Posted in music | tour dates on January 18, 2012

DOWNLOAD: Lower Dens - "Brains" (MP3)

ATP UK

The National have announced that they're headlining and curating at ATP in Minehead UK, which is happening from December 7-9, 2012. So far, in addition to The National, the lineup (not very surprisingly) includes Sharon Van Etten (who plays the sold out Mercury Lounge tonight), My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Megafaun, The Antlers, Buke and Gase (FKA Buke and Gass), Lower Dens, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Kronos Quartet, Suuns< and Dark Dark Dark. More artists TBA. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/20) at 2 PM.

Maybe this lineup will shed some light on the bands Aaron and Bryce Dessner will be choosing when they curate BAM in May.

ATP's NJ festival happens in September and is being curated by Greg Dulli.

Speaking of Lower Dens, they've just revealed plans to release a followup to their 2010 debut LP, Twin-Hand Movement. The new album, titled Nootropics, will be out April 30 via the Domino affiliate label Ribbon Music. Grab the fast paced lead single, "Brains," at the top of this post and stream it below. Also below is the album artwork and tracklist.

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Lower Dens - "Brains"
Lower Dens - Brains by Ribbon Music

Lower Dens - Nootropics
Nootropics

Nootropics Tracklist:
1 Alphabet Song
2 Brains
3 Stem
4 Propagation
5 Lamb
6 Candy
7 Lion in Winter Pt. 1
8 Lion in Winter Pt. 2
9 Nova Anthem
10 In the End Is the Beginning

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Comments (34)

Wow, that is one weak lineup!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 4:58 PM

Hope the UK is ready for one really long nap zzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 4:58 PM

that is weak to nyc but strong to the uk. most of these bands don't play there as often as they do nyc.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:01 PM

Have you consider that maybe this is because the Brits have better taste than we do, 5:01?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:02 PM

I did, but they don't...I mean have you heard the song "America, Fuck Yeah!"???

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:05 PM

Ikea is curating

i mean the national

Glad to see the always great Megafaun and Kronos but jeez you'd figure the gentrified ass National could do a little better pulling their 1%er strings.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:09 PM

it is not a matter of taste. a festival needs something that is unique or hasn't come around for awhile to be interesting for me. i have seen all these bands over the last few years, several for free, and some quite recently. However, I doubt that is the case for the usic fans in the uk. Also as always you need to see how this lineup shapes up. Personally I am waiting to hear about the NJ ATP announce which should be coming any day now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:17 PM

Wow. A Lower Dens song that is completely forgettable.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:20 PM

I thought the curator was supposed to select bands that influenced them, often requiring some of the bands to reunite for the event. That's what has always made ATP special, not The National inviting their friends to play.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:33 PM

what about mangum?

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:36 PM

I feel like the inclusion of Boris means that ATP gives them a list of default bands to choose from and then they pick the remaining 60-80% of bands by the end. I wouldn't be surprised to see more ATP regulars show up on the list later on (Deerhoof, Sunn 0))), Electric Wizard, etc.).

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 5:48 PM

This is gonna be awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 7:36 PM

need to hear ATP NJ news soon...dying for it

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 8:07 PM

Have fun with that one, Limeys!

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 9:02 PM

The hummus in America is much better then the British counterpart. And thats something all of us can get behind.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 9:26 PM

The National makes my ears bleed, not amused by them

Posted by Sunkull | January 18, 2012 10:06 PM

Look fellas, joking aside, this may be the worst music festival ever. Oh man, the audience is going to be bored to a literal, screaming, miserable death!

On the brighter side, the vendors are gonna sell a fuckload of hard, hard booze to the misanthropes in attendance.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 10:19 PM

UK hummus is wack y'all

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 10:24 PM

Has ATP run out of bands to curate? The National? Sure, Alligator was a good album, but not good enough to curate ATP.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2012 11:07 PM

listen cunts....The National will curate 1 day and ATP will curate the other 2 days. Has there been a disappointing ATP yet? NO! Does ATP rule? YES! Haters fuck off and watch this lineup expand into an awesome fest. With Boris, Tim Hecker and Kronos already on the bill, why would you possibly talk shit? Oh right, because you don't know a fucking thing about music!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:25 AM

The National = bland yuppie rock, even the name is boring.

THE IKEA is very fitting!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:55 AM

IKEA rock still sucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:19 AM

Just because the music industry labels something as epic and amazing (see Arcade Fire, LCD, etc) does not mean they will stand the test of time. The National will not stand the test

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:36 AM

What's the equivalent of yupsters from park slope in the UK going to see the National?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:31 AM

Easy listening festival.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:08 AM

Anon 12:25 really loves IKEA!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:10 AM

I suddenly feel very drowsy

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:17 AM

tim hecker rules.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:54 AM

Can somebody explain to me what this whole curating thing is about? Seems like a somewhat new trend relative to music festivals/concerts. I honestly don't get it.

The Wall is better than anything the National has ever done by the way.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:06 PM

Even ATP are falling for this The National bullshit, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:45 PM

Listen you bloody cunts...

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:01 PM

Nootropics has leaked already and it's fantastic. Battle of Baltimore with Beach House is getting interesting!

Posted by Shtank you Shtank you Vewy Much | March 30, 2012 3:47 PM

To clear up a little something, NY was NEVER onsale at arcadefire.com today. I was refreshing all morning and it wasn't there. Whether it was ever supposed to be or not is the confusion. Merge said it would and neither they nor Arcade Fire has said anything to clear that up.

Posted by Arab Ladies | September 27, 2012 1:52 AM

I love it

Posted by jordon | August 7, 2013 7:39 PM

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