Arise ye proto-punk creatures of the night! Pere Ubu announce December West Coast dates

Arise ye proto-punk creatures of the night! Pere Ubu announce December West Coast dates

Pere Ubu are a bunch of witches. David Thomas made a deal with the devil in exchange for musical genius. David Thomas associates with Lucifer himself, guitarist Keith Moliné is a vampire, synth dude Robert Wheeler is the creepy ghost that lives inside bathroom mirrors when you’re awake after 2 AM, other synth person Gagarin is a malevolent forest elf, bassist Michele Temple is a large black cat that speaks human language (with sassy flair!), and drummer Steve Mehlman is a spOoOoky wizard. All rumors, sure, but I mean, how else do you explain this? How else do you explain how this band has been making innovative, awesome, shocking music for more than three decades?

Surely science can offer no truly rational explanation as to why Lady from Shanghai (TMT Review), Pere Ubu’s newish album (it came out on Fire Records in January), is so damn good. It is for us to interpret the signs, to respect Pere Ubu’s dark dealings, and to try not to piss them off till we know if their coven exists to do good :-) or evil :-(. Judging by how many seminal punk and underground bands Thomas and co. have inspired, the more likely answer is: “good.” But don’t take MY word for it. (After all, I’m just a giant sentient swamp blob with the ability to type out weekly news stories for Everyone has a different dream!) You can go see them on tour this winter, if you’re a resident of one of the following swell West Coast cities.


12.12.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.13.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
12.14.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
12.18.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
12.19.13 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

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Cross Record joins the Ba Da Bing! family, releases one album and readies another for 2014

Cross Record is the newest member of the (ever-growing) Ba Da Bing! family, and like any good family member would, the label will be reissuing Emily Cross’s debut record. Originally released in a small run of 300 LPs on Lay Flat Records, Be Good acted as the debut full-length after a handful of digital releases through Bandcamp. Ba Da Bing will be distributing the last remaining copies of the LP version of the album (it comes on white wax with a poster insert), as well as releasing Be Good on CD for the first time.

Emily Cross, it turns out, sent her music to Ba Da Bing’s office after seeing label rostermates Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and Xenia Rubinos play live in Chicago. The folks over at Ba Da Bing liked it so much they not only agreed to re-release the first album but will also be putting out the forthcoming follow-up. See kids, dreams still can come true.

There’s a video for the track “Maybe I’m Crazy” featuring a lot of upside-down fun. You can check it over at Vimeo, or, for your convenience, right under this sentence:

Be Good tracklist:

01. Watching Something Nice
02. Little Orange
03. Cups in the Sink
04. Maybe I’m Crazy
06. Dirt Nap
07. Skins of Fishes
08. Hungry, Thirsty
09. Not Quite White Light
10. Be Good

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Dosh takes a holiday from the mystical land of Narnia for a tour with Matthew E. White and a new album release

Hearing new music from Dosh — Martin Dosh — is a little bit like opening the door into Narnia for the first time. What at first seems a little strange suddenly seems familiar, and then shit gets weird again. Like Dosh’s electronic and abstract hip-hop elements are the wintry wood and then OH SNAP the haunting looped vocals are the friendly faun man peering at you inquisitively from around a tree. And such is the magic of Dosh, a one-man band who has worked with Andrew Bird and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, and most recently with Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on a 25-minute collaborative piece at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

That song, “Legos (for Terry),” along with six other tracks, comprises Dosh’s latest for Graveface, Milk Money. The album is due October 22, and just about a month later, Dosh takes to the road for a short East Coast tour with Matthew E. White. Until then, stream the full album at PopMatters, or watch a Beats Per Minute video of the man himself hanging out, making music in his underground bunker… er, faun lair:

Milk Money tracklisting:

01. We are the Worst
02. Death Set
03. Kisses
04. 20 Year
05. Unto Internity
06. Golden Silver
07. Legos (for Terry)


11.23.13 - Duluth, MN - Tycoon’s Alehouse
12.04.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott *
12.05.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
12.06.13 - Philadephia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
12.07.13 - Washington, DC - Rock ‘n Roll Hotel *
12.20.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

* Matthew E. White

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Cat Power goes on smallish, cat-powered solo tour

Hey there, Football fans. Remember liking Chan “Cat Power” Marshall’s music at some point in your live previous to now? No? Oh, sorry. Of course not. Um, let me try this again.

Hey there, Cat Power Fans! Remember liking Chan “Cat Power” Marshall’s music at some point in your lives previous to now? Well, good, because NOW is exactly when your chance is coming to relive that love, as she pitter-pats her way across the US this fall on a small solo tour. “WHY is she touring?” you ask? Good question. According to her label, Matador, because it’s… starting to get… cold outside? Huh.

Well, either way, who are you kidding? You’ll fucking take it. You’re a goddamn Cat Power Fan.

Cat Power dates:

10.21.13 - New York, NY - Glasslands (Elliott Smith tribute show)
11.06.13 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
11.07.13 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
11.08.13 - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
11.10.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
11.13.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synogogue
11.14.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Masonic
11.15.13 - New Haven, CT - Center Church on the Green (Meeting House)
11.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
11.18.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
11.20.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop (early and late shows)
11.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music (early and late shows)

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Death Grips subvert conventional notions of fall tours by cancelling the shit out of theirs

Damn, Death Grips, how’d you get so goddamn good at this shit??? I mean, let’s face it: most bands have NO IDEA how to be assholes. They just seem to go around faking it: biting chickens’ heads off and kissing one another and saying inane shit about guns and politics and playing “My Sharona” over and over again at live shows and, I don’t know, BEING Lars Ulrich or whatever. You guys seem to just roll out of bed, and BAM! controversial records! BAM! No-show at the after-party! Etc. etc. I tell ya, these guys do it right.

And now, according to a recent Fun Fun Fun Fest Facebook post (at which the Grips were scheduled to “appear” in some shirtless capacity on their upcoming fall tour), they’ve gone and just CANCELLED THAT ENTIRE FALL TOUR. BAM! FTW! It’s like: that’ll teach all you music-lovin’ motherfuckers to be so lame and typical in your lame-ass enjoyment of music! NO FUN FOR ANYONE! PISS IN YR BEER! DO NOT PASS GO; INSTEAD, GET CANCER. How DO they DO that??? Maybe it’s all the caps lock?

Anyway, as for the festival slot itself, apparently No Age will be filling in for them. Which… is cool and all, but I’d kinda rather they fly Death Grips’ equipment out there anyway so the fans can just smash it up for a while, wouldn’t you? Then again… they’d probably just find some way to SUBVERT THE FUCK OUT OF THAT TOO. I know I would if I ruled as hard as Death Grips do.

Or DO they?



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Tim Hecker embraces his inner John Williams, provides original score for documentary Massacred for Gold

If you’re like me, you’ve found yourself thinking more than once that Tim Hecker’s music has got just the right amount of ambient melancholy to make a great soundtrack for a documentary about something really sad that happened in the past. Well, person like me, first off, hi! It’s nice to meet you. Second, we’re not the only ones who think that. As it happens, Tim Hecker (or as I call him in my dreams where we’re besties, “The Heckerman”) himself thinks his music would make a great soundtrack to a documentary about something really sad that happened in the past. As Pitchfork reports, he’s composed an original score for the upcoming documentary film Massacred for Gold.

Pulling from R. Gregory Nokes’ book of the same name, the film tells tells the story of a group of Oregon miners in 1887 who were murdered in an anti-Chinese immigrant massacre. Directed by Vernon Lott and Jennifer Anderson, the film will debut at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival between November 7 and 17. You can watch the film’s trailer below. This is Lott and Anderson’s third collaboration, following 2010’s Bad Writing (which featured interviews with the likes of George Saunders, David Sedaris, and Margaret Atwood) and 2011’s Confluence.

And don’t forget, Hecker’s tribute to the only truly safe form of sex, Virgins, is also out this week, so hop on that in the most abstinent way you possibly can.

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