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.

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Eric Copeland releases new LP Limbo June 5; old college roommate still doesn’t ‘get it’

Back in the day my old college roommate and I were all like, “Yeah, Animal Collective! Cool! We get that.” And, then we both kind of went our separate ways in life. Now and again we’ll share music that may have spawned from some relation to the previous connection we had over liking the same band.

Circa 2007 – Me: Dude, you should check out this Eric Copeland album, Hermaphrodite. It’s nothing like Animal Collective, but it’s on their label and they’re like bros so you’ll have to like it.

OCR: Well… I listened to it. I thought it would be rippin’, but it’s just dance-noise. I mean, I just don’t get it, man.

A lot has changed since 2007. In 2012, Animal Collective and similar sounding bands have been cast into obscurity, and my old college roommate probably has developed a denser palate when it comes to music. Eric Copeland, of Black Dice, is releasing his newest album, Limbo, on June 5 via Underwater Peoples, and how could anyone resist the hypnotizing raw rhythm found within his compositions?

Today – Me: “Dude, it’s been a long time…. since we rock n’ rolled. Ahaha… just joshin’. Anywho, you should check out the new Eric Copeland album. It’s way more accessible… uhm, not saying you’re dumb or anything. But, I think you’ll like it a lot more than his first solo album.

OCR: I just listened to the song “Louie, Louie, Louie” on Ad Hoc. I still don’t get it, man.

Some old college roommates just never change.

Limbo tracklisting:

01. Double Reverse Psychology
02. Louie, Louie, Louie
03. Muckaluk
04. Fiesta Muerta
05. Tarzan and the Dizzy Devils
06. Lemons

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• Underwater Peoples:

Modest Mouse yawn out the announcement of a trifling handful of June dates because, whatever, they’re Modest Mouse and you’re nobody

Attention American Consumers:

This letter is being sent to inform you that [Modest Mouse] are a huge indie-crossover band. This claim has been substantiated by recent data conducted by several independent research companies, who have pointed out the following: they have played with musicians whom are British, and they have also decided not to play with musicians who are British just as casually. They have had songs on the radio and on television programs that your babysitter watches and on Kidz Bop albums that your child listens to and in movies that you have paid $14 to see and then talk about later at your job — the job that you use to define yourself whenever anyone asks. As such, the US government has granted [Modest Mouse] official 61-A-1 status, otherwise known as “Above it All” Status.

Please note that, in accordance with this status, [Modest Mouse] do not need to make and hock new records with any sort of consistency; that’s what bands who are poor do (and, needless to say, bands who are poor are of no help to this nation’s critical economic recovery). Please also note, however, that 61-A-1 bands certainly do not need to have and such new album “on the market” in order to coerce people into attending a frivolous string of East Coast US shows. By law, any fans in the vicinity who are able to afford and obtain tickets are required to do so, while any fans located elsewhere or who think that [Modest Mouse] are simply trotting out the classics at a few shows to keep their business in the black are hereby deemed Un-American and, as such, are advised to go and fuck themselves at their earliest convenience. Thank you for your time and consideration with regards to this highly important matter.

Modest Mouse Tourdates:

06.20.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.21.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.22.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
06.23.12 - Atlantic City, NJ - Bader Airfield (2012 Orion Music + More)
06.24.12 - Randall’s Island, NY - Randall’s Island Park (The Governors Ball Music Festival)
06.26.12 - Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion

• Modest Mouse:
• Epic:

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

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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.

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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:
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