Frank Ocean to appear as musical guest on SNL season opener? More like: “Indistinct, foggy SNL episode to inconsequentially unfold around Frank Ocean performance!”

Frank Ocean to appear as musical guest on SNL season opener?  More like: "Indistinct, foggy SNL episode to inconsequentially unfold around Frank Ocean performance!"


Frank Ocean — whose genre-mangled and deliciously-colored debut album Channel Orange (TMT Review) came out this summer — will be performing one or more of his live-audience-approved songs in front of a live audience while being filmed and recorded by various personnel working for the non-cable television network NBC this coming September 15, 2012. The performances will commence at a time antecedent to 11:30 EST, and Tiny Mix Tapes is happy to announce that this broadcast pre-qualifies as great news for people who have heretofore enjoyed Ocean’s recorded music output and are interested in seeing a small portion of that music reconstituted by live performers without having to leave their own homes, neighborhood bars, ER waiting rooms, etc. To reiterate, this is a non-repeating, once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-restaged event that popular opinion would suggest is not to be missed.


Oh, no, wait, we forgot to mention: before, during, and after all this, some comedy troupe will do skits while Seth MacFarlane hangs out and does voices that all sound a lot like one another.


—Tiny Mix Tapes

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Saturday Night Live:

Brian Kinsman from Foot Village is going to be a narwhal for Halloween, and he’s making mini-documentaries about DIY haunted houses

Some people love roller coasters, and others love hot air balloons. Some people love water slides, and others love above-ground pools. Brian Kinsman loves haunted houses. He plays in the noise drum circle Foot Village and grew up in Burbank, CA, where he spent every Halloween exploring mazes that neighbors would construct in their backyards. When he returned to Burbank just a few years ago, he found people building haunts just like he remembered, and some of them would even stay open for a multiple weekends. He’d visit them over and over again.

This year, Kinsman decided to make a series of mini-documentaries about the people who build haunts, and his first one follows Albert Reyes from El Sereno, CA. Reyes has had a haunt in his backyard for almost 10 years, and he transforms it so that the experience changes according to the season. I can’t tell from the trailer (see below), but maybe in December he hides a record player that plays the same line of a choral Christmas song again and again, and maybe in February he paints creepy graffiti valentines on the walls. Regardless, he’s always inspired by abandoned buildings.

The film comes out in October on Kinsman’s website, and if you sign up for the mailing list, you’ll not only be among the first to see the film, but you’ll also receive a free copy of the score, composed by S.R. Cano of tik///tik. In the meantime, check out part one of the score for free! Also, how about getting a head start on your Halloween costume? Maybe a pterodactyl?

• Foot Village:
• Deathbomb Arc:

Aesop Rock goes on fall tour! YOU CHUMPS.

Hey chumps! Listen up!

Underground rap fixture Aesop Rock was gone for a while, but now he’s back. Well, he wasn’t entirely gone, what with him releasing a record as Hail Mary Mallon, his group with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. He was partially gone, as he hadn’t put out a solo record since 2007’s None Shall Pass. The point is, he’s totally back now, having put out his new record Skelethon (TMT Review) mere months ago via Rhymesayers. Now you know the story, chumps! Maybe you knew the story before.

But wait chumps! There’s more!

This fall, Aesop Rock will be embarking on a couple of jaunts through North America. In a few days, he’ll head out on a West Coast trip. After that, he’ll soak his feet in a fine soaking tub, only to emerge again for a more Midwest/East Coast-focused trip. He will do some raps and it will be a fine time, you chumps.

Aesop Rock dates:

08.30.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
08.31.12 - Bakersfield, CA - B Ryder’s
09.01.12 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
09.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Fuck Yeah Fest
09.04.12 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
09.07.12 - Spokane, WA - A Club
09.08.12 - Yakima, WA - The Seasons
09.10.12 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
09.12.12 - Arcata, CA - Van Duzer Theater @ Humboldt State
09.13.12 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
09.14.12 - Chico, CA - El Rey Theatre
09.16.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10.01.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10.02.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
10.04.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
10.05.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
10.06.12 - Nashville, TN - Exit Inn
10.08.12 - Lawrence, KS - Granada
10.10.12 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
10.11.12 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
10.12.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine

• Aesop Rock:
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Dam-Funk designs drum machine for the dam-funkless

When it comes to selling music these days, it’s not enough to just put an album out and have people listen to it. A good album isn’t like a well-sourced, well-prepared, well-cooked steak dinner wherein customers will simply consume, digest, and applaud. No. Music’s all like fondue now. The customers gotta be able to fuck with it themselves. Case in point, a little while ago, Stones Throw posted the usual yadda-yadda about old-school funk proselytizer Dam-Funk releasing a new 12-inch maxi-single “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Star” in preparation for his upcoming full-length Invite the Light. Pretty standard stuff.

Then they revealed that said 12-inch contains, in addition to the title track, a cover of Prince’s “17 Days.” A little juicer.

Then, they further revealed the news that the single is going to be — get this — released alongside the “Dam Drum,” a handheld drum machine and sequencer with four unique sounds selected by Dam-Funk himself. Jackpot! Move over “experts”! It’s time for us inexperienced mouthbreathers to push all the shiny buttons!

This little tiny hand-held work distraction was developed by the Austin, Texas company Bleep Labs (which, as Ad Hoc pointed out, is the same company that built and released the Neon Indian guy’s PAL198X mini-synth) and can be ordered directly from Stone’s Throw’s site, but you gotta act fast, because there’s only 100 of ‘em to go around, and I have a feeling that they’ll probably sell out some time between the time it takes me to think of a snappy headline for this story and the time it takes you to read it YEP IT’S GONE. But just because you missed out on your chance to be the coolest and/or most annoying kid/grownup on your block/sales floor by snatching up one of these little things, don’t sweat it. You can still listen to the Prince cover below. You’ll just have to jam along on your calculator instead.

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Thrill Jockey announces even more 20th Anniversary shows!

Another day, another story about Thrill Jockey’s never-ending celebration of itself. It can’t even drink yet and we’re supposed to be all excited. We previously announced the first round of 20th-anniversary shows to be held in Baltimore, New York, and Portland, and now comes word of two additional West Coast shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Chicago-based label’s extensive roster of acts clearly spans the breadth of the nation, allowing it to get down and party everywhere but its hometown so far (though word is a Chicago spectacular will round out the year’s celebration sometime in December). Bottom line: if you’ve got a couch, Thrill Jockey would like to crash on it.

Like the already announced shows, the two new gigs look to be stellar reflections on a still-strong label’s first two decades at work.

If that wasn’t enough, Thrill Jockey will also be hosting a day party at this year’s Hopscotch festival in Raleigh, NC, featuring what is rumored to be an ‘all-star’ line-up set by Man Forever. It’s still possible Thrill Jockey bands will be playing in your mom’s basement or that dive bar down the street, so stay tuned for additional announcements to come.

Tickets are still available for all of the announced shows so far, so if you like good music and you live in California or North Carolina (or Oregon, New York, the greater-DC area, and eventually London or Chicagoland), go find your billfold and start transacting now.

09.07.12 - Raleigh, NC - Neptune’s Parlour (Hopscotch Day Party)
Man Forever
White Hills
Guardian Alien

12.13.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Wooden Shjips
Trans Am
Barn Owl
Man Forever
Eternal Tapestry

12.14.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Los Globos
Wooden Shjips
Trans Am
Man Forever

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The Psychic Paramount will be touring with The Jesus and Mary Chain, but no elves will be joining them

A message from a garden gnome that lives on a friend’s mantle: The Psychic Paramount have hopped onto a few of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s fall shows, and they’ll be playing All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York City.

I know, I know. You’re thinking “Geez, Caroline’s really gone off the rails now. Next she’ll be telling us that she’s got elves living in her fireplace and that they bake muffins.” But c’mon, The Psychic Paramount released II last year (TMT Review), and we listed it as one of our favorite albums of 2011. Their 2005 album Gamelan into the Mink Supernatural fared pretty damn well too. Garden gnomes know a thing or two about noise rock.


09.05.12 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
09.06.12 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
09.07.12 - Durham, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.08.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.09.12 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.11.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
09.12.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise
09.13.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.14.12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
09.15.12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
09.18.12 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.19.12 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
09.20.12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
09.21.12 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
09.23.12 - New York, NY - All Tomorrows Parties

• The Psychic Paramount:
• No Quarter:
• The Jesus and Mary Chain: