Antony and The Johnsons to release Swanlights in October

Antony and The Johnsons to release Swanlights in October

Antony and The Johnsons are BACK! In early October, the group will be releasing Swanlights, which serves as the title for both their fourth full-length album and a 144-page art book. The album will be released October 5 via Secretly Canadian (October 4 in the UK via Rough Trade), while the book — which will include artwork/writing by Antony, as well as the album on CD — will be released through Abrams Image. I don’t know how much the book costs, but I’m assuming it’s out of my budget since Mr P doesn’t pay me shit.

Anyway, I caught up with Antony on AIM to talk about the album. While I can’t verify that he’s in fact Antony of Antony and The Johnsons, I can verify that he was, for lack of a better word, “troubled”:


Me: Hey, man. Do you have time to talk?
Antony: I don’t know. Do u have time 2 just talk randomly out of nowhere?
Me: Um…
Antony: I mean, it’s not like I’m sitting here all day doing nothing.
Me: Oh, I didn’t think that. That’s why I asked if you have time. Are you busy right now?
Antony: No, I have nothing 2 do. Just YouTubin’.
Me: Find anything awesome?
Antony: Yes:
Me: Really awesome. Hey, want to talk about your new album Swanlights?
Antony: Wait, who r u again?
Me: My name’s Mango Starr, reporter for Tiny Mix Tapes. I got your AIM name through Abe.
Antony: Who’s Abe?
Me: I don’t know. Just some dude. I got his AIM name from Lucy via Gchat.
Antony: Ah, Lucy. She’s okay. I talk 2 her on Skype.
Me: Yeah, she’s great. I haven’t talked to her on Skype yet.
Antony: Shut up, Mango. You don’t know Lucy like I know Lucy. She’s helped me through sum troubling times.
Me: Wanna talk about those times?
Antony: Not really.
Me: Why not?
Antony: Because you’re a fucker, that’s y.
Me: What do you have against me?
Antony: U think u’re the shit. U think you can just IM me out of nowhere like this? IT’S FUCKING RUDE. I don’t IM u when u’re writing some stupid article for TinyMixedTapes, do I? It’s so fucking annoying that people just IM me expecting me 2 have some conversation w/ them out of the blue. I have a publicist 4 a reason, u know. I can’t just fucking field questions all day.
Me: Jeez, sorry…
Antony: Sorry you have an ugly face.
Me: Hey, no need to get personal.
Antony: Sorry your mom’s a fucking whore. What a slut. She hits on me.
Me: Really, please don’t talk like that…
Antony: Sorry your dad likes to hit you, you sorry sack of shit.
Me: Antony, please, I’m begging you… I’ve been going through some hard times lately.
Antony: Awwww, poor Mango! Poor wittle baby!! Wah wah wah wah wah!! Hey everybody, I’m Mango. I’m stupid and going through hard times! POOR ME!!
Antony: Hey hey, that’s really sweet. Where’d you find that?
Me: I just searched YouTube a little… thought you might find it beneficial.
Antony: Shit, Mango… sorry I treated u like an asshole earlier. I mean, people just can’t IM me out of nowhere, you know? I hate that.
Me: No, yeah, no…I totally understand. I’ll let you get to your whistling.
Antony: Thanks.
Antony: Mango?
Antony: Hey, sorry again Mango.
Antony: Hello?
Me: Yeah?
Antony: Sorry again. Thanks 4 the link.
Me: No problem.
Antony: Did u see that IM where I said I can whistle loudly now?
Me: Yep!
Antony: Oh, why didn’t u respond?
Me: Sorry, I’m in the middle of a few things.
Antony: Oh…
Me: I’ll hit you back later, okay?
Antony: Whatever… I might be gone by then.
Me: Oh, well, no big deal then. Talk to you some other day.
Antony: Well, just IM me in case. I might be around for a bit.

• Antony and The Johnsons:
• Secretly Canadian:
• Abrams Image:

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart release new single and announce summer tourdates; how cute!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are greeting the spring with a smile and a single, not to mention a tour beginning in June with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth. Their newest single, “Say No to Love,” is out via Slumberland June 8 (though copies will be sold from the start of the US tour, June 3 — on sea foam green vinyl, no less). “Say No” isn’t a far cry from the POBPAT repertoire that precedes it, with the exception of the fact that the single was recorded in a professional studio as opposed to the basement setting of their two EPs and self-titled debut. Don’t let that scare you, though — The Pains think pretty highly of it, and how could anyone with so earnest a name lead you astray? According to the band, after the tour they’ll be returning to New York for work on a second full-length. Now go to the shows and get that sea foam green vinyl!

“Say No to Love” tracklisting:
A. Say No to Love
B. Lost Saint

Tourdates (with Surfer Blood and Hooray for Earth):

06.03.10 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
06.04.10 - Rochester, NY - The German House
06.05.10 - Buffalo, NY - The Tralf
06.06.10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
06.08.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone Cafe
06.09.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe
06.10.10 - Tallahassee, FL - The Engine Room
06.11.10 - Orlando, FL - Club at Firestone
06.12.10 - Miami, FL - Grand Central - Poplife 11
06.13.10 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
06.15.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06.16.10 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

• The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:
• Slumberland:

[Photo: Annie Powers]

RIP: Bob Mercer, CEO of Now That’s What I Call Music

From Billboard:

Music industry veteran Bob Mercer, the British CEO of the NOW compilation business in the U.S., has died aged 65.

Mercer was headhunted by EMI from General Foods in the early ’70s and tasked with shaking up the major’s marketing.

He went on to become managing director and signed artists at EMI including Queen, Kate Bush, Marc Bolan and Olivia Newton-John in the ’70s.

• Now That’s What I Call Music:

Mahjongg touring what will basically be the indie version of Stomp in support of new LP on K, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger

If anyone has ever made the statement that there can be too much drumming in a single song, well, Chicago’s tribal crew Mahjongg have made it their credo to ensure that person feels like a damn fool. Personally, I hope they continue to ride that snare and tom all through their upcoming tour and next full-length LP, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger, out July 20 on K Records. Everybody loves a good beat, especially when it’s surrounded by some post-punk abstractness. Which is exactly what Mahjongg has been bred to do.

The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger tracklist:

01. Gooble
02. Miami Knights
03. Grooverider Free
04. Wardance
05. DeVry
06. Whoop
07. LA Beat

Tour season:

07.09.10 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
07.10.10 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
07.11.10 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
07.14.10 - Irvine, CA - UC Irvine (UCI Student Center)
07.15.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
07.16.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre
07.18.10 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
07.21.10 - Portland, OR - Backspace
07.22.10 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
07.24.10 - Olympia, WA - Northern
07.27.10 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium
07.28.10 - Madison, WI - Triple Rock Social Club
07.29.10 - Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin (Memorial Union)

• Mahjongg:
• K:

The xx celebrate own minimalism by touring minimal amount of America, putting out (sort of) minimalist video

Say what you will about The xx, but they seem rather committed to this whole minimalism thing. Pairing bare-bones and downtrodden pseudo-R&B with a tour that goes to, you know, a whole lot of different places would just betray the whole spirit of the band, right? Right, so that’s why The xx are only adding a handful and change of new dates to their US touring itinerary. Also, most of those dates are in California. No reason to clutter things up with those states in between New York and California, you know? Of course, the rest of the dates will see the band in Europe.

In other xx news, the group just released a pretty great video for their pretty great song “Islands.” The video features a series of short clips of choreographed dancers surrounding The xx, with each clip boasting slight changes to the routine. Once again, it’s all very minimal. Well, until things catch fire. That’s not so minimal. The video can be seen here or, if you live in the UK or Ireland, here.

The xx dates:

05.30.10 - Quincy, WA - Sasquatch Festival
06.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.02.10 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
06.03.10 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Memorial Library
06.05.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater (The Music Box)
06.06.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
06.08.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
06.10.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06.14.10 - Paris, France - Olympia
06.18.10 - Neuhausen - Southside Festival
06.19.10 - Scheessel - Hurricane Festival
07.01.10 - Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.02.10 - Saint-Clair - Festival Beauregard Hérouville
07.03.10 - Belfort - Eurockeennes
07.08.10 - Oeiras - Optimus Alive!
07.10.10 - Trencin - Pohoda Festival
07.13.10 - London, UK - Somerset House
07.16.10 - Ferropolis - Melt!
07.17.10 - Southwold - Latitude
07.18.10 - Lyon, France - Les Nuits de Fourvière
08.0810 - Chicogo, IL - Lollapalooza
08.13.10 - Gothenburg - Way Out West
08.14.10 - Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08.15.10 - Helsinki - Flow Festival
08.20.10 - Hasselt - Pukkelpop
08.21.10 - Luxembourg - Den Atelier
08.22.10 - Biddinghuizen - Lowlands
08.26.10 - Koln, Germany - E-Werk
08.27.10 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
09.10.10 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

* Hot Chip

• The xx:
• Young Turks:

[Photo: Terryfy]

Carissa’s Wierd plan a most likely tearful reunion concert after a seven-year separation, announce “best of” compilation

Carissa’s Wierd always had a penchant for writing slow, sad songs about leaving (see 2002 album), and in 2003 they put their theories about goodbyes, loneliness, and missing friends into practice by breaking up after eight years together. (Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell went on to form Band of Horses, but, continuing the trend, Brooke left that project in 2006.)

For the first time since 2003, Carissa’s Wierd will be reuniting on July 9 to play a show at the Showbox in Seattle, the band’s birth city. Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto will play alongside other original members Sarah Standard, Robin Peringer, and Sera Cahoone, with the potential for a few special guests. The concert – the only reunion show currently scheduled – comes only days before the release of They Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003, a retrospective CW compilation released by Hardly Art on July 13. According to Hardly Art’s website, reissues of the band’s three studio albums (out of print, in addition to the 2003 and 2004 compilations Scrap Book and I Before E) are in the workings for vinyl. I guess this means Carissa’s Wierd realized that somebody missed them after all. It was about damn time.

• Carissa’s Wierd:
• Hardly Art: