Weezer announce initial Blinkerton dates, rename Blinkerton tour to Memories Tour in yet another questionable move

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Weezer, who have only gained respect since the release of Pinkerton in 1996 (JK!), have confirmed the initial dates for their Blinkerton tour. Actually, it’s named the Memories Tour now, because, you know, it’s Weezer, and they do a lot of questionable shit these days. The tour will feature double shows in each city, with the first showcasing the “Blue Album” + greatest hits, and the second Pinkerton + greatest hits. Does this mean they’ll play the full albums and then even more songs from “Blue” and Pinkerton??

Meanwhile, =w= webmaster Karl Koch also briefly wrote about the Pinkerton reissue:

Brian [Bell, Weezer’s best-looking member] was in NYC and he checked in at Sterling Sound to see how the mastering to vinyl was going for the Pinkerton Deluxe edition quadruple vinyl set! Brian reports that things sound great and he was stoked to hear “You Gave Yor Love To Me Softly” blasting out the studio speakers!

The Pinkerton reissue has a tentative release date of November 2.

=w= dates:

09.24.10 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State University
09.25.10 - Peoria, IL - Bradley University
09.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
10.01.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Mirage Hotel and Casino
10.29.10 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Festival
11.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories/Blinkerton)
11.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre (Memories/Blinkerton)
11.29.10 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories/Blinkerton)
11.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center (Memories/Blinkerton)

• Weezer: http://www.weezer.com

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Toro Y Moi goes on tour with Nosaj Thing ‘n’ Jogger, does not go to the beach for cryin’ out loud

Toro Y Moi, one of the more prominent artists in the genre of, let’s call it, relaxing-electronic-music-that-may-or-may-not-remind-you-of-the-beach, is going on tour this fall in support of his Carpark debut, Causers of This (TMT Review). Accompanying Mr. Y Moi (or Chaz Bundick, if you’re all about real names) will be Nosaj Thing and Jogger, two relatively similarly-minded artists in the world of airy beats. It’ll be a tour filled with pretty sounds and some light dancing, a great way to take a load off after a hard work day. Kind of like a trip to the beach… ah, jeez.

Toro Y Moi dates:

10.14.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands Impakt Festival
10.15.10 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival
10.18.10 - Cardiff, UK - Cardiff Arts Institute
10.19.10 - London, UK - Cargo
10.20.10 - Madrid, Spain - TBA
10.21.10 - Vigo, Spain - TBA
10.22.10 - Barcelona, Spain - TBA
10.23.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Music Box
10.25.10 - Graz, Austria - Elevate Festival
10.26.10 - Rome, Italy - Dimmi Disi
10.27.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Exil
10.29.10 - Leeds, UK - The Academy +
10.30.10 - Manchester, UK - The Academy +
10.31.10 - Edinburgh, UK - Picture House +
11.02.10 - Glasgow, UK - The Academy +
11.03.10 - Birmingham, UK - The Academy +
11.04.10 - Bristol, UK - The Academy +
11.05.10 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Musique Volantes
11.07.10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.10.10 - La Jolla, CA - UC San Diego / The Loft *
11.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey * #
11.12.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop * #
11.13.10 - Eureka, CA - The Red Fox Tavern * #
11.15.10 - Portland, OR - Holocene * #
11.16.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s * #
11.17.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore * #
11.19.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge * #
11.20.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird * #

* Nosaj Thing
# Jogger
+ Foals

• Toro Y Moi: http://www.myspace.com/toroymoi
• Carpark: http://www.carparkrecords.com
• Jogger: http://www.myspace.com/joggermusic
• Nosaj Thing: http://www.myspace.com/nosajthing

Like a fine wine, Joan of Arc get better with age; unlike a fine wine, Joan of Arc go on tour

Say what you will about Joan of Arc, but those guys have kept it going. Fifteen years in the business of experimental rock with a short breakup as their only real hiccup. Even with the ongoing reunion of frontman Tim Kinsella’s original band, Cap’n Jazz, Joan of Arc are still going strong with a lengthy fall tour. And while they haven’t quite been on it enough to release a new record this year, they do have a new 7-inch called Meaningful Work coming out. It’s a release that finds the band concerned with themes of money, environmental devastation, and economic collapse. Sounds peppy!

Joan of Arc dates:

10.27.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club
10.28.10 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
10.29.10 - St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10.30.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
10.31.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall
11.02.10 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
11.03.10 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
11.17.10 - Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg - Kulturfabrik *
11.18.10 - Brussels, Belgium - VUB-KK *
11.19.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - ACU *
11.21.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang Ticket *
11.22.10 - Berlin, Germany - Bang Bang Club *
11.23.10 - Dresden, Germany - AZ Conni *
11.24.10 - Nurnberg, Germany - K4 *
11.25.10 - Wien, Austria - Arena *
11.26.10 - Graz, Austria - Forum Stadtpark *
11.27.10 - Milano, Italy - Leoncavallo *
11.28.10 - Roma, Italy - Init Club *
11.29.10 - Pescara, Italy - Mono Spazio Bar *
11.30.10 - Umbertide, Italy - Cinema Metropoli *
12.01.10 - Genova, Italy - La Claque / Teatro della Tosse *
12.02.10 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn *
12.04.10 - W├╝rzburg, Germany - Cafe Cairo *
12.05.10 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlacthof *

• Joan of Arc: http://www.myspace.com/joanfrc

Andrew Bird releases instrumental album, leading thousands to wonder if whistling is considered “instrumental” or “vocal”

If you’re the proprietor of a coffee shop, you probably went all-out and bought the deluxe edition of Andrew Bird’s 2009 album Noble Beast (TMT Review), just for the bonus disc of latte-companion instrumental music titled Useless Creatures that came along with it.

But for everyone else that thought that Useless Creatures was just the most clever title for an ancillary collection of non-essential junkers since The Shitty Beatles, Andrew Bird’s got a surprise for you. On October 25, Fat Possum (and Bella Union in the UK) is releasing said album on its own for the first time, thereby elevating the thing from “throwaway sketchbook tracked with his buddies” to “ambient experimental record featuring Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and jazz-trained bassist Todd Sickafoose.” So we all have to run out and reckon with it this new way now, I think. Sorry, coffee shop proprietors.

Bird is also playing more than a handful of shows before the year is out, including a few European dates and several solo US winter dates, once again based around the Dutch concept of Gezelligheid. Yes, he’s done this before. Why? Because re-contextualizing things is what artists DO, man.

Tourdates:

10.07.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Aula Magna
10.09.10 - Puerto de Sta Maria, Spain - Monkey Week Festival
10.14.10 - Granada, Spain - Teatro Isidoro Maiquez
10.19.10 - Rome, Italy - Parco Della Musica
12.06.10 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue
12.07.10 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue
12.10.10 - Boston, MA - Converse Hall at Tremont Temple
12.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Fourth Presbyterian Church
12.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Fourth Presbyterian Church

• Andrew Bird: http://www.andrewbird.net
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com
• Bella Union: http://www.bellaunion.com

[Photo: Cameron Wittig]

The Soft Boys make themselves relevant again, and by relevant I mean they reissue their best album

What does an aging critically-acclaimed musician/band do when their time in the sun is long past but still want to be relevant? Well, they could go on a reunion tour, do something tragic to force fans to think about the good days (suicide is a good example), or do what most bands do: reissue a great album.

That’s just what The Soft Boys are doing, as Underwater Moonlight is going back to the presses! The album (which falls into the category “Great Albums That Had Influence But, Strangely Enough, Not Many Listeners,” along with company like Big Star) will once again see the light of day with the helping hands of Yep Roc. This time around, Underwater Moonlight will be reissued in its 10-song original format on both CD and 180 gram vinyl.

The bonus material included on past reissues, which took up the majority of space, will only be available as digital downloads, but the big news of this reissue is the fact that this is the first time that the original form of the album has been reissued on LP, ever. And because The Soft Boys know that the true worth of an artist is based on their entire catalog and not just one release, they’ve also announced the reissue of their first release, A Can of Bees. Similar to Underwater Moonlight, the album will be available on both CD and LP (this being the first time that the album has been repressed to vinyl) and will feature downloadable bonus tracks.

On a side note: did you know that The Soft Boys’ guitarist, Kimberley Rew, wrote “Walking on Sunshine” for Katrina and the Waves? I hate that song, but it makes me so happy!

• The Soft Boys: http://www.myspace.com/thesoftboys
• Yep Roc: http://www.yeproc.com

Minus the Bear is a band who some people like and some people don’t and who is touring this fall and that’s about it, okay?

Alright, kids. Why even screw around here when it comes to a veteran band like Minus the Bear? At this point, you either like them, or you don’t, right? I mean, I could do some sort of tie-in to their latest album, Omni, released this past spring on Dangerbird; but even that seems to matter little. You’ve either got it already, or you don’t really give a shit.

Or, I guess I could mention that they’re touring the U.S. this fall, followed by a bunch of European dates opening for Jimmy Eat World. But… let’s face it, is it really doing Minus the Bear any good to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jimmy Eat World? Not around these parts, it ain’t.

Well, it seems as though the least I could do is list the dates for you below, though even that seems kinda arbitrary to me. You’re either “so totally going,” or you’re not even reading this. Right? Right. But, hey, now that I think about it, I guess I can say one thing definitively about Minus the Bear: they are a band who is touring this fall. Yup. Sure as shootin’.

Tourdates:

09.30.10 - Seattle, WA - Pablove Foundation Benefit @ The Crocodile
10.16.10 - Mexico City, MX - Festival Corona Capital
10.18.10 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
10.19.10 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
10.20.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew
10.21.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
10.22.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10.23.10 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.24.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
10.25.10 - Lubbock, TX - Jake’s
10.26.10 - Tulsa, OK - Marquee
10.27.10 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s
10.28.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.29.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.31.10 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Festival
11.03.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg *
11.04.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique *
11.05.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks *
11.07.10 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk *
11.08.10 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys *
11.09.10 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle *
11.13.10 - Norwich, UK - UEA *
11.14.10 - Bristol, UK - Academy *
11.17.10 - Belfast, Ireland - St. George’s Market *
11.18.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Tripod *
11.19.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands *
11.21.10 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute *
11.22.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy *
11.23.10 - London, UK - Brixton Academy *

• Minus the Bear: http://minusthebear.com
• Dangerbird Records: http://www.dangerbirdrecords.com

[Photo: Erin Tate]