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

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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

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• 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

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• Frenchkiss:
• Cooperative Music:

Can fans, hold hands: Mute releasing triple-CD The Lost Tapes in June, all unearthed material from 1968-1977

Can, the legendary krautrock weirdos that influenced everyone from LCD Soundsystem to James Murphy solo (probably a few others too), have been riding the reissue train lately, with a deluxe edition of 1971’s Tago Mago out last year and reissues of all their albums in a vinyl box set on the horizon. That’s great and all, but you should really be smacking yourself hard if you haven’t heard all those Can albums already (pre-Landed, at least). Superfans have found much to satiate their need for more Can, with fantastic bootlegs (like Radio Waves and Horrortrip in the Paperhouse), and recent releases of pre-Can material (The Inner Space’s Agilok & Blubbo), but it seemed like the archives would be running dry about now… .. ..ohmanlookingforwardtothenextparagraphherewego!

However, Mute Records has announced that it will release — in the shape of an oversized reel-to-reel tape box — The Lost Tapes, a 3-CD set compiled by Can keyboardsman Irmin Schmidt and Mute head Daniel Miller consisting of unreleased, rediscovered CAN JAMS from 1968-1977, featuring the lineup of Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, and both Malcolm Mooney and Damo Suzuki on vocals! Thank god it wasn’t material from 1978-1989. The set (along with 28-page booklet) comes out June 18 in Europe and June 19 in the US. Irmin Schmidt explained the origins of this random bounty:

Obviously the tapes weren’t really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over Can and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn’t allow forgetting.

And there’s the cold hard facts. Head here to sign up for a mailing list about any new information, and hear an edit of the opening cut “Millionenspiel” below. Yep, it’s as good as you’d hope!

• Can:
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Prefuse 73 and Teebs join together to form Sons of the Morning; Satan sues for trademark infringement

Yes, we all know that Twitter was essentially designed to give people with narcissistic personality disorder a more dedicated outlet to vent their trivial frustrations, but there are also some clear benefits to the service: 1. It’s hilarious reading people’s attempts to condense insightful thoughts down to 140 characters, only to have the resulting tweet be an incoherent mishmash of abbreviations (circa 2005), hash tags, and “at” signs. 2. Established artists like Prefuse 73 and Teebs can bypass traditional methods of publicity-seeking, and instead opt for such casual messages as, “big day today. starting work with Prefuse 73 on a collab record,” and “@teebsio yup! i’m there! + this musical email is amazing. I got the Other ‘5/5/2k12’. @teebsio + prefuse73 are: ‘SONS OF THE MORNING.’” For the purpose of clarity, and credit to Prefix: Warp mainstay Prefuse 73 and Los Angeles-based Brainfeeder bulwark Teebs are working on a joint album under the moniker Sons of the Morning.

Considering the numerous collaborations that Prefuse 73 a.k.a. Guillermo Scott Herren has already contributed his services to (Savath y Savalas, A Cloud Mireya, Prefuse 73 & The Books, Diamond Watch Wrists), this appears to be one of the few in which the artists involved both lie within close proximity to one another along the musical landscape. Ever since the release of Vocal Studies + Uprock Narratives back in 2001, Prefuse 73 has steadily paved the way for the next generation of experimental/instrumental hip-hop, and Teebs, who has settled in on a label founded by Flying Lotus, seems to have found his niche specializing in a more downtempo continuation of that. I’ll take the evolution of hip-hop for now, but where the hell are those hoverboards we were promised?

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