Tuesday, October 20

Beach House Announce New Album


Beach House Announce New Album

Photo by Elena Johnston; front page photo by Eirik Land

Beach House have revealed the details of their third album, their first release on new label Sub Pop. Teen Dream will be released on January 26, 2010 on CD and LP. It was produced and engineered by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear). (Via Ragged Words.)

Teen Dream
will be released with a DVD containing a video for every song on the album.

Beach House are on the road with Grizzly Bear right now.

Tracklist below:

 

Eels Reveal New Album Art, Tracklist


Eels Reveal New Album Art, Tracklist

Last week, Eels dropped the mini-bomb that they'd release a new LP barely six months after dropping their last one, Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire. The next one, End Times, is due on January 19 of next year, and the group has now announced the details of the full-length.

That's the precise, vaguely depressing cover art above. We've got the tracklist below.

How has there not been an Eels song called "Paradise Blues" until now? Pretty much every Eels song could conceivably be called "Paradise Blues". It's practically their genre.

 

Monday, October 19

Pitchfork on ABC: The Flaming Lips' Embryonic


Pitchfork on ABC: The Flaming Lips' <i>Embryonic</i>

Pitchfork writers regularly appear on ABC's World News Webcast to chat about notable albums they've recently reviewed. Previously, we saw Brian Howe on the Antlers' Hospice, Joe Tangari on Arctic Monkeys' Humbug, Rob Mitchum on Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs, Ian Cohen on the Big Pink's A Brief History of Love and the Dodos' Time to Die, Tom Breihan on Girls' Album, and Marc Hogan on Neon Indian's Psychic Chasms. This week, we've got Stuart Berman on the Flaming Lips' Embryonic.

Video:> Pitchfork on ABC: The Flaming Lips: Embryonic

Posted by Pitchfork Staff on October 19, 2009 at 4:50 p.m.

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News in Brief: Richard Reed Parry, the Little Death, Wooden Wand, Troika Festival


News in Brief: Richard Reed Parry, the Little Death, Wooden Wand, Troika Festival

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-- On October 29, Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry will debut an orchestral piece at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music. The piece is called "For Heart, Breath and Orchestra", and it will be performed by Parry, indie-inclined composer Nico Muhly, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Writes Parry: "During the performance, many of the performers wear stethoscopes which enable them to play in sync with their own heartbeats." So I guess you could say this piece has heart. (Sorry.)

-- Techno celeb Moby plays bass and guitar in a new retro blues-rock band called the Little Death. The band will play New York's Mercury Lounge on October 28, and you can hear their debut album on their website.

-- James Jackson Toth, better known as Wooden Wand, is releasing a couple of new slabs of vinyl on People in a Position to Know Recordings. One is Haunting the Stagecoach, a four-song EP recorded under Toth's Wand name. It's hand-packaged and on clear vinyl, and it's limited to 100 copies. The other is "Topless Cow Girl", a single from Jescos, a new band that features Toth alongside members of the Mendoza Line and Glossary. They're both available for preorder right now, and they'll both ship on November 2.

-- The Troika Music Festival, which focuses on indie bands from North Carolina, will go down in Durham November 5-7. Bowerbirds, Megafaun, the Love Language, Dex Romweber Duo, Birds of Avalon, and the reunited Pipe will all play.

Posted by Tom Breihan on October 19, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.

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T.V. Eye: October 19-25


T.V. Eye: October 19-25

Live music on T.V. this week:

Monday, October 19:

Comedy Central: The Colbert Report: RZA (rerun)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Rosanne Cash (rerun)

Tuesday, October 20:

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Sounds
NBC: The Jay Leno Show: Ludacris

Wednesday, October 21:

Current TV: Embedded: Arcade Fire, K'naan
PBS: Tavis Smiley: RZA
NBC: The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien: Phoenix (rerun)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Paul McCartney (rerun)

Thursday, October 22:

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Temper Trap

Friday, October 23:

ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Echo and the Bunnymen
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: The Avett Brothers (rerun)

Saturday, October 24:

PBS: Austin City Limits: Andrew Bird, St. Vincent

Posted by Tom Breihan on October 19, 2009 at 4:15 p.m.

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MGMT Title New Album


Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom is producing MGMT Title New Album

Photos by Frank Lyon

As reported by the San Francisco Examiner (via NME) and confirmed by their label, MGMT's new album is called Congratulations. Whether the title turns out to be generous or pompous, we'll just have to wait and see.

In fact, there are very few nailed-down details when it comes to the record, except for the fact that it's due out sometime next year. The Examiner piece revealed that the duo is recording in Malibu and Spacemen 3's Peter "Sonic Boom" Kember is handling production duties, while Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux/RTX is set to provide some guest vocals.

The band played a few new tunes-- including the title track-- at gigs over the summer. Check out YouTubes of those after the jump:

 

Wavves Reschedules Tour


Brings new songs to Daytrotter Wavves Reschedules Tour

Photo by Sanchez and Kitahara

Safe to say: Whirlwind year for Wavves, aka Cali punk Nathan Williams. First nobody knew about him. Then people liked him. Then he freaked out at a show and subsequently canceled a bunch of European tour dates. Then people didn't like him. Then he successfully collaborated with drummer Zach Hill.

Now he seems to have balanced things out a bit. So much so that he's rescheduling some of those European dates; Wavves hits England for a brief tour this November, dates after the jump, via NME.

Williams also recently played a couple new songs with Hill as part of a Daytrotter session. Check out the new tunes "Horse Sholes" and "Hula-Hoop", as well as a rendition of "To the Dregs", here.

 

Watch Ben Gibbard's Big Screen Debut


The Death Cab frontman gets his David Foster Wallace on Watch Ben Gibbard's Big Screen Debut

Way, way back in January 2007, we reported that Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard would have an acting role in Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, the David Foster Wallace adaptation from director John Krasinski, aka the guy who plays Jim on "The Office". (Side note: congratulations, Jim!)

After spending what felt like an eternity in festival hell, Brief Interviews is finally out there in theaters. Stereogum has a clip of Gibbard's appearance in the film, in which we get to hear his character talk at great length about his feelings of alienation, sexual and otherwise. Always a party! 

Check out the clip below.

 

Photos: Atlas Sound / Broadcast


[Washington, D.C.; 10/17/09] Photos: Atlas Sound / Broadcast

Atlas Sound and Broadcast played Washington, D.C.'s Black Cat on their co-headlining tour this weekend, and Animal Collective's Brian "Geologist" Weitz opened with a DJ set. Our photographer Rez Avissar was on the scene.

MORE FULL-SIZE PHOTOS IN THE PHOTOBOOK HERE

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Watch: The Flaming Lips Play Pink Floyd's "Eclipse"


A taste of their Dark Side of the Moon redo. Watch: The Flaming Lips Play Pink Floyd's "Eclipse"

Wayne Coyne photo by Lindsey Best

As you may have read, the Flaming Lips plan to follow up their new album Embryonic with a full-length redo of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

When the group played an in-studio set last Friday on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, they broke out a faithful version of Dark Side's brief closer, "Eclipse".

You can watch a video of the "Eclipse" performance on its own here, or check out the full session embedded below. It features new tracks "Watching the Planets", "Convinced of the Hex", "I Can Be a Frog", oldie "Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear", and lots of talking from Wayne.

 

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