For a group of laidback, barefoot young men from the far reaches of the Australian wild, Tame Impala are having quite the year. On Monday morning, the band awoke to the news they had been nominated for 5 ARIA Awards, including the prestigious ‘Album Of The Year’ award, and today sees the band launch the video for their track ‘Lucidity’, which can be viewed via the Modular website . This week also marks the last time the band will be at home in their native Perth til Christmas – they will soon set out on a 10 week jaunt, taking in Australia, Europe, and the US. All tour dates, plus information on the ‘Lucidity’ video and their award nominations, are below.
Tame Impala’s debut album InnerSpeaker was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Rock Album’ at the Australian Recording Industry Association’s ARIA Awards, with the band also receiving nods in the ‘Best Group’, ‘Best Cover Art’ and ‘Breakthrough Artist’ categories. The winners will be announced at the 24th Annual ARIA Awards on November 7th.
Lucidity is the latest track to be taken from Tame Impala’s visceral debut, InnerSpeaker. A rollicking, searing rocket ride, ‘Lucidity’ comes accompanied by a (literally) spacey video, directed by Robert Hales.
Shot outside the country town of Mildura, 500 odd kilometres from Melbourne, the Lucidity video was a leap into the unknown, a series of experiments and blind faith launches into the final frontier, involving cameras being launched into space inside weather balloons, tracking all that went on below.
After being let go by the band’s Kevin Parker, the flight ascent was just under an hour. The camera swiftly loses site of our band, flying through the clouds before the edge of the earth comes into shot and it reaches its summit somewhere between 20 and 24km up. At this point things go all woozy, the camera flipping and flopping about, spinning to stare at the sun, before the balloon pops, ripping its safety parachute from the box and launching into a freefall to earth. This descent took 16 minutes, the approximate speed at impact with earth somewhere between 75 and 100 km/hr. All the while the camera continued to roll.
Upon hammering down to earth, in a wonderful stroke of universal happenstance, a curious wedge-tailed eagle wanders into shot to pick at the parachute and form the completely unscripted, perfect ending to the video. Local farmers believe the eagle must have seen the payload coming down and stalked it thinking it was an injured animal.
Gaining clearance to send the weather balloons up in the first place was an ordeal on its own. Every time one door of permission opened, another of rejection was slammed in the face of the team. Approval was sought from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in several states, as the ideal location continually shifted as more was learnt about weather patterns, seasonal winds and the actual look of the area. Airports were notified and advised of the launch time so no one flew into the thing. NASA had a giant balloon crash into a car recently so the CASA were rightly cautious and asked the team to fully document projected flight paths and assess the risk of hitting any vehicles. With the help of the University of Wyoming and the Bureau Of Meteorology in Mildura, the necessary documentation to get the permit to launch was finally collected, and it was game on.
Of the many cameras sent up, the video you see involves the only camera that didn’t either fog up or fly through too much cloud rendering it akin to watching the world through a bucket of fairy floss. The cameras were packed with a GPS unit, and after one failed attempt by the 3 support vehicles the day of the launch they were retrieved the following morning approximately 130km from the launch site, in an area in Lake Mungo rather fittingly called No Man’s Land. In the days leading up to the shoot the area was lashed with flooding and gale force winds. Where the cameras may have landed if launched any earlier is anyone’s guess.
InnerSpeaker is available from all digital retailers, and on vinyl exclusively at Insound.
TAME IMPALA TOUR DATES
Thursday Oct 7th || HQ || Adelaide, SA
Friday Oct 8th || Uni Bar || Hobart, TAS
Saturday Oct 9th || ANU || Canberra, ACT
Thursday October 14th || The Enmore Theatre || Sydney, NSW
Friday October 15th || The Palace || Melbourne, VIC
Saturday October 16th || The Tivoli || Brisbane, QLD
Friday October 22nd || Astor Theatre || Perth, WA
Saturday October 23rd || Fat As Butter Festival || Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday October 26th || O2 Academy 3 || Birmingham, UK
Wednesday October 27th || Ruby Lounge || Manchester, UK
Thursday October 28th || Heaven || London, UK
Saturday October 30th || Le Grand Mix || Tourcoing, France
Sunday October 31st || Lieu Unique || Nantes, France
Monday November 1st || La Marioquinerie || Paris, France
Wednesday November 3rd || Botanique || Brussels, Belguim
Thursday November 4th || Gebaude 9 || Cologne, Germany
Friday November 5th || Mascotte || Zurich, Switzerland
Saturday November 6th || Le Romandie || Lausanne, Switzerland
Monday November 8th || B72 || Vienna, Austria
Tuesday November 9th || 59 to 1 || Munich, Germany
Thursday November 11th || Beatlemania || Hamburg. Germany
Friday November 12th || Rolling Stone Weekender Festival ||Schleswig, Germany
Saturday November 13th || London Calling at The Paradiso || Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday November 16th || Black Cat || Washington, DC*#
Thursday November 18th || Bowery Ballroom || New York, NY*#
Sunday November 21st || First Unitarian Church || Philadelphia, PA*#
Monday November 22nd || Paradise Rock Club || Boston, MA*#
Tuesday November 23rd || La Sala Rossa || Montreal, QC*#
Wednesday November 24th || The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern || Toronto, ONT*#
Friday November 26th || Double Door || Chicago, IL*#
Saturday November 27th || 7th Street Entry || Minneapolis, MN*#
Monday November 29th || Jackpot Music Hall || Lawrence, KS*#
Wednesday December 1st || Emo’s Alternative Lounge || Austin, TX*#
Thursday December 2nd || The Loft || Dallas, TX*#
Saturday December 4th || Bluebird Theater || Denver, CO*
Monday December 6th || Urban Lounge || Salt Lake City, UT*
Tuesday December 7th || Neurolux || Boise, ID*
Thursday December 9th || The Biltmore Cabaret || Vancouver, BC*
Friday December 10th || Neumos || Seattle, WA*
Saturday December 11th || Doug Fir Lounge || Portland, OR*
Monday December 13th || The Independent || San Francisco, CA*
Tuesday December 14th || Echoplex || Los Angeles, CA*
Thursday December 30th || Falls Festival Marion Bay || Hobart, TAS
Friday December 31st || Falls Festival Lorne || Lorne, VIC
Saturday January 1st || Field Day || Sydney, NSW
Sunday January 2nd || Southbound Festival || Busselton, WA
InnerSpeaker is out now on Modular Recordings
Tame Impala, the band’s self-titled EP, is available now via iTunes
Following the platinum selling success of Soldier of Love, Sade announces their highly anticipated return to the worldâ€™s stage. The North American leg, produced by Live Nation, begins on June 16th in Baltimore, Maryland at the 1st Marinerâ€™s Arena. Tickets go on sale in select markets beginning October 16th at LiveNation.com with additional dates to be announced soon.
Sade will perform songs from their collection of timeless hits including songs from their critically acclaimed album, SOLDIER OF LOVE which secured the # 1 album spot upon its release in February. Selling over a million copies to-date, SOLDIER OF LOVE spent three weeks in the number one spot taking its rightful place among the collection of iconic Sade albums.
Sade will perform over 50 concerts in top arenas across North America, in an effort to reach her vast and loyal fan base. Their classic sound set to haunting, unmistakable vocals creates the most intimate of concert experiences in a way that only an unforgettable Sade performance can. Sade performed for more than 1,000,000 fans during her last tour in 2001.
Not only has America welcomed Sade back with open arms after close to ten years, but worldwide, SOLDIER OF LOVE has proven to be a smash. The album skyrocketed to # 1 in ten additional countries including Canada, Switzerland, France, Italy, Poland, Greece, Japan, Portugal and Spain.
Entertainment Weekly featured SOLDIER OF LOVE in their â€œMust Listâ€ and gave the album an â€œAâ€, Rolling Stone wrote, â€œitâ€™s unimpeachably excellent,â€ and The Boston Globe calls it, â€œa rich and rewarding album.â€ But the accolades donâ€™t stop there. Associated Press raved, â€œlike a long-ago lover not quite forgotten, Sade has returned to steal our hearts with more beautiful, uncategorizable music,â€ Billboard was quoted as saying, â€œitâ€™s been 10 years since Sade released an album, but be forewarned â€“ the giant has awoken,â€ while People Magazine reminds us that â€œSade remains the voice of comfort to the wounded heart.â€
Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-five year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life in 1984 the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboardâ€™s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date. Theyâ€™ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won three Grammy Awards â€“ first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for â€œNo Ordinary Loveâ€, and again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock.
DATE CITY VENUE ON SALE
Thu Jun 16 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena Sat Oct 16
Sun Jun 19 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Mon Oct 18
Tue Jun 21 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum Mon Oct 18
Fri Jun 24 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center Mon Oct 18
Tue Jun 28 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Sat Oct 16
Thu Jun 30 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Sat Oct 16
Wed Jul 06 Boston, MA TD Garden Mon Oct 18
Fri Aug 05 Chicago, IL United Center Mon Oct 18
Fri Aug 19 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center Mon Oct 18
Tue Aug 30 Anaheim, CA Honda Center Mon Oct 18
Additional dates will be announced in the following markets soon: Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Calgary, AB; Cleveland, OH; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; St Paul, MN, Vancouver, BC.
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This site originally was more about the industry when we first started. Somewhere along the way, we started to realize that people just wanna see videos of their favorite bands on late night shows. This next piece covers both. Rolling Stone founder/editor and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame chairman Jann Wenner stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where he talked about the newly released The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concerts (3 DVD) and his interview with President Barack Obama. Check it out below
Check out a medley of rap and hip hop songs performed by Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake and The Roots. Check it out.