Independent labels now have 31.2% market share on 2011 album sales, as long as you look at it through frosted glass on uppers

Independent labels now have 31.2% market share on 2011 album sales, as long as you look at it through frosted glass on uppers

Surprise! Nielsen SoundScan has dropped some figures on US album sales in the first six months of 2011, and it turns out that indie labels collectively account for 31.2% of album sales, a larger market share than any of the four major labels! I think what this means is that Kommissar Hjuler und Frau’s new album on Feeding Tube is going to out-perform Watch the Throne on Q3 SoundScan results… right?

Not exactly. This 31.2% figure is a huge jump from the last SoundScan report, and it’s because they’ve reworked the analysis after being put in a headlock by the American Association of Independent Music over how they calculate market share. Until now, indie labels that distributed their albums through groups owned by majors have had their album sales count toward that major’s share. A SoundScan report from just one month ago listed indie market share at 12.57%, so the new calculations that take into account label ownership increase the little guys’ clout considerably.

To summarize, indie album sales are way up, but over half of them are due to distribution deals with the majors. In other news, we’re all free to pursue our dreams independently, provided we do so within a toxic, alienating environment that offers agency as the seed of complacency and later reaps the reward of our ragged, strung-out souls at first dawning of the blood-red harvest moon. Have a great weekend everybody!

The Field announces new record Looping State of Mind, returns to original moniker of “Nasty Field”

“I never sleep, ‘cause sleep is the cousin of death.” We all know who said that famous quote. It was Axel Willner, when asked by a flight attendant if he would like a pillow. You might argue that his response was overly intense, that a simple “no” would have sufficed, but think of it this way: am I writing a story about your new record Looping State of Mind? I am not. That said, if you are putting out a different record called Looping State of Mind and you would like Tiny Mix Tapes to write about it, send us your press release!

As for Looping State of Mind (The Field record, not your jazz/ska/nü-metal opus), the record will be out October 25 through Kompakt. Like previous record Yesterday & Today, the album will be more of a group effort than The Field’s earlier recordings, with percussionist Dan Enqvist and newly-recruited drummer Jesper Skarin rounding out the group with Willner. Much of the album was developed in Willner’s home studio in Berlin, though the final recordings took place in Kompakt’s Cologne-based Dumbo Studios. By recording at Dumbo, the trio had access to instruments like double bass, piano, and the flow of horrorcore rapper Gangsta Fang. Unfortunately, somebody spilled Diet Dr. Pepper on the tapes containing Fang’s verses, but the recordings of the double bass and piano survived and were integrated into the album’s sample-based texture.

The Field plan on doing a US tour in October, along with touring Europe throughout the rest of 2011. Those dates will be followed by a world tour in 2012. But those shows have not been officially announced yet! They exist only in the fog of an uncertain future! For now, you’ll have to settle with the handful of currently announced Field dates. Expect looping.

The Field dates:

08.12.11 - Cannes, France - Pantiero Festival
08.18.11 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
09.03.11 - Pescara, Italy - Nextech Festival
10.06.11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko Festival
12.10.11 - Minehead UK - ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas

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Pixies release iPhone “super-app”; Kim Deal learns what an iPhone is

Although the Pixies have released a “super-app” for the iPhone and Android, that doesn’t mean that the Pixies themselves have any idea what those two devices actually are. Frank Black actually heard about the news via an email to his AOL email address. Meanwhile, Kim Deal is still trying to figure out how the internet can exist on a phone when it’s not hooked up to a modem.

They’ll have to face their technology fears someday though, especially if they want access to everything that comes with the free app, including free streaming of Pixies demo collection The Purple Tape, a free download of the group’s performance at Coachella 2004, and on-demand streaming of selected past shows, including an acoustic show from the Newport Folk Festival and a Manchester show from 1988. An in-depth tour archive featuring set lists, photos, and videos will also be included. Finally, you can complete your Pixies collection with a built-in store that will sell digital versions of the band’s albums. You’ve just received a payment, Frank!

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Ty Segall touring with Stephen Malkmus in October; hello bread

When the ball is over and Pavement stops playing, the slippers come off and Stephen Malkmus is once again himself with The Jicks (as though that were anywhere near a plain-Jane scenario). Now, we already announced that Stephen’s going on tour this fall, but you don’t know the half of it! The latter half of The Jicks’ tour converges with the latter half of Ty Segall’s tour, who joins the cavalcade as the supporting act!

Ty Segall, probably just now revived after the cooing stupor that the cover of June’s Goodbye Bread (TMT Review) reduced him to, is heading out for a lengthy string of dates across the country. Mikal Cronin (whose name shouldn’t be new for Ty fans) joins him until October, when I imagine Ty Segall mentally switches gears from a 23-year-old garage rocker to a Malkmus-worthy foil for 90s-style lo-fi indie rock. Just don’t forget that Stephen Malkmus’s new record, Mirror Traffic, comes out in August, or else he may be jealous that you happen to know (and — gasp! — like) Ty Segall’s stuff better.


08.12.11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
08.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival
09.15.11 - Tucson, AZ - Plush *
09.16.11 - Lubbock, TX - Bash Riprock’s *
09.17.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
09.18.11 - Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves *
09.19.11 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks *
09.20.11 - Birmingham, AL - Spring Street Firehouse (early show)
09.21.11 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In *
09.23.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
09.24.11 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival (1 PM)
09.24.11 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffeehouse *
09.25.11 - Harrisonburg, VA - Festival Ballroom *
09.26.11 - Washington, D.C. - Festival Ballroom (JMU) *
09.27.11 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West Cafe *
09.29.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09.30.11 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern *
10.01.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle *
10.03.11 - Northfield, MN - The Cave (Carleton College) *
10.04.11 - Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose *
10.05.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown (Back Room) *
10.06.11 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive *
10.07.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
10.11.11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune ^
10.12.11 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ^
10.13.11 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom ^
10.19.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box ^
10.20.11 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern ^

* Mikal Cronin
^ Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

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RIP: Jani Lane, ex-lead singer of Warrant

From TMZ:

Jani Lane – former lead singer of the rock band Warrant – was found dead at a hotel in L.A. Thursday evening … TMZ has learned.

Lane’s body was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, CA. So far, no official cause of death has been released.

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Remember El-P? He’s on Fat Possum now with a new album… or so they say

Attention reader: The following is the first part in a 17-part series called “According to Pitchfork,” which will feature large dumps of information originally published on the website known as “Rupert Murdoch’s favorite source of independent music news.”

According to Pitchfork, El-P (Spanish for “The P”) will literally crawl out from under the rock he’s been hiding under to hand-deliver his new LP (whoa!) to Goodwill and indie record stores across the nation… sometime in 2012.

The rapper’s new album is tentatively titled Cancer for Cure, and is to be released sometime next year on the Fat Possum label. Cancer for Cure is the follow-up to his 2007 TMT-acclaimed album I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead.

As part of their summer single series, Adult Swim is streaming a track from the upcoming album, titled “drones over BKLYN (censored mix).” If you like to click on links and then hear music, click here. If you like hearing uncensored versions of songs… well then, I guess you just have to fucking wait.

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