New Videos and New News: Deerhoof, Menomena, Yuck, REM, National, Mercury Rev

Last week Mercury Rev announced a 2011 European tour performing selections from their master piece Deserter’s Songs.  Similarly, it was announced last month that said classic album will be reissued on May 16th with a bonus disc of demos and remixes – tracklist below the tour dates:

Mercury Rev – May
10 – Prague, Czech Republic @ The Roxy Club
11 – Bologna, Italy @ Rocker Festival
12 – Croatia, Zagreb @ TBA
14 – Turkey, Istanbul @ Babylon
16-17 – Cork, Ireland @ Cypress Avenue
18 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar St.
19 – Edinburgh, Scotland @ The Queen’s Hall
20 – Manchester, England @ Bridgewater Hall
21 – London, England @ Roundhouse
22 – Brussels, Belgium @ Cirque Royale
24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
25 – Paris, France @ Bataclan
26-28 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound Festival

Deserter’s Songs Reissue – disc 2 tracklist:
1. Piano vs. Telephone (Cassette Tape Player Demo)
2. Holes (Bill Laswell 1998 Remix)
3. Pick Up If You’re There (DJ Nickel 1998 Remix)
4. Endlessly (Tascam 8-Track Reel to Reel Demo)
5. A Soft Kiss (for waking up) (Cassette Tape Player Demo)
6. Tonite It Shows (Tascam 8-Track Reel to Reel Demo)
7. Looking Back Now, I Can See (Unreleased Mix)
8. Opus 40 (Early Rough Version)
9. Hudson Line (Early Rough Version)
10. Judging By The Moon (Cassette Tape Player Demo)
11. Goddess On A Hiway (1989 Cassette Tape Player Demo)
12. Night On Panther Mountain (Unreleased Mix)
13. Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp (Early Rough Version)

New music videos were a’ plenty last week, among them – Menomena “Taos”, Deerhoof “The Merry Barracks”, Cloud Nothings “Nothing’s Wrong”, Yuck “Get Away” and (Adam) Goldberg Sisters “Shush” .

The National’s new video for “Conversation 16” – their third for High Violent – stars Kristen Schaal (“The Daily Show,” “Flight of the Conchords”) and “Mad Men’s” John Slattery and was directed by “Daily Show” writer Scott Jacobson:

Schaal to MTV News: “I was at a wedding, and Scott [Jacobson, the video’s director] was like, ‘I got some money to do this National video, do you want to be in it?’ And I said, ‘Only if I can play the president of the United States,’ And from there, it spiraled into this story line, and it actually happened, which was incredible. I wish it was that easy to be the president in real life.”

I went through several pictures and videos of all the presidents, even George Washington — I found a flipbook — and I studied their demeanors. And you know, you’ve got to play your cards close to your vest as president, so I’ve just got this serious look that I have throughout the video … it took me three weeks to master it.”

In other news, controversies etc…

“How I Won the War” got a DVD release, Neil Young is playing 10 cities on a 15 night spring tour supporting last year’s “Le Noise”…
…and did Bob Dylan plagiarise from Henry Rollins? 

Neil Young Spring 2011 Tour Dates:
4/15    Durham, NC       Durham PAC  
4/17    Richmond, VA       Landmark Theater  
4/19    Boston, MA       Wang Theatre  
4/20    Boston, MA       Wang Theatre  
4/22    Providence, RI       Providence PAC  
4/24    New York, NY       Avery Fisher Hall  
4/25    New York, NY       Avery Fisher Hall  
4/27    Baltimore, MD       Hippodrome  
4/28    Baltimore, MD       Hippodrome  
4/30    Philadelphia, PA       Tower Theatre  
5/01    Philadelphia, PA       Tower Theatre  
5/03    Cincinnati, OH       Aronoff Center  
5/04    Detroit, MI       Fox Theatre  
5/06    Chicago, IL       Chicago Theatre  
5/07    Chicago, IL       Chicago Theatre

Our Concert Could Be Your Life

Music writer Michael Azerrad has put together a tribute concert to the 13 bands he profiled in his book Our Band Could Be Your Life – a must-read overview of the American ’80s underground.  The show will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the book at Bowery Ballroom on May 22:

Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays The Replacements
tUnE-yArDs plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi
Tributes to Mission of Burma, Hüsker Dü, Mudhoney and Beat Happening TBA 


More details were released on Thurston Moore’s, Beck-produced, upcoming acoustic album (previously discussed as one of PsychExFutureHeart’s most anticipated albums of 2011).  This week the album got a release date (May 24th) and an official title (Demolished Thoughts).  It was already known that harpist Mary Lattimore and violinist Samara Lubelski accompian Moore, now we know (in contrast to previous reports of it being a drum-less album) Thurston’s “band” also features bassist Bram Inscore, drummer Joey Waronker and even Beck.

Finally, a bit of news that is either fantastic or horrible – depending on how cynical you are about the “maturation” of Bonnaroo over the last decade and/or how much tolerance you have for Vevo:

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