Built to Spill bring back the spirit of 97 by preparing new record

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Ugh, I wish it was 1997. Everyone wishes it was 1997. Disregard if you hated 1997, be it through personal tragedy or simply a soggy year. For Built to Spill, though, 1997 was a very crisp year. Riding high on their third (and best maybe?) record Perfect From Now On, Built to Spill spent the year becoming the most critically acclaimed and popular band in the entire world! I have never heard of Radiohead.

We all miss these salad days, but every time Built to Spill puts out a new record, it brings us back to that time. Unless it brings us back to 1993, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2006, or 2009 instead. Regardless, the fine folks at Prefix Mag state that Doug Martsch and crew will be returning us to those days soon… ish. Built to Spill are currently working on a new release, but Martsch has stated that the new album might not make it out until 2013. Granted, every ‘might not’ has a ‘might’ on the other side. Welcome to symmetry. By the way, other info on the new record is as follows: none.

• Built to Spill: http://www.builttospill.com

Gonjasufi emerges from his own dreadlocks to release mini album on Warp

Relatively fresh off the release of A Sufi and a Killer back in March of last year, and presumably when he wasn’t busy teaching enthusiastic female pupils the art of faithfully performing the downward-facing dog, the intimately psychedelic and soulful Gonjasufi a.k.a. Sumach Ecks has apparently been putting in due time working on his newest “mini album” MU.ZZ.LE, due out January 24 on Warp. An announcement on the Warp website warns potential listeners not to mistake the album’s length (just under 30 minutes) for lack of depth: “It’s a lonely journey that will take you through the innermost thoughts of Gonjasufi’s darkest hours. He recorded and mixed it on his own in his home studio surrounded by his family and the stark contrast of the Mohave [sic] desert. The end product is his outlet and realization for who he is, a way for him to feel comfortable in his own skin again.”

A lonely journey indeed. While A Sufi and a Killer featured contributions from Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer and Mainframe, this album had Gonjasufi taking over the whole of the production duties. This could indicate a rather noticeable change in sound and style, perhaps explaining the release of a “mini” and not a “maxi” album — a testing the waters sort of scenario similar to the purpose of some EPs. Speaking of which, there really should be some kind of distinct, shorthand term for these mini albums, which seem (from my perspective or my imagination) to be increasingly common, and which are apparently destined to forever occupy the vague purgatory in-between the LP and the EP.

…What? You didn’t expect me to think of one, did you?

MU.ZZ.LE tracklisting:

01. White Picket Fence
02. Feedin’ Birds
03. Nikels and Dimes
04. Rubberband
05. Venom
06. Timeout
07. Skin
08. The Blame
09. Blaksuit
10. Sniffin’

• Gonjasufi: http://www.sufisays.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

Zomes album #3 coming in January on Thrill Jockey ZOMG

Alright, time for a SparkNotes version of Zomes history: back in the day, Asa Osborne played guitar for Lungfish, a post-hardcore/semi emo outfit that’s now defunct. Got that? Cool. Over the past few years Osborne has taken a more reflective, elemental direction with his solo project, Zomes. So far, he’s released two LPs — Zomes in 2008 on Holy Mountain and Earth Grid (TMT Review) earlier this year on Thrill Jockey.

Fast-forward to January 24 and you’ll see him releasing yet another album, this one called Improvisations. According to Thrill Jockey, “it consists of three primordial cosmic transmissions that phase in and out of a thick drone filled ether.” In other words, new evidence for extraterrestrial life.

Improvisations tracklisting:

01. No. 1
02. No. 2
03. No. 3

• Zomes: http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/?id=11877
• Thrill Jockey: http://www.thrilljockey.com

Acid Mothers Temple tour the British Isles (minus poor old Wales); earplug sales soar across the UK and Ireland

To all of our readers in the the British Isles: get ready to have your minds blown by an absolutely out of control space ritual! Yes, the one and only Acid Mothers Temple are on their way to conquer your various islands with the continuation of their 2011: A Space Ritual Tour.

After having slaughtered the ears and grey matter of mainland residents in October, AMT are headed across the channel to partake in a blistering 16-day marathon of shows across the UK (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland) and Ireland. Little-known fact: the Japanese hate the Welsh.

If you’ve never experienced the aural assault of a live AMT show, it is not to be missed. They will no doubt have piles of numbered, limited-edition, handmade CDs being sold by the legendary members of the band. There could be random barbershop singing. There will definitely be lots of killer psychedelic rock music as overseen by the leader of the collective himself, Kawabata Makoto. Secure your knickers and crumpets and prepare to be changed.

Tourdates:

11.04.11 - Cambridge, UK - The Portland
11.05.11 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
11.06.11 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
11.07.11 - Manchester, UK - Ruby Lounge
11.08.11 - Hebden Bridge, UK - Trades Club
11.09.11 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
11.10.11 - Belfast, UK - Auntie Annies
11.11.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Crawdaddy
11.12.11 - Cork, Ireland - Crane Lane Theatre
11.14.11 - Bridgend, UK - Hobos
11.15.11 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
11.16.11 - Oxford, UK - Jericho
11.17.11 - London, UK - Corsica Studios
11.18.11 - Brighton, UK - Hectors House
11.19.11 - London, UK - Cafe Oto

• Acid Mothers Temple: http://www.acidmothers.com

Another rich old white man fails to purchase EMI from Citigroup

After several days of private negotiations, word has emerged that the likely sale of EMI to Russian-born billionaire Len Blavatnik has fallen through. Inside sources are saying that the offer Blavatik put forward, somewhere between $1.5 and $1.6 billion, was well below the amount Citigroup (the current owner of EMI) had expected. While there’s still an opportunity for Blavatnik — who acquired Warner Music Group back in May for $3.3 billion — to raise additional funds and seal the deal, there are other concerns at hand.

EMI has a pension obligation of over $600 million, as well as property holdings that provide another $100 million in debt for the label. Much like the house cleaning that took place after British acquisition group Terra Firma took control of EMI four years ago, which ultimately led to Citigroup’s ownership of the company when they defaulted on their debts, whomever takes possession of EMI next will need to cut costs and potentially lay off 10% of the EMI workforce to make the company profitable. And then there’s the whole “how do you make money off music” thing….

Prior to Blavatnik, EMI had been in talks with several other pasty white men, including business magnate Ron Perelman and Luciean Grainge of Universal Music Group, but both deals fell to the wayside when the Russian tycoon entered the scene. If Blavatnik were to succeed in acquiring EMI, it would create a third mega-label to rival Sony and Universal, both of whom have seen considerable consolidations with smaller labels over the years in the wake of this thing they refer to as the “internet” and its troublesome tendency to make folks not want to pay $20 for a Katy Perry CD.

• EMI: http://www.emimusic.com

Jeff Mangum and Olivia Tremor Control move their ATP-related London shows to March so they don’t have to visit that cesspool twice… joking! (about the “cesspool” thing, not the dates)

Hey, remember a few weeks ago when Mr P called you guys a bunch of flesh-licking readers smelling of seaman? Well, coincidentally, the psychotropic ramblings that followed in that same article happened to mention that the Jeff Magnum-curated ATP thingy thing was being rescheduled for March 9-11 of 2K12. Don’t panic if you didn’t catch that the first time. It’s still in Butlins, Minehead, Somerset, Everywheresville UK. Original tix still valid. Just a different weekend… and, you know, maybe with some different artists. No big deal! “Two Headed Boy!”

And now,doubly coincidentally, ATP told me today that Jeff Mangum’s two London shows at the Union Chapel, and The Olivia Tremor Control’s London show at Cargo will also move to March, because, you know, it’s just fucking easier that way. Additionally, the OTC show will now also take place at The Union Chapel, and is on March 7. As for Magnum, seems he still hasn’t quite decided when his shows are going to be, specifically. He’s still waiting to see how long his current engagement clandestinely recording hours and hours of children’s innocent laughter direct to wax cylinder at a playground in the French countryside is going to last, I guess. But they’ll be clustered around ATP somewheres, that’s for DAMN SURE. So be sure to stay tuned to Tiny Mixtapes, all you butt-sniffing readers tasting of piss and salami!

• Jeff Magnum: http://www.myspace.com/mangum11
• Olivia Tremor Control: http://www.oliviatremorcontrol.com
• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com