Polaris shortlists Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson, Purity Ring, more, giving them a chance to fight it out for cold hard cash

Polaris shortlists Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson, Purity Ring, more, giving them a chance to fight it out for cold hard cash http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/1307/news-13-07-polaris-prize.jpg

The Polaris Prize is an award given out yearly to the best Canadian album. This award honors artistic merit, free from commercial and social influences. It is a wonderful honor to be bestowed the Polaris Prize and blah blah blah. That’s all fine and well, but what you “artiste” types might be forgetting is that whoever wins the Polaris Prize gets a cool $30,000. What a chunk of change! Makes me wanna forge some Canadian citizenship papers and write a critically acclaimed record, know what I mean?

For a few unlucky chumps, the chance for all that sweet, sweet money has been grasped away from them, right when they were drooling for it the most. Pitchfork reports that the award’s longlist has been cut into a shortlist, leaving the likes of Majical Cloudz, AC Newman, Mac DeMarco, and Daphni disappointed and poor. Maybe next time, buds. Standing triumphant (and potentially rich as all hell) are the following: Purity Ring, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metz, Metric, Tegan and Sara, Colin Stetson, Young Galaxy, Zaki Ibrahim, A Tribe Called Red, and Whitehorse. Check out the shortlist and longlist here.

The soon-to-be very rich winner will be announced at The Polaris Gala (a.k.a. GIANT CHECK CEREMONY) in Toronto on September 23. Last year, the award went to Feist for Metals, a properly named record, as the now extremely wealthy singer wears only clothing made out of gold.

• Polaris Prize: http://polarismusicprize.ca

Steve Hauschildt announces two-disc anthology of tracks you haven’t yet used to pretend your car is a rocket ship

Steve Hauschildt is giving up on music. Well, no, surely that’s not the case, but it’s hard to resist the supposition following the relatively short lifespan of his Gneiss Things label, the tragic and personally tear-inducing disbandment of kosmische trio Emeralds, and now, the announcement of a two-disc anthology of “rare and unreleased solo works” recorded between 2005 and 2012. The following is not an accurate portrayal of Hauschildt’s mindset, but consider the analogy of a bitter relationship breakup. Assuming a lack of violent propensities, what’s the common, or at least cliché thing to do? Gather everything you have that reminds you of your former partner and… chuck it off a highway overpass, causing mile-long pileups, as drivers then stumble out of their cars to look for the culprit. Valentine’s Day Mix 2013… what havoc you’ve wreaked!

Or throw everything in the garbage, whatever.

The point being, you release everything, literally and figuratively, to gain a sense of closure and to tie things off. Is that what Hauschildt’s doing here with S/H, or has abundance beckoned the release of these tracks? Encouragement from one’s peers? Let’s not try and predict the future with these pieces from the past. While his work with Emeralds may have necessarily been a tad camouflaged given the style of music, this anthology is bound to give comprehensive insight into the guy who clearly pulled more than his creative weight as a member of the group. Henceforth, if he wants to pursue a life of kidnapping children and holding them hostage inside futuristic laser beam force fields, it’s ultimately out of our hands. Due September 16 on Editions Mego.

S/H tracklisting:

Disc 1: 2010 - 2012
01. Poinsettia

02. Galloping

03. Thumbprints
04. Uncanny Valley
05. Dimmer
06. Enter Return

07. Familiar Scene
08. Dream in Dial-Up
09. Flatbed Scanner
10. Ampersands
11. Auto Mile

12. Liberty I

13. Liberty II

14. Liberty III

15. Intimate Yell

16. Seabreezes

17. Flyswatter

18. Screenburn

19. By Buildings
20. Vox Ulterior

21. Still Cloudy

Disc 2: 2005 - 2009
01. In the Waves

02. Coming Into View

03. Jovian

04. Venn

05. Star Map

06. Backwards Glance

07. OCR

08. Rapt for Liquid Minister
09. Portal

10. Critique of the Beautiful
11. Hemero

12. Hiccup

13. Verbatim

14. Red Corridor

15. Passing Cars

16. Different Directions

• Steve Hauschildt: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Hauschildt/296304210396894
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

Chicago’s Rotted Tooth Fest, the de facto replacement of Bitchpork, features Wolf Eyes, Bitchin’ Bajas, Sewn Leather, and more; fest starts tonight!

“There are those who think that life has nothing left to chance/ A host of holy horrors to direct our aimless dance.”
– Geddy Lee

“Are we human, or are we dancer?”
– Brandon Flowers

“I got a free will/ I’m gonna use it/ I got a free will/ Yes, I do.”
–Taio Cruz

Life is suffocatingly full of choices. Life is a Chuck E. Cheese’s: we’re little kids, and choices are the balls in the ball pit, covering us entirely so our moms will leave us behind and the giant mouse will adopt us into his merry band of misfits. This weekend in particular is ripe with choices, especially for all you folks in and around Chicago. Indeed, one of the most important choices of your life is just standing there, waiting for you to get in there and decide all over it.

Starting this evening (July 19), there are two whole music festivals going on in Chicago. One is put on by the up-and-coming music site Pitch Fork Dot Com, the other by Chicago record label Rotted Tooth Recordings. Titled Rotted Tooth Fest, the event is a sort of de facto replacement for the Bitchpork festival, which, for the past few years, was also on the same weekend as Pitch Fork Dot Com’s festival. Bitchpork, though a bastion of clever wordplay, will not be returning this year.

Rotted Tooth Fest features acts such as Wolf Eyes, Bitchin’ Bajas, Oozing Wound, Sewn Leather, and a multitude of other sweaty, noisy folks who are looking to massage your aching free will if you’ll just let them. (One of the other bands on the bill is Rectal Hygienics, which is a name I wish I had called dibs on earlier.)

The event kicks off tonight at 9 PM, and you can visit the Rotted Tooth Recordings website for tickets. In fact, the only way to get the address for the event is to buy a ticket (they’ll send you the info via email). So unless you’re in the mood to wander around Chicago shouting “Rectal Hygienics!!,” I’d say pull the choice trigger and buy a ticket ASAP.

Friday, July 19:
Wolf Eyes
Sewn Leather
Bitchin Bajas
Gula Gila

Saturday, July 20:
Solid Attitude
Shaved Women
Oozing Wound
Super Sonic Piss
Mayor Daley
Rectal Hygienics

• Rotted Tooth Recordings: http://rottedtoothrecordings.net

How many bands called Run DMT can there be in this crazy world? Well, one of ‘em’s got a new album coming out

Austin-based electronica dude Run DMT is both the cough syrup-addled lovechild of a wizard in a 1980s video game and the opening montage of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. The man behind Run DMT is a fella named John Robbins, who’s releasing on July 22 a self-titled record, the follow-up to last year’s Union of Opposites, on his very own 4th Wall Records. The lead single is called “Shaman Juice,” because… well, of course it is. There’s just no way this track is NOT called “Shaman Juice.”

Now, apparently, in this crazy world of ours, there is another artist called Run DMT — this is not the lo-fi hazy summer pop dude. This is the SPRING BREAK FOREVVVVVER dude. Robbins has remixed everyone from The Who to Major Lazer and is currently on the Warped Tour.


01. Ladies Night feat. Zeale
02. The Getaway
03. Shaman Juice
04. Russian Smoking Doll Interlude
05. Pentagram
06. Trampoline
07. Starlight feat. Betty Black
08. Ending Credits

• Run DMT: http://www.rundmtbeats.com

Crystal Stilts prep new album and fall tour with Deerhunter, bring hot jams to a desperate nation

The heat descended heavily across the land. The townspeople, clad all in black and wearing very fashionable sunglasses, languished in the sun, praying for relief, for an autumnal breeze, for a cool drink from the deep well of minor-key rock ‘n’ roll music. Then, what, ho? A trumpet sounded from the deepest reaches of the internet town square. An official announcement from the castle of Sacred Bones!

And so it was, gentlefolk of the not-so-merry kingdom of Postpunklandia, that a declaration rang out across the land: Crystal Stilts have a new album called Nature Noir, and it’s out September 17 via — naturally — Sacred Bones! Listen to first single “Star Crawl” NOW:

Formed in 2003, in the magical land known as New York City, Crystal Stilts is comprised of master songsmiths Brad Hargett (vocals), JB Townsend (guitar), Andy Adler (bass), Keegan Cooke (drums), and Kyle Forester (keyboards). Nature Noir is the band’s third studio LP, following up 2011’s In Love With Oblivion (TMT Review). To celebrate, they’ll be saddling their finest unicorns and touring this great nation of ours with Deerhunter in the fall.

Nature Noir tracklisting:

01. Spirit in Front of Me
02. Star Crawl
03. Future Folklore
04. Sticks and Stones
05. Memory Room
06. Worlds Gone Weird
07. Darken the Door
08. Electrons Rising
09. Nature Noir
10. Phases Forever


08.14.13 - Hamden, CT - BAR Nightclub
08.15.13 - Boston, MA - TT The Bear’s Place
08.16.13 - New Bedford, MA - No Problemo
08.17.13 - Kingston, NY - Chronogram Block Party
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 *
10.07.13 - Albany, NY - Valentines
10.08.13 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10.09.13 - Detroit, MI - Garden Bowl
10.10.13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
10.15.13 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
10.16.13 - Vancouver, BC - Electric Owl
10.17.13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studio
10.18.13 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
10.20.13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10.21.13 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
10.24.13 - Austin, TX - Red 7
10.25.13 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
10.26.13 - Oxford, MS - Lamar Lounge
10.27.13 - Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree
10.28.13 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10.29.13 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
10.30.13 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

* Deerhunter

• Crystal Stilts: http://www.crystalstilts.com
• Sacred Bones: http://sacredbonesrecords.com

Cassette Store Day becomes a reality, just in time to stop the menace of home taping

While vinyl records were basking in their glorious limelight like the winner of a beauty pageant thanks in part to a certain Record Store Day, the nearby cassette has been wringing its hands in second place jealousy. If one could listen into the dark background, you might hear this: “someday, I’ll have my own day, and then, and then…”

Well looky here lil’ cassette, YOUR OWN DAMN DAY! According to the official Cassette Day website, this is now a thing. Move over Record Store Day! Same with you Boxing Day! Go fuck yourself National Doughnut Day! Once September 7 rolls around, we are going off the hook! Me and the whole Riboflavin family are gonna be buying cassettes like Cracklin’ Oat Bran. New cassettes from Fucked Up and Fair Ohs we will stack to our eyeballs, not to mention HOT reissues of classics by The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, and At The Drive-In. It’s like side A/side B Pokémon over here, we are gonna catch ‘em ALL!

“Buuut Wibofwavin,” you say to me in the most adorable voice, “I bowght a tape at wecowd stowre day. Pwus my town doesn’t have a cassette stowre!” Ditto, dude. All participating stores (who, and don’t kill the messenger here, may or may not be dedicated cassette-only stores), will be announced next week. So maybe your local Hastings will hit up the warehouse and fill the shelves with unsold Quiet Riot and Rush tapes, who knows. What I do know is that if Hastings starts telling people to, “come on dowwwwn and buy new music from Art Is Hard and everybody’s favorite label Mirror Universe,” I will gladly punch myself in the face in public. Is Hastings even a thing anymore?

• Cassette Store Day: http://cassettestoreday.com