Nosaj Thing isn’t winning any spelling bees, but he is releasing Home on January 22 via Timetable Records

Nosaj Thing isn't winning any spelling bees, but he is releasing Home on January 22 via Timetable Records

When I first started thinking about what I could say about Nosaj Thing, I thought I’d just crack some lame jokes about spelling. I thought I’d say something like, “If Nosaj Thing can fuck around with spelling, then I can fuck around with spelling,” and I’d proceed to come up alternate spellings for every word in the article.

Then, I watched the video for “Eclipse/Blue,” a track that features vocals by Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead. And now, I’m wondering if there’s a flashlight or maybe something like a lightsaber that can draw arcs and squares and new stars across the sky at night.

Nosaj Thing released Drift back in 2009 (TMT Review), and since then he’s produced tracks for the likes of Kid Cudi and Kendrick Lamar, and he’s remixed Radiohead, The xx, and Philip Glass, among others. On January 22, Nosaj Thing will release Home on Timetable Records, his own imprint on Innovative Leisure. The album not only features the collaboration with Kazu Makino, but also one with Toro Y Moi.

Should I just cover my room in glow-in-the-dark stars?

Home tracklisting:

01. Home
02. Eclipse/Blue (ft. Kazu Makino)
03. Safe
04. Glue
05. Distance
06. Tell
07. Snap
08. Prelude
09. Try ft. Toro y Moi
10. Phase III
11. Light #3

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Jay-Z reportedly at work on The Great Gatsby film score; millions of high schoolers reconsider reading the novel before returning to their touch screens

Hollywood Film Rule #17-M: When your movie is about mansions and shit, you really need your movie’s music to be composed by someone who knows a thing or two about mansions and shit.

Enter Jay-Z, a man who has so many mansions that he probably had to built a mansion to put them all in. According to Pitchfork, Jay is currently working hard alongside Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts on the score to the upcoming film adaptation (directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan) of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most F. Scott Fitzgerald-y novel, The Great Gatsby. As Samuel himself tweeted recently, the pair have been “working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!”

Given the fact that Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” has already been used in one of the film’s trailers and the fact that Jay himself embodies a pretty badass rags-to-riches, American-dream kinda thing, his involvement seems pretty fitting. Or maybe he just got the job because Gatsby’s first name is also Jay and Jay-Z is the first person anyone thought of? Either way!Gatsby hits theaters this coming May. Let’s all go see it because we like Jay-Z and not because the 1920’s is a thing right now.

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Autechre give you something to be exaited about, announce new double album Exai on Warp

(If you wanted to be a jerk, you could point out how this information was announced almost a month ago, but then you’d be trivializing the fantastic, ingenious, superlative work that we put into our year-end lists. You might also consider this article a much-needed refresher to the post-New Years mind. Or, I just really really like Autechre and wanted to report on this.)

Unlike a couple of Warp’s other legendary acts (*snort* BoC, Aphex Twin *hack*), Autechre deserve some credit for more or less maintaining their prolificacy from the early 90s all the way to the present day. 2010 saw the release of both Oversteps (TMT Review) and the EP-in-name-only Move of Ten, totaling roughly two hours of the programmed obscurity that most of us (the more enlightened, let’s say) have come to appreciate. For the truly fanatical, 2011 brought the release of EPs 1991 - 2002, a gargantuan 47-track box set consisting of, as you might’ve assumed if you aren’t familiar with it already, most of the duo’s EPs over that time period.

This year, Autechre continue their musical generosity with Exai, a new two-disc, two-hour long studio album due out March 4 in the UK and March 5 in the US on Warp. The album will also be available digitally, and as a 4LP vinyl set. Check out the thoroughly Autechrian tracklist below, and acknowledge the seemingly Tetris-inspired cover art above.

Exai (digital) tracklisting:

01. FLeure
02. irlite (get 0)
03. prac-f
04. jatevee C
05. T ess xi
06. vekoS
07. Flep
08. tuinorizn
09. bladelores
10. 1 1 is
11. nodezsh
12. runrepik
13. spl9
14. cloudline
15. deco Loc
16. recks on
17. YJY UX

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Blues Control go on tour, effectively control 80% of the nation’s blues

I CONTROL THE BLUES. Just joshing with you. But don’t you imagine the members of Blues Control say that every morning? If they don’t, they really should. Anyway, here at the Tape, we’ve got a big old crush on Blues Control. Go down memory lane (i.e. read some old reviews and year-end lists) and you’ll see us making some serious moony eyes at Blues Control. As such, any announcement of tourdates from the duo should invoke frenzy in at least three members of the Tiny Mix Tapes staff. CUE THE FRENZY.

Over the next few months, Blues Control are going on a pretty serious tour. They’ll start off in Brooklyn, but by the middle of March, they’ll be in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sure, those two locales are only 11 hours away, but they’re taking the scenic route. You know, the scenic route! The one where you go through Texas and California and even head into Canada for a while. Trust me, the scenery’s great that way.

Blues Control dates:

01.18.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Zoy Royale *
01.26.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Shea Stadium @
02.01.13 - State College, PA - Schlow Centre Region Library
02.02.13 - Ithaca, NY - House Show
02.04.13 - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
02.06.13 - Oxford, MS - Lamar Lounge
02.07.13 - Shreveport, LA - Fatty Arbuckles
02.08.13 - Houston, TX - Mango’s
02.09.13 - Austin, TX - Holy Mountain
02.11.13 - Marfa, TX - Lost Horse Saloon
02.15.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room
02.16.13 - San Diego, CA - Venue TBA
02.21.13 - Santa Barbara, CA - Biko House
02.22.13 - Eagle Rock, CA - Center for the Arts $
02.23.13 - San Francisco, CA - Preservation Hall West at the Chapel $
02.25.13 - Davis, CA - Chillanova House
02.28.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
03.01.13 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
03.02.13 - Seattle, WA - Comet Tavern
03.03.13 - Olympia, WA - Northern
03.05.13 - Boise, ID - Neurolux %
03.06.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge %
03.07.13 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive %
03.08.13 - Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall %
03.09.13 - St. Louis, MO - 2720 Cherokee
03.10.13 - Madison, Wi - Good Style Shop
03.12.13 - Chicago, IL - Permanent Records
03.13.13 - Kalamazoo, MI - The 411 Club

* Sightings
@ Home Blitz
$ Rangda
% Psychic Ills

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Emeralds’ Mark McGuire no longer a member of Emeralds

Emeralds, the mighty temporal taffy-pull trio of John Elliott, Steve Hauschildt, and Mark McGuire, is now officially a duo, according to Hauschildt’s most recent tweets. After seven years and as many towering stacks of recorded material, guitarist Mark McGuire is no longer a member of the group. It’s unclear whether the split was amicable, sudden, or the result of a heated argument re: vaporwave, but in any case Emeralds will continue on as an Elliott/Hauschildt duo.


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The Pastels emerge from 16 years of semi-hibernation to release Slow Summits later this year on Domino

Remember The Pastels? The indie pop group from Glasgow who influenced the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub, and The Aislers Set? It’s okay if you’d forgotten, considering that they haven’t released a proper LP since Illumination back in 1997. But hey, The Pastels haven’t wasted the past 16 years. Not only did they make paper-mâché unicorns and build a snow castle or two, they also wrote a soundtrack for a 2003 film called The Last Great Wilderness and collaborated with Japanese experimental psych-folk duo Tenniscoats on an album called Two Sunsets, which they released in 2009.

Recently though, according to the good folks at Consequence of Sound, The Pastels scuttled out of their mint-green igloo (or wherever else they might’ve been hibernating) and recorded Slow Summits, an LP they’ll release later this year on Domino Records. At the moment, there isn’t much to say about the album, but there is a charming teaser trailer for a song that The Pastels recorded with Blair Young of The Forest of Black, and you can mosey your eyes on down and check it out below:

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