When we last heard from Mikel Jollett, he was signing off Twitter for awhile, and promising some kind of announcement upon his return. The Airborne Toxic Event frontman reappeared early last week, tweeting up a political storm like he’d never left.
He has yet to drop any major news on us, but there are signs that something could be stirring on the musical front.
Off Weekend Festival
After a curious one-off festival appearance a couple months ago at the Bonanza Campout, it was anyone’s guess when we might next see The Airborne Toxic Event. And though we still don’t know what, if anything, they may be up to this fall, we now have assurance that they will grace the stage at least once more before 2017 is out.
Yesterday, the band announced they’ll play the Off Weekend Festival in Miami on December 10, where they’ll join the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Iggy Azalea, and TV on the Radio. Some of the TATE faithful are already making travel plans, while many others hope this heralds more dates to come. It’s getting a little late for anything major this fall, but perhaps Off Weekend will serve as a tune-up for an early 2018 tour, which Jollett hinted at back in March.
Expecting to Fly?
A few weeks ago, something curious popped up on my Google Alerts: a Last.FM page for an Airborne Toxic Event album called Expecting to Fly. First sign of the new album, or a false flag? At this point, I have no idea. There are no details on the page, which has remained unchanged since its mysterious appearance. Frequent searches of the phrase since then have yielded no other results. So, I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in this for now.
Amanda Keeler, in an article for Blasting News, noted the forthcoming record a few weeks ago, though regular TIN readers are probably already familiar with the details covered in her piece. The wait continues…
Album Assignment: TATE’s Debut
Blogger Paul O’Brian has a fun game going with a friend, in which they take turns assigning one another an album to listen to. Said friend has fine taste, and recently gave O’Brian Airborne’s first record as homework. He was suitably impressed:
Each of these songs does a marvelous job at conveying the shattered feelings that lie in the wake of love’s dissolution, and if they didn’t speak to me quite as much as they would have 25 years ago, chalk that up to being a parent in my 40s.
To close out for the summer, here’s a rare performance of one of The Airborne Toxic Event’s more underrated treasures, “This is London,” filmed by Julie at the 2014 Fillmore Residency.
Glen is the founder and editor of This Is Nowhere and author of Toxic History: The Story of The Airborne Toxic Event. He’s grateful for an understanding wife and kids who indulge his silly compulsion to chase a band all over the Pacific Northwest (and occasionally beyond) every time the opportunity arises.