Tame Impala to release live EP for Record Store Day, stream version of “Be Above It”

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Tame Impala are set to release a Live EP on Record Store Day (April 19th) via Modular. Simply titled Live Versions, the eight-track effort features records from their 2013 concert in Chicago

According to a press release (via Pitchfork), Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker selected the songs “based on how different the live versions are from the album versions. His goal was to give fans something they won’t already have; something they’ve only previously experienced at a Tame Impala show.”

As a preview, the band has shared an extended, jam-heavy live version of Lonerism opener “Be Above It”. Clocking in at a whopping seven and a half minutes, the song expands and tweaks the original’s arrangement by adding in spacey blasts of synth and swirling psychedelic flourishes towards the end. Listen in below and check out the tracklist.

Live Versions Tracklist:
01. Endors Toi
02. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind
03. Sestri Levante
04. Mind Mischief
05. Desire Be Desire Go
06. Half Full Glass
07. Be Above It
08. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Listen: Tame Impala cover Michael Jackson + Tour Dates

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala

 
Tame Impala have recorded a cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Stranger In Moscow’. See below to listen now.

The new version of Jackson’s 1996 single was posted to frontman Kevin Parker’s Soundcloud earlier today. It follows the recent news that Parker has started a disco-inspired side-project AAA Aardvark Getdown Services alongside Pond members Jay Watson and Cam Avery and former The Chemist singer Ben Witt.

Tame Impala recently announced details of three UK headline shows to take place in July. The band will be in the UK for appearances at T In The Park and Latitude festivals, as well as support slots on Arctic Monkeys huge outdoor gigs in Finsbury Park, London in May.

Speaking in December last year, Parker revealed that he is currently working on Tame Impala’s next album. Commenting on its progress, he said: “The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous. I write songs every day, but I don’t necessarily get to record them. I just record whenever I can, whenever I’m home, whenever I have access to something that can make music.”

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Watch Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays gig with disco side-project.

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala

Kevin Parker frontman of Tame Impala – Photo: David Edward

Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker has begun work on a disco side-project – click below to see fan footage of the group, who are called AAA Aardvark Getdown Services, playing live.

The outfit includes Parker plus Tame Impala and Pond members Jay Watson and Cam Avery and former The Chemist singer Ben Witt. Speaking to The West Australian about the group, who performed at Australia’s Festival Gardens over the weekend (February 22), Watson said: “Kevin’s been writing all these disco, Michael Jackson mega-hits that he wouldn’t use for Tame because he’d be too sheepish about it but i’m trying to convince him to because they’re all next-level ‘Thriller’-pop.”

He added: “It’s pretty much Kevin’s home recordings, kind of electronic but with Ben Witt who plays guitar and maybe another guy and Cam playing with Kev.” According to Perth Now, meanwhile, their set was filled with songs which were influenced by the likes of Daft Punk, Chic and Blondie.

Speaking in December last year, Parker revealed that he is currently working on Tame Impala’s next album. Commenting on its progress, he said: “The way I do it is there’s never recording ‘sessions.’ One finishes, the next one starts. It’s just continuous. I write songs everyday, but I don’t necessarily get to record them. I just record whenever I can, whenever I’m home, whenever I have access to something that can make music.”

Tame Impala are set to play this summer’s Latitude festival. They will join headliners Two Door Cinema Club and Damon Albarn on the bill, with Agnes Obel, Jungle, Damien Jurado, Julia Holter, Valerie June, Koreless, East India Youth, Kwabs, Eagulls and Fat White Family also included on the line-up.

Tame Impala pick up three prizes at Australia’s ARIA Awards

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Flume, Nick Cave and One Direction also take home prizes at Sydney ceremony

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Tame Impala took home three awards from the Australian ceremony, including Best Album for their 2012 LP ‘Lonerism’. The band also won the award for Best Rock Album and Best Band at the event, which took place at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, Billboard reports.Meanwhile, electronic producer Flume also picked up three awards in the categories of Producer Of The Year, Breakthrough Artist and Best Male Artist. Speaking from the stage about his win in the latter category, the producer (real name Harley Streten) said: “I actually did a bit of research and found out that never in the history of the ARIAs has someone who doesn’t sing won this award. I’m not a frontman. I prefer to spend my time sitting in a dark room, in front of a laptop. So hopefully it opens the floodgates for producers around Oz and people with bad voices in general.”Other winners on the night included Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, who won Best Independent Release and Best Adult Contemporary plus Best International Artist winners One Direction.Earlier this year Tame Impala teamed up with The Flaming Lips to release a joint EP. The Flaming Lips have covered ‘Runway, Houses, City, Clouds’ as well as ‘Elephant’ for the special vinyl release, while Tame Impala have contributed live recordings of The Flaming Lips’ ‘Are You A Hypnotist?’ and ‘Silver Trembling Hands’ to the EP.

Tame Impala have put together a new band for a one-off gig in order to raise money for a pregnant friend who recently had her car stolen.The Australian psych-rockers put together an instrumental band they’re calling Cam, cam and kevin’s groovy groovy funtime disco funk elevator explosion, aka kevin spacey, in an elevator earlier today (July 22) and are playing the fundraising show tonight at The Bird in Perth, Australia.They band announced the last minute gig on Facebook, writing: “Hey perthian fiends, our good friend the lovely and evidently pregnant felicity groom had her car stolen on saturday morning, so we’re all going to THE BIRD tonight to raise money for a new one! playing is Maurice Flavel, Electric Toad and our new band we made at about 4 o’clock this afternoon cam, cam and kevin’s groovy groovy funtime disco funk elevator explosion, aka kevin spacey, in an elevator. that’s the band name, all of that. in fact this whole post is the band name. including this. oh yeah and we didn’t have time to find a vocalist so it’s instrumental, the best kind of ental. get down there yo’s!”Yesterday Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill said Tame Impala were currently his favorite band.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker recently admitted the idea of recording a follow-up to 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ doesn’t excite him. Speaking in Uncut, the brains behind the Australian band discussed his lack of plans for a new record as well as his thoughts on the album format and the unlimited possibilities of technology.Asked what the next album will sound like, Parker responded: “Right now, doing another album doesn’t excite me. There’s something narrow-minded about thinking an album is the only way you can put out music, especially in the world we’re in at the moment. Anything is possible. There’s so many people doing interesting things with the internet and technology, there could be so many ways of making music and listening to it.”

Tame Impala and Flaming Lips are set to record an EP together.The band will cover two of each others’ tracks for a four-track vinyl EP, which will be sold at the shows the bands are joint headlining in October and November in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Columbia.“…doing a Tame Impala does Flaming Lips songs and Flaming Lips do Tame Impala songs 4 song vinyl!!,” Wayne Coyne wrote on Instagram under a photo of lyrics to Tame Impala’s track “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds”.Pitchfork report that for the EP, Flaming Lips have covered Australian psych rockers’ ‘Runway, Houses, City, Clouds’ and Tame Impala appear to be doing The Flaming Lips’ ‘Are You a Hypnotist?’ and ‘Silver Trembling Hands’ – covers they have recently been testing out in a live setting.Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker recently admitted the idea of recording a follow-up to 2012’s ‘Lonerism’ doesn’t excite him. Asked what the next album will sound like, Parker responded: “Right now, doing another album doesn’t excite me. There’s something narrow-minded about thinking an album is the only way you can put out music, especially in the world we’re in at the moment. Anything is possible. There’s so many people doing interesting things with the internet and technology, there could be so many ways of making music and listening to it.”

Flaming Lips meanwhile, are working on an “extended play 6 song thang..” to go with the track they’ve written for the upcoming film adaptation of military science fiction novel [i]Enders game[/a], Coyne recently tweeted.

Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, The National, Wavves, Charlie XCX, And Other Musicians Customize Converse For Charity Auction.

In a new charitable auction called In Their Shoes, a whole mess of musicians have custom-decorated pairs of Converse Chuck Taylors, selling those shoes off on eBay and raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and other charities. Bon Iver (pictured), the National, Tame Impala, Santigold, Tegan And Sara, Wavves, the Black Keys, Charlie XCX, New Order, Foals, Moby, Frightened Rabbit, JEFF The Brotherhood, and a ton of others all have shoes up for auction. The auction runs until 10/29, and you can find all the info here

Bon Iver:

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The Black Keys:

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Tame Impala:

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The National:

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WaVVes:

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Charlie XCX:

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Foals:

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Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, The National, Palma Violets Play Open’er Festival

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Arctic Monkeys played their first gig since headlining Glastonbury at Open’er Festival Wednesday, July 3.

Playing an identical set as their Pyramid Stage performance last Friday (June 28), minus the string section for ‘Cornerstone’ and Mardy Bum’, the band opened with new track ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ – the first single taken from their forthcoming fifth album ‘AM’.

“Good evening everyone, we are the Arctic Monkeys from Sheffield, England,” said frontman Alex Turner, during the middle of second song ‘Brianstorm’, as the dark clouds overheard began to clear. “Gydina! How ya feeling everybody?” he added before launching into ‘Dancing Shoes’.

After the band’s Glastonbury set, Turner was on the end of criticism for having lost his natural Sheffield accent for a more Stateside twang, but he continued with his unusual stage persona in Poland saying, “thankyerverymuch” in an Elvis-like twang before the band played ‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I Moved Your Chair’.

That song was followed by ‘Teddy Picker’, which segued into ‘Crying Lightning’, before the band played ‘Brick By Brick’ and debut album highlight ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’. “I’m gonna play some ‘Humbug’ music,” said Turner before ‘Pretty Visitors’. “Some of that full moon music for ya!” he added as he snarled the opening lyrics of the song.

This was followed by ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘Do Me A Favour’, ‘R U Mine?’, new track ‘Mad Sounds’ and ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, before they finished their main set with ‘A Certain Romance’.

“Can you stand a couple more?” asked Turner on the band’s return to the stage for the encore. They then proceeded to play ‘Cornerstone’ – this time without the backing of a string band – before finishing with ‘Mardy Bum’, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ and ‘505’.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Brianstorm’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Teddy Picker’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘Brick By Brick’
‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘Old Yellow Bricks’
‘Pretty Visitors’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘R U Mine?’
‘Mad Sounds’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘A Certain Romance’
‘Cornerstone
‘Mardy Bum’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘505’

Before Arctic Monkeys took to the stage, the festival’s Main Stage saw a performance by Tame Impala. The Australian psych-rock outfit played during a rainstorm but songs such ‘Elephant’ and ‘Half Full Glass Of Wine’ failed to dampen the spirits of those who braved the downpour.

Day two of Open’er Festival was brought to a close by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. Playing a longer set than their Glastonbury appearance last weekend, the band played a set of new and classic tracks, including ‘Jubilee Street’, ‘Deanna’ and ‘Stagger Lee’.

Open’er Festival will continue today (July 5) with performances from Queens Of The Stone Age, The National, Disclosure and Palma Violets.

Watch Tame Impala Cover OutKast’s Smoothly Spacey ‘Prototype’ – And More Tour Dates

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Tame Impala on festivalgoers: ‘A fucking hoard of Tarzans scoping out chicks’

Kevin Parker says at some festivals, only 10 per cent of people pay attention to the music.  Speaking after their set at Bonnaroo festival (June 16), Parker told Rolling Stone that crowds at festivals have changed in recent years.

“It was a bit more wholesome back then,” he said of watching Kings of Leon in 2006 at Australia’s Big Day Out. “Back then, it was more about the music. Now, not so much. Now it’s more about muscles and how little clothing you can wear. I guess it’s the cool thing now to go to a festival. I’ve played festivals in Australia. If it’s a dance music festival or mainstream festival, there’s maybe like 10 per cent who pay attention to the music. You just see guys with muscles – essentially Tarzan. A fucking hoard of Tarzans that are like, ‘I just want to scope out all the chicks!'”

Speaking recently about when the band might follow-up their second album ‘Lonerism’, which was named  Album of 2012 by NME, Parker said that the prospect of making another record “doesn’t excite” him. Meanwhile, it was recently announced that bassist Nick Allbrook has left Tame Impala and has been replaced by his Pond bandmate Cam Avery.

The Pond frontman, seen recently singing feathery backing vocals on Tame Impala’s cover of OutKast’s “Prototype,” will continue with his other music projects. Cam Avery, also of Pond, will replace Allbrook on bass for his prior group, the Australian space rockers’ behind last year’s SPIN Essential album Lonerism.

Allbrook’s last show with Tame Impala came on Saturday night at Belvoir Amphiteatre in Perth, Australia, according to a post on the band’s website. The band wrote that Allbrook “is hopping off the Tame Impala band wagon so that he can try and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into society. A task the rest of us fear we will one day have to perform….”

The talented Allbrook isn’t fully rejoining civilian life, though. “All bands and projects and stuff will keep going, it’s just hard to keep them all going if you’re touring all the time,” he told NME. “The only bad part will be not seeing my mates every day. I love them more than anything.”

Tame Impala still have a number of festival and tour dates coming up, including a handful in North America. They will be performing in two shows at Terminal 5 in NYC in October.

Tame Impala tour dates

May 23 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera
May 25 – The Gorge, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
May 26 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
May 27 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
May 29 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
June 17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
June 18 – Richmond, VA @ The National
June 19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
June 21 – Schessel, Germany @ Hurricane Festival
June 22 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival
June 25 – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo
June 26 – Paris, France @ Olympia
June 28 – Glastonbury @ Glastonbury Festival
June 30 – Luxembourg @ Rock a Field
July 3 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
July 4 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er
July 11 – Toulouse, France @ Le Bikini
July 13 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera
July 14 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Optimus Alive