Blues Control & Laraaji collaborate for FRKWYS series, introduce Americans to the concept of “stillness”

Blues Control & Laraaji collaborate for FRKWYS series, introduce Americans to the concept of "stillness"

Welcome back to Tiny Mix Tapes, your most trusted source for news, tips, and gossip relating to zithers, laughter therapy, abstract hard rock, and white baseball caps. Last we left Blues Control, it was 2009 and they’d just released Local Flavor (TMT Review) on Siltbreeze, which later received props for being a really good record. Last we left Laraaji, it was 1980 and he’d just released Day of Radiance, the third entry in Brian Eno’s Ambient series, which was followed up by many other albums that we all ignored since they weren’t entries in Brian Eno’s Ambient series and instead simply offered “deep centering and calm.” Now it’s 2011, the year that all things must converge, and so Blues Control and Laraaji chose to collaborate on an album as part of RVNG Intl.’s ongoing FRKWYS series, to be released on November 15 on LP, CD, and double-cassette. Previous FRKWYS volumes have paired up Julianna Barwick/Ikue Mori, Arp/Anthony Moore, and James Ferraro/Daniel Lopatin/Laurel Halo/Sam Godin/David Borden, but this might be the Laraajiest entry yet.

Keyboard conjurer and wearer of flannel Lea Cho spoke with Andy Beta earlier this year about working with Laraaji, describing it as “an emotional, spiritual, positive, healing experience. I really can’t convey the immensity in words… It’s rare that I cry from sheer joy, gratitude, and awe of beauty, but I was holding back tears at one point during the session.” The album was edited down from a single-day, four-hour improvisation at Black Dirt Studio with the three musicians + occasional contributions from Laraaji’s pal Arji Cakouros, and since there was way more bliss produced than could be contained on a single record, a couple download-only tracks are going to be included as a bonus (such as the 35-minute “Somebody Scream” zither megajam). Listen to the opening track over at RVNG’s SoundCloud and get your pre-order in here.

In other news, Blues Control are currently in the studio finishing up their next album, to be released by Drag City sometime in 2012. You can check out a home recording from earlier this summer right now at their own SoundCloud. Turns out it’s even prettier than that framed Chickenfoot setlist on your wall.

FRKWYS Vol. 8 tracklisting:

01. Awakening Day
02. Light Ships
03. City of Love
04. Freeflow
05. Somebody Scream *
06. Astral Jam *

* bonus tracks

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Steve Hauschildt (Emeralds) to release solo album on Kranky, assures us that he’s really really not Mark McGuire

If Mark McGuire is the most prominent and accomplished member of the Emeralds clan, then Steve Hauschildt is arguably his antithesis, at least in terms of his apparent personality. As a press release notes, “Steve Hauschildt is usually found at their live performances playing the serious scientist as foil to the other two members more animated stage presence.” Let it be known, however, that outward enthusiasm on stage is hardly the best indicator of musical talent, as demonstrated by just about every artist currently on rotation at your local popular music radio station. In fact, some of the most notoriously mysterious artists have also put out some seriously fantastic and memorable work — I won’t name-drop, as I’m sure you can think of a few just off the top of your head. Burial comes to mind.

With the release of Tragedy & Geometry on November 14, Hauschildt may very well be doing away with whatever degree of demureness he currently exemplifies. The album is being billed as his “first major statement as a solo artist,” and the fact that it’s being released through Kranky carries with it an air of esteem all on its own. Musically, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the album will likely qualify as ambient, but I’m emphatically curious to hear how it’ll differ from McGuire’s solo work. Certainly, the fact that Hauschildt considers himself “more of an artist than a musician,” and that he “sees his work both in group and solo settings as much a visual experience as it is an aural one,” likely influenced his approach as well as the process itself. In other words, prepare your senses, folks.

Tragedy & Geometry tracklisting:

01. Polyhymnia
02. Batteries May Drain
03. Cupid’s Dart
04. Already Replaced
05. Peroxide
06. Arche
07. Music for a Moire Pattern
08. Blue Marlin
09. The Impossible Flower
10. Too Short a Season
11. Allegiance
12. Tragedy & Geometry
13. Overnight Venusian
14. Stare into Space

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Tapeworm begins book publishing imprint Bookworm without consulting the worm community

Cassette-only UK label The Tapeworm has begun a new venture, and no, it’s not a non-cassette music media format addition. It’s books! Books are like cassettes in that they are being replaced by digital formats, but lo, Tapeworm is here to rescue yet another dated source from obsoletion!

The book imprint, henceforth to be known as The Bookworm, has released its first publication, titled The Art of Worms. The book features an essay by Ken Hollings (Destroy All Monsters, Welcome to Mars), “Parasitic Infestation” and illustrations from the first 25 Tapeworm tapes.

According to Bookworm, other future publications are currently being penned by writer/poet/ex-model/”Grandmother Of Trip-Hop” Leslie Winer and graphic designer Chris Bigg (4AD, David Sylvian).

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Albatrosh went to Yonkers, and all they’ve got to show for it is their new album on Rune Grammofon

Albatrosh, the jazz duo of Eyolf Dale (piano) and André Roligheten (saxophone), have released a new LP called Yonkers on Rune Grammofon. The title isn’t what happens when you put a bunch of marbles in your mouth and try to say ‘bonkers,’ as the band’s name would imply (just try it with the word ‘albatross’), it’s the town where the album was recorded! So, how did Eyolf and André get all the way from Norway to Yonkers, NY? One would assume a transcontinental flight and a commuter train ride, but what actually led them to record their new album there? Well, Yonkers is home to Oktaven Audio studios, a recording space specializing in classical and jazz recordings, the ideal technical setting for capturing Albatrosh’s unique brand of Norweigan jazz.

Both Dale and Roligheten are only 26, and this being their third album in as many years of accessible jazz compositions shaded by influences from both sides of the pond, it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing a lot more of them on our shores in the years to come. For now, though, the only way to catch them is to join them back on their native soil next month.


11.10.11 - Victoria Scene - Oslo, Norway

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Woods announce December tour, just the thing to warm you up this holiday season

And just like that, the outside world gets frigid. I’m not talking sweater weather — I’m talking coat and scarf weather. I’m talking blasted-with-snow weather (WTF?!). It has me jonesing for hot chocolate and crackling fires and holiday cheer and the like, but since I haven’t been grocery shopping recently and I don’t have any firewood and Christmas is still a ways off, I guess I’ll settle for some of Woods’ campfire psych-folk. I’m down with flannel and beards.

They’ll be hitting the road in December to support their most recent album, Sun and Shade (TMT Review). According to collaborator Glenn Donaldson, “Woods [are] a two-headed dog asleep on the porch and a butterfly on the windowsill… a Janus, a Gemini & a screen door.” I’d say they’re a dreamier Fleet Foxes, but hey, whatever floats your boat.


12.07.11 - Burlington, VT - TBD
12.08.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
12.09.11 - Gambier, OH - Kenyon College / Horn Gallery
12.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
12.11.11 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s #$
12.12.11 - Nashville, TN - The End #
12.13.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree #
12.14.11 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt #
12.15.11 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade ^
12.16.11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter ^
12.17.11 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel ^
12.18.11 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar ^

# Jovontaes
$ Wooden Wand

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Akron/Family form harmonious new record label, Family Tree Records

Those familiar with the Akron/Family album Love Is Simple (TMT Review) may recognize the following lyrics: “I’ve got some friends that you should meet/ All good men, all good women… are their names/ But don’t go see them if you are shy/ ‘Cause they are always in embrace beyond proprietttyyyyy.” Whether the song “I’ve Got Some Friends” is about anything specific at all is pretty ambiguous, but one can be reasonably certain that the above lyrics are not only an accurate representation of the values that the relentlessly eccentric experimental folk group hold dear, but also serve as the basis for the founding and operation of their brand new record label, Family Tree Records. Although the label has already been semi-established since the co-release of <bmbz> (a reconstruction from seven artists of Akron/Family’s latest album) earlier this year, things have become officially official with the announcement that, in 2012, they will issue Sunkissed by the Denver band Bad Weather California.

According to a press release, Family Tree Records is said to be influenced by similar artist-run labels, like Takoma Records (started by John Fahey), Elephant 6, and Young God (the label through which Akron/Family first gained notoriety). The idea is to create a musical environment “driven by a sense of independent thinking, ideas, and values,” and tethered by an ever-growing and evolving group of friends, artists, and collaborators. So, in a sense, it’s like forgoing the random college roommate assignment and instead opting to reside with a close pal with whom you actually have something in common. And we all know that having a friend as a roommate never ends horribly, with endless lawsuits and a mutual destruction of personal property. No, no, in all seriousness, the members of Akron/Family seem way more peaceable.

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