Gary Numan plans new LP, potentially to remind you of his long, influential career while “Cars” spirals infinitely through your skullspace

Gary Numan plans new LP, potentially to remind you of his long, influential career while "Cars" spirals infinitely through your skullspace http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-09-gary-numan.jpg

When I worked at a gas station, one of the major highlights was occasionally hearing Gary Numan’s “Cars” over the radio. Because “Cars” is a great song. It also happens to be a song that will never leave your brain, so don’t even attempt to get rid of it. Once my mind stops working, there is an above-average chance that my last words in life will be “Here in my car, I feel safest of all, here in my car, I feel safest of all, here in my car.”

“Cars” and my eventual mental deterioration aside, Gary Numan has had quite the long, important career. He’s been putting out records pretty consistently since the 70s, the most recent of which being 2006’s Jagged. That is, the most recent now, but not the most recent in a couple of months. You see, by then, we will have passed October 24, the date in which Numan puts out Dead Son Rising through his own Mortal Records. It is as if we are all traveling through time!

Composed of tracks that were initially demos meant for other projects, Dead Son Rising will continue Numan’s partnership with producer Ade Fenton. Like the aforementioned Jagged, Fenton produced and co-wrote Numan’s latest set, which is described as one of Numan’s “most atmospheric albums” while also featuring “very direct, streamlined electronic rock.” But if atmospheric records infuriate you and you love streamlined electronic rock and you also love Gary Numan and you occupy the world’s most specific Venn diagram overlap, then you should be sated by the concept of Numan’s next next album, Splinter. Though there is little information on the record aside from the fact that it’s set to come out next year, Numan has described Splinter as being a “bulldozer, riff-fest.”

Numan is currently out on a UK tour to promote this new album. If you would like to see the man live, you had better hurry, because this tour will be done in about a week’s time. Then again, you will have another chance to see him at the Battles-curated day of ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas festival on December 10. Remember when Gary Numan sang on Battles’ “My Machines”? You should, it was not long ago.

Gary Numan dates:

09.16.11 - Bournemouth, UK - Academy
09.17.11 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
09.18.11 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
09.19.11 - Leeds, UK - Academy
09.20.11 - Glasgow, UK - ABC
09.21.11 - Liverpool, UK - Academy
12.10.11 - Minehead, UK - ATP Nightmare Before Christmas

• Gary Numan: http://www.numan.co.uk

Silent Barn benefit comp on sale now, with exclusives from Aaron Dilloway, Excepter, Fossils, and 40 others

After a robbery back in July forced Silent Barn to close its doors, the future of the Queens D.I.Y. venue seemed bleak. However, support for the performance space/art gallery/independent video game arcade/zine library/artist residence stretches far beyond the Ridgewood neighborhood, and last Monday Silent Barn reached its Kickstarter goal of $40,000. If you haven’t already donated, you have until September 18 to do so, and now there’s a new way to help out: purchase a special Silent Barn benefit compilation from the Obsolete Units label!

The album features new and exclusive tracks from 43 different artists of the noise persuasion, including Aaron Dilloway, Telecult Powers, Andy Ortmann (Panicsville), Ben Miller, Phil Julian (cheapmachines), Millions, MV Carbon, Tom Smith (To Live and Shave in L.A.), Bunnybrains, C. Spencer Yeh, Excepter, The Tenses (members of Smegma), Pregnant Spore, Chapels, Cellular Chaos, Mike Shiflet, Derek Rogers, Long Distance Poison, Id M Theft Able, WZT Hearts, and Fossils, plus album artwork by the esteemed Graham Lambkin.

The Noise from Ridgewood is currently available for digital download, and a limited number of CDs (which include extra inserts, artwork, and handmade packaging) will be available October 1. All proceeds will go directly to Silent Barn. Information about future plans can be found on the Kickstarter page.

[Disclosure: the owner of Obsolete Units freelances for Tiny Mix Tapes]

• Silent Barn: http://www.facebook.com/silentbarn
• Obsolete Units: http://obsoleteunits.com

DOOM and Masta Ace finish joint album! (They call themselves MA DOOM, instead of my much cooler idea: DOOm fACE)

Even though the man puts down projects like I put down 24-packs, for some reason nobody bothered to see what hip-hop mastermind (MF) DOOM has been up to lately. But according to Brooklyn emcee Masta Ace’s Twitter account, he and DOOM have been finalizing a new collaboration album for “4ever.” According to HipHopDX, the joint project is called MA DOOM, and the resultant album is entitled Son of Yvonne. Man, don’t you just love how DOOM’s name makes every collaboration sound instantly badass?

Apparently, DOOM doesn’t provide any verses on the new album, though he does handle all of the beats. Yesterday, Masta Ace confirmed that he “handed in” the project, but there’s no sign yet of label or release dates. So… yeah, I got nothing else. Oh! But, in the mean time, Masta Ace also announced recently that he’ll be releasing a 10th anniversary reissue of Disposable Arts that will feature re-recorded album tracks with a full live band! Although, there’s actually no release date set for that either. Fuck. So… everybody sit by your computer hitting the refresh button for the next few weeks. And when you find out what the deal is with these projects, write up a good story and slap my name on it. Sound good? I’m going to get a 24-pack.

• Masta Ace: http://mastaace.com
• DOOM: http://www.metalfacedoom.com

A Winged Victory for the Sullen to provide tie-wearing music, tie-wearing live dates

When I listen to the music of beloved drone duo Stars of the Lid, I feel the need to put on a tie. My usual attire of cut-off shorts and “Big Dog” t-shirts just never seems appropriate for the beautiful, austere music of the Austin-originated group. At the very least, I need a tie and suit jacket. But Stars of the Lid haven’t put out a record since 2007’s And Their Refinement of the Decline (TMT Review) and, as such, my ties have gathered dust and my “Big Dog” shirts are getting ratty and faded. Please, someone deliver me the classy music I desire.

My wish has been granted, and with swiftness! While the estimated release date for a new Stars of the Lid record is still a string of question marks followed by a triangle (scientists are currently attempting to decode the triangle’s meaning), Stars member Adam Wiltzie has a new project with composer Dustin O’Halloran. This new drone-tastic duo possesses the rather lengthy moniker of A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and they have a self-titled record coming out through Kranky on September 12. I know, the question at hand: is it classy? Oh boy! It is classy. Listen to “Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears” at the duo’s website and prove me right.

While I love being able to put on my finest tie and jacket at home, something’s missing from the equation until I have a suitable occasion to head out in my fancy garb. Thank the heavens and the earth, such an occasion is soon to come, as A Winged Victory for the Sullen will be going on tour this fall. All those classy dates will be supported by similarly classy Kranky artists Benoît Pioulard and Ken Camden. Early word has it that Pioulard will be dressed to the nines, while Camden will be trying to pass off a tuxedo t-shirt as fancy. Come on, Camden.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen dates (all w/ Benoît Pioulard and Ken Camden):

10.29.11 - Phildelphia, PA - St. Mary’s Hamilton Village
10.30.11 - New York City, NY - West Park Presbyterian Church
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
11.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
11.02.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Warhol Museum
11.03.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Southgate House
11.05.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
11.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
11.10.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
11.12.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

• A Winged Victory for the Sullen: http://www.awvfts.com
• Kranky: http://www.kranky.net
• Benoît Pioulard: http://pioulard.com
• Ken Camden: http://www.myspace.com/kencamden

Warner Bros./Reprise Records lay off top-level execs and hope that saves them

As if anyone needed more evidence that the record industry was in trouble, last week Warner Brothers-owned label Reprise Records laid off some of its Senior Vice Presidents in the promotions department. Founded in 1960 by Frank Sinatra, today Reprise is home to artists such as Eric Clapton, Green Day, Devendra Banhart, and Oasis. According to Billboard, among those let go were Reprise Senior Vice President of Promotion Mike Rittberg, Warner SVP Ron Cerrito, Reprise VP of Pop Promotion Bob Weil, Warner VP of Pop Radio Promotion Ken Lucek, and Reprise VP of Alternative Promotion Lynn McDonnell.

The layoffs come two months after Warner Bros. was purchased by Len Blavantnik’s Access Industries and Stephen Cooper was newly appointed CEO. Upon leaving, long-time staff member Rittberg sent out an inspirational email to the staff, waxing nostalgic about a golden age in the industry: “Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. […] I will always remember my lunch with [legendary Warner President] Mo Ostin when I got the job ‘down the hall’ to run Reprise. He told me stories about Sinatra starting Reprise and how the first rock signings were Jimi Hendrix and The Kinks. It’s that spirit — of trying to forge new ground — that I will always carry with me in my next endeavor.”

• Warner Bros.: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com

Brian Eno announces new EP and that he’s growing his hair out again

Everyone who’s anyone is aware of British composer and mastermind-producer Brian Eno’s longstanding reputation as “the 5th Beatle.” But what many people don’t know is that that’s completely false (although it’s difficult to imagine the Fab Four creating a masterpiece like “Flying” without his trans-temporal influence). Seriously though, Eno is all kinds of British, and when you’re a composer and producer, you don’t get to be British overnight. You have to put in the time. And let me tell you, no one has put in more time making records than Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste Doctor Teeth de la Salle Eno.

Take last year, when Eno made the jump to the Warp label with the pretty classically-Eno-ish Small Craft on a Milk Sea, only to shift gears with some robot beat poetry glitchpop a few months ago when he and also-British poet Rock Holland collaborated on TMT’s Eh-This-Is-Okay-Music’d Drums Between the Bells. Now the second-hardest working man in show business is coming back at us again, this time with a new EP of songs from the Drums sessions titled Panic of Looking. Another collaboration with Holland, the new EP is due November 8 (November 7 in the UK) via Warp. It’ll be served up on vinyl, CD, and digital pizza pie. It features production and artwork from Eno, as well as six new tracks that, according to his publicist, “continue the exploration of how lyric and song are perceived.” Take that, all-other-songs-with-lyrics-ever!

The lyrics, of course, are comprised of Holland’s poems, which aren’t exactly “sung” but aren’t exactly spoken plainly either. As for the sound of Eno’s arrangements, yeah, there’s synths; yeah, there’s guitars; yeah, there’s glitchy, skittery drums; and yeah, it’s all totally thoughtful and precise-sounding. But hey, don’t take my word for it. You can listen to “Panic of Looking” (the title track, not the whole EP) for yourself over here. Needless to say, this ain’t your momma’s Historical Art Society, cucumber-sandwiches, afternoon poetry reading. Or maybe it is if your mom is sleeping with Brian Eno.

Panic of Looking tracklisting:

01. in the future
02. not a story
03. panic of looking
04. if these footsteps
05. watch a single swallow in a thermal sky, and try to fit its motion, or figure why it flies
06. west bay

• Brian Eno: http://brian-eno.net
• Warp: http://www.warp.net

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