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March 29th, 2012

Gossip Roundup: S/S Album Onslaught, Nowadays, Diplo & Dirty Projectors, Nine Inch Nails ’80s Fun, And Record Store Day

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ON THE HOT-NEW-RECORDS-THAT-ARE-HAPPENING TIP

>> To prepare for the onslaught of Spring/Summer releases headed our way, Stereogum’s nicely listed their 25 Most Anticipated Albums for Spring/Summer 2012. SPOILER: Fiona’s is #1.

>> The Walkmen will follow up their stellar Lisbon with a new one called Heaven on June 5th (Fat Possum/Bella Union). The Phil Ek-produced batch were recorded up in the woods outside of Seattle and will feature a guest spot from Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold. There’s a lovely little teaser trailer that you should probably watch right meow.

>> Damon Albarn (of Blur/Gorillaz fame) is a machine! He’s wading into rock opera territory here, with a record called Dr Dee that’s due May 7th. It’s about John Dee, a sixteenth century intellectual and scientific/medical advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. You can listen to a track called “The Marvelous Dream” already and it’s good.

>> New Smashing Pumpkins! Their new record called Oceania will be out on June 18th via EMI. And new Tallest Man on Earth! It’ll be released on Dead Oceans on June 12th and it’s called There’s No Leaving Now. Sigur Ros’ newest will be out May 28th and it’s called Valtari. Plus Aesop Rock’s a new one with his first solo LP in five years. Skelethon will be out on July 10 through Rhymesayers. The weird part? It features guest spots with Kimya Dawson. Yack.

>> Stream some brand new ones and soon-to-be-out records: The Chromatics’ Kill For Love (and the link has a video for “Back from the Grave”), Bear in Heaven’s I Love You, It’s Cool is on the NPR, and so is M Ward’s newest.

SHOWS, CONCERTS, FESTIVALS, TOURS, GIGS, ETC.

>> Don’t have any plans for tomorrow/Saturday? Got a car? Well, get thee to a ZipCar! The Nowadays Festival in Bethlehem’s an affordable ticket and a damn fine lineup: Sun Airway, ARMS, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Maps & Atlases, and RJD2 will all be present (and a bunch more). Check out the tickets and day-by-day breakdowns.

>> OFF! is going to team up with Refused for some dates and one of them will be here in Philly. The Penn’s Landing Riot Fest will be on July 19th for much sweat, public rockness.

>> Julia Holter just announced some tour dates along with a new video, and she’ll be popping in at Underground Arts on April 17th.

>> New Japandroids! And with a new song they’ve released, they announced some tour dates. They’ll be at Johnny Brenda’s on June 29th. Remember when I wrote about their Barbary show way back in October of 2009? I do.

>> NOICE! Schoolboy Q will be with Ab-Soul at the TLA on April 26th.

>> Not that many of us will actually be able to get in on this tour, but Diplo’s EU tour preview trailer features a great-sounding new collab between himself and the Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman. The song, “Get Free,” doesn’t sound particularly booty-bouncing but complements the tour trailer nicely.

STRAIGHT OFF THE MEAT RACK: SIZZLING NEW VIDS

A stunner from DJ/producer Aaron Jerome (aka SBTRKT) for “Hold On.” A smidge confusing but a keeper, nonetheless. Holy crap, y’all, back in the ’80s, Nine Inch Nails were on a crappy dance show called Dance Party USA kind of like The Grind, where they did “Down In It.” Frankie Rose takes a “Night Swim.” Andrew Bird was on Jimmy Fallon doing “Eyeoneye.” At London’s Royal Albert Hall, Feist (who’s getting tour support from M Ward) and M did a Jesus and Mary Chain cover of Stoned & Dethroned’s “Sometimes Always,” which features Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval. La Sera released a charming video for “Real Boy/Drive On.” If you can bear to listen to it one more time, check out Lana Del Rey doing “Video Games” on American Idol. And Baltimore dance-rapper Rye Rye’s got a high-energy send up of retro video games with “Boom Boom.”

LEGAL ISH, RECORD STORE DAY, DC PUNKS, ODB, RIP

>> Curren$y is tryna sue Damon Dash for like $1.5 million in damages. Dude thinks he was robbed with the issues of Pilot Talk I and II. Thasalotta money.

>> Record Store Day is fast approaching as we sneak up on April 21st. There are like ten Philly record stores participating and you can check out the official RSD page for a full list and some detail about the big day.

>> DC punk enthusiasts are going to flip their ish. There’s a new documentary in the works called Salad Days: The HarDCore Punk Revolution. The movie’s Facebook page boasts it will be “the most comprehensive, honest and insightful look at the [Washington] DC punk scene from the early 1980s to the decade’s end.”

>> Both ODB and The Wire fans can rejoice. Omar will play the Ol’ Dirty Dawg himself on the silver screen. It’s to be directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay, who was the cinematographer for Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.”

>> R.I.P. Earl Scruggs, a bluegrass pioneer and legendary banjo player. He was 88.

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