Guided by Voices add a little 90s nostalgia to your summer festival experience

Guided by Voices add a little 90s nostalgia to your summer festival experience

Guided by Voices are the best band of the 1990s. There, I said it. And if you disagree with me, well, I guess I’ll just have to smother you in hugs and kick you like the little elf you are. They’re such a good band that my head literally exploded when I heard that the classic lineup of the band would be doing a little tour together and, even though I spent big money on head replacement surgery, it literally exploded again with today’s annoucement: Guided by Voices (the best band of the 90s) have announced that they will be playing a handful of festival gigs over the summer.

Now, maybe it’s just that I’m getting “older” and I’m starting to forget that the 90s weren’t all that cool, but I’m psyched about the whole idea of 90s nostalgia. I can’t wait for the “Grunge Reborn” tour, or the eventual cast reunions for my favorite 90s shows Home Improvement and Roseanne, and I am so fucking excited for West Coast Gangsta rap to get its own Time Life collection, which I would title, California in the 1990s: Life Was Dangerous, Life Was G-Funky. Whenever our current climate of media recycling turns its full-focus to my third-favorite decade, I promise to do my best and not have a cow, man.

In actuality, I am declaring these GBV dates as the official kick-0ff for full-blown 90s nostalgia and I hope you’ll join me as we celebrate the decade that gave us both Guided by Voices and Saved by the Bell.


06.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing
06.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.11.11 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.13.11 - Omaha, NE - Maha Festival
09.08.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

• Guided by Voices:

Battles announce fall tour and say that they’ll be spending their winter months “doing anything but being on a tour”

Battles, who just last Tuesday loosed their newest album Gloss Drop upon the world via Warp, have planned a pretty busy summer for themselves, with dates throughout June, July, August, and September. However, they’re not making it any easier on themselves because the band has just announced that they’ll be playing a month-long tour of the US in October. Included in the announcement is a statement by the band that (may or may not) states: “After our sixth month in a row of heavy touring, we have decided, as a band, that we would really like to be home for a while, sleep in our beds, take shits in our own toilets, and get beers from the fridge rather than a nameless bartender with an extravagant beard.”

“We know that we’ll be sick of diner food and hamburgers,” the band continued, “and we just don’t think that we can give more than six months a year to our fans. We promise that we’ll rest up, program a handful of fantastic drum beats, and be back on the road in no time. Keep writing the stellar reviews.”

The newly announced tour kicks off on October 1 in Boston and is sure to leave a trail of musicians wishing they’d spent more time learning about electronics.

Battles October US tour:

10.01.11 - Asbury, Park, NJ - ATP I’ll Be Your Mirror
10.02.11 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
10.03.11 - Montreal, Quebec - Le National
10.04.11 - Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
10.05.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
10.06.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Via Festival
10.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
10.08.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10.10.11 - Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room
10.13.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
10.16.11 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
10.17.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theater
10.18.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Venue
10.20.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
10.21.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.22.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10.24.11 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
10.25.11 - Birmingham, AL - Work/Play
10.27.11 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
10.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.29.11 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest
10.30.11 - Washington, D.C. - 9.30 Club
10.31.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts
11.01.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

Other Battles dates:

06.23.11 - Rome, Italy - Villa Ada
06.24.11 - Bologna, Italy - Link
06.25.11 - Glastonbury, UK - John Peel stage (Glastonbury Festival)
06.26.11 - Cardiff, UK - Solus (Cardiff University)
06.27.11 - Birmingham, UK - HMV Institute
06.28.11 - Bristol, UK - The Trinity Centre
06.30.11 - Paris, France - Cabaret Sauvage
07.01.11 - Belfort, France - Eurockeenes Festival
07.02.11 - London, UK - Wireless Festival
07.03.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.05.11 - Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
07.06.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
07.07.11 - Ljubljana, Croatia - Kino Siska
07.08.11 - Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.10.11 - Naples, Italy - Neapolis Festival
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.16.11 - Madison, WI - UW Madison Memorial Terrace
07.17.11 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
07.18.11 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theater
07.19.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
07.20.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.22.11 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
07.23.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
07.24.11 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.29-31.11 - Niigata, Japan - Naeba Ski Resort (Fuji Rock Festival)
08.10.11 - Cannes, France - Festival Pantiero
08.12.11 - Hertfordshire, UK - Standon Calling Festival
08.13.11 - Saint-Malo, France - Festival la Route du Rock
08.18.11 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.26.11 - Katowice, Poland - Festiwal Nowa Muzyka
12.09-11.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP

• Battles:
• Warp:

[Photo: Hiroko Masuike]

RIP: Shizuo

From Foxy Digitalis:

According to posts made on Facebook by Cobra Killer and Hanin Elias, David Hammer (a.k.a. Shizuo) has died, presumably of an overdose. Shizuo only released one album (1997′s Shizuo Vs. Shizor) and a handful of singles, but his music had a junky, lo-fi aesthetic that truly sounded like nothing else at the time, and barely anything that’s happened since. Unlike the music of Digital Hardcore labelmates such as Atari Teenage Riot, there was no political sloganeering; this was a truly warped short-attention-span trip that sounded like it was made on a barely-functioning sampler, featuring some of the most blown-out distorted breakbeats ever recorded.

• Shizuo:

Dinosaur Jr. to play Bug in its entirety during summer tour, get interviewed by Henry Rollins

Hey! Call your uncle — you know the one, the guy who DJed for college radio in the 80s — and give him this great news: Dinosaur Jr. are going to play their alterna-rock fuzzed-out classic Bug in its entirety on their next tour!

The album, a certified classic unless you have horrible taste in music, spawned the totaly rocking song “Freak Scene” (which is the perfect song to listen to while driving around in a Chevy Celebrity on a major Mountain Dew-fuled caffeine rush as you and your buddies smoke pot out of an aluminum pipe and decide which bully’s doorstep you’re going to shit on) and helped establish the band as one of the Godfathers of the early 90s Alternative Rock scene and as one of the best fucking bands ever.

In addition to hearing the album from start to finish, you’ll also get the chance to listen to the band get interviewed by Henry Rollins (who’ll be doing his best to seem intelligent). If you haven’t had Bug thrust upon you by an immensely cool older-brother, then you should head over to the Merge Records store and buy your copy so that you can start memorizing the lyrics.

Dinorsaur Jr. Bug tour:

06.20.11 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.21.11 - Northampton, MA - Calvin Theatre
06.22.11 - Boston, MA - The Paradise
06.23.11 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
06.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
06.25.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.26.11 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
06.27.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle

• Dinosaur Jr.:

Balam Acab announces debut LP just in time for you to pull out your old 2010 witch house gear

The written word is amazing, but it can only do so much. While it can form itself into a poem or a novel or a news story on an experimental-leaning music site, it cannot make everyday words sound ghostly. Unless perhaps you use italics, but I would never. Similarly, the written word cannot take on the form of gorgeous witchy beats. That leaves the score at zero for the written word, two for Pennyslvania-based producer Balam Acab. No, I didn’t know we were keeping score either.

Chalk one more up for Balam Acab (a.k.a. Alec Koone), since he’s due to release his debut record WANDER / WONDER on August 29 through Tri Angle. The record will follow up See Birds, Koone’s acclaimed EP from the previous year. From the sound of first Mp3 “Oh, Why”, the producer is sticking fairly closely to his established style, though the track’s tranquil first half suggests some stretching into new ground.

Koone, in fact, has some ambitious intentions for the record, which he mixed in New York with Sam Haar of Blondes. Describing the album, Koone had the following to say: “It’s not classical music, but in the tradition of a classical work like a Bach Cello Suite, I see it as more of a whole musical piece with themes/motifs/ideas reoccurring throughout, connecting the tracks together as opposed to simply being a collection of songs that sit next to each other in isolation.” He also suggests that you play the record very loud. In essence, it will be kind of like listening to a Bach piece at full volume, except replace all the instruments with muffled vocals, fluid samples, and downtempo beats.

WANDER / WONDER tracklist:

01. Welcome
02. Apart
03. Motion
04. Expect
05. Now Time
06. Oh, Why
07. Await
08. Fragile Hope

• Balam Acab:
• Tri Angle:

Anti-piracy groups send mass file-sharing cash demands, transfer “breaking someone’s knee to settle debts” into an easier-to-use, much more profitable letter form

Let’s hope you don’t live in Germany and, if you do, let’s hope you don’t download illegally. In a new report released by internet industry association ECO (in it’s natural Germanic tongue here and explained here), it seems that German ISPs are giving away data about their subscribers and what they use the internet for, with at least 300,000 people affected each month (3.2 million a year). The report goes on to say that content-owners and rights-holders, who are, of course, getting their products illegally downloaded, are requesting the information from the ISPs so that they can turn around and use that info to find, contact, and send threatening letters to subscribers who illegally download media.

The threatening letters, which sound like a much meaner and more Teutonic version of “Give us the money for your download or you’re dead,” also demand cash payments ranging from $430 to $1720 USD that must be paid for the legal issues to end. As you might imagine, most people end up paying the demand for cash as opposed to going to court or being reprimanded goons (which is why the Mafia works) and, as some people have pointed out, the letters have started bringing in a veritable buttload for share-holders and content-owners. However, because people are generally nice, a litany of people have begun speaking out against the letters, such as ECO’s boardmember Oliver Sume who had this to say: “A stern warning letter would be enough in most cases, you don’t always have to demand several hundred Euros.”

The big story here, though, is — drum-roll please — US companies are starting to do it too! Yay! That’s right, two US content-owners and rights-holders, Voltage Pictures and Nu Images (who content-own The Hurt Locker and The Expendables, respectively) have had mass lawsuits filed on their behalf by the US Copyright Group; the lawsuits affect a combined total of 47,905 defendants. Good luck, illegal downloaders!