It has been a lonnnnng while since we last recieved a record from Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks. Of course we can’t complain, right? Can you say Pavement reunion? Malkmus and the crew headed back in the studio with indie sensation Beck, to create their newest record that will be released on Matador Records. Mirror Traffic will be out August 23rd. If you can’t bare to wait, take a look below of a live sneak peak of one of the new tracks. This will be the last album to feature drummer Janet Weiss (formerly of Sleater Kinney), as she is going full fledge with her newest project, Wild Flag. Joggers drummer Jake Morris will take over for her for the time being.
Disco lovers can rejoice in the funkadelic sounds of Quinn Luke’s solo project, Bing Ji Ling. Luke, of Phenomenal Handclap Band fame, has just released Shadow To Shine on March 22nd via Tummy Touch Records. The sound is a journey back in time when disco balls and platform shoes were a staple but with a modern twist. Luke is embracing the 70s indie retro sound, making disco fun again and is quickly moving to the forefront of this new style of music.
Bing Ji Ling, mandarin for ice cream, sparks nostalgia for those days of ABBA, Earth, Wind & Fire, and early Beck. His refreshing retro vibe is making people want to get up and shake their groove thing. Bing Ji Ling is setting out on a bi-coastal tour in support of the album. Check out the first single, “Everybody“.
April 23rd- San Fran, CA – Burritt Room @ The Crescent Hotel W/ Tommy Guerrero
April 25th – Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge
April 26th – Costa Mesa Live, CA – Mesa
April 27th- Costa Mesa Live, CA- Mesa (DJ set) w/DJ Scotty Coats
April 28th- Los Angeles, CA- Dance Right @ La Cita (DJ set) w/DJ Scotty Coats
April 29th- Santa Anna, CA- Obey Radio @ The Crosby (DJ set)
Ontario quartet, Tokyo Police Club, have good news for us Yanks, more dates. In support of their sophomore album Champ, the foursome will hit the road with and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Two Door Cinema Club through most of January before going it alone. The album, produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith), has garnered serious critical acclaim for the boys’ brand of high octane, gritty pop. Everyone from NPR, The New York Times, Alternative Press, Pitchfork and Paste have given high marks to Champ.
Be sure to catch them in your town.
1/17/11 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met ^ *
1/19/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise ^ *
1/20/11 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^ *
1/21/11 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5 ^ *
1/22/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero ^ *
1/23/11 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall ^ *
1/25/11 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade ^ *
1/26/11 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar ^ *
1/27/11 – Orlando, FL @ The Social ^ *
1/28/11 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room *
1/29/11 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s *
1/31/11 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
2/1/11 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater *
2/2/11 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa *
2/3/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live *
2/5/11 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
2/7/11 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note *
2/8/11 – Columbia, MO @ Firebird *
2/10/11 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter *
* w/ Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
^ w/ Two Door Cinema Club
KCRW’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ has just posted both streaming audio and video of MGMT’s in studio performance from this week on their website. I have been watching their performance in video form and its really stellar. The Brooklyn band has really come a long way since I saw them live opening for Of Montreal in October last year. At that time, I wasn’t really sure what to make of them live. Maybe it was because I was just wanting to see Of Montreal, but for some reason, I didn’t love them. MGMT is so much tighter now since they’ve gained more touring experience. If you don’t own a copy of their “Oracular Spectacular” you should pick one up. MGMT has put out one of the greatest records i’ve heard all year.
MGMT is also on tour opening for Beck and will be playing Webster Hall on October 30th in New York City.
Stream Audio and Video of MGMT Live on Morning Becomes Eclectic http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb080917mgmt