Midlake Emerge from the Forest, Reveal New Album Details, Tour

Those Midlake boys sure are a rustic bunch. They seem like the kind of folks that only break their schedule of endless camping trips and whittling sessions to write some songs about the mountains and bandits and the old country. Apparently the whittling block has seen a lot of use the last couple of years, as the Denton, Texas-based group has refrained from releasing a record since 2006’s The Trials of Van Occupanther (TMT Review). Perhaps they’ve busy been observing the growth patterns of the North Red Oak Encroaching Fern. Perhaps you think that’s a real plant and not something I just made up.

Whatever it is that has been possessing Midlake’s attention the last three years, it's over now, as the band has finished their third LP, The Courage of Others. Recorded at their custom-built studio in Denton, the record is set for a February 2 release via Bella Union. In the days leading up to the album’s release, the band will embark on a short East Coast tour. Or at least a tentatively short tour, as more dates are said to be announced soon. Being the group’s first live dates since 2007, the trek breaks another long silence for Midlake. Unless, I suppose, they played a show in a secluded forest somewhere. I wouldn’t be too surprised.

The Courage of Others tracklist:

1. Acts of Man
2. Winter Dies
3. Small Mountain
4. Core of Nature
5. Fortune
6. Rulers, Ruling All Things
7. Children of the Grounds
8. Bring Down
9. The Horn
10. The Courage of Others
11. In The Ground

Midlake tourdates:
01.05.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
01.06.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Engine Room
01.07.10 - Orlando, FL - The Social
01.08.10 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
01.09.10 - Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern
01.10.10 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
01.11.10 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone
01.12.10 - Little Rock, AR - Rev Room

Pixies and Pavement to Headline Primavera Sound Festival, and The ’90s Have Never Been More Awesome

The San Miguel Primavera Sound Festival is always cause for excitement, because it sports a promising roster of great bands year after year, spanning the better part of three glorious days. While most Europeans can count their pennies and hop the nearest Ryanair flight over to Spain, those living stateside aren't quite so conveniently located.

But in case you are planning to attend Primavera, you'll be mighty pleased to learn that the recently reunited indie vets Pavement will be one of this year's headliners, along with the time-honored rockers Pixies. Indeed, for those of you lucky enough to be living within arm's (or plane's) reach of Barcelona and/or Madrid, Primavera Sound Festival is shaping up to be a serious blast from the past. I wonder if Sebadoh will be making an appearance as well? No? Just wishful thinking on my part then?

Four Tet Receives Nobel Peace Prize for Announcing New Album, Tour Details, Merely Existing… Oops, I Mean for “His Extraordinary Efforts to Strengthen International Diplomacy and Cooperation Between Peoples”

Has it really been four long years since we were blessed with Four Tet's last firewhirl foray into adventurous sound? Despite the lag in releases, Kieran Hebden doesn't seem to ever be out of sight or mind and is as hand-cuffed as anyone else in the public eye to celebrity trappings: fake twitter posts attributed to him, hot and cold running remix requests, house burglaries. Since Everything Ecstatic (TMT Review), Hebden has dabbled in explorative collaborations with Steve Reid, has curated a DJ-Kicks album, and has issued a couple of numbers of short-run, blink-and-you'll-miss-'em singles, but his next album proper, There Is Love in You, will be released as Four Tet and is available January 26 on long-standing label Domino.

Given his predilection for tangential walks outside you would think that forecasting forthcoming Four Tet sounds would be like attempting to predict the weather. Sure, you may come close, but there is a chance you may get caught in a torrential icestorm wearing a speedo and sun visor. Luckily, foretelling the future of Four Tet is more like predicting the weather in Hawaii. You might not know exactly what is in store but you know it will be aesthetically pleasing, will throw you for a great loop, and will be damned good. Musical meteorologists can judge the worth of There Is Love in You for themselves in the form of the 9-minute drone-loop-bliss "Love Cry" single which is out now in limited numbers in the U.K., can be heard on Hebden's MySpace page, and will be issued in the U.S. as a 12-inch single on December 8. "Our Bells" blows in on the B-side.

There is love in these song titles:

1. Angel Echoes
2. Love Cry
3. Circling
4. Pablo's Heart
5. Sing
6. This Unfolds
7. Reversing
8. Plastic People
9. She Just Likes to Fight

There is also love in these tourdates:
11.19.09 - Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli de Helling $
11.20.09 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merelyn $
12.11.09 - London, England - Plastic People $
02.12.10 - London, England - The Dome %
02.17.10 - New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge #
02.18.10 - Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs #
02.19.10 - Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle #
02.20.10 - Austin, TX – The Mohawk #
02.23.10 - Seattle, WA – Chop Suey #
02.24.10 - Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret #
02.25.10 - Portland, OR – Doug Fir #
02.26.10 - San Francisco, CA – The Independent #
02.27.10 - Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex #
03.11.10 - Manchester, England - Club Academy
03.12.10 - Leeds, England - TJs
03.13.10 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Bongo Club
03.18.10 - Brighton, England - Concorde 2
03.19.10 - Birmingham, England - Custard Factory
03.20.10 - Bristol, England - Fiddlers

$ DJ set

% Joy Orbison

# Nathan Fake

The Music Tapes’ Julian Koster And His Singing Saw to Go Caroling Again This Year

Julian Koster (The Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Major Organ & The Adding Machine) and his Singing Saw -- Badger, I assume -- are once again going Christmas caroling in December! Want to see them? Great. All you have to do is grant them permission and they'll show up at your doorstep, singing songs, sharing stories, and being all Christmas-y. It's like a Christmas miracle spread across 15 dates!

To ensure there is no confusion (and because I'm feeling lazy), here's the exact wording from Merge:

You may invite the carolers to visit your house by emailing musictapescaroling@gmail.com or by mailing a handwritten letter to 450 N. Harris St. Athens, GA 30601 (due to time constraints, please send an email to let the "caroling ambassador" know you are sending a letter). Be sure to include an email address or telephone number for reply. Invitations where the hosts indicate that they would be willing to entertain outside guests on caroling night are preferred. Please note your permission to invite others from the area to your house and whether you can offer the carolers a place to sleep in your letter or email.

Once the limit on houses on a given night has been reached, the address of each house that will welcome guests will be distributed via email to all who email musictapescaroling@gmail.com and ask to attend. The addresses of the houses will not be posted online.

Proposed Path:

December 7th, 8th, 9th: Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana & Lower Half of Illinois

December 10th, 11th, 12th: Chicago, Illinois, Michigan

December 13th, 14th, 15th: Ohio, Pittsburgh, Western NY

December 16th, 17th, 18th: Upstate NY, New England (CT, RI, VT etc)

December 19th, 20th, 21st: Philadelphia, NYC, Baltimore, DC, Chapel Hill

Antares Successfully Auto-Tunes Their Own Intellectual Property’s Illimitability; “App For That” Coming Soon

Pitch-correction technology developers Antares, progenitors of that infamous little auto-tune cult empire, want us to get one thing straight right the fuck now: the term “auto-tune” is NOT as ubiquitous as we all auto-tunitively assumed it was.

In order to set about the task of auto-tuning our perceptions, then, they recently sent their lawyers to auto-tune their trademark of the term in the face of a competing App created by developers Steamboat Mountain Designs (heretofore called “AutoTuner”), forcing the company to auto-tune the name of their auto-tuner.

Why all the fuss? Well, if you auto-tune your memories real quick, you’ll recall that Antares recently lent its auto-tune technology to the auto-tunious “I Am T-Pain” auto-tuning App for the iPhone, in auto-tuned conjunction with App developers Smule. As Digital Music News reports, Steamboat initially pointed in their defense to the hundreds of thousands of Google results for the phrase “auto-tune.” Yet in the end, the company -- being much smaller and less rich than Antares because they AREN’T the owners of an omnipresent-yet-trademarked term like “auto-tune” -- was auto-tuned into complete and auto-tuned accordance with Antares’ request. Steamboat Mountain’s developers have consequently auto-tuned their App’s title to “RoboTuner” instead of “AutoTuner” rather than bankrupting themselves in court and having to then plead (in an unpleasingly un-auto-tuned warble) with the federal government to step in and auto-tune them out of debt.

So, on that auto-tuned note, look for the newly auto-tuned "Robotuner" in an App Store near you. It’ll be on the shelf in the auto-tuner isle, right next to all of the other auto-tuners.

Oneohtrix Point Never Gets Stoked on Back to the Future Trilogy; Decides to Try Own Hand At That Whole Trilogy Thing; No Fun Issues Rifts

The idea of going backwards to a point in time that is forwards is a hard thing to grasp. I could probably write a 17-page article on the idea of going back to a time that has not yet existed. It boggles my mind! Anyway, here's my point: this all reminds me of the music of Daniel Lopatin's Oneohtrix Point Never. At first listen, you get the vibe that this music might be 30 years old, yet the music itself hones in on sounds from 70s- and 80s-era visions of the future. Indeed, Oneohtrix Point Never is simultaneously referencing music of the past and of the future, like, you know, the movie Back to the Future.

Okay, this'll probably make more sense once you listen to his latest release, Rifts. Due tomorrow, November 17, on No Fun Productions, the double-disc album is actually composed of remastered editions of three previously released records, Betrayed in the Octagon, Zones Without People, and Russian Mind. All three originally came out in limited, vinyl-only pressings on No Fun and Arbor and were made up of selections from "rare and out-of-print cassette and CD-R releases, with recordings spanning as far back as 2003." Rifts, according to the publicist, sees Lopatin "developing his unabashed worship of the analog poly-synth as a free standing musical apparatus towards a fully realized OPN world of sound; at once incorporating synth prog, modern noise, early techno, drone, minimalism and computer music."

Alright, alright, you get the idea, right? So, as the great Biff Tannen once said, "Why don't you make like a tree and get outta here!"

Rifts tracklisting:

Disc 1:

1. Behind the Bank
2. Eyeballs
3. Betrayed in the Octagon
4. Woe is the Transgression
5. Parallel Minds
6. Laser to Laser
7. Woe Is The Transgression II
8. Computer Vision
9. Format & Journey North
10. Zones Without People
11. Learning To Control Myself
12. Disconnecting Entirely
13. Emil Cioran
14. Hyperdawn

Disc 2:

1. Months
2. Physical Memory
3. Grief and Repetition
4. Russian Mind
5. Actual Air
6. Immanence
7. Lovergirls Precinct
8. Ships Without Meaning
9. Terminator Lake
10. Transmat Memories
11. A Pact Between Strangers
12. When I Get Back From New York
13. I Know Its Taking Pictures From Another Plane (Inside Your Sun)


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