Morrissey bares all

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In what must surely be some sort of mid-life crisis or misguided grasp at the cover of a tabloid, Morrissey and his bandmates bare (almost) all. WTF was he thinking? Who green lights this sort of trainwreck? I love Moz as much as the next fan, but if he had asked me about this idea, I would have pulled him aside and told him to get a grip. Someone in the Moz entourage, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE grow a sac and tell the man he’s lost it.
Lord knows it would be the first time.

Air’s La Femme D’argent 10 years later


Air’s Moon Safari, which was the first full album I ever ripped and mp3 encoded, is getting the 10 year anniversary double disc reissue treatment with Rarities, Remixes and Sessions. (spotted on coudal.com)

I wish they had a clip of Jeremy Piven screaming “10 YEARS!” It would have been perfect for this post. Sigh.

Flight of the Conchords plan spring tour, second album

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I have the first two episodes of Season 2 of Flight of the Conchords DVR’d and ready to go, about which I am very excited. I think tonight is the night. Even more exciting is the fact that Bret and Jemaine are taking the show on the road this spring. I had a chance to see them two summers ago at Bonnaroo, but the line to get into the Comedy Tent was obnoxious and impossible. I’ve been kicking myself ever since for not bucking up and trying harder. Anyway, it looks like Bret and Jemaine are hitting a good number of cities to coincide with the release of their second LP for Sub Pop and the conclusion of Season 2 on HBO.

FOTC Tour dates:

April 6: Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay PAC)
April 7: Coral Gables, Fla. (U of M Bank United Center)
April 8: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)
April 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
April 11: Atlanta (Fox Theater)
April 13: Washington, D.C. (DAR Constitution Hall)
April 14: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
April 17: Boston (Agganis Arena)
April 18: Philadelphia (Tower Theater)
April 19: Kent, Ohio (Kent State University)
April 21-22: Toronto (Massey Hall)
April 24: Detroit (Fox Theater)
April 25: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Auditorium)
April 26: Madison, Wis. (Overture Center)
April 28: Chicago (Arie Crown Theater)
April 30: St. Louis (Fox Theater)
May 2: Milwaukee (Riverside Theater)
May 3: Minneapolis (Northrop Auditorium)
May 5: Dallas (Nokia Theater)
May 6: Houston (Jones Hall)
May 7: Austin, Texas (Bass Concert Hall)
May 10: Vancouver (Center for the Performing Arts)
May 11-12: Seattle (Paramount Theater)
May 14: Portland, Ore. (Schnitzer Hall)
May 16: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
May 17: Salt Lake City (Abravanel Hall)
May 19: Phoenix (Dodge Theater)
May 20: San Diego (RIMAC Arena)
May 22: Santa Barbara, Calif. (County Bowl)
May 23: Las Vegas (the Joint)
May 24: Los Angeles (Greek Theater)
May 25: Berkeley, Calif. (Community Theater)

“Crying Lightning” with Arctic Monkeys at Big Day Out festival

A bunch of the new Arctic Monkeys tunes surfacing lately have been terrible quality bootlegs, but this clip of “Crying Lightning” from the Big Day Out festival in Sydney is the first tolerable glimpse of the band’s new direction. Having holed up in the studio with Queens of the Stoneage frontman Josh Homme doesn’t seem to have had a huge impact on Alex Turner’s writing style, though he’s definitely experimenting with more complicated arrangements and a markedly slower pace. For me, the Arctic Monkeys only get better with age, but I know a chunk of the kids who swallowed up the band’s crazily hyped debut will probably balk at any deviation from the brashness of the early singles. Turner is an adventurous and freakishly observant lyricist, who seems confident in his skin and with his improving skills. [via Forward Music]

Junior Boys draw “Parallel Lines”

jbswallppr Nobody does that retro-sophisticated, icy synth-pop quite like Junior Boys. They’ve got the method down. Stereogum’s got an exclusive stream of their new single, “Parallel Lines.” It’s a mid-tempo jam packed with the requisite amount of falsetto come-ons. Even though they drag it out for six and a half minutes, it’s easy to get lost in the layers of cold, robotic syncopation. The duo’s third long-player, Begone Dull Care, is out this April 7th via Domino.

Tracklist for Begone Dull Care:

01 "Parallel Lines"
02 "Work"
03 "Bits And Pieces"
04 "Dull To Pause"
05 "Hazel"
06 "Sneak A Picture"
07 "The Animator"
08 "What It’s For"

Everybody’s working for Friday I’m in love t-shirts

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The Cure’s “Friday I’m in Love” is easily one of the worst songs Robert Smith has ever composed. It was The Cure’s “Take This Job and Shove It”, a tune destined for the 5 o’clock whistle on Friday afternoon radio shows to be sandwiched between “Everybody’s Working for the Weekend” and “Bang on the Drum All Day” in perpetuity. But this t-shirt design makes Smith’s calculated stab at Zoo Crew playlists slightly more amusing, as it takes literal snapshots of (the dopey) lyrics throughout the song. [via Tug]