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Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) is on a short tour in advance of a new album scheduled for release later in 2009. The tour includes North American dates, including a DJ set at Santos Party House in New York, as well as his first show in Mexico. Also noteworthy is his return to Plastic People in London, where he will resume his DJ residency.
Friday 20th March - Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday 21st March - Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
Thursday 26th March - Holocene, Portland, OR
Saturday 11th April - Santos, New York, NY (DJ set)
Friday 17th April - Sonotheque, Chicago, IL
Saturday 18th April - WIUX Culture Shock, Bloomington, IN
Thursday 23rd April - Wrongbar, Toronto, ON
Thursday 30th April - Pasaje America, Mexico City, Mexico
Friday 29th May - Plastic People, London, UK (DJ set)
Saturday 1st August - Field Day Festival, London, UK
Jason Pierce’s Spiritualized, officially revived with last year’s Songs in A & E, will perform landmark 1997 album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space live in its entirety as part of ATP Concerts’ Don’t Look Back series.
The fully loaded performance will take place on Monday, October 12 at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Tickets are on sale now. A Legacy Edition of the album is also expected to be released in October.
“Things have been rather quiet round the Voxtrot camp these last two years,” writes Voxtrot’s Ramesh Srivastava on the band’s website, and indeed, the silence from the Austin quartet has been rather ominous. After a handful of acclaimed EPs that had them poised as the “next big thing” in indie-pop, the band’s self-titled 2007 debut was met with responses from fans and critics that ranged from muted to outright hostile. Was the experience discouraging enough to mean the end of Voxtrot? Thankfully, no. Though no new album (or EP, even) has been announced, the band has debuted a new single, “Trepanation Party” to coincide with a pair of shows on the occasion of the South By Southwest festival taking place in the band’s hometown. It’s a longer, slower kind of Voxtrot song, filled with dramatic keyboard flourishes and Beatles quotes, but it is still a new Voxtrot song, and coming from the lone fan of the band’s much-maligned debut, that can only be a good thing.
“Trepanation Party” [MP3]
Ten years ago this week, Blur released 13, an album like 1997’s Blur that moved them resolutely away from the Britpop that made them stars in the UK. Below are the album’s three singles with their official videos as well as a few live treats from the record.
Blur - “Tender” (single released February 22, 1999)
Blur - “Coffee and TV” (single released June 28, 1999)
Blur - “No Distance Left to Run” (single released November 15, 1999)
Blur - “Tender” (live on Jools Holland)
Blur - “Bugman” (live on Jools Holland)
Blur - “Mellow Song” and “Trailerpark” (live in Spain)
Blur - “B.L.U.R.E.M.I.” (MTV live)