Dust off your fedora, Leonard Cohen is hitting the road again!

Dust off your fedora, Leonard Cohen is hitting the road again! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1301/news-13-01-leonard-cohen.jpg

Leonard Cohen gets around pretty well for a dude pushing 80.

Last year he put out his first album in seven years, Old Ideas (TMT Review), and embarked on a nearly five-month worldwide tour. The 78-year-old singer-songwriter and ordained Buddhist Monk (Seriously. Check out all this shit he’s done if you don’t believe me.) is set to have a busy 2013 with another worldwide tour in the works, including trips across the US and Canada, plus some stops in Europe. So if you missed him last time around, here’s your chance to make up for it.

Tourdates:

03.02.13 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
03.06.13 - Victoria, BC - Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
03.09.13 - Regina, SK- Brandt Centre
03.11.13 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre
03.13.13 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
03.15.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Theatre
03.18.13 - Tampa, FL - David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts: Carol Morsani Hall
03.20.13 - Miami, FL - James L. Knight Center
03.22.13 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
03.24.13 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
03.28.13 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theater
03.30.13 - Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
04.02.13 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Oakdale Theatre
04.06.13 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
04.09.13 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
04.13.13 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Metro Centre
04.15.13 - Saint John, NB - Harbour Station
04.17.13 - Moncton, NB - Moncton Coliseum
04.20.13 - St. John’s, NL - Mile One Centre
06.18.13 - Paris, France - Palais Omnisports de Bercy
06.21.13 - London, UK - The O2 Arena
06.25.13 - Oberhausen, Germany - Konig Pilsener Arena
07.09.13 - Lucca, Italy - Lucca Summer Festival
07.12.13 - Mannheim, Germany - SAP Arena
07.14.13 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
07.17.13 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
08.17.13 - Odense, Denmark - King’s Garden

• Leonard Cohen: http://www.leonardcohen.com
• Sony: http://www.sonymusic.com

Diplo goes on helicopter tour, takes Major Lazer on boat tour, because what else is new?

Yawn.

Diplo is going on a one-day, four-city tour on January 20. He is calling this tour the Trap Hawk Down tour, because he will be traveling between the four shows via helicopter. His run of shows will begin in Baltimore at the Ottobar at 6 PM. After that, he will continue on to Philadelphia, where he will play the Sound Garden Hall at 9:30 PM. He will then depart to play at Atlantic City’s Mixx at Borgata Resort at 12:30 AM. Finally, Diplo’s single-day, helicopter-fueled jaunt will end with a show at New York’s The Westway beginning at 3:30 AM.

Snore.

Immediately upon concluding the Trap Hawk Down tour, Diplo will meet with his compatriots in Major Lazer for the Mutiny Aboard the Molly Roger tour. As the title suggests, this is a tour of the Caribbean that shall be traversed by sailboat. However, this tour will last five days, presumably because sailboats are not as fast as helicopters. The dates for that tour can be viewed below.

Zzzzzz.

Major Lazer’s Mutiny Aboard the Molly Roger dates:

01.21.13 - Kingston, Jamaica - Students Union UWI
01.22.13 - Norman Island, British Virgin Islands - Willy T’s
01.23.13 - St. Marteen, The Caribbean - Soggy Dollar Bar
01.24.13 - St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - Christian Brew Pub
01.25.13 - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico - Levels

• Diplo: http://www.facebook.com/diplo
• Major Lazer: http://majorlazer.com

The Men announce new album, call it New Moon, offer new track, unveil new tourdates, generate new press coverage

The Legend of The Men

Back in the dark ages of 2012, things were looking dire for Brooklyn rock dudes The Men. Mighty once, they had lost their way and fallen on hard times. They put out their third album last year, no one really wrote about it, and they probably played a few shows here and there at a handful of university student union halls. A few stalwart fans probably came out, but generally, I don’t think anyone would have been surprised if the band sullenly slinked away into annoying solo-project land in 2013. From this reporter’s iron-clad point of view, it was looking very bleak indeed.

BUT LO! Just when things looked their bleakest, A HUGE, multi-bazillion-dollar magazine called Tiny Mix Tapes zoomed in from on high and saw fit to bestow that 2012 album the tremendous accolade of being its 36th favorite album of the year! Literally overnight, everything changed for The Men, and they found themselves suddenly equipped with the opportunity to make a fourth album for the Sacred Bones label in 2013. Thus it has come to pass that The Men proudly present New Moon, an intensely personal and wholly immersive triumph of underdog grit and TMT facilitation. According to the press release, it was recorded in a converted “studio home” that the band constructed in the upstate New York village of Big Indian and once again features guitarists Nick Chiericozzi and Mark Perro and drummer Rich Samis (all fresh from the last record), as well as friend and producer Ben Greenberg on full-time bass duties and Kevin Faulkner “dreaming aloud on lap steel” (and let me hereby be the first to pretend that dreaming aloud on a lap steel doesn’t sound terrible).

Speaking of off-beat, “keepin’ it fresh for album #4” instrumentation choices, it seems like we can expect such affectations as “piano, mandolin, harmonica, four-part vocal harmonies and even no-input harsh noise.” And yes, in case you were wondering, “New Moon is simultaneously an expansion of palette and a contraction of focus. It is a love letter devoted in bowed humility to the grand continuum, exposing the hoax of the great divide.” Hmm. I’m starting to regret giving TMT full credit for this album’s existence all of a sudden… oh well. Either way, the first single, “Electric,” will be out on 7-inch vinyl on January 22. Check it out below (as well as a bunch of 2013 tourdates), and do not, I repeat, DO NOT, write us any hate mail if you don’t like it. Love mail if you DO like it is fine.

New Moon tracklisting:

01. Open the Door
02. Half Angel Half Light
03. Without a Face
04. The Seeds
05. I Saw Her Face
06. High and Lonesome
07. The Brass
08. Electric
09. I See No One
10. Birdsong
11. Freaky
12. Supermoon

Tourdates:

01.28.13 - Auckland, New Zealand - Silo Park
01.30.13 - Sydney, Australia - Goodgod Small Club *
01-31.13 - Wollongong, Australia - Beaches Thirroul *
02.01.13 - Brisbane, Australia - Laneway Festival
02.02.13 - Sydney, Australia - Laneway Festival
02.03.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Laneway Festival
02.06.13 - Melbourne, Australia - Northcote Social Club
02.08.13 - Adelaide, Australia - Laneway Festival
02.09.13 - Perth, Australia - Laneway Festival
03.07.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.09.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
03.14.13 - Paris, France - Point FMR
03.15.13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
03.16.13 - Bruxelles, Belgium - Magasin 4
03.17.13 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
03.18.13 - London, UK - Rough Trade
03.19.13 - London, UK - Garage
03.20.13 - Nijmigen, Netherlands - Merlyn
03.21.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Stengade
03.22.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festaal
03.23.13 - Prague, Czech Republic - 007 Club
03.24.13 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
03.25.13 - Budapest, Hungary - Gozsdu Mano Klub
03.26.13 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Menza
03.27.13 - Zagreb, Croatia - Club Mocvara
03.28.13 - Belgrade, Serbia - Grad Beograd
03.29.13 - Skopje, Macedonia - Menza Pro Koritu
03.30.13 - Tessaloniki, Greece - 8 Ball Club
03.31.13 - Athens, Greece - AN Club
05.31.13 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas
06.01.13 - Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas

* Royal Headache

• The Men: http://wearethemen.blogspot.com
• Sacred Bones: http://www.sacredbonesrecords.com

Album sales for 2012 show a moderate decline; industry execs petition to change the word “moderate” to mean “apocalyptically severe”

In contrast with 2011, when overall album sales in the US miraculously increased by 1.4% over the previous year (in part, courtesy of a green-eyed British idol), Nielsen SoundScan reports that albums sales for 2012 fell by 4.4%, from 331 million to 316 million units. Time to pack it in. We’re back to the downward trend that began in 2004, and major record labels can continue cynically (and now, justifiably) prophesying the death of the music industry, right?

Well, not so fast. There are a couple of statistics that suggest more of a settling around a new normal than a resumption of industry hemorrhaging. First: the 4.4% decrease in 2012 is mild, relative to the near double-digit losses that were experienced between 2006 and 2010. Album sales in 2007 fell by 9.5%, for instance. Second: digital sales of individual songs grew by 5.1% last year, which is slower than in previous years, but again, that points to a new normal. Digital sales of individual tracks were growing by around 30-40% at the same time that physical album sales were decreasing markedly, so what does it say if both aren’t moving much in either direction? Someone let me know if I’m missing a variable here. The music industry lives on, it appears…

Within the realm of overall album sales, CDs continued their reign as the increasingly uncool music medium — according to Billboard, sales decreased by 13.5% to 193.4 million units. Meanwhile, sales of vinyl records increased by 17.7% to 4.55 million units, and the numbers for digital albums grew as well, by 14.1%, improving its share of overall album sales to 37%.

To another year of fiscally inadvisable music purchases!

• Nielsen SoundScan: http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/links/Soundscan-BDS.html

With nowhere to find free streaming music online, turntable.fm launches Piki

Do you like Pandora, but hate the fact that it chooses music for you using a lame-o algorithm? Well, you’re in luck! Hypebot tells us that the friendly people who brought you Turntable.fm, the social set list site where you can take turns playing DJ with your friends, are now hocking a brand-new, state-of-the-art social media music listening experience (minus the math) called Piki. It’s not an encyclopedia of Pokemon characters, but rather a new way to listen to streaming music online that draws heavily from the Pandora model, shifting the focus to social-driven song selection (yay!) instead of robot mind control (boo!) or whatever it is they use over at Pan-snore-a.

I imagine most people use Pandora because their friends have shit taste in music and they need a computer to help them find new tunes, but if you want to let the people you’ve collected online to be in charge of what song comes piping into your ear holes next, then by all means sign up to be a beta tester here. An accompanying mobile app (for iPhones) is said to be on the horizon.

It’s yet to be seen if it’s a good idea to go into this market, what with Apple’s rumored upcoming entrance, but as a listener, it’s always good to have options.

• Piki: https://piki.fm

Mouse on Mars tour North America, but they’ve missed the chance to play in space

Even though I don’t really understand the science of space or the math of space or anything like that, I still like reading about space. And I just read about a meteorite from Mars that’s 10 times as old as any other one that’s been found and contains a pretty decent amount of water, which apparently brings up the possibility of life on Mars 2.1 billion years ago.

So here’s my question for Mouse on Mars: shouldn’t you guys be touring the red planet instead of North America? Just to check things out? Maybe look for fossils or alien dinosaur skeletons? Bring a few copies of your 2012 albums, Parastrophics (TMT Review) and WOW so you can see how the Martians dig them? At the very least, how about if you guys beam up the video for “Polaroyced”? And maybe the one for “They Know Your Name” too? I’m sure whoever’s hanging out on Mars could be in the mood for something electronic.

Dates:

02.15.13 - San Diego, CA - The Soda Bar
02.16.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The El Rey
02.17.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
02.19.13 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
02.20.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumo
02.22.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Urban Lounge
02.23.13 - Denver, CO - Summit
02.25.13 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02.26.13 - Chicago, IL - The Mayne Stage
02.27.13 - Detroit, MI - The Pike Room
03.01.13 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
03.02.13 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
03.03.13 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
03.04.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
03.05.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall

• Mouse on Mars: http://www.mouseonmars.com
• Monkeytown: http://www.monkeytownrecords.com