Like a mystical dragon, MOCAtv’s new Art of Punk series will save us all from the deathly winter of boredom

Like a mystical dragon, MOCAtv's new Art of Punk series will save us all from the deathly winter of boredom

Winter has descended upon the mighty kingdom known as The Internet. LOLcats are kinda old news. Your little sister doesn’t even know what it means to get “Rickrolled.” There hasn’t been a good punk documentary posted on the walls of 90% of your Facebook friends since somebody rediscovered that BBC series of docs like a year ago. But lo! Like a mythical sun dragon rising up over the gleaming mountains of boredom comes MOCAtv’s new The Art of Punk series, here to banish your internet malaise with high production values, cool guests, and a totally kickass topic: the iconic art of Black Flag, Crass, and the Dead Kennedys.

Featuring interviews with Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Winston Smith, Keith Morris, Flea, Dave King, and Raymond Pettibon, each episode will delve into the visual art that informs the legend of each band, through album art, concert fliers, and all the rest of that good shit. The series was put together by filmmaker Bo Bushnell and author Bryan Ray Turcotte, author of the best-selling Fucked Up + Photocopied, one of the most comprehensive looks into the art of 70s and 80s (often) homemade punk rock fliers EVER. The series’ first episodes hits internet waves on June 11, and features Black Flag. MOCAtv can be found on good ol’ YouTube.


Franz Ferdinand to release new album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action on August 27, keep their fingers crossed for right buzz, right critical response, right record sales

Oh man, sorry to keep you guys waiting! I know you were breathlessly holding your breaths and breathing hard wondering what Franz Ferdinand’s new album details were gonna be like after having waited four interminable years since the release of their last LP (you know, that one, the one that changed everything about the way we live and interact?); but I really wanted to get this story PERFECT before I published it, just in case we’ve got another “paradigm shift” on our hands here. So, as I’m sure you can imagine, I’ve been super-busy painstakingly sculpting each sentence concerning the August 27 (August 26 in the UK) release of their new Domino Records release Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action bit by bit, word by word, phoneme by fucking phoneme, for the last week or so, packing it with subtle nuance for maximum effect.

Umm, but then I realized that Domino pretty much had all the info listed about the album right next to the preorder options (there’s CD, LP, Deluxe Double CD, Deluxe Double LP, and even “Deluxe Passport Edition,” which comes with the whole album on both CD and double vinyl in a hand-numbered sleeve, as well as a bonus 7-inch containing two non-album tracks, a live studio recording called “Right Notes, Right Words, Wrong Order,” some sort of bonus 12-inch, a postcard from each band member, and “more”!). And then I further realized that there’s also a trailer for the album that I could just embed below the tracklisting too! Arrrrg! So then, as I’m sure you can imagine, I got pretty despondent and started getting all lament-y about how people don’t need to get their music news from music sites anymore, and I just kinda threw in the towel, figuring you’d probably find out about the album on your own if you wanted to. Sorry to jerk you around! I hope we’re still cool!

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action tracklisting:

01. Right Action
02. Evil Eye
03. Love Illumination
04. Stand on the Horizon
05. Fresh Strawberries
06. Bullet
07. Treason! Animals.
08. The Universe Expanded
09. Brief Encounters
10. Goodbye Lovers & Friends

• Franz Ferdinand:
• Domino:

Grumbling Fur to release Glynnaestra on Thrill Jockey, proving that fur is always fashionable

Grumbling Fur have chosen a simultaneously misleading and apt name. Misleading because the phrase itself calls to mind images of amusingly flustered, hairy, leather-clad biker daddies, which Grumbling Fur don’t seem to be, and apt because there is grumbling in here and there is some seriously hairy noise. Listen to any track off their first album, Furrier, stare deeply into the image of the back of Kayako’s head that graces the cover, and it all comes together rather startlingly.

Their new album, Glynnaestra, seems to be moving away from the horror/fantasy flavor of Furrier and firmly into the realm of pop…and science fiction. One of the tracks, which Thrill Jockey describes as “anthemic,” is called “The Ballad of Roy Batty.” Naming a track after Rutger Hauer’s second best role and referencing the best SF film of all time (you wanna fight about it)? That’s guts. If that was not enough, apparently the track “His Moody Face” is a slice of “slow burning, molten proto-hip hop.” That frankly baffling and no doubt intentionally intriguing description gets the hook in pretty deep. And what the hell, might as well get reeled in; maybe fur will be big this come July 27.

Glynnaestra tracklist:

01. Ascatudaea
02. Protogenesis
03. Eyoreseye
04. The Ballad of Roy Batty
05. Alapana Blaze
06. Cream Pool
07. Galacticon
08. Glynnaestra
09. Dancing Light
10. Clear Path
11. The Hound
12. Harpies
13. His Moody Face

• Grumbling Fur:
• Thrill Jockey:

Julia Holter announces new LP Loud City Song, shares video for first track, really hopes you’ll pay for the rest of them

People always talk about singer-songwriters like it’s some kinda “tough job.” Pssshhht! Nonsense, I tell you! From what I can tell, all you gotta do is sing some shit into a tape-recorder, and then hand it over to your “producer” or whatever for sifting-through and arrangement-assembly via some nameless union-musician badasses, and presto! Before you know it, you’re releasing your third album in as-many years and watching the sweet dollar bills just roll-on in, just like Julia Holter! Sign me up, please!

See, watch this: Holter’s new album, Loud City Song, will be out on August 20 in the US (and August 19 every place else) via Domino. It follows up last year’s genuine-TMT-acknowledged Ekstasis, and, because Domino is a swanky company, will come in your choice of CD, LP, and digital formats (and there’s already a totally swanky video for the opening track below). According to the press release, Holter actually wrote the songs for this new one before she even released her 2011 LP Tragedy, but didn’t get around to coaxing a record out of them until the end of last year when she teamed up with co-producer Cole Marsden Greif-Neill (Nite Jewel/The Samps/ex-Haunted Graffiti) and “an ensemble of Los Angeles musicians”! See, did I call it? This shit practically writes itself!

The press release then goes on to talk about Holter “taking inspiration from Collette’s 1944 novella Gigi and using it as a prism through which to explore her relationship with her hometown of Los Angeles and modern life universally, taking cues from the work of Joni Mitchell and the poetry of Frank O’Hara,” but then doesn’t seem to include anything about how many millions of dollars she expects to make off this the album… hmm, well, it’s probably like seven?

Loud City Song tracklisting:

01. World
02. Maxim’s 1
03. Horns Surrounding Me
04. In the Green Wild
05. Hello Stranger
06. Maxim’s 2
07. He’s Running Through My Eyes
08. This Is a True Heart
09. City Appearing


07.11.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue @
07.12.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge @
07.13.13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live @
07.14.13 - Boston, MA - The Church Of Boston @
07.16.13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa @
07.17.13 - Toronto, ON - The Drake @
07.18.13 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit @
07.20.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.23.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
07.24.13 - Madrid, Spain - Theatro Lara
07.25.13 - Cartagena, Spain - La Mar De Musicas
07.26.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Caixaforum
07.27.13 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits De Fourvieres *
07.29.13 - Ravenna, Italy - Hani-Bi
07.30.13 - Modena, Italy - Sant Augustino
07.31.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ecoutes Au Vert @ Barje Des Sciences
08.03.13 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.04.13 - Zilnia, Slovakia - Stanica
08.05.13 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
08.07.13 - Basel, Switzerland - Im Fluss Festival
08.08.13 - Haldern-Rees, Germany - Haldern Pop
08.09.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Summerfest
08.10.13 - Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.11.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.13.13 - Ghent, Belgium - DOK
08.14.13 - Saint Malo, France - La Route Du Rock Festival
08.16.13 - Brecon, Wales - Green Man Festival
08.17.13 - Skipton, UK - Beacons Festival
08.20.13 - London, UK - Cecil Sharp House

@ Jessica Pratt
* Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

• Julia Holter:
• Domino:

Beck lines up night of stars to play sheet-music-only album Song Reader for the first time

Remember earlier this month when we told you that Beck would be spending his summer playing a series of shows to preview tracks from an as-yet-untitled upcoming acoustic record? Well, we’ve got one more date, courtesy of Stereogum, to insert into the mix. On July 4, while TMT’s US staff and readers will be spending the day celebrating AMERICA, Beck, known scientologist, will be across the pond yucking it up in jolly ol’ England playing the songs from his sheet-music-only ‘album’ Song Reader. Delivered to fans last year, all of whom flipped through it and arched an eyebrow like, “WTF,” will have their first, and at this point only, opportunity to hear Song Reader’s tracks played and sung by Beck himself.

Though, who knows — the London show has a bevy of mostly European guests already attached to it, so it’s possible the night might end up being some kind of Beck-hosted good time jamboree featuring a series of acts doing their best Beck impression, one after the other (think a lot of shamble-shuffles, almost-playing-a-harmonica movements, and too-short pants). Ed Harcourt and Dave Coulter, who can be seen here performing a track from Song Reader, will serve as the musical directors for the event, while Franz Ferdinand, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jarvis Cocker, among others, will be on hand to help bring Beck’s up-to-this-point Beck-less tunes to life. Let’s hope they all know how to read sheet music.

More special guests are yet to be named; there are 20 songs to Song Reader, so look for 20 special guests? In the meantime, a recap of Beck’s upcoming schedule is below.

05.19.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre
05.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Davies Symphony Hall
07.02.13 - Paris, France - Days Off Festival
07.04.13 – London, UK – Barbican &
07.27.13 - Wantagh, NY - Americanarama Festival *
07.28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
07.30.13 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
08.02.13 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion ^
08.04.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn) ^

& Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beth Orton, Joan As Police Woman, Michael Kiwanuka, The Villagers’ Conor J. O’Brien, The Guillemots, The Staves, James Yorkston, The Pictish Trail
* Bob Dylan, Wilco, Ryan Bingham
^ Electric, not acoustic

• Beck:

Liars share new video, free songs, are a bunch of lying liars whose thighs are permanently charred from burning pants


• Liars are not a band that did not release an album called WIXIW on Mute last year.
• Tiny Mix Tapes did not review the album that Liars did not release last year.
• They are also not a band that is going on a European tour this summer.
• I am not very handsome.

Damned Lies:

• Liars did not see you from a lifeboat as confirmed by the streaming video below.

• Under no circumstances will you be able to download two un-released non-album tracks by Liars by visiting this link and entering your email address. Entering your email at that link will also not enter you into a drawing to receive a piece of free artwork from the members of Liars.
• When I go to the grocery store to buy like, I don’t know, a tomato or something, I am not immediately surrounded by women and men alike who throw themselves at my feet begging to go to dinner with me and “see if there’s a spark.”


• 71% of you are no longer reading this post. Hahaha, suckers, you probably think this section is going to contain a whole bunch of cockamamie nonsense. Well the joke’s on you (them), as the 29% of you who are still reading will soon be able to attest.
• 88% of Americans believe that one human in three is actually a giant space lizard wearing a human suit.
• There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the United States.
• Four out of five dentists agree that my teeth are “astonishing.” The fifth dentist was my ex-wife, so her opinion is totally biased.


05.23.13 - Reims, France - La Cartonerrie
05.24.13 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival
05.25.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.27.13 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Artisti
05.28.13 - Verona, Italy - Interzona
05.29.13 - Torino, Italy - Musica 90 Molodiciotto
05.30.13 - Marseille, France - Cabaret Aleatoire
06.01.13 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera
06.05.13 - Nantes, France - Sterelux
06.06.13 - Paris, France - Trabendo
06.09.13 - Manchester, UK - Parklife Festival
0613.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar Festival
06.15.13 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby

• Liars:
• Mute: