Streams of Tame Impala and Compton MC Kendrick Lamar's anticipated rework of 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' are finally circulating the internet. Simply titled 'Backwards', the unexpected collab was created for the soundtrack to Neil Burger's sci-fi blockbuster Divergent, which hits US shelves tomorrow.
Hear Kendrick assault the mic over the neck snapping beat and lush string arrangements before someone pulls the plug...
Seems as though the team at Last Call with Carson Daly have a bit of a thing for Tame Impala. In October of last year, they filmed the band's set at the famed Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and aired 2 songs - 'Elephant' and 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards', on the show. Last week, another 2 songs were aired as part of their pre-Grammys coverage - 'Mind Mischief' and album opener 'Be Above It'.
You can catch Tame Impala at one of the remaining Big Day Out shows in Australia, or at one of their two UK dates with the Arctic Monkeys, listed below.
Friday, January 31: Big Day Out, Adelaide, Australia
Sunday, February 2: Big Day Out, Perth, Australia
Friday, May 23: Finsbury Park, London, UK
Saturday, May 24: Finsbury Park, London, UK
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This weekend, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles and we'll definitely be watching to see if our boys from Perth, Tame Impala, take home the Grammy for Best Alternative Album for 2012's Lonerism. They're amongst a field of very worthy contenders: Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, Neko Case and The National.
This caps off a phenomenal two years for the band, which has included tours all over the world; festival performances at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Primavera, Sasquatch, Splendour in the Grass, Redding / Leeds, and many more; this cover of 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' by the PS22 Chorus; 3 ARIA Award wins; and a photo op with GOAT Danny DeVito.
Those wily wanderers Tame Impala, riding high after their 3 wins at the ARIAs, have picked up another surprise nomination — a Grammy nod for 2012's Lonerism in the Best Alternative Album category. This caps off a remarkable year for the band, and we couldn't be prouder of them.
The 2013 Grammy Awards' ceremony will be hosted on January 26 at Los Angeles' Staple Centre.
After teasing Tame Impala fans with a snippet of the forthcoming Erol Alkan rework of Be Above It last week, it's time to unleash the full version. The track is available for your streaming pleasure below, and will be available to purchase December 6 (AUS), December 9 (UK) and December 10 (US).
The Erol Alkan Rework of Be Above It will come as a white-sleeved, one-sided 12" and will be limited to just 1500 copies worldwide. The track will also be available digitally. Tame Impala fans in London can pop down to the Modular stand at the Independent Label market on Nov 30th and pick up the vinyl ahead of the rest of the world — it will be sold as a Label Market exclusive that day, from 11am-5pm or until stocks last.
After his epic elongation of 'Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind', influential London producer, DJ and label head Erol Alkan again pulls Tame Impala apart, this time stretching at the seams and turning the acid up to eleven on 'Be Above It'.
The original already dabbles in techno-like repetition, albeit with mostly live loops, and Alkan takes this approach to its logical conclusion, adding those magic numbers 303 and 909 and in turn raising the roof to previously unfathomable jacking heights.
It's been a staple of his live sets this past summer and will finally be available to buy digitally and as a white-sleeved, one-sided 12" limited to 1500 copies worldwide on Dec 6 (AUS), Dec 10 (UK), Dec 11 (US).
The Tame Lips North American Jaunt wraps up this weekend with a final show at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Loads of tour pics over on The Matty Sav Tumblr/Experience.
Tame scooped 7 noms (lucky number) including Best Album, Best Group, Best Rock Album and the publicly voted Best Australian Live Act, as well as all three Artisan Awards for Best Cover Art (Kevin Parker & Leif Podhajsky), Engineer of the Year (Kevin Parker) and Producer of the Year (Kevin Parker). You can do your bit by campaigning for their mind-melting live experience. Cast your vote here.
The Presets' fist pumping 3rd record Pacifica is up for Best Dance Album.
Sonic wanderers Tame Impala are currently tripping the light fantastic around the US, with brethren The Flaming Lips. The tour kicked off last week in Boston, and takes in some of the country's most landmark venues.
To commemorate this special pairing, they've recorded 2 covers of each others' songs (Tame Impala tackle Are You A Hypnotist? and Silver Trembling Hands, with Wayne Coyne and his marry band of loons take on Elephant and Runway, Houses, City, Clouds) and will be selling the split 7" as a tour-merch-only limited edition.
Pick up a copy of the split at one of the shows below, and head to the Tame Impala site for the full run of Oct/Nov tour dates.
Modyssey is a trip through recent releases from the Modular Recordings catalogue. Taking in a choice range of singles, remixes and deep album cuts, it includes the likes of Tame Impala, Cut Copy, Canyons, The Presets, Bag Raiders, Pond, Young Dreams and more.
The Mod-centric compilation has been sold exclusively through Urban Outfitters UK (still available). It is now available to the fine people of Europe and the UK via iTunes, Beatport and your favourite record stores.
Tame Impala's debut record from 2010, Innerspeaker, received a tropically warm reception thanks in part to its irreverent, contemporary spin on assumedly dead and forgotten sounds, as well as its unique, infinitely surprising way around a melody. It was youthful, romantic songwriting in a melting technicolour dreamcoat. Their second record Lonerism, released in 2012, is on a whole new level of cosmic. NME thought so too, and awarded it their #1 Album of 2012.
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