Okay, so, here’s the deal, folks: I want you guys to know all about the upcoming Wham City Comedy Tour that’s starting this Wednesday, and I want to give you the necessary background information that you might need, including the fact that the Wham City Comedy Tour “is a two-hour cross-genre variety show, showcasing the very best from Baltimore’s award-winning artist collective and fabled party starters” and that attendees can “expect stand-up sets, videos, dramatic monologues, and ensemble sketches in a tightly-run, visionary performance” and that Dina Kelberman is involved…
And, I totally want you to remember that they did this before a few years ago, back before dudes like Dan Deacon and Ben O’Brien were as popular as they are today (in the intervening years, the Wham City guys have “performed on stage with Chicago’s Second City, shared festival bills with Donald Glover, Neil Brennan, and Henry Rollins; O’Brien has opened for Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman; and Mason Ross won Best Comedic Performance in the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore issue”)…
Yeah, yeah, I want you to know all of that stuff and get excited for it and go to a show in a town near you and laugh yourself incontinent and all of that great stuff… but the thing is, I don’t want to have to embed or link to or even talk about “Drinking Out of Cups.” What do you say? Does that sound like a fair deal?
Wham City Comedy Tour 2013:
4.10.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Arcade Comedy Theater
4.11.13 - Cleveland, OH - Mahalls 20 Lanes
4.12.13 - Chicago, IL - The Hideout
4.13.13 - Detroit, MI - Jam Handy
4.14.13 - Toronto, ON - Double Double Land
4.15.13 - Buffalo, NY - The Vault
4.16.13 - Rochester, NY - Meddlesome Lab
4.17.13 - Troy, NY - 51 3rd St
4.18.13 - Williamstown, MA - Williams College
4.19.13 - Annondale on Hudson, NY - Bard College
4.20.13 - Purchase, NY - Purchase College
4.21.13 - Rosendale, NY - Market Market Cafe
4.22.13 - Worcester, MA - The Firehouse
4.23.13 - Torrington, CT - Snapper Magee’s
4.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall
4.25.13 - Baltimore, MD - Area 405
4.27.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Goldilocks Gallery
4.28.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I
• Wham City: http://whamcity.com
Scientists theorize that the world is fancier now than the world has ever been before. I’m inclined to believe it. Only the fancy will survive, while the un-fancy will have their flesh picked off their bones, albeit very delicately. These are the times for the fancy people, the fancy people like Ashley Eriksson of Olympia’s LAKE. Ashley “Fancy” Eriksson is going on tour with fellow Washingtonians Mount Eerie, who also happen to be very, very, very fancy. Really, just the fanciest. The tour will be very Oregon- and California-centric, because all the dates are in Oregon and California. Afterwards, Mount Eerie will be heading to Europe, arguably the fanciest continent.
While I’ve got your ear, I’d like to mention one more thing to you, the possibly fancy. Eriksson has a new solo record titled Colours coming out July 16 through K Records. If you’d like to hear a preview of some of the record’s songs, go to one of her aforementioned shows with Mount Eerie. That is, of course, if you’re fancy enough. If you’re not, well, pity.
Ashley Eriksson + Mount Eerie dates:
04.11.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
04.12.13 - Eugene, OR - Old Whiteaker Firehouse
04.13.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04.14.13 - Oakland, CA - LoBot
04.15.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
04.16.13 - Los Angeles, CA - MiMoDa Studios
04.17.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
[Photo: Louisa Crowe]
Arthur Russell… where to begin. Musically speaking, the guy was a renaissance man, a devastating (de)constructor of music, an amplifier of sounds, and engineer of imaginary worlds. (Deep inhale.) Russell was a formally trained cellist learned in Eastern classical music, an NYC underground music scene mainstay, a fluent mastermind of (mutant) disco singles (“Let’s Go Swimming,” “Is It All Over My Face,” “Go Bang!”), country ballads (Love Is Overtaking Me), new wave (Calling Out of Context), and whatever the hell World of Echo is. The last of which remains his most stirring statement.
World of Echo is an almost-too-personal portrait of a person frighteningly naked. It’s like peeking at someone’s soul through a keyhole. This is blues music for ghosts — a skeletal singer-songwriter blueprint all impossible cello patterns and narcotic, reverberating distortion. It is the most singular and individual of the lasting memories we have of the late Arthur Russell’s genius, though it is certainly not the only deep imprint he left behind. His heady brew of otherworldly compositions, always toying with spatial and temporal dimension, acted (acts) as a mutually beneficial catharsis for both himself and his audience. His music always had the hazy glaze of a dream state, easily lending itself to psychological escape and the capacity to provide an outlet for the moral and social burdens that accumulate during everyday life. In this way, Russell’s music is a therapeutic release of sorts, a purging of internal and external demons that transports the listener to uncommonly beautiful places.
In virtue of his immense variety and perpetually-in-flux approach, Russell showed himself to be an ever-shifting sonic puzzle with a body of work always in motion, always changing and always growing.
On that note, even in death his canon grows. Three new Arthur Russell tracks have been unearthed, and they are good, real good. As FACT report, these songs were spawned from a series of 1985 recording sessions with multi-instrumentalist Steven Hall. The story goes that Russell had been called in to mix and produce Hall’s own music, and ended up dominating the sessions (at least, that is what my ears are telling me). Like everything in his back catalog, these cuts have one foot in another world. The starkly dubby “Foxy Pup” is the most immediately recognizable as an Arthur Russell Product, and the best of the bunch as well.
You can hear “Foxy Pup” below, and stream all three tracks on Hollie Records’ SoundCloud page. “Foxy Pup” will be released on 12-inch via Hollie on April 20.
• Hollie: http://www.hollierecords.com
If you want to hear the main difference between juke and footwork, check out this mix:
At 2:45, you’ll hear a track called “Baby Come On,” a proto-footwork but exemplary juke track that thuds and syncopates in a manner not unlike Chicago ghetto house of the mid-to-late 90s. Compare that to the track at 15:10, “Heavy Heat” (a.k.a. “11-47-99”), which has since become known as the pioneering template for footwork tracks, a sort of monkey wrench in the history of Chicago dance music. Two strands of Chicago house, two wildly different sounds, one producer: RP Boo (a.k.a. Arpebu a.k.a. Kavain W. Space). The kicker? Both of them were made over a decade before Planet Mu released its first footwork comp and helped launch a worldwide obsession.
Now that I’ve 100% proven RP Boo’s “authenticity” and “historical relevance,” perhaps you’ll be glad to know that RP Boo is releasing his own Planet Mu full-length called Legacy. While RP Boo was featured on both Planet Mu comps — including the aforementioned “Heavy Heat” — this time he’s got 14 tracks in which to showcase/show-off/shower us with his suspenseful (“Steamidity”), minimal (“Invisibu Boogie!”), vocal sample-heavy (“The Opponent”), and geographically rooted (“Area 72”) style of footwork.
Check out Legacy when it drops May 13 via Planet Mu, and if you see RP Boo at a party, ask him when he decided to cop Young Smoke’s style. It’ll be so funny!
02. Invisibu Boogie!
03. Red Hot
04. There U’Go Boi
05. Battle In The Jungle
06. The Opponent
07. 187 Homicide
08. Speakers R-4 (Sounds)
09. Havoc Devastation
10. No Return
13. What’Cha-Gonna Du
14. Area 72
Ke$ha continues to inspire and infect The Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne announces new collaborative album
Exclaim! is reporting that in a recent Reddit AMA session, ‘Animal’ Wayne Coyne let it be known that not only do The Flaming Lips have an album coming out April 16 (titled The Terror, courtesy of Warner Bros./Bella Union), but another, more refined musical endeavor is also on the horizon. Coyne queefed the glitter-covered and booze-soaked nugget of news that the Lips will be putting out a full-length collaboration with the stuttering, ghost-fucking, dinosaur aping Warrior herself, Ke$ha.
The Flaming Lips and Ke$ha have worked together before, though, first on TFL’s duets album from 2012, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, then on Ke$ha’s most recent album Warrior, with the Lips overseeing a single track from the otherwise Dr. Luke and Max Martin-produced album. Wayne noted of Ke$ha (née Kesha Rose Sebert) that, “She’s funny, she’s humble. She’s badass. She’s everything. She’s awesome.” Note to readers: if you want to impress Wayne Coyne, give him a vial of your blood.
No release date was announced, but we did learn that the album will be cleverly named Lip$ha. Expect songs about robots, cannibalism, filth, and you just being you. Hey, maybe the two artists actually have way more in common than originally thought…
For all the rabid Ke$ha fans who frequent TMT, my buddy who recently did a drag performance of a Ke$ha track at a house party that included Jurassic Park-themed props (think small cup of water) and back up dancers in t-rex masks pointed me to two unreleased Ke$ha tracks, both below. Blah, blah, blah, enjoy.
Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa announces tour, shares video, demonstrates scientific principle
Let’s get this out of the way: I’m no scientist. If I was a scientist, do you think I’d be writing about music on the internet? Of course not. I’d be telling my science buddies about music in person while we invented time machines or whatever. As it stands, I was an English major, and I have neither real scientific skills nor any buddies to speak of. Even so, I’ve heard a segment or two of the popular program Radiolab, so I feel pretty confident talking about most science-y subjects. For example, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, which is basically the principle that states “when you look at something too closely, it gets harder to understand.”
Take it from me when I say that Arrington de Dionyso’s (everyone’s favorite purveyor of throat singing and throat singing accessories) upcoming tour with his band Malaikat dan Singa is basically all the confirmation you need that the uncertainty principle is, you know, a thing. I mean just look at it! A huge chunk of those dates are TBA!! One of them just lists “Ohio” as the location! THAT’S A WHOLE STATE! Ladies and gentleman, it does not get much more uncertain than that. Science confirmed. I mean, I guess it could get a little more uncertain. Maybe if he just listed “Earth” as the location for all of them, but Arrington knows how to walk a line, he knows that would’ve been too uncertain.
Confirmation of scientific principles aside, this is an extensive tour, and one that does not suffer from the all-too-common plight of “not coming anywhere near my house” (give it a gander, I’ll bet you a bitcoin and a half that it comes close to your house too). The tour is in support of de Dionyso’s upcoming release with Malaikat dan Singa Open the Crown. If it’s anything like 2011’s Suara Naga (TMT Review), its combo of jagged rhythms, skronky clarinet, and throat singing will punch right through any of your lingering uncertainty and make you dance like no one but de Dionyso himself is watching. Open the Crown is out April 30, and you can pre-order it right now from K Records. Until then, check out the video for “I Create in the Broken System” off the album below:
04.05.13 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern @
04.06.13 - Portland, OR - Cherry Sprout Produce #
04.07.13 - Ashland, OR - 221 Oak
04.08.13 - Hayfork, CA - Northern Delights Cafe
04.09.13 - Arcata, CA - Mexnwow (house show)
04.10.13 - Sacramento, CA - The Press Club
04.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Knock Out $
04.12.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Smell
04.13.13 - San Diego, CA - The Void
04.14.13 - Irvine, CA - TBA, UC Irvine
04.15.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Lot 1
04.16.13 - TBA
04.17.13 - Tucson, AZ - La Cocina %
04.18.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunkspace w/James Fella and Barren Nieces
04.19.13 - Prescott, AZ - Yoga Shala (Early solo throat singing show)
04.19.13 - Prescott, AZ - 846 Middlebrook Road
04.20.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Synchro Studio
04.21.13 - Taos, NM - Mesa Brewing Company ^
04.22.13 - TBA
04.23.13 - TBA
04.24.13 - TBA
04.25.13 - Austin, TX - Las Cruxes Gallery
04.26.13 - Austin TX - Museum of Human Achievement
04.27.13 - Norman, OK - Ampy Shanty
04.28.13 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Coochie House
04.29.13 - Kansas City, MO - Mini Bar &
05.01.13 - Saint Louis, MO - Blank Space
05.02.13 - Bloomington, IN - Root Cellar Lounge
05.03.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Comet Bar
05.04.13 - Chicago, IL - The Burlington *
05.05.13 - Kalamazoo, MI - Louie’s Trophy House Grill
05.06.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Elks Lodge !!
05.07.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinospheres
05.08.13 - London, Ontario - Art Show
05.09.13 - London, Ontario - TBA
05.10.13 - Ottawa, Ontario - Pressed 750 Gladstone
05.11.13 - TBA
05.12.13 - Quebec City, Quebec - Bar-Coop L’Agitée
05.13.13 - Montreal, Quebec QC - Casa del Popolo
05.14.13 - TBA
05.15.13 - Toronto, Ontario - Double Double
05.16.13 - Buffalo NY - The Vault
05.17.13 - Lowell, MA - 119 Gallery
05.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Silent Barn
05.19.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Studio 1026@@
05.20.13 - Pawtucket, RI - Machines With Magnets@@
05.21.13 - Boston MA - Cambridge Elks Lodge@@
05.22.13 - New York City - TBA@@
05.23.13 - Manhattan, NY - Cake Shop ##
05.24.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Secret Project Robot $$
05.25.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - TBA
05.26.13 - OH - TBA
05.27.13 - Chicago, IL - Schuba’s %%
05.28.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Quarter’s Rock and Roll Palace
05.29.13 - Madison, WI - Dragonfly Lounge ^^
05.30.13 - Minneapolis MN - Kitty Cat Club
05.31.13 - Omaha NE - TBA
06.01.13 - Denver, CO - Deer Pile
06.02.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
06.03.13 - Boise, ID - TBA
06.04.13 - Portland, OR - Record Room
06.07.13 - Tacoma, WA - House Show &&
06.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Heartland **
@ Yada Yada Blues Band and Briana Marela
# Million Brazilians, Jason Traeger, Girls in Trouble
^ Art of Flying
* Hotegaia, The Sundance Kids
!! Black Pus
@@ Chain and the Gang, Calvin Johnson
## Daniel Higgs, PC Worship
$$ Greg Saunier’s Aye Aye Rabbit
%% Mako Sika
^^ Spires that in the Sunset Rise
&& MTNS, DJ Urine
** MTNS, Geist & The Sacred Ensemble, DJ Urine
You know, our own James Parker was right in his review of Sun Araw’s most recent effort The Inner Treaty (TMT review). Sun Araw do sort of lend themselves to verbose, ostentatious descriptions. That being said, the purveyors of languid, interstellar-island-psych jams (see? I know some words!) better known as Sun Araw are taking the show overseas to peddle the aforementioned jams to the Old World.
Hot off an appearance at Unisex Earplug, TMT’s first (unofficial) South by Southwest showcase, and collaborating on an art installation (I’m assuming this was a real story, I don’t really trust anything published on the internet on April 1, regardless of the source), Cameron Stallones is packing up his pedals, synths, and shit for Europe. The tour hits up a lot of those tiny countries I can’t find on a map — my sincerest apologies to our Latvian readers — so I did get a nice little geography lesson while writing this piece. It wraps up in Berlin at a venue called West Germany and I know just enough about history and geography to be confused by the venue’s name. The American public school system didn’t completely fail me in that regard, teaching me that the Berlin Wall fell in my lifetime.
Part-time Sun Araw member and fellow ambient dude (okay, I ran out of words) Deep Magic a.k.a. Alex Gray (a.k.a. DJ/PURPLE/IMAGE) will be joining Sun Araw on a bunch of the dates. A new Deep Magic album, titled Reflections of Most Forgotten Love, will be out on Preservation. It should be noted that Dracula Lewis, Love Cult and Diva + Matthewdavid are also making appearances on the tour.
The dates are as follows:
04.05.13 - Moscow, Russia - Artplay *
04.06.13 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Zoccolo *%
04.09.13 - Tallinn, Estonia - Kino Sõprus
04.10.13 - Valmiera, Latvia - Kafērīga
04.12.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB @
04.13.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - venue TBA
04.15.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ *
04.16.13 - Belgium, Brussels - Les Ateliers Claus
04.18.13 - London, UK - Corsica Studios *
04.19.13 - Bologna, Italy - Bologna Live Arts Week Festival
04.20.13 - Madrid, Spain - Electronica En Abril
04.21.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Upload
04.23.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Bourg *
04.24.13 - Milan, Italy - Spazio Concept #
04.25.13 - Turin, Italy - Spazio 211 #
04.26.13 - Padua, Italy - Pulse #
04.27.13 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Kino Siska #
04.29.13 - Rome, Italy - Dal Verme #
04.30.13 - Naples, Italy - venue TBA #
05.03.13 - Berlin, Germany - West Germany *
* Deep Magic
# Dracula Lewis
% Love Cult
@ Diva + Matthewdavid
• Sun Araw: http://sunaraw.com
Light in The Attic to reissue Public Image Ltd’s First Issue, do a pretty good job of actually making a re-release interesting
Whenever I hear about an album being reissued, my first question is always “why should I buy that?” Even if it’s an album I love and it’s been remastered, I’m always hesitant. Only when I feel like my experience or understanding of the album can be enhanced do I indulge in one of the endless string of reissues that get brought out every month.
Well it seems like Light in the Attic is trying to grab the attention of discerning music buyers such as myself with their reissue of Public Image Ltd’s album First Issue. They’ve reproduced the original LP sleeve and included extras like a poster, news clipping, and stickers. A little more bang for your buck. Tack on that this is the first time this album has been properly released in the US and it sounds quite nearly like the perfect storm. The LP and 2CD editions are both up for preorder on Light in the Attic’s site, so they can be delivered straight to your doorstep upon June 18 release.
First Issue tracklisting:
02. Religion I
03. Religion II
05. Public Image
06. Low Life
In a perverted, masochistic way, I enjoyed the sense of possibly-impending doom the supposed apocalypse brought to 2012. Somehow, even if I never really believed such a thing could or would occur, the pall of probably-not-but-what-if decimation felt novel bordering on epic. Brushing up against a sci-fi nightmare/dream brought a weight to things, for those of us disconnected enough from reality and with overactive imaginations.
The members of Robedoor seem to be similar overly-imaginative, end-of-the-world romantics. Their upcoming album Primal Sphere absolutely drips gritty SF; just check out the tracklisting. To me at least, the name of each track seems like a little snippet of a doomed world. There is also something poetic about being a year late to the cataclysm party, and I’m sure this has not escaped them. If I was a paranoid man I would say Hands in the Dark is, by releasing this album on May 14, attempting to start that catastrophe-clock again. This could just be wishful thinking on my part, though; the naïve part of me wants to live my sci-fi fantasy and Primal Sphere could be the perfect soundtrack.
Primal Sphere tracklisting:
01. Stagnant Venom
02. Blasted Orb
03. Flannel Shroud
04. Concrete Brother
Black Francis is going on tour this spring to promote the comparative utility of future Pixies tours
Dear TMT Newswriters of the future:
If you’re reading this, then I am dead… tired of writing for this shit magazine. Congratulations on your overworked, underpaid, overlooked, under-appreciated position as an official journeyman TMT newswriter. Before I left, Mr P made me promise that I’d create a small list of pointers for future writers here, and even though I told him to go stick it, I’m such a goddamn font of productivity that I couldn’t help but think of a few, so I figured I’d jot them down for you. Good luck, suckers.
1) If you discover that an artist whom you’ve started writing about has tourdates listed that are not already formatted in the usual TMT way, don’t write that story. But don’t un-reserve it either. No one else will want it.
2) The editors “say” they want you to embed stuff rather than use gratuitous links that carry readers away from the TMT website, but that rule never applies to that Dave Grohl “Fresh Pots” video because every music fan always needs to see that right away.
3) Just leave Jeff Tweedy alone.
4) While it’s always funny and appropriate to make up fake nicknames for venerable Pixies frontman Frank “Black ‘Prankie Blackstar’ Francis” Black, it’s important to remember that that dude is huge and scary, and that he does tour the US every once in a while in support of some such frustratingly un-Pixies project or another. And He will not hesitate to totally find you and eat your fingers. If you don’t believe me, just ask my speech-to-text assistant program about the last time I jerk-off sleeping at the yuppie’s summer pudding, knishes?
Black Francis tourdates:
04.26.13 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge ^
04.27.13 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair ^
05.02.13 - Harrisonburg, VA - Clementine Cafe *
05.03.13 - Chattanooga, TN - Rhythm & Brews *
05.04.13 - Jackson, MS - Martin’s *
05.05.13 - New Orleans - The Mint *
05.07.13 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall *
05.08.13 - Jacksonville, FL - Underbelly’s *
05.10.13 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar *
05.11.13 - Charlotte, NC - Visualite Theater *
05.12.13 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother *
05.13.13 - Washington DC - The Birchmere *
05.14.13 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar *
^ Dennis Crommett
* Reid Paley
• Black Francis: http://blackfrancis.net