Lou Reed and Metallica teaming up for new record, because, okay, sure.

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Lou Reed, who you may know from The Velvet Underground and his lengthy solo career, and Metallica, who you may know from Metallica, are making an album together. Now that that’s in everybody’s brain, let’s walk over to this gigantic chalkboard and scratch off “Lou Reed and Metallica making a record together” off the list of things we thought would never happen ever. Push the chalk hard, make it count. Lou Reed has a new record coming out and Metallica is his backing band and we will forever live in a universe in which this is true.

When this album will actually exist in this universe isn’t entirely certain. Right now, the record is reportedly 90% finished and there are no plans for a release date/potential label. Both Reed and Metallica are currently without a label, so anyone could pick up the ball. Gerard Cosloy, I believe you have some phone calls to make.

To an extent, this isn’t entirely unprecedented. Metallica did join Reed for a performance of “Sweet Jane” during a 2009 Rock Hall of Fame concert. But the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame runs on goofy collaborations like that. It’s catnip to them! Still, the two parties evidently hit it off, with Reed recently calling it a “marriage made in heaven” and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich stating that “[he doesn’t] think [they’ve] ever felt this free.” Look, I just hope this heavenly marriage of freedom just results in a record titled Metallica Machine Music.

• Lou Reed: http://www.loureed.com
• Metallica: http://www.metallica.com

Tim Kasher announces new tourdates and tour-only EP, tries and fails to not write about relationships

Whether he’s single, engaged, married, or divorced, Tim Kasher (or T. Kash as I refer to him in my head) looooves to write songs about the ladies. His new EP, Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions, is no exception. Recorded during the same period as his debut solo abum, The Game of Monogamy, the EP will only be available on T. Kash’s upcoming summer tour (…and online at the Saddle Creek webstore). The EP features several outtakes, as well as a cover of Azure Ray’s “Trees Keep Growing.”

Bigamy: More Songs from the Monogamy Sessions tracklisting:

01. No Harmony
02. Opening Night
03. A Bluer Sea
04. Lilybird and the Trust Fund Kid
05. Rabbit, Run
06. The Jessica
07. Trees Keep Growing

T. Kash on the road:

08.18.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
08.19.11 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
08.21.11 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
08.22.11 - Rochester, NY - Bug Jar
08.23.11 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
08.24.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
08.25.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
08.26.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
08.27.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
08.29.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.30.11 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
08.31.11 - Orlando, FL - The Social
09.01.11 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Down Under
09.02.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
09.03.11 - Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
09.06.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
09.07.11 - Dallas, TX - The Loft
09.08.11 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Conservatory
09.09.11 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot
09.10.11 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room

• Tim Kasher: http://www.timkasher.com
• Saddle Creek: http://www.saddle-creek.com

Dntel lets Sub Pop reissue Life Is Full of Possibilities and Sub Pop lets Dntel tour for a month’s worth of performing possibilities

Dntel and Sub Pop Records have announced their new working agreement: Dntel will allow Sub Pop to reiusse their 2001 album Life is Full of Possibilities as a two-CD set, and Sub Pop will allow Dntel to go on tour, as long as they promise to not stay up that late or drink too much.

“Back in 2001, we did not release the Dntel album Life Is Full of Possibilities,” says Sub Pop representative Ned Shneebly. “This album was originally released by the Plug Research label, and because we’ve always secretly wished we’d put it out back then, we’re going to release an expanded, re-mastered version of the album to mark its ten-year anniversary in October of 2011.” Shneebly goes on to say that the added bonus disc will feature remixes, outtakes, and B-sides, and the LP version (the first time the album has been on LP) will be a two-record, 45 RPM version of Life with the bonus material available as a download.

The new working agreement also included the dates and venues for Dntel’s upcoming tour (reprinted below) as well as various demands from both parties, such as food requests, daily chores, and a daily per diem for suits. The agreement also contains a special stipulation that states “Jimmy Tamborello shall receive $1000 everytime he hears Dntel pronounced correctly.” The agreement states that Dntel is pronounced as DON-uh-tel-OH in homage to everyone’s favorite TMNTurtle.


08.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
08.05.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
08.06.11 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
08.08.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
08.09.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
08.10.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
08.11.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
08.12.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
08.14.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
08.16.11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
08.17.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
08.18.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
08.19.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
08.20.11 - Raleigh, NC - Kings Royal Barcade
08.21.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.23.11 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
08.24.11 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
08.27.11 - Tempe, AZ - Sail Inn
08.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

• Dntel: http://dyingsongs.tumblr.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

The Music Tapes offer new EP now, two full-lengths later, and free rides for toddlers on the giant metronome always

We here at Tiny Mix Tapes may not have the testosterone-fueled prolificacy of some of these hulking music publications, but gosh darnit, we make up for it with heart and determination! We might not have the latest Skrillex remix up on the Chocolate Grinder as fast as you’d like, but if we hear word from Lightning Bolt on something, you know we’re gonna give you the info post-haste. Certain groups give us all a collective fuzzy feeling inside, and so we naturally keep on top of their every move, to the benefit of all our readers. Julian Koster’s project The Music Tapes, for example, gets the royal treatment ‘round these parts, and if there’s something on the horizon, we’re first out the gate with the news, passing the excitement on to you!

And so, it’s our pleasure to tell you that The Music Tapes are planning to release a brand-new EP follow-up to 2008’s Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (TMT Review) called Purim’s Shadows (The Dark Tours the World) on June 14 through Merge. Merge has a cute little deal going on where you can get the EP “on kazoo” with a digital download code attached, which we all think is—

Wait. June 14. That’s yesterday. This came out yesterday? COME ON. Why are we so pathetic? Do you have any idea how much of an idiot I look like right now? Do you? I just wrote all that slop about keeping abreast of certain groups and warm feelings and now this? No, Mr P, it’s not alright! It’s so not alright I’m gonna fucking turn over this chair, “alright?” I swear to God, one little invite from AOL Spinner and I’m outta here. I got Jim Jones news that’d make your jaw drop. Yeah, I’ll finish this story, but beyond that? This whole operations’s on thin ice, man. Thin ice.

So. Purim’s Shadows is a brief six-song excursion, but fans of the 7-Foot-Tall Metronome, the Orchestral Banjo, and the Singing Saws need not worry: all are featured on a song or two here. Also making a return are Mr. Tapes’ antique recording devices, field recorders, and the RCA DX44 ribbon mic. Koster has some help on this particular EP from co-founder Robbie Cucchiarro on horns and euphonium (it’s like a harmonium but with more euphoria), and a saw solo from Ian Ludders is featured on “Night and Day.” The kazoo version of the album will include a bonus track and a “special surprise” from Koster himself, which, given his antics over the years, could be something very special indeed.

What’s really exciting is that this EP serves as a little hors d’œuvre before the ribbon mic feast that will be Imaginary Symphony No. 3. Though there’s not much information about it yet, we do know that it’s arriving as two separate full-length albums, the first of which will be called Mary’s Voice. A release date is unknown for that, but you can be sure vaguely hope that you’ll hear the first word on details from TMT P4K 3D.

Purim’s Shadows (The Dark Tours the World) tracklisting:

01. So the Day Long
02. A Lightning’s Cheeks (Everything Gets Born Here)
03. 3
04. (Jeff, Jill, and Julian Serenade Rudy on the Beach at Nantasket)
05. Night and Day
06. Nantasket

• The Music Tapes: http://www.orbitinghumancircus.com
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

The National are going on tour in September, uncork the red wine!

My good man, have you heard the big news? The National, those dignified merchants of melancholy, are preparing for themselves for their latest venture: a tour of these United States. Surely, you’ve heard of The National, who hail from Brooklyn, and their riotous 2010 album High Violet (TMT Review) on 4AD. Why, it appeared in all the journals! No matter, you shall soon have the chance to educate yourself once they lay anchor in your town. Of course, this is assuming that you live in either a select few East Coast cities or Hollywood, where celluloid dreams are made. If you do not reside in such areas, well. That is a pity.

My mother, god rest her bones, always said the elite keep exclusive company with the elite. Dear mother, your wisdom lives long (even as your body rots), for The National are keeping only the finest company on this forthcoming trip. On their East Coast dates, the group shall be joined by indie rock institution Yo La Tengo (yes, it does seem peculiar to consider them as an opening band), as well as talented young guns Wye Oak. But, dear friend, do not think for a second that just any riffraff will accompany The National on their Hollywood date. Before they play under the iconic Hollywood sign (or somewhere in the general vicinity), the stage will be graced by two of the greatest ladies in the songwriting game: Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten. My Lord, it shall truly be a spectacle to behold.

The National dates:

09.06.11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
09.07.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music *
09.08.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music *
09.09.11 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
09.11.11 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl (presented by LA Philharmonic) #

* Yo La Tengo, Wye Oak
# Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten

• The National: http://www.americanmary.com
• 4AD: http://www.4ad.com
• Yo La Tengo: http://www.yolatengo.com
• Wye Oak: http://www.wyeoakmusic.com
• Neko Case: http://www.nekocase.com
• Sharon Van Etten: http://sharonvanetten.com

To make Just Gimme Indie Rock! documentary, just gimme money! Epic film project asks for fan funding via Kickstarter

You’ve seen Kill Your Idols; you streamed I Need That Record on Netflix, checked out American Hardcore — not to mention the more specialized docs: your Kraftwerk segments on YouTube, your Flaming Lips, your Stephin Merritt. Never before, however, has anyone tried to encapsulate the past 30-40 years in music all in one film — until Brad Katz rose to the challenge with Just Gimme Indie Rock!: The Story of an Underground Uprising.

This behemoth undertaking aims to span wave after wave of American legends since the 80s, from obvious picks like Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, and Dinosaur Jr. to the current demigods of the so-called “indie” world (Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend). (A note: Canadians aside, the projected bands covered do also include a few Brits and non-Americans: Franz Ferdinand, The Vaselines, The Sugarcubes, just to name a few). Through interviews, concert footage, film and music video clips, and an as-of-yet incomprehensibly long soundtrack, Katz intends to “connect the dots” between these hundreds of potentially disjointed bands, extolling the underdogs and reaffirming Pavement and Weezer as megaliths of the 90s.

Of course, this didn’t all just happen right under your nose; production has yet to begin, and Just Gimme Indie Rock! is far from ready to hit the screen. True to the DIY ethic indie kids of yesterday and today inherently admire, Katz is relying on fan funding for the project, and has set up a Kickstarter account for that purpose. To get off the ground, the project requires $75,000 before August 23. Check out the pledges here, and make your own for the sake of Henry Rollins!

Just Gimme Indie Rock!: http://www.indierockdoc.com