If you haven’t already heard, The Futureheads‘ awesome new album, News and Tributes, hits stores in the U.S. on June 13th! In support of the album, they’re heading on a tour all across the US, the first string of dates with The French Kicks and then a bunch of dates with my boys Tapes ‘n Tapes. Check out this song from their new album:

[MP3] The FutureheadsSkip To The End

Because we love you, each and every one of you, we’re going to alienate all but ONE of you, because we’ve got ONE ticket to give away to the show of your choice listed below (those TnT shows are HOT and will probably sell out). To enter this nifty little contest-aroo, just leave your email address and the show you’d like to attend in the comments section, and I’ll pick a winner at random shortly after. Here are the dates:

JUNE (w/ THE FRENCH KICKS)
15th ˆ Vancouver, BC ˆ Commodore Ballroom
16th ˆ Seattle, WA ˆ Neumos
18th ˆ San Francisco, CA ˆ Fillmore
19th ˆ Los Angeles, CA ˆ Henry Fonda Theatre
23rd ˆ Dallas, TX ˆ Gypsy Ballroom
24th ˆ Austin, TX ˆ La Zona Rosa
26th ˆ Atlanta, GA ˆ The Loft
27th ˆ Carrboro, NC ˆ Cats Cradle
28th ˆ Washington, DC ˆ 9:30 Club
30th ˆ New York, NY ˆ Webster Hall

JULY (w/Tapes N Tapes)
25th ˆ Philadelphia, PA ˆ Starlight Ballroom
26th ˆ Toronto, ONT ˆ Phoenix Theatre
27th ˆ Detroit, MI ˆ Magic Stick
28th ˆ Columbus, OH ˆ Newport Music Hall
30th ˆ Minneapolis, MN ˆ Varsity Theater

AUGUST
2nd ˆ Denver, CO ˆ Bluebird Theater
3rd ˆ Salt Lake City, UT ˆ Club Sound
4th ˆ Las Vegas, NV ˆ Jillians

Buy News and Tributes from Amazon now!


[MP3] SOUND TeamMovie Monster

Something tells me, somthing tells me
That it’s just beginning.
Someone told me, someone told me
Another name you’d given
Somewhere that you tried to leave,
But it wasn’t working.
It was just one of those awkward times
When you run into someone after you’ve said all your goodbyes.

Something tells me there’s no hurray;
We should all just keep on walking.
They had us going for a while there,
But now it isn’t working.
They didn’t want the world toi know the movie monster was mechanical.
The blasting music clears my head and I forget the things you said to me.

We put our hands into the air,
But we don’t need to be delivered.
The old ways are gone but we don’t care;
We’re still connected by gesture.
Everyone already knows the monster was mechanical;
Just one of those awkward times,
You shrug ’cause you guess so,
Something you already know.

When did that feather in your cap turn into a black eye my friend?
I’m gonna be there when you go down.
Diamonds turn back into coals whenever they die.
We’ll run into less and less old friends.

The devil’s always boring me
About the angel that he used to be.
He’d do anything.
I’m gonna be there when you’re going down,
Be there when you’re going down

They didn’t want the world to know the movie monster was mechanical.
The music blasting clears my head and I forget the things you said to me,
Something you already know,
Something you would always say to me.”

Buy SOUND Team’s debut, Movie Monster, now!

I’m really fascinated by these lyrics, and pretty much all of SOUND Team’s lyrics… I’m actually not quite sure what they mean, which is why they’re so intriguing (as long as they do, in fact, have a meaning…unlike Mars Volta, Why?, and…Bob Dylan…that’s right, I said it.) So…any takers?


From RATATAT’s website:

“Thank you all for being so patient. The new album “Classics” is scheduled to hit stores on August 15th.
In the meantime we will release a series of 3 limited edition 12″ vinyl singles featuring tracks from the new album as well as some exclusive b-sides and remixes. The first is scheduled for release in late June.

In addition, Ratatat will be launching a full US tour following the album’s release, starting on 9/5 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Tickets for that show will be on sale as of next wednesday (5/10). The rest of the dates will be announced shortly.”

That’s the most exciting news I’ve heard in a long time! Now when the hell’s that new Explosions album gonna drop??? (EDIT: apparently next Spring…dammit).

[MP3] RATATATNoose (b-side)

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From the Village Voice press release:

“This free, all-day, all-ages, music festival will feature live international, national, local bands and DJs performing on two outdoor stages in historic Coney Island. Now in its sixth year, the Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL™ has solidified its status as a leading outdoor music festival, drawing over 100,000 music fans the past three years, establishing itself as a leader in showcasing indie rock veterans and emerging artists.”

The festival wil run from 12noon to 9PM on Saturday, July 15th. Here are the bands that have been announced so far:

SCISSOR SISTERS
SERENA MANEESH
MAN MAN
THE ROGERS SISTERS
DEADBOY & THE ELEPHANTMEN
PRIESTESS
SHE WANTS REVENGE
STARS
ART BRUT
TAPES ‘N TAPES
THE STILLS
THE CRIBS
CELEBRATION
DIRTY ON PURPOSE

With a line-up like that, I’ll definitely be making the trek, along with probably every NYC blogger. Anyone else going?


[MP3] Thom YorkeHarrowdown Hill

Don’t walk the plank like I do
You will dispensed with, when you’ve become
Inconvenient

Up on Harrowdown Hill, Where you used to go school
That’s where I – That’s where I’m lying now
Did I fall or was I pushed? Did I fall or was I pushed?
And where’s the blood? Where’s the blood?
But I’m coming home, I’m coming home to make it alright so dry your eyes
We think the same things at the same time, we just can’t do anything about it
We think the same things at the same time, we just can’t do anything about it

So don’t ask me, ask the Ministry
Don’t ask me, ask the Ministry
We think the same things at the same time, there are so many of us so you can’t count
We think the same things at the same time, there are so many of us so you can’t count

Can you see me when I’m running? Can you see me when I’m running?
Away from them, Away from them
I can’t take the pressure, No one cares if you live or die
They just want me gone, they want me gone
But I’m coming home, I’m coming home to make it alright so dry your eyes
We think the same things at the same time, we just can’t do anything about it
We think the same things at the same time, there are too many of us so you can’t; there are too many of us so you can’t count

It was a slippery slippery slippery slope
It was a slippery slippery slippery slope
I feel me slipping in and out of consciousness
I feel me slipping in and out of consciousness
I feel me

Thom Yorke’s solo effort is pretty awesome. Despite the lack of Greenwood Inc., Yorke still manages to perfect some exquisite solo sounds..Not that it was a huge shocker to all of the Radiohead fans. This is one of my favorite tracks from the new album. Between the simple (yet amazing) guitar riff at the end of the track to the uber-powerful and emotionally charged line, “Don’t ask me, ask the Ministry!” After reading a few theories on this song’s origin, a lot of fans seem to think Thom wrote it about Dr. David Kelly; a Microbiologist who killed himself because of the pressure that surrounded him regarding weapons in Iraq. Kelly killed himself by slashing his wrist and jumping into the river at the bottom of Harrowdown Hill… This song becomes even more eerie if thats the the case. Read more theories and about Dr. David Kelly.