The Men go on tour FOREVER, TMT keeps jamming new song from upcoming Sacred Bones Record Store Day comp

The Men go on tour FOREVER, TMT keeps jamming new song from upcoming Sacred Bones Record Store Day comp

It’s March — three months into 2012 — and The Men have already played fifty-eight shows. How many have you played, hmm? And that’s not it for the band with the slightly difficult to Google name: these hard rockin’ Brooklyn overachievers are just taking a bit of a breather before heading off on another whirlwind tour of five countries, more than a few states, and a month on the road. The band have been living the road life in support of Open Your Heart (TMT Review), their latest for NYC indie goth stalwarts Sacred Bones. Released earlier this month, Open is The Men’s third full-length and it’s got a little something for everybody (as long as everybody wears a lot of black): surf rock riffs, country twang, bad attitude. (Fans of The Men would also be well advised to get up early on Record Store Day, as Sacred Bones is releasing a follow-up to last year’s RSD exclusive, Todo Muere. It’s called (brace yourselves)… Todo Muere Vol. 2, and it’s got an eight-minute track from The Men called “A Minor,” plus numbers from Amen Dunes, Crystal Stilts and Psychic Ills, amongst others. Vol. 2 comes out on April 21, which is, yep, Record Store Day. You can check out “A Minor” below…)

Then, after Record Store Day, it’s a virtual desert for fans of The Men. After 58 magical chances to see them, how will people cope with the endless expanse of The Men-less days? Ohhhhh yeah… wait… they’re touring less than a month after “A Minor” and Todo Muere Vol. 2 drop. The Men have one show in New York, then it’s off for a merry jaunt through Europe, where the band will do their thing on the summer festival circuit. They’ve got stops booked at Barcelona’s super dreamy Primavera Festival and London’s always fun Field Day. Then it’s back to North America, where the group will experience the wonders of Toronto’s NXNE fest, before slipping south for Michigan’s previously-unheard-of-by-me-but-wow-with-a-name-like-that-how-could-it-be-anything-BUT-awesome T-Rex Music Festival and of course, Chicago’s A Tribute to Perfect Strangers festival. Just kidding! Pitchfork. They’re playing Pitchfork. But man, Perfect Strangers. Now there was a show that… some people watched. (I’m not gonna say it was good. Unlike The Men.)


05.16.12 - New York, NY - Webster Hall *
05.30.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Whelan’s
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
06.02.12 - London, UK - Field Day Festival
06.03.12 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
06.13.12 - Ottawa, ON - Club Saw
06.14.12 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison [Panache Booking NXNE Showcase] ^
06.15.12 - West Toronto, ON - Wrongbar [NXNE]
06.16.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid [T-Rex Music Festival]
06.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06.19.12 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
06.21.12 - Spokane, WA - Mootsy’s
06.22.12 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
06.23.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios $
06.24.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
06.25.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - 105 Pioneer St.
06.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
06.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
06.29.12 - El Paso, TX - Lips Lounge
06.30.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
07.01.12 - Beaumont, TX - Victoria House
07.02.12 - Jackson, MS - Hal & Mals
07.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 %
07.04.12 - Belmont, NC - Haunted Mill
07.05.12 - Washington, DC - DC 9
07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival

* Ty Segall, White Fence, The Strange Boys
^ Black Belles, Mac Demarco & more
$ Hurry Up
% Womyn Pryson

• The Men:
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Balam Acab announces spooky ghost tour with spooky ghosts and Active Child

Boo! A spooky ghost here! How are you doing? I’m okay. Once I was alive, but now I’m not. Guess things could be worse. Oh, if you’re wondering, I died from a heart attack. Did you think all ghosts died in tragic, dramatic ways? You’re dumb. Anyway, I mainly just sit around here, listening to Balam Acab’s Wander/Wonder (TMT Review) album from last year. See, it sounds like ghosts and I’m a ghost and, well, stick to what you know.

If I wasn’t tethered to this lame old house that I had my heart attack in, I’d go see Balam Acab live. But I am, so I won’t. You could go, though! He’s going on a fairly lengthy tour this spring, starting at the end of April and running through most of May. All of his shows will be with Active Child, who he’s doing a co-headlining thing with. Frankly, I don’t think Active Child sounds enough like a ghost for me to care, but what do I know? I know about ghosts, because I am a ghost.

Balam Acab dates (all w/ Active Child):

04.27.12 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
04.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
04.29.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congreess
04.30.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Sol at Santa Fe Brewing Co.
05.02.12 - Norman, OK - Opolis
05.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Sons of Hermann Hall
05.04.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
05.05.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
05.07.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
05.08.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
05.09.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
05.10.12 - New York, NY - Bowery
05.11.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05.12.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.14.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.15.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
05.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.17.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.18.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon
05.19.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05.20.12 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre

• Balam Acab:
• Active Child:

Zola Jesus plans 427th collaboration of 2012 with JG Thirlwell, tours the Earth

Nika Danilova, the haunting chanteuse behind Zola Jesus, is planning a special acoustic collaboration at the Guggenheim on May 10. JG Thirlwell, Brooklyn-based mastermind behind Foetus and producer of many other ridiculous stage names (Manorexia and Steroid Maximus to name but two; body issues?), will create string arrangements based on nine Zola Jesus tunes from her last two albums, Stridulum (TMT Review) and Conatus (TMT Review). The Mivos Quartet will provide the on-site fiddlin’ while Thirlwell will be on hand as Musical Director to oversee the production.

Zola Jesus has something of a collaborating bug as of late, stepping up and providing vocals in one form or another for Orbital, M83, and David Lynch’s recent output. Don’t be surprised if you hear her pop up on the new Ke$ha single or providing the sound effects on a spoken word album. If asked, she will do it.

If you’re more in the mood to hear Danilova’s own material, though, she’s on tour now in Northern Europe and tickets to the Guggenheim show go on sale April 18 (April 17 for Guggenheim members). Check out the extensive tourdates below!

Zola Jesus tourdates:

03.30.12 - Umea, Sweden - Open Festival
03.31.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
04.01.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavistia
04.02.12 - Riga, Latvia - Palladium
04.04.12 - Warsaw, Poland - Hydrozagadka
04.07.12 - Budapest, Hungary - A38
04.08.12 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kiniosikia
04.10.12 - Luzern, Switzerland - Sudpol
04.11.12 - Strasbourg, France - Artefact Festival
04.12.12 - Rouen, France - L106
04.13.12 - Dijon, France - Kill Your Pop
04.14.12 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Zappa Club
04.21.12 - San Pedro Garza Garcia, NL, Mexico - Noise Music Festival Mexico
05.10.12 - New York, NY - Guggenheim #
05.27.12 - Seattle, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05.31.12 - Sydney, Australia - Vivid Festival
06.01.12 - Brisbane, Australia - The Toff
08.03.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival

• Zola Jesus:
• JG Thirlwell:
• The Mivos Quartet:
• The Guggenheim Museum New York:

We’re 200% sure that 100% Silk just announced a European showcase tour w/ Maria Minerva, Ital, LA Vampires

According to their Facebook page, Los Angeles-based dance label 100% Silk “makes 45 RPM 12 inch singles of diamond-life dance & bliss-disco & basement luxury grooves.” For me, that means sequins falling from a ceiling made of flashing neon panels, throbbing bodies, sunglasses shaped like lightning bolts and stars, smoke rising from a checkerboard floor, television static, and ghosts.

A couple weeks ago, we told you a little about a tour and a lot more about a proposed documentary for this Not Not Fun offshoot, and now I’ve got some details to toss your way thanks to Dummy Mag. Once May rolls around, diamond-dance/bliss-disco/basement-luxury/electro-summer fun/magic-beat-house-etc. jammers LA Vampires, Ital, Maria Minerva, and Magic Touch will all board a plane or cram into a canoe or hop onto a flying dragon to make their way over to Europe for a showcase tour.

LA Vampires is the project of Amanda Brown (founder of 100% Silk), Ital recently released Hive Mind on Planet Mu (TMT Review), Maria Minerva recently appeared on the Chocolate Grinder, and Magic Touch might be able to turn things invisible. And, in case you’re curious, for me Europe means baguettes and jam, crumbling castles hidden in forests of pine trees, wizards, tiny cups of coffee, and Wuthering Heights.


05.30.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB $

05.31.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - OT301
06.01.12 - Berlin, Germany - Kater Holzig ^

06.02.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Distortion Festival

06.03.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich *

06.06.12 - Sheffield, UK - Fez Club

06.07.12 - Glasgow, UK - Nice n Sleazy &

06.08.12 - Bristol, UK - Motorcycle Showroom ^

06.09.12 - London, UK - Secret East London location

06.11.12 - Moscow, Russia - Artplay

06.14.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux

06.15.12 - Madrid, Spain - Nasti Club

06.16.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival

$ Peaking Lights
^ Heatsick
& Innergaze
* LA Vampires, Maria Minerva + 100% Silk DJs

• 100% Silk:
• Maria Minerva:
• Ital:
• LA Vampires:
• Magic Touch:

Daniel Johnston cruelly forces fans to unlock new album through whimsical iPad game

Clear your schedules, folks, because if you want to hear Daniel Johnston’s latest album it’s gonna cost you some time and a whole bunch of finger swooshin’. Johnston’s new iPad game Space Ducks pits you, the player and hero to everyone you know, against a nefarious army of sentient quackers hell bent on destroying whatever it is you call Daniel Johnston’s conception of reality. Or maybe you’re in league with the ducks and together you fight off hordes of anti-duck legislators who want to send the fowl’s sexual rights careening back into the 19th century. “Stay out of my cloaca, Santorum!” is a stirring line that could be but is almost certainly not included within the game’s storyline. Sorry, I don’t have an iPad, so I hope you’ve enjoyed this latest edition of TMT’s Conjecture Corner!

Each victory in the game unlocks a song from the Space Ducks LP, at long last turning video games into a rewarding practical endeavor. (There’s also a Space Ducks comic if you’re really into this concept.) The app represents Johnston’s latest foray into the realm of new media since coming out with his “Hi, How Are You?” iPhone game in 2009. With any luck Johnston will come out with another app in a few years, thus ensuring that no one who owns an iPhone or iPad will ever be bored again!

• Daniel Johnston:
Space Ducks:
• BOOM! Studios:

Bloc Party sign to Frenchiss record label, plan summer tour

Here we are in the year 2012 and here I am making a joke about how Bloc Party doesn’t have a “K” in their name. Because people usually spell “block party” with a “K,” you dig? Ah, welcome back to 2005. I also have some great “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” jokes, if you’ve got time. Before I get to those, Pitchfork reports that Bloc Party have signed to Frenchkiss, who will officially be changing their name to Frenchiss in solidarity. Ha, no K! Currently, the group is working on a follow-up to their last record, 2008’s Intimacy. Unofficially, they’re taking a lot of inspiration from the Frenchkiss-released Separation Sunday, because, you know, 2005. Along with the Frenchkiss signing, the group has made a deal with Cooperative Music to handle their releases outside of the US.

To further their nostalgia trip, the band is reissuing their debut single “She’s Hearing Voices” on vinyl for Record Store Day. That particular release came out in 2004, the older, slightly-wiser brother of 2005. Transgressive Records will be handling that release. While everyone’s dreaming about the middle of last decade, Bloc Party will be heading out on the road for a quick tour of European festivals. By the way, kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

Bloc Party dates:

06.26-30.12 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love Festival
07.04.12 - Gdynia, Poland - Heineken Open’er Festival
07.08.12 - Turku, Finland - Ruisrock Festival
07.12.12 - Bilbao, Spain - BBK Live
07.13-15.12 - Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
08.03.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hard Festival
08.04-05.12 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Festival
08.16-18.12 - St. Polten, Austria - Frequency
09.04.12 - Mallorca, Spain - Mallorca Rocks
09.05.12 - Ibiza, Spain - Ibiza Rocks

• Bloc Party:
• Frenchkiss:
• Cooperative Music: