OK as far as I can tell this is not MC Hawking (whatever happened to that, anyway?), but it’s still awesome.
Here is the real footage of Joy Division playing Transmission on the John Peel’s music show. You will see here that Ian Curtis was not the only one suffering from epilepsy, since everyone in the band appears to have it, especially Stephen Morris.
OMG THIS IS SO COOL I WANT ONE WANT WANT WANT
Note for readers who happen to be eccentric and/or deranged millionaires: My birthday is December 29.
So the Atari Teenage Riot single / reunion show turned into an iPhone app, and now it’s turned into a full tour and an upcoming album. There’s no name or tracklist or anything for the new album, but it’s going to be released on Dim Mak Records.
Here are the tour dates:
09-23 New York, NY – The Gramercy Theater
09-24 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
09-26 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
09-27 Austin, TX – Red 7
09-28 Dallas, TX – Trees
09-29 Houston, TX – Groundhall
09-30 Los Angeles, CA – Key Club
10-01 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
10-02 Montreal, Quebec – Foufounes Electriques
10-04 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
10-05 Edmonton, Alberta – New City
10-06 Calgary, Alberta – The Gateway
10-07 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rickshaw Theatre
11-17 Paris, France – Bus Palladium
11-18 Colchester, England – Arts Centre
11-19 Sheffield, England – The Corporation
11-20 Southampton, England – University
11-21 Manchester, England – Moho
11-22 Leamington, England – Assembly Hall
11-23 Shrewsbury, England – Severn Warehouse
11-24 Glasgow, Scotland – The Arches
11-25 Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory
11-27 Brussels, Belgium – Autumn Arts Festival
11-28 Eindhoven, Netherlands – Effenaar
11-29 Reutlingen, Germany – Franz.k
08-28 Leeds, England – Leeds Festival
08-29 Reading, England – Reading Festival
09-08 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
09-09 Birmingham, AL- Bottletree
09-10 New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
09-11 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
09-12 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington
09-13 Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
09-14 Athens, GA – New Earth Music Hall
09-15 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
09-17 Washington, DC – Black Cat
09-18 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
09-19 Boston, MA – Paradise
09-20 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
09-21 Buffalo, NY – Soundlab
09-22 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
09-23 Cincinnati, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
09-24 Urbana, IL – Pygmalion Music Festival
09-25 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
09-26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick (Fucking Awesome Fest)
09-27 London, Ontario – London Music Hall
09-28 Hamilton, Ontario – Studio Theatre
09-29 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Theatre
09-30 Montreal, Quebec – Espace Dell’Arte
10-02 Ottawa, Ontario – Capital Music Hall
10-03 Guelph, Ontario – Vinyl
10-05 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Pyramid Cabaret
10-06 Saskatoon, Saskatchewa – Louis Pub
10-07 Calgary, Alberta – Republik
10-08-09 Edmonton, Alberta – Pawn Shop
10-11 Victoria, British Columbia – Element Nightclub
10-12 Vancouver, British Columbia – The Rickshaw Theatre
10-13 Seattle, WA – Neumos
10-14 Portland, OR – Holocene
10-16 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10-17 Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
10-18 Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
10-20 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
10-21 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
10-22 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
10-23 Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
And for an idea of what they’re like live, here’s a video of them playing Red Lights at Sappyfest just a few weeks ago:
Buke & Gass is the name of a musical duo, but it’s also the name of the main instruments they play. A Buke is modified baritone ukulele. A Gass is a combination of a bass and guitar, with two bass strings and four guitar strings and two separate outputs. So there are two of them in the band and each plays one of those; and they do percussion and sampling with their feet. So there’s a little bit of a one-man-band kind of feel to it, except for that there are two of them.
Anyway, they’re coming out with a new album and you can listen to two songs off of it released early here.
What’s up with all these Jay-Z mashups? There’s Jaydiohead, the Grey Album, one with Nina Hagen, another with Weezer, another with fucking Dave Matthews Band, and now this one. And there are probably lots more.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I mean, if no other rapper works with other bands, then by all means please continue to release albums of Jay-Z mashed up with literally every other band that’s ever existed. I just don’t get what’s up with all these kids today messing up my lawn with their Jay-Z mashups and the Jello Pudding Pops. /old man rant
This one focuses more on evolutionary psychology, which was explored a little bit on his last album, The Rap Guide to Evolution. It’s a field that gets a lot of criticism, and rightly so. We can find the fossils and even some DNA of our ancestors by digging up samples, but we don’t get much insight on ancient hominid consciousness from them. It’s fun to hypothesize about how our current personality quirks and odd behaviors might have been based on how earlier humans evolved on the Serengeti, but that largely fails when it comes to putting those hypotheses to a good test. And as a result, there’s less quality control and you tend to see people misusing the field in order to further one or another social or political agenda.
I’m not saying that’s what this album does, but it’s a good reason to take this kind of stuff with a grain of salt whether you hear it on a rap album or from someone in a more serious venue.
Sleigh Bells is a duo made up of former Poison the Well guitarist Derek Miller and singer Alexis Krauss. It’s also a terrible name for a band, but whatever. This album, their debut, is turning into one that I’m afraid I’ll listen to so often that I won’t play it again for a really long time after kind of getting sick of it initially. But I haven’t gotten to that point yet. Most of the songs have a loud percussion track. Here’s a live clip, but like most fan-produced videos of live shows, you don’t really get the best audio quality, so go get their album and listen to it right now.
The official release date for the reunited Atari Teenage Riot’s new single is still a couple weeks away but someone has it in a “video” on the YouTube. There’s also some controversy over their iPhone app because they wanted to put audio tracks on it designed to “trigger hysteria and panic within the audience.” Apple’s been investigating whether or not that’s legal which is probably a good idea since the last time ATR did something like this at a concert they were all arrested.
Happy May Day, comrades.