Atom™ readies HD on Raster-Noton, and no, you won’t need a Monster cable to listen to it

Atom™ readies HD on Raster-Noton, and no, you won't need a Monster cable to listen to it http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1302/news-13-02-atom-tm.jpg

A rare and oddly beautiful form of schizophrenia, known among the medical community as hypotensivelectroglitchbiodisintegration, has thankfully lessened its grip on the alias-almost-too-friendly German composer/producer Uwe Schmidt. Deferring to Wikipedia, Schmidt has apparently assumed more than 60 monikers over his roughly two-decade long musical career, but lately, and much to the dismay of those who gigglingly enjoyed his limited work as Candy Ballsak, he’s focused on releasing material through two names in particular: the explicitly latin-themed Señor Coconut, and Atom™, whose 2009 album Liedgut brought some welcome romanticism to the Chemnitz-based Raster-Noton label.

The R-N release of Liedgut’s sequel, Winterreise, was released just last year, and already, Atom™ has a new LP in the works, this time with some very special (is there any other kind?) guest contributions.

HD will be released on March 18, and it features aural appearances from Raster-Noton co-founder Alva Noto a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai, Chilean singer Jorge Gonzales, and Warp-resident Jamie Lidell, who offers vocals on the track, “I Love U.” The album itself consists of entirely new tracks, and basically new tracks — the latter of which refers to re-workings of recordings that date back to 2005. I’ll leave you with Schmidt’s own words regarding the album, and below that, listen to three HD teaser clips.

The first recordings for HD were made in 2005. Back then the album still carried another title which was Hard Disc Rock… The initial selection of songs for Hard Disc Rock was of course a very different one, and while the years passed by most of those songs which did not continue to please, were one by one replaced by newer compositions (in fact the track “Stop (Imperialist Pop)”, which entered the album around 2009, does contain a fragment of an Atom track from 1998 called “Hard Disc Rock (don’t stop)”.) All of the ‘early’ tracks for the later re-entitled HD album necessarily were subject to profound changes in music and words, and I can say that by the time around 2012 Hard Disc Rock had completely transformed into something else.



HD tracklisting:

01. Pop HD
02. Strom
03. I Love U
04. The Sound of Decay
05. Empty
06. Riding the Void
07. Stop (Imperialist Pop)
08. My Generation
09. Ich bin meine Maschine

• Atom™: http://www.atom-tm.com
• Raster-Noton: http://www.raster-noton.net

Foxy Digitalis ends publication, will merge with Decoder next month

About nine and a half years ago, when Tiny Mix Tapes was learning to walk on its two legs (and on stilts… Mr P is an interesting father), another child was born in the webzine era: Foxy Digitalis. Initially a dead tree zine from the late 90s created by Brad Rose, he resurrected the zine with his newly-wedded wife Eden Hemming after they moved to Seattle, this time using the web as the means of publication to maintain lower costs and keep things current. Primarily run by the couple, they began hiring writers by 2005, and have grown immensely since in its scope, getting a redesign in 2010. Through its focus on music outside the realm of even indie music, we at TMT always felt a certain kindred spirit with the publication, especially those of us who write for Cerberus.

But times change, and responsibilities add up quickly. Eden and Brad also created the Digitalis label around the same time as Foxy Digitalis, and as time went on, the label also grew. Eden has mostly stepped back from day-to-day operations at Foxy Digitalis, leaving the work on Brad’s shoulders. Outside the realm of music, the couple is with child, expecting his/her birth sometime this year. In situations like this, it’s not hard to see people making sacrifices on what they do, even the things they love, much to the detriment of others. Still, there is a point when things can be too much, and it takes a certain amount of bravery and dignity to do the right thing and not only admit this, but also give up something you love for your own sake, and the sake of others.

That is precisely what Brad and Eden did today. Effective today, with two very poignant posts by the couple, Foxy Digitalis has ceased publication. The site now stands as an archive for the foreseeable future, much like the previous iteration. But this does not stand for the end of Foxy Digitalis as a community, as it will continue on through fellow webzine Decoder. Brad, in agreement with Decoder editor Dwight Pavlovic, will merge the two communities as part of Decoder’s site redesign, currently underway. The site will relaunch with this integration sometime in late February or early March.

We here at TMT would like to extend our sympathies to Foxy Digitalis, and wish Brad and Eden the best of luck on their future endeavors.

• Digitalis Industries: http://www.digitalisindustries.com

Amoeba Music evolves, digitizes, and offers rare vinyl for download on its overhauled website

Needless to say, record stores are generally having a tough financial time of it these days, and it seems that owners are left with more or less two options to prolong their survival: coax the general public into the store with aromas of delicious food, such as pizza or popcorn, known for their attractive tendencies; or, traverse into the digital world, toward which the market has consistently been moving over the past decade or so.

If there’s any music shop capable of effectively making this transition without hastily receiving a metaphorical boot to the neck by the iTunes Store, it’s the California-based chain Amoeba Music, known for their mammoth physical collections on display in Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco. As Variety reports, the store launched the beta version of their revamped website on October 2 of last year, and contained within it are some tremendous appeals to audiophiles and fans of rarities alike.

The new Vinyl Vaults section makes available for download thousands (okay, at the moment, there are only about 1,000) of rare and out-of-print LPs, and more are being added each day, often with brand new remasters. On the rare side, I’ve discovered the Satanic musings of televangelist Jack Van Impe on the spoken word LP Demons and Exorcism!, and more to the liking of those who don’t buy records for sampling or irony’s sake, there seems to be quite a few singles from jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Browse for yourself, why don’t you? The price-per-track depends on the format; it’s 78¢ for individual Mp3s, 80¢ for lossless M4As, and $1.50 for WAV files.

The rebirth of amoeba.com, which coincided with both the new Vinyl Vaults section, as well as the store’s digitization of more well-known albums, took a full six years of work, and was handled inhouse by around 200 people, at an estimated cost of $11 million. Sales numbers for Amoeba were flat over the past two years, but co-owner Marc Weinstein elaborates on just how much green presidential blood has been spilt in the process of this undertaking: “Every bit of profit we’ve had for the past few years has gone into trying to build this thing, to get to where we’re at now.”

The goal, according to (also) co-owner Jim Henderson, is to have to a website that “helps prop the stores up.” Let’s hope, for the sake of music fans, and for the sake of the long-term mental stability of Amoeba’s owners, that they succeed.

• Amoeba: http://www.amoeba.com

Soul Jazz’s magical elves cook up another Deutsche Elektronische Musik compilation

Imagine the board game Candyland. But imagine it with records. Rare, rare records, shit you ain’t never heard of and can’t afford. And imagine it with cool British accents. Such is the world of London’s Soul Jazz Records, where the peppermint elves of coolness toil away at their rock candy stoves, cooking up only the freshest, most exquisitely curated albums. And today’s offering is the second Teutonic installment in the label’s exploration of krautrock and… stuff like krautrock, aptly titled Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2.

Spanning two triumphantly spacey CDs, the album features Can, Roedelius, Popol Vuh, Amon Düül II, Faust, NEU!, and man of a million collaborations Brian Eno, together with his cohorts, Moebius & Roedelius, plus many a lesser known gem. David Stubbs of The Wire, The Guardian, Melody Maker and about seventeen other prestigious music writing/editing gigs did the liner notes for the album. Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 comes out March 11 in the UK and will be available on both CD and vinyl.

Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 tracklisting:

Disc 1:
01. A.R. & Machines, “Globus”
02. Can, “Halleluwah”
03. Roedelius, “Le Jardin”
04. Michael Rother, “Karussell”
05. Popol Vuh, “Der Grosse Krieger”
06. Michael Hoenig, “Sun and Moon”
07. Agitation Free, “You Play For Us Today”
08. DAF, “Co Co Pino”
09. Harald Grosskopf, “Emphasis”
10. Amon Düül II, “A Morning Excuse”
11. Conrad Schnitzler & Wolf Sequenza, “Fata Morgana”
12. Bröselmaschine, “Nossa Bova”
13. Eno, Moebius & Roedelius, “Base & Apex”
14. Gila, “In a Sacred Manner”
15. Wolfgang Riechmann, “Himmelblau”

Disc 2:
01. A.R. & Machines, “Als Hätt Ich Das Alles Schon Mal Gesehen (As If I Had Seen All This Before)”
02. Gila, “Sundance Chant”
03. NEU!, “Isi”
04. Pyrolator, “Danger Cruising”
05. Sergius Golowin, “Die Weisse Alm”
06. You, “Electric Day”
07. Niagara, “Gibli”
08. Popol Vuh, “Ja Sie Sollen Gottes Kinder Heissen Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei”
09. Rolf Trostel, “Der Prophet”
10. Electric Sandwich, “China”
11. Asmus Tietchens, “Zeebrugge”
12. Faust, “Krautrock”

• Soul Jazz: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk

The Strokes will release Comedown Machine on March 26. GET EXCITED YOU GUYS.

Maybe I’m not the most qualified writer for this belated bit of news about The Strokes. Until approximately 20 minutes ago, I’d forgotten they existed. I only liked five songs on Is This It?, and I never listened to anything they released after that.

Oh well. Now that I’ve dug myself into this hole, I might as well finish. Lots of people seem to have lost their marbles over the announcement of Comedown Machine, The Strokes’ fifth LP, which will be out March 26 on RCA. Comedown Machine follows 2011’s Angles (TMT Review), and there’s a track called “One Way Trigger” floating around SoundCloud right now, which you can stream below. If it’s up your alley, you can pre-order the album from iTunes on February 19, and you’ll get the first single, “All The Time,” for free. If you’re really freaking out though, then you can go ahead and pre-order the Comedown Machine right now from The Strokes’ website, along with “One Way Trigger.”

That’s all. I’m done.

• The Strokes: http://www.thestrokes.com
• RCA: http://www.rcarecords.com

Boris announce US residency tour, promise nights of classics, drone, their album Flood, clowns

I’m seeing double! Four Borises! Alright, I hope you enjoyed that reference to The Simpsons classic “Homie The Clown,” but we’ve got business to attend to. Japanese experimental-metal heroes Boris are heading to the United States with some very special plans. In a tour that totes itself as being “from the past, the present, and through to the future,” the band is taking residency for two nights in a number of US cities. If you’ve got a very specific bucket list that involves seeing Boris two nights in a row without having to leave town, this is your time.

If you’re not that person, there’s still good reason to go to both Boris dates. For the first date in each city, the band promises performances of their all-time classics, along with new songs never performed in the US before. That said, those all-time classics presumably don’t include any parts of the group’s 2000 album Flood, which the band will be performing most of during each residency’s second night. Those second nights will also include a noise/drone/experimental set. If that wasn’t enough (though it should be, you greedy parasites), the band will also be selling a limited edition tour-only release at their merch table.

“But what if I live in Austin and I wanted to see them at Austin Psych Fest?” you say. Well, they’re playing that, too.

Boris dates:

04.27.13 - Austin, TX - Carson Creek (Austin Psych Fest)
05.01.13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
05.02.13 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
05.04.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.05.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.06.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.07.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.10.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.11.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
05.18.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.19.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
05.21.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
05.22.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
05.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex
05.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex

• Boris: http://borisheavyrocks.com

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