Neon Indian wants to make beautiful music with you and your PAL, announces contest that’s way less racy than it sounds

Neon Indian wants to make beautiful music with you and your PAL, announces contest that's way less racy than it sounds

Sometimes you just need a PAL. Whether you’ve had a hard day at work, a recent breakup, or just got really bummed out from watching too much Mad Men, nothing feels better than taking time to just sit down, relax, and share some much-needed time with the crazy mini-synth created by Neon Indian in conjunction with Bleep Labs. Sure — human friends are nice and all, but will they help you create the sort of mindblowing drone/synth/bloop-blip-bloppy-soundin’ track that will win Alan Palomo’s heart and be forever preserved in the magical grooves of a limited 7-inch vinyl-only release on his own Static Tongues label? In short, no. Human friends cannot. Only PAL 198X can help you make this sort of musical magic; or at least, only proud owners of the PAL 198X are eligible.

Here’s the deal, see: Palomo, the man behind Neon Indian, wants you to show him whatcha workin’ with. Fire up your PAL 198Xs, ladies and gents, and create some “music (or non-music),” as Palomo puts it. And, like it did in kindergarten, creativity counts on this one. Make a video of you foolin’ around with your PAL, and submit that along with your track — PALOMO WANTS TO SEE IT ALL. Rules: there are no rules. Okay, okay, there is ONE. You gotta take a photo of your PAL with your production handle and the name of your track written next to it to prove ownership, then add the video and photo as the artwork for said track on the contest’s SoundCloud upload page.

If you’re kicking yourself for not already owning one of these hot little numbers, never fear, for Bleep Labs is releasing a limited run of these thangs for the low, low price of 15 American dollars. They’ve also got a new ribbon controller add-on for you. (You know what that means. I do not.) Your deadline, should you choose to accept it, is July 20. Mr. Neon Indian himself will pick the winner during the first week in August. The winner’s track will make up the B-side of the aforementioned Static Tongues 7-inch, where it will be intertwined with Palomo’s own contribution in “a series of drone and percussive lock grooves generated by the PAL as open source sample material for producers and enthusiasts alike.”


08.04.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

• Neon Indian:
• Bleep Labs:

[Photo: Dr. Bleep]

Ariel Pink, Sun Araw, Nite Jewel, White Magic, Dntel, and more covering Faust, Can, other krautrock klassix in L.A.

Ahh Hollywood. A strange, glittering, magical place where life can change in an instant, where dreams can come true. A place for dreamers, mystics, and total nutjobs. And for those Los Angeles residents dreaming specifically of a wonderful night of krautrock cover sets performed by some of the West Coast’s finest bands, well let’s just say the stars have aligned. This rare astrological phenomenon takes place but one night only, on this Friday, June 1, when online radio collective dublab and the deutsche-lovin’ folks over at The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles have teamed up to bring a little shindig known as “Krautrock Classics: An Evening of Cosmic German Music” to the John Anson Ford Theatre.

What could be better than a night spent in a lovely regional park listening to experimental Teutonic tracks from the 60s and 70s? Why, when they’re being performed by the likes of Sun Araw, Ariel Pink, and Nite Jewel, of course! Krautrock-inspired art and music will set the stage for a pre-show picnic at the Edison Plaza from 6-8 PM, with special DJ sets and “Krautrock themed t-shirt printing” (???) by HIT+RUN. Then once the magic hour rolls around, the program is as follows.

Imagine! Nite Jewel and Friends performing the entirety of Kraftwerk’s Computer World! Carlos Niño & Friends doing Popol Vuh, Pharoahs & Friends doing Manuel Göttsching’s E2 E4, Dntel and Hrishikesh Hirway (One AM Radio) working over Faust, ESP doing Can, Daedelus doing Rüdiger Lorenz, Sun Araw Band doing Krokodil, White Magic and Ariel Pink doing Inner Space (pre-Can), plus synth interludes by Nanny Canteloupe and live visuals by Alex Pelly & Miko Revereza. With this many stars spinning round the Krautrock universe, your Friday, June 1 horoscope practically writes itself. Tickets available here.

• dublab:

Ween break up, possibly because of a premonition Gene Ween had last night that his band wouldn’t still be really popular in November.

As John Lennon might very well have said if he had been a much, much worse songwriter and much, much crazier dude: the psychotropic, experimental-alternative, goof-core dream is over. Yup, Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo were once Gene and Dean Ween, but now they’re just Aaron and Mickey. Or at least, that’s the case Freeman made for himself in Rolling Stone this week when he stated that Ween is “pretty much” over after 25 years of tricking kids like me into liking Frank Zappa without realizing it. “It’s time to move on,” the former Mister Ween said when asked about retiring his moniker. “For me it’s a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open… There’s no, ‘Goddamn that such and such!’ For me, I’d like to think it’s a door I can close finally.” Actually, Dean or Mickey or whoever he is now seemed to have no idea what his former collaborator was talm’bout. But hahaha, you know, isn’t that just SO WEEN? LOL??

Anyway, fans will remember that Gene and Dean first hooked up in 1984 (they met in typing class in 8th Grade) and went on to mangle experimental art rock, psychedelia, noise, comedy, and even good ol’ Alternative Rock (RIP) into 11 albums’ worth of delicious, bona-fide gnar-bars, including bizzaro classics like “Push th’ Little Daisies” and the Parker/Stone sanctioned “Even if You Don’t”. And any fans that don’t remember any of that have probably been high for kind of a while and should probably be alerted of the fact that it’s now 2012 and that they’ve been joblessly watching Comedy Central in their basement for the past 21 years or so.

• Ween:
• Chocodog Records:

RIP: Pete Cosey, guitarist for Miles Davis’ 1973-75 band

From the Chicago Reader:

Guitar fans have had a rough couple of days. Yesterday brilliant folk and country guitarist Doc Watson died at age 89. This morning, according to the private Facebook page of fellow guitarist and collaborator Vernon Reid, Chicago’s own Pete Cosey died at 68. Obituaries and remembrances for Watson have already appeared all over, and deservedly so—few instrumentalists so completely absorbed America’s folk and country traditions, and fewer still brought such quiet virtuosity to them. Watson was a key catalyst in the folk revival after his discovery by producer Ralph Rinzler in 1960.

Pete Cosey, on the other hand, was a classic musician’s musician; he’s not especially well-known, though he played on tons of classic records. As such, word of his passing is traveling rather more slowly.

Cosey was a key session musician at Chess Records in the 60s, appearing on sides by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Rotary Connection, and Etta James, and he worked with the great Phil Cohran in the latter’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble. He’s probably most famous, though (to the extent that he’s famous at all), for his mind-melting work with Miles Davis in the early 70s: he played on the trumpeter’s heaviest, most electric albums, including Agartha, Pangaea, and Get Up With It. After Davis broke up the band in 1975 and went into semi-retirement, Cosey was never able to build the solo career he so richly deserved. He used his guitar like an abstract expressionist painter, creating thick, richly textured solos with fierce rhythmic power, dazzling colors, and nonchalant violence.

• Pete Cosey:

Dirty Projectors add European tourdates after a premonition Longstreth had last night that his band would still be really popular in October.

Dirty Projectors (the band) are celebrating all the future fun they had from July 5 — August 18 touring North America by lining up another tour for October! This bonus tour has them traveling all over Europe, from the powdered wig factories of Manchester to Berlin, “the biggest coffee shop in the world.” Expect to hear ascending melodies, see receding hairlines, and “smell color” at any of these shows; the Projectors’ tour page has handy ticket links to each venue if interested.

Swing Lo Magellan comes out July 10 on Domino and can be preordered in limited debossed 25-bit tip-on fold-out O-card here. Listen to “Gun Has No Trigger” at the Chocolate Grinder, and look for our forthcoming Kickstarter campaign to get Bitte Orca (TMT Review) re-released with a matte album cover.

old dates:

07.05.12 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.06.12 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
07.07.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda *
07.08.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
07.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park *^
07.11.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls *
07.13.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival *
07.14.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
07.15.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue *
07.17.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant ^
07.18.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater ^
07.20.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Nightclub ^
07.21.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue ^
07.23.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox ^
07.24.12 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore ^
07.25.12 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom ^
07.27.12 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater ^
07.28.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern ^
07.29.12 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues ^
07.31.12 - Marfa, TX - The Crowley Theatre ^
08.02.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East ^
08.03.12 - Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater ^
08.04.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues ^
08.06.12 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
08.07.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
08.09.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
08.10.12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
08.11.12 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
08.13.12 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
08.14.12 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
08.15.12 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Ballroom
08.16.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
08.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^


10.14.12 - Manchester, UK - Central Methodist Hall
10.15.12 - Glasgow, UK - The Arches
10.17.12 - London, UK - Roundhouse
10.18.12 - Paris, France - La Gaite Lyrique
10.20.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.21.12 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
10.23.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.24.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich
10.25.12 - Aarhus, Denmark - VOXHALL
10.27.12 - Göteborg, Sweden - Pustervik
10.28.12 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
10.30.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
10.31.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
11.01.12 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain

* Purity Ring
^ Wye Oak

• Dirty Projectors:
• Domino:

The Shins add fall tourdates after a premonition Mercer had last night that his band would still be really popular in September.

Good news, everyone! Even though he can hardly bear the sty-in-the-eye of his artistic integrity that is having parts of his songs performed by other musicians (because of course, “performance” is just a small hop away from “interpretation,” which is one false move away from “ownership,” which is one court hearing away from “intellectual property theft”), James Mercer is literally taking one for the team this year and agreeing to perform his DIY songs all over the world… (shudder) with a cast of additional musicians. For at least a few fleeting months, these musicians will be formally known as “The Shins” and will ably perform selections from Mercer’s new album Port of Morrow (TMT Acrostic Review), as well as some other Mercer-related albums.

In addition to the summer dates that we could-have-reported-before-but-didn’t, Mercer has added another dozen North American dates in September and October, including an appearance at this fall’s Austin City Limits festival, at which it’ll be awfully hard to keep the cameras off of the other players, who, according to Mercer’s PR person (who I assume is Mercer), will consist of Mxxk “James Mercer” Wxxxxxs on additional guitars and lap steel, Yxxxi “James Mercer” Mxxxxxxs on bass, Jxxxxxa “James Mercer” Dxxxxn on guitar, Rxxxxxd “James Mercer” Sxxxt on keyboards, and Jxe “James Mercer” Pxxxxxr drums. A portion of the dates’ pre-sale tickets will be available today at a lifestyle site that Mercer wrote the code for called Gilt City, and the rest of them will be available at James Mercers’ LinkedIn site; both starting at noon EST, also known as Mercer-o’clock.


05.31.12 - Council Bluffs, IA - Harrahs Council Bluffs
06.01.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
06.02.12 - Kansas City, KS - Livestrong Sporting Park
06.04.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
06.05.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre
06.06.12 - Detroit, MI - Fillmore Detroit
06.08.12 - Cleveland, OH - Masonic Auditorium
06.09.12 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheatre
06.10.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.22.12 - Frankfurt, Germany - Lüften Festival
06.23.12 - Neuhausen, Germany - Southside Festival
06.24.12 - Scheessel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
06.25.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Grobe Freiheit 36
06.27.12 - Arendal, Norway - Hovefestival
06.29.12 - Helsinki, Finland - The Garden Party
06.30.12 - Borlange, Sweden - Peace & Love
07.02.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pusterviksbaren
07.03.12 - Malmo, Sweden - KB Club
07.051.2 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.07.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Super Bock Super Rock
07.23.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Festival Hall
07.25.12 - Sydney, Australia - Hordern Pavilion
07.27.12 - Byron Bay, Australia- Splendour In The Grass Festival
07.29.12 - Nigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
08.03.12 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
08.17.12 - Erfurt, Germany - Highfield
08.18.12 - Hasslet, Belgium - Pukkelpop
08.23.12 - Zurich, Switzerland - Open Air Festival
08.24.12 - Paris, France - Rock En Seine
08.25.12 - Reading, UK - Richfield Avenue
08.26.12 - Leeds, UK - Bramham Park
09.22.12 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
09.25.12 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
09.26.12 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09.30.12 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
10.02.12 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
10.03.12 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10.04.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Kiva Auditorium
10.07.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.08.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10.10.12 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.11.12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits

• The Shins:
• Columbia:
• Aural Apothecary: