Kraftwerk announce belated Hannukah celebrations — an eight-night retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art

Kraftwerk announce belated Hannukah celebrations — an eight-night retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art

I can’t say for certain, considering I haven’t yet been fortunate enough to visit the country personally, but I have the sneaking suspicion that Kraftwerk are as representative of German culture, and are as much a part of the German consciousness, as Elvis Presley or Clint Eastwood is here in the United States – probably even more so, when you consider the relative size of the two countries, and the fact that barely anybody outside of Las Vegas still gives a shit about Elvis. Clint Eastwood is still knee-deep in the movie industry, but his ongoing presence inspires reactions more in the vein of, “Oh, he’s still alive?” than “Oh my God, it’s Clint Eastwood, icon of American cinema and culture! I’m so glad he’s still making movies.” Since the release of Autobahn in 1974, Kraftwerk have indeed maintained a hearty international fanbase, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that their most passionate followers reside within the borders of Deutschland itself.

Just because people in the United States generally happen to have an anomalistic aversion to the genre doesn’t mean that the more enlightened among us can’t show our appreciation for inarguably the most noteworthy pioneers of electronic music. From April 10-17, in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Kraftwerk will perform each of their eight albums (one album per evening), in a “time-based” event called “Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8,” designed to showcase not only their musical innovations, but also their artistically unique and visually arresting live shows. According to a press release, the sets “will combine sound and 3D images to present more than 40 years of musical and technological innovation, with new improvisations and 3D projections.”

Summing up the basis for the performance(s), Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA’s Chief Curator at Large and not an alternate for Fritz Hilpert, states, “In Kraftwerk’s practice, all of the components—melodic music and ambient sound, elaborate stage sets, live performance and performance by robots, their trademark videos and logo-like still imagery, all conceived and realized by the artists themselves—coalesce as one work of art.” If any band deserves an event like this…

Tickets are $25 and go on sale next Wednesday at 12 PM. Check out the official event page here.

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The Beach Boys announce tourdates for their 50th anniversary celebration, issue sexual performance apologies in advance to their groupies

Hey, Mr. Bojangles. If you’ve been spending any fraction of your time “following music” this year (not particularly advisable, by the way), you probably know that the geriatric unit movers known as The Beach Boys are currently “reunited” and in the process of being trotted around for a bunch of 50th anniversary hoopla. Last week, we told you about how they were being wheeled out to mumble their way through “Good Vibrations” at the 2012 Grammys (via The Audio Perv). And while it was undeniably awesome to see a band just flagrantly wearing its own merchandise on stage, certain Brian Wilson-ish members of the band looked like they’d rather be any place else in the contiguous United States than inside that theater.

Well, as it turns out, those certain someones will have that chance very soon. The surviving Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, David Marks, and possibly John Stamos, according to Mike Love) have just announced a pretty hefty slew of dates around the US starting in April and not letting up until mid-July, including appearances at Summerfest, Bonnaroo, and New Orleans Jazz Fest. Truthfully, this sounds pretty grueling for men of their advanced age, but keep in mind that these men are entertainers, and as such, they owe the fickle public every ounce of their withered, hell-bound souls.

(P.S. - Don’t forget that they’ve recorded a new album together for Capitol/EMI recently — produced by Wilson and executive-produced by Love — and it’s supposed to be released at some point this year. So you might want to catch them before that monstrosity comes out and starts occupying valuable real estate in their 40-point-font set lists.)

Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour:

04.24.12 - Tucson, AZ - Anselmo Valencia Ampitheater
04.26.12 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre
04.27.12 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz Fest
04.29.12 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Ampitheater
05.02.12 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Ampitheater
05.04.12 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05.05.12 - Tampa, FL - David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
05.08.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
05.09.12 - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
05.11.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Bendum Center for the Performing Arts
05.12.12 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
05.13.12 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
05.15.12 - White Plains, NY - Westchester County Center
05.17.12 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Events Center
05.19.12 - Atlanta City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Casino
05.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
05.27.12 - Las Vegas, NV - Red Rock Casino
06.01.12 - Berkley, CA - Greek Theatre
06.02.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
06.08.12 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
06.10.12 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
06.13.12 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
06.15.12 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
06.16.12 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
06.17.12 - Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
06.19.12 - Toronto, ON - Molson Ampitheatre
06.20.12 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
06.22.12 - Bangor, ME - Waterfront Park
06.23.12 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06.26.12 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
06.29.12 - Darien Lakes, NY - DTE Energy Music Theatre
07.01.12 - Milwaukee, WI - Markus Ampitheater (Summerfest)
07.03.12 - Virginia Beach, VA - Farm Bureau Live
07.10.12 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Ampitheatre
07.13.12 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
07.14.12 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Ampitheater
07.15.12 - Stateline, NV - Harvey’s Lake Tahoe Ampitheater

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Horse Feathers release album, fill themselves with cynicism as part of New Year’s resolution

Balderdash! Gobbledygook! Bollocks! Rubbish! Horse Feathers! It’s a nonsensical world out there, and you should really start mixing these into your vocabulary, but that’s neither here nor there. What is here, or what’s about to be here in a matter of months, is Horse Feathers’ fourth album, titled Cynic’s New Year.

The Portland, Oregon-based band led by Justin Ringle eagerly went back into the studio following the release of 2010’s Thistled Spring (TMT Review), and in addition to violins courtesy of regular collaborator Nathan Crockett, they’ll be bringing a whole bunch of new instruments and musicians into the mix. Eleven newbs had the pleasure of ensuring that this release will be as swell as past HF output, so this time around look forward to some French horn, piano, upright bass, banjo, and bells. Who doesn’t love a good little tinkling of a bell every now and again? Sounds like the stuff that beautiful lullabies are made of. And that ain’t no stuff and nonsense! Look for the upcoming Horse Feathers release on April 17 via Kill Rock Stars.

Cynic’s New Year tracklist:

01. A Heart Arcane
02. Last Waltz
03. Pacific Bray
04. So Long
05. Where I’ll Be
06. Nearly Old Friends
07. Fit Against the Country
08. Better Company
09. Bird on a Leash
10. Fire to Fields
11. Elegy for Quitters
12. Summer for Capricorns

Aaaaaaand, the band just announced a shitload of spring tourdates! Enjoy:

03.16.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Central Presbyterian Church)
03.17.12 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Terrorbird Day Party)
04.13.12 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Garage
04.14.12 - Salem, OR - Grand Theater
04.15.12 - Spokane, WA - Red Room
04.17.12 - Pullman, WA - Tower Theater
04.18.12 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown
04.19.12 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore
04.20.12 - Seattle, WA - The Barboza
04.21.12 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater (CD release show)
04.24.12 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
04.25.12 - Madison, WI - High Saloon
04.26.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.27.12 - Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
04.28.12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Founder’s Brewery
04.29.12 - Toronto, ON - Horsehoe
05.01.12 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick’s
05.02.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
05.03.12 - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
05.04.12 - Northhampton, MA - Iron Horse
05.05.12 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
05.06.12 - Providence, RI - The Met
06.07.12 - New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
06.09.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.10.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
05.11.12 - Washington, DC - Black Ct
05.12.12 - Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
05.15.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
05.16.12 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
05.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - The Early
05.18.12 - Nashville, TN - The Basement
05.19.12 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
05.20.12 - Nelsonville, OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
05.22.12 - North Manchester, IN - The Firehouse
05.23.12 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
05.24.12 - St. Louis, MO - Firebird
05.26.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
05.27.12 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits
05.28.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
05.30.12 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
05.31.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo
06.01.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place
06.02.12 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
06.03.12 - Chico, CA - Origami Lounge

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Deathbomb Arc celebrates 10 yr anniversary with new site & free comp!

Total fucking psycho-fuck record label Deathbomb Arc are entering double digits as they celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. “That’s pretty cool, I guess,” you say. You bet your shriveled dick that it’s fucking cool, you nonchalant ass-hat! And to do this anniversary right, they’ve launched a brand new website that now features their full discography of elaborate madness, and they’ve released the first installment of a free compilation series that will update throughout 2012. So drop that on your tongue and trip out on it.

According to the press release, the anniversary compilation series, DBA100, begins with a collection of new recordings by bands covering their favorite songs released by Deathbomb Arc. Turbine, the first band the label released, contributes a cover of Foot Village (fuck, that’s cool). Yuma Nora (also with releases on Not Not Fun) and Monster Dudes, two acts “vital to the label in the mid 00′s,” have formed a supergroup called YumaDudes to cover Gang Wizard (oh shit, that’s cool, too). Current Deathbomb acts I.E. and tik///tik contribute tracks as well. This installment also includes a virtual photo album to walk you down Deathbomb memory lane and nauseatingly hyperactive animated artwork made by Isaac Hicks.

The label will also be launching a new Tumblr and announcing their physical releases for 2012, including a triple LP anthology of the 90s Bay Area band rRope and their first audiobook! “Oh hey, now I’m psyched,” you say. Fuck you, latecomer.

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Sandro Perri tours the most possible space of them all: North America!

Welcome to Spaces 101. I’m your teacher, E. Nagurney. Please, please, Mr. Nagurney is my father. Now, class, the first thing you need to know about spaces are the differentiation between those that are possible and those that are impossible. An impossible space consists of a space that cannot exist in our world. Think about, say, an airport constantly filled with ice cream. The ice cream would inevitably melt! Or just think about a classroom that Schmidt can get to on time! Haha, just joshing with you, Schmidt, you’re a good kid. For more information on the impossible spaces, listen to Toronto-based songwriter Sandro Perri’s Impossible Spaces (TMT Review) record from the year prior.

Now, a possible space, that’s simple. This room is a possible space. The Grand Canyon is a possible space. These spaces exist. We can see them and we can feel them, hence they must be possible. In fact, all of North America is a possible space. Hell, the whole world’s a possible space. It exists, it is possible! With that in mind, your homework is to go see the aforementioned Mr. Perri at one of his six upcoming concerts. You’ll be getting firsthand experience with the possible space concept, as each one of these takes place in the possible space of North America. Furthermore, you’ll get to hear advanced space theory from one of the true masters of the field. Also, that smooth, smooth voice.

Sandro Perri dates:

03.18.12 - Toronto, ON - Wavelength Festival
03.29.12 - Cincinnati, OH - MusicNow Festival #
03.31.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
04.01.12 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis %
04.02.12 - Toronto, ON - Hoxton %
04.03.12 - Hamilton, ON - Molson Canada Studio

# Phillip Glass
% Metronomy

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Jason Lytle reveals new solo album details in his cute Neil Young voice

I’ve you’ve ever wondered how it’s possible that we here at Tiny Mix Tapes are always 100% on top of every little piece of music news on the planet within hours, it’s because in addition to a few dozen human staff writers, we’ve also got 1,000 trained African Green Monkeys working 19-hour days literally READING THE INTERNET. Don’t believe me? Check this out: one of ‘em just came across an interview that Jason Lytle (Grandaddy, Admiral Radley) gave the other day in an Australian magazine called Rave in which he reveals the details of his upcoming solo album. Now, I ask you honestly, who else but 1,000 monkeys working at 1,000 (Packard Bell) computers (running Prodigy dial-up internet on Windows 3.1) could have dug this up so quickly? Oh, fine, maybe 130 Beats Per Minute. But hey, they’re probably using monkeys to do it too!

Either way, according to the monkeys’ shorthand, Lytle’s new album will be his first solo record since 2009’s furry, prehensile romp, Yours Truly, The Commuter (TMT Review), and will most likely “sound bananas.” It’s titled Department of Disappearance, will contain 11 tracks and around 50 minutes of music, and is set to be released around July or August on either CD, digital, or ballistic wads of feces.

But why the long-ish wait between releases? Let’s go to the monkey notes. “The fact that I [don’t have any children to groom] means that I can record at my own pace,” Lytle told Rave. “I tend to get really bored really quick, and over the years I’ve realized that one of my strengths is approaching things in a really fresh manner – almost like a [hyper-sexual, auto-erotic monkey] would. [When they’re not busy smoking cigars and roller skating, monkeys] play for a while, then they’re over it, they’re done, move onto something else. It’s a lot more enjoyable for me to record like that [than it is to work for 19 hours a day for dog food]. I think that’s why it’s taken me a couple of years to make this record.” Huh. You know, that doesn’t sound quite right, does it? Well, you can read the real interview here. In the meantime, I think we’d better stop working our staff so hard.

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