Dark Meat signs with Vice, kicks off tour

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[above: an average weekday afternoon at the Dark Meat commune/health spa]

Kudos to these dudes, it really takes a pair that clank to get a 17-piece freak/folk/jam band up and going in this day and age, but these are the kind of people who can stuff themselves into Silent Barn's basement one night and hit a self-professed “Mountain Jam” at Woodstock the next. (Yes, that Woodstock.) Vice is taking Universal Indians and giving it the re-release treatment, adding some tracks and stuff. From the Press:

“Dark Meat's Universal Indians, originally released on Orange Twin Records, is to be given its first wide release by Vice Records with three unheard bonus tracks (“One More Trip” and “Three Eyes Open” both recorded live in Joshua Tree National Park, and “Universal Indians,” an Albert Ayler tribute). Universal Indians – Expanded Edition will be released on CD April 8 and LP April 22.”

It looks like one hell of a tour, and from the looks of that photo the tour bus is gonna be huge. Like, a great big convoy. Rockin' through the night.

7 Atlanta GA Star Bar Confirmed
11 Shreveport LA The Jackrabbit
12 Flagpole Party // Bourbon Rocks 508 E. 6th St
12 Orange Twin Party // Spiro's 611 Red River
13 Todd P Party // Ms Beas 1104 E 6th St.
13 VICE Showcase // VICE Bar 302 6th St.
14 VICE Saves Texas // Outdoor Stage 1106 E 11th
14 Art Authority // Spiderhouse 2908 Fourth St.
15 Exclaim!/Outside Party // Saxon Pub 1320 South La
15 Late night party TBA
16 San Antonio TX The X-ing
17 Houston TX The Mink
18 Pensacola FL Sluggos
19 Birmingham AL BottleTree
20 Athens GA 40 Watt

7 Brooklyn NY Union Hall
8 Brooklyn NY Union Pool
9 Boston MA Milky Way
10 Bridgeport CT Two Boots
11 Providence RI as220
12 Washington DC Red and The Black
13 Norfolk VA The Boot
15 Raleigh NC Slim's
16 Charlotte NC The Milestone
17 Richd VA Gallery 5
18 Baltimore MD Talking Head
19 Philadelphia PA WPW
20 New York City NY Cake Shop
21 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place
22 Pittsburgh PA Garfield Artworks
23 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
24 Urbana IL The Canopy Club
25 East Peoria IL Peoria Pizza Works
26 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
27 Minneapolis MN Nomad World Pub
28 Fargo ND Aquarium
29 Omaha NE The Waiting Room
30 Lawrence KS Jackpot Saloon

1 Denver CO Hi-Dive
2 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Ct.
3 Missoula MT end end end Fest
4 Seattle WA Comet
6 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
8 San Francisco CA Hemlock Tavern
9 Visalia CA The Cellar Door
10 Los Angeles CA tbc
11 Los Angeles CA tbc
12 Tucson AZ tbc
13 Phoenix AZ tbc
14 Houston TX Walter's on Washington
15 Austin TX The Mohawk
16 Ft. Worth TX Lola's
17 Dallas TX Good Records
18 Oklahoma City OK The Conservatory
19 Columbia MO tbc
20 Kansas City MO The Record Bar
21 St. Louis MO The Blue Bird
22 Champaign IL Mike n Molly's
24 Chicago IL tbc
25 Chicago IL tbc
26 Detroit MI tbc
28 Brooklyn NY tbc
29 New York City tbc
30 Woodstock NY Mountain Jam