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King Khan & The Shrines

VIDEO: King Khan & The Shrines – “Bite My Tongue”

The best news I’ve heard all day… (well, that’s not true – but it’s in the top 3.) King Khan & The Shrines have announced a follow up to What Is!? and released a video offering the first taste. Idle No More will be released by Merge Records on Sept. 3rd.

From King Khan:

It has been a lengthy hiatus, but we have finally finished our latest ‘masterpiece’ and named it after an incredible indigenous-rights movement that is happening right now called Idle No More

I was born and raised in Montreal and spent a lot of time on the Kahnawake Mohawk Indian reservation. Much of my juvenile delinquent training came from years of tripping out there with my best friends. I began the Shrines in 1999 with the blessings from my brothers in The Spaceshits, right after we disbanded. The dream was to make something reminiscent of Sun Ra, James Brown, and Otis Redding with a hint of The Velvet Underground, Love, The Monks and about a million other influences that riddled my LSD-soaked brain at the tender age of 22.

The Shrines was my pirate ship and we sailed many a turbulent sea, spreading our music ‘like peanut butter’ all over the world. We celebrated our cult ‘underground’ status and became the kings we are through word of mouth and by making an ‘aural eyegasm’ that has often been called the ‘wildest show on earth.’

Idle No More is probably the most refined piece of music we have made to date. The songs are about the state of the world we live in today. It took a long time to make, but we are very proud and pleased to bring you this album. I hope that the future will brighten up every time it is played. Ultimately, John and Yoko were absolutely right: LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED!

Peace and Love,

King-Bama Lama Khan

Emperor of RnB

3 Songs to hear this week

3 songs to hear this week: 5.24.13

Looking for some new sounds? Try these 3 songs to hear this week on for size. They are mostly new, save for Parquet Courts – but our friend Lenny has been (rightfully) on me about checking these guys out. I finally did. Solid band.

1. La Luz – “Sure as Spring”

Tour Dates:
Jun 28 – Portland, OR – The Know
Jun 30 – San Francisco, CA – The Hemlock
Jul 2 – San Diego, CA – VOID
Jul 3 – Phoenix, AZ – The Last Exit
Jul 4 – Marfa, TX – Padres
Jul 5 – Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
Jul 6 – Fort Worth, TX – The Wherehouse
Jul 8 – Atlanta, GA – 529
Jul 9 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
Jul 10 – Nashville, TN – Stone Fox
Jul 11 – Boone, NC – Black Cat Burrito
Jul 12 – Baltimore, MD – Golden West Cafe
Jul 14 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Jul 15 – Boston, MA – TTs the Bears
Jul 17 – New Haven, CT – BAR
Jul 18 – Harrisburg, PA – The Makespace
Jul 19 – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
Jul 20 – Detroit, MI – Garden Bowl
Jul 24 – Denver, CO – Moes
Jul 26 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
Jul 27 – Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party

2. Alpine – “Gasoline”

Pretty much anything out of Australia will get me to pay attention. There’re so many good bands coming out of there lately spanning the spectrum of genres. That said, this song is much better if you’re not watching the video. -Tyler

Alpine Tour Dates
*supporting Crystal Fighters
†supporting Grouplove

June 1 San Diego, CA The Casbah*
June 4 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre*
June 5 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall*
June 7 Portland, OR Holocene*
June 8 Vancouver, BC Electric Owl*
June 9 Seattle, WA The Crocodile*
June 11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge*
June 12 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge*
June 13 Brooklyn, NY Celebrate Brooklyn†
June 14 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall*
June 15 Toronto, ON The Hoxton*
June 17 Montreal, CA SAT*
June 18 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair*
June 19 New York, NY Webster Hall*

3. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

Tour Dates:
MAY 25th@ The Black Cat – Washington,DC w/ Total Control, UV Race

MAY 26th @ Strange Matter Richmond,VA w/ Total Control, UV Race

MAY 27th @ 529 Atlanta,GA – w/ Total Control, UV Race

MAY 28th @ Murphy’s – Memphis,TN w/ Total Control, UV Race

MAY 29th @ RGRS – Denton,TX w/ Total Control, UV Race, Endless Thoughts

MAY 30th-June 2nd CHAOS IN TEJAS – Austin, TX

JUN 2nd @ El Cosmica FREE SHOW – Marfa, TX

JUN 3rd @ The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ

JUN 4th @ Che Café – San Diego, CA

JUN 5th @ The Echo – Los Angeles, CA

JUN 6th @ Richshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

JUN 9th @ 1234-GO Records – Oakland, CA – w/ Pure Bliss

JUN 10th @ Davis 4th – Davis, CA

JUN 12th @ Doug Fir – Portland, OR

JUN 13th @ Neumos – Seattle, WA

JUN 14th @ Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC

JUN 17th @ Neurolux – Boise, ID

JUN 18th @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT

JUN 19th @ Larimer Lounge – Denver, CO

JUN 20th @ Sweatshop – Omaha, NE

JUN 21st @ Triple Rock – Minneapolis, MN

JUN 22nd @ High Noon- Madison,WI

JUN 23rd @ The Bishop – Bloomington,IN

JUN 24th @ Magic Stick Detroit, MI w/ Protomartyr, Feelings

JUN 29th @ South Street Seaport 4 Knots Music Festival – New York City FREE SHOW

JULY 4th @ Eurokeenes Festival – Belfort, FR

JULY 5th @ Hove Festival – Tromøy Island, NO

JULY 6th @ Roskilde Festival – Copenhagen, DK

JULY 7th @ Metropolis Festival – Rotterdam, NL

JULY 7th @ Wereld Draait Buiten Festival – Amsterdam, NL

JULY 9th @ What We Do Is Secret Festival – Stockholm, SE

JULY 10th @ What We Do Is Secret Festival – Göteborg, SE

JULY 13th @ TT The Bear’s w/ Woods – Boston, MA

JULY 14th @ Space 53 w/ Woods – Portland, ME

JULY 15th @ Signal Kitchen w/ Woods – Burlington, VT

JULY 16th @ Il Motore w/ Woods – Montreal, QC

July 17th @ Horseshow Tavern w/ Woods – Toronto, ON

JUL 20th @ Pitchfork Music Festival – Union Park, Chicago, IL

JULY 22nd @ Zanzabar w/ Woods – Louisville, KY

JULY 23rd @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar w/ Woods – Charlottesville, VA

JULY 24th @ Morgan’s Pier FREE SHOW- w/ Woods

JULY 25th @ Ottobar w/ Woods – Baltimore, MD

AUG 2-4 @ Pickathon Festival – Happy Valley, OR

AUG 9th @ Oya Festival – Oslo, NO

AUG 11th @ Flow Festival – Helsinki, FL

AUG 16th @ Green Man Festival – Black Mountains, Wales, UK

AUG 17th @ Route Du Rock Festival – Sainto Malo, FR

AUG 23rd @ Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK

AUG 24th @ Reading Festival – Reading, UK

AUG 25th @ Rock En Seine Festival – Paris, FR

AUG 30th @ End of the Road Festival
Curated by Boyz II Men – North Dorset, UK

AUG 31 @ Electric Picnic Festival – Dublin, IE

SEPT 2nd @ AN Club – Athens, GR

SEPT 6th @ Berlin Festival – Berlin, DE

SEPT 7th @ Into The Great Wide Open Festival – Vlieland Island, NL

SEPT 8th @ Bestival – Isle of Wight, UK

SEPT 28th @ Pappy and Harriet’s WOODSIST FESTIVAL – PIONEERTOWN – Pioneertown, CA

OCT 8-13th @ Austin City Limits – Austin, TX

3 New Songs You Need To Hear

3 new songs to hear this week: 05.10.13

It’s not all “Grohl’s a hypocrite” this and “people in clubs are dicks” that here in the underground headquarters of YMIA. Sometimes music puts a smile on our face – lots of times actually. So, here’s where we take some time to stop pissing and moaning about Mumford and all of his many sons to expose you to some of the new songs that we believe will turn your grimace into an honest smile less of a grimace.

Take a few minutes and give these songs your ear. You’ll be better for it.

1.) Wooden Indian Burial Ground – “Helicopter”

Tour Dates:
May 7th – Portland, OR – The Know
May 8th – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
May 9th – Sandpoint, ID – Downtown Crossing
May 10th – Missoula, MT – Ole Beck VFW
May 11th – Bozeman, MT – Filling Station
May 12th – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
May 14th – Milwaukee, WI – Quarters Rock & Roll Palace
May 15th – Chicago, IL – Quencher’s Saloon
May 16th – Champaign, IL – Thee Death Tower
May 17th – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
May 18th – Washington, DC – The Sunshine District
May 19th – Harrisburg, PA – Stage On Herr
May 20th – Baltimore, MD – Club K
May 21st – Doylestown, PA – Siren Records
May 22nd – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie (downstairs)
May 24th – Brooklyn, NY – The Grand Victory
May 25th – Burlington, VT – Monkey House
May 26th – Portland, ME – Gino’s
May 29th – Cleveland, OH – Happy Dog
May 30th – Akron, OH – Annabelle’s
May 31st/ June 2nd – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Fest
June 3rd – Newport, KY – Southgate House
June 4th – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
June 5th – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light
June 6th – Memphis, TN – Bar DKDC
June 7th – Little Rock, AR – Vino’s Brewpub
June 8th – Fayetteville, AK – Nightbird Books
June 9th – Tulsa, OK – Soundpony
June 10th – Nashville, TN – The Stone Fox
June 11th – Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
June 12th – Mobile, AL – Music Box
June 15th – Shreveport, LA – Fatty Arbuckles
June 18th – Marfa, TX – El Cosmico or Lost Horse Saloon
June 19th – El Paso, TX – Calavero Cafe
June 20th – Las Cruces, NM – The Trainyard
June 21st – Santa Fe, NM – High Mayhem
June 22nd – Durango, CO – Olde Schoolhouse Café
June 25th – Boise, ID – Neurolux
June 29th – Portland, OR – Star Theater

2.) Sulk – “The Big Blue”

I love this band – We’d been waiting for their debut release, “Graceless”, for a long time and it’s finally out. I can assure you, it doesn’t disappoint. It’s an entire album full of A Side single worthy material.

3.) Drowners – “Long Hair”

Tour Dates:
6/11 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD *
6/12 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA *
8/5 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK #
8/7 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ #
8/8 – House Of Blues – San Diego, CA #
8/9 – WIltern Theatre – Los Angeles, CA #

* – w/ The Vaccines
# – w/ Foals

Blur live at the Mercury Cafe in Denver - 1996

Blur – Live at the Mercury Cafe in Denver – Feb. 1, 1996

Our friend Phil recently posted this gem while he was prepping himself for his visit to Coachella. I was in the Mercury Cafe when this happened… this fantastic show by Blur. I wasn’t in the room where it was taking place though. A conman had convinced my roommates that he worked for Virgin – and being that my roommates were aspiring musicians it was an easy con – and in exchange for letting him couch surf in our house for a couple of days would ensure our entry into the show. While I can cite several instances as being this man’s lone detractor (that is until he disappeared in the middle of the night with several items belonging to my roommates at which point everyone got on board) I must have believed him enough to not bother securing my own tickets. Here is what appears to be the full video of that very show…. see how smart I am? Only had to wait 18 years and I got to see the show for free.

Setlist:
Intermission
Popscene
Tracy Jacks
It Could Be You
Charmless Man
End Of A Century
Oily Water
Mr. Robinson’s Quango
Jubilee
To The End
She’s So High
Globe Alone

Leonard Cohen is not Justin Bieber. Thank God for That.

Leonard Cohen

By now most people have seen that Leonard Cohen was awarded Artist of the Year at this year’s Juno Awards, beating out Carly Rae Jepsen, deadmau5, and most importantly, the almighty Justin Bieber.  Of course, immediately following the award came the Twitter explosion of enraged teenybopper Beliebers exclaiming “what the flying fuck? WHO THE FUCK IS THIS LEONARD COHEN GUY!??!?!,” ready to swarm Cohen’s house pelting him with poison tipped Bieber CDs.  Leaving the rest of us shaking our heads in despair at the level of sheer ignorance of today’s youth.

But the bigger issue is not necessarily that a bunch of 12-20 year olds don’t know who Leonard Cohen is (although they could use a good smack upside the head from their mothers for that language.)  The problem is not that these kids know nothing, it’s that they willfully, even violently cling to and defend their ignorance as a badge of honor.

Listen kids, rather than jumping about in a rage and flinging internet feces around the twitter-sphere, perhaps you could shut up for one minute and take this as an opportunity to learn something.  If this man you’ve never heard of was given such a high award, just maybe there was a reason for it.

Look, I understand that no one on earth could possibly hope to attain the lyrical brilliance and emotional depth Bieber achieved in Boyfriend with lyrics like:

Baby take a chance or you’ll never ever know

I got money in my hands that I’d really like to blow

Swag swag swag, on you

Chillin by the fire while we eatin’ fondue

Ah, I’ll never forget the first time I heard those words Swag swag swag on you, but consider for a moment a man with a lifetime of experiences, who hung out with Andy Warhol’s Factory crowd, who was physically intimate with Janis Joplin, who battled depression and fear to become one of the most honest and profound songwriters of all time.

No one has injured the precious Mr. Bieber and with a net worth of $25 million, I’m pretty sure he will recover just fine.

Sadly, this is all too reminiscent of the great Stone Roses/Coachella debacle of 2013 in which a huge number of American teenagers and 20 somethings not only had no idea who the Coachella headliners were, but actually thought the festival had misspelled The Rolling Stones.

There was once a time when kids went to great lengths to hide the fact that they didn’t know shit about the world.  When confronted with a band we hadn’t heard of, we went out and bought their record and listened to it all the way through before we opened our mouths in order to keep our older brother from kicking the shit out of us for being an ignorant douche bag.  Now the internet makes all this information available to you at the touch of a button, but rather than use it to learn, you use it to publicly display what morons you are.  I have often said the great irony of the information age is that it seems to be making everyone dumber.

Here you go kids, The Stone Roses.  All you have to do is push the button.

VIDEO: Johnny Marr performs “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before” Live in Las Vegas 4/11/13

Johnny Marr - The coolest man on the planet

Last week, myself, Jake Ryan, and a few friends (including new YMIA contributors Michael  Trundle and Kitty Vincent) headed off to Las Vegas for a DJ set at Beauty Bar one night and a live performance by Johnny Marr and New Order the next night at The Cosmopolitan. You know Marr – former SmithsElectronicThe TheModest MouseThe Cribs guitarist – not to mention my personal hero.

While we were ticketed concert goers (some of us more ticketed than others as Michael and Kitty were equipped with VIP passes), we chose to watch Johnny Marr from the fortunately placed balcony from Michael and Kitty’s room, which was perched several floors above the stage. The drinks were cheaper, we weren’t surrounded by aging new wavers who couldn’t be arsed to move over 6 inches so that they weren’t constantly rubbing on me, the sound was pretty good, and the drinks were certainly cheaper (yes, I meant to do that.) Here’s a video of his second song, a cover of The Smiths classic “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before”:

And here are a couple of stills – one of the stage from earlier in the day and one from Johnny Marr’s performance.

Johnny Marr’s setlist was as follows:

The Right Thing Right
Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
Upstarts
Sun & Moon
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Messenger
Generate! Generate!
New Town Velocity
I Fought the Law
Getting Away With It
How Soon Is Now?

Video: Johnny Marr – The Messenger

On a short list of my heroes – and I suspect Jake Ryan’s as well -, former Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr is sure to land. His track record for being around (and likely the cause of) the worst period of every band he’s been a part of since The Smiths*, excluding his own projects (Electronic, Johnny Marr & The Healers), does little to tarnish his legacy with me.

The man not only embodies “cool” and always has, but he also emotes through his instrument. While Johnny Marr & The Healers’ “Boomslang” wasn’t the most amazing album, it certainly had it’s high points. The last I heard of any Johnny Marr solo stuff – I believe it was in the context of being a follow up to Boomslang with The Healers – but here we have it, no Healers… Johnny Marr’s new track, The Messenger.

Sounds like a bit of Tame Impala – as more than a few things do these days. It lacks big hooks but it’s a really enjoyable listen. Press play on the video and enjoy.

*I can’t blame him for The The, as Matt Johnson’s head seemed to be working it’s way up his ass following Mind Bomb, but there’s no excuse for what he did during his time with Modest Mouse or The Cribs. In their defense, when Johnny Marr joins your band and offers to contribute, how can you say no?

WATCH: DePHOT – “Home”

Several episodes of the Danger Radio Podcast back I was talking about being asked to give my thoughts on some recently recorded music. One of those bands was Hull’s DePHOT (pronounced Day-Fought). This is one of my favorite tracks from DePHOT because it’s really moody. These guys remind me a lot of Glasvegas vocally, so if you’re a Glasvegas fan you’ll likely quickly find your self attracted to DePHOT. Post your thoughts on the video in the comments below.

WATCH: Persian Claws – “Clever Way to Crawl”

I love a good garage band, and if that band adds surf guitar and some pop-punk elements to the mix, even better.  Meet Persian Claws, from Burlington, Vermont.   Their sound, launched from somewhere in the 1960’s, but landing in the current decade, is fairly basic:  female lead vocals, surfy twangy guitar, bass, and drum.  They are working their way towards a first album, adding songs to their website as they are completed. You can stream that work in progress here. They have also made several videos more akin to photographic storyboards than short films.  See what I mean by watching “Clever Way to Crawl.”