Junk Culture tells kids to “say NO to tobacco,” then goes on tour with Tobacco! Hypocrite!

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Illegal Art beat maestro Junk Culture (a.k.a. Deepak Mantena) is a good role model for the kids. Encoded somewhere in his tripped-out sound collages is a simple message to all the children: “Don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, and do your best!” Pretty stand up guy, obviously, but how does such a message come off when Mantena goes on tour with someone named Tobacco this fall?? Pretty fishy, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Besides, the guy went to school in my beloved home state of Mississippi, so he has my infinite respect. At the moment, Junk Culture is in the middle of a summer tour with Common Loon. Now Common Loon, that’s a name nobody could find an objectionable message in. Unless you hate loons.

Junk dates:

07.10.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *
07.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The M Room *
07.12.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks *
07.13.10 - Youngstown, OH - Lemon Grove Cafe *
07.14.10 - Cincinatti, OH - Southgate House *
07.15.10 - Champaign, IL - Mike N Molly’s *
07.16.10 - St. Louis, MO - Antartica
09.09.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 !
09.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church !
09.11.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar !
09.16.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse !
09.17.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground !
09.18.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East !
09.23.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s !
09.24.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig !
09.25.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt !

* Common Loon
! Tobacco, Dreamend

• Junk Culture: http://junkculture.biz
• Illegal Art: http://illegal-art.net

OM reunite with DO to bring doom to Australia on their first tour of the continent

Last week, I was in Australia talking to the citizenry asking them about what they miss culturally by being an isolated continent with a serious cultural lacking. Once I collated my data, I found that, besides daily professional wrestling programs, what the Aussies miss most is drone and/or doom metal.

Eager to help the problem, I got on the phone with Al Cisneros and his drone and/or doom metal band OM and begged them to play Australia so that all the Aboriginals could finally experience the ominous, brooding, and totally metal world of OM. Supporting OM throughout their Outback pilgrimage will be Lichens and Blarke Baker/BlackWidow, with special guests at each show. Ticket information and other details can be found at OM’s website listed below.

You’re welcome, Australia!

OM Australian tourdates:

07.11.10 - Geelong, Victoria - The National Hotel w/ Agents of Abhorrence,
07.15.10 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live w/Spacebong
07.16.10 - Melbourne - Hi Fi Bar w/ Breathing Shrine
07.17.10 - Sydney - Factory Theatre w/ Naked on the Vague
07.18.10 - Brisbane - Hi Fi Bar

• OM: http://omvibratory.com

Deerhunter plug microphones into a bunch of guitar pedals to announce Halcyon Digest in most “emotional” manner possible

Just when you thought your friends weren’t looking and it was safe to come-down off of this hypnogogia trip that you’ve been on for the past 18 months or so (with all these weird artistic notions of “photocopies of photocopies” and whatnot that you don’t really understand)… you’ve gotta think again. The ambient-punk fever-dream that is Deerhunter is back, baby, and they’re bringing their fourth LP with them. Pop another Tylenol 3, my friend. The forecast is looking haaaaazzzzzaaay!

This new LP, entitled Halcyon Digest, is due September 28 via good old 4AD. And, like the good chopped-and-screwed punk ethicists that they are, frontman Bradford Cox and his cronies are promoting it by encouraging fans to download and print out a promotional poster from their new website and stick it up somewhere gnarly around town. Street-teamers who take a picture of their promo effort and email it to flyers@halcyondigest.com will receive an email link to download the album’s as-of-yet unannounced lead single, as well as a non-album bonus cut. Sounds like fair compensation for services rendered, eh?

Well, what are you waiting for, dude? You heard Bradford Cox: get out there and waste some paper in the name of rock and roll!

• Halcyon Digest: http://halcyondigest.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Slum Village (sort of) break up

The story of Slum Village will likely go down in hip-hop history as one of the genre’s grandest tragedies. And not as the sort of insipid, Behind the Music-style cautionary tale that’s marred the memories of Biggie, Tupac, and others. Slum Village didn’t lose it all in a whirlwind of sex, drugs, and guns; they simply got mercilessly fucked over by man and nature in ways that would make Sophocles blush.

Slum Village’s problems started early. Label politics at A&M prevented their acclaimed 1996 debut Fan-tas-tic (Volume 1) from seeing a proper release until fucking 2005. Good move, thankfully defunct A&M, because having a record to push couldn’t possibly have helped Slum Village crack the mainstream when they opened for A Tribe Called Quest on the group’s farewell tour in 1998. But everybody gets fucked over by their label, you say. When did the cosmos decide to take a swipe at Slum Village? A couple of times, actually: first, when former member and current hip-hop martyr Jay Dee succumbed to lupus in 2006, and again in 2009 when crucial MC Baatin died of unknown causes.

The group’s future has been in limbo ever since Baatin’s death, but the manager of eLZhi, Dilla’s SV replacement, appears to have finally put a fork in the whole thing. According to Hex Murda (yes, this is the man eLZhi trusts with his career), “For all intents and purposes concerning eLZhi, Slum Village is defunct.” He went on to say that the group’s upcoming LP Villa Manifesto, out July 27 on E1 Records, will be the last under the Slum Village name. But just to make things even more confusing, SV’s manager responded by saying that founding member T3 has no intention of retiring the Slum Village name just yet, planning instead “to take Slum Village as a brand to the next level.” And while the marketing possibilities of Slum Village™ are exciting, without Dilla, Baatin, or Elzhi, what’s left to brand besides the group’s sterling legacy? And is it worth it for T3 to live in the past if only to enjoy the success that Slum Village should have obtained in its heyday? You be the judge or something!

• Slum Village: http://www.slumvillage.com
• E1 Music: http://www.e1music.us

Praise Jesus and clap your hands; Wovenhand have new album out, begin tour

Maybe you’ve heard about the amazing alt-country scene in Denver, Colorado, maybe you haven’t. If you have, you probably already know that Wovenhand’s seventh full-length album (sixth studio release), The Threshingfloor, came out June 22 on Sounds Familyre, but if you’re one of those who scorn anything with “Southern gothic” or gospel leanings in the description, then you might have dismissed David Eugene Edwards’ existence completely. A grave mistake.

The Threshingfloor was recorded in Denver at Absinthe Studios, the stomping grounds of his Americana peers Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and 16 Horsepower. In fact, the whole Denver gang is a sort of incestuous conglomerate of tattooed men in Western hats: Edwards was formerly of 16 Horsepower, along with Wovenhand bandmate Pascal Humbert; drummer Ordy Garrison used to drum for Slim Cessna; and just to tie it together, The Threshingfloor was co-produced by Edwards and Robert Ferbrache, a longtime collaborator/producer for Wovenhand and 16HP.

The themes and sounds of the new album extend beyond the Southwest and Colorado, however, by taking in Eastern and Balkan vibes. Don’t believe me? Download “His Rest” from the new album here to find out for yourself. Who doesn’t like cultural fusion these days?

So why are we reporting on an album that came out last month? Well, as many artists tend to do, Wovenhand is touring in support of said release. The month of July is all Europe, but this fall, he takes the stage with Serena-Maneesh. Now come on, Jay Munly, and release a new album too!


07.09.10 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07.10.10 - Cluses, France - Musiques en Stock Festival
07.12.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
07.13.10 - Zurich, Switzerland - Sommerbuhne/Rote Fabrik
07.14.10 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
07.15.10 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival *
07.16.10 - Carhaix-Plouguer, France - Les Vieilles Charrues *
09.24.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater ^
09.25.10 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon ^
09.26.10 - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room ^
09.28.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
09.29.10 - Cleveland, OH - The Spot ^
09.30.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Ladies Literary Club ^
10.01.10 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison ^
10.02.10 - Montreal, QB - Il Motore ^
10.03.10 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East (upstairs) ^
10.04.10 - Brooklyn, NY - The Knitting Factory ^
10.06.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas ^
10.07.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 ^
10.08.10 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffee House ^
10.09.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^
10.10.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern ^
10.12.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe ^
10.13.10 - Dallas, TX - The Loft ^
10.14.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk ^
10.15.10 - Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprocks in the Depot ^
10.16.10 - Santa Fe, NM - Corazon ^

* Muszikas
^ Serena Maneesh

• Wovenhand: http://www.myspace.com/wovenhand
• Sounds Familyre: http://www.soundsfamilyre.com

of Montreal announce fall tour; expect a Noah’s Ark-load of animals onstage

On one of their previous tours, of Montreal brought out a white horse every night for Kevin Barnes to sit atop. This time around, they’re planning to top themselves in the fall by bringing along an entire zoo-load of animals. Lions, tigers, and bears, oh no… just kidding. There is no telling what antics of Montreal will try to pull off on their forthcoming tour. Two things are for sure though: Janelle Monáe will be supporting most of the tour, and of Montreal will be supporting their new album False Priest, which is due September 14 from Polyvinyl Records, and also features guest appearances from Monáe and Solange Knowles.

False Priest tracklisting:

01. I Feel Ya’ Strutter
02. Our Riotous Defects (feat. Janelle Monáe)
03. Coquet Coquette
04. Godly Intersex
05. Enemy Gene (feat. Janelle Monáe)
06. Hydra Fancies
07. Like a Tourist
08. Sex Karma (feat. Solange Knowles)
09. Girl Named Hello
10. Famine Affair
11. Casualty of You
12. Around the Way
13. You Do Mutilate?

of Montreal’s Ark:

07.25.10 - Jackson, MI - Land Of Nod Experiment
07.30.10 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
07.31.10 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
08.02.10 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
08.07.10 - Lake Worth, FL - Lake Worth-it / Bryant Park (Kevin Barnes solo)
09.13.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &
09.14.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club &
09.15.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory &
09.16.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues &
09.17.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 &
09.18.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 &
09.19.10 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom &
09.21.10 - Covington, KY - Madison Theatre &
09.22.10 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club &
09.23.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue &
09.24.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre &
09.26.10 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom &
10.03.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Tripod
10.04.10 - Glasgow, UK - QMU
10.05.10 - Manchester, UK - Academt 2
10.06.10 - London, UK - Koko
10.07.10 - Paris, France - Cigale
10.08.10 - Lille, France - Grand Mix
10.09.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Max
10.10.10 - Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast (Studio)
10.12.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
10.13.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
10.14.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
10.15.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique / Orangerie
10.21.10 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant &
10.22.10 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium &
10.23.10 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall &
10.24.10 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theater &
10.25.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex &
10.27.10 - Seattle, WA - The Paramount &
10.28.10 - Portland, OR - Roseland &
10.29.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10.30.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Palladium &
10.31.10 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto
11.01.10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre &
11.02.10 - Dallas, TX - The Granada Theatre &
11.03.10 - Austin, TX - East Side Drive In &
11.04.10 - Houston, TX - Numbers &
11.05.10 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric &
11.06.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
11.07.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

& Janelle Monáe

• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.com
• Polyvinyl: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com

[Photo: Patrick Heagney]



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