It’s almost that time of year! You know, the one where everyone on the internet who doesn’t consider themselves a diehard fan of the Insane Clown Posse comes together to ridicule a subculture we can never hope to understand, largely because its sense of tight-knit community makes us feel even more alone? Okay, let’s do this.
The good news is they picked the geographic locations by name alone, it seems: the gathering will take place at Cave-in-Rock State Park, Illinois, at something called Hog Rock, “also known as the illustrious and ever so infamous Hatchet Landings.” Pretty badass. This falls nowhere near an airport but right on the borders of Kentucky and Indiana, which should make things convenient for real Juggalos and difficult for coastal documentarians.
Who cares about the musical acts; the important thing is the sideshows. We’ve got a Miss Juggalette 2013 contest in the works, and you can audition for JCW (that’s Juggalo Championship Wrestling) if you think you have what it takes. But the best attraction of all has to be the wet T-shirt contest. What’s their spin on this Spring Break classic? They don’t use water—they use Faygo. Welp, see you in August! I’ll be the one wearing face paint.
While you were taking in Feist, Ty Segall or Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Pitchfork Music Festival over the weekend (or at least catching the live stream), another notorious Illinois-based music festival dropped its even-more-notorious promotional infomercial. The Insane Clown Posse’s weekend-long, Faygo-soaked fan bacchanal, the Gathering of the Juggalos, turns a lucky 13 this year, and as the zombie apocalypse-themed infomercial (hosted by Juggalo wrestling legend Corporal Robinson!) indicates, the lineup places an even greater emphasis on hand-picked late-night shows and Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s veneration for old-school hip-hop.
Past editions of the festival have included celebrations of the early days of hip-hop and the ICP picking out their heroes of the genre, with the likes of Method Man, Paris, Ice Cube, Rob Base, Slick Rick and more making previous appearances. This year, each clown is curating and hosting his own regional hip-hop history lesson (not a phrase you see every day), with Violent J’s West Side Party featuring the Pharcyde, Lil’ Easy (son of the late Eazy-E), repeat Gathering performer Warren G and Glasses Malone and Shaggy’s Beasts of the East sporting Wu-Tang’s Raekwon, the Fat Boys (#rememberthe80s), beatboxer and former Roots member Rahzel and Biz Markie. ICP sidekicks Twiztid will host a southern rap-themed showcase as well with headliner Project Pat. Other notable acts at the Gathering include a fully reunited Geto Boys (now with 100% more Bushwick Bill), George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Danny Brown, DMX, Onyx (#rememberthe90s) and headlining the comedy stage, Cheech and Chong. Woop woop, indeed.
Oh, and here’s the infomercial.
For those that missed last weekend’s festivities, Pitchfork is co-presenting the Basilica Festival in Hudson, New York on August 10th and 11th, a launch party of sorts for a factory-turned-performance-space just outside the Catskills under creative directors filmmaker Tony Stone and former Smashing Pumpkin Melissa Auf der Maur. The ‘fest features a number of curated and tailored events and art exhibitions, including Brandon Stosuy’s "Metal Machine Music: Solo Noise Artists and Their Machines" featuring Liturgy and Brian DeRan’s "Neidan!" with art and sculpture alongside music from Prince Rama, Gang Gang Dance and more. More events and acts, including a cruise on the Hudson River and "Blazer, a New Mexico-based soundsystem owned and operated by Excepter’s Nathan Corbin," were added last week.
The free Mad Decent Block Party returns to five North American cities this summer, beginning at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto on July 28th with headliners Zeds Dead and Claude Vonstroke. The rotating lineup will change for later shows in Philadelphia (August 4th), New York (August 5th), Chicago (August 18th) and Los Angeles (August 25th) and feature Mad Decent and Mad Decent-approved heavy hitters from the worlds of hip-hop, electronica, moombahton and more, including regulars like Major Lazer, Dillon Francis and Bonde do Role (potentially) alongside Brooklyn phenom Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Theophilus London, Lunice, Flosstradamus and Reptar.
● Hillary Duff is pregnant. “We are extremely happy and ready to start this new chapter of our lives,” she writes on her website. [Hillary Duff] ● Five died and at least four dozen more were left injured when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair minutes before Sugarland was scheduled to perform. It’s being suggested that the tragic accident was due, in part, to strong winds and thunderstorms. [AP/Huff Post] ● Tara Reid got engaged and then, just a few hours later, was married to her Danish businessman boyfriend Michael Lilleund in Greece over the weekend. Now that’s a vacation. [People]
● Nicki Minaj, who seems to be single-handedly reviving the art, gave her fake husband Drake a lap dance. [RapRadar] ● In a return to the small screen, Jennifer Aniston will join her father John Aniston for at least one episode of Days of Our Lives. She’s only asking $650 per episode, or $999,350 less than she made on Friends. [NYP] ● AMC has ordered BlackBook favoriteBreaking Bad for a fifth and final 16-episode season. [Deadline] ● Charlie Sheen caught a flying Faygo can and led a “winning” chant at the Gathering of the Juggalos. Meanwhile, probably afraid of aforementioned flying Faygo and chanting, Busta Rhymes claimed someone had ordered him the wrong kind of pizza and refused to get off his tour bus. Seriously. [SOTC]