RIP: Vinnie Johnson of Stark Reality, Natural Food, Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism

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From Now-Again:

Phil Morrison, bassist of our favorite, impossible-to-describe jazz group Stark Reality, told us today that Vinnie Johnson, the band’s drummer, had passed away. We don’t have any further details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vinnie’s family. He was one helluva drummer, and a cheerful, super guy. He will be missed.

• Stark Reality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stark_Reality_(band)
• Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton_Davis

You Are Here maze festival benefit happening this Sunday; Noveller, Diamond Terrifier, Megafortress, others to perform

Just last month our illustrious leader Mr P informed our dear TMT readers about the upcoming You Are Here Fest, an unconventional take on the modern day festival where audience members and performers alike are placed inside a life-sized maze and forced to battle it out to the death! Art duo Trouble (Sam Hilmer of ZS and Laura Paris) will set up this year’s maze in Brooklyn’s Secret Project Robot Gallery to up-end the traditional interaction (or lack thereof) between audience and performer starting July 12, with performances by a wide range of TMT favorites proceeding over the next four weekends.

So why retread this news a mere three weeks after its initial publication? Because on June 10 a.k.a. this Sunday, a marathon show will be hosted at LaSala (also in Brooklyn) to benefit the festival. Starting at 2 PM, this annual fundraiser will feature 16 performers, 6 DJs, and 3 VJs, all of whom contribute or help showcase the larger You Are Here artistic landscape. While most of the names on the lineup aren’t as recognizable as those you’ll have to track down in the maze next month, they do accurately reflect the microcosm of underground art being produced in a particular place at a particular time. In other words, these 12 hours really do define what it means to be there.

Check out the lineup below, and if you’ll be in the Brooklyn metropolitan area this Sunday, head on down to LaSala to see what’s cookin’ in your neighborhood. They’ll be there literally all day.

You Are Here benefit schedule (all at LaSala):

2:00:00 Dim Wist
2:45:00 Eartheater
3:30:00 WISH
4:15:00 MAS YSA
5:00:00 Megafortress
5:45:00 DDIILLIIAANN
6:30:00 DOME
7:15:00 GDFX
8:00:00 Bachanalia
8:45:00 Noveller/Diamond Terrifier
9:30:00 Phonetag
10:15:00 Rain Machine
11:00:00 Violet Raid
11:45:00 Blood Poisoning
12:30:00 Hieroglyph Thesaurus
1:15:00 Hagfish and Poet Lounge

• You Are Here Festival: http://www.troublemaze.com
• Trouble: http://troublestuff.tumblr.com
• Benefit event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/303876969699913

[Photo: Nate Dorr]

RIP: Vinnie Johnson of Stark Reality, Natural Food, Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism

From Now-Again:

Phil Morrison, bassist of our favorite, impossible-to-describe jazz group Stark Reality, told us today that Vinnie Johnson, the band’s drummer, had passed away. We don’t have any further details at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vinnie’s family. He was one helluva drummer, and a cheerful, super guy. He will be missed.

• Stark Reality: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stark_Reality_(band)
• Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton_Davis

Samsung music download service debuts, challenges iTunes with big ol’ catalog

OH SNAP! (Yes, this is an “oh snap” level story.) iTunes, girl, I hope you got your Air Jordans laced tight, because Samsung is about to give you a run for your money. But hey, it’s cool — take a breather, my American friends — because for the moment, the aptly-named Samsung Music Hub will only be available via the company’s new Samsung Galaxy S III phone in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. As of today, you can only peep the new service via the Galaxy S III, although expansion to other Samsung devices will soon be added. “But!” you’re saying, “My Apple! My iPod! My Steeeeeve Jooooooobs!!!!! Why would I ever even consider this silly upstart service when I have these time-tested name brand products I get to upgrade every few years?” (Except for Jobs obviously, you can never replace that dude.)

Because, as a great man — a man many once considered the Steve Jobs of Yacht Rock — once said, “The heat is on / It’s on the streets.” (That man was Glenn Frey.) Case in point: the venerable iTunes boasts a solid 20 million + tracks. Samsung Music Hub has over 19 million tracks. If you do your algebra correctly, you’ll find that the answer to this formula is “Not too shabby.” So what does it all mean? Well, the new Samsung service lets users stream tracks through a cloud, as well as letting users download those tracks for their offline pleasure. Users who want to go “Premium” can also shell out €9.99/month to upload their own entire personal music catalogs to the cloud (up to 100GB), stream the entire Hub catalog, and get Spotify/Pandora-esque artist-based radio stations. Glenn Frey, man. The dude was a prophet. “Inside your head, on every beat / And the beat’s so loud, deep inside / The pressure’s high, just to stay alive / ‘Cause the heat is on.” IS IT EVER.

• Samsung: http://www.samsung.com
• Apple: http://www.apple.com

Jens Lekman announces new album I Know What Love Isn’t (hint: “sexually transmittable”)

As the classic song goes: “You broke Jens Lekman’s heart [sometime between 2007’s Night Falls Over Kortedala (upbeat TMT Review) and last year’s An Argument with Myself EP (slightly less-enthusiastic TMT Review)] / Cuz he couldn’t dance /You didn’t even want him around / But now he’s back [with a new album titled I Know What Love Isn’t, coming September 4 via Secretly Canadian (and September 3 in the UK and Europe)] to let you know / He can really [moan and mope and still make money off of that situation!]”

Shit, okay, maybe that’s not how the song goes, but that’s probably how Lekman’s version would go! And this is his news story, afterall; not whoeverthefuck’s nobody-ass that wrote that original song. Heck, I’m not even going to look it up because I’m so jazzed about this new thing that his handlers are describing as “the story of the grey areas of love that you have to excavate and explore, using the method of exclusion, to find out what love is.” In other words, we’ve got a Forrest Gump concept album on our hands, people! It’s about goddamn time, too. I was getting tired of syncing up Metallica’s “One” with the Vietnam scenes over and over again.

But wait, there’s more: “I Know What Love Isn’t has strings but not a string section, an upright piano not grand, a single saxophone, gracenotes from a flute, a lot of tambourine. Combined in exact proportions with Lekman’s melancholy abstract lyrics.” In other words, the new album also promises to be very economical, which is totally fitting when you consider the difficult financial climate all around the world. Oh you’re so responsible, Jens! But let’s hear a single, already. Take it away, awful-sounding YouTube:

I Know What Love Isn’t tracklisting:

01. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name
02. Erica America
03. Become Someone Else’s
04. Some Dandruff on Your Shoulder
05. She Just Don’t Want to Be With You Anymore
06. I Want a Pair of Cowboy Boots
07. The World Moves On
08. The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love
09. I Know What Love Isn’t
10. Every Little Hair Knows Your Name

Tourdates:

07.28.12 - Castelbasso, Italy - Soundlabs Festival
09.10.12 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
09.11.12 - Århus, Denmark - Train
09.12.12 - Copenhagen, Denmakr - Vega
09.13.12 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
09.14.12 - Malmö, Sweden - KB
09.15.12 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
09.17.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Dramaten
09.19.12 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
09.20.12 - London, UK - Hackney Empire
09.21.12 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
09.23.12 - Paris, France - Gaité Lyrique
09.24.12 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
09.25.12 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli de Helling
09.26.12 - Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof

• Jens Lekman: http://www.jenslekman.com
• Secretly Canadian: http://www.secretlycanadian.com

[Photo: Kristin Lidell]

Zammuto adds a string of North American dates supporting Gotye, who I have never heard of; who is this Gotye?

First, Zammuto decides to go on tour with Explosions in the Sky. Fair enough. Now, he’s going on tour with Gotye (pronounced Goat-yeah), who I have never heard of. Who I will never hear of. For I will never get the internet. Right now, I’m writing this story in my blood and sending it to the Tiny Mix Tapes Doom Fortress. I’m so lightheaded.

Now that I have gotten a transfusion of new, more powerful blood, I can finish this story. What I was saying was that Zammuto, a.k.a. Nick Zammuto of The Books, is going on tour with Gotye (pronounced Go To Yay). As you may know, Zammuto put out a debut record earlier this year, which some people (hello, it is me) thought was rather good. So, he’ll be hitting up a string of American dates in September with Gotye (pronounced Gout Years), a few months after going on a totally different string of dates with those Explosions in the Sky boys. By the way, I’ve never even heard of Gotye (pronounced Growl Yield), because I’m a thousand-year-old man who sits forever on a rocking chair on top of a mountain. Would that rocking chair not fall? Nah, it’s held up by the force of me never hearing of Gotye (pronounced Growth Yeaaaargh).

Zammuto dates:

06.17.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live *
06.18.12 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen Music Hall *
06.19.12 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor *
06.20.12 - Miami, FL - Grand Central *
06.21.12 - Athens, GA - The Georgia Theatre *
06.22.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater *
09.14.12 - Kansas City, MO - Richard Berkley Riverfront Park &
09.16.12 - Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion &
09.17.12 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion &
09.18.12 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre &
09.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre &
09.21.12 - Montreal, QC - Jacques Cartier Pier &
09.27.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park &

* Explosions in the Sky
& Gotye

• Zammuto: http://zammutosound.com
• Gotye: http://gotye.com