Bat for Lashes announces new album The Haunted Man, probably because Scott Walker told her to

Bat for Lashes announces new album The Haunted Man, probably because Scott Walker told her to

Guys, I know this is a little scary, but just keep calm and we’ll get through this together. We at TMT don’t usually negotiate with singer-songwriters, but in Bat for Lashes’ (Natasha Khan’s) case, we’ve decided to hear her demands and pass them along to our readers. After all, you don’t want to mess with anyone who is friends with Scott Walker. I mean, we’ve all seen him punching sides of beef with his fists, right? Right. Okay, then. Here we go.

First, Natasha really wants you all to know that she has released a new song called “Laura.” She says it’d be nice if you all took a minute to tweet about what a beautiful name for a song that is. Second, She also wants you to know that “Laura” is the first new track from her highly-anticipated-among-people-who-like-anticipating-new-albums-from-Bat-for-Lashes new album The Haunted Man, which is hitting the streets on October 23 in the US via EMI’s mom n’ pop indie-rock imprint, Capitol Records, and follows 2009’s Two Suns (TMT Review). She also mentioned that Pitchfork immediately named “Laura” a “Best New Track,” possibly without even listening to it first, because they could see in her facial expressions how haunting and beautiful and ghostly and good it was going to be and definitely not because of the whole Scott Walker-punching-meat thing.

You’re doing great, everyone. We’re almost done here. Natasha just wants you to slowly scroll down from here in a calm, orderly fashion and check out the new single, as well as its accompanying music video, which features some really artistic things like hair and clothes and people. Feel free to leave positive comments about those things. If you can’t think of anything positive to say, simply tell her that everything “flows really well.” Please comply with these requests as quickly as you can, readers, and this will all be over in a few minutes. I’m going to check those things out myself now as I eagerly await the release of the new Bat for Lashes album. Hail Scott Walker.

• Bat for Lashes:
• Capitol:

Father John Misty announces a fall tour through the forest, but not the mountains

I saw Fleet Foxes once, and by the end of the show, everyone was crying. I wasn’t crying. I didn’t like that everyone was crying.

Maybe J. Tillman felt the same way, and maybe that’s partially why he struck out on his own and became Father John Misty. Maybe he’d had enough of everyone sobbing up a storm over strawberries in the summertime.

Or maybe not. In any case, the dark country tunes that comprise Fear Fun, Tillman’s first release as Father John Misty, have received glowing reviews all over the place — the album reached the #4 spot on the CMJ Top 200 chart and #1 on the FMQB charts. Father John Misty has performed on Letterman and Last Call with Carson Daly and covered The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??” for The A.V. Club’s Undercover series, and he’s released videos for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery” and “Nancy From Now On” and “This Is Sally Hatchet,”, and, as far as I can tell, not a single tear has been shed.

After playing a couple late summer festivals, Father John Misty will be hitting the road for a fall tour, even making an appearance on two crazy cruise ships in December. He’s skipping over the Blue Ridge Mountains though, and not even coming close to Mykonos.


08.11.12 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
09.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.16.12 - Oceanside, CA - KZBT Presents @ Oceanside Pier
09.18.12 - Grass Valley, CA - Northern California Center for the Arts ^
09.20.12 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^
09.21.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s ^
09.22.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue ^
09.23.12 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar ^
09.24.12 - Bellingham, WA - Wild Buffalo House of Music ^
09.27.12 - Felton, CA - Don Quixote’s International Music Hall ^
10.10.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room * #
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10.15.12 - Houston, TX - House of Blues (Bronze Peacock) * #
10.16.12 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues (Cambridge Room) * #
10.17.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks * #
10.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West * #
10.19.12 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle * #
10.20.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat * #
10.21.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer * #
10.23.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg * #
10.24.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom * #
10.25.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club * #
10.26.12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End * #
10.27.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace * #
10.28.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick * #
10.30.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall * #
10.31.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Café * #
11.01.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr. * #
11.02.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater * #
11.03.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge * #
12.16-19.12 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL / Bahamas - S.S. Coachella**
12.19-23.12 - FT. Lauderdale, FL / Jamaica - S.S. Coachella**

^ Aaron Embry
* La Sera
# Jeffertitti’s Nile
~ Dry the River
** Pulp, Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, and more

• Father John Misty:
• Sub Pop:

Wild Nothing goes on WILD tour with DIIV, forces them to party forever every night

This warning goes out to all bands going on tour with Wild Nothing. You may party hard, but those guys party harder. Yes, I realize Jack Tatum and tourmates seem like they’re the presidents of The Cure fanclub. Yes, I realize that’s the not of kind of dudes that you think might party hard. Well, buddy, put on your “I’m wrong” hat, because you’re wrong. These guys make Van Halen look like Van Morrison and they may Van Morrison look like Van Morrissey. Van Morrissey is my Van Morrison and Morrissey cover band. We don’t party very hard.

Similarly-minded janglers DIIV are about to be in for a harsh lesson about partying. They’re accompanying Wild Nothing on their September tour of America. In actuality, they’re accompanying Wild Nothing on their September tour of UNITED STATES OF PARTYING. Also, Canada. In case you’ve forgotten from your own days of blackout drinking, Wild Nothing are releasing a new album called Nocturne on August 28 through Captured Tracks. All 10 songs are about keggers. Every song is about keggers. You’ve never heard a song in your life that wasn’t about keggers.

Wild Nothing dates:

08.04.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
08.05.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
08.06.12 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
08.09.12 - New York, NY - River Rocks/Pier 84 * &
08.27.12 - Memphis, TN - The Hi Tone Cafe
08.28.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
08.29.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7
08.31.12 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.03.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho Restaurant and Music
09.04.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium *
09.05.12 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
09.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
09.08.12 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW *
09.09.12 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s *
09.12.12 - Denver, CO - Larimer’s Lounge *
09.13.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall *
09.14.12 - Omaha, NE - The Sandbox *
09.15.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *
09.16.12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
09.17.12 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick *
09.18.12 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall *
09.19.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
09.20.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *
09.24.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
09.25.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel *
09.26.12 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern *
09.27.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle *
09.28.12 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
09.29.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 *
10.29.12 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
10.30.12 - Manchester, UK - The Ritz
11.01.12 - London, UK - HMV Forum
11.02.12 - Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

& Grimes

• Wild Nothing:
• Captured Tracks:

The Velvet Underground & Nico to receive six-disc reissue in celebration of 45th anniversary; Warner begins preliminary plans for seven-disc 55th anniversary package

The Velvet Underground & Nico. That’s an album that’s pretty good! I did an informal poll of the Tiny Mix Tapes staff and at least five of our staffers referred to the album in terms at least as complimentary as “pretty good.” One of those staffers was me! I think that album is at least pretty good. However, I have never formed a band. I think the statute of limitations on that old thing might be over anyway.

As FACT Magazine reports, Warner is celebrating the album’s 45th anniversary with a six-disc reissue out on October 1. Clearly, the first disc is the album in stereo mix and, obviously, the second disc is the album in mono mix. Beyond that, things get a little less clear and obvious. The set’s third disc swerves from the predictable anniversary set path: a remastered edition of Nico’s 1967 debut Chelsea Girl. Strange! But not that strange, considering that Chelsea Girl contains music and songwriting contributions from members of The Velvet Underground. For maximum cheekiness, disc four of this set should just be The Velvet Underground’s 1969 self-titled album.

It’s not, though. Instead, the set’s fourth disc contains tracks from a session at Scepter Studios, which were sourced from an acetate cut on April 25, 1966, as well as six unreleased tracks from a rehearsal at Warhol’s Factory during January 1966. Rounding out the set are two discs of live material from shows at Columbus, Ohio’s Valleydale Ballroom. This is a good bit of Velvet Underground & Nico material. This is pretty good for an album that’s at least pretty good.

Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary Edition tracklist:

Disc One: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Stereo Version)

01. Sunday Morning
02. I’m Waiting for the Man
03. Femme Fatale
04. Venus in Furs
05. Run Run Run
06. All Tomorrow’s Parties
07. Heroin
08. There She Goes Again
09. I’ll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
11. European Son
12. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Single Voice Version)
13. European Son (Alternate Version)
14. Heroin (Alternate Version)
15. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Instrumental Mix)
16. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Mix)

Disc Two: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Mono Version)

01. Sunday Morning
02. I’m Waiting for the Man
03. Femme Fatale
04. Venus in Furs
05. Run Run Run
06. All Tomorrow’s Parties
07. Heroin
08. There She Goes Again
09. I’ll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
11. European Son
12. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Single Version)
13. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Ending)
14. Sunday Morning (Alternate Mix)
15. Femme Fatales (Single Version)

Disc Three: Nico’s Chelsea Girl
01. The Fairest of the Seasons
02. These Days
03. Little Sister
04. Winter Song
05. It Was a Pleasure Then
06. Chelsea Girls
07. I’ll Keep it with Mine
08. Somewhere There’s a Feather
09. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
10. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce

Disc Four: Scepeter Studio Sessions (Tracks 1-9)/Factory Rehearsals (Tracks 10-15)

01. European Son (Alternate Version)
02. The Black Angel’s Death Song (Alternate Mix)
03. All Tomorrow’s Parties (Alternate Version)
04. I’ll Be Your Mirror (Alternate Version)
05. Heroin (Alternate Version)
06. Femme Fatale (Alternate Mix)
07. Venus in Furs (Alternate Version)
08. Waiting for the Man (Alternate Version)
09. Run Run Run (Alternate Mix)
10. Walk Alone
11. Cracking Up/Venus in Furs
12. Miss Joanie Lee
13. Heroin
14. There She Goes Again (w/ Nico)
15. There She Goes Again

Disc Five: Live At Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, OH

01. Melody Laughter
02. Femme Fatale
03. Venus in Furs
04. The Black Angel’s Death Song
05. All Tomorrow’s Parties

Disc Six: Live at Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, OH

01. Waiting for the Man
02. Heroin
03. Run Run Run
04. The Nothing Song (see below!!!!!!!!!!)

• Warner:
• Lou Reed:

Black Lips join up with Lebanese rockers Lazzy Lung for Middle East tour

America’s most inappropriate band is about to become the Middle East’s! Constructors of catchy garage punk melodies and avid displayers of dick, Atlanta’s Black Lips have booked a two-week Middle Eastern tour to celebrate their latest, the appropriately-titled Arabia Mountain. (The album’s actually named after a REAL LIFE mountain outside of the band’s REAL LIFE home city.) Black Lips have already toured Australia, Thailand, Portugal, and India — where they famously fled the country after growing worried they’d be imprisoned for onstage naughtiness during a show in Chennai — so when the chance to tour Egypt, Dubai, and… Iraq came up, just like Van Halen, the boys jumped.

Bassist/vocalist Jared Swilley said, “We want to play everywhere on the planet, and the opportunity came up. We couldn’t say no. Anywhere that we haven’t been excites us. Not many Western bands have toured the region and to be one of the first is amazing. Adventures are the best.” Swilley adds, “People like music and having fun and I think that’s pretty universal.” So the Black Lips will venture on this fall, bringing their message of fun, rockin’ out, and inappropriately exposing oneself to audiences across this less-than-toured region. Beirut-based indie rockers Lazzy Lung will accompany Black Lips on select dates.


09.14.12 - Amman, Jordan - TBA *
09.19.12 - Larnaca, Cyprus - Savino Live *
09.21.12 - Cairo, Egypt - Culturewheel *
09.23.12 - Tunis, Tunisia - Le Squat *
09.26.12 - Dubai, UAE - Music Room *
09.28.12 - Hawler, Iraq - TBA
09.29.12 - Sulamaniah, Iraq - TBA
10.06.12 - Beirut, Lebanon - Metro Al Madina *

* Lazzy Lung

• Black Lips:
• Vice:

The Yoko Ono-ing of Sonic Youth begins with new YOKOKIMTHURSTON collaboration

While the status of Sonic Youth is still in limbo following the unexpected breakup of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore late last year, no one had any doubt that the two indie stalwarts would continue to make music in some capacity. In June, we reported that Moore was starting a new band called Chelsea Light Moving, and Gordon is scheduled to perform as a solo artist this fall at the UK’s Supersonic Festival. But now we have word from FACT on their first collaborative album since their separation, following what was thought to be a one-off single with Yoko Ono released in June as a fundraiser for the Ashinaga Rainbow House, a charity that is building a Rainbow House in Japan to support victims of the 2011 tsunami.

While it’s never funny to joke about breakups, it’s hard not to when Yoko Ono is involved. At least in this instance she’s bringing Kim and Thurston back together and giving us, their adoring public, the sense that even though they may not be romantically linked any longer, they’re going to continue to collaborate. The trio’s album is mysteriously titled YOKOKIMTHURSTON and will be released September 25.


01. I Missed You Listening 
02. Running the Risk 
03. I Never Told You, Did I? 
04. Mirror Mirror 
05. Let’s Get There 
06. Early in the Morning

• Kim Gordon:
• Thurston Moore:
• Yoko Ono: