Matthew Dear leaves the darkness of Black City behind, prepares Headcage for 2012 by making some new friends

Matthew Dear leaves the darkness of Black City behind, prepares Headcage for 2012 by making some new friends

After taking 2011 off from releasing new music, Matthew Dear has announced an upcoming EP to be followed by his fifth full-length, titled Beams, sometime later in 2012. The EP, Headcage, will be released on January 17 by Ghostly International and finds Dear exploring a slightly brighter sonic palette than on his 2010 release, Black City (TMT Review). This turn toward the light could be attributed to Dear’s newfound interest in collaboration. In addition to bringing on co-producers Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid, notable for their work with Fever Ray, Glasser, and Blonde Redhead, Dear also partakes in his first-ever duet with The Drums frontman Jonny Pierce.

In preparation for the EP release, the title track has been paired with a video of swirling, abstract landscapes courtesy of London-based director Morgan Beringer that accurately captures its frenetic, tribal energy. Dear chants, “I don’t want a new life” as the track slinks forward through a hazy digital jungle. This isn’t exactly new territory for Dear, but a continued evolution of the sound he’s been crafting since 2007’s Asa Breed that is very welcome.

Can’t wait until the EP comes out and need more Matthew Dear now? Well, if you live in Australia or New Zealand (where they certainly know how to name a music venue), you’re in luck, as Dear will be doing a short stint of DJ sets down under early next year.

Headcage tracklist:

01. Headcage
02. In the Middle (I Met You There) (feat. Jonny Pierce)
03. Street Song
04. Around a Fountain


01.20.12 - Perth, Australia - Likes of You (DJ SET)
01.21.12 - Brisbane, Australia - Bar Some (DJ SET)
01.22.12 - Wellington, New Zealand - Sandwiches (DJ SET)
01.25.12 - Melbourne, Australia - Novel (DJ SET)
01.26.12 - Sydney, Australia - Agwa Yacht Club (DJ SET)

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The Men to release new album on Sacred Bones in March. Just sayin’.

Post-punk-whatever Brooklyn boys The Men (see what I did there?) are wasting no time to follow up the momentum gained with this year’s Leave Home with their third full-length, titled Open Your Heart, set to be released on March 6 on Sacred Bones. They will then proceed to tour and play SXSW to make enough money to cover their losses from you downloading the record illegally.

Open Your Heart tracklisting:

01. Turn It Around
02. Animal
03. Country Song
04. Oscillation
05. Please Don’t Go Away
06. Open Your Heart
07. Candy
08. Cube
09. Presence
10. Ex-Dreams

2012 tourdates:

03.07.12 - Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent $
03.08.12 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
03.10.12 - Nashville, TN - The End %
03.11.12 - New Orleams, LA - Siberia (Foburg Festival)
03.12.12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
03.13.12 - San Antonio, TX - El Ten Eleven
03.14-17.12 - Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03.18.12 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada Bro Fest
03.19.12 - Springfield, MO - Outland Ballroom
03.20.12 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill $
03.21.12 - Chicago, IL - Treasure Town $
03.22.12 - Detroit, MI - Lager House $
03.23.12 - Rochester, NY - The Bug Jar $
03.24.12 - Montreal, QC - TBA

$ Nude Beach
% Mikal Cronin

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Will Oldham and Alan Licht converse in book-length interview due in March… sweet, sweet boner sauce

Most people prefer their interviews to be a page or two in length. However, I, being the extra-special person that I am, prefer my interviews to be long. Really long. Book-length, even. Perhaps that is why avant-garde (i.e. weird) musician and author Alan Licht has decided to write a book’s worth of talk-back with his friend and very prolific musician Will Oldham — all for me, the advanced and most important reader of book-length interviews! So, thanks Alan.

Seriously though, you guys, I am super excited to read Will Oldham discuss his musical persona in the book, aptly titled Will Oldham on Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Any real music lover should gush over this 400-page masturbatory discussion on individualistic music making, the music industry, and possibly other hot topics such as fashion taste or pickle phobias.

According to Amazon, the book will be available in the US on March 1, 2012. The book can also be purchased in the UK from Faber & Faber, when it’s published on January 3, 2012.

Also, according to my microwave, my boner sauce is ready. Thanks for reading, reader.

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Royal Baths sign to Kanine Records for new album, announce it way too close to the holidays

Online Music News Story Abstract

Prepared by: SQUEO, News Editor, Tiny Mix Tapes

Prepared for: NOBODADDY, Staff Writer, Tiny Mix Tapes

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Hype level: 4

Band/Artist: Baths, Royal

Contributors(/members): Cox, Jeremy; Baer, Jigmae

Related: Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, et al.

Namechecks (per Mr P): Spacemen 3, Velvet Underground, et al.

Adj. to Include (per Squeo): psychedelic (psych), garage (lo-fi?), duo, dark, bluesy (pentatonic), spiritual, reverb-heavy

Release Subject: Album, new. Full-length. (n.b. Sophomore effort.)

Release Title: Better Luck Next Life

Label: Kanine Records (n.b. first album via Woodsist in 2010)

Release Date: February 7, 2012 (Gregorian)

Tracklisting: 01. Darling Divine 02. Burned 03. Faster, Harder 04. Be Afraid of Me 05. Nightmare Voodoo 06. Contempt 07. Back Sheep 08. Map of Heaven 09. Someone New

Addl. Comments/Misc.: Don’t knock yourself out on this one; their website is their Myspace.

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Wolves in the Throne Room announce final American Celestial Lineage tourdates, so cheer up West Coast

If you live in the West Coast, then you are probably depressed and/or cooking meth. At least that’s what I gather from the TV that I watch. The good news about your living conditions is that the sans-corpse-paint boys of Wolves in the Throne Room are from Olympia and understand that it’s tough being a Westerner. So the tour in support of their latest release, Celestial Lineage, is adding a new leg of West Coast dates to deter your SAD as the new year kicks off.

So get empowered, dear Westerner!


01.15.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Venue *
01.16.12 - Bellingham, WA - Shakedown *#
01.17.12 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile $
01.19.12 - Olympia, WA - The Eagles Hall Basement $%
01.21.12 - Eureka, CA - Nocturnum ^
01.23.12 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s ^
01.24.12 - Santa Cruz, CA - TBA
01.26.12 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex @
01.27.12 - San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
01.30.12 - Portland, OR - Branx *

* Druden
# Mount Eerie
$ Master Musicians of Bukkake
% Broken Water
^ Ash Borer
@ Chelsea Wolfe

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• Southern Lord:

‘Tis the season to get groovy with Drag City’s reissues of the Groovy Records catalog

Pass on the eggnog this year, and get yourself something that won’t put extra fat pockets on your hips: Drag City has brought back the full catalog of Groovy Records, the early-80s label that barely started when Pete Shelley was a preemie Buzzcock interested in releasing minimal electronic and general experimental weirdness. It’s been a good 30 years and original copies of the albums are insanely rare, so the saints at Drag City said, “Now’s as good a time as ever. Why the fuck not?!” and here we are. Vinyl fans, take note. The goodies are coming at you via four separate vinyl reissues (just released), along with digital downloads and a 4-CD box set of all the Groovy Records catalog shipping in January. Free Agents, Shelley’s own Sky Yen (Buzzcocks fans are in for an ear-beating), Sally Smmit and Her Musicians, and a full disc of unreleased stuff ALL deserve a jovial slap on the back and a celebratory “welcome to the digital age, baby!”

Much more info regarding the box set can be found on the Drag City online shop, while more pleasurable reading about each entry in the catalog can be found in full detail over in the label’s latest newsletter.

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