We’ll Shout It from the Mountaintops: High Places to Release High Places vs. Mankind and Tour…’our…’our…’our!

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At the risk of upsetting loyal TMT readers, there is yet another must-buy album due to be tickling your aural peripherals in April. We know, times are tight and April is often seen as the cruelest month on your wallet due to the massive demand for seasonal veggies like chiory and chives. Listen, one cannot predict when essential albums will collide with prime produce schedules, so, in the words of the immortal Glenn Frey and Don Henley: “Get Over It.” Robert Barber and Mary Pearson are better known as the extraordinaire eclectronic duo High Places and they will be releasing their second album, entitled High Places vs. Mankind, on April 6 through Thrill Jockey. A 12-inch is due also, collecting a new digital single, the already-issued “I Was Born,” plus some remix goodies.

Eat local, buy focal:

01. The Longest Shadows
02. On Giving Up
03. She’s a Wild Horse
04. The Channon
05. Canada
06. Constant Winter
07. On a Hill in a Bed on a Road in a House
08. Drift Slayer
09. The Most Beautiful Name
10. When It Comes

High Places vs. Mankind, eh? This epic conceptual battle takes a sharp turn in March when we see our dynamic duo shift the game to smaller, physical arenas as Pearson and Barber will combat evil show promoters and drunken moochbags trying to snare free merch and backstage drinks starting in the muddy ploughed fields of LA on the 21st of that month. War talk aside, does anyone else seem it odd that there are song titles listed above like “Constant Winter” and “Canada,” yet High Places are not planning on venturing into the Great White North for one date over two months of shows listed below? Just sayin’…

03.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
03.24.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
03.27.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan #
03.28.10 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile $
03.30.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03.31.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
04.01.10 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr.
04.02.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club %
04.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
04.05.10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
04.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Kecktie
04.16.10 - Madrid, Spain - La Casa Encendida ^
04.17.10 - Barcelona, Spain - LA2
04.18.10 - Valladolid, Spain - Espacio Joven
04.20.10 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
04.22.10 - Milan, Italy - Amigdala Theatre
04.23.10 - Pisa, Italy - Fosfeni Festival (Citta del Teatro)
04.24.10 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
04.25.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Bio Oko
04.26.10 - Zagreb, Croatia - AT
04.27.10 - Graz, Austria - Explosiv
04.28.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Grabenhalle
04.29.10 - Dijon, France - Kill Your Pop Festival (Atheneum)
05.01.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
05.03.10 - Brighton, England - Freebutt
05.04.10 - London, England - Cargo
05.06.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Nice & Sleazy
05.07.10 - Sheffield, England - The Harley
05.08.10 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
05.10.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - De Nieuwe Anita
05.12.10 - Berlin, Germany - Spex Festival
05.13.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Rust
05.14.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
05.15.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
05.20.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
05.21.10 - Porto, Portugal - Plano B

# w/ Bear in Heaven, Cymbals Eat Guitars
$ w/ Bear in Heaven
% w/ Tobacco, Hood Internet
^ w/ Javelin, Sunburned Hand of the Man

• High Places: http://hellohighplaces.blogspot.com
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com/splash.html

We Were Promised Jetpacks Break Free of These Four Walls and Announce US Tour. Was That Joke Too Obvious? Yeah, Yeah It Was.

We Were Promised Jetpacks, who are still gleefully (and rightfully) lapping up all the positive press about last year’s These Four Walls (TMT Review) have finally decided to headline their own US tour, and seriously, they would love it if you came. They’ll totally buy you a jetpack. But just read this excerpt from our review of These Four Walls, and I bet it’ll make you check them out, even if you don’t get a jetpack: “These Four Walls is a consistently exciting album full of memorable songs, and one of maybe five records this year so far that I would recommend unreservedly.”

Here are the dates:

02.11.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
02.12 .10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
02.13.10 - Washington, DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
02.14.10 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
02.15.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
02.17.10 - Charlotte, NC - The Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
02.18.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
02.19.10 - Nashville, TN - The End
02.20.10 - Hot Springs, AR - Maxine’s Pub
02.21.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
02.23.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
02.24.10 - La Jolla, CA - The Loft (UCSD)
02.26.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
02.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
03.01.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
03.02.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
03.03.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
03.05.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
03.06.10 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
03.07.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon
03.08.10- Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
03.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
03.11.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.12.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
03.13.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.14.10 - Columbus, OH - The Summit
03.15.10 - Columbia, MO - MOJO

[Photo: Neil Thomas Douglas]

• We Were Promised Jetpacks: http://myspace.com/wewerepromisedjetpacks
• FatCat: http://fat-cat.co.uk

Wowie Bowie! All the Young Dudes (and Dudettes) Pay Tribute to the Thin White Duke

Tired of worshipping David Bowie tribute bands like Diamond Dogs, Stardust, Space Oddity, Jean Genie, Tigers on Vaseline, and Scary Lodgers? Do you long for bands like Vivian Girls, MGMT, A Place to Bury Strangers, Duran Duran, and Devendra Banhart to take on Ziggy’s ouevre? Wait no more, because Manimal Vinyl will be putting out a 28-song tribute to the man sometime in May. The multiple-personality-clad Bowie, who turned 63 last Friday, is perfectly fit for tributes of all sounds and sizes, so it is not surprising that Manimal’s effort is a large, varied affair. It is surprising that no title has been created for the collection yet. It is not surprising that this tribute album be in benefit of a charitable organization, with the very deserving War Child International receiving all forthcoming proceeds.

[David Bowie tribute album] tentative tracklisting:

01. Exitmusic - Space Oddity
02. Vivian Girls - John, I’m Only Dancing
03. Megapuss (Devendra Banhart) - Sound + Vision (en espanol)
04. Carla Bruni - Absolute Beginners
05. Lights - World Falls Down
06. VOICEsVOICEs - Heroes
07. Duran Duran - Boys Keep Swinging
08. MGMT - TBA
09. Chairlift - Always Crashing in the Same Car
10. Aska w/ Moon & Moon - African Night Flight
11. A Place to Bury Strangers - Suffragette City
12. The Polyamorous Affair - Theme From Cat People
13. Keren Ann - Life on Mars
14. Swahili Blonde (feat. John Frusciante) - Red Money
15. Marco Benevento - Art Decade
16. Corridor - Be My Wife
17. Aquaserge - The Superman
18. Warpaint - Ashes to Ashes
19. Rainbow Arabia - Quicksand
20. We Are The World - Afraid of Americans
21. Laco$te - Within You
22. Ariana Delawari - Ziggy Stardust
23. Pizza! - Modern Love
24. St Clair Board - Secret Life of Arabia
25. Caroline Weeks - Starman
26. Amanda Jo Williams - The Man Who Sold the World
27. Mick Karn - Ashes to Ashes
28. Soulwax - TBA

• David Bowie: http://www.davidbowie.com
• War Child International: http://www.warchild.org

The Tallest Man on Earth Returns with Wild Hunt and Storms Europe; Headline Not Nearly as Reminiscent of Godzilla Sequels as It Seems

Swedish-born, Americana-singing paradox Kristian Matsson a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth will release his sophomore album The Wild Hunt April 13 through Dead Oceans. This marks The Tallest Man’s second full-length following 2008’s Shallow Grave and first for Dead Oceans.

The album’s press release describes Matsson’s music as such: “It is impossible to discuss The Tallest Man on Earth’s music without acknowledging *Bob Dylan*. The seemingly effortlessness, the melodic sensibility and the deft lyricism all recall Dylan’s early years.”

While I do not deny the aesthetic similarities between Mr. Dylan’s and Mr. Matsson’s music, I do feel unfairly and forcefully coerced by this press release. In fact, prior to posting this quote, it was not only possible, but also easier to discuss The Tallest Man without mentioning Dylan. If you need proof, see all text above the quote. If you need more proof, do it again.

In no way do I represent the thoughts and opinions of the Tiny Mix Tapes Media Enterprise Conglomerate ® when I say Dead Oceans is fishing for comparison quotes and thus attempting to influence and control the creative thoughts of music writers everywhere. For shame, most-likely-innocent press release author. You’ll have a union on your hands soon enough.

The Wild Hunt tracklisting:

01. The Wild Hunt
02. Burden of Tomorrow
03. Troubles Will be Gone
04. You’re Going Back
05. The Drying of the Lawns
06. King of Spain
07. Love is All
08. Thousand Ways
09. A Lion’s Heart
10. Kids on the Run

Some reasonably-sized tourdates:

02.21.10 - St. Malo, France - La Route Du Rock at Chapelle St Sauveur
02.26.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Slussen
03.04.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Astra Stube
03.05.10 - Berlin, Germany - NBI Club
03.07.10 - Den Bosch, Netherlands - fabrIQ at W2
03.08.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
03.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique (Witloof Bar)
03.10.10 - Paris, France - Le Scopitone
03.11.10 - Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain - Teatro Municipal Pedro Munoz Seca
03.12.10 - Granada, Spain - Centro Cultural
03.13.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar Factory Club
03.14.10 - Mallorca, Spain - Teatre Lloseta
03.15.10 - London, UK - Bush Hall
03.17.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - DK Klub Shh at Din Nye Ven
03.25.10 - Istanbul, Turkey - Indigo

* Beach House, The Fiery Furnaces, The xx, Shearwater, Local Natives
% Tiny Vipers, Karl Blau, Megafaun

And you can listen to “King of Spain” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

• The Tallest Man on Earth: http://www.myspace.com/thetallestmanonearth
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Besnard Lakes Were “the Dark Horse,” Are Now “the Roaring Night” and Will Soon Be “the Tart at the Bar with the Lazy Eye and the Yosemite Sam Tattoo on Her Shoulder”

The last time we caught up with The Besnard Lakes — Montréal’s exemplary pop troupe led by the wife-and-husband team of Olga Goreas and Jace Lasek — they were busy marvelling us with their surprise-attack sophomore album, The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (TMT Review). No one is saying that they’re sick of playing that album’s digibytes to death, but it is good to hear that the band will be releasing a new album at the beginning of March.

The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night will come out on the band’s friendly label Jagjaguwar, on March 9, to be exact. And speaking of being exact, exactly one month before the album’s release date, a 12-inch single, “Albatross,” will be issued featuring the album track “Albatross” (which you can listen to at the Chocolate Grinder), and a song whose title is stolen from Kate Moss’ biography: “Four Long Lines” (har, har).

No new tourdates have been announced, but you can bet a shiny horse nickel on some coming closer to …the Roaring Night’s release date.

In more music-centric news, The Besnard Lakes have scored the Mark Ruffalo-directed Sympathy for Delicious, which has been accepted to screen at the 2010 Sundance Festival and have contributed to a forthcoming Adam Franklin song tentatively titled “Lord Help Me Jesus” which will be included on the ex-Swervedriver/Toshack Highway singer’s solo album, due in 2010.

The roaring tracklist:

01. Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent; Pt. 1: The Ocean
02. Like the Ocean, Like the Innocent; Pt. 2: The Innocent
03. Chicago Train
04. Albatross
05. Glass Printer
06. Land of Living Skies; Pt. 1: The Land
07. Land of Living Skies; Pt. 2: The Living Skies
08. And This Is What We Call Progress
09. Light Up the Night
10. The Lonely Moan

• The Besnard Lakes: http://www.thebesnardlakes.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” Licensed to Play During Superbowl; All Proceeds Go to Haiti Relief Efforts

Since the earthquake ravaged Haiti on January 12, artists and celebrities everywhere have turned altruist and are holding benefits, giving donations, and doing their general best to help the thousands of people affected.

Almost immediately after the disaster, Arcade Fire converted their website into a stark appeal to fans to give money to Partners In Health, an organization working to benefit Haiti for the last two decades. The issue — while important for everyone — is all the more personal for Arcade Fire, as Régine Chassagne’s family emigrated from Haiti before her birth.

Most recently, the group announced that they, in an agreement with Partners In Health, Merge Records, Bank Robber Music, and the NFL will license their song “Wake Up” to air on the NFL Superbowl broadcast this Sunday. In an act of estimable generosity, absolutely all of the proceeds from the live airing and all future airings of Superbowl XLIV on the NFL network will be donated to Partners in Health’s Stand With Haiti relief efforts.

Originally released on Arcade Fire’s enormously popular 2004 album Funeral, “Wake Up” was introduced to the mainstream last year in the trailer for Spike Jonze’s film Where the Wild Things Are. I wouldn’t have paired Arcade Fire with professional football (I mean, look at those guys), but if it helps Haiti, we’re all for it.

• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com
• Partners in Health: http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti
• NFL: http://www.nfl.com