GG Allin is back! In bobblehead form!

GG Allin is back! In bobblehead form!

On June 27, 1993, naked and covered in his own blood and fecal material, GG Allin ran down the streets of New York in an attempt to avoid the police after one of his notoriously chaotic (and often short) live shows was shut down. Successfully escaping arrest, Allin made it to a friend’s place where the party continued into the next day. In the wee hours of the morning, God decided to reclaim one his angels from this earthly plain and return him to the heavens. 20 years ago, young Kevin Allin shuffled off this mortal coil.

So how do we pay tribute to this fallen hero? Well, rather than crack beer bottles over our heads and shove bananas in our asses in a public, or fucking everything we kill/killing everything we fuck, you can just spend some money, as there’s a bunch of GG memorabilia hitting the streets this year.

First up, we have America’s favorite scum rocker once again immortalized in polyresin with a brand new bobble Throbblehead doll. Unlike the first one Aggronautix released a few years back, portraying GG in his “1991” look, this one is based on his general appearance circa 1989; some hair, bandana, big sunglasses, leather jacket, the whole nine yards. Slightly more dignified than a glorified diaper and cowboy boots. You can check out it out on the Aggronautix site but if you want to make your office space 80% more transgressive you need to get on it because it’s a limited run of 2000.

What might be the strangest (and probably most downright terrifying) piece of GG merchandise is this which is available from Sikrik Masks. Have you ever wanted to feel like you were GG? I mean, like, be GG? Well, now you can! Sort of! This super creepy latex mask also depicts GG from the late 80s and is sure to give everyone who sees you wearing it all kinds of nightmares. Aside from scaring the shit (would GG have it any other way?) out of your friends, you can also use the mask if you’re trying to rob a bank or have the technical know-how to interrupt the signal of your local PBS station.

Really, though, the best thing about the barrage of GG stuff this year is My Prison Walls, a collection of GG’s journal writing, prose, lyrics, artwork, and correspondences (including letters to/from John Wayne Gacy). The 208-page hardcover is limited to 2500 individually numbered copies and is available from Aggronautix. The first 50 pages of the book are comprised of GG’s log of his first 30 days (his first first 30 days) in prison, titled “30 Days in the Hole.” Our pals over at Vice have offered up a preview/write-up of GG’s prison experience, and from the looks of it, there’s a lot of one-person pant rummages going on. Really though, the book gives some firsthand insight into the mind of an, at best, polarizing and, at worst, psychotic figure in American underground rock culture. It also will probably serve as a good compliment to Todd Phillips’ (yes, that Todd Phillips) 1993 documentary Hated: GG Allin & the Murder Junkies.

No word yet on Merle Allin’s take on this, or if he’s getting a cut of the sales, but I’m just glad that we’re one step closer to a real life Planet GG.

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America’s festival of dreams Fun Fun Fun Fest announces Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., Daniel Johnston, Death Grips, Mykki Blanco, more

Deep within the heart of Texas is a magical land. A land called Austin, Texas, where tacos rule, the best bands are always playing, and Terrence Malick shoots movies about the local rock scene. Oh, and Bill Murray just comes to hang out and bartend during SXSW and basically inspire all forms of apocryphal “Bill Murray is awesome” stories. Because everything in Austin is just a little bit awesomer anyway. Case in point: Fun Fun Fun Fest.

The annual festival of (all our) dreams takes place this year from November 8-10 at Auditorium Shores, with weekend passes already on sale at the festival website. Headliners include Snoop Dogg! M.I.A.! Slayer!!!!! Television! Johnny Marr! Plus Daniel Johnston, Death Grips, Mykki Blanco, Bill Callahan, Thee Oh Sees, The Men, Kurt Vile, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Washed Out, FLAG (Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton), Ice-T, Cut Copy, Big Freedia, Descendents, Quicksand, The Locust, Deerhunter, Simian Mobile Disco, and King Khan and the Shrines, Ice-T’s Body Count, The Julie Ruin (Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill/Le Tigre), Dismemberment Plan, Lupe Fiasco, Chelsea Light Moving (Thurston Moore’s new dealie), and Unlocking the Truth, all of which totally deserve their own exclamation marks, but hey, that’s life. More musical acts, comedy stuff, and sporty happenings to be announced. The full lineup is available at the Fun Fun Fun Fest website, and it’s pretty rad.

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Wolfgang Voigt announces book/CD Zukunft Ohne Menschen, hopes that the actual zukunft ohne menschen comes long after its release

Where would we be without Wolfgang? Well, for one, the need for surprisingly buff animated 5th graders would’ve been left unfulfilled, and we wouldn’t be one step closer to realizing that really really cool wolf/human hybrid only fantasized about in the movies. Names are the precursor to physical transformation, I’ve decided, so just as the name “Wolfgang” will ultimately lead to a new, super-intelligent, albeit vicious and overly hairy, species, the name “Michael” will precede a particular evolution into angels, who aren’t bound by altruism, but by kicking ass and flying and shit. I don’t make the rules. Sorry, Berthas.

Here’s another benefit of Wolfgangs: the founding and continued existence of one of minimal techno’s most influential labels, and a damn near classic collection of 4/4-driven serenity. Wolfgang Voigt is co-founder and co-owner of Kompakt, runs his own label Profan, and has released music under at least a dozen monikers, though his elemental form is his undoubtedly his most well-known. On September 3, Wolfgang Voigt will release (under his own name) Zukunft Ohne Menschen, a deluxe book/CD stemming from a likewise-named sound installation project featured at the entrance to this year’s Art Cologne.

Google Translate-me, please: “Zukunft ohne menschen” means “future without people” in English, and according to Voigt, it’s also a future of arpeggiated minimalism. According to a press release, the 10 compositions sound randomly generated, but were, in fact, manually composed and improvised by Voigt, possibly behind a glowing curtain à la The Wizard of Oz. Accompanying each composition were abstract images of people-removed urban photographs, as an elongated cursor “bored” its way through.

It might be best if you just wait for the 24-page booklet, if you can get your hands on one of the 500 copies.

Zukunft Ohne Menschen tracklisting:

01. Z.O.M. 1.1
02. Z.O.M. 1.2
03. Z.O.M. 1.3
04. Z.O.M. 1.4
05. Z.O.M. 1.5
06. Z.O.M. 1.6
07. Z.O.M. 1.7
08. Z.O.M. 1.8
09. Z.O.M. 1.9
10. Z.O.M. 1.10

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Porcelain Raft releases new album, announces fall US tour with one stop in Vancouver to give a shout out to The X-Files

Brooklyn-based, “Italian from Italy” dude Mauro Remiddi’s solo project Porcelain Raft is about to set sail on the stormy waters of the good ol’ fall North American tour. Remiddi’s going to be repping Permanent Signal, his second full-length for Secretly Canadian, which is due August 20. Adrift on the seas of hazy end-of-summer nostalgia pop, anchored by yearning melodies, and blah blah ship metaphor, Porcelain Raft’s fall tour will touch nearly every region of the US and include a one-date Canadian stopover in Vancouver so that everyone in the tour van can reminisce about how awesome The X-Files was.

The album’s first single, “Think of the Ocean” will help you do just that (Think of the ocean, NOT The X-Files, although I mean, you can think of that, too, if you wanna, ya damn NERD), especially if the ocean makes you feel a creeping sense of anxiety and wistfulness. You can check out a trailer for the song right here, and look at a “visual stream” of another track, “The Way Out,” below. Permanent Signal is the follow-up to Remiddi’s critically-acclaimed 2012 release Strange Weekend.

Permanent Signal tracklisting:

01. Think of the Ocean
02. Cluster
03. Minor Pleasure
04. Open Letter
05. Night Birds
06. It Ain’t Over
07. I Lost Connection
08. Warehouse
09. The Way Out
10. Five Minutes from Now
11. Echo


09.04.13- Boston, MA - Great Scott
09.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
09.06.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
09.07.13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
09.09.13 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
09.10.13 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
09.12.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
09.13.13 - Madison, WI - The Frequency
09.14.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
09.16.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
09.17.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09.19.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
09.20.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
09.21.13 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
09.23.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
09.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
09.28.13 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar
09.30.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottle Tree
10.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
10.02.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
10.04.13 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge

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RIAA wastes more of its members time and money by increasing the number of takedown requests

While you were out getting drunk and lighting off illegal fireworks this past weekend, the RIAA was hard at work sending Google millions of requests to stop indexing URLs that serve up copyrighted content illegally. Hypebot reports that over the last six weeks alone, the RIAA requested 5 million takedowns, a huge increase over the 20 million takedown requests that were issued in the entire year prior.

So what’s with the uptick in requests? Like any good pirate operation, popular torrent sites now inadvertently spawn tons of similarly offending URLs where people can download the illegal content. No longer can the RIAA just get a place like The Pirate Bay to pull a piece of uploaded content, because as soon as it’s out there, an innumerable number of proxy sites have replicated the original posting. It’s basically the hydra effect, and the RIAA is no doubt wasting a huge amount of money, time, and resources trying to combat something that shows no sign of slowing down.

So why do they continue down this path? Are they trying to singlehandedly employ the glut of recent law school grads? Do they really think that the person who downloaded the new T-Swift album (and never listened to it, btw) was at any point going to be converted into a paying customer? Will there ever not be a shiny new torrent site for people to switch to? If they thought long and hard about it, perhaps they’d realize what a futile effort the take down requests are, and instead encourage the wide proliferation of media that otherwise wouldn’t have nearly the impact on the larger general public. They could then work on converting all those semi-interested downloaders into paying customers through concerts, merch purchases, apps, endorsement deals, etc. Clearly there are an endless number of new revenue streams in the digital age that labels can leverage in the absence of quality music (just ask Jay-Z), so please give the cease and desist a rest.

Death Grips show up fashionably late to 2013, make a few vague excuses and hopefully realistic promises

Death Grips have been fairly quiet this year, and that’s been weird. In 2012 it seemed not even a week could pass without them announcing a tour, dropping a video, announcing an album, canceling a tour, getting dropped from a label, or reannouncing tour dates. That flurry of activity suddenly blew itself out early this year with Death Grips taking a lengthy, if relatively low-profile, tour of Europe. This flying under the radar has left an obvious void and expectations that no band should realistically have to live up to.

Death Grips never stopped plotting though. They have announced a new label called Thirdworlds, in partnership with Harvest/Capitol Records. Fingers crossed this big label entanglement goes better than their last. They have also announced a series of tour dates spanning a few countries. Let us pray to the gods of smashed iMac screens and tinnitus that none of them get canceled. There has been vague talk of a new album, perhaps in early 2014. Now is the time to start a letter-writing campaign for it to be pressed to vinyl. They’ve also posted a video of drummer Zach Hill practicing in handcuffs. Let us hope the key has not been misplaced.

Hello, Death Grips. Even this short interval has seemed too long.

We missed you.

Tour dates:

07.13.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.16.13 - Toronto, ON - Echo Beach at the Molson Amphitheatre
07.26.13 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
08.03.13 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.04.13 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Fest
08.06.13 - Boston, MA - Royale Boston
08.07.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
08.09.13 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
08.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
10.12.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Fest

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