Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Common Renames New Album After Single

(swiped from Pitchfork Media)

All of a sudden, the reason for Common's silence since announcing the existence of his new album, previously known as Invincible Summer, becomes clear: The Chicago MC was inventing the future. At least that's the conclusion we've drawn from seeing a trailer for the Hype Williams-directed video for the album's first single, "Universal Mind Control". In the clip, Common inhabits a virtual reality that includes an Iron Giant-like companion [pictured], and the song pops more than the first few times we heard it. Time to get excited again.

The excitement looks to come to a head in early November, the album's newly scheduled release target. Perhaps because it will no longer be summer by that point, Common has changed the name of the record to Universal Mind Control.

Common is currently controlling minds on tour with N.E.R.D. His next stop is tonight (September 10) in Dallas.


09-10 Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
09-11 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
09-13 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
09-14 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern *
09-15 Anaheim, CA - Grove of Anaheim *
09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl *
09-18 Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo *
09-19 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater *
09-20 Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theatre *
09-21 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues *
09-23 Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium *
09-25 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave/Eagles Club *
09-26 Chicago, IL - TBA (Common Ground Foundation event)
09-27 Chicago, IL - House of Blues (Common Ground Foundation benefit) #
09-28 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore *
09-29 Toronto, Ontario - Kool Haus *
10-01 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre *
10-02 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
10-04 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
10-05 New York, NY - Columbia University (New York Times Great Children's Read)
10-08 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle *
10-09 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *
10-10 Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater *
10-23 Gainesville, FL - Common Grounds
10-24 Columbia, MO - Jesse Auditorium

* with N.E.R.D.
# with Talib Kweli, Pharrell, the Roots,, Bilal, Marsha of Floetry

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