Thursday, February 25

Thom Yorke Names Solo Band, Lines Up American Spring Tour

Meet Atoms for Peace Thom Yorke Names Solo Band, Lines Up American Spring Tour

Front page photo by Colin Greenwood

Thom Yorke's other band-- you know, the one with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck/R.E.M. drummer Joey Waronker, percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco, and Flea-- now has a name: Atoms for Peace. The news comes straight from Thom himself via Radiohead's Dead Air Space blog.

(The more you know: Atoms for Peace was the name of a speech and program spearheaded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 50s that set to promote peaceful nuclear energy and aided countries including Iran in their development of atomic power. It's also the name of a track on Yorke's solo bow, The Eraser.)

And, along with a previously announced set at this year's Coachella, the band is plotting a two-week, eight-date tour of some major U.S. cities this April. Flying Lotus will open up the gigs, which are listed below:


New Release: Casiokids: Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar

New Release: Casiokids: <i>Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar</i>

Artist: Casiokids
Album: Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar
Release Date: June 8
Label: Polyvinyl


Lupe Fiasco Plans Steppin Lasers Tour

Lupe Fiasco Plans Steppin Lasers Tour

The last time the verbose, conceptually silly Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco embarked on a tour with a nutso poster and a name that signified light-show glory, he was opening on Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour, and it was awesome. This time, Lupe's headlining his own trek, and he's calling it the Steppin Laser tour. That moniker is presumably a reference to forthcoming LP We Are Lasers, but if Lupe wants to add in some Kanye-level stagecraft insanity, I wouldn't be mad. The poster (above) promises good things.


David Byrne Tour Chronicled in Doc

Ride, Rise, Roar immortalizes the "Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno" tour David Byrne Tour Chronicled in Doc

In 2008, David Byrne launched an ambitious tour called "The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno", which centered around the duo's stunning album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, as well as past material the pair had worked on together, Talking Heads and otherwise. Eno didn't join the tour, but a troupe of modern dancers did.

Now Slicing Up Eyeballs points out that director David Hillman Curtis has turned the tour into a concert documentary called Ride, Rise, Roar, which will premiere next month at SXSW in Austin. Anybody who's seen Stop Making Sense knows that building a documentary around David Byrne's onstage antics is not a bad idea.

You can watch the movie's trailer here. The film include footage of the shows and the rehearsals, as well as behind-the-scenes stuff. (And yes, Eno does show up.) Check the film's blog for info on the three Austin screenings.

Posted by Tom Breihan on February 25, 2010 at 8 a.m.

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Wednesday, February 24

New Release: Mulatu Astatke: Mulatu Steps Ahead

New Release: Mulatu Astatke: <i>Mulatu Steps Ahead</i>

Artist: Mulatu Astatke
Album: Mulatu Steps Ahead
Release Date: March 30
Label: Strut


LCD Soundsystem Finish New Album

Now somebody get James Murphy a beer LCD Soundsystem Finish New Album

Photo by Ruvan Wijesooriya

Ever since he jumped on the Twitter bandwagon late last year, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy has been micro-blogging about working on the band's forthcoming record, and his tone's been getting persistently more exasperated. (Last week: "is so desperate to socialize with another human being not in a studio that he might go to the deli and buy a sandwich he doesn't want.") But this morning, Murphy chimed in with some very encouraging news, both for us and for himself: "mixing last song right now to send to the amazing bob weston to master. meaning, record DONE. i hope people like it." Jyeah!

On the official LCD site, Murphy was even more plainspoken: "looks like we added another paris gig. oh, and something else. the fucking record is done."


Here We Go Magic to Tour With White Rabbits, New Pornographers

Here We Go Magic to Tour With White Rabbits, New Pornographers

It's a big year for Brooklyn electronic folkers Here We Go Magic. They've expanded from being a one-dude project from frontman Luke Temple into a full-on quintet. They've signed with Secretly Canadian, who will release their sophomore album this spring. And they've got a very serious run of tour dates ahead of them.

In the coming months, Here We Go Magic will play SXSW, Coachella, Primavera, Bonnaroo, and our very own Pitchfork Music Festival. They'll also open for White Rabbits in North America and the New Pornographers in Europe. We've got all their dates below, and there are a whole lot of them.


New Release: Team Ghost: You Never Did Anything Wrong to Me EP

New Release: Team Ghost: <i>You Never Did Anything Wrong to Me</i> EP

Artist: Team Ghost
: You Never Did Anything Wrong to Me
Release Date: April 26
Label: Sonic Cathedral


Kanye West Launches New Website

Upgrade! Kanye West Launches New Website

Front page photo by Nabil Elderkin

For someone so obsessed with design aesthetics, Kanye West's website looked like a failed HTML for Dummies experiment for years. But no longer! The new internet home of Kanye West is now live-- and it's a marked improvement over the old one. The first two posts are of his (kinda disappointing) new "Coldest Winter" video and a (kinda amazing) picture of his girlfriend Amber Rose recreating the classic body-bending photo of Grace Jones originally shot by Jean-Paul Goude (above). Promising!


John Lydon Brings Reunited Public Image Ltd. to North America

John Lydon Brings Reunited Public Image Ltd. to North America

Last year, John Lydon reunited his Public Image Ltd. outfit to tour the UK. Except he didn't really reunite the band-- the newly reconstituted version featured no original members besides Lydon, or even any early-period members. Rather, Lydon patched together a version of his pioneering post-Pistols postpunk crew with two late-80s members (Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith), as well as hired gun Scott Firth.

Well, that sorta-PiL lineup is still kicking, and they'll tour North America this spring, starting with a set at the Coachella Festival. And as tacky as it may be to reunite a classic band with no other classic members, the prospect of hearing Lydon howl "Albatross" in person may be too much to pass up. Dates below.


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