Horse Feathers release album, fill themselves with cynicism as part of New Year’s resolution

Horse Feathers release album, fill themselves with cynicism as part of New Year's resolution

Balderdash! Gobbledygook! Bollocks! Rubbish! Horse Feathers! It’s a nonsensical world out there, and you should really start mixing these into your vocabulary, but that’s neither here nor there. What is here, or what’s about to be here in a matter of months, is Horse Feathers’ fourth album, titled Cynic’s New Year.

The Portland, Oregon-based band led by Justin Ringle eagerly went back into the studio following the release of 2010’s Thistled Spring (TMT Review), and in addition to violins courtesy of regular collaborator Nathan Crockett, they’ll be bringing a whole bunch of new instruments and musicians into the mix. Eleven newbs had the pleasure of ensuring that this release will be as swell as past HF output, so this time around look forward to some French horn, piano, upright bass, banjo, and bells. Who doesn’t love a good little tinkling of a bell every now and again? Sounds like the stuff that beautiful lullabies are made of. And that ain’t no stuff and nonsense! Look for the upcoming Horse Feathers release on April 17 via Kill Rock Stars.

Cynic’s New Year tracklist:

01. A Heart Arcane
02. Last Waltz
03. Pacific Bray
04. So Long
05. Where I’ll Be
06. Nearly Old Friends
07. Fit Against the Country
08. Better Company
09. Bird on a Leash
10. Fire to Fields
11. Elegy for Quitters
12. Summer for Capricorns

Aaaaaaand, the band just announced a shitload of spring tourdates! Enjoy:

03.16.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Central Presbyterian Church)
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Terrorbird Day Party)
04.13.12 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage
04.14.12 - Salem, OR - Grand Theater
04.15.12 - Spokane, WA - Red Room
04.17.12 - Pullman, WA - Tower Theater
04.18.12 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown
04.19.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
04.20.12 - Seattle, WA - The Barboza
04.21.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater (CD release show)
04.24.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
04.25.12 - Madison, WI - High Saloon
04.26.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.27.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
04.28.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founder’s Brewery
04.29.12 - Toronto, ON - Horsehoe
05.01.12 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick’s
05.02.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.03.12 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
05.04.12 - Northhampton, MA - Iron Horse
05.05.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.06.12 - Providence, RI - The Met
06.07.12 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
06.09.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.11.12 - Washington, DC - Black Ct
05.12.12 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
05.15.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.16.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
05.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Early
05.18.12 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
05.19.12 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
05.20.12 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
05.22.12 - North Manchester, IN - The Firehouse
05.23.12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
05.24.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.26.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05.27.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits
05.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
05.30.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
05.31.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
06.01.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
06.02.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.03.12 - Chico, CA - Origami Lounge

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Deathbomb Arc celebrates 10 yr anniversary with new site & free comp!

Total fucking psycho-fuck record label Deathbomb Arc are entering double digits as they celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. “That’s pretty cool, I guess,” you say. You bet your shriveled dick that it’s fucking cool, you nonchalant ass-hat! And to do this anniversary right, they’ve launched a brand new website that now features their full discography of elaborate madness, and they’ve released the first installment of a free compilation series that will update throughout 2012. So drop that on your tongue and trip out on it.

According to the press release, the anniversary compilation series, DBA100, begins with a collection of new recordings by bands covering their favorite songs released by Deathbomb Arc. Turbine, the first band the label released, contributes a cover of Foot Village (fuck, that’s cool). Yuma Nora (also with releases on Not Not Fun) and Monster Dudes, two acts “vital to the label in the mid 00′s,” have formed a supergroup called YumaDudes to cover Gang Wizard (oh shit, that’s cool, too). Current Deathbomb acts I.E. and tik///tik contribute tracks as well. This installment also includes a virtual photo album to walk you down Deathbomb memory lane and nauseatingly hyperactive animated artwork made by Isaac Hicks.

The label will also be launching a new Tumblr and announcing their physical releases for 2012, including a triple LP anthology of the 90s Bay Area band rRope and their first audiobook! “Oh hey, now I’m psyched,” you say. Fuck you, latecomer.

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Sandro Perri tours the most possible space of them all: North America!

Welcome to Spaces 101. I’m your teacher, E. Nagurney. Please, please, Mr. Nagurney is my father. Now, class, the first thing you need to know about spaces are the differentiation between those that are possible and those that are impossible. An impossible space consists of a space that cannot exist in our world. Think about, say, an airport constantly filled with ice cream. The ice cream would inevitably melt! Or just think about a classroom that Schmidt can get to on time! Haha, just joshing with you, Schmidt, you’re a good kid. For more information on the impossible spaces, listen to Toronto-based songwriter Sandro Perri’s Impossible Spaces (TMT Review) record from the year prior.

Now, a possible space, that’s simple. This room is a possible space. The Grand Canyon is a possible space. These spaces exist. We can see them and we can feel them, hence they must be possible. In fact, all of North America is a possible space. Hell, the whole world’s a possible space. It exists, it is possible! With that in mind, your homework is to go see the aforementioned Mr. Perri at one of his six upcoming concerts. You’ll be getting firsthand experience with the possible space concept, as each one of these takes place in the possible space of North America. Furthermore, you’ll get to hear advanced space theory from one of the true masters of the field. Also, that smooth, smooth voice.

Sandro Perri dates:

03.18.12 - Toronto, ON - Wavelength Festival
03.29.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MusicNow Festival #
03.31.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.01.12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis %
04.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton %
04.03.12 - Hamilton, ON - Molson Canada Studio

# Phillip Glass
% Metronomy

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• Constellation:

Jason Lytle reveals new solo album details in his cute Neil Young voice

I’ve you’ve ever wondered how it’s possible that we here at Tiny Mix Tapes are always 100% on top of every little piece of music news on the planet within hours, it’s because in addition to a few dozen human staff writers, we’ve also got 1,000 trained African Green Monkeys working 19-hour days literally READING THE INTERNET. Don’t believe me? Check this out: one of ‘em just came across an interview that Jason Lytle (Grandaddy, Admiral Radley) gave the other day in an Australian magazine called Rave in which he reveals the details of his upcoming solo album. Now, I ask you honestly, who else but 1,000 monkeys working at 1,000 (Packard Bell) computers (running Prodigy dial-up internet on Windows 3.1) could have dug this up so quickly? Oh, fine, maybe 130 Beats Per Minute. But hey, they’re probably using monkeys to do it too!

Either way, according to the monkeys’ shorthand, Lytle’s new album will be his first solo record since 2009’s furry, prehensile romp, Yours Truly, The Commuter (TMT Review), and will most likely “sound bananas.” It’s titled Department of Disappearance, will contain 11 tracks and around 50 minutes of music, and is set to be released around July or August on either CD, digital, or ballistic wads of feces.

But why the long-ish wait between releases? Let’s go to the monkey notes. “The fact that I [don’t have any children to groom] means that I can record at my own pace,” Lytle told Rave. “I tend to get really bored really quick, and over the years I’ve realized that one of my strengths is approaching things in a really fresh manner – almost like a [hyper-sexual, auto-erotic monkey] would. [When they’re not busy smoking cigars and roller skating, monkeys] play for a while, then they’re over it, they’re done, move onto something else. It’s a lot more enjoyable for me to record like that [than it is to work for 19 hours a day for dog food]. I think that’s why it’s taken me a couple of years to make this record.” Huh. You know, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it? Well, you can read the real interview here. In the meantime, I think we’d better stop working our staff so hard.

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Joy Division and New Order master tapes found among gold and guns by Jamie Oliver (who is holding them hostage until you change your disgusting eating habits)

All that time spent trying to help the obese population in Huntington, WV lose weight is reaping some real karmic benefits for Jamie Oliver! Not only is he is dreamy in that odd, doughy Wallace and Gromit kind of way, good things just keep happening to him. While recently excavating the basement of a Midland Bank branch set to be the home of his new restaurant in Manchester, Oliver’s crew stumbled across a literal treasure trove of long-lost goodies stored in leftover safety deposit boxes. Britain’s most reputable news source, Holy Moly, is reporting that Oliver found, “not only jewels and gold, but also Joy Division and New Order master tapes as well as a very reasonable collection of guns. Total value: £1.1m.”

Oliver has turned all of the findings over to the British treasury, presumably for safe keeping. Living members of the bands have yet to comment, so it’s unknown what’s precisely on the tapes or how they ended up there, though it’s safe to assume that if there’s a profit to be made, we’ll eventually have the chance to hear them. No doubt Ian Curtis is rolling in his grave over Mr. Oliver’s good fortune, which also benefits Peter Hook and his New Order bandmates — this blip of publicity should create some additional interest in their recently announced spring tour.

Oliver’s new restaurant is set to open next week, with no word yet on what the soundtrack will be like.


04.26.12 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
04.29.12 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Ballroom
05.02.12 - Brixton, UK - O2 Academy
05.05.12 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy

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Machinedrum, Om Unit, and Leonardo DiCaprio form Dream Continuum for Planet Mu

Gather around and listen attentively, my children. Recall (if you have the capacity to) a certain wonderfully majestic new age compilation series that was promoted seemingly ad infinitum on cable television during the mid-to-late 90s. Now, if that description isn’t enough to give it away and make you feel all warm and nostalgic inside, try and associate the following lyrics with the specific commercial that I have in mind: “Sail away, sail away, sail away, sail away” (repeat x 47). Yes? No? I’m talking about that magnificent soundtrack to meditative activity, otherwise known as Pure Moods. Despite being discontinued since 2004 and hardly anyone missing it, the series is being resuscitated this year in the form of Dream Continuum!

Or so you might think. “Dream Continuum” certainly doesn’t sound like the name of a brand new Planet Mu collaboration between two artists who casually navigate the gray area between electronic sub-genres, but that’s exactly what it is: Machinedrum, who increased his fanbase last year with the release of the critically-acclaimed, loosely-labelled “footwork” album Room(s), is joining forces with a relatively new figure on the scene, Om Unit a.k.a. Jim Coles, to form Dream Continuum. And on March 26, they’ll be releasing their first EP, Reworkz, which you can preview here. As it turns out, their alias seems oddly consistent with the echoing jungle samples and unyielding rhythms on display throughout their work. I’m slightly taken aback by the lack of Enya though.

Reworkz EP tracklisting:

A1. B Free
A2. Giv a Lil Luv
B. Set It

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