Killer Mike is opening for Big Boi on an extensive US tour and you literally have no good excuse not to be there

Killer Mike is opening for Big Boi on an extensive US tour and you literally have no good excuse not to be there

We here at TMT love us some Killer Mike; check out our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 list if you find that statement dubious. Last year’s R.A.P Music on Williams Street Records is so damn exceptional one is forced to use words like “scrumptious” and “ambrosial” when describing it. His tracks like “Go!” tend to be prefaced with hyperbolic statements like “what I am about to play is so good it will literally revive the dodo.” It’s often claimed his flow is so wantonly perfect they’re considering bottling it for use as an aphrodisiac. Now, obviously a song can’t live up to such a blatantly false and ridiculous thing, but his flow is actually that good. Between that and the fact that he and Big Boi are appearing in almost every major city across the US, you have no reason not to hit at least one of these shows.

Oh damn, right, Big Boi is technically the headliner of “The Running Shoes Tour.” Hey, that’s cool, we like Big Boi too. But Killer Mike’s music is so kinetic they use it to generate energy in nuclear power plants. How can you beat that?


03.23.13 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
04.18.13 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
04.19.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
04.20.13 - Charlottesville, VA - University of Virginia
04.21.13 - Baltimore, MD - Sound Stage
04.23.13 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s
04.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
04.25.13 - Williamsburg, VA - College of William & Mary
04.26.13 - University Park, PA - Penn State University
04.27.13 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
04.30.13 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
05.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
05.02.13 - San Francisco, CA - San Francisco State University
05.03.13 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
05.04.13 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Festival
05.05.13 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
05.07.13 - Denver, CO - Cervantis
05.08.13 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
05.09.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
05.13.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
05.15.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
05.15.13 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
05.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
05.19.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Observatory
05.23.13 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Hall
05.24.13 - Austin, TX - The Backyard
05.25.13 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
05.26.13 - Chillicothe, IL - Summer Camp Fest
05.30.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
05.31.13 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
06.01.13 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
06.02.13 - Birmingham, AL - Avondale Brewing Co.
06.04.13 - Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
06.05.13 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
06.06.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Brewsters Megaplex
06.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
06.08.13 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
06.09.13 - Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center
06.11.13 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
06.12.13 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
06.14.13 - Washington, DC - Howard’s Theatre
06.15.13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
06.16.13 - Toronto, Ontario - North By Northeast
06.19.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise
07.12.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

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RIP: Stompin’ Tom Connors

From Billboard:

Canadian music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors, whose songs about every nook and cranny of Canada, its people and favorite pastime included “The Hockey Song,” “Sudbury Saturday Night,” “Bud The Spud,” “Tillsonburg” and “Big Joe Mufferaw,” died Wednesday of natural causes at his home, in Halton Hills, Ontario, his family at his side. He was 77.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper tweeted “We have lost a true Canadian original. R.I.P. Stompin’’ Tom Connors. You played the best game that could be played.”

The 11 o’clock news across the country dedicated segments to Connors, some even leading with the story. Twitter and Facebook were filled with dedications and personal comments about meeting or working with him or simply enjoying his music or his true patriotic love for Canada.

At the Toronto Maple Leafs vs Ottawa Senators game, his enduring anthem “The Hockey Song” was played in its entirety after news of his death was announced on the scoreboard. The song is played during every third period. The lyric includes: “Oh, the good old hockey game is the best game you can name. And the best game you can name is the good old hockey game.”

• Stompin’ Tom Connors:

Arctic Monkeys announce US tour, promise to play that song you like

Hey buddy.

Don’t know if you heard, but the Arctic Monkeys are coming to town. Your town, that is. Well, maybe not your town. Probably not even your town, actually. But, hey, you know, them’s the shakes. Ha ha. Well, thing is, they are coming to some towns in the United States. Doing a tour, that’s what they’re doing here, buddy.

Maybe you should go see them. They said they’re going to play that song you like. Unless, you know, they play the songs that you don’t like, but other people like. Boy, that would be a bummer. Just how it goes sometimes, heh. Still, to go to a town that’s not your town (because they’re not playing your town), just to have ‘em play songs that you don’t like? Woof.

They are playing six US dates this May, though. Look, I know you’re on the fence. If they’re playing your town, you should go see them. I really think they’ll play that song you like. Maybe don’t go if they’re not playing your town or they’re only playing towns far away from your town or you’ve got work tomorrow. Really, your call, man.

See you later, buddy.

Arctic Monkeys dates:

05.24.13 - Gorge, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
05.25.13 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
05.26.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
05.28.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
05.29.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
05.31.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues

• Arctic Monkeys:

Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi puncture the inky dark with a new collaborative release, out April 30 on Black Truffle Records

A beige palimpsest came under my door today. It started out clear and readable, the lettering confident, but as the paragraphs stretched out, the letters grew cramped and angular, as if carved by a shaky hand into the bark of a tree. What follows is my attempt at a transcript:

New album from Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi announced. Called something like Now While It’s Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery. Recorded late last year during annual concert at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo. Follows past collaborative releases recorded at same annual get-together as 2012’s Imikuzushi (TMT Review) and 2010’s Tima Formosa (TMT Review). Just heard screams down the street. Probably nothing. Nothing. Sky grey as pewter, swirling all toilet-like. Album is out April 30. Released by Black Truffle Records. Not sure if I’ll make it until then. Mind slipping.

What was that? Companion says it was nothing. She hardly speaks these days.

Album is six tracks long, each piece reportedly showing a different side of the trio. (Note: trio is cubic in shape and all shapes are meaningless arrangements of matter). Track one features guests Charlemagne Palestine (note: yes, that Charlemagne Palestine) and Eiko Ishibashi. My last guest was Clarence. He’s long gone now. Now While It’s Still Warm… broader musically than past releases. It moves from atmospheric folk-drone to jarring free rock. It moves. It’s moving! (Note: The dark creeps in. Fields that were once wide expanses are cordoned invisibly). (Note: Replenish stock of dried meats in morning). To be released as six-panel digipak CD and limited-edition gatefold LP. Design by Stephen O’Malley. Live photographs by Ujin Matsuo. Artwork by Shunichiro Okada. Their shadows gather in the distance. One day I will be free.

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RIP: Alvin Lee of Ten Years After

From Exclaim!:

Blues rock guitarist Alvin Lee, best known for his work with Ten Years After, passed away today (March 6) due to compilations stemming from a routine surgery. He was 68.

The sad news was announced on his website by his wife and daughters, who wrote, “We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion. The world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.”

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Small Black announce Limits of Desire LP, intentionally mix up your order in the drive-thru

We’ve all been there: the fast-food drive-thru, rubbing our hands together, getting stoked for our “extra ketchup” cheeseburgers and large Cokes, only to pull away and realize that, shockingly, we’ve been given the wrong order, maybe a small Coke and some weird fish popper things. Well, I’m in my car right now sitting in a fast-food restaurant parking lot and I’m looking at the new Small Black record, Limits of Desire, thinking about how this is just like the time my mom accidentally put “Casimir Pulaski Day” by Sufjan Stevens on her workout playlist and ended up napping instead of pumping some iron. You see, I was expecting Big Black’s Songs About Fucking — I was sure I ordered a large.

I’ll admit, I was bummed at first, but I’ve come around. Sometimes it’s really a good thing when mix-ups like these happen. I mean, there’s no way I’m going to be ready for swimsuit season if I keep tossing back extra-large Cokes at the rate I’m going. Unlike Songs About Fucking, Limits of Desire is out May 14 on Jagjaguwar, and though it’s still in line with Small Black’s synth-pop sound (which is definitely not chillwave, thank you very much), it reportedly sports a more refined sound, dropping the layered production of 2010’s New Chain (TMT Review) in favor of a more direct sound. No ketchup, light mustard, hold the onions.

Small Black will play an album announcement show in Brooklyn on March 8 before heading to SXSW for a series of performances. No word yet on a new Medium Black record, though unsurprisingly, it’s slated to be third-wave ska.

Limits of Desire tracklisting:

01. Outskirts
02. Shook Loves
03. Limits of Desire
04. Only a Shadow
05. Proper Spirit
06. Breathless
07. Sophie
08. No Stranger
09. Canoe
10. Free at Dawn


03.08.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent
03.14.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (SXSW)
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - Lustre Pearl (SXSW)
03.16.13 - Austin, TX - TBA (SXSW)

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