At last, a Buddha Machine app for iPads

At last, a Buddha Machine app for iPads

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, this mind-numbingly long bus ride/dentist office visit/family holiday would be sooooo much better if only I could make weird drone noises on my iPad?” If so, well then buy yourself a lottery ticket, because it’s your lucky day! The Buddha Machine, a small, battery-powered box that creates looping drone noises has just been reborn as an iPad app and as a new model, called Chan Fang. (Chan Fang translates to “zen room.” YES.)

Chan Fang, like all Buddha Machine creations, is the product of Chinese art duo FM3. Chan Fang will deliver four different ambient loops performed on a seven-string zither called the Qin. The iPad app features the sound of six different Buddha Machines.

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Domino, Merge, Beggars Group leave eMusic as the major labels push themselves in

Changes are afoot at eMusic, and not necessarily for the better. The download-to-own-subscription service, which currently boasts 400,000 subscribers (a figure that has leveled off since the end of 2007), has recently changed its pricing model from a credits-based retail structure to a per-track model. This means that rather than paying a monthly fee and receiving a set number of downloads, eMusic members now have to pay per track. The change is suspected to be linked with eMusic’s recent partnerships with the majors, as the service is set to add 250,000 new tracks later this week, mostly from Universal, its latest partner.

Indie labels aren’t happy about this. In fact, such heavy hitters as Domino, Merge, and the Beggars Group of labels (4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL) are pulling their catalogs from eMusic effective tomorrow, November 18. Bad news for indie-oriented eMusic members, as these labels represent such artists as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Spoon, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Pavement, The Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Vampire Weekend, and more. And you like some, if not all, of these artists!

In a statement on its website, Matador wrote “As you might have read elsewhere, the Matador Records catalog will no longer be available via eMusic after November 18. This is unfortunate, but as eMusic has brought more major labels into the fold, they have changed the terms on which they deal with labels, some of which we have found impossible to accept, in our own interests, those of our artists, and ultimately those of their fans.”

eMusic posted a statement too on its message board: “This is as heartbreaking to us as it is to you. Please know we have done everything we could to keep them from leaving. Forging deals with our label partners can be pretty complex. As many of you know, labels have come and gone over the years, and we hope to see these labels back soon.”

Tiny Mix Tapes has yet to make an official statement because no one gives a shit about us, but let it be known: eMusic will suck after November 18.

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Beach House continue to bounce around the world, come back in February for more shows before waking up from Teen Dream

Now begin the days when we hum the chorus of “I can’t believe 2010 is almost over.” A coda to that song could be, “I can’t believe that album came out this year.” It seems impossible that Joanna Newsom could have released Have One on Me as recently as February, or that The Magnetic Fields’ Realism made headlines and was promptly forgotten only the month before. Believe it or not, the same day that Realism came out, Beach House released Teen Dream on Sub Pop, which makes us feel a little like Rip Van Winkle looking back in disbelief.

It’s been a long and (probably) exhausting year for Beach House, who have been touring since Teen Dream hit shelves so many months ago. How do such ethereal, somnambulistic musicians have so much stamina? Tired or not, these B-more champs have announced final dates for Teen Dream, beginning shortly after both the album’s first anniversary and their return to the States from touring Australia. If you pre-order tickets, you’ll receive a limited-edition Beach House sweatshirt that will jog your friends’ long-term memory and remind them how much they liked “Walk in the Park.”

02.17.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box
02.18.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.23.11 - New York City, NY - Webster Hall
02.24.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
02.26.11 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

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Callooh! Callay! The Decemberists announce 2011 tour

Apparently, The Decemberists want everyone in the whole world to know that they are done subjecting us to bloated, convoluted, proto-metal-prog-folk meta-opera for a while. They seem especially heavy-handed in their distinction of the forthcoming LP The King is Dead (due January 18 on Capitol and January 17 in Europe via Rough Trade) as a “deliberate turn toward simplicity” after 2009’s expertly performed, arranged, and recorded but piss-poorly conceived The Hazards of Love (TMT Review). Although, for whatever reason, they describe that record as “wildly ambitious” instead of “piss-poorly conceived.” Go figure.

Anyway, while we all wait and wonder what a simple album from Colin Meloy and co. might sound like, we can marvel at the satisfyingly straightforward list of tourdates they’ve just announced for 2011. The 16-city run kicks off at New York’s Beacon Theater on January 25 and culminates with a hometown show at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall before making a left turn at Albuquerque and heading for Europe. Also, to keep the simplicity theme going, I’m told that the band will be touring in a Hyundai Accent, wearing their pajamas as their stage clothes, and listing only “bread crust” and “water” on their riders.

Oh, also, they’ll be performing the lead single from The King is Dead, “Down by the Water,” Thursday on Conan O’Brien’s ho-hum basic cable talk show with folk star Gillian Welch (who is also featured on seven of The King is Dead’s 10 tracks) as a special guest. (Please note that Gillian Welch is a totally different person than Gillian Anderson.)


01.25.10 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre *
01.28.10 - New York, NY - House of Blues *
01.29.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
01.31.10 - Montreal, Canada - Olympia De Montreal *
02.01.10 - Toronto, Canada - Sound Academy *
02.02.10 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre *
02.04.10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
02.05.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre #
02.06.10 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre #
02.07.10 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre #
02.09.10 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater #
02.10.10 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre #
02.12.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern #
02.13.10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues-San Diego #
02.14.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater #
02.18.10 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Ballroom #
02.19.10 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall #
03.04.10 - Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
03.05.10 - Glasgow - UK - ABC
03.07.10 - Birmingham, UK- Birmingham Institute
03.08.10 - Bristol, UK - Bristol Academy
03.10.10 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy
03.11.10 - Leeds, UK - Leeds Academy
03.13.10 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
03.14.10 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.16.10 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo

* Wye Oak
# Mountain Man

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In bold anti-zombie stand, Liars release another LIVE recording

If there’s one thing the men of Liars love, it’s witches. And if there’s one thing they love even more than witches, it’s releasing live recordings. (Sorry, witches. I know you are already in the dumps because Christine O’Donnell said mean things about you. But we can forget her now. Let the healing process begin… cut her face out of all the pictures we’re in together, etc.) For, only mere weeks ago, Liars released the Live at Shepherd’s Bush EP (TMT News), and now they’re already releasing a new one! This time it’s a full-on live ALBUM, entitled Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and it’s available here.

To all who read this article hoping for news of a possible undead/Liars collabo, I am sorry for misleading you. Witches are just better, deal with it.

Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg:

01. I Still Can See an Outside World
02. Clear Island
03. A Visit From Drum
04. We Fenced Other Gardens With the Bones of Our Owns
05. Scissor
06. The Overachievers
07. No Barrier Fun
08. Scarecrows on a Killer Slant
09. Sailing to Byzantium
10. Here Comes All the People
11. Plaster Casts of Everything
12. Hold Hands and It Will Happen Anyway
13. Proud Evolution
14. Freak Out
15. The Garden Was Crowded and Outside
16. Broken Witch

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Nitzer Ebb release new album, tour after 15-year hiatus

A lot can happen in 15 years. Children grow into young adults, a live action Garfield movie gets the green light, and the name Urkel loses all popularity in the world. And somewhere, off in Merry Olde England, an industrial/EBM giant of a band known as Nitzer Ebb returns from an epic, 15-year hiatus. Last week, the group released Industrial Complex, their first new album since 1995’s Big Hit. (After a European release earlier this year, it was previously only available here in the US as an import.) They’re currently gallivanting across the United States in support of said album, bringing joy and gloomy music to the people of America.

11.16.10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
11.18.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
11.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Double Door
11.23.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
11.24.10 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
11.26.10 - Houston, TX – Numbers

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