Minks bring blissful sadness to Captured Tracks debut album in January

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If the words ‘Cure,’ ‘funeral,’ or ‘sad’ provoke an almost Pavlovian response in you, well, you might want to hide your wallet before reading the following sentence about Captured Tracks recording artist Minks. Are you ready? This is from a Fader review of New York band Minks’ first 7-inch single, “Funeral Party.” The magazine says the 7-inch sounds “as if Robert Smith gave birth to a baby, and the baby was actually a cassette of Cure demos that had a lot more staying power than actual Cure demos.”

Drool drool bats drool… oh, right! Where was I? Anyway. Minks returned with the single “Ophelia,” which I’m told “balance(s) the feelings of joy and sadness.” I believe this means the group can make you sad, but not, say, ending-of-a-Lars-Von-Trier-movie-ohhhhh-my-Goooood-I-just-want-a-whiskey-or-a-kitten-or-ANYTHING-BUT-THIS sad. And now Minks have crafted their debut album, By the Hedge, set for a January 11 release on Captured Tracks. This makes me happy, an oh-thank-God-this-Lars-Von-Trier-movie-is-over-and-I’m-still-alive-in-spite-of-it-all happy.

By the Hedge tracklisting:

01. Kusmi
02. Out of Tune
03. Life at Dusk
04. Indian Ocean
05. Funeral Song
06. Our Ritual
07. Cemetary Rain
08. Bruises
09. Boys Run Wild
10. Ophelia
11. Juniper
12. Arboretum Dogs

• Minks: http://www.myspace.com/iamwitchcraft
• Captured Tracks: http://www.capturedtracks.com

The Ex follow up album announcement with North American tour announcement; yes, they’re still around

If you ever have a moment in which you feel that your advancing age is having a preventative effect towards your goals, feelings of youthfulness, sex appeal, etc., then you should probably take a minute and contemplate Dutch punk band The Ex. These dudes have been doing their thing for roughly 30 years and have made over 120 albums, and unlike the current slew of bands celebrating reunions after 20 separation years, The Ex haven’t missed a beat, or a tour, or an opportunity for change. Not only that, they still got the rick in ‘em. So if you feel old age is a cause for apathy, stop making excuses, or just stop being old.

With that said, The Ex are releasing their 123rd album on January 25. The release is titled Catch My Shoe and it will be released by the band via their Ex Records imprint. This’ll be their first record featuring vocalist Arnold de Boer from the one-man project Zea. So, as to expect from The Ex, don’t expect anything. More timely and importantly for us folks stateside, The Ex will be touring through some of the bigger cities come March. If I were you, or if I were myself for that matter, I would catch these guys in action. Cause you never know when they might keel over.


03.08.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03.10.11 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
03.11.11 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
03.12.11 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
03.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.15.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.16.11 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project at Seattle Centre
03.17.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite

• The Ex: http://www.theex.nl

Lauryn Hill is bored of hiding out, announces five random tour dates to keep herself busy

Being a recluse musician is a tough job. You can’t go out in public, never play shows, ignore your urge to release new music, and generally hide out in your house until your stockpile of groceries and toliet paper runs out. After stocking up on some groceries over the summer when she played the Rock The Bells festival and several benefits shows after that, it appears that Lauryn Hill is in need of a new pack of Charmin Ultra Strong and maybe some fresh fruit, because she’s announced five random shows in Boston, New York, and Miami this winter. If you live in either of these three cities, it’s probably a good idea to see her perform before goes back into hiding again.

Oh, and word on the street is that a new album is due soon. We’ll keep you posted.

12.20.10 - Boston, MA - Wilbur Theatre
12.28.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
01.01.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03.19.11 - Miami, FL - Jazz In The Gardens Festival
03.20.11 - Miami, FL - Jazz In The Gardens Festival

• Lauryn Hill: http://www.lauryn-hill.com

For their birthday, BPitch Control eschew spankings, release compiliation

Happy Birthday, BPitch Control! The German techno label created by DJ Ellen Allien is 12 years old. That’s 80 in cat years! And to celebrate, the label is giving a gift to its fans. (Wait, that’s not how birthdays are supposed to work….) It’s a compilation spanning the label’s 12 years, entitled Werkschau (which is German for “showcase”), and set for a January 31 release. Hip hip, hooray!


01. Cormac, “The Present”
02. Ellen Allien, “The Kiss”
03. We Love, “Harmony of the Spheres”
04. Dillon & Coma, “Aiming for Destruction”
05. AGF/Delay, “Most Beautiful Kill”
06. TimTim, “How We Moove”
07. Sascha Funke, “Hiddensee”
08. Kiki & Lenz, “Morning Maniacs”
09. Zander VT, “Gotta Look Up to Get Down”
10. Jahcoozi, “Day in Day Out”
11. Mr. Statik feat. The Boy, “Sinphony”
12. Aérea Negrot, “Deutsche Werden”
13. Thomas Muller, “West”
14. Chaim, “The Country”
15. Paul Kalkbrenner, “Plätscher”
16. Mark Broom, “Refund”
17. Telefon Tel Aviv feat. Robin Guthrie, “The Sky Is Black”

• BPitch Control: http://www.bpitchcontrol.de

Tiny Mix Tapes-endorsed superstar Sun Araw reissues Beach Head LP

No one would deny that Sun Araw (a.k.a. guitarist Cameron Stallones) is a total superstar. The guy’s one of the biggest pop stars in the world, a man whose every move is dissected by the multitudes. How did this psychedelic guitarist attain such fame? Three words: Tiny. Mix. Tapes. Every king must be crowned, and it was us who placed the extravagant headwear upon Stallones.

Tiny Mix Tapes doesn’t just give the thumbs up to any jerk, though. We know Stallones has a good head on his shoulders, hence why he’s giving back to his loving fans by reissuing 2008’s Beach Head. Previously a limited release, the record is out now on 180 gram vinyl as the inaugural release for Sun Ark Records. Remastered at Germany’s Dubplates & Mastering, Beach Head comes with the record’s original artwork, which includes an 11” x 11” full color insert. It also comes included with the chance to see what Stallones, every child’s hero, was like before he captured the heart of a whole nation. Such an opportunity can not be measured in mere monetary cost.

Beach Head tracklist:

01. Thoughts Are Bells
02. Horse Steppin’
03. Beams
04. Bridal Filly

• Sun Araw: http://sunaraw.com

Continuum’s Kraftwerk book is both smarter and cooler than you

Looking for a little light holiday reading? Try this new book called Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop! It’s being released by Continuum (most well-known for its 33 1/3 series) and is now available in the United States. It includes original essays such as “Average White Band: Kraftwerk and the Politics of Race” and “Kraftwerk and the Image of the Modern.” Whooooooa! Can this book enroll in college classes for me and write my essays? Because I have a feeling its chances of getting into both Harvard and this top-secret Thanksgiving loft party DJed by M.I.A., Chloë Sevigny, and the reanimated corpse of Andy Warhol in Dumbo that my friend told me about are, like, astronomically better than mine.

Kraftwerk: Music Non-Stop table of contents:

• Introduction: The (Ger)man Machines

• I. Music, Technology and Culture
1. Autobahn and Heimatklänge: Soundtracking the FRG
2. Kraftwerk and the Image of the Modern
3. Kraftwerk – The Decline of the Pop Star
4. Authentic Replicants: Brothers between Decades between Kraftwerk(s)
5. Kraftwerk: Technology and Composition
6. Kraftwerk: Playing the Machines

• II. Influences and Legacies
7. Europe Non- Stop: West Germany, Britain and the Rise of Synthpop 1975–81
8. Vorsprung durch Technik – Kraft werk and the British Fixation with Germany
9. ‘Dragged into the Dance’ – The Role of Kraftwerk in the Development of Electro- Funk
10. Average White Band: Kraftwerk and the Politics of Race
11. Trans-Europa Express: Tracing the Trance Machine

• Continuum: http://www.continuumbooks.com
• 33 1/3: http://33third.blogspot.com