Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks enter the tour bus this summer, make your ears bleed in a good way

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Hot summers make people do insane things that they normally wouldn’t do. Sweating is a bitch. The mean streets get meaner. Instead of getting your shiv out the next time someone looks at you the wrong way, you could satisfy your bloodlust with Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks. Just the name should be enough to keep you calm, but not too calm, as then you might be crossing genres in slacker flicks, which is more Richard Linklater’s territory, not Sam Raimi’s. What about slasher slacker films? Is that a film area worth exploring? I think it probably is.

These are some things you might want to think about and there’s no better place to do that than in August when it’s hot as finuck and you are out there in a crowd listening to Avey Tare and his Slasher Flicks bug out hard and bug out live. Catch the video for Enter the Slasher House highlight “Strange Colores” below, then check the tour dates and remember just how freak-nasty things could get for you in August.

Dates:

07.18.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.19.14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.22.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
07.23.14 - Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
08.23.14 - Los Angeles - FYF Fest
08.24.14 - San Francisco - Great American Music Hall
08.25.14 - Santa Cruz - The Catalyst Atrium
08.27.14 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
08.28.14 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
08.29.14 - Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret

• Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks: http://www.entertheslasherhouse.com
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Gonzo Records releases a Captain Beefheart 1980s bootleg, lets us hear him right before he got “too good” and had to quit

Legend has it that Don Van Vliet (a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, or the Cap if you’re into the whole brevity thing) abandoned a three-decade-long music career (to pursue painting full-time) because he had gotten “too good” at it. Not like he was into crusty skronk, but no doubt an intuitive, unpolished approach befitted his extravagant music. Anyhow, at the moment he decided to step down, his band was going through a new career peak — a momentum perhaps deflated by the lack of a landmark album like Trout Mask Replica. The infamously lost Bat Chain Puller was supposed to fill that role, but it got shelved due to contractual disputes and its songs ended up spread and reworked through the Cap’s last three albums: Shiny Beast (1978), Doc at Radar Station (1980), and Ice Cream for Crow (1982).

That’s what makes this new bootleg, Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980, interesting: it showcases Beefheart and the Magic Band right at the middle of this period, touring in support of their Doc at Radar Station LP, less than two years before retiring. Not that one could infer this from the music, with Van Vliet as fierce a vocalist as ever, and the band acing through their inimitable cubist boogie. On the contrary, the Cap and his crew seem determined to make sure everyone knows who heralded No Wave, at moments sounding like a bluesier Pere Ubu or The Contortions fronted by Howlin’ Wolf.

As the title suggests, the bootleg registers a show at Harpo’s in Detroit, played on December 11, 1980, a quasi-mythical gig that had been passing around fans’ and collectors’ hands for some time. The album is out now via Gonzo Records.

Harpo’s Detroit Dec 11th 1980 tracklisting:

01. Nowadays a Woman’s Gotta Hit a Man
02. Abba Zabba
03. Hot Head
04. Ashtray Heart
05. Dirty Blue Gene
06. Best Batch Yet
07. Safe as Milk
08. Doctor Dark
09. A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond
10. One Red Rose That I Mean
11. Bat Chain Puller
12. My Human Gets Me Blues
13. Sugar and Spikes
14. Sheriff of Hong Kong
15. The Dust Blows Forward, the Dust Blows Back/Kandy Korn
16. Suction Prints
17. Big Eyed Beans from Venus

• Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band: http://www.beefheart.com
• Gonzo: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk

Zammuto relates the virtues of having sweet rural digs, announces new LP Anchor on Temporary Residence

I don’t like being in touch with my emotions. I want to embrace the coming Apocalypse with a stoicism that sends the Four Horsemen back on their heels with a “god damn, that guy really doesn’t give a shit,” and I want to submit to steamy (yet emotionless) extraterrestrial sex that leads to the creation of the Vulcan race. Why’d you have to disrupt my atypical aspirations, Zammuto? Why?

While the music of The Books was almost entirely divorced from the personal emotions of members Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto, an appreciable change happened post-breakup, as Zammuto reignited his eponymous project through the self-titled LP that was released in 2012. Especially toward the latter part of that album, you could actually discern feeling from Nick, which is understandable given the context of an intriguing musical duo that reluctantly had to part ways. As he explained to P4K regarding Zammuto: “I was a pretty raw nerve through most of the process, but it was very refreshing and therapeutic at the same time.”

So now we may have reached a point of resuscitated stability. Anchor, out September 2 on Temporary Residence, reportedly continues the evocations, as “vocals delivered with a confident intimacy” reflect a comfort uniquely felt at home. Nick’s home (pictured on the cover) is where the album was recorded, mixed, and mastered, with minimal noise complaints from the local woodland creatures. Rumors of the compositions having “more space” similarly reference the seemingly isolated location.

Isolation until… tour dates!! Check the list of Anchor-supporting shows below.

Anchor tracklisting:

01. Good Graces
02. Great Equator
03. Hegemony
04. Henry Lee (Trad.)
05. Need Some Sun
06. Don’t Be a Tool
07. Electric Ant
08. IO
09. Stop Counting
10. Sinker
11. Your Time

Dates:

08.28.14 - New Haven, CT - The Outer Space
08.29.14 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
08.30.14 - Portland, ME - SPACE Gallery
09.06.14 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
09.07.14 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
09.09.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
09.10.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
09.11.14 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
09.12.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake
09.13.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09.15.14 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
09.16.14 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
09.17.14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
09.19.14 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
09.20.14 - San Francisco, CA - Brick & Mortar
09.21.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
09.23.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.24.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit
09.25.14 - Tucson, AZ - Flycatcher
09.27.14 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
09.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Index Fest

• Zammuto: http://zammutosound.com
• Temporary Residence Ltd.: http://temporaryresidence.com

Light in the Attic throws a summer party better than any of your parties because yours never had Donnie & Joe Emerson!

Light in the Attic is rockin’ Seattle on July 12 for a summer spectacular so full of summer it’ll make your bomb pop liquefy in your hands. Ooooh popsicle all over your pants!!!! All over your FACE! It’s HOT. Seriously, with food trucks, a record fair, and limited LITA releases all up in the house, it’s a party bigger than everything going on in that Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff song about summer COMBINED. Y’all just sit back and unwind.

And bands! Oh yes, are there bands. You’ve got boy legends Donnie & Joe Emerson headlining this shindig, performing their third live show in 30 years! You’ve got a rare solo set from Alex Maas of The Black Angels! Seattle luminary Overton Berry Entertainer (you might know him from the Wheedle’s Groove series)! And between sets you’ve got DJ Suspence (of The Saturday Knights). It all goes down July 12 at the Light in the Attic record store/warehouse in Seattle.

Oh, baby!!!

• Light in the Attic: http://lightintheattic.net

Kitty enters a world of confusion by touring with Kitten, also drops new song

Life should be as confusing as possible. Rapper Kitty, who you may have known in a past life from a few years ago as Kitty Pryde, is going on tour. That’s not confusing. But, hey, somewhat more confusing is the act of Kitty touring with L.A.-based rock band Kitten. It’s a move that seems less like an actual tour and more like a promoter forgot whether he booked an act named Kitty or Kitten and then also forgot whether he booked an L.A. rock band or a Florida rapper. Dude’s life is a mess. Anyway, the two are playing roughly a dozen dates starting later this month, while Kitty will also be doing a Dallas date following the tour.

Here is something easily understood: Kitty has a new song. It’s called “Marijuana” and features production by Chrome Sparks. Listen to it below. I hope this last paragraph has added some degree of clarity to your life.

Kitty dates:

06.30.14 - Columbus, OH - The A&R Music Bar *
07.01.14 - Detroit, MI - Shelter *
07.02.14 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
07.04.14 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar *
07.05.14 - Montreal, QC - La Vitriola *
07.07.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
07.08.14 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom *
07.09.14 - Philadelphia, PA - District N9ne *
07.10.14 - Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel *
07.11.14 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade *
07.12.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
07.24.14 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada &

* Kitten
& Awkwafina

• Kitty: http://daisyrage.com
• Kitten: http://www.kittentheband.com

EMA adds some US dates and September gigs with Spoon, but still no more letters to her damn name

Just like The Tick before her, EMA is fucking huge, badass, and nigh-invulnerable (to criticism)!

Also just like The Tick, her power seems to mysteriously increase with the strong evocation of the word “SPOON!” So, logically, after she finishes up this current leg of US dates that she’s sprinting out on in support of this year’s The Future’s Void, our hero will spend a week or so in early September basking in the sheer power of that sleek and beautiful word when she opens a week of Midwestern dates for her utensil-oriented labelmates — ya know, Spoon.

That’s it, really. Just thought you might like to know. (Boy, I sure hope no one’s ever written about Spoon and The Tick before.) Anyway, come on; say it with me now and feel the intense mystical power of vessel-hood:

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Remaining US tour dates:

06.25.14 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge *
06.27.14 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits *
06.28.14 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
06.29.14 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
07.01.14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour *
07.02.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *

* Mas Ysa

Romantic dates with Britt Daniel:

09.16.14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater ^
09.17.14 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre ^
09.18.14 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre ^
09.19.14 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre ^
09.20.14 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant ^
09.21.14 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall ^
09.23.14 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom ^

^ Spoon

• EMA: http://www.thefuturesvoid.net
• Matador: http://matadorrecords.com