RIP: Derf Scratch, bassist of LA punk band Fear

RIP: Derf Scratch, bassist of LA punk band Fear

From ANTI-:

Derf Scratch, the original bass player for influential Los Angeles punk band Fear has died. Scratch (Frederick Milner) passed away on July 28th, 2010 after a prelonged illness. Few bands merged the nihilistic humor, confrontational attitude and surprising level of musicianship like theoriginal Fear lineup did. Scratch was a versatile and accomplished musician who is rumored to have possessed a masters degree in music. The band’s riotous performance on Saturday Night Live at the behest of legendary cast member John Belushi showed the country just what chaos was coming their way. To read a strange and hilarious interview with Scratch, go here. To see a clip from the Decline of Western Civilization of Fear performing in 1980 go here.

• Fear:

Local Natives announce fall tour? Yeah right! Oh wait… actually, yeah, right.

Those buzzed California indie rockers in Local Natives are going on tour? Uh, yeah right! I’ve heard that one before, buddy! And it was true last time I heard it, so I guess it’s true again. Local Natives are, in fact, embarking on another nationwide tour this fall, in support of their Frenchkiss debut Gorilla Manor (TMT Review). Next thing you’re going to tell me is that those guys are super thorough about hitting the United States’ major geographical areas. By the way, thanks for telling me that, because that totally is true, as the Local Natives boys are hitting up the West Coast, Midwest, Southeast, and East Coast on this tour. Who’s going to be deprived of Local Natives this fall? Nobody, apparently.


09.17.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
09.19.10 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
09.20.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - SOHO Music Club
09.22.10 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
09.24.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
09.25.10 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
09.28.10 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
09.30.10 - Omaha, NB - The Waiting Room
10.01.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.02.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10.03.10 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
10.05.10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Academy of Contemporary Music
10.06.10 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.07.10 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.09.10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.11.10 - New Orleans, LA - Tulane University LBC Quad
10.13.10 - Birmingham, AL - Work Play Soundstage
10.14.10 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
10.15.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade-Heaven Stage
10.16.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
10.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
10.20.10 - Montreal, QC - La Tulipe
10.23.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
10.27.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10.28.10 - Washington, DC - Nightclub 9:30

• Local Natives:
• Frenchkiss:

Animal Collective’s Avey Tare to release Down There in October

Avey Tare released a backwards album with Kria Brekkan in 2007 titled Pullhair Rubeye. Most people hated it (not TMT!). I’m not sure what I think yet, because I have yet to read Pitchfork’s review, but for what it’s worth, I really love Curren$y, Best Coast, and Wavves! Anyway, after having just established my credibility, I am now here to report that Avey Tare is releasing a solo album titled Down There on Animal Collective’s label, Paw Tracks. It’s not backwards, but it’s apparently influenced by crocodiles, which is pretty cool. Definitely cooler than being about beach balls, eh?

Down There is due October 26.

Down There tracklist:

01. Laughing Hieroglyphic
02. 3 Umbrellas
03. Oliver Twist
04. Glass Bottom Boat
05. Ghost of Books
06. Cemeteries
07. Heads Hammock
08. Heather in the Hospital
09. Lucky 1

• Paw Tracks:

How to write a Wavves news story, lesson one: new US tourdates

When writing a new story about Wavves, the biggest challenge is to not mention any of the following:

1. Nathan Williams’ on-stage meltdown at the Primavera Festival last year due to…
2. Drugs, which he still most likely takes with…
3. Bethany Cosentino a.k.a. Best Coast, who is his girlfriend and who also owns…
4. A cat named Snacks that is featured on the covers of both of their new albums.

Yeah, try not to mention any of that stuff, will you? The following items, however, are acceptable:

• Wavves’ new album, King of the Beach (TMT Review), is due out in physical form August 3 via Fat Possum Records.
• It was recorded at Sweet Tea Recording in Oxford, Mississippi by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse).
• These are Wavves’ upcoming fall tourdates:

08.02.10 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
08.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08.07.10 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle / Lollapalooza afterparty #
08.12.10 - San Diego, CA - Museum of Contemporary Art / San Diego
08.13.10 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House %
08.14.10 - Portland, OR - Berbati’s Pan +
08.16.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
08.17.10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Crepe Place
08.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
08.25.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
08.26.10 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
08.27.10 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
08.30.10 - Davis, CA - Sol Collective
08.31.10 - Visalia, CA - Howie and Sons Pizza Parlor
09.04.10 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.10.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
09.11.10 - St. Louis, MO - Billiken Club
09.14.10 - Bloomington, IN - Rhinos
09.15.10 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
09.16.10 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
09.17.10 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
09.18.10 - Waltham, MA - Brandeis University
09.20.10 - Providence, RI - Met Café
09.24.10 - Kingston, NY - 323 Wall Street
09.25.10 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
09.27.10 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
09.28.10 - Greensboro, NC - Guilford College
09.29.10 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone
09.30.10 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
10.01.10 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In - Next Big Nashville
10.02.10 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
10.20.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden $

* Smith Westerns, Total Slacker
# Harlem, Fergus and Geronimo
% Abe Vigoda, The Growlers, Crystal Antlers
+ The Cool Kids
$ Phoenix, Dirty Projectors

• Wavves:
• Fat Possum:

Gorillaz add new US tourdates; who knew cartoon characters could maintain so much cred?

It’s been awhile since Gorillaz released their debut album (TMT Review)… nine years to be exact. Who knew that a bunch of cartoon characters created by the singer of a 90s Britpop band and a graphic designer would still be credible almost a decade later? Well, not only are they still very much relevant, but Gorillaz will be embarking on a fall tour to support their recent album Plastic Beach (TMT Review) on Virgin Records. The “Escape to Plastic Beach” tour will hit most major cities in the US, and tickets go on sale for most dates during the first two weeks of August.


10.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
10.05.10 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre
10.06.10 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
10.08.10 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
10.10.10 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
10.11.10 - Washington, DC - Patriot Center
10.13.10 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
10.14.10 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
10.16.10 - Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
10.17.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
10.19.10 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
10.20.10 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre
10.22.10 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
10.24.10 - Denver, CO - Wells Fargo Theatre
10.26.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
10.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
10.30.10 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
11.02.10 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
11.03.10 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena

• Gorillaz:
• Virgin:

King Khan and the Shrines tour the Midwest, Northeast, and that Canada place in just two weeks

After slinging soul across the greater part of this nation last spring, King Khan and the Shrines are hitting the road once again to tag the towns they missed on their first go-round. And let me tell you, King Khan: good move on making amends with my home city of St. Louis by making us your first stop on this particular tour. People around my hood are still hopping mad that your manager had to go and get his ass arrested for mushrooms when you and BBQ Show were on your way to Off Broadway last November. It’s been annoying as hell to hear people bitch for months and fucking months about missing that show, so thank you for coming back so everyone can just shut up and get back to loving you again. Just don’t fucking cancel again (or break up again), please!

10.03.10 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee
10.04.10 - Minneapolis, MI - Triple Rock Social Club
10.05.10 - Madison, WI - Annxex
10.06.10 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
10.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
10.09.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End
10.12.10 - Providence, RI - The Met
10.13.10 - Boston, MA - Royale
10.15.10 - New York, NY - Santo’s Party House
10.16.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Bell House

• King Khan and the Shrines:
• Vice:

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