Lee Ranaldo announces new album Last Night on Earth with new band The Dust, tours every which where

Lee Ranaldo announces new album Last Night on Earth with new band The Dust, tours every which where http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1308/news-13-08-lee-ranaldo.jpg

A solo record works best when you feel like you’re opening a window into somebody’s life, experiencing the things they’re going through or thinking about, places they’re seeing, through their eyes. At its best, you find a universality in it.

—Lee Ranaldo

You know the other time they work best? When your insanely popular band is on indefinite fucking hiatus. :(

Matador will release Ranaldo’s new sort-of-solo effort (unlike 2012’s Between the Times and Tides, this one’s officially credited to “Lee Ranaldo and The Dust” and includes guitarist Alan Licht, bassist Tim Lüntzel, and good ol’ Steve Shelley playing the part of Ringo Starr), on October 8 (October 7 in the UK and Europe). It’s entitled Last Night on Earth, and, according to something I might just be completely making up for all you know, is “darker in tone and lyrical content” than his last album but is also “the sort of dizzying electric guitar clinic that ranks amongst the best from any era.” Yeah, sorry; still no real progression in the “titles” or “cover art” arenas, though.

Here’s a taste of the thing, followed by a whole bunch of tour dates in the US and Europe. Feel free to put it on and shred along with Lee, trying in vain to keep Kim and Thurston out of your mind.

Last Night on Earth tracklisting:

01. Lecce, Leaving
02. Key-Hole
03. Home Chds
04. The Rising Tide
05. Last Night on Earth
06. By the Window
07. Late Descent no 2
08. Ambulancer
09. Blackt Out

Lee Ranaldo and the Tour Dates:

10.08.13 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
10.09.13 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall
10.11.13 - Toronto, ON - NXNE/Horseshoe Tavern
10.12.13 - Detroit, MI - Trinosophes
10.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.14.13 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
10.15.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
10.17.13 - Iowa City, IA - Gabe’s Oasis
10.18.13 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
10.19.13 - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck *
10.20.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Firebird *
10.22.13 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
10.23.13 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle
10.25.13 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
11.10.13 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera Euser
11.11.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
11.12.13 - Berlin, Germany - TBC
11.13.13 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
11.14.13 - Metz, France - Le Musee De Cour D’or
11.15.13 - Metz, France - Caveau Des Trinitaries / Musique Volantet Festival
11.17.13 - Lausanne, Switzerland - Le Romandie
11.18.13 - Feyzin, France - L’Epicerie Moderne
11.20.13 - Villeneuve D’Asq, France - Festival Tour De Chauffe
11.21.13 - London, UK - The Garage (NME Radar Night)
11.22.13 - Camber Sands, UK - ATP
11.23.13 - Paris, France - BB Mix Festival
11.25.13 - Poitiers, France - Confort Moderne
11.26.13 - Tours, France - Temps Machine
12.06.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
12.07.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret
12.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
12.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
12.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex

* Built to Spill

• Lee Ranaldo: http://www.leeranaldo.com
• Matador: http://www.matadorrecords.com

[Photo: Stefano Giovannini]

Joanna Newsom set to appear in Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice; extended monologues about dirigibles flatly denied

Exhaustion would be understandable as a reason for her relative absence, because god knows the impulse to hibernate in some Star Wars-esque healing chamber was strong following a mere listen of Have One on Me (TMT Review). Three years have passed since the release of that rather arduous undertaking, contracted literary experts have entered depressive states following fruitless attempts to interpret her lyrics, and unless you caught a now-rare performance courtesy of Pitchfork last month, the association with Andy Samberg probably comes just as easily now as her and her plucking. Extended intervals between albums shouldn’t be confused as unusual, but so commences the wondering of just what Joanna Newsom is up to these days, whether a new album is at least mentally in the works, or whether she’s taking an indirect cue from Marky Mark, et al. by becoming a musician turned actor, sans the baggage of embarrassing music videos from the early 90s.

As it happened, Boogie Nights arguably coincided with Mark Wahlberg’s “big break” into the film world, and now, Paul Thomas Anderson is serving as director/theoretical acting mentor once again for Newsom, who’ll be appearing in his next film Inherent Vice, set for release some time in 2014. Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon, and Joaquin Phoenix will presumably take on bigger roles in this 1970s-era detective story, but who’s to say that the murder investigation won’t ultimately lead to a psychopathic harpist? Those things are huge. Could definitely do some human damage.

I leave you with a Portlandia attestation to Newsom’s acting chops:

• Joanna Newsom: http://www.dragcity.com/artists/joanna-newsom

Moritz von Oswald and future jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær announce 1/1 collaborative LP

Moritz von Oswald, who transformed techno’s monochromatic blacks and whites into the most brilliant colors, is continuing his steady lurch into the improvised music arena by teaming up with future jazz trumpeter/composer Nils Petter Molvær. Their collaborative work, an album entitled 1/1, was recorded earlier this year in Oswald’s Berlin studio. This upcoming release finds Oswald playing Eno-esque knob twiddler to Molvær’s trumpet acrobatics, the two weaving an improvised tapestry of rubbery electronics and nu jazz eclecticism.

Oswald’s renowned knack for subtle but cortex-drilling productions — all crumbling moonscapes and reverb-chambers — quite frankly always tears the words from my mouth. It’s a shame, then, that none of those poignant words found their way here; it sure would have been helpful (damnit). So it goes. Here, rearrange these descriptors as you may: metal thunder, pure, hard, tectonic growls, Pollock-like free strewn tendrils, electrical sizzle, echo-shaken percussion; please be kind, and while you read this, make me sound unceasingly witty in your head.

Resident Advisor reports that the duo will bring 1/1 to Enjoy Jazz Festival in Mannheim on October 21, Hamburg’s Überjazz Festival on October 25, and REWIRE festival on November 8. The recorded account is set to hit shelves (CD, double-vinyl) and laptops (digital DL) on October 4, via jazz label EmArcy.

1/1 tracklist:

01. Noise 1
02. Step By Step
03. Transition
04. Development
05. Further
06. Future
07. Development (Ricardo’s Dig Mix)
08. Noise 2

• Moritz von Oswald: http://www.basicchannel.com
• Nils Petter Molvær: http://www.nilspettermolvaer.info
• EmArcy: https://www.facebook.com/EmArcyR

Wolf Eyes announce tour, share new video, make mix for The Fader, shred the gnar

Wolf Eyes shred the gnar. “That’s not all they shred!” is something you could say, in reference to the Michigan noise act’s violent, lacerating sound. While that is true — even if their new album No Answer: Lower Floors on De Stijl opts for a slower, tenser approach — Wolf Eyes are now also shredding the gnar. Witness them shredding aforementioned gnar in their new video for “Born Liar” at NPR, the web’s foremost Wolf Eyes fansite. In fact, the video features shredding of both the gnar and musical variety. Not safe for shred-averse viewers.

While not shredding, the boys of Wolf Eyes spend their time making mixes for anyone they damn well want to make mixes for. This is a list that includes The Fader, who recently commissioned a mix from the group. Only, when Wolf Eyes came up with a mix, it wasn’t so much a mix as it was a 17-minute original piece called “Lower Drolls.” If we’re to get technical about it, it’s hard to define that as a mix, mainly on the grounds of possessing no qualities that would make something a mix. Evidently, Wolf Eyes are also shredding the concept of a mix into tiny pieces. Listen to that “mix” over at The Fader.

In order to shred more gnar/sound/concepts, Wolf Eyes must hit the road. As such, they are hitting the road this September for roughly a dozen dates spanning both North America and Europe. Admittedly, it’s mostly North America, but they are fitting a few European dates in there. Sadly, you can’t shred everywhere at once.

Wolf Eyes dates:

08.24.13 - New York City, NY - Issue Project Room
09.03.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas
09.04.13 - Baltimore, MD - Metro
09.05.13 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch
09.06.13 - Asheville, NC - Broadways
09.07.13 - Columbus, OH - TBA
09.18.13 - Pantin, France - La Dynamo
09.19.13 - Cologne, Germany - Baustelle Kalk
09.20.13 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09.21.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Studio 58 Cafe
09.28.13 - Louisville, KY - Cropped Out
09.29.13 - Chicago, IL - The Owl

• Wolf Eyes: http://www.wolfeyes.net
• De Stijl: http://www.destijlrecs.com

M.I.A. album Matangi release date finally announced… unless that’s a publicity stunt too?

Okay, everyone; all clear! We can officially all stop holding our breaths and stop spelling words with boring-ass “s” instead of the much cooler “z” option! M.I.A.’z new album, the follow-up to 2010’z… interesting /\/\/\Y/\, finally has an official releaze date!

According to Pitchfork’s pretty unrivaled coverage of M.I.A.’z life, she kinda sorta passively threatened to leak the thing last Friday, and now maybe the label capitulated; so it’s due out on November 5 via Interscope, making for the perfect Guy Fawkes Day stocking stuffer!

To be fair, though, the album has been floating around for a while (it was reportedly delayed initially for being “too positive” and not having enough z’s instead of s’s). And if you recall, TMT was even savvy enough to choco-grind her “Bring the Noize” video last month, which, I think we can all agree, promptly shattered our preconceptions of what a music video for a song like “Bring The Noize” could possibly be.

As for the title? I guess it’s her real first name (yeah, I know: it’s strange that there’s no z’s in it):

When I went to India, I was looking on Google for stuff that was the color of a certain green, and that’s when this green goddess, Matangi, popped up. I was like, that’s weird, the whole time I’ve been alive on this planet, my mom never mentioned where my name came from. Matangi was the goddess of knowledge and the arts–music, art, dancing, spoken word. When they invented this mythology 4,000 years ago, the concept of someone being about all those things was normal.

Speaking of inventing mythologies… here’s some linkz to placez around the internet where you can find more information about M.I.A.

• M.I.A.: http://www.miauk.com
• N.E.E.T.: http://neetrecordings.com
• Interscope: http://www.interscope.com

Members of Brainiac and Enon form Crooks on Tape, announce debut LP on Misra, regret their criminal pasts

Crooks on Tape is the new band from John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08), and Joey Galvan. I know what you’re wondering, why not Crooks on Hard Drives? Or Crooks in Pro Tools? Crooks on USB Dongles? Well, after a little research, I’ve discovered that there’s actually an obscure law in the American penal code that makes it totally illegal for “convicted felons” (the technical term for “crooks”) to use digital methods to produce music. Honestly, this explains a lot about Steve Albini.

Crooks on Tape’s debut release for Misra Records is entitled Fingerprint because that is something the prison system takes from crooks when they are “booked.” The album came together through recorded instrumental improvisations between 2010 and 2012 which were then condensed into pop songs with vocals. Fingerprint finds the band at their most accessible, and they have plans to “get weird” on later releases. If only they’d been allowed to use digital production methods, those two years of blood, sweat, and tears could have been condensed to like 30 minutes of finger jockey-ing on a computer. I applaud these guys for their commitment to their craft, but at the same time, I guess they should have thought about all this back before they did all that illegal stuff.

The album is out October 22 on LP (a limited pressing of 500), CD, and cassette , though you can preorder it now from the Misra Store. In closing, readers, I beg of you to think before you commit a crime. Television programs like CSI: Miami and The Mentalist make crime look like it’s all fun and games, but let Crooks on Tape serve as a reminder. Crime doesn’t pay.

Fingerprint tracklist:

01. Duper
02. If Feelings Mean a Thing
03. Tito’s Riser
04. The Regiments
05. Melting the Ice
06. Summer’s End
07. River Bait
08. Milo’s Creeper
09. A Hazmat Dream
10. Wandered Again
11. Clergyman Segway
12. Barging In

• Crooks on Tape: https://www.facebook.com/crooksontapemusic
• Misra: http://misrarecords.com

[Photo/Collage: Toko Yasuda]