In The News: David Byrne & St. Vincent, Raveonettes, Menomena, Sondre Lerche, Helio Sequence And More

Love This Giant is the new collaborative LP from David Byrne & St. Vincent, due out September 11 on 4AD/Todo Mundo. Following the release, the duo is kicking off a 24-date tour across North America … The Raveonettes are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year by releasing a new album, Observator, on September 11 via Vice. The band is touring the U.S. this fall in support … Barsuk is issuing the fifth album from Menomena, Moms, on September 18. The LP marks the band’s first release as a duo and will be supported by a North American tour in the fall … On September 11, Sea Wolf’s third album, Old World Romance, will be released by Dangerbird … Keith Richards and Blue Note Records president Don Was produced an album of classic doo-wop cuts as sung by Aaron Neville, due out this fall … Hayes Carll, Robert Ellis, JEFF The Brotherhood, Caitlin Rose, Ron Sexsmith, and many others all contributed to Lowe Country: The Songs Of Nick Lowe, the proceeds of which will benefit victims of the 2010 Nashville floods and the Texas wild fires of last year. It’s out September 18 via Fiesta Red … The 30th birthday of Sondre Lerche will be celebrated with the first-ever vinyl release of all four of his albums as well as a live LP, Bootlegs, on September 4. A national tour will take place this fall in support … Anti- has announced the August 12 release of The Salesman And The Shark, the sophomore LP from Sean Rowe Field Report has signed to Partisan Records, which will issue the band’s eponymous debut record on September 11. The band is supporting Emmylou Harris and Counting Crows on tour this summer … On July 12, Murder By Death kicks off a summer tour, leading up to the fall release of its as-yet-untitled sixth album via Bloodshot Records … Negotiations is the first new album in more than four years from the Helio Sequence, set for a September 11 release via Sub Pop … A documentary concert film from the Reverend Horton Heat, The Reverend Horton Heat: 25 to Life, will be out July 24 as a DVD bonus package from Yep Roc. It will include the film, a live CD and the band’s first-ever career-spanning best-of compilation CD.

—Emily Costantino

From The Desk Of Rebecca Gates: Magazine Articles

More than 10 years have passed since Rebecca Gates put out her solo debut, Ruby Series. The former member of the Spinanes mostly shifted her energy to other projects: coordinating and managing exhibitions for museums, lecturing at arts centers, composing music for dance and film, participating in performance pieces and stylizing photos for magazines. She also did some bookkeeping, retreated to Rhode Island and helped friends build a movie theater. But as time and money allowed, she also popped back into studios to put together her follow-up, The Float (12XU). Gates will be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with her.

Gates: There are a few magazine articles I return to again and again. I’m not sure why, but I do, as if they are songs. One is “Jesus Plus Mothing” by Jeff Sharlet, Harpers, March 2003. Another is “Notes From The War Room” by Terry Southern, Grand Street, issue #49. And a third is a profile of Mike Nichols by John Lahr called “Making it Real,” New Yorker, Feb. 21, 2000.

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In The News: Whigs, Fitz And The Tantrums, Calexico, Bob Mould, Stone Temple Pilots, John Cale And More

Former MAGNET guest editors the Whigs have announced the September 18 release of new album Enjoy The Company via New West Records … This week, Fitz And The Tantrums kicked off a summer tour, which will include dates with Dave Matthews, Ben Harper and Blues Traveler as well as performances at Bonnaroo and Outside Lands. A new album is due n October 9, but in the meantime, the band is giving away a five-song EP via its website … Anti- has signed Calexico and will issue the band’s first album in four years, Algiers, on September 11 … On September 4, Bob Mould will release Silver Age (Merge), which was recorded with his current band, drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats) and bassist Jason Narducy (Telekinesis, Verbow). Mould will be on tour all summer supporting the album as well as celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sugar debut Copper Blue … Alive In The Windy City is the first-ever Stone Temple Pilots concert to be authorized for commercial video release, and you can own it on DVD or Blu-ray on June 26 courtesy of Eagle Rock. The show was filmed in 2010 at the band’s sold-out performance at Riviera Theatre in Chicago … Harry Shearer’s new release, Can’t Take A Hint, was made with the help of guests Dr. John, Jane Lynch, Fountains Of Wayne, Jamie Cullum and many more. It’s due out August 27 via Courgette … The new album from John Cale, Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood, will be issued by Domino imprint Double Six on October 2 … August 28 will see Young God’s release of a two-disc studio album from Swans, The Seer, which features Karen O, Jarboe, Akron/Family and others … This summer, Concord Music Group is launching a new series of jazz compilations, The Very Best Of. It will highlight the work of Miles Davis Quintet, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker and more. The first installment will be released on Tuesday … In celebration of Jamaica’s 5oth anniversary of independence, VP Records is issuing a three-CD boxed set, Out Of Many, 50 Years Of Reggae Music, on July 17. It will include an iconic hit from each year since 1962 … In other reggae news, Capitol/EMI will release a digital boxed set of the work of Peter Tosh on June 5. Peter Tosh: 1978-1987 includes his five solo studio albums, two concert recordings and alternate versions of several well-known tracks.

—Emily Costantino