Weezer reveal Best Coast and Free Energy as openers for “Memories” tour, because Rivers Cuomo is a taste-maker now

Weezer reveal Best Coast and Free Energy as openers for "Memories" tour, because Rivers Cuomo is a taste-maker now http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-10-10-weezer-openers.jpg

What, were The Rentals too busy? Spacetwin and The Special Goodness holed up in the studio?? Nerf Herder and Ozma too “huge” now to play second banana??? Sheesh. Whatever, Rivers Cuomo. Go ahead and confirm on your message board that Best Coast will be opening your “Memories” tour shows in L.A. and that Free Energy will open in New York and Boston. See if I care that you’re wasting an opportunity to put together some truly old-school bills when you tour Pinkerton and Weezer (The Blue Album) around the US this fall and winter! Your loss, man. MATT SHARP FOREVER.

MMRZ T0UR:

11.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater * %
11.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater # %
11.29.10 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium *
11.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium #
12.14.10 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre * ^
12.15.10 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre # ^
12.17.10 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom * ^
12.18.10 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom # ^
01.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Entertainment Center *
01.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Aragon Entertainment Center #

* The Blue Album
# Pinkerton
% Best Coast
^ Free Energy

• Weezer: http://weezer.com
• Best Coast: http://bestycoasty.blogspot.com
• Free Energy: http://www.freeenergymusic.com

Lightspeed Champion trades in rabbit for Van Dyke Parks on new EP

For his new 10-inch/digital EP Bye Bye, due December 13 on Domino, Lightspeed Champion (a.k.a. Dev Hynes) decided to ditch the black rabbit and get serious. So serious, in fact, that he somehow got acclaimed Brian Wilson collaborator Van Dyke Parks to guest on his EP. Bet he wished he’d gotten Parks’ number before recording Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You (TMT Review) earlier this year! In addition, Hynes also recorded a cover of The Beach Boys classic, “‘Til I Die.”

Hynes had the following to say (in a press release) about working with Van Dyke Parks: “It was pretty surreal. [Parks is] someone I’ve listened to for what seems like forever. I found myself listening to the stems and works in progress as a fan of him, then I’d remember that it’s something we’re working on together… then I’d freak out… then I’d have a drink and I’d feel fine.” Surf’s Up, indeed.

Bye Bye tracklisting:

01. ‘Til I Die
02. Underwater There Is Nothing
03. Bye Bye Icarus
04. The Mess You’re In

• Lightspeed Champion: http://www.lightspeedchampion.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

The Cars are working on a new LP, but they asked me not to make any “this is ‘Just What I Needed’” jokes, so… I got nothing

Okay, so let’s talk about “cars” as a thing. Fact is, they aren’t as cool as they used to be. Instead of being desired for their loud engines and sexy chrome bodies, they’re kinda more well known for… uh, good mileage and sensible leasing options. Not exactly the hippest thing to name your band after, here in 2010. But when it comes to things like dance beats, prominent synths, and hooky, beach party choruses, new wave synth-poppers The Cars are the hippest damn band around in 2010. Hell, the only current artist(s) not taking advantage of at least one of those criteria is like, I don’t know, Kings of Leon or something. And let’s face it, nobody who’s credible wants to be like Kings of Leon. Because then that artist would sound like Kings of Leon. Ew.

And like all savvy musicians, Ric Ocasek and his band are doing all they can to differentiate themselves from Kings of Leon by making a new Cars record (the band’s first studio effort in 23 years, to be exact) that sounds decidedly like The Cars of yore. As Billboard recently reported, the band, who had reformed earlier this year, have holed up at a studio in Millbrook, New York and recorded “a number of songs” there. Last week, the group even posted a preview of a new track called “Blue Tip” on their Facebook page. (Sure, that might be a weird place to leak a clip, but give ‘em a break. They haven’t had to promote themselves since Back to the Future II.)

Additional details are pretty scarce at the moment, but the band has hinted that they might actually tour behind this new record. Ocasek, along with keyboardist Greg Hawkes, drummer David Robinson, and guitarist Elliot Easton, comprise the four surviving members of the original Cars lineup (bassist Benjamin Orr passed away in 2000 after a bout with pancreatic cancer). Gee, I sure hope they’re ready to get browbeaten into playing Candy-O songs all night long on this “new album” tour.

• The Cars: http://thecarsunlocked.com

White Hills cancel European tourdates; new EP’s title Stolen Stars Left For No One more telling than once thought

Though you may have missed it the first time, hopefully by the end of English class you realized that “Hills Like White Elephants” was about an abortion. Unfortunately, there’s an elephant in this very room, and White Hills have an abortion of their own to report. White Hills were supposed to blast off on another space rock tour across Europe this winter in support of their new EP on Thrill Jockey, Stolen Stars Left For No One (a self-titled full-length came out earlier this year: this is what we thought of it), and Europeans had already begun stocking up on weed and good vibes in preparation. But in an unexpected turn of events, 17 shows throughout November and December have now been canceled due to “family illness.” White Hills have announced that their appearance at ATP In Between Days (December 6, Minehead) is still a go, but throughout November, stoners and psych fans will have to find another reason to sway and blink under bright, swirling lights.

Dates canceled:

11.06.10 - Berlin, Germany - White Trash Diamond Lounge
11.10.10 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
11.11.10 - Budapest, Hungary - Zappa Café
11.13.10 - Cirie, Italy - Taurus
11.14.10 - Brescia, Italy - Latteria Molloy
11.15.10 - Pescara, Italy - Mono
11.16.10 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
11.17.10 - Forli, Italy - Circolo A.R.C.I. Valverde
11.18.10 - Treviso, Italy - Fun House
11.21.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Moog
11.22.10 - Madrid, Spain - Wurlitzer Ballroom
11.23.10 - Salamanca, Spain - El Ralo
11.24.10 - Porto, Portugal - Music Box
11.25.10 - Vitoria, Spain - Gasteiz Ibu Hots
11.29.10 -London, England - Old Blue
12.02.10 - Liverpool, England - Kazimer
12.03.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Captain’s Rest

• White Hills: http://www.myspace.com/whitehills
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

The Sad Fruit Eats Sappy Suckers: Modest Mouse reissue two pivotal EPs recorded in the 90s

It’s 2010, and old bands are getting older. Everybody knows Modest Mouse, whether you’ve disdained them since “Float On,” loved them all the way through, or only picked them up after No One’s First and You’re Next. It’s been 13 and 9 years, respectively, since K Records released The Fruit That Ate Itself and Sad Sappy Sucker (originally recorded in 1994 by Calvin Johnson). These two commercially lesser albums constitute the time when Modest Mouse was “good” to some, and the time when they were “obscure” to others (ahem We Were Dead/No One’s First fans), but come November 9, they have a chance to be just as ubiquitous as The Moon & Antarctica. Glacial Pace Recordings (Isaac Brock’s very own label) has announced an LP/CD reissue of both EPs.

Unfortunately, neither album comes with bonus tracks or features, but hey, 180-gram vinyl works too (plus a download for your newfangled iTunes)!

This weekend (October 22 and 23), Modest Mouse are also playing at Neil Young’s Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA, alongside Grizzly Bear, Pearl Jam, Buffalo Springfield, and other big-hearted musicians playing acoustic music for disadvantaged children.

• Modest Mouse: http://www.modestmousemusic.com
• Glacial Pace Recordings: http://www.glacialpace.com

Girls announce new EP; 4,000 more rumors about Christopher Owens pop up on his Google Alert

Every time a news story about Girls gets written up, approximately 4,000 new rumors about lead singer/guitarist Christopher Owens pop up on his Google Alert. What, you thought former Children of God cult members weren’t vain enough to have Google Alerts set up on themselves? Please, even people that used to drink the crazy Kool-Aid want to know what other people think of them. This story is sure to set off Owens’ Google Alert, as will reviews of Girls’ new EP, Broken Dreams Club, due out on November 22 via True Panther, following up last year’s smash hit/rumor-mill birthing Album (TMT Review).

• Girls: http://www.myspace.com/girls
• True Panther: http://www.truepanther.com

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