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April 5th, 2012

Gossip Roundup: Curren$y, The Idler Wheel…, The Walkmen Know Philly, “This Must Be The Place,” Diplo On BBC Radio, And Beefing On Katy Perry



>> NOICE. Curren$y announced a tour this week. It’ll support his June 5th release of The Stoned Immaculate. He’ll stop in at the Trocadero four days prior, on June 1st. Follow that link for a listen to the first single which features Wale.

>> California punk-rap outfit Death Grips, whose major-label debut, The Money Store, is on its way, announced a supporting tour with a Philly date. They’ll be at the Barbary on June 12th hot off of a string of European dates. Seriously! Portugal to Pennsylvania.


>> We now have a record cover, a release date and a tracklisting for Fiona’s new one. We’ll be calling it The Idler Wheel… and it will be in our hands and ears on June 19th.

>> Oh, wicked! The Walkmen, who have a new record on the way, did a little bit with Pitchfork and it’s all kinds of Philly! Their +1 feature has lots of Philadelphia landscapes and sees the guys talking about rehearsing over by Union Transfer. Watch the clip for some bits of new music from the new record.

>> New Dirty Projectors! It’s called Swing Lo Magellan and it’s arriving in July. But until then, you can listen to a delightful new track called “Gun Has No Trigger.”

>> Even Patti Smith is getting in on the record release Spring/Summer rush. She’s got a new one called Banga out on Columbia on June 5th. Oldheads rejoice!

>> Speaking of the avalanche of S/S releases headed straight at our domes, Pitchfork put together a pretty comprehensive list of the upcoming releases all the way through to the fall.

>> Check out a beautiful and stoned new track from jj called, well, “Beautiful Life.”

>> Record store day yields all kind of weirdnesses: Xiu Xiu covering Erasure’s “Always,” and R. Stevie Moore collaborates with Ariel Pink for a tape.

>> Oh, and Kanye’s got a new song called “Theraflu” that Funkmaster Flex debuted with all the Funk Flex trappings.


>> Jack White’s got a crazy new one for “Sixteen Saltines,” in which a wild world of kids abduct and terrorize him.

>> And remember how David Lynch started making albums? Well, he makes videos for said albums as well. Like the insanity of the title track for his Crazy Clown Time. When you have a moment to look at a computer screen that is NOT NEAR children or co-workers, check it out.

>> The Gossip have a stunning new one for the soon-to-be-big-dancefloor-anthem “Perfect World.” It’s gorgeous.


>> Didn’t see this one comin’! Sean Penn and Frances McDormand star in a film called “This Must Be The Place” about an aging goth rocker who flies for the first time in his life to visit his dying concentration camp-surviving father. Watch the trailer NOW. Oh, and David Byrne and Bonnie “Prince” Billy contribute to the soundtrack.

>> Feeding our ever-stoked Decemberists hate is the release of Colin Meloy’s series of Portland-based young adult novels. He landed a three-book deal with HarperCollins. Too much!

>> “Book-writing, you say?” asks Carrie Brownstein (of Wild Flag/Sleater-Kinney fame). I see your young adult novel-writing and raise you a rock memoir. The sometimes New York Times, Believer, Slate and “Portlandia” writer will publish hers with Riverhead/Penguin.

>> In other overachieving news, Diplo’s landed a BBC1/1Xtra radio show called “Diplo & Friends.” It debuts April 7th.

>> Beyonce’s new Tumblr blog is charming as hell, and on it you can basically stream all of her albums. She’s coming back strong and tickets are already floating around for her Memorial Day Revel Atlantic City comeback extravaganza.

>> Last but not least, BEEF! Fucked Up’s frontman, Damian Abraham, took to Twitter to pick apart Katy Perry’s little brain. He hates on her for her military-themed visuals in her video for “Part Of Me.” Katy wouldn’t really beef with anyone, probably, ya know, she’s Christian. But Abraham doesn’t have a hard time calling out her vapidity.

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