The Pop Group reunite after nearly 30 years of being office admins

The Pop Group reunite after nearly 30 years of being office admins

While Swans have recently denied its “reunion” status (TMT News), saying that it’s “not some dumb-ass nostalgia act,” The Pop Group have decided to go the “dumb-ass nostalgia act” route by “blow[ing] the dust off the old songs and pick[ing] up where [they] left off.” According to ATP Concerts, Bristol’s acclaimed post-punkers The Pop Group are reuniting for four club dates in September, with two performances in Italy and a couple more in London.

The reunion features Mark Stewart (vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar, keys, sax), Bruce Smith (drums), and Dan Katsis (bass), the lineup from their second and final album, For How Much Longer Must We Tolerate Mass Murder. We suspect they’ll be playing tunes from that album and their debut release, Y. While only four dates have been announced so far, the band is at the very least planning to bring the “dumb-ass nostalgia act” to some festivals in 2011.

No word if The Pop Group plan on writing or recording new songs, but according to the band: “There was a lot left undone,….we were so young and volatile….Let’s face it, things are probably even MORE fucked now than they were in the early 80’s…..and WE are even more fucked off!” [UPDATE: According to the AV Club, The Pop Group have a new album, The Alternate, tentatively scheduled for release sometime in September.]

09.09.10 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv Club 9
09.10.10 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211
09.11.10 - London, UK - The Garage *
09.12.10 - London, UK - The Garage *


Tickets for the London shows are on sale now.

• The Pop Group (Wiki):
• ATP Concerts:

“Mega”faun to release “Mini”-LP

Hahaha, this shit just writes itself. It’s funny because the title refers to two things that are at polar opposite ends of the size spectrum!

Okay, you’re right, that’s not funny at all. Let’s proceed.

North Carolina-based Megafaun have been nonstop busy these past couple years, what with North American and European tours, a roots music project for Duke University, and contributions to the album from indie/soul/whatever supergroup GAYNGS. Now the group has announced the follow-up to last year’s Gather, Form & Fly (TMT Review), a six-song mini-LP called Heretofore that is slated for release September 14 on Hometapes.

Megafaun just wrapped up a series of summer North American dates, but you can still catch them live in a month or two. You know, if you’re into that sorta thing.

Heretofore tracklisting:

01. Heretofore
02. Carolina Days
03. Eagle
04. Volunteers
05. Comprovisation for Connor Pass
06. Bonnie’s Song


08.06.10 - Portland, OR - Pickathon
08.07.10 - Portland, OR - Pickathon
08.13.10 - Marina di Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi
08.15.10 - Leicester, UK - Summer Sundae Weekender
08.16.10 - London, UK - Lexington
08.19.10 - Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpopp Festival
08.21.10 - Trondheim, Norway - Pstereo Festival
08.22.10 - Wales, UK - Green Man Festival (Glanusk Park)
08.23.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Crawdaddy
08.24.10 - Cork, Ireland - Cyprus Avenue
08.26.10 - Groningen, Netherlands - Noorderzon Festival
08.27.10 - Venlo, Netherlands - Zomerparkfesten
08.28.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko
08.29.10 - North York Moors, UK - The Band Room
09.11.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Fest at King’s

• Megafaun:
• Hometapes:

Christian Fennesz, David Daniell, and Tony Buck announce new live LP Knoxville

It’s not every day that you bear witness to an album being created in its full form within the context of a live setting. I mean, unless you’re a DMB or Phish fan. But even taking those powerhouses into account, rarely does one experience such an event within the context of a fully improvisational live show. One such lucky crowd was those who soaked up last year’s Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN on February 7, when a completely improvised performance took place between guitarist/computer wiz/sound manipulator Christian Fennesz, guitarist David Daniell, and drummer Tony Buck (of The Necks). The performance took place without any prior meeting or collaboration between the three musicians. Eat that, Mr. Matthews.

Since this performance was obviously of a unique and non-repeatable nature (and apparently completely mind blowing), Thrill Jockey has decided to step up and document this happening by giving it an overly appropriate name (Knoxville) and an LP and CD release come August 24 of this year. Thrill Jockey also reports that future performances can be expected from the trio. Ultimately, we can only hope that they’ll follow in the footsteps of Phish and release an album from every single one of those performances.

• Christian Fennesz:
• David Daniell:
• Tony Buck:
• Thrill Jockey:

RIP: Sugar Minott, the “Godfather of Dancehall”

From Dancehall.Mobi:

Foundation dancehall / reggae singer, Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott is dead. He reportedly died earlier this evening, and although the cause of death has not yet been publicized, just a couple months ago Dancehall.Mobi reported that he was gravely ill and had been diagnosed as having Angina Pectoris – a severe heart condition – and ordered by his doctor to rest. R.I.P. to the original ‘Godfather of Dancehall’.

• Sugar Minott:
• Sugar Minott (MySpace):

Junk Culture tells kids to “say NO to tobacco,” then goes on tour with Tobacco! Hypocrite!

Illegal Art beat maestro Junk Culture (a.k.a. Deepak Mantena) is a good role model for the kids. Encoded somewhere in his tripped-out sound collages is a simple message to all the children: “Don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, and do your best!” Pretty stand up guy, obviously, but how does such a message come off when Mantena goes on tour with someone named Tobacco this fall?? Pretty fishy, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Besides, the guy went to school in my beloved home state of Mississippi, so he has my infinite respect. At the moment, Junk Culture is in the middle of a summer tour with Common Loon. Now Common Loon, that’s a name nobody could find an objectionable message in. Unless you hate loons.

Junk dates:

07.10.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *
07.11.10 - Philadelphia, PA - The M Room *
07.12.10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks *
07.13.10 - Youngstown, OH - Lemon Grove Cafe *
07.14.10 - Cincinatti, OH - Southgate House *
07.15.10 - Champaign, IL - Mike N Molly’s *
07.16.10 - St. Louis, MO - Antartica
09.09.10 - Washington, DC - DC9 !
09.10.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church !
09.11.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar !
09.16.10 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse !
09.17.10 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground !
09.18.10 - Boston, MA - Middle East !
09.23.10 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s !
09.24.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig !
09.25.10 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt !

* Common Loon
! Tobacco, Dreamend

• Junk Culture:
• Illegal Art:

OM reunite with DO to bring doom to Australia on their first tour of the continent

Last week, I was in Australia talking to the citizenry asking them about what they miss culturally by being an isolated continent with a serious cultural lacking. Once I collated my data, I found that, besides daily professional wrestling programs, what the Aussies miss most is drone and/or doom metal.

Eager to help the problem, I got on the phone with Al Cisneros and his drone and/or doom metal band OM and begged them to play Australia so that all the Aboriginals could finally experience the ominous, brooding, and totally metal world of OM. Supporting OM throughout their Outback pilgrimage will be Lichens and Blarke Baker/BlackWidow, with special guests at each show. Ticket information and other details can be found at OM’s website listed below.

You’re welcome, Australia!

OM Australian tourdates:

07.11.10 - Geelong, Victoria - The National Hotel w/ Agents of Abhorrence,
07.15.10 - Adelaide - Fowlers Live w/Spacebong
07.16.10 - Melbourne - Hi Fi Bar w/ Breathing Shrine
07.17.10 - Sydney - Factory Theatre w/ Naked on the Vague
07.18.10 - Brisbane - Hi Fi Bar

• OM: