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New Portishead LP to Hit U.K. in April; Merge Auctions Spoon, Arcade Fire Posters

The rumblings have been growing for a while thanks to frontman Geoff Barrow‘s blog entries, but now, according Pitchfork, Portishead‘sfirst album in over ten years will drop in April via Island Records.There’s just one problem for stateside fans — a U.S. release hasyet-to-be detailed. Either way, the long overdue and yet untitledeffort will follow the band’s much-anticipated performance at All Tomorrow’s Parties’ holiday event, slated for Dec. 7-9 at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, U.K.

Merge Auctions Spoon, Arcade Fire Posters for Charity

Just like years past, Merge is auctioning off memorabilia from recording artists, including Arcade Fire and Spoon, via eBayin an effort to benefit charity. This year, the Chapel Hill, NC-basedindustry folk are offering rare, silk-screened, autographed gig postersfrom many recording artists, with all proceeds to be split betweenOxfam American and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.Items have begun to hit the auction block already, and according toMerge spokesperson Lindsey Kronmiller, will continue for a while.

“[It] will probably be through the beginning of the year because we’ve got so much,” Kronmiller told “It’s going to take a while because we’re still sending some out to the bands first, and they’re all over the place.”

Currently, signed posters from Arcade Fire ($760!), David Kilgore, Shout Out Louds, and the Rosebuds are up for auction here.

Boris ‘Smile’ for New LP

Steadfast Japan-based purveyors of doom and gloom rock, Boris, have revealed a few details on the band’s forthcoming LP, the follow up to 2006’s Pink. The new album, entitled Smile, is expected to drop on a currently unspecified date next April via Southern Lord. Like previous efforts, Smile will feature contributions from Michio Kurihara and Sunn O)))‘s Stephen O’Malley, among others. [Via Pitchfork]

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