Wire announce 2011 tour to great critical acclaim

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Attention: if you’ve ever affected a British accent in hopes of sounding cooler or still wish that it was 1977, your day is about to get a little bit more exciting. British post-punk kings Wire have announced a new tour in support of their forthcoming album, Red Barked Tree, due January 11 on their own Pink Flag label. The only thing that could make this announcement possibly more exciting is if Clay Davis were the opening act. Oh, I’m just razzin’ you, Wire! You know we love you!

04.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
04.03.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04.05.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.06.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.07.11 - Washington DC - Black Cat
04.08.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
04.09.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
04.12.11 - Portland, OR - Dante’s

Red Barked Tree tracklisting:

01. Please Take
02. Now Was
03. Adapt
04. Two Minutes
05. Clay
06. Bad Worn Thing
07. Moreover
08. A Flat Tent
09. Smash
10. Down to This
11. Red Barked Trees

• Wire: http://www.pinkflag.com

Kanye West and Jay-Z album Watch the Throne “coming in one week”

Kanye West has said some pretty stupid shit in the past, but his most recent will excite all of you still pretending that you love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (Whoa, JUST KIDDING. It made #10 on our 2010 year-end list.) At a New Year’s Eve after-party hosted by Jay-Z in Las Vegas, West announced that Watch the Throne, his collaboration with Jigga That Nigga, is “coming in one week.”

It’s unclear whether West is referring to the completion of the recording process or if the actual album will be released within the week (can we really trust what he says in between his “douchebag”/”asshole” toasting?), but you can check out the high-quality video below and decide for yourself (via Nah Right):

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In either case, we do know that Watch The Throne is due via Def Jam sometime this year. Hope you’re all ready for some “couture hip-hop.”

• Kanye West: http://kanyewest.com
• Jay-Z: http://www.jay-z.com

Talib Kweli to release new album Gutter Rainbows on his own imprint

It has been one prolific year for Talib Kweli. Dude has already seen the release of one album earlier this spring as half of Reflection Eternal with producer Hi-Tek, and now he’s gearing up for the January 25 release of his next solo album, Gutter Rainbows. The new album will be the first-ever release from Kweli’s Talibra imprint, which is pretty rad. Hear the lead-off track, “After the Rain,” produced by 88-Keys, over here.

In other news, Talib Kweli is the most interesting man in the world. (Sorry Dos Equis guy.) Did you know he studied experimental theatre at NYU and is a spokesman/mentor for an after-school music program? I just got that from Wikipedia, America’s premiere information source. Next week his entry could say he’s collaborating with Justin Bieber on an album of showtunes and training ferrets to ride motorized boats. Then again, WHO’S TO SAY HE’S NOT????

Gutter Rainbows tracklist:

01. After the Rain (prod. 88-Keys)
02. Gutter Rainbows (prod. M-Phazes)
03. So Low (prod. Shuko)
04. Palookas feat. Sean Price (prod. Marco Polo)
05. Mr. International feat. Nigel Hall (prod. S1)
06. I’m on One (prod. KHRYSIS!)
07. Wait for You feat. Kendra Ross (prod. S1)
08. Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight (prod. 6th sense)
09. Cold Rain (prod. Ski Beatz)
10. Friends & Family (prod. E. Jones)
11. Tater Tot (prod. Nick Speed)
12. How You Love Me feat. Blaq Toven (prod. Blaq Toven)
13. Uh Oh feat. Jean Grae (prod. Oh No)
14. Self Savior feat. Chace Infinite (prod. Maurice Brown)

• Talib Kweli: http://www.myspace.com/talibkweli

RIP: Mick Karn, bassist for Japan

From NME:

Japan bassist Mick Karn has died aged 52.

Karn, who revealed in June 2010 that he had been diagnosed with advanced stage cancer, passed away at his Chelsea home today (January 4), according to a statement on Mickkarn.net.

The statement added that Karn “was surrounded by his family and friends” at the time of his death, and that he “will be deeply missed by all”.

• Mick Karn: http://www.mickkarn.net
• Mick Karn (MySpace): http://www.myspace.com/mickkarn

Portishead and Arcade Fire unite for co-headlining juggernaut tour, vow to crush all lesser tours with their mighty hand

Planning on doing some touring in 2011? Better do it now, because when The Arcade Fire and Portishead come through on their co-headlining tour, they’re pretty much going to crush all other tours. And I don’t even mean that they’re just going to overshadow other tours — I mean that they’re literally going to kill other touring acts. “I will feast on your blood,” said Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. Portishead member Geoff Barrow was only slightly less threatening, mentioning the proposed tour on his Twitter in a gruff tone. No word yet on the whole tour itinerary, but the two bands are sharing some European festival dates in the summer. So… Europe? In the summer? That’s my guess.

• Portishead: http://www.portishead.co.uk
• Arcade Fire: http://www.arcadefire.com

RIP: Gerry Rafferty

From The Guardian:

The singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose songs such as Stuck in the Middle with You, Baker Street and Get it Right Next Time soundtracked the 1970s, has died aged 63 after a long illness.

His family said he died at home peacefully with his daughter Martha this morning.

The Scot was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, played with Billy Connolly’s folk outfit the Humblebums, and co-founded the soft-rock group Stealer’s Wheel, before enjoying a successful solo career. Baker Street, released in 1978, was still netting him £80,000 a year more than 30 years later.

• Gerry Rafferty: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Rafferty

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