They Might Be Giants Announce Spring Tour, Court the Young and Old

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I believe there’s a quote by Sir Abraham Vigoda that goes something like, “You can please some of the people some of the time, but you’ll look like a jerk if you try to please everyone.” Maybe my wording’s off a little, but whatever the specifics were, it’s obvious pop weirdos They Might Be Giants never heard that quote. For their winter tour, it seems near impossible to please both aging hipsters who fell in love with Lincoln years ago and little kids whose parents (who may just be those aforementioned hipsters) bought them the group’s ever-growing children’s discography, yet the legendary group has a plan: along with a handful of traditional adult shows, the band is splitting their time between performances of their 1990 classic Flood and of their children-oriented family shows. Depending on your choice of show, be prepared to endure either arguments on whether Lincoln or Flood is the better album (it’s Lincoln) or whether Mario or Sonic is the better video game hero (it’s Mario).

They Might Be Giants dates:

02.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at the Coronet *
02.07.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at the Coronet * +
02.26.10 - Tampa, FL - Ritz Ybor
02.27.10 - Miami, FL - Adrienne Arsht Center *
02.28.10 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *
03.02.10 - Jacksonville, FL - Free Bird Live +
03.04.10 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre
03.05.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03.06.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse *
03.07.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In +
03.09.10 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
03.11.10 - Richmond, VA - The National +
03.12.10 - Baltimore, MD - Recher Theatre
03.13.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Warhol Museum *
03.14.10 - Columbus, OH - Capitol Theatre *

* Family show
+ Flood show

Roky Erickson Enlists the Help of Okkervil River for His First Album in 14 Years

Sometimes even the most distinguished musicians need a little help in the studio. In the case of former 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson, he recently called upon fellow Austinites Okkervil River to help out on his new album, enlisting Will Sheff as a producer and the rest of the band as guest musicians. Erickson’s new album, True Love Cast Out All Evil, is his first for ANTI- and is due April 20. The album primarily consists of unreleased songs that Erickson wrote throughout the course of his lengthy career, touching upon such varied subjects as mental illness, imprisonment, loss, and love.

Will Sheff revealed his thoughts about working on Erickson’s record in a press release: “I feel truly lucky that I got to produce this record,” Sheff said. “This record has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve ever worked on, and we in Okkervil River were deeply honored to show up decades later and help Roky carry these wonderful songs over the finish line.”

• Roky Erickson: http://www.rokyerickson.net
• ANTI-: http://www.anti.com
• Okkervil River: http://www.okkervilriver.com

Have the Band-Aids Ready! Tindersticks Falling Down a Mountain in February

Lush arrangements and production. Evocative, sensual performances. Fascinating lyric plots laced with subtle humor. Man, it’s good to have Tindersticks back! While you were sleeping, the masters of simmering melodrama softly ambled back onto the scene hellbent on tearing your heart in two (dozen!) with tales of brutal betrayal and bittersweet love. Their newest disc ‘n’ download, Falling Down a Mountain, is coming February 16 via Constellation (January 25 in Europe on 4AD) and features a caterwauling vocal performance by Mary Margaret O’Hara (the much-lauded 1988 Miss America album, Morrissey’s “November Spawned a Monster”).

01. Falling Down a Mountain
02. Keep You Beautiful
03. Harmony Around My Table
04. Peanuts
05. She Rode Me Down
06. Hubbards Hills
07. Black Smoke
08. No Place So Alone
09. Factory Girls
10. Piano Music

Compelling on record, devastating live. That’s the Tindersticks way. We cannot aver with certainty that North American dates are due, but it’s a good bet that occidentals will be able to see Stuart Staples and company in their ‘hood sometime in 2010. European tindersticklers (eh, it’s a nickname in progress…) can see their heroes starting at the beginning of February.

Behold:

02.03.10 - Caldes da Rainha, Portugal - Centro Cultural e de Congressos das Caldas da Rainha
02.04.10 - Guimaraes, Portugal - Centro Cultural Vila Flor
02.05.10 - Sintra, Portugal - Centro Clutural Olga Cadaval
02.06.10 - Guarda, Portugal - Teatro Municipal da Guarda
02.07.10 - Estarreja, Portugal - Cine Teatro de Estarreja
02.28.10 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Zakk
03.01.10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm
03.02.10 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
03.03.10 - The Hague, Netherlands - Trojan Horse
03.04.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - MCV
03.05.10 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Effenaar
03.07.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Ubel & Gefaerhrlich
03.08.10 - Malmo, Sweden - KB
03.09.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
03.10.10 - Aarhus, Denmark - Vox Hall
03.11.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
03.12.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
03.14.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
03.15.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
05.03.10 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
05.04.10 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks
05.05.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Kaufleuten
05.10.10 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
05.12.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso

[Photo: Maccosta]

• Tindersticks: http://www.tindersticks.co.uk
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Omar Rodríguez-López Adds Filmmaking to Credentials, Debuts Feature Film The Sentimental Engine Slayer at International Film Festival Rotterdam

Omar Rodríguez-López has been a busy, busy man. After releasing half a dozen solo albums in 2009, he’s kicking off 2010 with a worldwide directorial debut in February at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Even more impressive, not only did The Mars Volta member direct the film The Sentimental Engine Slayer, but he also wrote it and played the lead role. The transition from musician to filmmaker is growing in popularity (RZA’s doing it, reports the Los Angeles Times), but it’s still not the most common one in show biz. Unsurprisingly, the trailer (available at the Chocolate Grinder) feels more like the start of a music video than a preview for a feature film. Beginning with a false calm, it becomes an erratic mélange of vaguely violent scenes full of splattered blood, sweaty faces, and a lifeless youth on the side of the road. It says very little in terms of synopsis, but rather sets the tone for an hour and a half of stylized abjection and helplessness.

The story is not really a new one: a troubled boy struggles to grow into manhood in a protracted coming-of-age tale (the character is already in his 20s). Set and filmed in El Paso, TX, Slayer writhes with angst as Barlam (Rodríguez-López) trudges through the banality of life: divorced parents, an addict sister (with whom he has an incestuous relationship?) — you get the picture. In search of that ever-elusive answer to post-adolescent disillusionment, Barlam’s world degenerates into a base nightmare of drugs and sex, finally confusing what is real and what isn’t.

The Sentimental Engine Slayer is part of the “Bright Future” section of the IFFR, which purportedly showcases “the most important, idiosyncratic and adventurous new work” from first- and second-time directors. However, Slayer – while Rodríguez-López’s first public release – is his third work as a director. In 2001 and 2003, he directed A Manual Dexterity and Letters from Dystopia, respectively. Moreover, since filming Slayer in 2007, the obscenely prolific Rodríguez-López has finished shooting two more: El Divino Influjo De Los Secretos in 2008 and Boiling Death Request (2009). What’s next on the list of mediums to explore? Interpretive dance?

Wilco Tour Starts February 7; Dads Rock Out

Everyone’s favorite art-dad-rock outfit Wilco are going on tour. Dates below:

02.07.10 - Missoula, MO - Missoula Adams Center
02.09.10 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Hall
02.10.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
02.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - David Lam Park (Winter Olympics free show)
02.15.10 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Jubilee Auditorium
02.16.10 - Calgary, AB - Southern Jubilee Auditorium
02.17.10 - Saskatoon, SK - TCU Place
02.19.10 - Duluth, MN - DECC Arena
02.20.10 - Madison, WI - Madison Overture Hall
02.21.10 - East Lansing, MI - Wharton Cobb Great Hall
02.23.10 - Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
02.24.10 - London, ON - Centennial Hall
02.27.10 - Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal
03.01.10 - Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
03.03.10 - Halifax, NS - Forum Multipurpose Room

[Photo: Jason Tinder]

• Wilco: http://www.wilcoworld.net

Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg Contributes to The Huffington Post

Following up on a recent post, apparently anyone can contribute to The Huffington Post nowadays. While Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg may not have much in common with Star Jones or even Arianna Huffington, he is an ornithologist, and that entitles him to have an opinion too, dammit.

Check out Meiburg’s guest blog piece on the Green page of The Huffington Post, or view the direct link right here.

• Shearwater: http://www.shearwatermusic.com