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Friday, February 12, 2010

Friday Bears: Neon Indian on Fallon

Sorry for the long delay folks, you can blame the blizzard if you live on the East coast, but for everyone else you can just blame me.

Neon Indian made their television debut last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing both "Terminally Chill" and "Ephemeral Artery" from last year's Psychic Chasm. And despite the blippy, smooth electro-textures of their studio versions, the songs actually translate pretty well on a live stage.

Neon Indian - Terminally Chill/Ephemeral Artery (Live on Fallon)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bonnaroo Lineup Announced Throughout Today

Not too long after Coachella and the Pitchfork Music Festival revealed parts of their official 2010 lineups, Manchester, Tennessee's four-day Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is doing the same.

Announced throughout the day (one act every six minutes) via the festival's Myspace, this year's lineup (as of now) includes several large acts including Jay-Z, Phoenix and The Flaming Lips performing Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Several other acts include Weezer, Wale, The Avett Brothers, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Gwar (hopefully following Jones), and many, many more.

Tickets for the June 10-13 festival are available now. Expect more updates and bigger names in the near future.

Tuesday Bears: MGMT Set to Release Second Studio Album, Congratulations

Nearly two and half years after the initial release of 2007's Oracular Spectacular, MGMT (courtesy of Columbia Records and Sony Music) are set to release their second studio Congratulations.

Fresh of the duo's first Grammy nomination (losing Best New Artist to the Zac Brown Band), the band is likely to take part in (yet again) another string of summer festivals, after already confirming dates for the Coachella and Bamboozle music festivals.

Full Track List:
  1. "It's Working"
  2. "Song for Dan Treacy"
  3. "Someone's Missing"
  4. "Flash Delirium"
  5. "I Found a Whistle"
  6. "Siberian Brakes"
  7. "Brian Eno"
  8. "Lady Dada's Nightmare"
  9. "Congradutions"
Congratulations is scheduled for release April 13 in the U.S, but you can preorder the album next week. Head on over to Spin for more details.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pavement, Modest Mouse Headline Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Media's 2010 music festival announced a portion of their official line up Friday, with recently reunited indie juggernauts Pavement and Modest Mouse headlining the Chicago, Illinois three-day festival.

LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, St. Vincent, and many others including a long list of artists yet to be announced are performing July 16-18 at Chicago's Union Park. Good for them. What this means to me and anyone who ever reads Bears and Bullets knows that whatever happens at Pitchfork Music Festival will effect Lollapalooza, also held in Chicago in early August. Because of rules and regulations, any artist performing at one festival cannot perform at the other during the same calendar year. So for any devout Lolla-goers, scratch Modest Mouse, Pavement and LCD Soundsystem off your hopeful lists. Sigh.

Official 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup (as of Feb. 8):

Monday, July 16;
  • Modest Mouse
Saturday, July 17;
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Raekwon
Sunday, July 18;
  • Pavement
  • St. Vincent
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Cass McCombs
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Here We Go Magic
Stay tuned for more updates ...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Monday Bears: New Spoon Video - Written in Reverse

Director Danny Clinch recently shot a live black and white noir video for Spoon's new single "Written in Reverse," from the band's recently released Transference LP. Britt Daniel sounds a little more distraught here than he did on Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show finale, coming off a little more raw and forward than before.

The group is currently on the European leg of their tour, but will be hitting up the Southeastern States later this month. Local fans can catch the band with Deerhunter and Strange Boys at Radio City Music Hall in NY, March 26. Transference is out now via Merge Records.

Spoon - Written in Reverse