Kurt Vile, Ted Leo, Patrick Stickles, and Gary The Squirrel urge you to pledge to WFMU’s annual fundraiser TONIGHT

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WFMU is a freeform radio station operating out of New Jersey that makes its name by warmly inviting “music lovers” to tune in and then atomizing their sense of self-worth by broadcasting hour after hour of unheard sounds that put to shame anything in their carefully curated iTunes library. Apparently a lot of people like this dynamic of total domination/submission, because WFMU manages to run on a $1,000,000+ yearly budget fully funded by listeners during a two-week pledge drive. Tonight, from 9-12AM EST, is the second and final marathon broadcast of The Best Show on WFMU, a three-hour weekly program that makes its name by warmly inviting “comedy lovers” to call in and then atomizing their sense of self-worth by getting angrily hung up on for being boring by host Tom Scharpling. Last week’s show brought in an astounding $101,000 and tonight’s stacked lineup of guests/incentives proves they won’t be satisfied until they’ve tripled that amount (or something).

Last year’s $75+ (tax-deductable) pledge incentive was a 7-inch of GG Allin covers by Ben Gibbard, Ty Segall, The Mountain Goats, Ted Leo, and Fucked Up, and this year they’re offering a BIGGER package that includes a flexi disc with exclusive songs by Kurt Vile and The Reigning Sound! The flexi is part of issue one of the “Best Show Magazine,” with print content from laugh merchants John Hodgman, Michael Kupperman, David Rees, and Robert Popper. Pledgers also get a comedy CD featuring Scharpling & Wurster, Zach Galifianakis, Jen Kirkman, and rising puppet stars Vance and Gary The Squirrel, plus a Vance stress ball, plus a download of Scharpling’s 2011 Radiovision Conference panel with Marc Maron and Ira Glass! (Additionally, for those in Maurice Kern’s tax bracket, last year’s 7-inch is available for a $500 pledge, and you can even watch a Best Show live in the studio for $1000.)

The only catch for all this is that you have to pledge during the show tonight from 9-12AM EST, where a cavalcade of guests will be cheering you on: John Hodgman, Ted Leo, and Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus will be in the studio, “trading jabs” with Tom, Gary, Vance, and disgraced associate producer Mike. Depending on when you pledge, you’ll also be in the running for a number of bonus prize packages, including massive CD/record bundles from Merge, DFA, and Third Man. I don’t even have room to mention all the other stuff available at different pledge levels, nor the fact that WFMU pays you back year-round by funding amazing online resources like the Free Music Archive and UbuWeb on top of their insane (and searchable) archives. You don’t even have to pay immediately, it’s just a pledge! Can you honestly say you won’t help out a squirrel like Gary in his time of need? Be real.

• WFMU: http://wfmu.org
• Friends of Tom: http://friendsoftom.com
• The Squirrel Place: http://www.squirrels.org

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The Clean to tour America with Times New Viking; tally ho!

Ahhh, the past. A truly magical place. A place (er, time) where cult New Zealand post-punk band The Clean could record their debut single “Tally Ho!” for a mere $50 New Zealand dollars. Where that same single could climb to #19 on the New Zealand Singles Charts. Where Flying Nun Records was founded and a rock ‘n’ roll label mythlegend (it’s both) was born.

Fortunately, however, when it comes to The Clean, “the past” isn’t the sum of the band’s career. The men of The Clean — David, Hamish, and Robert — have continued to make music sporadically over the last three decades, introducing their brand of dark janglepop to new fans and still managing to cart along the hearts of old school fans for the ride. The band still spends time in the studio and time on the road, and in 2009, Merge released the band’s latest, Mister Pop (TMT Review). A year later, the band announced their first European jaunt in 20 years, during which they supported longtime admirers Pavement. And now The Clean are making a rare, so special it’s After School Special SPECIAL visit to the United States.

See, this spring, The Clean are flying into Los Angeles for a solo show at The Echo, before heading on to join Ted Leo, No Age and Sham 69 (among awesome others) for the Chaos in Tejas Festival. After this — The Clean’s first-ever Texas performance — the band will journey on with fellow Merge labelmates Times New Viking for a brief string of summer dates in the Eastern USA. Tally Ho!

Dates:

05.30.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
06.02.12 - Austin, TX - Club De Ville Chaos in Tejas Festival
06.04.12 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music *
06.05.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge *
06.06.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
06.07.12 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
06.08.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *

* Times New Viking

• The Clean: http://www.mergerecords.com/artists/clean
• Times New Viking: http://timesnewviking.net
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Editions Mego launches a “neat house” imprint, drums up support by offering FREE PENCILS FOR EVERYONE

I’m just going to be honest: house isn’t really my cup of tea. I don’t know what the hell “neat house” sounds like, and my imagination’s just not up for clever conjectures today. Still, I’ve got to keep you rockers informed. According to our pals over at FACT, Editions Mego has just launched a sub-label called Sensate Focus, which will apparently concentrate on this “neat house” nonsense.

The imprint will join the current Editions Mego sub-label gang, which includes Spectrum Spools (curated by Emeralds’ John Elliott), Ideologic Organ (curated by sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley), and Old News (“curated” by Jim O’Rourke). The first 12-inch on the new imprint is called Sensate Focus 10, which will see an April 17 release. You’re wondering what artist is releasing Sensate Focus 10? Hell if I know. No one knows. However, FACT does say that it sounds a bit Joy Orbison-ish and a bit Deadboy-ish. Order a copy and write down some guesses (because you get a free pencil with every order, and it really doesn’t get much cooler than that).

Sensate Focus 10 tracklist:

A. X
B. Y

• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com
• Sensate Focus: http://editionsmego.com/sensate-focus

Destroyer announces North American tourdates while mellow sax provides counterpoint

Re-imagining the past through music is big business these days. And if you’re going to undertake such an endeavor non-ironically, it takes a lot of hard work and years upon years of serious academic study in the dog-eat-dog fields of Jean Jacket Design, Guitar Sensitivity Training, Neon Color Theory, Saxophone Psychology, Pastel Color Theory, Airbrush Appreciation, most importantly, Being By the Bay. Then, when you finally graduate, you can’t stop. You’ve got to tough it out and keep pursuing an intimate relationship with it out there in the real world (where it counts) at all costs. And — if you’ll allow me to muddle things up a little with a second metaphor — you can’t just flirt with this stuff, either. You’ve got to learn how to court it, woo it, wine-n-dine it, and fuck it with such a fantastic combination of steaminess and gentleness that it never leaves you. You marry it, grow old with it, and are mourned by it when you die peacefully enrobed in neon yellow velour and purple denim by the Bay as an old man.

But… the way Dan Bejar figures it, he’s so far ahead of the rest of his classmates that he’s got some time to kill while everyone catches back up. So while everyone else is studying up on 1980s sleeze, breeze, lounge, and lust, and trying hard as hell to love those things without using cocaine first, he’ll be joyriding around the US and Canada, taking a few victory laps for last year’s smooth-as-some-smooth-balls Kaputt (TMT Review). And, you know, possibly enjoying some well-deserved cocaine.

Dates:

04.14.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.21.12 - Indio, CA - Coachella
06.03.12 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
06.04.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
06.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
06.06.12 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
06.07.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
06.08.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
06.09.12 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theatre
06.10.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Granada
06.11.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moon Tap House
06.13.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
06.14.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Ladies Literary Club
06.15.12 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.16.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.17.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
06.18.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic Temple
06.20.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06.21.12 - Montreal, QC - Rialto Theatre
06.23.12 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
06.24.12 - Chicago, IL - Metro
06.25.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

• Destroyer: http://destroyersongs.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Squarepusher roundly pushes all squares out of his way to squarely focus on the release of new, square-pushing album of newness

Listen to me, party friends, of the news item for which I am to be telling you in the present time. If, as me, you too like more of the synthetic clicks and the whistles than the AC/DC’s with their deeds of dirt done cheaply, then The Squarepusher he is a guy for you! Electronics wizzard of drum and of bass acid sounds Tom Jenkinson (is alternate ego for the Squarepusher) is said by The Quietus to will be releasing new, “super bad” (which is idiom) good album in this coming of May through his homeplate labelbosses of the Warp Recorders. Hooray with me, indeed, fellow junkies of the techno jazz! For this album of newness is equal to first new album since debut of Squarepusher Presents: Shobaleader One project for which album with too many not Squarepusher music-makers was employed for from the 2,010 years.

The newness of yet unborn album has in its nature the title of Ufabulum, which is doubtless fun to speech with out in the loud if you hold in your possession the idea of time. Tiny amounts of diminutive other informations can be said to exist at such present conditions allow, if only for this quotation from horse’s mouth of Squarepusher’s: “I’ve started thinking about pure electronic music again. Something very melodic, very aggressive.” While this speech is doubtless difficult to have been understood, perhaps a teasing of its video’s music will do well to project additional sun on subjects which are of the hand after discussions just now concluded.

• Squarepusher: http://warp.net/records/squarepusher
• Warp: http://warp.net

Crocodiles release Endless Flowers on Frenchkiss, freeze asses off on spring tour

Crocodiles have emerged once more from the lo-fi depths of San Diego’s psychedelic swamp with a new album and a string of spring dates across North America. The band is currently knees deep in the wintry Northland, having kicked off the tour about a week ago with an inaugural date at Brighton Music Hall in Boston. After a brief dip into Canada, they’ll continue on through the US in March. On the schedule is a stop at the Frenchkiss Records showcase at South by Southwest, plus a couple headlining dates in New York come April.

Core members Brandon Welchez (vocals, guitar) and Charles Rowell (guitar) have come along way since the band’s inception in 2008. The latest incarnation of the band features Marco Gonzalez (bass), Anna Schulte (drums), and Robin Eisenberg (keyboards), both on the current tour and on the band’s forthcoming album, Endless Flowers. The album comes out on June 5 via Frenchkiss. Written by Welchez and Rowell in the winter of 2011, Flowers was recorded by the full band last summer in that gloomy musicians’ paradise, Berlin. This is Crocodiles’ third full-length album, coming after 2010’s Sleep Forever (TMT Review).

Endless Flowers tracklisting:

01. Endless Flowers
02. Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9)
03. No Black Clouds for Dee Dee
04. Electric Death Song
05. Hung Up on a Flower
06. My Surfing Lucifer
07. Dark Alleys
08. Bubblegum Trash
09. Welcome Trouble
10. You Are Forgiven

Dates:

02.28.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry *
02.29.12 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium #
03.01.12- Omaha, NE - Slowdown Front Room *
03.02.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge *
03.03.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge *
03.06.12 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset *
03.07.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge *
03.09.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop **
03.10.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex ^
03.11.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
03.14.12 - Austin, TX - The Stage on Sixth (SXSW)
03.17.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s (Upstairs)
03.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
04.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
04.12.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

* Bleeding Rainbow
** Bleeding Rainbow, Terry Malts
^ Bleeding Rainbow, The Dunes
# Young Prisms

• Crocodiles: http://killkillkillcrocodiles.blogspot.com
• Frenchkiss: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com

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