Mister Heavenly hit the road, cementing Ryan Kattner/Nick Thorburn as the indie pop world’s Hope/Crosby

Mister Heavenly hit the road, cementing Ryan Kattner/Nick Thorburn as the indie pop world's Hope/Crosby http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-09-mister-heavenly.jpg

Ryan Kattner (of Man Man fame) and Nick Thorburn (of Unicorns/Islands/Human Highway/Reefer/Th’ Corn Gangg/probably something else fame) are more than buds. They are beyond buds; they are super buds. That is why they created Mister Heavenly, their project with original Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer. Sometimes, Michael Cera is there playing bass, but only if someone with a pure heart makes a wish to an enchanted fountain.

When super buds start super bands, they have to go on super road trips. It’s the law of the land, the law of the bud! To uphold the letter of the law, Mister Heavenly are going on one hell of a road trip. In fact, this road trip will be the road trip to end all road trips, as the band intends to go to every single place in North America. Unfortunately, such a trip is financially irresponsible at best and physically impossible at worst. As such, the band has tightened their focus to consist primarily of a string of November dates on the East Coast and a few in the Midwest. Sorry, other locations that exist. Further apologies go to all those making wishes to an enchanted fountain. It appears that you have stolen gold from a dying man, tainting your once-pure heart forever.

Mister Heavenly dates:

11.04.11 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
11.05.11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
11.06.11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
11.07.11 - Charleston, SC - Tin Roof
11.08.11 - St. Augustine, FL - Cafe Eleven
11.09.11 - Orlando, FL - Back Booth
11.10.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
11.11.11 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s
11.12.11 - Saint Louis, MO - Firebird
11.13.11 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean
11.14.11 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
11.15.11 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
11.16.11 - Toronto, ON - Great Hall
11.17.11 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
11.18.11 - Milford, CT - Daniel Street
11.19.11 - Boston, MA - Remis Auditorium
11.20.11 - New York City, NY - Mercury Lounge

• Mister Heavenly: http://www.misterheavenly.com
• Sub Pop: http://www.subpop.com

Emo’s Austin closes their doors after 20 years of making Texas cool

Now, while most Texans will disagree, there isn’t much in Texas to make it “cool” (as in hip, trendy, chic, or approved by hipsters) outside of the hot and humid city of Austin, so, in a bit of sadder news, Austin is losing one of its coolest places, as Emo’s Austin has announced that they will be closing their doors for the final time in December.

“We were going the way of CBGB’s. When Moody Theatre moved downtown, it raised the bar for everybody,” said owner Frank Hendrix in a report on Billboard. The property has already been bought by Sixth Red River LC, who will probably turn the famed venue into something not nearly as cool, such as a House of Blues or another high-priced boutique hotel. Probably just some shitty condominiums.

“What makes a venue a venue is not four walls, it’s the people and the community that support it. We haven’t lost our spirit. We’re still Emo’s,” affirms Hendrix, who will continue to maintain Emo’s legacy by selling branded products like hats and shirts, continuing to maintain sister-venue Emo’s East, and promising that a new venue will be opened “within walking distance” from the original location.

Emo’s Austin will continue to play host to bands and musicians until Christmas Eve of this year. “We’re hoping for a proper send-off, with bands who’ve played Emo’s in the last 14 or 15 years to say good-bye to the downtown location.”

• Emo’s Austin: http://www.emosaustin.com

RIP: Sylvia Robinson, “The Mother of Hip-Hop”

From The New York Times:

Sylvia Robinson, the singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the Sugar Hill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording, died early Thursday morning at a hospital in New Jersey. She was 75.

Ms. Robinson had a notable career as a rhythm and blues singer long before she and her husband, Joe Robinson, formed Sugar Hill Records in 1979 and served as the midwives for a musical genre that came to dominate pop music.

• Sylvia Robinson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Robinson

Way Through to release Arrow Shower on Upset the Rhythm. Also, what exactly is pastoral punk?

“Way Through are a pastoral punk duo from Shropshire.” Wait… pastoral punk? That sounds like some bizarre fusion of Fleet Foxes and The Clash — lumberjack poets on a mission to shock, a mission to shake the foundations of urban establishment with acoustic anthems. I just can’t imagine anyone pulling that off.

However, Way Through’s debut LP Arrow Shower offers a better definition of pastoral punk than my weirdo imagination can. Their sound has a definite garage rock vibe, drifting from raucous to reflective and back again, and they draw on elements of English history as well as modern discontent for inspiration. The album’s title comes from a junk shop copy of Philip Larkin’s poetry collection, Whitsun Weddings, one filled with a teenage boy’s scrawled commentary. Here’s what Chris Tipton of Upset the Rhythm Records had to say:

Way Through walk through ruins, trace the lost domain of the neo-romantics and hang out with hillside chalk figures, connecting with the spirit of place still deeply lodged in our consciousness. Broken fences, disused science parks and overgrown cemeteries hold as much spiritual vision for them as standing stones. With Arrow Shower, Way Through have explored a language that can help re-enchant the land and lives of all of us today.

The album is currently available for streaming through SoundCloud, and it’ll get a physical release on October 3.

Arrow Shower tracklisting:

01. Ruined Acre
02. Sad Twin
03. W. B.
04. Arro
05. Rural Fringe
06. Gallant Show
07. Widowhood
08. Handsome Knave
09. Wsh
10. Salmon Patch
11. Brother’s Rapid
12. Ower
13. Denton Welch

• Way Through: http://waythroughwithyou.blogspot.com
• Upset the Rhythm: http://www.upsettherhythm.co.uk

sunn 0))) and Nurse with Wound collaborative album coming soon 0))) via Editions Mego imprint

Diehard doomy drone fans shall rejoice in deep, prolonged growls for a newly announced release on Ideologic Organ via Editions Mego. So robe up and kick on the fog machine, ‘cause shit’s about to get grim! If you recall, while the weaker of listeners were preoccupied with Kid A, sunn 0))) recorded their second ass-splitting album, ØØ Void, 11 years ago on Hydra Head. Then in 2008, Daymare Recordings re-released the record in Japan with a bonus disc titled The Iron Soul of Nothing, which featured a collaboration between sunn 0))) and Nurse with Wound. This extra material was said to be a new collaborative take on the original concept of Void.

The upcoming ØØ Void reissue on Southern Lord won’t feature those tracks, but now all that bonus material is getting its first stand-alone domestic release in the American third-world on double vinyl through the Stephen O’Malley-curated Ideologic Organ, an imprint of Editions Mego. The Iron Soul of Nothing will be available on November 29, and can be preordered here.

The Iron Soul of Nothing tracklisting (differs from original, likely due to vinyl disc space):

A. Dysnystaxis
B. Ra at Dawn Part One
C. Ash on the Tress
D. Ra at Dawn Part Two

• sunn 0))): http://www.ideologic.org
• Nurse with Wound: http://brainwashed.com/nww
• Ideologic Organ: http://editionsmego.com/ideologic-organ

The Flaming Lips releasing 24-hour song on Halloween, encased in the skulls of those too weak to endure their six-hour song

The Flaming Lips don’t give a shit about your qualms with “I Found a Star on the Ground,” the six-hour psych-rock/attendance-taking jam that dropped a few days ago and is the audio equivalent of taking everyone shirtless from Bonnaroo and putting them into a particle accelerator. Because by the time you’re done listening to it (in three-minute installments during The Big Bang Theory commercial breaks), there’ll be a new Lips song waiting on your Megaupload doorstep that makes “Found a Star” seem like a teaser trailer.

“Giant Fucking Mp3,” as I’m calling the untitled song for the time being, will introduce the realities of “death,” “fucking,” and “life” for the first few minutes, and will then explore those themes in greater detail for the rest of the day — literally. In total, the song will be 24 hours in length, and since it drops at midnight on Halloween, this either means that the holiday is cancelled this year or every haunted house will have the option of an alternate “spooky noises” soundtrack.

The less-than-succinct song will be available in very limited physical quantities (five!) in the form of an external hard drive tucked inside an actual human skull, provided by the Oklahoma City mom-and-pop store Skulls Unlimited. Unfortunately, the skull will be neither marijuana-flavored nor edible, and considering their gummy skull was $150 it might not be a feasible purchase for most. But maybe if you ask your parents nicely enough and promise to keep your shirt tucked in at church they’ll buy you human remains that house a song about fucking.

[Update: all five skulls have already been sold for $5,000 each. Sorry, little Timmy.]

• The Flaming Lips: http://www.flaminglips.com