La Sera promotes flossing on US tour in May

La Sera promotes flossing on US tour in May

Cut the crap, everyone! We’ve got to talk about flossing. Flossing is important. If you don’t do it, your gums will bleed. They will bleed and bleeding hurts! Nobody wants that. You know who (probably) flosses? Katy Goodman. The Vivian Girls bassist is someone who (probably) does not have bleeding gums. Ever heard of a Vivian Girls show that ended in a wave of gumblood? No, you haven’t. In her non-Vivian Girls time, Goodman’s been heading up her own, dream-poppier solo project, La Sera. Just in the last month, she put out her second La Sera record on Hardly Art, Sees the Light, Because There’s Not a Massive Wave of Gumblood Blocking the Light.

Like a public speaker talking to a high school health class (though probably more interesting), Goodman’s going on tour as La Sera this spring to promote proper dental hygiene. You kids probably don’t floss, so this will be good for you. She will also play some songs. Those songs are also about flossing. All is floss.

La Sera dates:

05.10.12 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
05.11.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.12.12 - Ottawa, ON - TBD
05.13.12 - Toronto, ON - The Shop under Parts and Labour
05.14.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House
05.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Township
05.16.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
05.17.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st Pub
05.18.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
05.19.12 - New York, NY - Cameo Gallery

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Thee Oh Sees creep and thrash around the world, release a video, and play on Carson Daly’s talk show…?

Ladies and germs, I am in a punk band. Or, almost in a punk band. Some of the members still need to learn their instruments, but I’m hoping that once we finally bang out a few songs, we manage to sound at least a little bit like Thee Oh Sees.

Last year, John Dwyer and company gave us loads of wild and crazy rock ‘n’ roll, and ever since then, we’ve been playing it loudly and freaking out our neighbors. Even though Thee Oh Sees haven’t announced any follow-ups to Castlemania (TMT Review) and Carrion Crawler/The Dream, they have announced a world tour (which includes a certain festival that this writer will be attending), and they’ve released a video for “Chem Farmer,” which showcases the antics of leprechauns on a punk-yodeling tour. Plus, their Red 7 performance at SXSW was filmed for Last Call with Carson Daly, and “Tidal Wave” and “Meat Step Lively” were featured on the show. Who would have thought Carson Daly was so rad?

I won’t be surprised when, at some point this year, Thee Oh Sees release 13 EPs over the course of a week, all with covers featuring neon-colored monsters jumping out of rocket-shaped clouds. Or wizards dripping with slime, climbing out of coffins. Or just flames and veins.


04.29.12 - Austin TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.25.12 - St. Brieuc, France - St. Brieuc Art Rock Fest
05.26.12 - Brighton, UK - The Hydrant
05.27.12 - London, UK - ATP
05.29.12 - Nantes, France - Stereo Lux
05.30.12 - Bordeaux, France - Docks
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Fest
06.01.12 - Limoges, France - La Fourmi
06.02.12 - Lyon, France - Clacson
06.04.12 - Athens, Greece - An Club
06.06.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephémère
06.08.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Fest
06.10.12 - Marseille, France - La Machine à Coudre
06.11.12 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia
06.12.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana-Bi
06.13.12 - Rome, Italy - Init
06.14.12 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
06.15.12 - Venice, Italy - Pop Corn Marghera
06.16.12 - Genéve, Switzerland - L’Usine
06.18.12 - Nijmegen, Holland - Merleyn
06.19.12 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradisio
06.20.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
06.21.12 - Bruxelles, Belgium - Wartkapoen
06.22.12 - Berlin, Germany - White Trash
06.23.12 - Erfurt, Germany - Teenitus Fest
06.24.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafen Klang
06.26.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand Club
06.27.12 - Olso, Norway - Revolver
06.28.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpe Huset
06.30.12 - Belfort, France - Eurockéennes
07.01.12 - Rotterdam, Holland - Metropolis Fest
07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Capital Hill Block Party
08.03.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.04.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.05.12 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
08.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP

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Animal Collective launch Transverse Temporal Gyrus interactive site to help raise awareness of the word “gyrus”

There’s a chance that, back in 2010 when Animal Collective and their visual artist collaborator buddy Danny Perez (who also directed that Oddsac movie/visual album thing, as well as a few of their VH1 classic music videos) took over New York City’s Guggenheim Museum to present an installation called Transverse Temporal Gyrus, you weren’t as cool as you are now. I mean, who knows; back then, you might not have even thought that the idea of two three-hour performances in which discrete audio recorded by the four members of Animal Collective and fed into a high-tech computer program was randomly combined and panned in various directions around a 36-channel surround sound system that ran through 36 speakers set up on the Guggenheim’s ramp while Perez’s psychedelic images accosted the shit out of you was cool! Luckily, now’s your chance to un-think that.

In addition to releasing an exclusive 12-inch with audio from the installation for something called “Record Store Day” last weekend (never heard of it), they’ve also launched a nifty new interactive website in order to (A) “bring the unique and immersive ‘Transverse Temporal Gyrus’ experience to anyone with an internet connection,” and to (B) spare us from that Strawberry Jam time-lapse video bullshit that they had up on that site for a while. And just in time too, because I, for one, was starting to think that they weren’t an experimental band any more. “The website allows people an opportunity to experience ‘Transverse Temporal Gyrus’ in a unique way,” Perez says. “Just as the installation refashioned what a traditional performance and environment would be, the website reformats these materials again into something new. Video, audio, and images from that one evening provide a unique perspective to both people who were there and those that weren’t.” Sweet, I love it when websites reformat stuff!

And now, in the odd event that you’re still reading this right now and not on that website having a blast, I’ll keep explaining things about the website. It’s got a free downloadable audio player (for either Mac or PC) that will recreate the computer program designed for the installation over two stereo channels. Listeners will get a unique collage each time they listen and definitely certainly probably won’t wonder at all about the other 34 channels. Stephan Moore, who designed the program, can tell you more:

The sound score and installation for “Transverse Temporal Gyrus” was spontaneously re-created at each performance by rearranging dozens of recorded sounds and flying them around the Guggenheim Museum space according to a set of complex rules. A graphical representation of the entire automated decision-making process (the actual computer code written in MaxMSP) makes up the poster image that accompanies the 12inch release, and the complete software itself is now available to download as share-alike open-source. I wanted to share the software as much for its visual interest as for the procedural information in the code—I love the way MaxMSP looks. The TTG code was written very quickly over a three-day period, and much of the haste and fever of my marathon coding sessions has been preserved in the tangle of patch cords, idiosyncratic syntax, and quasi-organic piles of code objects. Hopefully, the opportunity to explore the underlying software through these various media, and the ability to reproduce a version of the original installation at home using the stereo player application, provides some perspective and insight into the full potential of the overall work. It’s been an honor and a lot of fun to work on this project, and I am very grateful to AC for inviting me to be involved.

Man, you’re still here??? Go to the damn Animal Collective website. Go on, shoo! Scat!

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BlaCK dIce annOHNce blORPopean TOoordaYS!! ☣ ☭ ☣

The Black Dice are going on tour — yes, all of ‘em! Björn, Eric, Aaron, Justin, Sammy, Dale, Elron, Johnny “The Bass Player,” Skins, Sarah “Suntan,” Rudy, Joe, Herb, and Teddy. The 14-piece ensemble recently released their follow-up to a 1998 “strings tribute to OK Computer,” an album on Ribbon Music called Mr. Impossible (TMT Review). It was such “arousing success,” according to an ad snippet in the May issue of UK-based Kerrang!, that the small orchestra has decided to strip down to the essential three members and travel around Europe, massaging things inside rectangular boxes hooked up to amplifiers. As an avid supporter of Black Dice and a former resident of the greater EU, I, Tiny Mix Tapes, strongly suggest that you go see them. Back in the day, they used to perform all new material at their shows that would hint at the direction of their next record, so maybe you’ll get a nice big preview of the Mr. Impossible follow-up at face-deafening volumes.

All joking aside, if you live in one of these places and don’t go see them the night they play, I’m going to fuck you up. Hope you like broken bones and rectal examinations, jim, because that’ll just be the beginning. Don’t get caught on the wrong end of my stick, greg. You’ll go to that Black Dice show and you’ll get there on time. You’ll get right up to the front of the stage and if you forget to smile I’ll be right there behind you, smearing your face in the spilled beer on stage and deleting the contacts in your phone. Sorry, they’ll say, but you deserved every bit of that punishment.

Black dates:

09.12.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
09.13.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
09.14.12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.15.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
09.17.12 - Lyon, France - Ground Zero
09.18.12 - Bordeaux, France - L’iboat
09.19.12 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
09.20.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Music Box
09.22.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Bam Festival
09.26.12 - Milan, Italy - Concept Loft
09.27.12 - Roma, Italy - Init
09.28.12 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
09.29.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
09.30.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
10.02.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - DeKreun
10.03.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10.04.12 - London, UK - Birthdays

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• Ribbon:

Rustie announces North American tour, with surprisingly zero stops at the Fortress of Solitude

Prior to the last year or two, the only “Rustie” or “Rusty” that I knew of was the son of Chevy Chase’s character in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie series. If you’re familiar with the series, then you’re likely aware of the ongoing bit between the two characters, where, at various points in any of the movies, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) calls out to his noticeably proximal son, “Russ!? Oh, there you are.” It sort of represents how I feel about so many loosely-labelled “dubstep” artists, except for the fact that I’m not actively looking for them; they just keep appearing — through singles, EPs, third-party compilations, but only occasionally, a full-length album. After a couple of EPs, and appearances on such lauded compilations as 2009’s Tectonic Plates Volume 2 and 5: Five Years of Hyperdub, Glaswegian producer Rustie did his part to personally change that dynamic with his debut full-length Glass Swords, released last October on Warp. And now he’s basking in the success that his relentlessly upbeat amalgam of prog rock and classic video games has afforded him.

I consider the capacity of British producers to tour North America “basking in the success,” since it’s such a rarity. Beginning May 15, Rustie will be performing a handful of shows (literally, five) around the continent. Hellllooooooo Pyramid Lake, Nevada! Population: 2,000? Whatever, there’s a festival going on there. Check out the dates below and go here to listen to his contribution, which premiered a couple of weeks ago, to the BBC’s Essential Mix series.


05.15.12 - New York, NY - Santos Partyhouse (Shortcuts Party)
05.18.12 - Pyramid Lake, NV - Pyramid Eclipse Festival
05.19.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
05.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Smog Sundays/Dim Mak Studios
05.22.12 - Denver, CO - Cervantes

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Merge Records to hold benefit to oppose NC amendment defining the merging of two people; David Cross, Superchunk to perform

Have you heard about North Carolina’s Amendment One? It’s a fun little change to the state’s constitution that would make it illegal to acknowledge any kind of union outside of a traditional heterosexual marriage. At first glance, this seems like the usual homophobic attempts of the right to disenfranchise the gays, but in North Carolina, gay marriage is already illegal. What Amendment One does is prevent any two people, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, from receiving any state-provided rights unless they’re one man and one woman, and it puts this rule into their constitution. Bachelor/bachelorette parties, the wasting of a shit ton of money on a party for family members you don’t like, and unfortunate garments for the wedding parties required.

The Amendment is an unnecessary and obtrusive move by the state’s republicans that many are viewing simply as a way to stir up partisan furor in an election year. The uninformed hear that if they don’t pass Amendment One, they’re well on their way to hell in a handbasket, and next thing you know, there are waiting lines at the local library come election day.

So what is North Carolina’s most famous record label, Merge, doing to campaign against this idiocy? They’re holding a benefit concert in collaboration with the Protect All Families organization featuring many a Merge luminary on May 6! For a meager $80 donation, you get a limited edition silk-screened poster designed by Matthew Kilmas and access to the concert with David Cross (and his oddly-matched fiancee Amber Tamblyn), Tig Nataro, Bob Mould, Stuart McLamb, and Superchunk, performing an acoustic set as a duo. And you’ll be supporting a good cause. So if you’re going to be in the triangle area on May 6, do your part and see some quality comedy and music while you’re at it.

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• Merge:
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