Death Grips extend their already extensive spring/summer tour

Death Grips extend their already extensive spring/summer tour

America and Europe have clearly embraced the loveable bunch of rascals we endearingly refer to as Death Grips (TMT Review). Case in point? The band, already scheduled to play every single music festival in Europe and mid-sized venue in the Northeast, has announced the expansion of their tour into America’s heartland and great frontier West. No longer only available to the upper echelons of ‘liberal’ society in socialist Europe and America’s snooty East Coast cities, it’s the everyman in Kansas and Colorado’s turn to enjoy some true American experimental hardcore hip-hop live and in person.

Even in Chicago, where I’m located, the early show time (6:30 PM) was clearly chosen so Death Grips’ older and younger fans have a chance to make it out. I hear nursing homes and primary schools are organizing bus trips to The Bottom Lounge this summer as the demand is so high amongst these otherwise disenfranchised sections of the music enjoying public. When a band goes on at 12:30 AM, it’s just too late for Grandma, no matter how much she likes the new Acid Mothers Temple record!

Join the legions who have already purchased tickets and plan to see Death Grips when they roll through your town — if you live in two out of the seven continents, chances are they won’t be too far away at some point in the next three months.


05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger
05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK- Norwich Arts Center
05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette
05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm
05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301
05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival
06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin
06.05.12 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc
06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery
06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
06.22.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
06.23.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
06.27.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
06.28.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
07.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival

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• Epic/Columbia:

El-P announces “male bonding”-style road trip with Killer Mike and Despot, will also play shows to ensure they have spending cash

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that El-P must have just graduated from high school, because he’s recently let the world know he’ll be spending his summer on a month-long road trip across the US with his best buddies.

The Brooklyn-based rapper/producer/businessman has announced that, along with Killer Mike (who El-P recently produced an album for), Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Despot will be going on a tour of America in support of El-Producto’s latest album, Cancer4Cure, set for release May 22 through Fat Possum. Even though he’s only telling his closest friends, TMT has learned that the real reason for the road trip is that the four best friends are just really sad that their glory days at George Washington High School are coming to an end and are looking for one last amazing whirlwind of life to cap off an adolescence spent learning, growing, and becoming the men that their mothers raised them to be.

The whole trip will kick off on May 21 at Santos Party House, a day after graduation, and will be competing with Tiffani Sanders’ massive party at her family’s cabin on the shore of Lake Gollawolla and, according to our sources, is splitting the George Washington High School senior class in two. “I heard that Tiffani’s party is gonna be filled with alcohol and coke but I could never miss the house party at Santos’ with El-P and his boys. That guy makes some sick-ass beats and they can all rap like frozen meat: raw, yo!” said GWHS class president Richard Mathers.

“Tiffani is, like, my best friend and all, but, like, I could never miss the party with El-P. I would rather, like, die, you know? Missing that party would, like, be the worst decision I made since, like, deciding to go to college at, like, a state school, ICK!” Mathers’ girlfriend Barbara Morse added.

El-P, knowing that anyone with half a brain will be at his party, has been stoking the anticipation for the road-trip/tour and for his next album by releasing tracks from Cancer4Cure, just yesterday supplying the world with the second track from the record. Head on over to that website and check out “Tougher Colder Killer.”

El-P’s Post-Graduation Road Trip Tour:

05.21.12 - New York, NY - Santos Party House *#
06.19.12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
06.20.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
06.21.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada
06.22.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
06.23.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
06.25.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent
06.26.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06.28.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
06.29.12 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
06.30.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
07.01.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
07.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune
07.05.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline
07.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
07.07.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07.08.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
07.09.12 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton *#
07.11.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
07.12.12 - Providence, RI - The Met
07.14.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero *
07.15.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel

* no eXquire
# no Killer Mike

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• Fat Possum:

Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker revives his Suum Cuique persona with Ascetic Ideals, continued creepiness

Oh lord, just when I had personally resolved the uncertain pronunciation of the “Demdike” in “Demdike Stare,” Miles Whittaker has to go and revisit his Suum Cuique project, which premiered in 2010 with the limited-edition release of an LP titled Midden.

Rather than speculate on the pronunciation of this particular moniker (which, by the way, looks pretty crude if you’ve been perusing the darker side of the internet lately), let’s take a gander at its actual meaning. “Suum cuique” is the Latin equivalent of the well-known idiom “to each his own.” More recently, the idiom itself has been taken to mean that everyone is free to pursue their own interests and to have their own preferences, but its Latin precursor dealt with more specific notions of social justice. The phrase was popularized by Roman philosopher and politician Cicero, who once stated, “Iustitia suum cuique distribuit,” meaning, “Justice renders to everyone his due.” In other words, people have certain rights (such as property) in accordance with their abilities and their related contributions to society. Someone cue up the music from those NBC public service announcements. Hey! Learning is fun!

On June 5 (May 28 in the UK), Whittaker will be releasing Ascetic Ideals, his second album as Suum Cuique. The album will be released on vinyl in a limited edition of 700 copies through Young Americans, an imprint of Modern Love. Musically, like most of Whittaker’s work (both solo and as one-half of Demdike Stare), I’m betting a clean pair of underpants is in order, especially if you’re in Eastern Europe and plan on soundtracking an evening stroll.

Ascetic Ideals tracklisting:

A1. Strohtopf
A2. Kuiper Anomaly
A3. Atlas Levels
A4. Core Value
B1. Intonation
B2. Deux Ex Machina
B3. Proton Aesthetic
B4. Dionysus Decay

• Demdike Stare:
• Modern Love:

La Sera promotes flossing on US tour in May

Cut the crap, everyone! We’ve got to talk about flossing. Flossing is important. If you don’t do it, your gums will bleed. They will bleed and bleeding hurts! Nobody wants that. You know who (probably) flosses? Katy Goodman. The Vivian Girls bassist is someone who (probably) does not have bleeding gums. Ever heard of a Vivian Girls show that ended in a wave of gumblood? No, you haven’t. In her non-Vivian Girls time, Goodman’s been heading up her own, dream-poppier solo project, La Sera. Just in the last month, she put out her second La Sera record on Hardly Art, Sees the Light, Because There’s Not a Massive Wave of Gumblood Blocking the Light.

Like a public speaker talking to a high school health class (though probably more interesting), Goodman’s going on tour as La Sera this spring to promote proper dental hygiene. You kids probably don’t floss, so this will be good for you. She will also play some songs. Those songs are also about flossing. All is floss.

La Sera dates:

05.10.12 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
05.11.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.12.12 - Ottawa, ON - TBD
05.13.12 - Toronto, ON - The Shop under Parts and Labour
05.14.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
05.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Township
05.16.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
05.17.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st Pub
05.18.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
05.19.12 - New York, NY - Cameo Gallery

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• Hardly Art:

Thee Oh Sees creep and thrash around the world, release a video, and play on Carson Daly’s talk show…?

Ladies and germs, I am in a punk band. Or, almost in a punk band. Some of the members still need to learn their instruments, but I’m hoping that once we finally bang out a few songs, we manage to sound at least a little bit like Thee Oh Sees.

Last year, John Dwyer and company gave us loads of wild and crazy rock ‘n’ roll, and ever since then, we’ve been playing it loudly and freaking out our neighbors. Even though Thee Oh Sees haven’t announced any follow-ups to Castlemania (TMT Review) and Carrion Crawler/The Dream, they have announced a world tour (which includes a certain festival that this writer will be attending), and they’ve released a video for “Chem Farmer,” which showcases the antics of leprechauns on a punk-yodeling tour. Plus, their Red 7 performance at SXSW was filmed for Last Call with Carson Daly, and “Tidal Wave” and “Meat Step Lively” were featured on the show. Who would have thought Carson Daly was so rad?

I won’t be surprised when, at some point this year, Thee Oh Sees release 13 EPs over the course of a week, all with covers featuring neon-colored monsters jumping out of rocket-shaped clouds. Or wizards dripping with slime, climbing out of coffins. Or just flames and veins.


04.29.12 - Austin TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.25.12 - St. Brieuc, France - St. Brieuc Art Rock Fest
05.26.12 - Brighton, UK - The Hydrant
05.27.12 - London, UK - ATP
05.29.12 - Nantes, France - Stereo Lux
05.30.12 - Bordeaux, France - Docks
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Fest
06.01.12 - Limoges, France - La Fourmi
06.02.12 - Lyon, France - Clacson
06.04.12 - Athens, Greece - An Club
06.06.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephémère
06.08.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Fest
06.10.12 - Marseille, France - La Machine à Coudre
06.11.12 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia
06.12.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana-Bi
06.13.12 - Rome, Italy - Init
06.14.12 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
06.15.12 - Venice, Italy - Pop Corn Marghera
06.16.12 - Genéve, Switzerland - L’Usine
06.18.12 - Nijmegen, Holland - Merleyn
06.19.12 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradisio
06.20.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
06.21.12 - Bruxelles, Belgium - Wartkapoen
06.22.12 - Berlin, Germany - White Trash
06.23.12 - Erfurt, Germany - Teenitus Fest
06.24.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafen Klang
06.26.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand Club
06.27.12 - Olso, Norway - Revolver
06.28.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpe Huset
06.30.12 - Belfort, France - Eurockéennes
07.01.12 - Rotterdam, Holland - Metropolis Fest
07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Capital Hill Block Party
08.03.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.04.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.05.12 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
08.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP

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• In the Red:

Animal Collective launch Transverse Temporal Gyrus interactive site to help raise awareness of the word “gyrus”

There’s a chance that, back in 2010 when Animal Collective and their visual artist collaborator buddy Danny Perez (who also directed that Oddsac movie/visual album thing, as well as a few of their VH1 classic music videos) took over New York City’s Guggenheim Museum to present an installation called Transverse Temporal Gyrus, you weren’t as cool as you are now. I mean, who knows; back then, you might not have even thought that the idea of two three-hour performances in which discrete audio recorded by the four members of Animal Collective and fed into a high-tech computer program was randomly combined and panned in various directions around a 36-channel surround sound system that ran through 36 speakers set up on the Guggenheim’s ramp while Perez’s psychedelic images accosted the shit out of you was cool! Luckily, now’s your chance to un-think that.

In addition to releasing an exclusive 12-inch with audio from the installation for something called “Record Store Day” last weekend (never heard of it), they’ve also launched a nifty new interactive website in order to (A) “bring the unique and immersive ‘Transverse Temporal Gyrus’ experience to anyone with an internet connection,” and to (B) spare us from that Strawberry Jam time-lapse video bullshit that they had up on that site for a while. And just in time too, because I, for one, was starting to think that they weren’t an experimental band any more. “The website allows people an opportunity to experience ‘Transverse Temporal Gyrus’ in a unique way,” Perez says. “Just as the installation refashioned what a traditional performance and environment would be, the website reformats these materials again into something new. Video, audio, and images from that one evening provide a unique perspective to both people who were there and those that weren’t.” Sweet, I love it when websites reformat stuff!

And now, in the odd event that you’re still reading this right now and not on that website having a blast, I’ll keep explaining things about the website. It’s got a free downloadable audio player (for either Mac or PC) that will recreate the computer program designed for the installation over two stereo channels. Listeners will get a unique collage each time they listen and definitely certainly probably won’t wonder at all about the other 34 channels. Stephan Moore, who designed the program, can tell you more:

The sound score and installation for “Transverse Temporal Gyrus” was spontaneously re-created at each performance by rearranging dozens of recorded sounds and flying them around the Guggenheim Museum space according to a set of complex rules. A graphical representation of the entire automated decision-making process (the actual computer code written in MaxMSP) makes up the poster image that accompanies the 12inch release, and the complete software itself is now available to download as share-alike open-source. I wanted to share the software as much for its visual interest as for the procedural information in the code—I love the way MaxMSP looks. The TTG code was written very quickly over a three-day period, and much of the haste and fever of my marathon coding sessions has been preserved in the tangle of patch cords, idiosyncratic syntax, and quasi-organic piles of code objects. Hopefully, the opportunity to explore the underlying software through these various media, and the ability to reproduce a version of the original installation at home using the stereo player application, provides some perspective and insight into the full potential of the overall work. It’s been an honor and a lot of fun to work on this project, and I am very grateful to AC for inviting me to be involved.

Man, you’re still here??? Go to the damn Animal Collective website. Go on, shoo! Scat!

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• Danny Perez:
• Oddnoise:
• Domino: