The time has come for the boys of ANR to head back to the UK. We've got some very fun dates coming up with Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Fucked Up, Brother, a couple Great Escape dates, a Liverpool Sound City show and more.
05/14 – Brighton, UK @ Great Escape Festival 3PM - @ Shipwrights Yards (Republic Of Music Party)
05/14 – Brighton, UK @ Great Escape Festival 8PM - @ Above Audio (Drowned In Sound Stage)
05/16 - London, UK @ Bush Hall
05/17 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla w/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
05/18 - Manchester, UK @ Academy 3 w/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
05/19 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms w/ Brother
05/21 - Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City @ The Kazimier (Drowned In Sound Stage)
05/23 – London, UK @ Heaven w/ Brother
05/24 - London, UK @ Victory
05/26 - Leeds, UK @ Cockpit 3
05/27 – London, UK @ The Barfly (XFM Xposure Night)
ANR, back in Miami! They rocked the Borscht after-party last weekend, but this will be there 1st, formal, announced, proper show since returning from their national tour. It will also most likely be their last in Miami before heading across the pond to the UK for three weeks in May. Get out there!
ANR's bonus track "Dead Gulf" gets the video treatment from old pal Jamie Harley. Visuals in the video are courtesy of more old pals, Morphologic. Peep it over at Altered Zones or below. Just go with it... Sway...
Stay Kids is out now and available on most digital retailers. The physical CD will be available in record stores starting March 29th. ANR had a great SXSW. You can read a review from AOL Spinner or check out some lovely words on the album tracks from RCRD LBL, Huffington Post, FADER and The Guardian.
Those fine fellows over at Discosama are at it again. This time with a limited edition ANR 7" pressing. The "Big Problem" b/w "Dead Gulf" 7 inch is limited to 100 copies hand-numbered & stamped, black vinyl with individually lino-block printed artwork by ANR. 20 copies are being sent over to Rough Trade, so grab yours in the US now! Release party is tonight.
One half of ANR, John Hancock, has put together a mix of some of his favorite tunes. Download the mix and check out the track-listing below. If anything in this playlist really gets you excited, just about everything included is available at all digital and most independent physical retailers.
Totally Nebular is a band made up of some young lads from Southern Florida. This is a video for their song "Captain Benson". It is a very enjoyable tune and even more enjoyable video. It was shot by Carter Smith. He killed it.
It's hard to post about this band without mentioning Animal Collective. There. I did it.
John Hancock (the founding father of the ANR) will be performing his recently released record, Antenna Death, with an eleven piece band on June 11th at the Vagabond. Horns, guitars, keys, lady singers and way too many drummers will make up this Parliamentary inspired event including members of Animal Tropical, Plains and ANR. Swampy, sleazy craziness will ensue, so don't sleep on it!
We're back with another mix. Last edition was for SXSW and caused a lot of bands to get signed to lucrative major label record deals with large cash signing bonuses and complete artistic control on all future projects. Now we've got one for a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend. Summer is here which means pig roasts, clam bakes, crab boils, icing bros, oyster/champagne parties, BBQ's etc.
ANR + MillionYoung had their van broken into 2 nights ago in Montreal. Passport (Michael John Dewey Hancock), sensitive documents and a laptop (black MAC Book Pro) were stolen. If you have any information on this please email 10Kislands@gmail.com
Above shot of renewed passports taken before tour.
Tonight's MillionYoung + ANR show in Detroit is CANCELLED. Tour will resume tomorrow in Chicago.
For bands going thru Montreal, beware. It seems like there is a pretty tight criminal ring set up with anarchists who wash cars during the day and rob vans at night, using lithium battery detectors to find iPods, computers, GPS's, etc...
Crystal Castles will be rush releasing their sophomore album (via NME). Originally slated for a June release, the disc will see digital daylight this Friday April 23rd due to an early online leak. Great move in my opinion, something MGMT (the band) thought about doing, but MGMT (management/record label) fought against. See what I did there? Play on the word management... Good stuff.
Sweatstock was a huge success. It was such an AMAZING day for all of Miami. Kids, adults, artists, bands, store proprietors, old people, drunk people, straight edge people (a lot of Minor Threat t-shirts)...
Love Joy Division. Not really a huge Thom Yorke fan or Radiohead fan (I know, I'm soooo terrible, sorry, next time). But this feels like a very special moment from Thom Yorke & Atoms For Peace pre-Coachella gig last night. FLEA has blue hair.
I play music in iTunes on my MAC computer before installing it onto my iPod. I have the potential to read most newspapers and killer Faulkner novels on an iPad or iPhone (sticking with Blackberry for a while longer, big fan of the raised keyboard). Is this too much? Has apple put traditional mom/pop record stores out of business? Are they on the verge of putting book stores and libraries out of business?
Seeking Alpha has the answers to these questions and so many more.
ANR played Art Walk in Miami this past Saturday. They played "Believe The Hype" at the Eazy Street Gallery in Wynwood. The exhibition was curated by Dustin Orlando. More info available at NBC Miami. It was fun w/ a lot of new jams.
Pretty much everyone I know in the music industry started out as an intern.
If you're not born into it, you gotta work/grind for it. Music Business school is helpful, but it seems that you can get more experience, as much networking and spend less dinero interning.
I myself started interning at a booking agency during college and in my first week I dropped a $250,000.00 check for a not-so-great Canadian band behind the copy machine. I spent 20 minutes leaning on the copy machine...learning names, acting cool, a lot of pointing at people walking by and poking behind the copy machine with my feet.
Being a South Florida label/blog, we LOVE Surfer Blood. In fact, ANR is playing with Surfer Blood in in a couple weeks in Bal Harbour. John Hancock of ANR is such a big Surfer Blood fan that he has been wearing their t-shirt around the studio. Every time I see it I can't help but think that I've seen that image somewhere else. Am I crazy or is this Astro Coast t-shirt 99% the same as Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album art???
The pulses from Unknown Pleasures are transformed into waves...
I get it now.
Above: Surfer Blood.
Below: Joy Division.
Kind of paying homage to Joy Division, kind of too similar?
More on the Joy Division cover art available at Wikipedia.
The new MGMT album, Congratulations, is fine. It is Oracular Spectacular minus the 'hits'. They reworked some jams from the Time To Pretend EP. They got some flute action on a couple songs. They took some drugs and made a sophomore album. And in 3 years people might refer to it as the 'trippy Pinkerton'.
Conspiracy Theory - In the smartest move ever made by any band + record label, this is not the album that will be released on April 13th via Columbia Records. This is instead, a variety of B-sides.
As The Village Voice reports, Todd P's Mexican party, MtyMx, is running into some problems including transportation, band cancellations and inaccurate translations of "This isn't how things work in New York".
We here at Ten Thousand Islands LOVE Liars and greatly appreciate the services offered by Insound for the past 10+ years (including a stellar 10 year anniversary party at Brooklyn Bowl this past Fall with moderately priced Brooklyn Lager). So naturally, we went for the souped-up version of Liars Sisterworldoffered by Insound. The album was released on March 8th. We placed our pre-order hours after it was announced, some time in mid-February, via Insound. We got this email today:
From: XXXXX@insound.com <XXXXX@insound.com> Date: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 3:17 PM
Subject: Your Liars- Sisterworld LP Pre-Order
I'm sorry to report that the release date for the Liars 'Sisterworld' 2XLP has been delayed until April 13th. I have no further information as to the reason for this album being postponed sadly.
This will not affect your place in the queue for the free kit. I'm unable to guarantee everyone will get one as the promotional item is while stocks last and we've had a phenomenal response for this new record. The
'Preparation Kit' will be distributed in order of who placed their orders first, as before, to keep things fair. I have my fingers and toes crossed you'll get one!
If, you're shipping address or payment information will change by April 13th feel free to drop me a line and I'll be more than happy to update your details.
However, due to the delay, our friends at Mute are allowing us to deliver you the MP3s of the entire record (because you pre-ordered through Insound) now! Please find the download link below. Due to the nature of downloads, if you would like to cancel your order, don't download the MP3s and please contact me asap.
Sincerest apologies for any inconvenience caused.
So, on top of getting the album a month late, and possibly not even getting the bonus materials that was the whole point of the pre-ordering the deluxe edition, the courtesy download doesn't even include the second disc of reinterpretations, which was the OTHER reason for ordering the deluxe edition.
Does this speak to an unhealthy obsession on our part with Liars? Yes.
John Hancock, of ANR, is going to be releasing a limited vinyl run of his solo album Antenna Death via St. Ives/Secretly Canadian this Spring. He has been spray painting 250 covers over the past week. The studio started smelling like fumes, so we made him move outside:
We realized that we liked the fumes and encouraged him to come back inside. He refused. What a rebel.
Sonar Festival in Barcelona Spain has announced its lineup. Pretty stellar, dance party. I am looking into flights and commercial water vessels. Neither are cheap. The festival will look something like this, but a thousand times bigger:
MGMT, The National, LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses, Ween, Tegan and Sara, Broken Social Scene, Passion Pit, Public Enemy, She & Him, the New Pornographers, The Hold Steady, the xx, Dirty Projectors, No Age, Drive-By Truckers, Kid Cudi, the Mountain Goats, Quasi, Camera Obscura, Midlake, Caribou, Girls, WHY?, Japandroids, Wale, YACHT, Cymbals Eat Guitars, the Very Best, Neon Indian, tUnE-YarDs, Local Natives, the Tallest Man on Earth, Fool's Gold, A-Trak...