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Too Short drops an official video for “Money On The Floor” featuring E-40, off his upcoming album “No Trespassing” which drops February 28th. Enjoy.

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Florence and the Machine will tour the United States in 2012.

Count Florence and the Machine among the bands who refuse to let Coachella’s new two-weekend format get in the way of a packed tour schedule. She’s added 5 dates in the week surrounding the festival, part of a month-long tour which will make its way East after the famed festival in Indio. The tour continues to support 2011’s excellent effort, Ceremonials.

Florence and the Machine 2012 tour dates:

04/14 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
04/15 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/17 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort
04/18 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Center
04/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
04/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan
04/22 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hennepin Theatre
04/28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
04/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
05/01 – Dallas…

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The Budos Band [2012 Tour Dates]

Posted: January 19, 2012 in News
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I recently received word about The Budos Band planning tour dates for 2012, and San Francisco is listed with a stop at The Independent. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it to the show. Will you? Hope to see you there!

The following are the dates I have heard about so far:

02/19/12 – Neumos in Seattle, WA
02/20/12 – The Wild Buffalo in Bellingham, WA
02/21/12 – Dante’s in Portland, OR
02/23/12 – The Independent in San Francisco, CA
02/24/12 – Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA
02/25/12 – Body English in Las Vegas, NV
04/05/12 – 9:30 Club in Washington, DC
04/06/12 – Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA
04/07/12 – Jewish Mother Hilltop in Virginia Beach, VA
04/09/12 – Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC
04/10/12 – Orange Peel in Asheville, NC
04/11/12 – The Pour House in Charleston, SC
04/12/12 – Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
04/14/12 – Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Mars Volta have announced their sixth album, Noctourniquet, which should be hitting stores on March 27th. This endeavor is the newest set of tracks released from the band since they released their last album, Octahedron, in 2009. As with previous Mars Volta albums, the music was composed by Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and is very dramatic and is very much a musical journey. Apparently, this new album is inspired by many different elements including ’80s UK alt-rockers The Godfathers, Superman comic nemesis Solomon Grundy, and the Greek myth of Hyacinthus.

Right now, it is not very clear how this announcement fits into the commitments made by Bixler-Zavala and Rodiquez-Lopez. Their previous band, At The Drive-In, recently announced that they are reuniting after a 11 year hiatus to play Coachella and more.

The track listing for Noctourniquet is as follows:

  1. The Whip Hand
  2. Aegis
  3. Dyslexicon
  4. Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound
  5. The Malkin Jewel
  6. Lapochka
  7. In Absentia
  8. Imago
  9. Molochwalker
  10. Trinkets Pale of Moon
  11. Vedamalady
  12. Noctourniquet
  13. Zed and Two Naughts

Lookout Records LogoOh no! Say it isn’t so!! It seems that Lookout! Records is no more.

Definitely a seminal part of my musical upbringing, Lookout! guided the way through my introduction to the punk scene. Starting off with the early days of Operation Ivy, I was hooked with the focused fervor of teenage angst. I listened to a lot of Lookout!’s catalog including Green Day, Operation Ivy, Crimpshrine, Rancid, American Steel, CommuniqueThe DonnasSamiam, Tilt, and more. Sadly though, Lookout! has had to totally close its doors and even cease its digital catalog due to financial issues. News of the closure was confirmed on Ted Leo and the Pharmacists‘ webite recently. Even more recently, owner/president Chris Appelgren released the following statement on the Lookout! website:

“Hard to say goodbye

I’m not sure exactly where exactly to start but I guess it’s best to get the hard part out of the way. To put it simply, what was mentioned recently on Ted Leo’s website (and reported in by a number of other outlets online) is true. Lookout Records will be closing its doors over the next few months. Most people that are reading this know that the label stopped releasing material towards the end of 2005. It was then that Lookout ended its long relationships with Green Day, Operation Ivy and a few other artists. That development meant significantly scaling down the business, which included letting the staff go and moving from the label’s Berkeley headquarters and warehouse into a small office. It was a challenging time for everyone involved – bands, staff, and business partners. For myself and the other two owners at the time, Cathy and Molly, we resolved to put our limited resources into rectifying some of the issues and problems that had been Lookout’s undoing, return to a modest operation, with the hopes of first, getting things back on track, and hopefully doing more in the future.

To many, that would have been the perfect time to wind things up with Lookout Records, but we decided not to. Sure, sales were down across the board and Lookout no longer had many of its long-standing top sellers in its catalog. There were artists that were committed to sticking with the label and shared our hope of fixing the problems and being able to find our way through a difficult period and create new successes. This was the inspiration we needed and over the next few years, with hard work we were able to simplify label operations to a large extent. With the help of folks like Ali, Andy, and later, Spenser pitching in, we focused on playing catch-up and on top of new developments.It wasn’t easy to keep catalog items in print and that became especially challenging when our primary compact disc manufacturer and our distribution partner Lumberjack-Mordam went out of business unexpectedly. Having our physical distributor and a manufacturer go belly up disrupted our sales, meant a significant loss of income, and caused inventory and accounting problems. The next year when our mail order partner, Little Type, went out of business, Lookout was also dealt another significant blow. We did our best to resolve the issued caused by these developments but both ultimately amounted to a lot more work and severely impacted income.By this time, it was primarily Cathy and myself overseeing Lookout’s business. This was done in whatever spare time we could find, as both of us had other jobs. Molly had minimized her involvement with the label, remaining a valued and trusted adviser. The label’s sole employee was Spenser, who came in to our small office space in Oakland to handle day to day stuff a couple times a week.Last summer, we began tentatively discussing what it might mean to let Lookout end. It was a strange and scary to talk about at first and hard for either of us to imagine what it would be like. Lookout Records had been part of my life for over 20 years and Cathy is a label veteran with over 15 years of experience at Lookout. We considered all options but kept coming back to realization that the best use of our energies would be to shut the doors once and for all – for the legacy of the label, for the bands, and for benefit of the relationships and friendships with artists, partners, and stakeholders. After some soul searching, hat’s what we decided to do.Right now, we are in the process of going through years and years of archives and figuring out what to do with things that have no obvious home.  Inventory, masters, artwork – that’s all going back to the artists. We’ve talked to some bands but not all of them. If you were in a band and haven’t heard from Cathy or myself, definitely get in touch. Our efforts to close out Lookout’s remaining business reflect the same intentions we’ve had for the past few years – to do the best we can by the bands. It’s our hope that this could be an opportunity for the artists themselves to revisit their Lookout releases, with interesting and cool results. It’s time to let Lookout Records really and truly become history.Thank you. Thanks for listening to the music, going to shows, coming in our store, forming bands, sending us demos, buying records from our mail order, signing to our label, wearing a t-shirt, playing our records on your radio show, putting us up on your living room floor, writing fan mail, interviewing us for your zine, putting on a show, for inspiring us, for being inspired by Lookout, for your hard work, for just being there, and for ALL of the memories (there are so many). Thank you. Here’s to you, and to whatever comes next…

Thanks, Chris

P.S. We’ll continue to update this site from time to time, with stories, information or anything cool that we come across that seems worth sharing. You’re welcome to come back and visit.”

Lookout! co-founder Larry Livermore also Tweeted on Friday,

“Requiem for a dream? Or just time to say goodbye to something that really ended a long time ago?”

Sad days, but we’ll keep checking back on their website for any more updates.

Love you guys, Lookout!!

John K. Samson

One of my favorite singer-songwriters, John K. Samson of The Weakerthans, will be releasing a new album very soon. His first full length solo album, entitled Provincial, is set to debut this January 24th via Epitaph-Anti Records. The release will contain re-recorded tracks from Samson’s pair of solo EPs (City Route 85 and Provincial Road 222) as well as brand new songs. A preview video for the release as well as Samson’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

3/10 – Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
3/11 – Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer
3/13 – Washington DC at Black Cat
3/15 – New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom
3/16 – Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe
3/17 – Buffalo, NY at Mohawk
4/1 – Seattle,WA at Tractor Tavern
4/2 – Portland, OR at Doug Fir
4/5 – San Diego, CA at The Casbah
4/6 – Los Angeles, CA at The Troubadour
4/7 – San Francisco, CA at Bottom of the Hill

For the totally geeky, like me, the liner notes can be found, here. I really do like John K. Samson’s music and can’t wait to see him in San Francisco. Hope to see some of you there!

The Shins [2012 Tour Dates]

Posted: January 16, 2012 in News
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The Shins will tour the United States in 2012.

The Shins have announced an ever-so-slight tease of their tour schedule for 2012. In addition to their appearance at Coachella, they’ve scheduled four shows in close proximity on the West Coast in the middle of April. This makes them eligible for Fauxchella 2012, our list of Coachella artists making detours to play in the SF Bay Area (over 30 of ’em – well worth a look).

Tickets are on sale for the individual dates:

4/13/12 Las Vegas, NV Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – The Pool
4/14/12 Indio, CA – Coachella 2012
4/21/12 Indio, CA – Coachella 2012
4/22/12 Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
4/23/12 Davis, CA – Robert Mondavi Center
4/25/12 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

Watch the Shins do their part to shape the next generation of musically enlightened kids by performing “It’s Ok Try Again” on Yo Gabba Gabba:

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The Weeknd has been confirmed to play Coachella 2012, possibly his first show in the United States.

There is perhaps no better case study of the Internet’s star-making capabilities than the career arc of Toronto’s Abel Tesfaye, better known to us as The Weeknd. Beginning with House of Balloons in March 2011, Tesfaye unleashed 3 mixtapes that circulated like wild fire, thanks to a public endorsement by Drake along the way. One year later, The Weeknd have been confirmed to appear at Coachella 2012, slated for April 13-15 and 20-22 in Indio, CA.

Remarkably, one of the biggest festivals in the US could also be his first ever show in the country. Tesfaye has performed in his hometown of Toronto, but has yet to play a show on American soil. Talk about setting a high standard – it’ll be a long time before he plays for a U.S. crowd larger than his first one.

Coachella is trickling out its 2012 lineup announcement this week, with the first…

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At The Drive-In have reunited to release This Station Is Non-Operational

At The Drive-In surprised us today with an out-of-the-blue tweet announcing their reunion in 2012. It simply read: “¡ ATTENTION ! To whom it may concern: AT THE DRIVE-IN will be breaking their 11 year silence THIS STATION IS …NOW…OPERATIONAL”

After the news broke, ATDI’s official site broke under heavy traffic, but Fearless records reveals some information about their return. On May 24th, 2012, the band will release This Station Is Non-Operational, an 18-song compilation bundled with covers, BBC sessions, B-sides and a DVD of music videos and other footage compiled over the band’s 9-year history. 30-second clips and a promo landing page are on display at Fearless’ website.

ATDI have not yet announced tour plans, but with Coachella rolling out its lineup announcement, it’s fun to speculate they may show up at the festival this year. Coachella has a reputation for prompting major reunions on an annual…

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I was there and have some videos that should be going up on YouTube. Stay tuned!

Weakerthans Tour 2012

Billed as the “Four & More” tour, Winnipeg’s The Weakerthans set up residency at the Independent for a sold-out four-night stretch of dates, each a celebration of a different full length from their modestly-sized but venerable discography. The album show, if it is common enough to be known as such, is a peculiar kind of palimpsest.  Original, recorded material is inevitably written over with individual experience and sentiment. At a typical show, however, songs range across the entire breadth of an artist’s catalogue, usually with an emphasis on the more recent, and the listener’s connections to the music range similarly. By playing material from a single album – particularly an older, much beloved one – an album show evokes a more cohesive set of associations, saturating the listener in a specific and concentrated nostalgia made only more intense by the urgency and immediacy of the live setting.

For their part…

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