The War on Drugs and Sharon Van Etten promise to go on tour together in 2012, also promise not to burn to death before then

The War on Drugs and Sharon Van Etten promise to go on tour together in 2012, also promise not to burn to death before then http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-11-war-on-drugs.jpg

Let’s all make a promise not to burn to death. Are you with me, everybody? I hope so, because if even one of you backs out, I am going to be so mad. But you’ll be dead and I’ll be here fuming over your fuming, so I guess the joke’s on me. I don’t even know why I make promises with you, because I don’t trust you. The War on Drugs and Sharon Van Etten trust each other. That’s why they’ve made a pact not to burn to death, at least not within the next six months. While they’re busy not being on fire, they’re also going to be busy touring with each other come next March. And a tiny little bit of April. Tiny means one day in this case.

The War on Drugs will be spending some of their not-on-fire time before their not-on-fire tour with Sharon Van Etten by touring with Sub Pop signees Still Corners. Chances are, War on Drugs will be playing songs from Slave Ambient, their well-received new record. Further chances suggest that Still Corners will also not be on fire. Please, nobody be on fire.

The War on Drugs dates:

12.03.11 - Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar @ Appalachian Brewing Company *
12.04.11 - Washington, DC - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel *
12.06.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
12.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
12.08.11 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s Pub *
12.09.11 - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern *
12.10.11 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways *
12.11.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
12.12.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre ^
12.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon &
03.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent &
03.23.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre &
03.24.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret &
03.25.12 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune &
03.27.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room &
03.28.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre &
03.31.12 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts &
04.01.12 - Bloomington, IN - Rhinos &

* Still Corners
^ The National
& Sharon Van Etten

• The War on Drugs: http://www.thewarondrugs.net
• Sharon Van Etten: http://sharonvanetten.com
• Still Corners: http://stillcorners.bandcamp.com

Sigur Rós to release new album in spring 2012… from a swimming pool in space!

“Introverted.” “Floaty and minimal.” “A slow takeoff toward something.”

Huh? What the fuck is that all about? Some fantasy coming-of-age film? Mute teenagers sprouting wings and flying around the rings of Saturn?

Yeah, actually. Almost. Sort of — it’s how the members of Sigur Rós have described their forthcoming sixth album, which will see a spring 2012 release. According to The Wall Street Journal, the band crawled out of their Icelandic hibernation after Jónsi wrapped up his 2010 solo tour, and they all set up camp in a space that was previously a swimming pool. You know, to record. A visitor to the pool/studio who heard a preliminary recording said that Jónsi’s voice “was surrounded by rich choral voices and what sounded like a pipe organ. The music was thrilling.” So, orchestral church music? From space? Who knows. Here’s hoping.

By the way, this announcement arrives just before the commercial release of Inni, the Sigur Rós concert documentary and live album. It comes out November 15, if you’re jónsing to know. Get it??

• Sigur Rós: www.sigur-ros.co.uk

Boredoms continue their series of numerical drum circles with 111 Boadrum on 11.11.11

According to a report on Patchfurk, Japanese noisesmiths Boredoms will once again be celebrating the numerical happenstance and coincidence of calendars and dates by putting together another massive drum circle. This year, because it’s 2011, there will be 111 drummers (including Hella’s Zach Hill, Hisham Bharoocha of Soft Circle, Jeremy Hyman formerly of Ponytail, Butchy Fuego of Pit Er Pat, and Mat Watson) arranged in a boa-shaped circle constricting around the majesty and power of Boredoms and Yamantaka Eye.

As all faithful readers of TMT know, this will be the fifth time that Boredoms have celebrated numerical destiny with a Boadrum: 77 Boadrum on 07.07.07, 88 Boadrum on 08.08.08, Boadrum 9 on 09.09.09, and last, but certainly not least, Boadrum 10 on 10.10.10.

So, if want to see Boredoms play with over a hundred other drummers, just head to Island Quarry in Byron Bay, Australia and you’ll get to see all the boa-shaped drumming that your brain can take. Or, if you’re more of the adventurous type, fill out the application and you too can be one of the many links that make up the majestic snake of 111 Boadrum.

• Boredoms: http://www.boredoms.jp
• 111 Boadrum: http://www.contrarede.com/boadrum.html

Brian Eno to appear on The Colbert Report tomorrow, then disappear from there and reappear at Long John Silver’s for a lonely fish plank dinner

Hey, so you know how Brian Eno’s leftovers EP with poet Rick Holland, Panic of Looking came out this week? Oh, wait, what’s that? You didn’t know that because we haven’t reviewed it yet, and you get 100% of your arts & entertainment news and opinions from Tiny Mix Tapes? Good answer. As a matter of fact, I didn’t know that either. And my personal opinion is that Drums Between the Bells, the album that this EP’s tracks are left over from, was only totally a “three-and-a-half-red-circles kind of album” anyway. It’s kinda my own unique aesthetic grading system.

Well, turns out that the only reason TMT hasn’t broken the news about whether the EP is bad-good or great-good just yet is because Eno personally asked us not to, citing the fact that he is currently trying to lay low from this “creepy anglophile Stephen Colbert” who just can’t stop having British musicians on his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report so that he can harass them (he recently had both Coldplay and Radiohead on, and I’m told he expanded the Radiohead show to a full hour so he could adequately make fun of Thom’s current Garth Algar haircut). Needless to say, if Colbert found out about this new EP of Eno and Holland’s, he’d probably insist on having him on the show, oh, say, tomorrow, November 10, at 11:30 PM EST/10:30 PM CST. Again, that’s tomorrow, November 10, at 11:30 PM EST/10:30 PM CST. But don’t worry, Mr. Eno, we’ll do our part to make sure that you’re not discovered and put on The Colbert Report tomorrow, November 10, at 11:30 PM EST/10:30 PM CST.

• Brian Eno: http://brian-eno.net
• Warp: http://www.warp.net
The Colbert Report: http://www.colbertnation.com

Best Buy closes all stores in the UK; the UK rejoices

Apparently the United Kingdom has no interest in buying incredibly cheap CDs, DVDs, video games, and other electronics, as Best Buy has announced (via a report on Billboard) that it will be closing all 11 of its UK stores by the end of the year, even though none of the stores had even been open for more than two years.

Best Buy began its European Expansion in 2008 when it partnered with Carphone Warehouse (a UK cellphone company) to form Best Buy Europe and opened its first British store in 2010 in Thurrock, Essex. Best Buy is projecting to lose as much as $144 - $160 million in store closure and operating losses and is anticipating nearly 1,000 layoffs.

“The eleven Best Buy U.K. ‘Big Box’ stores have performed exceptionally at the level of customer satisfaction, but they do not have the national reach to achieve scale and brand economies,” said Carphone Warehouse CEO Roger Taylor before returning to his giant carphone-filled warehouse-home.

However, Best Buy, who doesn’t like to lose money, has also announced that they will be buying full control of Best Buy Mobile (from Carphone Warehouse) for $1.3 billion so that they can “focus on emerging mobile phone markets” and continue to make plenty of money off UK citizens, even if they refuse to go into the physical stores.

• Best Buy: http://www.bestbuy.co.uk

Radiohead shove 2011 out the door with The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement DVD/Blu-ray

Ever since Radiohead made an announcement on Monday that changed the way we think about North American tours forever, fans have been speculating as to what the deeply silent next 24 hours could mean for the future of the band. TMT was refreshed over 23 times on Tuesday by Radiohead’s most loyal fans, but with each new story came the sinking feeling that Thom and the boys were either in grave danger or terminally ill. Thankfully, the events of Black Tuesday are now in the past, and we’re happy to report that Radiohead are back in the headlines with a brand-new video product available soon, entitled The King of Limbs: Live from the Basement.

Now that we’re more casual here in the second paragraph, I can admit that calling this “brand-new” is a stretch, but then again, is there anything quite like the smell of a freshly pressed DVD/Blu-ray? Never owned a Blu-ray, but I’d guess the smell is even more satisfying. So on December 19, the entire 55-minute From the Basement performance will be available to watch in breathtaking high definition from the comforts of your own iTunes, while the DVD and Blu-ray versions will ship in early 2012 (or potentially by Christmas if you preorder from the band directly) with a download code included. The songs are all taken from their least-hailed-since-Pablo-Honey album The King of Limbs (TMT Review), along with their most-hailed-since-In-Rainbows songs “The Daily Mail” and “Staircase.” Also included since everyone’s already seen this shit a thousand times on YouTube is a bonus performance of “Supercollider,” their needlessly longest song to date from that Record Store Day 12-inch that I’m not going to say something mean about.

And there you have it. The dust settles on another Radiohead announcement and the world goes black until their next peeping on Friday. Be strong for me.

The King of Limbs: Live from the Basement tracklisting:

01. Bloom
02. The Daily Mail
03. Feral
04. Little by Little
05. Codex
06. Separator
07. Lotus Flower
08. Staircase
09. Morning Mr. Magpie
10. Give Up the Ghost
BONUS TRACK. Supercollider

• Radiohead: http://www.radiohead.com

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