The Mountain Goats will tour as a duo this summer, and it’s about damn time!

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Do you remember the last time The Mountain Goats toured as a duo, just John Darnielle and Peter Hughes? I sure don’t, but I’m pretty sure they had to ride across the country in covered wagons and escape from velociraptors and send letters with homing pigeons and they couldn’t even watch TV. How do you reckon they managed to record so many damn albums?

According to Pitchfork, The Mountain Goats will be reliving those weird, rough years this summer, when John and Peter hit the road for a string of all-ages shows. In a characteristically clever blog post, John says he’s been working on a master setlist that will most likely include old favorites, such as “Fall of the Star High School Running Back” (!!!). Last year, The Mountain Goats released Transcendental Youth (TMT Review), and hopefully they’ll bang out some songs from that too.

They’re playing all of these shows with The Baptist Generals, who will be releasing their first album in years on May 21 via Sub Pop, and they’ll all be traveling the country on turbo-magic hovercrafts, because it is the future.

Dates:

05.01.13 - Boone, NC - Appalachian State University
06.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
06.04.13 - York, PA - Strand Capitol Performing Arts
06.05.13 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
06.07.13 - New Haven, CT - Center Church on the Green
06.08.13 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
06.09.13 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom
06.11.13 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
06.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
06.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Ballroom
06.15.13 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk Chumley Theatre
06.16.13 - Evanston, IL - Space
06.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06.19.13 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar
06.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
06.22.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
06.23.13 - Gainesville, FL - High Dive
06.24.13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
06.26.13 - Charleston, SC - The Charleston Pourhouse
06.27.13 - West Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern
06.28.13 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
07.26-28.13 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
09.13-16.13 - Miami, FL - Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival

• The Mountain Goats: http://www.mountain-goats.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

High Wolf tours Europe in search of drug-friendly wolves

So everybody knows that most wolves are straight edge these days, especially American wolves. Which, you know, is totally fine. Do what you want, wolves, that’s what I say. I mean, if you’re going to be rude about it, maybe don’t do what you want, but otherwise, I give wolves my blessing (not like y’all needed it or anything, just sayin’). I am not bummed in the least by the decisions of wolves.

Mysterious psychedelic improv shaman High Wolf, on the other hand, seems to be at least a little bummed about all the wolves wandering around with unnecessary “Xs” on their paws. He’s bummed enough, at least, to do something about it. Namely, he’s touring Europe this spring where, in between shows, he’ll apparently be wandering around the wilderness looking for wolves with which to get high. “All I want to do is make my name a reality, you know?” he says, going on to explain how jealous he is of bands like Fun. who are so totally fun. You might even say, if you were the type to play dangerous games with double negatives, that Fun. are “not not fun.” If you did say that, it would actually be a totally weird coincidence because High Wolf is also apparently not not releasing an album this summer on Not Not Fun. It was reportedly conceived in an attempt to make music that is “not not appealing to wolves,” so good luck with that one!

Tourdates:

05.22.13 - Genoa, Italy - Spazio Targa
05.23.13 - Verona, Italy - Malacarne
05.24.13 - Graz, Austria - Postgarage
05.25.13 - Wien, Austria - Fluc @
05.26.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - TBA
05.27.13 - Milano, Italy - La Cruda
05.28.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ecurie *
05.30.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - APNews
05.17.13 - Moscow, Russia - Avant Club
05.18.13 - St. Petersburg, Russia - TBA

@ Cruise Family
* Gnod

• High Wolf: http://highwolf.wordpress.com
• Not Not Fun: http://www.notnotfun.com

Implodes announce May tour, reflect on good, bad times from childhood

When I was a child, I went on a field trip to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans. Part of the field trip involved walking through a glass tunnel, the likes of which was surrounded by water and aquatic creatures. I hated this, because the most noticeable of these aquatic creatures was the stingray, a creature I was deathly afraid of. Not because of any threat a stingray poses, but because of their creepy little underside faces (actually just a mouth). Anyway, while walking through this window and looking straight down at my shoes, my friend remarked that it would be crazy if the tunnel suddenly imploded. I agreed that it would be crazy, but I was still more concerned about stingrays. This is as good a time as any to mention that Chicago heavy drone/post-rock act Implodes are going on tour. In early May, they’ll be playing a quick string of dates centered primarily on the Northeastern United States.

Was that a go-almost-nowhere story only mildly related to the focus of this news article? Perhaps. But perhaps it was also a way to reflect the way Implodes tracks gradually build and hypnotize, even as they seem like they’re not moving to a clear point? Perhaps it was. Nah, it was totally just a story about implosions I remembered as a kid. Still, you can go ahead and check out a video for “Necronomics off their recently-released Kranky album Recurring Dreams below. Go ahead and do that before I regale you with a story about being pushed into a pool’s deep end during my friend’s eighth birthday. I couldn’t swim and it was scary!

Implodes dates:

05.03.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Smiling Moose
05.05.13 - Boston, MA - The Midway
05.06.13 - New York, NY - Cake Shop
05.07.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Death By Audio
05.08.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
05.09.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
05.10.13 - Asheville, NC - Broadways
05.11.13 - Louisville, KY - Cathouse

• Implodes: http://implodes.blogspot.com
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net

By the powers of SPF420 and Fortune500 combined, there is the Fortune 420 vaporwave concert, just a button-click away

What kind of place would a vaporwave festival be held in? Maybe some gleaming, commercial-monstrosity of a space, with faux-foliage attempting to provide a fantasy tropical setting? Perhaps some kind of theoretical, constructed electronic vacuum, plastered with damaged stock images, clip art and GIFs long robbed of their original context? To truly match the atmosphere and flavor of the genre, the best space for the beguiling, almost meta-critical, cultural mimicking/pilfering that is vaporwave might be the average home office. That is, after all, where most of the eye-damaging, brain-petting touchstones of the genre first made contact with our retinas and tympanic membranes.

I have no doubt that this crossed the collective minds of the SPF420 venue when they initially concocted their series of events. What better merging of spaces could there be to experience the digital miasma of vaporwave than the very private space of a home and the very vast and abstract space of a digital venue? This combining of location and music may also explain why these SPF420 events have become so popular; one event, held in March, capped out at 325 viewers. Probably helped that the lineup was damn intense.

For their next drool- and nostalgia-inducing feat of computer invasion, SPF420 is teaming with label Fortune 500 to bring the first in a new SPF420 concert series to many a home computer screen. They’re calling it Fortune 420, and the suitably impressive lineup has been listed below for the browsing pleasure of neophyte and old-hand alike:

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The people putting on the whole shebang are so generous that they have also procured the services of Luxury Elite to DJ in between sets. If, in the often anonymous and ever-changing world of vaporwave, there is a royalty, Luxury Elite is at least a Baron. All of this can be yours for the low, low price of logging onto the mystical land of Tinychat on May 1, 10 PM EST. The future is being able to watch Window perform from the comfort of your own home, while you are wearing only underwear, with one hand stuffed down your pants. That future is now.

• SPF420: http://www.facebook.com/spf420fest
• Fortune 500: http://fortune500.bandcamp.com

RIP: Cordell “Boogie” Mosson, Parliament/Funkadelic bassist

From The Star-Ledger:

Cordell “Boogie” Mosson (born Cardell Mosson), a Plainfield musician whose rubbery bass guitar gave the classic albums by Parliament and Funkadelic much of their buoyant, elastic, bouncing-off-of-the-walls character, died on Thursday at 60. No cause of death was announced.

Mosson also played drums and electric rhythm guitar — and, like most everybody else in the P-Funk empire, he added his voice to the group’s joyous group choruses. He contributed to almost all of the great mid-’70s Parliament-Funkadelic classic concept sets, including “One Nation Under a Groove,” “Mothership Connection,” and “The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein.”

The bassist was, by the outrageous standards of P-Funk, a tempered spirit. Unlike many of his fellow believers in the expressive power of the funk, he often chose not to be flashy; his playing sounded like a deep, happy, comfortable chuckle. But Mosson was a virtuoso of feel, a tasteful and thoughtful player (even when dressed as an intergalactic angel) and a gleeful contributor to the trancelike grooves that P-Funk always generated. His thick bottom end was the trampoline that his fellow funk musicians leapt upon.

• Cordell “Boogie” Mosson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cordell_Mosson

[Photo: David Schwartz]

Animal Collective try to announce remix EP and summer tour, but their throats are just too sore!

Hey there, cosmopolitan music fan. You know how Animal Collective have historically followed up their pretty excellent run of LPs with some equally awesome and totally worthwhile EPs that are often comprised of leftover material and new tracks and are just as (if not moreso) interesting and cool than the LP tracks in whose gravity they orbit?

Well, forget that you know that, I guess. Because they’ve just announced the Monkey Been to Burn Town EP, a set of four remixes of the tracks “Monkey Riches” and “New Town Burnout” from last year’s Centipede Hz (TMT Review) (also known in some circles as “the one after Merriweather”) set to be released on 12-inch and digital by Domino on May 18.

Still, you’re a cosmopolitan music fan, so you’ll be glad to know that the EP features such cosmopolitan remix artists as Gang Gang Dance’s Brian Degraw (for your noise/dance needs), Shabazz Palaces (for your hip-hop cred), Teengirl Fantasy (to impress your underground dance friends), and even Traxman (so you can finally use AnCo to get your juke on!). And if you pre-order now over at the Domino store, you get to download the Brian Degraw remix of “Monkey Riches” right the hell now! What are you waiting for? Click those “Buy” buttons and make these monkeys rich!

Oh, shit, I almost forgot! They still seem to be a functioning live band too, so they’re headed out for a North American tour this summer (they added a date or two since we updated you last too, so make sure you get excited about this entire list all over again). Sorry to let you down like that, reader. I guess I just got swept up in all of this worldwide “Animal Collective Announce Remix EP” hysteria.

Monkey Been to Burn Town EP tracklisting:

01. Monkey Riches (Brian DeGraw [Gang Gang Dance] Remix)
02. Monkey Riches (Tha Traxman Teklife Remix)
03. New Town Burnout (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
04. Monkey Riches (Teengirl Fantasy Remix)

Animal Collective Tourdates:

05.22.13 - Nimes, France - Paloma
05.23.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.25.13 - London, UK - Field Day
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Holland Melkweg
05.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
06.08.13 - New York, NY - Governors Ball
06.10-12.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
06.14.13 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.02.13 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus
07.04.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.06.13 - Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07.09.13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall *
07.10.13 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest
07.12.13 - Albany, NY - Camp Bisco
07.14.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle
07.15.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall *
07.16.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
07.18.13 - Covington, KY - The Madison Theater
07.19.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot *
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden *
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum *
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera *
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant

* Dan Deacon

• Animal Collective: http://myanimalhome.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us