Charlotte Gainsbourg announces double album. Okay, someone else probably announced it for her, but you know what I’m sayin’.

Charlotte Gainsbourg announces double album. Okay, someone else probably announced it for her, but you know what I'm sayin'. http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-04-charlotte-gainsbourg.jpg

Hey, everyone. My computer broke down the other day, so please bear with me. I’m currently getting my entire news feed by peering though my neighbor’s window with binoculars so I can read his screen when he’s on Pitchfork, composing my own stories based on whatever glimpses I catch on my mom’s old Underwood 5 typewriter, and then submitting those stories to TMT HQ via homing pigeon. It’s crazy.

But anyway, according to something I think I saw today, either the talented actress and songwriter Charlotte Gainsbourg or the 115-year-old Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg — not quite sure which — will be releasing a new 7-inch single on Record Store Day (this Saturday, April 16! I think! What day is it today?). The single is a split with Dublin-based folk-rock outfit Villagers, who contribute a track called “Set the Tigers Free.” For her part, Gainsbourg (Luxembourg?) sings a new track called “Memoir,” which was written by this Villagers guy. His name is either Conor O’Brien or Conan O’Brien, and whichever O’Brien it was also co-produced the track for whichever Charlotte is singing it.

“Memoir” is apparently significant in that it will also appear on a new double album that Charlotte Whomever is planning to release this fall on the Because label. Uh, the new album is either called Live and Unreleased or Lithe and Unrehearsed. I’ve been trying to determine which one makes more sense from the context, but honestly, they both sound about right (especially if that undead Grand Duchess theory pans out). I didn’t see a release date because my neighbor went back to his homepage too fast, but I did happen to notice that it’ll include previously unreleased songs and a DVD documentary of a road trip.

Oh, and Charlotte will also release “Memoir” as a digital single on April 25 because, you know, fuck Record Store Day.

• Charlotte Gainsbourg: http://www.charlottegainsbourg.com
• Beacause: http://because.tv
• Villagers: http://www.wearevillagers.com

Efrim Manuel Menuck of GY!BE quits music to preach the High Gospel in May (you got a better joke?)

Seemingly, we sleazy American folk have spread our strategic marketing grime all the way to our passive and amicable neighbors to the North. The only difference being that when an American gets their name on the press’s tongue they utilize it by coming out with a line of alcohol-infused energy drinks, while a Canadian utilizes their glory by creating a personal and artistically relevant piece of music. That, precisely, is what Godspeed You! Black Emperor member Efrim Manuel Manuck has and is doing with his upcoming debut solo album, hot on the heels of GY!BE’s epic and drastically unexpected reunion tour of the states. Go figure.

Efrim Manuel Manuck Plays “High Gospel” will be released on May 24 courtesy of the “all things Efrim” label Constellation. The record apparently addresses some happenings in the GY!BE member and A Silver Mt. Zion frontman’s present life, such as the death of close friend and phenomenally talented musician Vic Chesnutt (sigh) and the birth of his lil baby. Things you all can relate to, even if you’re not Canadian. Listen to two tracks from the album at the Chocolate Grinder.

In line with all Menuck-related releases, the physical record is elegantly ornamented with a 12x12 double-sided color insert inside a 24 pt. cardboard jacket with a matte UV varnish — and that’s just the LP version. The CD comes housed in a 100% recycled jacket, also with a UV varnish, and both the LP and CD come with a 9”x4.5” lyric sheet. Plus, did you see the cover of the album up top? Damnnnnn that shit is cute.

Plays “High Gospel” tracklisting:

01. Our Lady of Parc Extension and Her Munificent Sorrows
02. A 12-pt. Program for Keep on Keepin’ On
03. August Four, Year-of-Our-Lord Blues
04. Heavy Calls & Hospital Blues
05. Heaven’s Engine Is a Dusty Ol’ Bellows
06. Kaddish for Chesnutt
07. Chickadees’ Roar pt. 2
08. I Am No Longer a Motherless Child

• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

The Dirtbombs announce US tour in support of Party Store, the new album inspired by a trip to Party City

The Dirtbombs, who will always be cooler than any band you have formed, or might form, have announced a tour in support of their most recent album on In The Red, Party Store — a concept album where they cover classic Detroit techno music and attempt to make it cool, which is hard to do, as you can see in our review.

The new album, which does have its flaws, is still made by a band (with one of the best frontmen ever in Mick Collins) that is totally way cooler and much more entertaining that any band you are a part of. Yes, I know about your new violin and synthesizer project and I know that you’re trying to get a band that sounds “like Joy Division but poppier” together, but just trust me, The Dirtbombs are cooler than anything you will ever do, band-wise, and they’re cooler than most things you listen to, so just start listening to them more. Please?

The Dirtbombs tourdates:

05.30.11 - Detroit, MI - Movement
06.02.11 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
06.03.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Making Time at Voyeur Nightclub
06.04.11 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
06.05.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
07.14.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Ross
07.15.11 - Toronto, ON - The Horseshoe Tavern
07.16.11 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick

• The Dirtbombs: http://www.thedirtbombs.net
• In The Red: http://www.intheredrecords.com

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Limited-edition 10-cassette/art box set came and went from Ecstatic Peace! Sorry!

To be off limits is to be desired. You have only to attend Record Store Day too late to realize this — or go any time of the year to a secondhand store and watch the people gaze with covetous eyes at the crap in the back room that has yet to make it out to the floor. We’re used to pressings of 300, 500, 1,000 — hand-numbered, screen-printed, one-of-a-kind treasures that’ll immediately go for exorbitant prices used. Well, how about this one: Ecstatic Peace! has put together an art/tape box set whose limited availability — 26 copies — will blow your mind.

Each box contains 10 new cassette releases and art (covering the physical sides of the box, even) by Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon, Bill Nace, Elaine Kahn, Coco Hayley, Gordon Moore, and John Moloney.

Of course, it’s been a minute since the box was posted on Moore’s blog Flowers & Cream — and thus, it’s sold out. But hey, we thought we’d let you know about what you’re missing out on.

Box contents (that you’ll never have):

01. Body/Head, “Fractured Orgasm” (sick guitar duo Kim Gordon + Bill Nace)
02. Caldera Lakes, “Arranged” (beautiful dream noise from Eva Aguila [Kevin Shields] and Brittany Gould)
03. Stillbirth, “Before Things Got Worse” (focused noise drama from Luke Moldof [Razors & Medicine])
04. Leah Peah, “untitled” (solo cassette of harsh noise love from member of Head Molt)
05. Black Hole Miami, “Pure Hell” (over the top trio of Rat Bastard [To Live & Shave in LA], Ulrich Krieger [Zeitkratzer], and Chris Grier [Scarcity of Tanks, etc.])
06. Blyth Holes, “Blyth Graveyard” (kitchen table UK harsh electronics super-trio of George Proctor [Mutant Ape], Ben Jones [Jazzfinger], and Dean Glaister [Romance]. Artwork by Kim Gordon)
07. Strange Brew, “Live Weird, Die Weird” (solo noise action from Ann Arbor, Michigan legend Michelle Birawer)
08. Sound of Pot/Pewt’r, “untitled” (split cassette from Western Mass underground wizards, exploring internal synth moves. SoP: Conrad Capistran [Tarp], Pewt’r: Ron Schneiderman [Sunburned]. Cover art by Thurston Moore)
09. Weird Habit, “untitled” (amazing new solo venture from Sarah Bernat of 16 Bitch Pile-Up)
10. Stegm, “On Tight White Sheets” (2xcassette in white vinyl case. Killer harsh noise project of Canada power electronics master Ryan Bloomer)

• Ecstatic Peace!: http://www.ecstaticpeace.com
• Flowers & Cream: http://flowersandcream.blogspot.com

YACHT look for Shangri-La on new album in June, settle for pleasant electronic pop

Once there was a young man named Jona Bechtolt. He was a member of The Blow for a while, but he also had a one-man electronic pop project called YACHT. Then he wasn’t a member of The Blow, but he still had his one-man electronic pop project called YACHT. Then his one-man electronic pop project YACHT became less of a one-man project, because Claire L. Evans joined him in the endeavor. In 2009, YACHT — a two-person electronic pop group and no longer a one-man electronic pop project — put out a record called See Mystery Lights (TMT Review). And that was the last we heard from them for some time. Now you know the complete history of YACHT.

Here’s the next part of the story: YACHT have a new record called Shangri-La coming out through DFA on June 21. And for the first taste of the record, the duo are offering the apocalyptic dance track “Dystopia,” which can be heard right here.

Before Shangri-La comes out, Bechtolt and Evans are hitting the road for a few weeks, starting later this month. They’ve released a promo video that provides some information and may drive you insane:

Joining them on various dates will be frequent collaborator Bobby Birdman (who produced the record with the band), Jeffrey Jerusalem, and Light Asylum. The last of those three will evidently be providing “spiritual warmup” to the shows. I have no idea what that means.

Shangri-La tracklist:

01. Utopia
02. Dystopia (The Earth Is on Fire)
03. I Walked Alone
04. Love in the Dark
05. One Step
06. Holy Roller
07. Beam Me Up
08. Paradise Engineering
09. Tripped & Fell in Love
10. Shangri-La

YACHT dates:

04.13.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s 365 Club #
04.15.11 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.17.11 - Marfa, TX - Padre’s #
04.19.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s #
04.20.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs ^
04.22.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade #
04.23.11 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle ^
04.24.11 - Richmond, VA - The National #
04.25.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat * ^
04.26.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church * ^
04.27.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall * #
04.29.11 - Providence, RI - The Met Cafe * #
04.31.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club *
05.01.11 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Du Mile End * #
05.02.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace * ^
05.04.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center * #
05.05.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro * #
05.06.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall * ^
05.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club * ^
05.09.11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater * #
05.11.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge * ^
05.12.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s * ^
05.13.11 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre * ^
05.14.11 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom * # ^

* Light Asylum (spiritual warmup)
# Bobby Birdman
^ Jeffrey Jerusalem

• YACHT: http://www.teamyacht.com
• DFA: http://dfarecords.com

Fleet Foxes formulate a fine fleet of fleeting and fleet-footed flourflates! I mean, tourdates!

Heeeeeeey guuuuuuuuys… how’s it goooooooooiiiing? School/work goin’ good? How’s that relationship? Healthy and monogamous? That’s nice. That’s really good to hear. Getting to church on Sundays still? I haven’t been in a while, but I’m thinking of going this weekend. It makes my mom feel better, if nothing else. Besides, it’s important to take a little a little ‘you’ time, I think. You know what I say, though? Church, yoga, meditation, whatever you’re into. I just think that people gotta take time for themselves, you know? Like, the other day, I was telling my friend Josh that same thing, and he—

What?

Oh, I get it. You just want me to get to the Fleet Foxes part. Ugh. FINE. You know, we never talk about anything real anymore. It’s just gimme gimme gimme with you all the f-ing time. Got a lot of other blogs to stay up on, do you? A lot of places to go and people to impress? Huh?! …No, you know what? Save it. I don’t even care. Here. Here’s your precious Fleet Foxes news:

• Sophomore record Helplessness Blues due May 3 on Sub Pop.

• Previous tourdates (brilliantly) reported here.

• New batch of North American dates added for July.

• See complete list of all dates below, organized chronologically for your self-centered convenience.

There. How’s that??? Is that better? ‘Concise’ enough for you? SEE YOU TOMORROW. Maybe.

Dates:

04.30.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Vogue Theatre
05.01.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05.03.11 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
05.05.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
05.06.11 - San Diego, CA - Spreckels Theatre
05.07.11 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Palladium
05.08.11 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
05.10.11 - Austin, TX - Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
05.11.11 - Dallas, TX - Palladium Ballroom
05.13.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05.14.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
05.15.11 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall
05.17.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
05.18.11 - New York, NY - The United Palace Theatre
05.21.11 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
05.25.11 - Berlin, Germany - Astra
05.26.11 - Munich, Germany - Dachau Summer of Music
05.28.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.30.11 - Paris, France - Bataclan
05.31.11 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
07.14.11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
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07.16.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.17.11 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre
07.18.11 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater

07.19.11 - St Louis, MO - Pageant

07.21.11 - Denver, CO - Fillmore Auditorium
07.22.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
07.23.11 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
07.24.11 - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield

• Fleet Foxes: http://www.fleetfoxes.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com