Sled Island Fest announces initial 2012 lineup: Feist, The Hold Steady, Andrew W.K., Archers of Loaf, and that’s probably not all!

Sled Island Fest announces initial 2012 lineup: Feist, The Hold Steady, Andrew W.K., Archers of Loaf, and that's probably not all!

Oh man, sweet, hells yeah I’m taking this news assignment! SLED ISLAND, dawg! Never heard of it, but that place sounds fun as hell: skis, slopes, dope motherfucking log cabins, hot ass chocolate with Baileys and the little plume of steam coming off it, fine-ass snow bunnies hopping around the beginners hill, literal snow bunnies being cute as fuck… all on a secluded island guarded by some fierce-ass, primordial giant, mythical snowmen with some cold-blooded sapphires for eyes! Count me in, dawg. I am there. I am so totally there.

Wait. What? Sled Island is just some lamewad Canadian Music Festival, taking place in downtown Calgary in Alberta, Canada June 20-30 of this year at Olympic Plaza as well as at several other of the city’s cultural cornerstones? Oh, boo. And I had my hyperbolic tone and overuse of casual profanity dialed in just right already, too! You can’t get that stuff back once it’s gone, you know. Well, fine, I guess that makes more sense for me to be reporting on, now that I think about it. I’ll just put the snow bunnies out of my mind! Okay, so who are the bands? Let’s see: Feist, The Hold Steady, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Archers of Loaf, Andrew W.K., Grimes, Timber Timbre, Thurston Moore, and about 190 more to be announced? Okay, that’s actually pretty good. But how much are weekend passes? Probably like a ton. Oh, just $45 a day for the Olympia Plaza shows (on sale now), $179 for the Festival Discovery Pass and $299 for the Festival Discovery Plus Pass??? Damn, that’s… that’s pretty reasonable, I guess.

But wait a minute! “Festival Discovery”? Festival Discovery PLUS”?? This all sounds mega-confusing, and I bet there’s not even any additional information on the internet or place to buy tickets, is there? Oh, people can just visit for more details on Western Canada’s largest independent music festival? Arggg. FINE. I give up. This event seems “cool.” WHATEVER. Fuck those bunnies (whoa, not the literal ones).

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Peaking Lights announce new baby Lucifer and swaddle it in a mixtape; up for adoption June 18

Lucifer is coming! And sooner than the 12/21/12 date the Mayans scheduled for us! That’s because this Lucifer, set to arrive June 18 from Mexican Summer in the US and Domino sub-label Weird World internationally, is the newest gift to our ears from husband-wife duo Peaking Lights, following up last year’s smash hit 936 (TMT Review). Lucifer was recorded after the couple (Aaron Doyes and Indra Dunis) discovered a new “guiding light muse for the album”… and it was hiding in Indra’s womb the whole time!

Yes, the inspiration for Lucifer is the by-product of Doyes and Indra’s consensual marital intercoursing. Thankfully, they’re going with a back story for the name that differs a bit from the popular notion that associates Lucifer with the big red guy that lives underground. The press release for the album announcement quotes the band as saying, “All of our record titles have come to us in dreams, daydreams and epiphanies. Lucifer sat so strong with us. It means ‘Venus, bearer of light’ and is the first sign of the sunrise. There are some major astrological and astronomical events involving Venus in this year of 2012.”

Interested in hearing what the album might sound like? Well, Peaking Lights, in conjunction with the album announcement, have released Lucifer Mixtape 1, the first in a series of streaming mixes that contains snippets from the album (and is a damn fine listen). Al Carson (Yeasayser, Onehotrix Point Never) helped produce the upcoming album, and based on what you hear in the mixtape teaser, we’re all going to be in for a devilishly good treat.

Lucifer tracklisting:

01. Moonrise
02. Beautiful Son
03. Live Love
04. Cosmic Tides
05. Midnight
06. LO HI
07. Dream Beat
08. Morning Star

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SpaceGhostPurrp announces release on 4AD, probably because, well, I mean, I guess it’s likely because, um, help me out here

SpaceGhostPurrp is my favorite rapper, not because I particularly love his music (it’s alright!), but because he is ridiculous. His name is SpaceGhostPurrp. He put out a mixtape last year called Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6 (1991) and quoted himself as saying “Dopest album of 1991” on its cover. AND HE WROTE THIS SONG!!!! If he didn’t already exist, somebody would have to make him up and that person would be a genius.

Now he’s putting out a collection of material on 4AD, because, really, what was left to do? 4AD is a label perhaps best known for putting out the Cocteau Twins’ classic records. SpaceGhostPurrp is a rapper/producer best known for making music that sounds like Three Six Mafia at the bottom of a very murky swamp. This is a match made in heaven, but only the heaven that exists in a very confusing dream where you’re driving a yellow station wagon one second and sitting in your second grade classroom the next.

SpaceGhostPurrp’s 4AD debut (still sounds weird!) is called Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp and will be out June 12. The album will contain a mix of old and new SpaceGhostPurrp music, though a definite tracklist has not yet been revealed. However, it will definitely include the new track “No Evidence,” which you can hear right here:

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Jet break up; music industry crumbles

It’s a dark, Wachowski-esque apocalyptic week. And, I hate to be the badger of bad news, but here it goes:

It all started last night at spinning class. I try my best and, typically, I can tolerate the Flo Rida, Pink, and Lady Ga Ga tracks played. But, when that fucking “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” song by Australian band Jet plays, I angrily want to throw my exercise bike at the gym mirror, rip off my clothes, and cut myself all over with a shard of glass in the sauna as the cops try to talk me out of the room.

This is a natural reaction and not a slight at all to Jet, who composed what my pastor called, “The worst fucking feces of a song I’ve ever heard.” Seriously, hearing that song for the billionth time really weighed heavy on my mind all night. “Why is that song still everywhere?” “Why do I see people bob their head to it?” “Why God, why?”

So you can imagine my surprise when I heard the news the next morning that Jet had broken up. According to Pitchfork, the band announced their fallout on their website with the concluding statement:

After many successful years of writing, recording and touring we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world it was the fans that made our amazing story possible and we wish to thank them all. Thank you, and goodnight.

It is stated in their press release that Jet plan to keep their “music, legacy and brand alive through new licensing, publishing, merchandise, re-records [sic] and releases.” You bastards! Build me up to knock me right back down again. Really though I shouldn’t revel so much in their demise (even though they kind of deserve it), and who could forget the time when playing Rock Band with me where I sang the words, “Big black boots,” as, “Big black boobs.” It garnered laughs. And, for that, I thank you, Jet. See you in hell.

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200 Years combine wispy forces for brief spring tour, Ben Chasny preps new 7-inch for May

Drag City duo 200 Years are Elisa Ambrogio and Ben Chasny, both of whom had successful careers with different bands prior to creating, implementing, and road-testing 200 Years. And it’s to our benefit they’ve decided to do so because November’s eponymous debut LP (TMT Review) proved that both had taken everything they’d learned prior, combining forces mystically, and not only showed they’ve still got their singular musical chops fine-tuned but also provided ample evidence that they also work incredibly well together.

Much like the fabled relationship of such past greats as chocolate and peanut butter or beer and pizza, Ambrogio and Chasny display a definite, comfortable knack for working together to better kick out proverbial jams. They haven’t played much as a unit live — their individual personal schedules keep the days pretty full — so this is a nice Easter treat for all the well-behaved girls and boys. Speaking of personal schedules, Chasny recently reported on his Six Organs of Admittance website that he’d recently finished recording a version of Roland S. Howard’s song “Shivers” for a special 7-inch with buddy Fabrizio Palumbo who also recorded the song for the other side of the 7-inch; the single is due this May.

200 Years tourdates:

03.30.12 - Northampton, MA - Feeding Tube Records
04.06.12 - Montague, MA - Montague Bookmill *
04.07.12 - Syracuse, NY - Roji Tea Lounge
04.08.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog
04.09.12 - Chicago, IL - The Burlington
04.10.12 - Kalamazoo, MI - Kalamazoo College
04.11.12 - Louisville, KY - Zanzibar
04.12.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
04.13.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch
04.14.12 - Baltimore, MD - Soft House
04.15.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon
06.18.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo

* Kath Bloom, Arborea

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Diamond Terrifier tours with Patrick Higgins in April; alliteration is an art

Solo saxophone superman Sam Hilmer’s Diamond Terrifier is going on a tiny tour with ex-Animal axeman Patrick Higgins a.k.a. Bachanalia. Hilmer will be humping audiences’ heads and hearts with hits from his hectic and harmonious hellbender Shrine Flu tape on Words+Dreams, while Higgins will be gyrating on our souls’ genitals with his guitar with fresh joints from his experimental chamber jams.

Check out our exclusive stream of Shrine Flu’s Side B at the Chocolate Grinder and see why it’s already one of TMT’s favorites of 2012.


04.03.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.04.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks
04.05.12 - Oberlin, OH - The Chapel, Oberlin College
04.06.12 - Chicago, IL - Soap Box Music
04.07.12 - Detroit, MI - Jumbo’s
04.10.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.17.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)
04.19.12 - Boston, MA - Arc-En-Ciel Studios
04.20.12 - Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda
04.21.12 - Baltimore, MD - Floristree
04.22.12 - Washington, DC - Back Alley Theater
04.24.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Zebulon (PRACTICE!)

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