Karl Bartos, formerly of Kraftwerk, announces solo album; we await the boings, the booms, and the tschaks

Karl Bartos, formerly of Kraftwerk, announces solo album; we await the boings, the booms, and the tschaks http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-12-06-karl-bartos-kraftwerk.jpg

Karl Bartos. He’s the one in Kraftwerk who… um. He’s the German…uh.

My apologies. I’m sure that if I grew up during the 70s I’d be much more capable of distinguishing between the individual members of that pioneering electronic outfit, but as things stand, I seem to be drawing a blank. What will cure my momentary lapse in knowledge of the German music scene? Wait, is that bratwurst I smell? Ahh, delicious bratwurst, a plate of which has suddenly appeared in front of me, as though beamed from an otherworldly gottheit — transform me into a veritable expert on all things Deutschland! Mmmmm.

Erstaunlich! There we are. Though technically not one of its founding members, Karl Bartos joined Kraftwerk at arguably one of the most opportune times, following the release of Autobahn in 1974. He later co-wrote The Man-Machine and Computer World, and stayed with the band until 1990, when he ultimately decided to take his percussive talents elsewhere (but not to South Beach). Bartos began his (now defunct) Elektrik Music project in 1992, and in 2003 he released his first album, Communication, under his own name. As Exclaim! reports, next spring he’ll be releasing his second album under his own name, entitled… I have no idea. That information hasn’t yet been revealed, but what we do know is: 1) Bureau B will be releasing the album. 2) Bartos is reportedly “looking forward to the release with anticipation.” Communication sounded an awful lot like Kraftwerk, so you might as well expect a similar sound on this upcoming album. In fact I order you to expect a similar sound.

• Karl Bartos: http://www.karlbartos.com
• Bureau B: http://www.bureau-b.com

Lightning Bolt are going on tour this fall, so it’s time to learn all the lyrics: KRRSSH WAAAAUGHUAHH SMASH

Wee oooh wee clang clang krrrsssssh, Lightning Bolt are going on tour this fall! You see those noise words over there? That’s what Lightning Bolt sound like. They also sound a little bit like krssh krssh krssh smash smash krrsssssh weeeee, but who’s counting? If anything, we’re both missing the point, namely that Lightning Bolt is going on tour this fall. If we’re lucky, they’ll make all those noises and more.

As reported by Consequence of Sound, Lightning Bolt will start in Atlanta on August 24, before wrapping around the outskirts of the United States. They’ll hit our precious coastlines and the Southern states in-between, along with a brief stop out in Chicago territory. The whole thing ceases in Boston with a blistering cry of WEEEEE KRRRSSSSH BANG.

Lightning Bolt dates:

08.24.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Goat Farm
08.25.12 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree Cafe
08.27.12 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
08.28.12 - Dallas, TX - Son of Hermann Hall
08.29.12 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
08.31.12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Trunk Space
09.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
09.03.12 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish
09.04.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw
09.06.12 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW
09.07.12 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
09.08.12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market *
09.10-11.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
09.15.12 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle
09.18.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.23.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

* Fucked Up

• Lightning Bolt: http://laserbeast.com

Frank Zappa’s back catalog to be completely reissued as a means to make easy endless money

Frank Zappa released over 60 studio albums over the course of a career that spanned four decades. Frank Zappa also has some of the most dedicated, obsessive fans in all of popular music. These same fans inevitably already own EVERY one of those studio albums as well as A LOT of Zappa’s many, many live albums and bootlegs. These same fans, MOST LIKELY, own multiple copies of some of these albums: LP, cassette, CD, remastered CD. Finally, these same fans would DEFINITELY buy these albums again, regardless of added extras, additional remastering, or bonus booklet-based content, only because of their obsessive completist nature.

Consequently, Universal Records, who needs spending cash to use for the company trip to Disney World this summer, has entered into an agreement with the Zappa Family Trust to reissue ALL of Frank Zappa’s albums that were originally released through Zappa’s Barking Pumpkin Records. By the end of the month, record store shelves will be brimming with shiny, new, remastered versions of Zappa’s first 12 records, listed below:

Freak Out! (1966)
Absolutely Free (1967)
Lumpy Gravy (1968)
We’re Only In It For The Money (1968)
Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)
Uncle Meat (1969)
Hot Rats (1969)
Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
Chunga’s Revenge (1970)
Fillmore East, June 1971 (1971)
Just Another Band From L.A. (1972)

If you happen to be one of the aforementioned Zappa completists, you can expect to find the other albums at your local record store, released sporadically over the course of the next year.

• Frank Zappa: http://www.zappa.com
• Universal: http://www.universalmusic.com

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros tour together this fall in support of lengthy band names

Ugh. Oh, hey there, marquis-letter-hanging guy. Listen, you might want to sit down, because I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you. One of the biggest disasters for the marquis-letter-hanging world since The Presidents of the United States of America and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin hit the road together on that improbable “Pop Bands Hypothetically Tour Together Sometimes” tour back in 2002 is afoot. Yup, this one’s a mouthful and I’m not going to sugarcoat it: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are touring North America with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros this fall.

Look, calm down, man. I’m on your side here. I know what you’re thinking, and all I can say is, I don’t know how the hell you’re gonna fit all that on that thing either. It just so happens that both bands have relatively new records out right now (CYHSY’s Hysterical and Edward Sharpe’s Here), and some booking guy somewhere thought it’d be a real slick business proposition to stick the two of them out there together with no regard whatsoever for the tireless little guy out there thanklessly hanging the band names on the marquis every night. Typical 1%-er bullshit, am I right? Either way, I’m with you, marquis-letter-hanging guy. I don’t see how this shit show is going to work. I mean, does that beautiful, antique, gold-guilded, pearl-inlaid marquis letter kit of yours that was passed down to you from your grandfather after he was struck by lightning back in 1989 while hanging letters for Metallica even have seven A’s???

Dates:

07.08.12 - New York, NY - CBGB’s Festival
09.07.12 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
09.11.12 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
09.12.12 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theater
09.14.12 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl
09.15.12 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheater
09.17.12 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
09.18.12 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Center
09.23.12 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
09.25.12 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
09.26.12 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheater
09.27.12 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
09.29.12 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston P.A.C
09.30.12 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre
10.01.12 - Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
10.03.12 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater
10.05.12 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads KC

# Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes

• Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: http://www.clapyourhandssayyeah.com
• Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: http://edwardsharpeandthemagneticzeros.com
• Vagrant: http://vagrant.com

Archers of Loaf go on tour for the weekend, else the boss is gonna be maaaad

Like a beer-soaked grime monster rising up from the corner of your favorite dive, Archers of Loaf are back! Don’t worry, they’re a friendly beer-soaked monster. Take a picture with your buddy! In actuality, the grimemonsters Archers of Loaf have been back for a little while. The 90’s indie-rock legends made a triumphant (in their own dirt-stained, scruffy way) return last year, playing a string of dates across the nation. Now, their four records are in the process of being reissued by their fellow North Carolinians at Merge Records. Reissues of Icky Mettle and Vee Vee are already out, while the gussied-up versions of All the Nation’s Airports and White Trash Heroes are due on August 7 in colored vinyl, double-CD, and digital download formats. If you have to look at something besides record sleeves, the Gorman Bechard’s Archers of Loaf concert documentary What Did You Expect? will be screening in select cities on select dates soon. Look at those dates down there, lower on the page.

To capitalize on all this “Hey, Archers of Loaf are back!” momentum, the band will be doing some touring this summer. Since presumably everybody in the band has day jobs (except for Eric “Wild Man” Bachmann, cause he’s a wild man), these dates are all on the weekend. That’s good news for you if you, too, have a day job! That’s bad news for you if you’re a weirdo who only likes going to concerts on weekdays or something? Get a job, weirdo.

Archers of Loaf dates:

06.23.12 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival at Republik
07.14.12 - New York, NY - 4 Knots Music Festival at South Street Seaport
08.10.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.11.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.18.12 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
08.24.12 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
08.25.12. - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
08.26.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar

What Did You Expect? screenings:

06.18.12 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
07.05.12 - New York, NY - CBGB Fest
07.07.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
08.15.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Trylon

• Archers of Loaf: http://archersofloaf.net
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Mount Kimbie sign to Warp Records, any day now they’ll be riding bikes, going on dates, going off to college, dying

Mount Kimbie, they’re so young and beautiful. Their cheeks are rosy red, their mouths are filled with the rainbow of youth, their brains are filled with wonder. When they took their Play-Doh and made their debut album Crooks & Lovers (TMT Review) back in 2010, we all looked at them like they were the cutest electronic kids in the world. And you know why we did that? Because they were, damn it! Name a cuter tiny electronic child in the world. Don’t. Don’t do that. I will cease you.

Everybody’s gotta grow up, though. For people, that involves gross hair and bleeding and all the feelings in the world. For electronic acts, it means signing to Warp Records. And with that in mind, it looks like our little buds in Mount Kimbie are growing up. Oh, the tears. They’re signed to the label and with that, they’re going to release… something. Warp’s press release says they’re working on their first release for the label, but provides no further information. I bet it’ll be just great, though! So proud of our boys.

• Mount Kimbie: http://www.mountkimbie.com
• Warp: http://warp.net