RIP: Alan Myers, Devo drummer

RIP: Alan Myers, Devo drummer http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1306/news-13-06-alan-myers.jpg

From the Los Angeles Times:

Chances are in coming days when you’re reading about percussionist Alan Myers, who died Monday after a battle with brain cancer, the words “human metronome” will be used. Myers’ drumming for punk band Devo came to define the band’s off-kilter sound.

Musician Ralph Carney, who was friends with Myers, announced the death of the Devo drummer on his Facebook page: “Alan Myers passed yesterday from cancer. he was Devo’s best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. i cry…”

To call Myers a human metronome, though, is to suggest a drummer focused on keeping a steady, consistent beat. Myers could do that and more, but his internal metronome contained secret compartments, switches that could drive odd time signatures, weird breakbeats, perfectly timed chaotic bursts.

Like one of his admitted inspirations, John “Drumbo” French of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band, Myers understood rhythm so well that he worked as much silence and absence into his sound as he did crazy fills.

Myers was Devo’s third drummer, joining in 1976 before the band released its Brian Eno-produced debut, “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!” and remained in the band until the mid-’80s. He played on all the Akron, Ohio-born, Los Angeles-based Devo’s most mind-bending material, including the deconstructed version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” that first propelled them onto the national stage, “Whip It” and “Girl U Want.”

• Devo: http://www.clubdevo.com

Prince Rama prep for apocalypse by going on US tour, showing their new film

The end of the world didn’t happen last year and it didn’t happen the last time anyone thought the end of the world. Shame, as Prince Rama had created a nice little soundtrack for the apocalypse in the form of last year’s Top Ten Hits of the End of the World on Paw Tracks. Seeing how the world didn’t end, the band has been forced into a plan B. Specifically, that plan B is to create the world’s first Now Age psych-opera in the form of a film called Never Forever. The band’s press release describes the film as a “a free-form journey through dimensions both surreal and virtual” which includes the “glamorous, twisted world of a post-apocalyptic gym queen” and the “nightmarish breakdown of a VR robot turned pop star.” All that sounds cool, but that’s also basically how I describe Fast and Furious 6.

Never Forever recently premiered at New York City’s MoMa PS1 Dome 2. While a solid plan, Prince Rama did realize that more people could see the film if they also brought it to other cities. With that realization, they’re taking the film on tour with them, supplementing their live show with a screening of the movie. Most of their upcoming dates feature the film, though not all do, because, look, dad, you just can’t show a movie anywhere. No refunds will be given for dates canceled on account of apocalypse. There will be no one to give refunds and there will be no one to accept them.

Prince Rama dates:

06.26.13 - Tucson, AZ - Plush *
06.27.13 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
06.28.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FIGat7th
06.29.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Film Screening & DJ Set @ Cinefamily *
06.30.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium
07.01.13 - San Francisco, CA - Chapel
07.02.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi *
07.03.13 - Seattle, WA - Rendezvous
07.04.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl *
07.06.13 - Calgary, AB - Hifi *
07.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
07.10.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Mad Planet
07.12.13 - Chicago, IL - Secret Location
07.13.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes *

* includes screening of Never Forever

• Prince Rama: http://princerama.net
• Paw Tracks: http://www.paw-tracks.com

Pop. 1280 release Imps of Perversion this summer; lock up your cats, nervous moms, and olde tyme teetotalers

Pop. 1280 make the type of music that scares cats and makes suburban moms worry about their kids’ choice in friends. (I assume Pop. 1280 are friends with a lot of suburban children, you know, just to be creepy.) And now the noisey Brooklyn synth-punk weirdos have a second full-length in the works for the giant human-sized bat that runs Sacred Bones out of his cavey lair. In a press release that I really feel “gets” me, the label promises that the new album, Imps of Perversion, is just chock full of “stories of lust, sexual confusion, temptation, and debauchery.” Dear Press Release, will you go out with me? I think we could really be something.

Recorded at BC Studios with producer to the stars Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Cop Shoot Cop, Swans), Imps of Perversion is the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed The Horror LP (TMT Review), and it drops August 6; check out the first single and first album track below. Pop. 1280 have done the Midwest and East Coast tour circuit extensively and this fall, they’re striking out with an entourage of creepy elves, pookas, and pagan owl gods to tour the debauched hinterlands of the West Coast to support the album. Then eventually they’ll all drift off together on a ship full of ghosts and red wine to take over the great old weird homeland, Europe.

Imps of Perversion tracklisting:

01. Lights Out
02. The Control Freak
03. Population Control
04. Nailhouse
05. Human Probe II
06. Do the Anglerfish
07. Dawn of Man
08. Coma Baby
09. Human Probe
10. Riding Shotgun

Some dates:

06.16.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent #
08.03.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio (Record Release Show)
08.16.13 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
09.20.13 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Fest

# The Soft Moon

• Pop. 1280: http://pop1280.tumblr.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Goblin bringing giallo and prog rock to the US for the first time, Death Waltz Recording Company putting out an EP to mark the occasion

I’m tipping my hand as an 80s prog dilettante, but I had no idea that Goblin had enough non-soundtrack material to really tour. Apparently they do, however, and apparently they are bringing their bloodied, cheesy brand of joy to the good people of the United States for the first time in the history of the world.

A few months back, Goblin announced their plans to play a live soundtrack to Suspiria at the Housecore Horror Film Festival and it appears the excitement over that has driven them to expand their New World ramblings. They will be creeping into slightly over a dozen cities across the US and Canada. One can only assume they’ll get tired of playing the theme to Tenebre pretty quickly.

The other point of interest for the cross-breed film geek and prog fan is the new EP Goblin has assembled to accompany this tour. Pressed to red vinyl with the kindly assistance of Death Waltz Recording Company, the EP contains new renditions of classic Goblin tunes, specifically from Suspira, Tenebre, Deep Red, and Roller. All done up in lovely new packaging from the less-famous-than-he-should-be Graham Humphreys. Basically, be at one of these shows and you’re cool.

Tour dates:

10.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft
10.03.13 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
10.04.13 - Baltimore, MD - Otto Bar
10.05.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
10.06.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.09.13 - Boston, MA – Sinclair
10.10.13 - Montreal, QC - Le National
10.11.13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
10.12.13 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
10.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.15.13 - Denver, CO - The Gothic Theatre
10.18.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
10.19.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
10.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Beyond Fest @ The Egyptian Theater
10.25.13 - Austin, TX - Housecore Horror Film Festival
10.27.13 - Austin, TX - Housecore Horror Film Festival

• Goblin: http://www.newgoblin.com
• Death Waltz Recording Company: http://deathwaltzrecordingcompany.com

Elliott Smith Friends and Family organize benefit concerts (featuring Jon Brion, Gus Van Sant, Grandaddy, and more) across four U.S. cities… but which ones?!? Damn, you’ll have to keep reading.

Bad news, man: it’s officially been 10 years since Elliott Smith’s passing. Yup; let that sink in. That’s a while. And what have you gotten done in the intervening years? Not a whole lot? That’s what I thought; me neither. Shit, right? Yeah… but not to worry! After all, heck, we’re still here, right? And don’t look now, but here comes our chance to get out there and DO SOMETHING.

A little group that calls itself the Friends and Family of Elliott Smith (comprised, believe it or not, of friends and family of the late singer/songwriter) have recently taken to the internet to announce a series of commemorative benefit concerts across four major US cities this August, collectively entitled No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith. According to the press release, the event is being billed as a “four-city celebration for charity of Elliott’s incredible music, performed live in concert by his biggest fans and closest friends and collaborators.” The celebrations are going down August 4 through August 10 and correspond with what would have been Smith’s 44th birthday.

Kinda awesome and inspiring, right? And not only that, but this is going to be big, man. I’m talking over 100 musicians and artists gathering in Portland (August 4), Los Angeles (August 6), Austin (August 9), and New York City (August 10) to “play the songs that thrilled, comforted, inspired, and made the pre-smartphone generation feel a little less alone.” And on top of that, each event will benefit a specific local charity in that City and will feature the illustrious likes of Grandaddy, Gus Van Sant, Jon Brion, Rhett Miller, Chris Thile, and “dozens of other very special guests.” Sounds like a triple-win to me, right? Tickets are on sale now. For more info, click here. Come on, we can do this, friend! We’re gonna make it! Give me a huuuuuug! Okay; not really. But still. Yay!

No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith dates:

08.04.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (benefiting Outside In) *
08.06.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo (benefiting Free Arts for Abused Children) #
08.09.13 - Austin, TX - Scottish Rite Theater (benefiting the SIMS Foundation) %
08.10.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom (benefiting New Alternatives for LBGT Homeless Youth) $

* Gus Van Sant, members of Grandaddy, special guests
# Jon Brion, special guests
% Jody Denberg, members of Grandaddy, Lil’ Cap’n Travis, David Garza, special guests
$ Rhett Miller, Chris Thile, Mary Lou Lord, special guests

• Elliott Smith: http://www.sweetadeline.net
• Friends and Family of Elliott Smith: https://www.facebook.com/nonamenumberone

Suuns take over Europe, announce short but sweet US tour

Ahh the romance of the open road! The midnight truck stop dinners, the socks washed in motel room sinks, the bleary, drunk pleas after a show for a floor in a nice, non-murdery household for the band to crash in, you know, just for the night, we’ll buy you a six-pack blah blah blah. The babes! The booze! That scene in that one movie where the guy declares himself a “golden god” and falls into the pool or whatever (who even remembers anyway, that movie wasn’t that good, DEAL WITH IT). Such is the life of the touring indie rock band: a whirlwind of stank-ass vans, Cheeto crumbs, and DREAMS.

You know, a lot of bands go on tour for a couple weeks. A month maybe. Maybe they go to St. Louis. Maybe they go to Pennsylvania. If it’s 2013, they go to North Carolina to play Hopscotch. (Every band is playing Hopscotch this year.) But not Suuns. They’re not just playing Hopscotch, people. They’re playing the sexy parts of Canada. They’re playing a few East Coast dates. And they’re playing every single country in Europe — almost — including some that may or may not be only located in fairy tales. They’ve got a stop at Glastonbury! A stop at Montreal Jazz Fest! A stop at the seductively named Nuits Secretes fest in France. Ooooh secretes. Then it’s back to North America for a few tour dates… and maybe some new socks.

Dates:

06.20.13 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.23.13 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret
06.27.13 - Norrkoping, Sweden - Bravalla Festival
06.28.13 - Marmande, France - Garorock
06.30.13 - Glastonbury, UK - Glastonbury Festival
07.02.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Rockhal
07.03.13 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
07.04.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
07.05.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.07.13 - Montreal, QC - Montreal Jazz Festival @ Soda Club
07.12.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Phonopop
07.13.13 - Herk-De-Stadt, Belgium - Rock Herk
07.14.13 - Luzern, Switzerland - Schuur
07.15.13 - Ancona, Italy - Spilla Festival
07.16.13 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana-Bi
07.17.13 - Padova, Italy - Radar Festival
07.19.13 - Carhaix-Ploguer, France - Vieilles Charrues Festival
07.20.13 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.21.13 - Salacgriva, Latvia - Positivus Festival
08.01.13 - Berlin, Germany - Puschen Festival
08.03.13 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Rotown
08.04.13 - Aulnoye-Aymeries, France - Nuits Secretes Festival
08.06.13 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
08.07.13 - Oberhausen, Germany - Druckluft
08.08.13 - Haldern-Rees, Germany - Hadern Pop
08.09.13 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
08.10.13 - Castelbuono, Italy - Ypsigrock
08.13.13 - Kamnik, Slovenia - Kamfest @ The Kamnik Castle
08.14.13 - Vienna, Austria - Chelsea
08.15.13 - Innsbruck, Austria - Treibhaus
08.17.13 - Saint-Malo, France - La Route Du Rock
09.03.13 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
09.04.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
09.05.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
09.06-07.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.08.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
09.09.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott

• Suuns: http://suunsband.tumblr.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

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