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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Announce Headlining Tour, ‘II’ Pre-order with Deluxe Bundles Now Available

Unknown Mortal Orchestra waste no time in getting back to the road! Today they announce a full headlining US tour, along with a handful of dates throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. They will be joined by labelmates, Foxygen, and Portland-based band, Wampire. You’ll find all the dates listed at the end of the post.

UMO are touring in support of their forthcoming album, II, set for release on February 5, 2013. The album pre-order is now live and features a sweet deluxe bundle, which includes II on CD or vinyl, the “Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)” 7″, a temporary tattoo, a root chakra print and a poster of Janet the Witch (both designed by Ruban). Bundle purchasers will also receive an early download of the entire album on January 10.

PRE-ORDER ‘II’ AT SC DISTRIBUTION

We know you’re itching to hear something now, though. Sit tight and enjoy UMO’s entire Pygmalion Music Festival set, provided by the fine folks at Red Bull Music Academy. Read the rest of this entry »

Parts & Labor Cover Kanye West’s “Runaway” Tour Japan in July

Parts & Labor recently participated in The Onion’s Undercover series going for gold and putting together an amazing cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway” which you can watch HERE. When asked why they covered Kanye P&L’s Dan Friel responds “We found your list pretty challenging… So in the end we just decided to do the one that seemed the most difficult and ridiculous.” Well Parts & Labor nails it, adding their own signature squall and hard rocking aesthetic to Kanye’s tour-de-force.

In July Parts & Labor will make their first excursion to Japan for a week of shows (tour dates after the jump). P&L has released a number of their albums through Moorworks in Japan, and for the release of their 2008 album Receivers they recorded a version of the lead single “Nowheres Nigh” in Japanese, renaming it “Dokonimonai” check it out below. You can also catch Parts & Labor later this month at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary.

MP3: Parts & Labor “Dokonimonai” (“Nowheres Nigh” in Japanese)

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Under The Radar Charity Auction for Japan Features lots of Okkervil River Goodies

Under The Radar is currently holding a charity auction to benefit the relief effort in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the nation. Among the items being auctioned are three copies of the poster above autographed by each band that played UTR’s SXSW party this year, including Okkervil River, Menomena, Owen Pallett, Porcelain Raft, Surfer Blood and more. Other Okkervil River rarities and more items donated by the participating bands are also included in the auction. The bidding ends tomorrow at 10am (PST). Check out more info and links to the items being auctioned off at Under The Radar’s website HERE.

 

Parts & Labor, Shinji Masuko Contribute to Japan Relief Comp

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In the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan, our friends at Thrill Jockey Records have collected a staggering number of tracks in a compilation album to help relief efforts. Benefit for the Recovery in Japan Compilation is made up of contributions from over sixty diverse artists around the world, and is available for just $15 HERE. 100 percent of the proceeds go directly toward the recover and relief effort taking place in Japan.

Better yet, it includes tracks from our very own Parts & Labor, as well as Brah Records’ newest addition, Shinji Masuko. Check out the massive tracklist after the jump.

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Volcano Choir Comes To Life – Rehearses in Eau Claire for Japan Tour

Volcano Choir – “Still” from Volcano Choir on Vimeo.


Some of the questions raised when we announced the existence of Volcano Choir were “When are they going to tour?” and “How will they re-create this live?” The answers to those are 1) They will tour only in Japan, of course, and 2) With lots of practice. We received two videos of Volcano Choir rehearsal, and I’ll be damned if I don’t have a passport. The evolution of “Still” is particularly great.


Volcano Choir – “And Gather” from Volcano Choir on Vimeo.

For those of you who aren’t in Japan, don’t cry! Just enjoy the videos we have, and try not to drown your sorrows in Four Lokos this weekend. If you DO live in Japan, go buy these men your finest Japanese beverages.

11/8 Mon Tokyo @ Shibuya O-west
11/9 Tues Tokyo @ Shibuya O-nest
11/10 Wed Nagoya @ Huckfin
11/11 Thurs Osaka @ Sunsui

Click here to purchase Unmap by Volcano Choir.

Forgiven/Forgotten by Angel Olsen
May As Well (Bonus Track) by Angel Olsen
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
How Can You Really by Foxygen
Cosmic Vibrations by Foxygen
Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black

Your Love Is Killing Me by Sharon Van Etten

Coulda Been My Love by Foxygen

Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices

Tiderays by Volcano Choir

Angel Olsen
Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder  w/ Lionlimb

Foxygen
London, UK - Village Underground  w/ Ben Chatrer

The Cave Singers
Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works  w/ The Devil Makes Three

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