Junk Culture, which is made up of electronic artist Deepak Mantena and his younger brother Nitin Mantena on drums, got in position on stage and music immediately started flowing from the speakers. Everyone started dancing as if they were commanded to do so. They opened with a song which doesn't require any real dancing effort because your body starts swaying and your head starts bopping involuntarily with the beat. While they played, random videos like crashing ocean waves and a kid slalom skateboarding flashed on a large screen behind them. The random videos continued through the show with no pattern or theme, and later Deepak told me the videos were just '50s and '60s propaganda he chopped and assembled in the same fashion as he does music. [The Reflector on Junk Culture live Oct. 2009]Junk Culture is the lo-fi pop/hip-hop beats project of Illegal Art's Deepak Mantena, with his brother Nitin on drums (they also make sketch comedy videos as Celery TV, see below). They'll be coming to New York this weekend as part of their tour with psychy indie-pop Common Loon, the Champaign, IL duo of Matthew Campbell and Robert Hirschfeld. Both bands play Friday, July 9th at Coco 66 with k.Flay and Ava Luna, and the next night (7/10) at Union Hall with the Diggs.
Junk Culture's West Coast EP came out in 2009 on Illegal Art (home of Girl Talk), and he has a new record due in the fall. Common Loons's The Long Dream of Birds came out in April - check it out streaming on their Bandcamp.
Coming up, Junk Culture has a September tour with Tobacco who are giving away a free mix tape, and whose HEALTH remix from the new HEALTH remix LP, you can download above. Tobacco's Manic Meat came out in May which is also when The Hood Internet released a free mashup EP using some songs from it.
Tobacco's Anticon labelmates Why? are playing the debut 2010 Pool Party on July 11th.
Girl Talk is playing Camp Bisco.
Junk Culture videos and all tour dates are below...
Junk Culture - West Coast
Junk Culture - 2010 Tour Dates
07/08 Arlington, VA - IOTA *
07/09 Brooklyn, NY - Coco 66 *
07/10 Brooklyn, NY - Union Hall *
07/11 Philadelphia, PA - The M Room *
07/12 Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks *
07/13 Youngstown, OH - Lemon Grove Cafe *
07/14 Cincinatti, OH - Southgate House *
07/15 Champaign, IL - Mike N Molly's *
07/16 St. Louis, MO - Antartica
09/09 Washingon, DC - DC9 !
09/10 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church !
09/11 Baltimore, MD - Ottobar !
09/16 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse !
09/17 South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground !
09/18 Boston, MA - Middle East !
09/23 Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn's !
09/24 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig !
09/25 Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt !
* = w/ Common Loon
! = w/ Tobacco & Dreamend
Girl Talk - 2010 Tour Dates
07-15 Salt Lake City, UT - 2010 Twilight Concert Series
07-17 Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco 8
07-31 Frederiction, Canada - FredRock 2010
09-04 Rockdale, TX - Apache Pass
Tobacco - 2010 Tour Dates
07/23 Bushnell Park Performance Pavilion - Hartford, CT
09/09 DC9 - Washington, DC *
09/10 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA *
09/11 Ottobar - Baltimore, MD *
09/16 Iron Horse - Northampton, MA *
09/17 Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT *
09/18 Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA *
09/23 Mickey Finn's Pub - Toledo, OH *
09/24 The Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI *
09/25 The Strutt - Kalamazoo *
09/29 Artistika - Greensboro, NC *
09/30 Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC *
10/01 Square Room - Knoxville, TN *
10/02 123 Pleasant Street - Morgantown, WV *
* w/ Junk Culture & Dreamend
Why? - 2010 Tour Dates
07/09 MidPoint Indie Summer Series @ Fountain Square - Cincinnati, OH
07/11 Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY
07/12 Middle East - Cambridge, MA w/ Josiah Wolf
07/14 Il Motore - Montreal, QC w/ Josiah Wolf
07/15 Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON w/ Josiah Wolf & The Dress Whites