The National will release a new album on 4AD in April. Currently untitled, the band’s fifth album will take the Brooklynites on a North American tour that includes one Toronto date: Massey Hall on June 8th.
Caribou will release the follow-up to his Polaris Prize-winning Andorra album this spring. Titled Swim, Dan Snaith describes the album as “dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water, rather than made out of metallic stuff like most dance music does.” Merge Records will release Swim on April 20th, but you can hear a brand new track called “Odessa” right now.
Swedish folkie The Tallest Man On Earth (or just Kristian Matsson) has signed to Dead Oceans to release his new album. Speaking of that, The Wild Hunt will be released on April 13th and you can check out the first “King of Spain” over at Pitchfork.
Matador has released the tracklisting for the forthcoming Pavement greatest hits. Quarantine The Past will feature 23 of the bands “hits” including “Gold Soundz,” “Shoot The Singer,” “Shady Lane,” “Trigger Cut” and “Box Elder.” You can pre-order a copy here.
Finally, anyone curious as to how Vampire Weekend topped the charts last week in both the U.S. and Canada can learn more from an interview with the band’s A&R guy Kris Chen. And no, it’s not just a matter of people discovering the sweet nu-Soweto sounds of the band on MySpace. There’s actually a lot of work involved. GQ got the answers.
Brooklyn experimental crew Gang Gang Dance have rightfully signed to 4AD Records. The band will follow-up 2008’s brilliant Saint Dymphna later this year. (I smell a “best album of the year” candidate.)
We’re still a good two months and a day away from She & Him’s second album Volume 2, but the duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward have given us a taste of what to expect with a new song. You can download “In the Sun” over at Pitchfork.
So remember that Suede reunion we reported on? Well, it turns out that Bernard Butler is not part of it because he wasn’t asked to join. Speaking with BBC 6 Music, Butler explained that it’s nothing personal and he actually approves of it. However, at the one-off gig they’re doing, he added, “It’s a great charity and I’ll be in the front row chucking peanuts at them!”
Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos has gone off on his North American record label after they licensed the band’s song to McDonald’s. Kapranos logged on to Twitter to use some choice swear words (which we won’t reprint) to deride the “psychopathic corporation” that is Epic and Sony for ruining a lucrative proposed deal with White Castle. Wait, I think that White Castle bit was a joke…
Primal Scream have begun working on the follow-up to 2008’s Beautiful Future. Bassist Mani told NME.com, “We’ve got some half ideas left over from the last album, so we’ll bring them up and give them a kick around, we’re into it.”
Future Of The Left have parted ways with their label 4AD. Frontman Andy Falkous said that the band are going full steam ahead with a new album, however. “This time I’m hoping to take the thing full circle and to channel the spirit of Freddie Mercury - not Brian May - through Slayer’s backline.”
Though there hasn’t been much hoopla over it, Sub Pop is releasing the new album by Auckland, New Zealand’s terrific The Ruby Suns. Fight Softly will be out on March 2nd.
Need another reason to be excited about the new Liars album? Of course not, but how about this? Sisterworld will come with a second disc of “remixes and reinterpretations” of each track. Some of the parties involved include Thom Yorke, Suicide’s Alan Vega, Deerhunter/Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, The Melvins and Blonde Redhead.
Jack White is talking about a solo album again. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the leader of the White Stripes/Dead Weather/Raconteurs said he’s looking at it in 2010, but it could be a challenge “to differentiate from anything else that I’ve done.”
New Young Pony Club are getting people geared up for their new album, The Optimist. Ty Bulmer says the songs are more introspective this time around and that “‘it makes the first sound like a bunch of nursery rhymes.”
Madcap lo-fi whiz Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti have signed to 4AD and will release a new album in 2010.
The first crop of talent confirmed for the 2010 installment of South By Southwest has been announced. Among the hundreds of acts on the lengthy list are Japandroids, Warpaint, Frightened Rabbit, We Are Wolves, Plants and Animals, Timber Timbre and We Are Scientists. Umm, we expect them to announce a lot more in the coming months.
Tickets have now gone on sale for the All Tomorrow’s Parties New York 2010 event. Taking place the weekend of September 3 - 5 at Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, performances include Iggy & The Stooges doing Raw Power, Sleep doing Holy Mountain, Mudhoney doing Superfuzz Bigmuff + Early Singles, and The Scientists doing Blood Red River.
Animal Collective have completed their long-awaited “visual album.” Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) said it should be out next year and that the band will also begin writing a new album.
NME has named its 100 Tracks of the Decade, selecting Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” as the best song of the aughties. MGMT, The Strokes, M.I.A. and OutKast round out the top five.
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Hot Chip have revealed that their fourth LP will be titled One Life Stand and will see a release on February 9th. The band are streaming the first track “Take It In” over at Pitchfork.
My Morning Jacket will be making a guest appearance on Fox’s animated series American Dad. In the episode lead character Stan Smith will become an obsessed groupie of the band. You can see some revealing images over at Stewie’s Playground.
New York Magazine presents “a highly subjective ranking of the songs that define the sound of right now” in Brooklyn. What song defines the city best? Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness Is the Move.” Better luck next time Grizzly Bear.
4AD is now hosting “an ongoing series of video recordings with various acts from the label’s roster.” The first 4AD Session is by New England’s tUnE-yArDs.
Pet Shop Boys are prepping a new Christmas EP aptly titled Christmas. The five-song set will include their 1997 fan-club single “It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas” as well as a cover of Madness’ “My Girl” and a mash-up of PSB’s “Domino Dancing” with a cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”
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