Who Is Tapes ‘n Tapes? Sophomore Album? Tour? But Why? This Reporter Is on the Case

It has taken me a long time to write this story due to my battle with Knucklitis, a rare disease in which the knuckles swell up ten times their normal size. I was also trying to reinstate my position as the number one TMT reporter with the best hair and journalistic integrity. As I failed on numerous hair styles, like the "white guy flattop," I began to research the truth behind the "indie rock" band Tapes and Tapes.

Now, before I go any further, this all may come as old news to savvy readers of the music scene. As much as I would like to be fresh with our readers, literally, I find reporting the honest truth as my most
important objective. To be honest, I knew I had heard the name Tapes and Tapes from somewhere. But where? I was on the case.

Firstifull, I used the top secret information database where TMT reporters find their information. It's Wikipedia, and it turned up no results. I was about to give up, until a TMT reader named anonymous sent me an e-mail tip that it's Tapes ‘n Tapes, not Tapes and Tapes. D'oh.

A new search for Tapes ‘n Tapes on the TMT database led me to information that the band is in fact a popular Minneapolis buzz band from the year 2006. Apparently, they had a successful album released in 2005 that later got the foreskin of blog dicks trembling in ‘06. The band got so big that the sacred cow Nissan had a Tapes ‘n Tapes song featured in a commercial. I remember none of this.

According to my research, Tapes ‘n Tapes will hit the road this spring in support of their upcoming album, Walk It Off, which is due April 8. Sources claim they sound like an accessible mixture of Pixies and Built Spill. Whatever. I feel like 2006 was a billion years ago. I blame my memory loss on my disease. Hopefully, these guys can prove to me that they are worth all the fame they gained in ‘06.

See what happens, folks, when you try to be the best reporter? You end up with a Nike sign shaved on the back of your head, with a hand full of hair gel and knuckles that flare up so large that they scrape your penis every time you masturbate.

My only regret is that I have Knucklitis; tourdates:

Riot at Dead Prez Leaves Patrol Car Ablaze, Officer Peppered

A riot broke out at a Dead Prez concert last week at Olympia's Evergreen State College. Actually, one news source said the riot occurred at a "Dead Presidents" concert, but whatever.

The "disturbance" erupted when a campus officer came to break up a fight in the middle of the concert. She arrested a man for "investigation of misdemeanor assault," according to The Associated Press. A crowd of roughly 200 then surrounded the officer's car, urging the release of the person in custody. Backup was called. Since they had already retrieved the man's info, the Sherriff's deputies eventually decided to release him in an effort to appease the rioting crowd.

But like my mom always told me, where there's a riot, there's an overturned cop car. After a deputy's car wouldn't start, the crowd broke its windows, scribbled graffiti on it, and flipped that motherfucker over. A laptop and a radar gun were stolen, perhaps so the perps could both ensure no one speeds in a school zone and blog about it?

Some reports claim Dead Prez (and Suntonio Bandanaz) were unaware of the riot until after the show ended. Other reports claim Dead Prez played "Fuck the Police" during the riot. In any case, no one was seriously injured, unless you count the officer who got pepper spray in his eyes, who would by all accounts go well with chicken breast.

Tokyo Police Club Announce Plan To Escape The Stockholm Sheriff Squad By Releasing A New Album And Touring

Dear Fans,

It appears that our longtime rivals, the Stockholm Sheriff Squad, are on the loose again and have come looking for us. Thankfully, we came up with this brilliant two part plan to evade them.

Part A – Diversion:

Our debut full length album, Elephant Shell, is due for release April 22 on Saddle Creek in North America and May 5 on Memphis Industries in the UK. We hope that the Stockholm Sheriff Squad will be so busy trying to decode our lyrics for secret messages that they’ll leave us alone for the time being. The tracklisting is as follows:

Sincerely,

Tokyo Police Club

Pretty & Nice Join Arthur & Yu, the Dutchess & the Duke on Hardly Art Records; The Captain & Tennille Aren’t Getting Their Hopes Up Or Anything, But Honestly They’ll Take What They Can Get When It Comes to Reasons to Get Up in the Morning These Days

With the economy facing seemingly imminent downturn and the unemployment rate growing higher and higher every day, it seems the Bostonian lads in Pretty & Nice have made the only smart economic decision left: Start a band and have it underwritten by a division of Sub Pop records.

With Hardly Art’s extremely competitive benefits package, 401(k) plan, and profit-sharing system, Pretty & Nice will soon be more prepared for the next Great Depression than most people half their age. And if this is any indication of things to come, I’d say America has a lot to learn from Pretty & Nice.

The group is taking their show on the road for South by Southwest next month, and I’m told that if you’re drunk enough, their performances double as financial advice seminars.

Prove me wrong:

* Exit Clov

# Fred Weaver, A. Armada

[Full disclosure: I'm good enough friends with Pretty & Nice that, strictly playing the odds, I'll probably see one of them later and talk about this very sentence.]

Cat Power Announces April Dates for North America, Dances The Watusi Despite Publicists Telling Her Not To

Since the release of Jukebox (TMT Review) earlier this year, Cat Power has been touring NON-STOP. Just kidding!! But she has been touring quite a bit. She has one show left in the U.S. (at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater) before she heads to Australia for a li'l tour. Then she gets to relax? Course not! Cat Power has just confirmed even more North American dates with her Dirty Delta Blues band for April. Oh, boy, it's going to be doozy.

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Sierra Leone (jk!):

A Whisper In The Noise Take The Show to Europe; I’m Taking Germs And A Headache to Work!

I am sick, so my creative powers are at an even lower ebb than usual. Also, I have to go to work, so get ready for a germ invasion, retail associates!! In the spirit of this totally lackluster day and in appreciation for how much I totally want to go to bed, I present you with the following story about A Whisper in the Noise's upcoming European tour, complete with the excessive punctuation I will attempt to use as a distraction for how totally foggy and out of it I am.

So, Minneapolis-based group A Whisper in the Noise are bringing their loud/quiet/bleak/quiet brand of atmospheric rock to Europe this spring!!! They'll be promoting their late-2007 release Dry Land, available from Exile on Mainstream Records!!! WOW! Did I mention that they are touring EUROPE?!?!?! WOW, again, just WOW.

* Bombee

** The Winchester Club