Janelle Monae, the electric lady, releases second single from new album due out in September

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Been waiting too long for another full-length intergalactic odyssey from Janelle Monae? Well, the wait to take another ride on her new genre-spanning musical whirligig is almost over. Since her 2010 album The ArchAndroid, Janelle has done a lot of touring, opening for the likes of Of Montreal and Prince, and serving as a guest on a slew of tracks (for Estelle, fun., and Big Boi to name just a few), but until the Erykah Badu-guesting single “Q.U.E.E.N.” that came out back in April, we’d all been without any truly original Monae for a long, long time.

Thankfully, Monae’s new album The Electric Lady will be released September 10 on Atlantic Records, and in anticipation of the album, a second single has been released. Titled “Dance Apocalyptic,” it’s a lot less funky that the riffy “Q.U.E.E.N.,” but that’s not too surprising considering Monae rarely frequents the same sonic galaxy from track to track. Instead, “Apocalyptic” is a jaunty summer jam meant to get you dancing on the tips of your toe, though the lyrics and the outro hint at a darker tone for Janelle’s new concept of The Electric Lady.

Based on this video where Janelle talks about the inspiration for the new album, Monae definitely wants to explore her political and philosophical ponderings through the lens of her increased stardom. With her past success at myth-building and world-creating, this slow roll-out leading up to the new album makes me excited to see what we end up with come fall. Should have something new to dance to if nothing else!

• Janelle Monae: http://www.jmonae.com
• Atlantic: http://atlanticrecords.com

múm unveil new album Smilewound, may or may not be plotting to cut you

Well this is unexpected. Sure, it’s been a year for “comebacks” but never would I have guessed that múm would be among their numbers. The title for this new album, Smilewound, may indicate that they are headed in a new direction, though. Some may be familiar with the Glasgow Smile as romanticized in such films as Ichi the Killer and The Dark Knight. It is possible, though not supported or substantiated in any way by the PR surrounding the album, that Smilewound is a concept album about getting your cheeks cut open.

Why else would Mr. Brian “Sweetdome” invite them to last year’s Punkt Festival in Norway? múm have reinvented themselves as street-tough ruffians who will cut you all over your face, obviously! Ignore the fact that the Punkt Festival has nothing to do with Punk and has far loftier ideas and goals. Listen to your heart. Does it tell you that when September 17 rolls around, Smilewound is going to be the aural equivalent of being knifed in an alley? Because that is unbelievably inaccurate, and goes wholly against anything múm have ever done.

Smilewound tracklisting:

01. Toothwheels
02. Underwater Snow
03. When Girls Collide
04. Slow Down
05. Candlestick
06. One Smile
07. Eternity is the Wait Between Breaths
08. The Colorful Stabwound
09. Sweet Impressions
10. Time to Scream and Shout
11. Whistle (with Kylie) – bonus track

• múm: http://mum.is
• Morr Music: http://www.morrmusic.com

Angel Olsen tours into the late summer and fall, is maybe only like a quarter of the way home at this point

Angel Olsen was reportedly shocked when she found out that most car accidents occur within 25 miles of home, and has been working pretty hard to stay as far away from there ever since. Fortunately for Olsen (and us, the listening public), she’s a musician who has built up enough of a following that she can keep right on touring through the summer and fall as a method of keeping her distance from home, instead of having to move back in with her parents or commit arson like the rest of us.

If I wasn’t both sitting in my living room and aware of the fact that most horrible gambling situations occur within 15 miles of home I’d bet you five bucks that she’s planning on playing a song or two from last year’s really delightful Half Way Home (it was one of TMT’s favorites of the year). I’d also say the odds are pretty good that the songs will be even more mournful and sparse because of the painful irony that those songs come from an album whose title can never again be enacted by the artist. As you can hear and see below in the video for “Sweet Dreams,” this particular statistical revelation seems to have been pretty rough on the artist. As it turns out, you really can’t go home again, especially if you’re either in Angel Olsen’s touring band or don’t have a particularly firm grasp on statistics.


07.19.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.16.13 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
08.21.13 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop #
08.22.13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar #
08.23.13 - Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox
08.24.13 - Cincinnati, OH - MOTR Pub #
08.29.13 - London, UK - Bush Hall $
08.30.13-09.01.13 - Larmer Trees Garden, UK - End of the Road Festival $
09.05.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival $
09.07.13 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW $
09.24.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum %
09.26.13 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel %
09.27.13 - Montreal, QC - Ukranian Federation
09.28.13 - Portland, ME - Space Gallery %
10.01.13 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall %
10.02.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s %
10.04.13 - Boston, MA - Museum of Fine Arts %
10.05.13 - Purchase, NY - The Stood (Purchase College) %
10.06.13 - Washington, DC - DC9 %
10.07.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter %
10.08.13 - Athens, GA - Normaltown Hall %
10.10.13 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s %
10.11.13 - Indianapolis, IN - White Rabbit Cabaret %

* Implodes
# William Tyler
$ solo performance
% Pillars & Tongues

• Angel Olsen: http://angelolsen.com
• Jagjaguwar: http://www.jagjaguwar.com

The Knife reissue their first two albums on vinyl; btw, have you heard that vinyl is making a comeback?

Hey, good news. Now that Swedish electronic duo The Knife are all hip and lauded and whatnot for making music that’s dark and deep and kinda difficult to listen to, they’re using that acclaim as an opportunity to release a bunch of music from their back catalog that is, ironically, considerably less difficult to listen to. So, basically, now you can stop listening to them for free almost anywhere on the globe on Spotify and get back to experiencing these classic records the way they were meant to be heard: once in a while, at home, on vinyl, until it deteriorates! Isn’t that awesome?

As Exclaim! reports, both the group’s self-titled debut and follow-up Deep Cuts are set for their triumphant return to the LP format on August 27 through the Artists Intel label. In case you care to know these sorts of things, the s/t was originally issued as a CD (gross) back in the heady space-odyssey year of 2001 by Rabid Records in Sweden (and later by Mute in North America and Brille in the UK), but was never issued on wax. And Deep Cuts came out in the boring, middle-of-the-road year of 2003 and only saw vinyl-hood on the Brille label, never seeing a subsequent North American release. But yeah, now that you know all that; just forget all that. Cuz now everything’s all vinyl-y and new and you’re totally buying it or else.

Speaking of vinyl being the only thing in the universe that matters, Mute is also issuing the band’s Shaking the Habitual (typical TMT Foucault-quoting anti-review) single “A Tooth for an Eye” as a 12-inch on July 23. So, you know, skip whatever meals you gotta.

• The Knife: http://theknife.net
• Artists Intel: http://artistsintel.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

Esmerine refines the art of breaking hearts on new album Dalmak, due this September on Constellation

If 3OH!3 is the sound of narrowly avoiding getting roofied at a frat party and Don Henley is the sound of waiting in line at the DMV, Canadian chamber pop group Esmerine is the sound of getting your heart broken — but in, like, a totally beautiful, uh, Sofia Coppola-penned sorta way. Consisting of marimba dude Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), cellist Rebecca Foon (Silver Mt. Zion, Set Fire to Flames), percussionist Jamie Thompson (The Unicorns, Islands) and multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson, Esmerine’s latest, Dalmak, is also awash with the sweet sounds of tenor banjo, bass, trumpet, and electric guitar, plus instruments used in traditional Turkish music like bendir, darbuka, erbane, meh, barama, and saz.

See, after a European tour in 2011-2012, Esmerine went to Istanbul, where they got such a swell response, that they stuck around for an artist residency, and to record what would become Dalmak with a little help from Turkish friends Hakan Vreskala, Baran Aşık, Ali Kazim Akdağ, and James Hakan Dedeoğlu. Further recording took place back home in Montreal. Dalmak, a verb meaning “to contemplate, to be absorbed in, to dive into, to bathe in, to rush into, to plummet, to send your friend a Starbucks gift card for their birthday on Facebook” (j/k on the last one), will dive into/plummet into/whatever your collective lives this September via Constellation Records. Check out an album track below (first premiered over at Decoder) and pick up the album here.

Dalmak tracklisting:

01. Learning to Crawl
02. Lost River Blues I
03. Lost River Blues II
04. Barn Board Fire
05. Hayale Dalmak
06. Translator’s Clos I
07. Translator’s Clos II
08. White Pine
09. Yavri Yavri

• Esmerine: http://www.esmerine.com
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com

Blondes plan release of Swisher in August on RVNG Intl., are still just as cute and ditzy as ever

The other day I came in to the kitchenette at the Tiny Mix Tapes offices to grab myself a little snack. While there I noticed ditzy cutiepies Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, the two guys from Blondes, painting the walls a really nice shade of puce. This in and of itself isn’t actually too weird. We pretty regularly let artists come in and perform tasks for us here at TMT in return for more positive coverage (hate the game, not the players!). What was weird, however, was the fact that the guys were both wearing two winter coats at once! In the middle of summer! Out of politeness I let that drop for a minute and asked them instead about their new record.

Haar spoke up first, and I was surprised to see that he had somehow covered his entire face in a thin layer of paint, the silly guy! He said, “Well, the record’s called Swisher, and we’re pretty happy with it. It’s out on August 6 from RVNG Intl. as a limited-edition double LP and CD. We actually totally re-hauled our setup and went into a new studio space before working on it, and it turned out a lot more expansive than the self-titled record (TMT Review). We tried to draw more from German synth sounds of the 70s while sticking with a really percussive backbone.” He also used the phrase “mini-epics” to describe the flow of songs on the record, but before I could ask him what that even really means, Steinman, in turning around to join in on the conversation accidentally fell off his ladder.

After Haar and I helped him, Steinman contributed his two cents. “Sam actually totally forgot to mention that the digital release of the album just came out, you can buy the files from the RVNG site right now! You can also listen to the whole record on YouTube backed with visuals by Greg Zifcak if you’re one of those smarties who knows how to work the internet.” He might have hit his head a little too hard though, because he totally forgot to mention that they’re also touring in Europe this summer. No worries, bros, I’ve got your back!

After all this talk I finally felt comfortable asking the guys what I was really most curious about. I said, “Dudes, why are you both wearing two winter coats? It’s the summer!” They looked at each other for a second, then Haar brought one of the paint cans over to me and pointed to a spot on the label that read, “For best results, apply two coats.”

Swisher tracklist:

01. Aeon
02. Bora Bora
03. Andrew
04. Poland
05. Clasp
06. Swisher
07. Rei
08. Wire
09. Elise


08.02.13 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.03.13 - Olganitz, Germany - Nachtdigital
08.09.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
08.16.13 - Berlin, Germany - Panoramabar
08.17.13 - Bergen, Norway - Ostre
08.22.13 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Petes
08.23.13 - Bristol, UK - Start the Bus
08.24.13 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
08.25.13 - London, UK - Bussey Building
09.01.13 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival

• Blondes: http://blondeblondeblondes.tumblr.com
• RVNG Intl.: http://igetrvng.com