‘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

Relive the magic of the Jesus Lizard reunion in your very own home, thanks to this new Jesus Lizard double LP

So. You missed seeing The Jesus Lizard during one of their storied reunion shows in 2009. Or maybe you were there, and now your life is just a sad, meaningless husk, and you spend your days idly counting the months that have passed since you last saw The Jesus Lizard explode in a mess of sweat and fury on the stages at Pitchfork or All Tomorrow’s Parties or even at the band’s very first stateside reunion performance at Nashville’s Exit/In. Yes, living in the year 2 ADNJLR Anno Domini Nostri Jesu Lizard Reunion can sometimes be a harsh, difficult proposition. All the magic, the mayhem, the yowling of Yow just… gone.

Until now! Now, it might not be the same as getting kicked in the head by David Yow and friends, but Chunklet’s new double LP release of that very special debut reunion performance in Nashville is pretty damn close. Said LP is the vinyl soundtrack to the recent DVD of said show, also entitled Jesus Lizard: Club, and it’ll be available as a fancy schmancy gatefold LP in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. (A tip to the discerning fan: the first 200 mail orders of Club will arrive on extra special colored vinyl!!!! ) The album hits stores December 6, just in time for you to add it your non-denominational holiday celebration list and have your mom say “The… Jeeeeesus… Lizard?” It’s also perfectly timed for you and all your friends who can’t afford to fly home to make awkward jokes about “Oooh I wonder what THAT present is?? A cat calendar? Ha ha ha oooooooh my God, we need more wine, what do you mean we ran out of wine, ooooooh God is the liquor store open, okay, fine, just open the freakin’ cat calendar and put it on the turntable, I can’t stand all this fake holiday cheer anymore. ALCOHOL.” Yep, just the way the Jesus Lizard would’ve wanted it!

Club tracklisting:

A1. Puss
A2. Seasick
A3. Boilermaker
A4. Gladiator
A5. Destroy Before Reading
A6. Mouthbreather
B1. Blue Shot
B2. Glamorous
B3. Killer McHann
B4. One Evening
B5. Then Comes Dudley
B6. Chrome
C1. Nub
C2. Blockbuster
C3. Monkey Trick
C4. 7 vs 8
D1. Thumbscrews
D2. Fly on the Wall
D3. My Own Urine
D4. Dancing Naked Ladies
D5. Bloody Mary
D6. Wheelchair Epidemic

• The Jesus Lizard: http://www.thejesuslizard.net
• Chunklet: http://www.chunklet.com

Dirty Projectors to sidestep original cause and release Mount Wittenberg Orca on vinyl

In June of last year, Dirty Projectors and Björk released a web-only download of their collaborative EP Mount Wittenberg Orca (TMT Review), which is now receiving a limited pressing on vinyl and CD through Domino Records in late October. Now Björk fans can have something new to look forward to after they tire of exploring constellations on their Biophilia apps.

The EP was originally conceived by Dirty Projector Dave Longstreth, who was exploring his obsession with scattered vocal harmony arrangements, as experienced on Bitte Orca (TMT Review). After a lightning round in the studio with Björk (three days), the recording was released in June of 2010 as a download to benefit the National Geographic Society and raised over $40,000 to promote sustainable ocean programs.

But if you hate the ocean and enjoy your music pressed on one of the world’s most dangerous and toxic plastics — vinyl — then don’t worry, because they’ve considered your needs too. While the previously mentioned download site is still up and running, with proceeds continuing to be forwarded to NGS, the EP will be available for the first time in physical format on October 24 through Domino.

The limited, hand-numbered deluxe LPs of Mount Wittenberg Orca feature 180-gram vinyl pressed at 45RPM with a sleeve comprised of a 12”x12” three-dimensional lenticular cover. Inside is a 12-page full-color booklet with stills from the original YouTube films of the Mount Wittenberg environs by director Matthew Lessner (Stillness Is the Move). You can preorder the album here.

Mount Wittenberg Orca tracklisting:

01. Ocean
02. On and Ever Onward
03. When the World Comes to an End
04. Beautiful Mother
05. Sharing Orb
06. No Embrace
07. All We Are

• Dirty Projectors: http://www.dirtyprojectors.net
• Björk: bjork.com
Mount Wittenberg Orca: http://www.mountwittenbergorca.com

TV on the Radio announce new live EP, new video, more dates, and possibly some hot replica watches?

Ever since TV on the Radio formed back in the mid-90s in the dreary, intellectual town of Seattle, Washington, their singular goal has been to one day play a set of songs on the most intellectual radio show in town. Of course, I’m speaking of the Dr. Frasier Crane show on KACL, Seattle. Unfortunately, KACL turned out to be a talk-radio station that didn’t feature music. Also, Fraiser Crane turned out to not be a real person (which, as you can imagine, was pretty demoralizing).

After shaking off these embarrassments, the bookish band decided to seek out the second-best intellectual American radio show, this time setting their sights on NPR’s The World Cafe Live. Now, after years of trying to write intelligent-enough songs to catch the ear of its ruthlessly critical host, David Dye, the boys in TVOTR were finally granted access to The Village Studios down in Santa Monica, where they recorded five live songs for a new EP entitled World Cafe Live. The EP is being released on September 6, and you can listen to it exclusively on Rdio right now. What a success story!

Oh, also, there’s a new video for the Nine Types of Light track “Second Song” and some tourdates coming up this fall, blah blah blah. Those didn’t really fit into my (already pretty lazy) narrative, so they’re tacked on here. WELCOME TO TINY MIX TAPES, SUCKERS!

World Café Live EP tracklist:

01. Caffeinated Consciousness
02. Will Do
03. Red Dress
04. Province (CD and 12-inch vinyl only)
05. Repetition

Dates:

09.01.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
09.02.11 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
09.06.11 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
09.08.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
09.09.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts
09.10.11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion (Virgin Mobile FreeFest)
09.12.11 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore Charlotte
09.13.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
09.14.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
09.16.11 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
09.17.11 - Austin, TX - Zilker Park (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
09.18.11 - Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
09.20.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
09.21.11 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
09.23.11 - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan
09.24.11 - San Diego, CA - SDSU Open Air Theatre
09.25.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
09.27.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
10.07.11 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Skidmore College
10.08.11 - Canton, NY - St. Lawrence University
10.25.11 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
10.26.11 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
10.27.11 - Charleston, SC - The Music Farm

• TV on the Radio: http://www.tvontheradio.com
• Interscope: http://www.interscope.com
World Cafe Live: http://www.worldcafelive.com

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

  

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