GAYNGS and White Hinterland team up for West Coast tour; entire audiences in danger of pregnancy

GAYNGS and White Hinterland team up for West Coast tour; entire audiences in danger of pregnancy

In Chinese restaurants all across the world, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. But on music blogs, in record stores, and in many of our hearts, it’s the year of GAYNGS. The Minnesota/Wisconsin supergroup broke into the scene last year with the release of Relayted (TMT Review) on Jagjaguwar, and also with loud shouts of “Bro! P.O.S. and that Bon Iver dude are in a soft rock band????” Since then, they’ve been cranking out the baby-makin’ music and touring these United States, triumphantly appearing on Jimmy Fallon and yacht rockin’ the Coachella crowds into a smoothness-induced swoon.

And now they’re charting a mini West Coast tour! Founder Ryan Olson is takin’ it to the streets with The Rosebuds’ Ivan Rosebud, Megafaun’s Brad Cook, Phil Cook, and Joe Westerlund, Zach Coulter of Solid Gold, Channy Casselle of Roma di Luna, and of course, the inimitable Har Mar Superstar. A press release only hints at the other guest star possibilities with these two little words: “and more.” But really, when you’re sitting in LA’s Natural History Museum, looking at stuffed antelopes (note: I’ve never been there, so these might not exist, but oh man I really want them to) and feelin’ the vibe, isn’t that enough? White Hinterland, who are pretty damn awesome on their own, are also along for the ride.


05.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
05.29.11 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
06.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
06.03.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Natural History Museum
06.04.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah *

* White Hinterland

• Jagjaguwar:

The Black Heart Procession plan a tour spookier than two ghosts, i.e., the spookiest ever!

Fair warning, dear readers: this story will chill you to the bone. Much of your body shall stay its normal temperature, but those bones in which your skin hangs? They will drop at least a good 10 degrees. Degrees Celsius, that is! See, San Diego spooksters The Black Heart Procession are planning a tour for this whole month of May. If you think that the Procession can’t make the warm spring months a spooky affair, than I must direct a hearty “PSHAW!” your way. This tour will be spookier than a skeleton AND a goblin sharing a room. Goblin and skeleton roommates might not be able to agree on much, but they can agree on one thing: scaring you!

The Black Heart Procession, who released the Blood Bunny/Black Rabbit EP (TMT Review) last year on Temporary Residence Ltd, will kick off their tour by supporting J Mascis on a string of West Coast dates. Need I remind you that Mascis has a side project called Witch, placing his spook credentials squarely in check? After aiding that modern guitar vampire, the Procession will journey to Europe — probably by broomstick or some creepy dark magic — for another few weeks of shows. An artist’s rendition of those shows can be viewed here.


05.04.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent *
05.05.11 - Long Beach, CA - Alex’s Bar *
05.06.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
05.07.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
05.12.11 - Manchester, UK - Futuresonic Festival
05.13.11 - Cambridge, UK - St. Paul’s Church
05.14.11 - Gateshead, UK - The Sage
05.15.11 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
05.17.11 - Coventry, UK - St. Johns Church
05.18.11 - London, UK - The Tabernacle
05.19.11 - Rouen, France - Le 106
05.20.11 - Brugge, Belgium - Stadsschouwburg
05.21.11 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
05.24.11 - Geneve, Switzerland - Theatre de L’Alhambra
05.25.11 - Bologna, Italy - Lokomotiv
05.26.11 - Munich, Germany - Kranhalle Feierwerk
05.27.11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Dobeska Theatre
05.28.11 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
05.29.11 - Poznan, Poland - Blue Note
05.30.11 - Berlin, Germany - Heimathafen
05.31.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Planeten in Huset

* J Mascis

• The Black Heart Procession:
• Temporary Residence Ltd:

[Photo: Chris Woo]

Ottawa Bluesfest 2011 to last entire summer, host The Flaming Lips, Death From Above 1979, Mark Kozelek, and hundreds more

Ottawa’s Bluesfest is a festival that somehow keeps growing despite being held in what’s normally considered a sleepy government town. What started as a small, accurately titled weekend event held on a small patch of grass behind the Parliament buildings has sprawled into a nearly two-week extravaganza featuring well over 200 acts of every conceivable genre. This festival is seriously long enough to warrant an intermission day — we get Monday off.

Comedy has been moved inside this year, and thus the Black Sheep Stage is available once more. The re-addition of this smallest stage is an excellent step for the festival, as it regularly featured the most eclectic and challenging acts in previous years. The organizers seem to be aware of its status based on their adding Caravan Palace, M. Ward, Yukon Blonde, Chali 2na, Mark Kozelek, Sierra Maestra, and Red Baraat to the long list of acts sharing the stage.

On the other five stages, the variety of music present at Bluesfest is made even more apparent with The Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, Skrillex, Shpongle, Girl Talk, Bootsy Collins, Ben Harper, Soundgarden, John Fogerty, My Morning Jacket, Death Cab for Cutie, Galactic, Joe Satriani, DFA 1979, Jennifer Hudson, Three Days Grace, Rise Against, and Infected Mushroom performing.

The list goes on from there to include comedy, spoken word, local bands, and international bands that even the most ironic and pretentious of people haven’t heard. Even if you’re not anywhere near the city and have no plans to visit the festival, I encourage you to check out the full roster, just to see the variety of acts this “sleepy government town” gets exposed to every year.

• Ottawa Bluesfest:

James Ferraro readies new album Far Side Virtual with bonus Time Warner/700 Club creatine body spray

Blorp, blorp, blurp-bleurp. Hot news, hotter discounts. Blooop. That’s gotta hurt! RUN-DUN-DUN-DUN-DIMblorp. Next onAnimaniacs*snikt*. You’re watch-blugg… you. The WB, stay tuned to OWNflerp. Get ‘em, gut ‘em, get ‘em, gut ‘em, get’em’gem, gum — grum. Ge-net-ics?? Tranzz action denied. Please insert more gum… reload GNU OS for a unexpected easter egg ;o) Say “goodbye” to the schism within.

New-nude Ferraro al-b.u.m.! THANKYOUfor turning off your cells as a Kurtesy to others and “Enjoytheshow!” cuz ain’t it sumthin’?! New album is Far Side Virtual, “coming soon to a Summer near you.” THANKYOUfor coming, it’s been tooo long ;o) “For a smoother smoke… I’ll be back.” ~The Terminator. Feel soothing relief, as the label transfers to your skin: Hippos in Tanks. Hippos in Tanks?? Why, that’s more savings than you’ll know what to do with! ;o) FYI: partial rebroadcasting of this message strychninely forbidden. J/K. Hoof arted? Hoo cares, girl was fine, so fine. So effing fine. I felt like a woman in her own personal McWorld. One question, doh: anybuddy ‘chex’ed the spectrals yet?! I mean I gotta eat too LOL… stop futzing around! I oughta jpeg-stream ya for that ;o)

Sez Ferraro: “All the proceeds from Far Side Virtual are going towards my facial reconstructive plastic surgery, my new face will be fashioned after CCTV’s satellite queen, Princess Diana. and you will be able to see it live in concert on the Far Side Virtual World Tour.. Always coca cola.”

Sez me, in a chatroom testimonial: “At first I was skeptical. Far Side Virtual / Breast Men / Fahrenheit 9/11 combo pack on clearance, plus Sam’s Club rewards? Then I let go and felt wave after wave after wave of satisfaction. I let it touch me, minus the resistance. Who knew psychosexual transcendence was not only possible, but right around the corner? It was 2009 and I was ready for passion. I wouldn’t miss out on another Jim Ferraro module and I didn’t. Completely worth the drip.”

• James Ferraro:
• Hippos in Tanks:
• Jimmy Dean:
• American Apparel:
• School for Self-Healing:
• MasterCard:

[Photo: sm_fenn]

Awkwardcore Records release digital comp with Deerhoof, The Music Tapes, and 19 other bands you can pretend to have heard of

We’ve heard our fair share of -cores in the last 30 years, especially with prefixes that run the gamut of angsty teen emotions/habits: there’s sadcore, mumblecore (movies), cutecore, queercore, etc. You may have thought that the -core genre was put to bed after the 2000s, but actually there’s a whole record label called Awkwardcore, going strong for four years now! On April 16, they digitally released their first compilation album, and we’re kind of embarrassed that we’re only reporting on it now. (It’s — well, you know the adjective I’m going for.)

Awkwardcore is a small digital-only label based in Rochester, NY, run by members of the band Fewn, and they kindly offer free album streams to those who want to listen and cheap downloads to those who want to pay. The first compilation download includes unreleased tracks from a handful of Awkwardcore bands (Fewn, Dirtman, Ganache, The Whiskers), among others like So Cow and Univox. There are also live recordings from Deerhoof and The Music Tapes, and an uncomfortably funny three minutes of the late somniloquist Dion McGregor talking in his sleep. Now, stop shuffling those big feet of yours and get it (or listen to it) here!

Awkwardcore Compilation #1 tracklisting:

01. The Captain Shafts, “Back When Phone Lines Cut the Sky”
02. Fewn, “The Hoof Destroyer”
03. Univox, “Bashful Son”
04. Dion McGregor, “Naughty Pussy”
05. Ganache, “That Old Pastoral”
06. Bogs Visionary Orchestra, “Colors”
07. Deerhoof, “Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back” (live)
08. Dirtman, “Spirit Spout”
09. Kerrin Pantelakis, “Loner”
10. Colonel Parmisan, “Centric”
11. Painted Rocks, “Sea of Quarks”
12. So Cow, “As I Roved Out (Brian)”
13. The Northwest Man, “The Means”
14. The Music Tapes, “Minister of Longitude” (live at Awkwardcore studios)
15. Seth Faergolzia, “Icky Sticky”
16. Goodbad, “Lungfish”
17. Anti-Octopus, “Rattlesnake”
18. Simon Waldram, “Girl with the Clipboard”
19. Apollo Ghosts, “Dirty Letters to Nora”
20. The Bloody Noes, “Ranchhh”
21. The Whiskers, “Birds of Paradise” (remix)

• Awkwardcore:

Ty Segall’s new single and LP to be released by Drag City cause why the hell wouldn’t they?

That rambunctious little phenom of a rockster Ty Segall is up to his antics again. You guessed it — the Beiber of SF garage rock is throwing out a new 7-inch AND a new LP, both gettin’ released within nearly a month of each other. So you’re saying to yourself, “what the fuck else is new, that dude records a new 7-inch every time he takes a dump and throws out LPs like it ain’t no thing.” The difference here, my friend, is that both of these records are being released by the illustrious Drag City Records, who, like Sean Connery in The Highlander, have taken it upon themselves to train Ty in the ways of the immortal. The only difference being that, instead of beheading his foes in a bloody struggle, he is being provided with mass distribution and PR. Two sides of the same coin, really.

The “I Can Feel It” 7-inch single comes out May 17, so you can go ahead and preorder that baby over at the Drag City webstore. His newest full-length Goodbye Bread is coming out June 21. The prodigal son also has some tourdates rolling up soon. Check those out below.


05.26.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06.16.11 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison (NXNE)
06.17.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar (NXNE) @
06.18.11 - Toronto, ON - Bovine Sex Club (NXNE)
07.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.21.11 - San Diego, CA - Casbah ^
07.22.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Eagle Rock Center ^
07.24.11 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar ^
07.25.11 - Reno, NV - Holland Project ^
07.28.11 - Portland, OR - East End ^
07.29.11 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile Café ^
07.30.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ^
08.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival

* The Walkmen, Peelander-Z, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, and more
@ Panache Showcase w/ Julianna Barwick, Prince Rama, PUJOL, Secret Cities

• Ty Segall:
• Drag City: