Sue McLean and Associates is sad to share that we have lost our dear leader, friend, colleague and family member. Sue McLean died of cancer today, May 17th, at her home surrounded in spirit by all who loved her, her daughter Lilly, family, and friends. Funeral services will be on May 24th at 11AM at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Visitation will be 9:30AM to 11AM in the church prior to the mass, with a reception following the funeral. Music tribute concert and memorial details to come. Thank you for your prayers and support.
RIP: Sue McLean, Twin Cities music promoter for Basilica Block Party, The Guthrie, and zoo concerts
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The Mountain Goats reissue All Hail West Texas, declare time travel “bullshit” after discovering Satan exists outside of time
By Taylor Peters on May 17 2013
In a surprising development, The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle announced today that not only had he invented time travel, but he had also traveled extensively to both the past and the future. When asked about the street date for the technology, Darnielle demurred, saying “Well, I actually totally destroyed the technology; it didn’t really end up turning out how I wanted it.” Pressed for more details by a bunch of pissed looking scientists, Darnielle went on to say,
You know, we traveled far and wide looking for the devil to appear, and we always had extra copies of our Satan record with us as, like, a gift or whatever. We went way into the future, 2666, 3666, all the way up until the sun exploded. We even went back to 666 A.D. and B.C. for good measure. It turns out that in none of those years does Satan manifest and engulf the universe in flames, which Peter, Jon, and I all agree is some serious bullshit.
The pissed scientists went on to confirm that he was “absolutely serious” several times in increasingly distraught tones. Eventually, sensing the frustration in the scientists’ voices, Darnielle revealed that he had also visited 2002 in his travels. From the year 2002, he apparently recovered the master tapes for that year’s All Hail West Texas, which he has now had remastered and repackaged with seven additional songs, as well as a brand new 1,800-word essay detailing the writing and recording of the album. The reissue will be out July 23 on Merge Records in the US and August 6 in Europe on both CD and LP. This is the first time the album has been available on vinyl, which will surely excite those who don’t really care all that much about time-travel. Darnielle also directed everyone in attendance to his Tumblr if they were in the mood for some “rad movie posters,” a smattering of Parks and Recreation GIFs, and a delightful little essay by Matt Fraction.
Several scientists challenged Darnielle’s assertion that time-travel was even necessary to achieve this remastering feat. This apparently enraged Darnielle, as he disappeared in a puff of grey-ish smoke and has been tweeting the lyrics of Mercyful Fate’s Don’t Break The Oath in all caps at Neil Degrasse Tyson ever since.
In other news, The Mountain Goats are touring as a duo this summer with The Baptist Generals, and in all likelihood, they’re coming to an iteration of time near you.
06.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.04.13 - York, PA - Strand Capitol Performing Arts
06.05.13 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06.07.13 - New Haven, CT - Center Church on the Green
06.08.13 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.09.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom
06.11.13 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
06.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
06.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Ballroom
06.15.13 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk Chumley Theatre
06.16.13 - Evanston, IL - Space
06.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.19.13 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
06.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
06.22.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
06.23.13 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
06.24.13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
06.26.13 - Charleston, SC - The Charleston Pourhouse
06.27.13 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
06.28.13 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
07.26-28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
09.13-16.13 - Miami, FL - Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival
Mutek 2013 is coming, thousands prepare for yearly pilgrimage to Montreal
By Ryan Simpson on May 17 2013
Ah, lovely Mutek. You hold such great potential, such great history, yet I have never had the chance to set foot on the hallowed grounds of your various venues. Ever since I heard your strangely evocative name in connection with Coil’s 2003 performance, I have always thought of you as one of the must-see festivals.
That may sounds like jest, but the lineup for 2013 does seem to live up to the highfalutin praise: Matthew Herbert, Lee Noble, Emptyset, Andy Stott, Laurel Halo, Leatherette, and a dozen other artists who have been lambasting your eardrums lately, all spread across a handful of venues and five days of idolatry.
But Mutek is not only a chance to scrape up knees and prostrate before the newly forged mythological figures of modern music. The folks behind it do seem to have an astute sense of who and what is making waves in the music world. Also, apparently they are a not-for-profit organization, which is kinda fascinating. So yes, it is actually worth it to strap on a pair of hiking shoes and start a trek towards Montreal. Better start quick too, because this puppy kicks off on May 29.
Also, check out the full schedule of things that probably shouldn’t be missed. It’s pretty enough to print out and hang.
• Mutek: http://www.mutek.org/en
PAN label throws PAN_ACT festival in NY and Boston with Laurel Halo, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Eli Keszler, and more (apparently everyone is hanging out without me)
By Taylor Peters on May 16 2013
Chalk this one up to neuroses confirmed: PAN is hosting a festival in New York and Boston from June 14 through June 29, and no one even texted me about it! It’s not like I’m hurt or anything. I’m just sitting here at home, all alone, catching up on Homeland and eating literal buckets of yogurt, sobbing occasionally. The event is called PAN_ACT, and it’ll feature a whole array of performances, talks, and art installations, all curated to explore “parallel strategies in conceptual art, underground dance, and experimental music.” Ugh. I could totally show you all a text message right now from like two months ago when PAN’s head honcho Bill Kouligas was all like, “Dude, exploring parallel strategies in conceptual art is totally our thing.” Now he’s not even responding to my Gchats.
Moment of blazing honesty: the lineup for this event is good enough to make me cry tears so big and earnest that they would tunnel all the way down to the fruit at the bottom of this yogurt cup. For starters, you’ve got the pioneering minimalist composer Catherine Christer Hennix who will open the festival on the 14th with an installation in the ISSUE Project Room. Then on the 18th, she’ll give a talk, and on the 19th, she’ll perform at the closing of her installation. And that only scratches the surface! Throughout the length of the event, artists like Thomas Brinkmann, Rene Hell, Eli Keszler, Jar Moff, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ben Vida, Rashad Becker, Laurel Halo, and Kouligas himself will perform. All in all, the fest features 16 events across multiple venues, and it’s making me very emotional.
For more details and to purchase tickets starting May 20, visit the ISSUE Project Room Site. Be forewarned, however, since there’s no telling what sort of emotional domino effect the page may initiate in you. Me, I only just managed to pull myself out of a 12-hour cycle of weeping and gnashing of teeth that has converted my molars into worthless stubs. The doctor says I’ll probably have to eat through a straw for the rest of my life, which is actually pretty okay with me, since I LOVE milkshakes.
Julianna Barwick to drop new LP Nepenthe in August, recorded in Iceland, a place of magic, Sigur Rós, and teen girl choirs
By Liz Louche on May 16 2013
Julianna Barwick named her forthcoming release Nepenthe, after a drug in Greek mythology that erased all memory of grief and sorrow. While Barwick was recording the album in Iceland, a family member passed away, and the name just sorta presented itself. The music on the album springs from that sense of moving from loss to hope, from pain to transcendence. And the story of Nepenthe’s birth is pretty much a Greek mythology-level tale itself… well, if your pantheon of gods includes Sigur Rós and instead of a quest for a gold fleece, your quest is to record an awesome new album.
It all began when Barwick received an email from artist and producer Alex Somers (Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Jónsi & Alex) inviting her to Reykjavík to record. “That was the fastest email I ever wrote: ‘Yes!’ Who would say no to that?” says Barwick. And so a dream team of Icelandic musicians was assembled, including múm guitarist Róbert Sturla Reynisson, string ensemble Amiina, and a chorus of teenage girls. The biggest inspiration for the album, however, was the total awesome weirdness of Iceland itself. Take it away, Julianna Barwick quote! “Your eyes can’t believe what they’re seeing. I walked home one night and got totally lost in Reykjavík. I ended up walking alongside the ocean — and it was glowing blue. It looked like it had a lamp underneath it.”
Dead Oceans will release Nepenthe on August 20. Barwick has a handful of concert dates before that, then a lengthy fall tour.
05.16.13 - Montclair, NJ - Welmont Theater*
06.18.13 - London, UK - Meltdown Festival
07.14.13 - Kingston, NY - BSP Lounge
08.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Feeerieen Festival
09.01.13 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road Festival
09.04.13 - Paris, France - Les 3 Baudets
09.05.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Night of the Unexpected
09.06.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Night of the Unexpected
09.07.13 - Vlieland, Netherlands - Into The Great Wide Open Festival
09.19.13 - Minneapolis, MN - The Entry
09.21.13 - Chicago, IL - Constellation
09.22.13 - Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
09.26.13 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
09.27.13 - Rochester, NY - Visual Studies Workshop Auditorium
09.28.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Fest
09.29.13 - Bloomington, IN – Russian Recording
10.01.13 - Pittsburgh, PA – VIA Festival at Andy Warhol Museum
10.02.13 - Asheville, NC - Apothecary
10.04.13 - New Orleans, LA - AllWays Lounge and Theatre
10.05.13 - Baton Rouge, LA - Mud and Water
*The Flaming Lips
02. The Harbinger
03. One Half
04. Look Into Your Own Mind
08. Adventurer of the Family
09. Crystal Lake
10. Waving To You
Groundislava is bringing along oOoOO on a US ToOoOOur, releasing a remix EP to kick it oOoOOff
By Ryan Simpson on May 16 2013
It took a second to figure out exactly what Groundislava’s name meant. Only upon seeing the cover for his first album did the reference to the ubiquitous childhood game make sense. This is actually reflected in the music as well, if one listens with the right set of ears, which contrasts interestingly with the generally more adult subject matter and content of touring mate oOoOO. Perhaps that’s exactly what they were going for: a representation of the whole of human experience wrapped up in an electronic music show. Such a concert is a bold statement, definitely not the result of apophenia.
Perhaps the key to this enigmatic series of nine performances lies in Groundislava’s new remix EP, Treasure Chest. His choice to remix other more pop-oriented tracks, instead of making the compilation all about him, speaks to a “big picture” view. Choosing tracks to remix with names like “Wide Awake,” “Adorn,” and “Super Bass” definitely indicate that there is something else, some shady ulterior motivation, to this EP.
Oops. Hold on. Medication time.
So ummm, go see Groundislava and oOoOO when they come around. And check out the remix EP. What… what just happened?
Treasure Chest tracklisting:
01. Time Alone
02. Miguel “Adorn (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
03. Katy Perry “Wide Awake (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
04. Jamie Foxx & T-Pain “Blame It (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
05. Utada Hikaru “Sanctuary (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
06. Trey Songz & Drake “Successful (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
07. Supa Blanco “I Bet I Do (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
08. Nicki Minaj “Super Bass (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
09. Shlohmo “Ghosts pt. 2 (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
10. Errors “Relics (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
11. Kanye West ft. Jay-Z & Big Sean “Clique (Groundislava Cool Mix)”
05.16.13 - Red 7 - Austin, Texas
05.30.13 - Glasslands - Brooklyn, New York
06.01.13 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, Illinois
06.04.13 - Dim Mak - Hollywood, California
06.05.13 - El Corazon - Seattle, Washington
06.06.13 - Fortune Sound Club - Vancouver, British Columbia
06.07.13 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, Oregon
06.08.13 - Hi Fi Club - Calgary, Alberta
06.22.13 - Bounce Festival - Twain, California