RIP: Alan Myers, Devo drummer

RIP: Alan Myers, Devo drummer

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.”

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Hudson Mohawke, rejuvenated after working with the Almighty, announces North American live dates

Given the opportunity, I like to punish artists for their behavioral negatives by (if they’re an artist I’m already not interested in) becoming even more adamant about not listening to their output, or (if they are an artist I’m interested in) delaying listening to their output for as long as I feel necessary.

Actually, full disclosure, I really only apply this philosophy to Kanye West, whose tremendous dickheadishness presents a dilemma when placed alongside his not-terrible music. Yeezus (TMT Review) probably won’t reach my ears until later this summer, by personal choice, but god knows there are some worthwhile credits coaxing its hastened attention: the first being, well, God, of course. How nice of Him to drop and/or glide by the recording studio. The second being Hudson Mohawke a.k.a. Ross Birchard, who’s come a long way since the certifiably wonky Butter, and who assisted with the production duties on the tracks “I Am a God” and “Blood on the Leaves,” though he probably had a greater role than that. The relevant news here is that Hudson Mohawke, compelled as he might’ve been by his temporary freedom from the clutches of extra-egotism, is going on a short tour of North America beginning July 16. He and Montreal-based producer Lunice will also be harnessing their collaborative TNGHT moniker for a few festival performances. Dates below.

Hudson Mohawke DJ Set… dates:

07.16.13 - Washington, D.C. - U Street Music Hall
07.17.13 - Boston, MA - Middle East
07.18.13 - Miami, FL - Bardot
07.19.13 - Toronto, ON - Moskito
08.01.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Shine
08.02.13 - San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom

TNGHT dates:

07.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.03.13 - Los Angeles, CA - HARD Summer Music Festival
08.06.13 - New York, NY - Central Park Summer Stage (with Disclosure)

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The Dismemberment Plan announce new album; TMT news writer arrested in ignominy

TMT news writer Taylor Peters was arrested today after an incident in downtown Indianapolis. According to local sources, after being repeatedly foiled by Microsoft Word’s spell check correcting the name of the new Dismemberment Plan album, Peters took to the streets shouting the information at the top of his lungs, all the while smacking business men in their “business” (his words) and shooting off toy pistols like an excited cowboy. In lieu of a traditional news post, what follows will be a transcript of the since-removed YouTube footage of Peters’ outburst.

Well boy howdy, tighten your knickers and smack your son on the mouth because I’ve got a doozy of a news post for you my beautiful babies! Oh wowzers, what a nice suit you’ve got there, sir. [He attempts to smack the business man’s behind, however the middle-aged man proves substantially more agile than predicted.] Anyway, those charming fellahs behind Emergency & I (TMT Review), Change (TMT Review), and that mysterious list of steps for how to cut off your limbs without totally bleeding out in the process, The Dismemberment Plan, have announced a brand-spanking-new album due out October 15 by way of Partisan Records.

[For a moment here Peters stops speaking in order to wave his toy guns above his head and make surprisingly convincing gunshot noises with his mouth.]

The album’s called Uncanney Valley and it’s their first full-length since 2001’s Change. That’s right mister sunglasses, you heard me correctly, the album’s got an extra “e” wedged in there all messed up-like, and I’ll tell ya it really fudged up my attempts to text my mom about it this morning, what with autocorrect and all. Y’all remember how The Dismemberment Plan played a whole slew of new songs last summer? Don’t shake your head at me like that ma’am. Well, surprise surprise, a whole buncha those songs made it on to the new record, and if this wasn’t real life I’d totally embed a video or two of them below. They’re also… no these are toy guns [he points them at an oncoming policeman and makes another surprisingly convincing gunshot noise with his mouth]… the band is also playing a few dates in September which, again I’d totally… ouch! you’re hurting me, man! … I’d totally post them below if this was the internet…

As he was carried away by several frustrated policemen, he reportedly tried to replace “Backstreet” with “The Dismemberment Plan” in the Backstreet Boys classic “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and we can only imagine that the joke did not work at all because of the irreconcilable syllabic differences.

Uncanney Valley tracklist:

01 No One’s Saying Nothing
02 Waiting
03 Invisible
04 White Collar White Trash
05 Living in Song
06 Lookin’
07 Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer
08 Mexico City Christmas
09 Go and Get It
10 Let’s Just Go to the Dogs Tonight

The Dismemberment Plan dates:

09.13-15.13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
09.14.13 - Detroit, MI - St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
09.21-22.13 - Denver, CO - Riot Fest

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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

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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

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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

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