Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker announces solo debut, and probably like 90 other records while he’s at it

Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker announces solo debut, and probably like 90 other records while he's at it

Man, I must be one impatient motherfucker. Because when I first read the news (via FACT) that Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker was releasing his first “proper solo LP” on Modern Love, my knee-jerk reaction was just kinda… “Shit what took this dude so damn long?” In case you were wondering, my second thought was that I seem to casually swear a lot, even in internal monologues. And my third thought was that I’m one cool son-of-a-bitch.

But enough about ME for a few sentences, let’s get back to Whittaker. Of course, the reason I was faintly shocked to realize that the dude hasn’t released a literal, honest-to-goodness, under-his-own-name solo-record yet is because of the sheer tonnage of shit that he has released for Modern Love to date, including his epic techno work with Gary Howell in Pendle Coven and the pair’s jungle jams as HATE, his batshit breakbeat adventures with Andy Stott as Millie and Andrea, his Suum Cuique noise project, and his perpetually badass Demdike Stare project (with Sean Canty), whose dark, dubby records we’re perpetually falling all over ourselves about.

But yo, forget about all those records. They’re CRAP. Because he’s dropping Faint Hearted next month under his own name (Miles), and it promises to be bigger, better, louder, quieter, harder, softer, cooler, hotter, phatter, leaner, hungier, and hornier than all of those other records put together! Seriously! That’s from the press release! Okay, no its not; but he does claim that it reflects the full range of his musical interests, from “robust and stripped Techno to washed-out Jungle and Ambient mutations” (Modern Love drops Mika Vainio, Plastikman, and Move D as points of reference). So yeah, April 8, man. Throw out all your other Modern Love records and buy this one. You bastard!

Faint Hearted tracklisting:

01. Lebensform
02. Irreligious
03. Status Narcissism
04. Sense Data
05. Rejoice
06. Archaic Thought Pattern 1
07. Queuing
08. Loran Dreams

• Miles Whittaker:
• Modern Love:

One of John Coltrane’s saxophones is up for auction; eventual owner needs to look into viability of cloning from saliva

The Wire reports that one of John Coltrane’s saxophones is being sold on eBay — add to your cart today for only $115,000!

This got me thinking; what’s the point of owning memorabilia? Sure, it’s cool to have an art book signed by Trent Reznor, or one of Steven Tyler’s scarves, or a pair of Genesis P-Orridge’s rubber underwear (I’m sure somebody would love those), but they only have as much value as an individual puts on them. Coltrane’s saxophone is valuable to the whole world, and here’s why: cloning. I am perfectly willing to admit my own ignorance in this realm but in my mind’s eye (through the lens of a Sci-Fi-addled brain) I see someone taking a sample of the hardened saliva residue no doubt located inside this saxophone, filling in the holes with the DNA of Bruno Mars (or a frog, whatever), and creating an army of Johns Coltrane that could conquer the world with Jazz.

Now, it’s possible this DNA is no longer viable; the saxophone was primarily used when Coltrane toured Japan in 1966. You can even hear it on some of the live recordings from that period. Whatever the case, the eventual owner of this massively important cultural artifact should get in touch; I may not have the resources (or knowhow) to clone a human, but with our combined intellects, I’m sure we could puzzle it out. Also, being able to touch a saxophone owned by Coltrane would be rad.

• John Coltrane:

Brokeback go on tour, easily escape the grasp of Tortoise

Though perhaps not by design, Chicago post-rock fixtures Tortoise have become the most appropriately named group in music. They put out records roughly twice a decade, they don’t tour a ton, they basically take things very slowly these days. As such, this leaves the members of Tortoise the freedom to pursue other ventures. Here is one of those such ventures: Brokeback, the instrumental group led by Tortoise bassist/guitarist Douglas McCombs. That very venture is going on tour later this month for a handful of dates through the Midwest and the East Coast. Not too may dates, because, hey, once a Tortoise member, always a Tortoise member. Furthermore, McCombs is still a member of Tortoise, so still a Tortoise member!

Earlier this year, Brokeback put out a new record, Brokeback and the Black Rock (see a video from that at the Chocolate Grinder). To continue with the inter-band relations, the record was produced by Tortoise member John McEntire. One would suppose that, between takes, the two sat sipping delicious gin and tonics and talking about days gone by. There’s always time to reminisce.

Brokeback dates:

03.23.13 - Hamtrammck, MI - New Dodge Lounge
03.24.13 - Toronto, ON - The Drake
03.25.13 - Boston, MA - TT the Bear’s #
03.26.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool #
03.27.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie #
03.28.13 - Baltimore, MD - Current Gallery %
03.29.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose
03.30.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Motr Pub @

# Thalia Zedek
% Peals, Nest, Bamboo, Napalm Def
@ Jim Greer

• Brokeback:
• Thrill Jockey:

Svarte Greiner is putting out a new album on Miasmah, attempting to give you frostbite in spring

Maybe it’s cliché, but I always think of Erik K. Skodvin’s Svarte Greiner output as “winter music” or “night music.” What other way is there to describe the black drones and flitting peripheral shapes that branch through so much of it? The stark cold at the heart of his work is what made me raise an eyebrow when Miasmah announced they’re releasing a new Svarte Greiner album in April. It’s like by blessing me with some unholy, starlight ambience they are trying to curse my spring with a late frost. I guess I’ll just have to bundle up; I have Viking heritage so I can handle some lowered temperatures.

And Black Tie promises just that; moaning, chill winds whipping around the listener’s ears for two sides of extended synth drone. The twin pieces, entitled “Black Tie” and “White Noise” respectively, both originated as musical accompaniment to an installation by Norwegian artist Marit Følstad. Scoop up the album on April 26 to see if the pieces stand up without the accompanying art or instead just bring about fimbulvinter. Either would be acceptable but both would be ideal.

Black Tie tracklisting:

01. Black Tie
02. White Noise

• Svarte Greiner:
• Miasmah:

Danny Brown announces tour with Kitty, embraces rap fatherhood

At the rate Danny Brown is announcing tours lately, we at Tiny Mix Tapes might have to start employing our Patent Pending Lil B Mixtape Post Generator just to keep up. Following the announcement of his “Worst of Both Worlds” tour in April with Baauer, Danny has yet again spread his arms wide so that we children might gather unto him and hear his voice. “I’m touring with Kitty, my rap children,” he says, “who, as you all know, is my most favored rap daughter. The tour is starting in April and continuing into March,” he’ll intone. “What’s that behind your ear?” he’ll ask before waving a silver dollar in our faces. We’ll play along, even though we saw it in his hand a few minutes ago.

The tour is called “The Old and Reckless,” presumably because Danny is way old (dude was literally born in like 1800 or something) and Kitty is about as reckless as it gets (have you heard that she chopped off the last of her name, like it didn’t even matter? Get it gurl!!) Further confirmation of Danny’s extreme age will be available on his forthcoming Fool’s Gold full-length Old, which will be out later this year (when he’ll be even older! and more dad-like!). Check out the album’s fatherly first single “#HottestMC” right here:


03.15.13 - Austin, TX - Viceland
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - Mass Appeal @ Austin Music Hall
03.16.13 - Austin, TX - Fool’s Gold Showcase @ Beauty Ballroom
04.09.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds *
04.10.13 - Dallas, TX - Tree’s *
04.11.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s East *
04.13.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella *
04.14.13 - Tuscon, AZ - Congress *
04.15.13 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red *
04.17.13 - San Francisco, CA -Independent *
04.18.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Casa De La Raza *
04.20.13 - Indio, CA - Coachella *
04.24.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig **
04.25.13 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge **
04.26.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock **
04.27.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon **
04.28.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s **
04.29.13 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House **
05.01.13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade **
05.02.13 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel **
05.03.13 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street **
05.04.13 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel **
05.07.13 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza **
05.08.13 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA **
05.09.13 - Boston, MA - Middle East **
05.10.13 - Providence, RI - The Met **
05.11.13 - Northampton, MA - Pearl Street **
05.13.13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop **
05.14.13 - Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe **
05.16.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Tao
05.23.13 - Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
05.24.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
05.26.13 - George, WA - Sasquatch

* Baauer
** Kitty

• Danny Brown:
• Kitty:
• Fool’s Gold:

Merchandise stream new song from Totale Night LP, vigorously participate in capitalism

Merchandise (proper noun, i.e., the band) have got some merchandise (noun, i.e., wares to be purchased, viz., their new full-length Totale Night) that they want to merchandise (verb, i.e., promote the sale of) in your general direction. More succinctly: Merchandise merchandise merchandise.

In order to facilitate the merchandization of their merchandise, the band has released a teaser bit of digital merchandise in the form of a stream of the song “Who Are You?” which is, quite disappointingly to dads everywhere, not a cover of the classic Who song. Nevertheless, you can listen to it here:

The specific Merchandise merchandise that Merchandise would like you to consider purchasing is their new full-length, Totale Night, which is out April 2 on Night-People Records. Maybe the following will help convince you: the album was mastered by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3.

Merchandise are also touring like madmen. At the following shows you’ll be sure to find them at the Merch-table, which is what they call the stage.


03.13.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Viceland (Vice Party)
03.14.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – 1100 East 5th (Pitchfork Day Party)
03.14.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Scoot Inn (Thrasher & Converse – Death Match) #
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Mohawk (Ground Control Touring Official Showcase)
03.15.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Beerland (Ground Control Day Party)
03.16.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW – Red 7 (Chaos in Tejas Official Showcase)
03.18.13 - El Paso, TX - Black Market
03.19.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Dead Horse Warehouse %
03.20.13 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar %
03.21.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo %
03.22.13 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory % $
03.23.13 - Bakersfield, CA - Munoz Gym %
03.24.13 - Santa Cruz, CA - 418 Project %
03.25.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop % ^
03.26.13 - Oakland, CA - New Parish % ^
03.28.13 - Portland, OR - Backspace %
03.29.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Media Club %
03.30.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza %
03.31.13 - Olympia, WA - Northern %
04.02.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux %
04.03.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby %
04.04.13 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater % ^
04.06.13 - Norman, OK - Opolis
04.07.13 - Houston, TX - Mango’s
04.08.13 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia (
04.09.13 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic (
04.10.13 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder at Florida State University
05.15.13 - London, UK - 100 Club
05.16.13 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt
05.17.13 - Brighton, UK - The Corn Exchange
05.18.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival
05.19.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Madame Moustache
05.20.13 - Paris, France - Fleche D’Or
05.21.13 - Rennes, France - Ubu
05.22.13 - Lyon, France - Le Sirius
05.23.13 - Nimes, France - Paloma
05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05.30.13 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera
06.01.13 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas †
06.02.13 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas †
06.04.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada †
06.05.13 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox †
06.06.13 - Louisville, KY - The Workhouse Ballroom †
06.07.13 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups †
06.08.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - The 6119 †
06.09.13 - Boston, MA - TT The Bears †
06.10.13 - Burlington, VT - The Monkey House †
06.11.13 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore †
06.12.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Music Festival †
06.13.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Music Festival †
06.15.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Northside Music Festival) †
06.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s †
06.18.13 - Washington, DC - DC9 †
06.19.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter †
06.20.13 - Charlotte, NC - The Milestone †
06.21.13 - Atlanta, GA - 529 †
06.22.13 - Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic †
06.23.13 - Miami, FL - Churchill’s †
08.02.13 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.31.13 - Salisbury, UK - End Of The Road Festival
09.07.13 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

* Chelsea Light Moving, Talk Normal
! Sleep, Reigning Sound, Roky Erickson, Eyehategod, The Spits, Soft Moon, The Oh Sees, Fat Tony
@ Mac Demarco, Audacity
# Chelsea Light Moving, The Black Angels, Mac Demarco, King Tuff, Bleached
% Wet Hair
$ The Black Lips, Nick Waterhouse and Bleached
^ Iceage
( White Lung
† Milk Music and Destruction Unit

• Merchandise:
• Night-People: