Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti hits the road with The Flaming Lips (read: “licks some toad with The Flaming Lips”)

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti hits the road with The Flaming Lips (read: "licks some toad with The Flaming Lips")

Do you think that Wayne Coyne ever loses his well-renowned cool when he thinks about how punks like Ariel Pink are wastin’ all his flavor these days? (Think about it: “Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.” Doesn’t that phrase just look and sound like a Flaming Lips song title from the back half of Hit to Death in the Future Head or something?) Or maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe it’s Pink who goes around rolling his dilated eyes at old man Coyne every time he sees him caterwauling around on stage like a demented Bob Barker.

Well luckily for all of us, we’re about to find out. Ariel Pink and Wayne Coyne will duke it out for King of Weird during a handful of dates at the end of the summer, in which Pink and his band will open for the fearless freaks in Canada and the U.S. Will they use giant novelty fake hands outfitted with congruently ludicrous boxing gloves?? Only time will tell. Pink, of course, is supporting his most recent release that everyone but me seems to “get,” the best-new-whatever’ed Before Today (TMT Review) on 4AD. Also available at the merch table on these dates will be a five-track collaborative 12-inch with sleazy horn section Added Pizzazz, who sleazed up Before Today’s opener “Hot Body Rub.” As for the Lips… well, I’m not sure what they’re supporting. Their families, I guess.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti tourdates:

07.13.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
07.14.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
07.16.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.17.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
07.19.10 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07.21.10 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
07.22.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
07.23.10 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
07.24.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
07.25.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East
07.27.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
07.28.10 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel
07.29.10 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
07.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - Earl
07.31.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
08.02.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
08.03.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
08.05.10 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
08.06.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
08.07.10 - Costa Mesa, CA - Detroit Bar
09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.11.10 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
09.12.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.14.10 - Lubbock, TX - Foundation Room
09.15.10 - Norman, OK - Opolis
09.16.10 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
09.17.10 - St. Louis, MO – Pageant #
09.18.10 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note #
09.19.10 - St. Paul, MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium #
09.20.10 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
09.21.10 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre #
09.23.10 - Calgary, AB - University of Calgary #
09.24.10 - Edmonton, AB - Events Center #
09.25.10 - Victoria, BC - Rifflandia Festival
09.26.10 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl #
09.27.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater #
09.29.10 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater #
10.01.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater #

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Ratatat tour North America as everyone’s favorite sound-effect from G.I. Joe

BOOOM! SMASH! POWWW! Oh boy, I love sound effects and I love the way they make me feel! And if there’s one sound effect I love the most, well it just might be RATATAT! I used to run around my house (last week) in my G.I. Joe pajamas all Saturday morning and afternoon with my fingers pointed into infinite-ammo machine guns that went RATATAT-TAT-TAT-TAT! all day long.

Which is why I’m so excited that Ratatat are heading out on a gigantic tour of North America where they will be celebrating their legacy as “The Coolest Sound Effect to Make While Pretending You’re Shooting a Fake Gun.”

The tour is, of course, actually in support of the band’s recently released fourth album on XL Recordings, which was creatively titled LP4 (TMT Review). Have you not heard their new album yet? (mini-review: “imagine me doing a thumbs down.”) Well, if you haven’t listened to it yet and you’re still super stoked to see them play live, Ticketmaster has arranged a special deal (only available in select markets) where they give you a digital copy of the album (one per order) for buying a ticket! Isn’t that hip and with it? Thanks to all our long-time friends at Ticketmaster!

Ratatat tourdates:

09.07.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
09.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
09.09.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
09.10.10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater **
09.11.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
09.14.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo **
09.15.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
09.16.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom **
09.17.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater **
09.18.10 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
09.19.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
09.21.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia **
09.22.10 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
09.24.10 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater **
09.25.10 - Scottsdale, AZ - Venue of Scottsdale **
09.27.10 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
09.28.10 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom **
09.29.10 - Fayetteville, AR - George’s Majestic Lounge
09.30.10 - New Orleans, LA - McAlister Auditorium
10.01.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade **
10.02.10 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
10.05.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory **
10.07.10 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
10.08.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 **
10.09.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 **

** Ticketmaster promotion

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RIP: Tuli Kupferberg of The Fugs

According to The New York Times:

Tuli Kupferberg, the poet, singer and professional bohemian who went from being a noted Beat to becoming, in his words, “the world’s oldest rock star” when he helped found the Fugs, the bawdy and politically pugnacious folk-rock group, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 86 and had been a longtime resident of Greenwich Village.

He had been in weak health after suffering two strokes last year, said Ed Sanders, his friend and fellow Fug.

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The Clientele defeat the mighty Minotaur, and by defeat I mean release it as a mini-album

In Greek mythology, the mightiest of the heroes was the legendary Clientele. Don’t believe me? Hey, you do the fact-checking then, nerd. Basically, The Clientele were so mighty that they would not just slay a dreaded minotaur, they would also release it as a mini-album. Only the gods themselves could release a full LP called Minotaur and any common man could release an EP called Minotaur, so that puts The Clientele, with their new mini-album Minotaur, somewhere between the common man and the gods. This extraordinary feat of The Clientele’s will contain eight new songs (one of which, “Jerry,” may be heard here) and can be purchased in limited-edition CD and digital download formats on August 31 via Merge.

When not slaying legendary beasts, The Clientele will be on the road. Of course, the window of time between The Clientele’s many slayings is awfully slim, so their tour will be limited to a short West Coast trip in September. One could complain about these meager dates, but if it comes between a Clientele show and there being one less medusa in the world, I’ll take the latter.

Minotaur Minitour:

09.06.10 - Seattle, WA - TBA
09.07.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
09.09.10 - Oakland, CA - New Parish
09.10.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
09.11.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.12.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

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Big Boi names his next solo album Daddy Fat Sax in honor of the great service he received at White Castle

Hot on the heels of the release of his second solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (TMT Review), Big Boi has announced that his follow-up album will be titled Daddy Fat Sax and is slated for a “late 2011” release, which seems pretty far off to be hinting at something already.

Now, before you assume that ALL of Big Boi’s albums will be named after his more flamboyant and eccentric family members, let me tell you a story about the origin of the title Daddy Fat Sax. Back before Outkast were the megastars that they are now, even before ATLiens, Big Boi and Andre 3k used to visit a local White Castle whenever they got hungry in between recording/writing sessions. They kept returning to one particular location because of a lovable dude they called Daddy Fat Sacks, for his habit of including two or three extra sliders in every 10-sack that the guys bought, because he was a huge fan of the band’s music.

After the completion of Sir Luscious Left Foot, Boi once again felt a craving for The Castle and returned to his favorite location, where Daddy Fat Sacks still worked, to feed his appetite. Unfortunately, upon arrival, Big Boi discovered that Daddy Fat Sacks had passed away in a horrible chicken-ring accident. Distraught, Big Boi bought 50 sliders and returned home, where, after eating 30 burgers in one grief-fueled sitting, Big Boi decided that he would name his next album after the local burger hero, except that he would change “Sacks” to “Sax” because, “I’m planning on a doing a bunch of sax samples, tenor, soprano, and probably have at least a couple sax players come into the studio for the next record.” And the rest was history.

“I got about four, five songs that I’m tinkering with right now,” Big Boi told Music Tele-Vision News about the new album. “But at the same time, there’s a couple of records that we picked out for the Outkast record too. So while Dre is working on his records, we’re kinda, with Organized Noize, seeing what’s gonna go for the ‘Kast album. And at the same time, with the beats I already got, I’m just making the most out of my time, whether I’m on the road touring or just on the bus or whatever; just putting ideas down.”

Big Boi also remained silent on the future of a new Outkast album, saying that neither he nor Andre 3000 will say anything, anything, until the album is completed and near release.

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RIP: Walter Hawkins, gospel singer

From Intercession Marketing:

Walter Hawkins, the Grammy Award-winning gospel singer/composer and pastor of Oakland’s Love Center Church, died @ 2:48 PST July 11th at his home in Ripon. For the last two years, Hawkins has been battling pancreatic cancer. He was 61 years old.

During the 1970s, Walter Hawkins personified a new wave of gospel artists such as his brother Edwin Hawkins of “Oh Happy Day” fame, and Andrae Crouch, who brought a youthful contemporary vibe to gospel music. Hawkins cut a series of best-selling “Love Alive” LPs that remain gospel classics to this day. Hawkins’ songs have been recorded by a who’s who in music ranging from Aretha Franklin and “American Idol” champ Ruben Studdard to Vickie Winans and M.C. Hammer.

“The impact that Walter Hawkins had on gospel music was so profound and far-reaching that it is now, and forever shall be, part of gospel’s DNA,” says gospel music historian, Bob Marovich, who edits The Black Gospel Blog.

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