Menomena to tour the US in support of their recent Stanley Cup Victory, or something else.

Menomena to tour the US in support of their recent Stanley Cup Victory, or something else.

Hey guys. Unfortunately, there’s only so many puns that can be squeezed out of Menomena’s band name. And we’ve already done them all (and probably repeated a few), to no small outpouring of acclaim. So, it sort of occurs to me that the most clever way I can tell you about their upcoming fall tour is to give it to you straight. Right? Right. Okay, so, pretend that you’re reading Spin or something, okay? Here we go:

Good day, ladies and gentlemen. I hereby wish to report to you the following piece of news regarding acclaimed Portland, OR-based art-rock trio, Menomena, which will then be followed by its direct corollary. (1) Menomena will release their fourth full-length record, Mines, July 27 via Barsuk Records, followed by a July 30 release in Germany and an August 2 release in the UK and Europe on City Slang. (2) As a direct result, the band will be taking to the road this fall in support of the release via the live exhibition of some or many or all of the tracks contained within the aforementioned release. The complete listing of these exhibitions is cataloged below and has been pre-arranged in chronological order by your humble reporter for your browsing convenience.

Please do what you will with this information. I thank you for your careful time and attention to this matter. Have an excellent day, and from all of us here at Tiny Mix Tapes, we wish you the best of luck with all of your future music-related endeavors. May all of your coals turn to diamonds.


09.10.10 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
09.11.10 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom (Musicfest NW)
09.14.10 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
09.16.10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
09.17.10 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
09.18.10 – Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
09.21.10 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
09.22.10 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
09.23.10 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
09.24.10 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
09.25.10 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
09.27.10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
09.28.10 – Toronto, Ontario – Mod Club
09.29.10 – Montreal, Quebec – La Sala Rossa
09.30.10 – Boston, MA – Royale
10.01.10 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
10.05.10 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
10.06.10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10.07.10 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10.08.10 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
10.09.10 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
10.11.10 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Arts
10.12.10 – Lawrence, KS – Bottleneck
10.14.10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
10.15.10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10.16.10 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

Mines tracklist:

02. TAOS
06. BOTE

• Menomena:
• Barsuk:
• City Slang:

Spiritualized bring Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space to US for a full performance, then vow never to do it again

In support of the deluxe (and expensive) reissue of the incredible Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, Spiritualized performed the album in full in England earlier this year (Matt Groening requested it at ATP, and he’s a man who gets what he wants). This summer, they’re bringing the experience stateside for one last hurrah. The band recently announced that it will perform Ladies and Gentlemen in a one-time-only North American concert July 30 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The performance is part of Spin’s 25th anniversary celebration and will be the last time the band will perform the album in full.

If the rarity of the performance wasn’t bad enough for non-New Yorkers, a small batch of lucky ticket purchasers will also get a limited-edition Ladies and Gentlemen t-shirt pill box set, should they be fortunate enough to get one of those coveted spots in the crowd.

Now cue the album and feel your heart tear apart.

• Spiritualized:

Wooden Wand announces new album this fall on Young God, summer tour

I think we know more about the extremely prolific Wooden Wand than we used to (example TMT News, 2006). In fact, we know quite a lot about Death Set, the forthcoming album by Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth, which will be released this October under the name Wooden Wand (not “and the Vanishing Voice,” “and the Sky High Band,” “Wand,” or any variations thereof). Recently, Toth released James & the Quiet (TMT Review), as well as his last album, a collection of demos, through experimental god Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! label. But Toth wasn’t satisfied with just one deity. For Death Seat, he’s moved on to work with another legend, Michael Gira (Swans) and his Young God Records.

The new album, as you can expect from a WW offering, includes collaborations with a slew of musicians, including William Tyler of Lampchop and Silver Jews, Grasshopper of Mercury Rev, and Big Blood’s Colleen Kinsella and Caleb Mulkerin. You can listen to a non-album version of the titular song from Death Seat on Wooden Wand’s MySpace. I recommend a front porch, sunset, and lonely breakup to go along with it.


06.18.10 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival *
06.19.10 - London, ON - GIgs *
06.20.10 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
06.22.10 - Chicago, IL - The Abbey
07.21.10 - Lexington, KY - Al’s Bar ^

* DM Stith, Inlets, Silje Nes
^ D Charles Speer & the Helix

• Wooden Wand:

Primus fucking suck and you know it

Larry LaLonde knows it, Jay Lane knows it, and certainly, Les “fidget thumb” Claypool knows it. They suck hard. So hard that Wikipedia has to continually edit their Primus page to reinforce the various levels of suckitude that Primus has transitioned through over the years. In the early 90s, they just plain sucked. By 1995, they sucked hard, and by 1999, when they released their last album, they sucked so hard they had to take an entire decade off from sucking so much.

Oh sure, they sucked their way into a few tours over that 10 years of no-suckage, but they were giant suck fests filled with suckers who were suckling at the teat of the raw, unbridled suck that was being displayed on stage. Claypool did the solo thing with the weirdo masks, and Jay Lane tried to suck it up with another band, but they almost didn’t suck, so he left. Now three of the suckiest suckers that ever sucked it up on this sucking planet are hittin’ the road to suck it up some more for you suck bags. Oh, they’ll also suck it up again on hot sucky wax later next year with a new album!

Enjoy the suckin’ while it’s still hot.

07.27.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
07.29.10 - Essex Jct., VT - Midway Lawn (Champlain Valley Expo)
07.30.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Williamsburg Waterfront
07.31.10 - Bridgeport, CT - Gathering of the Vibes Festival
08.01.10 - Charlottesville, VA - Charlottesville Pavilion $
08.03.10 - Cleveland, OH - Time-Warner Cable Ampitheater $
08.05.10 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion $
08.06.10 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
08.07.10 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
08.09.10 - Council Bluffs, IA - Stir Cove at Harrah’s $
08.10.10 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theater $
08.12.10 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks $
08.13.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Rail $
08.14.10 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint (An Evening with Primus – Special midnight show)
08.15.10 - Santa Barbara, CA - County Bowl @
09.18.10 - Tempe, AZ - Arizona Fall Frenzy

$ Gogol Bordello
@ Wolfmother

• Primus:

Geddy Lee thinks Rand Paul is a tool: Rush sues Senate Campaign over use of hit singles

A lot of people love Rush. The Mars Volta love them. Broken Social Scene love them. Fans are determined to see them inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But more importantly, libertarians love them, especially after the revelation that the seminal album 2112 was based on Ayn Rand’s novella Anthem. (That of course explains the song “Anthem,” too.) So it should be of little surprise that quasi-libertarian Senate candidate Rand Paul would have hit single “Tom Sawyer” playing in a YouTube video supporting the candidate, as well as blasting “The Spirit of Radio” at the candidate’s victory rally in Bowling Green on May 18.

But does Rush love them back? While we can question whether Geddy Lee liked Kevin Drew’s singing, we know for certain that they did not like Rand Paul putting up these songs lackadaisically: The band has filed a cease-and-desist to the Paul campaign and have requested YouTube remove their music from the campaign video in accordance to its copyright policy. YouTube complied with the request, and the video is now silent. Rush’s lawyer, Roger Farmer, wrote in the filing that “The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes: any public venue which allows such use is in breach of its public performance license and also liable for copyright infringement.” Mr. Farmer attempted to distance the political element in the filing later on, saying that “This is not a political issue — this is a copyright issue,” and that “We would do this no matter who it is.”

Campaign manager Jesse Benton is attempting to suppress the situation even further, saying “The background music Dr. Paul has played at events is a non-issue.” However, such subjugation of copyright raises some questions. Rand Paul is clearly attempting to pattern his campaign in the form of his father Ron’s presidential campaign from 2008. The Texas congressman has taken a lonely stand in favor of fair use for consumers and consumer privacy, which is against the RIAA/MPAA’s campaign of IP lockdown that is supported by most of Congress. Does Rand, especially in light of these allegations, follow his father’s ideals in this regard? The campaign has not responded to calls as of press time.

(Special Thanks to Joshua Green of The Atlantic for the headline)

It’s not a Hot Snakes reunion, but it’s close enough! Obits go on tour with Night Marchers

About half a decade ago, awesome Brooklyn garage ragers Hot Snakes broke up. Since then, vocalist Rick Froberg formed Obits, while guitarist John Reis started The Night Marchers. That’s all fine and well, but the question of whether Froberg and Reis (who also played in Drive By Jehu together) would share a stage again loomed large. Now, that question has an answer — sort of. Technically, the two will share a string of stages as their respective bands tour the West Coast this July. They just, you know, (probably) won’t occupy it at the same time. Still, it’s not like either of them is going to hog it or anything, so they’re still totally sharing it.

Obits tourdates:

07.20.10 - Alex’s Bar - Long Beach, CA *
07.21.10 - Blank Club - San Jose, CA *
07.23.10 - Dante’s - Portland, OR *
07.25.10 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver BC, Canada *
07.27.10 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA *
07.28.10 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA *
07.29.10 - Casbah - San Diego, CA *
07.31.10 - Che Café - San Diego, CA *

• Obits:
• The Night Marchers: