Andrew WK hosts panel at My Little Pony convention WHAT WHAT OMG WHAT

Andrew WK hosts panel at My Little Pony convention WHAT WHAT OMG WHAT

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You know about Andrew WK. And maybe, if you spend a lot of time on the internet, you know about bronies. What’s a bronie? It’s a… (let me pour myself a whiskey before I say this) youngish male who’s a fan of the My Little Pony cartoons, of the word “bro,” and of people who get way too into dressing up like a spandex nightmare horse. But hey, that’s a generalization, right? Not all dudes who like My Little Pony take it to a creepy level. Some just like pastel horsies and sharing and having a good time. And who’s a bigger expert on having a good time than Andrew WK?

So perhaps it’s only natural that Andrew WK will host a discussion panel called “In the Flesh: What Would Pinkie Pie Do?” at a pony convention in Strongsville, Ohio this September called Canterlot Gardens. From the Canterlot Gardens website: “Partying is enriching to everyone’s life - that’s what Pinkie Pie believes. On this side of the fourth wall, we are excited to announce Andrew W.K., the partiest pony of all! Holding the same ideals as the Ponyville party planner, he will be speaking at the Gardens on Friday, September 28th 2012. On that day we invite you to join us for a look into how to make your job as fun as your party, and your party as important as your job.”

“Live pony music” is also promised.

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The Psychic Paramount announce US dates, despite neighbor complaints

Bands typically described as “noisy” are some of the best to witness live, especially if you live, as I do, within close proximity to people who might not take kindly to you blaring crescendo-laden noise rock at inadvisable times. There’s also a certain feeling of rebelliousness that comes with attending one of these shows. Noise, in any other environment, typically connotes discomfort, but when you’re in the company of like-minded individuals, who are all there for the same dissonant reasons, it’s like a congregation of secret society members, who all have “Breaking the Law” by Judas Priest playing in their heads as they walk into the venue. Only, of course, it’s not the law that we’re breaking; it’s the quiet hours of our respective apartment buildings or the frustrating rules of a family member with particularly sensitive ears. It’s relief brought about by unrestrained immersion, perhaps with a couple of middle fingers thrown in. Take that, societal norms!

Helping you in your quest for noisy satisfaction this summer are New York-based The Psychic Paramount, who are currently in the midst of a US tour. Their album II (TMT Review) earned a well-deserved spot on our favorite albums list from 2011, so as a presumably faithful reader of TMT, you can be confident in purchasing a ticket for one of their upcoming shows. Need some more convincing? Why in the world would you pass this up:


07.09.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
07.10.12 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
07.11.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
07.12.12 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
07.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
07.14.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.15.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
07.16.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07.17.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
07.20.12 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw *
07.21.12 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.23.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
07.27.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite *
07.28.12 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door *
07.29.12 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar *
07.30.12 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish *
08.01.12 - Dallas, TX - La Grange
08.02.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
08.03.12 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
08.04.12 - Lawrence, KS - Replay Lounge
08.05.12 - St. Louis, MO - Cicero’s
08.07.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st Street Pub
08.08.12 - New Haven, CT - BAR
08.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool

* Phil Manley Life Coach

• The Psychic Paramount:
• No Quarter:

Scott Walker’s The Drift to receive vinyl edition packaged in a nice suit, a swanky suit

As it happens, you are sitting in a very nice theater. There are seats. There is a stage. There is a red velvet curtain. The curtain opens and a voice, pleasing though peculiar in a way you cannot put your finger on, pulses out of the loudspeaker. “Hello audience, please welcome your friend Mr. Scott Walker.” You applaud loudly.

Scott Walker steps to the middle of the stage. His face is obscured by television static, though the rest of his body is perfectly clear. Somehow, you are still certain that it is him. He approaches the microphone and taps it once. He frowns and, despite the static, you know he has frowned. He speaks into the microphone anyway.







Walker leaves the stage. You applaud Walker’s announcement. Shortly after, a Ramones cover band begins playing. They are not good. You wonder if it is impolite to leave. You frown.

• Scott Walker:
• 4AD:

[Photo: Jamie Hawksworth]

Bon Iver tours; people like his music!

Last week Bon Iver released a new iTunes Session (listen to “Beth/Rest”). With his nine-person live band, Mr. Iver will jam… hard… all over the world with an upcoming tour. Don’t know if you should go or not? Check out all the glowing reviews and awards of Bon Iver, Bon Iver (TMT Review), idiot!

“Best Alternative Album” – The Grammys

“Best New Artist” – The Grammys

“Best Album of 2011” – Q

“Yeah, we like it” – Dog Fancy

“Best Album of 2011” – Pitchfork Media

“Best Album of 2011” – Exclaim!

“We play it in the waiting room” – Receptionist at All Smiles Dentistry

“Best Album of 2011” – Paste

“In April, I watched the beluga show at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. They just showed them swimming and played a Bon Iver song. I feel asleep.” – Greg Lindberg

“Album of the Year” – Stereogum Gummy Awards

“Independent Album of the Year” – Libera Awards

“Your dad and I had sex to that album last night” – My mom


07.07.12 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Stadpark*
07.09.12 - Cologne, Germany - Tanzbrunen*
07.11.12 - Groningen, Netherlands - Kardinger Plas*
07.13.12 - Southwold Suffolk, UK - Latitude Festival
07.14.12 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.15.12 - Paris, France - Olympia*
07.17.12 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Neumunster Abbey*
07.18.12 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Nyon
07.19.12 - Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello*
07.22.12 - Bilbao, Spain - Palacia Euskalduna#
07.24.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lisbon Coliseum#
07.25.12 - Porto, Portugal - Porto Coliseum#
07.27.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Poble Espanyol%
07.28.12 - Hyeres, France - Midi Festival
07.30.12 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourviere
07.31.12 - Stuttgart, Germany - Killsbergpark#
08.01.12 - Vienna, Austria - Big Hall#
08.08.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.12 - Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.11.12 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
09.10.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Folk Festival
09.12.12 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center^*
09.13.12 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion^*
09.15.12 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion^*
09.16.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for the Performing Arts^*
09.17.12 - Cooperstown, NY - Ommegang Brewery^*
09.19.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall^
09.20.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall^
09.21.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall*
09.22.12 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall*
10.26.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Campo Pequeno
10.28.12 - Madrid, Spain - Palace Vistalegre
10.30.12 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
10.31.12 - Zürich, Switzerland - Komplex 457
11.02.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Lotto Arena
11.04.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Forum
11.05.12 - Berlin, Germany - Arena
11.06.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
11.08.12 - London, UK - Wembley Arena
11.09.12 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
11.10.12 - Glasgow, UK - SECC
11.12.12 - Dublin, Ireland - O2

^ Anias Mitchell
* Poliça
# Sam Amidon
% Beth Orton

• Bon Iver:
• Jagjaguwar:

Alva Noto and Byetone form Diamond Version, which may or may not be an homage to Pokémon

Ironically (and until now), two of the three founders of the Germany-based Raster-Noton — Olaf Bender (Byetone) and Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) — haven’t done much collaborating with each other. Presumably this is a result of the friendship they established when they were teenagers; in other words, they knew (consciously or not) that spending too much time together could prove detrimental, similar to the friend/roommate progression that many college students experience. You can easily imagine how a falling out would occur: “I’m not laying down the rhythms until you clean up the communal fridge, Olaf!”

If you thought the rumor of Summvs being the final collaborative album between Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto was a sign of the former winding down his career, well then, obviously you’d be wrong. FACT reports: under the name Diamond Version, Alva Noto and Byetone have just signed to Mute, through which they’re planning to release five EPs over the rest of this year — the first of which is Technology / Empowering Change, due out July 23. Check out the sufficiently German cover art above. The duo also have a full-length album in the works for 2013.

A lingering question, though — why now, after roughly 16 years at the helm of Raster-Noton, are Nicolai and Bender choosing to fuse their creative minds? Nicolai offers an explanation: “We occasionally performed encores together after our solo sets. These spontaneous and improvised tracks always had a kind of “special energy” which we missed in our solo works … Diamond Version tries to capture this energy and combines it with conceptual ideas…”. Those conceptual ideas include titles and iconography drawn from a “host of corporate slogans,” ultimately used to form an aesthetic “charged with surreal and subversive humor.” I have no idea what this means from a musical standpoint, but Bender describes a style rooted in rhythmic music, but decidedly not club-oriented. “It’s a bit harsh, and a bit more noisy [than our solo projects], but this is not the main focus,” Bender says. It’s all too deep for me.

• Alva Noto:
• Byetone:
• Mute:

Excepter goes on tour, while my dad blasts Excepter from his 1994 Taurus every day of his life

New York’s Excepter are many things, but they’re mostly just the kings of dad rock. All dads love Excepter. When a baby is born, a dad goes to the store and says “Give me your finest Excepter record.” Then they blast that sucker every day, embarrassing the hell out of their lame sons. “Check out this Excepter record, son, it’s really rocking stuff,” the dads of the world exclaim. “Daaaaad, Exepter is so lame!” the sons exclaim in response. Once the sons go to college, though, they’ll pull out those old Excepter records and realize that they had some really good songs. Such is the way of the world.

Until all the kids grow up, Excepter is going on tour. After a quick show in their home city of New York, the group will be heading overseas to perform for European dads of various nations. Everywhere they go, dads with beer bellies and old baseball caps will be jumping up and down, shaking their children and yelling about the greatness of Excepter. This is the universal language. This is dad language.

Excepter dates:

07.09.12 - New York City, NY - 285 Kent
07.12.12 - Paris, France - Instants Chavirés
07.13.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OCCII
07.14.12 - Berlin, Germany - CTM
07.15.12 - Kutna Hora, Czech Republic - Creepy Teepee Festival
07.24.12 - London, UK - Café OTO
07.26.12 - London, UK - Rough Trade
08.03-04.12 - Sejero, Denmark - Sejero Festival

• Excepter: