The xx celebrate own minimalism by touring minimal amount of America, putting out (sort of) minimalist video

The xx celebrate own minimalism by touring minimal amount of America, putting out (sort of) minimalist video

Say what you will about The xx, but they seem rather committed to this whole minimalism thing. Pairing bare-bones and downtrodden pseudo-R&B with a tour that goes to, you know, a whole lot of different places would just betray the whole spirit of the band, right? Right, so that’s why The xx are only adding a handful and change of new dates to their US touring itinerary. Also, most of those dates are in California. No reason to clutter things up with those states in between New York and California, you know? Of course, the rest of the dates will see the band in Europe.

In other xx news, the group just released a pretty great video for their pretty great song “Islands.” The video features a series of short clips of choreographed dancers surrounding The xx, with each clip boasting slight changes to the routine. Once again, it’s all very minimal. Well, until things catch fire. That’s not so minimal. The video can be seen here or, if you live in the UK or Ireland, here.

The xx dates:

05.30.10 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.03.10 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
06.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater (The Music Box)
06.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
06.08.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
06.10.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.14.10 - Paris, France - Olympia
06.18.10 - Neuhausen - Southside Festival
06.19.10 - Scheessel - Hurricane Festival
07.01.10 - Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.02.10 - Saint-Clair - Festival Beauregard Hérouville
07.03.10 - Belfort - Eurockeennes
07.08.10 - Oeiras - Optimus Alive!
07.10.10 - Trencin - Pohoda Festival
07.13.10 - London, UK - Somerset House
07.16.10 - Ferropolis - Melt!
07.17.10 - Southwold - Latitude
07.18.10 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourvière
08.0810 - Chicogo, IL - Lollapalooza
08.13.10 - Gothenburg - Way Out West
08.14.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.15.10 - Helsinki - Flow Festival
08.20.10 - Hasselt - Pukkelpop
08.21.10 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier
08.22.10 - Biddinghuizen - Lowlands
08.26.10 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk
08.27.10 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
09.10.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

* Hot Chip

• The xx:
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Carissa’s Wierd plan a most likely tearful reunion concert after a seven-year separation, announce “best of” compilation

Carissa’s Wierd always had a penchant for writing slow, sad songs about leaving (see 2002 album), and in 2003 they put their theories about goodbyes, loneliness, and missing friends into practice by breaking up after eight years together. (Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell went on to form Band of Horses, but, continuing the trend, Brooke left that project in 2006.)

For the first time since 2003, Carissa’s Wierd will be reuniting on July 9 to play a show at the Showbox in Seattle, the band’s birth city. Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto will play alongside other original members Sarah Standard, Robin Peringer, and Sera Cahoone, with the potential for a few special guests. The concert – the only reunion show currently scheduled – comes only days before the release of They Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003, a retrospective CW compilation released by Hardly Art on July 13. According to Hardly Art’s website, reissues of the band’s three studio albums (out of print, in addition to the 2003 and 2004 compilations Scrap Book and I Before E) are in the workings for vinyl. I guess this means Carissa’s Wierd realized that somebody missed them after all. It was about damn time.

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Fun with pronouns: She & Him want you & me to go see them on their new tour

Contrary to popular belief, actually seeing Zooey Deschanel will not cause you to spontaneously dissolve into a puddle of mush due to her sheer adorableness. That’s only if you look her in the eye; she’s like a cute Medusa. So, if you think you have the willpower to partially avoid her gaze (test yourself using this video from the Chocolate Grinder), you now have more opportunities to see her and virtuoso guitarsmith M. Ward as they expand their tour under the moniker She & Him in support of their latest album on Merge, Volume Two, including free concert dates in Chicago at Millennium Park and at Governors Island in NYC. I think if you wear sunglasses you’ll be safe from Ms. Deschanel’s gaze, so the outdoor venues may be safest.

05.28.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
05.29.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre
05.30.10 - Bend, OR - Le Schwab Amphitheatre *
05.31.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
06.04.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Verge Festival
06.05.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
06.06.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
06.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Millennium Park (Downtown Sound Series)
06.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
06.10.10 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
06.11.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
07.01.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
07.02.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
07.03.10 - Oxford, ME - Nateva Festival
07.04.10 - New York, NY - The Beach at Governor’s Island
07.06.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
07.07.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
07.09.10 - Atlanta, GA - Botanical Gardens
07.10.10 - Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
07.11.10 - Louisville, KY - TBD *
07.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl $ *
08.29.10 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest

* Band of Horses, Dawes
$ The Swell Season, The Bird and The Bee

• She & Him:
• Merge:

[Photo: Sam Jones]

Oslo’s Øya Festival features M.I.A, Panda Bear, Pavement, Raekwon, Stooges

From the country that brought you those weird O’s with the slash through them that ham radio operators put on their license plates comes yet another amazing innovation: Oslo’s Øya Festival. The festival was named Oslo’s greenest business by the environmentally conscious people of Grønn Hverdag (Green Living) last December, which is pretty cool. Plus there’s also a spectacular lineup featuring M.I.A., Big Boi, Pavement, Iggy Pop, Panda Bear, and so much more. Sounds pretty kickin’, right? Like nothing could possibly make it even better? Well, how about if I told you it’s in A MEDIEVAL PARK?

Okay, so maybe I’m not sure what this entails exactly, but it certainly does sound enchanting. I’m guessing this is more of a “sense of history,” “scattered ruins” park than, say, an overpriced dinner where everyone eats giant turkey legs and a theater student who’s not in school for the summer wears armor and jousts for your pleasure. The park’s name is Middelalderparkern. Ahhhh Middelalderparkern. It just rolls off the tongue.

August 10-14, Oslo, Norway – be there:

M.I.A., Paul Weller, Pavement, Fucked Up, Iggy & The Stooges, The xx, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Raekwon, Robyn, Miike Snow, Major Lazer, Big Boi, Panda Bear, Q-Tip, Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, La Roux, Marina & The Diamonds, Against Me!, Baroness, Converge, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Fool’s Gold, Serena Maneesh, The Gaslight Anthem, Girls, Lindstrøm & Christabelle, Local Natives, Jónsi, tUnE-YarDs, Casiokids, Tony Allen, Trash Talk, and more TBA.

Also throw in a slew of all-Norwegian acts: Altaar, Motorpsycho, The Cumshots, CCTV, Lidolido, Navigators, John Olav Nilsen, Og Gjengen, Obliteration, Djerv, Susanne Sundfør, Purified in Blood, The Megaphonic Thrift, Blood Command, Kråkesølv, Pow Pow, Lucy Swann, and Mhoo.

• Øyafestivalen:
• Øya Festival:

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Let’s get weepy again! The Cure to re-release Disintegration as a three-disc deluxe edition in June

We all remember those great days of 1989 when The Cure released Disintegration and you started putting “Pictures of You” and “Love Song” on every mixtape you made, no matter who the girl/boy was or if it even seemed like she/he listened to The Cure. Those days are back again, as The Cure have announced that they will be re-releasing Disintegration as a deluxe, three-disc, remastered motherlode of gothy dirges and surprisingly-sweet pop ballads.

The new edition features plenty of extras, demos, unreleased tracks, and a 20-page booklet with previously unseen photos, art, lyrics, and an “in-depth overview of the period by The Cure’s founder, Robert Smith” (whatever that means). The first disc contains the 12 songs that make up the original album and was remastered with the supervision of Smith himself. The second disc contains 20 unreleased songs, gathered by Smith, and includes demos and rehearsals that cover the evolution of the album from conception to final product; making the cut are instrumental versions of “Pictures of You,” “Prayers for Rain,” and “Fascination Street,” as well as unreleased songs “Noheart,” “Esten,” “Delirious Night,” and a cover of Judy Collins’ “Pirate Ships.”

The third and final disc is a remixed version of the 1991 live album Entreat, which captured the band on their 1989 worldwide Prayer Tour show at Wembley Arena and has, up to this point, been pretty tough to get. The live disc also sees the inclusion of four “missing” tracks that have been added so that the entire show is recast as a live version of Disintegration.

The entire package is available from Rhino Records on June 8. Don’t forget your mascara!

Disintegration: Deluxe Edition tracklisting:

Disc One: Remastered Album
01. Plainsong
02. Pictures of You
03. Closedown
04. Lovesong
05. Last Dance
06. Lullaby
07. Fascination Street
08. Prayers for Rain
09. The Same Deep Water as You
10. Disintegration
11. Homesick
12. Untitled

Disc Two: Rarities (1988 - 1989)
01. Prayers for Rain – RS home demo (instrumental)
02. Pictures of You – RS home demo (instrumental)
03. Fascination Street – RS home demo (instrumental)
04. Homesick – band rehearsal (instrumental)
05. Fear of Ghosts – band rehearsal (instrumental)
06. Noheart – band rehearsal (instrumental) *
07. Esten – band demo (instrumental) *
08. Closedown – band demo (instrumental)
09. Lovesong – band demo (instrumental)
10. 2 Late (alternate version) – band demo (instrumental)
11. The Same Deep Water as You – band demo (instrumental)
12. Disintegration – band demo (instrumental)
13. Untitled (alternate version) – studio rough (instrumental)
14. Babble (alternate version) – studio rough (instrumental)
15. Plainsong – studio rough (guide vocal)
16. Last Dance – studio rough (guide vocal)
17. Lullaby – studio rough (guide vocal)
18. Out of Mind – studio rough (guide vocal)
19. Delirious Night – rough mix (vocal) *
20. Pirate Ships – RS Solo, rough mix (vocal) *

* previously unreleased song

Disc Three: Entreat Plus
01. Plainsong *
02. Pictures of You
03. Closedown
04. Lovesong *
05. Last Dance
06. Lullaby *
07. Fascination Street
08. Prayers for Rain
09. The Same Deep Water as You *
10. Disintegration
11. Homesick
12. Untitled

* previously unreleased performance

• The Cure:
• Rhino:

Aphex Twin to play a handful of European Shows this summer, Everybody Dance Party!!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, Richard D. James, that whosoever bumpith and grindith to his beats shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

–Ancient Cornish Proverb



05.15.10 - Metz, France - Centre Pompidou
05.26.10 - Düdingen, Switzerland - Kilbi Festival
06.12.10 - Inverness, Scotland - Rockness
08.28.10 - London, England - LED Festival
09.26.10 - Ibiza, Spain - Space Ibiza

• Warp: