DEAD AGAIN: The Jesus Lizard are defunct once more

DEAD AGAIN: The Jesus Lizard are defunct once more

RIP (again) The Jesus Lizard. Singer David Yow, guitar player Duane Denison, bassist David Wm. Sims, and drummer Mac McNeilly have tucked in the legendary noise rock band and said good night. The aggro (former) Austinites reunited in 2008-2009 after breaking up in 1999. The band toured the US and made major festival stops, including All Tomorrow’s Parties in both England and New York. Denison told Rolling Stone that the band has parted amicably. So don’t worry, little Jimmy. The Jesus Lizard still loves you. This wasn’t your fault.

Denison said, “That reunion tour went so well – we kept it brief, and we didn’t extend it – that it just seemed natural to some of us to just go, ‘Well, let’s do an album. We all can still play, we get along, let’s do it,’” but that “certain members” just weren’t feeling it. “Certain members” felt they all lived too far away from each other and thought a post-reunion LP was cliché. Denison explained that he also wanted to play some new tracks whilst the band toured what Rolling Stone deemed the “indie-rock nostalgia circuit” (unintentional OUCH, guys) but that other members wanted to just stick with the classics.

The Jesus Lizard released a DVD of the band’s first reunion performance called Club. A fancy schmancy coffee table book called… Book, complete with “writings,” photos, and possibly a live DVD, is out August 7.

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• Touch & Go:

Swans announce tons of North American and European tourdates, and we’re counting down the days until The Seer comes out on August 28

Nothing quite like a summer afternoon at TMT. When we’re not dashing off stories on our charmingly decoupaged typewriters, we’re eating popsicles and flying kites and hanging out in our one-of-a-kind, castle-shaped inflatable pool. Sometimes, we even make sangria and drink it out of mason jars.

Today, though, things got a little crazy. An owl crashed through the window with a scroll tied to one of its legs, and once we wrangled it off and unrolled it, we had to crack a code that consisted of star drawings and emoticons. Once we figured it out, the whole office went bonkers, because the note not only reminded us that Swans’ The Seer will be coming out on August 28 via Young Gods, but it also listed the parade of guests who helped out with the album (including Al and Mimi of Low, Karen O, Jarboe, and Akron/Family), plus a new batch of tourdates. We’ll be piling into a school bus and hitting the road for a staff field trip to catch a show or two, because here at TMT, we really dig Swans. Like, really dig Swans.

And, we found a nice little postscript scrawled at the bottom of the owl note. Michael Gira’s two cents:

“Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!”


09.06.12 - Vancouver BC - Venue *
09.07.12 - Seattle WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room *
09.08.12 - Portland OR - Hawthorne Theater *
09.09-10.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Grand Ballroom *
09.11.12 - Los Angeles CA - The Music Box *
09.12.12 - Phoenix AZ - Crescent Ballroom *
09.14.12 - Austin TX - La Zona Rosa *
09.15.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs *
09.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
09.18.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM Performance Lab *
09.19.12 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club *
09.20.12 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
09.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline Music Cafe *
09.22.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall *
09.24.12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater *
10.10.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom #
10.11.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club #
10.12.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Mainstage #
10.13.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer #
10.14.12 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre #
10.16.12 - Orlando, FL - The Social #
10.17.12 - West Palm Beach, FL - Respectable Street #
10.18.12 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder #
10.19.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West #
10.23.12 - St Louis, MO - Firebird #
10.24.12 - Chicago, IL - Cabaret Metro #
10.25.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace #
10.26.12 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe #
11.01.12 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airways Festival %
11.15.12 - London, UK - Koko %
11.16.12 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches %
11.17.12 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control %
11.19.12 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo %
11.20.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje %
11.21.12 - Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat %
11.22.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel %
11.23.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Det Kgl. Danske Konservatories Koncertsal %
11.24.12 - Oslo, Norway - Parkteatret %
11.27.12 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucenra Music Bar %
11.28.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Big Hall %
11.30.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv %
12.02.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium De Kreun- Sunns curator festival %
12.03.12 - Bern, Switzerland - Reitschule Gross Halle %
12.04.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Les Docks %

* Xiu Xiu
# A Hawk & Hacksaw
% Sir Richard Bishop

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Daughn Gibson adds dates to tour, but restricts them to whatever US cities are right off the dusty trail

When last we spoke of Daughn Gibson, the best we could do was speculate. The entire western world seemed to wait with baited breath, while the pundits and wags crowded around by the hour to toss out their half-baked opinions like so many half-baked baked goods. Inquiring minds wanted — nay, “thirsted” — nay, “masturbated” to know what the future might hold for them and those they loved. Would people dig Gibson’s shtick of being all Hank Williams Sr. and dubby-hazville at the same time? Would people continue to gravitate towards his new record (TMT Review) and flock to his, at the time, scant handful of June gigs? Would we keep having to do the extra mental work of spelling his name D-A-U-G-H-N, but pronouncing it “Don”? No one, not even the Washington insiders who supposedly know all the things that we don’t know that we don’t know, knew the answers to any of these momentous questions.

But now, thanks to the recent Supreme Court rulings, we finally have some definitive answers about Daughn Gibson’s touring future and can begin to look forward to what’s next. And speaking of “what’s next,” here’s what’s next.

07.15.12 - Reggie’s - Chicago, IL (Official Pitchfork Festival Afterparty with Olivia Tremor Control)
08.21.12 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ONT*
08.22.12 - The Vic - Chicago, IL*
08.24.12 - First Ave - Minneapolis, MN*
08.25.12 - Slowdown - Omaha,NE*
08.26.12 - Ogden - Denver, CO*
08.27.12 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT*
08.29.12 - Malkin Bowl - Vancouver, BC*
08.30.12 - The Neptune - Seattle, WA*
08.31.12 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR*
09.01.12 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA*
09.02.12 - FYF FEST - Los Angeles, CA
09.05.12 - Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA
09.06.12 - The Chapel Tavern - Reno, NV
09.07.12 - Star Theater - Portland,OR% (Music Fest Northwest)

* Yeasayer
% Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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Oren Ambarchi probably has a new record called Sagittarian Domain, knowing that guy

Why does Oren Ambarchi always look so smug? Look at him. What secret does he know? What’s up his sleeve? Probably safe to say it’s a new record. Smug prolific bastard. This year, he’s already released a solo album (Audience of One) on Touch, a live trio recording with Stephen O’Malley and Keiji Haino, and yet another with Haino and Jim O’Rourke — not to mention collaborations with Fire! and Thomas Brinkmann.

What now Ambarchi? A new LP on Editions Mego? Huh? Something called Sagittarian Domain, due August 28? Yeah, that would be just like you. I have you totally figured out. I bet you were bored one day, feeling less prolific than usual, and recorded this damn record in a single session in Melbourne. I bet you played an array of instruments, like guitars, Moog bass, drums, percussion, and vocals, with strings arranged by James Rushford and performed by you (viola), Elizabeth Welsh (violin), and Judith Hamann (cello). Knowing you, it’s likely one 33-minute piece, which was featured in Benedict Andrews’ production of “Every Breath” at the Belvoir St. Theater in Sydney this year. So Ambarchi.

Wipe that grin off your face.

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Treasure Island Music Fest 2012 brings Public Enemy, Grimes, M83, The xx, and Girl Talk together

Doubloon-hoardin’ California-based music fans can rest easy; San Francisco’s Treasure Island Music Festival is back, with more great acts and absolutely no marauding sea dogs. That’s privateers to you, landlubbers. Buccaneers. Scourge of the ocean, Blackbeards, what-have-you. Synonyms for pirates are not important. What is, is the lineup for the two-day festival, which takes place on an actual island called — you guessed it — Treasure Island. The festival, put on by the good people at Noise Pop and Another Planet Entertainment, features the Bay Area’s finest cuisine, a nicely organized all dance/electronica Saturday and an all indie rock Sunday, and crucially, no overlapping sets. So you can take in the sounds of The xx (in their only American festival appearance of 2012) without having to worry about missing The Gossip’s first local stop in three years.

What other musical gems have been assembled in Treasure Island’s veritable chest of delights? Well, there’s the inimitable Girl Talk, who’s the first artist ever to return for a repeat performance at the eclectic fest. There’s Public Enemy, Grimes, The Presets, M83, Porter Robinson, Divine Fits (a new project from Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner, in their San Francisco debut), Best Coast, SBTRKT, Los Campesinos!, Toro y Moi, Ty Segall, Tycho, The Coup, Dirty Ghosts, K.Flay, Imperial Teen, Youth Lagoon, Matthew Dear, Araabmuzik, The War on Drugs, Hospitality, and The Neighborhood. And naturally, there will probably be a few surprises along the way.

Peep the Treasure Island Fest website for more info on pricing and hot deals.

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Drag City to release new and old albums on cassette. Will CDs ever be this cool? And does anyone else feel like drinking vodka?

My car’s left brake light burns out all the time. I can’t open the driver’s side door from the inside. Its gas mileage sucks, and sometimes the steering wheel locks up.

But you know what? My car has a cassette player. And you know what else? Drag City’s releasing cassettes. Lots of cassettes. Gems from this year, including Ty Segall and White Fence’s Hair, Blues Control’s Valley Tangents (TMT Review), and Silver Jews’ Early Times, plus a basket of classics like Royal Trux’s Cats & Dogs, Smog’s Burning Kingdom, Gastr del Sol’s Crookt, Crackt, or Fly [editor’s note: !!!!!], and Mayo Thompson’s Corky’s Debt To His Father.

Browse the Drag City shop to see if you can find one of your favorites.

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