Boats and bling are two things no rap video should ever be without, and now, dance-punk sensations LCD Soundsystem can at least travel the high seas in style with its brand-new Yacht.
Actually, Yacht is the pseudonym for the oddball electro-pop, bedroom recording project of one Jona Bechtolt (pictured at right in a photo by Sarah Meadows), who scored the opening slot for James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem on its upcoming tour. A uniquely weird, but cheery cocktail of blips and buzzes, and other assorted electronic sounds, Yacht's music is not exactly my cup of tea, but head on over to the www.teamyacht.com to judge for yourself.
The tour launched April 30 in San Francisco. Yacht will play all 12 of LCD Soundsystem's announced shows, except the May 11 and 12 gigs in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively.
If you're in Portland, Ore., for Cinco de Mayo — and really, who wouldn't want to be in Portland on that festive day? — check out the CD release "YACHT on a Yacht" two-part event. For details, visit www.teamyacht.com. When the LCD tour is over, Yacht will go his own way and continue to tour on his own, before joining up with Tussle and later Architecture in Helsinki.
Yacht tour dates are listed below:
April 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine*
May 2 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox*
May 3 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore*
May 5 - Portland, OR 2 Part CD Release YACHT on a yacht party!
May 6 - Chicago, IL @ Metro*
May 7 - Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater*
May 8 - Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theater*
May 9 - Montreal, QC @ Spectrum de Montreal*
May 11 - Boston, MA @ Avalon*
May 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Studio B*
May 13 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club*
May 14 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall*
May 15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
May 16 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
May 17 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
May 18 - St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center
May 19 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
May 20 - Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
May 21 - Houston, TX @ Proletariat
May 22 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s ^
May 24 - Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts ^
May 25 - San Diego, CA @ The Che
May 26 - Upland, CA @ Baldy Brewery
May 27 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo ^
May 28 - Davis, CA @ Delta of Venus ^
May 31 - Olympia, WA @ Manium Warehouse ^
June 02 - Portland, OR @ Holocene ^
June 13 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s #
June 14 - Vancouver, BC @ Richards on Richards #
June 15 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom #
June 16 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo’s 365 Club #
June 18 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse #
June 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre #
* = w/ LCD Soundsystem
# = w/ Architecture in Helsinki
^ = w/ Tussle