Desolation Wilderness’ Nicholas Zwart launches Kickstarter for film about the future, friends, and FUN

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Remember all those good ol’ times you used to have with your childhood street gang, just stealin’ crazy space guns and joshin’ around? Boy oh boy were those the days! Too bad you didn’t have a cool, “Neil Young during his Trans era but potentially even more awesome” soundtrack to go along with all those youthful shenanigans! But it doesn’t have to be that way. Now, for a limited time only (Okay, probably not all that limited), if you donate to musician Nic Zwart’s Kickstarter campaign for his fledgling psychedelic/sci fi/adventure/buddy film, you’ll be able to look up at the silver screen with wondering eyes and relive the time that you and your colorfully named friends stole that Dream Gun, but with way more awesome tunes than whatever shit you were listening to at the time.

How is this all possible? Well Zwart, a fellow who has crossed the globe with the likes of Desolation Wilderness, Electric Sunset, and (current project) Drone Ranger, has decided to bring his film ideas to life through the internet magic that is Kickstarter! King Leaves the Kingdom is the name of the film, Kid, and it’s set in one of those mystical near futures where everyone’s in a cool street gang full of camaraderie and kickass gang names. The fellas in this flick go by the names of Theodore, Chachi, Freddy Bread, and Killer Boy, and together they are… The Lovers. They steal a little somethin’ somethin’ called a Dream Gun from a party-throwing gangster named Johnny Tondu and he gets a little mad, but basically he’s a nice guy, so they all go out for froyo at the end. JUST KIDDING! They get in way over their heads. THAT’S what happens. In the words of Zwart’s Kickstarter campaign, “At it’s core, the movie is about friendship, love, and the ability to control your destiny when you’re part of a group (like a street gang) which depends on you.”

So true! The project is just over a third of the way to its goal, and incentives include all kinds of nice things like personal messages, soundtrack downloads (clips are available on the Kickstarter and they sound pretty bomb), HD film downloads, IMDB credits, and… the chance to participate as an extra in a pool party scene full of Fun, Drinking, and Serious Acting.* Check out the page here. Always nice to see cool musicians experimenting with different art forms.

* I am good at all these things AND I live in LA. Call me.

• Nic Zwart: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/niczwart/king-leaves-the-kingdom

The Clean to tour America with Times New Viking; tally ho!

Ahhh, the past. A truly magical place. A place (er, time) where cult New Zealand post-punk band The Clean could record their debut single “Tally Ho!” for a mere $50 New Zealand dollars. Where that same single could climb to #19 on the New Zealand Singles Charts. Where Flying Nun Records was founded and a rock ‘n’ roll label mythlegend (it’s both) was born.

Fortunately, however, when it comes to The Clean, “the past” isn’t the sum of the band’s career. The men of The Clean — David, Hamish, and Robert — have continued to make music sporadically over the last three decades, introducing their brand of dark janglepop to new fans and still managing to cart along the hearts of old school fans for the ride. The band still spends time in the studio and time on the road, and in 2009, Merge released the band’s latest, Mister Pop (TMT Review). A year later, the band announced their first European jaunt in 20 years, during which they supported longtime admirers Pavement. And now The Clean are making a rare, so special it’s After School Special SPECIAL visit to the United States.

See, this spring, The Clean are flying into Los Angeles for a solo show at The Echo, before heading on to join Ted Leo, No Age and Sham 69 (among awesome others) for the Chaos in Tejas Festival. After this — The Clean’s first-ever Texas performance — the band will journey on with fellow Merge labelmates Times New Viking for a brief string of summer dates in the Eastern USA. Tally Ho!

Dates:

05.30.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
06.02.12 - Austin, TX - Club De Ville Chaos in Tejas Festival
06.04.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music *
06.05.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
06.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
06.07.12 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
06.08.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *

* Times New Viking

• The Clean: http://www.mergerecords.com/artists/clean
• Times New Viking: http://timesnewviking.net
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Editions Mego launches a “neat house” imprint, drums up support by offering FREE PENCILS FOR EVERYONE

I’m just going to be honest: house isn’t really my cup of tea. I don’t know what the hell “neat house” sounds like, and my imagination’s just not up for clever conjectures today. Still, I’ve got to keep you rockers informed. According to our pals over at FACT, Editions Mego has just launched a sub-label called Sensate Focus, which will apparently concentrate on this “neat house” nonsense.

The imprint will join the current Editions Mego sub-label gang, which includes Spectrum Spools (curated by Emeralds’ John Elliott), Ideologic Organ (curated by sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley), and Old News (“curated” by Jim O’Rourke). The first 12-inch on the new imprint is called Sensate Focus 10, which will see an April 17 release. You’re wondering what artist is releasing Sensate Focus 10? Hell if I know. No one knows. However, FACT does say that it sounds a bit Joy Orbison-ish and a bit Deadboy-ish. Order a copy and write down some guesses (because you get a free pencil with every order, and it really doesn’t get much cooler than that).

Sensate Focus 10 tracklist:

A. X
B. Y

• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com
• Sensate Focus: http://editionsmego.com/sensate-focus

Destroyer announces North American tourdates while mellow sax provides counterpoint

Re-imagining the past through music is big business these days. And if you’re going to undertake such an endeavor non-ironically, it takes a lot of hard work and years upon years of serious academic study in the dog-eat-dog fields of Jean Jacket Design, Guitar Sensitivity Training, Neon Color Theory, Saxophone Psychology, Pastel Color Theory, Airbrush Appreciation, most importantly, Being By the Bay. Then, when you finally graduate, you can’t stop. You’ve got to tough it out and keep pursuing an intimate relationship with it out there in the real world (where it counts) at all costs. And — if you’ll allow me to muddle things up a little with a second metaphor — you can’t just flirt with this stuff, either. You’ve got to learn how to court it, woo it, wine-n-dine it, and fuck it with such a fantastic combination of steaminess and gentleness that it never leaves you. You marry it, grow old with it, and are mourned by it when you die peacefully enrobed in neon yellow velour and purple denim by the Bay as an old man.

But… the way Dan Bejar figures it, he’s so far ahead of the rest of his classmates that he’s got some time to kill while everyone catches back up. So while everyone else is studying up on 1980s sleeze, breeze, lounge, and lust, and trying hard as hell to love those things without using cocaine first, he’ll be joyriding around the US and Canada, taking a few victory laps for last year’s smooth-as-some-smooth-balls Kaputt (TMT Review). And, you know, possibly enjoying some well-deserved cocaine.

Dates:

04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
06.03.12 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06.04.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
06.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06.06.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
06.07.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
06.08.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
06.09.12 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theatre
06.10.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
06.11.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moon Tap House
06.13.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
06.14.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Ladies Literary Club
06.15.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.16.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.17.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.18.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple
06.20.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.21.12 - Montreal, QC - Rialto Theatre
06.23.12 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
06.24.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
06.25.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

• Destroyer: http://destroyersongs.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Squarepusher roundly pushes all squares out of his way to squarely focus on the release of new, square-pushing album of newness

Listen to me, party friends, of the news item for which I am to be telling you in the present time. If, as me, you too like more of the synthetic clicks and the whistles than the AC/DC’s with their deeds of dirt done cheaply, then The Squarepusher he is a guy for you! Electronics wizzard of drum and of bass acid sounds Tom Jenkinson (is alternate ego for the Squarepusher) is said by The Quietus to will be releasing new, “super bad” (which is idiom) good album in this coming of May through his homeplate labelbosses of the Warp Recorders. Hooray with me, indeed, fellow junkies of the techno jazz! For this album of newness is equal to first new album since debut of Squarepusher Presents: Shobaleader One project for which album with too many not Squarepusher music-makers was employed for from the 2,010 years.

The newness of yet unborn album has in its nature the title of Ufabulum, which is doubtless fun to speech with out in the loud if you hold in your possession the idea of time. Tiny amounts of diminutive other informations can be said to exist at such present conditions allow, if only for this quotation from horse’s mouth of Squarepusher’s: “I’ve started thinking about pure electronic music again. Something very melodic, very aggressive.” While this speech is doubtless difficult to have been understood, perhaps a teasing of its video’s music will do well to project additional sun on subjects which are of the hand after discussions just now concluded.

• Squarepusher: http://warp.net/records/squarepusher
• Warp: http://warp.net

Crocodiles release Endless Flowers on Frenchkiss, freeze asses off on spring tour

Crocodiles have emerged once more from the lo-fi depths of San Diego’s psychedelic swamp with a new album and a string of spring dates across North America. The band is currently knees deep in the wintry Northland, having kicked off the tour about a week ago with an inaugural date at Brighton Music Hall in Boston. After a brief dip into Canada, they’ll continue on through the US in March. On the schedule is a stop at the Frenchkiss Records showcase at South by Southwest, plus a couple headlining dates in New York come April.

Core members Brandon Welchez (vocals, guitar) and Charles Rowell (guitar) have come along way since the band’s inception in 2008. The latest incarnation of the band features Marco Gonzalez (bass), Anna Schulte (drums), and Robin Eisenberg (keyboards), both on the current tour and on the band’s forthcoming album, Endless Flowers. The album comes out on June 5 via Frenchkiss. Written by Welchez and Rowell in the winter of 2011, Flowers was recorded by the full band last summer in that gloomy musicians’ paradise, Berlin. This is Crocodiles’ third full-length album, coming after 2010’s Sleep Forever (TMT Review).

Endless Flowers tracklisting:

01. Endless Flowers
02. Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
03. No Black Clouds for Dee Dee
04. Electric Death Song
05. Hung Up on a Flower
06. My Surfing Lucifer
07. Dark Alleys
08. Bubblegum Trash
09. Welcome Trouble
10. You Are Forgiven

Dates:

02.28.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry *
02.29.12 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium #
03.01.12- Omaha, NE - Slowdown Front Room *
03.02.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
03.03.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
03.06.12 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset *
03.07.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
03.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop **
03.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex ^
03.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
03.14.12 - Austin, TX - The Stage on Sixth (SXSW)
03.17.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s (Upstairs)
03.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
04.12.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

* Bleeding Rainbow
** Bleeding Rainbow, Terry Malts
^ Bleeding Rainbow, The Dunes
# Young Prisms

• Crocodiles: http://killkillkillcrocodiles.blogspot.com
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com