James Blake goes on a fall tour in an effort to regain his physical form

James Blake goes on a fall tour in an effort to regain his physical form http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1305/news-13-05-james-blake.jpg

As you’ll no doubt recall, and as we at TMT faithfully reported back in February, Brian Eno and RZA have both taken to referring to James Blake as “Jimmy Digital.” Back when that news first broke, I’m sure you, like me, had a good chuckle. “Ah, isn’t it sweet that these musicians are buddy-buddy enough that they’re giving each other nicknames,” you probably said. As it happens though, the nickname was more than just a little bit of horseplay. In fact, it was a covert cry for help. You see, at some point near the end of 2012, James Blake was somehow vacuumed into a computer, leaving behind his physical form and making him quite literally a “a cute British ghost in the machine.”

Though the conversion into a 100% digital entity was beneficial to Blake in the last few months of working on Overgrown (TMT Review), once the album was released, his disembodied internet spirit started to express a little bit of frustration (“I just want to feel the warmth of flesh on flesh again” has been seen to appear with uncomfortable frequency in Microsoft Word documents around the globe). Since then, plans have been in the works to convert Jimmy Digital back into “Jimmy Analog,” or “Jimmy Fleshpile,” if you prefer. One such plan comes in the form of a recently reported fall tour, in which the MacBook Air that holds a majority of Blake’s aura will be toted across the world and plugged into PAs in front of crowds of people in hopes that… something will happen (the science is actually pretty unclear). If you’re so inclined, you can catch Blake’s disembodied internet presence in a venue near you this fall. Jimmy Digital, if you’re reading this (or, more accurately, if the as-yet-unnamed constituent particles of your digitized soul are slithering over the base code for this page on the TMT server), I wish you luck!


05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05.29.13 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Capital
05.30.13 - Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06.01.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit
06.04-05.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
06.06.13 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Diamond Hall
06.07.13 - Osaka, Japan - Hatch
06.22.13 - Istanbul, Turkey - Efes One Love Festival
06.23.13 - Hvar Island, Croatia - FOR Festival
06.30.13 - Pilton, UK - Glastonbury Festival
07.04.13 - Paris, France - Cité de la Musique
07.05.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - PITCH Festival
07.06.13 - Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07.07.13 - Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07.14.13 - Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
07.16.13 - Athens, Greece - Ejekt Festival
07.19.13 - Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07.21.13 - Beccles, UK - Latitude Festival
07.25.13 - Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07.26.13 - Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07.28.13 - Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
07.29.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07.30.13 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07.31.13 - Melbourne, Australia - The Palais Theatre
08.02.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall
08.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08.10.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08.17.13 - St. Pölten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival
08.31.13 - Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Openair
09.13.13 - Portmeirion, UK - Festival No. 6
09.18.13 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC
09.20.13 - Manchester, UK - Ritz
09.21.13 - Birmingham, UK - Institute
09.22.13 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy
09.24.13 - Bristol, UK - O2 Academy
09.25-26.13 - London, UK - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
10.06.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10.08.13 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
10.09.13 - Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
10.10.13 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
10.12.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10.13.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10.14.13 - Paris, France - Trianon
10.22.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10.23.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10.24.13 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10.25.13 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10.27.13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10.28.13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
10.29.13 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
10.30.13 - New Orleans, LA - Republic
10.31.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11.02.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.03.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11.05.13 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
11.06.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.07.13 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
11.09.13 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
11.11.13 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
11.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11.14.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11.16.13 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
11.19.13 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
11.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
11.21.13 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater

• James Blake: http://jamesblakemusic.com

inc. announce lengthy North American tour, powered by positive Tiny Mix Tapes review

Listen up, moms and dads. You think this whole Tiny Mix Tapes thing is a waste of time? You think we should get real jobs? Well, cram this in your dumb brain: Tiny Mix Tapes has real power over the world. There’s real proof to this theory. Take inc., the 4AD-signed R&B outfit that just released their first full-length, no world. That release received a glowing review from this very publication. And now inc. are going on a lengthy tour. Would they have been able to do so without Tiny Mix Tapes? Debatable! We’ll never know.

Almost all of inc.’s forthcoming dates are in North America. I say “almost all,” because they happened to sneak a single Japanese date in the mix. That’s not something you see every day. But the group is going over to Japan to play one of Tokyo’s Hostess Club Weekender festivals. On other dates, they’ll be joined by the likes of Dam-Funk, Ariel Pink, Kelela, and DJ Total Freedom. Word has it they’ll offer up a prayer to their digital gods at Tiny Mix Tapes at the beginning of every show.

inc. dates:

05.24.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Mezzanine *%
05.25.13 - Sacramento, CA - Assembly Theatre *
05.26.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios *
05.27.13 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune *
05.29.13 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile *
06.01.13 - Chicago, IL - Do Division Festival !
06.02.13 - Chicago, IL - Do Division Festival
06.03.13 - Detroit, MI - Waffles Penthouse
06.04.13 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison
06.08.13 - Tokyo, Japan - Hostess Club Weekender
07.10.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
07.11.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
07.12.13 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07.13.13 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - The Jazz Cafe
07.14.13 - Brooklyn, Ny - Music Hall of Williamsburg *^
07.15.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *^
07.16.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro *^
07.18.13 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade *^
07.19.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl *^
07.20.13 - Miami, FL - The Stage ^
07.23.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s ^
07.24.13 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk ^
07.26.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom ^

* Kelela
^ DJ Total Freedom
% Dam-Funk
! Ariel Pink

• inc.: http://www.official-inc.com/music

Mount Eerie releasing 12-inch through XRA Records, chronicling epic Bloomington beer blast

Any time you’re feeling down, try to envision this scene: Mount Eerie playing a frat party. There are a lot of ways to go with this fantasy, many of which would probably not cheer you up. Let me walk you through it. It’s a classic, Animal House-style frat party, a real beer blast if you will. Dudes in backwards baseball caps doing keg stands. There’s a guy in a toga running around. Someone jumped through a window. Things are being broken; everything’s being broken. This is nuts. Mount Eerie are set up in the corner and Phil Elverum softly sings, “Misunderstood and disillusioned, I go on describing this place.” All the bros stop in their tracks. All the sorority girls look towards the band. Everyone is crying. Every single person is crying.

I’m pretty sure that’s basically what happened during the Bloomington show in which the band’s new 12-inch, Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011, was recorded. Sure, the 12-inch, which is coming out through Bloomington-based Crossroads of America Records on June 11, was recorded at Russian Recording and mixed by Mike Bridavsky. That doesn’t sound like a crazy frat party at all. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t. It just, well, probably wasn’t. Still, what would you rather imagine? A low-key show in a recording studio with a set drawing mostly from the then-unreleased Clear Moon? Or an insane kegger in a recording studio with a set drawing mostly from the then-unreleased Clear Moon? Watch this commercial for the record while you figure out how you want to live your life:

Live in Bloomington, September 30th, 2011 tracklist:

01. Introduction
02. House Shape
03. Between Two Mysteries
04. Ancient Questions
05. Karl Blau
06. No Inside, No Out
07. The Place I Live
08. Lone Bell
09. See Me
10. Stone’s Ode
11. The Place Lives

• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com
• Crossroads of America: http://www.xrarecords.com

RIP: Romanthony, house producer and Daft Punk/Teengirl Fantasy collaborator

From Billboard:

Romanthony, an influential house producer and singer best known for performing the vocals on Daft Punk’s single “One More Time,” has been reported to have died earlier this month.

The artist, born Anthony Moore, reportedly passed away at his home in Austin, Tex. on May 7. As Chicago’s 5 Magazine points out, Romanthony’s sister Mellony Moore confirmed the passing in a Facebook post on May 9, and friend/collaborators like Boys Noize, MikeQ and Daone Remmidy (better known as Eve Angel) have all taken to social media to confirm the news and express their grief. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

• Romanthony: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanthony

Polysick to release Under Construction in a weird haze on June 11 via 100% Silk

Somewhere, maybe on another planet or in a cave way below the ocean floor, there’s a house built from frozen columns of dripped paint and sets of mirrored wings and multicolored stars that keep changing positions.

Go ahead and talk about acid house as a genre of music as much as you want. Go ahead and classify Polysick as an acid house artist, if that’s up your alley. But, what about acid house as a place?


I won’t try to pretend Polysick built ∆CID H∆UZ or that he’s planning to build ∆CID H∆UZ, even though he is releasing a 12-inch called Under Construction. I don’t want to be weird and jump to imaginary conclusions. But still, the title does sort of suggest a project. Maybe.

Last year, Polysick released Digital Native via Planet Mu (TMT Review), and earlier this year he released Daydream via audioMER (TMT Review). Under Construction will be out June 11 on 100% Silk, and until then, you can stream the album’s first single “3 Cents” below. Just a hint of what plays on repeat in ∆CID H∆UZ.

Under Construction tracklist:

01. Whatever
02. Shattered
03. 3 Cents
04. Barry Talks

• Polysick: http://soundcloud.com/polysick
• 100% Silk: http://www.listentosilk.com

RIP: Sue McLean, Twin Cities music promoter for Basilica Block Party, The Guthrie, and zoo concerts

From Sue McLean’s official website:

Sue McLean and Associates is sad to share that we have lost our dear leader, friend, colleague and family member. Sue McLean died of cancer today, May 17th, at her home surrounded in spirit by all who loved her, her daughter Lilly, family, and friends. Funeral services will be on May 24th at 11AM at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Visitation will be 9:30AM to 11AM in the church prior to the mass, with a reception following the funeral. Music tribute concert and memorial details to come. Thank you for your prayers and support.

• Sue McLean: http://www.suemclean.com
• Basilica Block Party: http://www.basilicablockparty.org


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