Lil B’s I’m Gay is out now, really still has that title (sort of)

Lil B's I'm Gay is out now, really still has that title (sort of)

By now, it’s obvious that Lil B is the walking personification of the internet. The man is like a LOLCat surfing on a Twitter feed while eating a YouTube pizza and high-fiving the “O RLY?” owl. Or something like that, fill in your own memes. Lil B does as the internet does and the internet releases its albums by just making them appear out of thin air. As such, Lil B releases his albums the same way. With no prior announcement whatsoever, Lil B’s new record I’m Gay (I’m Happy) was released on iTunes on Wednesday night.

Considering that Lil B is in the habit of dropping songs and records whenever he damn well pleases, which tends to be every waking second, this sudden release isn’t that surprising. But due to its somewhat surprising title (and significantly less interesting addendum to said title), I’m Gay has boasted a higher profile than the other dozen albums Lil B has released/will release this year. What you must understand, though, is that the internet does what it pleases and Lil B is the internet. With that established, you can purchase I’m Gay through iTunes right now, because it is a real thing.

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Zola Jesus releases details on new album for Sacred Bones, continues to convert Xiu Xiu fans jaded by Jamie Stewart

Since the band’s inception, Zola Jesus — a.k.a. Nika Roza Danilova — has always treaded the thin line between card-carrying goth and bleak synth enthusiast: if you’re not quite into that whole hair gel and eyeliner thing, you extol her opera-trained voice. If you are a fan of the darker side of things and you’re still conflicted about whether The Sisters of Mercy or Bauhaus is the best band ever, then the reasons for loving Zola Jesus are pretty obvious. Just last year, she made best-of lists across the web with multiple EPs (Stridulum, Valusia, L.A. Vampires Meets Zola Jesus), and some compellingly gooey artworkin addition to opening for The xx nationwide. Well, la-di-da, you say; but what’s she doing this year for neu mall goths?

The answer is enough to make your cheeks a bit red. Besides the summer festival circuit (Pitchfork, the UK, Sweden, Portugal), Zola Jesus has announced a new album, Conatus, out October 4 on Sacred Bones. Listen to the new single at our Chocolate Grinder, or go to Sacred Bones’ website to download it. Fans of Zola Jesus won’t be disappointed, and fans of Mercury Rev may have a problem ignoring the piano keys reminiscent of the opening credits for House.

Conatus tracklisting:

01. Swords
02. Avalanche
03. Vessel
04. Hikikomori
05. Ixode
06. Seekir
07. In Your Nature
08. Lick the Palm of the Burning Handshake
09. Shivers 
10. Skin 
11. Collapse


07.16.11 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
08.04.11 - Herefordshire, UK - Big Chill
08.06.11 - London, UK - Field Day
08.07.11 - Zambujeira Do Mar, Portugal - Sudoeste
08.11.11 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser
08.12.11 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.13.11 - Moscow, Russia - Strelka
08.14.11 - Hamburg, Germany - Dockville
09.03.11 - North Dorset, UK - End of the Road
09.04.11 - County Louis, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.11.11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

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Operation AntiSec hits Universal Music, promises more data soon

Well, it was bound to happen. As LulzSec, after hitting company after company after government after gazebo, sailed off into the sunset, leaving behind a massive data dump involving the Arizona Department of Public Security, it felt like a tactical retreat. And it was. Temporary partners AnonymousIRC took over the fight under the banner (or sails, in their terminology) of previously announced Operation AntiSec, and began their run with new data dumps, posted on The Pirate Bay as antisec01 (or Anti-Sec 001).

Alongside some government shenanigans, AntiSec busted open two dumps from Universal Music Group, containing both usernames and passwords, as well as “other data.” Viacom was also hit, though the damage remain limited to a server mapping that might be more useful to actual hackers. As of press time, no confirmation from UMG or Viacom has been received regarding the validity of the dumps.

While the dump seems minor at the moment, AntiSec promises more dumps, perhaps hinting at a deeper hack for some of these groups:

And keep in mind: #AntiSec vessels have a very large cache of valuable goods aboard; the crews are currently working hard to sort the loot in a way that even the lousy media sailboats are able to just grab it and sail away for the horizon. You will hear from us very soon.

Not that we at Tiny Mix Tapes condone such hacking, but on the off chance that it means actual info regarding UMG’s relationship with the government (perhaps via the RIAA), maybe that could be sent our way? We’ve got a bit of an axe to grind with a certain Joe, and while our dinghy is lousy and small, we are rigging it with some anti-gravity machinery so that it can fly in the air and cut through the crap.

Ghostly International signs HTRK, the gloomiest, magical-est band around

It’s ironic, isn’t it (in the Alanis Morissette sense) that I love love LOVE a band named HTRK, or Hate Rock as you’re supposed to say it? I love this band so much I want to send it flowers, I want to write it haikus, I want to drunkenly tell everyone I know how amazing they are and then curl up beside their first record at night and dream sweet, sweet dreams of actually watching the band live and in concert. “Wait, WHO?” you’re saying. WELL, you obviously haven’t been exposed to the wonder that is drunken me.

HTRK is a London by way of Melbourne noise/electronic/hooooooly drum machine band whose first album, Marry Me Tonight, was recorded by Birthday Party legend Rowland S. Howard and released on the Mute imprint Blast First Petite. It’s a searing, brutal fusion of electronica and noise and their live shows are like walking into a sweat lodge and discovering your spirit animal, only to realize that it’s a honeybadger, or maybe a super psychotic crocodile on meth. They’ve shared the stage in the past with Lydia Lunch and Alan Vega.

And now, thanks to Ghostly International, the band’s second album Work, Work, Work will hopefully introduce music fans in these fine U States of A to this totally awesome band that is totally not paying me to throw all these adjectives around. (In case you thought they might be. Sorry. I can’t restrain myself.) The new LP comes out September 6 in the States. It was recorded in London and Berlin from 2006-2010.

Work, Work, Work tracklisting:

01. Ice Eyes Eis
02. Slo Glo
03. Eat Yr Heart
04. Bendin’
05. Skinny
06. Syntheik
07. Poison
08. Work That Body
09. Love Triangle
10. Body Double

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Wilco to release The Whole Love and show off their bad clothes on tour this fall

The experimental dads in Wilco have been stressing their wives out a lot lately. First they’re “out all weekend” doing some sort of self-curated festival and totally skipping church to do it. Then they’re dropping a new single on their newly-founded label dBpm (total dad-joke name, by the way) that features “I Might” backed with a cover of Nick Lowe’s “I Love My Label” and leaving dirty dishes in the sink. And now they’re announcing plans to release their new full-length, entitled The Whole Love, this fall, complete with a two month-long tour even though they already RSVP’d to cousin Judy’s kid’s baptism like two months ago??? Arrrrrrrg. It’s enough to make a lonely Wilco housewife start binge-ing on Okkervil River and changing into Spoon t-shirts as soon as she leaves the house!

But seriously folks, regardless of women’s trifling “feelings,” the band has announced that The Whole Love will hit the streets on September 27 on dBpm and that they will hit both North America and Europe starting a few weeks earlier. According to Jeff “Thom Yorke of the Midwest” Tweedy and his bandmates, the newest addition to the Wilco library is “a veritable sonic stew” that features a seven-minute opener (“Art of Almost”) and a 12-minute closer (“One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)”) among its twelve Wilco-y tracks. Sounds experimental! Or boring! Either way, check out the complete list of those tracks below, as well as all those dates that the wives are being so passive-aggressive about right now.

Oh, and incidentally, it seems as though the Wilco dads have already started stockpiling for their long trip away from home as summer transitions into fall, because Amazon’s all out of stock on those cargo pants that zip off into shorts.

The Whole Love tracklisting:

01. Art of Almost
02. I Might
03. Sunloathe
04. Dawned on Me
05. Black Moon
06. Born Alone
07. Open Mind
08. Capitol City
09. Standing O
10. Rising Red Lung
11. Whole Love
12. One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)

2011 dates:

07.31.11 - Niigata, Japan - Fuji Rock Festival
09.13.11 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
09.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
09.17.11 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
09.18.11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
09.20.11 - Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
09.22.11 - New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage
09.25.11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
09.27.11 - Raleigh, NC - Raleigh Amphitheater
09.28.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
09.29.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
10.01.11 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman
10.02.11 - Nashville, TN - The Ryman
10.04.11 - St. Louis, MO - Peabody Opera House
10.05.11 - Madison, WI - Overture Hall
10.24.11 - Glasgow, UK - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
10.27.11 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
10.28.11 - London, UK - Roundhouse
10.29.11 - London, UK - Roundhouse
11.01.11 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Circo Price
11.02.11 - Barcelona, Spain - Palau De La Musica Catalina
11.03.11 - San Sebastián, Spain - Kursaal Convention Center
11.07.11 - Basel, Switzerland - Kaserne Basel
11.08.11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Alte Oper
11.09.11 - München, Germany - Circus Krone
11.11.11 - Wesendorf, Germany - Rolling Stone Weekender
11.12.11 - Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
11.13.11 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn
11.14.11 - Tilburg, Netherlands - 013

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Portishead’s ATP: I’ll Be Your Mirror just got way fucking cooler: Thinking Fellers Union, Reggie Watts, and more Jeff Mangum

If a handful of Jeff Mangum performances, the Ultramagnetic MCs, Portishead, Shellac, and plenty more artists weren’t enough to convince you that the Portishead-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties: I’ll Be Your Mirror is going to be dope, then maybe the newest round of announcements from the festival will.

First up, it’s been confirmed that Jeff Mangum will play an extra show on Sunday. Mangum agreed to the extra show as long as music critics the world over agree to stop referring to him as reclusive. ATP has also announced that a whole new super-special type of ticket to the festival has been announced to accomodate the newly announced show: what used to be called “Three Day Jeff Mangum Passes” have now been broken down into “Three Day Jeff Mangum Sunday Passes” and “Three Day Jeff Mangum Friday Passes,” depending on which one of the days you want to see Jeff, although I recommend Friday because Mangum is always worn out by the end of the weekend and usually just spends Sunday reading the paper and napping.

If you’re not a Mangum fan and couldn’t give a shit about reclusive musicians, ATP has also beefed up the artists playing on Friday and Saturday of the show. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 (making their return to live performances), Factory Floor, Awesome Tapes From Africa DJs, as well as comedic acts Reggie Watts, Hannibal Buress, and Rory Scovel have been added to Friday. Saturday sees the additions of Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Colin Stetson, while Sunday is still waiting for more confirmations but they’ve gotta be better announcements than Jeff Mangum if they’re taking this long to reveal them. Perhaps it’s Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa risen from the grave to perform their collaborative album Zappin’ the Drix?

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