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Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

April 11, 2014
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Dan Deacon to join Diplo at this year’s Mad Decent Block Party

In years past, the Mad Decent Block Party, the annual concert tour put on by producer Diplo’s imprint, has featured the dancehall-charged music of Major Lazer, Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead, and oddball rap sensation Riff Raff on its lineup card when it stopped at Merriweather Post Pavilion. You can now add local electronic...
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Dan Deacon, Future Islands, and Videohippos to play Ottobar

July 15, 2013
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Dan Deacon, Future Islands, and Videohippos to play Ottobar

Three of Baltimore’s finest — Dan Deacon, Future Islands, and Videohippos — announced a show at the Ottobar on Sept. 21. Both Deacon and Future Islands tried out new material in their most recent hometown outings, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if we there were refined versions of those songs — or even...
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Vice magazine, Dan Deacon’s inferno, and the Oriole bird

June 10, 2013
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Vice magazine, Dan Deacon’s inferno, and the Oriole bird

Deathfest resurrection My weekend started sundown on Wednesday with an unofficial MD Deathfest after party and birthday bash for Bmore promoter Adam Savage. Savage’s own band, Cemetery Piss, tore up the downstairs stage of the Ottobar along with Windhand, DJ Dad Weed, and Ophidian.  Friends of Savage appropriately dug their little fingers into slices...
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Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Co La, and more to perform benefit show for Open Space

May 28, 2013
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Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Co La, and more to perform benefit show for Open Space

Here is but one thing that makes our little, tight-knit music scene great: People banding together to help each other out. Some of the city’s best performers, including Dan Deacon, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, and Co La, are coming together on June 8 to play a show at the Coward Shoe, with all proceeds...
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A list of songs by Baltimore artists tangentially related to Preakness

May 17, 2013
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This Saturday is the Preakness, and the InfieldFest this year features noted Bud Light spokesman Pitbull and those “Thrift Shop” dudes Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as the headliners, which we’re not too psyched about. Especially since there are plenty of artists with Baltimore ties who have written songs that kinda, sorta relate to the...
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Watch the music video for Dan Deacon’s “Crash Jam.”

March 7, 2013
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In this Ben O’Brien-directed clip, the manic beats of the America track “Crash Jam” are synced up to bits and pieces of a P90X workout video, speeding the fitness models up to look like spazzed-out windup toys on a sugar rush during strenuous activity or slowing them down during periods of rest or stretching...
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Watch Dan Deacon Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

December 14, 2012
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Last night Dan Deacon, recipient of City Paper’s Best local album of 2012, took the stage of Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “True Thrush” with his touring ensemble. The camera crew got some pretty sweet shots of Deacon’s interactive iPhone app, flashing lights and all, which Deacon invited viewers at home to use. Watch...
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Dan Deacon’s Mashup Wishbook

December 4, 2012
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Monday afternoon, Dan Deacon put a mashup mixtape Wishbook Vol. 1 on his Soundcloud page. He mixes a dizzying number of artists together, as documented in something like a bibliographic algorithm: “Wish Book Volume 1 was made with music made by (in order of appearance): grimes+psy+beach house+skrillex+diplo+nicky da b+dirty projectors+lil wayne+nicki minaj+oneohtrix point never+tune...
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Spend Thanksgiving With Friends Records’ New Holiday Comp

November 23, 2011
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Spend Thanksgiving With Friends Records’ New Holiday Comp

Well, the economy is still in the shitter, Congress appears to be out of fucks to give, and there’s all of the police-state insanity surrounding the Occupy movement, but, hey, we’ve all got something to be thankful for. Here in Baltimore, we can give thanks for good local music, and we can be thankful...
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Girl Talk, Dan Deacon: All the Same Thing to Stephen Malkmus

August 26, 2011
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Girl Talk, Dan Deacon: All the Same Thing to Stephen Malkmus

Former Pavement lead singer and ‘90s slacker avatar Stephen Malkmus sees a double standard in his inability to name his new album with his band the Jicks L.A. Guns and the pervasive use of sampling. Malkmus had been advised by his record company’s lawyers that L.A. Guns, the glam band, might sue him if...
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Watch the Dan Deacon-scored Hilvarenbeek Starring Dan Deacon

May 13, 2011
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Watch the Dan Deacon-scored Hilvarenbeek Starring Dan Deacon

Just in case you thought hanging out with Francis Ford Coppola had turned Dan Deacon irreparably fancy, IFC.com premiered Hilvarenbeek, an absolutely insane short film directed by Deacon’s pal Jimmy Joe Roche and scored by Deacon. Hilvarenbeek starts out in a church with a hipster chorus humming, led by Deacon himself. Then, there are...
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On the Download: Improv With Dan Deacon and Matmos

January 20, 2011
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On the Download: Improv With Dan Deacon and Matmos

This happened at last fall’s MoogFest in North Carolina: two improv jams between Dan Deacon and Matmos’ Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt, released yesterday via the indie live-recording vault Daytrotter. Warned by a comment from Schmidt on the Daytrotter posting that the second track “*really* isn’t very good,” I went ahead and skipped it,...
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Dan Deacon on Scoring Francis Ford Coppola’s New Film

January 17, 2011
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Dan Deacon on Scoring Francis Ford Coppola’s New Film

It wasn’t long ago that Dan Deacon was touring via Greyhound bus and living the unglamorous, underground art-collective lifestyle. Well, he still does. Mostly. But last week, it was announced that he’ll be scoring the new Francis Ford Coppola movie, Twixt Now and Sunrise, starring Val Kilmer. Late last week, City Paper caught up...
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Dan Deacon Scoring New Francis Ford Coppola Film

January 12, 2011
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Dan Deacon Scoring New Francis Ford Coppola Film

Well, here is a thing that makes total and complete sense but, at the same time, none whatsoever. Dan Deacon is set to score a new Francis Ford Coppola film called Twixt Now and Sunrise. Which is a league away from Ultimate Reality head-tripping but, anyone who’s paid deep attention to Deacon’s music shouldn’t...
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Dan Deacon Hospitalized, Cancels Tour

November 13, 2009
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Dan Deacon Hospitalized, Cancels Tour

| Image by Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez: According to a Pitchfork post, Baltimore’s pop magician has been hospitalized for the painful back condition acute sciatica. All dates on his current tour, including several in New York and next Wednesday’s Baltimore show, have been canceled. We wish him the best.
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Video: Dan Deacon’s “Paddling Ghost”

August 21, 2009
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Look at this poor ghost, all falling from heaven to Earth and then digging himself down to Hades and getting ferried across the River Styx by a pirate Charon. It ends up OK in the end, though, when the paddling ghost ejects a felt Dan Deacon from his submarine-spaceship and escapes altogether in this...
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Recession, Wha?: Dan Deacon Is Hiring Interns (Like, for Money)

January 14, 2009
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So, Deacon’s new album, Bromst, is a composition written for 15 or so people, and the plan is to distribute sheet music online along his tour route ahead of time so interested players can participate in shows. Cool, right? For this, he needs help from people with a certain specific skill set. And he...
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Dan Deacon’s Bromst Gets A Release Date, Cover

January 7, 2009
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Dan Deacon’s Bromst Gets A Release Date, Cover

Dan Deacon’s follow-up his 2006 grand splash Spiderman Of The Rings now has a release date and an eerie, very cool cover. (Disclosure: said cover was shot by City Paper production staffer Frank Hamilton as a freelance project not affiliated with CP.) The record, Bromst, comes out March 24 on Carpark Records, the label...
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A Marriage Made In Heaven: Dan Deacon Licenses A Song

November 17, 2008
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Given how many times “crayola” has been used as a adjective to describe the music of Dan Deacon, this really couldn’t be more apt: the producer/performance artist/ringleader has licensed his song “Pink Batman” (from Spiderman of the Rings) to said crayon company for a commercial for some very awesome looking glowing/drawing thing that looks...
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Baltimore Round Robin Mobbing a City Near You

August 11, 2008
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Baltimore is taking over the world this fall, or at least a smattering of Midwestern and Eastern cities. With what’s being billed as the Baltimore Round Robin tour, Dan Deacon has pretty much bested himself and really anyone who’s ever rented a tour bus or three. Basically, Deacon is renting said three buses–veggie fuel-powered,...
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