Xiu Xiu / Dirty Beaches
“Always” / “Tu Ne Dis Rien”
As we reported late last month, Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches are releasing a split 7-inch single on April 21 for Record Store Day (fetish alert!). Xiu Xiu’s side features a cover of Erasure’s “Always” (also the title of Xiu Xiu’s latest), while Dirty Beaches covers “Tu Ne Dis Rien” by Françoise Hardy. Check out both tracks below via Polyvinyl. (And hey, while I have you, can I just parenthetically reiterate just how awesome Dirty Beaches’ Badlands is??)
Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches will be going on a joint tour soon. Check out the dates here.
“No Title (Molly)”
On Record Store Day, April 21, Ribbon Music and Domino are releasing an exclusive, limited-edition “FlexiDisc Zine” called Smugglers Way. The 24-page zine will feature contributions by artists ranging from Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Owen Pallett, and Bjorn Copeland (Black Dice), to Jon Hopkins, Ade Blackburn (Clinic), and Jana Hunter (Lower Dens). It also includes unreleased songs by Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, Villagers, and TMT favorite John Maus, all spread across five individual, multi-colored Flexi Discs. The transparent orange disc, naturally everyone’s go-to color choice, features Maus and his unreleased track, “No Title (Molly).” Stream it here, friends:
Check out the the Smugglers Way trailer here:
Mission of Burma
Holy Ian Curtis, it’s a new Mission of Burma tune! The legendary Boston post-punk band will release their new album, Unsound, on Fire Records this July. “Dust Devil” is the album opener, and it’s got everything you could want in a MoB song: those familiar chugging riffs, cacophonous bits of feedback, and just enough harmonies to make it go down smooth. I’m not sure if this song was written for the household appliance or the dangerous meteorological phenomenon, but Roger Miller and company make the Dust Devil sound rollicking and rowdy regardless of the context.
Rafael Toral / Davu Seru
“First Third” [excerpt]
I don’t like you, and you don’t like me. But I think we can all agree that we do like Rafael Toral, whose third volume in his Space Elements (TMT Review) series (jazz via electronics) weaseled its way to #33 on our favorite albums of 2011 list. No word yet on a fourth volume, but Toral just released Live in Minneapolis on jazz label Clean Feed, which features a stunning 2011 performance with percussionist Davu Seru. Check out an excerpt of the first track here:
• Rafael Toral: http://rafaeltoral.net
• Davu Seru: http://davuseru.com
• Clean Feed: http://www.cleanfeed-records.com
• Taiga: http://taigarecords.com
• Staubgold: http://www.staubgold.com
• Tiny Mix Tapes: http://www.tinymixtapes.com
Black Eagle Child
“Eighteen and Six”
Black Eagle Child serves as the moniker for Michael Jantz, a guy with what used to be considered a formidable discography yet now looks like creative restraint in these days, especially for a guy who rubs shoulders with the mightily prolific Sean McCann. This release, from drone overlords Under The Spire, sees Jantz corral the meandering tones of his previous efforts into more of a rhythmic, repetitive template (hence the album title, “Go Around, Again”). The result is, as predicted, lush.
Everything Is Terrible
“Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez!” [trailer]
You thought this was cute? Nahh, dude. At the right amount of DMT and reefer-laced coffee, this Doggiewoggiez! Poochiewoochiez! (TMT Review) movie could potentially take you to dog heaven and back within an afternoon. Yo, who out there is going to be turning this DVD around as a limited-run VHS? Each edition should come with individual fucked/warped tape spots. Like, find a stack of 50 tapes at the thrift store, retape over all them with this DVD, and turn it around online for a couple bucks a pop. Cause everything is terrible, right? Bootleg that shit. Hit up Canal Street with a trash bag full of ‘em and start selling like madness. That or just snag a DVD for yourself and watch it until you’ve melted. Seriously, the video alone may make this happen.
• Everything Is Terrible: http://www.everythingisterrible.com