Moog Music reports mysterious increase in sales, almost as if boatloads of bands were making ‘nostalgic synthpop’ or something

Moog Music reports mysterious increase in sales, almost as if boatloads of bands were making 'nostalgic synthpop' or something

You know how you’re always going around complaining to your friends that still listen to you (it’s important to note that many of them simply won’t anymore, because all of their ‘fiancées’ and ‘good jobs’ and ‘new babies’ and ‘home improvement shopping’ make the prospect of listening to their one friend-who’s-still-in-a-band harp on about music trends pretty unpalatable) about how you’re unimpressed with current music’s cold, harsh, digital sound?

Well, you should shut up, because according to Billboard, Moog Music has reported that sales of their all-analog (and all-pricey) synths, guitars, effects pedals, and theremins went up by 35% this past year. For the non-Weezer fan, Robert Moog (who died in 2005) founded what would become Moog Music in 1954 and started selling these crazy analog devices to bored, rich musicians, who immediately got to work nearly ruining their records with them (suck it, Abbey Road). But eventually, Moog’s gear found its place and folks started to prize the equipment’s ‘fat, analog tits’ and ‘warm bass-y ass.’

“If you buy any other keyboard and open the back, you see a chip in there that’s sampling sounds or re-creating sounds using a digitized format,” says Moog Music president Mike Adams. “In the back of our device, there’s a sound board with 897 components. It’s a completely different sound you get. You’re really able to hear the subtleties of the sound […] Kids have grown up with the iPod, but when musicians get introduced to the analog sound, it makes a big difference to them. It may not make a difference when it comes out of the iPod, but it makes a difference to them in the studio from an inspiration standpoint.”

But wait just a filter-sweepin’ second here. Given that the synths go for between $700-$5,000, guitars start at $2,000, theremins go for $375, and effects pedals cost between $275-$700, is it really ‘kids’ that are keeping Moog Music in the black during a recession? I mean, who the hell is buying all these things anyway? Well, according to Adams… yeah, it’s pretty much 99% Lady Gaga (and 1% Rush, White Stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Sugarland, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Beyoncé, Alicia Keyes and Billy Joel). But he also mentions that he ” just got a huge order from Metallica.” Oh, cool. Experimental Metallica.

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The Rosebuds announce new album, tourdates, and instructions that you bring a box of tissues to their shows

Imagine for a minute how difficult it would be to not only get a divorce, but to then write and record a new album and tour with your ex-spouse. Ivan and Kelly from The Rosebuds are attempting to do just that, which basically proves that they are superhuman and the most advanced emotionally capable human beings ever. Or maybe they just really like making music together. Either way, the recently divorced duo will hit the road this summer in support of their new album, Loud Planes Fly Low, due June 7 on Merge.

Tissues to go:

06.10.11 - Wilmington, NC - Brooklyn Arts Center
06.11.11 - Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade
06.15.11 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
06.16.11 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
06.17.11 - Oxford, MS - Proud Larry’s
06.18.11 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
06.19.11 - Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Chicken Shack
06.21.11 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
06.23.11 - Dallas, TX - Club DaDa
06.24.11 - Austin, TX - The Parish
06.25.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
06.28.11 - Santa Fe, NM - Santa Fe Brewing Company
06.29.11 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture
06.30.11 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
07.01.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite
07.02.11 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
07.05.11 - Santa Barbara, CA - SOHO Music Club
07.06.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
07.08.11 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
07.09.11 - Seattle, WA - The Tractor Tavern
07.10.11 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
07.12.11 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
07.14.11 - Boise, ID - The Neurolux
07.15.11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07.16.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Diver
07.19.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
07.20.11 - Eau Claire, WI - House of Rock
07.21.11 - Madison, WI - UW Union Terrace

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Hunx and His Punx announce West Coast tourdates as awkward punk rock girls the country over discover their new favorite band

Recently, Hunx and His Punx, who sound like a combination of The Ramones and The Shangri-Las, released their first full-length album, Too Young to Be in Love, and they’ve now announced that they will be heading out on a brief tour of the West Coast to ‘promote’ the record.

For all those curious enough to check out the “first girl-group with a male-singer,” I’m sure you’ll find out why awkward punk rock girls the world over have given up on their previous crushes and have embraced Hunx and His Punx with a passion that was previously only given to gay and girl friends. Not only do the APRG’s get to see a bunch of non-traditional women playing badass punk rock, but they also get to hear a sensitive guy sing songs about boys (that the APRG’s can imagine are about their imaginary boyfriends) who is completely non-threatening or non-overbearing with his sexuality.

Check ‘em out and I bet you’ll finally find a crowd where you can pick up girls who’ll bake you a cake and then drink you under the table! If you’re a creep like that.

Hunx & His Punx tourdates:

06.16.11 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Detroit Bar
06.17.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
06.18.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Show Cave
06.22.11 - Seattle, WA Crocodile $
06.24.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.25.11 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island
06.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Cabaret $ *
06.28.11 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir $

$ Shannon and The Clams
* Sonny and The Sunsets

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LimeWire owes $105 million to the major labels, two overdue books to the library

LimeWire, who we all know has been involved in some copyright infringement over the years, has just made headlines once again by announcing that they will settle copyright lawsuits they had with 13 music labels for 105 million Britney Spears CDs — I mean dollars.

“We are pleased to have reached a large monetary settlement following the court’s finding that both LimeWire and its founder Mark Gorton personally liable for copyright infringement,” RIAA Chairman and CEO Mitch Bainwol bragged about in a prepared statement, while surely high-fiving his fellow corporate buddies. “As the court heard during the last two weeks, LimeWire wreaked enormous damage on the music community, helping contribute to thousands of lost jobs and fewer opportunities for aspiring artists.” However, as is always the case, music label CEOs fail to mention that people only illegally download because major label music is so shitty that it’s never worth paying for unless the words Lil or Wayne are involved.

Major labels Arista, Atlantic, BMG Music, Capitol, Elektra, Interscope, LaFace, Motown, Priority, Sony, Universal, Virgin, and Warner Brothers will all be getting a cut of the settlement money and will surely use it to pay a mindless A&R man to sign another moronic and untalented former contestant of American Idol. Keep on keepin’ on, America!

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Amor de Días (The Clientele, Pipas) release Street of the Love of Days one of the days of this lovely week. This day, in fact!

Tiny Mix Tapes is the music website of and for the people. Our news is for all, but some stories appeal to a particular web-scrolling set. We know, and you know who you are: you know when to kill a joke and mock a friend, your Rice Krispies are made from basmati, and you use the “Continental 7” (that’s the one with a slash through its middle). More importantly, you enjoy the finer things in life, music-wise, so news that Alasdair MacLean (The Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas) have not only collaborated on an album but that said album as Amor de Días is out today should have you in mild, carefully controlled, stitches.

But such news should excite everyone! Recording tranquilly over the span of three years, Street of the Love of Days includes 15 tracks of Tropicália-tinged, chamber pop greatness and features such like-minded luminaries as the iconic Louis Philippe, Gary Olsen (Ladybug Transistor), and bass and drum freelancers Danny Manners and Howard Monk. For indie trainspotters, the record happens to include the original version of “Harvest Time,” a song recorded and released by MacLean’s The Clientele on its 2009 Bonfires on the Heath album (TMT Review). Street of the Love of Days is out May 17 (that’s today) through the original purveyors of style and taste, Merge Records.

Street of the Love of Days tracklisting:

01. Foxes
02. House of Flint
03. Bunhill Fields
04. Season of Light
05. Late Mornings
06. Harvest Time
07. Dream (Dead Hands)
08. I See Your Face
09. Stone
10. Street of the Love of Days
11. Birds
12. Touchstone
13. Wandering
14. Wild Winter Trees
15. Foxes (Reprise)

As the magical musical custom states, “Have album will travel,” so Amor de Días will be playing a slate of shows starting Wednesday (that’s tomorrow) in Washington. ALL upcoming North American dates will have the added bonus of Damon & Naomi along for the dream ride. The duo of duos are well-acquainted already; Damon and Naomi contributed to Street of the Love of Days. Will the two tandems join together to play live on this tour? Well, you’ll just have to be at one of the following gigs and see…

05.18.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace #
05.19.11 - Carrboro, NC - ArtsCenter #
05.20.11 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery #
05.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - 1st Unitarian Church Chapel #
05.22.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory #
05.23.11 - Allston, MA - Great Scott #
05.25.11 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern #
05.26.11 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room at Crofoot #
05.27.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall #
05.28.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock #
05.31.11 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern #
06.01.11 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar #
06.03.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
06.04.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite #
06.05.11 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
06.08.11 - London, UK - Union Chapel $
06.12.11 - London, UK - The Lexington
06.17.11 - Liverpool, UK - The Scandinavian Church
07.30.11 - Derbyshire, UK - Midland Railway Buttery %

# Damon & Naomi
$ Howe Gelb, A Band of Gypsies
% Indietracks Festival 2011

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Her Space Holiday break up and announce final album; devout fans contemplate starting glitch-pop bands in tribute

College radio DJs, black-framed glasses wearers, lovers of glitchy pop music: you might want to sit down before you read the rest of this news story. Ready? Okay. Her Space Holiday, a.k.a. the long-running project of Marc Bianchi, has decided to call it quits. Wait, wait, where are you going? Just sit down, it’s going to be okay. It’s not over just yet.

Her Space Holiday will release their final album, a self-titled affair, on August 16 via Bianchi’s own No More Good Ideas imprint. The new album was recorded inside a 150-year-old farmhouse in Bastrop, Texas, and features many of Bianchi’s musical peers, including members of Mice Parade, Via Tania, and Indian Summer. Deep breath, deep breath. See, everything will be okay. And who knows, maybe he’ll even decide to go on a final tour!

Her Space Holiday tracklisting:

01. Anything for Progress
02. Black Cat Balloons
03. Shonanoka
04. The Hummingbirds
05. Come on All You Soldiers
06. The Candle Jumped over the Spoon
07. Ghost in the Garden
08. The Bullet, the Battle, the Trigger, the Barrel and Me
09. Death of a Writer
10. In the Time It Takes for the Lights to Change

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