Pharmakon and Lust For Youth begin West Coast tour, whoopeee!!!

Pharmakon and Lust For Youth begin West Coast tour, whoopeee!!!

‘Round this here West Coast place, there just really ain’t much happening. From that there city of Seattle to the ol’ Los Angeles, there really hasn’t been much going on. Sometimes I sit on my porch (which has a nice view of the entire West Coast, mind you) and as I watch the tumbleweeds roll by I think to myself, “gee, wouldn’t it be great if a couple of Sacred Bones-related acts took a tour of this here podunk Pacific area? That would really be something, wouldn’t it Edna?” And then my wife Edna is all, “sure would be Ed, then maybe we could finally hear about this “power electronics” and “synth pop” thing the kids are always talking about.” Then Edna and I would reminisce about the time “exciting” things used to happen in places like San Francisco and Portland.

Well hol-ee sheeiit! Turns out that on this very day these two groups Pharmakon (TMT Review) and that there Lust For Youth will be bringing a little life back to this dull-ass Western place. In addition, that there Pharmakon will tour to really desolate places like Iowa and Buffalo, NY with that there Swans come this here July (but we already told you about that).

So goodbye to shooting gophers all day, and a big HEEELLLLOOOO to the good ol’ time we’ve all been waiting for!

Pharmakon/Lust For Youth tour dates:

06.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Lab #
06.22.13 - Portland, OR - Beacon Sound
06.23.13 - Seattle, WA - Narwal

# Pure Ground

• Lust For Youth:
• Sacred Bones:

Califone return with Stitches LP, find themselves drenched in Kelsey Grammer

Who out there can resist the siren song of Kelsey Grammer? No man living can. Tim Rutili’s Califone has been up to a number of things since his band’s last album, 2009’s All My Friends Are Funeral Singers, including painting, writing scripts, and working on scores for films such as last year’s Beauty Is Embarrassing. He also just so happened to work on the score for the Starz series BOSS, starring a one Mr. Kelsey Grammer. This — in my mind and probably nowhere else — led to many late nights between the two, sharing wine and conversing about the foibles and misunderstands of the upper-middle class. When you’re in Grammer-land, it’s tough to return to the real world.

But return Rutili has and he’s brought Califone with him. On September 3, the band will release their new album Stitches through Dead Oceans. This album’s creation came after a year of absolutely no Califone activity, which ended when Rutili simply woke up one day and started writing Califone songs again. Listen to the record’s title track below; see if you can pick out the Frasier references, then sigh when you realize that there are no Frasier references.

If you’re a person of strange ideas, you might have noticed that the aforementioned title-track lacks “that Chicago sound.” Good reason for that: Stitches is the first record of Rutili’s in which none of it was recorded in Chicago. Instead, the band recorded with Griffin Rodriguez in Los Angeles, Michael Krassner in Phoenix, and Craig Ross in Austin. Also: Frasier Crane in Seattle.

Stitches tracklist:

01. Movie Music Kills a Kiss
02. Stitches
03. Frosted Tips
04. Magdalene
05. Bells Break Arms
06. moonbath.brainsalt.a.holy.fool
07. Moses
08. A Thin Skin of Bullfight Dust
09. We are a Payphone
10. turtle eggs/an optimist

Califone dates:

06.28.13 - Chicago, IL - Big Star’s Third @ The Vic Theatre
09.07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
09.08.13 - Richmond, VA - Capital Ale House
09.09.13 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
09.11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
09.12.13 - Wilmington, DE - World Cafe Live at The Queen
09.14.13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Upstairs
09.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield
09.17.13 - New Haven, CT - Cafe nine
09.19.13 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
09.20.13 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

• Califone:
• Dead Oceans:

Factory Floor are cooler than you and have a cooler new album than you, too

Factory Floor are a London-based three-piece that are super into no wave, weirdo dance music, and basically just being those people who make you feel bad about your own/your band’s own level of coolness. I mean, this band supported Throbbing Gristle’s Chris & Cosey for a performance at London’s prestigious Institute of Contemporary Art back in 2011, and then later had Chris Carter performing with them at various European summer festivals. They’re so cool, they’re like cartoon dog wearing a Hawaiian shirt and reflective shades riding a skateboard COOL. And from now til September 8, they’re curating a residency sorta thing at the ICA. That’s like, cartoon dog wearing a Hawaiian shirt and reflective shades riding a skateboard WHILE SLAMMING A MOUNTAIN DEW cool.

And now the trio of Gabe Gurnsey, Dominic Butler, and Nik Colk Void are finally releasing their debut album. After a series of buzzworthy singles for Optimo and Blast First Petite, the group is releasing their self-titled debut full-length on DFA Records on September 9. It took nearly two years to record, but the band has big plans this fall, including a slew of summer festival dates, and a tour to regions as-yet-unknown. Album #2 is already in the cauldron, being stirred by several art witches till it’s ready to be unleashed onto the world.

Factory Floor tracklisting:

01. Turn It Up
02. Here Again
03. One
04. Fall Back
05. Two
06. How You Say
07. Two Different Ways
08. Three
09. Work Out
10. Breathe I

• Factory Floor:
• DFA:

Pirate Bay founder sentenced to two years for hacking, would most definitely hack in to a car if he could

According to Torrent Freak, Pirate Bay founder and notorious car-downloader Gottfrid Svartholm has been sentenced to two years in a Swedish prison after a hacking conviction. Hacking, of course, is a very serious crime. Contrary to popular belief, it is neither easy nor glamorous. From personal experience, I can say it often takes me as long as three grueling hours to figure out my roommate’s Facebook password so I can make all of his friends think he’s actually a woman who is gearing up for a short-notice trip to India. The media’s reckless portrayal of hacking has surely contributed to Svartholm’s current plight, who cites Lisbeth Salander (of the popular Millenium trilogy) and the “edgy chick” from CBS’ NCIS as his primary inspirations.

With the help of accomplice Matthias Gustafsson (who has been sentenced to probation), Svartholm reportedly hacked into the Swedish IT company Logica. Logica apparently worked closely with local bank Nordea. Details are scant on what exactly the two did while hacking into Logica’s computer systems, but many have speculated that they spent most of their time changing people’s screen savers so they bore threatening messages, e.g. “Anders, I have become sentient and I will use my infinite computing powers to wreak havoc on your small family.”

Svartholm’s sentence comes in addition to his current jail time for copyright infringement committed during his time at The Pirate Bay. Additionally, Svartholm is expected to be extradited to Denmark soon to face charges for doing basically the exact same thing there: hacking into the mainframes of CSC, a Danish IT company that worked with the government, and making employees there think that they were on the verge of the robotic apocalypse.

The Pirate Bay, of course, is an online torrent repository, most commonly known as “the place where you can download the thingies that let you watch Game of Thrones without having HBO.” Back in February, Swedish filmmaker Simon Klose released the film The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard, a documentary about the origins of the site, which reportedly contains detailed instructions on how to actually download a car.

The Burlies to play New York dates, Dismemberment Plan to play festivals, Travis Morrison to sip a refreshing drink

The Dismemberment Plan have been back together for a few years, even to the point of testing out new songs live. That’s great and all, but that’s not going to stop Travis Morrison from starting another band. Last year, the Dismemberment Plan frontman emerged with a new group, The Burlies. According to Brooklyn Vegan, they made their live debut with a few shows last year. Unfortunately, though, Hurricane Sandy prevented them from playing any shows in their hometown of New York. Well, Hurricane Sandy is thankfully long gone, giving the band a chance to play a pair of New York shows later this month. They’ll be playing Union Hall on June 14 with Noveller and Drunk Tigers, then hitting up Shea Stadium on June 20.

All well and good and all, but look, the world wants a little more Dismemberment Plan. Great news: the world’s getting just that, a little more Dismemberment Plan! The band has two festival dates announced for the year: Riot Fest in Chicago and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Detroit. Both festivals take place during the weekend of September 13-15, so the year’s supply of The Dismemberment Plan will be limited to a very specific area at a very specific time. Hey, Travis Morrison! Spread some more of your bands around! Some of us live in, oh, let’s say, Texas.

• The Burlies:
• The Dismemberment Plan:

The Flaming Lips to hopefully not perform anything called The Terror at Oklahoma tornado relief benefit… also add a few more dates

I think it was Ben Franklin who said “tornadoes are a lot like three-day-old fish… fucking horrible all the time.” Can’t very well argue with the first president of the United States now, can you?

That’s probably why on July 23, The Flaming Lips, along with some other guys you might have heard of (Kings of Leon, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill), are performing at the Rock for Oklahoma tornado relief benefit concert at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tickets are on sale now (for $35 and $50) and all proceeds will be dispersed to central Oklahoma community organizations and charities (via local charities) to benefit ongoing relief efforts associated with the devastation left behind after this spring’s brutal Moore Tornado. According to a press release, losses “are estimated to reach upwards of $2 billion” and while many of the short-term needs of the people affected have already been met, “the goal of Rock for Oklahoma is to help them with long-term issues and problems, such as regaining livelihoods.”

Or, in the words of Lips frontman Wayne Quote-master Coyne:

Shakespeare said, “It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after.” In our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them.

I’m guessing that Coyne and the boys may choose to downplay the, y’know, blisteringly abject apocalyptica of this year’s The Terror (TMT Review) in favor of some more uplifting fare. But for those of you who just can’t get seem to get enough of that good existential dread in your diet (no matter how much Taco Bell you consume), don’t worry; the band has also added some more dates to their summer/fall trek. Heck, there’s even a few new dates with Spiritualized! So go ahead, moody brooders, get out there and get just as high on bummer-drones as you wanna be!

The Flaming dates:

07.11.13 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Pavilion *
07.12.13 - Greenville, SC - Charter Amphitheatre *
07.13.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.15.13 - Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre ^
07.16.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE Outdoors ^
07.17.13 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark
07.25.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Twilight Concert Series, Pioneer Park
07.27.13 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield
07.28.13 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party
07.31.13 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Pacific Amphitheatre
08.01.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Bud Light Music First, House of Blues
08.17.13 - Omaha, NE - Maha Maha Festival
09.06.13 - Isle Of Wight, England - Bestival
09.07.13 - Stekene, Belgium - Crammerock Festival
10.21.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Blitz
10.22.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Blitz
10.23.13 - Osaka, Japan - Hatch
10.24.13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Diamond Hall

* The Black Keys
^ Spiritualized

• The Flaming Lips:
• Warner Bros: