Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
The Harrowing Adventures Of…
Tokyo Police Club will finally release their debut full-length Elephant Shell in late April and have put together some extensive touring plans to promote. It kicks off tonight in Oakville (my hometown and a burg that didn’t even have a rumour of a live music scene when I lived there), winds around a number of Ontarian campuses and stops in at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on the 26th for a free show. Then, in mid-March they launch a full-scale North American tour for six weeks, hitting pretty much every town you can think of and will return home – hopefully triumphantly – for two shows at the Opera House on May 2 and 3. So far the only taste of the new record is this single, which was released as a single last Summer.
Feist has a new video, another one-taker wherein she trades her sequin-clad dance troupe for lots of explosives. I dunno, after conquering 2007 it seems kind of unfair that she doesn’t just sit ’08 out. She has a sold-out show at the Sony Centre on May 13.
Video: Feist – “I Feel It All”
Pitchfork talks to Patterson Hood about the Drive-By Truckers’ new album Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, out now. If you had trouble with the CMT stream I posted last week or just didn’t want anyone thinking you watched Country Music Television, Spinner now has the album up and streaming. Truckers are at the Opera House on March 19.
Pitchfork has specifics on the forthcoming album from the M Ward/Zooey Deschanel project dubbed She & Him. Volume 1 is out March 18 and will be released by the good people at Merge, Ward’s usual label. They also confirm they’re playing the Merge showcase at SxSW in March. Excellent. My plan is all coming together. And keep an eye out for the new issue of Under The Radar – the one with the cover that looks like this. Le sigh.
The long-awaited and oft-delayed new record from Spiritualized still doesn’t have a title, but it does have a release date. In the UK, anyways. Pitchfork reports that the record will be out over there on May 19 and that details about the North American release as well as a full-on, presumably electrified world tour will be along shortly.
Also returning from a bit of a hiatus, Supergrass. Their new album Diamond Hoo Ha Man is out in the UK March 24 and there’s a video for the title track, which seems to find Gaz Coombs getting in touch with his inner Jon Spencer. Album details at Ultimate Guitar.
Wireless Bollinger talks to Dev Hynes of Lightspeed Champion whose album Falling Off The Lavender Bridge is out here next week (and which I’m enjoying more and more with each listen) and has a free acoustic show at the Horseshoe on March 4.
The Kooks, tipped to be the “next big thing” oh so long ago (last year, I think), are in town at the Mod Club on February 11.
Just five months after their last visit, Gogol Bordello return with a gig at the Sound Academy on March 2.
Toronto’s venerable Wavelength concert series celebrates its eight anniversary next month with a series of shows across the city from February 14 to 17. Grok the full lineup and schedule (and general excitement) over at Stille Post.