Guided By Voices announce full reunion tour

Guided By Voices announce full reunion tour

Guided by Voices have just announced reunion dates featuring their classic lineup, and you’re planning to get tickets. But don’t know how to act at the show? Don’t fret, dear reader, for I have just the tutorial for you:

How to Behave at a Guided by Voices show

1. Arrive early, if possible. In some stadiums or civic centers, you may have a half-mile hike to arrive at your seat, and threading your way through a line of people can cause a lot of stress and could thus make you enjoy the GBV show less.

2. Listen to ushers, security people, and others whose job it is to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of the rest of the people who are attending, despite how lame they are.

3. Obey the rules for the venue where you are attending, including drinking and recreational drug use. These may be a very real part of the rock scene, especially since Pollard is quite the beer dude, but you should be concerned enough to behave responsibly.

4. Be polite to people around you. Again, this may not be the ordinary attitude for concert goers, but it will tend to make it easier to enjoy the show. Here are some things to note:

• Do not push and shove to get to a merchandise table, food and beverage vendor, or restroom. Rock music fans are like any group, they can be laid back and mellow, or volatile and edgy. Ever been to a Strokes concert? Sheeeit.
• Do not throw things, insult people, or complain to people sitting near you. If GBV ends up sucking, walk out, or if there is another group coming up, chill out and wait for them.
• Don’t block the view for other concert goers. If the crowd gets up and start screaming or waving their arms, join them, but don’t try to do a one-person show in the stands for your own entertainment. I can’t stand those fucks.

5. Keep your hands, elbows, and generally all of your body parts to yourself. And yes, that means your penis and/or vagina too. You may be stoked and overjoyed with the show, but you should still allow others to enjoy it in their own way.

6. Go with the flow. Some GBV shows, usually the best ones, do get a little out of control, and if you are into it, it is fine to get involved with the crowd.

7. Don’t be disrespectful about other bands there that you may not like, especially when conversing with your friends. People can get very touchy on the subject of bands they like, even if they got a low rating on Pitchfork.

8. Dress appropriately. Generally the best clothing to wear is that of similar bands to the headline act but as long as it’s in the style of the music it’s okay (e.g. a Bee Thousand shirt is always a good idea).

9. Always make an effort to get there in time for the support band, as they can often put on a better show than the headline act and you never know where they are going to go in the future. Times New Viking are fucking awesome live, too.

10. Enjoy yourself. Your main aim in the gig is to have fun. This depends on what your idea of fun is; if you want to be a barrier boy, then you need to get onto that front barrier right at the start and never let go no matter how squashed and deafened you get. If you want to sit and not be squashed, then go upstairs. If you want to be a demon of the pit, then you need to rip your shirt off and start acting like a gorilla in heat.

Follow these tutorial and you’ll have a great time at one of these upcoming GBV shows:

09.30.10 - Austin, TX - East Side Drive %
10.03.10 - Las Vegas, NV - Matador 21
10.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern %
10.05.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield %
10.07.10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom %
10.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo %
10.12.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue %
10.13.10 - Chicago, IL - The Vic %
10.15.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
10.16.10 - Columbus, OH - Outlands Live
10.21.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.22.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10.23.10 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
11.05.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise #
11.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero #
11.07.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 #

% Times New Viking
# Blitzen Trapper

• Guided by Voices:

The Tallest Man on Earth embarks on longest tour on earth with Bon Iver percussionist S. Carey

When your band consists solely of your bleating, Dylan-in-a-blender voice and a beat-up acoustic guitar that you line directly into a venue’s P.A. system, it’s probably pretty easy and liberating to just go on tour forever. I like to imagine Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, touring around solo in a 1989 Civic hatchback; just him, “Old Betsey” (that’s his guitar’s name, obviously), a beer-soaked box of LPs of his recent album on Dead Oceans, The Wild Hunt (TMT Review) for sale, and one outrageously large box of condoms. Ah, how romantic. Now that’s the life for a bearded folkie…

But wait, hold everything! Now here comes the young, handsome, and similarly bearded Bon Iver percussionst S. Carey… with all of his stupid, clatterly, clanky gear and a giant chip on his shoulder from backing Justin Vernon all these past months, eager to tour the shit out of his upcoming debut solo album for Jagjaguwar, All We Grow (due August 24 in North America and August 30 in the U.K.)! Before you know it, he’s shoving a bunch of drum kits and keyboards into that Civic; leaving sticky, half-eaten Ring Pops all over the car; asking Matsson to pull over at every damn roadside “pick your own blueberries” sign he sees; and cock-blocking the fuck out of my formerly chill friend. Ugh. Carey’s like the Nermal to his Garfield. Romantic folk-loner fantasy OVER.

Luckily, it looks like Carey’s only hanging around for the U.S. leg of Matsson’s rather enormous Western Hemisphere tour. And there’s a good chance that Matsson will mail college boy off to Abu Dhabi before it’s all over, anyway.

The Ballin’-est Man on Earth:

07.16.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.30.10 - Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
08.06.10 - Aulnoye-Aymeries, France - Les Nuits Secretes
08.08.10 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.09.10 - Munich, Germany - 59to1
08.10.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
08.11.10 - Berlin, Germany - Glashaus
08.12.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.14.10 - Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08.15.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Internationales Sommerfestival at Kampnagel
08.20.10 - Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.22.10 - Powys, Wales - Green Man Festival
09.02.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
09.03.10 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open Festival
09.05.10 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival
09.08.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *
09.09.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos *
09.10.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (MusicFest NW) *
09.12.10 - Big Sur, CA - The Henry Miller Library *
09.13.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09.14.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box *
09.15.10 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress *
09.17.10 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Rooms at House of Blues *
09.18.10 - Austin, TX - Antone’s *
09.24.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place *
09.25.10 - Montreal, QC - Le National *
09.27.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
10.02.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts *
10.03.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
11.11.10 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
11.12.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
11.13.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.10 - Frankfurt, Germany - Das Belt
11.15.10 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11.16.10 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri.Son
11.17.10 - Grenoble, France - Le Ciel
11.18.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Volkshaus
11.19.10 - Mullhouse, France - Noumatrouff
11.20.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
11.22.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
11.23.10 - Belfast, Ireland - Mandela Hall
11.24.10 - London, UK - Electric Ballroom
11.25.10 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11.26.10 - Manchester, UK - St. Phillips Church
11.28.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who?
11.29.10 - Paris, France - Cafe de la Danse
11.30.10 - Bordeaux, France - Le Krakatoa Club
12.06.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.07.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Soedra Teatern
12.08.10 - Helsinki, Finland - Le Bonk
12.09.10 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret

* S. Carey

• The Tallest Man on Earth:
• S. Carey:
• Dead Oceans:
• Jagjaguwar:

Shellac schedule dates (musical ones, not romantic ones) with Helen Money around ATP appearance

Sure, most bands typically schedule tours around new records that they’re actively promoting. But most bands aren’t Shellac. When you’re Shellac, apparently you schedule your tourdates around the promotion of… uh, well, one of those tourdates.

Specifically, this promotional Möbius strip appears to be centered around Shellac’s appearance at this year’s ATP New York on September 4; though it may also be scheduled around Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer’s strictly regimented bathroom schedules. The band is sharing many of these US dates with Helen Money (a.k.a. cellist Alison Chesley from “that Chicago cello band” Verbow) who recorded her recently released second album, In Tune at old man Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Oh, and in order to prime you properly for these upcoming shows, the band also wanted me to tell you that you can go fuck yourself.

Hooray for confrontational rock music:

09.01.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09.02.10 - Buffalo, NY - Babeville’s The Ninth Ward *
09.04.10 - Monticello, NY - ATP New York
09.06.10 - Boston, MA - TBA *
09.07.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House *
09.08.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose *
09.09.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom *

* Helen Money

• Shellac:
• Helen Money:
• Verbow:

[Photo: Sebastian Jarpa]

Wire gets extreme with Legal Bootlegs, Send: Ultimate, and rumored new material

If there’s anything better than a legal high (and what isn’t?), it’s a legal bootleg. Now, legendary post-punk group Wire is bringing a legal bootleg series, along with a retooled version of their comeback album, 2002’s Send, to law-abiding pleasure-seekers everywhere. The band’s Pinkflag label plans on making select live performances available as part of The Wire Legal Bootleg Series, which can be purchased in its entirety via the label’s online subscription service as individual concert performances or in batches of three. Wire will also be releasing the super EXTREME-sounding Send: Ultimate, which features rare material like the 12 Times U vinyl-only collector’s item tracks, the unreleased track “DJ Fuckoff,” plus alternate and album tracks from the two out-of-print Read and Burn EPs that didn’t make it onto the original Send. Rumor has it Wire also has new material in the works for 2011.

Bootleg albums:

25 October 1978 Bradford University:

01. Indirect Enquiries
02. Men 2nd
03. Lowdown
04. On Returning
05. Being Sucked In
06. I Feel Mysterious Today
07. The Other Window
08. A Mutual Friend
Former Airline
10. Mercy
11. Stepping Off Too Quick
12. Strange
13. Another The Letter
14. Sand In My Joints
15. French Film Blurred
16. I Should Have Known Better
Practice Makes Perfect
19. Reuters
20. 106 Beats That

21 July 1988 Astoria, London:

01. The Queen of Ur
02. In Vivo
03. Kidney Bingos
04. The Finest Drops
05. Silk Skin Paws
06. German Shepherds
07. A Public Place
08. It’s a Boy
09. The Offer
10. Eardrum Buzz
11. Boiling Boy
12. Drill
13. Ahead
14. Over Theirs

08 Dec 2000 Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh:

01. Zoom
02. Heartbeat
03. Ally in Exile
04. Germ Ship
05. Boiling Boy
06. He Knows
07. Advantage in Height
08. Lowdown
09. Another the Letter
10. 12XU
11. Pink Flag
12. Drill

• Wire:
• Pinkflag:

Miss TK & The Revenge release The Ocean Likes to Party Too; oceanographers working to confirm statement

Disco might be dead, punk may or may not have passed away 30 years ago, but dance punk is still hanging on, come hell, high water, or a new album from !!! (actually, there’ll be one August 24; still no word on The Faint). Miss TK & The Revenge had also been missing from the scene for a little while, but they dusted off their synths and cowbells for the release of a new full-length, The Ocean Likes to Party Too, released yesterday. Well, okay, it’s not like they completely disappeared. They had a track featured in The Wrestler, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The Ocean Likes to Party Too marks Miss TK’s first album with Ernest Jenning Record Co., which has recently announced that it will also reissue a 7-inch of “No Biterz” b/w “Future Power,” available in a non-digital format for the first time. You can feel good about buying The Ocean, too, because part of the proceeds will go to the Surfrider Foundation and aide for the Gulf oil spill — unless, of course, it’s all cleaned up?

So show your altruistic side, put on some sequined pumps, and in the meantime, delve into the new single “Beach Master” over yonder at the Chocolate Grinder.

• Miss TK & The Revenge:
• Ernest Jenning:

[Photo: Sara Stadtmiller]

Dungen’s upcoming Skit I Allt teaches a nation to curse in Swedish but still can’t get them behind that whole “universal health care” thing

Question time, TMT readership! What effect do the poor choices of Lindsay Lohan have on your own life? If you answered “Fuck all,” then congratulations! You’re absolutely correct! And if you answered “Skit I Allt,” congratulations to you as well! You’re correct and you’re Swedish! Then again, you could just be excited about Dungen’s assuredly psychedelic new record Skit I Allt, which will hit North American shores on September 14 via Mexican Summer. That’s right folks, Dungen have engaged in the filthy practice of potty curses just to shock you into buying their new album. Feel free to complain to the band in person at one of their many upcoming tourdates this September and October.

Skit I Allt tråcklisting:

01. Vara Snabb
02. Min Enda Vän
03. Brallor
04. Soda
05. Högdalstoppen
06. Skit I Allt
07. Barnen Undrar
08. Blandband
09. Nästa Sommar
10. Marken Låg Stilla


09.03.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
09.05.10 - Monticello, NY - All Tomorrows Parties
09.07.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
09.08.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar *
09.10.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
09.11.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.12.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
09.14.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09.15.10 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.16.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
09.17.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
09.18.10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.22.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
09.23.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
09.24.10 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s
09.25.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.26.10 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
09.29.10 - Oakland, CA - New Parish
10.01.10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios ^
10.02.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore ^
10.03.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos ^
10.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock ^
10.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
10.08.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick ^
10.09.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop ^
10.10.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern ^
10.12.10 - Burlington, VT - TBD ^
10.13.10 - Boston, MA - Harpers Ferry ^

* Wooden Shjips
^ Entrance Band

• Dungen:
• Mexican Summer:


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