RIP: Tommy Marth, saxophonist for The Killers

RIP: Tommy Marth, saxophonist for The Killers

From The Chicago Tribune:

A saxophonist for rock band The Killers died earlier this week at his Las Vegas home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner said on Thursday.

Thomas “Tommy” Marth, 33, who played saxophone on live tours with The Killers between 2008 and 2010 and on their albums “Sam’s Town” and “Day & Age,” was found dead on Monday.

His death has been ruled a suicide by officials in Clark County, Nevada, where Las Vegas is located.

“Last night we lost our friend Thomas Marth. Our prayers are with his family. There’s a light missing in Las Vegas tonight. Travel well, Tommy,” The Killers posted on Twitter.

• The Killers:

Quintron and Miss Pussycat tour North America, invent device to make your house sing, release more puppet mystery DVDs

They say he was born in Germany, a military brat who was born to rock. They say he’s an inventor with loads of wacky inventions (like The Drum Buddy and the Spit Machine). They say he married his first cousin. (Well, those are things Wikipedia says people say.) He’s a one man band shrouded in mystery, that Quintron. He doesn’t give a s%$& about the media, he doesn’t give a %$^& about facts; all he cares about is bringing blazin’ hot organ jams and wondrous puppet shows to fans around the globe. And on that note, there’s one thing about Quintron and his wife/bandmate/puppeteer Miss Pussycat that’s not a mystery — what they’re going to do on their summer vacation.

For the New Orleans-based duo, every season is tour season. So right now, they’re on the road, racking up miles on the van and experiencing the finest in American truck stop bathrooms. Quintron hasn’t released a full-length since Sucre de Sauvage came out last spring, but naturally the pair have a thing or two packed in their bag of tricks for this tour. Starting April 27, Quintron will have a limited run of 100 cassette tapes demonstrating his latest and greatest invention: the Singing House. Out on the Temple of Pei label, the Singing House is like a white noise machine tuned into the vibes of your! very! own! house that makes its own specialized music. You can watch a video of the device here. In the immortal words of Kanye West, “that s&^* cray.” But if that’s not cray enough for ya, Miss Pussycat will have DVD copies of Season 2 of her puppet mystery series, Trixie and the Tree Trunks. God, I love these people. Joining Quintron and Miss Pussycat for select West Coast dates will be fellow weird traveler Dent May and his dazzling 60s-style lounge jams.


04.26.12 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
04.27.12 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West
04.28.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent *
04.29.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.30.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
05.01.12 - New Haven, CT - Café Nine
05.02.12 - Allston, MA - Great Scotts
05.03.12 - Providence, RI - Machines with Magnets
05.04.12 - Portland, ME - Geno’s Rock Club
05.05.12 - Bennington, VT - Sunfest **
05.06.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.07.12 - Ottawa - TBA
05.08.12 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar
05.10.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House ***
05.11.12 - Cleveland, OH - Horrible Fest
05.12.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle ****
05.13.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
05.15.12 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
05.16.12 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
05.17.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall
05.18.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.19.12 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Café
05.20.12 - Hot Springs, AR - Low Key Arts
06.02.12 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer
06.15.12 - Lafayette, LA - Blue Moon Saloon
06.16.12 - Austin, TX - Scottish Rite Theater *****
06.17.12 - San Antonio, TX - El Ten Eleven *****
06.18.12 - Lubbock, TX - Pray For Rain *****
06.20.12 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *****
06.21.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *****
06.22.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *****
06.23.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell %
06.27.12 - San Jose, CA - Blank Club *****
06.28.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place *****
06.29.12 - Oakland, CA - New Parish Music Hall *****
06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Elbo Room *****
07.02.12 - Arcata, CA - The Jambalaya *****
07.03.12 - Olympia, WA - Northern *****
07.05.12 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel *****
07.06.12 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey *****
07.07.12 - Portland, OR - East End Block Party *****
07.09.12 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
07.10.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.11.12 - Fort Collins, CO - GNU: Experience Gallery
07.12.12 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
07.13.12 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
07.15.12 - Dallas, TX - Doublewide
07.17.12 - Jackson, MS - TBA
07.18.12 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - All Tomorrow’s Parties

* Bosco Delrey, Cellular Chaos, DJ Musa, Glittering Prizes
** O’Death
*** Human Eye, Gary Wrong, Toe Claw
**** Pierced Arrows, Don’t, Sir DJ
***** Dent May
% Dent May, XBXRX

• Quintron and Miss Pussycat:
• Temple of Pei:

Blitzen Trapper announce a summer tour and premiere a video, all for the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, etc.

Summer’s creeping up real fast, and I’m jonesin’ to make like Jack Kerouac and hit the road. I just want to be in jorts and write long, wild poems while zipping down the highway, you know? How about we pile into an old Jeep with Blitzen Trapper and catch a few shows? They’re still real keen on American Goldwing, which came out on Sub Pop back in September, way before road trip season. Now, we can drive with the windows down and listen to Neil Young cassettes and stop to drink whiskey with old friends on their back porches and maybe swim in a river or two. I’ll even learn how to play the harmonica.

Come on. I know you’re still bummed that you overslept on Record Store Day and couldn’t snag a copy of Blitzen Trapper’s “Hey Joe”/”Skirts on Fire” 7-inch, but cheer up, buttercup. You can watch the brand spankin’ new video for “Stranger in a Strange Land” as many times as you want. It’s three minutes of good old-fashioned Alaska rambling. Just the thing to get you in the spirit for a summer that’d make Dean Moriarty proud.


04.28.12 - Silverton, OR - Oregon Garden Brewfest
05.26.12 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
05.29.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
05.30.12 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
05.31.12 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
06.01.12 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
06.02.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
06.04.12 - Santa Fe, NM - Sol Santa Fe
06.05.12 - Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
06.06.12 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown
06.09.12 - Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
06.25.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre *
06.26.12 - Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw Field *
06.28.12 - Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewing Company *
07.01.12 - Duluth, MN - Bayfront Festival Park *
07.02.12 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center Auditorium *
07.05.12 - Victor, ID - Victor City Park Thursday Music on Main Series
07.07.12 - Winnipeg, MB - Folk Festival
07.08.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
07.09.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
07.13.12 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
07.14.12 - New York, NY - Stuyvesant Town Oval “Music On The Oval Series”
07.15.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
07.17.12 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
07.27.12 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
08.03-05.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Festival

* Wilco

• Blitzen Trapper:
• Sub Pop:

Death Grips extend their already extensive spring/summer tour

America and Europe have clearly embraced the loveable bunch of rascals we endearingly refer to as Death Grips (TMT Review). Case in point? The band, already scheduled to play every single music festival in Europe and mid-sized venue in the Northeast, has announced the expansion of their tour into America’s heartland and great frontier West. No longer only available to the upper echelons of ‘liberal’ society in socialist Europe and America’s snooty East Coast cities, it’s the everyman in Kansas and Colorado’s turn to enjoy some true American experimental hardcore hip-hop live and in person.

Even in Chicago, where I’m located, the early show time (6:30 PM) was clearly chosen so Death Grips’ older and younger fans have a chance to make it out. I hear nursing homes and primary schools are organizing bus trips to The Bottom Lounge this summer as the demand is so high amongst these otherwise disenfranchised sections of the music enjoying public. When a band goes on at 12:30 AM, it’s just too late for Grandma, no matter how much she likes the new Acid Mothers Temple record!

Join the legions who have already purchased tickets and plan to see Death Grips when they roll through your town — if you live in two out of the seven continents, chances are they won’t be too far away at some point in the next three months.


05.18.12 - Dublin, Ireland - The Academy
05.19.12 - Glasgow, UK - Stag & Dagger
05.20.12 - Manchester, UK - The Roadhouse
05.21.12 - Nottingham, UK - The Bodega
05.22.12 - Norfolk, UK- Norwich Arts Center
05.23.12 - Brighton, UK - Green Door Store
05.25.12 - London, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties
05.26.12 - Paris, France - Grande Halle de La Villette
05.27.12 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands - Worm
05.28.12 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - OT301
05.29.12 - Nijmegen, The Netherlands - Merleyn
06.01.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06.02.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Field Day Festival
06.04.12 - Brussels, Belgium - Magasin
06.05.12 - Ghent, Belgium - Charlatan
06.06.12 - Cologne, Germany - Mtc
06.07.12 - Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
06.08.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
06.09.12 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Barbery
06.13.12 - New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
06.14.12 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s
06.15.12 - Montreal, QC - Club Lambri
06.16.12 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
06.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
06.19.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
06.20.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06.21.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
06.22.12 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck
06.23.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
06.26.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
06.27.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
06.28.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
06.30.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
07.01.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival

• Death Grips:
• Epic/Columbia:

El-P announces “male bonding”-style road trip with Killer Mike and Despot, will also play shows to ensure they have spending cash

If I didn’t know better, I’d say that El-P must have just graduated from high school, because he’s recently let the world know he’ll be spending his summer on a month-long road trip across the US with his best buddies.

The Brooklyn-based rapper/producer/businessman has announced that, along with Killer Mike (who El-P recently produced an album for), Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Despot will be going on a tour of America in support of El-Producto’s latest album, Cancer4Cure, set for release May 22 through Fat Possum. Even though he’s only telling his closest friends, TMT has learned that the real reason for the road trip is that the four best friends are just really sad that their glory days at George Washington High School are coming to an end and are looking for one last amazing whirlwind of life to cap off an adolescence spent learning, growing, and becoming the men that their mothers raised them to be.

The whole trip will kick off on May 21 at Santos Party House, a day after graduation, and will be competing with Tiffani Sanders’ massive party at her family’s cabin on the shore of Lake Gollawolla and, according to our sources, is splitting the George Washington High School senior class in two. “I heard that Tiffani’s party is gonna be filled with alcohol and coke but I could never miss the house party at Santos’ with El-P and his boys. That guy makes some sick-ass beats and they can all rap like frozen meat: raw, yo!” said GWHS class president Richard Mathers.

“Tiffani is, like, my best friend and all, but, like, I could never miss the party with El-P. I would rather, like, die, you know? Missing that party would, like, be the worst decision I made since, like, deciding to go to college at, like, a state school, ICK!” Mathers’ girlfriend Barbara Morse added.

El-P, knowing that anyone with half a brain will be at his party, has been stoking the anticipation for the road-trip/tour and for his next album by releasing tracks from Cancer4Cure, just yesterday supplying the world with the second track from the record. Head on over to that website and check out “Tougher Colder Killer.”

El-P’s Post-Graduation Road Trip Tour:

05.21.12 - New York, NY - Santos Party House *#
06.19.12 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
06.20.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
06.21.12 - Dallas, TX - Granada
06.22.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
06.23.12 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
06.25.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent
06.26.12 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
06.28.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
06.29.12 - San Francisco, CA - Regency
06.30.12 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
07.01.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
07.02.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune
07.05.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline
07.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
07.07.12 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
07.08.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
07.09.12 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton *#
07.11.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
07.12.12 - Providence, RI - The Met
07.14.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero *
07.15.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel

* no eXquire
# no Killer Mike

• El-P:
• Fat Possum:

Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker revives his Suum Cuique persona with Ascetic Ideals, continued creepiness

Oh lord, just when I had personally resolved the uncertain pronunciation of the “Demdike” in “Demdike Stare,” Miles Whittaker has to go and revisit his Suum Cuique project, which premiered in 2010 with the limited-edition release of an LP titled Midden.

Rather than speculate on the pronunciation of this particular moniker (which, by the way, looks pretty crude if you’ve been perusing the darker side of the internet lately), let’s take a gander at its actual meaning. “Suum cuique” is the Latin equivalent of the well-known idiom “to each his own.” More recently, the idiom itself has been taken to mean that everyone is free to pursue their own interests and to have their own preferences, but its Latin precursor dealt with more specific notions of social justice. The phrase was popularized by Roman philosopher and politician Cicero, who once stated, “Iustitia suum cuique distribuit,” meaning, “Justice renders to everyone his due.” In other words, people have certain rights (such as property) in accordance with their abilities and their related contributions to society. Someone cue up the music from those NBC public service announcements. Hey! Learning is fun!

On June 5 (May 28 in the UK), Whittaker will be releasing Ascetic Ideals, his second album as Suum Cuique. The album will be released on vinyl in a limited edition of 700 copies through Young Americans, an imprint of Modern Love. Musically, like most of Whittaker’s work (both solo and as one-half of Demdike Stare), I’m betting a clean pair of underpants is in order, especially if you’re in Eastern Europe and plan on soundtracking an evening stroll.

Ascetic Ideals tracklisting:

A1. Strohtopf
A2. Kuiper Anomaly
A3. Atlas Levels
A4. Core Value
B1. Intonation
B2. Deux Ex Machina
B3. Proton Aesthetic
B4. Dionysus Decay

• Demdike Stare:
• Modern Love: