Lumps, you are obviously in Coke Bust. BUSTED. As well as performing as DJ Paypal to make a little internet credits on the side.
From Merzbow's website:
Hopscotch Music Festival 5-7 Sep in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina a full set performance and participation in several bands for improvisations
Those shows are going to be fucking incredible, and they're all he has scheduled in this country right meow. You lucky bastahd. I would be giving this festival serious consideration had Godspeed not just announced a 3peater in the PNW the same weekend.
DAMMIT, ALMOST HAD YOU! Yeah, that's one of the things I love about Hopscotch is they last year started an improviser in residence thing. Last year, Chris Corsano took that role, and I got to see him perform multiple times at day parties (though unfortunately none of the sets for the main festival involved him, I had it almost completely set in my mind that he was going to end up playing with Deerhoof, or maybe even Thee Oh Sees, but alas). Of course, Burritoman, I'm sure you already knew this, but on top of being an insanely great improvisational drummer, he's also Bjork's current touring drummer.
Then this year, Merzbow takes that role which is always going to be killr.
It's that time of year again where I brag about the Hopscotch lineup and see if anyone cares. Not as amazing as last year, but then again it was never gonna be amazing as last year. Also, one of my bands is playing it this year, so that's cool. $1 to (or a loonie?) to whoever guesses which band that is. I'm interested to see what bands you people think I am. (Sorry, I shouldn't have used "you people." That's offensive.
Well, I don't know why that other pic didn't poooost, but I got theeese
Stephen Malkmus and Friends - Can's Ege Bamyasi Thee Oh Sees - Moon Sick
Didn't even know the belt sander existed. Apparently for some reason, it wasn't on the official list, and my local record store only got 2 copies in. It's 4 outtakes from the Floating Coffin sessions. I really wish I could hurry up and get my record player fixed and lissssten to these.
Have they ever played a show with Swans? I would bet so, since they made an appearance on The Seer. Hanging out with Swans has to seriously effect some dudes.
I don't know that they've ever played a show with Swans per se but they were Michael Gira's backing band for a number of years when he was recording as Angels of Light. It's not Swans but I'm sure some of the Gira magic rubbed off on them.
More fun fax:
Akron/Family's first 4 albums were released under Gira's Young God record label, and the first 3 were produced by Gira himself.
So I may be staying at this weird mansion that Sailor Jerry's buys out for SXSW when I go there. Free tattooes are involved. I see myself getting really drunk and accidentally getting a tattoo. I'll keep y'all updated.
I know this guy is apparently from Ashville, NC and not Charleston, SC but this is what I assume all of Lumps music sounds like:
The mazelike structure and wiggly guitar leads of Built to Spill, Elephant 6's sped-up vocals and hard-strummed acoustics, Bradford Cox's reverence for four-track recording and countless other minor Dr. Garbanzoures pop up during this instantly ingratiating and puzzling song.