Dean and Randy released their second Sub Pop LP ‘Everything in Between’ in Sept 2010. After extensive worldwide touring they decided to kick back and relax for a while. And by relax I mean finding even more ways to keep themselves crazy busy. What have those dudes been up to? Well let me tell ya! In January of 2011 they teamed up with fashion designer and photographer Hedi Slimane for his Rock Diary series. Looking sharp boys! This shoot led to their upcoming collaboration at Hedi’s California Song exhibit at MOCA. No Age will contribute a sound installation for the exhibit and will play the opening party on Nov 12th.
Speaking of MOCA, No Age shot a video there for the excellent Glitter 7" B Side “Inflorescence” at the closing party for “Art in the Streets”. The video was directed by Todd Cole who took the promo photos for Everything in Between and had them score his short film for Rodarte Aanteni.
And there have been some epic shows! In July No Flag united No Age with Black Flag members Chuck Dukowski and Keith Morris for one killer free show. No Age also managed to play an amazing set at the Pitchfork Festival despite it feeling like the surface of the sun in Chicago that day.
Somehow Dean also finds time to run the fantastic label PPM which is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this weekend at The Smell!
So, there you have it. That’s what’s up with No Age. Man those guys are lazy.
2011 has been an amazing year for Seattle’s The Head and the Heart. Since the release of their self-titled debut (which to date has scanned more than 70,000 copies in the US) the band has been touring non-stop, playing shows with Death Cab for Cutie, My Morning Jacket, Iron and Wine, Dr. Dog, and The Decemberists. They are currently on their first headlining tour with more than half of the shows SOLDOUT far in advance, including a 2-night stand at New York’s, Bowery Ballroom. The band has also performed to jam-packed crowds at Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party and, most recently, the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
And this week The Head and the Heart’s “Lost in My Mind” is the #1 single in the country at Triple A radio. This comes 24 weeks after entering the chart and makes The Head and the Heart the first artist to reach #1 at the format with a debut single since Florence + The Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over” this past January.
Continuing to tour across the US through October, followed by dates in the UK and Europe in November and Australia at the end of the year, The Head and the Heart will remain incredibly busy for the foreseeable future. On October 28th the band will play on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. And, in addition, the legendary TV music program Austin City Limits has announced that The Head and the Heart will be part of its 37th season on PBS. This season marks the first ACL television season filmed entirely in the show’s new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The performance will air in early 2012.
The Head and the Heart on the road
Sep 24 Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville, VA
Sep 25 Ukie Club, Philadelphia, PA
Sep 26 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Sep 27 Bowery Ballroom, The, New York City, NY
Sep 28 Bowery Ballroom, The, New York City, NY
Sep 30 Royale (MA), Boston, MA
Oct 01 Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Oct 02 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Oct 03 Calvin College Fine Arts Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Oct 04 Metro, Chicago, IL
Oct 06 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
Oct 07 Majestic Theater (WI), Madison, WI
Oct 08 Cedar Cultural Centre, Minneapolis, MN
Oct 09 Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
Oct 10 Gothic Theater (CO), Denver , CO
Oct 13 The Music Box – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 14 The House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Oct 15 The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Oct 16 Treasure Island Music Festival – San Francisco, CA
Oct 18 Wow Hall – Eugene, OR
Oct 19 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Oct 20 The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
Oct 22 Key Arena – Seattle, WA
Dum Dum Girls have a new record coming out on September 27 called Only in Dreams and we can tell you that it is real good. The band will embark on a 31 date World Tour beginning on October 1st in San Diego, CA and ending on November 17 in London, England. All North American shows are with Crocodiles, and will see Colleen Green and Royal Baths sharing opening duties. See below for a full list of dates.
Sun, Aug 28, Los Angeles, CA Sunset Junction Street Fair
Sat, Oct 01, San Diego, CA Casbah
Sun, Oct 02, Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar $*
Mon, Oct 03, Los Angeles, CA Troubadour $*
Tue, Oct 04, San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall $*
Fri, Oct 07 Portland, OR Doug Fir $*
Sat, Oct 08, Vancouver, BC Electric Owl $*
Sun, Oct 09, Seattle, WA Neumo’s $*
Wed, Oct 12, St. Paul, MN Turf Club $*
Thu, Oct 13, Madison, WI High Noon $*
Fri, Oct 14, Chicago, IL Empty Bottle $*
Sat, Oct 15, Detroit, MI Magic Stick $*
Sun, Oct 16, Toronto, ONT Lee’s Palace $*
Mon, Oct 17, Montreal, QU Il Motore $*
Wed, Oct 19, Boston, MA Paradise $@
Fri, Oct 21, New York, NY Bowery Ballroom $@
Sat, Oct 22, Washington, DC Black Cat $@
Sun, Oct 23, Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer $@
Mon, Oct 24, Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s $@
Thu, Nov 03, Berlin, Germany Festsaal Kreuzberg
Fri, Nov 04, Cologne, Germany MTC
Sat, Nov 05, Lyon, France Big Tinnitus Festival at Clacson
Tue, Nov 08, Nantes, France Stereolux
Wed, Nov 09, Roubaix, France Le Cave aux Poetes
Thu, Nov 10, Brussels, Belgium Rotande Botanique
Fri, Nov 11, Amsterdam, Netherlands London Calling Festival
Sun, Nov 13, Manchester, UK FAC 251
Mon, Nov 14, Newcastle, UK The Cluny
Tue, Nov 15, Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Wed, Nov 16, Wrexham, UK Central Station
Thu, Nov 17, London, UK ULU
It’s official! Our once exalted leaders JP and Megan have made the fatal error of simultaneously leaving their posts. As everyone knows, nature abhors a vacuum. So please join us now in kneeling before our new shaggy overlord, King Tuff!
As we have previously showed you about, there is a new Handsome Furs record coming out on Sub Pop on June 28th. It’s called Sound Kapital and though it is remotely possible that we have some sort of bias here, we think it is really terrific. But, you can see/hear for yourself by listening to the two free songs from the record which we are currently offering for free to you, free of charge. These songs (“What About Us” and “Repatriated”) are avail on the Handsome Furs artist page here on the Sub Pop internet place. Today, Pitchfork posted something about the most recently released of these two songs
Right now, Sound Kapital is available to pre-order on either CD or LP. And, there are two, kind of big deal things to mention about this pre-order!
1. From somewhat recently until at least when the record comes out on June 28th, when you pre-order the CD or LP, we will give you a 320k download of the entire record! This download will be available on your sp.com account page, sensibly enough, under “available downloads” after you’ve placed your order.
B. The first 350 people who pre-order Sound Kapital will also receive a 9-postcard set featuring photos taken by the band, all packaged in a fancy custom envelope. It is, as I am told they say, a “real classy piece.”
You could do worse, is what we’re saying.
You should also know, if you do not already, that there are upcoming Handsome Furs tour dates. I am referring, specifically, to these tour dates:
05-20 Paris, France – Fleche D’Or
05-21 Bergen, Norway – Landmark
05-22 Oslo, Norway – Betong
06-18 Toronto, Ontario – NXNE
06-23 London, Ontario – Call the Office
06-25 Montreal, Quebec – Caberet Mile End
07-03 Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
07-15 Regina, Saskatchewan – The Exchange
07-17 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Louis’ Pub
07-19 Edmonton, Alberta – Starlight Room
07-20 Calgary, Alberta – Republik
07-23 Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party
07-27 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club
07-28 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
07-29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
07-30 Detroit, MI – Lager House
08-01 Toronto, Ontario – Horseshoe Tavern
The Fruit Bats love a good charity and they love hanging out in Hawaii. Those lucky bastards will be indulging both of those passions next weekend when they perform at a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki, HI. The event is Saturday, April 30th and will raise money for Hui o Ko’olaupoko who’s mission is: To protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. I’m not clear exactly how one accomplishes these magical goals but apparently it’s done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage. Below are links to their site as well as their facebook event page.