Black Dice announce tour, share new song on SoundCloud, earn 28% less than white dice

Black Dice announce tour, share new song on SoundCloud, earn 28% less than white dice

So get this. Here I am at the TMT offices, minding my own business, watching The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask walk-through videos on YouTube, right? Typical Monday. And who walks in but fucking Squeo, the goddamn geriatric, suspenders-wearing, cigar-smoking News Editor who still wears his high school class ring all the time. And here he is in my office pointing his smoldering cigar all in my face, and he’s all like like: “Nobodaddy, Black Dice just announced some shit, and I need you to polish up a gem on it toot-sweet! What a scoop!” So I say “sure thing, boss; you can count on me” but internally I’m all like: ugh, really? Black Dice?? On a Monday??? I was just about to find out how to get the Bunny Hood from Romani Ranch so that I could use its powers to run faster across Termina on-foot in order to stop the moon from falling from the sky and crushing Clocktown by the end of the Third Day because of that spell that the Skull Kid put on it when he was possessed by Majora’s Mask!. Again, I should stress that this was all internal.

Anyway, so I’m like, “what ‘shit’ did they announce, boss?” And he’s pretty excitable, so he’s twitching and gesticulating and getting cigar ashes all over my little Formica-top desk when he explains, “Well, they just used a new-fangled doohickey called Soundcloud to share the opening track “Pinball Wizard” from their upcoming full-length Mr. Impossible, which is hitting the streets April 10 in the US and April 9 in all them communist countries on that-there Ribbon Music label! What’s more, they big North American tour in store, which they’re calling they, uh, ‘Electronic Mind Monsters Reader 2012’ tour or something It’s hot stuff, just came in off the wires this morning. Priority one, Nobodaddy! Mr P wants it yesterday!” So I just kinda jot down what he’s saying and nod, trying to seem oblivious to the billowing curls of pungent cigar smoke that are slithering out to all corners of my shit little office. Without looking up from my notepad, I mumble some shit like “What about those Legend of Zelda reports you wanted, Squeo?” And he doesn’t miss a fucking beat. “Oh, no, definitely do those first.”

Black Dice:

04.07.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Living Bread (album release show)
05.03.12 - Boston, MA - Blue Triangle
05.04.12 - Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore
05.05.12 - Toronto, Ontario - Polyhaus
05.06.12 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House
05.07.12 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
05.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
05.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Tavern
05.12.12 - Portland, OR - YU Contemporary
05.14.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab
05.15.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for Arts
05.18.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
05.19.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
05.20.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
05.22.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529
05.23.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.24.12 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
05.25.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Emoda Warehouse
05.26.12 - New York, NY - Secret Project Robot

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Radiohead add May/June East Coast and Canada dates to their whistle stop train tour

You just can’t keep The Original Boys in Black down: word just arrived from Radiohead’s camp that additional tourdates have been added to their in-progress North American tour. Shows in Mansfield, MA, Newark, NJ, Washington, DC, Cincinnati, OH, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Tinley Park, IL, Auburn Hills, MI, Camden, NJ, Montreal, QC, and Toronto, ON have now been green-lit by each of the band members: Tom Arnold, Johnny English, Colin Quinn, Ed Brubaker, and Phil Myholes.

The extra dates are rumored to be linked to the band’s feverishly anticipated appearance at Bonnaroo, a festival in the desert curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, famous for the giant “burning man” sculptures that are set ablaze each year by whoever reaches the highest mark on the jumbotron Clap Meters. I think we can safely say it’ll be “No Surprises” if we see Tom Arnold spraying the tinder with kerosene this year. Check the added dates below, mixed in with the old ones.


03.05.12 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center #
03.07.12 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center #
03.09.12 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center #
03.11.12 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center #
03.13.12 - Broomfield, CO - 1st Bank Center #
03.15.12 - Glendale, AZ - Arena #
04.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena #
04.11.12 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion #
04.12.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl #
04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.17.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol # *
04.18.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Foro Sol # *
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.29.12 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
05.31.12 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
06.01.12 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
06.03.12 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
06.05.12 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
06.06.12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
06.08.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
06.10.12 - Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
06.11.12 - Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hils
06.13.12 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Downsview Park
06.30.12 - Rome, Italy - Hyppodrome (Rock in Roma) *
07.01.12 - Florence, Italy - Parco Delle Cascine *
07.03.12 - Bologna, Italy - Piazza Maggiore *
07.04.12 - Codropio, Italy - Villa Manin *
07.06.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wulheide *
07.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Wulheide *
07.10.12 - Nimes, France - Les Arenes
07.11.12 - Nimes, France - Les Arena
07.13.12 - Bilbao, Spain - Bilbao BBK Live
07.15.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive!
07.25.12 - Taipei, Taiwan - Nanang Exhibition Hall

* Caribou
# Other Lives

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Kyle Bobby Dunn to release 2-CD set on Low Point, a.k.a. the next episode of Bobby’s World

Canadian dronester Kyle Bobby Dunn just just told us in a cracked, breathy, slow-motion whisper that he has a new double CD release forthcoming, entitled Bring Me the Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn, on British label Low Point. We were like, “What?” And then he repeated himself in a normal voice. Dunn tells us that this release is the “worst and most depressed moments” that the 26-year-old composer has yet to offer us. And we, in our regular sick fashion, were ecstatic for such news.

A clip from the forthcoming record, “An Evening with Dusty,” can be heard here. Or here!

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Spencer Krug, that brave heartbreaker, announces new Moonface record With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery

It’s a month ending in a letter, so that means it’s probably time for a new Spencer Krug record. Last year, Krug put out Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped (TMT Review) through his solo project Moonface, fulfilling his promise to some unknown power to release at least one record each year. Now that it is a new year, Krug must again fulfill his promise, this time by putting out another Moonface record. This model 2012 Spencer Krug record is called With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery and it’s coming out April 17 through Jagjaguwar.

With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery? Well, that’s a goofy title,” said a ghostly voice that thinks Shut Up, I Am Dreaming and Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped are totally normal titles. Well, shut it, ghostly voice, the title makes sense. Spencer Krug had some assistance with this new Moonface record, in the form of Finnish kraut-rock band Siinai. In this collaboration, the two parties got together in Finland last August to record. Siinai provided the majority of the record’s music, while Spencer “Moonface” Krug provided the vocals, along with some of his trademark keyboard magic. Oh, you didn’t know that Spencer Krug had a magic keyboard? He got it when he killed an orc.

As for the “heartbreaking bravery” part, the record’s main theme is said to be heartbreak. Evidently, this was not planned, but, you know, sometimes when you start writing, you end up writing about your heartache, your friends’ heartache, flawed and failed relationships, unpleasant feelings, and how those things change you. On the final edit of this story, I realized that I spent a whole paragraph writing about my first crush. Whoops! Anyway, Krug said that he recognizes that these themes are nowhere close to original, but that they’re worth digging into anyway. He’s right, people care about these things. Did I ever tell you about my first crush, oh, forget it, YOU don’t care.

With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery:

01. Heartbreaking Bravery
02. Yesterday’s Fire
03. Shitty City
04. Quickfire, I Tried
05. I’m Not the Phoenix Yet
06. 10,000 Scorpions
07. Faraway Lightning
08. Headed for the Door
09. Teary Eyes and Bloody

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Louisville’s Forecastle Fest celebrates 10 years with Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells, and BOATS

Long have I dreamed of a music festival where you could stay on boats, where you could party on boats, where you could even LISTEN TO MUSIC ON BOATS. And little did I know that this amazing DREAM FESTIVAL exists in real life — in fact, has been existing, nay, flourishing, for 10 magical years in Louisville, Kentucky. Every year of my life that I haven’t been attending Forecastle Festival has been a wasted year. Friends, for those of you who, like me, have been living in darkness, here’s an overview. Forecastle is a three-day, five stage outdoor event that takes place this year in Louisville’s beautiful Waterfront Park. It started off in 2002 as a free neighborhood fest honoring the local music community and grew into a 70-band FUNSTRAVAGANZA, planned in part by hometown heroes My Morning Jacket. Forecastle offers bands, environmental activities, EXTREME SPORTS, art installations, fine dining, and AN AFTER PARTY ON THE HISTORIC BELLE OF LOUISVILLE STEAMBOAT. Press material includes this gem of a line: “Those wishing to “dock up” for the weekend may also purchase a very limited number of “Captain’s Club” VIP boat slips, which are located at the festival site.” So yeah, basically Forecastle is what it’d be like to attend a music festival in the Cloud City from Empire Strikes Back, except for with boats instead of clouds.

Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Boats? BAH. Who cares about boats. I love LAND. And BANDS. I want to hear about BANDS.” But first, let me tell you about how Forecastle offers a ticket payment plan option, for those who’d like to buy GA or VIP weekend passes over a period of four installments. This is the nicest thing ever. It warms my gin-soaked yacht captain heart. Additionally, the Forecastle Festival’s nonprofit Foundation will receive a small portion of each ticket purchase to use in their charitable work with local education and international environmental efforts. All that AND you get to spend a weekend in lovely Louisville, listening to the likes of My Morning Jacket, Bassnectar, Wilco, Girl Talk, Andrew Bird, Sleigh Bells, Atmosphere, Neko Case, Clutch, A-Trak, Galactic, Flying Lotus, Beach House, The Head and the Heart, Stax! Soul Revue, Dr. Dog, Deer Tick, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Beats Antique, Real Estate, Justin Townes Earle, Washed Out, Walk The Moon, Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500, Wye Oak, Atlas Sound, Fruit Bats, Daedelus, Ben Sollee, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, JEFF the Brotherhood, The Features, Mike Doughty, Tanlines, Zion I, Sleeper Agent, Floating Action, Wick-It The Instigator, James Vincent McMorrow, Wax Fang, Daniel Martin Moore, King’s Daughters & Sons, Houndmouth, Cheyenne Marie Mize, The Ravenna Colt, Rachel Grimes, Nerves Junior, Cabin, Scarlet Smile, and Lydia Burrell. Boat or not, you’ll be floating away on a sea of musical bliss.

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Grandaddy reunite for limited shows; glass dishes of Werther’s Originals to be distributed at each venue

I said what now? Ohh ho ho, yes, yes. That is what I was just discussin’ about. Why, I plum forgot, drew me a blank soon as I’d set these gums to flappin’! Heeh heh heh heh, yep, that’s yer ol’ Grandaddy alright. Old coot now, old coot then. Yes child, I was a wild thing in my day, nothing like the kind a hopped up foolishness you see on the TV more ‘n more these days, no the 90s were a different time, now I won’t say better for I seen enough gray hairs sprout ‘n my time to let naivety rule the day, but tell me if you think ‘em youngsters ‘d find time for summin like yours truly, now imagine me with a lil’ more meat on my bones and a big ol’ trucker hat? Now ‘course there weren’t no ironic this-and-that on that hat, see it was a different spirit, if I felt like John Deere and I’s fixin’ to sing ‘bout my place as a young buck truckin’ through this life and findin’ my place in that darn technosphere ‘s just about ass-ploded if you ask me in recent times.

Now I said I did, I said I’m comin’ back to the stage, no I don’t need no doctor called in, you show the elderly some respect, you don’t believe me why don’t you give a hoot ‘n holler across that pond to th’ folks behind End of the Road Festival, you call and you ask ‘em if there’s anyone on that bill besides a bunch of youngsters showin’ off their fresh pies and sayin’, “you wouldn’t dare snatch this off m’ gilded windowsills,” well just wait til’ five years from now let’s see if yer pretty lil’ heads ain’t spinnin’ at all them changes and that damn chorus o’ children shouting louder n’ louder, “Get off the road, Grandaddy, speed limit’s 350 and we got the devil’s fire in our bellies.”

So I said f’rget that, I’m settin’ my old guitars up and yes synthesizers buck-o, get set right up there next t’ Grizzly Bear, maybe win myself a mention in that Jay-Z Decoded Vlog? Now I unnerstand I’m gettin’ on in years, but I’m workin’ overtime ‘tween my chin and my kneecaps if you understand metaphors now. I figure if I limit my song-singin’ to September 1 at this festival that’ll be plenty to set back after ‘n evaluate what’s next, most likely another show if the ol’ hootin’ front row crowd comes back ‘round for more from the ‘Daddy. Now come ‘round the other side here and fix m’ blanket, I’m not shamed a no draft down there.

Only Date So Far:

09.01.12 - Wilshire, UK - End of the Road Festival

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