Ben Chasny and Donovan Quinn form New Bums, plan debut album for Drag City, learn the value of drunken friendship

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When Donovan Quinn, the streetwise rule-breaker from the California psych-folk group Skygreen Leopards, joined the force, Ben Chasny wasn’t too sure about him. Chasny, a desk-jockey with a checkered past, was just six months away from his pension, and all he wanted to do was fly under the radar, fill out his reports, and retire down in Florida. When the chief assigned them as partners, neither of them had any idea they were about to embark on the greatest adventure of their lives, an adventure where they’d learn just as much about South American horse racing as they would about each other — and about friendship itself. Sure, there were speed bumps along the way. Chasny wasn’t too happy when he had Quinn over for dinner with the family and Quinn brought his energetic ferret friend. Quinn wasn’t pleased either when Chasny got all stodgy about the rules and refused reimbursement forms that time they got Wendy’s on the way back from New Mexico. And when the chief took their badges and guns away three-quarters of the way through the movie, the two decided that, instead of going rogue and making sure justice was served, it’d actually be a better use of time to hammer out some songs about police friendship.

What’s that? You’re wondering what police friendship songs sound like? Well, you’re in luck, because Chasny and Quinn decided to record their friendship sounds, and they’ll be out on an album from Drag City on February 18 of next year. The band is called New Bums in honor of the fact that they were recently fired from the police force and are too unmotivated to complete any programs in the workforce education program down at the local community college. The album is called Voices in a Rented Room, mostly because they’re such good friends that they now share a one-bedroom apartment. Inspired by the “Old Drunk America” (because laid-off cop buddies looooovvee the sauce), the record is going to be pretty spare, mostly consisting of Quinn and Chasny’s acoustic guitars and voices. Check out the album’s first track, “Black Bough,” below, and preorder the album here.

Voices in a Rented Room tracklisting:

01. Black Bough
02. Pigeon Town
03. Your Girlfriend Might Be a Cop
04. Sometimes You Crash
05. The Killers and Me
06. Your Bullsh*t
07. It’s the Way
08. Welcome to the Navy
09. Burned
10. Town on the Water
11. Mother’s Favorite Hated Son
12. Cool Daughter

• New Bums: http://newbums.tumblr.com
• Drag City: http://www.dragcity.com

Don’t act shocked: there’s a new album from The Men coming out this spring on Sacred Bones

Good day, [adjective] readers! It’s [year] and The Men, the most prolific band in garage rock, have a new album coming out on [date]. It’s called [album title] and it’s out on Sacred Bones! They’re also going to be touring [some variation on “so much”].

There. You’re welcome, music journalists! I solved it for you. With this new, convenient The Men New Album Release formula, you’ll never have to think up how to write yet another story about yet another new album from The Men again! Guaranteed to be one of your most-used Band Story Formulas, this Mad Libs-style three sentence “story” will give your readers all the info they need to know, which is basically “Yes, the Men have a new album out. No, a NEW new album. Not that one from nine months ago or whatever. A new one. Go buy it.”

But this one, ladies and gentlemen, the follow-up to October’s Campfire Songs that followed up New Moon (TMT Review) from a few months earlier, is a little bit different. Tomorrow’s Hits is The Men’s first album recorded in a high-end studio, Brooklyn’s own Strange Weather. Back in 2012, the band had been touring pretty much ceaselessly, and ostensibly decided to take a break but come on guys no one believes you were ever going to take a break. They started practicing in founding member Mark Perro’s Bushwick bedroom almost every day for a few months, resulting in ~40 demos, which the band then cut down to 13 tracks. Then it was off for two days of magic and pleasure at Strange Weather, where they recorded everything live and hung out with a horn section on a couple songs. And thusly it was that Tomorrow’s Hits came into the world, and thusly it was that The Men prepared themselves for a brief spring East Coast tour in support of said album. Knowing The Men, these four East Coast dates will soon morph into 44, and this one album will soon procreate into 16 EPs. They’re a lot like Jesus in that way. Or rock ‘n’ roll gerbils.

Tomorrow’s Hits tracklisting:

01. Dark Waltz
02. Get What You Give
03. Another Night
04. Different Days
05. Sleepless
06. Pearly Gates
07. Settle Me Down
08. Going Down

Dates:

03.02.14 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
03.03.14 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
03.04.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.05.14 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

• The Men: http://wearethemen.blogspot.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Xeno & Oaklander share title track from new Ghostly album Par Avion, along with perfume, bags, and sweatshirts

Look out, Beyoncé. Xeno & Oaklander now have their own perfume. For real. Liz Wendelbo, half of the New York-based darkwave/synth duo with Sean McBride, has teamed up with fashion designer Tess Giberson for a “*remixed* take on ‘ready-mades’ and exclusive merchandise,” to be released in conjunction with the group’s new single, “Par Avion,” which you can listen to below. The Crosby/Wendelbo collab hath yielded limited-edition t-shirts, sweatshirts, and bags, all featuring X&O artwork.

“Par Avion” was recorded in Wendelbo and McBride’s all-analog Brooklyn studio, and “alludes to postcards sent by airmail from exotic places — shimmering moments from the present, romantic messages from the past, love mementos for the future.” Apparently Xeno & Oaklander’s friends don’t exclusively send them postcards with cats riding books, jackalopes, and “Wish You Were Her” 80s bikini babe Miami postcards. Ahhh the romance of the post! The track is a taste of what fans can expect when the duo release their first full-length for Ghostly International sometime in 2014.

• Xeno & Oaklander: http://xenoandoaklander.com
• Ghostly: http://www.ghostly.com

Lana Del Rey gives big money to Daniel Johnston short film and becomes an Executive Producer. That’s nice!

Lana Del Rey writes catchy, moody pop songs. She has pretty hair and accessories and a really great lip job that kinda makes you reconsider lip jobs. She’s also an executive producer on the forthcoming Daniel Johnston short film, Hi, How Are You, written up previously in this here Tiny Mix Tapes article. So basically Lana Del Rey is sitting by the pool at her modernist Hollywood Hills dream home, stroking a hairless cat and cackling to herself. “Heh heh heh and you snotty music weirdos thought I wasn’t INDIE enough, suck on THIS.” Then closing credits in cursive appear with the words “Lana’s Revenge” flickering across the screen, and Lana hops on a vintage Harley Davidson with a Hot Tattoo Guy and the Hairless Cat in the passenger car and they all drive off as the sun sets over the ocean. Ladies and gentlemen, Lana Del Rey!

In reality, the straight facts are as follows. Del Rey, along with rapper Mac Miller, each contributed $10,000 to the Kickstarter fund to make filmmaker Gabriel Sunday’s vision come to life. And thusly they each became Executive Producers. According to the Kickstarter page, “it’s a musical tale of an aging artist encountering psychedelic dreams, nightmares, and characters from his past. We began shooting with a simple outline: an intimate interview between Daniel and his younger self addressing his most prolific and maddening era. Our hope was to bring his stories, memories and art to life.” And now, thanks to Lana, Mac, the Hairless Cat, and people just like you and me, SHIT IS ON.

• Daniel Johnston: http://www.hihowareyou.com
Hi, How Are You: http://www.hihowareyou.com
• Lana Del Rey: http://www.lanadelrey.com

Glenn Branca’s 1980 solo album Lesson No. 1 to receive fancy vinyl reissue with bonus composition involving Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore

Somewhere out there in this crazy world of ours, there’s a teenage kid who’s freakin’ his mom out, not by playing Marilyn Manson or My Dying Screamo Wizard or the new (I can’t even say it, I can’t) Eminem record, but by cranking up Glenn Branca’s weirdo guitar works and makin’ the walls of his post-war duplex in suburban Illinois shake. And that kid — let’s call him “Hunter,” because isn’t every teenage boy named Hunter now? — that kid Hunter is really, really fucking jazzed about this 1980 solo Branca album Lesson No. 1 getting a fancy vinyl reissue.

Originally released on 99 Records after Branca left Theoretical Girls, Lesson No. 1 was reissued on CD back in 2004 but is only now seeing a vinyl reissue. Complete with the original 1980 tracklisting, the 2LP reissue also comes with a one-sided 12-inch of the contemporaneous Branca track “Bad Smells,” which features Hunter’s idols Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore. The pimped-out Lesson No. 1 will be released by Superior Viaduct on January 21, and you can preorder it today.

• Glenn Branca: http://www.glennbranca.com
• Superior Viaduct: http://www.superiorviaduct.com

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is making a dance record with a Black Eyed Peas producer

If anything, Megaupload mastermind and possessor of the best/worst legal name change in recent history Kim Dotcom has taught us all the importance of believing in your dreams. Not only did he make the dreams of people who longed to wallow in a frenzied orgy of illegal music and film file-hosting come true, but now he’s also making his OWN musical dreams come true. Plus probably the dreams of every single writer over at Gawker.

See, Dotcom has been a busy fella. He’s got a new site launching in January called Baboom, described to Wired as an “iTunes-Spotify hybrid competitor,” where artists can sell directly to fans. He’s working on a cloud storage site called Mega. Plus he’s battling the US government’s charges of running an “international organised criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide piracy.” Naturally he’s also starting a new political party in his native New Zealand and… and… wait for it… recording an album with Black Eyed Peas producer Printz Board, who has allegedly been in New Zealand for six months working on this thing. WHAT.

Dotcom told Wired, “It’s called Good Times and it’s electronic dance music — not techno. It’s basically like what the Black Eyed Peas do. It’s poppy dance music that you would listen to in the clubs.” Recent Cher collaborator/producer JD Walker is also giving his time to this thing. Kim Dotcom’s artist page will be the featured page on Baboom to introduce users to the site once it launches. Let’s just stop the production of all other music now, because really, what other album/music news topic story can the world ever need?

• Kim Dotcom: http://www.kim.com
• Printz Board: http://www.printzboard.com