The Beach Boys are reuniting on the Grammys this Sunday. NOW will you watch?

The Beach Boys are reuniting on the Grammys this Sunday. NOW will you watch?

Like you, I had no idea the Grammy Awards were happening this weekend until like 7 seconds ago. Apparently this thing is still out there, indomitably insisting upon its own existence like René Descartes deep in the throes of autoerotic asphyxiation. This is the 54th one, and I’m sure the Academy wants you all to know that there’s some stuff happening, some bandssinging, some peopletalking, and so forth. But really, I’m only here to tell you that it was just announced that the original Beach Boys (that’s Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, who have not performed together in over 20 years) will be reuniting for a special performance at some point during the festivities. Wow, that’s actually pretty cool, right? Yeah, don’t worry though; the Grammys can still totally blow this. Oh, what’s this? They’re joining “current Grammy nominees Foster The People and Maroon 5 for a special performance”? Yup. Sucks more already.

Anyway, the show takes place live this Sunday, February 12 at the Staples Center in L.A. and is broadcasting on CBS from 8–11:30 PM (ET/PT). God only knows when in that interminable 3.5-hour span this spellbinding “collaboration” will take place, so if I were you (and if you owned a DVR), I’d DVR it so I could honor Abe Lincoln’s birthday with that time instead. I also have a bunch of info here about who’s nominated for what and who’s presenting to whom and all that jazz, but you know, let’s be honest here: I don’t care, and neither do you. Go Beach Boys though! Kinda.


Kimya Dawson tours the US, hippity hoppity, do do n’ doo, and a cherry on top!

Stop what you’re not-doing, readers! Kimya Dawson, the girl who played Juno in the Wes Anderson movie Girl, Interrupted is touring, like, EVERYWHERE, in support of, like, EVERYTHING, like, RIGHT THE FUCK NOW! Actually, she’s mostly touring in support of last year’s album Thunder Thighs to make up for dates that got cancelled on her last tour in November, and the tour doesn’t start until March, but, shit, even still!

Also, remember that “children’s music” album she made a few years ago so that her kids and your kids and Ellen Page’s kids and everyone else’s kids could feel good about their natural audible bodily functions? Good, because Dawson’s Chicago date includes two separate shows on the same night, with the early one featuring kid-friendly stuff from that album and the second show featuring… I don’t know, slightly less kid-friendly stuff I guess? Either way, if you happen to be in that one particular city on the entire planet Earth on that one singular date with the entire 366-day span of 2012, you’re welcome!

And now, bonus content time! Resume your soul numbingly meaningless internet browsery, readers.


03.19.12 - Greenville, NC - Tipsy Teapot
03.20.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Tea Bazaar
03.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - 2640 Space
03.22.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Warhol Museum
03.23.12 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
03.24.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The DAAC
03.25.12 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk (two shows)
03.27.12 - Rock Island, IL - Rozz Tox
03.28.12 - Columbia, MO - Mojo’s
03.29.12 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival @ Blue Moose
03.31.12 - Chattanooga, TN - Sluggos
04.01.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Five Spot
04.02.12 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
04.03.12 - Carrboro, NC - Art Center
04.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
04.21.12 - Winona, MN - Mid West Music Fest - Masonic Temple

• Kimya Dawson:

Hush Arbors and Arbouretum announce a split LP sans nostalgic Americana and foxes and the like

There’s a treehouse somewhere in the mountains, and inside, everyone wears plaid and plucks wobbly melodies on their banjos while singing in quiet voices about orchards and rivers and summer. Keith Wood (of Hush Arbors) and Dave Heumann (of Arbouretum) don’t hang out in this treehouse. Alive, Hush Arbors’ 2011 double LP, featured contrasting sets of live recordings — half acoustic tunes and half psych-country — and Arbouretum’s The Gathering (TMT Review) rambled through the fuzzy rumblings of folk-metal. Maybe, when Wood and Heumann met at a show in Baltimore, they decided to form a secret club complete with a handshake and code words. Or maybe they didn’t. However, they definitely decided to work on a split LP. Aureola will see an April 21 release via Thrill Jockey. No sweatshirts with woodland creatures allowed.

Aureola tracklisting:

Side A (Hush Arbors)
01. Lowly Ghost
02. Prayer of Forgetfulness
03. Up yr Coast
04. People & Places
05. The Sleeper

Side B (Arbouretum)
06. New Scarab
07. The Black Sun
08. St. Anthony’s Fire

• Hush Arbors:
• Arbouretum:
• Thrill Jockey:

Active Child and Balam Acab to twist each other’s knobs this spring

Everyone’s favorite choir boy Active Child a.k.a. Pat Grossi has announced his last leg of dates before he hits the studio to record the follow-up (already?!) to his spaced-out-indie-R&B debut You Are All I See. Equally as exciting is that he’ll be taking Balam Acab on the road with him for the spring dates, who’s promoting his own Wander/Wonder (TMT Review) album from last year. Between the two of them you can expect a lot of magical harp playing, knob twisting, and angelic, head-soothing vocals.

Hear Active Child’s “Johnny Belinda” remixed by White Arrows by clicking over to Vagrant’s site, or watch the video for “Hanging On” below.


04.27.12 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
04.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
04.29.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
04.30.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Sol at Santa Fe Brewing Company
05.02.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis
05.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
05.04.12 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
05.05.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
05.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.08.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
05.09.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.10.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.11.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.12.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.15.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.18.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon
05.19.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05.20.12 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
05.22.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

• Active Child:
• Balam Acab:
• Vagrant:

Death Grips planning two full-lengths for 2012; first album set for April release! Mmm… grips.

Death Grips found an open spot in our armor last year and “plunged their knife deep into our appendix, twisting the knife twice as we howled in agony” by way of a freely distributed mixtape called Exmilitary. That album was loved in secret around the TMT offices and only in December was the public informed of what we’d known all along: that Exmilitary deserved no more and no less than the #22 spot on our year-end list.

Now, Death Grips have announced their intentions to “take advantage of our agonized screams following last year’s knifing to cleave our heads off our necks” by way of TWO full-length, world-distributed albums before the year is through. To prove that these threats weren’t idle, a song/video was debuted on their site called “Blackjack” and a general first-album release date of April was tossed out to “ensure paralysis.”

You can check out “Blackjack” below, and don’t forget to grab Black Google while you’re waiting, which lays out the instrumentals/acapellas/stems of Exmilitary for free. No word yet on a nine-vinyl series of remixes, so there’s still time to make the cut.

• Death Grips:

[Photo: Ryan Pollock]

Metallica announce their own two-day festival in Atlantic City and put Liturgy on the bill just to see how mad real metal dudes get

James Hetfield and his raw-as-hell gang of metal miscreants are proving that they’re as TROO as TROO METAL gets with the announcement of a two-day festival on June 23-24 featuring such brutal acts as Best Coast, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys, and other aesthetically disciplined hard-asses. Metallica will headline both nights in Atlantic City, naturally, and they’re planning on playing The Black Album and Ride the Lightning in their entirety during it. The festival is called Orion Music + More, as you can see by the metal-as-shit logo above that shows off some bitchin’ sound wave visualization (the same visualization you might be looking at to see exactly how brick-wall fucked the frequency range is on Metallica’s latest album).

Along with being a truly “metal only” music event, the Orion Music + More festival will “feature a lifestyle element showcasing the band’s individual interests” — I’m no expert, but having watched Some Kind of Monster I think this means there’ll be horseback riding for Kirk Hammett’s fans and anger management personal psychiatrists for everyone else. Head to the official festival site to see the various ticket deals depending on how big you want your VIP status to be displayed on your Metallica lanyard.

Lineup so far:

Arctic Monkeys
Avenged Sevenfold
Modest Mouse
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage the Elephant
Fucked Up
Best Coast
Hot Snakes
Titus Andronicus
Gary Clark Jr.
Roky Erickson
The Black Angels
The Sword
A Place to Bury Strangers

• Metallica:
• Orion Music + More: