Slint seek burritos, add West Coast tour dates in August

Slint seek burritos, add West Coast tour dates in August

Slint, everyone’s favorite seminal Kentucky indie-math-post-something band must be getting along like peas in a pod, or better yet, hops in a beer, because they’ve just tacked on a few more dates to their recent slew of US tour dates.

“Westward, ho!” they said, and then their tour manager was all, “How’s about four dates in August?” And they were like, “Gnarly. I dig it.”

Slint West Coast tour dates:

08.25.14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
08.27.14 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
08.28.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
08.29.14 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre

• Slint:
• Touch and Go:

Fort Reno shut down for 2014 season, America free from straightxedge tyranny

Fort Reno is one of those rare nice things that Washington, D.C. gets from time to time, like cherry blossoms. A weekly event where people play music in Fort Reno Park for free, the summer concert series was a nice break from the dull tedium that is the Beltway, and had been happening since 1968. Much of the D.C. punk scene made at least one appearance, and now Amanda MacKaye (Ian’s sister) helps organize the events. It’s a tight operation, but it still manages to draw a lot of people, and is pretty popular with the locals.

Which is why America had to shut it down: In the name of freedom.

On the day that Fort Reno was to announce its schedule this year, MacKaye announced that this season was cancelled. The reason? The National Park Service, whose jurisdiction includes Fort Reno Park, told organizers around the time they were supposed to get their permit that they now had to pay an additional fee to the U.S. Park Police to have a Park Ranger stationed at every show, something that never happened before. Because, you know… terrorists. In any event, the cost of this fee for all the shows combined was more than double the entire Fort Reno budget. When organizers attempted to meet with the NPS and USPP, the only person that showed up at the meeting was “one extremely kind NPS employee” who was still clueless as to the situation. With no choice, the organizers killed it off for now.

Shortly after the announcement went live, the NPS issued a response acknowledging the “security” problem, but refusing to admit that they suck at attending meetings. They did offer some hope by saying they still want to talk to organizers, only to burn a bridge by requesting approximately $2,640 in security back pay for eight previous Fort Reno shows (which, if you used some guesswork, is likely about $55/hr to whoever worked that shift), according to Jonathan Fischer of the Washington City Paper. Support came from Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, whose Congressional district sits next to the representation-less D.C., sending out a letter to the NPS asking what the hell’s going on. (A petition has also been set up.) For now, though, there shall be no punk concerts in Fort Reno this summer.

J, Zilberman, you know what you must do.

• Fort Reno:

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz to release debut album Tyranny in an insidious attempt to use up all the world’s letter z’s!

You guyz! You all remember erstwhile Strokes front-mumbler Julian Casablancaz, don’t you? Remember, he’s the guy who sang the line, “spaceships, they won’t understand” and got away with it? Yeah, that dude. Well, it seems like ever since then, he’s been wondering just what the hell else he can get away with.

So, yeah. The latest thing is called Julian Casablancas+The Voidz. It’s a face-melting rock band fronted by Julian. It’ll release an album too. It’ll be titled Tyranny (no z’s, sorry), and it’ll come out on Julian’s own label (Cult Records) on September 23 (there’s also a big old rock tour to follow). If you want it before then, though, you can pre-order the digital version at the label website. It’s worth $3.87 USD, by the way.

What else? In very slight addition to Casablancaz, the band features Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai (Salt & Pepper) on guitarz, Jeff Kite on keyboards, Jake Bercovici on bass, and Alex Carapetis on drums. You know those people, right? The album was also produced by Shawn Everett and “incorporates world underground music from the 70s and 80s, hardcore/punk and modern harmony, using modern and analog recording and sampling techniques.”

But since you’ve probably been not really reading any of what I’ve been writing here because you’ve been so distracted wondering what the deal is with the album’s title, here’s Casablancaz saying some stuff about the album’s title:

Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’ve read enough books to know what he’s talking about.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz tour dates:

08.14.14 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Teatro Diana
08.16.14 - Mexico City, Mexico - Ceremonia
08.23-24.14 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
10.16.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10.17.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.18.14 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theatre
10.20.14 - Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
10.21.14 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
10.22.14 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
10.28.14 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10.30.14 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.31.14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
11.06.14 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
11.09.14 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Center
11.11.14 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11.13.14 - Seattle, WA - Showbox

• Julian Casablancas + The Voidz:
• Cult:

What should you wear to Ceremony’s recently announced summer tour? Take the TMT Quiz!

Ceremony’s got a new LP coming out on Matador. They just announced their summer tour dates. It’s almost July and your local venue just hit a solid 110 °F inside. If you’ve ever been to a Ceremony show, you know, regardless of season, it’s totally like an angry sauna (we’re talking fervent and fermented, girl). We know you don’t want the pertinent information about the tour (news is boring). You’ve only got one question on your mind: “TMT, what the hell do I wear?” We’ve got a quiz for that:

01. You’re waiting to get inside the venue. Three of your best friends are wearing jean jackets even though it’s a solid 90 ° outside and they are so throwing shade at you for insisting on wearing boat shoes in the pit. Which one of these funny words would you use to best describe your friends?

A. Injudicious
B. Misguided
C. Ill-advised
D. Sagacious

Correct answer: Anything but D. Can anyone explain the logistics behind wearing a jean jacket in the summer? What kind of life is that?

02. Which Ceremony song title best describes your own personal style?

A. “Feel Like a Man”
B. “You’re All the Same”
C. “It’s Going to be a Cold Winter”
D. “Vagrant”
E. “Plutocratic Swine Rake”

Correct answer: Who cares? You do you! Just kidding, the correct answer is D.

03. If you could choose ONE opening band on this tour to party with, who would it be? And you can’t say “Ceremony” — I’m partying with those guys!!!

A. Angel Du$t
B. Forced Order
C. Dangers
D. Nothing (the band, not a snarky answer)
E. Boris (huge fans of wearing jackets during July)
F. All of the above

Correct answer: F. All those bands are awesome.

Quiz result: You got Shorts! You’re wild, free, but also prudent, and you love to liberate your epidermis. Everyone’s going to think you’re so fly at the Ceremony show. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with boat shoes.

Share your quiz results on your favorite social network, and also at one of the many tour dates below:

07.08.14 - Portland, OR - Slabtown
07.09.14 - Seattle, WA - The Black Lodge
07.10.14 - Boise, ID - The Crux
07.11.14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Shred Shed ***
07.12.14 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater ***
07.13.14 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr. ***
07.14.14 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo %
07.15.14 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean %
07.16.14 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme %
07.17.14 - Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class %
07.18.14 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Night Bazaar *
07.19.14 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church * &
07.20.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
07.21.14 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
07.22.14 - Charlotte, NC - Casbah at Tremont Music Hall * %
07.23.14 - Atlanta, GA - Mammal Gallery *
07.24.14 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
07.25.14 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic Nightspot
07.26.14 - New Orleans, LA - Mudlark
07.27.14 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
07.28.14 - Dallas, TX - Trees **
07.29.14 - Austin, TX - Mohawk **
07.30.14 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
07.31.14 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Warehouse
08.01.14 - West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre
08.02.14 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
08.03.14 - Bakersfield, CA - Munoz Gym

* Iron Lung
** Boris
*** Angel Dust, Forced Order
& Nothing, Dangers
# Boris, Nothing
% Nothing

• Ceremony:
• Matador:

Thrill Jockey to reissue White Hills’ 2007 album Glitter Glamour Atrocity, thrilling vampires everywhere

If you caught NYC trio White Hills in Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 existential vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive and thought, “What is that song that Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are rocking out to?” then Thrill Jockey has some good news for you. The Chicago-based label is re-releasing the band’s 2007 album Glitter Glamour Atrocity, which was previously only available on a very limited number of CDs.

The album features “Under Skin or By Name,” the track performed in Only Lovers Left Alive to a freakishly ageless vampire Tilda wearing her sunglasses at night (listen below). The new release will be spruced up with properly mastered tracks and brand-spankin’-new artwork that takes cues from Jarmusch’s gloomy Detroit movie. Glitter Glamour Atrocity is out on August 26. Tilda, take note.

• White Hills:
• Thrill Jockey:

Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Charles Ballas (Formant), Neil Hagerty (The Howling Hex), and Alex Moskos (Drainolith) melt their brains into one, and the result is… horrifyingly, Dan’l Boone!

For those who don’t partake in the vigorous study of Appalachian history, the actual Daniel Boone was some crazy wack American explorer who survived captivity in the hands of the Shawnee, and who single-handedly discovered Kentucky after gliding over the land using a man-sized, custom flying squirrel costume. I might have the minutiae slightly incorrect, but he was an explorer, and though his legacy has reportedly been exaggerated to a ridiculous degree, that fact alone may have been enough. Uniformly adventurous musicians Nate Young (Wolf Eyes), Neil Hagerty (The Howling Hex, formerly of Royal Trux), Alex Moskos (Drainolith), and Charles Ballas (Formant) have just formed Dan’l Boone, and nothing makes any sense.

“I’d come downstairs into Charles’ basement and Nate and Neil would be making competing diagrams that represented the record. I was so lost,” says Moskos. And to supplement the visual philosophizing, Hagerty stated the following, “cryptically,” in a voicemail to Ballas: “To create music by reverting to zit-popping thrash, you must believe that the prognosis is so dismal that it takes time to hear them retain enough for your face before summary dismissal.” Context might’ve been helpful here, or you might just want to skip right to the psychoactive aids. So confused right now.

Perhaps thank Hagerty for the Drag City connects, though! The self-titled LP is out September 23.

Dan’l Boone tracklisting:

01. Pasadena Rings
02. Thee Testimonye of An Maiden
03. Tampa
04. Paper Tree Alley
05. Mindface
06. Hostage Rock

• Dan’l Boone:
• Drag City: