tUnE-yArDs unveil “Bizness” video, start Japan benefit facepaint contest

tUnE-yArDs are hot on the heels of recording w h o k i l l , coming out April 19th on 4AD, and the band has released a video for single “Bizness.”  In the video, school children playfully run amok, a collage of face-painted adults rotate, reconfigure, and recombine as organic, geometric shapes, and Merrill Garbus fleshes out an envisioning of her primal wail.

In related news, the band have started a contest encouraging fans to “submit photos of themselves – or any other objects they see fit – adorned in coloured face paint. To enter, fans should upload photos via a dedicated Flickr account here. For every photo submitted, Merrill will dedicate $1 to the Japan relief effort. The photo judged to be the most creative will win a boombox decorated by tUnE-yArDs in the colours of the w h o k i l l album artwork.”  Get an idea of what they’re looking for here.


The Morning Benders Release EP In Support Of Japan Relief Efforts

If you didn’t know, Chris Chu brothers of The Morning Benders was born in Japan. And the band was going to play a concert in Japan this month. In light of the recent disaster over there, and in order to offer all the help they can give, The Morning Benders are releasing Japan Echo, an EP only available on the band’s website, whose proceeds, 100% of them, will be donated to the Japan Society’s Emergency Relief Fund. Get it HERE.

Full EP Tracklisting:
1. Cold War (Star Slinger Remix)
2. Better In Blue
3. Hand Me Downs (Wild Nothing Remix)
4. Excuses (RAC Remix)
5. Mason Jar (Twin Sister Remix)
6. Wet Cement (Aislyn Remix)
7. Little Riot
8. Promises (Star Slinger Remix)

My Morning Jacket Announce New Shows

In case you haven’t heard, My Morning Jacket is debuting a new album (Circuital) sometime this summer.

To celebrate and celebrate with fans, the band has picked a handful of shows across North America to showcase the album’s new material. If your city isn’t on the list, don’t fret. The band promises more tour dates to be revealed shortly.

Another thing to keep an eye on is the band’s “T5 Coutndown” to Circuital. This coundown releases a live track from each of their Terminal 5 shows performed in October. Head here to get the lowdown, and you can see My Morning Jacket here:

6/17 – Auditorium Theatre (Chicago, IL)

6/22 – Pantages Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)

6/24 – Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)

6/26 – Paramount Theatre (Seattle, WA)

6/28 – Edgefield (Portland, OR)

6/29 – Orpheum (Vancouver, BC)

7/11 – Kool Haus (Toronto, ON)

7/12 – Metropolis (Montreal, QC)

8/04 – Red Rocks (Morrison, CO)


Gold Panda Release EP Compilation

Before releasing his acclaimed debut Lucky Shiner, Gold Panda assembled a series of EP’s on Make Mine Records (UK), Avex Records (Japan) and his own Notorious Records.

Now these rare EP’s have been assembled into one package, called Companion. The album came out this week on Ghostly International Records. You can get it wherever records can be found.

What’s more, Gold Panda was recently the subject of a brief documentary by film-maker Shai Levy. In it, the artist opens up about touring and the lonely road. Speaking of touring, Gold Panda has a new North American Tour. You can catch the dates right below the video.

03.31 Philadelphia, PA @ THE ARCH
04.01 Washington, DC @ RED PALACE
04.02 Brooklyn, NY @ GLASSLANDS

Datarock Releases EP In Advance of Full Album

Datarock has suddenly released an EP, California, in anticipation of their opus, Datarock – The Musical.  All tracks on the California EP will be on the full-length album, due out later this year.  You can hear the entire EP streaming right here:  http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/1.  Enjoy!

Javelin Create Some Canyon Candy

Cousins George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk have been recording together under the name Javelin since 2004. But, it wasn’t until 2010, when they toured extensively with Yeasayer, Girl Talk, Matt & Kim, Major Lazer, that things really started to take off for Javelin.

And now, 2011 looks to be an exciting year for the duo, due in large part to the release of their country western songbook Canyon Candy. The album will see release in two unique formats, 10’’ and PlayButton. The former of will see the light of day as a handmade collectors piece on Record Store Day (April 16), with the former following close behind.

Then, in late May, Javelin will launch a headlining tour that will take them across the continental U.S. Peep those dates down below.


Tour Dates

TUE 5/24 WASHINGTON, DC DC 9 w/ Big Freedia
WED 5/25 BALTIMORE, MD  Sonar  w/ Big Freedia
THU 5/26 NEW YORK, NY  Mercury Lounge w/ Big Freedia
MON 5/30 BOSTON, MA  Brighton Music Hall w/ Big Freedia
TUE 5/31 MONTREAL, QC Belmont w/ Big Freedia
WED 6/1 TORONTO, ON  TBC  w/ Big Freedia
THU 6/2 PITTSBURGH, PA Shadow Lounge w/ Big Freedia
FRI 6/3 CINCINNATI, OH  Midpoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square
w/ You You’re Awesome
SUN 6/5 CHICAGO, IL  Empty Bottle w/ Big Freedia