Tame Impala – Elephant [Listen]

Aussie psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are back with the quite frankly brilliant Elephant. First single from Lonerism, the follow up to their brilliant 2010 debut Innerspeaker, it’s chugging riffs, driving rhythm, seriously infectious bassline, fuzzy warm production and epic jams (all in the space of three and a half minutes!) evoke some serious early Pink Floyd vibes and even, as Martin pointed out to me across the office, hints of a heavier Beatles in there – If you really imagine, you can hear John Lennon in those vocals. [sorry, couldn’t resist.] It doesn’t stray from the sound they forged previously but they’re definitely back with a bang. It’s classic production and ethos meet a modern energy and style that really no one else manages like Tame Impala do. Elephant is a big tune and a great way to bring in the new album, no question about that.

Elephant is out now; available in all the usual places, and full-length Lonerism follows on October 5th (Australia) / October 8th (United Kingdom) / October 9th (United States). Preorder links can be found over on their website. Track listing is as follows.


1. Be Above It
2. Endors Toi
3. Apocalypse Dreams
4. Mind Mischief
5. Music To Walk Home By
6. Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
8. Keep On Lying
9. Elephant
10. She Just Won’t Believe Me
11. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
12. Sun’s Coming Up


Youth Lagoon Announces Spring Tour for 2012 [News]

Off the back of the absolutely fantastic The Year of Hibernation (released last month in the UK ), Youth Lagoon has announced a spring tour with dates in the US, Australia, Japan and Europe. The album ranked #21 on SPIN magazines best 50 albums of 2011 and for good reason. It’s been a good year for music and this was one of the highlights for me. Tour dates are as follows.

01-19 Seattle, WA – Neumos
01-20 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore
01-21 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
02-15 Melbourne, Australia – The Toff in Town
02-16 Sydney, Australia – Oxford Art Factory
02-18 Tokyo, Japan – Hostess Club Weekender
02-23 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-24 Koln, Germany – Gebaude 9
02-25 Paris, France – Point Ephemere
02-27 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
02-28 Munich, Germany – 59 To 1
02-29 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof
03-02 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser
03-03 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
03-06 London, England – Electrowerkz
03-10 Salt Lake City – Urban Lounge
03-11 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
03-12 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
03-18 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
03-19 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
03-20 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder
03-21 Orlando, FL – The Social
03-22 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
03-23 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
03-24 Washington, DC – Rock N Roll Hotel
03-26 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
03-27 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
03-28 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-29 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
03-30 Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
03-31 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
04-02 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
04-03 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
04-04 Chicago, IL – Metro
04-05 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
04-08 Mexico City, Mexico – Indie O Fest
04-11 San Diego, CA – Porter’s Pub
04-12 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
04-13 San Francisco, CA – The Independent


If you’re interested in grabbing the album (which I highly recommend) you can find it at Lefse Records The Year of Hibernation.