Swans are old, but not dead yet; add more tourdates

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This fall has seen a lot of awesome old dudes getting back together and touring — Pavement, Guided by Voices, and The Vaselines, to name a few. I, personally, was sorely disappointed to miss Swans’ date in Chicago this fall, as they joined the illustrious lineup of 2010 reunions (or the “reconstitution,” as Michael Gira stubbornly preferred to call it) sweeping across the country. Now that Swans fans have been given more time to obtain and memorize all songs from the new album on Young God, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (TMT Review), Gira has made the wise decision of adding more dates into 2011.

Remaining dates plus new additions:

11.23.10 - Gronignen, Netherlands - VERA *
11.24.10 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Fest at Tivoli de Helling *
11.25.10 - Brussels, Belgium - AB *
11.26.10 - Lille, France - Le Grande Mix *
11.27.10 - Rouen, France - 106 Club *
11.28.10 - Paris, France - BBMIX Festival *
11.30.10 - Toulouse, France - Le Phare *
12.01.10 - Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne *
12.02.10 - Geneva, Switzerland - L’Usine *
12.03.10 - Turin, Italy - Musica90 c/o Sala Espace *
12.04.10 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotive Club *
12.05.10 - Rome, Italy - Piper Club *
12.07.10 - Vienna, Austria - Arena *
12.08.10 - Prague, Czech Republic - Akropolis *
12.09.10 - Wroclaw, Poland - Firlej *
12.10.10 - Warsaw, Poland - Palladium *
12.12.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel *
12.13.10 - Berlin, Germany - Volksbuehne *
02.18.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk ^
02.19.11 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall ^
02.22.11 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall ^
02.25.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre ^
02.26.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room ^
02.27.11 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater ^
03.01.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Grand Ballroom ^
03.02.11 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey ^
03.06.11 - Auckland, New Zealand - Powerstation
03.10.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Forum Theatre
03.11.11 - Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-Fi
03.12.11- Sydney, Australia - Metro Theatre
04.09.11 - Lisboa, Portugal - Aula Magna
04.10.11 - Porto, Portugal - Porto Casa da Musica
04.12.11 - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel - Barby
04.14.11 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
04.16.11 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn Festival (Main Stage)
05.02.11 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
05.03.11 - Aarhuis, Denmark - VoxHall
05.04.11 - Sweden - TBA
05.06.11 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
05.07.11 - Drammen, Norway - Union Scene
05.08.11 - Sweden - TBA
05.10.11 - Tampere, Finland - Klubi
05.11.11 - Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
05.12.11 - Tallinn, Estonia - Von Krahl Theatre Bar
05.13.11 - Riga, Latvia - Grivas Mebeles
05.14.11 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKIF Festival
05.15.11 - Moscow, Russia - Avant Club
05.17.11 - TBA
05.18.11 - TBA
05.19.11 - TBA
05.20.11 - Brataslava, Slovakia - Majestic Music Club
05.21.11 - Budapest, Hugnary - Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
05.23.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Teatar Itd
05.24.11 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Kiska Centre for Urban Culture
05.25.11 - Salzburg, Austria - Rockhouse

* James Blackshaw
^ Wooden Wand

• Swans: http://www.myspace.com/swansaredead
• Young God: http://younggodrecords.com

Elfin Saddle DVD extravaganza out on Constellation; what a wonderful Wurld!

Big news for fans of otherworldly accordion/musical saw combos and wee folk enthusiasts: Constellation just released Elfin Saddle’s 23-minute video piece Wurld on DVD and it sounds pretty amazing. According to Constellation, Wurld involves stop-motion animation, time-lapse video, and sculpture, all centered around an installation site in the duo’s Montreal backyard, where they showcase “an historical arc of civilization from early settlement and relative harmony with nature to gradual industrialisation, mechanisation and the inevitable discontents of over-production, waste and decline.”

The DVD features the film, plus 30 minutes of previously-unreleased music from the group. You can also pick up a DVD + 10-inch vinyl package from Constellation, both of which are extremely limited (editions of 900 and 500). Check out pictures of the pretty package and stream the 30 minutes of new music here.

• Elfin Saddle: http://elfinsaddle.com
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Women cancel tour after fighting onstage

Apparently it doesn’t matter how critically acclaimed your band is — if you’re burnt out, you’re burnt out. In the case of Women, the positive reviews of their 2010 album Public Strain (TMT Review) didn’t stop the band from exchanging words and then fists onstage during their show in Victoria, BC this past Friday, October 29, telling the audience that they were “breaking up” and that it was their “last show.” A witness sent in a personal account of what went down at the show to Exclaim:

“We were just at a show Women were headlining at Lucky Bar in Victoria, BC. As they initially came on stage the band members seemed to be struggling with Patrick [Flegel, guitarist] and a fight almost broke out. They went backstage again for several minutes. The band came out again minus Patrick and were making small talk with the audience. Patrick came out acting really erratic and said something to the effect of ‘we’re breaking up right now, you’re all going to see our last show.’ They played about five songs, which sounded pretty awful. At one point Patrick said (into the mic, during a song) ‘you fucked that up’ to Christopher [Reimer, guitarist]. Christopher and Matthew [Flegel, bassist] left the stage at the end of the song. Michael [Wallace, drummer] left after another minute or two or later, saying ‘my music career is over.’ Lucky turned the house music on while Patrick continued ‘playing.’ Security tried to talk him off stage. He left, and then came back and started smashing Matthew’s guitar against an amp. This was all extra comical in Halloween costumes (Mr. T, a sailor).”

Yikes! Women cancelled their remaining shows in Canada over the weekend, as well as their Edmonton, AB show scheduled for November 6. Refunds are available at points of purchase. Their November 13 show in Karlsruhe, Denmark is still on (for now). The band’s label, Flemish Eye, has also released a statement on the matter: “The band has been under a lot of stress on this tour, and are pretty exhausted from the intensive schedule of the last two months. We are cancelling the next three shows so they can get some sleep and work things out. There are no plans to cancel other upcoming dates.” Well, here’s to Women possibly patching things up?

Cancelled dates:

10.30.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
10.31.10 - Ymir, BC - Fon’s Church
11.06.10 - Edmonton, AB - The Pawn Shop
11.13.10 - Karlsruhe, DE - Carambolage

• Women: http://www.myspace.com/womenmusic
• Flemish Eye: http://www.flemisheye.com

David Grubbs creates festival celebrating balding middle aged guys I mean No Wave

So we’re all now fully aware of how culturally avant-garde and artistically cross-sectional the New York music, art, and film scene was during the late 70s/early 80s. Thanks to recent films like Scott Crary’s Kill Your Idols and Ericka Beckman’s 135 Grand Street New York 1979, and publications like Thurston Moore and Byron Coley’s No Wave: Post-Punk, Underground, New York, 1976-1980 and Marc Masters’No Wave, we now all have it fully ingrained in our minds that this scene was better than any other scene that is or ever will be, ever. David Grubbs apparently didn’t get the memo. Therefore, Grubbs (Gastr Del Sol, solo artist, academic, Drag City mainstay) and Colombia University art historian Branden W. Joseph are mounting a three-day event in celebration of the whole no wave scene or whatev titled “Theoretical Music: No Wave, New Music, and the New York Art Scene, 1978-1983.”

The event includes panel discussions with some notable no wave scene heads, one of which will be led by Grubbs himself, as well as a screening of James Nares’ no wave film epic Rome ‘78 and a performance by former downtown fixtures Ut. The hole thing takes place at Brooklyn’s Issue Project Room. If it all sounds a little lofty and academic, it’s because it is, which basically makes it very un-no wave.

Wu-Tang Clan announce US tour details — or are they the dates of secret rituals that will bring about the WuPocalypse?

I know I just mentioned that the Wu-Tang Clan have announced dates for an upcoming tour, but I’m sure that the question you’re asking is, “What is the WuPocalypse?” Well, for the uneducated and uninitiated, the WuPocalypse is an impending event, described in detail in the WuBibleQuranWu, that will be brought about by the members of the Wu-Tang Clan and will cleanse the world of all things unclean and unhip-hop. The Lost Eight WuTribes of WuIsrael will reconvene at the Holy Site of Wu and will compete in WuCombat against the forces of evil and destruction until the lengthy battle, known as the WuRagnarok, has ended and the world has been cleaned of all things villainous and devilish, creating the paradisiacal world of WuVana, or WuVen.

As part of WuPocalypse preparations, the Wu-Tang Clan will be, as mentioned above, heading out on a North American tour that starts in San Diego and ends on New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania. Astrologers and astronomers alike have agreed that Pennsylvania may be the lost Holy Site of Wu (which is strange because, well, would anyone ever guess that Pennsylvania would ever be described as “holy?” No, they wouldn’t) and the New Year’s Eve show may be the site of the final Secret WuRitual that will begin the WuPocalypse. Regardless, this tour should be pretty WuAwesome.

Wu-Tang Clan WuPocalypse tour:

12.04.10 - San Diego, CA - 4th & B
12.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
12.10.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
12.12.10 - Houston, TX - Numbers
12.22.10 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
12.26.10 - New Haven, CT - Toad’s Place
12.28.10 - Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
12.30.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
12.31.10 - Millvale, PA - Small’s Theatre

• Wu-Tang Clan: http://www.wutang-corp.com

Milo goes to Austin: Fun Fun Fun Fest announces The Descendents as 2010 headliners

Austin, Texas will be the place to be for fans of 1980s hardcore punk this November, as the city will be the locale for a reunion show by legendary punkers The Descendents. The band will see full reunification at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest, which takes place November 5, 6, and 7 at Waterloo Park in Austin. The original members haven’t played together since lead singer Milo Aukerman went back to his lab work in 2004, or thereabouts, as much as I can guess. Oh, wait, the press release says a decade, so I guess it’s a decade ago that all the original members played as a band! Wow, a decade ago I didn’t even know that The Descendents still made music at all!

Regardless, the band will be playing the Sunday headlining spot, which was previously occupied by Devo, who had to cancel the show, quoting, “We don’t like Texas,” a response which prompted Texas to say, “We don’t believe in this whole de-evolution idea,” and suddenly a new argument was born. Despite the arguments, plenty of other bands do like Texas and will be playing the festival.

These other bands include: Bostich + Fussible, Washed Out, The Antlers, Cults, “Weird Al” Yankovic, MGMT, Suicidal Tendencies, Mastodon, Slick Rick, Bad Religion, Capn’ Jazz, The Hold Steady, Devin the Dude, Dirty Projectors, RJD2, The Vandals, Gwar, Monotonix, and Pharoahe Monch, with plenty more included in the 80 (or more!) acts expected at the show.

Wait a minute. Did I just type “Weird Al” Yankovic? That’s awesome and I have a whole new headline: “Weird Al” Yankovic Still Plays Shows Despite General Public’s Continued Apathy and Non-Interest in Polka, Kid Midnight Still Buying All His Albums.

“I really can’t believe it,” says FFF Fest founder Graham Williams, presumably speaking about his monumental booking of “Weird Al,” “The Descendents were one of those bands on my dream list that I thought I would never get to book. A week ago, we had no idea what we were going to do, and now we couldn’t be more happy.” Oh, yes, The Descendents, this article is about the Descendents. Go see them, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas this November 5, 6, and 7.

• The Descendents: http://www.descendentsonline.com
• “Weird Al” Yankovic: http://www.weirdal.com
• Fun Fun Fun Fest: http://funfunfunfest.com

[Photo: Chapman Baheler]

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