Los Campesinos! go on tour this June, wash it all down with a Bud bigger than all of us

Los Campesinos! go on tour this June, wash it all down with a Bud bigger than all of us http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-04-los-campesinos.jpg

Do you watch television? Perhaps you’ve seen that Budweiser commercial featuring Los Campesinos!’ “You! Me! Dancing!”? If not, let me recap. To the song’s swelling guitars, a man, age 24-28, walks into a seemingly popular bar. He catches the attention of the bartender, a burly man age 38-44. The bartender stares into the man’s eyes, before sinking his fingers into the presumed customer’s eye and mouth holes. From there, he pulls out an enormous Budweiser from the man’s inners. Glockenspiels go crazy nuts as he pours beer into the mouths of a thousand dead-eyed souls. It’s you! It’s me! And it’s dancing!

Bolstered by their millions of dollars, not to mention the nightmare points that run their dark hearts, the Los Campesinos! family band are going on a US tour this June. They will hit a series of East Coast and Midwest dates, in which they will play the immortal beer tributes from last year’s Hello Sadness (TMT Review). Some bands travel the world in a van or a bus, maybe even a plane. Los Campesinos! travel on top of the endless beer wave. Legend has it that the beer wave is made of pure Budweiser. The legend is wrong. There’s some Bud Light in there, too.

Los Campesinos! dates:

06.16.12 - St. Louis, MO - Plush
06.17.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliner’s
06.19.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
06.20.12 - Richmond, VA - The National
06.21.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06.22.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
06.23.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
06.24.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
06.26.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
06.27.12 - Raleigh, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06.28.12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
06.29.12 - Orlando, FL - Beachman Theatre
06.30.12 - Miami, FL - Bardot

• Los Campesinos!: http://www.loscampesinos.com
• Arts & Crafts: http://www.arts-crafts.ca

Laurel Halo has bought you a present and it’s European tourdates. Sorry to ruin the surprise.

Another year, another birthday. You’re getting older. It’s bittersweet, that’s for sure. But, chin up, a birthday is always a time to rejoice. All your friends are here, look at the presents pile up. There’s also a cake. No matter what, cake is tasty. Now, hey, look there. It’s Brooklyn-based electronic artist Laurel Halo. She has a debut album called Quarantine coming out through Hyperdub on May 28. She’s here with her friend Dummy Magazine. Just a tip, if you ever want some inside info on what Laurel’s up to, ask Dummy, they’ll know. Laurel Halo’s coming right over here and she’s got a big present for you. Why don’t you open it? But wait! Wait just a second. Look into my eyes real quick. I have something to tell you. You see that gift?

It’s European dates. That’s all.

Oh no! Now everybody’s crying and yelling at me. I ruined the surprise and I ruined the party. I ruined your party because I hate you. I hate you so much. Goodbye. Go see Laurel Halo on her European tour, because she does not hate you. Now that I mention it, I’m also going on tour. You should go to that one, too. I will spend 90 minutes on stage telling you how much I hate you.

Laurel Halo dates:

05.24.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
o5.25.12 - Guimarães, Portugal - Centro Cultural Vila Flor
05.26.12 - Modena, Italy - May Day! Festival
05.27.12 - Athens, Greece - Bios
05.30.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephémère
05.31.12 - Glasgow, Scotland - The Arches
06.01.12 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
06.02.12 - London, UK - Field Day Festival
06.05.12 - Liverpool, UK - Kazimier
06.06.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Färgfabriken
06.07.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen
06.09.12 - Luzern, Switzerland - Südpol
06.11.12 - Moscow, Russia - The Design Center Artplay
06.14.12 - Madrid, Spain - Picnic Sessions/CA2MESP
06.15.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Nitsa/Off Sonar

• Laurel Halo: http://www.laurelhalo.com
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net

Grrrnd Zero, DIY French venue, calls for support after eviction

While Lyon may seem like a faraway place to many of TMT’s readers, France’s second city is home to an exciting DIY community that today is in danger of losing a home base. Grrrnd Zero, a collaborative multi-purpose arts space, has received an eviction notice from Lyon’s City Hall, giving them until the end of 2012 to find a new home for their diverse program, and putting a halt to all public activities in the meantime.

Why should someone who doesn’t live in Lyon care about the potential demise of Grrrnd Zero? If you care about the underground or DIY scene where you live, or lament the lack of one, it’s worth investing a little time to get to know Grrrnd Zero and what they do. Beyond just putting on the occasional show, GZ also provides office and studio space and in general keeps new, off-the-radar ideas percolating in the larger cultural landscape of Lyon. Given their current predicament, GZ has taken two courses of action: 1. Do everything in their power to work with the authorities while still staying true to their DIY roots, and 2. reach out to artists, musicians, organizations, and likeminded individuals to help influence that process.

Impose has an interesting piece on GZ and the issue of working with, instead of against, the metaphorical man when running an otherwise ‘underground’ arts space. The article asks whether it goes against the mandate of DIY organizations to work within the confines of government bureaucracy. When that’s the only viable option, and when the government in question is actually willing to work with, and not change, the end goal of DIY organizations, this new approach should probably be supported.

So what can you do? GZ is asking for friends of the space to write an old-fashioned letter or compose a new-fangled electronic mail to the mayor of Lyon and to the deputy in charge of cultural affairs in Lyon. From GZ’s online voice, the Amour-Discipline zine:

Send a mail to gerard.collomb@mairie-lyon.fr, georges.kepenekian@mairie-lyon.fr, (please include “Grrrnd Zero” somewhere in the mail subject). Or send a real letter to: Gérard Collomb, please be a cool dude – Mairie de Lyon – 1, place de la Comédie – 69205 Lyon cedex 01 – somewhere in France

To help stoke interest in their plight, GZ has put together two video compilations of performances that have taken place at the space over the last few years. GZ is encouraging any and all interested parties to “stream, download and share them as much as possible.” The impressive list of artists featured in the two videos includes Deerhoof, Deerhunter, Melt Banana, Lightning Bolt, and Black Dice. Additional support has already been drummed up by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, who tweeted, “Are you a supporter of DIY music spaces? Please write a letter for our friends at Grrrnd Zero who are being evicted.” If you are a supporter of DIY music spaces, feel free to retweet and keep this DIY campaign moving along, and make sure and let GZ know by notifying them via email at grrrndzero@gmail.com — they’ll be compiling an activity log of all action taken by supporters to help their case with the city of Lyon.

Who knows, the DIY space in your hometown might need some help one day, and if this campaign is any indication, you’ll probably have some cool folks in Lyon to turn to for assistance if GZ is able to find a way to keep their doors open in the face of typical local government bureaucracy.

• Amour-Discipline: http://amour-discipline.org/zine/grrrnd-zero-call-for-support
• Grrrnd Zero [in French]: http://www.grrrndzero.org

Joey Ramone solo album …Ya Know? to be released posthumously on May 22; (joke about holograms)

Forget about that lame “Hologram” Tupac at Coachella, because today’s big news is “Recorded Before His Death But Released Posthumously” Joey Ramone.

BMG announced today, through the use of hologram, that it would release a new album by former Ramones frontman and former living person Joey Ramone, titled …Ya Know and set for consumption on May 22. The album will be preceded by a limted-edition 7-inch single for “Rock ‘N Roll Is the Answer,” which be available on April 22 a.k.a Record Store Day a.k.a. my cat’s birthday. The album features contributions from other not-quite-dead-but-definitely-irrelevant people like Joan Jett, Little Steven Van Zandt, former Ramones drummer Richie Ramone, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick, Dennis Diken of The Smithereens, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, and members of The Ramones’ punk-era contemporaries The Dictators.

“Joey Ramone was one of the key figures in a musical revolution whose impact is still being felt today,” says BMG Chrysalis US Vice President Jason Hradil, who, after lugging his giant title around in a wheel-barrow, also had this to say: “We are honored that Joey’s brother Mickey (Ramone) and his estate have entrusted this album to BMG.

When asked for comment, “Hologram” Tupac responded with: “Yeahhh… you know what the fuck this is. What up, Joey? What up, Jimi? This the muthfuckin’ dead celebrity takeover!”

• Joey Ramone: http://www.joeyramone.com
• BMG: http://www.bmg.com

L A N D land on Important, new LP landing in July

In the eerie shadows of the alleyway, she asks me if I have a light. I strike a match against the brick of the warehouse and offer it to the end of her cigarette.

“Thanks,” she tells me, “for the light, and for knocking out that clown over there.”

She gestures toward an incapacitated goon laid out on a trash heap.

“Don’t worry, sweetheart,” I tell her. “He won’t bother you no more.”

I light myself another cigarette and make a modest attempt at conversation to relax the dame’s nerves.

“There’s a new record coming out in July,” I tell her.

Her gaze shifts toward my weary eyes.

“It’ll be on Important Records July 10,” I continue.

“That does sound important,” she chimes in.

“Oh it is, it’s by a multidisciplinary group called L A N D, that features contributions from David Sylvian, Daniel O’Sullivan, Duke Garwood, and whole bunch of other cats, with the two creators taking a directorial role.”

“Sounds fascinating,” she says flirtatiously.

“Believe you me, it’ll knock your socks off. The album was sculpted in Reykjavik by Ben Frost.”

“Oh, Ben Frost totally fucking destroys,” she says, breaking character.

And everything I’m telling that dame is true. L A N D’s debut, Night Within, is a work approaching an “apocalyptic noir narrative,” as the band puts it. She pretends to shiver, and I offer her my trench coat. I walk her from the alley through to the downtown streets, dimly illuminated by flickering lamp posts. I’m not sure what any of this means, but I got a hunch she’s worth the trouble.

“How about that coffee you offered me?” she asks.

“How about it,” I say. “How about it.”

Night Within tracklisting:

01. City of Glass
02. Stillman
03. Into the Blue
04. Nighthawks
05. Cosmopolis
06. Hotel Room
07. Cold Desire

• L A N D: http://soundcloud.com/landnightwithin
• Important: http://importantrecords.com

A Place to Bury Strangers tour West Coast with This Will Destroy You, show off split 7-inch with Ceremony

A Place to Bury Strangers are currently ruining eardrums across Europe, but come this June, they’ve got something special lined up for West Coast fans: FREE KITTENS!!!! Nah, just kidding. It’s a tour. Obviously it’s a tour. It says so in the headline, WHO AM I KIDDING. The New York loudsters make their triumphant return to the United States with Suicide Squeeze signees This Will Destroy You. You know how interval training — when you alternate sprinting with walking or whatever — is supposed to be all good for your heart and stuff? Well, consider this tour interval training for your ears. You get a slow, textured serving of This Will Destroy You, followed by a raw, punishing dose of A Place to Bury Strangers. TAKE YOUR VITAMINS. YOU’RE GONNA LIKE ‘EM.

A Place to Bury Strangers are out on the grind right now to rep their latest EP, Onwards to the Wall. Onwards is a sort of teaser release for the band’s June 26 full-length, Worship, comin’ atcha courtesy of Dead Oceans. (A June 11 release is planned for Europe and the UK.) You can peep an advance listen to single “You Are the One” right now:

APTBS super fans will also be interested to know that the band just put out a split 7-inch with Ceremony to benefit the Ariel Panero Memorial fund at VH1 Save the Music. This one comes out on Famous Class Records and can be copped/bookmarked/lovingly stared at right here.

Dates:

04.20.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand
04.21.12 - Malmo, Sweden - Debaser
04.23.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
04.24.12 - Berlin, Germany - C-Club
04.25.12 - Weinheim, Germany - Cafe Central
04.26.12 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Impetus Festival
04.27.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sidecar
04.28.12 - Murcia, Spain - 12 & Medio
04.29.12 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
05.01.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli De Helling
05.02.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
05.04.12 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
05.05.12 - Courtrai, Belgium - De Kreun
05.06.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.08.12 - London, UK - Cargo
05.09.12 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
05.10.12 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
05.11.12 - Glasgow, UK - King Tuts
05.12.12 - Newcastle, UK - Cluny
05.13.12 - Leeds, UK - Cockpit
06.02.12 - Austin, TX - 29th Street Ballroom *
06.03.12 - El Paso, TX - Low Brow *
06.04.12 - Houston, TX - Rhythm Room *
06.05.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
06.06.12 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door *
06.07.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
06.08.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *
06.09.12 - Chico, CA - Cafe Coda *
06.10.12 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
06.11.12 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile *
06.12.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret *
06.24.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Metallica’s Orion Festival, Bader Field

* This Will Destroy You

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://aptbs.tumblr.com
• Dead Oceans: http://deadoceans.com