As the title of this post suggests, it’s easy for people to mess up even the simplest of things. But might there be more wisdom in said title then apparent at first glance? Some things seem perfect, say chocolate and peanut butter, and then miraculously one day you discover these two things you really, really like make a perfect combination as well. Well after months of touring together, it appears that Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, and moreover their fans starting tonight in LA, may discover a favorite new musical collaboration. Under the name #BOTH, Ted + Aimee take to the stage tonight in Los Angeles and later this month in San Francisco to perform some new songs they’ve recently written. And to unfix what wasn’t broken, Ted Leo will also be supporting Aimee Mann on an upcoming run of Spring tour dates. All the touring details, in every conceivable combination are below, should you be looking to catch Ted this Spring.
Fri, Mar 8 / Los Angeles, CA / Largo at the Coronet
Sat, Mar 9 / Los Angeles, CA / Largo at the Coronet
Tue, Mar 26 / San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill
Wed, Mar 27 / San Francisco, CA / Bottom of the Hill
Ted Leo solo shows:
Fri, Mar 22 / Seattle, WA / The Vera Project
Sat, Mar 23 / Portland, OR / BackSpace Cafe
Aimee Mann shows with Ted Leo (solo) supporting:
Thu, Apr 18 / Hudson, NY / Club Helsinki
Fri, Apr 19 / Huntington, NY / Paramount Theatre
Sat, Apr 20 / New York, NY / Webster Hall
Tue, Apr 23 / Rahway, NJ / Union County Performing Arts Center
Wed, Apr 24 / Wilmington, DE / World Cafe Live At The Queen
Thu, Apr 25 / Annapolis, MD / Maryland Hall For The Creative Arts
SUMMER IS HERE!…ok well it officially starts tomorrow but we can’t contain our excitement so we’re getting started a day early. Ahhh Summer, the season of extended daylight, backyard BBQs, road trips with friends, summer playlists, and Tanlines + Lemonade of course.
Apologies for that simple and obvious play on words. But honestly as sure as you’re likely to have some tan lines after laying around the pool drinking a glass of lemonade this summer, we’re convinced both bands (Tanlines and Lemonade) will be on your iPods/stereos while doing so. But don’t take our word for it, Creator’s Project said that Tanlines are “destined to become your summer soundtrack”, and New York Magazine, Stereogum, and Refinery 29 couldn’t agree more, naming “All Of Me” one of their Songs Of The Summer.
Anyhow since we’ll be spending all summer together, it’s probably a good time to get to know your Tanlines better. Courtesy of Creator’s Project, click HERE for an intimate look at the band Tanlines, their recording process, how they formed, and much much more.
Also Tanlines will be performing across the US all summer long, starting tomorrow night with an official summer kick off show at the House of Vans in Brooklyn. A full list of summer tour dates is below.
Mon, June 25 – Los Angeles, CA – School Night @ Bardot (DJ set only)
Tue, June 26 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones (presented by 92.9 KJEE)
Wed, June 27 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Music Hall (presented by Live 105)
Thu, June 28 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s (presented by 107.7 The End)
Fri, July 13 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
Sun, July 15 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (discount for Pitchfork Festival wristband holders)
Thu, July 19 – Miami, FL – Bardot Miami
Fri, Aug 10 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
Secure in the knowledge that everyone spent the weekend listening to Dub Egg (The Young’s Matador debut, out June 12 and available for pre-order), we’re excited to share a session the band did recently in Denton, TX with Violitionist (thanks also to SPIN for the co-present):
See this action in person (shorts included, weather permitting):
Friday, June 1 – Austin,TX – Beauty Ballroom (with No Age, Ceremony, Gun Outfit and Joyce Manor)
Saturday, June 9 – McAllen, TX – Simon Sez
Tuesday, June 12 — End of An Ear Release Date In-store (with John Wesley Coleman)
Saturday, June 16 – Austin,TX – 29th Street Ballroom (with Sungod and Spray Paint) (Dub Egg Release Show)
Thursday, June 21 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
Friday, June 22 – Atlanta, GA – Club 529
Saturday, June 23 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor (with White Lung and Meat Group)
Sunday, June 24 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, June 25 – Washington, DC – the Black Cat (backstage) (with Purling Hiss)
Tuesday, June 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s (with Purling Hiss)
Wednesday, June 27 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (late show) (with Purling Hiss)
Thursday, June 28 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (with Purling Hiss)
Friday, June 29 – Brooklyn, NY – 285Kent (with Census and Nude Beach)
Saturday, June 30 – New Haven, CT – Intercambio (with Purling Hiss and Estrogen Highs)
Sunday, July 01 – Providence, RI – Dusk (with Purling Hiss)
Monday, July 02 – Boston, MA – Plough and Stars (with Purling Hiss and Saralee)
Tuesday, July 03 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore
Wednesday, July 04 – Toronto, ON – Parts & Labour
Thursday, July 05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gooski’s (with Kim Phuc)
Friday, July 06 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Saturday, July 07 – Chicago, IL – the Hideout (with Judson Claiborne)
Sunday, July 08 – Minneapolis, MN – the Triple Rock
Monday, July 09 – Fargo, ND – the Aquarium
Wednesday, July 11 – the Fun House
Thursday, July 12 – Portland, OR – the East End
Friday, July 13 – Reno, NV – Holland Project
Saturday, July 14 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (with Spray Paint and more TBA)
Sunday, July 15 – San Francisco, CA – the Hemlock
Monday, July 16 – Bakersfield, CA – Munoz Gym
Tuesday, July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – the Echo (with the Lamps and the Zig Zags)
Wednesday, July 18 – San Diego, CA – the Casbah
Thursday, July 19 – Phoenix, AZ – the Meat Market
Friday, July 20 – Las Cruces, NM – the Train Yard
Today public radio stars Tanlines give us the second video from their just-released album Mixed Emotions (buy it here). The video was directed by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh (full credits below), and is brought to us by the fine folks at Adult Swim. This video is awesome:
The video, which marks the music video directorial debut of UK comedy legend Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh and was produced by Framestore, will be Tanlines’ second video off of the album (and the first not in 360 degrees). The collaboration between Barratt and the band was a combination of brazen wishful thinking and good luck. Tanlines, who are influenced by Barratt, toyed with the possibility of listing the Mighty Boosh as a creative partner in their liner notes. Word reached Barratt, who after listening to an early version of the album realized “All of Me” served as a perfect musical counterpoint to some of the imagery he was interested in exploring, and an opportunity to experiment making music videos. So shockingly, he dove in.
Barratt says, “At the time I wrote the treatment, I was watching a particular film by Fabrice Du Welz called ‘The Ordeal’ which is a really good, strange, macabre film with some really interesting movement and dance bits in that…I’m always trying to do anything between comedy and horror. Because you have such a strong flavor with Tanlines’ music, it’s quite fun to offset that with bleak imagery.”
The video stars the band performing on an old-timey late-night television show to an elderly crowd jiltedly moving together, doing something just short of dancing. It is mysterious, funny, macabre and a definite must-see.
Adult Swim is also presenting a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the “All Of Me” video, starring Mr. Barratt (short film directed by Matthew Bowron, edited by Richard Carter):
Tanlines hit the road in a few weeks:
4/11/12 Washington, DC @ DC9
4/12/12 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
4/13/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Making Time @ Voyeur
4/14/12 Middleton, CT @ Wesleyan University
4/16/12 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
4/17/12 Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
4/18/12 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
4/19/12 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
4/20/12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/23/12 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
4/24/12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
4/25/12 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
4/27/12 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
4/29/12 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
4/30/12 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
Director – Julian Barratt
Director of Photography – Erik Wilson
1st Assistant Director – Will Jasper
Executive Producer – Derrin Schlesinger, Simon Whalley, Phil Canning
Producer – Danielle Hardy
Production Assistant – Selena Stokes
Choreographer – Florence Peake
Gaffer – Andy Lowe
Electrician – Chris Stones
Electrician – Gareth Brough
Electrician Assistant – Greg King
Camera Assistant – Robbie Chapman
Art Director – Lucie Red
Stylist – Mischa Notcutt
Hair & Make Up Designer – Christine Cant
Make Up Artist – Nina Pratley
Make Up Artist – Liberty Haynes
Runner – Joe Williams
Runner – Sam Cunniffe
Art Director Assistant – Hela Dondertman
Art Director Assistant – Posy Dixon
Stylist Assistant – Tova Hasselblad
Stylist Assistant – Rosie McGuinness
Make Up Assistant – Polly Mossman
Make Up Assistant – Kylie McDonald
Colourist – Edwin Metternich
VFX Artist – Tim Greenwood
Booth Man – Stephen Evans
Delivery Man – Eric MacLennan
Dancers – Michelle Archer, David Bailey, David Burton, Ann Elsey, Imola Gaspa, Philip Harvey, Gordon Kenny, Lucien Morgan, Jennifer Munby, Barry Newton, Peter Nolan, Leslie Palmer, Sue Parker-Nutley, Jane Phillips, Jennifer Richards, Frank Scantori, Bobby Stevenson, Peter Thomas
In advance of the March 19(UK)/20(US) release of Lee Ranaldo’s Between The Times And The Tides (that’s a week people, pre-order now), Rolling Stoneis and Drowned In Sound are previewing the album in it’s entirety starting today – thanks Rolling Stone!
And don’t forget, Lee is playing a free instore at Other Music on the 20th to celebrate his album’s release:
Diver is a sensual, bold electronic record, swimming ecstatically in the melodies of early 90′s R&B, UK 2-step Garage, Balearic house and NY freestyle. The trio, Callan Clendenin (vocals), Ben Steidel (synths, bass) and Alex Pasternak (drums, programming) recorded the album over the course of several years, at home in New York, on tour in Brazil between shows, or in their practice space in the basement of an old Catholic school. Ultimately, the album came to life when the band recruited producer Le Chev (Frankie Rose, Fischerspooner, SSION) to add the finishing touches and assist in fully realizing the band’s vision of Diver.
The music that Mary Anne Hobbs once called “pure, agile, hedonistic pop music,” is still there, but in an infinitely more potent and focused form. Callan’s lyricism reaches new intimate lows and ecstatic highs. Where Lemonade used to seek transcendence through psychedelic dance-floor physicality, Callan now looks inward, at the emotions of limited means, the urban everyday, and his attempts to hold on to redemptive love and romance in a cybernetic, information-rich world. Lemonade reference PM Dawn and Sade in the same sentence as Julio Bashmore and Swedish House Mafia. They are sounds of the past synthesized with contemporary dance music boueyed by the most immediate matters of the heart.
“Neptune”, the first taste from Diver, is a case in point. It’s a pure and emotional R&B track, an instant and surprising classic. The single will be released next month with remixes from Mike Simonetti, Jacques Renault, and Sinjin Hawke. Stay tuned for more info.
Pre-order Diver HERE (and get the vinyl on limited to mailorder color vinyl)
March 8 – Snacks @ Voyeur – Philadelphia, PA — TONIGHT
March 14 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY Buy Tickets
April 20 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA Buy Tickets w/Bachelorette
April 24 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA * Buy Tickets
April 26 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR * Buy Tickets
April 27 – Neumos – Seattle, WA * Buy Tickets
April 28 – Venue – Vancouver, CAN * Buy Tickets
April 30 – The Starlite Room – Edmonton, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 1 – The Republik – Calgary, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 3 – Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 4 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN * Buy Tickets
May 5 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI * Buy Tickets
May 6 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI * Buy Tickets
May 8 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 10 – Cabaret Mile End – Montreal, CAN * Buy Tickets
May 11 – Paradise – Boston, MA * Buy Tickets
* = w/Neon Indian
By truepanthersounds on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
We’re nearing the March 20th release of Mixed Emotions on True Panther Sounds. You’ve already spent some time wrapping your head around the album opener Brothers (and the progressive house rave r die, thizz yr brains out remix) so now here’s something new.
“All of Me” is the kind of spirited and soaring track Tanlines have somehow gotten really really really good at making. An intimate song about love and fear busted out into a digital stadium. It’s a SPRING song more than a summer song, maybe even a springtime in New York song…which is convenient because this spring is going to have some Tanlines tour dates that you can find below. Hope you enjoy the track and pre-order the record, which you can get on mailorder exclusive color vinyl for the time being.
By truepanthersounds on Thursday, January 12th, 2012
Brooklyn, NY’s Tanlines will release their debut album, Mixed Emotions, on our imprint True Panther Sounds on March 20th, 2012. It was recorded in various NYC home studios and mixed in Miami by legendary mixing engineer Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, Television, Roxy Music). Mixed Emotion’s first taste, “Brothers,” is available for download from their site or direct download below…
Anyone well-versed with New York City’s diverse music scene for the last few years knows Mixed Emotions is a long time coming. Since their first song hit the web in 2008, Tanlines – comprised of Eric Emm (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Jesse Cohen (drums, keyboards, bass) – have been steadily releasing genius dance singles with labels across the globe, including True Panther, Young Turks and Kitsune. Their live show has taken them worldwide, playing at the likes of The Guggenheim, The Whitney and more in their hometown, as well as an opening slot on Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas’s solo tour in 2009. But it was an ill-fated European tour – filled with some of the most disappointing shows of their respective careers – that ultimately led to Mixed Emotion’s genesis. The band spent long hours driving through Europe, listening to albums by R.E.M., skate punk records from the 80’s, Born in the USA, and more. As Eric explains it, “Listening to them, I became very aware of the lasting resonance of a good song. A good song transcends production trends. That’s what we were missing, and I wanted to start making songs that would have a life of their own.”
The band returned from Europe only to be greeted with a larger problem: making such songs in Emm’s studio, which was not only the place where they created, but the place where they met prior to forming the band, would be impossible; the building that housed his eight year old studio had been sold. It is ultimately this sense of starting over that helps informs some of Mixed Emotion’s most palpable moments.
Mixed Emotions is a testament to the benefits and pitfalls of life’s changes, getting older, and being pushed out of one’s comfort zone. The band that was born out of a studio suddenly had to become, well, a band. Songs were written simply on a guitar, with the band later adding their palette of electronic and organic sounds afterwards. Emm honed his voice, a confident and tranquil baritone, and focused on lyricism, something he had not done seriously in the past. He sings stories about loss, the passage of time, and the lessons and warnings of accumulated knowledge gleaned by someone who has spent an entire lifetime in music. The process stretched the duo – Cohen likened making the album to that of making a film when it was done – and Mixed Emotions is all the better for it.
Sometimes painful, sometimes transcendent, and ultimately a very precise labor of love, Mixed Emotions simply feels vivid. Songs pulse and linger, filled with percussive textures, bright, warm synths and driving kick drums to juxtapose the album’s lyrical melancholia. The record obscures and blurs the lines between synthetic and organic, real and fake, happy and sad. It is the sound of stadium pop in small spaces. And it is one of the most remarkable debut albums you will hear in 2012.
Tanlines will be playing shows across the U.S. this spring. More info to come!
Pre-Order Mixed Emotions HERE (will ship on or before release date)
Check out “Life’s A Beach” from the forthcoming Kurt Vile So Outta Reach EP.
The So Outta Reach 6-song EP will be available on 12″ and digital formats on November 8. This is the same day that the deluxe 2-CD version of Smoke Ring For My Halo (with new color cover) also releases. This deluxe CD will include the So Outta Reach EP on a second disc. (Same price as a regular CD / pre-order here).
And don’t forget, Kurt Vile and the Violators still have MORE DATES in 2011 in the States plus Australia & New Zealand. This includes a few dates supporting the Flaming Lips and some very exciting headline shows at NYC’s Webster Hall and Philly’s Union Transfer. Get yer tix below.
24th: State Theatre, Portland, ME (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets
25th: Main Street Armory, Rochester, NY (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets
27th: The NorVa, Norfolk, VA (w/ The Flaming Lips) tickets