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BlaCK dIce annOHNce blORPopean TOoordaYS!! ☣ ☭ ☣

The Black Dice are going on tour — yes, all of ‘em! Björn, Eric, Aaron, Justin, Sammy, Dale, Elron, Johnny “The Bass Player,” Skins, Sarah “Suntan,” Rudy, Joe, Herb, and Teddy. The 14-piece ensemble recently released their follow-up to a 1998 “strings tribute to OK Computer,” an album on Ribbon Music called Mr. Impossible (TMT Review). It was such “arousing success,” according to an ad snippet in the May issue of UK-based Kerrang!, that the small orchestra has decided to strip down to the essential three members and travel around Europe, massaging things inside rectangular boxes hooked up to amplifiers. As an avid supporter of Black Dice and a former resident of the greater EU, I, Tiny Mix Tapes, strongly suggest that you go see them. Back in the day, they used to perform all new material at their shows that would hint at the direction of their next record, so maybe you’ll get a nice big preview of the Mr. Impossible follow-up at face-deafening volumes.

All joking aside, if you live in one of these places and don’t go see them the night they play, I’m going to fuck you up. Hope you like broken bones and rectal examinations, jim, because that’ll just be the beginning. Don’t get caught on the wrong end of my stick, greg. You’ll go to that Black Dice show and you’ll get there on time. You’ll get right up to the front of the stage and if you forget to smile I’ll be right there behind you, smearing your face in the spilled beer on stage and deleting the contacts in your phone. Sorry, they’ll say, but you deserved every bit of that punishment.

Black dates:

09.12.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
09.13.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
09.14.12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.15.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
09.17.12 - Lyon, France - Ground Zero
09.18.12 - Bordeaux, France - L’iboat
09.19.12 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
09.20.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Music Box
09.22.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Bam Festival
09.26.12 - Milan, Italy - Concept Loft
09.27.12 - Roma, Italy - Init
09.28.12 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
09.29.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
09.30.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
10.02.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - DeKreun
10.03.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10.04.12 - London, UK - Birthdays

• Black Dice:
• Ribbon:

Rustie announces North American tour, with surprisingly zero stops at the Fortress of Solitude

Prior to the last year or two, the only “Rustie” or “Rusty” that I knew of was the son of Chevy Chase’s character in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie series. If you’re familiar with the series, then you’re likely aware of the ongoing bit between the two characters, where, at various points in any of the movies, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) calls out to his noticeably proximal son, “Russ!? Oh, there you are.” It sort of represents how I feel about so many loosely-labelled “dubstep” artists, except for the fact that I’m not actively looking for them; they just keep appearing — through singles, EPs, third-party compilations, but only occasionally, a full-length album. After a couple of EPs, and appearances on such lauded compilations as 2009’s Tectonic Plates Volume 2 and 5: Five Years of Hyperdub, Glaswegian producer Rustie did his part to personally change that dynamic with his debut full-length Glass Swords, released last October on Warp. And now he’s basking in the success that his relentlessly upbeat amalgam of prog rock and classic video games has afforded him.

I consider the capacity of British producers to tour North America “basking in the success,” since it’s such a rarity. Beginning May 15, Rustie will be performing a handful of shows (literally, five) around the continent. Hellllooooooo Pyramid Lake, Nevada! Population: 2,000? Whatever, there’s a festival going on there. Check out the dates below and go here to listen to his contribution, which premiered a couple of weeks ago, to the BBC’s Essential Mix series.


05.15.12 - New York, NY - Santos Partyhouse (Shortcuts Party)
05.18.12 - Pyramid Lake, NV - Pyramid Eclipse Festival
05.19.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
05.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Smog Sundays/Dim Mak Studios
05.22.12 - Denver, CO - Cervantes

• Rustie:
• Warp:

Merge Records to hold benefit to oppose NC amendment defining the merging of two people; David Cross, Superchunk to perform

Have you heard about North Carolina’s Amendment One? It’s a fun little change to the state’s constitution that would make it illegal to acknowledge any kind of union outside of a traditional heterosexual marriage. At first glance, this seems like the usual homophobic attempts of the right to disenfranchise the gays, but in North Carolina, gay marriage is already illegal. What Amendment One does is prevent any two people, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, from receiving any state-provided rights unless they’re one man and one woman, and it puts this rule into their constitution. Bachelor/bachelorette parties, the wasting of a shit ton of money on a party for family members you don’t like, and unfortunate garments for the wedding parties required.

The Amendment is an unnecessary and obtrusive move by the state’s republicans that many are viewing simply as a way to stir up partisan furor in an election year. The uninformed hear that if they don’t pass Amendment One, they’re well on their way to hell in a handbasket, and next thing you know, there are waiting lines at the local library come election day.

So what is North Carolina’s most famous record label, Merge, doing to campaign against this idiocy? They’re holding a benefit concert in collaboration with the Protect All Families organization featuring many a Merge luminary on May 6! For a meager $80 donation, you get a limited edition silk-screened poster designed by Matthew Kilmas and access to the concert with David Cross (and his oddly-matched fiancee Amber Tamblyn), Tig Nataro, Bob Mould, Stuart McLamb, and Superchunk, performing an acoustic set as a duo. And you’ll be supporting a good cause. So if you’re going to be in the triangle area on May 6, do your part and see some quality comedy and music while you’re at it.

• Protect All Families:
• Merge:
• Matthew Kilmas:

Magik Markers are the ones making that weird buzzing noise in your house, but don’t worry, they’re going on tour

Well, there’s your problem right there. You’ve got a Magik Markers infestation. Nah, they’re not harmful, but they will make a constant electric buzz if you leave ‘em unattended. A lot of people get Magik Markers this time of year, what with the hot weather and all. They’ll creep into your little spaces, your garages, pantries, closets, the guitar you trust, etc. Lot of noise rockers making their way inside. Just be glad you don’t got Black Dice or Lightning Bolt. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of them.

Poison ‘em? No, no, no! You don’t poison Magik Markers, they eat poison! Look, stay back, this is simple. Hey! Hey, Magik Markers! I booked y’all a bunch of tour dates! You gotta go play them! You gotta plan Virginia, you gotta play Georgia, you gotta play Tennessee, you gotta play Texas, you gotta play Louisiana, and you sure as hell gotta play North Carolina. Okay? Okay! Look at those two scatter! You hear that? That’s the buzz spreading across the world. Kind of pretty, really, kind of pretty.

Magik Markers dates:

05.08.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch
05.09.12 - Athens, GA - Farm 255
05.10.12 - Memphis, TN -Poplar Lounge *
05.11.12 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern
05.12.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 &
05.13.12 - Houston, TX - Walter’s &
05.14.12 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia &
05.15.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 &
o5.16.12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook &

* Jerusalem & the Starbaskets
& Black Bananas, Dwarr

• Magik Markers:

[Photo: Stefano Giovannini]

Planet Mu release Polysick LP with an empty promise to bring acid house to the mainstream

Back in 2007 I lived with a bunch of college students in an acid house — a house where people dropped acid, listened to acid house and techno, and the house was literally deteriorating from acid. I only chose to live there so I could tell everyone about my “acid trips,” as I knew that literally everyone would be interested in my indulgent behavior.

Planet Mu, the electronic record label ran by Mike Paradina a.k.a. µ-Ziq, is releasing the newest LP, Digital Native, from Polysick on June 8. Polysick is producer Paul Kersex, who has a background with video production that helps him to make his songs visual for ears and auditory for eyes. Yep, acid house is back, and now you can hear tones with your eyeballs.

My plan is to bring the Digital Native vinyl to Acid House to see if anyone wants to trip balls to it. And, trust me, people trip over testicles as often as the house also serves as a nudist commune. Though most of the house has dissolved from the real acid, I feel it’s time to move on and just enjoy some new electronic tunes from Polysick. Honestly, I only dropped acid once. I got it all over my jeans.

Digital Native tracklist:

01. Totem
02. Woods
03. Taito
04. Loading…
05. Lost Holidays
06. Caravan
07. Drowse
08. Tic-Tac Toe
09. Meltinacid
10. Gondwana
11. Preda
12. World Cup
13. Bermuda
14. Transpelagic
15. Smudge, Hawaii

• Planet Mu:
• Polysick:

Father Yod & The Source Family 2xLP arriving c/o Drag City next month, so keep your third eye open

Once upon a time, in a magical time called the 60s, in a far-out land known as L.A., an aspiring Hollywood stuntman known as James Edward Baker discovered a higher calling and started dabbling in vegetarianism, yoga, and utopian spiritual practices. Before long, Baker had changed his name to Father Yod (or YaHoWha) and was living in the Hollywood Hills, serving as the spiritual guide to 13 wives and hundreds of other young believers. And yea (as they say in the Bible), he was ONE COOL DUDE. Father Yod ran a top notch vegetarian restaurant in Laurel Canyon called The Source (which was also the name of his family of spiritual practitioners); it was one of the first health food restaurants in the US, and frequented by the likes of John Lennon, Frank Zappa, and Warren Beatty. Father Yod was also the lead singer of his commune’s experimental psych rock band, Ya Ho Wa 13. So here was a guy who was about peace, love, and rockin’ out — and he lived it all to the fullest.

The records Father Yod and his people made have been underground classics for decades. Father Yod and The Source Family moved from L.A. to San Francisco to Hawaii during the 1970s, and over that period of wandering, they made nine albums. Fans could purchase records at The Source restaurant. Sadly, the daring and prolific Father Yod died in a hang-gliding accident in Hawaii in the mid-70s, leaving behind his wives, hundreds of true believers, and hours and hours of unreleased tracks. Fortunately for us, the good people over at Drag City began unearthing some of Father Yod and The Source Family’s material back in 2008 and releasing several albums of psychedelic bliss. Now, they’ve got another trip down the rabbit hole lined up, in the form of a double-LP set of epically grooving/epically informative bootleg jams, The Thought Adjusters. Coinciding with the release of a new, non-Drag City documentary film on The Source Family that’s running through the festival circuit this year, The Thought Adjusters will make you start recontextualizing reality once it drops May 22.


A1. Bells
A2. Seed of Yahowa
A3. The Goddess Earth (All My Sons Are Jesus)
B1. Sleepy Heads
C1. Osiris/Isis
C2. Spin Around Part 1
D1. Spin Around Part 2

• The Source Foundation:
• Drag City: