It takes longevity to gauge a producer's worth, and I'm talking at least a decade. One who ranks up there in terms of longevity and quality, with the likes of DJ Premier, Erick Sermon, and the RZA, is Prince Paul. Besides practically inventing the hip-hop skit (for better or worse) on De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising Paul has made a huge mark on rap and pop music in general through his work with Stetsasonic, Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and his own concept albums (Psychoanalysis, A Prince Among Thieves, The Politics of Business). Most recently, Paul released the second Handsome Boy album, White People, and Hip-Hop Gold Dust, a collection of unreleased and largely unheard tracks from his long and storied career. Paul recently took the time to speak with Pitchfork about his current projects, the future of Handsome Boy, and his relationship with De La Soul, among other things.
Don't expect any more collaborations with Dan the Automator in the near future, as according to Paul, Handsome Boy Modeling School has run its course due to some business problems between the two. "We were having some internal conflicts," Paul said. "I guess it is major. It was major enough for me to retire, hang up my moustache and suit. It's done, that's it. It was business things. Things that needed to be addressed weren't addressed."
And the split hasn't exactly been amicable, as Paul claims to have not even discussed the matter with Automator. "When I announced my retirement, that was it. He didn't call me, his manager didn't call me, the Handsome Boy manager didn't call. Either they hate my guts, or it just didn't work out." Looks like it'll be a cold day in hell before Father Guido Sarducci appears on another hip-hop record.
Fortunately, Paul is working on other ventures, although a reunion with former cohorts De La Soul may not be in the stars. "I've been chasing those guys down for the last four or five years, saying, 'Let's make another album. One album together, just us, no other outside producers,'" said Paul. "And I've been getting 'yeahed' - 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.' I don't know if it's to shut me up, but I'm giving it two more years and then I'm gonna stop asking. You feel like an idiot after a while."
Nevertheless, the drive seems to be there, even if the reciprocation is not. "I wanna do another album and I think it's important for us to do another because that was us at our peak, in our prime, when we worked together."
But just because De La and Automator aren't showing him any love, don't count Paul down and out for the count. He's currently working on a project with former Parliament organ player Bernie Worrell, producing and arranging with the legendary musician. "He's an accomplished musician and I'm some B-boy cat," said Paul. But that formula doesn't necessarily equal your typical hip-hop plus jazz formula. "I don't want people to think it's like some hip-hop beats over him playing. We're trying to invent something." It's undecided as of yet whether or not there will be guest MCs on the album, but the most important element for Paul seems to be showcasing Worrell's immense talents.
Paul also tells us that he's currently working on scoring a pilot for a cartoon, the name of which he can't reveal due to a confidentiality agreement. While he talks of retirement sometime in the near future, he also still has his dream collaborations in mind: "Prince and Prince Paul. That's what I'd really like to do. I had a chance to meet him briefly, years and years ago. He probably wouldn't remember," Paul humbly admitted.
In what is perhaps a more likely prospect, Paul would also love to do some work with the extra prolific MF Doom. "Oh, man, I love Doom. I would have to take him in a direction that nobody had done before."
As for retirement, Paul had this to say: "I don't think the Prince Paul records are needed. If they made an impact, if someone said, 'You changed my life,' besides the crazy kid who... I take that back because that means a lot too. If I think it made an impact on a bigger scale on the music or the culture or people at large, I would do more records, but I don't wanna waste my time. People always look at me like I'm stupid half the time. I don't understand it. Then I wind up scratching my head, thinking I'm crazy."
Yesterday evening, Leo told Pitchfork that he's working on the soundtrack for a musical, tentatively titled Red Bananas, that is set to premiere in Seattle in the late spring. "The whole thing is still being written, but it's going to be a multi-media kind of agitprop play about US involvement in Guatemala since the 1950's," Leo said. "There's an actual human drama to it involving two particular people, so it's not just a barrage of propaganda or anything."
Red Bananas's author, off-Broadway veteran Brad Rouse, approached Leo "out of the blue" for the project. "It's something that I've never done before and I'm actually pretty self-conscious about," Leo said. "I'm not even 100 percent confident that what I'm doing is going to be good." Hey, it's gotta be better than The Capeman, right?
But don't worry, Leo hasn't abandoned good ol' rock n roll. In fact, he plans to begin recording his next record with backing band Pharmacists as soon as they finish their upcoming tour. "I'm deep in writing mode right now," Leo said, describing the new songs' sound as "not a radical departure" from his previous records. "It is kind of running a broader swath of my own influences, I guess. If you're familiar with my stuff, it'll probably be more like one of my older albums and less like the most recent one. It'll be a little broader stylistically."
He's having a bit of trouble with the lyrics, though. "I feel like I'm talked out, you know? I kind of spent the last couple of years spending every single night saying everything I had to say with all the passion I could possibly say it, and it leaves me a little at a loss for things to say right now. So that's going to be the hurdle to get over."
Only two songs have titles at the moment, "La Costa Brava" and "The Sons of Cain". As for what label Leo will call home now that Lookout! Records is going through some tough times, well, he hasn't quite decided yet. "It'll be really, really soon," he said of the decision. "Like within the next couple of weeks."
Hopefully the announcement will come before Leo/Pharmacists head out on tour in March. Handling opening duties on the 20-day trek is the Spanish-by-way-of-Philly stylings of Les Aus. Their new EP, El Picasoques, will most likely be waiting at the merch table, fresh with the Ted Leo seal of approval, a trusted brand if there ever was one.
Dancing in the dark:
03-02 Brooklyn, NY - The Hook *
03-03 Providence, RI - The Living Room *
03-04 Boston, MA - Paradise *
03-05 New Haven, CT - Toad's Place *
03-06 Rochester, NY - Bug Jar *
03-07 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
03-08 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig *
03-10 Chicago, IL - The Abbey Pub *
03-11 Newport, KY - Southgate House *
03-12 Nashville, TN - Exit / In *
03-13 Little Rock, AR - Vinos *
03-14 Dallas, TX - Gypsy Tea Room *
03-15 San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary *
03-19 Houston, TX - Walter's on Washington *
03-20 Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea's Caf� *
03-22 Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club *
03-23 Charlotte, NC - Casbah at Tremont Music Hall *
03-24 Washington, DC - Black Cat *
03-26 New York, NY - Knitting Factory *
* with Les Aus
You'll notice an uncharacteristic four-day break between the San Antonio and Houston dates, the same four days as a certain music industry orgy in Austin, TX. Hmm...Is this break business or pleasure, Ted?
Dim Mak will drop "Helicopter" on February 21, following up the previous DM-stamped "Tulips" single and Bloc Party EP. This shiny piece of plastic features the title track and three remixes, including the Whitey Remix showcased on Silent Alarm Remixed, a shake-up by Dim Mak honcho Steve Aoki and Blake Miller from Moving Units under the name Weird Science, and a remix by Pitchfork party-monger Diplo. In summation:
02 Helicopter (Whitey Remix)
03 Helicopter (Weird Science Remix)
04 Helicopter (Diplo Remix)
The NME reports that Bloc Party will enter the studio later this month to record their sophomore statement, which will see release later this year. BP's Kele Okereke shared the following with that cheeky UK weekly: "With Silent Alarm I wanted to talk about how it felt being a 20-year-old in the western world. I think a lot of kids, me especially, just kind of felt in their 20s that they had all this passion, and it was very hard to find a focus. And that's what I want Silent Alarm to represent."
Okereke continued, "I don't want things to be as brash as they were. Slightly more considered: that's where the next record's going. But that's not to say we're going to turn all MOR!" Honestly Kele, for the kids' sake: keep it on the curb.
Potential song titles on the Silent Alarm follow-up include "Into the Blue", "Kids", and "The Present". For some Bloc Party internet lovin', scoot on over to Vice Records' brand new mp3 blog and treat your smelly ears to a free mp3 of the MSTRKRFT Remix (pronounced "Master Kraft", aka Jesse Keeler from Death From Above 1979) of Bloc Party's "Two More Years". Your iPod will love you for it.
Or, if you're a Rhapsody subscriber, you can stream the bejesus out of the exclusive live EP Hearing Voices Live, which contains the following songs:
01 Like Eating Glass
02 Positive Tension
03 The Price of Gasoline
04 This Modern Love
05 So Here We Are
07 Blue Light
08 Little Thoughts
* Bloc Party: <a
"A few people might be surprised by what they might hear," proclaimed Hyde about the follow-up to the Futureheads' widely-acclaimed 2004 self-titled debut. "I think it's many leaps beyond what we've been doing...it's quite a brave statement of an album."
Hyde also expounded on the quartet's unique, architecturally-conscious recording approach, in which the varied environs of a Scarborough-area farm doubled as a studio: "every room has its own sound and its own personality in any building." The farm has "some very bright-sounding rooms, some dull-sounding rooms for contrast. We used the greenhouse for some guitar parts...we put microphones around the courtyard, we recorded the drums in a cowshed and backing vocals in the stables, we recorded percussion parts in the cellar. [We] used as many spaces as we could."
Working with producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode, Doves) proved especially fruitful, claimed Hyde. Hillier "was very good at putting microphones within rooms...we got on well and worked quickly. He was not too intrusive with ideas in terms of arrangement; he left most of that up to us."
Hyde mused further: "[Hillier's] belief behind recording music is, in my opinion, the only way to approach it: the sounds should sound good immediately, as soon as they're recorded, and not have to be tampered with later on. Get the sounds right in the first place." Post-production studio witchery be damned, man.
Recording's all wrapped up and Hyde is hopeful mixing will see completion in three weeks time. He also happily disclosed several more of the new album's track titles. In addition to the previously reported "Worry", "Thursday", "Yes/No", "Cope", "Fallout", and "The Return of the Beserker", LP2 will feature "Faith", "Knife In The Water", "Back To The Sea", "Skip To The End", and "Munich" (a working title, and most assuredly not an Editors cover).
Fans can expect eleven or twelve original tunes on record number two, culled from a total of 14 recorded tracks--and no off-beat cover to follow-up "Hounds of Love". "We don't play any more covers apart from that one, so we're not going to really bother...although we'll probably do covers again someday," Mr. Hyde revealed.
Ardent perfectionists, the Futureheads are prepping their wares for some springtime touring in the UK, and yes, eventually America. "We like to be able to play [a] song really well the first time, rather than the sixth time [we] play it live...if we try a new song and we don't get it perfectly right the first time, we never play it again." Hyde surmised that at least three songs from The Futureheads have taken years to reach he and the boys' expectations and that as far as live fare goes, the band are, predictably, always looking toward the future. "A couple of the songs are older than this band to me; it's certainly time to say goodbye."
As for that brave statement? "Tempo is the most concrete difference, I suppose," between albums one and two. "There's fewer things on it, a lot more space ... you can dance to it a bit more, but it's not just poppy. It's got really nice, kinda slow-moving grooves, to use a horrible term," Hyde decided, swift to add: "I think when people talk about grooves it makes it sound like they're writing for a guitar magazine."
Now, for news of more verity: according to an official press release, the highly-anticipated follow-up to Fever To Tell will in fact be titled Show Your Bones. It will arrive March 28 (March 27 in the UK) via Dress Up/Interscope, preceded by the single "Gold Lion" the week before.
Ever-quotable Karen O had this to say about the new LP: "Show Your Bones is what happens when you put your finger in a light socket...maybe there is some of that electric current flowing through the tracks of our album illuminating us from the inside out for you to laugh at and cry to or fry to. Or not."
Still lost? Maybe YYYs drummer Brian Chase can clear things up: "In the early stages the music was STRETCHED WIDE and then tightened up." Or maybe not. As mentioned, Squeak E. Clean produced the disc, which was mixed with Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, et al).
A February U.S. club tour is in the works, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs official website, in addition to inducing seizures, alludes to full-scale American and European tours in April and May. For now you may drool over their date at All Tomorrow's Parties "United Sounds of ATP" festival, where they've assembled quite the coterie of openers:
05-13 East Sussex, England - Camber Sands Holiday Centre (All Tomorrow's Parties) *
* with Liars, TV on the Radio, Oneida, Blood Brothers, Ex Models, Celebration, Imaginary Folk, Tall Boys
In other presumably accurate news, spazz-punk trio the Seconds, featuring Brian Chase, will release their sophomore full-length on March 21 via 5RC.
Aside from the aforementioned groups, Crow and Hill are each members of an assortment of bands. Crow also takes part in Goblin Cock, Physics, Thingy, and Heavy Vegetable, while Hill is a member of Team Sleep, Goon Moon, and Nervous Cop.
These dudes (or dudettes, as it were) will release their first album, They Mean Us, through Temporary Residence on February 21. The album should be more pop-friendly than Hella but more avant garde than Pinback. We think.
Dude looks like a...oh nevermind:
01 Black Caesar/Red Sonja
02 Recycler 1a
03 Vacation, Asphyxia, Vacation
04 Empathy on a Stick
05 Recycler 1b
07 Black Metal in the Hour of Starbucks
08 Nice Chaps, Buddy
09 So Much for the Fourth Wall
10 Recycler 2
11 And Them
12 Mandatory Psycho-Freakout
For this, their fifth full-length, Don Cab (sounds like wine, but is actually Reich on Ritalin and a rainy day) have logged time in Al Sutton's Rustbelt Studios. They're back to the tried-and-true two-guitar quartet, consisting of drum-god and main-man Damon Che, as well as (and we quote) "Lieutenant Corporal Gene Doyle (Secretary of Guitar, Stage Left), Colonel Jeffrey Ellsworth (Tactical and Special Opps, Guitar Stage Right), and Major Jason Jouver (Rhythm Section First Officer)". Not exactly the Don Cab of old, but hey, it'll do for now.
Che, who has been listening to everyone from the Darkness to Switchfoot to Meshuggah lately, is making some big promises. "You will probably be able to get a sense of us not just reintroducing this craft, but also trying to share it with a larger crowd that may have been previously unexposed. This could quite possibly be the widest variety of musical styling ever stretched out to make up a Don Caballero release." Hmm... sell-out or breakthrough? Only time will tell.
With track names like these ("World Class Listening Problem;" "Palm Trees in the F*cking Bahamas;" and "And And And, He Lowered the Twin Down," quite possibly a sequel to "Andandandandandand"), it sounds like they're making a Lightning Bolt or Hella record. Both of those bands, come to think of it, probably owe a lot to Don Cab.
Tour dates are pending.
So sure, Thibodeau sings like a girl, but so does Kate Bush, and you like her, don't you? What's more, Death Vessel will join cool people on this tour voyage, cool people like Low, His Name Is Alive, Jos� Gonz�lez, and the Books (presuming those party-mongers have recovered from Pitchfork's 10.0 bonanza). Furthermore, affixing a "Death Vessel" iron-on patch to your tattered Misfits hoodie is way cool.
01-18 New York, NY - Joe's Pub *
01-26 Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre #%
01-27 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium #%
01-28 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop #%
01-30 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick #%
01-31 Toronto, Ontario - Lees Palace #%
02-01 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rossa #%
02-02 Somerville, MA - Somerville Theater #%
02-03 Brooklyn, NY - South Paw #%
02-04 Washington DC - Black Cat #%
02-06 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #%
02-07 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church Sanctuary #%
02-08 Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre #%
03-01 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse ^
03-05 Pittsburgh , PA - Andy Warhol Museum ^
03-06 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center ^
03-07 Oberlin, OH - Dionysus Disco ^
03-08 Urbana, IL - Courtyard Cafe ^
03-09 Minneapolis, MN - The Whole Music Club ^
03-10 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews ^
03-13 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern ^
03-14 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern ^
03-23 Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts ^&
03-24 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom ^&
03-25 Philadelphia, PA - International House ^&
* with Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn
# with Low
% with His Name Is Alive
^ with The Books
& with Jose Gonzalez
* North East Indie www.northeastindie.com
Speaking of orchestras: this Saturday, January 14, Sufjan and an expanded backing band, including "strings [and] horns...violas and violins" according to the Asthmatic Kitty website, will play two shows at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center, as part of the institution's "American Songbook" series. (Future participants include Fountains of Wayne and Duncan Sheik.)
New arrangements of Sufjan faves, as well as new tunes, are expected. "This is not rock-n-roll," Asthmatic Kitty warns. "Nor is it Broadway Theater." Nor is it the Come on Feel the Illinoise tour: "The pom poms have been put in retirement. Instead, Sufjan's band could be wearing shirts with collars and neckties. Or even--dare we say it--street clothes."
And if you just can't get enough upscale Suf-jeezy, the man is also scheduled to perform at the 16th annual Tibet House Benefit Concert, which will take place March 1. Sufjan will be joined by Laurie Anderson, Damien Rice, Allen Toussaint, and the event's artistic director, Philip Glass. More artists will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Tibet House is an NYC-based organization that works to preserve and promote Tibetan culture in the West. Just like Richard Gere. Last year's roster included the Black Keys, Antony, Nellie McKay, Patti Smith, Ray Davies, and Lou Reed. So keep in mind, this ain't no Tibetan Freedom concert with the Beastie Boys and Bodhisattva vows. It's more wistful and minimalist.
In addition to Tibet House, portions of the proceeds will go towards aiding New Orleans musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina, although the specific charity has yet to be named (maybe VH1 Save the Music with The Edge crying in the gutter?).
And if you were wondering, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will not cold rock a party on stage or at the after-concert reception, since he has to, you know, flee for his life and stuff. But you might be able to tear it up and meditate with Uma Thurman and her whole freakin' family, as they are all on the Tibet House board. Word.
The band has been working on material for their forthcoming third record, which they hope to release later this year. According to a post on the Hold Steady website, "the new songs are spilling out and we will be playing a lot of them on our upcoming tour."
If you ask the Hold Steady's PR (and we did), the songs, such as one titled "Stuck Between Stations", feature many of the same lovably ill-fated characters found on last year's breakout Separation Sunday and their debut, Almost Killed Me.
The majority of the American dates will feature Secretly Canadian's Swearing at Motorists and French Kiss' Plastic Constellations on opening duties. The fun will last until Los Angeles, where the Hold Steady will hook up with LSF and TAN!, and then high-tail it Down Under:
02-01 Washington, DC - The Black Cat *%
02-02 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *%
02-03 Athens, GA - Tasty World *%
02-04 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *%
02-06 St. Augustine, FL - Caf� Eleven *%
02-07 Gainesville, FL - The Covered Dish *%
02-08 Orlando, FL - The Social *%
02-09 Ybor City, FL - Masquerade *%
02-10 Tallahassee, FL - The Beta Bar *%
02-11 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon *%
02-13 Houston, TX - Walters on Washington *%
02-14 Denton, TX - Hailey's *%
02-15 Austin, TX - Emo's *%
02-18 Phoenix, AZ - The Brick House %
02-19 San Diego, CA - The Casbah %
02-21 Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon #
02-25 Sydney, Australia - Gaelic Club #
02-26 Melbourne, Australia - St. Jerome's Laneway Festival #$
02-27 Melbourne, Australia - The Corner Hotel #
03-01 Perth, Australia - The Rosemount #
03-02 Adelaide, Australia - Jive #
03-03 Brisbane, Australia - The Zoo #
03-04 Sydney, Australia - TBA #
03-05 Sydney, Australia - St. Jerome's Laneway Festival #$
* with Swearing at Motorists
% with Plastic Constellations
# with Les Savy Fav, Thunderbirds Are Now!
$ with the Avalanches, Broken Social Scene, New Buffalo, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Youth Group
On that tip, the folks at Arthur magazine have spawned a new winter edition of the festival, unfortunately dubbed ArthurBall. (Egads, that sounds like the aftermath of testicular cancer.) It will take place at various L.A. venues February 25 and 26.
Unlike your awkward high school Winter Ball, ArthurBall should be pretty awesome. So far, the biggest names on the bill are harp goddess Joanna Newsom (how's that new album coming, girl?) and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Homme will perform with longtime collaborator Chris Goss (Masters of Reality) as the 515ers.
Also on board for the Ball are Born Heller (featuring Josephine Foster), Brightblack Morning Light, Biff Rose, Mi & L'au, Colleen, OM, Pearls & Brass, and the Unknown Instructors, featuring Mike Watt and George Hurley of the Minutemen. More acts are expected to be announced soon.
Newcastle's current hottest export will offer up the 12-track Missing Songs on February 20 in the UK and February 21 in the U.S., courtesy of Warp Records. The disc compiles various b-sides with demos from their debut LP, 2005's A Certain Trigger.
03 My Life in Reverse
04 Fear of Falling
05 I Want You to Leave
06 A Year of Doubt
07 Trial and Error
08 Stray Talk
09 Hammer Horror
10 Apply Some Pressure (Original Demo Version)
11 Graffiti (Original Demo Version)
12 Once, a Glimpse (Original Demo Version)
Warp will also release A Certain Trigger's fourth single, "I Want You to Stay", on February 20. A video for the song was shot in December in New York City. One day earlier, on February 19, the band will appear at the Bangkok 100 Rock Festival in Thailand. What a busy week.
As previously reported, Max�mo Park have been drafted by NME to headline their "ShockWaves NME Awards Tour 2006" later this month, alongside Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, and Mystery Jets. Because most Americans wouldn't know NME from KFC, the tour is a UK-only affair.
01-23 Dublin, Ireland - Ambassador Theatre *
01-24 Dublin, Ireland - Ambassador Theatre *
01-25 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Ulster Hall *
01-27 Glasgow, Scotland - Academy *
01-28 Edinburgh, Scotland - Corn Exchange *
01-29 Newcastle, England - Academy *
01-31 Nottingham, England - Rock City *
02-01 Leeds, England - Leeds University
02-02 Liverpool, England - Liverpool University *
02-04 Manchester, England - Academy *
02-05 Manchester, England - Academy *
02-07 Sheffield, England - Octagon *
02-08 Birmingham, England - Academy *
02-09 Norwich, England - UEA *
02-11 Cardiff, Wales - Great Hall *
02-12 Cambridge, England - Corn Exchange *
02-13 Bristol, England - Academy *
02-15 Portsmouth, England - Guildhall *
02-16 Brighton, England - Dome *
02-17 London, England - Brixton Academy *
02-19 Bangkok, Thailand - Lakeside Muangthong Thani (Bangkok 100 Rock Festival) #
* ShockWaves NME Awards Tour with Arctic Monkeys, We Are Scientists, Mystery Jets
# with Stereophonics, Placebo, Snow Patrol
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Fri: 02-29-08: 07:00 AM CST
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Thu: 02-28-08: 05:30 PM CST
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Thu: 02-28-08: 04:45 PM CST
Hives Challenge Vancouver Canucks to Hockey Game
Thu: 02-28-08: 03:15 PM CST
Final Fantasy Tangles With Canada's Healthcare System
Thu: 02-28-08: 02:15 PM CST
Wilco, Pornos, MMJ, Death Cab on "Heroes" Soundtrack
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- Black Swans Hit the Road
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- Tilly and the Wall Deliver New Single
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- Beach House, Papercuts Kick Off Tour Tonight
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- Photos: Crystal Castles / HEALTH [Chicago, IL; 02/27/08]
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- Constantines Announce Spring Tour, Cancel NYC Show
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- Jamie Lidell Announces World Tour
- Yo La Tengo Light Up the Airwaves This Week
- The Verve Schedule More U.S. Dates, Work on New LP
- Air's Moon Safari Reissued for Tenth Anniversary
- Carbon/Silicon Bond With Matt Pond PA on Tour
- Techno Overlord Carl Craig Anthologized on Sessions
- Shins, Wolf Parade, Rilo Kiley Design Charity Shirts
- Pattern Is Movement Unveil New Album, Tour
- Vampire Weekend Axe Two UK Shows, Add Many More
- The Dodos Add Dates With Silje Nes
- Knife's Karin Dreijer Andersson on New dEUS Album
- Andrew Bird Guests on Dianogah Album
- Frog Eyes Extend Tour
- My Brightest Diamond Bares Shark's Teeth on New LP
- Frank Black, Isaac Brock...and Larry Norman?
- Fleet Foxes Join P4K/Windish Party, Set Times Updated
- Jeremy Jay Preps Debut LP for K Records, Tours
- Bjork Dedicates Song to Kosovo, Serbia Show Canceled
- Chemikal Underground Opens Digital Download Store
- Handsome Furs Firm Up Spring Tour
- Ian Curtis, M.I.A., Common, Karen O Sell Converses
- Mike Patton & Fennesz Plan More Dates Together
- Noise Pop Kicks Off Tonight in San Francisco
- Radiohead Plan Japan Tour, Confirm Toronto Date?
- Joe Gibbs, Legendary Reggae Producer, R.I.P.
- Photos: Bill Callahan / Jonathan Meiburg [Mount Pleasant, SC; 02/23/08]
- Photos: El Guincho [Barcelona, Spain; 02/22/08]
- El Perro del Mar Lines Up World Tour
- Photos: Jay Reatard [Chicago, IL; 02/22/08]
- Christian Music Legend Larry Norman, R.I.P.
- Paul Scheer Gets Role in Jack Black/Michael Cera Movie, Human Giant Cancel Tour Dates
- Beirut Schedules Spring World Tour
- Joy Division, Lou Reed, James Brown in SXSW Films
- Diplo, CSS, Cool Kids Remix Sunny Day Sets Fire
- T.V. Eye: February 25-March 2, 2008
- Wilco Postpone Show to Play “Saturday Night Live”
- Sasquatch! 2008 Lineup Revealed
- Peter Moren Adds Dates, Collaborates With Froberg
- Beauty Pill's Clark Undergoes Successful Heart Surgery
- OMG! It's a Virtual Devendra Dress-Up Doll!
- Clipse Working With Joss Stone
- Photos: The National / My Brightest Diamond [Brooklyn, NY; 02/22/08]
- Sigur Ros, National, N.E.R.D., Okkervil Play Oya Fest
- Iron & Wine Add U.S., UK Tour Dates
- Rhino Reissues Otis Redding's Otis Blue
- The New Hold Steady Album: Stay Positive
- Talking Heads, Grace Jones on Compass Point Comp
- Howlin Rain Issue Strange New CD, Tour
- All Points West to Be Radiohead's Only NYC Appearance
- Reunited Young Marble Giants to Play Primavera Sound
- M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, Lupe, Girl Talk Play Brown
- Allien, Swayzak, Modeselektor on Apparat Remixes Set
- Lemonheads' Ray Gets Deluxe Reissue, SXSW Show
- Tokyo Police Club Give Shell a Release Date, Add Shows
- Teo Macero, Legendary Jazz Producer, R.I.P.
- Radiohead to Headline San Francisco Festival?
- Photos: The Magnetic Fields [New York, NY; 02/21/08]
- Crystal Castles, HEALTH Kick Off Tour Tonight
- Malkmus, Shins' Mercer Play Portland School Benefit
- Third Annual Pitchfork-Windish Austin Bash Revealed
- Silver Apples, Spectrum Do Dallas' Melodica Fest
- Atmosphere Announce North American Tour Dates
- All Points West Festival Lineup Announced
- Tegan and Sara Back on the Road
- Charlie Daniels, .38 Special, Little Feat... Sonic Youth?!
- Disfear Head to North America This Spring
- Photos: Blood on the Wall [New York, NY; 02/20/08]
- The Breeders Announce First Mountain Single
- Cat Power Adds Even More Dates
- Pete Rock Enlists Raekwon, Masta Killa for NY's Finest
- Luaka Bop Bundles Brazil Classics Highlights on Comp
- New Spiritualized Album: Song's in A&E
- Minus the Bear Announce Tour, Dates with the Big Sleep
- M83 Announces North American Tour
- Polvo Reunion Coming to America, Spain
- Death Cab Announce Tour, Confirm Stairs Tracklist
- Common Endorses HIV Testing, Drinking Smirnoff
- Radiohead to Play All Points West Festival-- Twice!
- Love's Forever Changes Gets Another Expanded Reissue
- Mission of Burma Reissues: Now With Tracklists
- Pere Ubu Guitarist Jim Jones, R.I.P.
- No Age Reveal Nouns Tracklist, Add Dates
- Acid Mothers Temple in Touring/LP-Releasing Shocker
- Rufus Wainwright Wants You to Turn the Lights Off
- Le Loup Tour, Play Dates With the Ruby Suns
- Vampire Weekend, Times New Viking Join ATP vs. P4k
- Morrissey's Greatest Hits Collection Coming to U.S.
- Blitzen Trapper Release iTunes, Tour EPs
- GZA Does More Swords, RZA Plans Gigs, Designs Gear
- PJ Harvey to Issue "The Devil" Single
- Pumpkins Add Dates, Corgan Sings for Hook's Freebass
- Spoon Announce Spring Tour With the Walkmen
- Arctic Monkeys' Turner Preps Last Shadow Puppets LP
- Dalek Tour With Russian Circles, RJD2
- Black Mountain, Bon Iver Kick Off Joint Tour Tonight
- Hot Chip, Diplo, Spank Rock Remix Delicious Vinyl
- Tilly and the Wall Tour, Pressnall Does Flowers Forever
- TVT Files for Bankruptcy, Trent Reznor Rejoices
- Matthew Friedberger, Times New Viking Play Book Party
- Lyrics Born Goes Everywhere at Once on New LP
- Todd Barry Releases New Album From Heaven
- No Depression to End Print Publication
- Boris Reveal Smile Tracklist, Artwork, New Dates
- Pixies' Santiago Scores Football Ad for Nike
- Ratatat, Herbert Remix Bjork on "Wanderlust" Single
- Xiu Xiu Extend Tour Through May
- Andre 3000 Designs Clothing Line
- Jeff Mangum Raids Record Collection for Yeti Comp
- New LCD Soundsystem Song Written for Action Flick
- Jarvis Cocker, Gossip's Beth Ditto Cut Charity Single
- Headlights Deliver Some Album, Tour With Evangelicals
- T.V. Eye: February 18-24, 2008
- Dude Auctions Off "World's Greatest Music Collection"
- Marky Ramone Condoms? Sure, Why Not?
- Andrew Bird and Dianogah to Play Obama Benefit
- What Made Milwaukee Famous Prep New LP, Tour
- Photos: St. Vincent [Los Angeles, CA; 02/15/08]
- Human Giant Embark on Pre-Season Two Tour
- Pollard Leaves Merge, Starts Label for New Album
- Photos: Mos Def [Edmonton, Alberta; 02/16/08]
- Klaxons, Rihanna to Duet "Umbrella" at BRIT Awards
- Ted Leo, Matthew Dear Remix Spoon on New Single
- The Mars Volta Announce Spring Dates
- Nick Cave, Spiritualized, Jose Gonzalez Play iTunes Gigs
- Jay Reatard Unveils First Matador Single, Adds Dates
- El-P and Dizzee Rascal Announce Tour
- Atlas Sound Kick Off Tour This Weekend
- N.E.R.D. Plan Pre-Kanye Shows
- Cat Power Adds Dates
- Statehood Line Up Some Live Dates
- Elvis Costello to Tour With the Police
- Franz Side Project Correcto Ready Debut LP
- The National Release Live EP
- Bill Callahan Kicks Off Tour With Shearwater's Meiburg
- O'Death Head Out on Tour of Murderous Proportions
- Caribou-boo Leads to Cancelled Dates
- Black Kids Announce Tour With Cut Copy
- Photos: Yeasayer [Brooklyn, NY; 02/14/08]
- Portishead's Third Gets Tracklist, New Release Dates
- Baroness Tour With Converge, Genghis Tron
- Gnarls Barkley Share Odd Release Date, Video Plans
- John McCain's Daughter: Music Blogger
- The Gutter Twins Kick Off Tour Tonight
- Matmos Announce Supreme New Album
- Sir Richard Bishop Blasphemes All Over New DVD
- Broken Social Scene Expand Tour
- Vetiver Share Covers LP Info, Tour With Jayhawks Dude
- Lou Reed, David Byrne, Antony Play Iraq Peace Benefit
- sBACH (Hella's Spencer Seim) Signs to Suicide Squeeze
- Battles Sketch out Spring Tour
- Fleet Foxes Sign to Sub Pop, Prep EP and Album, Tour
- Kanye Adds Dates to "Glow in the Dark" Tour
- Photos: 18th Annual Tibet House Benefit [New York, NY; 02/13/08]
- Pitchfork Seeks Business Intern in Chicago
- Britt Daniel, Grizzly Bear Remix Feist on New Single
- White Stripes Snuggle up to Best Buy
- Death Cab's Narrow Stairs Gets Tracklist, Release Date
- British Sea Power Extend Tour
- Modest Mouse, Of Montreal, Diplo Set for Rothbury Fest
- Laetitia Sadier's Monade Craft Monstre Cosmic, Tour
- Man Man, Yeasayer to Tour U.S. Together This Spring
- Islands' Nick Thorburn Talks Arm's Way, Side Projects
- Shearwater's Meiburg Tours With Bill Callahan
- DFA, Adrock Remix M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" on New EP
- Sonic Youth Plan Career-Spanning Art Exhibit
- Deerhoof's Satomi Doubles Up for Oneone Project
- Art Brut Deliver New Digital Single/EP
- Scarlett Johansson Album Has Tracklist, David Bowie!
- Amplive's Radiohead Remixes Now Available
- Handsome Furs Announce Spring Dates
- Working for a Nuclear Free City to Tour U.S., UK
- Mark Linkous Discusses the State of Sparklehorse
- Thom Yorke Turns NPR DJ on Valentine's Day
- Constantines Reveal New Album Details
- Dalek, Isis Members on Tracy Wilson (Dahlia Seed) LP
- T.V. Eye: February 12-17, 2008
- Foals Prepare Debut LP for Sub Pop/Transgressive
- Islands Sign to Anti- Records
- Apes Play Ghost Games on New LP, Tour
- Ladytron Reveal Velocifero Tracklist
- The Game Sentenced to 60 Days for Gun Charge
- Replacements' Twin/Tone Catalog Reissued, Expanded
- Pitchfork Seeks Graphics Intern in NYC Office
- Thom Yorke, A.C. Newman Do Farrell Benefit Auction
- Radiohead! North! American! Tour! Details!!!
- YACHT to Open for Vampire Weekend
- Kanye West Reveals "Glow in the Dark" Tour Dates
- Cover Art Cop: Colin Meloy vs. Peter Moren
- Radiohead North American Tour Breaking Development
- R.E.M. Add Dates, Reveal Accelerate Special Edition
- Photos: Daniel Johnston [Omaha, NE; 02/09/08]
- Lupe Fiasco Turns The Cool Into Clothing
- Envelopes Bring The Wind on Second Album
- Daft Punk, Shins, Hot Chip, Iggy Pop Pose for Playboy
- Boston's Pretty & Nice Sign to Hardly Art
- Gibbard and Fisk's About a Son Score to Be Released
- Radiohead Greatest Hits Album on the Way
- Whiskeytown's Strangers Almanac Expanded, Reissued
- Godspeed Still on Hiatus, Not Completely Broken Up
- Deerhoof Enlist New Member
- Timbaland Launches "Mobile Album" With Verizon
- Long Blondes Reveal North American Tour, Tracklist
- Wipers' Sophomore Album Gets Vinyl Reissue
- Los Campesinos! Craft Zine With Deerhoof, Gruff Rhys
- Panda Bear, Of Montreal, Battles on Rough Trade Comp
- Frightened Rabbit Get in Midnight Organ Fight, Tour
- Ladytron Reveal Album Details, North American Tour
- Jay-Z Launches Ad Agency, Expands Tour
- Leonard Cohen to Play Glastonbury
- Portishead Add Dates, Third Details Surface
- The Kills Prepare for Mammoth World Tour
- Yelle Gets Physical Release for Debut, Tours
- Subtle Reveal New Album ExitingARM
- Go! Team Play Benefit for Old Cinema, Add Shows
- Jenny Lewis Working on New Album
- Daydream Nation, Soon to Be a Teen Comedy Movie Starring That Girl From "Heroes"
- YLT, Okkervil River, Destroyer, Diplo, Annie Join SXSW
- Band of Horses Cancel Shows
- Bonnie "Prince" Billy on Latest Louisville V-Day Comp
- Be Your Own Pet Schedule More Awkward Dates
- MSTRKRFT Check in From Studio, Announce Tour
- Photos: Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues [New York, NY; 02/06/08]
- Photos: Black Lips [Portland, OR; 02/05/08]
- Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige Co-Headline Tour
- Gorillaz Documentary Debuts, Monkey Comes to U.S.
- Spend Valentine's Day With TV on the Radio's Malone
- Kurt Cobain: About a Son Coming to DVD
- White Stripes Do Spanish Version of "Conquest" Single
- The Breeders Announce Mountain of New Dates
- The Twilight Sad Schedule Tour
- Jesu/Fog Members, Marnie Stern, Tunng Do Singles Club
- Jamie Lidell Reveals Jim's First Single, Tour
- Shout Out Louds Issue New EP, Add Dates
- Nadja Have Another Album Coming Out, Tour Dates
- MCA Launches Film Company, Beasties Play Benefit
- Monotonix Do Drag City EP, Huge North American Tour
- Photos: Robyn [New York, NY; 02/05/08]
- Name Missy Elliott's New Album
- Junior Boys Serve Up Get Physical Mix, DJ Dates
- Bonnaroo 2008 Lineup Revealed
- Modest Mouse Working on New EP
- Shocking Pinks Cover Magnetic Fields on Single
- Juan Maclean, Booka Shade Remix Depeche's Gahan
- Simian Mobile Disco Release Yet Another EP
- Tickley Feather Signs to Paw Tracks for Debut LP
- White Stripes Sued for Sample Used Eight Years Ago
- Tapes 'n Tapes Hit the Road to Walk It Off
- Calvin Johnson Schedules Winter Tour
- Public Enemy, Raekwon Do Classics for Don't Look Back
- Bright Eyes, M. Ward Rally for Obama
- Slits Hit the States on Tour, Cut New EP
- Coroner Rules Pimp C's Death Accidental
- Boris Announce Smile Release Date, Single Details
- Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Announce More Dates
- National, TVOTR Members Play Brooklyn Next Fest
- Asthmatic Kitty Reveals Encyclopedia DVD Tracklist
- Feist Announces Spring American Tour
- School of Language Plans North American Tour
- Robert Wyatt Guests on First Billy Bragg LP in Six Years
- Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid Team for African Album
- Black Kids Sign to Almost Gold Outside North America
- Peter Moren to Take Tycoon on the Road This Spring
- T.V. Eye: February 4-10, 2008
- The Hold Steady's Tad Kubler Playing Gig for Kids
- Love Is All Name New Album, Gain Member, Plan Shows
- R.I.P. Sean Finnegan, Drummer From Void
- Dirty Projectors Tour North America in the Spring
- Photos: Hot Chip [New York, NY; 02/02/08]
- Photos: Joanna Newsom with the Brooklyn Philharmonic [Brooklyn, NY; 02/01/08]
- Om Cancel Dates, Drummer Hakius Leaves
- Blonde Redhead Plot Another Brief Tour
- Yes, That Was an Arcade Fire Song in a Super Bowl Ad
- Iron & Wine to Tour U.S. With Califone
- Parts & Labor, Shooting Spires Line Up Tours
- Jay-Z to Headline Glastonbury
- Sally Shapiro Reveals Remix Romance Details
- Prodigy to Perform H.N.I.C. 2 Live in Its Entirety
- Goldfrapp Announce Spring, Summer Dates
- American Music Club Tour the World
- Black Moth, Seven Bells, Bazan Do Suicide Squeeze 7"s
- Islands Reveal New Album Title
- Colin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke Tracklist Revealed
- Microphones' The Glow Pt. 2 Reissued With Bonus Disc
- Brightest Diamond, Au Revoir Simone Hit the Catwalk
- Holy Fuck Remixed by No Age on New Single
- Beck's Odelay Reissue Contains Wrong Lyrics
- Carla Bozulich's Evangelista Announce Tour
- Roots, TVOTR Members Cover Civil Rights Song for Film
- Kid Sister Signs to Downtown Records
- Nick Cave, Dizzee, Jose Gonzalez Play PLUG Awards
- Black Lips Kick Off Tour With Added In-Stores
- New Pornographers and Okkervil River Team for Tour
- Colin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke, Announces Solo Tour
- Rachael Ray Asks Battles, Holy Fuck to Play SXSW Party
- Panther Gain a Member, Issue 14kt God LP, Tour
- Mission of Burma, Shellac Donate to Callum Auction
- J Mascis' Witch Issue Paralyzed, Hit the Road
- Eliot Lipp Steps Outside on New LP
- King Khan Takes BBQ Show, Shrines on the Road
- Photos: Peter Moren [Los Angeles, CA; 01/30/08]
- Neon Neon (Gruff Rhys + Boom Bip) Debut LP Revealed
- Elf Power Head In a Cave for New Album
- Futureheads Start Their Own Label for New Album
- Earth, Sir Richard Bishop Link Up for European Tour
- Saul Williams Plots "Tar Spangled Banner" Tour
- RJD2 Announces Spring U.S. Tour
- David Yow Recovering, Appearing in Film
- Jim O'Rourke Reissues, New Album Due on Drag City
- Peter Moren's The Last Tycoon Tracklist Revealed
- Eels Announce World Tour
- Thurston Moore Releases iTunes Live EP
- Xiu Xiu Fun: Video Zine, Song Project, Haiku Offerings
- Monster Bobby Needs You to Name His Tune
- MBV Add More Shows, Including Roskilde and Oya
- Destroyer Announces North American Tour
- Photos: Vampire Weekend [New York, NY; 01/29/08]
- Karen O, TVOTR's Adebimpe, Wyclef Judge Fulbrights
- Kanye West to Tour With Lupe, N.E.R.D., Rihanna
- Death Cab for Cutie Name New Album
- Siouxsie Plans Gigs Near and Far
- Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue Finally Reissued