Merge Records to hold benefit to oppose NC amendment defining the merging of two people; David Cross, Superchunk to perform

Merge Records to hold benefit to oppose NC amendment defining the merging of two people; David Cross, Superchunk to perform

Have you heard about North Carolina’s Amendment One? It’s a fun little change to the state’s constitution that would make it illegal to acknowledge any kind of union outside of a traditional heterosexual marriage. At first glance, this seems like the usual homophobic attempts of the right to disenfranchise the gays, but in North Carolina, gay marriage is already illegal. What Amendment One does is prevent any two people, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, from receiving any state-provided rights unless they’re one man and one woman, and it puts this rule into their constitution. Bachelor/bachelorette parties, the wasting of a shit ton of money on a party for family members you don’t like, and unfortunate garments for the wedding parties required.

The Amendment is an unnecessary and obtrusive move by the state’s republicans that many are viewing simply as a way to stir up partisan furor in an election year. The uninformed hear that if they don’t pass Amendment One, they’re well on their way to hell in a handbasket, and next thing you know, there are waiting lines at the local library come election day.

So what is North Carolina’s most famous record label, Merge, doing to campaign against this idiocy? They’re holding a benefit concert in collaboration with the Protect All Families organization featuring many a Merge luminary on May 6! For a meager $80 donation, you get a limited edition silk-screened poster designed by Matthew Kilmas and access to the concert with David Cross (and his oddly-matched fiancee Amber Tamblyn), Tig Nataro, Bob Mould, Stuart McLamb, and Superchunk, performing an acoustic set as a duo. And you’ll be supporting a good cause. So if you’re going to be in the triangle area on May 6, do your part and see some quality comedy and music while you’re at it.

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Magik Markers are the ones making that weird buzzing noise in your house, but don’t worry, they’re going on tour

Well, there’s your problem right there. You’ve got a Magik Markers infestation. Nah, they’re not harmful, but they will make a constant electric buzz if you leave ‘em unattended. A lot of people get Magik Markers this time of year, what with the hot weather and all. They’ll creep into your little spaces, your garages, pantries, closets, the guitar you trust, etc. Lot of noise rockers making their way inside. Just be glad you don’t got Black Dice or Lightning Bolt. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of them.

Poison ‘em? No, no, no! You don’t poison Magik Markers, they eat poison! Look, stay back, this is simple. Hey! Hey, Magik Markers! I booked y’all a bunch of tour dates! You gotta go play them! You gotta plan Virginia, you gotta play Georgia, you gotta play Tennessee, you gotta play Texas, you gotta play Louisiana, and you sure as hell gotta play North Carolina. Okay? Okay! Look at those two scatter! You hear that? That’s the buzz spreading across the world. Kind of pretty, really, kind of pretty.

Magik Markers dates:

05.08.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch
05.09.12 - Athens, GA - Farm 255
05.10.12 - Memphis, TN -Poplar Lounge *
05.11.12 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern
05.12.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 &
05.13.12 - Houston, TX - Walter’s &
05.14.12 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia &
05.15.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 &
o5.16.12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook &

* Jerusalem & the Starbaskets
& Black Bananas, Dwarr

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[Photo: Stefano Giovannini]

Planet Mu release Polysick LP with an empty promise to bring acid house to the mainstream

Back in 2007 I lived with a bunch of college students in an acid house — a house where people dropped acid, listened to acid house and techno, and the house was literally deteriorating from acid. I only chose to live there so I could tell everyone about my “acid trips,” as I knew that literally everyone would be interested in my indulgent behavior.

Planet Mu, the electronic record label ran by Mike Paradina a.k.a. µ-Ziq, is releasing the newest LP, Digital Native, from Polysick on June 8. Polysick is producer Paul Kersex, who has a background with video production that helps him to make his songs visual for ears and auditory for eyes. Yep, acid house is back, and now you can hear tones with your eyeballs.

My plan is to bring the Digital Native vinyl to Acid House to see if anyone wants to trip balls to it. And, trust me, people trip over testicles as often as the house also serves as a nudist commune. Though most of the house has dissolved from the real acid, I feel it’s time to move on and just enjoy some new electronic tunes from Polysick. Honestly, I only dropped acid once. I got it all over my jeans.

Digital Native tracklist:

01. Totem
02. Woods
03. Taito
04. Loading…
05. Lost Holidays
06. Caravan
07. Drowse
08. Tic-Tac Toe
09. Meltinacid
10. Gondwana
11. Preda
12. World Cup
13. Bermuda
14. Transpelagic
15. Smudge, Hawaii

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Father Yod & The Source Family 2xLP arriving c/o Drag City next month, so keep your third eye open

Once upon a time, in a magical time called the 60s, in a far-out land known as L.A., an aspiring Hollywood stuntman known as James Edward Baker discovered a higher calling and started dabbling in vegetarianism, yoga, and utopian spiritual practices. Before long, Baker had changed his name to Father Yod (or YaHoWha) and was living in the Hollywood Hills, serving as the spiritual guide to 13 wives and hundreds of other young believers. And yea (as they say in the Bible), he was ONE COOL DUDE. Father Yod ran a top notch vegetarian restaurant in Laurel Canyon called The Source (which was also the name of his family of spiritual practitioners); it was one of the first health food restaurants in the US, and frequented by the likes of John Lennon, Frank Zappa, and Warren Beatty. Father Yod was also the lead singer of his commune’s experimental psych rock band, Ya Ho Wa 13. So here was a guy who was about peace, love, and rockin’ out — and he lived it all to the fullest.

The records Father Yod and his people made have been underground classics for decades. Father Yod and The Source Family moved from L.A. to San Francisco to Hawaii during the 1970s, and over that period of wandering, they made nine albums. Fans could purchase records at The Source restaurant. Sadly, the daring and prolific Father Yod died in a hang-gliding accident in Hawaii in the mid-70s, leaving behind his wives, hundreds of true believers, and hours and hours of unreleased tracks. Fortunately for us, the good people over at Drag City began unearthing some of Father Yod and The Source Family’s material back in 2008 and releasing several albums of psychedelic bliss. Now, they’ve got another trip down the rabbit hole lined up, in the form of a double-LP set of epically grooving/epically informative bootleg jams, The Thought Adjusters. Coinciding with the release of a new, non-Drag City documentary film on The Source Family that’s running through the festival circuit this year, The Thought Adjusters will make you start recontextualizing reality once it drops May 22.


A1. Bells
A2. Seed of Yahowa
A3. The Goddess Earth (All My Sons Are Jesus)
B1. Sleepy Heads
C1. Osiris/Isis
C2. Spin Around Part 1
D1. Spin Around Part 2

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Hopscotch Fest 2012: what you get when Zola Jesus, Jesus & Mary Chain, Yo La Tengo & The Roots walk into a bar

If only every city had a Hopscotch. Raleigh, NC’s big-big music festival has gotten even bigger this year, with the addition of historical (and possibly haunted!!!) sounding venues like the Long View Center, Memorial Auditorium and the Contemporary Art Museum to its 15 venues strong festival map. There are 175 artists playing this thing, people, with everyone from the likes of Class Actress and Baroness to Liars and Mirel Wagner. This year is only Hopscotch’s third go-around, and already they’ve got swell headliners like Built to Spill, The Roots, and The Jesus and Mary Chain keyed in to grace downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza. The festival also gives props to the local scene, with Megafaun, The Mountain Goats, Corrosion of Conformity, Midtown Dickens, Heads on Sticks, Gross Ghost, Black Skies, Valient Thorr, and Whatever Brains all on board to rock out.

For the third Hopscotch, three-day wristbands went on sale back in December, even before the lineup was announced. VIP wristbands sold out quick, but $110 All-Show wristbands — which grant access to all of the clubs and the City Plaza headlining shows — are still available. Once July hits, single-day passes will be available, as will individual show tickets. All venues are located within an eight-block walking radius. But Hopscotch isn’t just about convenience! Oh no — they’ve got a brand-new feature called Improviser in Residence this year. The IiR is a nice lad named Chris Corsano, a drummer who has worked with Björk, Jim O’Rourke, Jandek, and many a similarly spangled name, and the hope is that he’ll just show up and jam out any damn time he feels like it. HE COULD EVEN GO TO AN OLIVE GARDEN AND IMPROVISE. You just don’t know. That’s the magic of Hopscotch. Of course, there are more surprises to come, like the return of the fest’s Edward McKay Used Books & More Cultural Series at Raleigh City Museum, where luminaries like Chuck D. and Wayne Coyne have sat down for a chat.

Hopscotch Festival 2012 lights up beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC this year from Sept. 6-8, and here’s the lineup: Airstrip, Altar of Plagues, Altos, Alvarius B, Amen Dunes, Arnold Dreyblatt & Megafaun, Balam Acab, Baroness, Big Troubles, Bill Orcutt, Bio Ritmo, Birds of Avalon, Black Skies, Boy Friend, Built to Spill, Burglar Fucker, Calico Haunts, Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan, Carlos Giffoni, Charlie Parr, Charles Latham, Cheater Slicks, Chelsea Crowell, Chris Corsano, Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp, Chuck Johnson, Cities Aviv, Class Actress, CO LA, Colin Stetson, Corrosion of Conformity, Curtis Eller,Damien Jurado, Dan Deacon, Danny Brown, David Pajo/Papa M, Death Grips, Deerhoof, Delicate Steve, Doldrums, Donovan Quinn, Dope Body, Drique London, Duchess Says, Ducktails, Elephant Micah, Escort, EXITmusic, feltbattery, Field Report, Flesh Wounds, Flosstradamus, Free Electric State, Frustrations, G-Side, Glenn Jones, Grohg, Gross Ghost, Guardian Alien, Guinea Worms, Hacienda, Heads on Sticks, High Wolf, Hiss Golden Messenger, Holograms, Hubble (Lag World Premiere), Hume, Hundred Waters, ITAL, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Jacaszek, Jackie Chain, Jane Jane Pollock, Jason Kutchma & the 5 Fifths, Jenny Besetzt, Joint D≠, Jon Mueller’s Death Blues, Julia Holter, Kenny Roby, Kevin Drumm, Lambchop, Lazy Janes, Laurel Halo, Left Outlet, Liars, Lilac Shadows, Lizzy Ross Band, Little Hollow, Mac McCaughan, Marc McGuire, MAKE, Matthew E. White: One Incantation Under God, Mark Holland, Midtown Dickens, Minor Stars, Mirel Wagner, My Best Fiend, Nails, Naked Gods, Nerves Junior, Nests, Nick Catchdubs, No BS Brass Band, Nobunny, Odonis Odonis, Oneida, Oren Ambarchi, Paint Fumes, Pallbearer, Phil Cook & His Feat, Pipe, Pop. 1280, Quiet Evenings, Roman Candle, Roomrunner, Samantha Crain, Savage Knights, Say Brother, Screaming Females, Secret Cities, Secret Mountains, Shark Quest, Shirlette & the Dynamite Brothers, Shovels & Rope, Silver Swans, Sinful Savage Tigers, Sister Crayon, Some Army, STAG, Starlings, TN, Strand of Oaks, Sunn O))), Sutekh Hexen, T0W3RS, Tomas Phillips & Craig Hilton, Tom Maxwell, Tenement, Thee Oh Sees, The Atlas Moth, the band in Heaven, The Beast, The Beat Report, The Bronzed Chorus, The dB’s, The Future Kings of Nowhere, The Hot at Nights, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Mountain Goats, The Roots, The Spits, The Toddlers, Toon & The Real Laww, The Weather Station, Valient Thorr, Vattnet Viskar, Versus, Whatever Brains, White Hills, Withered, Wood Ear, Work Clothes, Wowser Bowser, Wye Oak, Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores, Yo La Tengo, Young and in the Way, Young Magic, Zack Mexico, Zammuto, Zeus, Zola Jesus.

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

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

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