Tyvek tour U.S. to confirm they’re not just a polyurethane product

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Tyvek’s sound, much like the condition of the city of Detroit from which they hail, is a filthy mess going in complete structural reverse. Instead of building up, their songs break and strip down and completely fall apart. Which is exactly what is so damn refreshing about Tyvek’s existence. They realize everything’s been done, so instead of progressing they, in turn, digress. All this is embodied in their second full-length Nothing Fits, which was just released by In the Red.

With this raucous piece of rockery still fresh in people’s ears, Tyvek are manning four wheels and hittin’ the road come January. Because who wouldn’t want an excuse to get out of Detroit.


01.13.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
01.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Cha Cha Razzi Warehouse
01.15.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
01.16.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
01.17.11 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
01.18.11 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone
01.19.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
01.20.11 - Tampa, FL - New World Brewery
01.21.11 - Orlando, FL - Crooked Bayou
01.22.11 - Miami, FL - Churchill’s
01.23.11 - Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room
01.24.11 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
01.26.11 - Memphis, TN - The Buccaneer
01.27.11 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
01.28.11 - Iowa City, IA - The Wherehouse
01.29.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Frank’s Power Plant
01.30.11 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle

• Tyvek: http://www.myspace.com/tyvekmusic
• In The Red: http://www.intheredrecords.com

Björk performs at world’s most amazing karaoke marathon today in Iceland

Björk will perform with environmentalist/reporter/entertainer Ómar Ragnarsson at an Icelandic karaoke marathon today! It’s just like in that movie Duets, where Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis sing that one horrible song you always hear at Walmart! Except that it won’t suck. And it’s to protect natural resources in Iceland, so it’s for a good cause, not a $500 check and a Red Lobster gift certificate or something. (Note: I never saw that movie.) So yeah, it’s basically nothing like Duets. Sorry.

The marathon takes place today, the traditional last day of the Christmas holidays, at Nordic House in Reykjavik. According to Iceland Review Online, January 6 is a holiday called Threttándinn, “a magical day in Icelandic folklore when supernatural beings came out from their hidden world and walked among humans. The day is traditionally celebrated with bonfires and fireworks shows.” In other words, Threttándinn is clearly the best holiday ever.

In other Björk news, the delightful artist has contributed a song to the new iPad book Solar System, which allows readers to look at 3D versions of the planets and learn about the wonders of our universe.

• Björk: http://bjork.com

Geoff Barrow reveals new Portishead album details, crushes hopes of Portishead fashion line

In a cue taken straight from the D.A.R.E. playbook, Geoff Barrow of Portishead is just saying no. In a flurry of Twitter posts, Mr. Barrow laid down the law concerning the new (!!!!) Portishead album set to be released sometime this year:

There will be NO free downloads There will be NO bonus tracks There will be NO remixes There will be NO hidden footage. There will be NO additional content There will be NO corporate partners There will be NO fashion lines There will be NO tabloid pictures. There will be NO £25 unit cost There will be NO streetteam There will be NO myspace There will be NO celeb producer There will be NO twitter There will be NO press/blogger gig There will be NO acoustic session There will be NO meet and greet There will be NO edited version. There will be NO iTunes only There will be NO press launch There will be NO asian version There will be NO radio friendly.

Amen! Preach it, Brother Barrow. Unfortunately, he doesn’t say anything about promotional tie-in tote bags. Will there be tote bags? The American people want to know. We need our promotional tote bags.

• Portishead: http://www.portishead.co.uk

New Death LP descends upon unsuspecting populace, may cause Spiritual • Mental • Physical paralysis

Death is back! The now-legendary Detroit proto-punks are releasing a horrible pestilence the likes of which the world has never seen new collection of demo recordings from 1974-1976. Drag City has picked January 25, 2011 for the very special day that Spiritual • Mental • Physical descends upon ye olde record stores. Then, in the ensuing weeks, Death shall returneth to the stage. The brotherly trio will touch down in San Francisco and LA come February with fellow proto-punks (from space) Zolar X and Drag City garage freak RTX. Prepare thyselves… for thy record collection shall never be the same.


02.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s *
02.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex **

* Zolar X
** RTX

• Death: http://www.myspace.com/deathprotopunk
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Wire announce 2011 tour to great critical acclaim

Attention: if you’ve ever affected a British accent in hopes of sounding cooler or still wish that it was 1977, your day is about to get a little bit more exciting. British post-punk kings Wire have announced a new tour in support of their forthcoming album, Red Barked Tree, due January 11 on their own Pink Flag label. The only thing that could make this announcement possibly more exciting is if Clay Davis were the opening act. Oh, I’m just razzin’ you, Wire! You know we love you!

04.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
04.03.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04.05.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.06.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.07.11 - Washington DC - Black Cat
04.08.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
04.09.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
04.12.11 - Portland, OR - Dante’s

Red Barked Tree tracklisting:

01. Please Take
02. Now Was
03. Adapt
04. Two Minutes
05. Clay
06. Bad Worn Thing
07. Moreover
08. A Flat Tent
09. Smash
10. Down to This
11. Red Barked Trees

• Wire: http://www.pinkflag.com

Kanye West and Jay-Z album Watch the Throne “coming in one week”

Kanye West has said some pretty stupid shit in the past, but his most recent will excite all of you still pretending that you love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (Whoa, JUST KIDDING. It made #10 on our 2010 year-end list.) At a New Year’s Eve after-party hosted by Jay-Z in Las Vegas, West announced that Watch the Throne, his collaboration with Jigga That Nigga, is “coming in one week.”

It’s unclear whether West is referring to the completion of the recording process or if the actual album will be released within the week (can we really trust what he says in between his “douchebag”/”asshole” toasting?), but you can check out the high-quality video below and decide for yourself (via Nah Right):



In either case, we do know that Watch The Throne is due via Def Jam sometime this year. Hope you’re all ready for some “couture hip-hop.”

• Kanye West: http://kanyewest.com
• Jay-Z: http://www.jay-z.com