Weezer sign to Epitaph because “that’s where they want to be,” release new album Hurley in September

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Remember a couple months back when Weezer left Geffen and every headline on earth read something like “Weezer goes totally indie”? But then it seemed somewhat less interesting because Weezer’s contract with Geffen had simply run out and they didn’t renew it? Well, hey everybody, dust off those old headlines, because Weezer IS going totally indie!

In a move that I can only assume was made exclusively to curry the favor of my 16-year-old self, Weezer has signed to long-running punk label Epitaph. Not exactly the most predictable move (I would have guessed, I don’t know, XL?), but Epitaph has expanded its focus beyond its skatepunk roots in recent years. Unfortunately, this severely dampens my dream of Weezer exclusively playing Bad Religion and Pennywise covers.

By the way, Weezer is releasing a new album called Hurley through the label on September 14, nipping at the heels of last year’s Raditude (TMT Review). You will not like it as much as you liked The Blue Album and Pinkerton, but you will end up listening to it at least once anyway. I know how you are.

• Weezer: http://www.weezer.com
• Epitaph: http://www.epitaph.com

Deerhunter tour in anticipation/support of new LP Halcyon Digest

We know all ya’ll must be positively sweating your thin little V-necks off your spiny backs in excitement for Deerhunter’s new record Halcyon Digest, out September 28 on 4AD (TMT News). Well, get even more pumped, ambient-psych-punk-skinny-skinny-men lovers, because Deerhunter are about to tour all about, around, and deep, deep inside these United States. Following a week’s worth of dates in mid-August, Deerhunter will spend most of October and a nice slice of November turning this nation of carboloaders onto some freaky sounds. Joining in on the opening act tip will be Real Estate, Casino vs. Japan, and Animal Collective’s forgotten son Deakin.


08.10.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
08.12.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands Gallery (DJ Set)
08.12.10 - New York, NY - Pier 54
08.13.10 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
08.14.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
08.15.10 - Medford, NJ - Flying W Airport and Pool
10.01.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10.09.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle $
10.12.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club $
10.15.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall # $
10.17.10 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe # $
10.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Opera House # $
10.20.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick # $
10.21.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom # $
10.22.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro # $
10.23.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line # $
10.26.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore # $
10.27.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox # $
10.28.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom # $
10.29.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall # $
10.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s # $
11.01.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater $
11.03.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Clubhouse $
11.05.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater $ &
11.07.10 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.08.10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues $ *
11.09.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree $ *
11.10.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit In $ *

$ Casino vs. Japan
# Real Estate
* Deakin

• Deerhunter: http://www.myspace.com/deerhunter
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Southern Lord signs NAILS, plans reissue and new album, beats me to the punch

Thursday is the day for getting things done. Me? I got a whole humdinger of a day planned out, full of productivity and fun. My to-do list goes a little something like this: do laundry, clean my room, pay some bills, sign metal power trio NAILS, and make some burgers for supper. All of that should go according to plan, lest celebrated metal label Southern Lord goes ahead and signs NAILS or I get sucked into reading about different members of The State on Wikipedia.

Well, what do you know? Southern Lord just had to go and ruin my day by signing NAILS. (Also, did you know Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant wrote Night at the Museum? Shucks!) To be fair, it’s probably for the best. Had I been able to sign them, I probably would have just invited them over to my house and tried to record the album via an old Yak Back I have lying around. Southern Lord, on the other hand, plan to release a new record from the group early next year, while also reissuing their Kurt Ballou-recorded Unsilent Death album (which was given a limited release earlier this year). Still, I was going to buy them pizza and nachos, so they’re missing out.

NAILS will also be getting all buddy-buddy with their Southern Lord labelmates when they play the Southern Lord-sponsored The Power of the Riff Festival in LA on August 8. In September, they’re heading out on a pretty lengthy tour, bringing every last bit of destruction and pain with them.

NAILS dates:

08.08.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo/Echoplex (Power of the Riff Fest)
09.05.10 - Mesa, AZ - Nile Front Room
09.06.10 - El Paso, TX - 10756 Limas
09.07.10 - San Antonio, TX - Ten Eleven
09.08.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
09.09.10 - Dallas, TX - The Nightmare
09.10.10 - Little Rock, AR - Downtown Muisc
09.12.10 - Birmingham, AL - Firehouse
09.13.10 - Atlanta, GA - 585 Wells
09.14.10 - Pembroke Pines, FL - Talent Farm
09.15.10 - Tampa, FL - Transitions
09.16.10 - Jacksonville, FL - Warehouse 8B
09.17.10 - Greensboro, NC - Legitimate Business
09.18.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Daniel’s Pub
09.19.10 - Indianapolis, IN - Dojo
09.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Double Door *
09.21.10 - Detroit, MI - Blondie’s *
09.22.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar *
09.23.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Europa * &
09.24.10 - Montreal, QC - Katacombes *
09.25.10 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dees *
09.26.10- Burlington, VT - 242 Main
09.27.10 - Albany, NY - Bogies
09.28.10 - Boston, MA - Church
09.29.10 - New Haven, CT - Lilly’s Pad
09.30.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Church
10.01.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s
10.02.10 - Cedar Falls, IA - 1108 Main
10.03.10 - Minneapolis, MN - TBA
10.04.10 - Kansas City, MO - TBA
10.05.10 - Denver, CO - Blast O Mat
10.08.10 - San Diego, CA - Club Soda
10.09.10 - San Francisco, CA - Sub

* Venomous Concept
& Strong Intention

• NAILS: http://www.myspace.com/unsilentdeath
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com

[Photo: Hans Van Housen]

Built to Spill cover old songs in 1980s synth-pop style, BECAUSE THEY CAN

Hey guys, writing new songs can be really hard! Especially when you’ve been a band for as many years as Built to Spill. So BTS frontman Doug Martsch and bassist Brett Nelson decided that, at this point, it’d be a pretty cool idea to cover their own songs. Wait, what? Yes, cover their own songs, but in a 1980s synth-pop style. Martsch and Nelson apparently reworked seven Built to Spill songs and are going to release the new recordings as the Electronic Anthology Project.

The album will be available to purchase at Built to Spill’s merch table during their current tour and from CD Baby. You can preview the songs now on their MySpace.

The Electronic Anthology Project tracklisting:

01. I Dim Our Angst In Agony (Goin’ Against Your Mind)
02. Age I Felt (Get a Life)
03. At the Where (The Weather)
04. Eels (Else)
05. What If Your Dull (I Would Hurt a Fly)
06. A Gloss Siren (Israel’s Song)
07. Far Path Tall Sign (Things Fall Apart)

• Built to Spill: http://www.builttospill.com

Is anyone else besides me excited for the Gary Numan vinyl box set?

I doubt that I’m the only one excited for the August 24 scheduled arrival of the four-disc box set from Vinyl 180, which includes 180-gram heavyweight vinyl versions of Replicas, The Pleasure Principle, Tubeway Army, and a bonus disc called The Plan. All LPs are remastered from the original analog tapes and lovingly slid into deluxe gatefold sleeves made of heavyweight cardboard stock. One thing I’m sure of, though, is that every Gary Numan fan is shaking their head at the limited quantity of only 500 copies. Most Gary Numan fans are also probably wondering why the box set includes the recently reissued versions of two albums that they already own. Don’t worry, guys! That’s what bonus discs and “special deluxe editions” are for!

When queried, a local record store had this to say about the whole fracas: “I think it’s cool that Tubeway Army is being reissued as the essential document of synth-rock that it is, but what’s the deal with the box set? Probably just another set that’ll sit on the shelf for a couple years. Yeah, a couple years.”

• Gary Numan: http://www.numan.co.uk
• Vinyl 180: http://www.vinyl180.com

We Were Promised Jetpacks open for Jimmy Eat World, who will then emotionally manipulate their audience to tears

Aww, We Were Promised Jetpacks are so nice! They’ve offered to open for Jimmy Eat World’s upcoming US tour just to lend a bit of relevance to the emo powerhouse. Maybe they’ll offer to tie their shoes for them before they go on stage, too!

Jimmy Eat World have a new album called Invented coming out on September 28 from Interscope, and We Were Promised Jetpacks are supporting their 2009 FatCat debut These Four Walls (TMT Review).

Double dates:

09.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
09.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
10.01.10 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Veterans’ Auditorium
10.03.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
10.04.10 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
10.05.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
10.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10.08.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
10.09.10 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
10.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10.14.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10.15.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.17.10 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus

• We Were Promised Jetpacks: http://myspace.com/wewerepromisedjetpacks
• Jimmy Eat World: http://www.jimmyeatworld.com
• FatCat: http://fat-cat.co.uk
• Interscope: http://www.interscope.com