A.C. Newman’s Los Angeles home burglarized by renegade Kindle Fire proponents

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Apple products: shiny and irresistible to the touch. They’re so irresistible, in fact, that some people apparently can’t help but succumb to the overwhelming urge to spontaneously hurl inanimate objects, just for the chance to grab hold of one. The New Pornographers’ A.C. Newman was unfortunately on the receiving end of such actions on November 9. As he so tweeted: “Someone threw a potted plant through the window of our LA pad and stole our iPads. Some people are just no damn good.” He later added, “We’re lucky the thieves only took our iPads. Everything was saved in iCloud. I was praying for iCloud to work.” See? They just went for the iPads. Has anyone inspected those things for pheromones?

Fortunately, it appears as though neither Newman nor anyone else was in the immediate vicinity when the break-in occurred. We wish his potted plants a speedy recovery.

• A.C. Newman: http://www.acnewman.net
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

A Place to Bury Strangers release EP for the coming Mayan apocalypse

Ugggggh, is it really time to start thinking about February 2012 already? Say it ain’t SNOW! Fortunately, we’ve got Valentine’s Day, the coming destruction of the world as we know it, and a new EP from A Place to Bury Strangers to look forward to. Sure, sure, most non-Lars Von Trier people’s hearts don’t start tap dancing at the mention of that chocolate holiday or the apocalypse, but A Place to Bury Strangers? Who can argue with that?

According to a press release, the New York-based sonic warriors “produced, engineered, mixed and mastered” said new EP, Onwards to the Wall, without outside help. (This is basically the music-world equivalent of those dinosaur frogs or whatever in Jurassic Park who can breed with themselves.) Onwards will drop February 7 on Dead Oceans. For those who can’t wait and for those who are just worried about our impending Mayan apocalypse, Pitchfork has posted a track from the EP, titled “So Far Away.”

Onwards to the Wall tracklisting:

01. I Lost You
02. So Far Away
03. Onwards to the Wall
04. Nothing Will Surprise Me
05. Drill It Up

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com
• Dead Oceans: http://www.deadoceans.com

Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto join forces again this December to bring you Flumina on Touch

Sometimes two things or people come together to create something greater than the sum of the individual parts. Think peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkel, or alcohol and bad decisions. So it is with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz — they just go together.

Following up on their 2005 live EP Sala Santa Cecilia and the 2007 album Cendre, Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto will release another collaborative album via Touch on December 6 titled Flumina.

After three years without a release, Sakamoto found himself pondering another collaboration with Fennesz. With this idea in mind, Sakamoto set out on tour, opening each performance with a piano piece played in a different key. After 24 performances, Sakamoto had a set of compositions and improvisations comprising all 24 steps in the Western tonal system; the groundwork for another melding of music had been laid.

Next, Sakamoto sent the piano recordings to Fennesz, who played with the pieces, adding in guitar, synths, and electronics to transform them into something altogether new. The two finally met up in New York to mix the album together and Flumina became the end result.

Flumina tracklisting:

Disc 1:

01. 0318
02. 0319
03. 0320
04. 0322
05. 0324
06. 0325
07. 0327
08. 0328
09. 0330
10. 0401
11. 0402
12. 0404

Disc 2:

01. 0405
02. 0407
03. 0409
04. 0411
05. 0415
06. 0417
07. 0419
08. 0423
09. 0424
10. 0425
11. 0428
12. 0429

• Ryuichi Sakamoto: http://www.sitesakamoto.com
• Christian Fennesz: http://www.fennesz.com
• Touch: http://www.touchmusic.org.uk

The War on Drugs and Sharon Van Etten promise to go on tour together in 2012, also promise not to burn to death before then

Let’s all make a promise not to burn to death. Are you with me, everybody? I hope so, because if even one of you backs out, I am going to be so mad. But you’ll be dead and I’ll be here fuming over your fuming, so I guess the joke’s on me. I don’t even know why I make promises with you, because I don’t trust you. The War on Drugs and Sharon Van Etten trust each other. That’s why they’ve made a pact not to burn to death, at least not within the next six months. While they’re busy not being on fire, they’re also going to be busy touring with each other come next March. And a tiny little bit of April. Tiny means one day in this case.

The War on Drugs will be spending some of their not-on-fire time before their not-on-fire tour with Sharon Van Etten by touring with Sub Pop signees Still Corners. Chances are, War on Drugs will be playing songs from Slave Ambient, their well-received new record. Further chances suggest that Still Corners will also not be on fire. Please, nobody be on fire.

The War on Drugs dates:

12.03.11 - Harrisburg, PA - Abbey Bar @ Appalachian Brewing Company *
12.04.11 - Washington, DC - The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel *
12.06.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio *
12.07.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
12.08.11 - Toledo, OH - Mickey Finn’s Pub *
12.09.11 - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern *
12.10.11 - Ithaca, NY - Castaways *
12.11.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
12.12.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre ^
12.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
03.20.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Avalon &
03.21.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent &
03.23.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre &
03.24.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret &
03.25.12 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune &
03.27.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room &
03.28.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre &
03.31.12 - St. Louis, MO - Luminary Center for the Arts &
04.01.12 - Bloomington, IN - Rhinos &

* Still Corners
^ The National
& Sharon Van Etten

• The War on Drugs: http://www.thewarondrugs.net
• Sharon Van Etten: http://sharonvanetten.com
• Still Corners: http://stillcorners.bandcamp.com

Die Antwoord leave Interscope because they’re zany like that, share new video, bash compact discs

At first, I was a little scared to write up an article about Die Antwoord splitting from prestigious label Interscope, known for signed artists New Kids on the Block and Wolfmother, but I had a nightmare last night where Ninja kept calling me a pussy, while playing out the curb-biting scene from American History X (a common recurring dream in variations).

So, I literally grew the balls to inform our Tiny Mix Tapes “reader” about this news — according to underground music blog Pitchfork Media, Die Antwoord apparently didn’t like the direction Interscope Records wanted to take the group, and then they said some unkind words to the sincere company.

Not that Die Antwoord or Interscope are the bad guys. Interscope did a fine job releasing the group’s first album on the label, $O$, last year. But, bad blood between the two have prompted Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek to release the upcoming album, TEN$ION, originally set to be released on Interscope, via their own label, ZEF RECORDZ.

The album will be released digitally and on flash drives, as Die Antwoord feel that “CDs are like motherfucking VHS.” Also, the first single from TEN$ION, “FOK JULLE NAAIERS,” is available for eyes to watch in video form.

If Die Antwoord are “the future” as they insist, I just hope they don’t go away like the future of ice cream did. R.I.P. Dippin’ Dots (1995-2011).

• Die Antwoord: http://www.dieantwoord.com

Julian Koster charms the pants off of you with caroling tour and Music Tapes video; now you have no pants

Julian Koster (he of The Music Tapes and Neutral Milk Hotel) has announced the dates and proposed route of his sixth annual caroling excursion! Specifics aren’t released yet, but Koster plans to travel the East Coast of the US and Canada with his saw in tow, bringing lucky revelers a bit of holiday joy from November 28 to December 12. But Koster won’t just be wandering up to random homes with a huge saw; interested parties must submit a request to have Koster and his Caroling Ambassadors come to their home. The most awesome (and, one supposes, most conveniently located) invitations will be selected as stops along the tour. If you want to be visited and hear some lovely holiday music played on a saw, start planning the party now and email musictapescaroling2011@gmail.com with your request.

In addition to the caroling trip, The Music Tapes have released a new video for the track “Nantasket” off their first EP released back in June titled Purim’s Shadows (The Dark Tours the World). The video is currently being featured in TMT’s Chocolate Grinder and includes footage from the Paragon Carousel, a historic landmark in the Boston area that Koster and friends helped restore a couple years ago.

Christmas carols and carousel restoration — could Koster be any more lovely?

• The Music Tapes: http://www.orbitinghumancircus.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

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