Monday News Mash-Up

photo by Allie Pasquier

  • Paw Tracks, home to both the whole of Animal Collective and the sum of its parts, is getting back into the solo business with the October 26th release of Avey Tare‘s first solo album, Down There. Those who fear backward recordings are being told not to fear such tomfoolery this go-round.

  • If you’re looking to support the Northwest underground community, look no further than Synth Night III. The August 13th event invades the Chapel Performance center and will feature Pulse Emitter, Stella Haze, and event organizer Jason E. Anderson performing under his solo moniker, Spare Death Icon.
  • If you prefer your music with animated accompaniment, your opportunity to enjoy Gorillaz live and in person (?) happens November 2nd when the not-quite rich but pretty famous cartoons turned performers hit Key Arena.
  • Athens band Dead Confederate are preparing to release their second album, Sugar, which veers a bit away from the heavy, grungy sound of their debut. Check out the new video for the first single, “Giving It All Away,” and download it for free here.

  • There was a sliver in time when Wyclef Jean was popular enough in the states to run for office but Jean, tied to his native land of Haiti through numerous relief and social efforts, is using his political cache here and abroad as he becomes poised to run for President of his economically disadvantaged and earthquake ravaged homeland. Wyclef has until Haiti’s August 7th deadline to officially announce his intentions.
  • Gang Gang Dance will be releasing the 15-minute album, Kamakura, August 2nd via Southern Records‘ Latitudes series. Previous releases in the series have included works from Magik Markers, Sir Richard Bishop, Mount Eerie, and Ariel Pink.
  • Japanese trio and one-time Thurston Moore obsession Shonen Knife, have announced plans to release their latest album stateside. Free Time is due August 31st for those of us who can’t conveniently make it to the Land of the Rising Sun. The ladies will also be returning to Seattle to kick off their tour September 8th at the Tractor Tavern.
  • Are you purposely ignoring late night television in protest of Conan’s disappearance? Then you likely missed Of Montreal joining forces with Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Catch the wackiness of “Sex Karma” below:

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