Holy guitars! Marnie Stern tours with Tera Melos!

Holy guitars! Marnie Stern tours with Tera Melos! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-01-marnie-stern.jpg

When she’s not busy being written about in The New Yorker, Marnie Stern is releasing new albums (like 2010’s self-titled affair), getting remixed by Max Tundra, and of course hitting the road. This winter, she will bring fellow two-handed guitar tapping Tera Melos on the road with her. Hopefully the California boys can keep up with Stern and her string-bending ways.

Marnie Tera:

02.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
02.19.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
02.20.11 - Scottsdale, AZ - Martini Ranch
02.22.11 - San Antonio, TX - Ten Eleven
02.23.11 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
02.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Sons Of Hermann Hall
02.25.11 - New Orleans, LA - The Parish Room - HOB
02.26.11 - Tallahasee, FL - Club DownUnder
02.27.11 - Orlando, FL - The Backbooth
02.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn w/ Cinemechanica
03.01.11 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Barcade
03.02.11 - Washington DC - Red Palace
03.03.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.04.11 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
03.05.11 - Danbury, CT - Heirloom Arts Theater
03.06.11 - Cambridge, MA - The Middle East
03.07.11 - Montreal, QU - Il Motore
03.08.11 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar
03.09.11 - Kalamazoo, MI - The Strutt
03.10.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
03.11.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr
03.12.11 - Denver, CO - Moes
03.13.11 - Salt Lake City - Kilby Court
03.15.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
03.16.11 - Portland, OR - Branx
03.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
03.19.11 - Sacramento, CA - TownHouse Lodge w/Amaranth

• Marnie Stern: http://www.myspace.com/marniestern1
• Tera Melos: http://teramelos.tumblr.com

[Photo: Fitsum Belay]

The Kills (plural) set to release Blood Pressures (plural)

The duo may be going the way of the Dodo, but not just yet. The Kills turned a lot of heads with 2008’s Midnight Boom (Domino), incorporating beats and honest-to-goodness melody into their songs of turmoil and apocalyptic woe, and now the enigmatic duo is set to return April 4 with Blood Pressures. The new LP reportedly harkens back to that groovy Kills sound you initially fell head-over-heels for while also boasting “sexually charged lyricism” and a “fuller sound,” both of which make these new songs not merely songs, but “complex creatures.”

Now there’s an LP title.

Just sayin’.

Blood Pressures tracklist:

01. Future Starts Slow
02. Satellite
03. Heart Is A Beating Drum
04. Nail In My Coffin
05. Wild Charms
06. DNA
07. Baby Says
08. Last Goodbye
09. Damned If She Do
10. You Don’t Own The Road
11. Pots and Pans

• The Kills: http://www.thekills.tv

Thurston Moore curates half a month at John Zorn’s NY venue The Stone

John Zorn’s East Village venue The Stone has always catered to some of the most experimental, most forward-thinking modern-day music makers. By selecting The Stone’s curators in a sort of bi-monthly rotation, the nightly musical lineup is kept in a constant state of flux and change. That status is being firmly reinforced not only by the fact that Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed will be the space’s curators for February, but also because good ol’ Thurston Moore (need I introduce him?) will act as house curator for the second half of April.

Through April 16-30, Moore is going to be putting the same prowess in musical taste that has made Ecstatic Peace! such a bearer of musical light towards selecting a fitting lineup for The Stone. With already announced acts such a Fursaxa, Samara Lubelski & Marcia Basset duo, Elisa Ambrogio, U.S. Girls, Talk Normal, and many more, it’s already set to be a killer month. Click here for the full lineup.

• The Stone: http://thestonenyc.com

The Go! Team to play US (and rest of universe) this spring

You remember The Go! Team right? You know, that band that sounds like a Sesame Street ensemble that took way too much influence from The Jackson 5 and decided to do cocaine. Seems that the Manchester-based Brighton-based group is back doing their thing again with a new record titled Rolling Blackouts slated for February 1 and a whole slew of tourdates to give this announcement some added umph.

If that wasn’t enough info to get your knocks off, check this: the new album includes guest vocal duties from that girl from Best Coast and Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof. Not only that, but they’ve decided to extend their tour over to the States where they’ll give folks on both coasts a taste of their nearly fever-inducing, crack-driven live set. Go ahead and scope out these dates along with the (absurd amount of) Euro ones below.

North American tourdates:

04.10.11 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
04.13.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
04.14.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
04.15.11 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
04.16.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (GBH)
04.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)
04.20.11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine (Popscene)

* Dom

Rest of World tourdates:

01.22.11 - Vienna, Austria - FM4 Birthday Party, The Arena
02.03.11 - Glasgow, UK - Oran Mor
02.04.11 - Edinburgh, UK - Liquid Room
02.05.11 - Aberdeen, UK - Lemon Tree
02.06.11 - Newcastle, UK - The Cluny
02.08.11 - London, UK - Heaven
02.09.11 - Cambridge, UK - The Junction
02.10.11 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Institute
02.11.11 - Bristol, UK - Anson Rooms
02.13.11 - Falmouth, UK - The Princess Pavilion
02.14.11 - Bournemouth, UK - The Old Firestation
02.15.11 - Oxford, UK - Academy 1
02.16.11 - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
02.18.11 - Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
02.19.11 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
02.20.11 - Liverpool, UK - Academy 2
02.21.11 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
02.24.11 - Norwich, UK - The Waterfront
02.25.11 - Sheffield, UK - Academy 2
02.26.11 - Leicester, UK - Academy 2
02.27.11 - Cardiff, UK - The Millennium Music Hall
03.05.11 - Dublin, Ireland - Academy
03.10.11 - Düsseldorf, Germany - Zakk
03.11.11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
03.12.11 - Zurich, Switzerland - Stall 6
03.14.11 - Milan, Italy - Tunnel
03.15.11 - Munich, Germany - 59 to 1
03.16.11 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schocken
03.17.11 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
03.18.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Ubel & Gefaehrlich
03.22.11 - Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
03.23.11 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie @ The Botanique
03.24.11 - Rennes, France - Ubu
03.25.11 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’Or
03.26.11 - Angouleme, France - La Nef
03.30.11 - Valencia, Spain - Sala Mirror
03.31.11 - Madrid, Spain - Joy Eslava
04.01.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz

Take that, recession! Vinyl sales increase as music industry slides closer to the shit-hole

Some industries in America have always been recession-proof: war, death, alcohol — and now it seems that you can add vinyl records to the list. I mean, not really, because vinyl records still only sold 2.8 million units and overall album sales were down a whopping 12.7% from 2009 (with overall music sales down 2.4%), but at least we know that people haven’t totally abandoned physical music, because vinyl sales have grown by 14% over the last year.

In case you’re curious: the top-selling new albums on vinyl were Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, The Black Keys’ Brothers, Vampire Weekend’s Contra, and The National’s High Violet. The overall bestselling vinyl album in 2010 was The Beatles’ Abbey Road. What this shows us is that the majority of people buying records are either old or nerdy — never a good thing when you want something to become hip and popular again — but it does show us that at least someone out there still wants to hold music in their hands.

So, thanks music nerds and audiophiles for maintaining your devotion to high fidelity. With a little luck, we can prevent everything from being turned into binary-coded data-streams, which would all be erased when the power goes out.

[Sculpture: Jean Shin]

Dead Meadow tour with new J. Mascis project

Dead Meadow are taking to the road for a brief West Coast mini-tour with new J. Mascis project Sweet Apple this month. The lords of the modern day psych-rock scene will be repping their most recent album, last year’s DVD/LP Three Kings (TMT Review) on Xemu, the long-awaited, experimental, mandolins-only soundtrack to the 1999 Mark Wahlberg/George Clooney/Ice Cube war movie. (OK, not true. THAT WE KNOW OF.) This is Dead Meadow’s first expedition since an Australian jaunt in October.


01.11.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor
01.12.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
01.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord
01.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
01.16.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah

• Dead Meadow: http://www.deadmeadow.com
• J. Mascis: http://jmascis.com
• Xemu: http://www.xemu.com