Date Palms find a good home at Thrill Jockey, offer up The Dusted Sessions album for June

Date Palms find a good home at Thrill Jockey, offer up The Dusted Sessions album for June

Saints, that’s what they are over at Thrill Jockey. For years, they’ve been giving a good home to some of our finest indie rock, folk, and experimental musicians. Just the other day, they took in Date Palms, the wide-eyed, hungry duo of Gregg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobsons. With their loving hands, Thrill Jockey will feed them, wash them, and release their third record The Dusted Sessions in June.

Without a good home, the mixture of modern drone and eastern traditional music the band offers on The Dusted Sessions may have wilted in the hot sun. Thankfully, the band went into LCR Studio with producer Phil Manley (Wooden Shjips, The Alps, Oneida) and recorded the album as a quintet. That very quintet made the album with electric bass, violin, tanpura, keyboards, and, for the first time in the band’s recorded history, GUITARS. Thrill Jockey, putting guitars in the hands of musicians who didn’t really use guitars before. God bless ‘em.

More details to come, but for now check out a clip from their 2011 performance at the San Francisco Zen Center.

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[Photo: Carly Hoopes]

Dirty Beaches to release double album in May (just in time for dirty beach-season!)

Yo, what’s up, all you filthy bitches? Did you know that dirty bastard Alex Zhang Hungtai from Dirty Beaches (the bitch who bastarded that badass record Badlands in 2011) was releasing a filthy, bitchy, new double-album this May with those sons-of-bastards at Zoo Music??? Because, personally? I, for one… did NOT! But then, like, I mo-friggin’ read about that shit straight from the Zoo Music website’s horse’s mouth’s website, and then again at the sites I always be check-a-leckin’, and ALL A SUDDEN? BAM! I straight-up KNEW that shit: ON-TO-LOGI-CAL-LY!

The bastard is called Drifters/Love Is The Devil and drops on May 21 (May 20 in Europe). According to Zoo Music’s PEEPS, “both records together are 16 songs and about 75 minutes of music. Drifters/Love Is The Devil will also be available as a single CD and single digital download.” To which I’m like, “DAY-UM.” And then I hear this shit on the TWITTERsphere about how he took it upon his badASS Bitch-self to share a track from Love is the Devil, saying:

I’m leaking 1 track from love is the devil. I’ve never been good at business. But this is my heart & soul. I need to get this off my chest. this title track has blood & tears all over it and is the sound of my empty self. I need to share this before it becomes something else. we always hurt the ones we love the most. I’m a rotten piece of shit. blast it LOUD if your hearts broken.

Umm… yeah? BLAM-O, motherfuckers!!! Eh, who am I kidding? The mood is gone.

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RIP: Butch Morris, jazz artist and pioneer of structured improv called “conduction”

From NPR’s A Blog Supreme:

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, an improvising musician who pioneered a system of ensemble interaction he called conduction, has died at a hospital in New York City, his publicist confirmed. He had lung cancer, which was diagnosed last August. He was 65.

Morris, a Vietnam War veteran, first gained recognition among musicians as a cornet player. His most prominent impact, however, came as a bandleader of structured improvisation. He devised a vocabulary of gestures, signifying actions for musicians to follow: repeat, sustain, play louder, among others. Standing in front of an ensemble, which only sometimes had written scores in front of it, he then deployed those gestures according to his imagination and intuition. His musicians were free to interpret them as they saw fit, giving the performances a distinct flavor of unpredictability and intimacy.

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Colin Stetson reveals details on third and final New History Warfare album, plots world tour

Canada has produced many a fine thing, such as You Can’t Do That on Television, high-stacked burger challenges, maple syrup, a functioning healthcare system, funny accents, and of course, Colin fucking Stetson, bursting blood vessels out of his straining neck as he fires heavy breaths into his enormous sax for your listening pleasure. And this Canadian is making his solo comeback this spring with New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, due out April 30 on Constellation.

As with the last installment of the Warfare series, the new LP was recorded live in single takes, with guest vocals — this time contributed by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, with whom Stetson plays with in Bon Iver — being the only overdubs. The whole shebang was mixed by Australian-gone-Icelander Ben Frost. Check the release page for more details and to preorder on CD or double-LP.

Take a listen to the album’s third track, “High Above a Grey Green Sea,” via Constellation’s SoundCloud and then clean yourself up, because this awesomeness may give you the squirts.

New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light tracklist:

01. And in Truth
02. Hunted
03. High Above a Grey Green Sea
04. In Mirrors
05. Brute
06. Among the Sef
07. Who the Waves Are Roaring For
08. To See More Light
09. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
10. This Bed of Shattered Bone
11. Part of Me Apart From You


03.01.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Jazz House Copenhagen
03.02.13 - Hasselt, Belgium - Cultuurcentrum Hasselt
03.03.13 - Vendome, France - Chapelle St.-Jacques
03.05.13 - Metz, France - Caveau des Trinitaires
03.06.13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
03.07.13 - Paris, France - TBA
03.08.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Muziekgebouw aan´t IJ main hall
03.09.13 - Stavanger, Norway - Tou Scene/Maskinhallen
03.10.13 - Bergen, Norway - TBA
03.12.13 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg - TBA
03.13.13 - Marostica, Italy - Panic Jazz Club
03.14.13 - Venezia, Italy - TBA
03.15.13 - Reykjavik, Iceland - TBA
04.05.13 - Montreal, QC - Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal
05.02.13 - Quebec, QC - Le Cercle *
05.03.13 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa *
05.07.13 - Burlington, VT - Burlington City Arts Center *
05.08.13 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05.09.13 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts *
05.10.13 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live *
05.11.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum *
05.14.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Contemporary Arts Center *
05.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Schubas %
05.17.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Blind Pig %
05.19.13 - Toronto, Ontario - The Great Hall
06.29.13 - Honolulu, HI - Honolulu Museum of Art

* Sarah Neufeld
% Justin Walter

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Thee Oh Sees will release Floating Coffin on April 16 via Castle Face, right after they creep around your dreams a bit

You know, I was JUST wondering when Thee Oh Sees would release an album this year. They’ve released at least one LP of garage craziness every year since 2004 and have never shown any signs of calling it quits.

Seems that once spring rolls around, we’ll get our annual dose of wild, freaked-out, and possibly creepy psych-punk when Thee Oh Sees release Floating Coffin on April 16 via John Dwyer’s own Castle Face Records. Floating Coffin follows last year’s Putrifiers II (TMT Review), which skulked its way onto our Favorite Albums of 2012 list. Dwyer explained the nightmarish vibe of Floating Coffin by saying that “these songs occur in the mindset of a world that’s perpetually war-ridden.. .overall, it’s pretty dark, and much heavier than our other albums.”

Now I’m wondering just how many albums Thee Oh Sees will release this year…

Floating Coffin tracklist:

01. I Come From the Mountain

02. Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster

03. Floating Coffin

04. No Spell

05. Strawberries 1 + 2

06. Maze Fancier

07. Night Crawler

08. Sweet Helicopter

09. Tunnel Time

10. Minotaur

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DJ Rashad signs with Hyperdub for Rollin EP, due in March; ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod!!

Yes, we love Hyperdub over here at Tiny Mix Tapes. Three of its releases made our Favorite 50 Albums of 2012 list, including two in the top 5 (Laurel Halo’s Quarantine and Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland’s Black Is Beautiful). And yes, we love footwork here too: footwork releases have made our year-end lists for the past several years, including two from last year: DJ Rashad’s TEKLIFE Vol. 1 and Traxman’s Da Mind of Traxman.

So it is with pure, unfiltered, unadulterated, unsupervised joy to announce that DJ Rashad, tha shiznit of footwork, will be hooking up with Hyperdub for an EP called Rollin. Aside from an announced release month of March, no further details have yet been revealed, but we’re beyond excited over here (Squeo’s behind me right now working on his erks, dribbles, and ghosts, while Nobodaddy has an MPC 1000 in his Amazon cart. On company time, those sneaky fucks!)

Meanwhile, The Manny & Rashad Show, Rashad’s long-anticipated release with DJ Manny, is apparently due February 13 via Lit City Trax. Check out “Look How She Dancing” here:

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