M.I.A. album Matangi release date finally announced… unless that’s a publicity stunt too?

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Okay, everyone; all clear! We can officially all stop holding our breaths and stop spelling words with boring-ass “s” instead of the much cooler “z” option! M.I.A.’z new album, the follow-up to 2010’z… interesting /\/\/\Y/\, finally has an official releaze date!

According to Pitchfork’s pretty unrivaled coverage of M.I.A.’z life, she kinda sorta passively threatened to leak the thing last Friday, and now maybe the label capitulated; so it’s due out on November 5 via Interscope, making for the perfect Guy Fawkes Day stocking stuffer!

To be fair, though, the album has been floating around for a while (it was reportedly delayed initially for being “too positive” and not having enough z’s instead of s’s). And if you recall, TMT was even savvy enough to choco-grind her “Bring the Noize” video last month, which, I think we can all agree, promptly shattered our preconceptions of what a music video for a song like “Bring The Noize” could possibly be.

As for the title? I guess it’s her real first name (yeah, I know: it’s strange that there’s no z’s in it):

When I went to India, I was looking on Google for stuff that was the color of a certain green, and that’s when this green goddess, Matangi, popped up. I was like, that’s weird, the whole time I’ve been alive on this planet, my mom never mentioned where my name came from. Matangi was the goddess of knowledge and the arts–music, art, dancing, spoken word. When they invented this mythology 4,000 years ago, the concept of someone being about all those things was normal.

Speaking of inventing mythologies… here’s some linkz to placez around the internet where you can find more information about M.I.A.

• M.I.A.: http://www.miauk.com
• N.E.E.T.: http://neetrecordings.com
• Interscope: http://www.interscope.com

Members of Brainiac and Enon form Crooks on Tape, announce debut LP on Misra, regret their criminal pasts

Crooks on Tape is the new band from John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08), and Joey Galvan. I know what you’re wondering, why not Crooks on Hard Drives? Or Crooks in Pro Tools? Crooks on USB Dongles? Well, after a little research, I’ve discovered that there’s actually an obscure law in the American penal code that makes it totally illegal for “convicted felons” (the technical term for “crooks”) to use digital methods to produce music. Honestly, this explains a lot about Steve Albini.

Crooks on Tape’s debut release for Misra Records is entitled Fingerprint because that is something the prison system takes from crooks when they are “booked.” The album came together through recorded instrumental improvisations between 2010 and 2012 which were then condensed into pop songs with vocals. Fingerprint finds the band at their most accessible, and they have plans to “get weird” on later releases. If only they’d been allowed to use digital production methods, those two years of blood, sweat, and tears could have been condensed to like 30 minutes of finger jockey-ing on a computer. I applaud these guys for their commitment to their craft, but at the same time, I guess they should have thought about all this back before they did all that illegal stuff.

The album is out October 22 on LP (a limited pressing of 500), CD, and cassette , though you can preorder it now from the Misra Store. In closing, readers, I beg of you to think before you commit a crime. Television programs like CSI: Miami and The Mentalist make crime look like it’s all fun and games, but let Crooks on Tape serve as a reminder. Crime doesn’t pay.

Fingerprint tracklist:

01. Duper
02. If Feelings Mean a Thing
03. Tito’s Riser
04. The Regiments
05. Melting the Ice
06. Summer’s End
07. River Bait
08. Milo’s Creeper
09. A Hazmat Dream
10. Wandered Again
11. Clergyman Segway
12. Barging In

• Crooks on Tape: https://www.facebook.com/crooksontapemusic
• Misra: http://misrarecords.com

[Photo/Collage: Toko Yasuda]

Death Grips no-show in Chicago apparently planned all along; attendees concede the meaning, but are mostly pissed off

Eluding anger: I haven’t yet experienced Death Grips in a live setting, but I imagine the atmosphere to be something akin to the liberating effects of alcohol, with a few minor adjustments. First, replace pizza chunk-infused vomit with saliva, indiscriminately spewed, and second, acknowledging subjectivity, replace excessive (yet entirely platonic) displays of affection with a general disregard for your fellow human being. It’s a collective ballooning of angst, for which relief is only achieved through on-call and miracle-working therapists, or Death Grips actually performing.

On August 2, Death Grips didn’t actually perform for a scheduled Lollapalooza aftershow at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, and the David Blaine of group therapists was also mysteriously absent, so instead of anticipating fans downing some green tea as a means of alleviating their already bulging blood vessels, somebody, or some people chose to rush the stage and trash what appeared to be DG’s equipment, but which included, curiously, a “child’s learning drum kit.” Since that time, the group cancelled their shows at Osheaga on August 4, in Boston on August 6, in New York on August 7, and in Baltimore on August 9.

Here’s what might bring the blood of those would-be concertgoers past the boiling point: contrivance. After repeatedly telling Bottom Lounge workers that Death Grips were on their way, the tour manager ended things with an admission that the setup, with a Death Grips album playing in the background, “was the show.” The centerpiece of said setup, furthermore, was a projected image of a suicide note from a Death Grips fan (see above). Here’s the transcription, via someone on Reddit:

I am ready to take my own life. Many bad experiences led me to this dark void that I am locked in. Maybe by my own hands? I don’t really care anymore. I just wanted to say thank you for showing me the other side. the side that is locked away deep inside a person. I am mad. Mad all the time and depressed all the time. I can’t take it. I’m not afraid of dying but i am afraid that I can’t hear DG in the after life if there is such a thing. I don’t know, but I hope your music transcends to the unknown. A place where DG’s essence exists. A place where art exists. I love art. That’s the one thing that kept me alive? this long. So just to ease minds, DG didn’t “influence” me to do this. this is my own fucking choice. but thanks for making my life a little better. you’re my absolute fave and I will fight the gods if they don’t allow me to follow DG’s efforts can’t see Earth. Anyways, continue doing great things. I love you Stefan, Zach, and Andy.

I will be watching.


According to Vanyaland, the show in Boston was nixed once staff at the Bowery learned of a similar setup. Uh, art? Not sure how to feel about this one.

• Death Grips: https://www.facebook.com/deathgripz

Destroyer announces solo tour, promises to tour again in 2015 assuming we get to that year

Let’s be honest: we never expected to get this far into the future. At this very moment, it’s 2013. That cannot be right, but it is. Had you been on Family Feud 20 years ago and were asked, “Name the last year there shall ever be,” you’d probably say 2003. Sixty people also said 2003, then you and your family celebrated, partly because of your answer, partly because you only had 10 more years to do so. People assumed that the world was going to end in 2012, presumably because they couldn’t even imagine a two-thousand-thirteen. So when Dan Bejar of Destroyer announces a solo tour and says he won’t tour again until 2015, you have to wonder if these will be the last chances to see Destroyer ever. See you in 2015, Dan, if we can even see anyone or anything.

Until then, Bejar is playing a number of solo dates in November of 2013 (still doesn’t quite sound right, but okay). This upcoming tour is billed to feature songs from Destroyer’s entire catalog, as well as possibly including a few brand new ones. The last time anyone heard any new songs from Destroyer was when Kaputt came out (TMT Review), way back in the simpler times of 2011. Considering the whole no-more-touring-until-2015 thing, we can only assume that there will not be a new Destroyer record until 2015 or maybe late 2014. As such, you should probably go to these shows so you can hear new Destroyer while we’re still here.

Destroyer dates:

11.03.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios %
11.04.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent %
11.05.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever %
11.07.13 - Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk Music ^
11.09.13 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall %
11.10.13 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom %
11.11.13 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue %
11.12.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s %
11.13.13 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall %
11.14.13 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore %
11.20.13 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
11.21.13 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center

% Pink Mountaintops
^ Azita

• Destroyer: http://www.mergerecords.com/artists/destroyer
• Merge: http://www.mergerecords.com

Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are no longer affilliated, but there might be new Hype Williams material coming

The “cplnd” SoundCloud associated with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland has put up a brief snippet of a beat called “DADDY ISSUES.”

Here’s the caption for the clip:



Denna Frances Glass
10 August 2013

So, Hype Williams are no more, it seems, but there’s also a new release by Hype Williams coming in the near future. The Hype Williams moniker has been used for different lineups before (which have even included Joanne Robertson at some point), so it’s not certain whether the music mentioned refers to a posthumous album of Dean & Inga or a new iteration involving one or none of them. They’ve both been working things out solo this year, so whatever happens I doubt Blunt/Copeland/Glass/etc. will be disappearing any time soon. But the “eighteen-year ‘relay project’” marches on…. dead or alive.

• Hype Williams: https://www.youtube.com/pollyjacobsen

Northern Spy presents third annual Spy Music Festival featuring Loren Connors, Thurston Moore, Charles Gayle, Diamond Terrifier, and more!

Hey buddy, you a spy? Wait, don’t answer that, I don’t want to blow your cover. LOL, just kidding, you can tell me. No, wait, on second thought, don’t tell me. I’m getting visions of you coming back later and going to town on me with your Walther PPK. Hahaha, shaken not stirred, am I right?

Anyway, let’s say maybe you are a spy, maybe you’re not. Either way, I’ll bet you’re a music fan. So there’s this festival I just heard of through some super secret channels, and it’s called the Third Annual Spy Music Festival, and I’d say it’s right up your dark alley where you take your victims before you garrote them. It’s put on by Northern Spy Records, but this year, for the first time, they’re totally going to let southern spies in, too, so no worries on that front. It’s going on between Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 in New York, and it features artists trained in the art of international subterfuge like Thurston Moore, Loren Connors, Charles Gayle, Seaven Teares, and Diamond Terrifier. There will also be DJ sets and more Northern Spy merch than your tiny, secretive fingers will be able to carry. Tickets for each day are $10 and you can pick up them from the festival page.

And get this! Sorry, I’ll lower my voice, wouldn’t want to be overheard. Get this: Northern Spy is putting on the festival in partnership with both Six Point Brewery and yours truly, Tiny Mix Tapes! So cool! On Sunday, your $10 ticket even gets you a free beer from Six Point. What’s more, as part of a special promotion, your tickets for both days of the fest entitle you to a free one-year subscription to Tiny Mix Tapes’ signature mix of music, movies, comics, and hard-hitting news coverage! Email spamfolder@tinymixtapes.com for more details on this once-in-a-lifetime offer.

Saturday, September 7 at Spectrum (121 Ludlow)
7:00 - Driphouse
7:50 - Diamond Terrifier
8:40 - Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille
9:30 - ODO (FORMA)
10:20 - Charles Gayle Trio

Sunday, September 8 at 285 Kent
7:00 - PC Worship
7:45 - Ava Luna
8:30 - Seaven Teares
9:15 - NYMPH
10:00 - Caught on Tape (Thurston Moore & John Moloney)
10:45 - Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
11:30 - Aa (a.k.a. Big A Little a)

• Northern Spy: http://northernspyrecords.com
• Spy Music Festival 2013: http://spymusicfestival.com