Thee Oh Sees: How To Become A Fan

1. Listen to some songs at Thee Oh Sees' MySpace.
2. Read Gumshoe's review:

Thee Oh Sees

The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending the Night In
[Castle Face/Tomlab; 2008]

When bands progress at a dizzying rate, there's no assurance their loyalists will stick with them. Sudden shifts in dynamic can be frustrating if they don't feel organic, as can follow-ups that have little to do with what preceded them.

John Dwyer, nee the man behind Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, and close to a dozen other lesser known entities, is one of those artists who makes drastic changes from album-to-album and somehow keeps the returns high, if not higher, with each subsequent release. Thee Oh Sees alone have already cycled through a few monikers -- including OCS -- and seven, count ’em, seven records since 2004 (including an m-f'n double-album and a 6-inch lathe-cut run of exactly 51 copies).

The quality control has remained high; while I fell in love with the echo-folk of 2 and 3 & 4, Dwyer has held my attention as his Oh Sees slowly wade into rock ‘n’ roll waters, beginning with slight traces on Cool Death of Island Raiders, bluesy belting on Thee Oh Sees Sucks Blood, and, now, all-out 1950s greaser rock with The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending the Night In, a superior specimen to Sucks Blood and another reason to join Dwyer's cult.

Sung almost entirely duet-style -- Brigid Dawson being the second layer -- The Master's Bedroom corrals 14 versions of the same song. Luckily it's a fucking sweet song, well worth revisiting over and over for nuance. A noise flutter here, an ascension there, a clickity-clack of some sort to break up the monotony; we're talking about an A-and-B conversation between musician and listener -- any distractions can oh-C their way out of it.
3. Go see them perform Gumshoe's review at one of these dates:

4. Put a Thee Oh Sees button on your jacket: you're a fan now.

Dan Deacon Bangs On A Can: Dan Deacon Set to Play Music Festival in New York

Founded 21 years ago by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolf, Bang On A Can hosted its first 12-hour marathon concert in Soho. There was no main act, and the audience was free to come and go throughout the 28 emerging composers.

Today, Bang On A Can is more than just an annual music event. The organization has expanded to include the Bang On A Can All-stars and has staged productions such as Carbon Copy Building, Lost Objects ShadowBang, and The New Yorkers. Since 1987, its marathon concerts has played host to everyone from John Cage and Terry Riley to Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Yo La Tengo.

This year’s Bang On A Can will be held May 31-June 1 at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, New York. There will be performances by Alarm Will Sound, Caleb Burhans, Hartt Basses, Contact Contemporary Music, Crash Ensemble, and, of course, every hipster's electro hero: Dan Deacon.

Remember Kids, Gateway Drugs Are Only a Gateway to More Fun and Hilarity; Black Moth Super Rainbow to Get Waxploited, But It’s for The Cause

Black Moth Super Rainbow, before they were Black Moth Super Rainbow:

Tobacco: Alright guys, we’re getting nowhere here. We NEED a band name. Power Pill Fist, dude, “Drop the Laundry Off at the East Wall and Run”? What the hell is that? Is that a band name suggestion or were you having a mini stroke? Let’s get serious here, people! We should have settled on something months ago, and now we’ve put it off and our t-shirts are supposed to be pressed in [looks at watch] three hours time! Let’s just free associate and see where it takes us...

The Seven Fields of Aphelion: Yak Roth Hooper Van Gogh?

Tobacco: Sack Cloth Pooper Monroe?

Power Pill Fist: Whack Froth Blooper Rambo?

Father Hummingbird: Quack Broth Stupor Outgrow?

All: BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW!!!

Iffernaut: There. That didn’t take long at all! Let’s go do some heroin!

And so the legend of Black Moth Super Rainbow was born. Allegedly. The exuberant heroin use is unsubstantiated but makes for good copy, so we’re keeping it in there. What can be said with certainty is that Black Moth Super Rainbow have signed to Waxploitation, the humanitarian label home to Danger Mouse and Gnarls Barkley and the recent releaser of the Causes 1: Darfur compilation to benefit victims of the ongoing Sudanese conflict/genocide. The ins and outs of the deal are not yet specified, but it is believed the label will help BMSR on the management and publishing end of things and will release a solo album by lead agitator Tobacco as part of the deal.

Also, due out May 6 on Suicide Squeeze is a new group 7-inch single, “Zodiac Girls”/”The Fields Are Breathing (Tobacco’s Wispy Version).” And there are two shows announced in April and July. If you go to either of these, be sure to shout out at the top of your lungs: SLACKS GOTH POOPER SLAIN TORSO!!! The band will definitely know what you’re talking about

04.25.08 - Troy, NY - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
07.27.08 - Brooklyn, NY - McCarren Park Pool

Hi! Welcome to the Ecstatic Sunshine news story! Onward!

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Ecstatic Sunshine's new album is called WAY, and it's out now on Cardboard. Here is the tracklist:

1. B
2. Herrons
3. Perrier

As we've previously reported (TMT News), Dustin Wong is no longer in Ecstatic Sunshine, but the band is forging ahead as David Zimmerman, Matthew Papich, and Kieran Gillen. They're cute. Google them.

And if you like swirling guitar sounds and bad-ass instrumentals, then see these boys on these dates:

Bob Dylan Wins Pulitzer, Tours; TMT Declared “Bob Dylan Week” Last Week

In honor of Bob Dylan winning the Pulitzer, we here in the TMT offices have decided to retrospectively declare last week Bob Dylan Week.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that all the content published last week was related to Bob Dylan. While the connection between a review of the new Man Man CD and an interview with Blitzen Trapper may not seem immediately Dylan-related, TMT’s Bob Dylan Week argued that all current music (absolutely no exceptions) stems from his influential seeds. No, I’m not talking about Jakob Dylan and The Wallflowers (still trekking though, god bless their underachieving souls). I’m talking about the wordy croons of Richard Swift, the early Dylan-era strums of Jim Noir’s guitar, and Islands’ references to religion and gospel that smack of Dylan’s ’80s obsession with the subjects.

But Bob Dylan Week was not simply to remember Bob for a brief moment, only to wallow in the nether-reaches of our collective psyche the other 51 weeks of the year. And it also wasn't just a reminder of the year-round struggle to recognize the Bob in each and every record we currently listen to, review, purchase, download, and enjoy. Instead, Bob Dylan Week was primarily meant to highlight the influence of Bob that's embedded in every second of all music, before and after his birth.

And He’s on tour:

Culture Shock 2008 Featuring Beach House, Dead Child, Blueprint, Immigrants

Two immigrants arrive in Bloomington, IN and are discussing the difference between the Old Country and the U.S. One of them says that he's heard that people in the U.S. eat dogs, and if they're going to fit in, they better eat dogs as well. So, they head to the nearest hot dog stand and order two ‘dogs.’ The first guy unwraps his, looks at it, and, nervously looks at his friend. "What part did you get??"

Haha, stupid immigrants! Anyway, after eating/blowing/inserting the dogs, the two immigrants went to Culture Shock 2008, held on April 19 by Indiana University's studio radio station, WIUX-LP 99.1FM. Featuring awesome acts like Beach House, Dead Child, Blueprint, Mahjongg, and Pattern Is Movement, the annual event was a lot of fun for the two immigrants. And because they are cheap, stingy immigrants (no surprise), they both loved the fact that it was free.

Visit Culture Shock 2008's website for more information.

Pissed Jeans to Tour, Their Moms to Do Their Laundry

TMT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: WAYS TO PISS OF YOUR MOTHER

Hey, there, reader. Bored with life? Tired of the same old routine day-in and day-out?

Well, TMT feels you! And that's why we're offering you this helpful PSA to help you shake things up a little. Follow these examples, and you'll be livin' on the edge again before you know it, just like Keith Richards.

1. When's the last time you've pie-faced someone? Load up a paper-plate with some shaving cream and give your boss a call! It's time you started treating everyone you know like a fraternity pledge.
2. Stop mainlining heroine the "old fashioned way" and be creative. Ball point pen? Turkey baster?? Once again, what would Keith Richards do?
3. Commit Regicide. (yeah, yeah, go ahead, look it up already... sheesh)
4. Sneak into first-class on your next airline flight and call all of the flight attendants "sugar tits" while swilling all available free booze like it's going out of style. There's nothing like puking from 30,000 feet to recharge your batteries!
5. Tell your mom that you're WAY into this band Pissed Jeans now, and that you've decided you won't be going to church anymore.

Let the healing begin:

I Am A Broken And Joyless Writer Subject To The Whims And Fancies Of A Pitiless Editor; I Blame Feist And Her Heartless Booking Agent

I refuse! This is the work of unpaid interns. Where the hell's the tourdate kid? The one day he doesn't come to work, Feist rolls in with a scroll of upcoming shows -- bitch has a planner this thick. This many appearances is totally uncalled for. Nobody likes her that much, and no one's going to know about it anyway because I'M NOT GOING TO DO IT. Yeah, that's right, I have self-respect! I deserve a little respect! I'm a god-damned highly paid music journalist working for a premier web-based music news and reviews website (Tiny Mix Tapes). I was hired to hang out with rock stars and write off hotel room mini bar bills, NOT format tourdates.

They can't make me do it. I won't do it. I won't.

I was just whipped:

Deerhoof Recording New Kill Rock Stars LP For October Release

- Official Deerhoof Website
- Deerhoof MySpace
- Kill Rock Stars
04.18.08 - Albany, NY - The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Space
06.07.08 - Philadelphia, PA - The Roots Family Picnic @ The Festival Pier &
07.18.08 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park (Celebrate Brooklyn) $
07.19.08 - Halifax, NS - The Marquee Club for the Halifax Jazz Festival
07.27.08 - Hollywood, CA - KCRW's World Festival @ The Hollywood Bowl *

$ Free

* Gnarls Barkley

& The Roots, Gnarls Barkley, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings

Bumbershoot Lineup Announced; Apparently It’s 1994 All Over Again!

Throw on your flannel shirts, dust off your Jagstang guitars, and chug some Crystal Pepsi, because apparently it’s the ’90s all over again. The partial lineup was revealed this week for Seattle’s premier music and arts festival, Bumbershoot, and with headliners like Beck and Stone Temple Pilots, it’s looking like another summer festival is turning back the clock.

Another, you say? Why yes, Bumbershoot is just the latest in a recent trend of a big ’90s uprising on 2008 lineups. Need proof, you say? Cast your eyes on the evidence below:

- Coachella 2008 headliners: Portishead, The Verve, The Breeders
- Lollapalooza 2008 headliners: Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine
- Bonnaroo 2008 headliners: Pearl Jam, Metallica
- Langerado 2008 headliners: R.E.M., Beastie Boys, 311

But have no fear, the entire Bumbershoot lineup does not stem from the grunge years; check out some of the other artists that will be appearing:

Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Jakob Dylan, !!!, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Saul Williams, Joe Bonamassa, M. Ward, The Walkmen, Asylum St. Spankers, Dan Deacon, MIDIval PunditZ, Blitzen Trapper, Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Finn, Dale Watson, John Vanderslice, Final Fantasy, The Fall of Troy, Orgone, Forro in the Dark, Ryan Bingham, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Arthur & Yu, Darondo and Nino Moschella, Pacifika

...Well, Jakob Dylan's a ’90s guy, but hey, at least he’s appearing sans his Wallflowers! It’s a start, right?

The 38th annual Bumbershoot is being held at the 74-acre Seattle Center, located just beneath the Space Needle, during Labor Day Weekend (August 30 – September 1). In addition to live music, the festival includes comedy, theater, dance, film, urban crafts, literary arts, and visual arts spread over 20 indoor and outdoor stages. Three-day passes are available now at Bumbershoot’s website for $80 through August 15 ($100 thereafter). Single-day specific tickets will be available at Bumbershoot and through Ticketmaster outlets for $35, from July 15 to August 15 ($40 thereafter).