The Men, Iceage, Amen Dunes, and Simon Reynolds open the door into the post-punk Narnia known as Incubate Fest

The Men, Iceage, Amen Dunes, and Simon Reynolds open the door into the post-punk Narnia known as Incubate Fest

In the Netherlands this fall, a magical dream festival awaits. Fans of indie goth or post-punk and other sad people will want to book a flight to lovely Tilburg, where from September 10-16 one can enter the wardrobe known as Incubate Festival and wander out through the other side into a wonderful post-punk Narnia. But instead of scary witches and lions and stuff, they got The Men! Iceage! Amen Dunes! And the rad English dude who wrote a ton of articles on hip-hop, rave culture, and rock ‘n’ roll, as well as Bible of Awesomeness Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984, along with recent investigation into why you like slap-bracelets Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past: Mr.! Simon! Reeeeeeynolds! And that’s not it: Incubate will play host to a little something called “Sacred Bones in Residence,” which is — you guessed it — a whole lot of Sacred Bones artists taking over the stage at the venue 013. Add War, Lower, Lust for Youth, Luke Roberts, Killed by 9V Batteries, RM Hubbert, and Pretty Lightning to your mental roster.

But Incubate isn’t just about the music. The worthy Tilburgians have got a DIY Conference in the works, where Simon Reynolds will talk DIY Pop Culture as part of the keynote, and other kickass speakers will set you on the fast track to Cool University. Brit filmmaker Chris Jones will discuss his recent book The Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook, about how anyone can make stellar films on an “ehhhh I don’t know if I can afford this coffee” budget. British Sea Power manager Roy Wilkinson will give you the lowdown on his non-fiction book Do It for Your Mum, about family, rock music, and how the band fits into it all. Apparently he’ll also dish out his hot tips for birdwatching. (Here’s mine: Stake out a Denny’s for three hours. Order a shit ton of coffee. Look at your bird book and then never actually leave and go outside where it’s cold and Grand Slam-less to look for birds. Seriously, old people do this all the time. I KNOW. I went to a Denny’s once when I moved cross country.) There’s also a Q&A with Can’s Damo Suzuki, and as always, the ever-promised, enigmatic “much more.” So if you think about it, Incubate is probably at least 5% more educational than a trip through Narnia, plus you never have to worry about stumbling on an epic fight between good and evil or eating BAD CANDY.

• Incubate:
• Simon Reynolds:

Blues Control announce tour, turn loose “Iron Pigs” in support of Drag City debut Valley Tangents

Blues Control, where do I know you from? Did I catch you opening for Animal Collective, once upon a time? Am I confusing your name with the commonly-used phrase, “lose control”? Couldn’t your alias also be an appropriately fitting title for a hypothetical cover band comprised of middle-aged men known for wearing their sunglasses excessively, and at unprescribed times?

Clarity has come in the form of a press release, as well as our previous reporting. Essentially, if you aren’t intimately familiar with the experimental duo already, there’s a strong chance of that changing in a couple of months. Blues Control are Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse, out of Lehigh Valley, PA. Cho (wo)mans (in a non-disparaging sense) the keyboards, and Waterhouse handles the guitar, synthesizer, and tape equipment. Their latest work has ventured assuredly into full-fledged ambient territory, but they’ve just as easily shown a willingness to pursue something a little less easy on the ears. On June 19, Blues Control will be releasing Valley Tangents, their first album as Drag City signatories. Immediately following, they’ll embark on a medium-sized tour, visiting cities within reasonable proximity to their Pennsylvania haunt.

Additionally, Blues Control have released “Iron Pigs,” their first track from the new album, which you can check out at Ad Hoc. As a contrast to their more emotionally soothing pieces, the song is an apparent (though mild) transition to Drag City’s general modus operandi. Keep an ear out for those brass synth sounds as well; am I detecting an homage to the original Super Mario Kart? I’m hearing it. Whether they intended it or not, I’m totally hearing it.

Valley Tangents tracklisting:

01. Love’s a Rondo
02. Iron Pigs
03. Opium Den/Fade to Blue
04. Walking Robin
05. Open Air
06. Gypsum


06.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree Space
06.22.12 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA
06.23.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent Ave
06.25.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Gooski’s
07.26.12 ­- Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
07.27.12 - Chicago, IL - Hideout
07.28.12 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
07.29.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
07.30.12 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar
07.31.12 - Toronto, ON - Parts & Labour
08.01.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
08.02.12 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
08.03.12 - Allston, MA - O’Brien’s Pub

• Blues Control:
• Drag City:

RIP: Tommy Marth, saxophonist for The Killers

From The Chicago Tribune:

A saxophonist for rock band The Killers died earlier this week at his Las Vegas home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner said on Thursday.

Thomas “Tommy” Marth, 33, who played saxophone on live tours with The Killers between 2008 and 2010 and on their albums “Sam’s Town” and “Day & Age,” was found dead on Monday.

His death has been ruled a suicide by officials in Clark County, Nevada, where Las Vegas is located.

“Last night we lost our friend Thomas Marth. Our prayers are with his family. There’s a light missing in Las Vegas tonight. Travel well, Tommy,” The Killers posted on Twitter.

• The Killers:

Quintron and Miss Pussycat tour North America, invent device to make your house sing, release more puppet mystery DVDs

They say he was born in Germany, a military brat who was born to rock. They say he’s an inventor with loads of wacky inventions (like The Drum Buddy and the Spit Machine). They say he married his first cousin. (Well, those are things Wikipedia says people say.) He’s a one man band shrouded in mystery, that Quintron. He doesn’t give a s%$& about the media, he doesn’t give a %$^& about facts; all he cares about is bringing blazin’ hot organ jams and wondrous puppet shows to fans around the globe. And on that note, there’s one thing about Quintron and his wife/bandmate/puppeteer Miss Pussycat that’s not a mystery — what they’re going to do on their summer vacation.

For the New Orleans-based duo, every season is tour season. So right now, they’re on the road, racking up miles on the van and experiencing the finest in American truck stop bathrooms. Quintron hasn’t released a full-length since Sucre de Sauvage came out last spring, but naturally the pair have a thing or two packed in their bag of tricks for this tour. Starting April 27, Quintron will have a limited run of 100 cassette tapes demonstrating his latest and greatest invention: the Singing House. Out on the Temple of Pei label, the Singing House is like a white noise machine tuned into the vibes of your! very! own! house that makes its own specialized music. You can watch a video of the device here. In the immortal words of Kanye West, “that s&^* cray.” But if that’s not cray enough for ya, Miss Pussycat will have DVD copies of Season 2 of her puppet mystery series, Trixie and the Tree Trunks. God, I love these people. Joining Quintron and Miss Pussycat for select West Coast dates will be fellow weird traveler Dent May and his dazzling 60s-style lounge jams.


04.26.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
04.27.12 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West
04.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent *
04.29.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.30.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
05.01.12 - New Haven, CT - Café Nine
05.02.12 - Allston, MA - Great Scotts
05.03.12 - Providence, RI - Machines with Magnets
05.04.12 - Portland, ME - Geno’s Rock Club
05.05.12 - Bennington, VT - Sunfest **
05.06.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.07.12 - Ottawa - TBA
05.08.12 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
05.10.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House ***
05.11.12 - Cleveland, OH - Horrible Fest
05.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle ****
05.13.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
05.15.12 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
05.16.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
05.17.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
05.18.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.19.12 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Café
05.20.12 - Hot Springs, AR - Low Key Arts
06.02.12 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer
06.15.12 - Lafayette, LA - Blue Moon Saloon
06.16.12 - Austin, TX - Scottish Rite Theater *****
06.17.12 - San Antonio, TX - El Ten Eleven *****
06.18.12 - Lubbock, TX - Pray For Rain *****
06.20.12 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *****
06.21.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *****
06.22.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *****
06.23.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell %
06.27.12 - San Jose, CA - Blank Club *****
06.28.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place *****
06.29.12 - Oakland, CA - New Parish Music Hall *****
06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room *****
07.02.12 - Arcata, CA - The Jambalaya *****
07.03.12 - Olympia, WA - Northern *****
07.05.12 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel *****
07.06.12 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *****
07.07.12 - Portland, OR - East End Block Party *****
07.09.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
07.10.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.11.12 - Fort Collins, CO - GNU: Experience Gallery
07.12.12 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
07.13.12 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
07.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Doublewide
07.17.12 - Jackson, MS - TBA
07.18.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - All Tomorrow’s Parties

* Bosco Delrey, Cellular Chaos, DJ Musa, Glittering Prizes
** O’Death
*** Human Eye, Gary Wrong, Toe Claw
**** Pierced Arrows, Don’t, Sir DJ
***** Dent May
% Dent May, XBXRX

• Quintron and Miss Pussycat:
• Temple of Pei:

Blitzen Trapper announce a summer tour and premiere a video, all for the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, etc.

Summer’s creeping up real fast, and I’m jonesin’ to make like Jack Kerouac and hit the road. I just want to be in jorts and write long, wild poems while zipping down the highway, you know? How about we pile into an old Jeep with Blitzen Trapper and catch a few shows? They’re still real keen on American Goldwing, which came out on Sub Pop back in September, way before road trip season. Now, we can drive with the windows down and listen to Neil Young cassettes and stop to drink whiskey with old friends on their back porches and maybe swim in a river or two. I’ll even learn how to play the harmonica.

Come on. I know you’re still bummed that you overslept on Record Store Day and couldn’t snag a copy of Blitzen Trapper’s “Hey Joe”/”Skirts on Fire” 7-inch, but cheer up, buttercup. You can watch the brand spankin’ new video for “Stranger in a Strange Land” as many times as you want. It’s three minutes of good old-fashioned Alaska rambling. Just the thing to get you in the spirit for a summer that’d make Dean Moriarty proud.


04.28.12 - Silverton, OR - Oregon Garden Brewfest
05.26.12 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
05.29.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
05.30.12 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
05.31.12 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
06.01.12 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
06.02.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
06.04.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Sol Santa Fe
06.05.12 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
06.06.12 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown
06.09.12 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
06.25.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre *
06.26.12 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw Field *
06.28.12 - Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewing Company *
07.01.12 - Duluth, MN - Bayfront Festival Park *
07.02.12 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center Auditorium *
07.05.12 - Victor, ID - Victor City Park Thursday Music on Main Series
07.07.12 - Winnipeg, MB - Folk Festival
07.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
07.09.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07.13.12 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
07.14.12 - New York, NY - Stuyvesant Town Oval “Music On The Oval Series”
07.15.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
07.17.12 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
07.27.12 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
08.03-05.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Festival

* Wilco

• Blitzen Trapper:
• Sub Pop:

Death Grips extend their already extensive spring/summer tour

America and Europe have clearly embraced the loveable bunch of rascals we endearingly refer to as Death Grips (TMT Review). Case in point? The band, already scheduled to play every single music festival in Europe and mid-sized venue in the Northeast, has announced the expansion of their tour into America’s heartland and great frontier West. No longer only available to the upper echelons of ‘liberal’ society in socialist Europe and America’s snooty East Coast cities, it’s the everyman in Kansas and Colorado’s turn to enjoy some true American experimental hardcore hip-hop live and in person.

Even in Chicago, where I’m located, the early show time (6:30 PM) was clearly chosen so Death Grips’ older and younger fans have a chance to make it out. I hear nursing homes and primary schools are organizing bus trips to The Bottom Lounge this summer as the demand is so high amongst these otherwise disenfranchised sections of the music enjoying public. When a band goes on at 12:30 AM, it’s just too late for Grandma, no matter how much she likes the new Acid Mothers Temple record!

Join the legions who have already purchased tickets and plan to see Death Grips when they roll through your town — if you live in two out of the seven continents, chances are they won’t be too far away at some point in the next three months.


05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger
05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK- Norwich Arts Center
05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette
05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm
05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301
05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival
06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin
06.05.12 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc
06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery
06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
06.22.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
06.23.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
06.27.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
06.28.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
07.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival

• Death Grips:
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