Mutual Benefit announce summer tour for Jordan Lee’s sake as well as yours

Mutual Benefit announce summer tour for Jordan Lee's sake as well as yours

Look, Jordan Lee isn’t doing this for himself. When he named his soothing indie-folk project Mutual Benefit, he did so to send a message. This stuff is for him, but it’s also for you, you big dumb idiot. So when he goes on tour, you’d better appreciate it. With that in mind, Mutual Benefit are doing a lot of touring over the next few months, so say thank you. Say thank you like you mean it. Many of the group’s dates will be opening for Wild Beasts, a fine band who know how to show their appreciation. Good guys, those Wild Beasts.

While we’re in the mood for appreciating, let’s go ahead and appreciate some damn art, alright? Specifically, check out the art that is the recent video for Mutual Benefit’s “Let’s Play/Statue of a Man.” The clip, directed by Stefan Grabrowski, was shot over six months around the Boston area using primarily analog equipment and making use of experimental developing techniques. As such, this clip is pretty kooky looking! And pretty great looking, too. I appreciate it.

Mutual Benefit dates:

06.14.14 - Rehoboth Beach, Germany - Dogfish Head
06.16.14 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
06.18.14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE @ Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
06.19.14 - Buffalo, NY - Iron Works
06.21.14 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse
06.22.14 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
07.10.14 - New York, NY - Pier 84 *
07.11.14 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
07.12.14 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
07.14.14 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair *
07.15.14 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre *
07.20.14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
08.07.14 - Oslo, Norway - Øya Nights @ Café Mono
08.08.14 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08.13.14 - Birmingham, UK - Hare and Hounds
08.15.14 - London, UK - Jabberwocky Festival
08.16.14 - Brecon Beacons, UK - Green Man Festival
08.17.14 - Brighton, UK - Proud Cabaret
09.04-06.14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Festival
09.25-27.14 - Cincinnati, OH - MidPoint Music Festival
09.26-28.14 - Champaign-Urbana, IL - Pygmalion

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UNO NYC celebrates three years of crushing the pun game with UNOversary show this Saturday

The life of a Tiny Mix Tapes news writer isn’t quite as glamorous as it looks. Sure, I mean, it’s great to be this naturally hilarious, but when you’ve been at it for a while, it gets pretty hard not to repeat yourself. Take for instance UNO NYC’s third UNOversary party, which is happening this very Saturday in New York (scope details here) and which will feature performances from CFCF, Aquarian, Gobby, Kuhrye-oo, Feral, and maybe even a special guest. I really want to crack a joke about how, oh I don’t know, it’s great that UNO NYC has finally grown out of the terrible twos because golly-gee don’t you know about toddlers? They’re such a handful, am I right? Or maybe I could take a step back on the whole birthday angle and say something like, “boy howdy, 18 years is an awful long time to wait before this particular record label can legally drink alcoholic beverages.” But, look, record labels are having anniversaries all the time! I’ve already done the birthday joke angle. Twice, actually!

I know what you’re thinking, why don’t I just go the wedding anniversary route? Maybe say something like, “UNO NYC’s in it for the long haul. Till death do them part, for sure!” Then I could go on and on about how their “marriage” of a record label has given birth to delightful and TMT-approved fruit/children/albums from the likes of Arca, Gobby, and Mykki Blanco. Or I could even mine the juicy vein of ironic sitcom appropriation and pretend like there’s been a little bit of trouble in paradise — maybe someone forgot someone else’s anniversary and it all plays out in a hilarious last-minute run to the grocery store to grab a bouquet of flowers that doubles as an interview with the label’s founder as well as a few of the artists. But I already did that too! Is there nothing new under the sun!?

I think, honestly, all that’s left is to go hardcore meta. To dig deep and talk about myself and my process all the while winking so hard I pull a face-muscle halfway through the endeavor. Hows about while I wind myself up for a little bit of news section ouroboros, you check Gobby’s third installment in his Mixtape from the Du series, entitled Dune, over at the Chocolate Grinder.

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Important Records to release 3xLP version of The Grateful Dead/John Oswald’s Grayfolded, will contain zero James Murphy dance remixes

Come July 22, The Grateful Dead, best known as the band that Animal Collective once sampled, will release “their” 1994 album Grayfolded on vinyl for the first time. Out via Important Records, the triple LP is actually the work of John Oswald, dark lord of plunderphonics/aural plastic surgeon, who layered over 100 performances of The Dead’s “Dark Star” (widely considered by fans to be one of the “Gratest” Dead jams) to create a definitive (read: “nearly two hours long”) version of the song. For those of you confused as to why a label that’s released stuff by Merzbow and Acid Mothers Temple would drop a Dead reissue on you, let me reiterate: It’s a two-hour heady-ass jam. It’s gonna make Michael Gira and his 30-minute songs look like the Ramones in comparison.

Now that I’ve discredited one of your favorite albums of this year, let me tell you a little more about this release. The reissue comes with liner notes by music writer Rob Bowman, interviews with band members Phil Lesh, Robert Hunter, and Jerry Garcia (the ice cream flavor man), and a chart of the source performances, which span from 1968 to 1993. On top of all that, it’s all housed in a triple-gatefold jacket that sounds absolutely perfect for rolling 36-inch-long joints.

Grayfolded tracklisting:

Disc 1
01. Novature (Formless Nights Fall)
02. Pouring Velvet
03. In Revolving
04. Ash Light
05. Clouds Cast
06. Throu…

Disc 2
01. …ough
02. Fault Forces
03. The Phil Zone
04. La Estrella
05. Oscura
06. Recedes (While We Can)
07. Transilience
08. 73rd Star Bridge Sonata

Disc 3
01. Cease Tone Beam
02. Foldback Time
03. Dark Matter Problem/Every Leaf Is Turning
04. The Speed of Space

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MellowHype to release free album for America and the Obamas on July 4

Last time we heard from Hodgy Beats and Left Brain they were working with Domo Genesis and calling themselves MellowHigh. This is not that. This is the original duo of Hodgy and Left Brain doin’ their damn thang as MellowHype, the Hall & Oates of the GOLF WANG. Because they love fireworks and America so much, they will be tossing out a free album titled Ineedsomeanswers on July 4:

Free! Get it? To celebrate FREEDOM! Get hype, get high, get free! And you thought you were stoked on Independence Day before you learned this? Now you finally know true joy. We imagine you’ll throw on the new MellowHype album, fire up the grill, and duct tape some fireworks to your neighbor’s dog!

(Note: TMT does not condone such backwoods behavior.)

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Frog Eyes signal North American tour with a bulging amphibian wink; physical release of Carey’s Cold Spring out next week

Cancer. Hopefully I didn’t just ruin the mood, but allow me to continue. Cancer… personified, kidnapped, forcibly strapped to a proximate rocket ship, and launched directly into the Sun, all in a matter of months! For those who weren’t aware, a deeply unfortunate coincidence followed the production of Frog Eyes’ most recent album, Carey’s Cold Spring (one of our favorites of 2013). Lead singer Carey Mercer, oft-acknowledged for his impassioned (to say the least) vocal delivery, was diagnosed with throat cancer in the days following the final mixdown. Understandably, continued singing is probably the last thing you should do in such circumstances, but thank the medical wizards for their presumed work at various points over the intervening months… Mercer’s now, apparently, totally cancer-free!

Still, he should probably take it easy, right? Perhaps? Well, Mercer and the rest of Frog Eyes are responding with the equivalent of “YOLO” to that idea, as they’ve just announced a spate of August tour dates in support of that album, initially self-released last October but now receiving a physical reissue (with some pretty sweet bundle offerings) via Paper Bag Records next week. The tour will be the band’s first in North America in roughly four years, back when Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph served as the primary motivator.

According to Mercer, Carey’s Cold Spring conveys a duality of an almost paranoia-like state of fear and the “sounds of birds in the morning.” Safe to say we’ve figuratively arrived at the avian rejoice? Dates after the reminder.


08.14.14 - Victoria, BC - Centennial Square
08.18.14 - Detroit, MI - The Pike Room *
08.19.14 - Toronto, ON - The Drake *
08.20.14 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks *
08.21.14 - Montreal, QC - II Motore*
08.22.14 - Boston, MA - Cafe 939 *
08.23.14 - New York, NY - Rough Trade *
08.25.14 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
08.26.14 - Columbus, OH - Rumba Cafe *
08.27.14 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *

* PS I Love You

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Noveller and Thisquietarmy collaborate on upcoming album Reveries, hear “Reveries 1”

I wish the exchange rate between dollars and euros was not quite as painful as it currently is, because I would be buying pretty much everything put out by the French independent publishing company Shelter Press. They recently released Ben Vida’s very-limited-edition Slipping Control; a beautiful book by Shelter Press co-founders Félicia Atkinson and Bartolomé Sanson featuring musings on “petrified forests,” “clay,” and Henry Miller; and they have cute tote bags. I’ll take one of everything, please (my wallet just groaned audibly).

But that’s not all! Shelter Press just announced that they’ll be releasing Reveries, a combined effort by Brooklyn composer Noveller (a.k.a. Sara Lipstate) and Montreal’s Thisquietarmy (Eric Quach). The four-track, 33-minute-long LP will be released on white vinyl July 1, with 500 copies available. The album features both artists on guitar, creating intricate, layered pieces that bring to mind “empty architecture, luminosity, rocks, and deserted zones,” according to Shelter Press.

Listen to the first track from the album, “Reverie 1,” below. Might have to bite the bullet and deal with the exchange rate for this one. Sorry, wallet!

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