DOWNLOAD: Momus - Spooky Kabuki PREMIX (MP3)

Momus

"Between 1996 and 2003, Momus -- the playful, articulate, intimate Scottish songwriter who's unpacked and repacked a gamut of styles from jangly indie thru folktronica and chamber pop to breakcore -- toured the States pretty much every year. Wildly successful in Japan but met with a certain amount of "meh" in his native Britain, Momus in the late 90s hoped to "break America" with songs about his penis, get-rich-quick schemes like selling song-portraits for $1000 apiece, and quirky electonic reworkings of Appalachian folk music. To some extent he succeeded: 2003's American Patchwork Tour showcased a bunch of US bands Momus signed to his own label: The Gongs, The Super Madrigal Brothers, Rroland, Phiiliip. Momus even moved to New York City in 2000, but left for Tokyo shortly after 9/11."

Momus will perform the Momuthon, a three-hour retrospective of his work, at the Highline Ballroom on Tuesday, May 26th. Tickets are on sale.

Much of Momus' music is available for free online. The MP3 above is a pre-production version of a song from his 2003 album Oskar Tennis Champion. Check his website's audio section or UbuWeb for more free discs.

Details about all three sets of the Momuthon's below...

Momuthon:

Coming to New York for art stuff, Momus usually tacks on a New York music show almost as an afterthought. This year, however, something bigger is happening. His new show, a three-hour Momuthons -- will be unmissable for Momus aficionados as well as younger kids who've only just discovered his work on YouTube.

Set 1: Songs from the 1980s, from previously-unheard juvenilia (songs influenced by Eno, Magazine, Talking Heads) to live versions of Momus' albums on cult UK labels like 4AD, él and Creation.

Set 2: Songs from the 1990s -- when Momus was living in London and Paris -- as well as the Top 10 chart material he was writing for Japanese Shibuya-kei singers like Kahimi Karie, Emi Necozawa and Poison Girlfriend.

Set 3: Songs from the 2000s, when Momus helped invent the Folktronica genre and gave his music a more experimental sound, thanks to collaborations in Berlin with artists like Anne Laplantine and Germlin.

The Momuthon -- performed by one singing, talking man, a couple of special guests, an iPod and a guitar -- will be a career summary, a guided tour (with anecdotes) of a fascinatingly oblique worldview, a history of thirty years of independent music, a virtual trip from Scotland to Berlin via London, New York, Paris and Tokyo, and -- if you're into Momus and his music -- a damn good night out.