Someone named Calvin Johnson goes on a solo fall tour, as yet unclear which Calvin Johnson it is exactly

Someone named Calvin Johnson goes on a solo fall tour, as yet unclear which Calvin Johnson it is exactly http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1308/news-13-08-calvin-johnson-tour.jpg

Calvin Johnson is going on a solo tour this fall! Which Calvin Johnson, you ask? I have no idea! I was actually hoping you could help me out with that. Okay, so I googled “Calvin Johnson,” and I’ve come up with two possibilities. It’s either Calvin Johnson, Jr., the wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, nicknamed Megatron, who is capable of running the 40 yard dash in 4.32 seconds, or Calvin Johnson, musician, for whom there is no extant 40 yard dash data. Apparently this musician Calvin Johnson also started K Records, as well as a bunch of bands like Beat Happening and The Halo Benders. He also keeps his garage clean as a whistle and engineers musical recordings for other bands; what a guy!

Context clues (the press release originated from K Records) do seem to indicate it’s probably the musician Calvin Johnson who is going on tour. But I’ve learned not to trust context clues. For several years, context clues tricked me into thinking the word “lugubrious” meant something very different from what it actually means.

Anyway, another point in favor of it probably being Calvin Johnson the musician going on tour is the fact that I do know musicians like to tour a lot. Like, it’s a thing they do pretty frequently, apparently. Not so much for football players, as far as I can tell. But then again, maybe Megatron née Johnson wants to see what a “football tour” would be like and is hoping to promote his touchdowns and muscles. I really can’t say. If you’re in the mood for some sleuthing, look below for the recently released video of The Hive Dwellers track “A Woman Named Trudy” off last year’s Hewn from the Wilderness (TMT Review). Since the video features a white dude summarily not playing football, I’m ever-so-slightly leaning toward saying it’s a musical Calvin Johnson tour, but honestly, your guess is as good as mine.

Dates:

09.05.13 - Madison, WI - Thorps
09.06.13 - Chicago, IL - Big Forever
09.07.13 - Iowa City, IA - PS-Z
09.08.13 - St. Louis, MO - Apop Records @
09.09.13 - Carbondale, IL - Big Muddy Independent Media Center #
09.10.13 - Evansville, IN - PG
09.11.13 - Bloomington, IN - Landlocked Music
09.11.13 - Indianapolis, IN - General Public Collective $
09.12.13 - Oberlin, OH - Cat in the Cream Coffee House, Oberlin College
09.13.13 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
09.14.13 - Canton, OH - Deli Ohio
09.15.13 - York, PA - Sign of the Wagon %
09.16.13 - New York, NY - WBAR at Barnard College
09.17.13 - Purchase, NY - Whitson’s Memorial Hall, State University of New York, Purchase
09.18.13 - Cambridge, MA - TBA
09.21.13 - Providence, RI - TBA
09.22.13 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree ^
09.23.13 - Durham, NC - Cromwell Hall, Duke Coffee House
09.24.13 - Winston-Salem, NC - Krankie’s Coffee
09.25.13 - Frederick, MD - Trinity Chapel &
09.28.13 - Kansas City, MO - Front Space *
09.30.13 - Bakersfield, CA - Dagny’s Café
10.01.13 - Merced, CA - 522 Sunset Dr
10.02.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place @@
10.03.13 - San Francisco, CA - Cinecave, Lost Weekend Video
10.05.13 - Oakland, CA - Down at Lulu’s
10.06.13 - Chico, CA - Manas Gallery ##
10.07.13 - Eugene, OR - Wandering Goat Coffee Company $$

@ Raglani, Jake Leech
# Secondary Modern
$ Chris Barth, Jimmy Frezza
% Ronn Benway, The Thing with Two Heads
^ Wume, Daniel Clark
& Ballerine Nadiya
* Jametatone
@@ The Wild Ones, Fruit Stripe Band, Powers
## Fera, She Fetus
$$ Earring

• Calvin Johnson, musician: http://krecs.com/artists/calvin-johnson
• Calvin Johnson a.k.a. Megatron, athlete: https://twitter.com/Bigplaycj
• K: http://krecs.com

VIA Festival 2013 continues tradition of warming TMT’s collective heart: Actress, Aaron Dilloway, Pharmakon, Raime, and more

If human beings were capable of literally birthing abstractions, you might say that TMT and the VIA Festival in Pittsburgh both slithered out in short, sequential order on the same succulent river of amniotic fluid from the same mother. Which isn’t to say that coordination exists between the two; the lineup for this year’s (not to mention last year’s) VIA just happens to read like our own journalistic to-splooge list, which may or may not exist, but is otherwise my way of saying… the artists whose music we’ve thoroughly enjoyed recently, or expect to enjoy in the near future, anticipating future releases. October 1-6 will coincide with the festival’s fourth edition, and from my 2500-mile vantage point, it appears as though VIA is steadfastly earning itself a reputation.

Though the festival prides itself on giving due attention to the visual aspect of things, here are a few of the musicians slated to perform for 2013: Raime, Aaron Dilloway, Unicorn Hard-On, John Elliott (of Emeralds/Outer Space and Spectrum Spools), Slava, Pharmakon, and Chief Keef. And then there’s Actress, whose Visa issues from around the same time last year look to have been overcome, much to the dismay of North American thespians. You may be an actress, but he’s the Actress. And so forth.

Not much else to add at the moment. I’d obviously go.

• VIA: http://www.via-pgh.com

Danny Brown’s OLD confirmed for 9/30; threatens to leak it on 9/28 if it’s not released 9/29

Threats will get you everywhere. We all know that. And perhaps that’s why Danny Brown, the Adderall Admiral, recently threatened to leak his own album OLD, the long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s excellent XXX, because now label Fool’s Gold has finally confirmed a release date of September 30, according to Consequence of Sound.

We’ve had plenty of Danny Brown in the meantime, though, as he collaborates a shit-ton (including this odd one with Insane Clown Posse) and has been keeping us on our toes with blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt. Still, OLD is long overdue, a fact that’s underscored by this recent hour-long documentary on OLD, the footage of which was shot way back in 2009:

Dates with Action Bronson:

09.10.13 - Calgary, AB - Republik
09.11.13 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
09.12.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
09.17.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
09.20.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave II
09.22.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.24.13 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird Nightclub
09.25.13 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
09.27.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
10.01.13 - Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
10.02.13 - Montreal, QC - Telus Theatre
10.03.13 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre

• Danny Brown: https://www.facebook.com/xdannyxbrownx

Eminem announces new LP at MTV VMAs; TMT readers hear about it this way

Sure.

I guess Eminem was probably talking at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony last night and he used the opportunity to announce the release of a new album (and/or a new album-length commercial for Beats Audio) that is coming out November 5.

It follows up 2010’s Recovery (TMT Review) and seems to be called MMLPII, which would sorta make it a loose sequel to 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP.

Sure.

According to Nahright, it was “executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin.” And according to Eminem’s website, the first single from the album is called “Berzerk” and is “coming Tuesday.” Then, next to that, there’s some middle fingers.

So, fuck you.

(Here’s some clips of the single, though. And by “clips of the single,” I mean “commercials for those Beats headphones that Dr. Dre sells.)

• Eminem: http://www.eminem.com

RIP: Joey LaCaze of Eyehategod

From Invisible Oranges (via BrooklynVegan):

We are very sad to report that Joey LaCaze, drummer of Eyehategod, has passed away. Though details are sketchy at this point, we’ve received confirmation from a very credible source that he has in fact passed. The band recently completed a tour of Europe and was gearing up for a string of dates in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

• Eyehategod: http://eyehategod.ee

If you missed Deltron 3030 on tour in 2000, you can see Deltron 3030 on tour with an orchestra in 2013

If you miss an important event in life, you cannot fill the void by attempting to simply recreate the experience. You must recreate and heighten the experience, producing something exponentially greater than that missed opportunity. If you missed out on a chance to ride a horse, ride an elephant while it swims across a river to a barbeque. If you missed a big used vinyl sale at a great record shop, find the vinyl warehouse that supplies the record shop and have sex with both Loggins and Messina in the warehouse. If you missed seeing Deltron 3030 (a.k.a. Dan the Automator, Kid Koala, and Del the Funky Homosapien) in concert, see them in concert with a 16-piece orchestra or at a festival with Slick Rick, the Wu-Tang Clan, and a hologram of ODB.

Deltron 3030’s fall tour will allegedly support the October 1 release of their perpetually delayed album and/or nine-year performance art piece, Deltron: Event II (on Bulk Recordings). The overdue album is a follow-up to 2000’s futuristic dystopian now-classic Deltron 3030. It somehow includes appearances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amber Tamblyn, David Cross, The Lonely Island, Black Rob, Zach De La Rocha, and someone named Jamie Cullum. If Deltron’s recently-released EP City Rising from the Ashes is any indication, the album will consist of dope beats, complicated sci-fi plots, spacey scratching, and seemingly patternless rhyme structures. On May 15, 2012, Kid Koala described an early cut of the album to this reporter (TMT Exclusive) as “ill.”

Note for readers under the age of 20: Deltron 3030 was a hip-hop group that was beloved by many for their nontraditional subject matter, catchy production, and having two Asian men in their lineup. All three members have been busy with other projects and slowly working on this album since before cell phones could access the internet.

Deltron 3030 tour dates:

09.08.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Rock the Bells *
09.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rock the Bells *
10.08.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.09.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl *
10.10.13 - Washington, DC - Howard Theater
10.11.13 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
10.13.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts *
10.14.13 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom *
10.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Hall
10.18.13 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
10.19.13 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues *
10.20.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.23.13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.25.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Festival *
11.10.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest *
11.15.13 - Denver, CO - Boom Fest *

* with 16-piece orchestra

• Deltron 3030: http://www.deltron3030.com
• Bulk Recordings: http://www.bulkrecordings.com

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