Ceramic Dog announce new LP on Northern Spy; listen closely and you can hear Marc Ribot make fun of your guitar solos

Ceramic Dog announce new LP on Northern Spy; listen closely and you can hear Marc Ribot make fun of your guitar solos http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1302/news-13-02-ceramic-dog-marc-ribot.jpg

Well, I just looked up “ceramic” and “dog” on Wikipedia, and full disclosure, I am no closer to understanding what a “Ceramic Dog” is. Apparently it’s got something to do with the French phrase “chien de faïence,” but, seriously, who even speaks French? I can tell you one thing though: whatever it means, it’s got layers, man.

What I do understand is that Ceramic Dog is a band consisting of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist and electronics guru Shahzad Ismaily, and drummer Ches Smith. They’ve described themselves as a “free/punk/funk/experimental/psychedelic/post electronica collective” (layers!) and unlike all the fake rock bands he’s been in over the years, Ribot says Ceramic Dog “is the first time since high school I’ve been in a real rock band.” Ceramic Dog has got a new album, a follow-up to their 2008 debut Party Intellectuals (TMT Review), coming out on Northern Spy Records on April 30; it’s called Your Turn.

There’s obviously a lot going on here. According to Ribot, the band spent nearly two years trying to get the album just right. He says:

If you listen closely, you can hear the rage, hope, disappointment, ritual excess, love and anarchy that were in our personal and collective airspace during those years.

For those of you who did better in school than I did, there’s even more to hear:

The astute listener will note our wry comment on the contradictions of producing a recording during the collapse of the industry which once paid for recordings to be produced (“We are the Professionals,” “Masters of the Internet” and the attached manifesto).

That’s right! The album comes with a manifesto! But wait, there’s more:

The very astute listener with really expensive headphones may hear the water pipes in the basement on Rivington and Allen where we recorded about half the tracks (the guitar amp isolation booth looked a lot like a bathroom).

And, apparently, if you have just the right kind of stereo and stand just close enough to the speakers in your living room, you can hear Marc Ribot’s soft voice whispering things like, “You think that’s a guitar solo? That’s pathetic. Check this out.” Bose store here I come!

Your Turn tracklist:

01. Lies My Body Told Me
02. Your Turn
03. Masters of the Internet
04. Ritual Slaughter
05. Avanti Popolo
06. Ain’t Gonna Let Them Turn Us Round
07. Bread and Roses
08. Prayer
09. Mr. Pants Goes to Hollywood
10. The Kid is Back!
11. Take 5
12. We are the Professionals
13. Special Snowflake

• Ceramic Dog: http://www.marcribot.com/ceramicdog.html
• Marc Ribot: http://www.marcribot.com
• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com

Tyler, The Creator sets release date for Wolf, premieres new video for “Domo 23,” announces tour, exists paradoxically

Tyler, the Creator, who has reportedly traveled back in time on no less than three occasions to “accidentally” kill his forebears (rendering his existence temporally paradoxical), has announced a new album, Wolf, which will be out April 2. Wolf will have three separate album covers, presumably one for each of the different timelines “created” by his willy-nilly jaunts through time, with the deluxe version featuring artwork by L.A. artist Mark Ryden. The album’s first video, for “Domo 23,” just dropped via the Odd Future website:

Further dispatches from the Odd Future camp consisted of garbled transmissions on the return of Odd Future’s Adult Swim show “Loiter Squad” on March 10, Tyler’s new Golf Wang clothing line, and something about time’s ability to be altered that ended up sounding kind of misogynistic. The clothing line will be available on the upcoming tour, which will find Tyler taking his space-time warping black hole of Steve Albini-infuriating mayhem around the US, Canada, and Europe beginning in March. No scientists could be reached for comment, but one imagines they all have their fingers crossed that Tyler manages to rewrite the laws of physics before heading out or else we are all probably doomed.

Tourdates:

03.12.13 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
03.15.13 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s
03.16.13 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.17.13 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
03.18.13 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
03.20.13 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
03.21.13 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03.22.13 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
03.23.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.24.13 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
03.28.13 - Paris, France - Trabendo
03.29.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festall Kreuzberg
03.30.13 - London, England - Islington Academy
04.02.13 - Los Angeles, CA - TBA
04.03.13 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
04.05.13 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04.07.13 - La Jolla, CA - Porter’s Pub
04.08.13 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Slo Brew
04.10.13 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
04.11.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

• Odd Future: http://www.oddfuture.com

RIP: Tim Dog

From The Source:

Hip Hop mourns its first loss of 2013, with the death of BX veteran rapper Timothy “Tim Dog” Blair today from a seizure following a long bout with diabetes. He was 46 years old.

Tim is most noted for his “Fuck Compton” anthem, directed towards Dr. Dre and N.W.A.,which was possibly the catalyst of the “so-called” East Coast vs. West Coast rap rift. The song garnered several response tracks from DJ Quik, Compton’s Most Wanted, and Dr. Dre. He has appeared on projects with the likes of KRS-One and The Ultramagnetic MCs.

• Tim Dog: http://www.timdogmusic.com

Mount Eerie tours Europe, samples the continent’s trains

There’s a lot to be said for these United States, but an impressive rail system, that’s not one of them. What’s a train-loving boy to do? You get the hell out of America and you head for a rail paradise like Europe. That’s exactly what Tiny Mix Tapes darlings Mount Eerie are doing, as mastermind Phil Elverum and pals head to Europe and the UK for much of May. Sources report* that Elverum plans on riding every single train he can possibly, he’ll break your thumbs if you try to stop him.

As you may recall, Mount Eerie put out two records last year, Clear Moon (TMT Review) and Ocean Roar (TMT Review). As you may also recall, we really liked these records. Please stop reading this story, because you should just be listening to those records instead.

* Sources in question are entirely phony. Whether any member of Mount Eerie plans to spend even a single minute on a train is unknown to those outside the band’s inner circle. But if I was a betting man, I’d put money on trains.

Mount Eerie dates:

05.06.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Linja
05.07.13 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
05.08.13 - Bergen, Norway - Landmark
05.09.13 - Oslo, Norway - Revolver
05.10.13 - Aarhus, Denmark - Pop Revo Festival
05.11.13 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Huset
05.12.13 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
05.13.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
05.14.13 - Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
05.15.13 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
05.16.13 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
05.17.13 - Koeln, Germany - King Georg
05.18.13 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? Mayday
05.19.13 - Cardiff, UK - Buffalo Bar
05.20.13 - Sheffield, UK - Queens Social Club
05.21.13 - Glasgow, UK - Nice N Sleazy
05.22.13 - Aberdeen, UK - Tunnels
05.23.13 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen
05.24.13 - London, UK - St. Giles in the Fields
05.25.13 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival

• Mount Eerie: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com

Rainbow Arabia prepare new album FM Sushi, everyone hopes they washed their hands

Electro-pop pair and Eastern-culture enthusiasts Rainbow Arabia have announced a new album entitled FM Sushi. The album’s teaser trailer finds the band moving away from the “world music” leanings of their previous full-length — 2011’s Boys and Diamonds (TMT Review) — and serving up straight 80s synth with a sprinkling of techno-noir for flavor. If the Bladerunner-tinged trailer hooks you, the band’s new track, “River’s Edge,” is available to stream on SoundCloud.

Not content to simply diversify their cultural tastes, the wife and husband duo have decided to spice up their band life by including Dylan Ryan, drummer and former member of Cursive, in their fun. When FM Sushi comes out April 15 from Time No Place, we’ll see how this addition morphs their mojo.

FM Sushi tracklist:

01. River’s Edge
02. He Is Sorceror
03. Math Quiz
04. Lacking Risk
05. Thai Iced Tea
06. Three Moons
07. FM Sushi
08. Precreation
09. Moments I Had
10. Silence Me

• Rainbow Arabia: http://rainbowarabia.bandcamp.com
• Time No Place: http://timenoplace.com

Blackout Beach (Carey Mercer) announces Blues Trip record, still holds grudge against death

Back in the late days of 2011, Frog Eyes’ Carey Mercer, in the guise of his Blackout Beach solo project, very clearly expressed his feelings on death. Namely, Fuck Death (TMT Review). More than a year has passed, but Mercer’s feelings on the subject haven’t changed. He’s not done hating death and, as a result, he’s revisiting that 2011 album. On April 16, Soft Abuse will put out Blues Trip, a new Blackout Beach record that reinterprets the songs of Fuck Death.

While the original record was heavy on synthesizers, Mercer has taken a more traditional, “rockist” approach to Blues Trip. In doing so, he enlisted his Frog Eyes bandmate (and also wife) Melanie Campbell to play drums and former Wolf Parade member Dante DeCaro to play bass. The trio got together for a quick recording session at DeCaro’s studio, presumably only pausing to see who could make the gnarliest blues face.

Blues Trip will be a vinyl-only release available in limited quantities. Except it will also be available in digital format through the band’s Bandcamp page. So it’s limited in vinyl format, but exists in infinite quantities on the internet. In fact, nothing really dies on the internet, so chew on that for a second, Carey Mercer.

Blues Trip tracklist:

01. Hornet’s Fury into the Bandit’s Mouth
02. Deserter’s Song
03. Beautiful Burning Desire
04. Broken Braying of the Donkey’s Cry
05. Torchlights Banned
06. Cloud of Evil
07. Be Forewarned, the Night Has Come
08. Sending Postcards to a Ghost

• Blackout Beach: http://blackoutbeach.bandcamp.com
• Soft Abuse: http://www.softabuse.com

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