The Handsome Family Leave Their Family Behind, Go on Tour

Hot off the release of Honey Moon, their brand new record on Carrot Top, The Handsome Family are hitting the West Coast and aren't looking back. Not even if they pass the world's largest farmer's market! The down-home Albuquerque duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks are now on their 20th year of marriage and their 8th studio record as a band. They recently played a number of sold-out shows on the East Coast, so now it's time to see if the West Side will show them the same love. You don't want them thinking the East Coast loves them more than the West Coast now, do ya West Coasters? They wouldn't want that. As for the Midwest, well, no one cares about the Midwest.

Here are the dates, starting off in Ireland:
06.03.09 - Cork, Ireland Crane Lane Club
06.04.09 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
06.05.09 - Belfast, Ireland - The Errigle Inn
06.06.09 - Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh
06.07.09 - Kilkenny, Ireland - Cleere’s
06.26.09 - Albuquerque, New Mexico - TBA
07.14.09 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
07.15.09 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
07.16-19.09 - Dawson City, YT - Dawson City Music Festival *
07.21.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
07.23.09 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
07.24.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
07.25.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
07.26.09 - Los Angeles, CA - McCabe’s
07.29.09 - Tucson, AZ - The Congress

* Sunset Rubdown

It Takes a Village of Feet to Hold Us Back: Foot Village Pedal New Album and Website

The notice on the bathroom stall was simple: “Seeking foot worshipper for long walks, to watch movies (Walk Hard, Stepping Out, Stomp the Yard) and Scattergories! Will not turn down eager, open-minded ankle biters and calf lovers but prefer those with an erotic, sexual, unshakeable attraction for the foot, proper! No one bearing plantar warts, bunions, or ingrown nails need call." I looked once. Twice. I was no foot fetishist by any stretch of the imagination but I did love L.A. kick-thumpers Foot Village. If this message could get me closer to the sole of the band in any way then maybe I would take my chances. I hesitantly jotted down the number and skulked out thinking about the prophylactic promise of what could be…

Little did I know that I could have just turned on my fuckin’ computer, brought up the new and improved Foot Village website, and gotten dem goods that I so dearly needed! Fellow followers of drum love will rejoice when they see that the Foot Village not only have a new album, Anti-Magic, coming out on Upset the Rhythm on July 21 (July 6 in the U.K./Europe) but have made freely available to everyone a ton of full-length, unedited, mp3 covers of their “Chicken and Cheese 2” -- parts of which will be included in the “super-collage” at the end of Anti-Magic’s LP and CD versions (which use different pieces for their respective collages) -- on the site at this very direct link. While on the site you can check out Anti-Magic’s awesome and insane cover art.

Who be thee artists and friends providing the cover versions of “Chicken and Cheese 2”? Be thee: AIDS Wolf, ANAVAN, Big Digits, Bio Bitch, BITCHES, Blue Sabbath Black Fiji, Brian Lewis Saunders, Cap N Fresh & The Stay Fresh Seals, Death Sentence: PANDA!, Eddie Brnabic, Fuck Hits Combo, Fur Fur, Geiger Retort, Gian Carlo, Herons, Holy Slouch, Ice Sea Dead People, I.E., Italic Indian, Jason Forrest, Kid Infinity, Kyle H Mabson, Laco$te, Lee Noble, Meta Magical, Mr. Pardiero, Narwhalz, Nero’s Day at Disneyland (contributing two versions), Paid in Puke, Power Sherlock, Robert Inhuman, Spirit Duplicator, Sunken Landscapes, tik///tik, T.I.T.S., Tussle, Two 2 Tango, Vankmen, Weird Habit, Window$, Wolfblitzer, and don't forget YNGWLV.

The digital and cassette (!) collage edits have yet to be completed by the band so there is still time to record a version of “Chicken and Cheese 2” and send it along to have your noise live forever in infamy, posterity, and absurdity.

Magic mushrooms:

1. Energy Hunters
2. Reggae War Zone
4. Death of the Endless
5. -.. .-. ..- -- -.-. .. .-. -.-. .-.. . (a.k.a. Morse code “No Jam”)
6. Grace’s Death
7. National Jamthun
8. Crybaby
9. .-. --- … . .- -. -. . (a.k.a. Morse code “Roseanne”)
10. Anti-Magic
11. Chicken and Cheese 2 (with friends)

The band of sausage-toed athletes will screech their asses across the Atlantic for dates in the U.K. and Europe in October and November (lock up your sons and daughters, etc.) but for now, only residents of California and ambitious travelers will be able to see the band. Hoof it hard to these shows:
06.20.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell %
06.28.09 - Los Angleles, CA - The Smell #
07.11.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell ^
07.12.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab $
08.03.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Pehrspace *

% Religious Girls, Our Brother the Native, Voice on Tape

# DAT Politics, Captain Ahab, Battlehooch

^ Upset the Rhythm Showcase with K.I.T., Gowns, Death Sentence: PANDA!, Lucky Dragons

$ Upset the Rhythm Showcase

* Sean Carnage Anniversary Show with Nu Sensai

A-Trak Announces Massive Tour, Promises Not to Blog in All Caps from the Road Like Kanye

When he’s not busy manning the one’s and two’s for a certain male diva, or being Kid Sister’s boyfriend, or putting out mix albums like Infinity +1 (TMT Review) and Fabriclive 45, or being an all-around badass DJ, A-Trak sometimes manages to carve out a few months for a lengthy tour, like his newly announced summer jaunt with Baltimore emcee Rye Rye and Fool’s Gold's Treasure Fingers. Hopefully he has better blogging and tweeting skills than Kanye though, because if I see one more caps lock blog entry, I might have to start a RAP WAR with Kanye this summer

06.17.09 - New York, NY - Ultra Lounge +
06.18.09 - Boston, MA - House of Blues +
06.19.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory +
07.02.09 - Charlotte, NC - The Forum +
07.03.09 - Atlanta, GA - Opera +
07.04.09 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues +
07.05.09 - Tampa, FL - Czar *
07.08.09 - Miami, FL - Liv *
07.10.09 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall +
07.11.09 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
07.13.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red *
07.14.09 - San Diego, CA - Voyeur ^
07.16.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
07.17.09 - Portland, OR - Rotture ^
07.18.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *
07.22.09 - Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards ^
07.23.09 - Calgary, AB - Hi Fi *
07.24.09 - Edmonton, AB - Star Lite Room ^
07.25.09 - Toronto, ON - Time Festival
07.30.09 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual Nightclub *
07.31.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall #
08.01.09 - Montreal, QC - Sat *
08.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.08.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Hard Festival

* Rye Rye, Treasure Fingers

^ Rye Rye

# Treasure Fingers, Theophilus London, Jack Beats

+ MSTRKRFT, Major Lazer, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff, Drop the Lime

Bert Jansch Announces Reissues, North American Tour, and Challenge to Swine Flu and Jon & Kate Plus 8: “All Your Headlines Are Belong to Me!”

We would never claim Jimmy Page to be an angel (actually, we have gotta give the man some credit for having impeccable taste) but, though innovative as he was in some regards, he cribbed notes wholesale time and time again. It has become a known fact that if Page snakes your action you must be something special. This may be some consolation to Bert Jansch but more consolation would come in the form of official credit for writing Zep’s “Black Mountain Side” (and possibly “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” too). Page may have been the most obvious of admirers but many others have looked to Jansch for inspiration, among them, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Donovan, Johnny Marr, Beth Orton, and many new followers like Devendra Banhart and Espers. No matter who cops his moves, Bert Jansch is something special and something many more people will get the chance to figure out over the next few months. The revered guitarist will be touring this summer and has had a hand in reissuing three of his past masters which are due in a couple of weeks.

The tour will take Jansch all over the U.S., into Canada, and even close enough to this writer’s cardboard hovel to get hands sh-sh-shaking in anticipation of witnessing a rare live appearance by the venerable solo artist/Pentangle legend. Nearly half of the North American dates have support from Alasdair Roberts, who also knows a thing or two about commanding an audience's attention with his own folksome ways.

06.08.09 - London, England - Jazz Café
06.26.09 - Albuquerque, NM - The Cooperage
06.28.09 - Denver, CO - Swallow Hill
07.01.09 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
07.02.09 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
07.03.09 - Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards
07.04.09 - Victoria, BC - Conservatory of Music
07.06.09 - Anchorage, AK - University of Alaska
07.08.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo
07.10.09 - Santa Cruz, CA - Don Quixote's
07.12.09 - San Francisco, CA - Café du Nord
07.13.09 - Portland, ME - The Space
08.03.09 - Montréal, QC - La Sala Rossa #
08.05.09 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern #
08.07.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol #
08.08.09 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Arts #
08.10.09 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs #
08.12.09 - Lexington, KY - The Dame #
08.14.09 - Asheville, NC - Diane Wartham Theatre
08.16.09 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern #
08.19.09 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere $
08.20.09 - New York, NY - City Winery #
08.21.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's #
08.25.09 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Festival
09.05.09 - Birmingham, England - Moseley Folk Festival

# with Alasdair Roberts

$ with Al Stewart

Jansch's three albums on Charisma -- L.A. Turnaround (1974), Santa Barbara Honeymoon (1975), and A Rare Conundrum (1977) -- will be issued for the first time on CD on June 15 by EMI/Virgin. All three albums have been remastered and include bonus material selected by Jansch, including many unreleased and newly discovered tracks. L.A. Turnaround will be an enhanced disc and includes a previously unseen 13-minute film made around the time of recording which features Jansch monkeying around with Mike Nesmith, Red Rhodes (Nesmith’s pedal steel sidekick), and others. Each album comes with newly penned notes, original artwork, photos, can opener, corkscrew, tweezers, toothpick, and saw.

Flaming Lips Issue 10th Anniversary Edition of Soft Bulletin on 180g/2xLP Vinyl

On June 23, Warner Bros. will release the 10th anniversary edition of The Soft Bulletin on 180-gram, 2xLP vinyl (with possible bonus CD). The album was The Flaming Lips' ninth full-length, considered by philosophers, scientists, and critics/gatekeepers/cultural arbiters to be the single most important document of human existence. "Without The Soft Bulletin, life would be a mistake," said Friedrich Nietzsche. "Music has a power of forming the character, and we should therefore be introduced to The Soft Bulletin when we're young," insisted Aristotle. "The Soft Bulletin has been my playmate, my lover, and my crying towel," opined Buffy Sainte-Marie The Vampire Slayer.

Really digging the reworked cover too:

The Flaming Lips tourdates:
06.12.09 - Loch Ness, UK - Rockness Festival
06.26.09 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - St. Gallen Festival
06.28.09 - Helsinki, Finland - Pitka Kuuma
07.19.09 - Chicago, IL - Union Park - Pitchfork Festival
07.28.09 - Moore Park, Australia - Hordern Pavillion
07.29.09 - West Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
09.13.09 - Monticello, NY - Kutschers Country Club & Resort

[Thanks to Angie for the tip!]

Majestic fjords, well-designed minimalist furniture on the cheap, blonde hair and blue-eyed mensch, and... armies of hooded sweaty dudes fist-pumping to C. Spencer Yeh's face-melting violin thrash. That's right, the infamous New York-based No Fun Fest (TMT Review), the nation's largest festival celebrating grating noise, is packing its IKEA bags and taking the freak wagon to Stockholm September 18-20 for No Fun Fest... SWEDEN EDITION!

The lineup reads like a who's who in all that is horrifying -- Wolf Eyes, Religious Knives, Hair Police, Emeralds, Burning Star Core, Prurient, Hivemind, Astral Social Club, and plenty more. For only 75 Euros (more expensive for us Yanks, of course), you get all three days at Fylkingen. These tickets go on sale July 1; single-day passes will be available July 20.

So, throw them horns up, raise a Ölglas, and tipsa en vän (got these translations from the Internet -- might totally be wrong).

Here are the confirmed acts so far:

Wolf Eyes / Emeralds / Carlos Giffoni / Noveller / Dead Machines / Burning Star Core / Oneohtrix Point Never / Hair Police / Regression / Religious Knives / Putrefier / Sons of God / Prurient / Testicle Hazard / Astral Social Club / Sten Ove Toft / Dylan Nyoukis / CM von Hausswolff / Enema Syringe / Studio SS / Sewer Election / Family Battle Snake / Dror Feiler / Family Underground / Hivemind

There Were Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things… And a New Arctic Monkeys Album in August

Write this down, because it’s pretty rare that you’ll read a Richard Jeni bit in a TMT news story. Talking about America's classic rock track “Horse with No Name,” the comedian mocks, “You’re in the desert. You got nothing else to do. Name the freakin’ horse!” Too true! Throw me in the desert with the same horse for a couple of minutes and I would have had multiple made-up monikers, a plausible back-story, and 16 dishes prepared from his carcass.

Like or very unlike the non-threatening 1970s folk-tinged rock troupe, cheeky Sheffield quartet Arctic Monkeys have announced details of their much-anticipated third album but have yet to name it. No matter, really, because all else is known. The 10-track album, which was recorded by Josh Homme in Los Angeles and James Ford in Brooklyn, will be released August 24 by the band’s label Domino. Besides, there’s plenty of time to christen the record. Let’s hope they don’t decide on something terrible like Favourite Worst Nightmare... oh shit, sorry!

1. My Propeller
2. Crying Lightning
3. Dangerous Animals
4. Secret Door
5. Potion Approaching
6. Fire and the Thud
7. Cornerstone
8. Dance Little Liar
9. Pretty Visitors
10. The Jeweller’s Hands

What would summer be without girls screaming at boys on festival stages? Summer with boys screaming at girls on festival stages? Girls screaming at girls? Boys screaming at boys? Probably a combination of all of the above. Regardless, when the Arctic Monkeys take any stage, there will be screaming and plenty of smiling, for they are one of the best live times around. Strangely, the boys are only scheduled for two British festival dates so far: the back-to-back Leeds and Reading festival gigs at the end of August. I’m guessing there will be more announced soon, but in the meantime, check out the many other shows confirmed, beginning with a bloc of concerts in Eastern Europe in July.
07.02.09 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.04.09 - Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic - Rock for People
07.05.09 - Vienna, Austria - Vienna Arena
07.07.09 - Split, Croatia - Prokurative
07.09.09 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Festival
08.01.09 - Jersey City, NJ - All Points West Festival
08.02.09 - Montréal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.13.09 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.14.09 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.15.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Beat Day Festival
08.21.09 - Erfurt, Germany - Highfield Festival
08.22.09 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop Festival
08.23.09 - Biddinghuizen, Holland - Lowlands Festival
08.28.09 - Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08.29.09 - Reading, England - Reading Festival
11.06.09 - Paris, France - Zenith

No Age, Deerhunter, and Dan Deacon Reveal Collaborative Tourdates; Collective Cry of “HOLY FUCKING SHIT THEY SKIPPED MY CITY” Is Heard in Places That Don’t Matter

By now, most of you know that No Age, Deerhunter, and Dan Deacon announced a month ago that they were all planning to tour together this summer. By now, the drool puddle under your dropped jaw has been cleaned up, you’ve put on some clean underwear, and your enormous boner has gone flaccid/vagina has gone dry -- but prepare to go through it all again. Yes, the full tour itinerary for this round robin-y three-way band extravaganza has finally been revealed! However, unless you live in (or near) the East coast or the Midwest, it looks like you’re out of luck this time. All complaint emails can be sent to

No Deerhunter Age Deacon:
08.01.09 - Medford, NJ - Flying W Airport & Pool
08.02.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Jelly Space 2009
08.03.09 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre
08.04.09 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
08.05.09 - Bloomington, IN - Rhinos
08.06.09 - Madison, WI - UW Madison Memorial Terrace
08.07.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom

No Age:
06.04.09 - Santiago, Chile - Industria Cultural
06.05.09 - Port Alegre, Brazil - Parc Fest at Manara
06.06.09 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Clash Club
06.07.09 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - La Trastienda
06.12.09 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
06.13.09 - Los Angeles, CA - The Standard Hotel
06.18.09 - Toronto, Ontario - Whippersnapper Space
06.19.09 - Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
06.20.09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Biltmore Cabaret
06.27.09 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium

06.02.09 - Helsinki, Finland - Travasita
06.04.09 - Tokyo, Japan - O-Nest
06.05.09 - Kyoto, Japan - Club Metro
06.07.09 - Nagoya, Japan - KD Japon
06.08.09 - Tokyo, Japan - O-West
06.09.09 - Osaka, Japan - Fandango
06.11.09 - Sydney, Australia - Manning Bar
06.12.09 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
06.13.09 - Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo
06.15.09 - Auckland, New Zealand - Kings Arms
06.16.09 - Wellington, New Zealand - San Francisco Bathhouse
06.18.09 - Melbourne, Australia - Corner Hotel
06.20.09 - Sydney, Australia - The Annandale Hotel
07.23.09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
07.24.09 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
08.07.09 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.28.09 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
09.12.09 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrows Parties NY

Dan Deacon:
06.02.09 - Manchester, England - Manchester Club Academy
06.03.09 - Dublin, Ireland - Andrews Place
06.04.09 - Dublin, Ireland - Andrews Place
06.05.09 - London, England - ULU
06.06.09 - Cherbourg, France - Terra Trema
06.07.09 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique-Orangerie
06.08.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso (solo)
06.12.09 - Boston, MA - ICA (Ultimate Reality)
06.13.09 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (solo)
06.20.09 - Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Museum of Art (solo)
08.08.09 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

Neutral Milk Hotel-Sponsored Paragon Carousel Wins Popular Vote, Given $100k Grant

It's hard being a hipster these days. With your favorite scene being crushed and co-opted by capitalism, it's hard not to feel vain and vapid. It's even harder to deny that you've become increasingly shallow towards others in an attempt to maintain individuality by postmodernizing your existence to oblivion. But does that necessarily make you a bad person? No! You can still do good, especially when your favorite band of old asks for help.

Case in point: The Paragon Carousel, based in Hull in northern Massachusetts. A beautiful early 20th-century carousel, the Paragon Carousel is likely reminiscent of the old carousels you rode when you were a kid, with its screechy tunes and wooden horses. But it's gotten old, and it needed help. In the running for a $100,000 grant from Partners In Preservation that would help in restoring and preserving the antiquated amusement machine, we reported in April that Julian Koster, speaking on behalf of Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel, had sent a public letter, beseeching fans to vote daily for the Paragon. A few days before the May 16 deadline, the Carousel was leading with 14% of the vote, 2% above the old Salem City Hall.

Now, two weeks ago -- which means it's still current news in the indie music blogosphere -- it was announced by Partners in Preservation (and reported by local newspapers) that the Paragon won the popular vote, guaranteeing a $100,000 grant from the initiative. The Carousel thanked everyone for their involvement and is celebrating with several events this summer.

Who's to say hipsters aren't kind?

Beach House Head to Europe with Vetiver, Continue to Have Best Promo Shots Ever

Once again, Beach House are heading overseas for a brief European tour, and once again they are keeping any new information which might give this story depth or, say, interest, under wraps. If you’re a fan of the Baltimore-based dream-pop band, you already know the basics: the duo consists of guitarist/keyboardist Alex Scally and vocalist/organist Victoria LeGrand, who is the niece of French film composer Michel LeGrand and Christiane LeGrand, a vocalist in the Jacques Demy films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort. But back to the band. They have two full-length albums on Carpark Records, the self-titled Beach House and Devotion (TMT Review), under their belts, as well as a Queen cover on the Red Hot Organization’s benefit album, Dark Was the Night (TMT Review). (They also have some of the best promo stills I’ve ever seen, which is good because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, blah blah etc., and as I have previously complained, the duo is keeping it enigmatic about any further biographical info than what we already know.)

They’ve been touring pretty regularly, and are fresh off an appearance at Washington’s Sasquatch festival. This summer you can catch them bringing their lo-fi ethereal sounds to select European cities, accompanied by freak-folk stalwarts Vetiver.
08.14.09 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.15.09 - Malmo, Sweden - Malmo Festival
08.16.09 - Berlin, Germany - Dot Club *
08.17.09 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust *
08.18.09 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso *
08.19.09 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino *
08.21.09 - London, UK - Union Chapel *
08.22.09 - Brecon Beacons, UK - Green Man Festival

* Vetiver