4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w.Todd Michaels – Week of August 5th

Björk has released a new video for “losss” from her excellent 2017 album Utopia.  It was originally created for Björk’s new stage show Cornucopia, which the Icelandic star is taking on the road. Björk called her Cornucopia show—which features costumes, immersive sound, video projections, and a 50-person Icelandic choir—a “sci-fi pop concert” and “digital theater” The production debuted in New York in May and is headed to Mexico and Europe later this year. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Aug. 9.

Manchester Orchestra will be headed on tour this fall to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their album Mean Everything To Nothing. The band announced they’ll be touring all across the U.S. with a few special shows along the way. Along with the tour, Manchester Orchestra will be hosting their 10th annual thanksgiving celebration The Stuffing at Fox Theater in Atlanta. It will feature performances by Grouplove and others.

The final lineup for this year’s Desert Daze festival have been announced. Art rock pioneers Devo are among the new additions, and they’ll be using the performance to kick off their farewell tour.  Ween will perform their breakthrough 1994 album Chocolate and Cheese. Other artists added to the final lineup include Pussy Riot, Alvvays, among others. Previously announced artists include the Flaming Lips performing their 1999 album The Soft Bulletin in its entirety, Fred Armisen, Animal Collective, and Stereolab playing their first North American show in 11 years. This year’s festival is scheduled to place on October 10 to 13 in Lake Perris, California, which is approximately a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles and just under 2 hours from San Diego. 

Bring Me The Horizon have announced the Threesome Tour with Sleeping With Sirensand Poppy. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. here. Check out the dates below. 10/10 — Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre and wrap up 10/29 — MIami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater

The Strokes have announced that they are performing a special New Year’s Eve show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The band shared details of the concert online, and, in an effort to make up for their canceled Governors Ball set, they are giving ticket holders from that festival a special presale access to tickets beginning Tuesday (August 6). General sale tickets will be released Friday (August 9).

A Day To Remember just announced a fall tour with I Prevail and Beartooth. The Degenerates Tour will kick off next month and make several stops through October and November around North America. Tickets for the run go on sale Friday with presale starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. You can get those here. 09/06 — Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Riverworks* and wraps up 11/23 — Fayetteville, NC @ The Crown Theater

It’s only been about a month since Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds released their Black Star Dancing EP, and they’ve already announced a follow-up. This Is The Place features five songs (three originals, two remixes), and is out September 27, with the title track available now as a single. It’s the second of three planned EPs from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds this year.

Back in March we reported that, Ian Watkins, the 41-year old ex-Lostprophets singer, was charged with having a cellphone while in prison. Now, more details about the alleged possession have been revealed, including that he hid the phone in his anus. The is currently serving a 35-year sentence for child sex offenses at HM Prison Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England. Earlier this year, Watkins pleaded not guilty to unauthorized possession of a mobile phone in a maximum security prison. Watkins appeared at a brief hearing at Leeds Crown Court via video. The ex-singer allegedly had access to the phone from March 4 through March 10 of last year. Now, it was revealed that after he was strip-searched in March 2018, police found a “small white telephone”. They also found a charger in his cell. 

Robyn Hitchcock is teaming up with former XTC vocalist Andy Partridge for a new collaborative EP under the name Planet England. The EP marks the first release from Hitchcock since his 2017 self-titled album. It’s also the first new album from Partridge since 2012. Partridge’s upcoming EP with Planet England arrives September 6. Preorder the release here.

The White Stripes’ debut self-titled album turns 20 this year, and is being given a deluxe reissue to mark the occasion. THE WHITE STRIPES XX is being offered as part of Third Man Records’ Vault subscription service, which offers quarterly “packages” of exclusive Third Man products for those that opt in. The new vinyl reissue of The White Stripes comes complete with cloth-bound packaging “approximating all the importance and heft of an encyclopedic tome.” In addition to a newly-mixed version of the LP, the package also includes previously unreleased songs from the album’s recording sessions, and Live at the Ritz 9/26/99, recorded at a show in Raleigh. Vault subscribers will also get a 24-page archival booklet, which features lyric sheets, flyers, and other “ephemera” from around 1999. THE WHITE STRIPES XX is available via the Vault until October 31st.