Wednesday Music News

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  • As Interpol frontman Paul Banks prepares to release his second solo album, Banks, on October 23rd via Matador, he’s announced a series of live dates to support the album. Beginning with an appearance at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November, the New York-based singer will traverse both coasts of the United States before moving onto Europe early next year. There’s no word on any Pacific Northwest dates, but you can view the whole itinerary over at Consequence of Sound.
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse have been particularly prolific after taking an eight-year break, and in October, their red-letter year gets even busier. Uncle Neil will release Psychedelic Pill, his second album of the year, on October 30th, right before he heads out onto the road to support the album. The double album features three songs clocking in at under four-and-a-half minutes, three tracks over sixteen minutes long, and one eight-minute one to balance things out. View the tracklisting and tour dates over at Paste.

  • Since getting off the road touring behind 2010′s Heligoland, Massive Attack have been busy working on its follow up and assembling a reissue of their landmark debut Blue Lines. The latter project will manifest itself on November 20th in CD, digital download, and a deluxe box set featuring the album on vinyl, replications of the album’s original promo materials and a DVD.
  • Diplo’s been taking the Major Lazer party train all around the world this year (occasionally with a Grimes photobomb), but fans waiting for the collective’s sophomore effort will have to late a little longer. Free The Universe, the first Major Lazer LP without former co-leader Switch, will now arrive on February 19th, rather than its original November 6th release date. Joining Diplo on the set will be Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, and Wyclef Jean.
  • Sigur Ros‘ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment continues this week with an animated interpretation of “Seraph” by Dash Shaw and John Cameron Mitchell, the writer, director, and star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The animated clip echoes Angry Inch in its gritty surrealism, so if you’ve ever wanted to experience Sigur Ros alongside cartoons, your chance is below:

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