The War on Drugs to release new LP in and tour October, nicely filling that blurry, folky drone pop void we’ve all been noticing this year.

The War on Drugs to release new LP in and tour October, nicely filling that blurry, folky drone pop void we've all been noticing this year.  http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-09-war-on-drugs.jpg

Okay, can we please just stop qualifying things as “druggy” for a little while? I mean, I’m feeling a little over-saturated here. Seems like anything the least bit unfocused or zoned-out qualifies these days. If Bob Dylan was zoned-out and Pavement was pretty unfocused, then my last shave was druggy as fuck. Heck, my damn ride to work this morning was pretty druggy, if you ask me.

So yeah, I’m done with it for a little while, I think. Even if the name of your band is The War on Drugs, I’ll be damned if i’m going to call you a druggy band. Something else will have to do. Even if your debut record was emphatically tagged as “drug-rock” by a transcendent (TMT Review), I ain’t falling for it this time. Even if your new mini LP, entitled Future Weather (dropping October 26 in the US via Secretly Canadian and TBD in the UK), is all about the “blurred edges” and “overexposed limitations” of analog tape and the “fucked-up” washes and drones and tones and textures of “the abyss,” I’m not gonna go there. I’ll call it spacey or experimental or expansive or something. Heck, I’ll even go so far as to call it “pop music.” I’ll call it that all day long, damnit. And you’ll sit there and like it. Hippies.

Check out the track “Comin’ Through” at the Chocolate Grinder.

Now let’s get to the tracklisting and the tourdates, already. I’m freakin’ tweaked.

Future Weather tracklist:

01. Come to the City
02. Baby Missles
03. Comin’ Through
04. A Pile of Tires
05. Comin’ Around
06. Brothers
07. Missles Reprise
08. The History of Plastic

Tourdates:

09.07.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
09.08.10 - Charlotte, VA - The Milestone
09.09.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.14.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle

• The War on Drugs: http://www.thewarondrugs.net
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

Wavves add more tourdates with Phoenix; Nathan Williams teaches Thomas Mars how to properly inhale

Did it totally shock you earlier this summer when it was revealed that Wavves will be opening for Phoenix and Dirty Projectors at Madison Square Garden on October 20? I think Nathan Williams himself was even a little surprised. Apparently Phoenix are just as curious as we are to see how Wavves will function in a large-scale venue, just as we were curious about their large-scale studio venture, King of the Beach (TMT Review), as Phoenix’ve decided to add seven more shows with Wavves to extend their fall tour down the East Coast. Or maybe Thomas Mars just really wanted to pick Williams’ brain about the art direction for Wavves’ new video for “Post Acid.”

Wavves dates:

09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone *
09.11.10 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken *
09.12.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
09.14.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhinos *
09.15.10 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s *
09.16.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place *
09.17.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub *
09.18.10 - Waltham, MA - Brandeis University
09.20.10 - Providence, RI - Met Café *
09.21.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09.24.10 - Kingston, NY - 323 Wall Street
09.25.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
09.27.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
09.28.10 - Greensboro, NC - Guilford College *
09.29.10 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone *
09.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
10.01.10 - Nashville, TN Exit/In - Next Big Nashville *
10.02.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s *
10.18.10 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena !
10.20.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden $
10.21.10 - Montreal, QC - CEPSUM !
10.22.10 - Toronto, ON - Ricoh Coliseum !
10.23.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theatre !
10.25.10 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues !
10.26.10 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues !
10.27.10 - Miami, FL - The Fillmore !
11.06.10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest

$ Phoenix, Dirty Projectors
! Phoenix
* Christmas Island

• Wavves: http://www.myspace.com/wavves
• Phoenix: http://www.wearephoenix.com

Low go on tour, promise “Slowest Show on Earth” or your money back

Seems like Low haven’t had this many dates in a row in awhile, but you can’t really blame them. Based on my ridiculous preconceived notions, Alan Sparhawk spends most of his day gazing wistfully out a window, all the while occasionally sipping from a glass of Drank. Not much time for touring with a schedule like that. But, evidently, a wild hair has struck the band, as the long-running slowcore group is going on tour. Most of the dates hit Europe, but there are a few Australian and New Zealand shows in the itinerary, along with a single North American date at the tour’s tail end. If you see a slower show this year, Sparhawk will personally refund your ticket purchase. Offer not valid anywhere.

10.18.10 - Auckland, New Zealand - King’s Arms
10.19.10 - Wellington, New Zealand - San Francisco Bath House
10.21.10 - Melbourne VIC, Australia - Melbourne International Arts Festival
10.22.10 - Marrickville NSW, Australia - Factory Theatre
10.23.10 - Perth WA, Australia - The Bakery
11.15.10 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
11.16.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social
11.17.10 - Conventry, UK - St. John the Baptist Church
11.19.10 - Den Haag, Netherlands - Crossing Border Festival
11.21.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Crossing Border Festival
11.23.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser Malmo
11.27.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre

• Low: http://www.myspace.com/low
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

[Photo: Jimi Sides]

Asobi Seksu record new album, get their tour on, stay seksy

Asobi Seksu are busy recording a new album, but they’re taking some time off to shoegaze their way across the Middle West this September. Details are scant about the album, but in a recent Filter interview, the duo promised more rock and more guitars.

Asobi Seksu will also be rockin’ Philly at the end of next month as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival.

09.03.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Grog Shop
09.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
09.05.10 - Chicago, IL - Bash on Wabash
09.05.10 - Evanston, IL - SPACE
09.06.10 - Toledo, OH - Woodchucks
09.25.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia Film Festival)

• Asobi Seksu: http://www.asobiseksu.com

Shearwater and Damien Jurado tour together, hold a contest to see who can be quiet the longest

Jonathan Meiburg from Shearwater and Damien Jurado are both sensitive dudes, so it makes sense that they would team up together for a US tour this fall, Shearwater supporting their recent The Golden Archipelago (TMT Review) on Matador and Jurado slingin’ his equally new Saint Bartlett (TMT Review) on Secretly Canadian. What doesn’t make sense, though, is the “see who can be quiet the longest” contest that they seem to have decided to both participate in during their tour. Guys, I know both of your singing voices barely register above a whisper, but is this really necessary? My money is on Jurado, as I’m pretty sure Meiburg will immediately lose once he lets out his bellowing baritone every night.

Catch them this fall on the road and find out for yourself.

11.02.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *
11.03.10 - Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room *
11.04.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
11.05.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
11.06.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
11.07.10 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
11.09.10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel *
11.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
11.11.10 - Boston, MA - The Middle East Downstairs #
11.12.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
11.13.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe *
11.14.10 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick *
11.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
11.18.10 - St. Louis, MO - Duck *
11.19.10 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot *
11.20.10 - Norman, OK - The Opolis

* Damien Jurado
# Horse Feathers

• Shearwater: http://www.shearwatermusic.com
• Damien Jurado: http://www.myspace.com/damienjurado

The Flaming Lips to perform The Soft Bulletin in its entirety!!!!

Attention, TMT readers: The Flaming Lips have just confirmed that they’ll be performing The Soft Bulletin — scientifically proven to be one of the greatest albums in the history of music — in its entirety at London’s Alexandra Palace! The show, part of ATP’s Don’t Look Back series, will take place on July 1, 2011. But which version will they perform? The UK version? The US version? I have my money on the 5.1 version (tracklisting below).

And as if that weren’t enough, the event will also feature Dinosaur Jr. performing Bug and Deerhoof performing my personal favorite, Milk Man. Seriously, what the fuck!

And hey, for all of you outside of London, don’t worry: I’m guessing this won’t be the only time the Lips will perform The Soft Bulletin in its entirety. They wouldn’t want all that practicing to go to waste, right?

Possible Wayne Coyne answer: “Right!! You’re so smart, Mr P! Like, terrifyingly smart. Actually, you’re probably the smartest guy I know.”

Tickets go on sale September 3 at 10 AM.

The Soft Bulletin 5.1 tracklisting (so you can train your brain to hear The Soft Bulletin the way The Flaming Lips want you to hear it):

01. Race for the Prize (Sacrifice of the New Scientists)
02. A Spoonful Weighs a Ton
03. The Spark That Bled (The Softest Bullet Ever Shot)
04. Slow Motion
05. What Is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] By Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the Big Bang That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)
06. The Observer
07. Waitin’ for a Superman (Is it Gettin’ Heavy??)
08. Suddenly Everything Has Changed (Death Anxiety Caused by Moments of Boredom)
09. The Gash (Battle Hymn for the Wounded Mathematician)
10. Feeling Yourself Disintegrate
11. Sleeping on the Roof (Excerpt From Should We Keep the Severed Head Awake??)
12. The Spiderbite Song
13. Buggin’ (The Buzz of Love Is Busy Buggin’ You)

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com
• ATP Don’t Look Back: http://www.dontlookbackconcerts.com

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