!!! announce new album, THR!!!ER (which is pronounced “Thr-Chk-Chk-Chk-Er” by those in the know)

!!! announce new album, THR!!!ER (which is pronounced "Thr-Chk-Chk-Chk-Er" by those in the know) http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1302/news-13-02-chk-chk-chk.jpg

Jeez, I knew all the good band names were taken, but I guess it’s slim pickings with regards to album titles these days too. No, you’re not having a small stroke or anything. NYC dance punk granddads !!! have announced the April 30 release of their fifth album for Warp (and follow-up to 2010’s Strange Weather, Isn’t It?), and it is indeed titled THR!!!ER. Well, shit. I guess there’s probably no time like your fifth album to set the bar a little higher?

And speaking of doing that, guitarist Mario Andreoni seems to have no problem throwing down in his press release, not just with the likes of Michael Jackson, but with a whole slew of heavy hitters.

Over the course of many long van rides and post-coffee verbal riff sessions, Thriller didn’t merely come to represent the selling of a lot of records…it became synonymous with an artist(s)’ and/or genre(s)’ artistic high-watermark. INXS’ Kick is the Australian Thriller…Alanis’ Jagged Little Pill is the Canadian Thriller…Wham!’s Make It Big is the blow-dryer’s Thriller…every recording by the 13th Floor Elevators is the dosed-man’s Thriller…”Sister Ray” by the Velvet Underground is the Thriller of musical fever dreams. One day at the studio, Nic [Offer, vocalist] drew THR!!!ER on a napkin and I liked it…then we made our THR!!!ER.

I guess this isn’t going to be a terribly humble affair, huh? But then again, how much humility can you expect from a man who’s apparently apparently on a first name basis with Alanis Morissette? The press release also said that the bulk of it was recorded with Spoon drummer/badass Jim Eno, which I thought was really cool… but then it went on to say something about “tighter song structures” and “weirder sounds” and “unexpected changes,” and I just kinda fell asleep for a few hours. So, I hope it all turned out good for them, because it’s quittin’ time. Here comes the tracklist and trailer.

THR!!!ER tracklist:

01. Even When the Water’s Cold
02. Get That Rhythm Right
03. One Girl/One Boy
04. Fine Fine Fine
05. Slyd
06. Californiyeah
07. Except Death
08. Careful
09. Station (Meet Me at The)

• !!!: http://www.chkchkchk.net
• Warp: http://warp.net

Atom™ readies HD on Raster-Noton, and no, you won’t need a Monster cable to listen to it

A rare and oddly beautiful form of schizophrenia, known among the medical community as hypotensivelectroglitchbiodisintegration, has thankfully lessened its grip on the alias-almost-too-friendly German composer/producer Uwe Schmidt. Deferring to Wikipedia, Schmidt has apparently assumed more than 60 monikers over his roughly two-decade long musical career, but lately, and much to the dismay of those who gigglingly enjoyed his limited work as Candy Ballsak, he’s focused on releasing material through two names in particular: the explicitly latin-themed Señor Coconut, and Atom™, whose 2009 album Liedgut brought some welcome romanticism to the Chemnitz-based Raster-Noton label.

The R-N release of Liedgut’s sequel, Winterreise, was released just last year, and already, Atom™ has a new LP in the works, this time with some very special (is there any other kind?) guest contributions.

HD will be released on March 18, and it features aural appearances from Raster-Noton co-founder Alva Noto a.k.a. Carsten Nicolai, Chilean singer Jorge Gonzales, and Warp-resident Jamie Lidell, who offers vocals on the track, “I Love U.” The album itself consists of entirely new tracks, and basically new tracks — the latter of which refers to re-workings of recordings that date back to 2005. I’ll leave you with Schmidt’s own words regarding the album, and below that, listen to three HD teaser clips.

The first recordings for HD were made in 2005. Back then the album still carried another title which was Hard Disc Rock… The initial selection of songs for Hard Disc Rock was of course a very different one, and while the years passed by most of those songs which did not continue to please, were one by one replaced by newer compositions (in fact the track “Stop (Imperialist Pop)”, which entered the album around 2009, does contain a fragment of an Atom track from 1998 called “Hard Disc Rock (don’t stop)”.) All of the ‘early’ tracks for the later re-entitled HD album necessarily were subject to profound changes in music and words, and I can say that by the time around 2012 Hard Disc Rock had completely transformed into something else.



HD tracklisting:

01. Pop HD
02. Strom
03. I Love U
04. The Sound of Decay
05. Empty
06. Riding the Void
07. Stop (Imperialist Pop)
08. My Generation
09. Ich bin meine Maschine

• Atom™: http://www.atom-tm.com
• Raster-Noton: http://www.raster-noton.net

Iron and Wine’s sexy wraith-porn-themed new album Ghost on Ghost due in April

Sam Beam’s quiet pensive dude project Iron and Wine is bringing sexy back (quietly, of course) on his upcoming album Ghost on Ghost. It’s a concept album about a sexy teen ghost who finds redemption in a surprising place: the ghost porn industry of California’s San Fernando Valley. (Just kidding. It’s not about that at all. PROBABLY.) Whatever it’s about, it’s due April 16 on Nonesuch here in the United States. For Europe, Japan, Ghost California, Australia and New Zealand, 4AD is putting this thing out on April 15.

Produced by longtime Beam collaborator Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats), Ghost on Ghost features the single “Lovers’ Revolution.” You can preview the track below and envision yourself drenched in sweat, sipping juleps with Sam Beam as he sings you a merry New Orleans-style song about sad things, laughing the night away as the twilight casts a haze of nostalgia and lost dreams over Bourbon Street. Who knows? Maybe that dream will even become a reality. Tourdates are in the works.

Ghost on Ghost tracklisting:

01. Caught in the Briars
02. The Desert Babbler
03. Joy
04. Low Light Buddy of Mine
05. Graces for Saints and Ramblers
06. Grass Windows
07. Singers and the Endless Song
08. Sundown (Back in the Briars)
09. Winter Prayers
10. New Mexico’s No Breeze
11. Lovers’ Revolution
12. Baby Center Stage

• Iron and Wine: http://www.ironandwine.com
• Nonesuch: http://www.nonesuch.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com

Brooklyn venue Dead Herring closes its doors

Another one bites the dust. Williamsburg DIY music venue Dead Herring shut their doors on January 27 after six years of . Popular for their eclectic variety of bands and $5 covers, Dead Herring featured acts ranging from Spectre Folk to Pop. 1280 and Reggie Watts to Kurt Braunohler. Apparently $5 a show a few times a month doesn’t quite cover the bills.

See? The gentrification due to people trying to live like their favorite TV characters does have negative consequences.

• Dead Herring: http://www.facebook.com/DeadHerring

Foxy Digitalis ends publication, will merge with Decoder next month

About nine and a half years ago, when Tiny Mix Tapes was learning to walk on its two legs (and on stilts… Mr P is an interesting father), another child was born in the webzine era: Foxy Digitalis. Initially a dead tree zine from the late 90s created by Brad Rose, he resurrected the zine with his newly-wedded wife Eden Hemming after they moved to Seattle, this time using the web as the means of publication to maintain lower costs and keep things current. Primarily run by the couple, they began hiring writers by 2005, and have grown immensely since in its scope, getting a redesign in 2010. Through its focus on music outside the realm of even indie music, we at TMT always felt a certain kindred spirit with the publication, especially those of us who write for Cerberus.

But times change, and responsibilities add up quickly. Eden and Brad also created the Digitalis label around the same time as Foxy Digitalis, and as time went on, the label also grew. Eden has mostly stepped back from day-to-day operations at Foxy Digitalis, leaving the work on Brad’s shoulders. Outside the realm of music, the couple is with child, expecting his/her birth sometime this year. In situations like this, it’s not hard to see people making sacrifices on what they do, even the things they love, much to the detriment of others. Still, there is a point when things can be too much, and it takes a certain amount of bravery and dignity to do the right thing and not only admit this, but also give up something you love for your own sake, and the sake of others.

That is precisely what Brad and Eden did today. Effective today, with two very poignant posts by the couple, Foxy Digitalis has ceased publication. The site now stands as an archive for the foreseeable future, much like the previous iteration. But this does not stand for the end of Foxy Digitalis as a community, as it will continue on through fellow webzine Decoder. Brad, in agreement with Decoder editor Dwight Pavlovic, will merge the two communities as part of Decoder’s site redesign, currently underway. The site will relaunch with this integration sometime in late February or early March.

We here at TMT would like to extend our sympathies to Foxy Digitalis, and wish Brad and Eden the best of luck on their future endeavors.

• Digitalis Industries: http://www.digitalisindustries.com

Amoeba Music evolves, digitizes, and offers rare vinyl for download on its overhauled website

Needless to say, record stores are generally having a tough financial time of it these days, and it seems that owners are left with more or less two options to prolong their survival: coax the general public into the store with aromas of delicious food, such as pizza or popcorn, known for their attractive tendencies; or, traverse into the digital world, toward which the market has consistently been moving over the past decade or so.

If there’s any music shop capable of effectively making this transition without hastily receiving a metaphorical boot to the neck by the iTunes Store, it’s the California-based chain Amoeba Music, known for their mammoth physical collections on display in Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco. As Variety reports, the store launched the beta version of their revamped website on October 2 of last year, and contained within it are some tremendous appeals to audiophiles and fans of rarities alike.

The new Vinyl Vaults section makes available for download thousands (okay, at the moment, there are only about 1,000) of rare and out-of-print LPs, and more are being added each day, often with brand new remasters. On the rare side, I’ve discovered the Satanic musings of televangelist Jack Van Impe on the spoken word LP Demons and Exorcism!, and more to the liking of those who don’t buy records for sampling or irony’s sake, there seems to be quite a few singles from jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Browse for yourself, why don’t you? The price-per-track depends on the format; it’s 78¢ for individual Mp3s, 80¢ for lossless M4As, and $1.50 for WAV files.

The rebirth of amoeba.com, which coincided with both the new Vinyl Vaults section, as well as the store’s digitization of more well-known albums, took a full six years of work, and was handled inhouse by around 200 people, at an estimated cost of $11 million. Sales numbers for Amoeba were flat over the past two years, but co-owner Marc Weinstein elaborates on just how much green presidential blood has been spilt in the process of this undertaking: “Every bit of profit we’ve had for the past few years has gone into trying to build this thing, to get to where we’re at now.”

The goal, according to (also) co-owner Jim Henderson, is to have to a website that “helps prop the stores up.” Let’s hope, for the sake of music fans, and for the sake of the long-term mental stability of Amoeba’s owners, that they succeed.

• Amoeba: http://www.amoeba.com