Thee Oh Sees creep and thrash around the world, release a video, and play on Carson Daly’s talk show…?

Thee Oh Sees creep and thrash around the world, release a video, and play on Carson Daly's talk show...?

Ladies and germs, I am in a punk band. Or, almost in a punk band. Some of the members still need to learn their instruments, but I’m hoping that once we finally bang out a few songs, we manage to sound at least a little bit like Thee Oh Sees.

Last year, John Dwyer and company gave us loads of wild and crazy rock ‘n’ roll, and ever since then, we’ve been playing it loudly and freaking out our neighbors. Even though Thee Oh Sees haven’t announced any follow-ups to Castlemania (TMT Review) and Carrion Crawler/The Dream, they have announced a world tour (which includes a certain festival that this writer will be attending), and they’ve released a video for “Chem Farmer,” which showcases the antics of leprechauns on a punk-yodeling tour. Plus, their Red 7 performance at SXSW was filmed for Last Call with Carson Daly, and “Tidal Wave” and “Meat Step Lively” were featured on the show. Who would have thought Carson Daly was so rad?

I won’t be surprised when, at some point this year, Thee Oh Sees release 13 EPs over the course of a week, all with covers featuring neon-colored monsters jumping out of rocket-shaped clouds. Or wizards dripping with slime, climbing out of coffins. Or just flames and veins.


04.29.12 - Austin TX - Austin Psych Fest
05.25.12 - St. Brieuc, France - St. Brieuc Art Rock Fest
05.26.12 - Brighton, UK - The Hydrant
05.27.12 - London, UK - ATP
05.29.12 - Nantes, France - Stereo Lux
05.30.12 - Bordeaux, France - Docks
05.31.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Fest
06.01.12 - Limoges, France - La Fourmi
06.02.12 - Lyon, France - Clacson
06.04.12 - Athens, Greece - An Club
06.06.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephémère
06.08.12 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Fest
06.10.12 - Marseille, France - La Machine à Coudre
06.11.12 - Milan, Italy - Magnolia
06.12.12 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana-Bi
06.13.12 - Rome, Italy - Init
06.14.12 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
06.15.12 - Venice, Italy - Pop Corn Marghera
06.16.12 - Genéve, Switzerland - L’Usine
06.18.12 - Nijmegen, Holland - Merleyn
06.19.12 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradisio
06.20.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
06.21.12 - Bruxelles, Belgium - Wartkapoen
06.22.12 - Berlin, Germany - White Trash
06.23.12 - Erfurt, Germany - Teenitus Fest
06.24.12 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafen Klang
06.26.12 - Stockholm, Sweden - Strand Club
06.27.12 - Olso, Norway - Revolver
06.28.12 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpe Huset
06.30.12 - Belfort, France - Eurockéennes
07.01.12 - Rotterdam, Holland - Metropolis Fest
07.15.12 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
07.20.12 - Seattle, WA - Capital Hill Block Party
08.03.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.04.12 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08.05.12 - Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
08.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.06.12 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.23.12 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP

• Thee Oh Sees:
• In the Red:

BlaCK dIce annOHNce blORPopean TOoordaYS!! ☣ ☭ ☣

The Black Dice are going on tour — yes, all of ‘em! Björn, Eric, Aaron, Justin, Sammy, Dale, Elron, Johnny “The Bass Player,” Skins, Sarah “Suntan,” Rudy, Joe, Herb, and Teddy. The 14-piece ensemble recently released their follow-up to a 1998 “strings tribute to OK Computer,” an album on Ribbon Music called Mr. Impossible (TMT Review). It was such “arousing success,” according to an ad snippet in the May issue of UK-based Kerrang!, that the small orchestra has decided to strip down to the essential three members and travel around Europe, massaging things inside rectangular boxes hooked up to amplifiers. As an avid supporter of Black Dice and a former resident of the greater EU, I, Tiny Mix Tapes, strongly suggest that you go see them. Back in the day, they used to perform all new material at their shows that would hint at the direction of their next record, so maybe you’ll get a nice big preview of the Mr. Impossible follow-up at face-deafening volumes.

All joking aside, if you live in one of these places and don’t go see them the night they play, I’m going to fuck you up. Hope you like broken bones and rectal examinations, jim, because that’ll just be the beginning. Don’t get caught on the wrong end of my stick, greg. You’ll go to that Black Dice show and you’ll get there on time. You’ll get right up to the front of the stage and if you forget to smile I’ll be right there behind you, smearing your face in the spilled beer on stage and deleting the contacts in your phone. Sorry, they’ll say, but you deserved every bit of that punishment.

Black dates:

09.12.12 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
09.13.12 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
09.14.12 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.15.12 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
09.17.12 - Lyon, France - Ground Zero
09.18.12 - Bordeaux, France - L’iboat
09.19.12 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
09.20.12 - Lisbon, Portugal - Music Box
09.22.12 - Barcelona, Spain - Bam Festival
09.26.12 - Milan, Italy - Concept Loft
09.27.12 - Roma, Italy - Init
09.28.12 - Torino, Italy - Spazio 211
09.29.12 - Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
09.30.12 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
10.02.12 - Kortrijk, Belgium - DeKreun
10.03.12 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10.04.12 - London, UK - Birthdays

• Black Dice:
• Ribbon:

Rustie announces North American tour, with surprisingly zero stops at the Fortress of Solitude

Prior to the last year or two, the only “Rustie” or “Rusty” that I knew of was the son of Chevy Chase’s character in the National Lampoon’s Vacation movie series. If you’re familiar with the series, then you’re likely aware of the ongoing bit between the two characters, where, at various points in any of the movies, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) calls out to his noticeably proximal son, “Russ!? Oh, there you are.” It sort of represents how I feel about so many loosely-labelled “dubstep” artists, except for the fact that I’m not actively looking for them; they just keep appearing — through singles, EPs, third-party compilations, but only occasionally, a full-length album. After a couple of EPs, and appearances on such lauded compilations as 2009’s Tectonic Plates Volume 2 and 5: Five Years of Hyperdub, Glaswegian producer Rustie did his part to personally change that dynamic with his debut full-length Glass Swords, released last October on Warp. And now he’s basking in the success that his relentlessly upbeat amalgam of prog rock and classic video games has afforded him.

I consider the capacity of British producers to tour North America “basking in the success,” since it’s such a rarity. Beginning May 15, Rustie will be performing a handful of shows (literally, five) around the continent. Hellllooooooo Pyramid Lake, Nevada! Population: 2,000? Whatever, there’s a festival going on there. Check out the dates below and go here to listen to his contribution, which premiered a couple of weeks ago, to the BBC’s Essential Mix series.


05.15.12 - New York, NY - Santos Partyhouse (Shortcuts Party)
05.18.12 - Pyramid Lake, NV - Pyramid Eclipse Festival
05.19.12 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
05.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Smog Sundays/Dim Mak Studios
05.22.12 - Denver, CO - Cervantes

• Rustie:
• Warp:

Merge Records to hold benefit to oppose NC amendment defining the merging of two people; David Cross, Superchunk to perform

Have you heard about North Carolina’s Amendment One? It’s a fun little change to the state’s constitution that would make it illegal to acknowledge any kind of union outside of a traditional heterosexual marriage. At first glance, this seems like the usual homophobic attempts of the right to disenfranchise the gays, but in North Carolina, gay marriage is already illegal. What Amendment One does is prevent any two people, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, from receiving any state-provided rights unless they’re one man and one woman, and it puts this rule into their constitution. Bachelor/bachelorette parties, the wasting of a shit ton of money on a party for family members you don’t like, and unfortunate garments for the wedding parties required.

The Amendment is an unnecessary and obtrusive move by the state’s republicans that many are viewing simply as a way to stir up partisan furor in an election year. The uninformed hear that if they don’t pass Amendment One, they’re well on their way to hell in a handbasket, and next thing you know, there are waiting lines at the local library come election day.

So what is North Carolina’s most famous record label, Merge, doing to campaign against this idiocy? They’re holding a benefit concert in collaboration with the Protect All Families organization featuring many a Merge luminary on May 6! For a meager $80 donation, you get a limited edition silk-screened poster designed by Matthew Kilmas and access to the concert with David Cross (and his oddly-matched fiancee Amber Tamblyn), Tig Nataro, Bob Mould, Stuart McLamb, and Superchunk, performing an acoustic set as a duo. And you’ll be supporting a good cause. So if you’re going to be in the triangle area on May 6, do your part and see some quality comedy and music while you’re at it.

• Protect All Families:
• Merge:
• Matthew Kilmas:

Magik Markers are the ones making that weird buzzing noise in your house, but don’t worry, they’re going on tour

Well, there’s your problem right there. You’ve got a Magik Markers infestation. Nah, they’re not harmful, but they will make a constant electric buzz if you leave ‘em unattended. A lot of people get Magik Markers this time of year, what with the hot weather and all. They’ll creep into your little spaces, your garages, pantries, closets, the guitar you trust, etc. Lot of noise rockers making their way inside. Just be glad you don’t got Black Dice or Lightning Bolt. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of them.

Poison ‘em? No, no, no! You don’t poison Magik Markers, they eat poison! Look, stay back, this is simple. Hey! Hey, Magik Markers! I booked y’all a bunch of tour dates! You gotta go play them! You gotta plan Virginia, you gotta play Georgia, you gotta play Tennessee, you gotta play Texas, you gotta play Louisiana, and you sure as hell gotta play North Carolina. Okay? Okay! Look at those two scatter! You hear that? That’s the buzz spreading across the world. Kind of pretty, really, kind of pretty.

Magik Markers dates:

05.08.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch
05.09.12 - Athens, GA - Farm 255
05.10.12 - Memphis, TN -Poplar Lounge *
05.11.12 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern
05.12.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 &
05.13.12 - Houston, TX - Walter’s &
05.14.12 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia &
05.15.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 &
o5.16.12 - Durham, NC - The Pinhook &

* Jerusalem & the Starbaskets
& Black Bananas, Dwarr

• Magik Markers:

[Photo: Stefano Giovannini]

Planet Mu release Polysick LP with an empty promise to bring acid house to the mainstream

Back in 2007 I lived with a bunch of college students in an acid house — a house where people dropped acid, listened to acid house and techno, and the house was literally deteriorating from acid. I only chose to live there so I could tell everyone about my “acid trips,” as I knew that literally everyone would be interested in my indulgent behavior.

Planet Mu, the electronic record label ran by Mike Paradina a.k.a. µ-Ziq, is releasing the newest LP, Digital Native, from Polysick on June 8. Polysick is producer Paul Kersex, who has a background with video production that helps him to make his songs visual for ears and auditory for eyes. Yep, acid house is back, and now you can hear tones with your eyeballs.

My plan is to bring the Digital Native vinyl to Acid House to see if anyone wants to trip balls to it. And, trust me, people trip over testicles as often as the house also serves as a nudist commune. Though most of the house has dissolved from the real acid, I feel it’s time to move on and just enjoy some new electronic tunes from Polysick. Honestly, I only dropped acid once. I got it all over my jeans.

Digital Native tracklist:

01. Totem
02. Woods
03. Taito
04. Loading…
05. Lost Holidays
06. Caravan
07. Drowse
08. Tic-Tac Toe
09. Meltinacid
10. Gondwana
11. Preda
12. World Cup
13. Bermuda
14. Transpelagic
15. Smudge, Hawaii

• Planet Mu:
• Polysick:


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