Thee Oh Sees can’t be stopped: new album and extensive tour announced

Thee Oh Sees can't be stopped: new album and extensive tour announced

As if releasing two of TMT’s favorite records of the year in 2011 wasn’t enough, the San Fran psychedelic garage rockers Thee Oh Sees have announced yet another new album and an extensive itinerary of festival and tour dates to keep you chock full of spooky tunes all the way through October. Just in time for Halloween!

This is Thee Oh Sees, so the sound on the forthcoming LP Putrifiers II, out September 11 on In The Red, continues the group’s ever-shifting evolution as a sonic entity. Referenced acts include the notably chiller environs of Scott Walker, The Velvet Underground, The Zombies, and the shrouded-in-mystery Japanese act Les Rallizes Denudes, and the record is said to feature “Eno-esque engineering,” a hint of Krautrock and the occasional viola. Mix it all up and you get Putrifiers II. They tried brewing up a dash of Celine Dion, a smidgen of free jazz, and just a touch of Diamanda Galas and Rogers and Hammerstein showtunes for Putrifiers I, but it exploded and so they moved on to Putrifiers II. Needless to say, scrapping the first effort was probably a wise call.

But before you can get putrified using headphones, you’ll have to hear the new tracks in person when Thee Oh Sees roll through your town to tear up your local bar or music fests stages with their unique brand of riotous music playing. Things kick off at some music festival in Chicago, then carry for the next 3+ months in just about every corner of this here North American continent. As an added bonus, Thee Oh Sees have paired with some pretty awesome openers to sweeten the deal. Make sure and show up on time to see Sic Alps or co-headliner Ty Segall depending on where you live.


07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
08.03.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.04.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.05.12 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
08.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.09.12 - Los Angeles CA - El Rey #
09.10.12 - Bar Pink San Diego CA $
09.11.12 - Las Vegas, NV - Neon Reverb Festival
09.13.12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater *
09.14.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM @UCO *
09.15.12 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa *
09.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Goat Farm *
09.19.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree Cafe *
09.20.12 - Nashville, TN - Zombie Shop *
09.21.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter *
09.22.12 - Brooklyn, NY - The Well *
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP *
09.25.12 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
09.26.12 - Toronto, ON - The Hoxton *
09.29.12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon*
09.30.12 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP
10.02.12 - Missoula MT - VFW $
10.03.12 - Calgary, AB - Broken City $
10.04.12 - Calgary, AB - Broken City $
10.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater $

* Ty Segall (co-headlining)
# Sic Alps + The Mallard
$ Sic Alps

• Thee Oh Sees:
• In The Red:

Beach House announce Frightened Eyes tour, premiere “Lazuli” video, advocate careful handwashing practices

SARS. Bird flu. Swine flu. Whatever illness it is that causes people to think Ron Paul is a viable presidential candidate. Over the past decade, so many health issues have captured the hearts and minds of Americans who watch too much TV news. We all know the symptoms: panic, obsession, the inability to listen to anything else (whether it be other news sources, reason, or whatever). Well gear up, my fellow Americans, because a new fever is sweeping our nation — nay, the world! Yep, stock up on your vaccines, your Theraflu, and those weird creepy white masks you bought after that post-9/11 anthrax scare. (Remember that? UGH.) Because a new fever has got the entire world sweating: Beach House Fever.

Yep, even those most impervious of beasts — music critics — have caught this one. The Baltimore-based dream popsters released their latest full-length Bloom (TMT Review) via Sub Pop earlier this summer, and they’ve been racking up frequent flier miles (or whatever the tour bus equivalent is) and taking over eardrums ever since. The band just wrapped an outing to Porto, Portugal’s Primavera Festival, and are gearing up for a lengthy US summer tour, with the requisite August jaunt to Europe to hit the end of summer festival season. And then they’re back in the USA for a lil’ something they’re calling the Frightened Eyes tour this fall, before heading back to Europe once more. Is your pulse quickening from looking at all those tourdates? Don’t be afraid, I’ve got your antidote right here, in the form of the brand new video for Beach House’s “Lazuli” directed by Allen Cordell, the fella who also did the band’s “Walk in the Park” video. And if that’s not enough for you, you can cure your pre-tourdate sweats by watching the band get live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 24. Creepy white mask not required for home viewing.


07.01.12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
07.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre *
07.06.12 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen *
07.07.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater *
07.09.12 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom *
07.10.12 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall *
07.11.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
07.12.12 - Memphis, TN - Inglewood Hall *
07.13.12 - Louisville, KY - Forestcastle Festival *
07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.17.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue *
07.18.12 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom *
07.19.12 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues Tickets *
07.20.12 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *
07.21.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre *
07.23.12 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
08.24.12 - Katowice, Poland - Tauron Nowan Muzyka Fest
08.26.12 - Paris, France - Rock en Seine
08.27.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
08.28.12 - Duisburg, Germany - Grammatikoff
08.29.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Bett
08.31.12 - Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.13.12 ­- Richmond, VA - The National
09.14.12 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
09.15.12 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.16.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety
09.18.12 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
09.19.12 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
09.20.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East
09.21.12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
09.24.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto
09.25.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
09.28.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
09.29.12 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre
09.30.12 - Portland, OR - Roseland
10.01.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
10.05.12 - Boise, ID - Egyptian Theatre
10.04.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox @ The Market
10.07.12 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
10.09.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
10.10.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
10.11.12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera
10.13.12 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
10.15.12 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
10.16.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.17.12 - Washington DC - 930 Club
10.26.12 - Belfast, UK - Mandela Hall
10.27.12 - Cork, Ireland - Cork Opera House
10.28.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
10.29.12 - Glasgow, UK - Arches
10.30.12 - Leeds, UK - Stylus
10.31.12 - Manchester, UK Ritz
11.02.12 - London, UK - Roundhouse
11.03.12 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
11.05.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel K2
11.06.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.07.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Berns
11.08.12 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11.10.12 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
11.12.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meetfactory
11.13.12 - Vienna, Austria - Flex
11.14.12 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
11.16.12 - Köln, Germany - Gloria
11.17.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
11.18.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
11.19.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

* Wild Nothing

• Beach House:
• Sub Pop:

Icebreaker and BJ Cole figuratively caress Brian Eno’s bald head with Apollo re-imagining

NASA’s Apollo program ended roughly four decades ago, and humanity’s lofty hope of establishing a colony on the Moon, where we could then harness the rock’s plentiful cheese resources — thereby effectively ending world hunger — was dashed along with it. Furthermore, despite the considerable amount of information that we’ve accumulated about the Moon as a result of the program, one can surmise that, had we followed through with it to the present day, lingering questions — such as those not at all ignorantly pointed out by Fox News host Bill O’Reilly — might well have been answered by now. How did the Moon get there, floating about in space, all willy-nilly like? Who put it there? You can’t explain that. Well, supposedly.

Apollo, along with NASA’s Space Shuttle program (which was retired last year), certainly captured our imaginations for as long as those programs were operational. Now that they aren’t, what can we do to replace that sense of wonder and curiosity about worlds not of our own? Prometheus is out now; that looks pretty sweet. More relevant to reality, though, is Apollo, a rendition of Brian Eno’s legendary 1983 album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, performed by 12-piece ensemble Icebreaker and innovative pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole. After being commissioned in 2009 by the Science Museum of London to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1969 moon landings, and after a series of successful live events, the performance is being put to record — on an album due out June 26 via Cantaloupe Music.

On producing the original album, Brian Eno reportedly commented, “…so many processings and reprocessings - it’s a bit like making soup from the leftovers of the day before, which in turn was made from leftovers…” In this sense, the Icebreaker/BJ Cole Apollo is inherently a different beast, with the presence of various instruments (most notably, the pedal steel) being quite apparent, and their unprocessed sound marking a contrast between it and the distinctly fuller (and less airy) Eno version. Don’t take my word for it though; check out the blissful preview below.

Apollo tracklisting:

01. Signals
02. Stars
03. Drift
04. An Ending (Ascent) I
05. The Secret Place
06. Under Stars
07. Matta
08. Deep Blue Sea
09. Under Stars I
10. Silver Morning
11. Weightless
12. Always Returning
13. An Ending (Ascent) II

• Icebreaker:
• BJ Cole:
• Cantaloupe:

Holy Other to release debut album Held on Tri Angle; alternatively: >HELD< :OOOOOO <333333

What does an agreeable snake sound like? *YESSSSSSS* — I don’t want to sound obnoxious, so extend the ‘S’s for yourself. That was also the noise that immediately emanated from my mouth when I happened upon the news that Berlin-based (but Manchester-born) resident of the house-that-is-witch, Holy Other, is releasing his debut album Held on August 28 via Tri Angle. The album nips at the heels of his well-received EP With U EP (TMT Review), which was undoubtedly one of the best of its extended kind released last year. I say that as someone who generally doesn’t give a hoot about EPs, but With U was something special. It made me conscious of my own emotions, and as a cyborg specifically programmed to write music-related news articles, that’s quite the accomplishment. Memo for later: must rise up to overthrow hu-man editors. /skfjhdfkjkdx

Aside from the song “Love Some1” (which you can check out below) and the tracklist on which it appears, there isn’t much to reveal about Held, which isn’t terribly surprising. The identity of Holy Other remains unknown, and what images there are of him around the web aren’t so much images of him, but of a man wearing a black veil that conceals his face. Burial, whose music is, at the very least, atmospherically similar, seems to take a comparable approach to publicity: de-emphasize the person, and in turn, emphasize the music. Or maybe they both just have social anxiety disorder. Whatever the case, it’s all good, so long as they keep making music meant for solipsistic nighttime adventures.

Held tracklisting:

01. (W)here
02. Tense Past
03. Inpouring
04. Love Some1
05. U Now
06. In Difference
07. Past Tension
08. Held
09. Nothing Here


07.06.12 - Foligno, Italy - Dancity
07.17.12 - Ghent, Belgium - 10 Days Off Festival
08.10.12 - Hamburg, Germany - MS Dockville Festival
08.17.12 - Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08.31.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Feeërieën
09.08.12 - New York, NY - PS1 *

* Atoms for Peace and Rustie

• Holy Other:
• Tri Angle:

Madlib and Freddie Gibbs announce a new EP, Madgibbany that is actually titled Shame but should be titled Madgibbany

Last year, Gary, Indiana’s finest rapper Freddie Gibbs (full disclosure: I have no idea who Gary’s second finest rapper is) hooked up with Los Angeles’s finest producer Madlib (full disclosure: I don’t know whether Madlib is L.A.’s best producer, but sure, let’s say so) for the brief Thuggin’ EP. Such a release invites the comparison to another of Madlib’s notable collaborations. You know, that one with MF DOOM. It was called Madvillainy and a lot of people loved it more than they’ve ever loved anything. Could a Madgibbany be far behind? Not necessarily, but that’s a great name for an album. Someone should use that, though I guess it only makes sense if it’s Madlib and Freddie Gibbs.

Though Stones Throw says a full-length from the two will be coming this fall, FACT Magazine reports that the group is definitely coming out with a new EP through the label titled Shame on July 10. This new eight-track Lib/Gibbs (Lib and Gibbs, that’s another great name!) release will be released in 12-inch and digital download formats. It is worth noting that some of those eight tracks are instrumental versions or bonus beats, but that’s okay. Bonus beats rule! They’re called bonus beats! That rules, too!

Shame tracklist:

01. Shame (ft. BJ The Chicago Kid)
02. Shame (Instrumental)
03. Later That Night (Bonus Beat)
04. Shame (A Cappella)
05. Terrorist
06. Terrorist (Instrumental)
07. The Morning After (Bonus Beat)
08. Terrorist (A Cappella)

• Freddie Gibbs:
• Madlib:
• Stones Throw:

Animal Collective announce world tour; band documentary Madagascar 3 doing well in box office





09.18.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
09.19.12 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl
09.20.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
09.21.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
09.23.12 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl
09.25.12 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
09.27.12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
09.28.12 - Austin, TX - Bee Cave
09.29.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
09.30.12 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
10.02.12 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion (TMT Review)
10.03.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Centre for Performing Arts
10.05.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
11.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn
11.02.12 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Festival
11.03.12 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
11.04.12 - London, UK - Roundhouse
11.06.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
11.07.12 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow ABC1
11.08.12 - Manchester, UK - The Warehouse Project
11.09.12 - Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
11.10.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
11.12.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Film Festival
11.13.12 - Göteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
11.14.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
11.15.12 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
11.16.12 - Lund, Sweden - Mejeriet
11.17.12 - Weissenhauser, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender
11.18.12 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus
11.19.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
11.20.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - X-tra

• Animal Collective:
• Domino: