here.

Oh, wait! The songs. Yes, there’s YouTube videos of at least six of them. I’m sure you can search them out yourself when you get a… oh, never mind. Here they are.

• The Dismemberment Plan: http://www.dismembermentplan.com
• DeSoto: http://www.desotorecords.com

[Photo: Josh Sisk]

Italians Do It Better founder starts new label, presumably under the assumption that Bavarians do it best

Who does it better? Italians!

WHO does it better? Italians!

Who DOES it better? Italians!

Who does IT better? New Jersey!

Hold up. That last response, that was a strange response. Based on previous patterns, I would have expected you to say, oh I don’t know, Italians. Instead, you said New Jersey. But this provides a good transition to the story at hand. Many years ago, Mike Simonetti founded a label called Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy fame. Previously, he had started the Troubleman Unlimited label. Now, as Pitchfork reports, he’s started a third label, known as New Jersey. Why New Jersey? Because Simonetti is from New Jersey. Duh.

Where Troubleman dealt in indie rock and Italians Do It Better explored the niche of italo-disco, New Jersey will focus on house and techno. Primarily, the label plans to put out music on 12-inch vinyl. The first of those 12-inches will be a release from Millions & Millions, a group consisting of Simonetti and vocalist Monty Luke. While the label has not offered further details on the release, it will contain a track called “The Dance,” which you can hear below (via their SoundCloud page):

• Italians Do It Better: http://vivaitalians.blogspot.com

Moon Duo release “blazing” new album on Sacred Bones, chart “epic” tour; “killer!”

Moon Duo wanna take you on a psychedelic picnic, maaaaaaan, to a place where it’s always summer, where the vibes are hazy, and fuzzed-out bliss is only a rocket’s hop away. A place called Circles, which is — coincidentally — the name of the band’s forthcoming LP on Sacred Bones. It’s the band’s first full-length since 2010’s critically-acclaimed Mazes. So pack up your Magic Eye posters, your friendliest psychedelics, and your freeze-dried astronaut ice cream, because Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada are gonna take you on a long, strange journey into transcendentalism.

Circles was dreamed up over a long winter in the band’s newish Rocky Mountains home in Blue River, CO, and inspired by American philosopher/high wizard of thinkin’ ‘bout nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson. In fact, the album’s title comes from Emerson’s 1841 essay on the unattainable, or “flying perfect.” As Emerson wrote, and the Duo jam, “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.” It’s an album with roots around the world; as previously mentioned, the tracks were written in early 2012 in Colorado, recorded a couple months later with engineer Phil Manley (Grass Widow, Fresh and Onlys) at Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco, and then mixed at Kaiku Studios in Berlin. And fittingly for an album with such diverse geographic seeds, Moon Duo’s fall/winter tour itinerary takes them all over the globe, from Atlanta to Antwerp. Circles drops October 2.

Circles tracklisting:

01. Sleepwalker
02. I Can See
03. Circles
04. I Been Gone
05. Sparks
06. Dance pt. 3
07. Free Action
08. Trails
09. Rolling Out


09.26.12 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
09.27.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
09.28.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09.29.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
10.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
10.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
10.04.12 - Boston, MA - O’Brien’s
10.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
10.08.12 - Washington, DC - DC9
10.09.12 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade
10.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
10.11.12 - New Orleans, LA - TBC
10.12.12 - Houston, TX - Rudyard’s
10.14.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.20.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
10.21.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko/Sunday Noise
10.22.12 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
10.23.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
10.25.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
10.26.12 - Reims, France - La Cartonnerie
10.27.12 - Vendome, France - Les Rockomotives
10.29.12 - Montpelier, France - Le Rockstore
10.30.12 - Lyon, France - Sonic
10.31.12 - Milan, Italy - Leon Cavallo
11.01.12 - Rome, Italy - Angelo Mai
11.02.12 - Bologna, Italy - Covo
11.03.12 - Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
11.05.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg
11.07.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
11.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
11.09.12 - Leipzig, Germany - Skala
11.10.12 - Berlin, Germany - H.A.U.
11.12.12 - Glasgow, UK - Captain’s Rest
11.13.12 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.14.12 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
11.16.12 - Bristol, UK - The Croft
11.30.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
12.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Down + Out
12.04.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
12.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore

• Moon Duo: http://moonduo.org
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com