Maria Minerva and a pink wig release video for forthcoming EP Bless

Maria Minerva and a pink wig release video for forthcoming EP Bless

We here at Tiny Mix Tapes seem to be writing about Maria Minerva pretty frequently over the past few months. We talked to her late last year, in January of this year we reviewed her collaborative album with LA Vampires, and of course she put out the wonderful Will Happiness Find Me? last year (TMT Review). She’s had a pretty busy year so far and it’s about to get busier.

On April 2, Not Not Fun offshoot 100% Silk will be releasing her new EP Bless. Compared to most of the songs on Will Happiness Find Me? the EP’s lead cut, “Black Magick,” is a little (and I mean “a little”) less hazy with the drums higher in the mix, and a bouncy, synthesized electro bassline pulsing throughout the song. It’s catchy.

Alice Cohen directed a video for “Black Magick” that features a public access meets Halloween-store-in-the-mall aesthetic with healthy dashes of surrealism and collage thrown in for good measure. The video has a sense of humor about itself and is definitely worth the watch:

Not bad, eh? Here is the complete Bless tracklist:

01. Black Magick
02. Space 4 U
03. Symbol Of My Pleasure [Form Of My Pain]
04. Soul Searchin
05. Black Magick (Lady Blacktronika’s Garage Trip Mix)

In addition to the new record, Ms. Minerva is doing some globetrotting. So far she has dates lined up throughout February and into March in enough places that she’ll probably need a new passport.

02.05.13 - Brighton, UK - Green Door
02.06.13 - Manchester, UK - Kraak Space
02.07.13 - London, UK - Shacklewell Arms
02.08.13 - Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
02.09.13 - Stockholm, Sweden - Sodra Teatern
02.12.13 - Geneva, Switzerland - Ecurie de L’ilot
02.13.13 - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
02.14.13 - Strasbourg, France - Strasbourg Museums Auditorium
02.21.13 - Jerusalem, Israel - Uganda
02.22.13 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Levontin7
02.26.13 - New York, NY - The New Museum (DJ Set)
03.02.13 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent*
03.14-17.13 - Austin, TX - SXSW

* 100% Silk Allstars party feat. Octo Octa, Pharaohs, Magic Touch

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• 100% Silk:

RIP: Reg Presley, frontman of The Troggs

From WENN:

The Troggs frontman Reg Presley has died a year after retiring from music to concentrate on battling lung cancer.

The Wild Thing hitmaker, 71, died at his home in Andover, England on Monday, surrounded by his family.

The rocker’s daughter Karen tells WENN, “He passed away peacefully at home and myself, my brother and our mother were with him. We’re absolutely heartbroken.”

• The Troggs:

Drag City to reissue Harmony Korine’s 1998 first novel. “It’s about a race war and it happens in Florida.”

Harmony Korine, Nashville native and writer/director of the white trash cult-classic film Gummo, penned a sort-of novel back in 1998 entitled A Crack-Up at the Race Riots. He originally plugged the book to David Letterman, who had taken an interest in Korine as a regular goofy guest since his first visit promoting Kids, and described the book as… “It’s about a race war and it happens in Florida. And the Jewish people sit in trees. And the black people are run by M.C. Hammer. And the whites are run by Vanilla Ice. I wanted to write the Great American Choose Your Own Adventure novel.”

Although you can still get the book on Amazon, Drag City is reissuing it for those of us unwilling to pay $70+ for a book, and on April 16, you can own the second edition of this bizarre compilation of print, photographs, drawings, news clippings, handwriting, poetry, and clip art for a reasonable price.

The book’s release will closely coincide with the theatrical release of Korine’s latest exploitation of sub-culture, Spring Breakers, a film which, due to its star-studded cast and viral marketing, may accidentally earn money at the box-office from ticket buyers who misunderstand the stylish irony and instead watch for the bikinis and beach MTV atmosphere.

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• Drag City:

The Twilight Sad to tour the US this spring in order to raise awareness about US spring tours

On November 20 of last year, while everyone in America was busy pre-cooking their spectacular Thanksgiving dinners and not reading music websites for news concerning UK bummer-core bands, FatCat Records quietly released a remixed version of the UK bummer-core band The Twilight Sad’s saddest album to date, No One Can Ever Know. The collection, unfussily titled No One Can Ever Know - The Remixes, featured, you guessed it, “takes on cuts from The Twilight Sad’s acclaimed recent album No One Can Ever Know by established acts such as Liars, Tom Furse of The Horrors, and Com Truise.” How totally unsurprising! And, at the same time, utterly surprising!

Anyway, since an entire continent was not paying attention at the time, the band has announced that they’re coming over to the US this spring (a notoriously slow news season) as a “stripped back 3-piece” to support that remix album… and, I guess, the album it was remixed from… and, I guess, the band Frightened Rabbit, with whom they’ll be touring. No, seriously; they really did “announce” it. Here’s the announcement:

We’re very happy to announce that we will be supporting our good friends Frightened Rabbit on their West Coast dates in North America. During a night in the pub with FR we both agreed we’d love to tour with each other again and they suggested we come do some shows with them as a stripped back 3-piece which they have seen us do back home in Scotland many times before. We agreed, so that’s what we’re doing. These stripped back shows will give people in North America the opportunity to see the band in a different way. We’re hoping it will showcase how important our songwriting process is and having a good song to begin with before adding the production is to our band.

I hope for the band’s sake that none of these dates interfere with America’s Downton Abbey schedule. Because I don’t know about you, but I’ve only got room for so many UK bummers.

03.08.13 - Seattle, WA - Showbox *
03.09.13 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre *
03.11.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
03.12.13 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up *
03.13.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Music Box / Fonda *
03.18.13 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *
03.19.13 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre *
03.21.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater *
03.22.13 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
03.23.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre *
03.24.13 - Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley*
03.26.13 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts*
03.27.13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall*

* Frightened Rabbit

No One Can Ever Know - The Remixes tracklisting:

01. Sick (Brokenchord Remix)
02. Sick (Com Truise Remix)
03. Nil (Liars Remix)
04. Not Sleeping (Tom Furse Dub mix)
05. Alphabet (Instrumental) (JD Twitch/ Optimo Remix)
06. Not Sleeping (Warsnare Remix)
07. Nil (Breton Remix)
08. Alphabet (Ambassadeurs Remix)
09. Sick (Brokenchord Remix 2)

• The Twilight Sad:
• FatCat:

RIP: Cecil Womack, R&B singer

From Spinner:

R&B singer Cecil Womack has died at the age of 65.

According to Soul-Source, Womack was living with wife and musical partner Linda Womack in Africa when he passed away on Friday, Jan. 31.

He was the brother of Bobby Womack and started out in a gospel group singing with him and their other brothers, Harry, Friendly and Curtis. Sam Cooke spotted them and changed the group’s name to the Valentinos.

Cecil was also a producer and writer, and wrote songs for Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, and Motown’s Mary Wells, his first wife.

• Zekuumba Zekkariyas:

Björk, Belle & Sebastian, and R. Kelly headlining 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival; very weird dinner party now in the realm of possibility

Pitchfork. A swirl of emotions and established opinions just entered your head, none of which have anything to do with historical advancements in agricultural tools. More than likely, readers of TMT are at least marginally familiar with the type of music that Pitchfork covers/advocates, so think to yourself… which one of the following, just-announced headliners for the 2013 edition of their annual music festival in Chicago stands out the most:

R. Kelly!?!???!?
Belle & Sebastian

Sure, Dave Chappelle may have burned in the minds of young adults the actualization of R. Kelly’s alleged penchant for watersports, but the decision to include him in this year’s lineup is not without its rationale. Not only is Kelly a Chicago native (and inarguably one of the most successful R&B artists in recent decades), but Pitchfork, for whatever reason, has actually been pretty consistent in covering non-urine-related news concerning the singer.

In any case, there’s no need for explanation when it comes to the inclusion of Björk and Belle & Sebastian. The rest of the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks, and the festival itself will take place July 19-21 at Chicago’s Union Park.

• Pitchfork Music Festival: