‘Dubstep’ and ‘Grime’ recognized as real words by the Chambers Dictionary; see, I totally deserved that triple word score!

'Dubstep' and 'Grime' recognized as real words by the Chambers Dictionary; see, I totally deserved that triple word score! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-09-dubstep-grime-dictionary.jpg

In contrast with their snooty cousins over at the Oxford University Press (who also have ‘dubstep’ and the music variation of the word ‘grime’ defined in their dictionary), the prestigious (?) Chambers Dictionary is something like a more carefully monitored Urban Dictionary, but with a slightly smaller number of hooligans running the show. In their new edition of the dictionary, Chambers defines ‘dubstep’ as a “type of electronic popular dance music developed from drum and bass,” and ‘grime’ as a “style of popular music combining elements of dancehall and hip-hop.” If you ask me, both of these definitions are woefully vague and unspecific.

For comparison’s sake, let’s take a look at an Urban Dictionary definition of ‘dubstep’, selected entirely non-randomly. User carsoncb articulately characterizes the genre, with the passion it deserves, as “the music that is created from transformers having sex.” Oh, of course! That dubstep! Point, Urban Dictionary.

Other words included among the 200 new additions to the Chambers Dictionary are: ‘boyband,’ defined as “a pop group, targeting mainly the teenage market, composed of young males chosen because they look good and can dance and sometimes even sing,” and ‘beatboxing,’ described as the imitation of “an electronic drum machine using the voice.” Well, how about that? ‘Beatboxing’ finally made the cut. Pardon me while I imagine the staff at Chambers carefully navigating this newfangled internet thing, wondering what us young rapscallions are up to these days.

• Chambers: http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk

Stunned Records says goodbye and releases tapes 129-136, offers discount for bulk purchase

In today’s economy (Jesus, aren’t you sick of reading introductions like that?), it makes sense to purchase goods in bulk. Right now as I type this, for example, I am seated on a giant vat of mayonnaise and eating cereal from a 70-ounce box of Frosted Flakes. I’m using a similarly enormous box of dry rice as an ottoman. Now all I need is some new music. Thankfully for the thrifty such as myself, Stunned Records, a prolific cassette label operated by married partners Phil and Myste French with a roster including Sun Araw, Sean McCann, and Dire Wolves, has just issued tapes #129-136 and are offering them in bulk for less! But wait, there’s more! When purchasing this set of new releases by Warm Climate, Social Drag, Nite Lite, and many other great artists, Stunned will include a bonus cassette by Enfer Boreal (previously out-of-print CD-R)!

On a serious note, however, the bad news is that this will be Stunned’s official final batch of tapes. In only three years, the label has released 136 cassettes and established itself as a significant influence to the underground tape trade; we’ve covered many of their releases in Cerberus columns. The French’s will be moving forward with new endeavors, and everyone at Tiny Mix Tapes wishes them the best of luck with all future projects. Stunned will be missed and remembered.

Final batch:

129. Queen Victoria — The Present Tense c60
130. Berber Ox — The Great Parenthesis c54
131. Parashi/Granitkorridor — Celedon/VI c80
132. Social Drag — New Age Healer c39
133. Pimmon — Lay Down Real Slow c41
134. Nite Lite — Marlene c36
135. M. Geddes Gengras — The Empty Space c93
136. Warm Climate — Pigeon Brides Weigh In c39
(bonus #11). Enfer Boreal — Drone Is Dead CD-R

• Stunned: http://stunnedrecords.blogspot.com
• Stunned Distro and Zines: http://www.stunnedaside.blogspot.com

Wooden Wand releasing 6-LP set of archival material around Thanksgiving in honor of cornucopias

James Jackson Toth a.k.a. Wooden Wand is one prolific dude. People who were taken by the man’s first few collaborations with The Vanishing Voice in the mid-00s are now drowning in Wand merchandise — the albums on Weird Forest, De Stijl, and 5RC (RIP); the seven volumes of the From the Road live series; the solo jaunts on Ecstatic Peace! and Young God; the brief stint with Rykodisc… and that’s leaving out about 100 other notable releases. Now, we all know that his finest moment was on our Darfur benefit compilation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a boat/butt-load of other non-album hidden gems floating around. Toth dished out 100+ unreleased songs to those that pledged to his recent Kickstarter campaign, but that was just a warm-up round: enter the mammoth Archives Vol. 3 6-LP set, soon to be released by People in a Position to Know.

Fittingly packaged in a big ol’ silkscreened wooden box, Archives was slimmed down from about 400 unreleased tracks to a manageable but still stomachache-inducing 75 tunes. Each disc focuses on a different aspect of Mr. Wooden’s sprawling sound, with the first disc highlighting his “rocking” material, disc two showing off some “sincere love songs,” disc three leaning more toward the depressing end of the emotional spectrum, disc four consisting of an acoustic grab-bag, disc five compiling his “character” songs, and the final disc bringing it all back home with the best of his early lo-fi recordings.

Though Archives is only available on vinyl, those that preorder the box are going to get a digital sampler of sorts, with a few songs from each disc to keep you occupied while you wait for the elderly mailman to heave your wooden box up all those flights of stairs around Thanksgiving. There will also be a very limited pressing of each separate disc for anyone who already blew their cash on that Neutral Milk Hotel box last week. Check out a few more details on the pressing over here, or get back to work on the one song you’ve been working on for 15 years.

• Wooden Wand: http://www.woodenwand.org
• People in a Position to Know: http://piaptk.limitedpressing.com

Gruff Rhys teams up with ICP! No, wait, Phil Collins! No, wait, a different Phil Collins!

Okay, let’s get this out of the way. The Phil Collins we’re talking about is a Berlin-based artist, not the “do-do, do-do, do-do, do-do, dun-dun-dun!” drum fill guy. Not that it’d be a huge deal if the dude did team up with the man behind the runaway hit Disney musical Tarzan… I mean, we’re talking about the guy who has eaten fucking Sir Paul McCartney’s adult-artist-phase cheesy ham hoagies and managed to shit out something interesting in the past, so Rhys clearly has a knack for navigating the rocky psychological terrain of the elder statesmen.

But either way. Doesn’t matter. This Phil Collins is not that Phil Collins. This Phil Collins is a Turner Prize nominee for his short film, The Meaning of Style, which basically follows a gang of anti-fascist Malaysian skinheads for a while. Ah, classic Phil Collins. The film will be shown at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo starting September 23 through January 9 of next year, and Rhys handled the soundtrack song, which is entitled Y Baban Bach. In addition to soundtracking the movie, the song is set to be released as a very limited-edition (only 300 copies, people) 7-inch single, which will be available exclusively at Gruff’s forthcoming UK tourdates. But more importantly, Gruff Rhys gets to go around town claiming that he just soundtracked A Phil Collins movie. And that sounds like a fun sentence to throw out there.

UK dates:

10.02.11 - Llandudno, UK - North Wales Theatre
10.03.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre,
10.05.11 - Cardiff, UK - St David’s Hall
10.06.11 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Irish Centre
10.07.11 - Manchester, UK Central Methodist Hall
10.08.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Bongo Club
10.09.11 - Middlesbrough, UK - The Middlesbrough Crypt
10.11.11 - Reading, UK - Reading Concert Hall
10.12.11 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
10.13.11 - Ashford, UK - St Mary’s Church

• Gruff Rhys: http://www.gruffrhys.com
• Phil Collins: congratulations, you’re impossible to google.

Gross Magic signs to Fat Possum, gets a letter from Hogwarts

Remember that part in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when Malfoy calls Hermione “a filthy Mudblood” and Ron tries to cast a spell on him? Remember how the spell backfires and Ron ends up vomiting slugs?

That’s certainly some gross magic, but the UK-based artist of the same name has nothing to do with it. Gross Magic (a.k.a. Sam McGarrigle, formerly of Hocus Tocus) brings his retro synth pop to Fat Possum, joining the likes of Yuck, Tennis, and The Walkmen. Imagine what an 80s band would sound like after grooving through outer space for a bit, then mix in a little Flaming Lips, and you’ll have Gross Magic’s debut EP Teen Jamz, which is currently available on iTunes and will see a physical release October.

Gross Magic also has a handful of NYC dates scheduled, so be sure to track down any neon clothing, space gear, or wizard robes you might have lying around.

Teen Jamz tracklisting:

01. We’re Awake Tonight
02. Teen Jamz
03. Sweetest Touch
04. Can’t Ignore My Heart
05. Dream Gurl
06. Yesterdays (iTunes exclusive bonus track)


10.13.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.14.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.15.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Cameo Gallery

• Gross Magic: http://www.facebook.com/grossmagic
• Fat Possum: http://www.fatpossum.com

Fucked Up and Wavves team up for “rocking” fall road trip

All across this great land of ours, American citizens are tightening their supersized belts, clippin’ coupons, blah blah blah more euphemisms for living on an all-ramen-and-water diet in order to save money in these trying economic times. It’s not fun to buy dented cans of vegetables instead of the gleaming, organic delights at the co-op. Nor is it amusing to be all like, “Yeah, I guess sitting on your couch and watching this rerun of Cops I’ve seen five times already is just as entertaining as going to see the latest superhero movie at the drive-in movie theater. Yeah, let’s do that instead tonight. Pssh, I don’t even LIKE popcorn, we don’t gotta eat anything.” So it’s very kind of the good people in Wavves and Fucked Up to help us economize by touring together.

Cat-loving Wavves dude Nathan Williams has been a busy little surf bee this year, all releasing new EPs and a split 7-inch with Best Coast, plus collaborating onscreen with GZA and composing music for MTV. Fucked Up are no slouches either; they collaborated with Williams on Life Sux earlier this year, put out double-album David Comes to Life (TMT Review), and they’ve got a nice little series of late summer/fall European and Canadian festivals lined up. The intrepid band duo will hit the tough streets of Boston in late September, kicking off a few weeks’ worth of US dates before Fucked Up continues on alone into the wilds of Halifax, Nova Scotia for the final date of said tour.

Wavves & Fucked Up:

09.23.11 - Boston, MA - Royale
09.24.11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.25.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09.26.11 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
09.27.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
09.28.11 - Columbus, OH - Outland Live
09.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
09.30.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.02.11 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom


09.09.11 - Long Beach, NY - The Quicksilver Pro
09.10.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s #

# The Octopus Project, White Denim, & This Will Destroy You

Fucked Up:

09.01.11 - Madrid, Spain - MTV Madrid Beach
09.21.11 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal
10.22.11 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Pop Explosion

• Wavves: http://www.ghostramp.com
• Fucked Up: http://lookingforgold.blogspot.com


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