Jenny Hval boosts the confidence of shy nerds everywhere with new LP Innocence Is Kinky, out in May on Rune Grammofon

Jenny Hval boosts the confidence of shy nerds everywhere with new LP Innocence Is Kinky, out in May on Rune Grammofon http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1304/news-13-04-jenny-hval.jpg

I remember it almost distinctly: it was around the month of August, in the year 2011, and I was just about to join a lesser-known offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, whose tagline was, “We are the 1%… of unabashed male pantyhose-wearers.” As I was browsing the web, caressing my synthetically soft and silky thighs with one hand and fingering my laptop’s trackpad with the other, I recalled that I had an album to listen to. Jenny Hval’s LP Viscera had entered my radar somehow, though I knew nothing about it, nor the Norwegian artist/writer whose named garnished the cover.

So the first track began:

“I arrived in town… with an electric toothbrush…”

I settled in for what I thought was another innocuous and somewhat quirky folk album.

“… pressed…”

Uh.

“… against my clitoris.”

WHAAAAAAT?!

Apparently Hval isn’t exactly keen on lyrical or creative restraint, and the second album under her own name, Innocence Is Kinky, would appear to continue that trend, going by the title alone. Due May 14 on Rune Grammofon, the album features a string section led by avant-garde composer Ole Henrik Moe, and was produced by John Parish — who, usefully, is a long-time collaborator with PJ Harvey. Emotionally revealing. Intellectually thoughtful. Potential references to genitalia. You can barely ask for more.

Innocence Is Kinky tracklisting:

01. Innocence Is Kinky
02. Mephisto in the Water
03. I Called
04. Oslo Oedipus
05. Renée Falconetti of Orléans
06. Give Me That Sound
07. I Got No Strings
08. Is There Anything on Me That Doesn’t Speak?
09. Amphibious, Androgynous
10. Death of the Author
11. The Seer

• Jenny Hval: http://jennyhval.com
• Rune Grammofon: http://www.runegrammofon.com

[Photo: Gunhild Varvin/Henie Onstad Kunstsenter]

Daughn Gibson announces new album Me Moan out July 9, has such a pretty voice no one will correct his grammar

Fair readers of Tiny Mix Tapes, do you know about sound waves? Are you familiar, I wonder, with their form, their function? If so, then I am sure you are quite familiar with the dangers that particular frequencies can harbor. I have no doubt you’ve heard tell of the potential for stabbing abdominal pain that a 2015 Hz blast secretly carries with it at all times, like a bowie knife sewn into the lining of its jacket. And there’s no need to remind you, clever reader, of the effect that a rumble at 27.5 Hz delivered in just such a way has on certain species of tropical birds.

Well, readers, I come to you today with a heavy heart to announce that Bill Callahan and Daughn Gibson have officially been disallowed from playing together in a live music context by the government agency in charge of such things as these. As we have previously reported, Callahan’s sensuous baritone is capable of forcibly disrobing all who hear. So too does Gibson’s voice carry with it a great power, like that of a wizard intently focused on nudity. The government agency in charge of these things would not go into the specifics of what exactly would occur if these two men were allowed to sing at the same time and in the same venue, they said only that it would likely end “in flames and lawsuits.”

Though this information surely comes as a shock to many, there is a substantial silver lining, my dear internet-mediated friends! Daughn Gibson has announced a new album Me Moan! Astute readers will note subtle references to Gibson’s interest in nudity and religion on the album’s cover, as it feature images of naked people in a church. The album, out July 9, is a follow-up to 2012’s excellent All Hell (TMT Review) and is Gibson’s first for Sub Pop. Lead single “The Sound of Law” (the name of which, one might observe, is quite fitting given the situation), is streamable below, though listeners are advised against listening to the song in concert with anything by Bill Callahan or Smog in the close presence of children, the elderly, or the recently deceased. Gibson will also tour quite extensively in support of his album, crisscrossing the fair nations of the world, balancing his desire to make awkwardly long eye contact with men and women everywhere with the restriction that he not do so in the near vicinity of Mr. Callahan.

Me Moan tracklist:

01. The Sound of Law
02. Phantom Rider
03. Mad Ocean
04. The Pisgee Nest
05. You Don’t Fade
06. Franco
07. Won’t You Climb
08. The Right Signs
09. Kissin’ on the Blacktop
10. All My Days Off
11. Into the Sea

Tourdates:

05.24.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05.26.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB Box @
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso @
05.28.13 - London, England - Birthdays
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Point Ephemere
05.30.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
06.01.13 - Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
07.16.13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
07.18.13 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
07.19.13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07.21.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon
07.22.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock #
07.23.13 - Fargo, ND - Aquarium
07.25.13 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
07.27.13 - Olympia, WA - Capital Theater (Backstage)
07.28.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
07.30.13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop *
08.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo *
08.03.13 - San Diego, CA - Casbah *
08.04.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
08.06.13 - Marfa, TX - El Cosmico
08.08.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7
08.09.13 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
08.11.13 - Nashville, TN - Stone Fox ^
08.12.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl ^
08.13.13 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone ^
08.15.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat (backstage) ^
08.16.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s ^
08.17.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands ^

@ Kurt Vile
# Merchandise
* William Tyler
^ Hiss Golden Messenger

• Daughn Gibson: http://daughngibson.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

RIP: Storm Thorgerson, designer of album covers for Pink Floyd, Ween, Led Zeppelin

From the BBC:

Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, has died aged 69, the band’s management has confirmed.

A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief, fashioning a string of eye-catching creations.

He designed the cover showing a prism spreading a spectrum of colour for The Dark Side Of The Moon.

His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse.

• Storm Thorgerson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Thorgerson

Mykki Blanco reveals new EP, enormous tour, plans for world domination (last one already accomplished)

Mykki Blanco was first brought to my attention when she opened for Death Grips on around the tail end of last year. After watching the videos for “Haze.Life.Boogie” and “Wavvy” and being floored by her live show (literally, I fell over), there was only one reasonable conclusion: Mykki Blanco has genuine talent. Even beyond the sexual politics, crossing, and glam image (all of which I love, by-the-by) you have some of the sickest, most creative, provocative, and smart raps currently in the game. Her flow puts wrinkles straight into your brain. Last year’s Cosmic Angel: Illuminati Prince/ss mixtape is so good it’s unfair; listening to it means being willing to let it take up residence in your head for life.

This puts some demanding expectations on Mykki Blanco’s upcoming Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP; it basically has to resonate around the same point of mind/body connection and also subvert enough expectations to remain interesting. Let’s draw back the curtain and gaze upon the newly minted video for “Feeling Special” to see how that works out.

[LINK TO THE CHOCOLATE GRINDER]

Ah. Well then. Looks like Mykki has that shit on lock-down. Not that I ever really doubted her; the fact that her imminent EP is worth watching was obvious when the Supreme Cuts-produced “BUGGED OUT!!!” dropped a few weeks back. I mean, who can touch Mykki? The world is hers right now: sick new tracks off a new EP and oh, right, a world dominating international tour. That’s barely even hyperbole: this tour is gigantic and encircles the globe. Prepare to bow down to Ms. Blanco, “new world order mutha fucka follow pronto.”

Betty Rubble: The Initiation tracklisting:

01. Angry Birds
02. Crisp Clean
03. Feeling Special
04. Bugged Out
05. The Initiation
06. David Blaine Bitches
07. Ace Bougie Chick
08. Vienna

Dates:

04.18.13 - St Louis, MO - The Demo
04.19.13 - Grinnell, IA - Grinnel College
04.20.13 - Oberlin, OH - Oberlin College
04.22.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
04.23.13 - Detroit, MI - Magestic Café
04.24.13 - Toronto, ON - Wrongbar
04.26.13 - Hamilton, ON - This Aint Hollywood
04.27.13 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
05.07.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Red Bull Music Academy
05.10.13 - Camber Sands, UK - All Tomorrow’s Parties (TV on the Radio)
05.15.13 - Glasgow, UK - Broadcast
05.16.13 - Manchester, UK - Islington Mill
05.18.13 - Berlin, Germany - Night + Day (Spreepark) #
05.21.13 - Nurnberg, Germany - Certain People (K4) $
05.24.13 - Bern, Switzerland - Club Bonsoir
05.25.13 - Paradiso, Netherlands - London Calling Festival
05.26.13 - Paris, France - Villette Sonique
05.29.13 - Graz, Austria - Spring Festival
05.31.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Meet Factory
06.02.13 - Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06.06.13 - Lisbon, Portugal - Lux
06.07.13 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Wilsonic Festival
06.08.13 - Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
06.10.13 - London, UK - Village Underground
06.13.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Sonar by Day
06.27.13 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
06.28.13 - Seattle, WA - Seattle Pride Fest (Chop Suey)
06.29.13 - Vancouver, BC - Celebrities Nightclub
06.30.13 - Portland, OR - Holocene
07.05.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Pitch festival
07.06.13 - Belfort, France - Les Eurockéennes
07.19.13 - Ferropolis, Germany - Melt Festival
07.20.13 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.21.13 - London, UK - Lovebox Festival
07.27.13 - Hyères, France - Midi Festival
07.28.13 - Barcelos, Portugal - Milhoes de Festa
08.04.13 - Katowice, Poland - Off Festival
08.07.13 - Oslo, Norway - Oyanight
08.08.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Stay out West
08.09.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville Festival

# The xx
$ Tricky

• Mykki Blanco: http://www.mykkiblancoworld.com

A$AP Rocky to release self-produced instrumental album, drop it whenever he damn well pleases

If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about A$AP Rocky’s recent full-length, Long.Live.A$AP (TMT Review), it’s that it had rapping on every song, but only a few tracks produced by Rocky himself. Everybody can agree on this because it is true. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, well, that’s a matter of personal preference. But let’s say that you think it’s a bad thing, a horrible thing really. Let’s say you would far prefer an A$AP Rocky album with no rapping and every track produced by A$AP Rocky. Great news for you, because Pitchfork reports that just that is happening.

In an interview with the Bay Area’s WiLD 94.9, Rocky talks about putting out a self-produced instrumental record sometime in the near future. At the moment, “the near future” is the closest thing this album has to an official release date. Rocky says that he doesn’t even plan to announce the album’s release date, instead opting to drop it whenever he feels like. Great, just great. Now we have to live in constant fear of an A$AP Rocky album coming out of nowhere. Could happen at any time. It’s your wedding day. You’re walking down the aisle. You lean in to kiss the bride/groom. Bam, A$AP Rocky instrumental album out of nowhere. Everybody dies.

• A$AP Rocky: http://www.asapmob.com

Laurel Halo offers details on new Hyperdub EP, yet again denies writers the satisfaction of making Full House jokes

As it was reported, so shall it be: Laurel Halo has announced the full details for her new EP on Hyperdub, called Behind the Green Door. If only she had swapped out “red” for “green” I would’ve had the chance to make my long-threatened joke about an imaginary tell-all John Stamos memoir (Behind the Red Door, obvi) that would have covered all the weird and supernatural shit that went down on the set of Full House during the 90s. (For real, this joke is very long-threatened and I am dead serious about it. I’ve lost friends over it — if you can’t stand the Full House joke heat, you better get out of the friendship fire, am I right?). As it stands, the title seems to be a reference to a “classic” porn film from the 70s.

According to The Quietus, the EP represents a bit of a stylistic shift for Laurel Halo, integrating more elements of Detroit techno and contemporary UK club music. These four tracks will reportedly be “dancefloor-ready,” as opposed to the really socially awkward tracks off 2012’s Quarantine (TMT Review) which, when asked to join their friends on the dancefloor mostly hemmed and hawed and ended up hiding in the bathroom for most of the night with the cool kids. And sure, like the porn it references, this EP will probably be available for free on the Internet, but you can also buy it from Hyperdub on May 20 if you’re not, you know, a freeloading jerkface.

Behind the Green Door tracklist:

01. Throw
02. UHFFO
03. NOYFB
04. Sex Mission

• Laurel Halo: http://www.laurelhalo.com
• Hyperdub: http://www.hyperdub.net