Animal Collective To Release Strawberry-Flavored Jam Session; Knob Twisting Never Sounded So Delicious

After the complete critical dismissal of Panda Bear's Person Pitch (TMT Review) and the unanimous cheer heard 'round the world for Avey Tare & Kria Brekkan's Pullhair Rubeye (TMT Review), the stakes are running high for our fuzzy friends. Who can predict what the final reception will be to Animal Collective's next slab of sugar-sqronk? Fortunately, while we knit our brows and ruminate on the group's proper artistic trajectory until we need to grab our albuterol inhalers, AC keeps right on churning out records. And now they're just about ready to put out a new one, essentially forcing us to renew our subscriptions to Asthma Explorers.

Strawberry Jam is its name and should be arriving sometime in September through Domino. Some of the album's tracks have been tested on the road, while others are fresher than strawberry jam before it gets all sour and watery, or maybe it's the bread that's making this taste weird (Is it the bread? Because I bought seven-grain this time instead of the usual 100% whole-wheat, so do different breads go bad at different rates, or maybe I didn't even check the expiration date before I picked it up, no wait, the seal was already broken on the jar of jam, okay, mystery solved, though now I need a ride to Meijer, and I know you don't like to take me twice in one week).

In a bestial celebration of their forthcoming disc, the Collective will be touring through the rest of May and then a few scattered dates in the months after. Please bring napkins; the Marfa ballroom can get sticky.

Tracklisting:

* Sir Richard Bishop

$ Danielson

! Timothy McManus rules

Sometimes I really wonder what would happen if Müm and Sigur Rós decided to pull a Xiu Xiu Larsen on us and form a mega-group. I imagine it would sound like an abandoned shipyard that has a wormhole leading to an icy coral reef that has a wormhole leading to outer space. After that, another wormhole would appear and lead back to the abandoned shipyard. Sprinkle some really tiny supernovas in the distance with some really colorful acid splashes and I think we'd have ourselves an album. Let's face it, you know it'd be totally rad because Müm and Sigur Rós are like brother and sister, peanut butter and jelly, Danny Glover and Mel Gibson. Müm and Sigur Rós both know how to make sweet music by themselves, but put them together and you got yourself a Lethal Weapon.

Well, anyway, all my dreaming and horrible jokes aside, let's get down to business. Müm's new album is titled Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy, Let Your Crooked Hands Be Holy. Yep. It's due out on September 25 and parts of it were recorded in a music school in the fishing town of Ísafjörur (see ridiculous foreign locales that I can't even begin to pronounce), where the band made use of the school's instruments. Some of those instruments include erasers, paper, a bell ringing, and the sloppy noise from the cafeteria's mashed potatoes. Okay, just kiddding! Evidently, Kristín Valty decided to leave the band before the new album was under way, so Müm was reduced to its other founders, Gunnar and Örvar. However, the band is absolutely gargantuan now, because they have utilized the last five remaining people in Iceland* (besides our friends, Sigur Rós and Amiina) to be in the band.

Does that mean Björk's in Müm? Find out at these dates:
06.02.07 - Barcelona, Spain - ATP stage - Primavera Festival
06.09.07 - Paris, France - Villette - Sonique Festival
07.17.07 - Murcia, Spain - La Mer De Musicas Festival
07.24.07 - Athens, Greece - Sync Festival
07.28.07 - Moscow, Russia - Afisha Festival
08.24.07 - Los Angeles, CA - Orpheum Theatre
10.09.07 - New York, NY - Wordless Music Series at St. Paul the Apostle
10.10.07 - New York, NY - Wordless Music Series at Society for Ethical Culture

* Alright, so maybe according to Wikipedia, Iceland's population is like 309,699 instead of five.

Aereogramme Pay Publicist By The Letter, Run Out of Money, Break Up; Or, How to Trivialize Seven Years of Someone’s Life

In the most unnecessarily verbose prose since Dickens, Aereogamme have announced that they will be breaking up. While the reasons for the break are “multiple and complex,” apparently the “superhuman ability to dodge the zeitgeist” plays a primary role.

It was at this point that I was going to launch into some petulant diatribe about the writing style of the announcement. Dostoevsky was mentioned. After I floored you with my knowledge of 19th century, I was going to pull out the archaic name-drops and make wild accusations involving Stabbing Westward and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. While you were calling your friends and telling them to check out the scathing article, you would probably notice the snappy close which trivialized their career with some anti-RIAA reference (it’s Tiny Mix Tapes; that’s kind of our thing)... but you know what? I’m not doing that. These dudes are breaking up and I’m attacking them because (a) I need to turn in a story, and (b) I don’t like one of the lines in their press release... that seems somewhat inexcusable.

I mean after seven years and, apparently, three somewhat successful records, these people are giving up on their life's work and I’m deciding to marginalize it for no valid reason. In fact, I imagine that the vague prose was masking tremendous hurt and regret and that, regardless of how foolish it looks, those cryptic words actually speak to something important for the band and their fans. It seems utterly inappropriate to denigrate a full career like that just because I cannot understand six words from a message board.

I don’t know. I’m feeling apathetic toward the entire situation. They’re touring before it’s all over. Go see them. Or don’t. I just really don’t care.

* Supporting Biffy Clyro

KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic 30 Years Old; Jerry Lewis 80+ Eclectic Years and Going Strong

Dear KCRW:

I would like to extend congratulations regarding the 30th anniversary of your freeform morning show, Morning Becomes Eclectic. It has, however, come to my attention that the planned programming in commemoration of this milestone on Monday, September 3, Labor Day, will conflict with Jerry Lewis’ annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telecast. I have no doubt that the three KCRW music directors each preparing segments for the event -- Tom Schnabel, Chris Douridas, and Nic Harcourt -- would be in accord over the importance of the MDA Telethon. The trio of three-hour specials, set to start at 9 A.M.(PT) and repeat at 6 P.M. (PT), will no doubt be “eclectic,” but more eclectic than Jerry in Vegas? Probably not.

One possible solution would be to rebrand your event as a soundtrack to the MDA Telecast. Since you’ll be airing live on both KCRW 89.9 FM, Santa Monica, and KCRW.com, listeners should have no problem piping the signal into their living room as they hunker down around the sound of ringing phones and show tunes.

Also, as a TMT reader, I would like to point out the diminishing effectiveness of the word “eclectic.” It’s simple economics. Please refer to the Shrimp Scampi sidebar of Tiny Mix Tapes.com for specific examples of aforementioned “eclecticness,” a label which it mercifully neglects to advertise. It’s like Target -- cheap shit without all that Wal-Mart baggage.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to future eclectic communication.

Sincerely and eclectically yours,

YOUR NAME

Melt-Banana Cooking Instructions, New Album, Altered Tour in Support of TOOL

Melt-Banana is an easy to prepare and fun snack the whole family can enjoy. It's more commonly known as fried plantains, but whatever: here goes.

First, slice ¼"-thick slices from a ripe plantain at an angle. Next, fill a frying pan ¼"-deep with cooking oil. Vegetable oil is preferred; however, depending on your budget and/or dietary needs, olive oil may be substituted.

The plantains should be fried in the pan for a few minutes, until the plantain "meat" seems well-cooked.

The next step is the oft-forgotten and arguably most important: The cooked plantains should be removed from the frying pan and placed on either a paper towel or on a plate. Smoosh the plantains with a smooshing device, more commonly referred to as a spoon.

Return the smooshed plantains to the frying pan, and fry until the plantains are slightly crispy. Remove from the frying pan and garnish with any of the following: brown sugar, salt, guacamole, or salsa. Try experimenting with your favorite garnishments. While most would refer to the completed dish as fried plantains, I'd encourage the use of Melt-Banana — this slight alteration coincides with the musical group's altered tour arrangements. Then, simply serve and enjoy.

Not since Ozzfest '98 have I been so compelled to see Maynard dance half naked on stage. TOOL's tour — with Melt-Banana opening on several dates — coincides eerily with the re-formed Rage Against the Machine and The Smashing Pumpkins.

Melt-Banana's altered tour in support of their new album Bambi's Dilemma and also partially in support of TOOL:


* TOOL

# XBXRX

The New Mirah Album Inspired by French Entomologist Jean Henri Fabre!! Yes, Jean Henri Fabre!!!

Rejoice! Mirah's lastest album is in the works! Share This Place: Stories and Observations is a collective effort which includes the talent of Kyle Hanson and Lori Goldston (of Black Cat Orchestra and Shifting Light) and other instrumentalists, who have been performing under the name Spectratone International. The group will be playing a string of dates at Seattle's Internation Children's Festival this May, at the beginning of Mirah's summer tour.

The new album is said to be inspired by French entomologist Jean Henri Fabre. Mirah and co. have adopted Fabre's famed method of writing about insects in biographical format, implementing this concept in the lyrics to the new album.

Share This Place will be released with an illustrated lyric booklet and the short film Credo Cigalia. This film is one of twelve films by Britta Johnson, which are meant to be accompanied by the music on Share This Place.

Phil Elverum of The Microphones/Mount Eerie and Steve Fisk (Unwound, Screaming Trees, Nirvana) will be producing the album, which is slated for release August 7 on K Records.

Share This Place: Stories and Observations tracklisting: