About Group (featuring Hot Chip, This Heat, and Spiritualized members) to release Start and Complete on Domino

About Group (featuring Hot Chip, This Heat, and Spiritualized members) to release Start and Complete on Domino http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-02-about-group_0.jpg

On April 26, the ‘supergroup’ known as About Group will release Start and Complete, their second album, on Domino. But what’s so ‘super’ about them? Well, aside from its members — which boasts Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Charles Hayward (This Heat), John Coxon (Spiritualized, Spring Heel Jack), and Pat Thomas (who has played with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, etc.) — the group went into the studio and.. aw, fuck it, let me just quote the press release:

The songs were written by Taylor over the last few years and some, but not all of them, were given out as a CD in piano/vocal demo form for the other members of the group to hear a few days before the studio date. The idea was that no one band member would know the songs well enough to have specific parts, or be prevented from playing something like the first ideas that came into their head.

Pretty super if you ask me. Check out a clip of About Group performing “You’re No Good” over at the Chocolate Grinder.

Start and Complete tracklist:

01. Married To The Sea (a)
02. Don’t Worry
03. With Each New Day
04. Repair Man
05. Lay Me Down
06. A Perspective
07. There’s a Way To End This Run of Doubt
08. A Sinking Song
09. Nothing But Words
10. You’re No Good
11. Rough and Smooth
12. Start and Complete
13. Dreamt I Saw You Late Last Night
14. Married To The Sea (b)

• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

The Walkmen tour with The New Pornographers; it’s like some sort of mad dream from 2004

Years ago, the theory that The Walkmen could possibly tour with The New Pornographers existed solely in the realm of madness. Our nation’s severely deranged spoke of the pairing in terms like “Power Bill” and “Worth Every Penny” and “Signals From Jupiter.” While that last one probably referred to a different subject (most likely a Deerhoof/Enon tour), it’s clear that these predictions were only the twisted dreams of one driven mad by living in 2004. Time has passed and cooler heads have prevailed, yet the dreams of those tortured souls have come to fruition! Just as the lunatics predicted, The Walkmen are going on tour with The New Pornographers! The two groups will join together for a string of dates in April, bringing two of the world’s most acclaimed indie rock bands together. Additionally, the deranged’s prediction that The Walkmen would also play some dates by themselves beforehand has also proven true. Whether their other prophecy, the one concerning the return of the mighty Tiamat and the destruction he shall trigger, comes true, frankly, that’s still up in the air.

The Walkmen dates:

03.02.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
03.03.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
03.04.11 - Austin, TX - Stubb’s Bar-B-Que
03.05.11 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.22.11 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue *
04.23.11 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
04.25.11 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom *
04.26.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts *
04.27.11 - Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa *
04.28.11 - Champagne, IL - Canopy Club *
04.29.11 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note *

* The New Pornographers

• The Walkmen: http://www.myspace.com/thewalkmen
• The New Pornographers: http://www.thenewpornographers.com

James Blake signs to Universal Republic, co-headlining tour with Enrique Iglesias and Hinder forthcoming

So far, the biggest moment of electronic hype-conduit James Blake’s year was when Tiny Mix Tapes, the Zeus of the music criticism world, awarded his self-titled debut (TMT Review) a perfect score. It was a big moment for Blake, and, sadly, he’s probably now numb to all other human experiences. But here’s another pretty important Blake moment: he has signed to Universal Republic for the US release of his debut. Yes, James Blake is a major label artist in the US, which is about twenty times less odd than it sounds, since he’s already a major label artist in the UK. Atlas/A&M is handling the UK release of James Blake, and they’re owned by Polydor, which just happens to be owned by Universal Music Group. In a way, James Blake is basically on the same label in the UK and the US, or, at least, on labels that report to the same boss.

No news on the US release date for James Blake, but the UK version is still coming out on February 7. Also, no news on whether James Blake will be joining his new labelmates Hinder and Enrique Iglesias on the road, but, man, I hope he will.

• James Blake: http://www.myspace.com/jamesblakeproduction
• Universal Republic: http://www.universalrepublic.com

Mayday, mayday: The White Stripes are no more

There’s no other way to say this: The White Stripes have broken up. Well, I guess you can say it all cool-like, the way Jack and Meg White did:

The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.

Don’t worry, though: it doesn’t mean that Jack White will be any less active. Hell, it doesn’t even mean that you won’t be able to find more music under the The White Stripes moniker, as Third Man Records already plans to release live and studio recordings as part of their Vault program. But yes, new recordings are obviously out of the picture in the near future.

But why the breakup anyway? For anyone wondering about rocky roads in the White relationship, the couple has been divorced since 2000 (where have you been?), so it’s probably not as simple as when moms and dads decide not to live together anymore. But it is a little bewildering that, while they give no definitive explanation, they claim that the breakup is not due to “artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue.”

Readers: We need to get to the bottom of this.

• The White Stripes: http://www.whitestripes.com
• Third Man: http://www.thirdmanrecords.com

RIP: Brendan Mahoney, Tiny Mix Tapes writer

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to fellow TMT writer Brendan Mahoney, who passed away early Sunday morning in a train accident in Brooklyn, New York. He was 24.

Brendan, a graduate of Boston University, had been writing for TMT since 2008. While his tastes were steeped in Bob Dylan, The Fall, Werner Herzog, and Michelangelo Antonioni, Brendan’s critical reach was broad, revealing an intellectual complexity yet emotional palatability that in fact mirrored the very kinds of artists he admired. From his reviews of Glenn Branca’s The Ascension and Q-Tip’s Kammal The Abstract, to his mix of “darkwave” music and interview with Gang Gang Dance, Brendan’s writing gave us insight into the tensions (such as those between the body and the brain, the electronic and the organic, chaos and order, the imaginary and the real, content and form) that not only piqued his interest, but also were his critical targets.

But an analysis of his writing isn’t enough to get a full picture of the kind of person Brendan was. Affable, creative, and eager to try new things, Brendan proved in just a short time how passionate he was, always willing to take time out of his personal life to help TMT through tough times. Sure, his writing may leave the most visible mark on TMT, but it was our personal relationship with Brendan that deepens our appreciation for him. We will miss him tremendously.

Please check out Brendan’s writing here, including his last review for us — a blurb about our #5 album of 2010, Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foothere.

Tiny Mix Tapes will suspend posting new content today in remembrance of Brendan. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Will Oldham interviews R. Kelly, and it’s AWESOME

Yep, that’s right. Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, interviews R. Kelly for Interview magazine. Here’s the first question and answer:

WILL OLDHAM: Do you watch 30 Rock?

R. KELLY: No. What’s that?

Don’t be fooled though. This interview is amazing. As Drag City says, “The two singers sit together and muse philosophically about playing characters in song, conceptual parties, the influence of theatre on R.’s music, time-travel, the unknowability of the Id, and where it all began.”

My favorite part is when Kelly talks about some “white lady” on a boat who reminded him of the “lady from Titanic.” Check the interview here.

• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com