Miami Horror Announce North American Tour & SXSW Performances

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Psych-electronic group Miami Horror have announced their return to North America for a coast-to-coast tour, making stops in Canada, Mexico, and SXSW along the way. The Australian four-piece embarked on a successful freshman tour of the States this past fall behind their debut album, Illumination- now available in the US iTunes store. The original Australian release is also now available as a 2-CD limited edition, which includes a bonus album of Miami Horror hottest tracks, as remixed by the likes of YACHT, Shazam, and Fred Falke.

While Miami Horror initially began as one synthesizer-obsessed producer huddled over a laptop, the group has now become a full, live band, recently playing critically-acclaimed sets at Australia’s biggest festivals, as well as some A-list slots opening for Phoenix, Friendly Fires, La Roux, and Lily Allen.

Complete list of tour dates below:

 

MIAMI HORROR 2011 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Mar 6 – The Snow Ball Music Experience – Vail, CO
Mar 9 – Ghostbar – Las Vegas, NV (DJ set)
Mar 10 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
Mar 12 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 13 – 35 Conferette – Denton, TX
Mar 15 – Never Say Never Music & Arts Festival – McAllen, TX
Mar 16-18 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 19 – Caradura – Mexico City, MX
Mar 25 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Mar 26 – U Street Music Hall – Washington DC
Mar 29 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Apr 1 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Apr 2 – Le Belmont – Montreal, QC

YACHT Remixes ‘Fruitcake’ By The Superions


Fred Schneider, frontman of the B-52s, and his group The Superions, have released a Christmas album, titled Destination Christmas. This hilarious album debuted #13 on Billboard Magazine’s Top Comedy Albums chart. Out of respect for The Superions, Portland duo YACHT have remixed the song “Fruitcake” for your listening pleasure.

  The Superions – Fruitcake yacht remix by nmcollins

Neon Indian Heads West (Mostly)

Upon the release of last year’s Psychic Chasms heard the indie world over, Neon Indian is setting out on a tour in support of the slew of remasters and remixes that further champion his original effort.  Chasms is being released as a newly mastered deluxe CD and double vinyl edition on September 28th, including remixes and covers from Toro Y Moi, Bibio, Javelin, and YACHT. 

Fret not on the lack of new tunes, though, as Neon Indian just released the single, “Sleep Paralysist” on Green Label Sound.  Look forward to hearing the new track, which was produced by Palomo and Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor, on these dates:

Neon Indian Tour Dates
09/21 San Diego, CA – SDSU Open Air Theater *
09/22 Las Vegas, NV – Pearl Concert Theater *
09/23 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *
09/25 Columbia, MD – Virgin Mobile Freefest
09/26 Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum *
09/26 Vancouver, BC – Shine Nightclub (DJ Set)
09/27 Seattle, WA – Showbox @
09/28 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom @
09/30 San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine @
10/01 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda @
10/05 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater @
10/06 Houston, TX – Argentum @
10/07 Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa @
10/08 Baton Rouge, – LA Spanish Moon @
10/09 Athens, GA – 40 Watt @
10/10 Newport, KY – Southgate House @
10/11 Chicago, IL – Metro @
10/12 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace @
10/14 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues

* = w/ Phoenix
@ = w/ Prefuse 73 & Miniature Tigers

Neon Indian Reissues “Psychic Chasms”

Though it’s not completely necessary to do such a thing, Neon Indian fans are pretty excited right now. Myself included. Neon Indian will be releasing, well, re-releasing Psychic Chasms as Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed.

The record will be released as remastered deluxe edition on CD and for you vinyl heads, on double Vinyl on September 28th. The album will be out digitally on August 31 on the FADER Label / Static Tongues. The new record contains nine bonus tracks which has exclusive remixes and cover versions by Toro Y Moi, DNTEL, Bibio, Javelin, YACHT and more. Talk about a Chillwave fest.

Neon Indian will be emarking on another tour this Fall with Prefuse 73 and Modern Mystery favorites, Miniature Tigers, in addition to their previously announced tour dates they will be headlining with Chromeo and Phoenix.

Singer/songwriter Jesse Woods has also recently done a highly acclaimed cover of Neon Indian’s “Mind, Drip,” which you can listen to below, as well as the original.

Neon Indian Tour Dates
07/30/2010 House of Blues, Boston, MA *
07/31/2010 Metropolis, Montreal, QC *
08/14/2010 The Beach @ Governors Island, New York, NY
09/19/2010 Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA #
09/21/2010 SDSU Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA #
09/22/2010 The Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, NV #
09/23/2010 The Rail Event Center, Salt Lake City, UT #
09/25/2010 Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Columbia, MO
09/26/2010 PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC #
09/27/2010 Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA !
09/28/2010 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR !
09/30/2010 Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA !
10/01/2010 Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, CA !
10/02/2010 Club Congress, Tucson, AZ !
10/03/2010 Black Market, El Paso, TX !
10/05/2010 Granada Theater, Dallas, TX !
10/06/2010 Argentum (Formerly The Engine Room), Houston, TX !
10/08/2010 Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge, LA !
10/09/2010 40 Watt Club, Athens, GA !
10/10/2010 Southgate House, Newport, KY !
10/11/2010 Metro, Chicago, IL !
10/12/2010 Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ONT !
10/14/2010 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV *

* = w/ Chromeo
# = w/ Phoenix
! = w/ Prefuse 73 & Miniature Tigers

Neon indian – “Mind, Drips” by ModernMysteryBlog

Jesse Woods – “Mind Drips” by ModernMysteryBlog

Modern Mystery Holiday Party Part Three

Welcome to the third installment of our Modern Mystery Holiday party! Today our list is filled with our favorite up and coming indie bands that will be making huge waves in 2010. Sit back with your glass of eggnog and enjoy reading!

Joe Paolucci-Modern Mystery Writer
Top Albums of 2009
 

 

Neko Case-Middle Cyclone
Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
Kings of Convenience- Declaration of Dependence
Atlas Sound-Logos
Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Camera Obscura- My Maudlin Career
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-It’s Blitz!
Yacht- See Mystery Lights
Wye Oak-The knot
M.Ward-Hold Time …
Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse-Dark Night of the Soul
Black Moth Super Rainbow- Eating Us


Krista De La Rosa-Modern Mystery Writer

Top 10 Albums of 2009

1. Reservoir – Fanfarlo
2. The First Days of Spring – Noah and the Whale
3. Hospice – The Antlers
4. Actor – St. Vincent
5. Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
6. Mean Everything to Nothing – Manchester Orchestra
7. Hold Time – M Ward
8. Aim and Ignite – Fun
9. 2.0 – The XX
10. My Maudlin Career – Camera Obscura

Ivy Weir- Modern Mystery Writer

The best albums of 2009 (in Ivy-Noelle’s humble opinion)

5. God Help the Girl- s/t
I love Belle and Sebastian…so of course I love this weird indie-musical written by Stuart Murdoch. Catherine Ireton’s voice is absolutely beautiful, especially when giving new life to an old Belle & Sebastian staple, “Funny Little Frog”. Plus, the eponymous track is essentially the themesong to my entire life, haha.

4. Handsome Furs- Face Control
I’m in love with Dan Boeckner. And his wife, too! Handsome Furs have a truly unique sound and they’ve perfected that on their second album. It’s different enough from Boeckner’s other band, Wolf Parade, to be interesting- but similar in the repetetive guitar hooks and almost yelped vocals. Seriously great.

3. The Duchess & The Duke- She’s the Duchess, He’s the Duke
I almost didn’t give this album a chance, but boy am I glad I did. It’s raw, lo-fi, garage acoustic indie rock goodness. The male vocals are purely rock-n-roll, and meshed with the female back-ups it’s a great, vintage, 1960s feel. The lyrics are blunt and honest and work extremely well with the overall sound.

2. M. Ward- Hold Time
In my mind, M. Ward can do no wrong (well…She & Him. But that’s just because of my irrational hatred for Zooey Deschanel). “Hold Time” is classic M. Ward at his best- soaring melodies that somehow still seem as simple as the Appalachian folksongs from which he draws influence. Production value on this album is much higher than his past works, but it works- and Ward’s raspy, unique voice still shines through. Indie superstar collaborations make this one of the best albums of the year, and certainly of M. Ward’s career.

1. Matt & Kim- Grand
This is the album that broke Brooklyn’s Matt & Kim onto the mainstream scene- with “Daylight” featured in a Bacardi commercial, many of their hardcore followers accused them of selling out. But who cares? They are making unique, perfect pop music and if they’re also making money, good for them! This album is fantastic- there’s not a bad track on it. The whole thing flows like one crazy dance party from beginning to end. I also had the pleasure of seeing the duo in concert in July, and it was one of the craziest experiences of my life. I hope these two keep making music for a long time.

Songs:
5. “All We Want, Baby, Is Everything”- Handsome Furs
4. “Good Ol’ Fashioned Nightmare”- Matt & Kim
3. “Insane Lullaby (ft. James Mercer)” -Dark Night of the Soul
2. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z and Alicia Keys
1. “Two Weeks”- Grizzly Bear

Tucker Riggleman-The Demon Beat

Top 10 Albums of the Year

1. Japandroids – Post-Nothing
2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP
6. Dandelion Snow – It’s Just A Bad Dream
7. Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
8. Dead Weather – Horehound
9. Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win – We Are Bound
10.Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood

Explanations:

1. This record had such a huge impact on me that I braved it to D.C. to catch them at a small club, which is hard to do since I hate D.C. – my car was broken into and I had some valuable things stolen. I was barely upset because their show was so awesome.

2. I played the fuck out of this record at work last year. I was a hall security guard type of a thing and I would just blare this stuff. Probably didn’t make me seem any tougher. The hooks are monumental.

3. Took a while to grow on me, but the slow pretty songs are gorgeous and abundant.

4. Great summer record. “Summertime Clothes” is one of my favorite songs of the past 5 years.

5. Justin Vernon could shit on a CD and I’d buy it.

6. Good friends of ours. Myself and BIG BULLET RECORDS helped put this out. I love the way Roger can take a song and make it so everyone feels something.

7. Their most well-rounded album to date, though I’ll still prefer the old classics.

8. Raunchy as fuck. Love it.

9. Another BBR artist, this one from Massachusetts. Steve is heavily influenced by Kevin Devine and I think his record is better than the one Kevin put out this year.

10. I still liked “Brother’s Blood”, but the demos that KD put out all year leading up the the album are more intimate and better overall in my opinion than the final versions.

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

I’d say going to NYC and making a record in basically a day. It was surreal, and we are overwhelmingly happy with the results. Also, our first trip to NYC in late January was interesting. Jordan had a girl run on stage and stick a vial of weed in his shirt pocket while we were playing. Insane.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

Seasonal alcoholic beverages.

Jordan Hudkins-The Demon Beat

JORDAN’S TOP TEN SONGS THAT HE LIKED OF THE YEAR:

1. Surfer Blood – “Take It Easy”

2. Henry’s Dress – “Zero/Zero/Zero”

3. Flake Music – “Sue Defender”

4. Kid Cudi – “Pursuit of Happiness”

5. The Who – “Tattoo”

6. Librarians – “Hard to Unwind”

7. Hammer No More The Fingers – “Nobody Knows”

8. Royal Bangs – “Poison Control”

9. Weezer – “Let It All Hang Out”

10. Enigma – “Return to Innocence”

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

The craziest thing that happened to ME this year was a wild rickshaw ride I took in Raleigh, NC. The driver took me and two friends up into a parking garage, and then we sped down the spiral exit ramp. It was like a ROLLERCOASTER. Apparently, this kind of behavior is forbidden for a rickshaw driver, thereby exponentially increasing the thrill-index of our lil’ adventure.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

Cranberry Sierra Mist…but I think that is always available now. C’est la vie!

Adam Meisterhans- The Demon  Beat

1. i didn’t like any records that came out this year. especially not kevin devine records.
2. i started taking anti-depressants.
3. egg-nog.

Jason Meeks-Binary Marketing Show

cass mccombs — catacombs
grizzly bear – vecktimest
antony and the johnson’s — the crying light
tUnE yArDs — bird-brains
jim o’rourke — the visitor
micachu and the shapes — jewellry
animal collective — merriweather post pavillion
bill callahan — sometimes i wish we were an eagle
st. vincent — the actor

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

i guess it was breaking down in the middle of nowhere ohio while we were on tour and staying with complete strangers that told us their life stories. not to mention, some really weird secrets that we really didn’t want to know about..

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

i suppose the terrible holiday food to be consumed. it’s always fun to eat a 7 course meal that’s probably worth 5000 calories.

Abram Morphew-Binary Marketing Show

ennio morricone – la storia vera della signora dalle camelie
marissa nadler – little hells
thinguma*jigsaw – (awakeinwhitechapel)
blair harris – watercolor
bachelorette – my electric family
dead man’s bones – dead man’s bones
circulatory system – signal morning
bill callahan – sometimes i wish we were an eagle
two eyes meet redux – pop songs on illusions and tragedies
cass mccombs – catacombs

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

seeing a naked gentleman painting himself white in a field of burning trash.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

the silence that follows snow.

Bethany Carder-Binary Marketing Show

Sun City Girls- Napoleon & Josaphine
Alela Diane- To Be Still
Mount Eerie- Winds Poem
Castanets- Texas Rose,the thaw and the beast
Woods Family Creeps- Woods family creeps
Dear Olive- the ocean the sea
Diane Cluck- black with green leaves
Larkin Grimm- Harpoon
Orion Rigel Dommisse- What I want from you is sweet
Bacherlorette- my electric family

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

Newton Falls Ohio. Being lifted atop a flatbed, while sitting inside a jeep watching the rapid lights, strange feeling…yes

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

Sharing a few moments with the ones ya Love, however far they may be..or near. it’s a swell feeling

‘Indie-pendance’ Day Mix!

Ah yes its already the 4th of July tomorrow and let the picnics  begin. The crew here at Modern Mystery put together a mix for your ‘Indie-pendance’ day. Whether you are heading to the beach, barbecuing some hamburgers or getting drunk by your pool, we hope you listen to it on your celebration. We tried to keep the songs ‘summer’ feeling. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

Animal Collective-Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix)
The Phenomenal Handclap Band- 15 to 20
Empire of the Sun- We Are the People (The Golden Filter Remix)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart-Young Adult Friction
Passion Pit- Moth’s Wings
Sunset Rubdown-Idiot Heart
Little Joy- No One’s Better Sake
Yacht-Summer Song
Wavves-Gun in the Sun
Pepi Ginsberg (Featuring The Spinto Band)- In My Bones
Los Campesinos!- How I Taught Myself to Scream
Takka Takka- The Takers
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin- Think I Wanna Die
MGMT- Time to Pretend