Cat Power announced a new album yesterday, but we didn’t really rush to report it because, you know, unicorns

Cat Power announced a new album yesterday, but we didn't really rush to report it because, you know, unicorns http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/Cat Power 2.jpg

So, the staff at TMT were just chilling out, tapping away on the Floating Platform, our HQ graciously given to us by Mission of Burma a year or two ago. We had been searching for the Lost City of Columbia for the past few months to find a new power source. This is because, after the loss of Jeph Jacques’ ability to tell actual jokes and/or punchlines, finding enough snark to power the engines to keep the ship afloat in the clouds has been a difficult task, even with our combined sauciness. You may note this in some of our articles. While punching out stuff and wondering what corrupted Amanda Palmer, the New Release Klaxon went off, Priority Two (Priority One is dedicated to DJ Rashad, Julia Holter, The KLF, and The Music Tapes only). Apparently, Chan Marshall a.k.a. Cat Power has a new album, Sun on the way, due September 4 on Matador. I was given the task to tap out a piece.

For about 10 minutes, I thought about what angle to take, tossing up between discussing the last performance I saw her (MFA, Boston, 2006), or the really bizarre point-blank question a roommate once asked me about Chan’s popularity among lesbians. Just when I came to a decision, I hear a sudden cry of “Land ho!” To which Caroline Rayner responded, “We’re in the frickin’ sky! Did we crash again?” Yet there it was, an island in the sky, filled with lovely flora and fauna. And waterfalls.

While ruminating about, preparing some form of bridge or dock to land on the island, I decided to listen to the new track associated with Sun, “Ruin.” It’s very… Cat Powery, with a twinge of loops. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It really depends on how you feel about Cat Power, who built her own studio in Malibu for this album. I was about to take a second listen, when somebody (who I later found out to be Nobodaddy) screamed “UNICORNS!” Everybody rushed out to meet the mythical beasts, which for some reason I couldn’t see. We would spend the rest of the day on the island, halting our work and enjoying some shore leave. I witnessed our writers floating around, but no unicorns. We even secured a new temporary power source that may aid in our search for something more permanent (John Crowell explained it was the horn of a dead elder unicorn, which was platinum. I just nodded and walked away).

This morning, I was looking at my ancient word processing device, and realized I forgot about the article. This is the result. Of course, I should mention that, while the shore leave was great, I couldn’t understand the deal with the unicorns. Later, I asked Ben Pearson, “Do you see them?”

“The ducks?”

“You always see the ducks,” I said. “I mean the unicorns.”

“Nope.”

“Neither do I, Ben. I wonder why.”

Sun tracklisting:

01.Cherokee
02. Sun
03. Ruin
04. 3,6,9
05. Always On My Own
06. Real Life
07. Human Being
08. Manhattan
09. Silent Machine
10. Nothin But Time
11. Peace and Love

• Cat Power: http://www.catpowermusic.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

Domino gives you access to all that sweet indie action with new subscription service

A close friend of yours has just passed away. You’ve fallen on financially hard times, to the point where you need to check your account balance every time you buy a loaf of bread. A genetically superior species of teleporting vampires is slowly conquering the human population. Is your first thought in each of these scenarios, “I need my fix of music released by Domino!”? Well, if so, have I got some important news for you! The London-based record label has just introduced a subscription service that satisfies all of your atypical obsessions.

For $9.99 a month, subscribers to Domino Drip will receive two albums of seemingly Domino’s choosing, plus ambiguous “bonus material.” At least one of the two albums each month is “guaranteed to be a brand new album,” and “from time to time,” they’ll include a classic album from their archive. All music is sent directly to your inbox in WAV or high-quality MP3 format, and material also includes that of Domino’s imprints: Double Six, Ribbon, and Weird World. They also make a point to mention that new albums from Animal Collective, Hot Chip, and Dirty Projectors are included in the coming months. And then after those albums are released, you’re paying $9.99/month for albums that you probably won’t give a crap about! Fantastic!

No, I’m exaggerating — kind of. $9.99/month is relatively cheap, but I gather that the literal amount of money saved probably isn’t worth the inability to actually choose which albums you want to purchase. Through this process, you’ll undoubtedly be served a few stinkers, and in those cases, your money will have essentially been flushed down the toilet. It would take a truly fanatical appreciation for the music that Domino releases to see a net benefit out of this service, but that’s what I’m guessing they’re counting on. That’s what I’m guessing drip.fm is counting on as well.

What’s that? You just happen to be one of those fanatical appreciators? Well, go on and sign up then! The first 100 subscribers (assuming that number hasn’t been reached by now) will receive a copy of Domino’s “ultra-collectible” Smuggler’s Way zine, which comes with flexi discs of exclusive material from Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, and more. Likewise, if you’re fan enough to stay a subscriber for six months at a time, you’ll receive a 30%-off voucher redeemable at their online store. Hey, it might be worth it.

• Domino Drip: https://drip.fm/domino
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.com

Shellac to curate Winter ATP, Steve Albini to reshape fest as Albini Tomorrow’s Parties

Shellac (of North America) and All Tomorrow’s Parties are no strangers. By this point, they are basically the closest friends that either have in this entire world. To date, the band has played over 10 ATP-related events, in addition to curating a few themselves. Pitchfork even called them “ATP’s house band,” due to what buddies the two seem to be. I bet some other people have said that, too. Despite the two carving gruesome hearts into trees together, Shellac have not curated any of ATP’s festivals since sharing duties with Mogwai and Tortoise in 2004.

Good news is that Shellac and ATP will be officially locked in another of their curation makeout sessions this year, as the band is confirmed to assemble the lineup for this year’s Winter ATP. The festival will take place from November 30 to December 2 at the Pontins Holiday Centre in Camber Sands, England, which happens to be the festival’s original location. Tickets for the event are now on sale. As for who’s actually playing, well, nobody knows. Never mind, I know Shellac will play. Other than that, nobody knows. Except for the fact that there will be 35 other bands. I know that, and I know nothing else.

• Shellac: http://www.myspace.com/shellacband
• All Tomorrow’s Parties: http://www.atpfestival.com

David Byrne and St. Vincent to release Love This Giant in September; can someone tell me what’s with the album cover?

Dear St. Vincent,

Ever since I heard “Krokodil” on your Record Store Day release, I’ve really been looking forward to your punk album. Or rather, hoping for your punk album. Something noisy. Something unhinged. Something along the lines of Swell Maps or even Screaming Females.

Frankly, I’d forgotten that you and David Byrne had announced a collaborative album a while ago, and when I listened to “Who,” the first track on Love This Giant, I realized that this definitely isn’t the punk project I’ve been imagining (not that I really thought it would be, but still). Don’t get me wrong, I can roll with the funkier direction that “Who” seems to indicate, and I’ll for sure give Love This Giant a listen when it comes out September 11 on 4AD. Heard about the tour too — pretty jazzed about it.

But, I still really dig the likes of “Krokodil” — oh, and your cover of The Pop Group’s “She Is Beyond Good and Evil.” Keep them in mind for next time? Maybe?

xoxo,
Caroline

Love This Giant tracklist:

01. Who
02. Weekend in the Dust
03. Dinner For Two
04. Ice Age
05. I Am An Ape
06. The Forest Awakes
07. I Should Watch TV
08. Lazarus
09. Optimist
10. Lightning
11. The One Who Broke Your Heart (ft. The Dap-Kings and Antibalas)
12. Outside of Space & Time

Tour dates:

09.15.12 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater
09.16.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
09.18.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
09.20.12 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
09.21.12 - Montreal, QC - Eglise St-Jean Baptiste (POP Montreal)
09.23.12 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
09.25.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09.26.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
09.27.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
09.29.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Park
09.30.12 - N. Bethesda MD - The Music Center at Strathmore
10.02.12 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.03.12 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
10.05.12 - Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
10.06.12 - Houston, TX - Hobby Center
10.07.12 - Dallas, TX - McFarlin Memorial Auditorium (SMU)
10.10.12 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s
10.11.12 - Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
10.12.12 - Costa Mesa, CA - Segerstrom Theater for the Arts
10.13.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
10.15.12 - San Francisco, CA- Orpheum Theatre
10.17.12 - Seattle, WA - 5th Ave Theatre
10.1.128 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Auditorium
10.20.12 - Vancouver, BC - Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts

Love This Giant: http://lovethisgiant.com
• St. Vincent: http://www.ilovestvincent.com
• David Byrne: http://www.davidbyrne.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Stage collapse prior to Radiohead concert in Toronto leaves one dead and three injured

Radiohead’s scheduled performance in Toronto this past Saturday — what would’ve been their first show in the city in roughly four years — was cancelled following a fatal stage collapse at Downsview Park. The collapse occurred at around 4 PM the same day and left one person dead and three people injured. One of the injured was transported to Sunnybrook Hospital with a “serious but non-life-threatening head injury,” according to the CBC, and two others sustained minor injuries that allowed them to forgo significant medical treatment. The one fatality has since been revealed to be Radiohead’s drum technician, Scott Johnson, 33, from Doncaster, England. Radiohead’s website currently offers this statement in reaction:

“We have all been shattered by the loss of Scott Johnson, our friend and colleague. He was a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and love are with Scott’s family and all those close to him.”

Investigators from the Toronto police and the provincial Ministry of Labour are still trying to determine what exactly caused the stage’s collapse and specifically whether safety standards were properly followed by staff working at the event. One witness describes a crackling sound, followed by twisting and snapping of the stage’s back scaffolding. Also, in contrast to the widely-publicized stage collapse last year at a Sugarland concert in Indiana, the weather was reportedly calm at the time of the incident.

• Radiohead: http://radiohead.com

Google, Amazon, trade groups vying for .music extension; ICANN says, “Show me the money!”

As you may have heard, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is expanding the list of used domain name extensions from the current 22 old favorites to a whole host of words that will follow a period that itself will follow any given number of letters and/or numbers. This is exciting stuff people: we could change the name of this very site to tinymixtapes.boners if we wanted to in the very near future.

But since this is a story about music, and how this domain name extension expansion is going to impact the industry, let’s talk about two of the most sought-after extensions up for grabs: .music and .tickets. Since the application process began, ICANN has received eight applications for .music and five for the .tickets extension. The reason for the low numbers, considering how much influence the rights holders for these extensions could wield, is the whopping application fee of $185,000. TMT won’t be getting that name change after all…

So who’s in the running? Not surprisingly, it’s a heady mix of trade groups and megasites. Google and Amazon want the .music designation so they can make their sites the hubs for artists and labels, tapping in easily to their existing retail structures. An applicant called Far Further represents a host of industry trade groups and is favored to win the rights to the extension. It’s presumed they’ll do the bidding of groups like the RIAA and use the designation to police the internet, doling it out only to sites that are ‘reputable’ and not involved in any form of piracy (even when said piracy is what makes an artist famous, marketable, and rich in the first place).

In December or January, ICANN will be done going through all of the applications. If there’s more than one candidate who has successfully met a set of unspecified criteria, the group that is deemed the most community-based application will win. Barring that, ICANN will hold an auction and probably buy a yacht with the ridiculous amounts of money it will haul in exchange for a word preceded by a period.

• ICANN: http://www.icann.org