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DEERHOOF - New 7”s, Reissues, Congotronic Vs. Rockers News & More!

Deerhoof’s Milk Man is being reissued on vinyl in celebration of the band’s upcoming All Tomorrow’s Parties performance of the album this July in London (alongside The Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr.).
A 180-gram strawberry vinyl version will be available in stores on July 5th and limited to 1000 copies.
The starting point for Milk Man was a cartoon character created by Japanese artist Ken Kagami, a longtime friend of Deerhoof vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki.
In contrast to the earnest guitar rock that predominated on their previous album Apple O', Milk Man featured a broad palette of orchestral colors, echoes of music theater and camp, polished and gaudy arrangements, Stravinskian harmonies, and a more stylized, anonymous playing style resulting partly from recording most of the instruments at separate times rather than playing together as a band, and partly from many of the arrangements being created in a computer.

Critical praise for Milk Man came notably from NME and Spin, and the song "Milk Man" was chosen in 2009 as one of Pitchfork's top tracks of the decade.
Polyvinyl has a special pre-order package deal on these releases. Visit PolyvinylRecords.com for more information.
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Deerhoof Tour Dates

jun 26 - Brussels, Belgium - Couleur Cafe Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jun 30 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who at Tivoli (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 01 - London, UK - Performing Milk Man at Alexandra Palace (w/ The Flaming Lips performing The Soft Bulletin and Dinosaur Jr performing Bug)
jul 02 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 03 - Berlin, Germany - HKW (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 06 - Metz, France - Place de la Republique (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 09 - Paris, France - Bataclan (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 12 - London, England - The Barbican (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 14 - Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 17 - Carhaix, France - Vielles Charrues Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 21 - Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 23 - Sines, Portugal - FMM Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
jul 30 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival (Congotronics Vs. Rockers tour)
oct 02 - Asbury Park, NJ - ATP - Asbury Park Convention Hall & Paramount Theatre (w/ Portishead, Mogwai, Battles, Earth, and more

Deerhoof "Congotronics Vs. Rockers" Tour

Last year, Deerhoof provided the lead track to Tradi-Mods Vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics, a compilation that brought together independent Western artists with Congolese street musicians, which was released on Crammed Discs as part of their Congotronics series. This summer, that album will come to life when Deerhoof join Congotronics strongholds Kasai Allstars and Konono N°1 plus Congotronics producer Vincent Kenisas, as well as Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Juana Molina, and Skeletons member Matt Mehlan for a tour that will take them throughout Europe and Japan.
Listen to Deerhoof cover Kasai Allstars, “Travel Broaden the Mind
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Congotronics Vs. Rockers Tour
05-12 Brussels, Belgium - Nuits Botanique Festival at Cirque Royal
05-14 Madrid, Spain - TBA w/ Lonely Drifter Kare
06-26 Brussels, Belgium - Couleur Café Festival
06-30 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who at Tivoli
07-02 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-03 Berlin, Germany - HKW
07-06 Metz, France - Place de la Republique
07-09 Paris, France - Bataclan
07-12 London, England - The Barbican
07-14 Benicassim, Spain - Benicassim Festival
07-17 Carhaix, France - Vieilles Charrues Festival
07-21 Nyon, Switzerland - Paleo Festival
07-23 Sines, Portugal - FMM Festival
07-30 Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival

Kuan announce March tour dates

If you watch the audience at a Kuan gig, something unusual happens to the socially diverse crowd that tends to make up their fan base. The punk rockers, prog rockers, hipsters, b-boys and metalheads all react in about the sameway: they start by nodding their heads. Then they sway a little. Then, they do whatever the word 'dance' means to each of them. They smile.

When one thinks of post-rock, post-punk, or avant-garde jazz, a word that does not often come to mind is joy. But that is Kuan's music. It's their joy, but it never fails to infect the audience. Brett Nagafuchi loses himself in his exultant, wicked drumming. Chip Heck collapses to the stage floor, shit-eating grin on his face as he alternates between shredding and coaxing strange ambient squeals from his pedals. Bryan Wright's bass undergirds and warms the thunder, stepping with a lightness his bobbing, peaceful frame belies. Paul Larkowski's lead guitar guides the ensemble with the gentleness and power of the best soloists in rock or jazz, tying what threatens at any one moment to explode into a beautiful mess together into a tight groove, the very thing you wanted to hear, but didn't know until you heard it.

Kuan is a Buddhist term. It translates as "wordless contemplation." But it is clear that lyricless as they are, Kuan's songs speak to their audiences. There is an urban legend that says when John Coltrane would perform one of his trademark hour-long solos while with the Miles Davis Quintet, someone once asked Miles "Why'd you let him play so long?" Miles's reply: "He wasn't finished saying what he had to say."

All veterans of Dayton's post-rock, punk and jazz scenes, Kuan formed originally as a three-piece, adding Wright in 2008. The quartet's post-rock, punk and jazz-influenced heavy groove has been compared by critics to Tortoise, June of 44, Do Make Say Think, and Fugazi. The Dayton-based band claims all of these, as well as Miles Davis, John and Alice Coltrane and Aphex Twin as influences. They attract fans from across the genres. Now gearing up for a second tour, they're preparing a vegetable-oil-powered van to reduce the high carbon footprint of touring.

Kuan Tour Dates
Mar 5 - Southgate House-Parlour - Newport, KY
Mar 6 - Rock Room - Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 8 - Chanti Loft - Ithaca, NY
Mar 9 - Trash Bar - Brooklyn, NY
Mar 10 - O'Brien's - Boston, MA
Mar 11 - The Khyber - Philadelphia, PA
Mar 12 - The Velvet Lounge - Washington, DC
Mar 19 - Baba Budans - Cincinnati, OH
Mar 26 - Chip's Basement - Dayton, OH
Apr 10 - Blind Bob's - Dayton, OHApr 23 - Reggie's - Chicago, IL

Bob Gruen's Back On The Bowery with 'Rockers'

photo by Bob Gruen- for the Grateful Web

The Morrison Hotel Gallery, the world's leading purveyor of fine art music photography, is proud to present 'Rockers,' the largest-ever installation by one of the most respected photographers in rock & roll, Bob Gruen.  Totaling some 280 photographs, many of them never before exhibited in the U.S. - from John Lennon to John Lydon, Bob Dylan to Bob Marley - 'Rockers' opens April 24 at the Morrison's new 313 Bowery space, former home to CBGB's Gallery.

'Rockers' was originally presented in 2007 at the FAAP University Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where it drew over 40,000 visitors.  The Morrison has commissioned acclaimed architect Tito Ficarelli, who designed the 'Rockers' exhibit in Brazil, to transform the new 313 Bowery space as well.

Bob Gruen's work has shaped the iconography of rock & roll.  A native New Yorker, he served as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer in the 1970s, a position that would yield two of his best known, and best loved, images - of John Lennon wearing a New York City t-shirt, and flashing apeace sign while standing in front of the Statue of Liberty.  During that time Gruen was also chief photographer for Rock Scene Magazine, where he specialized in candid, behind the scenes photo features. He toured extensively with emerging punk and new wave bands including The New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith Group and Blondie, while also photographing the biggest artists of the era, including Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, KISS, Elton John and Alice Cooper.  Gruen still carries a camera wherever he goes, and continues to add to a body of work that spans over forty years.

WHAT:       Rockers - The Photography Of Bob Gruen

WHERE:      Morrison Hotel Gallery, 313 Bowery, NYC, 212.677.2253

WHEN:       April 24 - XX
            noon - 7pm (Sun - Wed)
            noon - 9pm (Thurs - Sat)
            Closed on Mondays

ADMISSION:  FREE TO THE PUBLIC!