The Necks keep breaking jazz, will do so again on forthcoming album Vertigo

After more than 25 years of confusing the heck out of anyone who dares turn up to a concert expecting to hear a run-of-the-mill jazz trio, Sydney mavericks The Necks are set to continue to push the trajectory of jazz out of the stratosphere of convention with their 17th record, Vertigo. Apparently the band set out “to pursue the idea of having a drone running from start to finish, off which we could hang ideas.” However, like all things The Necks attempt, they strayed off course and “ended up in a very different place from whatever our initial notion of it had been.”

So while The Necks, being the Antipodeans that they are, are very good at telling us what Vertigo is not, their label, Northern Spy, assures us that the album “is an eventful, kaleidoscopic tone poem set against a darkly shimmering background,” which consists of a single 44-minute piece.

You can find out what that sounds like when Vertigo is released on October 30. Meanwhile, check out the group’s tour dates here.

[Photo: Alan Murphy]

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Kraftwerk to release a “3D album” later this year

Oh, damn it! Well, this just FIGURES!

Like, literally no freakin’ sooner do I finish selling my Blu-ray player and vast, vast (VAST) collection of Darkwing Duck, Ducktales, Gummy Bears, TaleSpin, Goof Troop, and Bonkers DVDs so I can afford a ticket to their “3D” tour of North America this fall (which will feature all sorts of surround-sound gimmicks and 3D imagery all synced-up to the music and shit) than my BROS in the rad and up-and-coming Beach-tronica band Kraftwerk announce (via Rolling Stone) that they’ve “translated [their] performances to 3D, and in surround sound, kind of like 3D sound” and have been “working on a Blu-Ray to make this available” for the fall.

Oh, cruel fate! I’m SO being driving MAD by the HEAVY IRONY of all this! Seriously, though. Kinda blows. Here’s the full text of what sole-surviving original Krafwerkian Ralf Hütter had to say:

We’ve been doing this and working on a Blu-ray to make this available. It should be coming out in the late fall. We’ve put a lot of work into all the images, transforming from our Kling Klang archives into 3D format and arranging it synchronized with the music, so it’s quite a lot of production. We’re quite a small team of musicians, technicians, computer programmers here at Kling Klang Studios; we do everything ourselves. That’s what we’ve been working in, and still are. When we travel to America, we’ll hopefully be finished with this work.

No more details at the moment, but LUCKY YOU if you didn’t already spend an emphatically NON-ROBOTIC arm and a leg on tickets to this heretofore-unique concert experience. Oh well… I guess I’d better start selling some shit now to save for the Blu-ray.

Hmm… let’s see… Anyone here wanna buy a Kraftwerk ticket??

North American dates:

09.16.15 - Edmonton, Alberta - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09.17.15 - Calgary, Alberta - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
09.19.15 - Portland, OR - Keller Auditorium
09.23.15 -Denver, CO - Ellie Caulkins Opera House
09.25.15 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
09.27.15 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
09.29.15 - Miami, FL - Olympia Theater at Gusman Center
10.02.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
10.03.15 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
10.05.15 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
10.07.15 - Minneapolis, MN - Northrop
10.09.15 - Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

European dates:

11.07.15 - Lille, France - Le Noveau Siecle
11.09.15 - Nantes, France - Cite de Congres
11.11.15 - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Le Sporting
11.12.15 - Marseille, France - Le Silo
11.13.15 - Grenoble, France - MC2
11.20.15 - Essen, Germany - Lichtburg
11.25.15 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium
11.27.15 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH 1
11.29.15 - Stuttgart, Germany - Liederhalle Beethoven-Saal
12.01.15 - Frankfurt, Germany - Jahrhunderthalle
12.03.15 - Prague, Czech Republic - Forum Karlin
12.04.15 - Krakow, Poland - ICE Congress Centre
12.07.15 - Leipzig, Germany - Haus Auensee


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Jib Kidder announces tour, premieres career-spanning mix

Jib Kidder is still out paddling around after the wave of January’s Teaspoon To The Ocean (via Domino imprint Weird World Records) and the more recent self-released Covers EP, but with Hurricane season looming, the artist also known as Sean Schuster-Craig has decided to go on tour. Starting next week, Jib Kidder is catching a 10-day swell through the East Coast and Midwest, beginning with a two-day stay in Atlanta and ending in Queens. If you’re wondering about the short notice, maybe wi-fi is pretty weak out in the Atlantic, but Sean still somehow managed to send not only tour dates our way, but also a self-assembled, chronological mix titled Like a Bug (2000-2015).

As indicated by its title, the mix spans the 15-year anamorphic growth that is Jib Kidder. So, do you like Jib Kidder’s IV era, or are you a fan of super old Jib Kidder from his Old Bullshit compilation released during the Steal Guitars period? Or maybe you’re a hoarder of rare and unreleased Jib Kidder materials, like his contribution to Version Tapes Vol. 2 (tapes still available) under the phonetic alias DJ Kid Slizzard? Maybe you like all of it! In any case, it’s stocked fresh and premiered below, in all of its streaming glory:

Teaspoon To The Ocean is available from Weird World Records here and via iTunes. Find the tour dates below.

Jib Kidder tour:

09.10.15 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
09.11.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Cleaners
09.12.15 - Nashville, TN - Fond Object
09.13.15 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
09.14.15 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
09.15.15 - Ann Arbor, MI - Arbor Vitae
09.16.15 - Detroit, MI - UFO Factory
09.17.15 - Toronto, ON - Dundas Video
09.18.15 - Montréal, QE - Casa del Popolo
09.19.15 - Queens, NY - Trans-Pecos

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Girl Band announce fall North American tour ahead of debut full-length


Abrasive post-punk noise boys Girl Band have just announced a North American tour for this coming fall. Throughout November and December, they’ll be hitting some of America’s finest cities. We’re talking Albuquerque, we’re talking Austin, we’re talking San Francisco, we’re talking Philadelphia, we’re talking The Big Apple itself New York City, and we’re talking a good dozen-plus other bustling hubs of industry. Word has it the boys are researching old interviews from groups like Women and Girls to learn how to best respond to the same three inevitable clever questions/comments.


This tour comes hot-ish on the heels of the group’s first full-length, Holding Hands With Jamie, out September 25 via Rough Trade. Expect plenty of steel-scraping noise and precise rhythms and maybe even an ominous-yet-melodic chorus or two. Get an idea by watching this new live montage for Jamie track “Paul,” posted below.

Chug chug chug chug chug kreeeee-ooosh.

Girl Band dates:

11.20.15 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
11.21.15 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
11.22.15 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
11.24.15 - San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
11.25.15 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
11.27.15 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
11.28.15 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11.30.15 - Albuquerque, NM - Launchpad
12.02.15 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
12.03.15 - Austin, TX - The Sidewinder
12.04.15 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
12.05.15 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
12.07.15 - Nashville, TN - The End
12.08.15 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
12.10.15 - Washington, DC - DC9
12.11.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
12.12.15 - Brooklyn, NY - Baby’s All Right
12.14.15 - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb’s Lounge
12.16.15 - Cambridge, MA - Great Scott
12.17.15 - Montreal, QC - Bar le Ritz PDB
12.18.15 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
12.19.15 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot Pike Room
12.20.15 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean

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Call Super becomes a Migrant, chooses to only pack his new EP

As JR Seaton a.k.a. Call Super expounded previously in an interview with us (with a bit of interpretation from yours truly), if only America wasn’t so intent on being stubbornly nonconformist in its cultural resistance to legitimate electronic music, the federal issue of political gridlock would be solved and congressional melodrama concerning the virtues of Planned Parenthood would cease following one specially-called session of… listening, with Lifeforms from FSOL being the chosen aural mitigator. Call Super’s Suzi Ecto would work too, because not only did that album evince the necessary inclusiveness, but it was also ambiguous enough to inspire identity crises among the more weak-minded. Breaking news: the senator that nobody likes and did terrible things for the country left his/her job in order to go “find” him/herself.

Introspective but still vaguely danceable: expect something similar with Call Super’s upcoming Migrant EP, set for release September 25 via regular label affiliate, Houndsooth. Exceptionally, it follows up his Fluenka Mitsu 12-inch released courtesy of Nous earlier this year, and it’ll be a long while until we’re tired. Here’s part of a track off the new one, keeping us between states of consciousness:

Migrant EP tracklisting:

01. Migrant
02. Meltintu

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Avant guitar legend Loren Connors to release live album on Family Vineyard

Hey! Clear your “rehearsal schedule” and SOBER UP, Eddie Van Halen fanboy. First of all: NO, he still won’t play in your band or star in your triumphant music video. It’s just not going to happen. Secondly, and more importantly: on September 18, another, possibly even more legit-ass avant-guitar mastermind Loren Connors is fixin’ to release Live In New York all up into your bloated, sweaty FACES on September 18 via the Family Vineyard label. And you’re gonna need to cut a heck of a lot of lawns between now and then to earn enough scratch to buy a copy.

The album, which features a “cinéma vérité quality” rendering of two performances that took place six days apart back in November 2014 and “builds upon the vision captured on his last studio album, 2011’s ”>Red Mars, [in which] transparent, ghostly notes slowly unravel against a canvas of black drones and funeral tolls,” is available for CD and digital pre-orders right now on the Family Vineyard site. It’s gonna be awesome, and the CD version even comes all done-up special “in a Stoughton miniaturized ‘LP’ sleeve with metallic ink and an insert,” with cover art by Connors himself.

Check out one of the tracks, “Webster Hall, Part 2” (as well as an album trailer) down below. And then get the hell off the couch and start heaving-ho, my friend. Time’s a-wastin’.

Live In New York tracklisting:

01. Webster Hall, Part 1
02. Webster Hall, Part 2
03. The Wick

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Nicole Dollanganger to release album through Grimes’s new not-a-label Eerie Organization

Nicole Dollanganger is an Ontario-based singer-songwriter who’s released a number of home-recorded albums over the past few years, one of which features cover art that might make you barf or cry. And that music has the power to blow up Grimes’s brain. And that brain blowing-up has the power to make Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher, create an artist co-operative just to put out more of that music. And that co-operative, known as Eerie Organization, will be putting out Dollanganger’s first studio-recorded album Natural Born Losers on October 9. Listen to the album’s closing track “You’re So Cool” below.

Look, I’m not exaggerating about the brain-explosion thing. Here’s what Boucher herself said: “It blew up my brain so hard that I literally started Eerie to fucking put it out because it’s a crime against humanity for this music not to be heard.” See, I’m not a liar! Anyway, beyond putting out Natural Born Losers, the organization exists to help artists accomplish more than they would on their own, while not forcing them to sacrifice their independence.

Eerie is set to put out Grimes’s forthcoming album in Canada, though the record will be handled by other entities elsewhere. So with two releases set for the year, Eerie must be the hot new record label? No, dummy. Boucher stresses that the organization is not a record label, as it has no full staff and does not accept submission. So don’t try to send a tape there, unless you want to make more trash. Actually, you’d just love that, wouldn’t you, trash fetishist? You’re gross.

Natural Born Losers tracklist:

01. Poacher’s Pride
02. Mean
03. White Trashing
04. Swan
05. In The Land
06. Alligator Blood
07. Executioner
08. American Tradition
09. Angels of Porn (ii)
10. A Marvelous Persona
11. You’re So Cool

[Photo: Susie Bell]

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Hello Mr. or Ms. Refused,

We have received your request to scream. Thank you for your continued patience while we process your claim. Our records indicate that you submitted the inquiry in 1998 via a song titled “New Noise.” We apologize for any delays, though you should know that our department receives thousands of requests each day.

The projected date for your screaming certification to finish processing, barring any unforeseen violations, is October 4. According to our records, this is the same day that your group or project will begin its tour. From all the bureaucrats in office, we wish you luck on these performances. We must inform you, however, that our department will be taking a look at your recent album Freedom to confirm that every track is up to code.

The Department of Screaming and Other Noises

Refused dates:

10.04.15 - Bizkaia, Spain - Bizkaia Arena
10.05.15 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
10.06.15 - Madrid, Spain - Barclay Center
10.08.15 - Wien, Austria - Stadthalle
10.09.15 - Winterthur, Switzerland - Eishalle Deutweg
10.11.15 - Hannover, Germany - Swiss Life Hall
10.12.15 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyer-Halle
10.13.15 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfalenhalle
10.14.15 - Munich, Germany - Theaterfabrik
10.15.15 - Madonna dell’Albero, Italy - Bronson Club
10.16.15 - Trezzo sull’Adda, Milan, Italy - Live Music Club
11.21.15 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Speedfest
10.23.15 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
11.23.15 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
11.24.15 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
11.25.15 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
11.27.15 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
11.28.15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
12.01.15 - Paris, France - Trainon
12.03.15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
12.04.15 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof Wiesbaden
12.05.15 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks


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Miley Cyrus surprise-drops new album with The Flaming Lips

Boom: Miley Cyrus just surprise-dropped a nipple a new album. Announced on stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (reportedly, at least — I was too busy playing a game of racquetball with a potential client; fingers crossed!), Cyrus’s new album is a collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. Guests collaborators include Ariel Pink, Mike Will Made-It, Billy Ray Cyrus, Big Sean, and more. It’s streaming now via SoundCloud:

Cyrus also released the video for opening track “Dooo It!,” a track she premiered on stage at the VMAs. Check it out here:

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Hopscotch day parties announced, TMT doing showcase with Apothecary & DiggUpTapes ft. Guardian Alien, Daniel Bachman, and more

In less than two weeks, the venerable Hopscotch Music Festival will take place once again in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, featuring something like 5 millions bands performing in over 2 million venues. Artists this year include GY!BE, Deerhunter, Prurient, Elisa Ambrogio, Pusha T, Lawrence English, and improviser-in-residence Owen Pallett. But starting a week before and lasting through the fest are a bunch of incredible day parties that showcase just how deep and weird and beautiful we can all get.

Tiny Mix Tapes is proud to once again ride the coattails of Raleigh institution DiggUpTapes and art/music/booking collective Apothecary for the sixth edition of Orientations in Space, an annual day party that has boasted the likes of Akron/Family, Future Islands, Rene Hell, Lee Noble, Heads on Sticks, and many more. Gracing the stage this time will be Guardian Alien, Nest Egg, Doom Asylum, Daniel Bachman, and more TBA. Like last year’s event, the (free) show will be held at Kings Barcade.

RSVP to Orientations in Space IV here, check out all the day parties here, and listen to the artists in our lineup below. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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