Over 50% of all vinyl sales now coming from independent record shops; what a quirky statistic!

Over 50% of all vinyl sales now coming from independent record shops; what a quirky statistic! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1308/news-13-08-independent-record-store-vinyl-sales.jpg

Quick, a show of hands. Who’s surprised that a relatively dated medium for music is seeing its resurgence courtesy of a relatively dated medium for music purchases? I don’t mean this in a disparaging way, of course, but it seems on par with expectations that vinyl, with all of its nostalgia-based appeal, is currently avoiding (to a degree) the millennial fad responsible for burgeoning anonymous penis exposure. What happened to the good ol’ days of trench coats and dark alleyways, and what’s it called, again? Oh yeah, the Internet.

As an addendum to the recent news that vinyl sales are currently pushing the seams of one’s pants, it’s been revealed that more than 50% of all those sales are taking place in independent record shops — the kinds with physical doors, that you open. Returning to the nostalgia aspect, it might be an extension of the “ritual” that vinyl enthusiasts often espouse as a reason for their ongoing love. Or, it might stem from an aversion to perceived paradox. You can’t buy vinyl online, just like you can’t buy food from a dumpster, or purchase a winter parka at a shop bordering the Amazon. Well, you can maybe do these things, but I hear the risk of spontaneous brain explosion increases exponentially.

Context breeds feelings unfortunate, in this case. While independent record shops do account for a disproportionate percentage of vinyl sales, they play a minimal 3.2% role when it comes to all album sales, regardless of format. Kind of interesting to see record stores revert to the limited purpose prescribed by their name, though, as we’re all keenly aware of the CD’s porcelain future.

Deerhunter to embark on North American tour. HA! You schmucks will believe anything.

Kid, in this world, you gotta watch out. See, there’s a sucker born every minute. If you’re not careful, you’re that sucker. Maybe when you were born, your mother asked the doctor if you were a boy or a girl and the doctor was like “Who cares, it’s a sucker.” You’ll never know, you were a baby. Don’t ask your poor mother either. Her blood pressure’s terrible. You want that blood on your hands, kid? I didn’t think so. So get this: Deerhunter’s about to head out on a North American tour. You got it? Heh, if you believe that, I got a bridge to sell you.

Anyway, enjoy your new bridge. Wonderful doing business with you, I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase. The Deerhunter stuff was totally true, too. Buddy, I’d never lie to you, not about Deerhunter at least. Having put out their fifth record, Monomania (TMT Review), mere months ago on 4AD, those Atlanta-based psych-rockers-who-apparently-are-really-getting-into-garage-and-the-Meat-Puppets are hitting the road again for another good long while. Along the way, they’ll hit up some exciting festivals, like Los Angeles’ FYF Fest and Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Now run along, let nobody scam you.

Deerhunter dates:

08.11.13 - Richmond, VA - Sound City Bands and Brews Music Festival
08.22.13 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Live
08.23.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
08.24.13 - Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08.25.13 - Monterey, CA - First City Festival
08.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.27.13 - Sacramento, CA - Hawlow’s
08.28.13 - Acarta, CA - Humboldt State University
08.30.13 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
08.31.13 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
09.02.13 - Seattle, WA - Bumbershoot
09.04.13 - Portland, OR - MustFestNW (Crystal Ballroom)
09.06.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban
09.07.13 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
09.09.13 - Minneapolis, MN - Fineline
09.10.13 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
09.11.13 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland
09.12.13 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
09.13.13 - Columbus, OH - Skully’s
09.14.13 - Detroit, MI - Meadow Brook Music Festival
09.16.13 - Boston, MA - Royale Nightclub
09.18.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.19.13 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
09.20.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09.21.13 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
09.22.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat’s Cradle
11.09.13 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11.16.13 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club

• Deerhunter: http://4ad.com/artists/deerhunter
• 4AD: http://4ad.com

RIP: George Duke, jazz musician

From Radio Facts (via BET):

Radio Facts is sorry to report that vet musician George Duke died last night on August 5. No word yet on what happened but we will keep you posted. Duke just completed an album and was in the process of promoting it after losing his wife and falling into a depression just a year ago. Former Supreme’s member Sherrie Payne states: “I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening at St. John’s hospital in L.A. It was just one year earlier, July 18th, that his beloved wife and my friend, Corine, went to be with the Lord. Please keep his sons, Rasheed and John, in your prayers.”

• George Duke: http://www.georgeduke.com

Animal Collective continue to innovate, inventing the concept of the music video and make-up tour dates

Okay; someone tell all the 12-year-old, ink-stained slave laborers that currently operate all the presses to stop them again! Ever out in front of the crowd, the handsome, winsome, post-everything foursome known conventionally here on planet Earth as “The Animal Collective” have once again shifted the whole goddamn paradigm (yeah, you know, that one) with the announcement of a brand-new music video for what was apparently the only song on Centipede Hz , “Monkey Riches.” It was directed by Jack Kubizne (who also directed the video for “Brothersport”) and captures the zeitgeist of August 2013 perfectly through its highly-believable portrayal of a suspiciously groovy wizard who nonetheless can’t seem to get out of bed (did someone say “relate-able”?) . Don’t worry; I’ll use a technique invented by the band called “embedding” to share the video with you down below.

Oh, and they’ve also announced that they’re rescheduling all those dates that they innovated the cancellation of earlier this summer. So check out those new dates down there too while you’re at it and get your tickets to the future of live multimedia exhibitions in America while they last.

Animal Collective tourdates:

09.06.13 - Portland, OR - MusicFest NW *
09.07.13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
09.08.13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Depot
09.09.13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
09.11.13 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
09.14.13 - Mexico City, Mexico - Ceremonia Festival
10.16.13 - Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
10.17.13 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
10.20.13 - San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Festival
10.21.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10.22.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
10.24.13 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
10.25.13 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
10.26.13 - Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10.27.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10.28.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
12.01.13 - Washington, DC - 930 Club
12.02.13 - Portland, ME - The State Theatre
12.04.13 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
12.05.13 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater
12.06.13 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
12.08.13 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works

* Dan Deacon

• Animal Collective: http://www.myanimalhome.net
• Domino: http://www.dominorecordco.us

Unicorn Hard-On aims to impregnate your ears with all sorts of beat-driven enchantment, announces Weird Universe LP on Spectrum Spools

Not unlike Popeye eating spinach or Superman thrusting his rippling Kryptonian pecs in the direction of the sun’s powerful rays, I like to think that the survival of TMT is forever prolonged by something metaphysical… and yet, assuredly phallic-shaped. Whereas the relatively strict professionalism (*scoff*) of comparable publications often prevents liberal references, it’s a different story over here. We have penises coming out of our ears, which conventional knowledge of human anatomy tells us are directly attached to our heads — the ones containing our brains, silly. Attribution? It certainly preceded Death Grips, so let’s blame it on something inherently comical.

And so it cums with veiny enthusiasm that I’m able to announce the announcement of Weird Universe, the first full-length (but nonetheless satisfying) non-CD-R release from Unicorn Hard-On, the electron-ish and rhythmically intricate project of Valerie Martino, which has been making the rounds in cramped spaces since about 2003. Putting aside the project name for a moment, which Martino unsurprisingly describes as a joke that stuck, but also a reflection of genuine fascination, the album is an attempt at echoing a beat-driven evolution that she’s come to appreciate in the noise scene. Vocals were snubbed as incongruent, and the result is ultimately a “labor of love” fitting to that evolution, as well as the style of the sponsoring label.

Weird Universe is out September 30 on Spectrum Spools. Here’s the official release page, and watch/listen below to get a sense.

P.S. - Major twist at the end of the YouTube video, btw. Where are you Ripley???

Weird Universe tracklisting:

01. Rock Salt
02. Quizz
03. Night Diamond
04. Houndstooth
05. Wet Pet
06. Mysterious Prism

• Unicorn Hard-On: http://www.tangledhares.com
• Spectrum Spools: http://editionsmego.com/releases/spectrum-spools

Calvin Johnson is available to engineer your record. Now you too can have that Johnson magic!

Hey bands! Do you want to record a record? Probably, you’re a band! Are you planning on recording that record at Olympia’s Dub Narcotic Studio? Maybe. If your band holds quite a regard for the K Records catalog, then there’s a much higher chance that, yeah, you’re recording at Dub Narcotic. These days, not only can you get that classic Dub Narcotic sound, you can record with Calvin Johnson himself. You might know him from the likes of Beat Happening, The Halo Benders, the exclamation-point-less Go Team, and owning K Records and the aforementioned Dub Narcotic Studio. HE’S A VERY IMPORTANT MAN.

Johnson is now offering his services as a studio engineer for any band who wants it. BUT HOLD ON, young bucks looking to get some of that Calvin Johnson magic. While anyone can request a session with him, Johnson will only be available three days a month. If you’re dedicated to getting Calvin Johnson to engineer your album, inquire with the studio’s fine folks through studio@krecs.com. Sessions at the studio are $450 per day, which includes engineering fees. Currently, I am saving up my money so that Calvin Johnson will record my spoken-word album and make it sound like Jamboree.

• Calvin Johnson: http://krecs.com/artists/calvin-johnson