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

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

Iannis Xenakis to have vintage works collected on new Recollection GRM LP

Did you guys get what you wanted for Xmas? I sure as fuck didn’t. I got some sort of fancy cork. But here’s your chance to make it up to me, mom. You see, just in time for my birthday, Greek experimental composer Iannis Xenakis is to have some of his vintage works collected by Editions Mego.

According to FACT, “GRM Works 1957-1962 collects material recorded during the Greek composer and architect’s stint with Pierre Schaeffer’s highly influential Groupe de Recherches Musicales, a mid 20th century lodestone for electro-acousic composers and avant-garde musical operators.” This record, titled GRM Works 1957-1962 will be released via Mego’s Recollection GRM archive sub-label, active since early last year.

You don’t even have to wrap it. You can just mail it to me.

GRM Works 1957-1962 tracklisting:

01. Concret PH
02. Orient-Occident
03. Diamorphoses
04. Bohor

• Iannis Xenakis: http://www.iannis-xenakis.org
• Recollection GRM: http://editionsmego.com/releases/recollection-grm

The Knife try to announce live shows, but no one can tell quite what they’re saying behind those damn bird masks

Listen kid, I don’t care how many Ayn Rand books you’ve read or what murky significance your willfully unconcealable tattoos have, you’re still not allowed to be individual enough to not like The Knife. Sorry. You’re a part of this society whether you like it or not, and in this society, we flip our shit every time The Knife sneezes, and we flip it HARD.

Case in point? The duo has deemed it appropriate to play two (count ‘em, two) shows this spring. Both in the same venue. In the same city. On back-to-back nights. In support (maybe) of a new album that no one has heard a lick of yet because it doesn’t come out until April 8 (April 9 in the US) via Rabid/Brille/Mute. And following up a seven-year-old dance record and a freaking Charles Darwin-themed opera. BUT HERE WE ARE, like our friends at Pitchfork, reporting the shit out of that shit anyway. So don’t you dare roll your eyes or pretend like you’ve got better things to do than pine over how much you wish you could fly out to Copenhagen this May, junior. I don’t care how many more tourdates get announced soon. Get over yourself, get with the goddamn program, and get your ass out there and start geeking out over these two shows. And for god’s sake, share this trailer for Shaking the Habitual a few dozen times while you’re at it:


05.12.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
05.13.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega

• The Knife: http://theknife.net
• Rabid: http://www.rabidrecords.com
• Brille: http://www.brillerecords.com
• Mute: http://mute.com

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