Upcoming Tricky tour wassails its way across North America

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As a young child growing up in suburban Minneapolis, my mother always used to tell me, “Liz, if you behave this year and are a good girl, then perhaps Tricky shall come to town, with his reindeer and his large red velvet bag full of candy canes and atmospheric trip-hop songs.” For many years, those words and that promise lived in my heart, and now, in grand tradition, Tricky has returned to North America for another magical winter season. Well, actually he’s returning to rep his latest album Mixed Race (TMT Review), which was released yesterday on Domino. Perhaps you’ve heard the first single, a reworking of Echo Minott’s “dancehall classic ‘Murder Weapon,’” with vocals by Irish chanteuse Franky Riley? Good news: Ms. Riley will be heading out with Tricky in his enchanted sleigh full of hypnotic melodies and bristling raps to bring goodwill and joy to denizens of the New World. (Only if you believe, though, and are nice to your mom.)

Tricky dates:

12.09.10 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
12.10.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
12.11.10 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
12.12.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
12.13.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
12.14.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity
12.17.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.18.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
12.19.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.21.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
12.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour

• Tricky: http://www.trickysite.com
• Domino: http://dominorecordco.us

Cymbals Eat Guitars extend US dates and practice sneering with The Thermals

There are many different faces a singer/guitarist can make while on-stage with his band. Perhaps the most popular look is the “eyes closed, scrunched up face” maneuver. Although he’s only been at it for a few years, Joseph Ferocious of Cymbals Eat Guitars is already a pro at making this famous face. Still, he could stand to gain some advice from a seasoned vet like Hutch Harris of The Thermals (pictured), who not only closes his eyes and scrunches his face at the same time, but also steps away from his microphone to allow for maximum stage movement potential. Be sure to see if Joseph has picked up any of Hutch’s moves on their fall tourdates — already in progress!

Cymbals Eat Dates:

10.06.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
10.07.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern *
10.08.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
10.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace *
10.10.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways *
10.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *
10.13.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
10.14.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
10.15.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat *
10.17.10 - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern *
10.18.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt *
10.20.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
10.21.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree *
10.22.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s *
10.23.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7 *
10.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater *

* The Thermals

• Cymbals Eat Guitars: http://www.cymbalseatguitars.com
• The Thermals: http://www.thethermals.com

[Photo: Alicia J. Rose]

Wolf Parade Wolf People to release Steeple on Jagjaguwar

This is an official announcement. As of October 12, there will be a 9 PM curfew in effect across the United Kingdom and the continental United States. Wolf People will be out. Lock your doors. Close your shutters. Acquire sandbags, just for good measure. We repeat: Wolf People will be out, and there’s nothing we can do but accept it.

Indeed, Wolf People are coming out with their debut LP on Jagjaguwar in just a little while. Supposedly recorded “in a converted chicken barn on the grounds of a 17th century Welsh mansion,” Steeple carries with it all the stigma of the blood-soaked, moon-drenched moor of the Wolfman. Actually, in the daylight, they’re more under the clutches of Wicker Man psychedelia than Lon Cheney. We got pretty excited earlier this year over their first release, the singles collection Tidings (TMT Review). Download “Tiny Circle,” the first single from Steeple, here. It’s way better than everything they had on Expo 86. Oh wait….

• Wolf People: http://wolfpeople.co.uk
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Björk, Chuck D, Tangerine Dream, and others tell all — or at least something in new interview collection Innerviews: Music Without Borders

There’s nothing more enjoyable (or disappointing) for a music lover than to read about how a certain band hates touring or that a particular singer despises playing in, say, Hartford. Anil Prasad has been publishing interviews and conversations with musicians on his website Innerviews since 1994, but in a weird reversal of digital to print, Prasad is releasing a collection of these stories in book form through Abstract Logix Books.

Innerviews: Music Without Borders features creative insights from 24 artists, including Björk, Chuck D, Béla Fleck, Tangerine Dream, and Ani DiFranco (see full list here). They open their hearts to us, “sharing candid, in-depth thoughts on the joy and pain of the creative process, their careers and aspirations, conflicts and collaborations, and the realities of working within today’s music business.”

The book will be officially released October 19. Until then, we’ll just have to be in the dark about what Chuck D thinks of today’s hip-hop. That won’t stop Flava Flav from spouting some nonsense.

• Innerviews: http://www.innerviews.org
• Abstract Logix: http://www.abstractlogix.com

Amiina (string section for Sigur Rós) mix the gender dynamic and release sophomore album Puzzle

Iceland may be incapable of producing much these days in terms of exporting resources and whatnot, what with the government over there all busted up, but on occasion those gentile folk to the North offer us things of a quality rarely found elsewhere. Most of the conscious population out there is familiar with Sigur Rós, and if you’ve had the wonderful pleasure of seeing them play within the past few years you’ve most likely caught sight of an all-lady four-piece backing them up in the string department. Well, these ladies have also had their own thing going on for a while under the moniker of Amiina, and their sophomore album Puzzle has now been thrust outside of those frigid Icelandic boundaries.

Puzzle, which was officially released September 27, is the follow-up to 2007’s Kurr and is available in digital format or by mail-order, all through the band’s website. Since Amiina’s last album, they’ve gone and added a couple of boys to the band, so by the time this little story gets read by you, the band will most likely have played a couple shows in Italy, but they still have an upcoming show back in their motherland mid-month. Don’t worry, I’m sure the boys in the band are quite affable. They are from Iceland, after all.


10.05.10 - Bologna, Italy - Covo Club
10.06.10 - Milan, Italy - Salumeria della Musica
10.10.10 - Reykjavík, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves

• Amiina: http://amiina.com

Mos Def signs with Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label; Kanye announces new album title

In case you’ve been under a rock, Kanye West has been back in full force in 2010, sharing songs from a soon-to-be released fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (due November 22), and, apparently, signing his friends to his record label. In his recent cover story with XXL, West announced that Mos Def will sign with his label, G.O.O.D. Music.

Mos Def and West are no strangers to working together, as the two collaborated on the recent G.O.O.D. Friday song “Lord Lord Lord.” West even tweeted recently that “Mos helped me find the ‘old me’ lyrically.” That’s deep. In the meantime, while you’re waiting for new songs from West and Mos Def, feel free to amuse yourself with this.

• Kanye West: http://www.kanyewest.com
• Mos Def: http://www.mosdef.com
• G.O.O.D. Music: http://www.goodmusic.com