Blondes plan release of Swisher in August on RVNG Intl., are still just as cute and ditzy as ever

Blondes plan release of Swisher in August on RVNG Intl., are still just as cute and ditzy as ever

The other day I came in to the kitchenette at the Tiny Mix Tapes offices to grab myself a little snack. While there I noticed ditzy cutiepies Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, the two guys from Blondes, painting the walls a really nice shade of puce. This in and of itself isn’t actually too weird. We pretty regularly let artists come in and perform tasks for us here at TMT in return for more positive coverage (hate the game, not the players!). What was weird, however, was the fact that the guys were both wearing two winter coats at once! In the middle of summer! Out of politeness I let that drop for a minute and asked them instead about their new record.

Haar spoke up first, and I was surprised to see that he had somehow covered his entire face in a thin layer of paint, the silly guy! He said, “Well, the record’s called Swisher, and we’re pretty happy with it. It’s out on August 6 from RVNG Intl. as a limited-edition double LP and CD. We actually totally re-hauled our setup and went into a new studio space before working on it, and it turned out a lot more expansive than the self-titled record (TMT Review). We tried to draw more from German synth sounds of the 70s while sticking with a really percussive backbone.” He also used the phrase “mini-epics” to describe the flow of songs on the record, but before I could ask him what that even really means, Steinman, in turning around to join in on the conversation accidentally fell off his ladder.

After Haar and I helped him, Steinman contributed his two cents. “Sam actually totally forgot to mention that the digital release of the album just came out, you can buy the files from the RVNG site right now! You can also listen to the whole record on YouTube backed with visuals by Greg Zifcak if you’re one of those smarties who knows how to work the internet.” He might have hit his head a little too hard though, because he totally forgot to mention that they’re also touring in Europe this summer. No worries, bros, I’ve got your back!

After all this talk I finally felt comfortable asking the guys what I was really most curious about. I said, “Dudes, why are you both wearing two winter coats? It’s the summer!” They looked at each other for a second, then Haar brought one of the paint cans over to me and pointed to a spot on the label that read, “For best results, apply two coats.”

Swisher tracklist:

01. Aeon
02. Bora Bora
03. Andrew
04. Poland
05. Clasp
06. Swisher
07. Rei
08. Wire
09. Elise


08.02.13 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.03.13 - Olganitz, Germany - Nachtdigital
08.09.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
08.16.13 - Berlin, Germany - Panoramabar
08.17.13 - Bergen, Norway - Ostre
08.22.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Petes
08.23.13 - Bristol, UK - Start the Bus
08.24.13 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
08.25.13 - London, UK - Bussey Building
09.01.13 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival

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Neutral Milk Hotel and Massive Attack share hummus with The Wallfowers at Australia’s Harvest Festival

In 1998, Neutral Milk Hotel released In The Aeroplane Over the Sea. That same year, Massive Attack released Mezzanine. These two records are generally considered each artist’s defining statement. While all that was happening, The Wallflowers were a band. Now, it’s hard to believe we ever lived in such a world. Thankfully for humankind, top Australian scientists have worked tirelessly to return us to that beautiful year. Their solution: book Massive Attack, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Wallflowers for this year’s Harvest Festival. They also booked Franz Ferdinand, Primus, Goldfrapp, Desparecidos, M. War, Eels, Superchunk, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, CSS, and more, but a lot of those folks weren’t around in 1998.

These same scientists also figured out how to have a festival in more than one location. Their solution: have a festival in three locations! This year’s Harvest Festival will take place at Melbourne’s Werribee Park on November 10, Sydney’s The Domain on November 16, and Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens on November 17. Tickets for all those dates can be purchased here. Tickets for the year 1998 can be purchased nowhere, ‘cause you can’t ever go back, buddy.

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Yoko Ono announces new Plastic Ono Band album, Take Me to the Land of Hell; already has a record distributor down there, so that’s good.

Remember when it was funny to make jokes about Yoko Ono? Hey, me neither! Because that was like 50 years ago, or some shit. Anyway, point is, you crass a-hole, that the talented and hardworking Ms. Ono has just announced a new Plastic Ono Band record, due for release September 17 via Chimera Music. So quit being such a PESSIMIST for one fucking second and listen up! With your eyes.

The new album, her first Plastic Ono Band release since 2009’s Between My Head and the Sky and first new-thing-in-general since this YokoKimThurston thing, is called Take Me to the Land of Hell. It was recorded, oddly enough, NOT in Hell but in New York, and was produced by Yoko, that dude Sean Lennon, and some woman named Yuka Honda. But the neat thing about any Plastic Ono Band release is, of course, its plasticity, a.k.a. its revolving cast-members. And this one’s got a few neat ones: Cornelius, Cibo Matto, tUnEyArDs, Questlove, Nels Cline, and Andrew Wyatt. Oh, and the album will also feature remixes by Mike D & Adrock and Cornelius.

In case you were just thinking to yourself “Cool, Nobodaddy, but enough already; I wonder what Yoko’s take on recording this album is,” here’s Yoko’s take on recording this album:

My new album comes at a very special time for me. I’m so happy that it’s being released after all the incredible shows that made up Meltdown. The energy I have right now, and the desire to continue to make as much great work as I can, is really moving me forward all the time. This album is the culmination of a lot of ideas I’ve been having over the last few years and I feel proud to release it at such an exciting time of my life.

No other details have surfaced yet, but check out a track from the album below and stay tuned for more updates. Or don’t. Whichever. I’m feeling pretty plastic about the whole situation right now.

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Earl Sweatshirt cancels summer European tour: ya better find somebody else to smear mud all over your thighs at Glastonbury

In a move that can only add to the mystery and allure of Earl Sweatshirt while simultaneously bumming out Mr. Sweatshirt himself, the Odd Future rapper has canceled his entire European tour. Is it because his music is too raw? Too controversial? His mom got mad again and sent him to reform school in Samoa or whatever the rumor was? Nah, dude has pneumonia and is super sick. BUMMER. Poor Earl has been feeling sickly since Bonnaroo, when his performance there was also canceled due to illness.

Earl Sweatshirt expressed his regret at missing out on partying in Paris and smearing mud all over himself at Glastonbury via Twitter. “IM STILL SICK AND THIS SUCKS ASS THAT I CANT MAKE IT TO THESE JULY SHOWS I AM REALLY FUCKING SORRY TO EVERYONE WHO WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT,” he said, accentuating exactly how much the whole thing “sucks ass” by using ALL CAPS. Earl Sweatshirt’s tour will resume on July 21 in Buffalo, where hopefully he can like, go to a beer garden or a French restaurant or something to make it seem like, you know, he had a little slice of European tour in his life. Odd Future and Tyler the Creator will still perform all scheduled European dates. Get well soon, Earl.


06.28.13 - Norrköping, Sweden - Bråvalla Festival
06.30.13 - Somerset, UK - Glastonbury Festival
07.01.13 - London, UK - Forum
07.02.13 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
07.04.13 - Tromøy, Norway - Hove Festival
07.06.13 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.07.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
07.08.13 - Frankfurt, Germany - Gibson
07.09.13 - Stuttgart, Germany – LKA
07.11.13 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
07.12.13 - Frauenfeld, Switzerland - Open Air Frauenfeld
07.13.13 - Gräfenhainichen, Germany - Splash! Festival
07.14.13 - Kinross, Scotland - T in the Park

07.21.13 - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Outer Harbor
07.25.13 - Toledo, OH - Headliners
08.02.13 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
08.03.13 - Toronto, ON - Fort York
08.22.13 - St. Denis, France - Stade de France
09.07.13 - San Bernadino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
09.08.13 - San Bernadino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
09.14.13 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
09.15.13 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
10.28.13 - Washington, DC - RFK Stadium Lot 8
10.04.13 - East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Racetrack
10.05.13 - East Rutherford, NJ - Meadowlands Racetrack

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Ducktails returns to TMT news feed with a new video and tour

Matt Mondanile sure spends a lot of time on our news feed. Even in stories about other people he manages to get a name drop in the headline. I’ve started to wonder why that is. Is he easy to write about? Do we, as a news team, have a soft spot for mellow psychedelia? Is he paying us under the table to put his name on the front page at least every couple months? While I wouldn’t be opposed to the last one, I have a feeling that it’s just because the dude works. A lot. Mainly because it looks like he has a pretty busy summer ahead of him. Señor Ducktails has just released a new music video and announced a continent-hopping tour coming up.

First, the video for The Flower Lane’s “Under Cover.” Directed by Charles Poekel, the video features Mondanile and a few friends (including two of the other dudes from Real Estate) hanging out in an abandoned house in his native Ridgewood, NJ. The house has actually been featured in another Ducktails music video, so loyal fans may recognize it.

As I mentioned, he has another tour coming up, too. After a few stops in the states, it’s off to Europe for a series of shows as well as some festival dates.

Here are the dates:

07.25.13 - New York, NY - Museum of Modern Art
08.01.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
08.02.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
08.04.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat Downstairs
08.05.13 - Northampton, MA - American Legion Hall
08.06.13 - Boston, MA - Cambridge Elks
08.08.13 - New York, NY - RiverRocks at Pier 84 ^
08.10.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival * $
08.11.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset * !
08.12.13 - Lecce, Italy - Contronatura Festival +
08.13.13 - Ravenna, Italy - Hana Bi
08.14.13 - Luzern, Switzerland - Radio 3fach Voliere
08.15.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Elmo Delmo
08.17.13 - Paredes De Coura, Portugal - Parades de Coura Festival
08.19.13 - Santiago Compostella, Spain - venue TBD
08.21.13 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo - Iceberg
08.22.13 - London, UK - The Borderline
08.23.13 - Machester, UK - Soup Kitchen
08.24.13 - Bristol, UK - Louisiana
08.25.13 - Brighton, UK - The Hope
08.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
08.28.13 - Rotterdam, Holland - Rotown
08.29.13 - Gronigen, Holland - Vera

^ Titus Andronicus
* Dirty Beaches
$ Neil Young, Julia Holter and more
! Mikal Cronin
+ Laetitia Sadier Trio

• Ducktails:
• Domino:

Omar Souleyman joins forces with Four Tet for first-ever studio album, much like the unicorn and otter join forces to bring magic to the world

Some stories are just so magical that you expect unicorns holding hooves/fins with dolphins to come sliding down a rainbow made of candy canes and dreams when you read about them. The partnership between Syrian dabke legend Omar Souleyman and Four Tet is one of those stories. After meeting at a festival in Australia, Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden and Mr. Souleyman agreed to work together on what would become Souleyman’s first (!) studio album. That’s right; his previous releases have all been live recordings!

And so it was that Lucky Charms rained down from above as giant otters strolled hand-in-hand through the streets of New New York, leaving a trail of daisies and licorice sticks and single malt scotch behind them. And lo! Omar Souleyman and Four Tet laid down the tracks for the new album in like, four hours, according to Hebden. You can peep a preview of the track at the end of the below stream from a recent DJ set by Hebden and BBC Radio 6 DJ Gilles Peterson via Dazed. Ribbon Music will be releasing the album at an as-yet-unspecified date.

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