Ben Folds Five got back together the other minute, but we’re only rushing to report it because, you know, snuh

Ben Folds Five got back together the other minute, but we're only rushing to report it because, you know, snuh http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-01-ben-folds-five.jpg

Back on January 9, the Music-World-that-existed-on-top-of-the pre-SOPA-Internet went and sucked a bunch of fuck because At The Drive-In announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report it until two days later, because, say it with me now, “meh.” On that same day, mythical Swedish hardcore jimmer-jammers Refused announced they were getting back together. We didn’t report that until a flim-flammering four days later because… well, E. Nagurney wasn’t exactly sure why. But let me tell you, E. You were dead-on: it totally was because of “bwuh.”

But now, because (and only because) our supply of funny-sounding grumblewords is running dangerously low and must be carefully rationed from here on out, we’re totally changing our ways and reporting these reunions when they actually happen! So, to that end, Spin has reported that Ben Folds Five, er, have themselves reported that they are officially in the process of working on a new album together! Hooray! Last night, Folds tweeted this charming photo of the trio doing a bunch of blow in the studio, after which he added: “It’s happening fo sho - Day 1 in studio with Robert [Sledge] and Darren [Jessee] through March #NewBenFoldsFiveRecord,” and “Spring release.” There’s no details other than the untitled record’s “fo sho”-ness right now. So, not quite as detailed as the news of those previous two reunions, I guess. But still, the important thing here is that, for once, TMT is right where it belongs: hot on the scoop of yet another candy-ass 90s band that just won’t fucking go away. And so, dear readers, since we’re so ahead of the curve this time, it gives me tremendous pride to be one of the first among us to say… “bleh.”

• Ben Folds: http://www.benfolds.com
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/BenFolds

Liars recording new album; other liars speaking at GOP debates

The last we’d heard from experimental rock band Liars, vocalist Angus Andrew and percussionist Julian Gross were collaborating on John Wiese’s Seven of Wands (TMT Review). This would prove to be a good indicator of what’s to come next for Liars. With the last releases Liars (TMT Review) and Sisterworld (TMT Review), we found the band taking a more direct approach to straight-forward rock songwriting, thus dodging critics of their more experimental and cryptic work.

But at the beginning of this year, Liars began a Tumblr page announcing a new record in the works and featuring regular updates on the recording process. If the blog is to be taken as any indicator of what’s to come, it looks like the band will be returning to their more experimental territories. The majority of the updates feature vague or avant-garde imagery, such as Angus Andrew riding a bike or a piece of fruit plugged into a distortion pedal. Hopefully this means we’re in store for a new collection as brilliant as They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (TMT Review) or Drum’s Not Dead (TMT Review).

Liars’ Tumblr also announced they were able to get their “idol” to produce the record and posted a couple of images of the band next to a pixelated mystery figure. I can barely stand all this anticipation!

• Liars: http://liarsliarsliars.com

Grand Duchy (Black Francis + wife) release latest on Sonic Unyon, talk dirty

Man of a thousand band names Black Francis has added another album to his ever-expanding catalog. This one comes courtesy of Grand Duchy, a project featuring the Pixies frontman with his fabulous wife Violet Clark at the helm. In case you missed them, the group released their debut album Petit Fours and did the tour/festival circuit back in 2009, racking up loads of accolades and blogolades along the way. Now, three years later, the hard rockin’ couple is back with a new effort out on Sonic Unyon/Cooking Vinyl called Let the People Speak. It hits stores April 10, but if you’re a Grand Duchy fan, you don’t have to wait till then to hear Clark & Frank talk dirty! Nope, just read on!

“My motto for this record was ‘if Petits Fours was missionary, Let the People Speak needs to be doggy style,’” Clark said. Black Francis agreed. “Let the People Speak has more confidence,” he said. “For Violet, the confidence of finding one’s voice; for me, the confidence to become submissive. This record was definitely more about slamming it in.” It’s also about Warhol, according to Grand Duchy. Clark, who wrote the tracks whilst Black/Francis/uggggh whatever the hell that dude’s name was on tour with the Pixies, is a huge Warhol fan. Shades of the Warhol clique’s infatuation with fame, sex, and art shine through on the album, most explicitly in the Warhol hair-inspired track “Silver Boys.” You can peep that rad track here.

Let the People Speak tracklisting:

01. The Lopsided World of L
02. See-Thru You
03. White Out
04. Where is John Frum
05. Geode
06. Shady
07. Annie Bliss
08. Dark Sparkles and the Beat
09. Two Lies and One Truth
10. Silver Boys
11. Illiterate Lovers
12. Face
13. Esther
14. ROTC
15. Let the People Speak

• Grand Duchy: http://www.myspace.com/grandduchymusic
• Sonic Unyon: http://www.sonicunyon.com

Amen Dunes goes on tour for the benefit of your sinning, coal-black soul

Can I get an Amen (Dunes)! I said, can I get an Amen (Dunes)! What this country needs is a little more live psych folk, people! Get up on your feet! The time has come to hit your local music venue and see Amen Dunes live! Praise be!

It’s true, though — the soul can be healed not through daily prayer and regular church-going, but through a rigorous application of quality live music. Take Amen Dunes into your heart by checking them out on their upcoming US tour and see the true path to enlightenment. Unless you live on the West Coast, of course, then you’re just screwed, but you probably already knew that, you heathen.

Damon McMahon and company will be performing hymns from their 2011 release on Sacred Bones, Through Donkey Jaw (TMT Review, also #26 on TMT’s Favorite Albums of 2011), and should not be missed. Your salvation is at stake here, folks.

Dates:

01.28.12 - Denton, TX - Dan’s Silverleaf #
01.29.12 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory #
01.30.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Saloon #
01.31.12 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird #
02.01.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #%
02.02.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme #%
02.04.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace #%
02.05.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo #%
02.10.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Stevens Institute #%
02.11.12 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church #%
02.12.12 - Washington, DC - The Red Palace #%
02.13.12 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern #%
02.15.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl w #%
02.16.12 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree #%
02.18.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live #%

# This Will Destroy You
% Mountains

• Amen Dunes: http://www.myspace.com/amendunes
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Prince Rama announce US tour (try to imagine this headline jazzed up with psychedelic colors and whatnot)

A pair of fairly ordinary people walk down a fairly ordinary street. They’re wearing jeans and leather jackets, maybe scarves and hats too, if the wind happens to blow with the possibility of snow. As the pair turns a corner, the sky deepens to a shade of ultramarine, and the clouds harden and then shatter, raining down in bursts of sequin pieces. Balloon animals sprout from cracks in the sidewalk, then float away. The puzzled pedestrians look at each other, but neither can hear anything the other says, because sounds of rumbling drums and clinking wind chimes reverberate around them. Their scarves transform into pythons and slither away.

Obviously, this isn’t actually how psychedelic duo Prince Rama announced their upcoming US tour in support of Trust Now (TMT Review) — Consequence of Sound spread the word. But. What if. Right?

Dates:

02.23.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
03.06.12 - Charlottesville, VA - Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
03.07.12 - Knoxville, TN - the Pilot Light
03.08.12 - Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover Festival
03.13-17.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada (Bro Fest 2012)
03.19.12 - Hot Springs, AR - Valley of the Vapors Festival #
03.20.12 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall #
03.21.12 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee #
03.22.12 - Chicago, IL - Hideout #
03.23.12 - Cleveland, OH - Happy Dog #
03.24.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Assemble #
04.27-29.12 - Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest

* Gary War, DJ set by Brian DeGraw (Gang Gang Dance)
# Psychic Ills

• Prince Rama: http://www.myspace.com/princeramaofayodhya
• Paw Tracks: http://www.paw-tracks.com

Mates of State go on a tour of the Northeast, where traveling kitten entertainment is welcomed

Gosh, you know what’s just swell? Kittens. Come to mention it, bunnies are swell, too. And adorable, much like perennially heartwarming indie pop duo Mates of State. Consensus says that if you want to feel like you’re looking at a kitten or a bunny, but you have no kitten or bunny to look at, you should probably listen to Mates of State.

Now, here me out: traveling kitten tour. It’s just like going to any rock ‘n’ roll music show, except instead of some sweaty people, the stage is covered with kittens. You just watch them do their thing for a good hour. Then you go home! It’s a great idea. Science isn’t quite up to snuff yet, though, so we’ll just have to settle for a Mates of State tour. In February, the kitten-and-bunny of indie pop groups will head out on a quick tour of the Northeast. While that’s happening, a video of a kitten and a bunny on YouTube will be approaching 10 million views.

Dates:

02.16.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
02.17.12 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
02.18.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
02.20.12 - Richmond, VA - Canal Club
02.21.12 - Virginia Beach, VA - The Jewish Mother
02.22.12 - Durham, NC - Casbah
02.24.12 - New Haven, CT - TBA
02.25.12 - Vestal, NY - Binghamton University

• Mates of State: http://www.matesofstate.com