Hunx and His Punx announce West Coast tourdates as awkward punk rock girls the country over discover their new favorite band

Hunx and His Punx announce West Coast tourdates as awkward punk rock girls the country over discover their new favorite band

Recently, Hunx and His Punx, who sound like a combination of The Ramones and The Shangri-Las, released their first full-length album, Too Young to Be in Love, and they’ve now announced that they will be heading out on a brief tour of the West Coast to ‘promote’ the record.

For all those curious enough to check out the “first girl-group with a male-singer,” I’m sure you’ll find out why awkward punk rock girls the world over have given up on their previous crushes and have embraced Hunx and His Punx with a passion that was previously only given to gay and girl friends. Not only do the APRG’s get to see a bunch of non-traditional women playing badass punk rock, but they also get to hear a sensitive guy sing songs about boys (that the APRG’s can imagine are about their imaginary boyfriends) who is completely non-threatening or non-overbearing with his sexuality.

Check ‘em out and I bet you’ll finally find a crowd where you can pick up girls who’ll bake you a cake and then drink you under the table! If you’re a creep like that.

Hunx & His Punx tourdates:

06.16.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Detroit Bar
06.17.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
06.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Show Cave
06.22.11 - Seattle, WA Crocodile $
06.24.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.25.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Cabaret $ *
06.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir $

$ Shannon and The Clams
* Sonny and The Sunsets

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• Hardly Art:

LimeWire owes $105 million to the major labels, two overdue books to the library

LimeWire, who we all know has been involved in some copyright infringement over the years, has just made headlines once again by announcing that they will settle copyright lawsuits they had with 13 music labels for 105 million Britney Spears CDs — I mean dollars.

“We are pleased to have reached a large monetary settlement following the court’s finding that both LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton personally liable for copyright infringement,” RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol bragged about in a prepared statement, while surely high-fiving his fellow corporate buddies. “As the court heard during the last two weeks, LimeWire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists.” However, as is always the case, music label CEOs fail to mention that people only illegally download because major label music is so shitty that it’s never worth paying for unless the words Lil or Wayne are involved.

Major labels Arista, Atlantic, BMG Music, Capitol, Elektra, Interscope, LaFace, Motown, Priority, Sony, Universal, Virgin, and Warner Brothers will all be getting a cut of the settlement money and will surely use it to pay a mindless A&R man to sign another moronic and untalented former contestant of American Idol. Keep on keepin’ on, America!

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Amor de Días (The Clientele, Pipas) release Street of the Love of Days one of the days of this lovely week. This day, in fact!

Tiny Mix Tapes is the music website of and for the people. Our news is for all, but some stories appeal to a particular web-scrolling set. We know, and you know who you are: you know when to kill a joke and mock a friend, your Rice Krispies are made from basmati, and you use the “Continental 7” (that’s the one with a slash through its middle). More importantly, you enjoy the finer things in life, music-wise, so news that Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas) have not only collaborated on an album but that said album as Amor de Días is out today should have you in mild, carefully controlled, stitches.

But such news should excite everyone! Recording tranquilly over the span of three years, Street of the Love of Days includes 15 tracks of Tropicália-tinged, chamber pop greatness and features such like-minded luminaries as the iconic Louis Philippe, Gary Olsen (Ladybug Transistor), and bass and drum freelancers Danny Manners and Howard Monk. For indie trainspotters, the record happens to include the original version of “Harvest Time,” a song recorded and released by MacLean’s The Clientele on its 2009 Bonfires on the Heath album (TMT Review). Street of the Love of Days is out May 17 (that’s today) through the original purveyors of style and taste, Merge Records.

Street of the Love of Days tracklisting:

01. Foxes
02. House of Flint
03. Bunhill Fields
04. Season of Light
05. Late Mornings
06. Harvest Time
07. Dream (Dead Hands)
08. I See Your Face
09. Stone
10. Street of the Love of Days
11. Birds
12. Touchstone
13. Wandering
14. Wild Winter Trees
15. Foxes (Reprise)

As the magical musical custom states, “Have album will travel,” so Amor de Días will be playing a slate of shows starting Wednesday (that’s tomorrow) in Washington. ALL upcoming North American dates will have the added bonus of Damon & Naomi along for the dream ride. The duo of duos are well-acquainted already; Damon and Naomi contributed to Street of the Love of Days. Will the two tandems join together to play live on this tour? Well, you’ll just have to be at one of the following gigs and see…

05.18.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace #
05.19.11 - Carrboro, NC - ArtsCenter #
05.20.11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery #
05.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - 1st Unitarian Church Chapel #
05.22.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory #
05.23.11 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #
05.25.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern #
05.26.11 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room at Crofoot #
05.27.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #
05.28.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock #
05.31.11 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern #
06.01.11 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar #
06.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
06.04.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite #
06.05.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
06.08.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel $
06.12.11 - London, UK - The Lexington
06.17.11 - Liverpool, UK - The Scandinavian Church
07.30.11 - Derbyshire, UK - Midland Railway Buttery %

# Damon & Naomi
$ Howe Gelb, A Band of Gypsies
% Indietracks Festival 2011

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Her Space Holiday break up and announce final album; devout fans contemplate starting glitch-pop bands in tribute

College radio DJs, black-framed glasses wearers, lovers of glitchy pop music: you might want to sit down before you read the rest of this news story. Ready? Okay. Her Space Holiday, a.k.a. the long-running project of Marc Bianchi, has decided to call it quits. Wait, wait, where are you going? Just sit down, it’s going to be okay. It’s not over just yet.

Her Space Holiday will release their final album, a self-titled affair, on August 16 via Bianchi’s own No More Good Ideas imprint. The new album was recorded inside a 150-year-old farmhouse in Bastrop, Texas, and features many of Bianchi’s musical peers, including members of Mice Parade, Via Tania, and Indian Summer. Deep breath, deep breath. See, everything will be okay. And who knows, maybe he’ll even decide to go on a final tour!

Her Space Holiday tracklisting:

01. Anything for Progress
02. Black Cat Balloons
03. Shonanoka
04. The Hummingbirds
05. Come on All You Soldiers
06. The Candle Jumped over the Spoon
07. Ghost in the Garden
08. The Bullet, the Battle, the Trigger, the Barrel and Me
09. Death of a Writer
10. In the Time It Takes for the Lights to Change

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Bee Mask to release compilation album on Editions Mego sublabel Spectrum Spools; guy with beard of bees jealous

Unhappy that some of his best music is only available on cassettes and CD-Rs, Bee Mask (a.k.a. Chris Madak), has gathered together years of hard-to-find material and will be re-releasing it as Elegy for Beach Friday through everyone’s favorite Editions Mego sublabel, Spectrum Spools, who reissued Bee Mask’s Canzoni dal Laboratorio del Silenzio Cosmico earlier this year after hearing that we had it on our year-end favorite albums list.

The double-LP, spanning the years 2003-2010, features some of the earliest work that Madak did under his Bee Mask identity and, thankfully for all of us fans of non-lo-fi material, has been “reimagined, reedited, and remastered, offering both a cross-section for the uninitiated and a fresh enigma for the already-enchanted;” the music has even had its ‘noise that your parents and co-workers will never understand’ factor heightened to an incredible level of 18.

You can preorder Elegy for Beach Friday online, and at the same time you can get some salve for those bee stings; sorry that my beard-of-bees idea didn’t turn out that well.

Elegy for Beach Friday tracklist:

A1. Deducted from Your Share in Paradise
A2. Fallen Tree Thursday and the Half-Crushed Arc of the Sky Taking Tea in the Pastoral Index
A3. Causes and Cures
A4. …So That We Each Wander through a True Elysium
B1. Askion Kataskion Lix Tetrax Damnameneus Aision
B2. Elegy for Beach Friday
B3. The Book of Stars Vibrating
C1. In the Karst Interior
C2. Stop the Night
D1. How to Live in a Smashed State
D2. Scarlet Thread, Golden Cord

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Angus MacLise (ex-Velvet Underground) gets rare albums reissued and a retrospective; still no love for Squeeze

Whoa whoa whoa, stop right there, Velvet Underground superfan! I see that copy of Mistrial under your arm, and now you’re checking the credits on the back cover of Caribbean Sunset? Come on, man, put both of those back. I understand what you’re going through, you want to discover that old VU magic in any related slice of music, however tangential. I’ve been there, for sure (still searching for a copy of Sterling Morrison’s Tugboat Tunes Vol. 1), but at a certain point you really need to step away from those core members and their solo albums that sound like stale leather and start delving into the much more rewarding recordings of VU’s shadowy early members. There’s Walter De Maria and his immersive Cricket Music/Ocean Music, there’s Henry Flynt and his hillbilly violin workouts, Fluxus sound pieces, and rippin’ protest rock, and at the very top of the Velvet pyramid sits the mystical poet, traveler, and musician Angus MacLise.

Information on MacLise’s personal history and artistic output has been piecemeal over the years, with a couple music collections released in 1999/2000 on Siltbreeze (available for free at UbuWeb) and the occasional anecdote from those who knew him (Lou Reed claims he left VU because they were playing shows with set starting/stopping times), so it’s exciting (and long overdue) that the mysterious fellow is getting a comprehensive retrospective at an NYC art gallery. Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise (1938-1979) had its opening at the Boo-Hooray Gallery last Tuesday and is still around until May 29, with a different showcase of MacLise’s music for each day (taken from more than 100 hours of material entrusted to La Monte Young 30 years ago).

The exhibition, curated by Johan Kugelberg and Will Cameron, also displays artwork, photographs, manuscripts, calligraphy, and other ephemera associated with MacLise, resulting in the closest thing to a life narrative that this underground legend’s going to get. A fancy exhibition catalog has been made for the occasion in an edition of 1000 copies, and an even fancier version that includes a CD of unreleased music and poetry is available (if you’re filthy stinking rich) in an edition of 100.

For those who don’t live in New York, Boo-Hooray has two new collections of music available on LP for the discerning mind-imploder: Dreamweapon I, which collects live recordings of MacLise’s collaborations with Tony Conrad and Jack Smith, and Dreamweapon III, which gathers some more audio evidence of MacLise and Conrad collaborating. Did I mention this guy was also a founding member of The Theatre of Eternal Music? This guy’s roots go deep. Go to the exhibition, snag both LPs, dim the lights, take in the sounds, get inspired to buy a bongo.

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