The Flaming Lips sharing tourdates with The Black Keys; why that’s hotter than a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with Lime!®

The Flaming Lips sharing tourdates with The Black Keys; why that's hotter than a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos with Lime!®

I guess it must be pretty rough out there alone for scrappy, obscure, two-bit, DIY acts like The Black Keys and Flaming Lips. Yes, all that playing in basements, sleeping in Walmart parking lots, and using Panera Bread restaurants for their wi-fi can eventually take its toll on even the most staunch and stalwart of starving artists; and these skinny sons of bitches are fucking fed up, man. Clearly, for the good of the music, the only solid solution for bands like these is to pool their resources and hit the road together in hopes of surviving long enough on the road until they can return home to their friends’ couches and bartending gigs.

So, yeah, that’s what they’re doing (But heck, why take my word for it? Here’s someone else’s!). As you can see from the hand-written itineraries that the fine folks at Consequence of Sound generously key-stroked for me, our DIY heros will join forces in Kansas City on April 28 at some UMKC art major’s loft show after initially sharing a bill together at some little art Happening thing called “Lollapalooza Brazil.” After that, they’ll keep pooling resources and Dollar Menu dinin’ together until they pilot their busted-ass Ford Aerostar into Nashville on May 3. Will Patrick Carney recruit both Steve Drozd and Kliph Scurlock for that “drummers” project thing of his? Will Michael Ivins literally “sit” in with Black Keys to add some of that good low end that Dan Auerbach stubbornly refuses to employ?? Will Wayne Coyne be all awesome and impresario-like the whole time??? I can’t wait to find out and then re-report the answers to those questions to each and every one of you!

Black Keys 2013 dates:

03.29-31.13 - Sau Paulo, Brazil - Lollapalooza Brazil
04.02-03.13 - Bueno Aires, Argentina - El Festival Mas Grande de la Historia 2013
04.06-07.13 - Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza Chile
04.28.13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
04.30.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center *
05.02.13 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood *
05.03.13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena *

* The Flaming Lips

Flaming Lips 2013 dates:

03.29-31.13 - Sau Paulo, Brazil - Lollapalooza Brazil
04.28.13 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center *
04.30.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - CONSOL Energy Center *
05.02.13 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood *
05.03.13 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena *
05.20.13 - London, UK - Roundhouse
05.21.13 - London, UK - Roundhouse
06.14.13 - Hultsfred, Sweden - Hultsfred Festival
06.15.13 - Arhus, Denmark - Northside Festival

* The Black Keys

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SXSW announces more bands playing IN THE FUTURE and you don’t even have to slaughter a goat to find out who!

In pagan times, ancient people would perform elaborate druid-lead rituals to predict the behavior of the world around them. They would pull a groundhog in his little groundhog druid robe off his little groundhog precursor to a modern couch, away from his groundhog beer and non-funny groundhog sitcoms about a fat groundhog and his whiny but hot groundhog wife, and make him stand shivering out in the cold to see if he could see his shadow or not. That’s how people could tell if winter would keep chugging along or not. Also, to see if crops would be good, they’d have an orgy or something. I don’t know. Maybe they’d put Nicolas Cage in a movie and see how it fared. They’d tentatively mention a Katy Perry song to their druid friends, and if the other druids were like, “Ugh, that song sucks, have you heard her views on feminism? Total bummer,” then they’d know, through this arcane ritual, that totally no one was going to go to the Katy Perry show with them. You know, ancient ritual stuff.

Fortunately in modern times, those rituals have evolved into simpler, more convenient, less goat-sacrificing ways. For example, the shit the ancients did to forecast who would be playing SXSW every year… hell man, you don’t even wanna know. There are CHILDREN on this internet. Anyway, now you can just click on a link and read this article. The goat entrails have spoken, and they say that when SXSW takes over Austin in 2013, from March 12-17, the next wave of announced bands includes the likes of The Soft Moon, Robyn Hitchcock, The Blind Shake, Dead Prez, The Heavy, and hell, the total # of confirmed bands is now at 800, so I’m just gonna let you read about it here at SXSW’s website. Note: the SXSW website is written in human letters, not goat sex guts. The old ways no longer reign.


Eat Skull’s III to fill your skull with delicious rock in February

After nearly four years, Portland’s favorite garage rock band, Eat Skull, is back with a new full-length album following the Siltbreeze two-fer of 2008’s Sick to Death (TMT Review) and 2009’s Wild and Inside. The appropriately titled III is their third album and first since signing to Woodsist way back in 2010. The album is out Feburary 19 so check out the first single, “How Do I Know When to Say Goodnite?”, and opening track “Space Academy” below to tide you over.

III tracklisting

01. Space Academy
02. Dead Horses
03. How Do I Know When to Say Goodnite?
04. Your Hate
05. Stupid Moon
06. Twin Sikk Moons
07. They Burned You
08. Summer Inside
09. Amnesty Box
10. Catch Em Before They Vanish

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Nosaj Thing isn’t winning any spelling bees, but he is releasing Home on January 22 via Timetable Records

When I first started thinking about what I could say about Nosaj Thing, I thought I’d just crack some lame jokes about spelling. I thought I’d say something like, “If Nosaj Thing can fuck around with spelling, then I can fuck around with spelling,” and I’d proceed to come up alternate spellings for every word in the article.

Then, I watched the video for “Eclipse/Blue,” a track that features vocals by Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead. And now, I’m wondering if there’s a flashlight or maybe something like a lightsaber that can draw arcs and squares and new stars across the sky at night.

Nosaj Thing released Drift back in 2009 (TMT Review), and since then he’s produced tracks for the likes of Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar, and he’s remixed Radiohead, The xx, and Philip Glass, among others. On January 22, Nosaj Thing will release Home on Timetable Records, his own imprint on Innovative Leisure. The album not only features the collaboration with Kazu Makino, but also one with Toro Y Moi.

Should I just cover my room in glow-in-the-dark stars?

Home tracklisting:

01. Home
02. Eclipse/Blue (ft. Kazu Makino)
03. Safe
04. Glue
05. Distance
06. Tell
07. Snap
08. Prelude
09. Try ft. Toro y Moi
10. Phase III
11. Light #3

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Jay-Z reportedly at work on The Great Gatsby film score; millions of high schoolers reconsider reading the novel before returning to their touch screens

Hollywood Film Rule #17-M: When your movie is about mansions and shit, you really need your movie’s music to be composed by someone who knows a thing or two about mansions and shit.

Enter Jay-Z, a man who has so many mansions that he probably had to built a mansion to put them all in. According to Pitchfork, Jay is currently working hard alongside Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts on the score to the upcoming film adaptation (directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan) of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most F. Scott Fitzgerald-y novel, The Great Gatsby. As Samuel himself tweeted recently, the pair have been “working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!”

Given the fact that Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” has already been used in one of the film’s trailers and the fact that Jay himself embodies a pretty badass rags-to-riches, American-dream kinda thing, his involvement seems pretty fitting. Or maybe he just got the job because Gatsby’s first name is also Jay and Jay-Z is the first person anyone thought of? Either way!Gatsby hits theaters this coming May. Let’s all go see it because we like Jay-Z and not because the 1920’s is a thing right now.

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Autechre give you something to be exaited about, announce new double album Exai on Warp

(If you wanted to be a jerk, you could point out how this information was announced almost a month ago, but then you’d be trivializing the fantastic, ingenious, superlative work that we put into our year-end lists. You might also consider this article a much-needed refresher to the post-New Years mind. Or, I just really really like Autechre and wanted to report on this.)

Unlike a couple of Warp’s other legendary acts (*snort* BoC, Aphex Twin *hack*), Autechre deserve some credit for more or less maintaining their prolificacy from the early 90s all the way to the present day. 2010 saw the release of both Oversteps (TMT Review) and the EP-in-name-only Move of Ten, totaling roughly two hours of the programmed obscurity that most of us (the more enlightened, let’s say) have come to appreciate. For the truly fanatical, 2011 brought the release of EPs 1991 - 2002, a gargantuan 47-track box set consisting of, as you might’ve assumed if you aren’t familiar with it already, most of the duo’s EPs over that time period.

This year, Autechre continue their musical generosity with Exai, a new two-disc, two-hour long studio album due out March 4 in the UK and March 5 in the US on Warp. The album will also be available digitally, and as a 4LP vinyl set. Check out the thoroughly Autechrian tracklist below, and acknowledge the seemingly Tetris-inspired cover art above.

Exai (digital) tracklisting:

01. FLeure
02. irlite (get 0)
03. prac-f
04. jatevee C
05. T ess xi
06. vekoS
07. Flep
08. tuinorizn
09. bladelores
10. 1 1 is
11. nodezsh
12. runrepik
13. spl9
14. cloudline
15. deco Loc
16. recks on
17. YJY UX

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