Okkervil River tour North America for college kids and morose, out-of-shape, debt-stricken, child-laden kids

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Wow, everybody, let’s hear it for The Okkervil Rivers. Those hardworking motherfuckers are always out there sweating it out on the ol’ dusty tour trail. And you know what? Sure, sometimes its because there’s an “album” they’re “pushing,” a “product” they’re “marketing” or whatever else you want to stick annoying quotes around (as they certainly did with 2011’s I Am Very Far). But SOMETIMES, ladies and gentlemen, sometimes they just get out there and tour for the sheer fucking THRILL of bein’ out there on the road, playing out-of-sight music for eager college kids; mildly-optimistic, out-of-college kids; and morose, out-of-shape, debt-stricken, child-laden, way-out-of-college kids. And guys, you’ll never guess what! This is one of those times. (Does anyone else ever get that creepy déjà vu feeling?)

Yup. Okkervil River is hitting the road this fall in support of absolutely nothing. Which is, now that I think about it, another way of saying that they’re hitting the road in support of absolutely anything at all! So, just take your pick of what you want them to be touring in support of, and (I assume) they’ll support it. Interested in the original TurboGrafx-16 gaming console? Boom. Blazing Lazers tour. Are you a fan of Neil Degrasse Tyson on Facebook?? Cool, because Okkervil River is touring in support of all those dumb Carl Sagan rip-off quotes that your friends are always re-posting. Do you like that one band Deerhoof? Well you’re in luck, because Okkervil River is coming to your town to promote the fact that they’ll be coming to your town like a month later. And so on and so on. In fact, the only real danger here is if the thing that you you like is actually Okkervil River. Because no matter how harmless it sounds, Okkervil River can’t tour in support of Okkervil River without starting an endless feedback loop and ripping the fabric of the universe apart, ending all of existence for all space and matter and time for ever and ever in the blink of an eye. So yeah, if you just like Okkervil River, stay home and listen to Deerhoof.

Dates:

08.24.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
08.25.12 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box
08.27.12 - Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre
08.28.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
08.29.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
08.30.12 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre
08.31.12 - Bloomington, IN - Upland Brewery
10.06.12 - Denver, CO - Cultivate Music Festival @ Denver City Park *

* Best Coast

• Okkervil River: http://www.okkervilriver.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

Dignan Porch to release their second LP Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen on Captured Tracks, and isn’t that just damn peachy keen!!!

Hey! Guess what? Nothing bad will ever happen! Everyone will get a kitten and a bicycle and lots of popsicles!

Hey! Guess what else? Dignan Porch are a psych-pop group from Tooting, South London! Their name doesn’t mean anything! They just like how the words sound together! Joe Walsh says that the band picked the name because it “seemed to capture the vibe of the band” when they came up with it! Joe Walsh is the singer!

Hey! Guess what else again? Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen is the title of Dignan Porch’s second LP! It follows 2010’s Tendrils, which was really more of a solo project by Joe Walsh! He says the songs on this new record never focus on one topic for too long! He says, “often I’ll start a song and it’ll begin with some sad stuff about an ex-girlfriend or something and then by the end I’m writing about time travel”! The album will be out August 14 via Captured Tracks! Isn’t that just the bee’s knees?

Hey. Wait. Bad things do happen. Like spilling coffee. And dropping your car keys in a hole. And breaking both arms.

Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen tracklist:

01. Picking Up Dust
02. Sad Shape
03. She Is Landing
04. Darkness
05. TV Shows
06. Pink Oil
07. Sleep With The Dead
08. Never
09. Sixteen Hits
10. And Are Now Not
11. Cancelled TV Shows
12. Interlude
13. You Win You Win

• Dignan Porch: http://dignanporch.com
• Captured Tracks: http://capturedtracks.com

OM postpone August tour after (non-tragic) skateboarding accident

The hidden — and often deadly — violent potential of skateboarding has once again reared its ugly head as OM, the stoner metal outfit from California, have announced that they will be forced to postpone their October tour after an injury to drummer Emil Amos.

Amos, while skateboarding to a local eatery, came across a set of cement steps that he “couldn’t pass up without kick-flipping over.” However, after a lack of momentum and a bad launch due to an uncomfortable pair of new slip-on sneakers, the percussionist soon realized he would not be landing the kick-flip. “I was in the middle of the air, thinking about the snacks I was planning on buying and then it hit me: I was going to come down and I was going to come down hard.”

While the specifics of the injury have not been released to the press, early rumors point towards a severely sprained ankle, making continuous bass-drumming nearly impossible. Marijuana, while suspected in the accident, has not been proved as a contributing factor, although the snacks are questionable.

Finally, the postponed dates (listed below) are planned to be rescheduled for mid-November.

08.24.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
08.26.12 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
08.27.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
08.28.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
08.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09.01.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.02.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
09.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
09.04.12 - Knoxville, TN - Pilot Light
09.05.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
09.06.12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop

• OM: http://omvibratory.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Martin Eden a.k.a. Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium premieres new single “Worker” after temporarily confusing people

The name “Martin Eden” bears its significance from the eponymous 1909 novel by Jack London. You knew that, right? Well, I sure didn’t, but I thank Matthew Cooper a.k.a. Eluvium for bringing it to my attention, as I find the struggles of a young writer particularly relevant to my current preoccupations, as well as my future aspirations. Cooper, as far as I know, isn’t primarily a writer, but he likely identifies with the literary genre of which the novel is an example; ‪Künstlerroman‬ means “artist’s novel” in German, and according to Wikipedia, it’s a narrative about an “artist’s growth to maturity.” Make sure you acknowledge the word “artist” there; we don’t want any flashbacks to 8th grade health class.

So fascinated Cooper must be with Martin Eden (the novel), that he’s actually decided to assume “Martin Eden” (the name) as a moniker under which he’s releasing his latest musical works. As a part of Lefse Records’ ongoing series, Martin Eden (remember, that’s Matthew Cooper) is releasing a 7-inch, with a release date to be announced (though you can listen to a digital version of the track, “Worker,” below). Cooper describes his new project as appealing to “fans of early Aphex Twin stuff, or turn of the century electronic music,” and you know what? I definitely hear it. Go on, listen for yourself:

• Eluvium/Martin Eden: http://eluvium.net
• Lefse: http://www.lefserecords.com

Spin Magazine announces layoffs, reshuffling as print media continues its death rattle

Sad news for paying the bills this past weekend, as it was announced that Spin would be laying off a number of employees, including editor-in-chief Steve Kandell. The news of the layoffs, reported by Billboard on Friday, comes mere weeks after BuzzMedia purchased the nearly 30-year-old magazine.

“We believe there is a unique role for print and see it as another outlet for people to access content about their passion topics,” said BuzzMedia CEO Tyler Goldman when asked about Spin’s future in print after the purchase, “In the longer term, we’re still defining how print fits in from a platform perspective.” Another BuzzMedia rep issued a statement this morning, adding that they “will build upon this core staff by doubling the editorial team. This investment will enable us to continue enhancing Spin’s offerings, which includes making the SPIN archive, an incredibly important part of music history, much more accessible.”

In other news: naysayers and internet-fans are adding these layoffs, and the possible lack of a future for such an established magazine (the November/December issue has been scrapped), as one of the final gasps of the already dead medium of print. However, we here at TMT believe that the print medium died the moment TMT started publishing reviews on an Angelfire site 10 years ago.

Spin: http://www.spin.com

Merzbow to reissue Merzbient box set on Merzvinyl

I know that you think you own a bunch of Merzbow and, most likely, you do own a bunch of Merzbow. We all know how prolific the Japanese music legend is; for example, the 50 CD Merzbox package (which I own and still haven’t listened to in its entirety), or the 13 Japanese Birds box, or the dozens and dozens of other albums that Merzbow has released. However, the one thing that I (and most likely most other Merzbow fans) don’t have is Merzbow on vinyl — at least, not that much of it.

That all changes on September 10, though, as Soleilman will be reissuing the Merzbient box set as an 18-record, double-box, jizz-inducing collection. Originally released in 2010 on CD (ewww), the collection features recordings from the 1980s and 1990s with some material having never seen the light of day, not even on the CD version.

For those not familiar with me (Kid Midnight) my birthday is on September 19 and I know you want to get me a present. Please make it this.

• Merzbow: http://www.merzbow.net

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