The Music Tapes offer new EP now, two full-lengths later, and free rides for toddlers on the giant metronome always

The Music Tapes offer new EP now, two full-lengths later, and free rides for toddlers on the giant metronome always

We here at Tiny Mix Tapes may not have the testosterone-fueled prolificacy of some of these hulking music publications, but gosh darnit, we make up for it with heart and determination! We might not have the latest Skrillex remix up on the Chocolate Grinder as fast as you’d like, but if we hear word from Lightning Bolt on something, you know we’re gonna give you the info post-haste. Certain groups give us all a collective fuzzy feeling inside, and so we naturally keep on top of their every move, to the benefit of all our readers. Julian Koster’s project The Music Tapes, for example, gets the royal treatment ‘round these parts, and if there’s something on the horizon, we’re first out the gate with the news, passing the excitement on to you!

And so, it’s our pleasure to tell you that The Music Tapes are planning to release a brand-new EP follow-up to 2008’s Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes (TMT Review) called Purim’s Shadows (The Dark Tours the World) on June 14 through Merge. Merge has a cute little deal going on where you can get the EP “on kazoo” with a digital download code attached, which we all think is—

Wait. June 14. That’s yesterday. This came out yesterday? COME ON. Why are we so pathetic? Do you have any idea how much of an idiot I look like right now? Do you? I just wrote all that slop about keeping abreast of certain groups and warm feelings and now this? No, Mr P, it’s not alright! It’s so not alright I’m gonna fucking turn over this chair, “alright?” I swear to God, one little invite from AOL Spinner and I’m outta here. I got Jim Jones news that’d make your jaw drop. Yeah, I’ll finish this story, but beyond that? This whole operations’s on thin ice, man. Thin ice.

So. Purim’s Shadows is a brief six-song excursion, but fans of the 7-Foot-Tall Metronome, the Orchestral Banjo, and the Singing Saws need not worry: all are featured on a song or two here. Also making a return are Mr. Tapes’ antique recording devices, field recorders, and the RCA DX44 ribbon mic. Koster has some help on this particular EP from co-founder Robbie Cucchiarro on horns and euphonium (it’s like a harmonium but with more euphoria), and a saw solo from Ian Ludders is featured on “Night and Day.” The kazoo version of the album will include a bonus track and a “special surprise” from Koster himself, which, given his antics over the years, could be something very special indeed.

What’s really exciting is that this EP serves as a little hors d’œuvre before the ribbon mic feast that will be Imaginary Symphony No. 3. Though there’s not much information about it yet, we do know that it’s arriving as two separate full-length albums, the first of which will be called Mary’s Voice. A release date is unknown for that, but you can be sure vaguely hope that you’ll hear the first word on details from TMT P4K 3D.

Purim’s Shadows (The Dark Tours the World) tracklisting:

01. So the Day Long
02. A Lightning’s Cheeks (Everything Gets Born Here)
03. 3
04. (Jeff, Jill, and Julian Serenade Rudy on the Beach at Nantasket)
05. Night and Day
06. Nantasket

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The National are going on tour in September, uncork the red wine!

My good man, have you heard the big news? The National, those dignified merchants of melancholy, are preparing for themselves for their latest venture: a tour of these United States. Surely, you’ve heard of The National, who hail from Brooklyn, and their riotous 2010 album High Violet (TMT Review) on 4AD. Why, it appeared in all the journals! No matter, you shall soon have the chance to educate yourself once they lay anchor in your town. Of course, this is assuming that you live in either a select few East Coast cities or Hollywood, where celluloid dreams are made. If you do not reside in such areas, well. That is a pity.

My mother, god rest her bones, always said the elite keep exclusive company with the elite. Dear mother, your wisdom lives long (even as your body rots), for The National are keeping only the finest company on this forthcoming trip. On their East Coast dates, the group shall be joined by indie rock institution Yo La Tengo (yes, it does seem peculiar to consider them as an opening band), as well as talented young guns Wye Oak. But, dear friend, do not think for a second that just any riffraff will accompany The National on their Hollywood date. Before they play under the iconic Hollywood sign (or somewhere in the general vicinity), the stage will be graced by two of the greatest ladies in the songwriting game: Neko Case and Sharon Van Etten. My Lord, it shall truly be a spectacle to behold.

The National dates:

09.06.11 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion *
09.07.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music *
09.08.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music *
09.09.11 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
09.11.11 - Hollywood, CA - Hollywood Bowl (presented by LA Philharmonic) #

* Yo La Tengo, Wye Oak
# Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten

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To make Just Gimme Indie Rock! documentary, just gimme money! Epic film project asks for fan funding via Kickstarter

You’ve seen Kill Your Idols; you streamed I Need That Record on Netflix, checked out American Hardcore — not to mention the more specialized docs: your Kraftwerk segments on YouTube, your Flaming Lips, your Stephin Merritt. Never before, however, has anyone tried to encapsulate the past 30-40 years in music all in one film — until Brad Katz rose to the challenge with Just Gimme Indie Rock!: The Story of an Underground Uprising.

This behemoth undertaking aims to span wave after wave of American legends since the 80s, from obvious picks like Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, and Dinosaur Jr. to the current demigods of the so-called “indie” world (Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Vampire Weekend). (A note: Canadians aside, the projected bands covered do also include a few Brits and non-Americans: Franz Ferdinand, The Vaselines, The Sugarcubes, just to name a few). Through interviews, concert footage, film and music video clips, and an as-of-yet incomprehensibly long soundtrack, Katz intends to “connect the dots” between these hundreds of potentially disjointed bands, extolling the underdogs and reaffirming Pavement and Weezer as megaliths of the 90s.

Of course, this didn’t all just happen right under your nose; production has yet to begin, and Just Gimme Indie Rock! is far from ready to hit the screen. True to the DIY ethic indie kids of yesterday and today inherently admire, Katz is relying on fan funding for the project, and has set up a Kickstarter account for that purpose. To get off the ground, the project requires $75,000 before August 23. Check out the pledges here, and make your own for the sake of Henry Rollins!

Just Gimme Indie Rock!:

If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eyed Joe, Japandroids would have announced a new North American summer tour a long time ago

We like to claim that we’re all for enthusiastic ideas, but getting too passionate about a concept can be dangerous. For example, what started as zealous affection for one of our beloved creatures has slowly turned one man into this. In the world of human-feline transmogrification, you just have to know when to pull in the reins. When it comes to music, full-throttle enthusiasm is always encouraged, and nothing is fuller and throttler than Japandroids live. Eager overachievers Brian King and David Prowse have announced a month-long North American tour beginning in late August.

Having enchanted everyone the world over with Post-Nothing (TMT Review) in 2009 on Polyvinyl, Japandroids bring dignity and style to music once again by means of a relentless, jack-hammering intensity and this latest tour promises a punishing mix of pre-Post-Nothing tracks, Post-Nothing gems, and post-Post-Nothing tunes that the duo have been refining for release on their highly-anticipated sophomore album.

Dates, starting in hometown Vangroovy:

08.27.11 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel *
08.28.11 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar *
08.30.11 - Seattle, WA - The Sunset *
08.31.11 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar *
09.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Hemlock *
09.05.11 - Phoenix, AZ - Trunk Space *
09.07.11 - Dallas, TX - Bryan Street Tavern *
09.08.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Inside) *
09.09.11 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Fest
09.12.11 - Washington, DC - Red Palace *
09.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie *
09.14.11 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
09.15.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Upstairs *
09.16.11 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital Complex *
09.17.11 - Halifax, NS - The Seahorse Tavern *
09.19.11 - Charlottetown, PE - Hunter’s Ale House *
09.20.11 - Quebec City, QC - L’Agitee *
09.21.11 - Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal @ Le Divan Orange *
09.22.11 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee’s *
09.23.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern *
09.24.11 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Festival @ The High Dive #
09.26.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry *
09.27.11 - Winnipeg, MB - Royal Albert Arms Hotel
09.29.11 - Edmonton, AB - Brixx

* Bass Drum of Death
# Polyvinyl Records 15th Anniversary Showcase

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Lightning Bolt almost done recording new album; meanwhile Brian Chippendale sets aside web comics to exfoliate some Primordial Pus

Like many folks who used to care about Providence, Brian Chippendale was bored with the city and its “scene,” or whatever was left of it. He needed something to do to kill some time. Mr. Chippendale then remembered he loved comics, and wrote one. A rather large one, at that. He also, perhaps inspired by tentacle monster Jeph Jacques, decided to start up a a webcomic, called Puke Force, written in a manner similar to his previous tome.

Then, Mr. Chippendale remembered two very important things:

1. Writing a webcomic, especially after being inspired by a tentacle monster, is a rather arduous and long-term commitment.

2. Mr. Chippendale plays music in bands such as Black Pus and Lightning Bolt.

Thusly, Brian Chippendale went back to the recording studio and recorded a new Black Pus album, filled with insane drum pop that only he knows. Called Primordial Pus, it is now available on Load Records, and it shall take you many places that you cannot grasp in form. Do your best to grasp a track from it over at the Chocolate Grinder.

While working on the Black Pus album, Mr. Chippendale spoke to a journalist in Buffalo about Black Pus and other things (e.g., groupies), and mentioned another exciting project: A brand new, shiny Lightning Bolt album! Expected to be a more “upbeat” continuation of TMT favorite Earthly Delights, Mr. Chippendale and fellow Brian Brian Gibson began recording last month, with the intent of releasing the new album sometime between the end of this year and early next. Then, perhaps, Brian Chippendale will write another comic.

Primordial Pus tracklisting:

01. Ha Ha Havok
02. Police Song
03. Cave of Buttterfly
04. Favorite Blanket, Favorite Curse
05. The Wicked West
06. Hole in The Ground
07. Beneath the Wheel
08. I’ll Come When I Can

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RIP: Darryl Pandy, Chicago house pioneer

From The Wire:

As reported via Facebook at the end of last week, house diva Darryl Pandy has passed away. Pandy was the vocalist on Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk’s “Love Can’t Turn Around” from 1986, which signalled a turning point for House music, particularly in the UK.

Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk and Pandy (in a bright blue glittery top) performed the track on Top Of The Pops in the same year, with Pandy ending the flamboyant performance by kicking his shoes off and lying on the stage. Pandy, in the words of The Wire’s reviews editor Derek Walmsley, was at that time “the gayest man ever to appear on Top Of The Pops - and I mean that as a compliment”.

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