Human/bat hybrid John Maus flies into a town near you for spooooky fall tour

Human/bat hybrid John Maus flies into a town near you for spooooky fall tour

Smart dude, synthpop musician, and international playboy John Maus is hoping we can all just put that Pitchfork interview I-hate-record-stores-because-once-one-looked-at-me-funny-and-also-I-hear-they-feast-on-the-blood-of-fuzzy-wuzzy-kittens (He doesn’t! They don’t!) thing behind him and just get excited for the fact that he’s striking out on tour this fall. (We can!) Critical acclaim is still rolling in for Maus’ breakthrough album on Ribbon, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (TMT Review), which has been ruling the waves of college radio and rockin’ the collective socks of off the nü-goths in grimy basements across the nation all summer long.

And now, just in time for back-to-school, you can experience the wonder that is John! Maus! Live! at your very own art school and/or Moogfest. Well, if you attend Bard or Oberlin, that is. The rest of you North Americans will either have to drive to one of the major metropolitan areas known as “Chicago,” “Philadelphia” or “Eastern Canada.” And, at the end of October, Mr. Maus’ icy, autumnal melodies will usher in Samhain at Asheville, North Carolina’s always intriguing Moogfest. Maus will be on hand for any ritual sacrifices/casting of bones into a large bonfire that serves as a portal between worlds/late night druid shit between the dark days of October 28-30. Austra, Crystal Castles, James Murphy, Suicide, and sooooo many more will also grace the stages of beautiful Asheville during Moogfest Eve(s).


09.28.11 - Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
09.30.11 - Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
10.02.11 - Montreal, QC – Il Motore
10.03.11 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY – Bard College
10.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
10.06.11 - Oberlin, OH – Oberlin College
10.28-30.11 - Asheville, NC – Moogfest

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• Ribbon:

We we we so excited for Thursday, the new Weeknd mixtape out yesterday

In the words of gifted seer and internet also-ran Rebecca Black (hey, five months ago is like an entire decade in World Wide Web time), “Yesterday was Thursday (Thursday)/Today i-is Friday (Friday)/We we we so excited/We so excited/Because a new Weeknd mixtape dropped yesterday.” For real guys, those are the words. You don’t remember it like that? Well I can’t tooootally blame you… five months is a long time to remember an internet meme. I mean, you barely even remember that YouTube video about the leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama now do you? Cough! PHILISTINE. Whoa, what was that? Nah, I didn’t say anything, there was something in my throat. Sorry.

Anyway, the Weeknd mixtape prophesied by that mellifluous Nostradamus of the new millennium did in fact materialize on the interwebs yesterday, and it’s called (drum roll, please)… Thursday. Yeah, everybody likes Thursday! The elusive Toronto mixmaster’s website was down for awhile yesterday, but everything seems to have returned to normal and the mix is once again available for download. So, dear designer-drug-loving-dance-crazed reader, go ahead! Suit up in your finest gold lamé, bring out the glass table, and get ready to shake it till ya break it, because just in time for the weekend, The Weeknd is back. And watch this space — a third Weeknd mixtape, Echoes of Silence, is rumored to be in the works for a fall release.

Thursday Tracklisting:

01. Lonely Star
02. Life of the Party
03. Thursday
04. The Zone
05. The Birds Part One
06. The Birds Part Two
07. Heaven or Las Vegas

• The Weeknd:

RIP: Joel Chin, former director of A&R for VP Records

From Billboard:

The Director of A&R for VP Records, Joel Chin, 35, was fatally shot in the head in front of his Stony Hill, St Andrew home, a few miles north of Jamaica’s capital Kingston, at 10:45 PM last night (August 16) as he alighted from his car. Neighbors heard explosions and called the Stony Hill police. Chin was taken to Kingston Public Hospital where he was officially pronounced dead.

Joel Chin is the son of reggae producer Clive Chin, best known for his work with Black Uhuru and the late melodica player Augustus Pablo, and the grandson of Vincent and Patricia Chin, who founded VP Records in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959.

There is currently no known motive for his murder although an investigation is pending; the assailants remain at large.

• Joel Chin:

Panda Bear adds shows in Chicago and Dallas, promises samples of bowel movements

I promised my mom and parole officer that I’d stop writing news stories based around erections and fecal matter. Sorry, but a promise broken is a promise never kept. So, there’s a BUTTLOAD of people in the cities of Dallas and Chicago that have major ERECTIONS for Animal Collective member Panda Bear’s solo project. To honor their BONERS, Panda has added a show in each city.

Panda Bear will play some songs from his recent album Tomboy (TMT Review), but he’ll get some real STIFFIES going if he busts out an AC tune. I mean, some authentic BULGING HARD-ONS. A source close to me has said Panda may even crap into the mic and then break the bowel movement into different samples, i.e., “movements.” Genius!

In order to keep those WOODIES tall and girthy, on October 31 Panda Bear will also release a special new limited-edition 4xLP box set of Tomboy through Paw Tracks to benefit the American Cancer Society. I’ll tell you what — nothing makes me want to PITCH A TENT more than helping a worthy cause.

BONER dates:

09.23.11 - Philadelphia, PA - POPPED! Music Festival at FDR Park
09.25.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *
09.27.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada
09.29.11 - Chicago, IL - The Vic

* Smith Westerns, TV on the Radio, Warpaint, Arctic Monkeys

• Panda Bear:
• Paw Tracks:

Bono’s Facebook account grows to a billion — dollars, not friends

We all know about Trent Reznor’s connections with Facebook via The Social Network, and I’m sure you’ve all tried really hard to friend Steve Albini after reading his food blog and sensing a possible connection over your love of homemade spring rolls. Little did you know that Bono, when he isn’t giving away money for AIDS research or impoverished villages in Africa, also has a shrewd eye for personal get-rich-quick schemes. In 2009, his investment company purchased $210 million worth of shares in Facebook, which, as of this week, has risen to $975 million (according to NME, via The Guardian). Yeah. His company, Elevation Partners, was worth $50 billion last December (a figure calculated before Facebook was recently valued at $65 billion, making the overall company just a bit more). I’ll bet you wish you’d bought stocks with that graduation money your grandparents gave you.

So hate U2 just a little bit more now? You may not have a billion dollars, but at least you’re not alone — and hey, maybe you should donate to the Red Cross or something to feel better about yourself.

• Bono:

The Misfits are releasing a new record, so slick down your bangs for the love of Bela Lugosi

Classic horror punk outfit The Misfits are returning with their first record in nearly a decade. Yeah, nearly a decade. If that sounds weird, maybe you forgot about the Danzig-less, Jerry Only-led version of The Misfits that’s been active for roughly the last dozen years. They exist and, if you don’t believe me, go Google the cover of Famous Monsters. You will enjoy it.

Whether or not you remember/approve of the existence of The Misfits sans Danzig, the group does have a new record called The Devil’s Rain coming out October 4. Very appropriately, the record will be put out by Misfits Records. Part of me wishes that Misfits Records was a completely separate entity from the band, thus resulting in a brilliant level of synergy. But it is, in fact, the band’s label and the synergy I so desire remains unobtained.

The cover of The Devil’s Rain features a rendition of the band’s “Fiend” logo, which you’ve seen on the chests of thousands Hot Topic patrons, by Marvel Zombies artist Arthur Suydam. Few things in life make more sense than a guy known for drawing comic book zombies illustrating a Misfits album cover. It also makes a good bit of sense that Jerry Only (the sole original Misfits member in this incarnation) would be joined by Black Flag bassist Dez Cadena and drummer Eric Acre, whose nickname is evidently “Chupacabra.”

If you’re interested in hearing new Misfits material live, along with the band’s classics sung by the dude with the devil lock haircut, the band will be going on a lengthy tour this fall. If you’ve got to have Danzig in your life, don’t worry, he’s probably playing a dirge somewhere nearby. Just look for the gauntlets.

Misfits dates (all dates w/ Juicehead, unless marked otherwise):

09.16.11 - Rome, Italy - Piper Club
09.17.11 - Harelbeke, Belgium - Rat Rock Festival
09.23.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar *
09.24.11 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club *
09.29.11 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
09.30.11 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
10.02.11 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
10.03.11 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.04.11 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
10.05.11 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theater
10.06.11 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
10.07.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - The Canyon
10.08.11 - Albuquerque, NM - Historic El Rey Theater
10.09.11 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
10.12.11 - Murfreesboro, TN - Gilligan’s
10.14.11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
10.15.11 - Auburn, ME - Club Texas
10.16.11 - Danvers, MA - The Palace Ballroom
10.20.11 - Newport, KY - The Historic Southgate House
10.21.11 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
10.22.11 - Detroit, MI - Harpos
10.26.11 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theater
10.28.11 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
10.29.11 - Toledo, OH - The Omni
10.31.11 - New York, NY - B.B. King’s
11.03.11 - Rosedale, MD - Recher Theater
11.04.11 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
11.05.11 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
11.06.11 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
11.09.11 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen Music Hall
11.10.11 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live
11.11.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - Samurai’s
11.12.11 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
11.14.11 - Dallas, TX - Trees
11.17.11 - Orlando, FL - Firestone Live
11.18.11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
11.19.11 - Daytona Beach, FL - Sickboys
11.20.11 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall

* Without Juicehead

• The Misfits:
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