Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Thermals tour together! Wayne Coyne was right… finally, the punk rockers really ARE taking acid!

Cymbals Eat Guitars and The Thermals tour together! Wayne Coyne was right... finally, the punk rockers really ARE taking acid!

New York-based Cymbals Eat Guitars and Portland’s own The Thermals are both pretty balls-to-the-wall rock bands on their own, but they’ve always been somewhat afraid to tour together in the past because they just didn’t feel like the world was ready for THAT much big, sweaty, riff-based rock. “We recognize that, in order to get any recognition, we’re gonna have to bide our time and wait patiently for Foo Fighters to suck a little bit more,” said Thermals man man Hutch Harris several years ago in an interview.

Luckily for you and me, the Foo Fighters now suck plenty (and if you ask me, The Arcade Fire are hanging on by a thread at this point too), leaving the throne empty and the world hungry for some epic gnarly rock ‘n’ roll shit. Add to that the impending release of The Thermals’ new album Personal Life on Kill Rock Stars, and “world takeover” starts sounding like an understatement. Granted, they’re only doing a club tour right now, but just you wait. The Thermals and Cymbals Eat Guitars will have their boots up on the stage wedges at Madison Square Garden in no time. I mean, who’s gonna stand in their way? Built to Spill?? Get real.

The Thermals w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars:

09.30.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.01.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
10.02.10 - Madison, WI - Annex
10.03.10 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
10.04.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhino’s
10.06.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.07.10 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Tavern
10.08.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
10.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.10.10 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways
10.12.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
10.13.10 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
10.14.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10.15.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
10.17.10 - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern
10.18.10 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
10.20.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.21.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
10.22.10 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
10.23.10 - Austin, TX - Red 7
10.24.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

• The Thermals:
• Cymbals Eat Guitars:

Tom Zé box set promises rare recordings, dayglo magic

The lingering aroma of campfires wafts through the evening air; the leaves lose their green and descend into the gutters; and temporary Halloween stores pop up in strip mall complexes around America. These signs can only point to one thing: the beginning of box set season! And Luaka Bop is kicking this unofficial new pre-holiday shopping holiday in style, with the release of a 3LP vinyl-only Tom Zé collection entitled Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You on October 5. The collection includes the recordings Estudando o Samba, Estudando o Pagode, and Estudando a Bossa, all of which feature Brazilian artist Tom Zé’s takes on the respective musical genres. Pagode and Bossa have never before been on vinyl, and Samba has never had a US release. (You can also get Bossa as a standalone CD release come October 5.)

Extras include a live 45 of Zé’s collaboration with Tortoise at the Barbican in London circa 2001; a CD featuring a 1993 conversation between Luaka Bop founder David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, and Tom Zé; a booklet by Brazilian music scholar Chris Dunn; and according to the press release, “a touch of day glow.” The box set also comes with digital download codes. Have at it!

• Tom Zé:
• Luaka Bop:

Today in pointless news: Kazaa relaunches as a paid music subscription service “in the cloud”

Following in the footsteps of Napster — a fellow former peer-to-peer music community that has now transformed itself into a paid music subscription service — Kazaa has converted into a “cloud-based streaming service with access to 1.6 million songs and 1 million song lyrics,” according to the press release. They will offer a free seven-day trial and then start charging users $15 a month.

Kazaa’s CTO, Emanuel Krassenstein, said in the release, “While there is no shortage of smart devices in the market until Kazaa’s launch no one was offering music consumers the opportunity to fully integrate their music into their lives and social networks.”

Pricier and with less songs than the competition. SOUNDS GREAT.

• Kazaa:

Prince Rama warp space and time alongside Animal Collective’s Deakin this September

If you read TMT regularly, or, you know, like musics and stuff, you probably have at least a rough idea of what Prince Rama are all about: they’re legitimately weird; the three members met on a Hare Krishna compound in Florida; they write concept albums based on the work of Paul Laffoley. Nuff said, really. You might also be privy to the fact that Paw Tracks is releasing their new LP Shadow Temple come September 14. Oh, and a couple dudes from AC helped them out in the recording of it. So obviously it would be fitting that they would tour alongside Deakin for the majority of their US tour:

08.09.10 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
08.14.10 - New York, NY - Cake Shop #
08.28.10 - Palmer, MA - Camp Stanica
09.13.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands (record release party) $
09.14.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs $
09.15.10 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore $
09.16.10 - Toronto, ON - Snowball Gallery $
09.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Mortville $
09.18.10 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnell College Gardner Lounge $
09.19.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock $
09.22.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt $
09.23.10 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project $
09.24.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern $
09.25.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
09.27.10 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish $
09.28.10 - Brookdale, CA - Historic Brookdale Lodge $
09.29.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center for the Arts $ +

* Nite Jewel
# Cave, Psychic Ills
$ Deakin
+ Fennesz

• Prince Rama:
• Paw Tracks:

This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest: too much fun for you to handle; lineup announced

There is almost no way that I could make this post more exciting, unless it were to announce that Fun Fun Fun Fest has decided to become a year-round touring affair, with cash give-aways and an alternating cast of celebrities in fishnet t-shirts (‘cause why not?).

The lineup for the fifth Fun Fun Fun Fest is now official, and it is so packed with gold it’s absurd. This year features a third day, stretching out the fest from November 5 to 7 in Austin, TX’s Waterloo Park, and beginning with Weird Al Yankovic (to think that I once thought Neil Hamburger emceeing this year’s Do-Division Fest in Chicago was the greatest thing ever!). Like Pitchfork with its token “hip hop” act per annum, there’s something for everybody. You can begin with the sort-of-indie stage (Orange), with Dirty Projectors, Devo, MGMT, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Wavves, and a surfeit of awesome etc.’s. You can then meander over to the Black Stage (whoo! punk rock?) to get covered in food coloring by Gwar and re-live your high school fantasy of seeing Bad Religion, old or not. Suicidals can get in on the action too; ST is on the list, along with Mastodon, Kylesa, and Municipal Waste. The Blue Stage is an amalgamation of most other genres with anything to do with R&B, soul, rap, or electronic something-or-other (Yelle to RJD2 and Dâm-Funk), while the Yellow Stage (including live action wrestling, Monotonix, Cold Cave, and a veggie hot dog eating contest) is just straight-up miscellaneous.

Purchase tickets here — early bird discounts are already sold out!


Weird Al Yankovic
Dirty Projectors
The Hold Steady
Man Man
Cap’n Jazz
Os Mutantes
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Kaki King
Dum Dum Girls
Best Coast
Magic Kids
Indian Jewelry
Appleseed Cast
Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos
Toro Y Moi
Woven Bones
Royal Forest
Mother Falcon


Bad Religion
The Vandals
The Gories
Municipal Waste
Strike Anywhere
The Casualties
Valient Thorr
Jeff The Brotherhood
The Briggs
Power Trip
Eagle Claw
Suicidal Tendencies
High On Fire
The Bronx
Peelander Z
Hatred Surge
Black Congress


Slick Rick (performing “Great Adventures Of”)
Deakin (of Animal Collective)
Big Freedia
Designer Drugs
Devin The Dude
Butcher Bear and Charlie
League of Extraordinary Gz
DJ Nick Nack
Pharoahe Monch
Jean Grae
Dominique Young Unique
Black Nasty
DJ Bird Peterson
Crew 54


Cold Cave (live visual projection show)
Mariachi El Bronx
Live Action Wrestling
Veggie Hot Dog Eating Contest
Punk Rock Story Time with Joe Sib (spoken word)
New Movement (live sketch comedy)
Air Sex Contest (presented by Alamo Draft House)
Live Stunt Show
Video Shows
Stand-up Comedy (Matt Bearden, Altercation Punk Rock Comedy tour, and more)

• Fun Fun Fun Fest:

Black Mountain and The Black Angels join forces to create ultimate fall psych-rock tour

Black Mountain and The Black Angels are teaming up to create fall’s Dropout Boogie tour, the ultimate fall psych-rock tour that features bands with the word “Black” in their names. (Hey, “Wolf” and “Crystal” bands, maybe you can put a name-themed co-headlining tour together in the spring or something. Don’t rest on your crystal wolf laurels.) Black Mountain’s new album on Jagjaguwar, Wilderness Heart, comes out September 14, while The Black Angels’ new album on Blue Horizon, Phosphene Dream, ALSO comes out on September 14! They are, like, musical soul twins or something. WOW. Listen to “Bad Vibrations” from the latter album at the Chocolate Grinder.

As previously reported, Black Mountain will be spending the late summer/early fall months gallivanting through Europe, with select pre-Dropout Boogie tour stops in Los Angeles and New York.

Here’s them co-headlining dates:

10.28.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.30.10 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10.31.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
11.01.10 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
11.02.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
11.03.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11.06.10 - Philadelphia, NY - Theatre of Living Arts
11.07.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.09.10 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
11.10.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
11.11.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11.12.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.13.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
11.15.10 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
11.16.10 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina’s
11.17.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
11.19.10 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
11.20.10 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater
11.24.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
11.26.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11.28.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11.29.10 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11.30.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Commodore Ballroom

• Black Mountain:
• The Black Angels:
• Jagjaguwar:
• Blue Horizon:

[Photo: Mollie King]