Watch Sonic Youth and Nirvana tour together in 1991 film The Year Punk Broke, not on YouTube, but on DVD!

Watch Sonic Youth and Nirvana tour together in 1991 film The Year Punk Broke, not on YouTube, but on DVD!

You’ve got an original pressing of Sonic Youth’s Sister, your CD of The Priest They Called Him with Nirvana and William S. Burroughs is all scratched up — you love the early 90s, and you love Sonic Youth and Nirvana. Which means you probably love — or want to love, if only you had a copy of it — the 1991 documentary The Year Punk Broke. For those that aren’t such big fans of the aforementioned, this out-of-print, VHS-only film covers the Sonic Youth tour of Europe, with a little opening band called Nirvana — just before “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit mainstream radio and changed the music world, yadda, yadda, yadda. Well, superfans, according to director Dave Markey, the infamous doc will at long last be released on DVD this fall, from Universal Music. [expletive deleted]!

In addition to awesome footage of Sonic Youth and Nirvana on-stage and off, the DVD features Dinosaur Jr., The Ramones, Babes in Toyland, and Gumball, plus commentary from Thurston Moore and Dave Markey and a 2003 panel discussion with Moore, Markey, Lee Ranaldo, and J Mascis. This isn’t just some 15-minute-long video about kids extolling their favorite band in a parking lot, though. The DVD also includes a new 42-minute “bonus movie” entitled “(This is Known As) The Blues Scale”, with unreleased performances and material: an often hilarious peek into the on-camera but off-stage life of Sonic Youth and Nirvana throughout the tour. Check out three of the outtakes added to The Year Punk Broke here, and keep your ears open for a release date!

Thanks to Spin for pointing out that the entire original version of The Year Punk Broke is up on Google Video until April 29. Watch those obnoxious opening credits while you can!

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The Village Voice really wants you to hang out with them over the summer at their new music festival provided you wear a bathing suit

The Village Voice already has one music festival — Siren Music Festival at Coney Island — that they’ve been successfully putting together for 10 years; now that they’ve got a handle on how to make a fest work, they’ve announced the inaugural edition of their new extravaganza: 4 Knots.

“We’re extremely excited about the launch of the 4 Knots Music Festival this summer,” says Village Voice mouthpiece Josh Fromson. “Music fans from all five boroughs and all over the world have circled the date of our summer music event on their calendars each year.”

Mr. Fromson also added that he hopes all of his friends will be coming and that he doesn’t think it’s silly to assume everyone is already making plans to attend because: “We’re the Village fucking Voice, no one in the world is stupid enough to not come, and anyone who doesn’t is really a loser and a prick.”*

Named after the speed of New York’s legendary East River (and not after a tricky Boy Scout challenge as I assumed), the new festival takes place July 16 at the South Side Seaport. While a lineup of bands has yet to be reported (but you can bet we will when it becomes available), I can tell you that the one-day event is totally free, all-ages, held rain or shine, and will be sponsored by every sorority girl’s favorite beer, Bud Light, so expect to see plenty of drunk people going home with strangers.

* not a real quote

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Odd Future tour in support of hype infrastructure

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Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All tour:

05.12.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise
05.13.11 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
05.15.11 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
05.16.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
05.18.11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
05.19.11 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
05.20.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
04.30.11 - London, UK - Camden Crawl
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.31.11 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
06.30.11 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.01.11 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.17.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.27.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Festival
08.28.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Festival

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Animal Collective announce US dates, including a performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Having just completed a short trip to California that culminated with a performance at Coachella, Animal Collective are heading to Europe next month on a tour that kicks off with their very own All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. Many people believed it to be Animal Collective’s last tour (not really), and no one really knew if they’d ever return to the stage (not true), but it’s just been announced that the group will be playing several shows leading up to their performance at the Pitchfork Music Festival. In fact, one of the shows will be at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, which seems to be a venue named after the group’s MPP album. I can’t be bothered to fact check (I’m not paid by the hour), but just assume this information is true and spread the word.

And hey, bonus: expect the full lineup of Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Geologist, and Deakin at the shows.

05.13-15.11 - Minehead, UK - All Tomorrows Parties
05.16.11 - Eastbourne, UK - Winter Gardens
05.17.11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05.18.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Les Nuit
05.19.11 - Cologne, Germany - Electron
05.20.11 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Wee
05.21.11 - Warsaw, Poland - Stodola
05.22.11 - Krakow, Poland - Teatr Łaźnia Nowa
05.23.11 - Vienna, Austria - Arena Vienna
05.24.11 - Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon Jedinstvo
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
07.07.11 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
07.08.11 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07.09.11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
07.12.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park
07.13.11 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre
07.15.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival

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Mark Fell to release new LP on Editions Mego, will again sound like robot squirrels chattering away in a dusty static-storm

Erik Wiegand, who we as music snobs know as Errorsmith, works for a fancy little company called Native Instruments making synthesizers for music geeks who spend more time touching circuits than vaginas. One day, Wiegand needed some presets for a new software synthesizer and he asked Mark Fell to make him some.

Long story short: Fell came up with 40 sounds, gave ‘em to Wiegand, and they were ultimately rejected by Native Instruments. So Fell “decided to rework his UL8 project by extending the pattern generating systems used in its construction, which he then connected to the sounds produced in Erik’s synthesizer,” and while that sentence makes my brain hurt, I know that it means that Fell combined a couple projects (including his 40 sounds from earlier) and turned them into his new Manitutshu double 12-inch.

The new single, which sounds like thousands of electric ants exploding at the same time, is set for a May 27 release, comes with a poster, and features a remix from Mat Steel. If you’re curious to know what it sounds like inside of an android’s brain while it has sex, then preorder the record here and check out a track here.

Manitutshu tracklisting:

A1. Acids in the… thin razor, attack noise hat, Linn
A2. Acids in the… primes version
A3. Manitutshu (A New Algorithm)… LatelyBass and NewElectro, attack pulse hat
B1. Acids in the… razor experiment
B2. Manitutshu… parameter set 2, Linn HI Tom, JazzOrg, vortex study performance overdub, and synthesis reminiscent of Duet Emmo
B3. Acids in the… stochastic energy pause with thin razor, attack noise hat, Linn
C1. Manitutshu… First Algorithm Test
C2. Occultation… razor simple acid pause version with lfo to cutoff
C3. Materialisation epic razor chord and LatelyBass version with found voice
D. Occultation of… Mat Steel Extended Remix

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Brian Eno to release Drums Between the Bells on Warp, will likely be epic

On July 5, Brian Eno will release a new album titled Drums Between the Bells on Warp. The album, Eno’s second for Warp (the first being Small Craft on a Milk Sea), is a long-in-the-making collaboration between Eno and poet Rick Holland, who provides the words for the album. We haven’t heard it yet, but we know it’ll be epic because all the song titles are in lowercase letters, one track is titled “as if your eyes were partly closed as if you honed the swirl within them and offered me… the world,” and there is a ‘silent’ moment just before the final song, “breath of crows.”

Drums Between the Bells will be released in the following formats:

hardback 2CD edition (includes 44-page book & second disc with instrumental versions of tracks from the album)
double 12-inch vinyl (includes MP3 download code of the original album)

Check which format you’d like, send us your credit card information, and wait patiently for your oder to process (or go here if there are any problems). If you’re stingy like me, you can preview the track “glitch” over at the Chocolate Grinder first. (Tip: It’s worth sending your credit card information to us, whether or not you purchase the album.)

Drums Between the Bells tracklisting:

01. bless this space
02. glitch
03. dreambirds
04. pour it out
05. seedpods
06. the real
07. the airman
08. fierce aisles of light
09. as if your eyes were partly closed as if you honed the swirl within them and offered me … the world
10. a title
11. sounds alien
12. dow
13. multimedia
14. cloud 4


15. breath of crows

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