Sin Fan Bous to Tour with Mum

Relatively speaking, Iceland isn’t exactly a breeding ground for notable new music. But among the few underground acts emerging from the island country is experimental pop act Sin Fang Bous, who seems to be on a mission to change that.

Bous, whose real name is Sindi Mar Sigfusson,will be making his North American tour debut in October with Mum,  in support of his debut album Clangour (Morr Music). The tour which runs for about two weeks, makes a stop at CMJ on the 24th at Le Poisson Rouge. Clangour is filled with beautiful sounds, both musically and vocally, that will capture you at first listen. Sigfusson also plays in Seabear, making this is his first solo album.

Listen to Sin Fang Bous’ first single, ”Catch the Light”

Sin Fang Bous On Tour with Múm

10/21 Somerville, MA (US) – The Somerville Theatre (w / Múm)
10/22 Philadelphia (US) – First Unitarian (w / Múm)
10/23 Washington DC (US) – Black Cat (w / Múm)
10/24 New York (US) – Le Poisson Rouge (w / Múm)
10/26 Montreal (CA) – Le National (w / Múm)
10/27 Toronto (CA) – Phoenix Concert Theatre (w / Múm)
10/28 Chicago (US) – Logan Square (w / Múm)
10/29 Minneapolis (US) – McGuire Theater (w / Múm)
11/01 Calgary (CA) – Marquee Room (w / Múm)
11/02 Vancouver (CA) – Richards on Richards (w / Múm)
11/03 Seattle (US) – Showbox at the Market (w / Múm)
11/04 Portland (US) – Aladdin Theater (w / Múm)
11/05 San Francisco, CA (US) – The Independent (w / Múm)
11/06 Los Angeles (US) – El Rey Theatre (w / Múm)
11/07 Santa Ana (US) – Yost Theatre (w / Múm)

BIGGEST NEWS EVER! PAVEMENT REUNION TOUR IS ON!

KIDS IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING!!! Just confirmed last night that PAVEMENT IS PLAYING 4 NIGHTS AT CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE in 2010 as part as the PAVEMENT REUNION TOUR. We all knew it would happen someday when the Godfathers of Indie would reunite, but now knowing it’s actually for real is just beyond our wildest imagination. The band is also rumored to be playing All Tomorrow’s Parties and Coachella in 2010. We have a feeling this tour is going to be HUGE. Summer Babe here we come!!!

Minus the Bear Announce Tour Dates & Album Details!

Seattle grown Minus the Bear has just leaked that they will be heading out on a headlining tour this fall! The tour starts off on October 30th in Eugene, OR and extends to November 28th, ending in Idaho.

It seems like it has been quite a long time since we’ve last heard from the band. Minus the Bear is also finishing up their newest album which is currently being recorded in Seattle and will be out in early 2010. The band has already chosen their first single, ”Into the Mirror” that will be released on October 27th. This will only be available digitally and on 7-inch. Tickets for the band’s upcoming dates go on sale Saturday, September 12th, so be sure to grab yours!

Minus the Bear Tour Dates

10/5 – Bellingham, WA @ The Nightlight
10/6 – Portland, OR @  Doug Fir Lounge
10/10 – Seattle, WA @ Pyramid Breweries
10/15 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
10/30 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
10/31 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
11/01 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Downtown Brew
11/02 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up
11/03 – Pomona, CA @ Glass House
11/04 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
11/06 – Ft. Worth, TX @ The Door
11/07 – Pharr, TX @ Jagz
11/08 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
11/10 – Birmingham, AL @ Workplay Theater
11/11 – Orlando, FL @ Club Firestone
11/12 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
11/13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/14 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
11/15 – Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
11/17 – Syracuse, NY @ The Westcott Theater
11/18 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
11/19 – Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
11/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
11/21 – Dekalb, IL @ Otto’s Niteclub
11/22 – Des Moines, IA @ The House of Bricks
11/23 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
11/25 – Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
11/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
11/28 – Boise, ID @  Knitting Factory Concert House

Secondhand Sunday: Ryan Adams ‘So Alive’

Some say that when Ryan Adams recorded Rock N Roll that the alt country megastar had completely lost it. Though the title pretty much summed up the album, people seemed to think it was a little too much to handle from the guy who wrote ‘New York, New York’.  For most listeners though, it marked only the beginning of what was to come from Adams. Unpredicatable, beautiful songs. ‘So Alive’ never felt so good.

Alvin Band Releases ‘Mantis Preying’

Rick  Schaier is not only an amazing drummer and artist, but he is also an extremely talented singer and songwriter. Schaier who spends most of  his time playing drums in The Miniature Tigers has begun a new chapter in his book in the form of ‘Alvin Band.’ This week he released digitally, Mantis Preying that will be out in stores on September 22nd.

The record opens with the incredible track and first single, ‘Temple Pressure,’ which reflects Schaier’s amazing vocal abilities as he harmonizes with himself throughout the song. ‘Glowing Tree’ is a stellar track that blends a bit of 60’s vibe with an updated electronic sound that somehow is pulled off flawlessy.  ‘Billards,’ one of the most standout tunes on the album is reminiscent of Of Montreal era Satanic Panic in the Attic, though we must admit, Schaier manages to pull it off a little smoother.

Rick has also been taking his songs on the road recently, performing ‘Gazette Pitch’ live at Miniature Tigers show. This is one performance we can’t wait to see! Mantis Preying is sure to hit many top 10 lists this year. Alvin Band has our vote!

Check out Alvin Band’s video for ‘Temple Pressure’ HERE

Getting Down with Calvin Harris

I recently had the opportunity of interviewing DJ extraordinare Calvin Harris for the website, Greenshoelace.com. Here’s how the story goes…

Scottish-born DJ Calvin Harris plays by his own rules. Though it seems like he was an overnight success to some, Harris has been creating music since he was a teenager. Record labels adore him, musicians seek him out, and fans can’t get enough of him. With the digital release of his second album Ready for the Weekend (Sony), the physical release is on October 6th, there is no stopping him. He already has two #1 singles from the album and we have the feeling it’s just the beginning. I hadthe chance to talk to Harris last week and he filled us in on what goes on inside of his head.

Your first record, I Created Disco, went Gold. What kind of pressure did you have going into the studio this time? Did you feel like you had to live up to the expectations of your fans?

Not really. The first album was good, but the new album shows people what I can really do. It’s a bit more technical.

You’re popular with both indie fans and dance fans alike. How do you think you manage to appeal to both?

I never tried to get anyone’s approval. I like to make music I enjoy creating and listening to — not necessarily what I think others will like. I like to make people dance because I like to. That’s what I’m into. I make music I think is cool, because quite frankily, I’m not cool. At least I don’t think I am.

You’ve remixed songs from everyone to Passion Pit’s ‘The Reeling’ and so on. How do you choose what songs to remix? I like songs with really good vocals. That’s the whole deal. If I like the vocals then I’m really into it and want to create around it.

 When it comes to your own songs, how do you create them for the album? What inspires you?

 Um, currently 90’s classic dance music. I like to incorporate that style of musician in a modern context. I like to make it more interesting, more evolved, more instrumental .

What was the ultimate reason you started to release your own material since you were already a successful producer?

It wasn’t really my call. I got offered a record deal and I accepted it. I’d been doing the producing thing and thought it would be a good chance to change.

You’ve already had two #1 singles from the new album ‘Ready for the Weekend.’ Did you ever expect that so soon or at all?

 No I didn’t! I didn’t know what would do well off of the new record. Usually I get it wrong. Well I always get it wrong.

 How did you first start making music?

 I was 14 years old when I started making music. My big brother was in university for computers and he had a music computer. I started messing around with that alot. I really enjoyed making music with it. I would send my stuff to record labels and they would sending encouraging letters back saying it was quite good. That’s how I got into producing.

 You wanted to release your second album last year, how come you held it off until now?

 I wanted to make it the best possible thing. I could have possibly released it but it wasn’t what I wanted. I felt it was my last chance to prove myself. I wanted to get it perfect.

 Do you have any collaborations or remixes in the works right now?

 Not really, I just worked with Sharkira which was fun. I don’t have any other collaborations in the works right now.

 I heard you like to showcase your songs live before you finish them or put them on the record. What’s your reasoning behind that?

I like to see how things translate and people’s different reactions to the things I haven’t done before. With the reaction of the crowd I can tell when a song is good or bad and if people are into it.

The new record is a bit varied in sound. Why did you decide to switch it up a bit?

I don’t think I had a choice. It was what was inside my head. It wasn’t a conscious decision to change a few things, it was a basic move that interested me. I couldn’t avoid it.

 How did Dizzee Rascal end up appearing on your album?

The song we worked on, ”Dance Wiv Me,” was originally his release. I met him at a festival and he called me and asked if I could write some music for him, so I said ‘Yea of course!’ I love him, he’s great. We worked on that song for a while until we got it perfect.

You’ve worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue and other big name celebrities. What was that like? Do you ever step back in disbelief at the artists you get to collaborate with?

 Yes, but it’s important not to dwell on it too much. You have to keep a conscious track of yourself…and be in the moment. You have to ignore the status of celebrity who you are working with. It’s really the best way.

Where do you see the future of electronic and dance music going?

 I’m the worst person to ask! I like more pop music because electronic and dance and all of that kind of stuff, it’s good, but it often seems bizarre to me.

Who would be your ultimate artist to collaborate or record with?

Prince! But its not going to happen, I’m sure. He’s my idol though.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 I see myself 10 pounds heavier, maybe I’ll shave my head, grow a beard and work in a factory. I’m not sure that will happen, but it could. Hopefully I’ll still be making music.