Swedish pop pixie Robyn has announced that she’ll release not one, not two, but three - count ‘em three - new albums in 2010. In an interview with Bon magazine, the singer said the first one will be out this spring, with the other two following in summer and winter. The albums will feature work with Röyksopp, Diplo and a “rap duel” with Snoop Dogg. Wowsa!
Pavement played their first reunion show in New Zealand umm… today. The band played Auckland’s Town Hall and played a “greatest hits” set that included classic cuts like “Perfume-V,” “Box Elder,” “The Hexx,” “Here” and b-side “Give It A Day.” The band have confirmed only one Canadian date so far in Toronto at Olympic Island on June 19th. A compilation of Pavement’s “best” songs, Quarantine the Past, is out March 9th.
Rising young British singer Ellie Goulding has admitted that all the hype she’s received actually sent her to the emergency room. Speaking with the Times Online, Ellie said that after opening up for Florence & The Machine, she ended up feeling “really upset and weird, it felt like having a heart attack. I actually went to A&E. I think that was a warning: that my body had to deal with the other person.” Her debut album Lights is out in stores tomorrow. For her health’s sake I hope it bombs… (Note: I think she’s actually fantastic and hope the best for Ellie Goulding’s career)
LCD Soundsystem will release their new album in May. No date or title is confirmed.
Much loved noise pop duo Best Coast will be bringing their girl-group-inspired lo-fi ditties to Canada for a short North American tour. The band will play Montreal at The Cove on April 12th and Toronto at The Garrison on April 13th.
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.
Dirty Projectors are giving away a brand new single. The band announced on their MySpace page that they’re giving away a digital download of the A-side “Ascending Melody” as well as B-side “Emblem of the World.” All you’ve got to do is register and give them your important deets. The band’s label Domino will also sell the single as a 7-inch.
If you’re just dying to hear the new Spoon album (and who isn’t?), you can now stream Transference in its entirety over at the NPR site. The album hits shops on January 19th.
M.I.A. is getting ready to drop her third album. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Maya Arulpragasam said most of the album was recorded with producer Blaqstarr. As for the music, she said the goal was “to be real, whatever that is” and to avoid making music that is “gimmicky or silly or hipstery.” The untitled album is set for summer.
Industrial noise merchants Swans have reunited. According to a MySpace blog posting, the band are working on a new album and have posted an acoustic demo for a song called “Jim.” Leader Michael Gira will be releasing an acoustic version of these songs on CD as well as a live DVD in a limited edition, hand-packaged set titled I Am Not Insane as a way of paying for the studio album.
Pavement are looking like the (obvious) headliners for this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival. News has leaked online that the seminal indie rockers will indeed be one of the influential website’s evening closers over the weekend event, which usually occurs in mid-July .
Swedish post-punks Love Is All will be releasing their third album this spring. The band recently signed to Polyvinyl (Of Montreal, Japandroids) and will put out Two Thousand and Ten Injuries on March 23rd. The album is being described as “an eclectic collection of pop gems, anchored by New Wave and punk rock rhythms that don’t ever let up.” So more of the same… yes!
According to Sound Cloud, The Knife are set to debut some new songs any day now. The site’s Twitter page reads: “Join us and welcome The Knife to SoundCloud! They’ll post new material in the coming days.” Just a reminder: it’s been four years since they released Silent Shout. Yeah, about time!
Nada Surf will return after three years with a new covers album. If I Had A Hi-Fi contains 12 songs by the likes of Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, The Go-Betweens and Dwight Tilley. The band will also hit the road for a world tour beginning on March 25th.
Hey, Pavement have announced the release of a best-of collection on March 9th. Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement will be a 23-track remastered collection spanning the band’s 10-year career. Those 23 tracks, however, have not been revealed and Matador would like fans to guess them in their Guess The Track Listing Contest. Click here for more details.
Woodsist labelmates Real Estate and Woods will hop in a van together this spring for a North American tour. The 12-date jaunt includes two Canadian dates: Montreal’s Club Lambi on March 13th and Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on March 14th.
Goldfrapp will return in the new year with their fifth album. Out March 23, 2010, Head First has been described as their :most powerful trip to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production it lifts off at full tilt and takes us on a journey to the heart of 2010.” Despite the label writing that, we’re still excited.
Stop the presses: Robyn and Diplo are working together?!? Pitchfork dug up this tasty collaboration, which the two have been tweeting about for a couple weeks now. Diplo says Robyn has made his “favorite track of 2010!” Considering his tastemaking skills, we’ll assume it will be ours too.
If you’re curious about Final Fantasy’s upcoming Heartland album, you can now get a taste of what’s to come from the “12 concise songs informed by the traditions of pop, based on one long narrative concept and played by an orchestra.” Domino is giving away an MP3 of “Lewis Takes Action,” which you can download here.
Let’s hope the guys in Pavement enjoy their hugely anticipated, forthcoming reunion. Spiral Stairs told The Age, “If it’s enjoyable for us, I think it is inevitable that we’ll make some more music.” Somebody please hold him to that.
Finally it looks as though Oasis might reform… without Noel Gallagher. As the founder of the band, Liam likely has the rights to it. He says, “We’re not using it [the Oasis name] at the moment, but if we don’t come up with something else by the time we’re ready to release the album it’ll be Oasis. I’m not going to call myself something ridiculous just for the sake of it.” He also added that they wouldn’t play any Noel songs live.
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Yeah Yeah Yeahs will celebrate their tenth anniversary by playing Fever To Tell in its entirety. The band will perform their debut album at All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Ten Years of ATP festival in England, which takes place December 11th to 13th.
Sufjan Stevens is now saying that his quest to record albums about each of the 50 states was just a joke. He tells Paste, “I think maybe I took it too seriously. I started to feel like I was becoming a cliché of myself.”
The soon-to-be reunited Pavement have announced they’ll compile a collection of radio sessions. Spiral Stairs tells NME.com that it will be previously unheard material made up of their best known songs and outtakes.
Toronto’s Born Ruffians have told Exclaim! that they’ll be releasing their second album some time in 2010. Frontman says the new one is the result of a more collaborative effort and a do-what-feels-right direction.”
Mogwai have a new film and live album on the way. The film is titled Burning and will make its premiere at the Copenhagen Documentary festival on November 13th. The album, Special Moves, will be released along with the DVD of the film, though no date has been set.
Pavement’s screaming percussionist Bob Nastanovich has spilled some beans about the band’s reunion, saying that there will be no new material and that it will be a “once and once only kind of deal.”
Sufjan Stevens is in doubt over his future in music, asking “What’s the point of making music anymore?” in interview with Exclaim!’s Vish Khanna.
Grizzly Bear to re-release Veckatimest in November as two-disc deluxe edition.
Nick Cave apologizes to Kylie Minogue and Avril Lavigne for writing sexually explicit fantasies about the two starlets in his latest book The Death of Bunny Munro.
More proof that the Pavement reunion is totally on: they’re confirmed as curators for All Tomorrow’s Parties in May 2010. Tickets go on sale this Friday, but unless you’re going to be in England over the weekend of May 14th-16th, well, this is all just a tease, isn’t it?
Pitchfork has tipped everyone off about a possible new record from Animal Collective. According to Amazon.com, something called Fall Be Kind will be released on December 8th and is now available to pre-order. WTF?
Legendary post-harDCore band Jawbox are reuniting and will make their first public appearance with a performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It’s an obvious choice, but here’s to hoping they play “Savory.”
Jay Reatard’s band has abandoned him and judging by his pissy rant on Twitter, he ain’t happy. He’s now inviting people to join with this encouraging invite: “So who wants to see just how terrible it is to play in my band.”
SPIN has chosen what it feels are the “Top 5 Up-and-Coming Montreal Bands.” Judging by the results, it looks as though the mag wasn’t able to find the next big thing at Pop Montreal.
As you can likely tell, seminal ’90s indie rock gods Pavement have agreed to reunite for some shows in 2010. Yes, get excited.
After years of rumours and close calls (I saw Stephen Malkmus play some Pavement tunes with Bob Nastanovich at the Pitchfork Music Festival in 2007) the band will play “multiple, possibly four, nights of shows at NYC’s Central Park Summerstage” and as the headline of today’s blog on the band’s label Matador says: “Coming To A Town Near You (If You Live Near A Big Town) In 2010.”