Fennesz releases limited-edition cassette release, Szampler

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Well, Mr. Fennesz. It has been quite the fruitful year for you if I say so, and I do. Just to do a bit of recapping on this recent season of unrestricted creativity: your first recent step back into the realm of full-length recorded output was 2008s Black Sea, which was really good by the way, a definite progression in your sound towards drone-ambience that was pulled off nicely. Following that was last years addition to the In the Fishtank series that involved a collaboration with Sparklehorse (RIP Mark Linkous). While this release didn’t appear to get much noticeable press, I personally thought it was an excellent addition to both parties’ catalogs, bringing out a creative and artistic side neither you nor Sparklehorse had delved into prior. Very recently is the resurrection of the Fenn O’Berg project, which I heard was a worthy accomplishment, possibly even better than the two previous Fenn O’Berg albums — which is saying something.

Even now you still continue on a ASR-10-powered rampage of productivity. You decided to become a member of Norwegian free-jazz electronic group Food for their most most recent release Quiet Inlet.

But while all the aforementioned projects were excellent, albeit somewhat predictable output on the Christian Fennesz checklist of releases — you know, experimental collabs, minor progressions in sound, resurfacing old projects, all released in high-fidelity, etc. — this next one caught me a little off guard: a tape release.

Fennesz has decided to follow in the footsteps of artists such as Abe Vigoda, Wolf Eyes, Daniel Johnston, and Emil Beaulieau, as well as every band between 1982 and 1993, by releasing a limited-to-500 album via cassette tape. Not quite an album per se, Szampler is actually more of a collection of unreleased samples from back in the day, reflecting pieces that would eventually come to life on his albums. It’s available via The Tapeworm.

Doesn’t sound quite befitting, but neither did the Hulk Hogan album, and that worked out for the best. Right?

• Fennesz: http://www.fennesz.com
• Tapeworm: http://www.tapeworm.org

[Photo: Josel Baez]

Best Coast announce details for debut Crazy for You; apparently a lot of things are just plain crazy in BC’s world

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Get out the cooler, flip flops, and leash for your cat — we’re going to the beach! Best Coast, Bethany Costentino’s sudden pop sensation after Pocahaunted, have finally announced a date for the release of their debut full-length. No more collecting piles of BC 7-inches! No more buying CD-R collections of 7-inches! (Though if you purchase a pair of a href=”http://www.eskucheme.com/”>eskuché headphones, you can get a free Best Coast 7-inch; you can never have too many). The new album, Crazy for You, is out July 27, from Mexican Summer.

The debut contains all new material, which is nice if you’re like me and “Something in the Way” and “When I’m With You” have almost worn out their welcome on your record player (almost but not quite). The latter is included on the album as a bonus track, but otherwise Best Coast promise fresh, unreleased recordings (with the exception of “Our Deal”). Lewis Pesacov (Fool’s Gold, Foreign Born) produced the 29-minute-long album, and we of course can’t neglect to mention bandmate Bobb Bruno’s presence on the record. It’s not all about Bethany, after all.


01. Boyfriend
02. Crazy for You
03. The End
04. Goodbye
05. Summer Mood
06. Our Deal
07. I Want To
08. When the Sun Don’t Shine
09. Bratty B
10. Honey
11. Happy
12. Each and Everday
13. When I’m With You [bonus track]


06.17.10 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall (NXNE)
06.18.10 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison (NXNE)
06.19.10 - Toronto, ON - TBA (NXNE)
06.18.10 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.23.10 - New York, NY - South Street Seaport
09.09-11.10 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

• Best Coast: http://www.myspace.com/bestycoasty
• Mexican Summer: http://www.mexicansummer.com

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Autolux LP Transit Transit on the way, North American dates announced; now get these frogs off my highway!

A horde of frogs descends on a Greek highway. Autolux release a new album after 10 years. Are these signs that the end times are near?

NO. I could not think of a good opening. But one thing is clear: both are kinda miracles. Due to label issues, Autolux’s latest release, Transit Transit had been held up for quiet some time. In fact, it has been six years since their last release, debut album Future Perfect. In that time, the Los Angeles trio has been doing amazing things, like opening for PJ Harvey on her first ever Russian tour, appearing at the Flaming Lips-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties, and opening for Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace. And now TBD Recordings, home of Radiohead and White Rabbits, has announced plans to finally release Transit Transit in North America on August 3 (for our friends in the rest of the world, ATP Recordings will be doing the honors).

Autolux have also announced dates for their headlining North American tour. Check the dates below.

Tranist Transit tracklisting:

01. Transit Transit
02. Census
03. Highchair
04. Supertoys
05. Spots
06. The Bouncing Wall
07. Audience No. 2
08. Kissproof
09. Headless Sky
10. The Science of Imaginary Solutions

08.11.10 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
08.13.10 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *
08.14.10 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
08.15.10 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue *
08.18.10 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
08.19.10 - Madison, WI @ The Annex *
08.20.10 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *
08.21.10 - Newport, KY @ Southgate House *
08.22.10 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick *
08.24.10 - Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace *
08.25.10 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
08.26.10 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
08.27.10 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs *
08.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
08.29.10 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s *
08.31.10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
09.01.10 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat +
09.03.10 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle +
09.04.10 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade +
09.05.10 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
09.07.10 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live +
09.09.10 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s +
09.10.10 - Dallas, TX @ The Loft +
09.11.10 - Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck +
09.12.10 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater +
09.13.10 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge +
09.15.10 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse +
09.16.10 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern +
09.17.10 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse +
09.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre +

* - with This Will Destroy You
+ - with Gold Panda

• Autolux: http://www.autolux.net
• TBD Records: http://tbdrecords.com
• ATP Recordings: http://atpfestival.com/recordings.php

Menomena to tour the US in support of their recent Stanley Cup Victory, or something else.

Hey guys. Unfortunately, there’s only so many puns that can be squeezed out of Menomena’s band name. And we’ve already done them all (and probably repeated a few), to no small outpouring of acclaim. So, it sort of occurs to me that the most clever way I can tell you about their upcoming fall tour is to give it to you straight. Right? Right. Okay, so, pretend that you’re reading Spin or something, okay? Here we go:

Good day, ladies and gentlemen. I hereby wish to report to you the following piece of news regarding acclaimed Portland, OR-based art-rock trio, Menomena, which will then be followed by its direct corollary. (1) Menomena will release their fourth full-length record, Mines, July 27 via Barsuk Records, followed by a July 30 release in Germany and an August 2 release in the UK and Europe on City Slang. (2) As a direct result, the band will be taking to the road this fall in support of the release via the live exhibition of some or many or all of the tracks contained within the aforementioned release. The complete listing of these exhibitions is cataloged below and has been pre-arranged in chronological order by your humble reporter for your browsing convenience.

Please do what you will with this information. I thank you for your careful time and attention to this matter. Have an excellent day, and from all of us here at Tiny Mix Tapes, we wish you the best of luck with all of your future music-related endeavors. May all of your coals turn to diamonds.


09.10.10 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
09.11.10 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (Musicfest NW)
09.14.10 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
09.16.10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
09.17.10 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
09.18.10 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
09.21.10 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
09.22.10 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
09.23.10 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
09.24.10 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
09.25.10 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
09.27.10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
09.28.10 – Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club
09.29.10 – Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
09.30.10 – Boston, MA – Royale
10.01.10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
10.05.10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10.06.10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10.07.10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10.08.10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
10.09.10 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
10.11.10 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Arts
10.12.10 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
10.14.10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10.15.10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10.16.10 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

Mines tracklist:

02. TAOS
06. BOTE

• Menomena: http://www.menomena.com
• Barsuk: http://www.barsuk.com
• City Slang: http://www.cityslang.com

Spiritualized bring Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space to US for a full performance, then vow never to do it again

In support of the deluxe (and expensive) reissue of the incredible Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Spiritualized performed the album in full in England earlier this year (Matt Groening requested it at ATP, and he’s a man who gets what he wants). This summer, they’re bringing the experience stateside for one last hurrah. The band recently announced that it will perform Ladies and Gentlemen in a one-time-only North American concert July 30 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The performance is part of Spin’s 25th anniversary celebration and will be the last time the band will perform the album in full.

If the rarity of the performance wasn’t bad enough for non-New Yorkers, a small batch of lucky ticket purchasers will also get a limited-edition Ladies and Gentlemen t-shirt pill box set, should they be fortunate enough to get one of those coveted spots in the crowd.

Now cue the album and feel your heart tear apart.

• Spiritualized: http://www.spiritualized.com

Wooden Wand announces new album this fall on Young God, summer tour

I think we know more about the extremely prolific Wooden Wand than we used to (example TMT News, 2006). In fact, we know quite a lot about Death Set, the forthcoming album by Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth, which will be released this October under the name Wooden Wand (not “and the Vanishing Voice,” “and the Sky High Band,” “Wand,” or any variations thereof). Recently, Toth released James & the Quiet (TMT Review), as well as his last album, a collection of demos, through experimental god Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label. But Toth wasn’t satisfied with just one deity. For Death Seat, he’s moved on to work with another legend, Michael Gira (Swans) and his Young God Records.

The new album, as you can expect from a WW offering, includes collaborations with a slew of musicians, including William Tyler of Lampchop and Silver Jews, Grasshopper of Mercury Rev, and Big Blood’s Colleen Kinsella and Caleb Mulkerin. You can listen to a non-album version of the titular song from Death Seat on Wooden Wand’s MySpace. I recommend a front porch, sunset, and lonely breakup to go along with it.


06.18.10 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival *
06.19.10 - London, ON - GIgs *
06.20.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.22.10 - Chicago, IL - The Abbey
07.21.10 - Lexington, KY - Al’s Bar ^

* DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes
^ D Charles Speer & the Helix

• Wooden Wand: http://www.myspace.com/woodenwand