I know you readers think everything is a fucking joke, but recently my cousin Dunny died over the weekend from too much sun (a.k.a. he melted). Dunny was a huge music fan, and he particularly enjoyed of Montreal. Last time I saw him at one of our Pokémon card-trading events, he was listening to of Montreal’s latest, Aureate Gloom, on his Disc Man, and he mentioned how he wanted to see them on tour. I laughed at him, told him, “They’ll never tour again, idiot,” and slammed his testicles with a hammer. Two days later, Dunny is boiled down to nothing but liquefied skin and bones.
At Dunny’s funeral, the newest of Montreal live album, Snare Lustrous Doomings, was playing, and it was an open casket. Just a gross bucket of goo. Bored as hell, I got out of there, and I went down by Fuck Lake, where Dunny and I used to go to eat bugs. I skipped a stone into the lake as a tear ran down my cheek, and I heard a whisper in the wind: “They will tour… this fall.” I looked down at the ripple in the water. A tour date was spelled out. I then threw 46 stones in the lake to reveal all the dates. Although several baby ducks died, Dunny’s memory lives on through the follow tour dates:
08.21.15 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger *
08.22.15 - Frederick, MD - Flying Dog Brewery *
08.23.15 - Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes *
08.24.15 - Norfolk, VA - Work Release *
08.25.15 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre *
09.02.15 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric ^
09.03.15 - Shreveport, LA - Bears on Fairfield ^
09.04.15 - Houston, TX - Walter’s Downtown ^
09.05.15 - Utopia, TX - UTOPIAfest
09.06.15 - Ft. Worth, TX - Shipping and Receiving ^
09.07.15 - Little Rock, AR - Revolution Music Room ^
09.08.15 - Columbia, MO - The Blue Note ^
09.09.15 - Champaign, IL - The Highdive ^
09.10.15 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall ^
09.11.15 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme ^
09.12.15 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre ^
09.13.15 - Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon ^
09.14.15 - Buffalo, NY - Asbury Hall at Babeville ^
09.15.15 - Ithaca, NY - The Haunt ^
09.16.15 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall ^
09.17.15 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre ^
09.18.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
09.19.15 - Charlottesville, VA - The Jefferson Theatre ^
09.20.15 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle ^
10.21.15 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge #
10.22.15 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe - Old National Centre #
10.23.15 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bell’s Eccentric Café #
10.24.15 - Des Moines, IA – Woolies #
10.25.15 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre #
10.26.15 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room #
10.27.15 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar #
10.28.15 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird #
10.29.15 - Billings, MT - Pub Station #
10.30.15 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112 #
10.31.15 - Seattle, WA - Neptune #
11.01.15 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom #
11.02.15 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
11.03.15 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst #
11.04.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent #
11.05.15 - San Diego, CA - Irenic #
11.06.15 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent #
11.07.15 - Tucson, AZ - Night of the Living Fest @ La Cocina
11.08.15 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls #
11.09.15 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger #
11.10.15 - Austin, TX - Mohawk #
11.11.15 - New Orleans, LA - The Howlin’ Wolf #
* w/ Mothers
^ w/ Surface to Air Missive
# w/ Diane Coffee
• of Montreal: http://www.ofmontreal.net
Weep no more, America! As a great walking cliché goes, “If you love something, set it free.” Which is exactly what we have done, good people; we have set our precious A Place to Bury Strangers free to tour the world this summer, expanding their minds, giving them great personal essay material, and giving them the opportunity to eat lots of amazing food and also probably a lot of Canadian truckstop food (while in Canada, obviously).
And now they are coming back. Well, not like NOW “now,” but in the fall. You may have seen them on tour with Jane’s Addiction earlier this year, but they’ll be back for a headline tour to promote their latest album, Transfixiation. Speaking of which, they’re also releasing a remix of album bang-a-langer “Fill the Void” by Darkside’s Dave Harrington. Feel it:
06.18.15 – Toronto, ON -he Opera House (NXNE)
06.19.15 – Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
06.20.15 – Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo
07.16.15 – Dour, BE - Dour Festival
07.17.15 – Catania, IT - Zanne Festival
07.18.15-07.19.15 – Chiaverano, IT - A Night Like This
07.19.15 – Rome, IT - Traffic
07.20.15 – Marghera, IT – Phobic Club
07.24.15 – Brooklyn, NY - Gigawatts Festival
08.26.15 – Tokyo, JP - Shibuya O-Nest
08.28.15 – Hong Kong, CN - Backstage Live
08.30.15 – Taipei, TW - The Wall
09.01.15 – Singapore, SG - TAB
09.04.15 – Melbourne, AU - Corner Hotel
09.05.15 – Sydney, AU - Manning Bar
09.06.15 – Brisbane, AU - Crowbar
09.07.15 – Auckland, NZ - Kings Arms
09.12.15 – Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt*
09.13.15 – Seattle, WA - Chop Suey*
09.14.15 – Portland, OR - Star Theater*
09.19.15 – Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium*
09.20.15 – Sacramento, CA - TBD Festival
09.22.15 – San Diego, CA - Soda Bar*
09.24.15 – Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge*
09.25.15 – Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge*
09.27.15 – St. Paul, MN - Turf Club*
09.29.15 – Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle*
09.30.15 – Bloomington, IN - The Bishop*
10.01.15 – Covington, KY - Madison Live*
10.02.15 – Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern*
10.03.15 – Detroit, MI @- Majestic Café*
10.06.15 – Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa*
10.09.15 – Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus*
[Photo: Violeta Alvarez]
• A Place To Bury Strangers: http://aptbs.tumblr.com
Do you remember where you were and exactly who you were with the moment when definitely-cooler-than-Oasis “Britpop” band Blur announced that they were releasing their first new album in 12 years, called The Magic Whip this past spring?
Well, FORGET THOSE TWO THINGS RIGHT NOW, because otherwise you won’t have enough brain space to remember the exactly two(yes, count ‘em, two: 2) shows that the band (by which I’m fairly sure I definitely maybe mean Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James, and Dave Rowntree) is ambitiously endeavoring to play this October on American soil! One of them is at the biggest, coolest venue on the West Coast and the other is at the biggest, coolest venue on the East Coast. As for everyone who lives in the pathetic “middle district” of the United States? Tough shit. Move out of the sticks.
Tickets to both of those giant shows on what some critics are probably calling the “coolest and laziest tour ever” go on sale June 20 at 10 AM, according to the band’s website. And ALSO according to the band’s website, there’s some sort of “official comic book” titled Travel to Hong Kong with Blur, created by “famed Hong Kong artist Kongkee of Penguin Lab and inspired by The Magic Whip,” that’ll be available at these shows as well. Ah, talk about incentives! I’m going to start hitchhiking my way from here in Chicago to whichever coast I can get to quickest immediately.
10.20.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
10.23.15 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
• Blur: http://www.blur.co.uk
Lightning Bolt’s Brian Gibson reminds us of his developer chops, details “rhythm violence” game Thumper
Brutality in various forms is the name of the game for any Lightning Bolt show, and more obviously, this is exemplified through Brian Chippendale drumming to the point of causing vicarious arthritis in every audience member. Anecdotally though, I recently attended one of the band’s North American shows in support of Fantasy Empire, and bassist Brian Gibson punched me in the face… with the dirty, dirty sounds blasting out of his amp. I could likewise hear among the air fluctuations that it was my job to “fight back, you wuss,” and not being privy to the self-awareness and potentially confrontational nature of instruments, I went and got Mulder on the phone (who’s busy with more lighthearted pursuits).
“Fighting back” becomes more possible nonetheless, as DROOL, the video game developer run by Gibson and Marc Flury, has just offered more details surrounding Thumper, a “rhythm violence game” that’s reportedly been years in the making. It’s set for release on Playstation 4 and Steam in 2016, but a showcase in which “you control a space beetle while careening towards confrontation with an insane giant head from the future” — the central thesis of the game — will be featured at this year’s E3. Every word in that description sounds appealing.
Thumper follows up Gibson’s work on Guitar Hero and Rock Band with the Cambridge, MA-based developer Harmonix. Here’s a preview, especially for those not prone to seizing:
High Tides’ self-titled debut to realign your chakra with good vibes, out soon on TOBACCO’s Rad Cult
Thomas Fec (a.k.a TOBACCO) isn’t instantly synonymous with good taste. In fact, for a dude who’s graced our lives with the likes of the Maniac Meat cover art and given us jams with titles like “Lick the Witch” and “New Juices from the Hot Tub Freaks,” you’d be more inclined to slot him into the bad-taste quadrant of any “good taste/bad taste” Venn diagram, in a totally awesome Brechtian-subverting-the-dominant-paradigm way of course.
But here’s something you can slot into the good-taste quadrant of the abovementioned TOBACCO Venn diagram, and it comes via his label Rad Cult, which will be soon releasing the self-titled debut of the Malibu-based (psychicly, if not physically) electro outfit High Tides.
As the alter-ego of The Red Falcon Projects, High Tides have been tinkering along since about 2011, aiming to create a sound that evokes “daydreams of the lavish shores of Southern California, sun-faded memories of yacht rock” abetted along the way by TOBACCO who slung them good vibes and remix duties.
You can cop a load of the fully realized High Tides vision via the lead single “Coastal Cruise ‘86” below:
High Tides is out July 31 via Rad Cult and is up for pre-order via the band’s Bandcamp now.
High Tides tracklist:
01. 7 Miles Beach
02. Blurring My Day (High Tides Version)
04. Psychic Love Damage (High Tides Version)
05. The Beach Elder
06. Coastal Cruise ‘86
07. Face Breakout (High Tides Version)
08. Ripped Tide
09. Eruption (High Tides Version)
10. The Sunset Tanz
According to The Quietus, Sunn O))), exalted abbots of the order of the sacred drone, have recently uploaded over 65 live recordings of their shows — dating back to 2002 and as recent as last May — to a new Bandcamp site, their Live Archives. These are all fan-recorded bootlegs, unmastered, unmixed, and as raw as they get. It’s also a trove that we can expect to grow, since the band has invited fans to upload their own recordings and share any visual material they may have. So, there’s your chance to become a deacon in the glorious church of Sunn O))).
As it stands, the vault is already a delight for fans, with registers of the band as an instrumental trio (Anderson-O’Malley-Ritter), with vocals (Malefic, Attila, Xasthur), synths, bass, drums, and additional electronics, and even as an almighty six-piece, including Oren Ambarchi as a guest. You can stream all the shows, and download them for a small benefaction, here. Have a taste of their Chicago 2006 show, below.
Luna to release LP box set, Luna: Long Players (92-99), to help soundtrack your next beautiful drug coma
Last year, following one of those “lengthy hiatus” type things that bands do, Dean Wareham’s badass post-Galaxy 500 project Luna announced that they were reuniting for a batch of reunion shows in Europe. Maybe it was all the readily accessible Absinthe that they have over there, but apparently, things didn’t go too shabbily, because Wareham and his buds are continuing the reunion tour this summer and fall in North America and have also announced a new box set that will compile each of their five 9’s albums, plus a new “rarities” record containing various B-sides, demos, etc.
In keeping with the band’s easy-breezy, shambly, space-gazing vibe, the new box is titled Luna: Long Players (92-99), and it’s coming out via Captured Tracks… eh, sometime in the late fall or winter. Sounds about right!
In addition to putting all that pleasantly yawn-y, dreamy music on wax for the first time, the new set will also feature a 12x12 book containing interviews with Dean Wareham conducted by film director Noah Baumbach (Wareham did the music for Baumbach’s 2005 film The Squid and the Whale and did some less musical actor-stuff in 2013’s Frances Ha). Although, it’s probably unwise to attempt reading (or pretty much ANY other task that requires concentration on ANY level) while listening to Luna. You’re pretty much guaran-damn-teed to be simultaneously sleeping and engaging in sexual intercourse with someone or something within meremoments of dropping that needle.
Luna: Long Players (92-99):
Pup Tent (1997)
The Days of Our Nights (1999)
01. Egg Nog (from Time 7”, 1992)
02. Indian Summer (Beat Happening cover from Slide EP, 1993)
03. Ride Into the Sun (The Velvet Underground cover from Slide EP, 1993)
04. That’s What You Always Say (The Dream Syndicate cover from Slide EP, 1993)
05. Anesthesia (pre-Elektra Records demo, 1991)
06. In the Flesh (Blondie cover from In the Flesh 7”, 1997)
07. Bonnie and Clyde (Serge Gainsbourg cover, Penthouse bonus track)
08. I Know You Tried (unreleased demo from Bewitched sessions)
09. Roll in the Sand (from Outdoor Miner 7”, 1996)
10. Dear Paulina (from Dear Paulina 7”, 1999)
Luna tour dates:
06.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park
07.30.15 - Brighton, England - The Old Market
07.31.15 - London, England - The Garage
08.01.15 - Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
08.02.15 - Glasgow, Scotland - CCA
08.03.15 - Manchester, England - Gorilla
08.05.15 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Club Barby
10.03.15 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
10.05.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10.06.15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10.07.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.08.15 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
10.09.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.10.15 - Boston, MA - Paradise
10.11.15 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace
10.13.15 - Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Hall
10.14.15 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Andy Warhol Museum
10.15.15 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
10.16.15 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
10.17.15 - Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar
10.23.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.24.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
Ticketmaster buys Front Gate and Universe ticketing companies for undisclosed amount (+ convenience charge)
Ticketmaster, the corporate baby of a wicked threesome to remember between the monocle-wearing, top hat-bedecked Hasbro creation known as the Monopoly Man, large Japanese nuclear lizard Godzilla, and the slime that turned you into an alien if it touched you on that late series arc of The X-Files, continues its quest for world domination. The entertainment industry behemoth recently acquired a couple of competing ticketing services, Front Gate Tickets and online indie platform Universe.
Front Gate was taken after it stabbed an alien emissary, tragically missed, and was subsumed by that weird slime stuff that makes your eyes all weird lookin’ up close. Nah, jk, y’all, Front Gate just straight-up got bought. Formerly an alt ticketing group based out of Austin, TX, you might know Front Gate best from ticketing basically every festival ever in the US, including Coachella, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, and The Governors Ball, etc. Last year, they sold over 3 million tickets. Mmm. TICKETS.
Universe provides ticketing service and management tools to bands and promoters, who are able to then sell their own event tickets through their websites.
Now, together as one, Ticketmaster and its newest tentacles will reach even further into the vast ticketing landscape of America. Congrats on your new tentacles, Ticketmaster! Reach for the stars, and if you miss, at least you’ll have like 17 weird suction-cupped arms, a bunch of different ticketing avenues, and bazillions of dollars.
I’m wondering if describing a music video as “hot” draws clicks from Tiny Mix Tapes readers? I bet it does. Regardless:
Thank you, Heems, really — you’ve given us much, from Das Racist and your own mixtapes, to breaking Le1f and Lakutis, to featuring Eric Andre and Hannibal Burress in one of your music videos and just being there as one of hip-hop’s most nuanced voices.
Now we’ve got another thing: a music video for “Damn Girl” off Eat Pray Thug, Heems’ “debut” album from earlier this year, which doubles as a capstone to the Eat Pray Thug “project” that included the album, an art show, and I guess “a custom grey cowl-neck shirt.” Heems wears the latter (designed by himself and Jason Calderon) for the video, in which he performs “Damn Girl” while busting suave moves in the gallery space. The Eat Pray Thug exhibition took place at NYC’s Aicon Gallery and featured work by Heems, Abdullah M. I. Syed, Chiraag Bhakta a.k.a. Pardon My Hindi, and Aakash Nihalani.
Now for the video, which includes lots of Heems’s dreamy, teary eyes. It’s right below this paragraph. In addition, he’s on tour throughout the US and Canada this summer with occasional guests Spank Rock, Pictureplane, and Bruiser Brigade-affiliate ZelooperZ. Check those dates right below the video.
06.12.15 - McCarren Park, Brooklyn NY - Northside Festival
06.14.15 - Portsmouth, NH - 3S Artspace
06.15.15 - Boston, MA - Red Room/Berklee College
06.16.15 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
06.17.15 - Montreal, Canada - Bar Le Ritz PDB
06.18.15 - Toronto, Canada, NXNE
07.11.15 - Lansing, MI - Common Ground Festival
07.12.15 - Ottawa, ON Canada - Ottawa Blues Fest,
07.14.15 - Minneapolis MN - 7th Street Entry +
07.16.15 - Boulder CO - Fox +
07.17.15 - Denver, CO - Larimer +
07.18.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Music Garage + $
07.20.15 Seattle, WA - Sunset $
07.21.15 - Vancouver, BC Canada - Fortune Sound Club $
07.22.15 - Portland, OR - Star Theater $
07.25.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room*
07.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
07.28.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Pub Rock *
07.29.15 - Albquerque NM - Launchpad *
07.31.15 - Dallas, TX - Gas Monkey +
08.01.15 - Austin, TX - Red 7, 30-21H +
08.02.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds, +
08.03.15 - New Orleans, TX - Hi Ho Lounge
08.05.15 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory $
08.06.15 - Nashville, TN - Exit In $
08.07.15 - Carrborro, NC - Cats Cradle Back Room $
08.08.15 - Washington, DC - Rock And Roll Hotel $
09.11.15 - Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL - Riot Fest
$ featuring Spank Rock
* featuring Pictureplane
+ featuring Zeloopers
• Heems: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heems/120154634742911
• Megaforce: http://megaforcerecords.com
It starts off slow — tentative yet pregnant with tension. The volume gradually crescendos, a beautiful unease growing at the same time. It freaks my cat out. It sounds like soundtrack music. Because it is.
What’s currently on blast: Erik Enocksson’s Apan (English translation: The Ape). Originally intended as the score for Swedish director Jesper Ganslandt’s film of the same name, it didn’t take long for the artists to discover that the film straight-up shouldn’t have any music in it. And thus was born this companion piece, a work of synth/bass/tape magic, which was released back in 2011 by Release The Bats. Now Posh Isolation is reissuing Apan on vinyl, in a limited run of 500 copies. It’s available June 29, 2015.
Freak out your cats with a sample.