Are The Shins and Modest Mouse bouncing back this summer?

Are The Shins and Modest Mouse bouncing back this summer?

Listen to a new Shins track, performed live

Two days after the initial announcement went out, Outside Lands has another major addition to its festival lineup. The Shins will be performing sometime over the weekend of Aug. 12-14 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, their first live full-band show out since 2009.

Meanwhile, Modest Mouse has announced a scant few North Americanshows for the month of May, leading up to their appearance at Northwest-centric Sasquatch music festival in Seattle. Those are below. They also recently confirmed a stop in Australia for the Splendour in the Grass music festival

There's some overlap in the fandom of these two acts, but also importantly, there seems to be some crossover of one member, Joe Plummer.

The drummer has been working on side project Mister Heavenly (aka Michael Cera's band, sorry), but it seems he's now drummer for both The Shins and Modest Mouse. (Fun fact: Mister Heavenly is on Sub Pop, The Shins' old label, before James Mercer decided the next effort would be out on his own imprint.) He can be seen supporting Shin-man James Mercer when he broke out a new song live last month, posted below (via 24bit). 

As I previously reported, Mercer has been hard at work on Broken Bells with Danger Mouse over the past year, most recently with their "Meyrin Fields" EP. It's a collaboration that "will continue to record and tour together for the foreseeable future," as said in a release. But like Beyonce and Glastonbury, the Outside Lands gig may signal the start of something new with that long-awaited Shins record.

A spokesperson for Modest Mouse indicated "there is no official info on a new album" at the time, but I wouldn't put it past Isaac Brock et al. to preview some new material live this Spring. (And for what it's worth, Modest Mouse also used to be on a prominent indie, Matador.)

And not to force it, but "Inception" score guitarist Johnny Marr did just quit The Cribs and may have some hours opening up (besides, y'know, two planned solo albums and movie soundtrack work)... The former Smiths guitarist toured with Modest Mouse toward the end of the '00s.

Both the Shins' and Modest Mouse's last proper studio releases were out in 2007.

Here are Modest Mouse's tour dates:

May 26            Boise, ID                    Knitting Factory
May 27            Missoula, MT           Big Sky Brewery
May 28            Spokane, WA             Knitting Factory
May 29            George, WA                Sasquatch Music Festival (SOLD OUT)

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Yes, this is a tease of a new Bon Iver song

Yes, this is a tease of a new Bon Iver song

And so it begins

I avoid posting teaser-snippets of songs because I hate not-news (I'm looking at you Britney), but in this case, I'm making an exception.

Bon Iver posted a 50-second wordless music clip with some video of a pretty object to the website.

I justify this discussion because, one, I loved the "Blood Bank" EP and "For Emma, Forever Ago," and 2008 was forever ago; two, as confirmed by a pair of sources, this is material that will be on the Bon Iver sophomore set; and three, now that Vernon's played in a pair of other recent bands (Gayngs, Volcano Choir) and his name has only grown in stature since "For Emma" has gone global and Kanye West and Peter Gabriel joined Team Vernon, there is assurance that Bon Iver's next release could be one of the biggest independent releases of the year. Self-conscious hand-wringing, over and out.

I can't say much about the clip, except that it certainly sounds like Vernon, the choirs sound right on par with expectations and I can't wait to hear what that crescendo is all about.

According to Rolling Stone, ish may be out as soon as June and has taken a while because Vernon needed to re-learn the songwriting process; he also describes one of the 10 album songs as a "Civil-war sounding heavy metal song." If Vernon doesn't wear a uniform, I'm gonna be pissed.

Let it begin!

Untitled from Bon Iver on Vimeo.

 

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<p>Santigold</p>

Santigold

Credit: Katie Hasty

Song Of The Day: New Santigold, Karen O track posted on Jay-Z's website

'Go' is an American Dreaming exclusive... now, what's American Dreaming?

Santigold, Karen O and Jay-Z... together at last?

Santigold debuted her fresh track "Go" featuring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman today on American Dreaming, the new lifestyle and fashion website from mogul Jay-Z.

And the name-power doesn't stop there. The YYY's NIck Zinner plays guitar on the cut, while Q-Tip and Switch of Major Lazer (man, those guys are popular today) co-produced the track with Santi.

The result is a party song, though in the interview posted on the section, it also comes with a bummer of a message about, well, American dreaming.

However, I will pull out one of the sweeter moments, in a description of how Santi White and Karen combined for the project:

So I worked on it a bit and sent it to Karen. I felt all insecure and was like, “You know, if you’re feeling it, if you could come up with something, but if not, it’s cool.” And then I didn’t hear back for a while. So, I sheepishly reached out again, and was like, “Hey, no pressure, if you weren’t feeling it, it’s cool.” And Karen was like, “OMG! I sent it back to you a week ago. I thought you hated what I did so much you didn’t ever want to speak to me again.” I told her I never got it, and we agreed that being an artist was insane and we laughed at our psycho- insecurity, and were both psyched on what she called our “rad track.”

Aw, the stars! They're just like us!

"Go" will purportedly be included on Santigold's as-yet-untitled sophomore set, due this year. Her first album "Santogold" -- her old moniker -- was released in 2008.

What do you think of the track?

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<p>James Murphy of LCD&nbsp;Soundsystem</p>

James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem

Credit: AP Photo

Listen: LCD Soundsystem covers Franz Ferdinand for Record Store Day

'Live Alone' is a lonely, funky seven minutes

On Monday, I went over some of the biggest Record Store Day releases to drop on Saturday, April 16, but there are certainly more gems to be had on that glorious shopping date.

One option is the Domino Records EP of Franz Ferdinand covers, which includes LCD Soundsystem's seven-and-a-half minute take on "Live Alone." That original track, at 3:30, was featured on the rock band's 2009 effort "Tonight."

The rest of the FF "Covers EP" on colored 12" vinyle includes another version of "Live Alone" with Debbie Harry and the band itself, plus Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt on "Dream Again," ESG on "What She Came For" and Peaches on "Turn It On." You can do your own damn version of "Take Me Out" in your head.

Check out the details on Domino's other RSD releases -- plus some more tracks -- here.

OK, I'm done talking about "retired" LCD. For now.

LCD Soundsystem - Live Alone (Franz Ferdinand cover) by DominoRecordCo

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<p>Suede</p>

Suede

HitFix Interview: Suede talks first U.S. concert in 14 years, new material

What the U.K. rockers’ frontman Brett Anderson wants you to see at Coachella

Brett Anderson swears that his band Suede isn’t making some big cash-in by coming to America, that performing at Coachella actually means the U.K. rockers will be “making a loss.”

Perhaps that's one deterrent that's kept the band from American shores for 14 years?
 
“No kidding,” he laughs. “And we’re beyond honored.”
  
The London Suede reunited only a year ago -- after splitting in November 2003 -- and toured in their native region and at festivals around Europe. But it was 1997 when they last performed here. The streak ends this coming weekend.
 
“Coachella is just one of those festivals, with an amazing reputation. It’s getting stronger as a name on the world stage. It just seemed like a good place to end a 14 year silence,” Anderson continues.
 
He describes the experience of playing out again as “dipping our toe in the water,” to gauge the experience if there will be a more extensive tour in the future. And it couldn’t come at a more optimal time. A double-album collection “Best Of” was released just last month, and their five albums “Suede,” “Dog Man Star,” “Coming Up,” “Head Music” and “A New Morning” are getting the remastering and reissue treatment for a drop in June.
 
Anderson says he spent three months earlier this year going back through all the album tracks, then old tapes and photographs, material to add as deluxe extras. He called his archival activities one of his “obsessions… I loved every second of it.”
 
“I didn’t want to airbrush the parts out [of the recordings] that I didn’t like. It’s a very honest collection of stuff, warts and all… all the lo-fi demos and things, from the early ‘90s. Remember, you didn’t have Logic or GarageBand then.”
 
As for new material, he concludes that London Suede is “definitely thinking about” making another record, insofar that they’re currently writing new songs.
 
“That doesn’t guarantee there will be a Suede record. We won’t put out a substandard Suede record, I wouldn’t bother releasing it. But we have no managers, no labels. We have indie things to think about.”
 
It helps that time has healed some old wounds, band infighting and friction of personal creative directions that blistered the interpersonals.
 
“I think we have a lot more respect for each other. It takes time and distance to see what you’ve lost or missed in a relationship,” Anderson says, concluding that seven years did the trick for the “touring lineup” of Rich Oakes, Neil Codling, Simon Gilbert and Mat Osman.
 
He adds that, for former collaborator and longtime member Bernard Butler, touring with Suede again would be “the last thing he wants,” conceding Butler’s busy with producing the remasters and other acts these days.
 
So with a full lineup in place, Anderson says he’s gained clarity on Suede’s objective with this weekend’s fest and other tour stops this summer.
 
After pouring over the old recordings and years of separation, “You get a real strong sense of where you went wrong and where you went right. I’ve so much more perspective. It’s incredibly powerful, I can see what the amazing Suede songs are,” he says. “Coming back, I want to play to our rock heritage. We’re a snarling punk rock band. That’s the side we’re going to show.”
 
Check out all of Suede’s overseas festival tour dates here.
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Watch: Tom Waits joined by Neil Young on RnR Hall of Fame performance

Watch: Tom Waits joined by Neil Young on RnR Hall of Fame performance

'Make It Rain,' plus 'Get Behind the Mule' gets a weird live video

Anti- Records has posted video of Tom Waits' appearances at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, as he took up his honor and as he shared the stage with Neil Young.

The latter introduced Waits and the video segue to his acceptance speech and cuts of a slow-rollin' performance of "Make It Rain" and "Rain Dogs." Then there was "Get Behind the Mule" which, I'll say, isn't the most optimal video experience ever.

During his speech, Waits spoke of a memory seeing a Lightnin' Hopkins and knowing instantly wanted to become an entertainer.

"Songs are really just very interesting things to be doing with the air... We all love music, but we really want music to love us," he said before his roll-call of thank-yous. "They say I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with. And they say it like it's a bad thing."

And, yes, the travel guitar came out.

The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction took place on March 14 this year.

Neil Young Inducts Tom Waits - "Make It Rain" and "Rain Dogs" from Anti Records on Vimeo.

Tom Waits "Get Behind The Mule" With Neil Young from Anti Records on Vimeo.

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<p>Arctic Monkeys</p>

Arctic Monkeys

Song Of The Day: Arctic Monkeys urge 'Don't Sit Down' on new single

'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair' featured on forthcoming 'Suck It And See'

No need to pay for a ticket, folks, 'cause this drama's free.

U.K. rockers Arctic Monkeys have lifted the curtain on thudding, revving new single "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair," featured on their forthcoming and totally mature-sounding "Suck It and See."

Alex Turner's melodrama goes counters Nick O'Malley's metal bass growl, and the band cuts it at almost three minutes on the dot, a feat most admirable. It won't be the headiest piece of music all day -- there's always the new Elbow if you're looking for extra verbiage -- but it is a ominous intro to things to come.

"Chair" will be a standalone single release on Record Store Day this year, a mere five days away on April 16. It will also carry the weight of B-Side "I.D.S.T" on the 7" and "I.D.S.T." and "The Blond-O-Sonic Shimmer Trap" on the 12" bundle. The song individually can be bought through digital retailers starting tomorrow.

"Suck It" will be out on June 7. It proceeds Alex Turner's solo effort for the "Submarine" soundtrack and an early peek at new full-band track "Brick by Brick."

What do you think of the song?

Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair by arcticmonkeys

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<p>TV&nbsp;On The Radio</p>

TV On The Radio

Album Review: TV On The Radio's 'Nine Types of Light'

Optimistic, on overload, a delight of excesses

 

In these slim financial times, it’s nice to hear a solid, fulfilling rock record of excesses. I don’t mean this in the sense that there’s tight pants and debaucherous music videos, but TV On the Radio has consistently produced albums that carry the heaviest burdens of sound, and to great, arching success.
 
For fans, “Dear Science” was the Brooklyn band’s pinnacle, but on new “Nine Types of Light,” there’s new favorites to replace the old ones that’ve been worn out. For instance, your new favorite song is “No Future Shock,” the band’s version of a beefy, ‘roided-out Watusi. It's overflowing with brrring distortion over a tongue twisting chant-speaking, tuneless until the chorus of horns burst into a ringing melodic sonic boom. It sounds like the apocalypse -- they should be so proud – something desperate and growling amidst a collection of love songs.
 
Of the latter, among the many, there’s honest “Will Do,” which was released a few weeks ahead of the album. It’s only a partial indicator of the set’s overall sound, though it does mix that neediness of “Future Shock” with a heart-warming set of majors and minor, a barrage of garbage noise next to Kyp Malone and Tunde Adibempe’s unison exaltations and a music box that, on and off, reminds you its there, patient.
 
“Killer Crane” is this set’s middle-set “Here Comes the Sun,” a moment away from the band’s busy schedule of burying vocals and guitar lines under the thud of the rhythm section. The peaceful waters of pastoral synths, “sunshine” and a plunking banjo then yields to tracks like shoulder-dancing “New Cannonball Blues,” synthetic, bad-omened “Forgotten” and “Repetition,” which bullies the listener into its repeating patterns, even after you’re good and done listening to it.
 
Self-conscious “Second Song” is a fine example of Adibempe’s joy in the Observational Narrator, sometimes with humor in its rhyming schemes, naturally parlay into that patented falsetto. It’s sunnier, like L.A.: in fact, the New Yorkers traded their Williamsburg industrial wasteland for the West Coast when it came to tackling this set of recordings, with Dave Sitek. It’s obviously still a TVOTR album, and economical only in its length, at 10 track (12 if it’s the deluxe, but then you’re just looking for a fight about sequencing “bonus” material). Otherwise, it’s a bullish set when light rock and art-folk of this cold winter held a bear stance. As is sung on “Caffeine Consciousness,” “I’m optimistic / on overload.” And he’s right on both accounts.

 

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<p>Britney Spears in &quot;Till the World Ends&quot;</p>

Britney Spears in "Till the World Ends"

Nicki Minaj in talks to join Britney Spears' tour: What's going on here?

Pop diva fields a tough and critical week

After a week of speculation, Nicki Minaj has at least confirmed that her camp is in talks for the Young Money star to open for Britney Spears on tour.

Speaking with MTV, Minaj said, "I am in talks of joining Britney Spears, yeah... I'm in talks about a lot of things, ya know. I don't know — oops, I did it again."

Usher and Joe Jonas (?!) have also been rumored to be in talks to join the jaunt.

Brit-Brit's Femme Fatale tour has been juggling that supporting slot vacancy ever since she announced the stint: the same day the dates were confirmed, "co-headliner" Enrique Iglesias dropped out.

I don't put that term in quotes to be vicious. It's just that procuring a name as big as Britney's to join her on tour has got to be a difficult task, especially as she and Jive are trying hard to maintain Spears as a premiere act. It's been an uphill battle for that exact prerogative this week...

Iglesias' departure was a bad enough omen anyway. Pair that with 2010 abysmal concert ticketing sales and the continued threat this year, picking a good dance partner has become increasingly imperative. Even other A-listers like Rihanna have had to fight off speculation that sales are bumpy.

Spears' last Circus tour was a spectacular success, but those were healthier times: 2008 was a proper comeback, after she spent years in the tabloids for erratic behavior and public breakdowns. "Circus" sold just over half a million in its first week and her live gigs were well-received.

Fast forward. This week, though her "Femme Fatale" topped The Billboard 200, sales were tepid to say the least, with a 276,000 arrival. "Hold It Against Me" wasn't held as dearly by radio and fans as, say, "Womanizer" was, and the jury's still out on dance/club-oriented track "Till the World Ends" and how well it fares over the spring and summer. Sales projections from this week are pointing to Adele's "21" to replace Spears in the penthouse next week. Granted, Adele's fanbase skews older, a little more generalist, and thus to listeners who tend to actually purchase their music. But critical reception of "Femme" was also mixed overall; HitFix's Greg Ellwood rather enjoyed the album, but many writers took issue with the facelessness of the set, sometimes pointing out that she had no songwriting credits unlike previous albums.

Then there were the TV appearances. Her dancing on "Good Morning America" didn't exactly leave critics screaming "gimme more," though things were a little brighter on her "Kimmel" stop.

There were also gratuitously toxic rumblings this week that Spears uses a body double for her crazier antics in "Till the World Ends" (along with the usual lip-syncing complaints). It seems unusual, but her camp actually addressed the unconfirmed rumor on her website, calling it "bulls***," courting a drama just by acknowledging it. U.K. newspaper The Sun also ran quotes from an anonymous source claiming that handlers are trying to convince the pop star to move the tour dates, claiming she's not ready to take the stage again.

I'm not against Britney enjoying success once more, which she inevitably will. She's an icon, to multiple generations. Her "...Baby One More Time" was my very first published music review, and being the same age as her, in a way I feel like I grew up with her.. I felt badly for her when she shaved her head and shook umbrellas at the paparazzi and I liked that she came back and made some killer new singles.

But she did have a tough week, two months out from the start of the Femme Fatale trek. The co-headlining or supporting act shouldn't be a friendly competition. Particularly sharing the spring release season with Lady Gaga, Spears probably doesn't want competition at all.

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<p>Fight for Your Right Revisited</p>

Fight for Your Right Revisited

Watch: Beastie Boys' 'Fight' trailer with Will Ferrell, Elijah Wood, Jack Black

Sundance short is like a long-form music video for three songs

The Beastie Boys have bowed a new two minute-long trailer for "Fight For Your Right Revisited," the film Adam "MCA" Yauch premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

This, on the heels of the rap troupe debuting their new song "Make Some Noise" earlier this week.

The 30-minute short features Elijah Wood, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen playing the trio from their legendary "Fight for Your Right (To Party)" music video, while Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilley play the older version of the Beasties, returning from the future to teach the younger versions of themselves. As previously reported, their famous friends make cameos throughout, including Susan Sarandon (mother coming home to a wrecked apartment) to Orlando Bloom (car window washer), Steve Buscemi (bartender), Rainn Wilson (unfortunate passerby) and Will Arnett (unfortunate passerby, C'MON).

And, as I also wrote in January, the clip contains three new Beasties songs, including "Make Some Noise," previously released "Too Many Rappers" featuring Nas and distortion-heavy "Say It." I will warn you, it's not non-stop laughs as the trailer will have you believe, but it's a great medium to feature new tracks, like Kanye did with "Runaway."

The full-length video will drop closer the release date of new "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2," on May 3.

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