+ / - Prep New Album, Inspire Obnoxious List; In The Future I Look Forward To Reporting On Up-And-Coming Bands Compare/Contrast and Venn Diagram

Precise, pressurized, prism-pop purveyors + / - (I totally just won in cattergories) are getting ready to release a proper follow-up to their 2003 LP You Are Here, an album so good it's rumored to have been responsible for a recent string of power outages, as well as the ritual murders of at least three teenagers in Spokane, WA. Still not satisfied, the gore-drenched band also plans to switch things up with a new label, followed by a scattershot fall tour.

Now, all these + / - announcements dumped in our laps on the same day might lead one to believe that the band were a bit rash in their decision-making. Luckily, there is still some time left before the album's release, so today I'd like to present a short list of things the band might not have considered when making their plans, things that might have looked positive at first glance, but in the end are unalterably negative. Take heed:

[+] Critical praise upon release of new album on October 24, entitled Let's Build a Fire.

[-] Legal battle over plagiarism with publishers of Official Boy Scout Handbook.

[+] Newfound respect after signing to Absolutely Kosher, home of Frog Eyes, The Dead Science, and Sunset Rubdown.

[-] Newfound embarrassment after parents discover Absolutely Kosher also home of Goblin Cock.

[+] Instantly increased fanbase due to awe-inspiring tracklist.

[-] Not really:

1. Let's Build A Fire
2. Fadeout
3. Steal the Blueprints
4. The Important Thing Is To Love
5. Thrown Into the Fire
6. Summer Dress 2 [Iodine]
7. Ignoring All the Detours
8. Profession
9. One Day You'll Be There
10. This Is All I Have Left
11. Leap Year
12. Time and Space
13. For You

[+] Memorable experiences from successful U.S. tour:

10.27.06 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church +
10.28.06 + Washington, DC - Black Cat -
11.08.06 - Birmingham, AL - Bottle Tree
11.10.06 + Denton, TX - Hailey's
11.11.06 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
11.14.06 + Phoenix, AZ - Modified Arts
11.15.06 - Tucson, AZ - Plush
11.17.06 + San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
11.20.06 - Portland, OR - Towne Lounge
11.21.06 + Seattle, WA - Crocodile
11.25.06 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
11.26.06 + Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
11.29.06 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dees
11.30.06 + Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo

+ / - with the Wrens

[-] Memorable experience from unlocked stall in Tucson bathroom.

The Rapture Tour U.S. and Canada; Confused Christian Fundamentalists Buy Tickets, Are in for Big Surprise

Reptilian post-hard/math core is coming our way, in the shape of the venomous These Arms Are Snakes. I don't know what you think about David Icke's theory on the Illuminati and their quest for world domination, but I happen to feel that giant lizard life-forms masquerading as normal humans would be a welcome addition to our otherwise dull and bland existence. As such, I'm thrilled to announce, exclusively for TMT – sadly no other website would allow me to announce it – that These Arms Are Snakes are slithering their way across the continental United States in an imminent, upcoming, forthcoming, pending, impending, chilling, thrilling tour!

And now I have had it with These Fuckin' Arms are Motherfuckin' Snakes on a Motherfuckin' Plane:

09.22.06 - Richland, WA - Ray's Golden Lion
09.23.06 - Yakima, WA - Yakima Sports Center ^
10.17.06 – Denver, CO - Marquis Theater *$
10.18.06 – Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Saloon *
10.19.06 - Iowa City, IA - The Picador *{
10.20.06 - Chicago, IL - Beat Kitchen *#{
10.21.06 - Milwaukee, WI - The Cactus Club *#{
10.22.06 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig *#$
10.24.06 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *#{
10.26.06 - Toronto, ON - The Kathedral *#
10.28.06 - Montreal, QC - Petit Campus *#
10.29.06 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East – Upstairs *#%
11.01.06 - Providence, RI - The Livingroom *#%
11.02.06 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church *#%
11.03.06 - Brooklyn, NY - North Six (Jade Tree CMJ Showcase)
11.07.06 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *#@
11.08.06 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder *$
11.09.06 - Orlando, FL - AKA Lounge *@
11.10.06 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbit's *@
11.20.06 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill *%

* - w/Mouth Of The Architect
# - w/Young Widows
% - w/ French Toast
@ - w/The North Atlantic
^ - w/ With a Bullet, Head Like A Kite
$ - w/ Planes Mistaken For Stars
- w/ River City Tan Lines
– w/ Everlovely Lightning Heart}

Enough punctuation for ya? My keyboard is having a FIELD DAY!

The Rapture Tour U.S. and Canada; Confused Christian Fundamentalists Buy Tickets, Are in for Big Surprise

Said one churchgoer to another, "Hark, I hear that the rapture is coming. It will begin in DC first, to smote those foul politicians, then sweep across the United States and Canada. The final judgments will occur in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, those Spanish-named bastions of sin."

The other, overcome with emotion, fell to his knees, and raised his eyes to the heavens. "Lord! Please provideth me with tickets to your holy assemblage! The rapture is upon us and I beseech you to include me in your hour of righteousness!"

Needless to say, when Rapture tickets began to rain down from heaven, every hipster within a mile radius called every hipster within a ten-mile radius, who called their hipster friends in the three neighboring states. I hear there are still some tickets, albeit a bit smeared, floating down the Mississippi River. If only you were willing to get your American Apparel leggings wet...

The rapture will probably not be televised (but will most likely be on YouTube within 5 hours of the end of the first show):

10.26.06 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.27.06 - Toronto, Ontario - The Guvernment
10.28.06 - Detroit, MI - St Andrew's Hall
10.30.06 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
11.01.06 - Boston, MA - Axis
11.02.06 - Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda
11.03.06 - Philadelphia, PA - Pure Nightclub
11.05.06 -Chicago, IL - Metro
11.07.06 - Austin, TX - Emo's
11.09.06 - Phoenix, AR - The Old Brickhouse Theatre
11.10.06 - Pomona, CA - Glass House
11.11.06 - San Francisco, CA - Be The Riottt!
11.13.06 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
11.14.06 - Vancouver, BC - Richards on Richards
11.15.06 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
11.17.06 - Las Vegas, NV - Celebrity Vegas
11.20.06 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre

Steve Irwin, I Wish You Could Have Seen This: Animal Collective Tour Australia

This is your brain:

Why has everyone started to like all my favorite bands? Is it because they're too "accessible"? Are their T-shirts that cool? Were they on some magazine cover? Are they on the internet? Am I out of the loop? Shitttttttttt. Maybe I should trade in these Converse for some more obscure shoes. Like some skater shoes. Yeahhhh... And maybe I'll sell this band shirt for some sweet used shirt. Or something striped. And tight. Maybe flannel. Shit, my parents didn't give me enough money for clothes AND records this week. Fuck. God I love fist-pumping. I'm so hardcore. Feedback gets me off. Noise better not go anymore mainstream or I'll have to start listening to silence again. Or those '50s girl-pop bands. I can't stand going to a huge venue for a band that I knew about when they were still playing five-dollar clubs. Fuck them for not coming to my hometown. Promotion for shows is lame. Touring sucks. Recording is so passé. DIY man. It's the postmodern no-wave. Since when are shows fashion shows? I don't think about what I'm going to wear for when I go out. I just pick whatever filthy, ragged, inconspicuous, random-ass piece of clothing with holes in it to wear because I'm lazy. I wish my parents would give me more fucking money.

This is your brain on drugs:

Dude, since when do people in Australia listen to Animal Collective? What's that about the toilets there? You see different stars, you say? The winter is in the summer? The moon is on its side? 18+ shows?! What the fuckkkkkkkk? Come back to America, Animals, where the grass is green and the ladies fair. Where crickets chirp late and people won't stare.

Stop bringing your camera to shows:

11.03.06 – Brisbane, Australia – The Zoo (18+)
11.04.06 – Sydney Australia – Newtown (18+)
11.06.06 – Melbourne, Australia – The Corner Hotel (18+)
11.08.06 – Auckland, New Zealand – Kings Arm
11.09.06 – Wellington, New Zealand – Indigo Bar

Frieze! Festival News!

But we interrupt this bulletin to bring you some interesting facts about the marvellous metropolis that is my nation’s capital. Tick off the ones you know, clever-clogs!

DID YOU KNOW?

- London has the highest population of underground nomadic dwellers of any capital city. They inhabit the city’s many train tunnels, travelling without direction or Oyster cards for days on end, at the mercy of the erratic train system.

- London was originally known as Atlantis, but the construction of the Thames Barrier had a catastrophic effect, which led to the loss of the ancient conurbation. The only thing remaining from the old civilisation are the red phone-boxes that acted as spiritual guides for the populous.

- Scientists predict that in 2074, a large increase in sugar intake will lead to mass evacuation after crazed Londoners riot, scouring the streets in search of the so-called 'white gold.'

- London was the scene of one of the greatest sea-battles ever recorded, in 1973, when the Queen’s armada trounced the Spanish fleet in Trafalgar Square. A large phallic column was erected (oops!) in tribute.

- The four lions surrounding Nelson were once the cousins of Aslan. The London Hippodrome was apparently a Victorian water circus, but I think the clue’s in the name y’all. One word: abattoir.

Anyhoo, the Frieze Art Fair is occurring once again. Frieze — a big European (not just British!) contemporary arts and culture magazine — puts on its pants and the FAF every October in Regent's Park. One-hundred-sixty art galleries participate. That number was so big I had to write it out!!! The Frieze Music Festival portion will be headlined by none other than Sunn0))). Also of interest are Leopard Leg, a 10+ all-girl drum troupe from Brighton and London. Geez, BARR will have no way to compete with just his one! Oh well. At least he's got good odds at making out with at least one. (Go for two, Brendan!)

Painting Renaissance-style murals this year on London’s hallowed walls will be:

Friday, 13 October:
Sunn 0)))
Russell Haswell and Florian Hecker
Burning Star Core
Leopard Leg

Saturday, 14 October:
Liars
Erase Errata
Barr
The Curtains

That's how they do the dates there — seriously. You can't make this stuff up! You want MORE information? Go to www.frieze.com then (and order your tickets!), and don’t waste my time.

Deerhoof Subvert And Deconstruct Fundamentals Of Rock Music And Replace Them With Limitless Towers Of Sonic Beauty; Other Stuff, Too

I'm not going to lie; I love Deerhoof. I love loving Deerhoof. There are moments when I actually mistake love for Deerhoof. I'll be sitting at the kitchen table with a girl late at night, and the light from a car driving by will cast a certain glow on her face, and I'll suddenly gasp and whisper, "Hoof?" I know it's tres important to leave opinions out of straight news stories, but I don't care because this one is unabashedly gay. True story: One time I made a public announcement that I could no longer go on with my daily life until I owned every single sliver of music that Deerhoof has produced.

Then a friend sent me a link to this site, and I was faced with the decision to either eat my words or kill myself. Like I said, I love Deerhoof, so I thought it would be a pretty cool thing to do, and I jumped out a window with a suicide note taped on my back. Luckily, for embarrassment sake, my jump was successful, and the guy who found my body was moved to tears by my note. The note was actually a haiku about the drummer, and though it pains me to recall my own tragic end, for the sake of Deerhoof-love, I'm willing to present the poem.

Rearrange Greg's name
And the letters will spell out
E. E. Sugar Grin

The annoying thing is this: I forgot they haven't broken up yet! How was I supposed to keep on loving Deerhoof in an aluminum coffin? Which brings me to the reason why I'm standing here now, covered in fresh soil: Deerhoof are releasing a new album, Friend Opportunity, on January 23 through Kill Rock Stars and 5RC. The totally lovable tracklisting is this:

1. The Perfect Me
2. +81
3. Believe E.S.P.
4. The Galaxist
5. Choco Fight
6. Whither The Invisible Birds?
7. Cast Off Crown
8. Kidz Are So Small
9. Matchbook Seeks Maniac
10. Look Away

But it wasn't only the new album and the worms that made me claw my way out of the Earth. Deerhoof are also going to be recording a score next week for the film Dedication with composer Ed Shearmur at Hyperion Sound. The film was directed by Justin Theroux (CHARLIE'S ANGELS TWO) and stars people like Billy Crudup, Amy Sedaris, and Mandy Moore. And me, as Deerhoof Lover #1.

But it wasn't only the new film score and the claustrophobia that made me pine for sweet, sweet oxygen. The North Haven Community School in North Haven, Maine will be putting on a twice-in-a-lifetime performance on October 23 and 24 at Waterman's Community Center. Students from grades K-12 will be participating in a ballet based on Deerhoof's 2004 concept album, Milk Man. And if that isn't lovable enough (it is), most of the dancers will be kids from grades 3-8. I will be playing the Milk Man.

But it wasn't only third-grade children and the decay that made me roll the boulder away from my tomb. Deerhoof are in the midst of a tour with some other bands that, though unlovable, still get me feeling pretty darn infatuated:

09.13.06 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle *
09.15.06 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre *
09.24.06 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom *
10.18.06 - Providence, RI - Lupo's %
10.19.06 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Palace %
10.20.06 - ???TBA????? %
10.26.06 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center ^
10.27.06 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum ^
10.28.06 - Buffalo, NY - Showplace Theater %^
10.30.06 - Toronto, ON - Opera House %
10.31.06 - Montreal, QC - Le Tulipe %
11.01.06 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground %
11.03.06 - New York, NY - Hiro Ballroom (KRS CMJ Showcase) &
11.11.06 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (RIOTTT!) #
12.08.06 - Somerset, England - Butlins Holiday Resort (ATP's Nightmare
Before Christmas) @

* w/ The Flaming Lips
% w/ The Fiery Furnaces
^ w/ Fog
& w/ Erase Errata and Excepter
# w/ The Wrens, Sage Francis, and Saul Williams
@ w/ EVERYONE AWESOME EVER

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