Reggie Watts to kick audiences in the brain on Conan O’Brien tour, release new CD/DVD

Reggie Watts to kick audiences in the brain on Conan O'Brien tour, release new CD/DVD

I believe the first words of my gasping reaction to Reggie Watts’ appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon were, “I didn’t know you were allowed to do that on television!” Watts had somehow managed to achieve the psychedelic intensity of his live performances in spite of the natural reductions caused by broadcast television and proximity to Jimmy Fallon. Months later, in an event that retroactively rendered my reeling exclamation prophetic, comedy hero Conan O’Brien asked Watts to join him on the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour, elevating the tour from pre-legendary to pre-traumatic.

For those unfamiliar with the bear-shaped mouth-music maestro, Reggie Watts is the lead singer of patchwork-genre band Maktub. In recent years, Watts has branched out on his own with an act that combines live-sampled singing and beatboxing with absurd, impression-based, stream-of-consciousness rambling. His live performances are often spontaneous, the tech setup worked into the act, as he performs in several shows per night. Regardless, Watts frequently achieves a level of transcendence otherwise uncommon to the New York City comedy scene that has come to adore and support him.

If you need more convincing to pre-order Reggie Watts’ new CD/DVD, Why $#!+ So Crazy? (due May 18 in Europe and July 6 in the US), turn off your lights and watch the video for “Fuck Shit Stack” in HD. Don’t have any eyeballs? Listen to some tracks on his Muxtape page, using ears.

Reggie’s still on tour with Conan O’Brien. Check out the remaining dates:

05.05-07.10 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Festival
05.09.10 - Boulder, CO - Mackey Auditorium *
05.10.10 - Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House *
05.13.10 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium *
05.14.10 - Austin TX - Austin Music Hall *
05.15.10 - Tulsa, OK - The Brady Theater *
05.16.10 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater *
05.18.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theater *
05.19.10 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater *
05.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theater *
05.22.10 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *
05.30.10 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Borgata, 7:00 & 10:30 shows *
06.01.10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *
06.02.10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall *
06.04.10 - Boston, MA - Wang Center *
06.05.10 - Boston, MA - Wang Center *
06.06.10 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun *
06.07.10 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theater *
06.08.10 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall *
06.14.10 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theater *

* Conan O’Brien

Why $#!+ So Crazy? tracklist:

01. Fuck Shit Stack
02. Thanks for Coming
03. A Future in the Future
04. Squirrel Joke
05. Get Your Shoes On
06. Muffins
07. Social Construct Intro
08. Social Construct
09. 7 Xanax, Glass of Wine
10. Rainbows
11. Gnome Sayin’?
12. Tuck Tuck Squirrel
13. My History Thus Far
14. Fields of Donegal
15. Butter + Toast

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The Most Serene Republic release new digital EP, tour a largely chaotic republic (America)

Shit, The Most Serene Republic are (despite their band name) violently pointing a gun at my head right now and forcing me to tell you the following!! First off, they want you to know that they have a new song that is available for free download on their website. The song is called “Photocall” and features samples from Jon Brion’s work for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Oh god! Just don’t shoot me, Most Serene Republic! Please! I’ll swear I’ll tell them anything!

Okay, okay, okay: now they want me to tell you that their video for “Heavens to Purgatory,” directed by Ben Steiger, is nominated for the Juno award for “Video of the Year!” Congratulate them! Please! Oh, and, and, they also want me to let you know about their new video for “Jelly Chamber,” which is a track off their new six-song digital EP, Fantasick Impossibliss. The EP is available tomorrow on the band’s own label, Home Of The Rebels, and you can watch the video at the Chocolate Grinder. Here’s the — OW, FUCK — tracklisting:

01. Comeuppance
02. Pink Noise
03. Jelly Chamber
04. The Church of Acorns
05. Ache of Goon
06. Fantasick Impossibliss

So what else do you want me to tell them?! Please, just point the gun away from my baby! I had nothing to do with this review!

Okay, finally, The Most Serene Republic want you to know that they will be heading out on a spring co-headlining tour with Annuals this May!! Here are the dates, which I swear on my life are accurate:

05.05.10 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
05.06.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
05.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
05.08.10 - Minneapolis, MN - The 400 Bar
05.11.10 - Seattle, WA - Crocodile
05.12.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
05.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
05.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Spaceland
05.16.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
05.19.10 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
05.20.10 - Houston, TX - Mangos
05.21.10 - Denton, TX - Hailey’s
05.23.10 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
06.15.10 – Washington, DC @ DC9
06.16.10 – Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
06.17.10 – Boston, MA - Great Scott
06.18.10 – Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
06.19.10 – Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06.20.10 – New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

PLEASE CALL THE COPS! I’m not joking around, The Most Serene Republic have a gun to my head and they keep making me do this and I just want to take my baby home and nourish it… maybe if I just… *BANG!*

[ed: TMT would like to take this time to mourn the violent and unexpected passing of Kid Midnight. Condolence cards are discouraged.]

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I have heard the future and it is horrible: The Chap condense new album to under four minutes, release as free preview to longer, more boring version

To tease the hearts of buzzy experimental pop fans who rabidly await the release of their fourth album, Well Done Europe, The Chap have used technology brought from the future, in a time machine, to condense the entire album down to three minutes and twenty-nine seconds. But why make this version a preview? Why release the long version at all? Will we really have time for long music in the future?

And why stop there? If you can condense one album to the length of a song, I want an album in which all of the songs are albums. Do you hear me, future? I want a pogo stick that never tips over and a horse with a British accent. I want music that makes time last longer.

Listen to the condensed LP, courtesy of Bandcamp. It’s definitely worth the time. Then check out the condensed lyrics here.

Well Done Europe arrives July 6 (May 24 in Europe) through Lo Recordings, and is available in a deluxe edition that includes an entire meal in a pill and a car that is also a pill.


01. We’ll See to Your Breakdown
02. Even Your Friend
03. We Work in Bars
04. Obviously
05. Gimme Legs
06. Well Done You
07. Nevertheless, The Chap
08. Pain Fun
09. Torpor
10. Maroccan Nights
11. Few Horoscope
12. Chalet Chalet

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The REAL problem of leisure: which Gang of Four one-off event to attend in London?

To hell with poverty: let’s get drunk on free wine and hors d’oeuvres ART MUSEUM STYLE!!!!!!! One hopes there will be canapes at least for our friends in seminal post-punk band Gang of Four during any of the very special one-off events taking place in London this June as part of the group’s “History’s Not Made for Great Men” series. After all, Gang of Four’s Jon King and Andy Gill are kicking things off by conversing with author and former A&R dude John Niven on June 7 at 1-5 Exchange Court in Covent Garden. What says finger sandwiches and Bordeaux more than a salon-style chat with a fellow artist? Fun fact: Niven is perhaps best known for Kill Your Friends, a novel about a music industry insider who could probably show Bret Easton Ellis’ Bateman brothers a thing or two in the nastiness department.

The adventure continues with a live performance by Gang of Four on June 9 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Expect a sneak peek of the band’s upcoming full-length, Content, currently scheduled for a September release. Whilst at the ICA, fans can also check out photos of the band, Gang of Four art and artifacts, and prints by Gill and King based on the artwork for the new album. There’s also a listening station where people can check out a recently rediscovered cassette tape of the group’s first show ever.

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Titus Andronicus add more summer tourdates, prudently stay north of the Mason-Dixon

Last night, Titus Andronicus leader Patrick Stickles had a dream in which Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and Eddie Van Halen came down to earth from planet Vulcan and told him that if he didn’t keep Titus Andronicus on the road this summer, they’d melt his brain.

Not surprisingly, today we dutifully find a new listing of summer tourdates for Stickles and his crew in support of this past spring’s XL Recordings release of The Monitor (TMT Review). And just to keep the ghosts of both of those great men happy, Titus Andronicus will also increase in size for this next leg and perform as an eight-piece ensemble. Currently consisting of Stickles (vocals, guitar), Ian Graetzer (bass), Amy Klein (guitar, violin), David Robbins (keyboard, guitar), and Eric Harm (drums), the band will also welcome several of their tourmates from Hallelujah The Hills into the fold for most of these dates, including David Bentley (cello), Elio Deluca (keyboards), and Brian Rutledge (trumpet and trombone), all three of whom played said respective instruments on The Monitor. That little bonus oughta keep General Sherman’s spaceship out of Stickles’ hair for a while. And maybe now Eddie will finally rest in peace.

(Hey, shit, wait a minute… are they supposed to be ghosts or aliens? Aw, whatever… I’ll just distract everyone with some impeccably formatted tourdates!)

Titus Andronicus Summer Tour-stravaganza 2K10:

06.03.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands (Neighbors Allied for Good Growth benefit)
06.26.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Barge Park / Northside Festival
07.10.10 - New Haven, CT - Lily’s Pad / Toad’s Upstairs
07.11.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
07.13.10 - Buffalo, NY - Ninth Ward
07.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
07.15.10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection Lounge
07.17.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.28.10 - St. Louis, MO - LouFest

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Ariel Pink to makes his sci-fi debut

When certain indie musicians decide to switch from the audio to visual medium, it’s usually at the very least surprising. Yo La Tengo as The Velvet Underground in I Shot Andy Warhol is an oft-cited one that comes to mind, and I also can’t help to think of the recent appearance of Teeth Mountain members on Judge Judy giving quite the convincing and hilarious performance. Oh, and who can forget JP from The Locust on Jerry Springer (although that one tends to slide a little under the radar, The Locust being who they are).

Nonetheless, when I was exposed to those performances, I found it slightly surprising that the given artists would go that route, but when news that lo-fi overlord Ariel Pink would be guest staring in an up-and-coming sci-fi series, my reaction was “well, of course he is!” Honestly, if I were told the dude came from another planet, I would hardly shrug.

So on May 1 that is precisely what happened at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles during the midnight screening of the brand new series The Multinauts. From what I’ve gathered, The Multinauts appears to be taking a bit of a throwback approach to the sci-fi series by using time-consuming analog and early digital techniques to show a more warm and hand-crafted touch. Here’s a quote from the show’s production house Telefantasy that sums it up better than I can: “The Multinauts involves time travel, holographic spaceships, and a rescue mission that sets up the story’s heroes to wage a battle against “a powerful mega-corporation and its mutant empire.”

There is no word on air dates or as to where Pink fits into the plot line, but shit, it sounds so ridiculous it’s worth a watch regardless. Godspeed Ariel and crew.

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